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The Brooding, The Bitter & The Ugly: The Top 10 Angry Breakup Songs

8/23/2012 4:05pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift just landed her first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and naturally it's another breakup song from the country-crossover superstar called "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".

The song also garnered the hightest one-week digital sales total by a female artist for Taylor, with 623,000 downloads; and is the first single from her album "Red" (released Oct. 22, 2012).

The single is an upbeat, catchy tune about an on-again/off-again relationship that the singer has finally had enough of as she angrily declares, "we are never, ever, ever getting back together".


Music Talk: Get To Know Jon McLaughlin

12/15/2011 11:00am EST
Jon McLaughlin
If you only know Jon McLaughlin as the guy who performed the hit song from Disney's Enchanted, you've only scratched the surface.

The Indiana native is thankful for the recognition that the Academy Award-nominated "So Close" brought him, but wants you to know that it's not his whole repertoire. "It hasn't gotten old yet," he says of the association when we meet in San Diego before a recent gig. "The only thing is that it's so different than what I actually do. When there were some people who only knew me from that movie, they would come out to shows expecting a Michael Buble kind of a th...

Sting Backs Anti-Smoking Campaign

10/13/2011 5:05pm EDT
Rocker Sting has teamed up with health officials in Britain to promote a new anti-smoking campaign.

The "Roxanne" hitmaker is backing the Every Breath initiative by Fresh and the British Lung Foundation, and has offered up his hit track "Every Breath You Take" as the promo's soundtrack.

The campaign aims to highlight the long-term effects of smoking, and Sting says, "Many people across the U.K. are affected by lung damage and other smoking related illnesses, particularly in the North East where I grew up.

"I'm pleased to support a programme which works towards giving people the motivatio...

William Shatner Covers Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'

10/3/2011 3:30pm EDT
William Shatner
Actor William Shatner has recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's heavy metal track Iron Man for his new concept album.

The Star Trek icon is working on his third musical release, Searching for Major Tom, which features Shatner channelling David Bowie's Space Oddity character for his own take on a variety of space-themed songs, including tracks by The Police (Walking on the Moon), Frank Sinatra (Lost in the Stars) and Pink Floyd (Learning to Fly).

And Shatner's version of Black Sabbath's 1970 hit has been given the thumbs up from Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist, who add...

String For Sting: Lady Gaga Wore A Stringy Dress To Sting's 60th Birthday Party

10/2/2011 8:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Saturday night a host of stars including Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen took to the stage in New York to honor Sting on the eve of his 60th birthday.

The Police star celebrated with a lavish birthday concert in the Big Apple in aid of local charity the Robin Hood Foundation.

The gig at New York City's Beacon Theater included performances from Joel and Wonder, as well as actor Robert Downey Jr., and Mary J. Blige, while Sting appeared on stage with Gaga to duet on "King of Pain," and he also sang The Police's hit "Can't Stand Losing You" with Springste...

Happy 60th Birthday, Sting!

10/2/2011 1:00pm EDT
Sirens are going off for Sting today as the rocker celebrates turning 60.

Growing up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, the singer brought us his raspy tones after forming New Wave band The Police in the 1970s.

Going on to win 16 Grammy Awards, an Oscar nomination and entries into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Sting brought us classics including "Roxanne," "Walking on the Moon" and "Every Breath You Take," before moving on to a successful solo career.

To mark his achievements WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the rocker to mark his landmar...

Sting: 'My Carbon Footprint Is Massive'

9/26/2011 12:48pm EDT
Green campaigner Sting has confessed his carbon footprint is "massive" and he has admitted slashing the number of air-polluting long-haul flights will not reverse climate change.

The former The Police frontman has spent 20 years campaigning on environmental issues and promoting drives to save rainforests for the sake of the planet.

Nevertheless, now he has admitted urging travelers to cut down on the number of flights they take is pointless - because until the rainforest issues are solved, global warming will continue.

The rocker tells Britain's Observer Magazine, "Well that's the nar...

Sting Joins Australian Flood Crusade

1/24/2011 1:53pm EST
British rocker Sting has become the latest star to join the campaign to raise funds for the victims of the Australian floods - he is asking fans to donate money at his concerts Down Under.

The former Police frontman has already joined musicians including P!nk, Kings Of Leon, Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and John Mayer by donating a track to charity album Flood Relief - Artists For The Flood Appeal.

Sting, who is currently touring in the country, has also handed his own cash to the cause and he is asking devotees who attend his gigs to contribute too.

He tells t...

Sting Gives Up Beer, Still Brags About Sex Life

1/24/2011 9:04am EST
Rocker Sting is cutting back his alcohol intake because he can no longer guzzle beer without feeling the nasty side effects.

The former Police frontman is preparing to turn 60 this year and admits he's reducing the amount he drinks as he gets older.

He says, "I've decided to stop drinking beer because I've just lost the ability to drink... You just lose the ability to drink, I am maturing."

But Sting insists his marathon sex sessions with his wife Trudie Styler keep him feeling healthy: "Of course, a good seven hours of tantric sex a night still helps you!"

John Bonham Once Threatened To Beat Up Sting

1/20/2011 7:27pm EST
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham once threatened to beat Sting up backstage at a Police concert.

The late rocker took his son Jason to the show and then arranged for him to meet his idol - but the encounter almost turned violent after the drummer accidentally stepped on Sting's foot.

Jason Bonham tells, "I thought Sting was the coolest thing in the world.

"He (dad) managed to get me backstage and he threatened to punch Sting. It was hilarious. Dad stepped on his foot and he (Sting) was very cocky back then. He was the new young frontman and had that punk kind of attitude. Dad...

Jesse Ventura Recalls Favorite Moment As Rolling Stone Bodyguard

10/16/2010 1:00pm EDT
Wrestler and entertainer-turned-politician Jesse Ventura once worked as a bodyguard to The Rolling Stones - and witnessed one of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards' most embarrassing druggie moments.

The former Minnesota Governor led the band's security detail when they came through his home city Minneapolis in 1978 and 1981 and he still chuckles about one on-the-road tale.

He tells, "Keith and Woody were in the dressing room and their manager burst in and said, 'The police are here.' Keith said, 'Wood and I are flushing everything down the toilet,' and 30 seconds later in w...

Russian Communists Want Sting Arrested For Insisting Marijuana Should Be Legalized

9/16/2010 9:01am EDT
Sting is facing calls for his arrest while touring Russia after he promoted the use of marijuana.

The singer posted controversial comments on his blog in April, insisting the use of cannabis should be legalized.

But the comments have come back to haunt him as he tours the former Soviet Union - radical left-wing Communists urged authorities to take him into custody before his gig in Moscow on Wednesday, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

The Communists of St. Petersburg and Leningrad say in a statement, "In April 2010, Mister Sting publicly called for the worldwide legalization of marijua...

Sting Emotional And Overwhelmed At Orchestral Tour Debut

6/3/2010 10:20pm EDT
Rocker Sting had to fight back tears at the first date in his Symphonicity Tour in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday night as he struggled with stagefright and the sheer weight of what he had accomplished.

The former Police frontman will tour the world backed by the London Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and before he debuted orchestral versions of hits like "Roxanne" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," the 58 year old star took a few seconds to savor the moment.

Calling his new band "50 of the best musicians in the world", Sting performed for three hours at the Center in Vancou...

Sting Upsets Anti-Drug Groups With Marijuana Stance

4/1/2010 9:10pm EDT
Sting has angered anti-drug groups by adding his name to the campaign to legalize marijuana in America.

As politicians in many states, including California, consider legalising pot, celebrities have come out in support of the suggested legislation.

And Sting wants America to spend the money it uses in the war on the drug on poverty and environmental issues instead.

In a post on his blog, the former Police singer writes, "The War on Drugs has failed - but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been con...

A Few Of The Best Movie Musicals

12/24/2009 9:33am EST
On Christmas Day a brand new musical hits the theaters, titled "Nine," and it got Starpulse thinking about the musical genre. The hits on Broadway always keep people wanting more, and over the years musicals have been beloved on the big screen as well. They've won Oscars, attracted huge movie stars, and everyone loves a good dance routine. Here's a look at the best movie musicals in no particular order.

"The Sound of Music," made in 1965, is an Academy Award winning movie and one of the most successful film musicals of all time. After being adjusted for inflation, it is rumored the movi...

Drum Solo: One On One With Snow Patrol's Jonny Quinn

11/6/2009 5:00pm EST
Snow Patrol pictures
Starpulse's Ashley Demma recently caught up with Snow Patrol drummer, Jonny Quinn, and the two talked about 'unsung heroes', influences, and what's next for the band...

Starpulse: So you've been drumming with Snow Patrol for nearly 15 years…why do you think it is that drummers are the "unsung heroes" of bands? You're the backbone of the band!

Jonny Quinn: I dunno! It takes work to be the drummer. We keep the beat. People forget about us.

Who are some of your favorite drummers who've influenced you?

JQ: Oh man, Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith), Louie Bellson, Stewart Copelan...

Concert Review: Collective Soul At Centennial Park

9/9/2009 8:15am EDT
Collective Soul
The massive crowd at Centennial (Olympic) Park was dominated by red and maroon…red for the Alabama fans and maroon for the Virginia Tech fans. Their teams would square off later at the Georgia Dome for a college football week-one match up. Lucky for them - and everyone else here - Georgia's own Collective Soul had agreed to put on a free concert in the heart of the revitalized downtown Atlanta. This would be one of those shows for which the planets would align: the weather was perfecto, the sounds were exquisite, and the SEC fans were all amenable (even the Hokies, who would soon experie...

Int'l Pop Icon Kylie Minogue Announces First Ever North American Tour

5/7/2009 1:30pm EDT
Kylie Minogue
North American fans of international pop superstar Kylie Minogue will finally get a chance to experience the icon live in concert when her 6-city tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on September 30th.

Over the course of her extraordinary 20-year-career, Minogue has been a global force in pop music with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hit singles including the U.S. Billboard dance-chart toppers "Can't Get You Our of My Head," "Love At First Sight," "Slow," and the Grammy-Award winning "Come Into My World," countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen and 8 s...

Some Of Our Favorite Music Mash-Ups

4/14/2009 11:30am EDT
The idea of mashing is synonymous with potatoes. However, there's another type of "mash-up" that has nothing to do with traditional cooking methods. The music mash-up is where two completely different songs are synced together to create a new sonic feel of popular songs. The music mash-up has been around for a couple years, and thanks to the internet many DIYers are showing off their mash-up expertise publicly. Here's some of our favorite mash-ups. Let us know what songs you think would make for a great mash-up.

1. Britney Spears (Circus) Vs. Lady Gaga (Poker Face)

When you m...

Concert Review: 'The English Beat' At The Loft In Atlanta

2/15/2009 4:19pm EST
The English Beat
Margaret Thatcher has been out of the spotlight for several years. This, however, did not spoil the vibe of hearing "Stand Down Margaret" live. It still feels relevant these days as more and more Americans have discovered they have a voice in the political process. Original English Beater Dave Wakeling kicked off the show with "Whine and Grine / Stand Down Margaret" at the cozy Loft in Atlanta. It was loud, hot, and crowded…it was Ska.

Although Wakeling appeared to be the only original member left - he was surrounded by a younger generation of musicians - this seemed like a time wa...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

Five 'Love Songs' That Aren't Really Love Songs

7/30/2008 9:32am EDT
The time has come. You've fallen in love. You just can't stop thinking about your significant other. You're ready to take the next step. You're ready to make them a mix tape.

Seems easy right? Just Google "Love Songs" and pop the first 15 you see into your iTunes, hit the circle in the upper right-hand corner and burn away. But not so fast, Romeo. There are pitfalls in the world of blindly including love songs.

In fact, there are many songs purported as anthems of adoration that are anything but. Tunes so misinterpreted that they turn into wedding standards and accompany f...

Fiction Plane Q&A

7/21/2008 12:59pm EDT
Fiction Plane
The band talks about Santa's Boyfriend, living in the shadow of Sting, and a little bit of politics. The members of Fiction Plane took time before their Kansas City show to talk.

Along with Snoop Dogg, they are supporting 311 on the 2008 Unity Tour. Drummer Pete Wilhoit, singer/bassist Joe Sumner, and guitarist Seton Daunt are enjoying a laid back summer of touring after their opening slot for the Police ended in April.

So, I've read that Nirvana had a big impact on you guys.

Joe: Yes.

Pete: I was already in a band by the time Nirvana was already going but they were s...

A List of The Most Identifiable And Influential Drummers Of Our Time

7/16/2008 10:33am EDT
Keith Moon
Even though drummers are beat makers of a band, the recognition they often get is nothing compared to that of the lead singer and resident guitarist who both tend to attract the most attention at first. The best thing about drummers is that whatever band that they are in, they are uniquely appropriate for that particular band. For example, Ringo Starr's drumming is perfect for The Beatles, but his style would be considered unimaginable behind any Rolling Stones songs. Here's our thumbs up list to some cool Rock Drummers who we feel are immediately identifiable for their drumming techniqu...

Earth 911: Green Celebs Intervene To Save The Planet

4/22/2008 8:30am EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's... Leonardo DiCaprio? Earthlings, take note: April 22 marks Earth Day, a day of national environmental recognition. In the last decade, environmental awareness has grown by leaps and bounds, and many celebrities have visibly thrown their support behind the planet.

Though it may currently be trendy, Kermit the Frog said it best: It ain't easy being green. Committing to be more conscious environmentally takes sacrifice, dedication and consistency. We should all stop a moment - April 22 is as good a day as any - and examine our lifestyles and what changes, ...

Can Guitar Hero Top Itself?

4/10/2008 2:30pm EDT
Guitar Hero
When the first Guitar Hero was released for the Playstation 2 in November 2005, it was met with both critical acclaim and a lot of buzz: a video game that substituted a simulated guitar for the standard controller? Why, it was unheard of! The game sold a modest 1.5 million copies and was popular enough to launch an entire franchise that has only gotten better with time.

Take, for example, the setlists. The original game, with a mere 47 songs, was composed of almost entirely cover versions. Guitar Hero II, on the other hand, contained 64 songs, four of which were actually recorded by th...

'Rock Band' Goes 'Truckin' With Downloadable Grateful Dead Tracks

3/4/2008 11:10am EST
Grateful Dead
Harmonix and MTV Games recently announced plans to take gamers on a long strange trip with the first selection of downloadable Grateful Dead tracks for the revolutionary music video game Rock Band. The first six of 18 classic Grateful Dead master recordings are set to hit rock band March 4.

Gamers looking to channel their inner Dead-Head can download six of the legendary band's most popular tracks, including "China Cat Sunflower" (from '69's Aoxomoxoa), "Casey Jones" (from 1970's Workingman's Dead), "Sugar Magnolia" and "Truckin'" (both from 1970's American Beauty), "Franklin's Tower"...

'Spirits in the Material World – A Reggae Tribute to the Police' On CD Feb. 19

2/10/2008 11:00am EST
Spirits In The Material World
Spirits In The Material World brings together a mix of legendary reggae and rock artists to create a stunning set of strong new reggae versions of Police songs, both signature hits and fan-favorite album tracks.

Featured songs include "Every Breath You Take," "Can't Stand Losing You," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," "De Doo Doo Doo De Dah Dah Dah," "Invisible Sun," "Synchronicity" and more!

Produced by Inner Circle (creators of the "Bad Boys" hit Cops theme).

The Artists:

Toots & The Maytals: A legendary name in Jamaican music, their first hits date back to 1963 at the he...

The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

2/1/2008 1:49pm EST
David Bowie
Here's part two of the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. There were two considerations in making the list: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. See A to M here, and check out N to Z:

N: Darling Nikki by Prince because, if you will recall, all her masturbating with a magazine got Tipper Gore's panties all in a bunch, which in turn prompted the Explicit Lyrics stickers.

O: Ophelia by The Band. Pretty cool song, but mostly because there weren't many "O's."


Blink 182, Sweet And The Monkees Offer Downloadable 'Rock Band' Content

1/15/2008 4:58pm EST
Rock Band
Fulfilling the commitment to fans to offer new downloadable content every week, Harmonix and MTV Games announced today that "All the Small Things" by Blink 182, "Action" as made famous by Sweet and "Last Train to Clarksville" as made famous by The Monkees are the latest slate of downloadable Rock Band tracks available for the week of January 15, 2008.

In addition to the 58 songs that come packaged with Rock Band, Harmonix and MTV have been offering a robust calendar of new downloadable content including packs, full albums and individual tracks to satiate the desire for constantly refr...