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Waiting On the End of the World: Ten Songs For the Apocalypse

December 20th, 2012 1:00pm EST
2012
December 21, 2012 marks the possible end of the Mayan calendar and somehow as a result the end of the world. So, in order to prepare for the event, why not listen to some fitting music instead of digging a bomb shelter. It will certainly make your neighbors think more highly of you.

10. "Five Years" David Bowie

Bowie's "Five Years" is a song about humanity learning that they only have five years left to exist. The song details the devestation that is felt by those who hear the news, and features a narrator who cannot comprehend the end of existence. So, when someone someday establishes ...
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2011 - The Year In Review, September

January 1st, 2012 5:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
September was a month rapper T.I. would like to both remember and forget - he completed an 11-month prison sentence for a probation violation only to run into legal trouble again soon after his initial release for conducting illegal business deals on his way to a halfway house. It wasn't a great month for Madonna either - her movie take on the romance between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII was savaged by critics at the Venice Film Festival, while her ex-husband Guy Ritchie became a dad again.

Celine Dion was left shaken up after an intruder was found running a bath at her Montreal, Canada ...
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Kirsten Dunst Feels She 'Made It' Because R.E.M. Star Is Her Neighbor

November 5th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst has been a successful actor for over two decades, and she’s only 29. Now that she is a grown-up living on her own, she finally feels like she’s made it. Not because of he successful movies or her awards, but because of her neighbor.

“There are moments when you know you’ve actually made it,” Dunst said, speaking at a Young Hollywood panel at AFI Fest. “I’m a big R.E.M. fan. When I was younger, I used to jump around to ‘Stand’ in my living room. Now Michael Stipe is my neighbor. That’s when I made it. Michael Stipe is my neighbor.”

Not only does Dunst have a famous neighbor, b...
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Kirsten Dunst Stars In R.E.M's Final Video (Watch It!)

October 28th, 2011 9:07am EDT
Kirsten Dunst
R.E.M.'s poignant final video for the group's last single release "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" is a three-and-a-half minute study of actress Kirsten Dunst.

Directed by frontman Michael Stipe and Dominic DeJoseph, the black and white promo doesn't feature any of the band members - just the actress listening to the group's swansong while trying to stifle the giggles.

A second version of the video features poet and filmmaker John Giorno.

R.E.M. shocked the music world last month when the band announced it was splitting after 19 years.
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R.E.M. Caps 31-Year Recording Career With First Ever Definitive Greatest Hits Album, Out Nov. 15

October 2nd, 2011 8:30am EDT
R.E.M.
After R.E.M. ignited the blogosphere on September 21st with the news that they had decided to "call it a day as a band" via a statement on their website, the beloved band have announced that they will release their final album, R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 - 2011, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011. The album is a 40-song career-spanning retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.'s entire back catalog, including the pioneering American band's years on both the IRS label (1982 to 1987) and Warner Bros. Rec...
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Michael Stipe Once Thrown Out Of A Gig At Gunpoint

May 9th, 2011 11:45pm EDT
Michael Stipe
REM frontman Michael Stipe was once thrown out of a concert at gunpoint after he tried to excrement on stage.

The musician was performing in America in the 1980s when he became offended by the audience, who mistook his band for a ska group.

In protest, Stipe pulled down his trousers and tried to relieve himself in front of the shocked crowd - but the band was thrown out of the venue with guns held to them following the incident.

He tells Interview magazine, "I pulled my pants down (on stage) once and tried to take a s**t on stage as a protest to an audience who thought we were a ska band...
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Michael Stipe: 'I Was Afraid That I Was Sick With AIDS'

May 9th, 2011 11:42am EDT
Michael Stipe
REM frontman Michael Stipe became so ill as he battled bulimia, he thought he was suffering from AIDS.

The singer experienced a breakdown after the band shot to fame in the 1980s and spent a year in the grip of the eating disorder. Stipe admits he struggled to deal with the group's success, and ended up "unraveling on the inside."

He tells Interview magazine, "I distinctly remember a conversation with my band in the van where I was having a complete meltdown. It was 1984, I think, and I was huddled in the back corner of our van and saying, 'I can't do this. I can't do this.' I didn't wa...
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Hanson Re-Broadcast Successful Japan Aid Telethon

April 5th, 2011 10:45pm EDT
Hanson
"Mmmbop" hitmakers Hanson are re-broadcasting their 12-hour online telethon for Japan after the initial charity event raised $100,000 for the earthquake and tsunami relief effort.

The trio was joined by R.E.M. star Michael Stipe, shock rocker Andrew W.K. and the Boxer Rebellion, among others, for the telethon, which they organised during the South by Southwest festival in Texas last month.

The event was a big success and now brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are re-airing the eclectic show to raise more cash for the American Red Cross.

Taylor Hanson tells Spinner.com, "The stream was...
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Global Music Effort Launches "Songs For Japan" Album On iTunes to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

March 25th, 2011 4:08pm EDT
Songs For Japan
Proceeds from Star-Studded Album to Support Disaster Relief Efforts of Japanese Red Cross

In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today (www.itunes.com/songsforjapan). Proceeds from the album's sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cros...
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R.E.M.'s new Album 'Collapse Into Now' Released Today on Warner Bros. Records

March 8th, 2011 10:48pm EST
R.E.M.
R.E.M. release their eagerly awaited new studio album, Collapse Into Now, today, March 8th, on Warner Bros. Records. The album has already receiving glowing praise from such media outlets as Spin, Rolling Stone (which said the band “roar back with Collapse Into Now”), and NPR, which wrote that the album “reaffirms R.E.M. as a vital, thoughtful, and gifted band with plenty left to say.”

Collapse Into Now found R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teaming with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, whoproduced the band’s acclai...
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Michael Stipe & Eddie Vedder's New Single Leaked Online

December 21st, 2010 11:34pm EST
Michael Stipe
A new musical collaboration between rockers Eddie Vedder and Michael Stipe has leaked online.

"It Happened Today," which features on R.E.M.'s new album, leaked on Monday night.

Pearl Jam star Vedder has long been associated with Stipe and R.E.M. - he often appears onstage at concerts and he inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

R.E.M.'s Collapse Into Now is set for release in March.

Neither Vedder, Stipe nor R.E.M. have commented about the Internet leak.
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'Glee' Recap: Keeping the Faith

October 6th, 2010 11:18am EDT
finn
This week’s "Glee" summoned a higher power than Britney Spears and gave us a good reason to continue to believe in this show. Our prayers for a character and plot-driven episode were answered! 'Grilled Cheesus' had a story, a clear theme, and a variety of interesting musical interpretations of said theme that deserve to be praised. So now, to continue our sacred tradition, let’s recap last night’s show…

Are You There God? It’s Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi...

To take on a complex subject like religion, ‘Glee’ begins with a Christ-like imprint in Finn’s grilled cheese. This perfectly absurd deity becomes...
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R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts' Makes Most Men Cry

September 30th, 2010 12:12pm EDT
REM
R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts is the song most likely to make men sob, according to a new British survey.

The tune beat Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton's heartfelt tribute to his dead son - to top a new poll conducted by PRS for Music, an organization which collects royalties.

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah was third and Sinead O'Connor was the only woman on the list at four with Prince-penned song Nothing Compares 2 U.

Also making the top 10: With or Without You by U2, The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work and Candle in the Wind by Elton John.

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Mariah Carey Gets, Ahem, Leggy - Hot Or Not?

February 16th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey held a concert at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, and she strutted her stuff in a large billowing dress on a swing. Go Mimi! Is it just us, or do her legs seem a little chunk-tastic? Check out more pics after the jump, and you decide!

An all-star collaboration of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" for earthquake-stricken Haiti has set a new record after becoming the U.K.'s fastest-selling charity single this century. In addition to Mariah, Leona Lewis & Susan Boyle performed on the cover track.

The bad news is Mariah was recently nominated as the decade's worst actress by the ...
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Simon Cowell's 'Everybody Hurts' Makes History

February 10th, 2010 6:58am EST
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell's all-star collaboration Everybody Hurts for earthquake-stricken Haiti has set a new record after becoming the U.K.'s fastest-selling charity single this century. The American Idol judge recruited a host of stars, including Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle, to perform on the R.E.M. cover track in a bid to raise money for survivors of last month's tremor.

Since its release on Sunday, the song has already shifted more than 200,000 units - and it's on course to have the biggest first week sales of any single since 2000. A spokesperson for the Official Charts Company s...
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The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...
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Tokio Hotel, Howie Day, Just Jinjer, Wolfmother & R.E.M. (New Videos)

September 27th, 2009 3:00pm EDT
Tokio Hotel, Howie Day, Wolfmother, Just Jinjer, R.E.M.
Check out a new behind-the-scenes video from Tokio Hotel, Howie Day's latest, South Africa's Just Jinjer, Wolfmother's latest 'Transmission From The Cosmic Egg', and a live R.E.M. video in anticipation of their upcoming live DVD. Also, have a listen to newcomer Agnes' debut single. Check it all out!

Check out Howie Day's new video, "Be There"

Just Jinjer's "What He Means":

"What He Means"

To help lead up to the Oct 27 release of R.E.M.'s Live at the Olympia, check out the video for "Man-Sized Wreath" (Live from Dublin)...

R.E.M.- Man-Sized Wreath

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Norah Jones' New Album, 'The Fall', Due Nov. 17

September 16th, 2009 9:51pm EDT
Norah Jones new album The Fall
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced the title and release date of her upcoming album, "The Fall", her fourth studio album which will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17. Jones has also revealed the cover artwork for the album, which features a portrait by photographer Autumn de Wilde.

Jones was the surprise guest performer at Apple's "It's Only Rock n' Roll" press conference in San Francisco. Her breakout album Come Away With Me is one of the first albums to be released in the iTunes LP format, a new feature of iTunes 9 that rei...
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Concert Review: Collective Soul At Centennial Park

September 9th, 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...
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R.E.M. Singer Michael Stipe's Moustache

April 22nd, 2009 12:02pm EDT
Michael Stipe stache picture
Always on the lookout for new celebrity cookie dusters, we couldn't help but notice 49-year-old R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe's thick moustache at the 6th Annual Food Bank For New York "Can-Do" Awards Dinner.

What do you think of Michael's 'stache? Keep it or shave it? Leave a comment below!

See also: Celebrities Trying To Bring Back The Mustache

Keep it or shave it? Leave a comment below!

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Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

January 27th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...
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The Bush Administration: A Musical Tribute

January 14th, 2009 9:21am EST
George W. Bush
It's been a long eight years for America…longer for some than others (see New Orleans). Luckily, we have some very creative musical artists out there suffering along with us. For them, the first amendment is expressed through their music.

These 30 selections may relate to the War in Iraq, the Katrina debacle, our shaky mantle as "The Greatest Country In The World," our desire to have a President smarter than us (see "nucular"), and the list goes on.

As we all hopefully look forward to our next President, let's take one last look back (and good-bye) at George W. Bush, and some so...
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Bon Voyage: Stars Who Threaten To Leave USA If Their Candidate Doesn't Win

November 4th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Bush
In every election passion and enthusiasm can run very high, leading to many stars to make announcements and proclamations that they wouldn't ordinarily make. One statement that is almost always heard in every election is "If my guy (sorry Hillary supporters) doesn't win, then I'm out of here."

Here is a list of a few celebrities who have boldly and gallantly made the declaration to leave this country if their candidate doesn't win.

Seal Will Leave U.S. If McCain Wins

British singer Seal has vowed to quit America if Republican presidential candidate Jo...
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Snow Patrol Return With 'A Hundred Million Suns' Oct. 28

September 20th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol will release A Hundred Million Suns (Polydor/Fiction/Geffen Records) on October 28th 2008. The album is preceded by the fantastic single "Take Back The City", which comes with a video shot in East London courtesy of acclaimed video director Alex Courtes (The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army").

Gary Lightbody (vocals/guitars) says, "I'm so proud of this record. Everybody played out of their skin. Garret (Jacknife Lee) continued his progression from maverick genius to one of the best producers in the world. Musically, lyrically and sonically the best record we've made"

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Concert Review: R.E.M. in Atlanta, GA 6/21/08

June 23rd, 2008 2:27pm EDT
REM
It's been a long wait for the fans of R.E.M. Not so much to see their band play live, but to grab hold of such a high quality piece of work as this year's "Accelerate." Not since the early nineties have they recorded a rock and roll album with such intensity. It seems that since the departure of drummer Bill Berry in 1997, they have drifted aimlessly from album to album. Don't get me wrong…there have been some real gems. But overall, no "big plays." Not until 2008, and what turned out to be one of R.E.M.'s most critically praised releases in years.

For the final stop on their Nor...
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'Wanderlust': Song-By-Song with Gavin Rossdale

May 26th, 2008 11:00am EDT
Gavin Rossdale
Some Days: I met someone from Fox in a grocery store who came up and asked if maybe I could write something for TV. It was nice because I love being commissioned. I must have been a dog in a previous life because I quite like someone throwing a ball and I have to fetch it. So I wrote the song for this TV show Drive. They had sixty songs already but felt they all missed the mark. It was a show about people on a journey, so I looked at it through my eyes and I wrote this song the next day. They loved it. I thought "Great – this song will make me a star like something on Grey's Anatomy." The...
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New Live CD/DVD From The Gossip, 'Live In Liverpool,' Out April 15

April 10th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Gossip
Recorded live in concert on July 9, 2007, Gossip - Live In Liverpool brilliantly captures and focuses the stunning ferocity, energy and intensity at the heart of Gossip's groundbreaking meld of sound and politics. This incendiary concert showcase breaks out definitive performances of Gossip signature tunes including the band's UK #1 Indie chart-topping smash, "Standing In The Way Of Control"; the UK Top 40 hit, "Listen Up"; and the #3 UK Indie track, "Jealous Girls" in addition to delightfully provocative covers of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?"

"Goss...
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R.E.M.'s Return Accelerates Revival

April 10th, 2008 4:01pm EDT
R.E.M.
Legend has it that guitarist Peter Buck was working at Wuxtry Records in Athens, Georgia when Michael Stipe strolled in. They talked about music and bands. The rest is history. Twenty-eight years and fourteen albums later R.E.M. has become the little band that could. With the 1982 EP "Chronic Town" and 1983's "Murmur," the college radio indie sound was all but invented by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. Back then, supporters could join the R.E.M. Fan Club for $10. Always the band to put its fans first, membership is still $10.

After a hugely successful deca...
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Check Out A Fine Frenzy's New Video For 'Almost Lover'

March 24th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol inhabits a vivid imaginary world populated by siren songs and sailors, sightless creatures and fragile fallen eagles, a place where almost lovers and hopeless dreams are bid a melancholy musical farewell.

And on One Cell in the Sea, Sudol allows the listener inside that often-fantastical world, revealing her inner life via songs Harp magazine praised as "fraught, haunted and beautiful."

One Cell in the Sea is the 14-song debut from A Fine Frenzy, the lineup fronted by 22- year-old singer/pianist Sudol. While A Fine Frenzy's songs are ethereal, the musical and ly...
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Video Game Review: 'Singstar' Series Brings Karaoke Home

March 18th, 2008 12:03pm EDT
Singstar 90s
Oh, the '90s. Too young to be considered hip in an ironic and nostalgic way, it currently sits in the awkward phase, awaiting d-list comedians to show up at VH1 with their best Bill Clinton jokes tucked away for such an occasion. While the decade gave us some spectacular artists like Beck and Nirvana, it also offered the dregs of the musical society with Chumbawamba and MC Hammer. Singstar: '90s has a collection of both worlds, offering the chance to croon along with some of your favorite songs and videos – then cringe at the hilariously bad tunes and their awkward visual pieces.

Sings...
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