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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

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20 Celebrities With Gorgeous Green Eyes

April 26th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Green eyes are so rare, only 2 percent of the population reportedly possess them. Interestingly, there are quite a few celebrities who have been blessed with the genetic anomaly. Do green eyes make one more successful?

"Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere has blonde hair and green eyes and is of Italian and German ancestry.

She is known for the NBC series "Heroes" as well as roles in films such as "Bring It On: All or Nothing," "Racing Stripes" and "I Love You, Beth Cooper."

Check out other celebrities with gorgeous green eyes...

Scarlett Johansson ("The Avengers," "Lost In Translatio...
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Smokey Robinson To Launch Clothing Line At Pre-Oscars Fashion Show

February 10th, 2013 2:20pm EST
Smokey Robinson
Soul legend Smokey Robinson is set to launch his new clothing line with a fashion show on the eve of the Oscars.

The dapper singer has teamed up with late boxer Joe Frazier's tailor, James Andrew, to create a signature collection of suits and casual sportswear and the items will be modelled at a pre-Oscar, red carpet event in Los Angeles.

Andrew tells WENN, "Men and women's suiting and sportswear dominate the collection and are intended for today's fashion conscious urbanites."

The fashion show will be held at COUTURE on February 23.

The Smokey Robinson Collection will be exclusively av...
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Fergie, Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg & More Pay Tribute To Dick Clark

April 19th, 2012 11:17am EDT
Dick Clark
Janet Jackson, Fergie, Goldie Hawn, and Snoop Dogg have paid their respects to Dick Clark, who suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.

The veteran broadcaster passed away in a Santa Monica, Dalif., hospital aged 82, and stars around the world have been paying tribute to the man behind TV classics such as "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" shows.

Joining the salutes to the TV and radio icon, Jackson took to Twitter and writes, "Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bles...
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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

February 21st, 2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...
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Michael Jackson's Kids Joined By Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones & More To Launch Hollywood Celebration Of The King Of Pop (See Pics)

January 26th, 2012 8:33pm EST
Michael Jackson's Kids
Michael Jackson's kids kicked off a celebration of their late father's achievements in Hollywood on Thursday when they placed one of the King of Pop's sequined gloves and a pair of his shoes into wet cement outside Grauman's Chinese theater.

Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Blanket joined Smokey Robinson, Justin Bieber and Thriller producer Quincy Jones in front of the Los Angeles landmark - just feet away from Jackson's Walk of Fame star, which became a shrine for fans following his death in 2009.

Jackson's brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie and his mother Katherine also attended t...
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Elton John Raises Millions For AIDS Charity

October 29th, 2011 7:30am EDT
Elton John
Elton John raised more than $2 million for his AIDS charity by throwing a star-studded gala in New York on Wednesday night.

The singer hosted his 10th annual Enduring Vision event at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and stars including Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Rutherford and Sarah Ferguson turned out in support.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo was also in attendance and Elton took the opportunity to thank him for the state's recent recognition of gay marriage, praising the politician for "taking a stand in New York and making t...
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Fans Must Pay To See Michael Jackson's Tribute Concert On Facebook

October 1st, 2011 7:00pm EDT
MIchael Jackson
Michael Jackson's upcoming tribute concert will be the first live pay-per-view show on social networking website Facebook.com.

Millions of fans in over 100 countries are expected to tune in to see the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Smokey Robinson perform at the Michael Forever Tribute Concert in Wales on October 8 thanks to a deal between Facebook, Milyoni, multi-platform distribution company Ridgeline Entertainment and fanetwork, a global social broadcaster.

Using Milyoni's Social Live technology and powered by fanetwork, the show will be available to all ...
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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert To Be Shown In 3D

September 30th, 2011 11:38am EDT
Michael Jackson
The upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert is to be broadcast live in 3D in cinemas across the U.K.

The spectacular Michael Forever show, featuring performances from stars including Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, and the Thriller hit-maker's sister La Toya, will take place in Cardiff, Wales on October 8th.

But fans unable to make it to the venue have been offered an alternative to catch all the action - organizers of the concert have announced the star-studded show will be beamed into 40 cinemas across Great Britain and Northern Ireland in eye-catc...
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Jamie Foxx To Host Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

September 13th, 2011 1:51pm EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx will do more than simply appear at Michael Jackson's tribute concert in Wales next month - he'll host the star-studded show.

The Oscar winner was announced as an addition to the big event, Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert, last week and now his spokesman has confirmed Foxx is presenting stars like Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, and other Jackson family members are scheduled to attend.
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KISS Dropped From Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Line-Up

August 16th, 2011 2:20pm EDT
KISS
Heavy rockers KISS have been axed from the Michael Jackson tribute concert line-up over controversial comments made by bassist Gene Simmons last year.

The band was invited to join acts such as Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson and Leona Lewis as part of the Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales on October 8th.

However, KISS' addition to the concert bill sparked outrage among fans of the pop superstar after Simmons revealed he still had issues with Jackson's past pedophile accusations in a 2010 interview with Classic Rock Magazine.

He told the publicatio...
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KISS Come Under Fire For Joining Michael Jackson Tribute

August 15th, 2011 10:07pm EDT
KISS
Rockers KISS have signed up to perform at a tribute concert for Michael Jackson - a year after bassist Gene Simmons publicly suggested the King of Pop was a paedophile in a magazine interview.

Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert is due to take place on October 8 in Cardiff, Wales, with KISS joining Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis and Smokey Robinson among the acts on the bill.

But Monday's announcement has stirred controversy because Simmons was openly critical of Jackson when he spoke to Classic Rock Magazine last year.

During the interview, the bassist said, "No matter w...
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Christina Aguilera To Join Cee Lo Green At Michael Jackson Memorial Concert

August 11th, 2011 3:26pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is adding her star power to an upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert after agreeing to join her fellow The Voice mentor Cee Lo Green on the bill.

The King of Pop's mother, Katherine, is organizing Michael Forever, The Tribute Concert, which will be held in the superstar's memory on October 8th in Cardiff, Wales.

Green was the first big headliner to sign up for the gig and now Aguilera has been announced as the latest act to join in the celebrations.

Music icon Smokey Robinson and British pop stars Leona Lewis and Craig David are also slated to perform at the even...
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs To Receive ASCAP Award

May 26th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Sean 'Diddy' Combs will be honored with a special prize from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) next month.

The hip-hop star will be feted for his songwriting skills at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on June 24th.

Combs will be handed the Founders Award, following in the footsteps of other famous recipients including Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson and Paul McCartney.

The rapper admits he is delighted with the honor, telling Allhiphop.com in a statement, "To be recognized for my contributions to mu...
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Bob Geldof Wins Groupies' Choice Award

March 21st, 2011 8:22am EDT
Bob Geldof
Rocker Bob Geldof was handed a quirky honor at the South by Southwest festival this weekend - the Groupies' Choice Award.

The former Boomtown Rats singer was presented with the trophy by Austin Music Awards director Margaret Moser at the annual event in Texas.

Geldof - who was at the festival as the keynote speaker and showcase performer - joked during his acceptance speech, "I am overwhelmed. I have received many honors in my life but without a doubt this is the one of which I am most proud."

"I have worked hard for many years to achieve this moment and I would like to thank the coun...
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Alan Jackson To Receive Top ASCAP Honor

August 9th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Alan Jackson
Country music star Alan Jackson is set to be honored with the prestigious Founders Award at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Country Music Awards next month.

The I'll Try hit-maker will be feted at the organization's 48th annual ceremony, held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 14th. The event will honor songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1st, 2009 through March 31st, 2010.

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's top prizes, handed to stars who have "made pioneering contributions to...
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Stars To Honor Michael Jackson With TV Tribute

June 22nd, 2010 11:59am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, LL Cool J and Smokey Robinson have signed up for a star-studded TV tribute to honor the late Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death.

The King of Pop passed away on June 25th, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home; just weeks before he was due to headline his comeback concerts in London. To mark a year since the King's of Pop's passing, a host of music stars will team up for a TV tribute on CBS News' The Early Show on Friday. Aguilera, Anthony and Robinson, as well as rapper LL Cool J and British singer James Morrison...
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99 Song Four CD Box Set Spans Dolly Parton's Spectacular Career

October 14th, 2009 6:58pm EDT
Dolly Parton CD Box Set
If the image of Dolly Parton was indeed to be carved in stone atop a great mountain in her native East Tennessee hills, it would be a worthy honor among the hundreds of honors and awards she has already received - for her accomplishments over the past 50 years as a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, worldwide touring artist, Hollywood actor and TV personality, Broadway entrepreneur, author, amusement theme park owner, celebrated philanthropist, and more.

Not the least of those accomplishments is her litany of hit songs and signature compositions spanning five distinct decades...
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'American Idol' Power Rankings: Week 2

March 27th, 2009 8:17am EDT
American Idol
This week it was revealed that the American Idol wannabes lip-synch their group numbers. I'd never really noticed that before, but tonight it was all I could think about as they sang a Motown medley and looked like fleeing civilians in a "Godzilla" movie. How did it take us this long to unmask this conspiracy?

Of course, there was also a lot of real singing this evening. First it was Ruben Studdard who looked like a bathroom attendant at a five star restaurant and sang a song that I'm pretty sure is called "Every R&B Song Ever Written". At least he gave Jimmy Fallon solace in knowi...
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'American Idol' Recap: Mostly Mediocre & A Bit Karaoke

March 26th, 2009 8:17am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for American Idol to Start:

-Paula Abdul is doing her best Bjork dress impression tonight.

-That still image of Alexis Grace makes her look like a drag queen mannequin. Isn't it bad enough to vote her off prematurely? You had to show that picture?

-Despite the off-the-wall outfit choice, tonight Paula clearly isn't stoned. That's two weeks in a row! How strange.

-What a great way to kill time! Introduce the top ten again after bringing them out during the cold open.

-Wait. Detroit was once a thriving mecca? When did Motown ...
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We're Giving Away A Gibson Guitar To Celebrate Fuse's Rock Hall Induction Ceremony!

March 25th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Gibson Giveaway
Fuse welcomes you to an exclusive look at this year's highly-anticipated, star-studded Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, airing live from Cleveland Ohio's Public Hall on April 4th at 9pm ET/PT. Watch as a chosen few of music's most legendary acts including Metallica and Run DMC join fellow rock legends in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As the exclusive television partner, Fuse is the only place to get a front row seat to the induction ceremony live from Cleveland. The four hour show will carry on the tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of this year's inductees...
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Concert Review: 'The English Beat' At The Loft In Atlanta

February 15th, 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...
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Chris Brown-Rihanna Drama, Kanye West Mullet, And Old People Rule This Year's Grammys

February 9th, 2009 10:51am EST
Neil Diamond
For the 2009 Grammy Awards, Starpulse.com contributing writer Simbarashe keeps a blog as everything happens live! Time for this year's Grammys. Since I'm doing this live I'll have no choice but to post only my initial gut-reactions as things happen, so hopefully this will be to your reading benefit. If someone is hot, I'll let you know. If someone is not, I'll let you know that too. I'm just wondering if anything I blog can or would be used against me.

8:00pm - I'm excited! The Grammys have started!

8:00pm - U2 kick things off with their new single "Get On Your Boots". It's like ZooT...
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Motown Records Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Podcasts & More

January 23rd, 2009 5:00pm EST
Smokey Robinson
A special series of online podcasts featuring rare and intimate conversations with the label's legends, producers, songwriters and singers, are now available at www.classic.motown.com. The podcasts are also available on iTunes.

These exclusive podcasts are just part of a year-long celebration of Motown's 50th and its lasting legacy, which included the Dec. 9 release of Motown: The Complete No. 1's, a 10-CD box set in the shape of the label's famed "Hitsville U.S.A." birthplace in Detroit, featuring more than 200 classic songs from 50 Motown artists that topped charts around the world, ...
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70s Diva Thelma Houston Gives Her Favorite Songs A Woman's Touch

October 14th, 2007 9:30am EDT
Thelma Houston
Thelma Houston, the dynamic voice behind the disco anthem "Don't Leave Me This Way," is back with her first album in over 17 years. In a clever twist, Houston uses A Woman's Touch to transform songs made famous by some of the biggest singers - male singers - in R&B and pop.

The new CD was entirely conceived by Thelma Houston, as well as executive produced by Thelma in association with Stephen Ford of Diva Central, Inc.

A Woman's Touch is filled with songs she has long been a fan of. "They are songs I always wished I had recorded," she explains, "and I loved doing them from a w...
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Queen Latifah To Release Second Jazz Album, 'Trav'lin' Light,' Sept. 25

September 19th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah's new album Trav'lin' Light will be released by famed jazz label Verve Records in conjunction with Flavor Unit Entertainment on September 25.

Produced by three-time Grammy® winner Tommy LiPuma and by Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, the album is the long-awaited follow-up to Latifah's critically-acclaimed and Grammy® nominated release The Dana Owens Album (2004).

Trav'lin' Light is Latifah's second foray into the realm of jazz, soul, and blues. Once again, she embraces a sultry and saucy mix of fabled female vocalists who've inspired her. Exploring the songbooks of ...
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'The Very Best Of Mick Jagger' To Be Released October 2 On Atlantic/Rhino Records

September 13th, 2007 6:15pm EDT
Mick Jagger
LOS ANGELES - The Very Best Of Mick Jagger, the first overview of his distinguished solo career, is set for release in the U.S. on October 2, on Atlantic/Rhino Records. It's a vivid reminder of the compelling gifts that brought Jagger fame in the first place. As an embodiment of all that rock 'n' roll can mean, he is virtually without peer and that is made plain on this compelling 17-track collection, which includes three previously unreleased performances.

But Mick, for better or worse, is also one of those figures who has far eclipsed the realm of rock 'n' roll to become one of the m...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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Chart Topping Hits Of Soul Heard Decade By Decade In Four New 'Soul Number 1's' Collections

April 30th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul is at the heart of hip-hop, providing the inspiration for today's chart-topping hip-hop tracks. Now four new compilations present the best of soul--a total of 67 recordings, every track a #1 (nearly all on the R&B chart)--from the '60s to the '90s. Each of the Hip-O/UMe Soul Number 1's albums in the new UMe Number 1's series is released April 3 and packaged in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable.

In the '60s, soul was cool. '60s Soul Number...
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You'll Keep That Lovin' Feeling With 18 New Pop Number 1's Compilations; Win Them All!

April 11th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Number 1
Great pop songs are ones you not only remember forever but remind you of the feelings you had when they shot up the charts. On three decade by decade--the '60s through the '80s--Hip-O/UMe Pop Number 1's albums in the new and ongoing UMe Number 1's series, those #1 songs and the feelings they recall are back. Love Songs Number 1's, also released April 3, 2007, brings together the ultimate love songs that topped the charts. All titles will be released in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) w...
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