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2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed And More

October 9th, 2014 10:09am EDT
2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, N
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations have been announced and once again, the eclectic group of musicians is not without its dark horses.

Making the cutoff just before the 25 year mark, both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were nominated. The debut albums for both artists were in 1989. Green Day's debut EP "1,000 Hours" came out in April 1989, and Nine Inch Nails’ first album "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in October of 1989.

Also in the running for a prestigious spot in the Rock Hall are N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, ...
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Morrissey Bashes Late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher In Online Rant

April 9th, 2013 12:16pm EDT
CELEBNAME
Outspoken British singer Morrissey has lashed out at late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who passed away on Monday at the age of 87.

The former Smiths frontman condemned the Iron Lady in an open letter on liberal website The Daily Beast on Monday, calling her "a terror without an atom of humanity."

"Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others," he began his rant.

"She destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the art...
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Morrissey 'Hates' British Royal Family, Calls Them 'Absolutely Horrible People'

October 11th, 2012 11:13am EDT
Morrissey
Rocker Morrissey has brought his anti-monarchy stance to America after insisting the members of Britain's royal family are "arrogant" and "horrible."

The former The Smiths singer hit headlines with his remarks about the Queen and her family last year following the royal wedding, and he was on the attack again this summer when Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

On Tuesday, he lashed out at the royals again during an irreverent TV chat with comedian Stephen Colbert, insisting there was nothing pleasant about watching Brits celebrate The Queen's 60 years on the throne.

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Morrissey Addresses Falklands Debate At Argentina Show

March 4th, 2012 5:00pm EST
Morrissey
Outspoken British rocker Morrissey waded into the debate over the Falkland Islands during a concert in Argentina on Thursday.

The Smiths star performed a gig in Cordoba, Argentina and he used the opportunity to address the ongoing issues over the disputed British-held region, insisting the Atlantic Ocean archipelago should belong to Argentina.

During the show, Morrissey addressed the islands by their Argentinian name, the Malvinas, and told the crowd, "You know of course the Malvinas Islands, everybody knows they belong to Argentina so please do not blame the British people, we know the i...
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Justin Bieber Wins Worst Album Award At NME Awards; Florence Welch Triumphs

March 1st, 2012 8:30am EST
Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday.

Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.

Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honors British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).

Kasabian were named Best British Band ...
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Morrissey Plans To End Lawsuit Against NME Magazine - If He Gets An Apology

December 24th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Morrissey
Singer Morrissey has urged magazine bosses to apologize and end an ongoing lawsuit to prevent a costly court battle.

The former The Smiths frontman has issued a writ against NME alleging comments he made in a 2007 interview were "altered" to make him "sound racist."

The case is due to go before the High Court in London in the new year but the rocker has now made an 11th-hour plea to bosses of the publication, urging them to apologize to him and bring the lawsuit to an end.

In a statement, he writes, "As the year dies, I return to England to prepare for the High Court circus of the NME ca...
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Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey Complains About Being Ridiculed For His Opinions

October 14th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Morrissey
Outspoken rocker Morrissey is convinced he is ridiculed for voicing his opinions on current affairs and fears he is now known only as a "bigmouth."

The former Smiths frontman has strong views on a number of topics, from animal rights to Britain's royal family, and has never shied away from putting his point across.

However, the star now fears he has become known as "Mad Morrissey" for being so outspoken - and headline writers can't resist referencing The Smiths song "Bigmouth Strikes Again" when he makes controversial comments.

He tells Clash magazine, "I think I am officially 'Mad Morri...
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Morrissey Unapologetic About Insensitive Norway Massacre Comments

July 31st, 2011 3:29pm EDT
Morrissey
Outspoken singer Morrissey is refusing to retract controversial comments he made comparing the massacre in Norway to the daily slaughter of animals for fast food outlets, insisting they are morally equivalent.

The staunch vegetarian launched into the rant while onstage in Warsaw, Poland last weekend, just two days after two terror attacks in Oslo plunged the Norwegian nation into mourning.

Before starting his track "Meat Is Murder," the former The Smiths star told the crowd, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown... Though that is nothing compared to what ha...
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Morrissey Unrepentant About His Norway Massacre Comments

July 30th, 2011 8:20pm EDT
Morrissey
Outspoken singer Morrissey is refusing to retract controversial comments he made comparing the massacre in Norway to the daily slaughter of animals for fast food outlets, insisting they are morally equivalent.

The staunch vegetarian launched into the rant while onstage in Warsaw, Poland last weekend, just two days after two terror attacks in Oslo plunged the Norwegian nation into mourning.

Before starting his track Meat Is Murder, the former The Smiths star told the crowd, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown... Though that is nothing compared to what hap...
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Morrissey Releasing Autobiography At The End Of 2012

July 14th, 2011 11:00pm EDT
Morrissey
Former The Smiths star Morrissey is to release his autobiography at the end of 2012.

The cult singer has been the subject of many books, but he has yet to write his own account of his life.

Joking "the innocent are named and the guilty are protected", the British star tells Billboard.com the tome will hit book stores and the Internet in December, 2012.

He says, "I see it as the sentimental climax to the last 30 years. It will not be published until December 2012, which gives me just enough time to pack all I own in a box and disappear to central Brazil."
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Morrissey Slams The Royal Family

April 27th, 2011 8:54am EDT
Morrissey
Singer Morrissey has blasted Britain's royal family ahead of Prince William's wedding later this week, insisting he won't be watching the event unfold because the monarchy is full of "benefit scroungers."

The prince is set to wed Kate Middleton on Friday and the impending nuptials have been met with excitement from stars including Helen Mirren and Snoop Dogg, while David and Victoria Beckham will be among those in attendance.

However, the former The Smiths rocker, who is famously anti-royal, admits he can't understand the hysteria surrounding the marriage.

He tells BBC 5Live, "Why woul...
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Morrissey At Center Of Racism Controversy

September 7th, 2010 10:05pm EDT
Morrissey
Outspoken rocker Morrissey is at the center of another racism controversy following remarks he made about the Chinese in a recent interview.

The former Smiths singer called the Chinese a "subspecies" in a recent interview with Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine, as he attempted to put his feelings about the country's animal rights atrocities into words.

He asked interviewer Simon Armitage, "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies."

His comments have upset anti-ra...
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Katy Perry's Krusty Pussy

May 13th, 2010 8:53am EDT
Katy Perry
Engaged couple Katy Perry and Russell Brand aren't waiting to wed to expand their family - they've purchased a new kitten, called Krusty.

Perry took to Twitter to tell followers that Krusty has joined their cat family, calling the kitten her "third child."

Perry has a pet called Kitty Purry, while her fiance's cat is called Morrissey, after the former The Smiths star.

See more photos of Katy here!
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And The Best Albums Of The Last 25 Years Are...

April 26th, 2010 9:13am EDT
Achtung Baby
U2's "Achtung Baby" has been named the best album of the last 25 years in a new magazine poll.

Editors of Spin are celebrating the monthly magazine's 25th year with countdowns of their top moments and concert highlights from the quarter-century, and they've crowned U2's 1991 album the best release.

Prince's "Sign O' The Times" came in second and The Smiths' "The Queen is Dead" is third.

"Nevermind" by Nirvana and Radiohead's "OK Computer" complete the top five.
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Morrissey Angered By Use Of Dead Animals In Art

March 17th, 2010 8:35am EDT
Morrissey
Morrissey has taken aim at controversial artist Damien Hirst for using dead animals in his exhibitions.

Hirst, who is famous for his rotting bull and a dead tiger shark set in formaldehyde, has appalled the staunch vegetarian singer/songwriter with his art for years and now Morrissey is speaking out.

In a new article in Interview magazine, the former The Smiths star suggests Hirst should have his head "kept in a bag" for the way he uses dead animals.

He says, "I dislike the 'use' of animals in art, such as in the work of Damien Hirst...Dead butterflies, cows, horses, humans, sheep and sh...
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Summer Movie Awards Part 2: Best Film, Worst Title & More

September 10th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Bruno
The summer movie season is finally at its end. Yesterday we listed Part 1 of the first annual "Summer Movie Awards" in categories such as: surprise hit, the bomb nobody noticed, indie hit, and most disappointing. Check out more films that deserve to be recognized for their summer performances:

The Death by Twitter Award

Winner: "Bruno"

This movie made more than 20 percent of its gross in the first night. After that evening, the Twiterrati hit their little squawk box to spread the word that there was far too much spreading of limbs in this bit of borderline pornography. The resul...
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Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

March 8th, 2009 12:20pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...
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Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
Radiohead
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, May 22

May 22nd, 2008 3:00am EDT
Morrissey
Happy Birthday to sexy British lass Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan (1978), British supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (1970), The Smiths singer Morrissey (1959), Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (1950), late soccer phenom George Best (1946; d. 2005), Late "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" actor Paul Winfield (1941; d. 1999), pianist Peter Nero (1934), American musician Sun Ra (1914; d. 1993), English actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907; d. 1989), American expatriate impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844; d. 1926), and German composer Richard Wagner (1813; d. 1883).

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The Cat Empire Unveil Dancing Nuns; New Album, "So Many Nights," Out 4/22

March 31st, 2008 9:45am EDT
The Cat Empire
Getting chased around by scantily clad nuns isn't an everyday occurrence for most of us. But for Australian superstars The Cat Empire it's not necessarily out of the ordinary. Watch as said nuns herd up the guys and drop them off in the back alley of a Melbourne venue. The video culminates with the band onstage, replete with a massive crowd, horn section and - you guessed it - dancing nuns.

For the uninitiated, The Cat Empire have been lauded for their insanely fun, high-intensity live shows. After all, they've traveled across five continents and have performed over 600 gigs. In...
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'Girl In A Coma' Currently On Tour In Europe With 'Morrissey' Takes Time To Talk

February 18th, 2008 9:59am EST
Girl in a Coma
Starpulse recently caught up with the up-and-coming band Girl in a Coma as they opened for Morrissey in Europe. Hailing from San Antonio, GIAC is Nina Diaz on vocals and guitar, sister Phanie Diaz on drums, and Jenn Alva on bass guitar. These girls in a coma took over as the opening act for the remainder of Morrissey's U.S. tour last fall and the entire European leg after that. This coveted gig is only a dream for most bands.

The Girls describe their sound as "melodic punk." That just about nails it. With the opening track "Clumsy Sky" - a song that starts off hushed, then builds ...
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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 1

January 31st, 2008 2:46pm EST
Simon and Garfunkel
I recently started thinking about 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. This project became a bit of a labor of love since there were two important, sometimes conflicting, considerations: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. Ultimately, I had to pick songs that struck the best balance between these two considerations.

A: Amie by Pure Prairie League. A nod to Angie by The Rolling Stones, but if he's dumping her she couldn't have been that great.

B: Bernadette b...
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Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...
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Daniel Merriweather Brings Us His Soulful Singing

December 10th, 2007 1:26pm EST
Daniel Merriweather
Daniel Merriweather is primarily known from his work with celebrated New York DJ and producer Mark Ronson and for the cover of The Smiths' classic single, "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before".

Merriweather has also released two singles, "City rules" and "She's Got Me" (from Ronson's 2004 solo debut Here Comes The Fuzz), both of which have been popular at clubs in London, Paris and New York. In just a short amount of time, Merriweather has culled anticipation of his upcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album, due out on J/ Allido next year.

Allido Records was co-founded ...
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'The Brit Box' Features UK Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium

November 18th, 2007 9:30am EST
The Brit Box
The king's ransom of influential and diverse U.K.-based indie pop & rock acts that emerged from Great Britain in the broad wake of '80s post-punk has never been chronicled with serious attention -- until now, and Rhino's vast 4-CD retrospective The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium does just that.

While many artists featured here enjoyed superstar status in Mother England, their impact on U.S. charts was more peripheral-- but their stylistic imprint and collective uber-hip peer-pressure on late 20th century popular music overall is undeniable. Wit...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 1

June 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Heidi Klum
Happy Birthday to actor Oliver James (1980), Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette (1974), German supermodel Heidi Klum (1973), comedic actor Mark Curry (1964), The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce (1963), The Cure bassist Simon Gallup (1960), Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder (1959), "Knots Landing" actress Lisa Hartman (1956), Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood (1947), British actor Jonathan Pryce (1947), "X-Men 2" actor Brian Cox (1946), "Star Trek DS9" actor Rene Auberjonois (1940), "Blazing Saddles" sheriff Cleavon Little (1939; d. 1992), prolific actor Morgan Freeman (1937), singer Pat Boone (1...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 22

May 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Morrissey
Happy Birthday to sexy British lass Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan (1978), British supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (1970), The Smiths singer Morrissey (1959), Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (1950), late soccer phenom George Best (1946; d. 2005), Late "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" actor Paul Winfield (1941; d. 1999), pianist Peter Nero (1934), American musician Sun Ra (1914; d. 1993), English actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907; d. 1989), American expatriate impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844; d. 1926), and German composer Richard Wagner (1813; d. 1883).
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'So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley' Is The First Anthology Of The Late Singer

May 7th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Jeff Buckley
One of rock's hardest lessons is that the impact of an artist's career is often not measured by the time he spends among us, but rather by the intensity with which his music reverberates after he is gone. Jeff Buckley yielded one original studio album on Columbia Records during his lifetime, the impossibly glorious Grace, released in the summer of 1994. It made its way onto many a fan and critic's list as one of the most important recordings of the '90s.

Buckley's "lamentably brief career," as it has been characterized by his mother, Mary Guibert, came to a tragic and untimely end on...
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Mark Ronson Remixes Modern Classics On 'Version'

May 3rd, 2007 6:32pm EDT
Mark Ronson
It's hard to imagine how Producer, DJ, Artist, and Allido label boss Mark Ronson found the time to bring this album to fruition. Somehow, in the midst of producing some of the most defining sounds of 2006 and 2007 (Lily Allen's debut Check. Sessions with Christina Aguilera Check. Amy Winehouse's stunning album with its hit song "Rehab" Check.), Ronson was able to conceive, curate, create, record and compile Version - an album nothing short of perfect. Taking its impetus from a Radiohead cover ("Just") he redefined in 2005 with Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald, a Stax-spirited version was ...
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