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Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...

50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”


Unforgettable Musical Moments On 'David Letterman Show'

5/17/2015 3:00pm EDT
Incredible Musical Guest Performances On 'The David Letterman Sh
David Letterman is nothing short of a cultural icon – he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the game. As incredible a comedian and talk show host as he is, one of Letterman’s greatest contributions to pop culture are the musical guests and their respective performances that have graced his show. With The Late Show With David Letterman ending May 20, 2015, celebrating the most memorable and unforgettable musical moments from the show is only fitting.

The question becomes, where do you begin when you examine a plethora of music performances on both Late Night With David Letterman...

Music You'll Never Run From

3/13/2015 2:02pm EDT
21 Songs You Don’t Wanna ‘Run’ From!
Some music turns you off the first time you hear it makes you wanna run from it, never to be annoyed or turned off by it again. And then there’s the good stuff, those songs that you would never, ever run from. This list is filled with the good stuff – songs that you embrace, and spin over and over on your iPod. Here are 21 songs you don’t wanna ‘run’ from!

1) Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell” (The Wall, 1979)

Doesn’t the title say it all, honestly? “Run, Run, Run… you better run all day / and run all night.” It’s like “Run Forrest, runnnnn!”

2) Kelly Clarkson featuring John Legend, “...

Kanye West, U2 Perform At World AIDS Day Concert

12/2/2014 12:14pm EST
Springsteen, Chris Martin Perform With U2 At World AIDS Day Conc
Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin filled in for Bono at a U2 concert in New York on World AIDS Day on Monday. Kanye West and Carrie Underwood also performed at the free event in Times Square.

Bono was unable to perform because he's still recovering after falling off his bicycle in Central Park last month.

Springsteen and Martin (who wore a t-shirt with the word "Substitu2" on it) made their debut with U2, calling themselves: "U2 Minus 1."

Martin sang "Beautiful Day" and "With or Without You," while Springsteen belted out "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Ha...

12 ‘Dark’ Songs

11/1/2014 3:00pm EDT
12 ‘Dark’ Songs
The key to this list – every song title must feature some form of the work dark. The results of searching all songs with the word dark in it – epic, eclectic, and nothing short of captivating.

1) Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Prism, 2013)

One of the best tracks from Katy Perry’s Prism, “Dark Horse” has a gangsta beat not to mention the fact that she collaborates with gangsta/dirty south rapper Juicy J. This #1 hit is dark and infectious.

2) Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side” (Stronger, 2011)

Kelly Clarkson’s words speak true on her spectacularly ‘dark’ single “Dark ...

Happy Birthday!

9/23/2014 7:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Happy Birthday to:

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen (1949)

Actor Skylar Astin (1987)

Actress Anneliese Van der Pol (1984)

Actress Kate French (1984)

Singer Matt White (1980)

Actor Anthony Mackie (1979)

Actress Keri Lynn Pratt (1978)

Model Kip Pardue (1976)

Actor Rob James-Collier (1976)

Actress Jaime Bergman (1975)

Rapper Jermaine Dupri (1972)

Folk singer Ani DiFranco (1970)

Actress LisaRaye (1966)

Actor Chi McBride (1961)

Actress Elizabeth Pena (1959)

Actor Jason Alexander (1959)

Actress Rosalind Chao (1957)

Actress Mary Kay Place (1947)

Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias (1943)...

10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014

9/7/2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014
Sometimes, you just need to totally ‘rock’ out – right on, right on. Sometimes it’s all about busting out the air guitar or pretending you’re banging away on the drums like Animal from The Muppets. Well… maybe not the Animal thing – that’s a bit much. But in the spirit of rock n roll, with a little help from the alternative side of things as well, here are 10 rocking rock songs from 2014.

No, not all of them are manic, exhilarating up-tempo joints (yep, we’re talking to you Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Counting Crows), but all 10 songs are special and worth spinning. Here go...

Springsteen Has A New Passion

8/29/2014 8:17am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is the latest celebrity to add author to his resume. The rocker is turning his 2009 track "Outlaw Pete" into a children's book.

The singer and cartoonist Frank Caruso are teaming up to transform the tune into a story book that is expected to be released in November.

Caruso explained: "When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.

"Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weav...

Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

7/4/2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribute, Hall & Oates, KISS & More

4/11/2014 10:00am EDT
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribut
The surviving members of Nirvana paid tribute to late singer Kurt Cobain at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday by inviting several women of rock on stage to perform the band's classic songs.

Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon belted out "Aneurysm," St. Vincent sang "Lithium," and Lorde closed out the set with "All Apologies."

Cobain's mother, sister and his widow, Hole singer Courtney Love, joined drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on the podium at the Barclays Center to honor the grunge singer.

12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

3/27/2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...

Lorde 'Honored' That Bruce Springsteen Covered Her Hit Single 'Royals' At New Zealand Gig

3/7/2014 12:08pm EST
Bruce Springsteen opened up his concert at Auckland, New Zealand's Mount Smart Stadium with a solo acoustic version of native singer Lorde's smash hit "Royals."

The Boss took the stage with just his guitar and a harmonica and belted out a crowd-pleasing rendition of the Grammy Award-winning single.

Lorde was stunned when she heard the news via twitter, as she was touring the U.S. at the time.

"My Twitter went mental," the 17-year-old singer explained to Australia's "Everyone in New Zealand was like 'You can't believe what just happened!' It was so exciting. It was the highes...

Bruce Springsteen Is Tops With High Hopes

1/23/2014 10:54am EST
Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’
Bruce Springsteen lands at a familiar position, no.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  High Hopes didn’t exactly deliver killer numbers, but the 99,000 copies it moved was enough to give The Boss another notch in his belt… err another no. 1 album.   Perhaps the more negative view of Springsteen’s latest number one is the likelihood of an unfavorable overall ceiling for the album.  Folks, where are 99,000 copies going? That’s rhetorical.

Other albums debut, albeit so-so.  Kidz Bop’s umpteenth album arrives at no. 3, behind the Frozen soundtrack.  The 76,000 copies are actually respectable...

Bruce Springsteen Shows The King Who's Boss With Number-One Debut Of 'High Hopes'

1/22/2014 9:11pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen's latest record, "High Hopes," has topped the charts after selling just shy of 100,000 copies during its first week of release. It's The Boss's first album to debut with under six-figures of copies sold since at least 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data.

"High Hopes" is Springsteen's 11th number-one debut, moving past Elvis Presley on the all-time list.

While Jay-Z's 13 may be attainable for the 64-year-old performer, the Beatles' record of 19 may be a bit challenging.

Coming in second is the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen, followed by "Kidz Bop 25," w...

Review: Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes'

1/17/2014 11:21am EST
Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’
When the word ‘unreleased’ gets thrown around alongside ‘new album’, often critics and fans alike find themselves prejudging the album release.  Frequently, it seems that albums featuring previously unreleased, unheard material and covers (reinterpretations) tend to be so-so or a perfect target for criticism compared to the artists best work.  On High Hopes, Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss” has put himself into the arduous position of releasing unreleased material.  Thankfully for The Boss, ever the consummate pro, High Hopes holds up much stronger than many albums of similar class.  Sprin...

Bruce Springsteen Joins Jimmy Fallon For Chris Christie Song

1/15/2014 11:03am EST
Bruce Springsteen Jimmy Fallon
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, but he probably didn't like what the singer did last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The Jersey native Springsteen joined Jimmy Fallon for a song about a recent political scandal involving Christie's aides allegedly shutting down part of New Jersey's highway to get back at a mayor who did not back Christie's bid for re-election - that's the short version of it, anyway.

Fallon begins the bit by singing an altered version of Born to Run while wearing Springsteen's signature denim cut-off shirt. The song, titled ...

Amazon Leaks Bruce Springsteen's New Album Two Weeks Early

12/29/2013 9:48pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen fans who were checking out's mobile website Saturday night were in for a treat when the online retail giant accidentally made his forthcoming album, "High Hopes," available for download two weeks ahead of its release date.

The album's 12 tracks, eight of which feature former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, were available for individual download only, and a handful of fans were able to get copies of the new album weeks in advance of its official release.

And then someone leaked the album on illegal file sharing websites, according to Billboard.c...

5 Christmas Songs To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

11/30/2013 4:00pm EST
5 Christmas Songs To Get In The Holiday Mood
It’s that time of year again. With a mere four weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations.

As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. The local country station would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Over the years sinc...

Bruce Springsteen To Perform In South Africa For The First Time

10/29/2013 3:30pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is set to play his first ever shows in South Africa, 29 years after his E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt launched a protest against apartheid there.

The Boss and his group will head to Cape Town on January 28th & 29th and Johannesburg on February 1st as part of his Wrecking Ball world tour.

The three concerts will mark the first time Springsteen has played in the African nation and will take place almost three decades since Van Zandt set up the Artists United Against Apartheid movement in 1985.

The organization gathered a range of artists, including Bob Dylan, R...

Carole King Crowned Musicares Person Of The Year For 2014

9/19/2013 5:18pm EDT
Carole King
Renowned musician Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year.

The singer/songwriter will be the guest of honor at the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy's 24th annual benefit gala, which will take place in Los Angeles in January, two nights before the Grammy Awards.  The event will feature tribute performances from Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks.

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation, says, "Her (King) contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of p...

'Springsteen & I' Review: A Must See For Boss Fans

7/22/2013 11:10am EDT
Springsteen & I
I know specifically the moment when I became a Bruce Springsteen fan for life.

It wasn’t after I (illegally) downloaded so many of his live albums off of Napster when I was a college sophomore—don’t worry music industry, I’ve long since erased everything I took and now purchase all of my music legally or use Spotify, which I also pay for.

It wasn’t after my first live show, which I attended in Philadelphia in 2003. Nor the second live show, which I attended at the Meadowlands in 2009 or 2010.

It was about a year after 9/11 when The Rising album came out and I recall all the interviews Br...

Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West & More Stars Join Global Citizens Ticket Initiative

5/2/2013 4:19pm EDT
Several high-profile music acts have joined a new initiative that rewards fans for social activism. Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters and Neil Young are among those who signed up for the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative.

The campaign allows fans to accumulate points when they help further change by signing petitions, contacting government representatives, or raising money for charity. Points can be used towards a lottery to win free concert tickets.

Over the next three years, each of the acts involved will give away one pa...

Must-See Summer Concert Tours - Timberlake, Beyonce, Springsteen & More

3/22/2013 3:10pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Summer concerts are just around the corner, and this year's line up has something for everyone - no matter what your musical taste is.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are teaming up for a 12-date summer stadium tour to promote JT's new album, "The 20/20 Experience." Catch them in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Beyonce will not be home alone with baby Blue Ivy while her hubby Jay-Z traverses the country. The pop star is hitting the road in April for her "Mrs. Carter" tour that will take her all the way from Serbia to Brooklyn, New York.

British boyband One Direction will t...

Madonna Edges Out Springsteen As Music's Top Money Maker

2/23/2013 4:00pm EST
Even at 54, Madonnna has proven she's the queen of the music world. The pop star beat out Bruce Springsteen to be named the top money maker of the past year.
In the last 12 months, Madonna earned a staggering $34.58 million, largely due to her very successful "MDNA" world tour, which earned her an estimated $32 million alone.
Falling about $1 million behind her is rock icon Springsteen, who earned $33.44 million in the same period after hitting the road on the "Wrecking Ball" trek.
Filling out the top five slots are Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters ($21.16 million), Van Halen ($20.18 mi...

Bruce Springsteen Honored At Star-Studded MusiCares Ceremony

2/9/2013 4:30pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
Musicians such as Elton John, Katy Perry and Sting paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen as he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night in Los Angeles. MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.

Performers including Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and Alabama Shakes covered some of Springsteen's greatest hits.

John  sang a rendition of "Streets of Philadelphia," while John Legend put a jazz spin on "Dancing In The Dark" on the piano, and Tim McGraw belted out "Tougher than the Rest" with Faith Hill singing h...

Roger Waters And Bruce Springsteen Dominate 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

11/10/2012 6:05pm EST
Roger Waters
Veteran rockers ruled the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards as Roger Waters and Bruce Springsteen picked up Thursday night's top honors.

The Pink Floyd co-founder earned the Top Tour Award for the biggest grossing trek for his The Wall Live shows, while Springsteen claimed the Top Draw Award, for having the top ticket selling roadshow for his The Wrecking Ball gigs.

The 2012 Billboard Legend of Live title was presented to crooner Neil Diamond, while country trio Lady Antebellum was named the winner of the Breakthrough Award and pop superstar Lady Gaga emerged triumphant in the Eventful Fans...

Celebrity Telethon Helps Raise $23 Million For Hurricane Sandy Victims

11/4/2012 10:54am EST
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting were among those who performed at a concert on Friday to raise money for those suffering after Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast.

Aguilera kicked off the telethon saying, "I was born in Staten Island. Four days ago Hurricane Sandy came through and devastated it, as it did most of the eastern seaboard. We've come together tonight to tell every single person who's suffering that we are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave anyone behind because every single one of you matters."

Billy Joel, Mary J. Bli...

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel To Rock Hurricane Sandy Benefit

11/1/2012 3:07pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
New Jersey-born rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and New Yorker Billy Joel will be performing Friday night on NBC to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will air on the network as a live telethon and will feature the musicians rocking out. Sting, Christina Aguilera, and Brian Williams are set to appear, and Matt Lauer will host. The telethon is set to begin at 8 p.m. EST.

The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross, and NBC has offered other networks the option to carry the feed. To donate to the Red Cross in the meantime, visit ...

Bruce Springsteen To Perform Free Concert In Support Of President Obama

10/22/2012 9:33am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is ramping up his support for Barack Obama by offering to play a free concert on Tuesday to help the President's re-election bid.

The Boss will take to the stage in Charlottesville, Virginia, to back Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before voters head to the polling stations next month .

Tickets to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion performance were made available on a first-come, first-served basis from the President's Charlottesville headquarters on Sunday.

Last week, Springsteen outlined his reasons for endorsing Obama on his website, writing, "We're still living thro...