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

April 11th, 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.
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Coldplay's Chris Martin: 'I Don't Steal Music'

October 27th, 2011 11:25am EDT
Chris Martin
Coldplay rocker Chris Martin has spoken out about the group's plagiarism lawsuit, insisting: "I don't steal people's music."

The British band was dragged into a legal battle in 2008 after guitar great Joe Satriani filed suit accusing them of stealing "substantial" segments of his song If I Could Fly for their hit track Viva La Vida.

The two parties agreed an out-of-court settlement in 2009, but Martin is still upset about the allegations of plagiarism, which were also leveled at the band by several other musicians, including veteran singer Yusuf Islam.

Martin tells Mojo magazine, "Tha...
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Top 10 Artists Who An Aging Music Snob Can Start Admitting He/She Likes

January 27th, 2009 11:10am EST
Hall & Oates
When you're a music snob, you have a reputation to uphold. As such, you can't afford to be caught with God awful crappy discs in your collection, or can you? Suddenly, before you know it, you reach an age where you just don't care anymore - think one of your embarrassing aunts dancing to the YMCA at a wedding, looking like a fool, but having the time of her life. The following are some artists that even if you're an indie rocker with impeccable taste, there comes a time where you have to start admitting these guys are good.

Neil Diamond: The trick to this guy is hearing other people...
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Check Out An Exclusive James Morrison 'Songs For You, Truths For Me' Webisode!

December 22nd, 2008 7:00pm EST
James Morrison
A testimony to the strength of the songs on James Morrison's debut album Undiscovered is that it yielded no fewer than five singles - "You Give Me Something," "Wonderful World," "The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore," "Undiscovered" and "One Last Chance." The songs were simple yet beautifully written, each giving James's raw, bluesy voice a platform to work its powerful magic. There was no bulls---, no clichés, no schmaltz. And a lot of people liked that.

Undiscovered went to No 1 in Britain, Top 20 in America and won him the 2007 Brit Award for Best Male (he was also nominated for Best Singl...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Return of the 70's Singer-Songwriter

April 4th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Successful singer-songwriters have spanned across the decades, but no era saw them flourish like the 1970s. James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne and Neil Young (to name a few) were tearing up the airwaves. Their simple, thought-provoking melodies struck a chord with a Vietnam War-torn America and left an indelible mark on the modern music biz. Well, tune your radios and adjust your mp3 players, folks. The 70s singer-songwriter sound is back - with a whole new batch of artists.

Jackson Browne live (1978):

Carrying the Torch
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Music Spotlight: Cat Power

February 1st, 2008 10:12am EST
Cat Power
Chan Manning, the artist that also goes under the moniker Cat Power, has a silent staying power that is undeniable. As a musician, Cat Power is of elegant simplicity. Her songs and her messages are quite straightforward. Her voice is of, and in itself entirely, unique and unforgettable.

Hailing from Georgia, Cat Power has had a formidable career spanning over 13 years with eight studio recordings. As an independent artist signed to Matador, she has developed a strong and fiercely dedicated fan base over the years, contributing much to her success.

Many may not know Cat Power ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

July 21st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "RV" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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Watch an Interview With Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens) Sunday on CBS

December 2nd, 2006 10:35am EST
Cat Stevens
CBS News Sunday Morning is broadcasting a revealing interview between correspondent Mark Phillips and Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, as the singer-songwriter reflects on his life as a Muslim for 30 years and his first original album in nearly three decades entitled, An Other Cup. The interview will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 3 (9:00-10:30 AM, ET/PT).

When asked by Phillips why he stopped recording as Cat Stevens, Yusuf said, "A lot of people would have loved me to keep singing. ...You come to a point where you have sung, more or less ...your whole repertoire and you want...
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Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens) Releases First Album In 28 Years, "An Other Cup"

November 17th, 2006 10:24am EST
Yusuf Islam
Atlantic Records has announced the signing of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, via a pact for North America with the artist's Ya Records label. Ya/Atlantic will release Yusuf's first album of modern pop songs in 28 years this November, which will also mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Cat Stevens record.

"We are thrilled and honored to welcome Yusuf into the Atlantic family," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. "He is one of the greatest singers and songwriters in history, and one of the personal heroes of my youth. Yusuf's new songs are as movin...
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New CD Reviews, Nov. 15, 2006 (The Game, Neil Young, Fat Joe, Akon, Tenacious D, Sublime, many more)

November 15th, 2006 4:19pm EST
The Game - Doctor
A number of rap and hip-hop albums come out this week including ones from Fat Joe, The Game and Akon. Plus check out fresh music from Damien Rice, Army of Anyone, Tenacious D and many more. Keep reading for info and reviews of this week's new CDs.

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Toying with expectations and respect is the dangerous tightrope the Game walks brilliantly, and while this is nothing new, the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut. Read review...

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse at the Fillmore 1970

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Rod Stewart To Release First Rock Album In Over 8 Years On October 10

October 9th, 2006 4:59pm EDT
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time," a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart's first rock album in over 8 years, scheduled for release October 10th on J Records. "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time" comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy-award winning "Great American Songbook" series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost fifteen million copies worldwide.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

July 21st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Josh Hartnett
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "RV" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).
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Teri Hatcher Gets Award From Mikhail Gorbachev

December 2nd, 2005 10:21am EST
Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher was among 10 recipients of the second annual Women's World Awards, honored for their extraordinary achievements in a variety of fields. During a star-studded and emotional ceremony in Leipzig, Germany on November 29, host Mikhail Gorbachev presented awards to Ms. Hatcher and other prizewinners, who included Linda Evangelista, Donatella Versace, Catherine Deneuve and Lisa Stansfield.

The event, which attracted an array of international celebrities and more than 250 television teams and journalists, paid tribute to the unique contributions of the winners as inspirational ro...
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2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

November 28th, 2005 12:45pm EST
Black Sabbath
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its 2006 Inductees. This year's class includes Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. The Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Here's some more info on this year's inductees...

Black Sabbath – (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward) Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, Black Sabbath stands as the premier purveyors of heavy met...
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Cat Stevens Returns With Definitive 2-CD Retrospective

November 16th, 2005 3:30pm EST
Cat Stevens
New two-CD Gold Retrospective Collection (click for review) from Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) Features The Hits "The First Cut Is The Deepest," "Where Do The Children Play?," "Hard Headed Woman," "Wild World," "Moonshadow," "Morning Has Broken," "Peace Train," "Oh Very Young" And More.

With the CD debut of "Indian Ocean," Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) gives an inkling of a new creative dawn and lends hope that more music will soon be heard from a man who wrote and recorded some of his generation's most beloved songs. Penned and co-produced by Islam, "Indian Ocean" was digitally released ...
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New CDs This Week (Nov. 15)

November 15th, 2005 10:54am EST
Madonna
A number of new albums hit stores today including new ones from Madonna, Big & Rich, Pitbull and Unearth; live ones from Green Day, Jesse McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, Moody Blues, Todd Rundgren and Wilco; hits collections from The Roots, Alanis Morissette, Cat Stevens, Pete Townshend and Dire Straits; and a whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 15th...

Alanis Morissette - The Collection

Big & Rich - Comin' to Your City

Bill Wyman - Rhythm Kings Live

Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits [Chopped and Screwed]...
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