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Music Review: 'Hawaii Five-O' Soundtrack

October 10th, 2011 2:15pm EDT
Hawaii Five-O
TV soundtracks can be ways to discover new music, or just for a studio to cash in on a hot property. CBS Music's Hawaii Five-O: Original Songs From The Television Series is a bit of both.

It wouldn't be the first time that a soundtrack has come out for sheer merchandising purposes. There are a lot of those, where songs clearly end up in a TV show just to push a single or so that a CD can be made up later. Heck, even some of the soundtracks that come out after a season aren't very good.

Hawaii Five-O's disc curiously takes the opposite tack from most soundtracks: the CD is billed on Amaz...
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Atlantic Records Signs 'American Idol' Runner-Up Jason Castro

April 14th, 2009 11:30am EDT
Jason Castro
Atlantic Records has announced the signing of singer/songwriter Jason Castro. The Texas-based tunesmith - best known as the third runner-up on the 2008 season of Fox's American Idol - is currently hard at work on his debut album, set for release later this year. Among his creative collaborators are Grammy Award-winning producer John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum) and a number of acclaimed songwriters, including Kara Dioguardi (Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Santana), Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, K.T. Tunstall), Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Jason Mraz), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), an...
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Syesha Voted Off 'Idol,' David & David To Face Off Next Week

May 15th, 2008 8:43am EDT
David Archuleta
The road to the final two on TV's most popular show "American Idol" has finally arrived. Tuesday night's round of performances featured the final three contestants performing three songs: a judge's selection, a contestant favorite and a producer's choice. It was make it or break it for the final three. Who would end up in the finale?

Just in case you missed it, here is Tuesday night's recap: Little David sang "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel, a song selected by Paula Abdul. The performance was predictable but yet still good enough to keep him alive. As for his song choice, he chose ...
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Graham Colton's 'Here Right Now' Hits Stores Oct. 30

October 15th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Graham Colton
"I've never felt more like myself than I have on this album. I found myself, and I finally found my voice," the singer, songwriter and guitarist Graham Colton says of his forthcoming CD, 'Here Right Now.'

Don't call it a simple return. Call it a metamorphosis, a deep progression, an inspired evolution or - perhaps most fitting - a rewarding exercise in self-actualization. Stepping into his own in order to connect to his heart and artistic vision, Graham Colton has emerged with a stunning collection of pop-rock melodies, lyrics and emotions in 12 tracks that swing between love and hear...
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AT&T And Live Nation Give Fans The Chance To Win Free Concert Tickets For An Entire Year

September 18th, 2007 5:10pm EDT
Interpol
You have a chance to win season passes – courtesy of AT&T blue room and Live Nation. The two entertainment powerhouses are giving five lucky winners a pair of 2008 season passes to a Live Nation venue. Fans will have the opportunity to see a ton of concerts featuring their favorite artists performing live - Click here for details!

The AT&T blue room and Live Nation will also give registered fans the chance to win weekly prizes including iPhones, Ringtones and iPods, all on behalf of the Live Nation Weekly Concert Series which features live online performances from artists like Interpo...
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'Let It Snow, Baby…Let It Reindeer,' Relient K's First Full-Length Holiday CD Due Oct. 23

August 25th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Relient K
Relient K – the band that brought you Five Score And Seven Years Ago, mmhmm, Two Lefts Don't Make a Right…(But Three Do) and The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek – is heralding the holiday season in its own inimitable style with the release of its first-ever, full-length Christmas album: Let It Snow, Baby…Let It Reindeer. The album, scheduled for release by Capitol on October 23rd, features Relient K's take on 10 holiday classics and six original songs.

From the glory of "Handel's Messiah" and "Angels We Have Heard On High" to the goofiness of 1950's novelty song "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 15

August 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Debra Messing
Happy Birthday to Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman (1978), actress Nicole Paggi (1977), "Species" actress Natasha Henstridge (1974), "Gigli" star Ben Affleck (1972), "Will And Grace" star Debra Messing (1968), musician Jimmy Webb (1946), pop singer Bobby Helms (1933; d. 1997), jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (1925), cooking aficionado Julia Child (1912; d. 2004), actress Ethel Barrymore (1879; d. 1959), and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769; d. 1821).
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The Honorary Title To Tour With Cartel; Major Label Debut Due Aug. 28

August 14th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
The Honorary Title
The Honorary Title is Jarrod Gorbel on lead vocals and guitar, Aaron Kamstra on bass and keyboards, Jon Wiley on guitar, and Adam Boyd on drums.

Based in Brooklyn, the band started in 2003 with Gorbel and Kamstra playing gigs on the New York City club circuit. In 2004 the group released their full-length debut Anything Else but the Truth. On the heels of this critically-acclaimed, Shortlist-nominated album, the group recruited Wiley and Boyd, and The Honorary Title began to tour nationally with such diverse groups as Switchfoot, Taking Back Sunday and AC Newman.

The Honorary Tit...
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The Jonas Brothers To Release Sophomore Disc August 7

July 2nd, 2007 1:11pm EDT
The Jonas Brothers
The highly anticipated follow-up to the New Jersey siblings' 2006 debut—which featured the TRL hit "Mandy"—The Jonas Brothers is sure to make good on the band's goal: It's a high-energy pop-punk disc overflowing with insanely catchy hooks, muscular guitar fuzz and mature songwriting that reveals just how much growing up the boys have done since we last heard from them.

Ask the Jonas Brothers who they're hoping to turn into fans with their new self-titled CD and they won't say "everybody." But that's precisely what they'll mean. "We're aiming for people our age," says 17-year-old Joe. ...
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The Almost Scores A Hit With 'Say This Sooner,' The First Single From Their Debut Album

June 12th, 2007 10:30pm EDT
The Almost
The Almost's video for "Say This Sooner," lensed by Shane Drake (Panic At the Disco, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), is a smash hit – it was just added in "Big 10" rotation at MTV and is already in "Elite 8" rotation at MTV2, "Magna Cum Laude" rotation at mtvU, in major rotation on Music Choice and The IMF, and in the Top 10 on FUSE. "Say This Sooner" has ignited at radio also, already climbing to #15 on the alternative chart with 60+ stations adding the track thus far. Praised by Revolver magazine for its "monster power chords and dynamic fireworks," "Say This Sooner" is the lead single from the ...
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Relient K Premieres New Music Video "Must Have Done Something Right" On Yahoo!

February 7th, 2007 2:29pm EST
Relient K
Pop-punk band Relient K is back with their fifth album in seven years cleverly titled, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, in stores March 6. Their highly anticipated new music video "Must Have Done Something Right" premiered yesterday on Yahoo! "This song represents something that I've wanted to create for a long time," explains lead singer Matt Thiessen. "It's not a political commentary or a tear jerking emotion-piece, it's just a feel good, fun song. Written at 3 a.m. with a smirk on my face, the song turned out to be something that you can tap your foot and smile to."

The Ohio nativ...
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Switchfoot Hits the Road for North American Tour in February - March

January 4th, 2007 10:40am EST
Switchfoot
With an eagerly-awaited new album, Oh! Gravity., available now, the multi-platinum-selling San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot will hit the road for a series of North American concert dates beginning in February (see full itinerary following).

The upcoming Switchfoot tour marks the band's first U.S. concerts since an extensive American tour that ran from October 17 through November 22, 2006. Switchfoot's Columbia Records labelmates, Copeland, will open the shows.

Switchfoot/Copeland Tour Dates

Feb. 13 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues

Feb. 14 San Francisco, C...
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Switchfoot To Release Sixth Album, "Oh! Gravity," December 26

November 22nd, 2006 2:58pm EST
Switchfoot
Switchfoot releases long awaited video of the hit single “Oh! Gravity” off the highly anticipated new album of the same name due in stores December 26, 2006. The video was premiered last week on Yahoo! Music and then immediately added to the Switchfoot website. In anticipation for the new album the band has revamped their website, http://www.switchfoot.com and their MySpace page http://www.switchfoot.com/myspace. Fans also can pre-order the new album online and receive three bonus songs.

Switchfoot, a San Diego based modern rock band released their fifth album Nothing is Sound in Septe...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 15

August 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Debra Messing
Happy Birthday to Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman (1978), actress Nicole Paggi (1977), "Species" actress Natasha Henstridge (1974), "Gigli" star Ben Affleck (1972), "Will And Grace" star Debra Messing (1968), musician Jimmy Webb (1946), pop singer Bobby Helms (1933; d. 1997), jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (1925), cooking aficionado Julia Child (1912; d. 2004), actress Ethel Barrymore (1879; d. 1959), and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769; d. 1821).
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Guests & Musical Acts on Conan This Month

November 2nd, 2005 4:47pm EST
NBC has announced the guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the rest of November. Guests on the show this month include Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria; plus musical performances by Green Day, Neil Young, Big & Rich and many more. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Wednesday, Nov. 2:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Krasinski, Neil Young

Thursday, Nov. 3:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Young

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