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Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

May 8th, 2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Rock Some Hall of Famers

April 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Pia Toscano
It’s official: These judges stink.

At the beginning of the year, all anybody wanted to talk about was American Idol's new judging panel. After all, Simon was gone and this was one of the biggest casting shifts on a hit TV show since Darrin got replaced by Darrin on ‘Bewitched’.

On those initial shows, the judges were a breath of fresh air. Gone was the snarkiness and waiting around for Simon to speak and in was a cohesive unit that actually seemed to enjoy each other.

All was right in ‘Idol’ land and when an incredible batch of contestants (spearheaded by the wonderful Molly Dewolf Swens...
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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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James Hunter's 'The Hard Way' In Stores June 10

May 18th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
James Hunter
Soul deep Brit James Hunter - who possesses a "tight, slithery soul groove" and a "sweet growl" (NY Times) - will make his Hear Music debut with the June 10 release of 'The Hard Way.' The new album finds Hunter delving further into the realm of deep soul on a set of all-original material.

'The Hard Way' was produced by Liam Watson (The White Stripes) at famed analog haven Toe Rag Studios in London. The album will be carried in Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional music retailers and digital download stores starting on June 10, 2008.

Th...
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Nonesuch Records To Drop The Black Keys' 'Attack & Release' April 1

March 30th, 2008 11:30am EDT
The Black Keys
On April 1, Nonesuch Records will release The Black Keys' fifth full-length LP, Attack & Release. The album follows their 2006 critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, "a gritty, wild, minimalist masterpiece."

Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Grey Album), Attack & Release was recorded at engineer Paul Hamann's illustrious Suma Studio outside Cleveland, Ohio. Initial collaboration began when Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) approached the band to write songs for an album he was developing with the late R&B legend I...
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Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 5

November 5th, 2007 3:00am EST
Famke Janssen
Happy Birthday to singer/songwriter Ryan Adams (1974), NBA star Jerry Stackhouse (1974), Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon (1973), Baltimore Orioles catcher Javy Lopez (1970), "X-Men 3" actress Famke Janssen (1965), Little Darling Tatum O'Neal (1963), Canada's top pop singer Bryan Adams (1959), second Terminator Robert Patrick (1958), Boston Celtics Deadhead Bill Walton (1952), musician Gram Parsons (1943; d. 1973 ), actress Elke Sommer (1941), singer Art Garfunkel (1941), 70s singer Ike Turner (1931), Gone With the Wind's Vivien Leigh (1913; d. 1967), and cowboy Roy Rogers (1911; d. 1998...
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Dixie Chicks Win Most Grammy Awards; Full Winners List

February 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Grammy Awards, scooping five awards. The country band fought off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mary J. Blige to win the prizes for album, song and record of the year as well as best country album and best group country performance. Full Winners List Below!

Lead singer, Natalie Maines, said: "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."

Mary J. Blige, who received eight nominations cried as she accepted her award for best R'n'B album for Breakthrough. She said: "This is the fir...
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John Waters Issues A Video Message To His Fans

February 3rd, 2007 9:00am EST
John Waters
Cult figure John Waters may primarily be known for his legendary films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Pecker, and A Dirty Shame to name a few. But in recent years Waters has taken on a new role as soundtrack curator for the holidays.

A Date With John Waters is a 14-track collection of fabulously rare punk, R&B, and even one country tune culled from Waters’ personal collection as a soundtrack for Valentines Day. The album will be released February 6 on New Line Records and follows the release of A John Waters Christmas in 2004. But lest one get the wrong idea about this Valentin...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 5

November 5th, 2006 3:00am EST
Famke Janssen
Happy Birthday to singer/songwriter Ryan Adams (1974), NBA star Jerry Stackhouse (1974), Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon (1973), Baltimore Orioles catcher Javy Lopez (1970), "X-Men 3" actress Famke Janssen (1965), Little Darling Tatum O'Neal (1963), Canada's top pop singer Bryan Adams (1959), second T-1000 Robert Patrick (1958), Boston Celtics Deadhead Bill Walton (1952), musician Gram Parsons (1943; d. 1973 ), actress Elke Sommer (1941), singer Art Garfunkel (1941), 70s singer Ike Turner (1931), Gone With the Wind's Vivien Leigh (1913; d. 1967), and cowboy Roy Rogers (1911; d. 1998).
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Gorillaz Team Up With Motorola

March 30th, 2006 2:38pm EST
Motorola, Inc. and Gorillaz, the critically acclaimed animated band created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, today announce a strategic alliance surrounding the group's Demon Days Live concerts in New York City.

The sold out concert series will take over Harlem's famed Apollo Theater April 2 through 6 with nightly appearances by Demon Days album collaborators including Ike Turner and De La Soul.

The live production of Demon Days will transcend the traditional concert experience through sight and sound innovation. Motorola's involvement at the Demon Day...
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Gorillaz To Perform At New York's Apollo Theater

March 2nd, 2006 11:21am EST
Fresh off opening the 48th Annual Grammy Awards alongside Madonna and taking home the Pop Collaboration with Vocals award, Gorillaz will now receive yet another Stateside honor: the U.S. production of the Demon Days Live tribute concerts.

Confirmed for April 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, Demon Days Live will feature the guest musicians from Gorillaz' worldwide multi-million-seller Demon Days recreating "Feel Good Inc.," "Dare" and the album's other classics live onstage.

The previous UK staging of Demon Days Live, which took place November 1st through 5th at t...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 5

November 5th, 2005 3:00am EST
Bryan Adams
Happy Birthday to singer/songwriter Ryan Adams (1974), NBA star Jerry Stackhouse (1974), Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon (1973), Radiohead musician Jonathan Greenwood (1971), Baltimore Orioles catcher Javy Lopez (1970), Dutch hottie Famke Janssen (1965), Little Darling Tatum O'Neal (1963), Canada's top pop singer Bryan Adams (1959), second T-1000 Robert Patrick (1958), Boston Celtics Deadhead Bill Walton (1952), musician Gram Parsons (1943; d. 1973 ), actress Elke Sommer (1941), singer Art Garfunkel (1941), 70s singer Ike Turner (1931), Gone With the Wind's Vivien Leigh (1913; d. 1967),...
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