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Flashback 1984: A Look At Actors, Films & Music

January 26th, 2009 4:57pm EST
Where has time gone by? 25 years ago seems like yesterday, and 1984 was so happening! Here's our flashback moment of a few actors, films, and music that were popular in 1984. So, with that said, what were you into in 1984? Let us know!

Top Actors/Actresses

Molly Ringwald

In the film Sixteen Candles, actress Molly Ringwald had every girl wanting to design her own prom dress in 1984. Young, bright, and fresh, she was the essence of teen coolness.

Daryl Hannah

Are mermaids sexy? Well, one certainly was when actress Daryl Hannah starred in 1984's ...

The 2008 Music Quiz

January 1st, 2009 11:00am EST
As another year ends and 2009 looms, we wondered if you've all been paying attention for the past 12 months.

In amongst all the political, environmental and economical changes around the globe, there has been a great deal of celebrity tittle-tattle to report about.

From pop pregnancies, marriages and splits to high and low notes, it has been a rock 'n' roller coaster ride of fun, horror and giggles.

But will you be the party animal or the party pooper when it comes to the quiz to end all pop quizzes this year?

Put down your eggnog and switch off the TV, for it's time to ...

Ann Wilson Is Top Female Rock Singer

December 4th, 2008 6:30pm EST
Ann Wilson
Heart star Ann Wilson is leading a U.S. poll to find the best female rock singer of all time. Parade.com has been inundated with voting fans since the poll went live last week - and more than half the 13,500 visitors who have participated picked the "Barracuda" singer ahead of stars like Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks.

Wilson, who has received 55 per cent of the vote, tells the website she owes her singing success to pre-show preparation: "I warm up before each show by singing along with a Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris CD. It helps to open my throat and my soul."

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

Tom Cruise Sings Back-Up For Tina Turner

December 3rd, 2008 12:18pm EST
Tom Cruise
Legendary singer Tina Turner kept her fans' wheels turning when she tapped Tom Cruise to sing her back-up vocals on stage during a New York concert.

The 69-year-old star performed a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Monday night - one day after she was hospitalized in the city for a severe fever. Turner refused to scrap the performance for fear of disappointing her fans - but sent them into a spin when she plucked Cruise from the audience and prompted him to "Sing along!"

Cruise, who was joined by wife Katie Holmes, crooned to her hit, Nutbush City Limits. Other celebrit...

'Dancing With The Stars' Down To Final Three

November 25th, 2008 10:12am EST
Dancing With The Stars
And then there were three. Brooke, Lance and Warren are all anxiously awaiting their chance to win the mirror ball trophy. And even though the political season is behind us, the three finalists wanted to remind the viewers why they should receive the most votes.

Brooke Burke showcased her best two dances, the foxtrot and the paso doble. She also reminded everyone that she has been the highest scorer 80% of the competition. Lance Bass reminded everyone of his chart-topping mambo performance from last week and his Rihanna rip-off tango. Lance also pointed out that he has been the only on...

Watch Sheena Easton's 'For Your Eyes Only' From 'The Best Of Bond… James Bond'

November 11th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Quantum of Solace
As 007 fans eagerly await the November 14 U.S. opening of MGM's new James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, Capitol/EMI announced that an expanded CD, CD/DVD and digital release of 'The Best Of Bond… James Bond' was released on October 28. The CD and digital album both feature 23 musical standouts from the Bond franchise's 46 years plus a previously unreleased bonus track, and the CD/DVD includes five music videos, a filmed concert performance and more.

Sheena Easton "For Your Eyes Only":

Just as James Bond has evolved over time, so have the films' memorable themes. 'Th...

Underrated & Overrated Movie Songs

November 7th, 2008 1:13pm EST
Neil Young
We all know the real reason we go to the movies. It isn't the thrills or the chills, the laughs or the gaffes, the drama or Lorenzo Lamas, no; we all hit the theater to hear the music. That is, we love to hear the one big song associated with any film.

The marriage of music and movies has long been exceptional. Whether it's "Theme From a Summer's Place" or "Blame Canada", nothing raises a film's enjoyment factor quite like a good tune.

Problem is, most songs simply aren't that good. A lot of these film tunes come from a great movie and are thusly mistaken as great music when i...

It's Not Over at 40 For All Musicians

October 27th, 2008 2:15pm EDT
The early 90's pop hit "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" is perhaps the same sentiment the keeps some musicians in the music industry from packing it all in to keep on truckin'. While many leave to live normal lives, there are others who still have some impact on today's music scene. Check out our 40/40+ club of musicians who's careers are still rockin'. Should musicians over the age of forty give it a break? Let us know what you think!

Metallica / 40+

Since the band's inception in the 1980's, with a career spanning nearly three decades, Metallica are still magnetic as far ...

Drummer Earl Palmer Has Died At The Age Of 84

September 22nd, 2008 9:44am EDT
Earl Palmer
R&B drummer Earl Palmer has died at the age of 84. The New Orleans-native died Friday at his Los Angeles home after fighting a lengthy illness, according to his spokesperson.

Palmer was known as a music pioneer amongst his peers, recording backbeats for classics including Little Richard's Tutti Frutti and The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'.

His talents have also been featured in music tracks for Ike and Tina Turner, jazz great Fats Domino, The Monkees, Neil Young and Frank Sinatra.

Palmer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.


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...

Amy Winehouse Turns To Buddhism To Battle Demons?

September 2nd, 2008 8:24am EDT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse has turned to Buddhism to try and beat her drug and alcohol addictions, according to U.K. tabloid reports.

The Back To Black singer has faced a string of health issues over the last year and was rushed to hospital after collapsing at her house in London in July. The star was also diagnosed with traces of deadly lung disease emphysema.

However, Winehouse is now said to be battling her addictions by using calming Buddhist chants to help her relax and battle stress, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

A source tells the publication, "One of her musicians i...

No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
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 ...

Dreadlocked Jason Castro Sent Packing On 'American Idol'

May 8th, 2008 8:56am EDT
Jason Castro
After several weeks of theatrical and soulful themes, this week's round of performances on "American Idol" arrived like a breath of fresh air. Heading into Tuesday night's show, I was hoping for an upbeat night and that is exactly what I got. It was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night. If only Michael Johns could have been there, I thought. But nonetheless, each performer brought something exciting and unique to the stage.

David Cook kicked off the show with his rock n' roll version of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." For me, this song was featured in a made for television mov...

Tommy Emmanuel Returns To 'Center Stage' With Live 2-CD Set Out April 29

April 23rd, 2008 9:00pm EDT
Tommy Emmanuel
Recognized as the elite of the elite and arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player, two-time Grammy® nominee Tommy Emmanuel has mesmerized both fellow musicians and audiences alike with a professional career that spans over four decades. Tommy's dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze and engage his legions. From the wilds of Australia's outback to bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel's flair, unforgettable showmanship and exhaustive world wide touring schedule have created an enviable fan base that continues to gr...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

The Top 5 Dream Jobs On Television

March 21st, 2008 2:00pm EDT
American Idol judge Paula Abdul
For us everyday laborers, watching TV can be a soothing escape from a stressful workday. For some of the people we see on TV, however, their awesome jobs are their reward. Let's take a look, in no particular order, at some of the dream jobs we'd like to escape into for a day.

Real World/Road Rules Cast Members Making a Living on Real World/Road Rules Challenges

This award goes to Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Eric "How You Like These Abs" Nies, Katie "Crazy Eyes" Doyle, Coral "Beat B#*ches Up" Smith, Beth "Will Be Turning 50 and Still Doing This" Stolarczyk, Veronica "Mean Girl" Por...

Whitney Houston To Begin Comeback In London

February 29th, 2008 8:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston is set to make her live comeback in London on May 8. Organizers of the Caudwell Children's Legend Ball in Battersea have revealed they've booked the diva for a charity show.

Charity founder John Caudwell tells Britain's Marie Claire magazine, "We are thrilled to have an artist of Whitney's caliber to headline the event."

The comeback concert isn't a big surprise - Tina Turner came out of retirement to perform at the charity's 2007 gala, which helped Caudwell raise over $2 million for disabled children.

Houston is currently recording a new album with her mento...

Celebrity Fashion Review: 'The 50th Annual Grammy Awards'

February 18th, 2008 10:10am EST
Chris Brown
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards took place on February 10, 2008, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. As usual, one can always count on celebrities impressing us with their red carpet dos and disappointing us with their don'ts.

The Good

A definite "do" was the one sported by "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez. Wearing a one shoulder, knee-length dress in a slightly silvery color with golden prints, Roselyn appeared princess perfect. With her jet black hair flowing effortlessly on her shoulders, the only thing missing was a deserving tiara. Que princesa!

There was...

Notes & Quotes

February 16th, 2008 8:00am EST
Beyonce Knowles
"You can't compare my legs to Tina's. She has the legs!" Beyonce Knowles insists her Grammy Awards duet partner Tina Turner has better legs than she does.

"Lemonade. That's something I never really cared about before. I drank a lot of coffee and have replaced that with lemonade." Pregnant Jessica Alba is craving the soft drink.

"Yesterday we had Led Zeppelin blaring through the house. Most new moms play Beethoven, but we're playing Metallica, Bob Marley, The (Rolling) Stones." Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman are serenading their four-week-old baby MAX with rock ...

Beyonce Gorges On Chocolate

February 15th, 2008 12:55am EST
Beyonce Knowles is spending Valentine's Day gorging herself with chocolate because the special day falls at the end of a lengthy diet. The "Crazy In Love" singer admits she has been watching what she eats for the past two months - so she'd look trim and sexy next to Tina Turner at the Grammy Awards.

And now the big event has passed, Knowles plans to celebrate the most romantic day of the year in style.

She explains, "I dieted before the Grammys because, after the holidays, I needed to drop a couple pounds. So, now I can eat whatever I want. I want a lot of chocolate. A lot of carb...

Aretha Franklin Upset Tina Turner Was Called The 'Queen Of Soul'

February 13th, 2008 8:43am EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has lashed out at Beyonce Knowles for giving Tina Turner her "Queen of Soul" tag at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. The singer, who was honored with the Grammy MusiCares Person of The Year award, was stunned when Beyonce introduced her duet partner as the Queen of Soul.

Franklin is known throughout the world at the Queen, and she felt more than a little snubbed.

And, in a brief statement, Franklin snaps, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce, however I dismissed it as a cheap shot fo...

Notes & Quotes

February 12th, 2008 9:00pm EST
Iggy Pop
"I got the idea to sing shirtless from a book I read on Egyptology. I kept looking at the pharaohs and thought, 'These guys look bitchin' - they never wear shirts.'" Iggy Pop reveals his inspiration.

"My nails are absolutely ruined. I can't be a lady and regrout the bathroom at the same time." Keira Knightley refused to show off her nails at the BAFTA Film Awards in London on Sunday because she arrived at the event fresh from regrouting the tiles in her bathroom.

Moonstruck director Norman Jewison will collect the Golden Eddie filmmaker of the year award at the American Cinema Edi...

Amy Winehouse Steals The Show With Five Grammys

February 11th, 2008 8:32am EST
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse stole the show at the 50th Grammy Awards, winning five top honors. Kanye West was nominated for eight awards and went home with four prizes, including Rap Album, Rap Performance and Rap Song; Bruce Springsteen picked up three, including Best Rock Song. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige all won two.

But the night was dominated by Winehouse, who picked up all but one of the awards she was nominated for - Record of the Year for Rehab; Album of the Year for Back to Black; Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black; Song of the Year for Rehab;...

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: The New Queen And Kings Of Motown

February 4th, 2008 9:57am EST
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
While Amy Winehouse's tumultuous personal life certainly qualifies her for the rank of pop star, bouncing in and out of rehab might delay any forthcoming performances and recordings she may have blessed us with.

Fortunately, her studio and touring band the Dap-Kings, who have been performing with soul songstress Sharon Jones for years, are continuing to make the kind of new Motown sound that Winehouse introduced to the mainstream.

The Dap-Kings have been the go-to in house band at Brooklyn's Daptone Records for the better part of a decade. Winehouse recorded her hit album "Back...

Tina Turner To End Retirement

January 24th, 2008 12:33pm EST
Tina Turner
Tina Turner is coming out of retirement to make her first proper public live performance in eight years at the Grammy Awards. The 68-year-old singer will duet with Beyonce Knowles at the music awards ceremony next month.

Turner announced her retirement in 2000, but took the stage for a private charity gig at London's National History Museum last May. Now she'll make a spectacular comeback by performing a currently-unknown song with Knowles at the Los Angeles awards ceremony.

Knowles, 26, is a longterm fan of Turner's and performed her song "Proud Mary" at a Kennedy Center tribute...

Ike Turner Died From Cocaine Overdose

January 16th, 2008 11:19pm EST
Ike Turner
Late R&B star Ike Turner died from a cocaine overdose, according to officials in San Diego, California. The musician, who was once married to Tina Turner, died on December 12, aged 76.

Following a full autopsy, it was determined on Wednesday that drugs were the cause of his passing.

Turner battled a cocaine addiction on and off since the late 1960s, which transformed him into a violent control freak, according to Tina Turner in her autobiography.

Turner's drug problems became infamous in the late 1970s amid a series of financial and legal woes; he was arrested numerous times...

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...

Ike Turner Laid To Rest

December 23rd, 2007 11:04am EST
Ike Turner
Ike Turner has been laid to rest in California with a suitably rock 'n' roll service in his honor. The musician's funeral on Friday was dubbed "part memorial service, part rock concert" for its crowd-rousing musical contributions and star-studded turn out.

Turner's eight-piece band, the Kings of Rhythm, brought the crowd of hundreds at the Gardena, California service to its feet with renditions of some of the star's greatest hits, including Nutbush City Limits and Proud Mary.

Turner's daughter, Mia Turner, said, "Daddy wouldn't want any of us crying. He would want us to throw a pa...

Tina Turner: The Musical?

December 21st, 2007 10:11am EST
Tina Turner
A bizarre musical tracing the life of Tina Turner is heading for the London stage. The show, based on Turner's autobiography, will be called Simply The Best, according to reports.

It will chart everything from the singer's youth as Anna Mae Bullock, through her abusive marriage to the late Ike Turner, to her subsequent solo superstardom.

The musical will feature hits like Private Dancer, Let's Stay Together and What's Love Got to Do With It? Insiders claim the plot will include links to Egyptian mythology.

A source tells the New York Post, "(In one scene) the Egyptian queen ...

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