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Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians

6/2/2014 7:00pm EDT
Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians
We recently gave you the 10 worst actors turned musicians, but it’s worth mentioning there are plenty of actors and actresses who were able to translate their talents to music as well - and vice versa for musicians breaking into the acting business. In no particular order, here are 22 of the Best Actor-Musicians.

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson was introduced to the public through American Idol, where she is still considers one of the best contestants to have ever auditioned. Despite that, the american public voted her off the show and she came in seventh place. Since then, she has won an Academ...

10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

3/17/2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't " there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...

Review: 'Seven Psychopaths' Is The Must See Film Of 2012

10/12/2012 8:00am EDT
Seven Psychopaths
What does one little Shih Tzu named BONNY, Seven Psychopaths and one screenwriter suffering from writer's block have in common?

Everything...At least in my favorite film of 2012 so far.

Screenwriter, Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is way past his deadline on his latest screenplay. If that's not enough to cause the poor dude major stress, his passive-aggressive girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish) is about to walk out on him.

Lucky for Marty, his BFF sometime actor/full time dognapper, Billy (Sam Rockwell, in a tour de force performance) is sticking by him; actually a little too much.

In fact...

Coldplay Back At Number One

11/3/2011 4:59pm EDT
Coldplay have scored their third straight number one album in America.

The rockers' new release "Mylo Xyloto" has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 447,000 sales.

Kelly Clarkson's new release, "Stronger," also debuts high - at two - with 163,000 sales, and crooner Michael Buble completes an all-new top three with his holiday album, "Christmas."

Last week's number one, "21" by Adele, drops to four and Toby Keith debuts "Clancy's Tavern" at five.

Meanwhile, Tom Waits lands his first top 10 and highest debut on the Billboard 200 with "Bad As Me," which opens at number ...

Scarlett Johansson Records Track With Massive Attack

5/24/2011 12:48pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has teamed up with British music group Massive Attack to record a song for a new movie soundtrack.

The Hollywood actress has previously shown off her musical talents by releasing a 2008 album of Tom Waits covers, titled Anywhere I Lay My Head, and recently recorded a tune for a documentary called Wretches & Jabberers about two autistic friends.

It has now emerged Johansson has stepped into the studio with Massive Attack to produce a track for a new Mexican movie titled Days of Grace.

She has recorded her own version of blues classic Summertime for the film, which pr...

Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

3/15/2011 8:45am EDT
Neil Diamond
Veteran crooner Neil Diamond stunned the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday by delivering a rambling speech as he accepted his prestigious honor.

The singer became rock royalty as part of the Class of 2011, receiving the accolade at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel alongside other stars including Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John. Speaking before the big bash, Diamond revealed he had made a dash from Australia to the U.S. to accept the honor in person - and it appeared the jetlag had caught up with him as he stepped onto the podium after being intro...

Captain Beefheart Dies At 69

12/18/2010 9:02am EST
Captain Beefheart
American rocker and painter Captain Beefheart has died at the age of 69.

The star passed away on Friday, according to a representative for the Michael Werner Gallery in New York. His exact cause of death was unknown, although he had long been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Born Don Van Vliet, the singer rose to fame in the 1960s with his own style of blues and rock, later influencing artists such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He recorded under the moniker Captain Beefheart with his pals in the Magic Band until 1982, before gradually moving away from the music ind...

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper And Tom Waits To Join Rock Hall Of Fame

12/15/2010 8:49am EST
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits are among the next inductees to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2011 class for the prestigious club was announced on Tuesday, with Darlene Love and iconic piano player Dr. John also gaining successful nominations.

And despite his stellar career, Diamond insists he was in no rush to enter the Hall, telling the Associated Press, "I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point."

Love adds, "Finally it's done. It still hasn't hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I'm still excited....

Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper And Neil Diamond Among Hall Of Fame Nominees

9/28/2010 2:58pm EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The stars join fellow first-time nominees Dr. John and Donovan, while Donna Summer, Tom Waits and rap acts LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys will be keeping their fingers crossed once more to be recognized as music royalty with the industry's highest honor.

The contenders for the 2010 Hall of Fame accolade were announced on Tuesday, but the artists will have to wait until December to learn if they have been selected to go down in history, and ...

Scarlett Johansson: 'I Would Love To Do Another Album'

5/5/2010 12:00pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is enthusiastic to release more music - the actress wants to record her third album. The Lost in Translation star released a disc of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, in 2008, as well as last year's album Break Up, on which she collaborated with Pete Yorn.

And despite continuing her successful movie career, Johansson is eager to head back into the studio to record more tracks - but this time she wants to write her own songs for the record.

She tells MTV News, "I would love to do another album. The spirit has not moved me yet in that direction, but I would never...

Concert Review: Norah Jones PBS 'Soundstage' Taping At St. Ann's Warehouse

2/2/2010 7:00pm EST
Norah Jones PBS Show Taping At St. Ann
On January 27, I had the pleasure of attending the taping of Norah Jones' performance for an upcoming installment of the PBS music series, "Soundstage." Even on a bitter cold and blustery New York evening, it was well worth my trip from Harlem to DUMBO's St. Ann's Warehouse, not only for the entertainment, but also for what would probably be my last chance (for a while, at least) to experience one of the most beautiful sights in the city - the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from Old Fulton Street. I'm moving out of state in March, so I'm just trying to breathe in as much of...

Review: 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Is A Storyteller's Tale For Gilliam, Ledger Fans

12/28/2009 1:26pm EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is an interesting Hollywood director in that he's bizarre and not mainstream, and yet his films are so interesting and bizarre that they get critical acclaim and great notice. His started with the "Monty Python" gang and moved on to hits like "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "12 Monkeys," and "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." He had his fair share of failures too with the odd "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and the lukewarm critical reactions to his film "The Brothers Grimm." It was always an uphill battle for Gilliam since his movies are visually intriguing, mind bending, and n...

A Small Collection Of Christmas Music Videos

12/24/2009 1:41pm EST
Christmas music video
Back when MTV played music videos (remember those?), this time of year was reserved for playing the best… and worst Christmas classics that pop culture had to offer. Even though the days of Christmas tunes playing on TV until 3 am are over, the art of the Christmas music video has never gone away. To celebrate, Starpulse has put together a small collection of yuletide joy to celebrate the season. Eat that MTV.

Bob Dylan - "Must Be Santa"

Who would have guessed that Bob Dylan threw such bitching Christmas parties? The lead single off of Bob Dylan's strange new Christmas album "Christma...

Norah Jones' New Album, 'The Fall', Due Nov. 17

9/16/2009 9:51pm EDT
Norah Jones new album The Fall
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced the title and release date of her upcoming album, "The Fall", her fourth studio album which will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17. Jones has also revealed the cover artwork for the album, which features a portrait by photographer Autumn de Wilde.

Jones was the surprise guest performer at Apple's "It's Only Rock n' Roll" press conference in San Francisco. Her breakout album Come Away With Me is one of the first albums to be released in the iTunes LP format, a new feature of iTunes 9 that rei...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

3/8/2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

'The Definitive Rod Stewart' Releases Nov. 18

10/30/2008 7:30pm EDT
Rod Stewart
With an estimated 250 million in album and single sales, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart arguably possesses one of rock's greatest and most distinctive voices. For many years, he called Warner Bros. home, first as lead singer of the influential band the Faces and later as an internationally successful solo artist. This fall, Warner Bros. will launch a comprehensive catalog release campaign that focuses on Stewart's solo years with Warner Bros., featuring Collector's Editions of some of the artist's biggest-selling albums, a trio of boxed sets spotlighting studio, live and rare recor...

Sarah Mclachlan's Masterpiece, 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,' Gets 2CD/DVD Treatment

7/25/2008 8:00pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
In 2008, twenty years after she began her recording career in 1988, Vancouver's Sarah McLachlan remains one of the most enigmatic personalities in pop. Over the course of her 14 separate album releases (which include six original studio albums), the quiet, burning passion of McLachlan's music has resulted in three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards in her native Canada, and sales of more than 35 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.

The trajectory of Sarah McLachlan's broad popular success outside Canada began with the late-1993 release of her third album, Fumbling Towards Ec...

Ism To Release Second Album, 'Urgency,' August 5

6/7/2008 9:00am EDT
A lot of "isms" threaten to tear modern society apart at the seams: sexism, racism, extremism, radicalism, terrorism and more. In such an era of decay (moral, societal and otherwise), perhaps an apocalypse wouldn't be such a bad idea – at least that's how Andre Mistier sees it. The charismatic lead singer and songwriter for the New York-based quartet ism describes his band's potent blend of rock and electronica as "music for the party at the end of the world." After all, not all "isms" are bad: Altruism, activism and heroism could help make the next world a better place, and there's no re...

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

3/30/2008 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...

David Bowie Hails Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits Covers

2/25/2008 7:00pm EST
David Bowie
Veteran rocker David Bowie has heaped praise on actress Scarlett Johansson for her album of Tom Waits covers, branding her vocal talents "mystical." The legendary pop star provided backing vocals for two tracks on the disc, "Fannin' Street" and "Falling Down," and insists Johansson's skills behind the mic were almost perfect.

In a posting on his official website, he says, "The songs are great, really good Tom Waits stuff, and Scarlett's performances are mystical and twice cool (sic). She creates a mood that could have been summoned by someone like (novelists) Margery Latimer or Jeanett...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 7

12/7/2007 3:00am EST
Terrell Owens
Happy Birthday to "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" actress Emily Browning (1988), teen singer Aaron Carter (1987), NFL loudmouth Terrell Owens (1973), "The Outsiders" actor C. Thomas Howell (1966), Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird (1956), singer/actor Tom Waits (1949), baseball hall-of-fame catcher Johnny Bench (1947), singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (1942; d. 1981), stage & screen actress Ellen Burstyn (1932), prolific actor Eli Wallach (1915), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873; d. 1947).

System Of A Down's Serj Tankian Talks About Politics, The Record Industry And His Solo Debut

10/22/2007 12:24pm EDT
Serj Tankian
With his debut solo album Elect the Dead, System of a Down front man Serj Tankian delivers a record that's certain to satisfy old fans and win plenty of new ones. It rocks, it inspires, and it pushes the boundaries of what we've come to expect from one of music's most talented and dynamic vocalists. caught up with Serj days before the album's October 23rd release date to discuss the current state of American politics and the role it plays in his music, his plans for the future, and making songs that'll cause a person to explode out of their rectum.

You put out a gre...

Neil Young Album: Chrome Dreams II Set for October 23rd Release

10/16/2007 4:31pm EDT
Neil Young
The legendary Neil Young is back with a new reord, Chrome Dreams II, out October 23rd.

You can preview FOUR FULL SONGS from the new record on Neil's offical Youtube site:

Dirty Old Man | The Believer | The Way | Spirit Road

Neil Young will begin a North American tour on October 18th in Boise, Idaho, two days after the release of his new extraordinary album Chrome Dreams II on Reprise Records. Concerts continue until December 13th in New York, including two nights at the historic Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, the site of early legendary shows by the acclaimed singer-songw...

CBS Records Presents Boston Favorite Will Dailey's New CD, 'Back Flipping Forward,' In Stores Oct. 2

8/5/2007 10:00am EDT
Will Dailey
It is cliché for a reason, life happens in mysterious ways. If not for a bout of appendicitis that left him in great debt and physically beaten and battered, Boston singer/songwriter Will Dailey might never have made the sparkling album Back Flipping Forward (which will initially be released digitally by CBS Records), a collection that demonstrates why he took home the 2006 Boston Music Award for Best Male Singer/Songwriter.

"I was out in L.A. doing the whole major label showcase and power lunch hustle. It's really just a terrible experience," Dailey says laughing. "You have these pe...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 7

12/7/2006 3:00am EST
Aaron Carter
Happy Birthday to "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" actress Emily Browning (1988), teen singer Aaron Carter (1987), NFL loudmouth Terrell Owens (1973), "The Outsiders" actor C. Thomas Howell (1966), Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird (1956), singer/actor Tom Waits (1949), baseball hall-of-fame catcher Johnny Bench (1947), singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (1942; d. 1981), stage & screen actress Ellen Burstyn (1932), prolific actor Eli Wallach (1915), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873; d. 1947).

CD Reviews, Nov. 21, 2006 (Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Beatles, Il Divo, U2, Tom Waits, many more)

11/20/2006 5:47pm EST
Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
This week in new music: Jay-Z comes out of "retirement"; Snoop Dogg, Il Divo, Killswitch Engage and others drop new albums; while Tom Waits, U2, The Doors, Johnny Cash and more release new compilations and boxed sets. Keep reading for reviews and info on this week's new CDs...

The Beatles - LOVE

Neither an embarrassment or a revelation, LOVE is at first mildly odd but its novelty soon recedes, revealing that these are the same songs that know you by heart, only with louder drums and occasionally with a few parts in different places. Read review...

Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet T...

Tom Waits Summer 2006 Tour Dates

7/5/2006 10:19am EDT
Tom Waits
Iconoclast and reclusive touring artist Tom Waits is making an unprecedented move by taking his always unpredictably stunning live show on the road, mostly in cities (Atlanta, Memphis, Louisville, Nashville) where he hasn't been seen on stage since the mid-to-late '70s. As for Asheville, NC, Tom has never played a gig; he hasn't performed in Akron, OH or Detroit since the '80s. The most recent stop on this extraordinary tour is Chicago, where Waits played the Chicago Theater for three sold out nights on his "Mule Variations" tour in '99.

"We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fire...

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter Re-release To Benefit AIDS Research & Relief

4/19/2006 11:05am EDT
Cole Porter
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter is an eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter benefiting AIDS research and relief. On April 25th Shout! Factory will release the videos from this successful benefit project on DVD for the first time, combined with a newly remastered CD in the same package. Red Hot + Blue brings together a diverse group of A-list artists including U2, The Neville Brothers, Sinead O'Conner, Tom Waits, David Byrne (who also directs one of the videos) and more to cover Cole Porter gems such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Too Darn Hot," "I Get A Kick Out ...

Tom Waits Sues Volkswagen-Audi; And Wins!

1/19/2006 12:49pm EST
Tom Waits
Tom Waits has won a landmark legal victory in Spain, establishing his moral rights in a case brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi (VAESA) and a Spanish production company for adapting one of Waits' songs and impersonating his voice in a television commercial.

It is the first time that such moral rights -- protecting the personality and reputation of writers and authors -- have been established in a Spanish court, acknowledging an artist's voice as his creative work. The judgement, rendered by the Appeal Court of Barcelona, also recognized that VAESA and the production comp...