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Jason Aldean Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 16th, 2014 12:33pm EDT
Jason Aldean
For country musician Jason Aldean, it is certainly a “beautiful day.” Why – well Aldean topped the Billboard 200 selling a robust 278,000 copies of his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt. With so many new releases bowing yet so few managing to sell remarkably, Aldean can definitely consider himself one of the biggest successes of the year after week one. Aldean isn’t “Burning It Down,” he’s lighting it up…something like that!

But of course, there’s a down side to everything. After building up Aldean as Billboard Chart royalty, it must be noted that even his large sales are downscaled f...
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Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'

October 13th, 2014 2:16pm EDT
Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'
After a four-year hiatus (say it ain’t so!), alternative pop/rock band Weezer return with their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Calling Everything a ‘return to form’ in the purest sense is overreaching slightly, but the album does feel more Weezer-like than the band’s previous two albums. It’s not perfect, but there are some absolutely terrific moments from Rivers Cuomo and company.

“Ain’t Got Nobody” is predictable thematically, as the title suggests. It leaves little to the imagination – particularly initiating the album – but Cuomo and company is rock soli...
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Jason Aldean Leads New Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

October 7th, 2014 11:16am EDT
Jason Aldean
As 2014 progresses in the fourth quarter, the amount of new albums released increases dramatically. The month of October is chocked full of new albums, many with the potential to be big hits. That said, ‘big hits’ in the new normal of album sales means tempered sales expectations. That said the sure bet this week seems to be obvious – Jason Aldean's highly anticipated Old Boots New Dirt. Besides Aldean, there are many other alluring aspects to check out this week.

1) Jason Aldean, Old Boots New Dirt (Broken Bow)

There’s good reason NOT to bet against popular country singer Jason Ald...
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Former Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Predicted His Own Demise On Twitter

October 10th, 2011 8:34am EDT
Weezer
Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh predicted he would die in Chicago, Illinois just weeks before he passed away in a hotel room in the city on Saturday.

The 40 year old was discovered unresponsive at the Raffaello Hotel over the weekend. Officials have yet to release his cause of death as they await the results of toxicology tests.

However, in an eerie twist, Welsh wrote a post on his Twitter.com account two weeks before tragedy claiming he had dreamt he would die in his sleep in Chicago after suffering a heart attack.

He wrote, "Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in m...
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Former Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Found Dead In Hotel Room

October 9th, 2011 8:45pm EDT
Weezer
Former Weezer star Mikey Welsh was found dead in his Illinois hotel room on Saturday.

Welsh was set to check out of the Raffaello Hotel in Chicago, but when the 40 year old failed to, staff members entered his room to find him unconscious and not breathing, according to the Associated Press.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy on Sunday. The cause of death is pending toxicology tests. Police spokesperson Laura Kubiak has confirmed there is nothing to indicate foul play.

Welsh performed with rock band Weezer as the group's bassist from 1998 until 2001 but left a...
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Dave Grohl Filming Documentary About 'Nevermind' Studio

October 3rd, 2011 9:27am EDT
Dave Grohl
Rocker Dave Grohl has reportedly turned documentarian to chronicle the history of the studio where he recorded Nevermind with Nirvana over 20 years ago

REO Speedwagon star Kevin Cronin has revealed news of the project to ArtisanNews.com, hinting he'll be a part of the untitled Sound City Studios film.

He explains, "Dave is working on this project based on a studio that we all used to work at. It's really interesting. I probably shouldn't be talking about it... but it's very cool. They (Nirvana) recorded Nevermind (there), and I know that it meant a lot to a lot of artists."

"So Dave is...
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Rivers Cuomo Judging Digital Art Competition

September 23rd, 2011 5:30pm EDT
Rivers Cuomo
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has asked fans to get creative for a new computer art contest he is judging.

The rocker is teaming up with electro music producer Deadmau5 to preside over the Adobe Imagination Challenge.

The competition requires entrants to use Adobe computer software to produce an inspiring work of digital art showing the "power and depth" of their imagination.

The panel will pick five winners to receive $10,000, while 36 others will receive $550 for their submissions.
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Q&A: Meet The Ladies Of Official Hot Mess

August 24th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Official Hot Mess
Kristy and Lindsey Landers Niedenfuer - the sisters who front Official Hot Mess - have entertainment in their family tree. They're the daughters of actress Judy Landers (of The Love Boat and Charlie's Angels) and Tom Niedenfuer, who won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. What are a pair of girls to do to follow that pedigree? Kristy and Lindsey started a band. They recently stopped in to chat about their musical success, famous parentage, and how much looks matter in the music industry.

Let's start at the beginning. How did you two choose music as a career?

Musi...
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Slipknot To Stream Sonisphere Performance

July 8th, 2011 1:28pm EDT
Slipknot
Rockers Slipknot will share their upcoming set at Britain's Sonisphere festival with fans all over the world by streaming the gig over the internet.

The band will take to the stage at the rock event at England's Knebworth House on Sunday and the gig will mark the band's first U.K. show since the death of bassist Paul Gray last year.

They have asked fans to observe a two-minute silence prior to their set in memory of the late rocker, and they have now revealed they will be streaming their performance live on the internet so fans across the globe can see the show.

A statement from the b...
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Weezer Refuse To Cancel Alabama Concert

April 29th, 2011 10:31am EDT
Weezer
Rockers Weezer have refused to cancel a gig in Alabama after the state was hit by a series of tornadoes, vowing to bring "love and rock" to the area.

Storms swept across six southern states over a 24-hour period, beginning on Wednesday, and the worst damage occurred in Alabama, where over 200 people perished.

However, the Buddy Holly hit-makers were determined to make the trip to Birmingham, where they are due to play a concert at the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil on Friday.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner writes, "Man my heart goes out to the fami...
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'The Hard Times Of RJ Berger' Cast Dish On Season Two: Watch It! (Video)

March 24th, 2011 4:43pm EDT
The Hard Times of RJ Berger Cast Talk Season 2
The wait is finally over! The season premiere of MTV's hit series, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," airs tonight and Starpulse caught up with the cast to bring you the exclusive!

Not only did Amber Lancaster, Jayson Blair and Jareb Dauplaise dish on season two's crazy antics, they revealed we can expect some amazing cameos from Paris Hilton, Weezer and Jersey Shore's very own, Vinny Guadagnino—fist pump! We even asked this ultra-hot cast if they were single or not! Dying to know the answer? Check it out!

Are you going to tune in to the season premiere of RJ Berger? Leave u...
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Fox Soccer Channel Wants Tom Cruise, Drew Carry, Rivers Cuomo

October 10th, 2010 1:18pm EDT
Fox Soccer Channel’s series Soccer Talk Live is a new go-to destination for the sport, and it’s not just for athletes. Host Kyle Martino interviews athletes and celebrity soccer fans like Elisabeth Shue and Susan Sarandon. Now he’s gunning for more of Hollywood’s secret soccer enthusiasts.

“The lead singer of Weezer is an enormous soccer fan as well,” Martino said. “Drew Carey who’s a friend of mine who’s a big soccer fan who’s a part owner in the Seattle team. It would be great to get some of the high profile celebrities in Hollywood that we know are big soccer fans. Tom Cruise obviously ...
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Weezer: 'We'll Retire For $20 Million'

October 7th, 2010 8:32am EDT
Weezer
Weezer have responded to an online campaign to stop them from releasing another album, insisting they'll retire if anti-fans come up with $20 million.

James Burns wants to silence the band by paying them off and he's embarked on a bid to raise $10 million to split the group. Burns claims the Buddy Holly rockers have failed to live up to their 1996 album Pinkerton and he's taking his crusade online to find followers around the world.

The band is taking the campaign in its stride - with drummer Patrick Wilson joking they'll consider an inflated offer.

In a post on Twitter.com, he writes...
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An Online Crusade To Silence Weezer

October 6th, 2010 2:20pm EDT
Weezer
An anti-Weezer fan has launched an online campaign to stop the band from releasing another album - and he's hoping to raise $10 million to silence them.

James Burns, from Seattle, Washington claims he was inspired by friends who are fans of the Buddy Holly rockers but disappointed by their recent musical offerings - which he claims have failed to live up to their hit 1996 album Pinkerton.

Burns has set up a website to help his fundraising efforts, on which he writes, "I have never been a fan of this band. I think that they are pretty much horrible, and always have been. But this isn't a...
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Gorillaz & Bruce Willis Break Web Record (VIDEO)

March 11th, 2010 3:25pm EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis has helped Britpop pioneers Gorillaz set a new record - the band's latest music video starring the action hero has become the most successful promo to premiere on YouTube.

The "Feel Good Inc" hit-makers' eponymous debut album, which sold seven million copies, earned the rockers an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band.

Now almost 10 years later, their video for new single "Stylo" has become the most successful music video to debut on the file sharing website.

The Bruce Willis starring clip was viewed a record-breaking 900,000 time...
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Adam Lambert's Debut Album, 'For Your Entertainment', Out Monday, Nov. 23

November 17th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment
With his out-of-this-world vocal range and unique musical style, Adam Lambert is the ultra-glam, rock superstar that has America hooked. On Monday, Nov 23, Adam will unleash one of the most highly anticipated debut albums, "For Your Entertainment," on 19 Recordings/RCA. The record garnered contributions from such innovative artists as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Muse, Justin Hawkins formerly of The Darkness and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.

Millions of fans watched Lambert's stunning performances on the eighth season of "American Idol" and now those millions of fans are waiting for the release of the al...
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Jack's Mannequin Singer Touches Hearts With Documentary

November 3rd, 2009 6:29pm EST
Jack
Last week, Andrew McMahon touched the hearts of dozens at a special screening of his documentary, "Dear Jack".

While McMahon has inspired audiences everywhere

with his intense lyrics for Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, this doc will leave you embracing life and respecting this individual in a different light, other than being a phenomenal musician.

Andrew takes a small cam-recorder and films his everyday life. He is faced with dozens of obstacles, from deciding to leave his band, Something Corporate, to even disappearing from his family and girlfriend, whom he loved and ado...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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AFI Returns With 'Crash Love', Out Sept. 29

August 21st, 2009 4:17pm EDT
AFI New Album
Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan and Adam Carson, collectively known as AFI, will release their eighth studio album, "Crash Love", September 29th on DGC/Interscope Records. Produced by Joe McGrath (Alkaline Trio, Green Day) and Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer), "Crash Love" is possibly AFI's most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. "I am so proud of this record. I really believe it's the best AFI record. It honestly feels like we've made our first truly timeless record. We didn't set out to do that--you can't set out to do something like that--but it definitely feels like that's wh...
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Win Single File's Full-Length Debut Album, 'Common Struggles'

April 14th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Single File
Denver-based rock trio Single File released Common Struggles, their full length debut, on April 7th. "The title Common Struggles says it all - I'm not pretending that any of what I've dealt with is new, it's just the human condition," says lead vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sloan Anderson, explaining the choice of title for Single File's album, which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects, Less Than Jake).

The album features the quirky pop-rock track "Mannequin Loveseat" as well as the just released album single "Girlfriends." The new single is sure ...
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2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
NOFX
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...
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Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

September 30th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...
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Weezer Announces North American Tour

August 6th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Weezer
Weezer announced today a North American tour in support of their top ten album Weezer (referred to as the Red Album).

Starting September 23 at the Tsongas Center in Boston, the band will embark on a five week tour including dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles' Great Western Forum. This is the band's first tour in three years. Drummer Pat Wilson announced, "if you want to rock, you know where to find us!"

Weezer (Red Album) is the band's boldest album, sonically and lyrically, fearlessly reaching places never before heard in popular music. The Red Album...
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Our Favorite Summer Songs

June 24th, 2008 8:43am EDT
Rihanna
Everyone has favorite summer tunes, and since summer officially arrived over the weekend, what better way to celebrate the end of school, a day at the beach or a road trip than to listen to summer-inspired music?

Four Starpulse contributing writers have compiled lists of their favorite summer tunes (including several that were picked by more than one writer). Whether they are summer inspired, make you feel like summer, or are just cheerful tunes to listen to during the hot sticky months, we're sure they'll get you in the mood for sipping pina coladas, dipping your foot in the pool, or...
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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Funds Prison Meditation Film

June 11th, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Weezer
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has partly funded a new documentary about the effects of meditation on hardened criminals.

The "Buddy Holly" singer, who is a Vipassana meditation student, agreed to help finance the film, The Dhamma Brothers, after discovering how the peaceful soul-searching had been introduced to the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama.

Courses were offered to the detention facility's most vicious criminals in 2002.

More than 30 inmates took the Vipassana meditation seminar, which included 10 days of complete silence and soul-searching through yoga and me...
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Weezer Is This Week's MTV '52 Bands/52 Weeks' Feature

June 3rd, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Weezer
Since the release of their first album in 1994, alt-rock band Weezer has managed to stay relevant and influence countless bands for almost 15 years. Established in 1992 in Los Angeles, current Weezer members include front man Rivers Cuomo, guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and drummer Patrick Wilson.

Weezer is releasing "The Red Album" (review) on June 3. The addition of "The Red Album" makes Weezer's collection of self-titled albums a trio, joining 1994's "The Blue Album," and 2001's "The Green Album." Unlike past albums, all band members have a part in lead vocals and so...
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Switches To Tour With She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet & The Virgins

May 18th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Switches
"Well, the idea was a band, but we're really a neurotic bunch of obsessive compulsive weirdos," Switches singer Matt Bishop says.

The neurotic obsessive-compulsive weirdos, pulled through impressively and way fantastically, and on March 18, 2008 Switches released their debut album, Lay Down The Law, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) on Interscope.

Strangely, Switches, who now all live in London, came together naturally and easily. Matt grew up in Southend (a low-rent seaside town, something like the old Asbury Park neighbourhood) and formed the band while at college:...
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On The Road Again: Music To Make The Trip More Enjoyable

April 16th, 2008 3:38pm EDT
Sum 41
Imagine driving across the country with nothing but the great open road in your future. Going through barely-there towns and the desert, the road is full of possibilities (as well as seedy hotels and exorbitant gas prices). What makes the drive go by quicker? Music. It's essential for any kind of driving - whether you're on your way to the grocery store or to visit your friend's summer place up north. It's important that your playlists and CDs feature a mix of your favorite songs, and the music you pick can set the theme of your entire trip.

Here are just a few songs to add to your ...
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Tally Hall's Debut Album, 'Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum,' Out April 1

March 31st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Tally Hall
Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, the debut album from Tally Hall, lands in stores and at all online retailers tomorrow, April 1st. The album features the track "Good Day," which is proving to be a word-of mouth sensation, largely fueled by the track's ingenious companion video directed and edited by the band's own Joe Hawley.

The clip has already been featured on AOL Music, MSN, albinoblacksheep.com, and YouTube, where it will inch over 300,000 streams today. It was also voted #1 on MTVu's 'The Freshmen', and has subsequently been added to the channel. You can watch it here:

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'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

October 29th, 2007 12:31pm EDT
Rock Band
Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...
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