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10 Best Bets For Grammy Nominations

October 5th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
10 Best Bets For Grammy Nominations
And the time has come – or it’s nearly came! It’s nearing the end of the year when those ever coveted Grammy nominations are unveiled to the world. This year’s cut off date for eligibility was September 30, hence why September saw a flood of big names dropping albums. After studying albums and songs released during the eligibility period, here are ten artists and their respective work that seem like best bets to score nominations.

1) Pharrell Williams

It was hard to imagine that Pharrell Williams could have another year as great as 2013 was for the multifaceted musician. 2014 was ...
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10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014

September 7th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Rocking Rock Songs of 2014
Sometimes, you just need to totally ‘rock’ out – right on, right on. Sometimes it’s all about busting out the air guitar or pretending you’re banging away on the drums like Animal from The Muppets. Well… maybe not the Animal thing – that’s a bit much. But in the spirit of rock n roll, with a little help from the alternative side of things as well, here are 10 rocking rock songs from 2014.

No, not all of them are manic, exhilarating up-tempo joints (yep, we’re talking to you Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Counting Crows), but all 10 songs are special and worth spinning. Here go...
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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Tops Billboard 200, Breaks Vinyl Sales Record

June 20th, 2014 1:34pm EDT
Jack White
Jack White's latest album, "Lazaretto," has proven that vinyl is alive and well.

The album topped the Billboard 200 chart with 138,000 sales in its first week of release, and 29% of those album copies sold were vinyl records, which have been making a huge comeback in recent years because of their sound quality.

"Lazaretto" isn't the typical 33 RPM record though, it plays at three different speeds and includes a hidden track that's located under the label at the center of the disc.

The album, which also features a hologram of an angel, is the biggest vinyl seller in 20 years, besting Pear...
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Jack White Flexes His Alt-Rock Muscles on 'Lazaretto'

June 16th, 2014 11:32am EDT
Jack White Flexes His Alt-Rock Muscles on 'Lazaretto'
Jack White, Lazaretto

In 2012, following a storied musical career highlighted by an extended tenure as one-half of seminal minimalist duo The White Stripes, singer/songwriter and rock go-to guy Jack White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss. Unsurprisingly given White’s accolades, Blunderbuss was a hit, earning White a number one album and multiple Grammy nominations. After a two-year hiatus, White returns with a highly anticipated sophomore album Lazaretto.

Topping Blunderbuss’ consistency and quality is certainly heroic task, but Lazaretto holds its own. Perhaps the tallest...
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Neil Young Makes Music History On 'The Tonight Show'

May 13th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Neil Young Makes Music History On 'The Tonight Show'
Last night, Neil Young did something no one else has before when he performed, recorded, and pressed a vinyl of a song during an episode of The Tonight Show.

Young and Jack White appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show to promote Young's A Letter Home, which was recorded entirely in a 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth. White had been searching for such a machine for years and finally found one and renovated it for his Third Man Records.

Young stepped into the booth to give it a spin (no word if he had to pay the 35 cents required to run it) and recorded a cover of Willie Nelson's Crazy. The so...
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Jack White To Trade Turkeys For Vinyl At Thanksgiving Food Drive

November 18th, 2013 5:20pm EST
Jack White
Jack White has come up with a fresh way of making sure the homeless of Nashville are well fed this Thanksgiving by offering up exclusive tracks to people bearing gifts.

The former White Stripes star and his partners at Third Man Records are offering free music in return for donations of turkeys and canned goods for the poor.

Announcing the food drive on his label's website, White posts, "This time of year it's always important to remember those in less fortunate situations than ourselves, and Third Man is no exception.

"For many reasons we absolutely love our neighborhood. From day on...
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Karen Elson Wins Restraining Order Against Estranged Husband Jack White

August 2nd, 2013 4:50pm EDT
Karen Elson
Model Karen Elson has won a restraining order against estranged husband Jack White after he persisted in sending her nasty emails.

A Tennessee judge granted the order in July after Elson claimed she feared for her and her childrens' safety, according to TMZ.

The couple met on the set of The White Stripes' "Blue Orchid" video, in which Elson starred, and they married in 2005 in the middle of the Amazon River (they were in a canoe). The couple split in 2011 but reportedly stayed close for the sake of their kids. Elson even sang some of the vocals on White's 2012 album "Blunderbuss."

But Wh...
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John C. Reilly Releasing Folk Album On Jack White's Record Label

July 8th, 2013 6:37pm EDT
John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly has been singing on the big screen before, and now he's putting his talents to the test by recording a full-length album on Jack White's label Third Man Records.

Reilly has proven his vocal talent with the films Chicago and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story. It was the latter film in which he and Jack White first collaborated - Jack had an amusing appearance as Elvis Presley.

John tells Billboard he met White through friends and they stayed in touch after he convinced White to appear in his film. Reilly explains, "[White] said, 'Well, if you ever want to do anything and want i...
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Jack White Pays Back Taxes On Detroit Masonic Temple; Theater To Be Renamed In His Honor

June 5th, 2013 10:20am EDT
Jack White
The mystery donor who paid off Detroit Masonic Temple's $142,000 tax bill and saved the historic Michigan building from foreclosure has been revealed - former White Stripes star Jack White.
 
According to the Detroit News, just four days before the payment was due on June 3, a check was deposited to cover the cost of the bill.
 
The singer, who grew up in the city and now lives in Nashville, Tenn., came to the rescue when he found out the largest Masonic Temple in the world was in danger of foreclosure, according to local radio network WXYZ.
 
White's mother was reportedly an usher at the v...
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Jack White Releases Gold & Platinum Vinyl Versions Of 'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack

May 9th, 2013 3:23pm EDT
The Great Gatsby soundtrack
For only $250 you can own platinum and gold disc versions of "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack. The album for the highly-anticipated film includes songs from Jack White, Jay-Z, Beyonce, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey and Emeli Sande.
 
The former White Stripes star is releasing limited edition vinyl versions of the soundtrack - which are plated with real gold and platinum - through his label, Third Man Records.
 
The company posted on its website: "Disc one is platinum and disc two is gold. These are the first-ever commercially available records made using these precious metals via this process... All...
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Karen Elson Opens Up About Jack White Split

April 2nd, 2013 6:23pm EDT
Karen Elson
British model Karen Elson has opened up about her split from rocker Jack White, insisting the experience was like "breaking up with a whole life."

The couple parted ways in 2011 after six years of marriage, but vowed to remain amicable for the sake of their two children Scarlett, seven, and Henry Lee, five, even holding a divorce party for friends and family in Nashville, Tennessee.

However, Elson admits she is now struggling to find romance again as potential suitors are put off by her friendship with her former partner.

She tells Harper's Bazaar, "You have a responsibility to your ch...
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Music's Biggest Stars Rocked The Red Carpet At The 2013 Grammys

February 11th, 2013 11:04am EST
55th Grammy Awards
  The 55th Annual Grammy Awards got off to a hot start on the red carpet, where music's biggest stars gathered before the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Most stars adhered to the requests in the memo that CBS sent out on Wednesday, asking stars to tone their fashion choices down. The memo specifically asked that "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered"; also warning that "see through" fashions, visible thongs and attire exposing any part of "genital regions" was forbidden at this year's award show.

Most stars followed the rules, including Jennifer Lopez, who ...
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CBS: 'Jack White Did Not Say F**K Me During Grammy Performance'

February 11th, 2013 10:20am EST
Jack White
TV bosses have hit back at reports suggesting Jack White swore during the live Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday.

The rocker sparked a Twitter.com frenzy amongst viewers after apparently singing the phrase "f**k me" during his performance of Love Interruption with Ruby Amanfu at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
 
The lyrics to the track do not include any expletives, but chiefs at U.S. network CBS, which aired the prizegiving, argue White actually said "fight me".
 
Martin Franks, an executive at CBS, insists a team of censors monitoring the show on a 10-second delay agreed White was in the c...
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Jack White Pulls Out Of Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger'

December 16th, 2012 5:40pm EST
Jack White
Rocker Jack White has dropped out of plans to score Johnny Depp's new movie The Lone Ranger.

The former White Stripes star had signed on to compose the music for director Gore Verbinski's film, but he has been replaced by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer.

Announcing the news in a statement on Friday, Disney bosses said, "Jack White, who had originally been contemplated to score and has contributed several pieces of music to the production, was logistically unavailable due to scheduling conflicts that arose when the film's release moved to July of 2013."

Zimmer has previously worked with Verbinsk...
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Rumor Patrol: Jessica Alba Pregnant, Weight Watchers Furious With Jessica Simpson, More

December 9th, 2012 7:07pm EST
Jessica Alba
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Jessica Alba Pregnant With Third Child: "Just a little over a year after giving birth to her second baby, Haven Garner, the glowing actress is confiding to friends that she's expecting ANOTHER bundle of joy," claims the National Enquirer. "She knows she’ll have her hands full chasing after three kids while balancing her acting career and running a new company, but she just can’t wait to be a mom again."...
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Jack White Upsets Fans With Short Setlist At NYC Concert

October 1st, 2012 8:50am EDT
Jack White
Jack White was booed by fans at a show in New York on Saturday night when he left the stage after playing for less than a hour.

The White Stripes star performed a solo set at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, but left the audience confused when he bowed out after just 55 minutes.

White did not say goodbye before leaving the stage so gig-goers waited around for him to reappear, and when the rocker failed to return to the stage, they booed and began a chant of "F**k Jack White," according to the New York Observer.

A member of the venue's security team reportedly told the publicati...
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Jack White's Debut Solo Album 'Blunderbuss' Knocks Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' From Top Of Charts

May 2nd, 2012 10:15pm EDT
Jack White
Rocker Jack White has scored his first trans-Atlantic number one album after topping the charts in America on Wednesday.

The former White Stripes star has landed his first U.S. number one with his debut solo release "Blunderbuss", which toppled Adele's "21" in the U.K. charts on Sunday.

Ironically, Adele's hit album jumps up a spot on the new Billboard 200 countdown to mirror the one-two punch in Britain this week.

Lionel Richie's former chart-topper, "Tuskegee", slips from one to three, while boy band One Direction's "Up All Night" rises a spot to four and former American Idol star Lee ...
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Jack White To Write Musical Score For 'The Lone Ranger'

April 25th, 2012 8:12am EDT
Jack White
Former White Stripes star Jack White will compose the score for Johnny Depp's upcoming remake of classic TV series The Lone Ranger.

The rocker will lend his musical talents to the Disney western, which will star The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger with Depp as his sidekick Tonto.

The film's producer Jerry Bruckheimer, confirmed White's involvement to Variety, saying, "Jack's an amazing songwriter with a unique style. We're thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture. Gore (Verbinski, director) hatched the idea and Johnny was thrilled with it."

"We're a...
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Gary Oldman To Direct Jack White's Concert Webcast

April 16th, 2012 12:52pm EDT
Gary Oldman
Actor Gary Oldman is stepping behind the camera to direct an upcoming Jack White concert.

The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star was approached to take control of White's New York show, which will stream live on the internet on April 27th- and he jumped at the opportunity.

Oldman tells the New York Times, "It just fell from the sky. Occasionally you get calls and they just drop in. I didn't have to think very quickly about it. I just said, 'Yeah, that sounds very good.'"

However, the actor admits he's having trouble communicating with White, who is not a fan of modern technology.

He add...
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Jack White Keeps Music In Temperature Controlled Vault

April 9th, 2012 9:01am EDT
Jack White
Rocker Jack White keeps the master recordings of all his work in a hi-tech temperature-controlled room at his record label headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

The former The White Stripes frontman has managed to keep hold of the original recordings of almost every song he's ever worked on and he has created a library called the Vault at his Third Man Records offices to keep them in top condition.

The room can only be accessed via a biometric scanner and the temperature remains at a constant 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

He tells the New York Times, "It's good to finally have them in a nice se...
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Jack White's Kids Form Their Own Band

April 8th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Jack White
Rocker Jack White's two young children are already following in their famous father's footsteps - they've formed their own band.

The singer's five-year-old daughter Scarlett and four-year-old son Henry - his kids with estranged wife, supermodel Karen Elson - play together in their own group called Coke - and the star believes they could have what it takes to make it in the music industry.

The former White Stripes frontman tells the New York Times, "They're little vaudeville kids. They've been onstage for school plays and stuff, and they're not nervous at all.

"You can see in Henry's eyes...
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Jack White Says There's 'Absolutely No Chance' Of A White Stripes Reunion

March 21st, 2012 1:14pm EDT
Jack White
Rocker Jack White has ruled out ever reforming The White Stripes.

The duo split in February last year and White will be releasing his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, next month.

And he's emphatically ruled out ever reuniting with The White Stripes drummer - his ex-wife Meg White - insisting he would have to be penniless to even contemplate a comeback.

White tells NME magazine, "Absolutely no chance. I couldn't see any reason to ever do that. I'm not the kind of person that would retire from baseball and come out of retirement the next year. I mean, if we went to all the trouble of tell...
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Jack White Plays First Solo Gig At Record Label

March 11th, 2012 12:29pm EDT
Jack White
Jack White performed his first full solo gig at the third anniversary party of the Third Man record label in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.

The rocker performed new tracks and classics from his bands The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather during a 19-song set for a specially-invited audience.

The exclusive gig took place in the lounge of of his record label's base.

Audience members included White's Dead Weather bandmate Alison Mosshart.
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Jack White To Divorce Karen Elson

June 10th, 2011 3:50pm EDT
Jack White
Rocker Jack White is divorcing his model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage.

The former White Stripes star wed the British beauty in Brazil in 2005, but the couple - parents of daughter Scarlett and son Henry - announced its split on Friday.

In an email sent out to friends and family, White and Elson write, "We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children. We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow."

However, the parting lovers insist their ...
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Autographed Jack White Guitar Stolen

February 24th, 2011 11:45pm EST
Jack White
A rare guitar signed by former White Stripes star Jack White has been stolen from a set designer's studio in London.

The black Fender, worth $22,500, was swiped along with a TV and a computer from Paul Biver's property on January 23.

Biver, 37, had been given the guitar by a close pal - a rock memorabilia collector - three years ago as a gift in exchange for helping to redecorate his boat.

The designer claims he had only taken the musical instrument into the studio because he was in the process of building a display case for it.

Police believe more than one person was involved in the bu...
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Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

January 4th, 2011 9:56am EST
Pamela_Des_Barres
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...
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Queens Of The Stone Age To Return

December 30th, 2010 2:18pm EST
Queens of the Stone Age
Rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are set to end their two-year hiatus by heading back to the recording studio in 2011.

The band has not released any new material since 2007's Era Vulgaris, and in 2008 they embarked an extended break which saw frontman Josh Homme form Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones.

Guitarist Dean Fertita also focused on a side-project, playing with Jack White's The Dead Weather, but the musician admits the No One Knows hit-makers are now ready to work together again.

He tells The Pulse Of Radio, "Things are going really good. Everybody seems ...
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Paul McCartney To Be Honored At The White House

May 25th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Paul McCartney
The details of Paul McCartney's big White House showdown have been revealed a week after the former Beatles star hinted about a presidential concert in a web chat.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld will be part of an all-star line-up that will honor McCartney when he receives the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in the White House's East Room. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also be part of the festivities on June 2nd. Paul Simon and Wonder are past Gershwin Prize winners.

McCartney treated ...
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