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Albums To Check Out This Week

4/7/2015 10:07am EDT
All Time Low Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
After a star-studded assortment of new albums last week, this week is much more subtle. The same bombast that greeted a long-awaited comeback by Ludacris, The Album About Nothing courtesy of Wale, and an album named after a Japanese repair technique (Kintsugi) by Death Cab For Cutie isn’t apparent this week. Even so, there are some interesting new efforts, led by irresistible Baltimore quartet All Time Low with their affinity for emo lyrics and the occasional dash of salty language. All Time Low and four others lead albums to check out this week.

1) All Time Low, Future Hearts (Hopele...

BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys Hit 'God Only Knows'

10/8/2014 5:00pm EDT
BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys H
The BBC marked the launch of its new music initiative on Tuesday with a new video featuring some of music's biggest stars all collaborating on classic Beach Boys single "God Only Knows."

The video was played simultaneously over all of the BBC's properties at 8pm for the launch of BBC Music and featured over two dozen stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Baaba Maal, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, One Direction and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Most stars each sung a line or two, while the musicians, including Scottish violinist Ni...

We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup Charity Singles

5/19/2014 5:00pm EDT
We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup C
Since the mid 80s, there have been several one-off supergroups brought together to raise money for a great cause. While we applaud the efforts of the celebrities involved, we can't help but poke fun at them for being, well, celebrities. Join us as we break down the great celebrity supergroup singles.

USA for Africa - We Are the World

- Disassociated Star: Michael Jackson

- Star Who Doesn't Fit In: Dan Aykroyd

- Star With Barely Any Face Time: John Oates

The momma of them all, predating everything but Band Aid. Still, USA for Africa created all of the themes you see in charity music v...

Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson To Pen Autobiography

4/18/2013 5:53pm EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is set to open up in an uncensored story of his life in a new memoir, 24 years after the release of his controversial 'autobiography' surprised the music industry.

The Beach Boys legend stunned critics when he teamed up with a magazine journalist for 1991's Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story, in which he apparently revealed a catalogue of childhood abuse at the hands of his father and admitted for the first time he had suffered alcohol and drug addiction and serious mental illness.

The book's validity was questioned because it was released while Wilson was under round-the-cl...

Brian Wilson Highly Doubtful The Beach Boys Will Ever Reunite Again

2/12/2013 5:24pm EST
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson has confirmed the fears of Beach Boys fans by revealing he doubts the band will ever reform again.

The hitmaker and bandmate Al Jardine were contractually dismissed from a 2012 reunion line-up by Mike Love, who owns the Beach Boys name, and he admits there are no plans for any future get-togethers.

Asked at Sunday's Grammy Awards if he thought the "Good Vibrations" hitmakers would ever hit the stage together again after the success of last year's 50th anniversary tour, Wilson said, "I don't think so. I doubt it."

Love is now touring with an alternative Beach Boys line-up tha...

Paul Dano To Play Brian Wilson In Beach Boys Biopic

1/18/2013 1:28pm EST
Paul Dano
There Will Be Blood star Paul Dano is to portray Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson as a young man in a new biopic.
The actor will play the Good Vibrations hit-maker in Bill Pohlad's new film Love and Mercy - and Wilson is thrilled.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career. I still can't believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen... It just makes me feel so humble. I can't wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn."

Beach Boys To Mark 50th Anniversary With 'Brand New' Album

4/24/2012 6:33pm EDT
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys have announced they are working on their first album of new material since 1996.

The legendary group reunited after Brian Wilson and Mike Love teamed up with fellow original Al Jardine as part of a Beach Boys tribute at the Grammys earlier this year.

They are heading out on an extensive world tour in the summer to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and member Bruce Johnston has revealed the group has been in the studio to come up with brand new tracks to play on the road.

He tells, "It's all brand new. There's a lot of what you'd hope to hear from Brian (Wi...

Reunited Beach Boys Announce New Tour

2/16/2012 9:58am EST
Beach Boys
The reunited Beach Boys have announced dates for an extensive spring and summer world tour, just days after a get together at the Grammy Awards.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love teamed up with fellow original Al Jardine as part of a Beach Boys tribute at the Grammys - and now they're heading out on the road together for the first time since the late 1990s.

It will be the first time the trio has hit the road with both David Marks and Bruce Johnston, who sandwiched Glen Campbell in the surf pop band in the mid-1960s.

The 37 North American dates begin in Tucson, Arizona, on April 24 and weave thr...

2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

2/13/2012 12:54pm EST
2012 Grammy Awards
The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...

Adele Sweeps; Foo Fighters & Kanye West Dominate The Grammys (Full List Of Winners)

2/12/2012 11:21pm EST
Adele, Dave Grohl and Kanye West
Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.

She picked up the pre-ceremony awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep", along with the awards for Record Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album Of The Year ("21"), Song Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep") and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You"; but Adele wasn't the only big winner at this year's awards ceremony.

Foo Fighters, Skrillex...

Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

2/10/2012 5:10pm EST
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...

Beach Boys Planning Grammys Medley With Foster The People And Maroon 5

2/8/2012 11:00pm EST
The Beach Boys will reteam onstage for the first time in 20 years to perform with Foster the People and Maroon 5 at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston will play with one-time member David Marks at music's big night, which will launch a series of reunion events for the classic pop act.

The "Barbara Ann" singers will perform a medley with "Pumped Up Kicks" hitmakers Foster The People and Adam Levine's Maroon 5.

Also performing together at the Grammys will be Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, and Rihanna and Coldplay.

The Civil Wars, Diana ...

Q&A: Brian Wilson Is 'Thrilled' For The Release Of 'The Smile Sessions Box Set'

11/1/2011 2:00pm EDT
The Beach Boys - Smile
Despite never seeing release, The Beach Boys’ unfinished 1967 album SMiLE persevered. Intrepid Beach Boys fans created their own versions of the album cobbled together from album tracks and bootleg studio recordings for decades, and despite not knowing exactly what songwriter Brian Wilson intended with SMiLE, it was clear that the album was a staggering work of genius. In 2004, Wilson released his own re-recorded version of SMiLE to wild acclaim. Now, Capitol and the remaining members of The Beach Boys have prepared The SMiLE Sessions Box Set, a close approximation of the complete album as ...

Q&A: Marianas Trench's Mike Ayley

9/28/2011 2:27pm EDT
Marianas Trench
You may not have heard of Canadian pop-punk rockers Marianas Trench, but you should remember their name. After enjoying plenty of success in their native country - they garnered three MuchMusic Video Award nominations this year - they're on their way to take the United States by storm.

They've appeared as themselves on ABC Family's Kyle XY, and their music has been heard on the CW hit The Vampire Diaries (the song "Cross My Heart" was included in season 1) and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

As the band prepares to release their third album, Ever After (set for November 29), and head...

Brian Wilson Film To Document Beach Boy Star's Career, Nervous Breakdown

6/24/2011 11:30am EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson's colorful life story is to be retold in a big screen biopic of the Beach Boys frontman.

The rights to Wilson's story, as well as that of his wife Melinda, have been bought up by movie bosses with plans to turn their tale into a film.

The script will be written by Oren Moverman, who tackled the screenplay for controversial Bob Dylan movie "I'm Not There," which saw six actors, including Cate Blanchett, take on roles inspired by aspects of the folk legend's life.

The film will document Wilson's musical career as well as his nervous breakdown during the making of Beach Boys' "...

The Beatles & Drugs Inspired Brian Wilson's Iconic 'Pet Sounds'

6/4/2011 5:00pm EDT
Brian wilson
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has credited the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album and marijuana for inspiring the iconic "Pet Sounds" recordings.

The "Good Vibrations" hitmaker hosted a listening party at his home when the Fab Four's 1965 album was released and he admits the music and the marijuana "took me away", and the ideas for "Pet Sounds" were born.

Appearing in Beatles fan Seth Swirsky's new documentary, Beatles Stories, Wilson recalls, "We were stoned... I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds. It (album) turned me onto Pet Sounds.

"It was a moment that will live forever in m...

Brian Wilson - 'Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969'

12/13/2010 10:30pm EST
Brian Wilson
"Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969" is without a doubt the most exhaustive and thorough documentary put to tape on the legendary songwriter, and is unequivocally one of the best ones released on the prolific musician to date, plain and simple. Make sure to use the bathroom and perhaps grab a sandwich and a cold drink before taking on this DVD however, as it runs 3 hours in length. That might be enough to scare off some, but the journey is definitely worth it.

Though the title of the doc would lead you to believe that the story here would pick up in 1962, the story begins in 1959, going ba...

8/7/2010 8:30am EDT
Black Eyed Peas star is to be honored for his contributions to music and his humanitarian work by performance rights organization BMI.

The hip-hop star will receive BMI's President's Award at the organization's upcoming Urban Awards, which will take place at Hollywood's Pantages Theater on September 10th. The Urban Awards ceremony will honor writers and publishers of the most-performed urban songs of the previous year.'s prize, presented only on unique occasions, acknowledges his work as an artist, producer and humanitarian, reports trade paper Daily Variety.

The ...

Snoop Dogg Changed Katy Perry Lyrics To Avoid Beach Boys Lawsuit

8/6/2010 10:07am EDT
Katy Perry
Rapper Snoop Dogg was forced to change his verse on Katy Perry's "California Gurls" after The Beach Boys threatened to sue for referencing their original "California Girls" anthem.

The ageing rockers released their summer smash in 1965 and Snoop Dogg decided to pay tribute to the band in a line on Perry's pop song, about wishing all the girls could be California girls.

But the Beach Boys objected to the lyric, citing copyright infringement, and served Perry's label bosses with a legal notice - prompting the hip-hop star to alter his verse, according to Rolling Stone magazine.


Brian Wilson To Rejoin The Beach Boys

6/22/2010 3:30pm EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is rejoining The Beach Boys for a tour to mark the band's 50th anniversary.

The legendary songwriter will team up with the two other surviving founding members, singer Mike Love and guitarist Al Jardine, for a series of 2011 shows to mark five decades since the group formed in 1961. Wilson's brothers and band mates, Dennis and Carl Wilson, died in 1982 and 1998.

The three remaining original members of the group last came together in 2006, putting their long-strained relationships and legal battles behind them to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic Pet Sounds albu...

Carnie Wilson: 'I've Never Passed Out'

4/2/2010 9:05am EDT
Carnie Wilson
Heavyweight singer Carnie Wilson has assured fans she's feeling well following false reports she collapsed during a recent taping of TV show The Newlywed Game.

The Wilson Phillips star, who hosts the remake of the classic game show, was said to have been treated by paramedics on March 19th after becoming dizzy and fainting on set.

However Wilson - daughter of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson - insists she's baffled by the reports, because she has been in good health.

She tells Entertainment Tonight, "I feel great. I've never passed out on the set at any time and I have no idea why any s...

Everyone's Favorite Monkey Returns In 'Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey'

1/23/2010 9:00am EST
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey
Buckle up for an unforgettable experience when Curious George and his friends embark on a hilarious madcap cross country adventure in "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey", an all-new feature-length animated film available only on DVD on March 2 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Filled with the delightful antics, gentle humor and heartfelt emotion that have captivated the hearts of families around the world, "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey" includes a menagerie of entertaining bonus features: Two never-before-seen shows from the all-new TV season on PBS that does not air un...

The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

11/15/2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...

Caitlin Crosby's Debut Album, 'Flawz', Released

6/26/2009 9:45am EDT
Caitlin Crosby
Meet up-and coming LA singer/songwriter Caitlin Crosby, a fresh new voice on the pop music scene! The charismatic 23-year-old songsmith with a compelling raspy vocal style, has crafted her debut album, "Flawz", filled with irresistible, thought-provoking and guitar-driven songs produced by Marshall Altman.

Crosby's first track is the sweet and infectious number "Still Have My Heart," which is also currently available on iTunes. The video for the track was directed by Walter May (who also directed Katy Perry's "Ur So Gay") and features Zachary Levi from "Chuck", Albert Reed from "Dancing ...

Hall & Oates 'Live At The Troubadour' Out Nov. 25; See Four Songs From The DVD Here!

11/21/2008 7:00pm EST
Hall & Oates
In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl...

Lucinda Williams' 'Little Honey' Out Oct. 14; On Tour Now

10/3/2008 7:30pm EDT
Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams has always been adept at painting landscapes of the soul, illuminating the spirit's shadowy nooks and shimmering crannies— but she's never captured the sun breaking through the clouds as purely as on her new Lost Highway release, Little Honey.

"I'm in a different phase of my life, so there are more happy moments on this album," the singer-songwriter says of her ninth studio set. " 'Darkly introspective,' is one phrase people have used to describe a lot of my songs. There are moody songs, but I'm looking outside myself a little bit more. These aren't 'boy meets girl, b...

Paul McCartney Loves Duffy Cover

9/22/2008 5:00pm EDT
Singer Duffy has recorded a version of Paul McCartney's classic song "Live And Let Die" for charity - and the Beatles legend is astonished with the result. The Welsh songstress tackled the hit Bond theme for her contribution to the upcoming War Child charity album Heroes.

And McCartney is bowled over with the new version of his Oscar-nominated Wings song.

The track is among a host of classic cover versions slated for inclusion on the new album, which is due for release in November.

As part of the project, a legion of musical legends including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Beach...

Bryan Adams & Ben Harper 'Live From Abbey Road' Tonight On Sundance

8/28/2008 3:45pm EDT
Bryan Adams
Each episode of the acclaimed Sundance series, Live From Abbey Road keeps getting better with interviews and performances from the most accredited artists and bands. Academy Award nominee for songwriting in films, Bryan Adams will start off episode 11 with his first #1 single, "Heaven." Off the five time platinum album, Reckless, this strong ballad was featured on "A Night In Heaven" soundtrack. The Canadian rock singer follows with a performance of "She's Got A Way" from his eleventh and latest album, 11. Pursuing the "eleven theory," 11 features 11 tracks, and is sold in most retail store...

Tonight's 'Live From Abbey Road' Features Black Keys, Manu Chao

7/24/2008 5:31pm EDT
The Black Keys
Live From Abbey Road, the Sundance original music series, reaches its halfway point in episode 6 of the twelve part series.

The episode begins by featuring British self-described "Odd Pop" band, The Hoosiers. After recording their first album, The Trick To Life and securing two top ten hits on the UK charts, The Hoosiers are currently touring. They stop by the legendary recording studio Abbey Road to perform their hits "Goodbye Mr. A" and "Run Rabbit Run" off of their debut album along with Billy Joel's classic hit "We Didn't Start the Fire".

Blues-rock duo The Black Keys will al...

AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

6/24/2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...