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2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed And More

October 9th, 2014 10:09am EDT
2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, N
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations have been announced and once again, the eclectic group of musicians is not without its dark horses.

Making the cutoff just before the 25 year mark, both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were nominated. The debut albums for both artists were in 1989. Green Day's debut EP "1,000 Hours" came out in April 1989, and Nine Inch Nails’ first album "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in October of 1989.

Also in the running for a prestigious spot in the Rock Hall are N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, ...
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Celebrities That Turn 40 in 2012

January 3rd, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 40 in 2012
In 1972 the Watergate scandal hit the national scene, "The Godfather" ruled the movie box office and songs that dominated the radio airwaves included Don McLean's "American Pie," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," and "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.

Also that year many of today's prominent stars were born that starred in films such as "Stand by Me," "Good Will Hunting," "There's Something about Mary," and many more. See what stars turn the big 40 in 2012. Check out the slide show below.

Amanda Peet - Born January 11, 1972

Drea de Matteo - Born January 19, 1972

Gabriel Macht - Born ...
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Sade Returns After 10 Years With 'Soldier Of Love', Out Feb. 9

January 28th, 2010 5:36am EST
Sade
"Soldier of Love" is only the sixth studio album the band Sade released during their 25 year career, and the first since "Lovers Rock" in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group's songwriting effort, it's a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. "I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand."

The call went out in 2008 for the group to re-convene at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio, near Sade's home in the countryside of south west England. It was the first tim...
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Norah Jones' New Album, 'The Fall', Due Nov. 17

September 16th, 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...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

July 6th, 2009 9:36am EDT
Bruno
Last week, I chose to see "Public Enemies," which is a decision I definitely do not regret. Johnny Depp is electric as John Dillinger, oozing the charm and finesse of the real life American bank robber and folk hero. Christian Bale also does a solid job as the FBI agent Melvin Purvis, a man singularly obsessed with catching Dillinger.

My main complaints are that the movie does not develop the roles of the other gangsters very well, and at points that the cinematography leaves something to be desired. There are some really shaky handheld shots, which are nauseating. Other than that, ...
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'American Idol' Showdown: Adam Should Win In A Landslide

May 20th, 2009 9:03am EDT
American Idol
It's interesting the way Ryan Seacrest framed last night's battle of the American Idol finalists, painting a major contrast between the two contestants. His list of the differences between the two singers was not simply a clashing description of two people, but a sort of rallying cry for the sections of the country each guy supposedly represented.

In one corner, Ryan gave us the clean-cut country boy from the "real" America who would just love to get your votes. In the other corner, we met the freakish glam rocker from that hedonistic land of California who does his best to com...
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'American Idol' Recap: Anoop & Megan Must Go

April 1st, 2009 8:42am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for the American Idol Contestants to Start Singing:

-It's amazing how four judges can combine to say absolutely nothing in the show open.

-What a strange theme. Why not just say, "pick whatever song you want"?. How does one define a 'popular' download? Conspiracy people!

-Just when you thought the product placement couldn't get any more shameless - Seacrest uses it to promote his own show!

-Wow, Ryan Seacrest plays drops of Simon Cowell and the "American Idol" theme on his show. Local FM Radio now seems like a bastion of creativity and w...
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Wynonna's Album 'Sing - Chapter 1' Out Feb. 3; Free NYC Concert Feb. 4

January 23rd, 2009 11:13am EST
Wynonna Judd
Twenty five: the number of years the incredible songtress Wynonna Judd has been bringing her amazing voice, her inspirational stories and her unique blend of country, soul and good 'ol Rock'n'Roll to the masses. In celebration of this illustrious career, Wynonna will be releasing her 7th studio album in 2009 - an eclectic assortment of standards paying homage to all the different genres and songs that have formed the soundtrack to her own life. Produced by long time collaborators Don Potter and Brent Mahar and recorded at Sound Kitchen, The Blue Room Studios and East Iris Studios in Nashv...
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Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

October 15th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...
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Bryan Adams & Ben Harper 'Live From Abbey Road' Tonight On Sundance

August 28th, 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...
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Joe Cocker To Release 'Hymn For My Soul' May 13

April 18th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Joe Cocker
On May 13th, Fantasy Records will release Hymn For My Soul, the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world's most instantly recognizable and iconic voices (Lennon & McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," anyone?), with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he's produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer's long an...
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World Renowned Bassist Marcus Miller Releases New Album, 'Marcus'; Win A Signed Copy!

April 8th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Marcus Miller
Among the world's most gifted, forward-thinking and eclectic electric bassists, Marcus Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer / producer of eight critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums.

On March 4, 2008 Concord Jazz released Marcus, Marcus Miller's 7th solo release, featuring guest appearances by Corinne Bailey Rae, Lalah Hathaway, Keb' Mo' and more, including Taraji P. Henson, the actress who lent her vocals to the Oscar winning song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" from the film Hustle and Flow.

The 13-track album finds Marcus serving up his own signature fu...
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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...
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Will Downing's 'After Tonight' Hits Stores Oct. 30

October 15th, 2007 7:41pm EDT
Will Downing
Will Downing is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of R&B, jazz and pop. After Tonight, Will's 13th album and first for the Peak Records label, was created and recorded while Will was coming to terms with and battling a rare and severely debilitating condition known as Polymyositis. After Tonight is more than just another album for Downing. It became a monumental reason for him to wake up on many a morning – a purpose that only his attention could bring to life. And Downing is determined for it to be far from his last.

Suffice it ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 4

July 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gloria Stuart
Happy Birthday to soul singer/songwriter Bill Withers (1938), Irish actor Stephen Boyd (1931; d. 1977), playwright Neil Simon (1927), Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (1927), American actress Eva Marie Saint (1924), advice columnist Ann Landers (1918; d. 2002), "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (1910), English actress Angela Baddeley (1904; d. 1976), film producer Louis B. Mayer (1882; d. 1957), 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge (1872; d. 1933), and author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804; d. 1864).
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Music Picks From The Stars Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters'

April 2nd, 2007 4:10pm EDT
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters hits cinemas April 13 and if you're like me, you gotta wonder what the four main characters of rock to in their boom boxes. What follows is an odd eclectic mix of tunes - from Carl's big hair rock to Master Shake's collection of tunes about promiscuous women.

Carl:

Jailbreak - AC/DC

If you go to jail, why stay there? Get some friends with guns and dynamite to get you out.

Mr. Roboto - Styx

There's more to this song than meets the eye. He's like, in this jail for kick ass rockers, and he kills this robot and hides inside th...
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Incognito Tones Things Down On Latest Release, "Bees+Things+Flowers"

January 21st, 2007 10:00am EST
Incognito
Anyone paying attention to the upper echelon of soul music's ever changing face knows the name Incognito. More than the moniker of a great band, Incognito is a brand - a guaranteed one-stop for sophisticated, uplifting U.K.-spun soul-jazz, stamped by a cavalcade of top-notch vocal talent, sweeping arrangements for rhythm section, horns and strings, substance-fueled lyrical content and the unflagging leadership of guitarist/songwriter Jean-Paul Maunick, affectionately known as "Bluey."

Over a 27-year career, London-based Mobo Award winners Incognito made stateside strides with both drea...
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Diana Ross Presents I Love You, A New Studio Album Dedicated To Romance

January 10th, 2007 11:02am EST
Diana Ross
Diana Ross is a global entertainment icon, a legendary musical treasure whose music has, for decades, inspired romance, happiness and joy. For her new studio album, Ms. Ross has drawn inspiration from romantic songs that have touched her heart through the years, and she has dedicated the album to this most powerful universal emotion: love. I Love You, to be released by Manhattan/EMI in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally on January 16, presents 14 songs personally selected for the album by Diana Ross in appreciation of their timeless, classic expressions of love and romance, includ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 4

July 4th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Gloria Stuart
Happy Birthday to soul singer/songwriter Bill Withers (1938), Irish actor Stephen Boyd (1931; d. 1977), playwright Neil Simon (1927), Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (1927), American actress Eva Marie Saint (1924), advice columnist Ann Landers (1918; d. 2002), "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (1910), English actress Angela Baddeley (1904; d. 1976), film producer Louis B. Mayer (1882; d. 1957), 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge (1872; d. 1933), and author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804; d. 1864).
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