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50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
50 Songs About Each State To Celebrate The USA
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”


What Was Neil Young's Response To Donald Trump Using His Song?

6/17/2015 10:28am EDT
Neil Young To Trump: 'Donald Trump Was Not Authorized To Use 'Ro
Neil Young is hopping mad at new Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Donald Trump announced his candidacy for Presidency on June 16, but found that running for the White House requires a few logistical moves; like asking an artist if you can use their music before you play it at your first official speech as a candidate.

In an official statement from Young’s manager, Elliot Roberts of Lookout Management, "Donald Trump was not authorized to use "Rockin' In The Free World" in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for Pres...

New Album Releases This Week You Need To Check Out!

11/4/2014 9:55am EST
Will Smith introduced Calvin Harris to the Main stage at T in th
Cutting straight to the chase, the post-Taylor Swift release week is exactly what you would expect it to be… quiet! Why- because everyone knows Taylor rules the world – more importantly the Billboard 200 – and the Taylor machine won’t stop after just one week. 1989 will likely hold off any of the albums below from coming anywhere near that number one spot – she’s just commercial like that. That said here are albums to check out this week, led by Calvin Harris’ Motion.

1) Calvin Harris, Motion (Columbia)

Motion follows up Harris’ 2012 album, 18 Months. Harris is best known for prod...

15 Celebrities Who Haven't Aged Well

10/23/2014 11:24am EDT
15 Celebrities Who Haven't Aged Well
Everyone grows older, but some people do it better than others. Partying too hard, gaining weight, and genetics often contribute to what a person looks like as they age.

Some age very well (Christie Brinkley, we're talking to you) - others not so much.

Ten years ago Lindsay Lohan was a beautiful 18-year-old with a promising career ahead of her. An addiction to drugs and alcohol changed all that. She lost a large amount of weight, dyed her hair blonde, dyed it back to red, caused trouble on set, and went to rehab on several occasions.

Lohan's abusive lifestyle has definitely affected her...

Neil Young And Daryl Hannah Reportedly Dating

9/12/2014 6:31pm EDT
Neil Young And Daryl Hannah
Neil Young, who filed for divorce from wife Pegi after 36 years of marriage in July, has been spotted getting close with actress Daryl Hannah.

The two stars were spotted together kissing and getting close while walking into and out of a Westlake, California, restaurant on Tuesday, sparking rumors that they're an item.

A source confirmed to Us Weekly that the two are dating after having some history as friends.

"She's a huge Neil fan," the source said. They've known each other for years."

Another source told People magazine that they've been together since before Young, 68, filed for div...

Neil Young To Divorce Wife Of 36 Years

8/27/2014 8:28am EDT
Neil Young
After 36 years of marriage, Neil Young and his wife Pegi are going their separate ways. The singer, 68, filed divorced papers in California in July, and a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12.

The pair met in the 1970s while Pegi was working as a waitress at a diner near his California ranch.

Pegi is also a musician. She has released three solo albums since 2007 and was Neil's inspiration behind songs such as "Such a Woman" and "Unknown Legend."

Pegi often performed with her husband and took the stage with him in 2013 at the Bridge School Benefit concert, which she co-founded with Neil in th...

Neil Young Makes Music History On 'The Tonight Show'

5/13/2014 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...

9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

4/17/2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

Dirrty - Ch...

Neil Young Brings New PonoMusic Service & Music Player To South By Southwest

3/12/2014 1:04pm EDT
Neil Young
Neil Young officially introduced his new Hi-Fi Pono music player and online music service called PonoMusic at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday.

The rocker told the crowd that he would "b*tch and moan" about the quality of MP3s, saying that when they came along "that's when the recording industry really went into duress."

But with Pono (which means "righteous" in Hawaiian) people will be able to hear a lossless digital recording the way it was meant to be heard.

"Every part of my body is getting hit with this," Young described the sound to a crowd at SXS...

Neil Young Announces The Launch Of Hi-Fi Music Service PonoMusic

3/10/2014 3:34pm EDT
Neil Young
Rocker Neil Young has announced the the quality of digital music is about to get a lot better.

Young has been very vocal about his dislike for the way digital music sounds, and he is now set to bring the best-sounding music to the digital age through new online music service PonoMusic.

"It's about the music, real music," Young said in a statement. "We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market."

PonoMusic will involve an online store, desktop media management program and a physical p...

Phish, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule Play Tributes For Lou Reed

10/29/2013 12:47am EDT
Trey Anastasio
The song may have been in the band's repertoire since Halloween of 1998, but on Sunday night Phish opened their show at Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center with a bittersweet, yet rousing rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" in tribute to late music legend Lou Reed.

Reed passed away earlier in the day due to complications stemming from a liver transplant he had back in May.

Following the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic, frontman Trey Anastasio asked the crowd for a moment of silence for "one of the greatest artists who's ever lived."

Prior to the show Anastasio posted a tribut...

Neil Young To Be Honored By The Recording Academy

10/18/2013 3:05pm EDT
Neil Young
Legendary musician Neil Young is set to be feted by officials at the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing.

Next January, the revered singer will follow in the footsteps of previous honorees Jimmy Iovine and Quincy Jones, when he is celebrated for his "commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music."

A statement from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow reads, "It is with great honor that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who ...

Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West & More Stars Join Global Citizens Ticket Initiative

5/2/2013 4:19pm EDT
Several high-profile music acts have joined a new initiative that rewards fans for social activism. Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters and Neil Young are among those who signed up for the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative.

The campaign allows fans to accumulate points when they help further change by signing petitions, contacting government representatives, or raising money for charity. Points can be used towards a lottery to win free concert tickets.

Over the next three years, each of the acts involved will give away one pa...

Neil Young To Quit Touring?

4/21/2013 10:33am EDT
Neil Young
Neil Young's current tour may be his last, according to Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. Sampedro, who has played with the rocker since 1975 as part of Crazy Horse - thinks he could be ready to quit after a 40 year touring career.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: "My gut tells me this is really the last tour. We're playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us."

Explaining how Neil, 67, and other members of the band have been suffering health issues, he added: "Neil's wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays. I already had an op...

Neil Young Gives Up Drugs And Alcohol

9/20/2012 3:28pm EDT
Neil Young
Legendary rocker Neil Young has given up drugs and booze for good after puffing marijuana and knocking back alcohol for years.

The Harvest Moon hit-maker retired both his bad habits last year and is now celebrating his sobriety.

He tells the New York Times, "I did it for 40 years. Now I want to see what it's like to not do it. It's just a different perspective."

However, the 66 year old insists it has been no easy feat - in his upcoming memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, he writes, "The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself."


Adele At Number One Again, 68 Weeks After Release Of '21'

6/14/2012 8:32am EDT
Adele is back on top again, securing the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sophomore album "21." She released the album 68 weeks ago but regained momentum, beating competition such as Neil Young, The Beach Boys and Alan Jackson.

The album has remained on the top 10 list since its release in February. Adele sold 75,000 copies last week, much of which is likely due to the NBC special "Adele Live In London, which aired on June 2.

Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West" was expected to debut at number one, but it sold 2,000 fewier copies, landing it at number two. The Beach B...

Willie Nelson Receives Planet Defender Award

4/25/2012 11:21am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country music icon Willie Nelson has been hailed a green hero after picking up a Planet Defender award for his environmental work.

Nelson was honored at Rock The Earth's Seventh Annual Planet Defender Awards on Monday. The prize is given out to those who have made a difference protecting the planet.

The singer's philanthropic work first began in 1985, when he set up the Farm Aid charity concert series with fellow rockers Neil Young and John Mellencamp, while his other charitable ventures include building two sustainable biodiesel plants and organizing several fundraisers.

Nelson says...

Neil Young's New Crazy Horse Album Features England's National Anthem

3/20/2012 9:12pm EDT
Neil Young
Neil Young's reunion album with his longtime backing band Crazy Horse will feature new versions of folk classic "This Land Is Your Land" and the English National Anthem "God Save The Queen".

The rocker's much-anticipated new album "Americana" will be released on June 5 and will also feature folk standards "Clementine", "Tom Dooley", "Get A Job" and "Oh Susannah".

But it's England's National Anthem that may surprise many fans.

A statement announcing the album's tracklisting reads: "'God Save The Queen'... became the de facto national anthem of sorts before the establishment of The Union a...

Paul McCartney's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Unveiling Ceremony (Photos)

2/10/2012 10:30am EST
Paul McCartney Hollywood Walk of Fame
Paul McCartney became the last solo Beatle to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

McCartney unveiled the star outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street, where he was rehearsing for a free live iTunes streaming performance of his new album Kisses on the Bottom.

Elvis Costello, Neil Young, and McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell were among the familiar faces who joined hundreds of fans for the brief ceremony, but former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr was a no-show.

During his speech, McCartney explained that Starr was "under the weather" and too ill to attend, but he i...

Neil Young Announces New Album With Crazy Horse

1/24/2012 11:20am EST
Neil Young
Rock icon Neil Young is recording a new album with his longtime backing band Crazy Horse - their first studio collaboration in almost a decade.

Young announced the news to fans during an appearance at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah over the weekend.

The rocker first worked with the members of Crazy Horse in the late 1960s and they last worked together on 2003's Greendale. They last played together in 2004, according to

It's not the only reunion Young is working on - he reteamed with his Buffalo Springfield bandmates last year for a handful of festival sh...

Michael Buble Blames Auto-Tune For 'Ruining' Music

12/15/2011 8:51am EST
Michael Buble
Singer Michael Buble is convinced voice-enhancing technology is ruining music because fans don't want to hear completely perfect performances.

The Canadian crooner argues that a song doesn't have to be totally mistake-free to be memorable, and claims his hero Frank Sinatra didn't always deliver a flawless vocal - but still managed to make an impression on fans.

He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "We've been ruined by Auto-Tune. Our ears have become far more sensitive to pitch and to perfection. It's weird. I can go and listen to my favorite Sinatra records and he's human: he's not alwa...

Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

10/10/2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

Buffalo Springfield Tour Pushed To 2012

7/2/2011 12:15pm EDT
Neil Young
Reunited rockers Buffalo Springfield have postponed their comeback tour to 2012.

Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Rick Furay reformed for their first performance in 43 years earlier this year as a warm-up for their headlining spot at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee earlier this month, and guitarist Furay made it clear there would be an official tour later this year.

But now, in a post on his Facebook page, the rocker-turned-pastor writes, "For those of you getting excited about the Buffalo Springfield fall tour, word has just come to me that it has been moved to the first of next year.


Fan Dies At Bonnaroo Music Festival

6/12/2011 4:00pm EDT
Robert Plant
Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been marred by the death of a female concertgoer, who was found dead outside her tent on Thursday.

The 32-year-old woman's body was discovered on the grounds in Manchester on the first night of the annual four-day event. Her name has been withheld until her family is notified.

Officials say her death may have been caused by heat, drugs or a combination of both factors.

The Nashville medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, according to Reuters.

Fans at the event - which includes a line-up of Eminem, Robert ...

Bob Geldof Wins Groupies' Choice Award

3/21/2011 8:22am EDT
Bob Geldof
Rocker Bob Geldof was handed a quirky honor at the South by Southwest festival this weekend - the Groupies' Choice Award.

The former Boomtown Rats singer was presented with the trophy by Austin Music Awards director Margaret Moser at the annual event in Texas.

Geldof - who was at the festival as the keynote speaker and showcase performer - joked during his acceptance speech, "I am overwhelmed. I have received many honors in my life but without a doubt this is the one of which I am most proud."

"I have worked hard for many years to achieve this moment and I would like to thank the coun...

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...

'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

2/14/2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...

Drake Scores Six JUNO Awards Nomminations

2/1/2011 4:31pm EST
Rap sensation Drake looks set to dominate his native Canada's 2011 JUNO Awards after landing six leading nominations.

The Forever hit-maker is in the running for Songwriter of the Year, while his debut disc Thank Me Later will battle against Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs for Album of the Year. Teenage pop star Bieber will also go head-to-head with Drake for the Artist of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice honors.

Meanwhile, Drake is nominated for Single of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year for the track Find Your Love.

Other multiple nominees include rockers A...

Neil Young To Be Honored At Juno Awards

1/27/2011 8:58pm EST
Neil Young
Rocker Neil Young is to be honored in his native Canada for his humanitarian efforts.

The singer/songwriter has been named the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at this year's Juno Awards.

The honor is given to prominent musicians who give time, money and energy to charitable causes.

Young was selected for the honor primarily because of his work in co-founding the Farm Aid concert series in 1985, and founding the Bridge School for kids with severe speech and physical impairments.

A five-Juno winner in the past, Young will collect his latest honor at the ceremony on March ...

Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

1/4/2011 9:56am EST
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...