Music

Imagine Dragons Score First Number One Album On the Billboard 200

February 26th, 2015 12:33pm EST
Imagine Dragons
The ‘dragons’ no longer have to ‘imagine’ anything. Nope! In other words, Imagine Dragons scored this week, debuting atop the Billboard 200. Smoke + Mirrors not only impacted well overall (195,000 units), but also managed robust sales – 172,000 copies. Yes the Billboard 200 is putting more emphasis on the ‘total package’ or the 195K number cited first, but with albums selling so poorly, selling 172,000 copies itself is notable achievement.

After locking down number one last week with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake settles for the runner up slot, continuing to ‘impact’ so...
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Kelly Clarkson 'Cried For A Solid Hour' Over This Project

February 26th, 2015 11:06am EST
Kelly Clarkson Cried And Pleaded To Get Out Of Making 'From Just
Kelly Clarkson revealed a few personal tidbits about herself in a recent feature with Us Weekly, including how she felt about making the 2003 film "From Justin To Kelly."

Hint: she wasn't thrilled about the project.

"I cried for a solid hour on the phone with the creator of American Idol and pleaded to be let out of the contract that said I had to film From Justin to Kelly," she confessed to the magazine in which she lists 25 things you may not know about her.

Clarkson made the film after winning the first season of "American Idol," and runner-up Justin Guarini was her co-star. The film ...
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LA Rocker Is Very Upset About Something Scarlett Johansson Did

February 26th, 2015 10:26am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Bandmates Scarlett Johansson and Haim rocker Este Haim have received a cease-and-desist notice from a Los Angeles-based group over the name of their band.

The actress announced last week that she, Haim, and musicians Kendra Morris, Holly Miranda, and Julia Haltigan had formed The Singles and were planning to release a new single titled "Candy."

Rocker Vincent Frederick is already in a band called the Singles and is taking legal action, according to Pitchfork. He said in a statement: "It's hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been ...
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Police Rule K-Pop Wannabe Ahn Sojin's Death As a Suicide

February 25th, 2015 2:45pm EST
Aspring K-Pop Star Ahn Sojin Takes Her Own Life
Korean pop star wannabe Ahn Sojin took her own life on Tuesday. According to various reports, the 22-year-old singer, who was a contestant on reality show "Project KARA," was found unconscious in the garden of her apartment complex in Daegu. Sojin was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

SBS reports that police said in a statement: "We have concluded it to be suicide and we will be wrapping up the case. We did not find any traces of evidence that would suggest that it was something other than suicide. The family of the deceased are having a very difficult time, they want t...
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Sorry, Chris Brown, Canada Doesn't Want You

February 25th, 2015 1:14pm EST
Chris Brown Denied Entry Into Canada Over 'Immigration Issues'
Chris Brown was denied entry into Canada over "immigration issues" on Tuesday and was forced to cancel several sold-out shows.

Brown tried to cross the border with fellow singers Trey Songz and Tyga to perform in Montreal and Toronto for their "Between The Sheets" tour this week.

Brown revealed the news on Twitter, writing: "Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold out crowds in Montreal & Toronto. The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry. I'll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!"

The posts have since been delete...
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Red's Randy Armstrong Talks Music, Touring And The Band's Latest Album, 'Of Beauty And Rage'

February 25th, 2015 9:23am EST
Red's Randy Armstrong Talks Music, Touring And The Band's Latest
Grammy nominated rock band Red features the talents of Michael Barnes (vocals) and twin brothers Anthony Armstrong (guitar) and Randy Armstrong (bass). The band has sold more than a million albums to date, racked up two Top 10 Active Rock singles, three Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles and toured alongside such artists as Hinder, Three Days Grace, Staind, Papa Roach and Seether. Their latest album, of Beauty and Rage, is the band's fifth studio album. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Randy Armstrong to learn more about the band and their music.

Can you talk a little bit more about...
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Lady Gaga & Julie Andrews Are Becoming Fast Friends

February 25th, 2015 8:54am EST
Julie Andrews Calls Lady Gaga 'A New Friend' Following Oscars 'S
Lady Gaga has a new friend -- veteran singer and actress Julie Andrews. The pop star performed a "Sound of Music" tribute at Sunday night's Academy Awards, and Andrews was "especially touched by Lady Gaga's wonderful performance," according to People.

The performance was the night's most-shared moment on social media. Andrews was so proud of the recognition, saying: "I was deeply honored by the Academy's lovely tribute to The Sound of Music."

Gaga sang a medley, including the title track to the film, "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," before Andrews went on stag...
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Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out

February 24th, 2015 9:33am EST
Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
It’s another new week and you know what that means? New music releases to infuse life into the Billboard 200 of course! Last week, a lift to the charts itself came by way of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. As far as new album releases, the crown jewel from last week came courtesy of Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album, Smoke and Mirrors. Who’s the crown jewel of this week’s new releases? How about I.D.F.W.U. MC Big Sean, who drops Dark Sky Paradise? Here are six new albums to check out this week!

1) Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam)...
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Review: Imagine Dragons Keep The Momentum Rolling On ‘Smoke And Mirrors’

February 22nd, 2015 6:20pm EST
Imagine Dragons
How does a breakout rock band follow-up a double platinum, Grammy-winning debut album – The very best that they can in all honesty! With Night Visions, Las Vegas rock collective Imagine Dragons constructed a juggernaut, led by an even more gargantuan single “Radioactive” and a superb follow-up with “Demons.” Sophomore album Smoke and Mirrors rightfully arrives with ‘larger than life’ anticipation, and for Imagine Dragons’ efforts, for the most part, album two does well for itself.

“Shots” initiates Smokes And Mirrors epically, alluring with it synths, slick production, and addictive ch...
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A Short History Of EGOT Winners

February 22nd, 2015 3:00pm EST
EGOT
February is both Oscar and Grammy time, which has us thinking about EGOT winners, i.e., entertainers who have won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in their careers. The term was coined by actor Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs from “Miami Vice”) in an interview in “Vanity Fair,” when he stated his goal of winning all four awards (he has yet to be nominated for any of them). The concept was further popularized in recent years on “30 Rock,” in a storyline that saw Tracy Jordan achieve EGOT status over the course of Seasons 4 and 5.

The following is a handy guide to actual ’s are perh...
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