Rock Music

Wale Vs 'Furious 7' Soundtrack For No. 1 Spot

April 9th, 2015 8:22am EDT
Wale Takes ‘The Album About Nothing’ To Top of the Billboard Cha
The title of rapper Wale’s latest album is an unfortunate one – The Album About Nothing. From a critical standpoint, The Album About Nothing is another captivating effort from the MC who has compelled the world with three previous LPs. From a commercial standpoint, Wale claims his second consecutive number one album, following 2013’s The Gifted. While The Gifted performed better, Wale’s impact at 100,000 units is impressive given seemingly less aggressive promotion compared to The Gifted (single “Bad” was a sizable single at the time).

Wale led a number of ‘impactful’ new releases, th...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

April 7th, 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...
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Some High-Flying Songs!

April 5th, 2015 11:30am EDT
12 High-Flying Songs To Brighten Your Day
Ah, there is nothing like a good ole ‘high-flying song’ to get the day going! When flying comes to mind, one thinks of soaring like a bird – specifically an eagle, being free, and of course migrating to new places. Flying can be literal in meaning or figurative, with a figurative meaning playing a notable role in the songs that follow. Whether it involves a jet, an eagle, or simply being a beginner who is “learning to fly,” these 12 high-flying songs will never crash, like “never ever!”

1) Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet” (Band On The Run, 1973)

Listen to “Jet” and you have to ask your...
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Former Lynard Skynard Member Dies

April 5th, 2015 9:15am EDT
Lynard Skynard Founding Member Dies In Car Crash In Atlanta
Robert Burns Jr., a founding member and former drummer of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in a car crash in Georgia. He was 64 years old.

Reportedly the drummer was not wearing a seat belt when his car went off a road late Friday evening. Burns hit a mailbox and a tree near Cartersville, northwest of Atlanta.

Burns was the only person in the car. No one else was involved according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The legendary drummer was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns played the backbeat on some of the group's best-known classics such as "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home ...
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Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik Joins And Talks Toyota Grand Prix

April 3rd, 2015 2:02pm EDT
Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik Joins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beac
Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik knows how to write a hit song and play to a sold-out house, but not so much in the car racing department. He's learning, though, as one of the participants in this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. We caught up with John at practice to ask him how he got involved and how he was finding life behind the wheel.

"If I had known how terrifying it was going to be, I might have actually said I don't think so," he admitted. "But it's for charity, so it's good. It's fun. How many people get a chance to do something like this? It's a challenge, that's for sure....
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Exclusive: Robby Krieger Reminisces On 'The Doors'

April 2nd, 2015 8:19pm EDT
The Doors: Guitarist Robby Krieger Reminisces About The Band’s 5
Classic rockers, The Doors were a band that defined rock and roll with their distinct sound of ballads and rock anthems. With the combination of Ray Manzarek’s energetic keyboards, and Jim Morrison’s poetic lyrics their music changed the world forever in a difficult time during the 60s and 70s. The band formed in 1965 50 years ago.

Starpulse had the exclusive privilege of speaking to the last original founding member, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.

“There was a lot of good and bad (being in the band). I’m very proud it lasted this long. It’s tough having lost two members of The Doors. Wit...
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Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Top Spot

April 2nd, 2015 9:33am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Keeps The Number One Spot Warm For A Second Week
In one of the least shocking weeks on the Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s critically lauded To Pimp A Butterfly sits atop the charts for a second week. Shocking right – of course not – who was about to stop it? Sales and overall impact dropped, but not too harshly for a second week on the charts – the tune of 123,000 units and 107,000 copies (sales). Sales alone have nearly given Lamar a gold album at 431,000 copies.

Basically, examining this week’s charts, the competition wasn’t there. Yes, there were newbies, but the highest bowing new album – Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful, settled...
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This Week In Music

March 31st, 2015 9:52am EDT
Wale And Ludacris Lead Albums To Check Out
Ah, March 31st is turning out to be quite a big new release day – by no means is March ending like a ‘lamb.’ Arguably, there is not a surefire juggernaut release the likes of Kendrick Lamar dropping this week, but there is a healthy dose of big names ending March on a high note. Led by Wale and a comeback album by Ludacris, here are seven newbies to check out this week!

1) Wale, The Album About Nothing (Atlantic)

Wale returns with his fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing. Nothing follows up Wale’s 2013 LP The Gifted, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The Album About...
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New Music This Week: Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Van Morrison & More

March 24th, 2015 9:43am EDT
Action Bronson Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
Kendrick Lamar took some of the luster of this week away when he moved his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly up a week. It was a smart move at the time as the only other big attraction was Modest Mouse’s first album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves. Even without Kendrick Lamar heading the bill, on an off-cycle Monday release date, there’s plenty of newbies to sink one’s teeth into, arguably led by the long awaited debut album by Action Bronson. But if AB can’t do it, maybe the task falls into the hands of the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, James Bay, Van Morrison, Kidz Bop Kidz, or St...
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Former Beatle To Induct Another Beatle To Hall Of Fame

March 18th, 2015 8:33am EDT
Paul McCartney Will Induct Ringo Star Into Rock Hall
Paul McCartney will induct former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April.

McCartney will handle the induction services for Starr in what will likely be a memorable moment between the two music legends. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.

Punk poet Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.

Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Ge...
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