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Saturday
Aug232014

Check Out Cartoon Versions of McCartney, Jagger, Elton and Other Music Stars During "Simpsons" Marathon

Image Courtesy of FoxThe longest marathon in television history is now under way, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically.  In the history of the show, a whole lot of famous music artists made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch many of them before the marathon ends on Labor Day, September 1.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached the middle of Season Five, which means you will be able to watch animated performances by Paul & Linda McCartney, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and many others.

For a complete list of all the animated music artists who've appeared on The Simpsons in the last two-and-a-half decades, go to Billboard.com.  Here's a select chronological list of upcoming appearances that will be shown during the FXX marathon:

Season 5

James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer"

Season 7

Paul & Linda McCartney: "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Paul Anka: "Treehouse of Horror VI"
Peter Frampton: "Homerpalooza"

Season 8

Johnny Cash: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"

Season 9

U2: "Trash of the Titans"

Season 10

The Moody Blues: "Viva Ned Flanders"
Cyndi Lauper: "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"
Dolly Parton: "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
Elton John: "I'm with Cupid"
NRBQ: "The Old Man and the 'C' Student"

Season 11

The B-52's: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
NRBQ: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
Clarence Clemons: "Grift of the Magi"
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Saddlesore Galactica"

Season 12

The Who: "A Tale of Two Springfields"

Season 13

R.E.M.: "Homer the Moe"

Season 14

Elvis Costello: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Mick Jagger: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tom Petty: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Keith Richards: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Brian Setzer: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tony Bennett: "Bart vs. Lisa vs. 3rd Grade"
Little Richard: "Special Edna"
David Byrne: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Jackson Browne: "Brake My Wife, Please"

Season 16

Los Lobos: "Thank God It's Doomsday"

Season 19

Lionel Richie: "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"
Ted Nugent: "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Season 22

Joey Kramer: "The Ned-Liest Catch"

Season 23

Ted Nugent: "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson"

Season 24

Marvin Hamlisch: "Gone Abie Gone"
Tom Waits: "Homer Goes to Prep School"
Max Weinberg: "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing"


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Saturday
Aug232014

Check Out Cartoon Versions of McCartney, Jagger, The Who and Other Music Stars During "The Simpsons" Marathon

FOX 2000/The Simpsons/Twentieth Century Fox Film CorporationThe longest marathon in television history is now under way, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically.  In the history of the show, a whole lot of famous music artists made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch many of them before the marathon ends on Labor Day, September 1.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached the middle of Season Five, which means you will be able to watch animated performances by Paul & Linda McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, The Who, U2, Tom Petty, Bachman Turner Overdrive and many others.

For a complete list of all the animated music artists who've appeared on The Simpsons in the last two-and-a-half decades, go to Billboard.com.  Here's a select chronological list of upcoming appearances that will be shown during the FXX marathon:

Season 5

James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer"

Season 7

Paul & Linda McCartney: "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Peter Frampton: "Homerpalooza"
Smashing Pumpkins: "Homerpalooza"

Season 9

U2: "Trash of the Titans"

Season 10

The Moody Blues: "Viva Ned Flanders"
Elton John: "I'm with Cupid"
NRBQ: "The Old Man and the 'C' Student"

Season 11

The B-52's: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
NRBQ: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
Clarence Clemons: "Grift of the Magi"
Bachman Turner Overdrive: "Saddlesore Galactica"

Season 12

The Who: "A Tale of Two Springfields"

Season 13

R.E.M.: "Homer the Moe"

Season 14

Elvis Costello: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Lenny Kravitz: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Mick Jagger: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tom Petty: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Keith Richards: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Brian Setzer: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Little Richard: "Special Edna"
David Byrne: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Jackson Browne: "Brake My Wife, Please"

Season 16

Los Lobos: "Thank God It's Doomsday"

Season 18

Metallica: "The Mook, The Chef, The Wife and Her Homer"

Season 19

Ted Nugent: "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Season 22

Joey Kramer: "The Ned-Liest Catch"

Season 23

Ted Nugent: "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson"

Season 24

Tom Waits: "Homer Goes to Prep School"
Max Weinberg: "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing"

Season 25

Rob Halford: "Steal This Episode"


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Saturday
Aug232014

Check Out Cartoon Versions of McCartney, Jagger, Elton and Other Music Stars During "Simpsons" Marathon

Image Courtesy of FoxThe longest marathon in television history is now under way, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically.  In the history of the show, a whole lot of famous music artists made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch many of them before the marathon ends on Labor Day, September 1.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached the middle of Season Five, which means you will be able to watch animated performances by Paul & Linda McCartney, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and many others.

For a complete list of all the animated music artists who've appeared on The Simpsons in the last two-and-a-half decades, go to Billboard.com.  Here's a select chronological list of upcoming appearances that will be shown during the FXX marathon:

Season 5

James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer"

Season 7

Paul & Linda McCartney: "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Paul Anka: "Treehouse of Horror VI"
Peter Frampton: "Homerpalooza"

Season 8

Johnny Cash: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"

Season 9

U2: "Trash of the Titans"

Season 10

The Moody Blues: "Viva Ned Flanders"
Cyndi Lauper: "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"
Dolly Parton: "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
Elton John: "I'm With Cupid"

Season 11

The B-52's: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
Clarence Clemons: "Grift of the Magi"
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Saddlesore Galactica"

Season 12

The Who: "A Tale of Two Springfields"

Season 13

R.E.M.: "Homer the Moe"

Season 14

Elvis Costello: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Mick Jagger: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tom Petty: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Keith Richards: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Brian Setzer: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
David Byrne: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Jackson Browne: "Brake My Wife, Please"

Season 16

Los Lobos: "Thank God It's Doomsday"

Season 19

Lionel Richie: "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"

Season 22

Joey Kramer: "The Ned-Liest Catch"

Season 24

Marvin Hamlisch: "Gone Abie Gone"
Tom Waits: "Homer Goes to Prep School"
Max Weinberg: "Love is a Many-Splintered Thing"


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Saturday
Aug232014

Appearances by U2, Metallica, Blink 182, R.E.M. and Others to Air During "Simpsons" Marathon

Image Courtesy FoxThe longest marathon in television history is now underway, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically. In the history of the show many bands made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch them  before the marathon ends on Labor Day.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached season six which means you can catch animated performances by U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Blink 182, Metallica, The White Stripes, R.E.M., Fall Out Boy, Judas Priest's Rob Halford and many others.

For a complete list of all the artists whose music has aired on The Simpsons in the last two and a half decades, go to Billboard.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Teyana Taylor Releases Sensual Video for "Maybe"

Image Courtesy Def Jam Recordings

Teyana Taylor has premiered a cinematic video for her new single "Maybe” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti, lifted from her debut album, entitled VII.

In the video, inspired by Eyes Wide Shut and Sin City, Taylor portrays two different assassins named Jacquéline Mercury and Greyla Greathouse. The clip was posted on her YouTube page.

Fans seemed to be pleased with the comic book movie-themed visual. One tweeted, "Great Job! worth the wait. loved every minute of it!"

Her first studio effort is slated to arrive October 21 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam.

In the meantime, fans can catch her performing on August Alsina's upcoming Testimony Live tour, which wraps September 21 in Kansas City.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Nico & Vinz Share Their Picks for Song of the Summer

Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. Here in the U.S., "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz is definitely one of the songs of the summer, even though in Europe, where the duo is from, it was a hit last summer.   When asked to name their own picks for Song of the Summer, Nico & Vinz chose two additional songs that were also hits in Europe last year, but are now big here.

"I like the Clean Bandit song, 'Rather Be,'" Nico tells ABC News Radio, while Vinz votes for "Latch."  "[It] was, of course, a huge song last year," he says. "But it's really picking up here now. So I would say Sam Smith and, and Disclosure and 'Latch.'"

Nico & Vinz are from Norway, making "Am I Wrong" just the latest in a string of hits that have come out of Scandinavia, from Swedish super-producers like Max Martin and Shellback, to Norwegian production duo Stargate.  Stargate is best known for their work with Rihanna, Ne-Yo and Beyonce, while Martin and Shellback brought you smashes from Pink, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Usher, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few.  So, why are Scandinavians so good at creating American pop music?

"Hey, I have no idea," laughs Vinz. "Sweden has always been sort of in the forefront of music scene...but now it's good to see that Norwegians...are really picking up."

"Am I Wrong" has managed to cut through a summer crowded with hits like "Fancy," "Rude" and "Problem," What makes the song stand out, Vinz believes, is their unique sound, which incorporates both his and Nico's Norwegian heritage and their African heritage.

"I think this whole mind state of just try to figure out who you are," he says. "'Cause we have this thing of ours, we say, 'To be unique, you gotta be yourself.' You know, that's the only way you can stand out in a crowd full of a bunch of artists. So we really just try to tap into who we are, and project that the best possible way." 

Nico & Vinz will be one of several acts -- including Usher, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and MAGIC! -- who are headlining Fashion Rocks, a CBS music special airing live on September 9.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Nico & Vinz Quit Rapping, Score Worldwide Hit 

Sara McColgan/Warner Bros.Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have scored one of the Songs of the Summer with their smash "Am I Wrong."  The melodic, catchy tune is very different from the type of music they used to make: they started out as a duo called Envy, and they made rap music.  In fact, as Vinz explains, that's how the two of them first got acquainted back home in Norway.

"We started off rapping and he was rapping solo, I was rapping solo," Vinz tells ABC News Radio. "And we sort of live in the same area, so we knew of each other. And then a mutual friend introduced us to each other back in '09 and from there we had the chemistry, both on the stage and in the studio."

That's when, Vinz says, they became determined to hit the big time. "We just had sorta like the same dream," he says. "And we were like, 'Why not us? We can do this like everybody else. We're people, they're people, so why not?'"

While they did score hits in Scandinavia, they didn't go worldwide until they stopped rapping and started singing instead -- "Am I Wrong" was the result.  Nico says the change came about because they realized they'd never make it globally as rappers.

"We've always loved melodies. We've always been good at melodies, but we used to rap, 'cause we love rap music and that's what we did back then," he tells ABC News Radio. "We spent, I think, a year, a year and a half just trying to figure out what we could do to make the music appeal to people all over the world. It's hard to be a rapper from Europe and break in America because you have the best rappers here, you know?"

Coming up with their unique sound, Vinz explains, was simply a matter of him and Nico deciding to embrace both their Scandinavian heritage and their African heritage.

"I think this whole mind state of just try to figure out who you are," says Vinz.  "'Cause we have this thing of ours: we say, 'To be unique, you gotta be yourself.' You know I mean?  That's the only way you can stand out in a crowd full of a bunch of artists. So we really just try to tap into who we are and project that the best possible way."  

Nico & Vinz will be one of several acts -- including Jennifer Lopez, MAGIC! , Jennifer Hudson and Duran Duran -- who are headlining Fashion Rocks, a CBS music special airing live on September 9.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay and More Added to Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Concert Event in Mexico

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe lineup for Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa country concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico just got a boostm with the addition of Dustin Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen, Eric Paslay, and Chris Stapleton. They join Luke and previously announced performers Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line on the bill.

The intimate concerts take place January 23 through 27, 2015. For information on booking the trip, go to CrashMyPlaya.com.


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Friday
Aug222014

Report: Mariah & Nick's Divorce Getting "Ugly," Mariah "Devastated" After Nick's Comments to "The Insider"

Mark Cant/FoxAny hope of an amicable divorce between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon appears to have vanished, following Nick's comments to the TV show The Insider.  It seems Mariah is not pleased -- to put it mildly -- that Nick went off script and yapped to the show that the two are now living apart.

A source tells E! News that Mariah is "devastated" about Nick's comments because "they had agreed to work on a statement together."  Adds the source, "A joint statement was being prepared when he went and gave those quotes to The Insider."

"She can't believe he went and did that," adds the source. "Not what they had agreed on and not classy. He was not supposed to say a word. She thinks it was extremely childish, impulsive and opportunistic. For her, it was the last straw. She's done with him now."

"It's no longer amicable," says the source. "Things are getting ugly."  While the insider hasn't heard that Mariah has actually forced Nick to sign a gag order, which has been reported, he or she "would not be remotely surprised. She is seriously p***ed."

As for why Mariah and Nick's once happy marriage is ending, the source explains, "It has a lot to do with Nick's career choices. He does not have to work, but he's been throwing himself into gigs and projects."

Mariah and Nick wed in 2008 and have three-year-old twins.  As recently as May, Nick was denying that anything was wrong between him and the pop diva.


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Friday
Aug222014

Wiz Khalifa on Ferguson Shooting: Police Harassment "Happens All Over the Place"

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Wiz Khalifa has opened up about the tragic death of Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown, who was killed earlier this month.

The Pittsburgh rapper says that police brutality and over-aggressiveness is happening all over the world, especially in African American communities.

"I started driving when I was 16, and I can't remember one time, being pulled over and being asked for my license and registration," recalls the rapper in an interview with Vibe. "They pull you over with a gun to your head, and tell you to get out of the car."

He says living with the fear of possibly being shot by a police officer was just part of his reality since his teenage years. "Having that fear since I was a teen, it's just another real situation where it's shocking to some people but if we were aware, and if we were standing up and talking about this in different ways other than like showing violence, stuff like that, acting mad, then maybe people wouldn't be so shocked and it wouldn't be something that's so you know um that happens and can be acceptable," he says.

"It happens all over the place, in any urban community," he adding, encouraging everyone in Ferguson to keep the peace and "stay aware."


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Friday
Aug222014

Jay Z & Blue Ivy Attend Beyoncé's Closed-Door VMA Rehearsal 

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSDespite the divorce speculation, Beyonce's family seems to be in tact as the singer was visited by her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy on Thursday during a closed-door rehearsal for the MTA Video Music Awards.

A source tells The Insider that the singer, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, is set to perform an epic medley of her smash hits from her visual album at Sunday night’s ceremony.

The source also confirms her fifteen minute performance will include "Pretty Hurts" as well as a three-minute video of her, Jay Z and Blue Ivy.

The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Forum in Inglewood, California.


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Friday
Aug222014

Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Breaks Vevo Record

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's has made history with her bootylicious video for "Anaconda." The visual racked up 19.6 million views within the first 24 hours following its release on August 19.

“WE BROKE THE RECORD BABY!!!!! Anaconda Video 19.6 million views in 24 hrs!!!!” tweeted Nicki to her 17 million followers.

Nicki and her assets surpassed the previous 24-hour recorder Miley Cyrus, whose “Wrecking Ball” video received 19.3 million views in September 2013. The rapper attracted more than 37 million views in first 36 hours.

The Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling track will appear on Nicki's upcoming album The Pinkprint, due this fall.

The news comes just a few days after Nicki made history on the Billboard charts by topping Michael Jackson for most appearances on the Hot 100.


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Friday
Aug222014

Man Sues Concert Promoter, Says He Broke His Back at Korn Concert

Image Courtesy Prospect ParkA Maryland man is suing the concert giant Live Nation after, he claims, his back was broken by a crowd surfer at a Korn concert.

TMZ reports that 57-year-old Kenneth Miller took his son to see Korn as a present for the boy's 17th birthday. During the show, the audience apparently got a bit unruly when the band played “Freak on a Leash.” Miller claims that a crowd surfer nailed him so hard that he broke his back. After crawling to the venue’s exit on his hands and knees, he further claims, security asked him if he was drunk -– not exactly the response he was hoping for.

Miller is seeking a million dollars in damages from Live Nation and the venue.


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Friday
Aug222014

New Maroon 5 Song "Animals" Featured in New KIA Commercial, Download It for Free 

Credit: Vincent PeriniMaroon 5's new single "Animals" isn't officially released yet, but you can download it for free, for a limited time only, thanks to KIA.

The song, "Animals," is featured in the new commercial for the KIA Soul EV, along with the company's famous dancing hamsters. If you visit Kia.com/KiaSoul, you can download the track for free, but only until early next week.

In the commercial, scientist hamsters in a lab are designing the Soul EV, KIA's first electric car, but the scientists' pet mouse accidentally gets in the way of the high-tech equipment.  After everything goes ZAP, we see the mouse has been transformed into a sexy female rodent with a drop-dead body.  The scientists immediately jump in the car, head to the pet store, buy a bunch more mice, and then transform them all into sexy females.  Then..dance party!

Meanwhile, the official lyric video for the upbeat track is now available for viewing. "Baby I'm preying on you tonight/hunt you down, eat you alive/Just like animals," sings Adam Levine, over various shots of bunnies and icky slithering snakes.


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Friday
Aug222014

Bret Michaels Among Stars Who Will Appear on MDA Labor Day Weekend Telethon

Image Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy AssociationBret Michaels is among the stars scheduled to appear on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The two-hour broadcast airs Sunday, August 31 on ABC, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

The Poison frontman will be one of several artists giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast. Other performers include Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, American Authors, and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

The telethon also will feature a bevy of celebrity presenters, including Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Jordin Sparks and Ludacris, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville's Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more.  In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.


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Friday
Aug222014

Christopher Cross to Release New Album "Secret Ladder" Next Month

Credit: Ethan HillGrammy-winning artist Christopher Cross returns September 12 with a new album called Secret Ladder.

The disc features 13 new songs about what Cross calls "grown-up subject matter."  One song is a takedown of TV evangelists; another, "A Letter to My Children," was written, he says, as "a lasting statement for my kids."  "We Will Remember You," a tribute to members of the armed forces, will be available for download September 11.

The day of the record's release, Cross will perform in New York City; he also has tour dates scheduled through the fall.  Visit ChristopherCross.com to see his full itinerary.

Secret Ladder is Cross' followup to 2011's Doctor Faith.  The singer/songwriter most recently was seen in December singing his classic "Ride Like the Wind" with Will Ferrell -- portraying his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy -- on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


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Friday
Aug222014

Surprise! Dierks Bentley Is This Summer's Hottest New Country Headliner

ABC News RadioDierks Bentley has been a staple at country radio for more than a decade now, so it may shock you to learn he's just now stepped into the role of headlining his own major tour this year. While he's co-headlined a trek with Miranda Lambert, Dierks is now playing to the biggest audiences of his career on the Riser Tour. This career development is something of a mystery for Dierks.

"I don’t know how the hell I’m here, really, but something’s happening," Dierks tells Billboard. "Ten years into my career, I’m headlining these places, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, man. It’s been a great climb. A slow climb.”

That climb got a big boost from Dierks' runaway summer hit, "Drunk on a Plane." It's such a highlight of his set, Dierks keeps pushing it back to later in the show.  He says, “It started off like fourth in the set list, then we moved it down to about sixth, then eighth, and now it’s down pretty far towards the bottom. It could be the bottom if I wanted it to be, it’s that big of a song."

Dierks on the road with the Riser tour into the fall.


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Friday
Aug222014

Four of Five One Direction Members Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

PRNewsFoto/Syco Entertainment/Columbia RecordsOn Friday, Harry Styles became the latest member of One Direction to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but he then nominated a pretty odd group of people.

In his video, Harry is standing on the ground while the camera shoots him from above, from what looks like a walkway.  An unseen person then dumps a bucket of water on Harry's head, but not before he nominates super-powerful music executive Irving Azoff, Kanye West and Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon.  In the video's caption, he also nominates Ben Winston, who directed 1D's videos for "Best Song Ever," "Story of My Life" and "You & I."

Harry was actually the second member of 1D to take the challenge on Friday.  Louis Tomlinson beat him to it, having two people douse him with water and then jumping into a lake.  He nominated, among other people, Prince Harry of England, as well as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, and Arsène Wenger, a French soccer player. He was responding to a challenge by his band mate Niall Horan, who dumped water on himself while standing in what looked like a huge shower stall.

On Thursday, 1D's Liam Payne took the challenge, getting water poured on his head by a group of girls.  We're still waiting for Zayne Malik.


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Friday
Aug222014

Chris Brown Issues Title Track from Upcoming Album, "X" 

Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records

As promised, Chris Brown has delivered new music. The singer vows to leave a bad relationship in the title track off his upcoming album, X.

"I think that it's over/I swear to God I’m moving on/I ain’t goin’ back no more," he sings over the Diplo-produced track, which is posted on Brown's Sound Cloud page.

After reconciling with his girlfriend Karrueche Tran earlier this week, many fans have wondered if Brown is singing about his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. One commented, "I hope this is just a song an not about someone in particular. Because if it is dude let it go already!! If you are happy be happy with the one your with, sometimes silence is everything."

X should hit retailers September 16.


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Friday
Aug222014

Paul McCartney, Gene Simmons and Sting Declared the World's Richest Bassists

MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsHolding down the "big bottom" for a big-name band can earn a musician some big bucks.  That's the upshot of a new list from Richest.com that ranks the top 10 bass players based on their net worth.

At #1 on the tally is exactly whom you might imagine: former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, who's reportedly worth $1.2 billion.  Sir Paul, of course, earned much of his fortune by writing or co-writing -- with late Fab Four band mate John Lennon -- some the most memorable pop and rock songs of all time.

The number-two position is a tie between Gene Simmons of KISS and ex-Police frontman Sting, each worth $300 million.  One-time Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters sits comfortably in the number-four spot, with $270 million, and U2's Adam Clayton rounds out the top five with $150 million.

The bottom half of the top 10 includes Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers at #6, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones at #7 and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath at #8.  Nirvana's Krist Novoselic caps off the tally in the tenth slot.

Take all of this with a grain of salt: the site neglects to mention the sources of its financial data.  Here's Richest.com's full "Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World" list:

1. Paul McCartney (The Beatles) -- $1.2 billion
2. Gene Simmons (KISS) -- $300 million
2. Sting (The Police) -- $300 million
4. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) -- $270 million
5. Adam Clayton (U2) -- $150 million
6. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) -- $115 million
7. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) -- $80 million
8. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) -- $65 million
9. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) -- $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) -- $40 million


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