1. Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey Saluted At Kennedy Center Honors

    December 06, 2010 10:28 AM EST President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand today to salute entertainment luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney , country singer Merle Haggard , composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones with the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Hollywood's A-List was…

  2. David Lynch Releases 'Good Day,' 'I Know' Singles

    November 29, 2010 12:20 PM EST Director David Lynch has released new original music via iTunes: a synth-heavy dance track called "Good Day Today" and a brooding bluesy number called "I Know." The revered auteur, whose films have inspired many eclectic soundtracks, handles both vocals and production…

  3. Michael Jackson 'Breaking News' Song Debuts Online, Stirs Controversy

    November 08, 2010 12:00 PM EST "Breaking News," the dancefloor-ready first taste of the upcoming Michael Jackson album "Michael," was posted in full today on the singer's website and has since led some fans, and even members of Jackson's family, to wonder whether the song's vocals are…

  4. Bruce Springsteen Premieres 'Darkness' Doc, Chats with Edward Norton

    September 15, 2010 12:20 PM EDT B ruce Springsteen figures his first three albums, including the classic "Born to Run," were a prequel to the rest of his career. He really started to find a purposeful working life with his fourth record, 1978's "Darkness on the Edge of Town," the subject of a…

  5. Paul McCartney, Oprah, Merle Haggard Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 07, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Oprah Winfrey is giving up control over one show she'll be in this fall: the Kennedy Center Honors. The 56-year-old TV host and actress will be honored at the 33rd annual event in Washington on Dec. 5, along with musician and former Beatles member Paul McCartney , dancer, choreographer…

  6. Joaquin Phoenix Documentary Premieres in Venice

    September 06, 2010 2:53 PM EDT Whether a hoax or not, a new documentary about Joaquin Phoenix and his transition from acclaimed, brooding actor to bearded, shambolic hip-hop wannabe has captivated viewers at the Venice film festival. "I'm Still Here" was directed by Casey Affleck, a successful actor and…

  7. Arcade Fire Outshines Soundgarden To Cap Lollapalooza

    August 09, 2010 6:44 AM EDT The closing night of Lollapalooza on Sunday (Aug. 8) was a contest between old school and new school: On the south stage of Chicago's massive Grant Park, Soundgarden played one of its first shows in more than a decade, and on the north stage Arcade Fire proved that the acclaim for its…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown You&…

  9. The Cure, "Disintegration: Deluxe Edition"

    June 25, 2010 12:52 PM EDT The release of the Cure 's 1989 album, "Disintegration," sparked a dual watershed moment in pop culture. The brooding, sprawling masterpiece was a commercial and critical tipping point for the English band, garnering praise and platinum sales alike. More broadly, such singles…

  10. The National, "High Violet"

    June 01, 2010 10:26 AM EDT Brooding Brooklyn indie-rock band the National arrives at its fifth studio album, "High Violet," in a precarious position. Because 2007 breakthrough set "Boxer" featured breathtakingly quiet arrangements and a more self-contained mood than previous efforts, a follow-up was…

  11. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the…

  12. Videos of the Week: Carrie Underwood's 'Undo It,' Bieber's German Confusion, 'DWTS' Goes Gaga

    May 07, 2010 3:32 PM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing: Carrie Underwood debuts her "Undo It" video, Justin Bieber is stumped by German, Christina Aguilera fans fight back, "Dancing with the Stars" gives an awkward tribute to Lady Gaga , and more. 1) Carrie Underwood…

  13. Videos of the Week: Ricky Martin's Naked Truth, Mary J.'s 'Stairway to Heaven," Tea Party Rappers

    April 16, 2010 4:54 PM EDT In this week's top 10 viral videos that had everyone buzzing: Ricky Martin strips down -- way down -- in a new tour promo clip, Mary J. Blige sings "Stairway to Heaven" on Oprah, Death Cab for Cuti e take us out to the ball game, Snoop Dogg chops trees with Kid Cudi , Tea Party…

  14. Alberta Cross, "Broken Side of Time"

    March 26, 2010 1:39 PM EDT British transplant Alberta Cross ' full-length debut, "Broken Side of Time," is a step forward in cementing the Brooklyn-based band's place in American blues-rock. Taking cues from the folk and alternative music scenes of the '90s, with undertones of American roots…

  15. Videos of the Week: Shakira Seduces Rafael Nadal, Ke$ha Covers Radiohead, Sade Whips a Horse

    February 26, 2010 2:59 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing: Shakira gets steamy with tennis star Rafael Nadal, a 13-year-old Ke$ha covers Radiohead, Sade gets feisty with a horse, Carrie Underwood smooches a pig, and more. 1) Shakira Seduces Shirtless Rafael Nadal Shakira might "steal…

  16. Ellen DeGeneres Is Firm, Funny On 'American Idol' Debut

    February 10, 2010 12:50 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Before even the first note was sung, though,…

  17. Grammy Predictions: How Did We Do?

    January 31, 2010 11:44 PM EST Thousands of you voted on who should win the big 2010 Grammys, we weighed in with our predictions too... But Grammy night never turns out exactly how anyone expects it to. Here's how it all turned out. Record of the Year Winner: "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon We Predicted: …

  18. Jennifer Lopez "Love?" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:18 PM EST Jennifer Lopez, "Love?" (Epic) Release Date: April 2010 Talk about a long lead time-promotion for Jennifer Lopez 's "Love?" began last year, with the Pitbull collaboration "Fresh Out the Oven" leaked online and to clubs. The song, likely to be offered as a…

  19. HIM Hopes 'Screamworks' Hooks New Fans

    December 29, 2009 3:47 PM EST H IM frontman Ville Valo says that "accessibility was a key factor" in making the Finnish hard rockers' seventh studio album, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," which is due out Feb. 9. Acknowledging that the 13-song set is the group's most "…

  20. Ryan Star, "Breathe"

    November 10, 2009 12:29 PM EST On his heartfelt, slow-burning single "Breathe," Ryan Star extends a hand to everyone in need. "Take the world off your shoulders and put it on me," he sings, his voice clenching with veracity. Star catches his own breath during the song's breakdown, singing low and…

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