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With the rise in popularity of electronic dance music, it seems like everyone is a DJ these days. While music fans may be into it, the mainstream DJ community hasn't exactly embraced newcomers like Paris Hilton trying their hand behind turntables, as seen by the anti-DJ Paris tweets sent by the likes of Deadmau5 following her Brazilian Pop Music Festival debut.
KISS is celebrating their impending 40th anniversary in a big way, with the launch of a massive new photo book. Standing at 3 feet high and 2.5 feet wide, "Monster" follows the journey of the band through 127 rare and never before seen photographs taken from the KISS archives. The book, which was printed by the same binder used by The Vatican, is limited to 1,000 copies and is hand signed, dated, and numbered by the band. Price tag: $4,250.
Last week, Regina Spektor spent her Wednesday night at veteran producer/mixer/engineer Bob Clearmountain’s private studio where she played an intimate set for an invite-only audience, which included manager Ron Shapiro, Warner Bros. vice presidents Mitra Darab and Julie Munch, and more.
The city of West Hollywood declared August 16, 2012 to be "The Doors Day" in a celebration that honored Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger at the House of Blues. Following a star studded red carpet, guests headed inside for a tribute to the band followed by a performance by Manzarek and Krieger, accompanied by Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum (ex-Guns n' Roses) and special guest vocalists Mark McGrath, Emily Armstrong, Linda Perry and Franky Perez.
We caught up with the controversial rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire to get the back story on his " Lost in Translation" album cover -– which features a porn star sipping a bottle and fondling herself while eXquire is passed out in a bathtub in the background.
It's been a while since JoJo has released a studio album -- six years in fact. If there's one thing the singer is striving for, it's a solid representation of her current musical direction, which seems to have evolved a lot over the past few years. She's been taking some time to figure out her sound and what exactly she wants out of her musical career.