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10 Deceptively Written Songs

September 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Deceptively Written Songs
Some songs just aren’t intended for literal interpretation. Some of the best-written songs are actually best interpreted figuratively. The 10 songs gracing this list are written cleverly, in a deceptive fashion. In other words, the lyrics (and sometimes title) transcend what’s literally being said. These 10 aren’t ‘classic’ examples – all are contemporary – but, the figurative, deceptiveness is definitely notable.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church" (Hozier, 2014)

Sure, the biblical book Song of Solomon is something else, but it’s highly doubtful that Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” has an...
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Thom York Says Release Of New Album On BitTorrent Is 'An Experiment'

September 27th, 2014 9:42am EDT
Thom Yorke
Rocker Thom Yorke is the latest musician to eschew traditional album release methods by dropping his first solo album in eight years, "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes," on downloading website BitTorrent.com.

Torrent websites are notorious for online piracy because the software quickly and easily allows users to share and download music, movies and TV shows.

The Radiohead frontman and his producer Nigel Godrich shocked fans by releasing eight new songs to BitTorrent users for just $6. His project is the Internet's first paid-for music torrent.

Yorke and Godrich said in a statement on Friday, "...
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Wiz Khalifa Gives Amber Rose $1 Million Settlement, Wants Joint Custody Of Son

September 27th, 2014 8:53am EDT
Wiz Khalifa Gives Amber Rose $1 Million Settlement, Wants Joint
Wiz Khalifa has hired famous attorney Laura Wasser to help him fight for joint custody of his son Sebastian during his divorce from Amber Rose.

Wasser is also representing actress Melanie Griffith in her divorce from Antonio Banderas and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star Khloe Kardashian, who split from NBA star Lamar Odom in 2013.

Khalifa's estranged wife filed divorce papers in California on Wednesday, citing irreconcilable differences. She is trying to get full legal and physical custody of the one-year-old, while Khalifa wants joint custody.

Meanwhile, the rapper agreed to pay R...
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Jason Derulo Confirms Split With Jordin Sparks

September 26th, 2014 8:46am EDT
Jason Derulo & Jordin Sparks
Jason Derulo confirmed that he broke up with longtime girlfriend Jordin Sparks during an awkward interview with Minnesota-based DJ Big D's KDWB radio show.

Rumors of the split broke just prior to the singer's appearance on the program, but the star still decided to go through with the interview.

When asked to comment about the split, Derulo initially said, "I'd rather not," before the radio host asked if the pair remained friends.

"Yes. Everything is cool. It's not a bad a situation. It's not one of those things," Derulo said.

It's unclear what led to the break up, but last week Sparks ...
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Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band Set To 'Ride Out' On 23-Date North American Tour

September 25th, 2014 1:49pm EDT
Bob Seger
Detroit rocker Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are getting ready to hit the road in support of their new album, "Ride Out," which is released October 14.

The band announced a 23-date tour that begins in November and wraps up in late February, 2015, and fellow rock act The J. Geils Band is set to open on several of the dates.

Seger, who will turn 70 next May, will kick things off in his home state of Michigan just over a month after the new album drops.

"Ride Out" includes a mix of covers and originals and is the band's first album since "Face The Promise" in 2006.

Tickets go on sal...
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Founding Member Malcolm Young Leaves AC/DC Due To Illness, Nephew Replaces Him In Lineup

September 25th, 2014 10:26am EDT
malcolm young
Malcolm Young, rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal band AC/DC, will no longer be playing with the band due to a serious illness.

The Australian band released a statement on their website that Young would be replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, in a subsequent world tour.

"Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band," the statement said. "AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will...
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Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on Billboard 200

September 25th, 2014 8:28am EDT
Barbra Streisand’s 'Partners' Beats Chris Brown for Top Spot on
Few 72-year olds can do it like Barbra Streisand. Who just landed another #1 album – Barbra Streisand! Duets album Partners not only debuted at #1, but did so with larger than expected numbers (196,000 copies). It also made history giving Streisand at least one #1 album in the past six decades. Go Barbra – it’s your birthday… well not really!

Chris Brown settles for the #2 spot behind Streisand, as X sells 146,000 copies. While Brown might be disappointed he didn’t score his third number one album, X performed better its first week than Fortune, which sold 135,000 copies. Maybe even ...
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Review: Jennifer Hudson's Vocals Remain Impressive On ‘JHUD’

September 24th, 2014 12:30pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
How many people would’ve predicted that a big-voiced R&B diva like Jennifer Hudson would release a dance R&B album? The better question might be, who would’ve guessed someone as remarkably talented as Jennifer Hudson would’ve only made seventh place on American Idol, let alone been voted off at all? Don’t shed tears for Hudson, as her entertainment career has easily atoned for an untimely exit on Idol – namely in the form of an Academy Award (Dreamgirls) and Grammy (for Best R&B album for Jennifer Hudson).

Now on album three, the established R&B chanteuse, who’s dropped two gold albums, ...
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Kylie Hughes Chats About 'Calipopicana'

September 24th, 2014 11:30am EDT
Kylie Hughes Chats About 'Calipopicana'
Known for her native California surf vibe, pop recording artist Kylie Hughes infused her own original sound - "Calipopicana" - which she describes as "a blend of California pop and Americana."

Kylie has shared the stage with Jesse McCartney and Building 429, among several others. A multi-faceted performer and a member of SAG, Kylie has appeared in a couple of films, including Learning Uncle Vincent and The Lost Girl. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Kylie about "Calipopicana" and her upcoming album.

How did you get your start in music?

I started playing guitar when I was in m...
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Kanye West Lectures Los Angeles College Students

September 23rd, 2014 11:24am EDT
Kanye West
To fulfill his community service requirements for attacking a photographer last year, Kanye West lectured a group of students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) over the weekend.

The rapper spoke with 40 students in the digital communications department as well as troubled youths who are participating in a program that stresses the importance of education.

West talked about his inspirations and struggles in the music industry. He also encouraged the attendees to go to school.

Last year, West was handed a misdemeanor battery conviction for assaulting a photographer outside Lo...
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