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Video Shows Cossacks Whipping Pussy Riot Members in Sochi

Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot seem more determined than ever to use their newfound worldwide renown to bring negative publicity to the Russian government. A  video posted by Sky News shows Cossack militia disrupting an attempted protest by Pussy Riot members during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. As the video portrays, the members in their signature colored masks were just beginning to perform when the Cossacks (who are employed […]

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The Beatles’ Grammy Salute Does Justice to Fab Four

Sunday night on CBS, The Recording Academy hosted a special “Grammy salute” concert event called “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,” in commemoration of 50 years to the day that The Beatles first performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Let’s be honest here: to ask a bunch of current musical celebrities to cover The Beatles in front of the two surviving Beatles is a daunting prospect in […]


“The X-Factor” Cancelled in the U.S.

Simon Cowell will reportedly return to UK version of the show

After The X-Factor tried in vain for three seasons to capture a consistent audience, the executives at Fox have decided not to try a fourth time.  The network has announced that Simon Cowell’s answer to American Idol will not return to the lineup this fall, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Because the talent competition had been largely successful in the UK (yielding such popular acts as One Direction), Fox […]

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Pussy Riot Distance Themselves from Released Inmates

Anonymous open letter stresses Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are no longer with the band

The whole Pussy Riot thing just got a little more interesting. Even as former Pussy Riot members and released Russian prisoners Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are in the midst of a human rights media tour of the United States—which has included appearances on The Colbert Report and at an Amnesty International concert—the feminist punk collective that first put the pair in the global spotlight are now attempting to distance […]

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Clay Aiken For Congress?

American Idol finalist throws his hat in the ring

He came in second place to Ruben Studdard on American Idol Season 2. He came in second to Arsenio Hall in Celebrity Apprentice Season 5. Now singer Clay Aiken hopes to reverse that trend with a run for Congress, according to a video posted on his campaign website. Running in North Carolina’s second congressional district, Aiken will run as a Democratic candidate hoping to unseat incumbent Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), for […]

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Pussy Riot Members Visit Colbert Report: Watch

First trip to U.S. as human rights ambassadors

The two members of Pussy Riot recently released from prison in Russia (Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, to be specific) arrived on U.S. soil this week to talk about human rights issues, giving many Americans their first glimpse of the real people behind the story that has captivated the global music community regarding the issues of free speech and human rights. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are two of three […]

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Charged In Toronto for Alleged Assault

Aaaand the news for Justin Bieber just keeps on being bad. As CNN and other news outlets report, less than a week after the pop singer was arrested in Miami Beach for DUI and resisting arrest after allegedly drag racing in a rented Lamborghini, he turned himself in to Toronto authorities on Wednesday in relation to an assault charge stemming from a reported altercation with a limo driver in December. […]

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Grammy Producer Says “Sorry” to Trent Reznor (Well, Sort Of)

At the close of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards telecast, the much-hyped finale that brought together Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, David Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham got the short end of the proverbial stick when the show’s producers decided to end the already-overtime telecast a minute and a half before the end of the song. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor soon responded with an angry blurb on Twitter: […]

Pete Seeger

RIP, Folk Legend Pete Seeger

Singer-songwriter Pete Seeger, a man who was foundational in the shaping of modern folk music in America, died Monday of natural causes in a New York hospital, the New York Times reports. He was 94. While he was never what many would consider a chart success as a solo artist during his 70-plus-year career, there are few today in American music who have not felt Pete Seeger’s influence, most especially […]

Grammy 2014

Daft Punk Take Top Grammy Honors

Grammy 2014 highlights and low-lights

As further evidence of EDM’s growing influence on popular music, a couple of robots (also known as Daft Punk) took the top honors at last night’s Grammy Awards show, winning “Album of the Year” for their record Random Access Memories. In fact, the helmeted French duo took home no less than four Grammys, each time having one or more of their collaborators speak on their behalf. (It certainly must be […]

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Grammy 2014 Predictions and Picks

As the 2014 Grammy Awards telecast approaches, as is the custom, many fans, critics and journalists are speculating as to who will win which awards. I am no exception. While there are far too many categories to go through them all, here are a few of my predictions for some of the higher profile categories. See if you agree with my picks.   Album Of The Year: The Blessed Unrest […]

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Grammy Awards 2014 Preview

It’s upon us again—the biggest night of the music industry. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live on Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with awards for current hitmakers and performances from some of the biggest names in music, both past and present. The year in music has been an interesting one, to say the least, marked by stellar comebacks (Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk) set […]

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami for DUI, Drag Racing

Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning in Miami after being pulled over for allegedly drag racing in a rented yellow Lamborghini and subsequently failing a field sobriety test, according to local authorities. Confirmation of Bieber’s arrest first broke just before 5:00 am local time via the Miami Beach Police Twitter account: #BreakingNews confirming @justinbieber has been arrested for DUI & Drag Racing more info & press release […]

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Freed Pussy Riot Members to Appear at Brooklyn Concert Event

Scheduled to speak at Amnesty International concert at Barclay’s Center Feb. 5

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the two members of Russian art collective Pussy Riot who were recently freed from prison, are scheduled to make an appearance at a human rights concert in Brooklyn, according to a press release from Amnesty International. The human rights organization says the pair will be appearing at a special concert event dubbed “Bringing Human Rights Home” at Barclay’s Center on February 5, where they will […]

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Why All the Hype About Beats Music?

The new Dre/Iovine streaming music service releases tomorrow. Should you care?

Tomorrow, January 21, yet another streaming music service will start competing for market share with Spotify, Pandora and others. (Really? Another one?) And while each new entrant tends to create some boot-rattling, this one seems to be making more waves than others. Beats Music, the latest installment in the Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine audio franchise, promises a whole new music listening and music discovery experience that, if it does what it […]

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