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- Jon Savage (1989) | Stop The Presses! – Fri, May 24, 2013 6:43 PM EDTSlayer's Kerry King [photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty]The stage of the Hollywood Palladium was lined with 10 guitars and two walls of Marshall-stack amplifiers on May 23, but nobody was there for a gig. They were there to commemorate the life of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, 49, who died from alcohol-induced cirrhosis of the liver on May 2. Read More »from Musicians and Industry Veterans Speak at Public Memorial For Late Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman
Songs that are popular during the summer tend to be the ones we will remember for the rest of our lives. Even if the popular songs of summer aren't your style, they can be hard to avoid if you go to the beach, go to the club, go to a party, or listen to the radio. So even if you hate the songs you hear during the summer months, they will always have a nostalgic pull since you'll forever associate them with the summer fun you had.
For this playlist I've picked super-popular songs that were charting high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer months (June -August). I picked one song per year, starting with 1993 and continuing through last summer. These are not my favorite songs or what I feel were the "best" songs, but rather they're a reflection of what I believe were the most popular and most heard songs of summer over the last 20 years.
This list is a time machine that will take you through two decades of summers gone by.
Maybe it will be a good reminder of how fast time flies and that we should do everything we can to get the most out of summer 2013.Read More »from The Top Summer Songs of the Last 20 Years
Ed Sheeran Freestyle Raps, Talks Drinking With Psy, and Comes to Swift's Defense at Delta's T4X Pop-UpBy Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Fri, May 24, 2013 5:05 PM EDT
No wonder Justin Bieber wants to hang with this guy. Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Ed Sheeran went next level at Delta's TX4 pop-up experience in New York City on Thursday night with the brief, but explosive set at the VIP event.
Celebrating Delta's new state-of-the-art Terminal 4 at JFK airport, which officially opened on Friday, the 22-year-old Grammy nominee started off with slow with "Give Me Love" followed by "Lego House". Sheeran immediately had the audience swooning and singing along while effortlessly live looping his soaring vocals, creating a choir of Eds as heRead More »from Ed Sheeran Freestyle Raps, Talks Drinking With Psy, and Comes to Swift's Defense at Delta's T4X Pop-Up
- Craig Rosen | Stop The Presses! – Fri, May 24, 2013 3:34 PM EDT
Ray J and model Luba (Photo: John Ricard)Let's face it: Kim Kardashian owes a lot of her success to Ray J. It was the sex tape she made with Brandy's little brother that put her on the map, so can you really blame Ray J for playing the Kim K. card to try to reignite his career?
In his latest attempt to get more bang out of his former flame, Ray brought the Kim K. lookalike, who appears in his video for his controversial Kanye-baiting single "I Hit It First," with him for an appearance Wednesday on BET's "106 & Park."Read More »from Ray J Parades Kim Kardashian Lookalike on ’106 & Park’
- Craig Rosen | Stop The Presses! – Fri, May 24, 2013 2:04 PM EDT
Photo: Skip BolenAlmost everyone loves Oprah, but don't count Billy Joel among them. In a new interview published in The New York Times Magazine, the "Piano Man" comes clean about his 2008 appearance on "Oprah," that ended up focusing on his drinking, car accidents and divorce.
When interviewer Andrew Goldman notes that Joel looked "uncomfortable," the superstar confirmed that was the case, saying, "I was very uncomfortable. I was in shock. I didn't realize behind me there were these screens of, like, auto accidents and things about driving and divorce. I thought I was going to come talk about music."Read More »from Billy Joel Felt Railroaded by Oprah, Says Elton’s ‘Like a Mom’
- Laura Ferreiro | Stop The Presses! – Fri, May 24, 2013 1:51 PM EDT
She said that his tune, "Hate Being Sober," gave her "serious doubt for the world," but it's his response to her comment that really has us doubting for the fate of humanity.
When the 17-year-old Chicago rapper caught wind of Perry's comment, he responded with lewd comments and threatened to assault her, tweeting that he'd "Smack the s--t out her." He also implied that he was going to go into the studio to write a song about the pop star.
He also offered a graphic description of a sexual act he wanted Perry to perform on him.
The "Firework" singer apparently didn't even know itRead More »from Rapper Chief Keef Threatens Katy Perry for Dissing His Song
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, May 24, 2013 1:23 PM EDT
Photo: Jason SquiresGiven the outpouring of concern that Oklahoma musicians have shown toward their home state this week (see Toby Keith and Blake Shelton), it should come as no surprise that yet another native Oklahoman has come forth to help.
And this one did it in a big way: "American Idol" Carrie Underwood has pledged a remarkable $1 million to Oklahoma for tornado relief.Read More »from Carrie Underwood’s Incredibly Generous Donation to Oklahoma
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 23, 2013 8:45 PM EDT
Is Adam Lambert the next "Idol" judge? [photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic]Rumors circulated this week that Fox honchos, desperate to retool and salvage "American Idol" after a disastrous 12th season, are considering replacing the entire judging panel with "Idol" alums. Such a strategy may seem a little too self-referential, a little too retroactive, and definitely gimmicky, but you know…it just might work.Read More »from Ten ‘Idol’ Contestants Who’d Make Great ‘Idol’ Judges
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 23, 2013 7:28 PM EDT
Usher has lost two of his contestants since the Season 4 "Voice" live shows have begun, but Team Usher is only down, not out. Usher still has his not-so-secret weapon, breakout contestant Michelle Chamuel...and in the end, all it will take is one contestant to win the season. And Usher believes that Michelle is the one.Read More »from Exclusive: Usher Says Michelle Chamuel Will Win ‘The Voice’
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Thu, May 23, 2013 7:26 PM EDT
Prince, Tavis SmileyStevie Wonder, Carole King and Etta James are just a few of the music icons who will be featured on the 2,000th episode of "Tavis Smiley" that will celebrate its 10th season on PBS Friday.
Smiley, who has interviewed a diverse range of guests from President Barack Obama to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to Academy Award winning actress Sally Field, has managed to continuously produce compelling content without succumbing to the salacious reporting that has become commonplace in the media.
"I'm interested in the humanity and the complexity of my guests, the stuff I don't know. Not the gossip that I've been over-saturated with. I think our audience wants new and fresh, not old and stale," he said in a statement released to Yahoo! Music.Read More »from Prince, Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding, Tavis Smiley Show’s 2,000th Episode Highlights
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- Mom: RI theater threw out disabled girl over noise
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A woman says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a theater during a "Beauty and the Beast" performance because the girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she's happy.
- Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
- AP PHOTOS: The career of James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards for his indelible role as mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos," died while on vacation in Italy at age 51. While Tony Soprano was a larger-than-life figure, Gandolfini was exceptionally modest and obsessive — he described himself as "a 260-pound Woody Allen." HBO called the actor a "special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect."
- 'The Voice' Winner: Who Did the Experts Choose?
By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - NBC's "The Voice" will crown another winner on Tuesday night's finale. Season 4's three finalists - Daniellle Bradbury, Michelle Shamuel and The Swon Brothers - battled it out for the title on Monday's performance finale episode. Before the performances, coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher performed The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends." The Top 16 then got together for the second group performance of the night on Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' "Home. ...
- Cher credits luck for her lengthy career
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Cher is no stranger to tabloid fodder.
- Palace sheds some light on Kate's baby plans
LONDON (AP) — With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July — and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch — the royals' office has released some of the couple's plans, although many details are still being kept private. Kate has made several public appearances recently but is expected to keep a low profile in the final weeks of her pregnancy. Here is the latest news about the infant who will, upon entering the world, be third in line for the British throne.