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The Santa Claus we know today is largely based on the Dutch figure "Sinterklaas", who was based on the real-life Saint Nicholas, a Greek bishop from the 4th century. Nicholas is a saint that is said to have been responsible for great miracles, including bringing the dead back to life. One of the most popular [...]
Heavy Metal is not a genre you think of when Christmas comes to mind. That's why a heavy metal playlist of Christmas songs was so appealing to me. What could be better than taking sentimental, feel-good, pure as the driven snow Christmas songs, and adding a good dose of darkness and electric guitars? Okay, maybe [...]
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The frontrunner stumbled. Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience seemed to be the album to beat for Album of the Year at the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards. But when the nominations were announced on a live TV special Friday night, the man whose current hit is "TKO" was M.I.A. in the marquee categories. [...]
Sure, we're all aware of the fact that Taylor Swift has been working progressively to prove to the world that she's not a kid anymore -- in fact, she's going to turn 24 next week. That said, the country/pop crossover superstar managed to pull off her most risque antic yet at the Grammy Nominations concert aired live Friday night on CBS.
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The famously semi-retired Garth Brooks appears to be back in a big way: He's just released an 8-disc boxed set, announced new shows at Las Vegas's Wynn, and is fueling speculation that he might be plotting a full return to the spotlight. It's a most welcome chain of events for fans, who have been hoping for such a comeback ever since the superstar announced he'd be hanging up his cowboy hat for an indefinite period of time. Brooks bowed out of his exceedingly successful career for a simple reason: He wanted to spend more time with his family.
For the better part of 40 years, Mick Jagger has played to roaring stadium crowds while his older brother, Chris, embarked on his own music career to the awareness of few and the applause of a very select fanbase. Chris Jagger's latest album, Concertina Jack, features younger brother Mick singing background vocals on two songs, [...]
There's more to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' magnetic appeal than just the talents of the rapper and the beatmaker. Major props are owed to the three big voices behind the dynamic hip hop duo's smashes "Thrift Shop," "Same Love" and "Can't Hold Us." Michael "Wanz" Wansley is the man behind the deep, guttural "I'm gonna [...]
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The Dec. 5 death of Nelson Mandela will surely bring forth a host of salutes in song, but he won't be getting any such homages in death that he didn't also receive in life. Few political figures have ever been as revered by the musical community as Mandela, who was the subject of protest songs