Posts by Craig Rosen

  • A ‘Beverly Hills 90210′ Flashback With Jimmer from the Rave-Ups

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music11 hrs ago

    Jimmer Podrasky wrapped up his residency Wednesday night at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake, Calif. to promote his excellent return effort "The Would-Be Plans" by performing with the Rave-Ups. That's the same band he led back in the '80s when they landed a spot in "Pretty in Pink" and were inexplicably left off the soundtrack. Still, the Rave-Ups prevailed —at least for a while — landing a major-label contract with Epic Records and another high-profile gig, playing on the teen soap "Beverly Hills 90210."

    During the original show's decade-long run, a number of bands, ranging from the Flaming Lips and the Cramps to Color Me Badd and Maroon 5 predecessors Kara's Flowers, also appeared on the show.

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  • Lorde Comes Face to Face With Real-Life Inspiration for 'Royals'

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music17 hrs ago

    With its lyrics about "Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands and tigers on a gold leash," it may surprise you to learn that Lorde's monster hit "Royals" wasn't inspired by P. Diddy or some other bling-loving rapper, but legendary baseball player George Brett.

    Now, after months of near-misses, Lorde, 17, and Brett, 60, have connected. The two finally met on Tuesday in Las Vegas, following Lorde's concert at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

    Brett called the meeting "awesome" and described the Grammy winner as "such a sweet little girl." Speaking to TMZ, the baseball legend said he had a crash course in Lorde music before the meeting: "I actually downloaded her music off iTunes and listened to in on the plane ride to Vegas."

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  • Susanna Hoffs Gearing Up for Stagecoach, Shares Her Favorite Musical Memories

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music2 days ago

    We're in the middle of Coachella madness, with weekend one in the books and weekend two coming up. The following weekend, the very same Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will play host to the country-leaning Stagecoach Festival. Some may be surprised to find Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs on the bill as a solo act. She'll be playing the Mustang Stage at 2 p.m. on April 27. In fact, just the other day, Hoffs posted on her Facebook page, "This is my kind of Manic Monday...rehearsal for Stagecoach officially starts today."

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  • Oasis Went 'Supersonic' 20 Years Ago

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music6 days ago

    Two decades ago, on April 11, 1994, the Gallagher brothers in Oasis unleashed their fury on the world with the release of their first official U.K. single, "Supersonic." Here are 11 things you should know about Oasis's early days.

    1. They weren't initially a huge success.

    Oasis didn't set the world on fire from the get-go. "Supersonic" only made it to No. 31 on the U.K. Singles Chart, giving it the dubious distinction of being the band's lowest peaking single. However, it keep selling, eventually exceeding sales of 215,000 to make it their 13th biggest selling single in the U.K.

    2. The single fared better in the U.S.

    The track was also the band's first U.S. single and received a much warmer welcome across the pond, where it peaked at No. 10 on Billboard 's Modern Rock Chart in December 1994.

    3. It's held up well over the years.

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  • Hall & Oates’s John Oates Shares His Favorite Musical Memories

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music9 days ago

    These are good times for John Oates of Hall & Oates. On Monday, he celebrated his 65th birthday. On Thursday, he and long-time musical partner Drryl Hall will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he recently released "Good Road to Follow," his fourth studio solo effort.

    When we had Oates on the phone to talk about his new album and Hall and Oates' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we also asked him to share some of his favorite musical memories with us.

    What is the first record you bought?

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