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Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Adam Yauch of seminal hip-hop band Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47. Yauch had fought cancer since 2009 and did not appear with the Beasties when they were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. His death was announced by Russell Simmons who signed the Beasties to their first label deal. “GlobalGrind is confirming this very sad news,” said Simmons. “One of our heroes, Adam Yauch aka … Read entire article »

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United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) – DJ Earworm

United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) – DJ Earworm

DJ Earworm continues to impress with his amazing mash-ups of popular songs into seamless pop songs. His United State of Pop 2011 (Blame it on the Pop) was a shockingly good song on its own. This year’s entry, “World Go Boom” is equally impressive. Once again he has taken Billboard Magazine’s top 25 songs of 2011 and squished them into another delicious mashup. Here is the complete list of songs in the 2011 DJ Earworm mashup. Adele … Read entire article »

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I’m breaking my own rules here today by highlighting a song that many would consider a one-hit wonder, but did not actually reach the Billboard Top 40. The inspiration is a question by one-hit wonders fan, Jane Doe 123 (somehow I think that is not Jane’s name on her birth certificate) where she asks: “What was that one song ( I don’t know the name or artist/band ) where in the music video he is in … Read entire article »

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1 Million Bucks to Create a Hit Song

1 Million Bucks to Create a Hit Song

I read a fascinating article this weekend by Zoe Chace from NPR about the costs behind crafting a hit single. She digs into the background of one of Rihanna’s singles (“Man Down”) from her latest record titled, Loud. One of the most intriguing points she makes in an article full of intriguing points is the estimated costs for all the behind-the-scenes players who turn songs into records into money. I’ve included a graphic from the article … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

Laffy Taffy – D4L

Laffy Taffy – D4L

Some songs burst onto the music scene, make a huge impact, reach #1 on the Billboard Top 40, and forever afterwards are considered some of the worst songs ever. That seems to be the story of “Laffy Taffy” by D4L that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 and was fueled by big online sales and a video that featured bikini beauties in a water fight. High art here, folks. The lyrics are, well, simple and … Read entire article »

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Springsteen Sax Player Clarence Clemons Dies

Springsteen Sax Player Clarence Clemons Dies

It’s a sad day as Clarence Clemons, longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, died one week after suffering a massive stroke. Clemons, known as The Big Man, was a beloved character and key part of Springsteen’s band. Listen to Born to Run and you’ll hear his playing all over that classic album. In a statement, Bruce Springsteen said, “His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had … Read entire article »

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