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Fireflies – Owl City

Fireflies – Owl City

Editor’s note: Owl City is no longer a one-hit wonder. “Fireflies” was the band’s first hit but “Good Time” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen also charted in the Billboard Top 10 in 2012, which changed Owl City’s status from one-hit wonder to two-hit wonder….and possibly more. Time will tell.” The first time I heard “Fireflies,” I told my friends: “That’s the best song The Postal Service or Death Cab for Cutie never wrote.” In fact, I had to … Read entire article »

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Clarence Clemons, Sax Player for Springsteen, Lady Gaga and One-Hit Wonder, Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons, Sax Player for Springsteen, Lady Gaga and One-Hit Wonder, Suffers Stroke

Saxophone player Clarence Clemons reportedly suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, June 12. He is in the hospital in serious condition. Clemons has been part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since its earliest days and “The Big Man” as fans know him is a beloved part of one of America’s most beloved bands. Although the 69-year-old Clemons has recently struggled with health concerns, he contributed saxophone to Lady Gaga’s most recent album, The Edge of … Read entire article »

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I Wanna Be Bad – Willa Ford

I Wanna Be Bad – Willa Ford

Call it the Britney effect. Between 1999 and 2001 a bunch of songs emerged that sounded just like Britney Spears. Pop songs that were complete studio productions with some auto-tuned vocals laid over the top. “I Wanna Be Bad” by Willa Ford is one of the most blatant examples. The first time I heard the song on a radio station as I was surfing for a good song, I stopped, listened and thought, that’s NOT … Read entire article »

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Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old from Garner, N.C., won American Idol tonight. That’s 10 seasons of Idol and 10 winners who have gone on to fame (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks) and relative obscurity (Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks). Taylor Hicks is an interesting study since he is one of only two American Idol winners to place a single song in the Billboard Top 40 (the other is 2010 winner, Lee DeWyze). But Hicks single … Read entire article »

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Butterfly – Crazy Town

Butterfly – Crazy Town

Some people credit Run D-M-C with the first rap rock song. If you’re thinking of their collaboration with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” you are mistaken. The first rap rock hit is “Rock Box” by Run D-M-C. But yes, “Walk This Way” is the song that made the boys famous way back in 1986. Who would have ever guessed Steven Tyler would go on to judge American Idol back then? Watch “Rock … Read entire article »

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Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

The history of hip hop is full of promising lives cut short due to violence. Tupac. Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.). Now add Rapper M-Bone of the group Cali Swag District to that unfortunate list. M-Bone (Montae Talbert) was killed May 15, 2011 in a drive-by shooting in his hometown of Inglewood, California. He was only 22 years old. M-Bone was one of the rappers on Cali Swag District’s breakout hit from 2010 titled “Teach Me … Read entire article »

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