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  • MTV: When It Began

    When MTV first arrived on the airwaves on August 1, 1981, the network certainly didn’t invent the music video, but it definitely went on popularize and legitimize the video as an additional method of artistic expression for musicians and - perhaps more importantly - an incredibly successful way to sell a song to the masses. That process, however, wasn’t an instantaneous one, which meant that when it came time to program the day’s video playlist, the pickings were a little slim.

    johnnyr6 3 weeks ago 1 response

  • 9 Times Roxette Were The Soundtrack To Your Life

    Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since Pretty Woman premiered, and Roxette’s ‘It Must Have Been Love’ provided the soundtrack to the montage which made us all fall in love with Julia Roberts. Roxette’s amazing songs pop up in soundtracks all the time, but how many of these do you remember?

    johnnyr6 a month ago 2 responses

  • 14 Times Josh Groban Hit Comedy Gold

    Today is the 34th birthday of Josh Groban, a guy who’s sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. As such, you’re probably pretty sick of listening to his music, right? No, of course you’re not, which is why we’ve compiled a playlist of 20 songs from his back catalog as a tribute to the birthday boy. You’ll find it at the bottom of this piece, so give it a spin, won’t you? But before you get to listening to those top-notch tunes, we also wanted to pay tribute to a side of Groban’s career that doesn’t get nearly as much attention: his work as a comedian. No, he’s not a stand-up comedian – although his between-song banter at his concerts does often have the audience in stitches – but Josh Groban is a pretty funny guy, and since we suspect that a lot of you may not have known this about him, here are 14 clips which spotlight his comedy chops.

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  • 20 Years Of ‘Friends,’ 20 Songs From The ‘Friends’ Soundtracks

    20 somewhat years ago, a little series called Friends first hit the airwaves, and despite the incredibly simple name, it quickly became a TV phenomenon, running for 10 seasons and 236 episodes. During that time, four collections of music were released in conjunction with the NBC series - Friends: Original TV Soundtrack (1995), Friends Again (1999), Friends: The One with All the Party Music (2004), and Friends: The Ultimate Soundtrack (2005) - and while the one that kicked it all off may have been more commercially successful than the rest, there’s enough top-notch music in the mix for us to reflect on the 20 best songs in the bunch.

    johnnyr6 3 months ago respond

  • Buckingham Rocks: 15 Great Guest Appearances By Lindsey Buckingham

    Even as Fleetwood Mac’s latest tour rolls ever onward - the band, now with 100% more Christine McVie, is on the road through December 20, starts up again on January 16, and carries on through March 7 - let us not forget the wonderful things that the band members have done outside of the confines of the ground. No, we’re not talking about solo albums, we’re talking about the way they pop up on other people’s albums. Take, for instance, Lindsey Buckingham, who’s guested on a lot of songs for a lot of different artists, some of whom might surprise you.

    johnnyr6 4 months ago respond

  • What Classic Comedy Album Are You?

    Everyone has a unique sense of humor, but what does that sense of humor say about us? Don’t ask us: we’re not licensed psychologists. But with a few well-chosen questions, we can tell you which classic comedy album comes closest to summing you up as a person…unless it doesn’t. But, hey, what level of accuracy do you expect from a Buzzfeed quiz, anyway?

    johnnyr6 5 months ago 2 responses

  • “I’m Writing This To Say…” 10 Artists Who Drove Morrissey To Compose Letters

    Recent rumblings about Morrissey reportedly compiling a Ramones best-of collection have inspired many members of the press to make sure that everyone knows how ironic this supposed assignment is, since his negative opinion of the band was so strong in 1976 that he wrote a letter to Melody Maker on the matter, calling them…well, we’ll get to that. In the interest of equal opportunity, we just wanted to make sure people realize that Morrissey was inspired to break out his writing utensil of choice on a regular basis in his pre-Smiths days, offering others his opinions of many artists, some of which - believe it or not - were actually favorable.

    johnnyr6 7 months ago respond

  • Forever In “Vogue”: 16 Celebrities Immortalized By Madonna (And Others)

    When Lauren Bacall died on Tuesday, August 12, it was the end of an era: we now live in a world where none of the 16 celebrities cited within the lyrics of Madonna’s “Vogue” still walk among us. To memorialize this sad occasion, let us take a stroll back in time and run through this roll call of famous names once more, but this time let’s also remember several other songs that these folks have popped up in the lyrics of as well.

    johnnyr6 8 months ago 1 response

  • 10 Fun Facts About The 10 Songs On ‘The Lost Boys’ Soundtrack

    27 years ago, the soundtrack to Joel Schumacher’s teenage vampire flick The Lost Boys hit record stores, a collection filled with originals and covers recorded by big names and purported up-and-comers, some of whom might well have faded into obscurity were it not for their contributions to the album. To celebrate the anniversary of the soundtrack, take a look back through the track listing and learn a few things about the artists who were represented on the record.

    johnnyr6 8 months ago 5 responses

  • 10 Surprising Facts About 10 Pet Shop Boys Singles

    29 years ago today, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – the synthpop duo better known as Pet Shop Boys – released their first single on Parlophone Records, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money).” In celebration of this momentous anniversary, take a look and a listen back at this song and nine other classic singles from the PSB discography and, in the process, perhaps learn a few Pet Shop Boys facts that you might not have known before.

    johnnyr6 9 months ago 1 response

  • 10 Surprising Bette Midler Cover Songs

    Over the years, Bette Midler’s music has often been dismissed for being too schmaltzy or because she tends to go way, way old school with her cover choices, and while the former might be relative, as to the latter, she tackled the Rosemary Clooney songbook in 2003, then followed it in 2005 by covering the Peggy Lee songbook. Not that there’s anything wrong with tackling standards, but there was a time not so long ago when Midler was turning in versions of some pretty awesome contemporary tunes.

    johnnyr6 10 months ago 4 responses

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