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What you're favorite musicians looked like during high school...Hint: nothing like this.

Musicians, Like Us, Had Terrible High School Photos: Check Out Eminem, Avril Lavigne and Kesha, Way Back When

Buzz Dec 2014 12:39PM EDT

We don't want to comment on the issues of freedom of speech or what merits good taste in school photos. Instead, let's focus on totally awesome high school yearbook photos from our favorite musicians.READ MORE

Brian Wilson (bottom right): The face of madness.

'The Interview' Debut Cancelled Due to Terrorist Threats, Possibly from North Korea; Four Outside Events That Altered Music Releases

Buzz Dec 2014 15:37PM EDT

Music has never had issues this dramatic to deal with as what Sony's going through with 'The Interview' when opting to release an album. Still, a few releases saw huge changes due to world events.READ MORE

Eric Clapton

The Seven Most Expensive Guitars Ever: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and More Bring in Millions

Buzz Dec 2014 14:02PM EDT

Ten years ago on this date, a red Gibson SG was sold at auction for $570,000 at auction in New York City. As you can imagine, there was a story behind the value: George Harrison had used it during the recording of The Beatles' Revolver and John Lennon later sued the guitar while recording The White Album. Remarkably, that's far from the most that's ever been paid for a guitar at auction. In fact, seven six-strings have brought in more.READ MORE

MC Hammer is on this list. Psy is not.

The Best Selling Hip-Hop Albums of All Time: Eminem, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G...Who's No. 1?

Buzz Dec 2014 15:28PM EDT

Thirty years ago on this day Run-D.M.C. were rewarded for its high sales, as its self-titled first album became the first hip-hop album in history to earn "Gold" status-which indicates more than 100,000 copies sold-nine months after its release. Hip-hop has come a long way in terms of styles and popularity in those 30 years, so the group's first album is far from the highest sellers in the genre anymore.READ MORE

Cuba.

U.S. and Cuba on Verge of Monumental Diplomacy Shift: Get To Know These Great Cuban Musicians and Stay Ahead of The Curve

Buzz Dec 2014 12:45PM EDT

Things are looking up for relations between the United States and Cuba: Alan Gross, an American citizen who was imprisoned on the island for five years, returned home this morning. That was followed by a phone discussion between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, which marked the first official talks between leadership of the two countries since 1959. Big things could be on the horizon in terms of "normalizing" the diplomatic ties between the two nations. Music Times has prepared a brief look at some of Cuba's brightest modern stars so you can get comfortable with the country's bustling music scene before your (hopefully soon) trip to Havana.READ MORE

2014's 11 Best Music Moments In Film: Mustaches, LEGOs, Jennifer Lawrence, And More

Exclusives Dec 2014 15:02PM EDT

Soundtracks are great and all, but there’s something about a music-centric scene that captures the imagination and gets the heart racing. We’ve collected 11 of the year’s best music-in-film moments, and we’re ready to share.READ MORE

Bleep Bloop

Bleep Bloop Talks '10 Watt Lazers' EP, DJ Shadow Relationship & Outer Space [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Exclusives Dec 2014 11:50AM EDT

Northern California producer Bleep Bloop is on a mission. Aaron Triggs, known professionally as Bleep Bloop, aims to bring his cosmic soundwaves to the masses. The DJ Shadow protégé just made his debut on Shadow's new label Liquid Amber with a new three track EP 10 Watt Lazers. We had the chance to chat with Triggs on the heels of his EP release to discuss his relationship with DJ Shadow, talk about the creative process behind the EP and his love for out space.READ MORE

Lauryn Hill

8 Artists Who Are Taking Too Long To Release New Albums

Buzz Dec 2014 21:51PM EDT

This has been a pretty exciting couple of days for fans of both Modest Mouse and D'Angelo, with both artists announcing their first new albums in quite some time (Modest Mouse's last album came out in 2007, while D'Angelo's was 2000). Now that these two artists have finally decided to release some new music, here are eight more artists that have been taking far too long to put out new albums.READ MORE

Lorde at BBC Radio 1

10 Best Cover Songs Of 2014

Buzz Dec 2014 16:41PM EDT

Because cover songs don't garner nearly as much traction on the radio or the charts as they once did, artists these days treat them more like fun little experiments, where they can try out things they normally wouldn't on one of their albums or original singles. This has resulted in plenty of inventive and fascinating covers, especially this past year. Here are the year's 10 best cover songs (in no particular order).READ MORE

'Another Beatles Christmas Record' (1964)

The Beatles Christmas Records: Ranking The Yearly Mess from John, Paul, George and Ringo 1963-1969

Buzz Dec 2014 15:06PM EDT

Pearl Jam wasn't the first band to send out yearly Christmas exclusives to its fan club. The Beatles had jumped on that train nearly 30 years earlier. The difference of course is that Pearl Jam's fans could expect some new musical recordings, covers if nothing else, while the biggest band in history took the yearly task of crafting a Christmas album about as seriously as Stephen Colbert takes investigative reporting. The results tended to be a mess...occasionally a curious mess, but a mess nonetheless. Music Times has waded through the seven Beatles Christmas flexi-discs and made a modest attempt at ranking them.READ MORE

Lennon & Maisy

Lennon & Maisy Contest: Win Autographed Prizes From 'Nashville' Sisters

Exclusives Dec 2014 11:50AM EDT

Lennon Stella, 15, and Maisy Stella, 10, are currently working on their first major album, and recently spoke to Music Times about performing for thousands of people while still trying to figure out how to make friends at school.READ MORE

Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks For Sharing

Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks For Sharing

Exclusives Dec 2014 11:04AM EDT

Each and every week we put together our favorite tracks that had premiered a few days prior into one magnificent mixtape to share with you and your friends. This time around we've decided to share new songs from Marina And The Diamonds, Night Beds, Male Bonding, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper and more right here!READ MORE

Elton John

Seven Musical New Year's Events NOT Happening at Times Square: Pitbull, Lady Antebellum and Elton John Will Ring 2015 in with You

Buzz Dec 2014 16:36PM EDT

Surely some other options exist aside from "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." Music Times has combed through the Facebook invites and funny pages to find some other opportunities for New Year's night. Finding someone to spend the evening with is all on you however.READ MORE

Jim Kerr (center) and Simple Minds are looking up.

Simple Minds and The Meaning of 'Big Music': Jim Kerr on The New Album, His Dream Dual-Headlining Tour, and Respecting "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

Buzz Dec 2014 13:18PM EDT

Simple Minds has its mind on big music, instrumentally and otherwise. Vocalist Jim Kerr spoke to Music Times about the new album 'Big Music,' his ideal American tour, and giving the fans what they want.READ MORE

The Clash -

5 Best Songs From The Clash's 'London Calling'

Buzz Dec 2014 10:37AM EDT

Today, Dec. 14, marks the 35th anniversary of the Clash's legendary third album London Calling, which saw the band expand upon their punk roots by venturing into many different styles, including reggae, jazz, ska, and rockabilly, among others. The album was the crowning achievement of the British punk movement, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time in any genre, so to celebrate its anniversary, here are its five best songs.READ MORE

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