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8 Album Covers That the Artists Hate

Nov 2014 19:13PM EDT

Writing and recording an album can be a long and arduous process, which is why most musicians leave it up to their record label to design a suitable album cover, though as these eight albums prove, this can often lead to regrettable designs that the musician ends up hating.READ MORE

Beck - "Midnite Vultures" (1999)

Beck's 'Midnite Vultures' Turns 15

Nov 2014 11:27AM EDT

Today, Nov. 23, marks the 15th anniversary of Beck's seventh studio album "Midnite Vultures," which abandoned nearly all the singer's folk influences in favor of deliriously psychedelic funk, hip-hop and R&B. It is Beck's most fun album and arguably his best — at least I would argue that, and so would "Vulture" — so to celebrate its anniversary, here are the album's 11 songs ranked, from worst to best.READ MORE

NSYNC - "NSYNC" (1998)

8 Band Names Based On The Member's Names: NSYNC, TLC, And More

Nov 2014 14:24PM EDT

Anyone who has ever played in a band can tell you just how difficult coming up with a good name is, but these eight bands managed to come up with distinctive, memorable names by using the names of the people in the band.READ MORE

Marvin Gaye

5 Covers Celebrating 50 Years of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)": James Taylor, Michael Bublé and More

Nov 2014 15:16PM EDT

Fifty years ago on this date Marvin Gaye entered the charts with "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)". The track was far from his first on the Motown label but it did have the most chart success among the singles he had released up to that point, peaking at no. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. We hesitate to call it his most recognizable song—because he's had an unusual number of tracks that have become cultural standards compared to most in his era—but "I wanna stop and thank ya baby" is an instantly recognizable line. Enough so that a number of performers have tried their hands at the song over the last five decades.READ MORE

Eminem, back in the day.

Robert Christgau and Eminem: Reviewing The Writer's Praise for The Emcee upon 'Encore's Tenth Anniversary

Nov 2014 13:53PM EDT

Noted music critic Robert Christgau has championed many a performer over the years. Eminem was a cultural phenomenon he seemed to grasp far before the rest of society.READ MORE

Migos, biggest supporters of Versace and perpetual sweatsuit-wearers.

Musicians Providing Free Advertising: The Who, Migos, Guns 'n' Roses and More

Nov 2014 16:09PM EDT

The best advertising is the free kind. The even bester advertising is when celebrities promote your product in their music.READ MORE

Ralph Stanley (center)

Song for Those Buried in Snow in Buffalo and Elsewhere: Metallica, Ralph Stanley and More Sympathize with Your Plight

Nov 2014 15:00PM EDT

The northern regions of New York are being, in some cases literally, buried by snow. Our own Carolyn Menyes has brought light to Interpol being stuck in its own tour bus for 30 hours due to the weather and we're continuing a trend with a playlist surrounding snow. Not happy snow, like "Walking in A Winter Wonderland," not snow as in cocaine a la Jeezy and Black Sabbath, snow: The stuff that will trap you in your home and cause parties of pioneers to resort to eating each other.READ MORE

Rick Ross

A Brief History of Law Enforcement and Hip-Hop Award Shows: T.I., Rick Ross, Jeezy and More Get Dusted Up

Nov 2014 14:36PM EDT

Many, many agencies have called out hip-hop performers for merely being storytellers and not the actual "gangstas" their music portends. Incidents and events at awards shows have backed up the stories they tell like perhaps no other platform can. Today marks the tenth anniversary of Yung Buck's legal troubles following the 2004 VIBE Awards (read more below). Check out a history of police intervention at awards shows below.READ MORE

Interpol at Governors Ball 2014

8 Interpol Songs to Listen to While Trapped in a Tour Bus for 30+ Hours

Nov 2014 13:47PM EDT

Interpol's music is pretty fitting for a freak snowstorm. From songs about barricades to music about New York, it's like Interpol has been predicting this for quite some time. So, in solidarity with the band, here are # Interpol songs to get you through 40+ hours on a snowed in tour bus.READ MORE

Isang Yun

5 Renowned Acts from Korea...North Korea: Isang Yun, the Pochanbo Electric Orchestra and More

Nov 2014 12:52PM EDT

Korean music continues to find fan bases all over the world and of course in its homeland. It kind of makes us wonder however, is there similar pop talent in North Korea? It seems likely but it would be tough for music fans to find out. After all, it's hard enough to get hard news from what's probably the world's most isolated nation. That said, the West has gotten word of North Korean music over the years and some of it isn't half bad. Check out five of the biggest acts that the northern half of the Korean peninsula claims for its own.READ MORE

Genesis - 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' (1974)

5 Best Songs: Genesis's 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'

Nov 2014 09:26AM EDT

Today, Nov. 18, marks the 40th anniversary of Genesis's landmark concept album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," which was their last with original lead vocalist Peter Gabriel. Across 23 tracks over 94 minutes, the album tells the bizarre story of a Puerto Rican teenager named Rael who goes on a surreal journey through New York City to rescue his brother John. To celebrate this masterwork of progressive rock, here are the album's five best songs.READ MORE

Wham! Featuring Andrew Ridgely and George Michael!

30 Years of Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go": Check Out 6 Performances of TV from 'Family Guy' to 'The X Factor'

Nov 2014 16:09PM EDT

Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" has been on television almost as much as you've heard it on the radio in the last 30 years. Here are just a few examples.READ MORE

One reason to have an unmarked grave...

5 Mysterious/Unmarked Resting Places for Famous Musicians: From Mozart to Roy Orbison and Michael Jackson

Nov 2014 14:34PM EDT

Today involved a rather curious/mortifying news update for those who weren't previously aware that Frédéric Chopin's heart has been stored in a crystal jar full of alcohol, which itself is housed inside a pillar at the Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw. A few scientists and lay folk did a quick checkup to make sure the organ was still in good condition and then put it back, to be checked on another 50 years. It kind of makes us curious what other famous musicians have mysterious final resting places. None are as quirky as Chopin's (the rest of his body is in Paris, if curious) but there are some graves that get/got little attention for a while.READ MORE

The Black Keys - 'El Camino' (2011)

9 Rock Albums Whose Producers Co-Wrote The Music

Nov 2014 12:33PM EDT

In genres such as pop and hip-hop, it's pretty much standard for a producer to have an active role in the album's songwriting, especially if they're working with a solo artist, but this is pretty uncommon when working with rock bands, who tend to write their own material. These nine albums, however, feature extensive songwriting contributions from their producers, even though they were made by rock bands.READ MORE

Check Out New Songs From Darlings, Screaming Females, Houndsmouth, Stars And Many More!

Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks For Sharing

Nov 2014 11:14AM 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 Darlings, Screaming Females, Houndmouth, Stars and more right here!READ MORE

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