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Species Named after Famous Musicians: Mick Jagger, Beyoncé, Bono, Jim Morrison and Many More

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Mick Jagger had the honor (or something like it), as Music Times reporter Carolyn Menyes wrote earlier this week, of having an extinct species of pig named after him. The news itself isn't that shocking: scientists are naming stuff after musicians all the time. We've narrowed down a majority of the organisms and their respective titles into five categories.READ MORE

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David Anderle, A&R Rep For Frank Zappa, The Doors & The Beach Boys, Dead At 77

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It’s truly a sad time for the music industry. Deadline reports that Veteran record producer and music exec, David Anderle, died this past Monday in his Los Angeles home after losing his battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.READ MORE

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6 Artists Who Debuted With Double Albums: Chicago, Frank Zappa, And More

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Double albums are often seen as exercises in self-indulgence, so the only time an artist can usually get away with releasing one is well into their career, such as the Beatles' "White Album" or Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. However, there have been some artists who where so confident in themselves that they chose to release double albums right off the bat. Here are six artists who debuted with double albums.READ MORE

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13 Albums That End With Their Title Track: Bruce Springsteen, Sinead O'Connor, And More

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An album's title track is inevitably given more weight than the album's other songs, because it's natural to assume that the one song the entire album s named after must be something special. However, these artists chose to place even more weight on these particular songs by choosing to close out the entire album with them.READ MORE

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14 Albums That End With Their Longest Song: Bruce Springsteen, Weezer, And More

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Long songs can be tricky for an artist to deal with. They can't really be released as singles, but they also run the risk of ruining the flow of an otherwise great album. These artists got around this problem by placing their extremely long songs at the end of their album.READ MORE

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8 'Ring of Fire' Covers Ranked: From Alan Jackson to Frank Zappa, From Blondie to Adam Lambert

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Dragonforce brutalized Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" this week...Music Times is recovering by looking at eight other covers of the country classic.READ MORE

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7 Albums That Are Partial-Concept Albums: Pink Floyd, The Beatles, And More

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A concept album is an album that tells a complete story through its songs, or follows a single theme, such as Pink Floyd's The Wall or Nick Cave's Murder Ballads. However, there are some artists who attempted to make concept albums, but only dedicated some songs to the concept, rather than all of them. Here are seven partial-concept albums.READ MORE

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8 Great Albums That Open With Cover Songs: Blondie, Pixies, And More

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For performers who write their own songs, an album's opening track is pretty tricky. There's a lot of pressure to write an excellent song that catches the listener's attention and entices them to listen further, but some artists get around this by opening their albums with cover songs instead. Here are eight great albums that open with cover songs.READ MORE

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12 Classic Albums Produced By Musicians Outside The Band: Weezer, Beck, And More

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Today marked the tragic passing of Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, and along with being a founding member of one of the most influential bands in history, another one of his crowning achievements was his production of the Replacements' classic 1985 album Tim. Here are some other classic albums that were produced by musicians outside of the band.READ MORE

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10 Musicians Who Have Directed Films: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, And More

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Today Bruce Springsteen shared his short film/music video Hunter of Invisible Game on his website, which is his directorial debut. Springsteen is far from the first musician to direct a film, however. Here are ten more musicians who have dabbled in film directing.READ MORE

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11 Dead Musicians And What They Would Be Doing Today: Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, And More

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There are a million "what-if" questions throughout rock history, but some of the biggest relate to musicians who have tragically passed away. What would they be doing if they were still alive today? Here's what I think eleven iconic musicians would be doing today if they were still alive.READ MORE

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7 Rock Stars Who Also Write Classical Music: Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, And More

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I once had a teacher who said that if you understand classical music, you wouldn't listen to anything else. That's obviously a wild exaggeration and completely pompous, and as these seven musicians proved, it is completely possible to love both classical and rock music. Here are seven rock stars that also write classical music.READ MORE

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6 Incredible Artists Who Started Off As Drummers: Frank Zappa, Jack White, and more

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Though plenty of musicians choose one instrument when starting out and stick to it (I know I have), these six artists all started off on drums before becoming renowned for something else. Here are six incredible musicians who started off as drummers.READ MORE

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7 Great Albums with Just 3 Tracks (Or Less): Frank Zappa, Miles Davis

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Most of the albums we listen to usually have between 10 and 15 traditionally structured songs, clocking in between 30 and 60 minutes. However, there are plenty of progressively minded artists who dispense with traditional structures and release full-length albums with only a few tracks. Here are seven great albums with just three tracks (or less).READ MORE

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6 Pairs of Artists Who Were Childhood Friends: Daft Punk & Phoenix, Ian MacKaye & Henry Rollins, and more

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Musicians often become friends through their professional lives, whether they're recording together or playing together, but some famous musicians were actually friends back before they ever became famous. Here are six pairs of artists who were childhood friends.READ MORE

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