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10 Music Myths People Still Believe

 Some of the greatest music myths are those that pass through generations and are still fresh and new to each set of ears that hears them. The best of the best are funny, mean and downright outrageous. But hey, you have to be pretty high on the popularity scale to get one of these things said about you, so myth or not, all press is good press. According to Webster’s, a myth is a “a widely held but false belief or idea.” So in no particular order, here are 10 of the greatest music myths people still believe, even after all these years.

Lady Gaga’s A Dude!

Ms. Germanotta addressed this particular rumor herself during an interview with Barbara Walters back in 2010. Walters asked Gaga about the biggest misconception about her and Gaga replied, “That I am artificial and attention seeking when the truth is that every bit of me is devoted to love and art and I aspire to – try to be a teacher to my young fans – who are – who are just like me – who feel just like how I felt when I was younger. I just, I felt like a freak – I guess what I am trying to say is – I wanna liberate them – I wanna free them of their – of their fears – and make them feel that they can create their own space in the world.”  Walters then asked Gaga about the rumor that she was part man and part woman to which Gaga replied, “No I don’t mind it really it was strange and quite a story but I portray myself in an androgynous way and I love androgyny and pushing boundaries.”

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Classic ALICE COOPER Album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ To Be Released On Hybrid SACD

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Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Alice Cooper‘s classic album Billion Dollar Babies on Hybrid SACD on February 4, 2014! As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated Billion Dollar Bill.

With Billion Dollar Babies, Alice Cooper refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the US and UK album charts. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album, is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the 70’s only three years into the decade.

Song for song, Billion Dollar Babies is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles “Elected,” “Hello Hooray,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards – the disturbing necrophilia ditty “I Love the Dead” and the chilling macabre of “Sick Things.”

After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the US box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones. The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.

TRACKS:
1. Hello Hooray
2. Raped and Freezin’
3. Elected
4. Billion Dollar Babies
5. Unfinished Sweet
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation Landslide
8. Sick Things
9. Mary-Ann
10. I Love the Dead

Lady Gaga Announces European artRAVE Tour Dates

Lady Gaga has announced the first set of European tour dates for her upcoming artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour! Check them out below!

23rd Sep – Antwerp, BE Antwerp Sportpaleis (On sale February 8th)
24th Sep – Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome (On sale February 8th)
27th Sep – Herning, DK Jyske Bank Boxen (On sale February 8th)
29th Sep – Oslo, NO Telenor Arena (On sale February 17th)
30th Sep – Stockholm, SW Ericsson Globe (On sale February 14th)
03rd Oct – Hamburg, DE O2 World (On sale February 14th)
05th Oct – Prague, CZ O2 (On sale February 17th)
07th Oct – Koln, DE Lanxess Arena (On sale February 14th)
09th Oct – Berlin, DE O2 World (On sale February 14th)
15th Oct – Birmingham, UK NIA
19th Oct – Glasgow, UK SSE Hydro
21st Oct – Manchester, UK Phones 4U Arena
23rd Oct – London, UK O2 Arena
30th Oct – Paris, FR Zenith (On sale February 10th)
31st Oct – Paris, FR Zenith (On sale February 10th)
02nd Nov – Vienna, AU Wiener Stadthalle (On sale February 17th)
04th Nov – Milan, IT Forum (On sale February 14th)
06th Nov – Zurich, CH Hallenstadion (On sale February 17th)
08th Nov – Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi (On sale February 14th)
10th Nov – Lisbon, PT MEO Arena (On sale February 17th)

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Miley and Madonna Unplugged–Video

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Miley Cyrus and Madonna team up for Cyrus’ ‘Unplugged’ special.  Cyrus says her song “We Can’t Stop” is like an update of Madonna’s 2000 hit song “Don’t Tell Me” — so it only makes sense that the singer enlists the help of the pop icon in performing the two songs for her MTV “Unplugged” special.

“A lot of what she represented for me is a lot of what I try to represent to girls now,” Miley, 21, adds.

“Not being afraid of sexuality, and really being who you want to be and doing what you want to do … ‘Don’t Tell Me’ is basically the same message as what I’m telling my fans in ‘We Can’t stop.'”

Watch the video and see what happens next!


 

Oscars to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz"

The Oscars will honor the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” a best picture nominee in 1939, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron.

“The Wizard of Oz” received six Oscar nominations, winning two for Original Score and Song. Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre(R) at Hollywood & Highland Center(R) and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The telecast, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Motley Crue Announces Permanent Retirement After Tour

Hard glam-rock group Motley Crue are splitting up for good after one final tour with Alice Cooper this year.

The rockers announced the news at a press conference in Hollywood on Tuesday and even signed a legally-binding Cessation Of Touring contract, ending a 33-year career.

Singer Vince Neil told reporters, “We just want to go out on top. Leave a legacy behind. We won’t be doing any more concerts after this. This is the final tour.”

Bassist Nikki Sixx added, “This is a huge celebration for us. It’s going to be a really fantastic tour.”

To mark the ‘death’ of the Girls Girls Girls hitmakers, headstones for bandmates Neil, Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars decorated the press conference stage at Beacher’s Madhouse Theater.

Motley Crue, which formed in 1981, will release one last album, but it won’t be the stars’ usual rock fare. The project will be a country music tribute to the group, featuring covers of their hits by artists including LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Cassadee Pope.

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The Final Tour will kick off this summer, while a film based on their best-selling 2001 autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, will hit theatres in 2015. Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine will take charge of the movie.

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Pal Seeger Onstage In South Africa

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Bruce Springsteen
paid tribute to his longtime friend and mentor Pete Seeger from the stage of a gig in South Africa on Tuesday night after learning of the folk music icon’s passing.
Telling fans “I lost a great friend and a hero last night” at the show in Cape Town, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed protest song We Shall Overcome, which became Seeger’s signature tune.
He then called the 94 year old environmental campaigner and singer/songwriter “a very courageous freedom fighter” and added his We Shall Overcome was a song that made you “prepared to march into hell’s fire”.
Springsteen has been a longtime Seeger collaborator and performed at the folk hero’s 90th birthday celebration in 2009. He also won a Grammy Award for his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. And The Boss and Seeger performed together at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
Obama released a statement earlier in the day, as did guitarist Tom Morello, who is currently on tour with Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Also offering up his respects on Tuesday afternoon was another superfan, Dave Matthews, who issued a touching statement, in which he revealed the first concert he ever went to was headlined by Seeger.
He wrote, “My parents took my brother, my sisters and me. I will never forget it. I was little. Dancing in a field in upstate New York while the grown-ups sat on the grass. My parents and family raised me on music of all sorts and Pete Seeger was a big part.”
Matthews added, “I met Pete Seeger more than 30 years after I first saw him play and having listened to his music over those years it was somewhat awe inspiring. We had lunch. He was so funny and charming, humble and brilliant, all at once. Full of hope but disappointed in our wasteful ways.
“He made me want to be a better person. Why don’t we lend our ears to the greatest among us? Pete Seeger fought for the working people and he fought against greed, and corruption, and war, and pollution, until the end of his life. Even though he was frail he came and performed at FarmAid just a few months ago. Thank goodness for Pete Seeger.”

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Legendary Folk Singer, Pete Seeger Dead At 94

For more than 70 years, there were few other musicians who stumped as tirelessly for folk music as Pete Seeger. The reed-thin singer and songwriter best known for songs like “If I Had A Hammer” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” died on Monday at 94 of natural causes, leaving behind a legacy of activism, charity and community that will be hard to match.

Seeger, who influenced several generations of activist singers — from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello — not only played folk music, but served as a kind of living museum of the genre, enthusiastically performing and promoting activist music until shortly before his death.

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Is Queen Elizabeth Down to Last $1.6 Million in Reserves?

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has just  $1.6 million left in financial reserves after the royal household overspent on its budget last year, according to a report by British lawmakers released Tuesday.
The royal household had to dip into its reserves after overspending  $3.8 million on the $51.4 million it was given by the taxpayer in 2012-13.  Watch video  below for more info.
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Johnny Depp To Receive Inaugural Distinguished Artisan Award From Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild



Johnny Depp will receive the first ever Distinguished Artisan Award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, Local 706, at their awards ceremony, as announced today by guild President Susan Cabral-Ebert. The awards ceremony, returning after a hiatus of 10 years, will be held on February 15, 2014, at Paramount Studios. Joel Harlow, Depp’s make-up artist, will present the award. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be bestowed to Academy Award® winners Gail Ryan and Dick Smith. Additional awards will honor nominees for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater. Final ballot online voting closes on February 11.

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