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  • Foo Fighters 'The Shape and the Colour' turns 20 years old in 2017

    Foo Fighters 'The Shape and the Colour' turns 20 years old in 2017

    The Foo Fighters are basically rock royalty nowadays, but that didn't come easy. The very first record, a self-titled effort by Dave Grohl in which he played almost all of the instruments, was a success and fans were expecting a similar follow-up. Grohl pictured a larger and more daring sound for...
  • Shania Twain's blockbuster 'Come On Over' turns 20 years old in 2017

    Shania Twain's blockbuster 'Come On Over' turns 20 years old in 2017

    In 1997, Shania Twain released one of the biggest albums in music history. Her third studio record Come On Over made Twain an international star even though she derived from the country genre. She is considered one of the greatest of all time and paved the way for many country stars crossing over...
  • The Backstreet Boys self-titled US debut turns 20 years old in 2017

    The Backstreet Boys self-titled US debut turns 20 years old in 2017

    It's hard to believe that 20 years has already gone by since the Backstreet Boys released their first LP in the United States. The debut album was self-titled in the U.S. only and is a collection of tracks from BSB's first and second international albums. This U.S. release shared the same album...
  • Céline Dion's 'Taking Chances' turns 10 years old in 2017

    Céline Dion's 'Taking Chances' turns 10 years old in 2017

    In 2007, Céline Dion was at the height of her Las Vegas show that at that point had been extended beyond its initial three year contract. It'd been four years since she released a proper English album excluding 2004's Miracle, a collaboration between Dion and baby photographer Anne Geddes. Dion had...
  • A look back at Céline Dion's Hot 100 songs chart success

    A look back at Céline Dion's Hot 100 songs chart success

    Céline Dion has been in the headlines over the past two years for various reasons, including losing her husband and brother to the same cancer, receiving the Billboard ICON Award, performing "My Heart Will Go On" at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards for the 20th anniversary of the song and "Titanic...
  • Céline Dion's 'A New Day Has Come' turns 15 years old in 2017

    Céline Dion's 'A New Day Has Come' turns 15 years old in 2017

    Céline Dion continues to be one of the world's top performers still having extended runs of her Las Vegas residency that began in 2003. She began her career in 1981 in Québec, Canada, and broke out into the English speaking world in 1990. Over the course of a decade, she became one of the most...
  • DJ Kool Herc is the father of hip hop

    DJ Kool Herc is the father of hip hop

    Hip-hop would cease to exist today if it wasn’t for DJ Kool Herc doing his classic “Merry-Go-Round” on a hot, humid August evening in The Bronx. There, at a block party on Sedgwick Avenue, hip-hop was born. Before Herc (born Clive Campbell on Apr. 16, 1955) brought this then-innovative sound to...
  • Holy Funk: Earth, Wind & Fire found the right elements to dominate funk in the '70s

    Holy Funk: Earth, Wind & Fire found the right elements to dominate funk in the '70s

    You can’t have a discussion about the history of funk music and not include Earth, Wind & Fire. Formed in 1970 by the late Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire would change the face of funk music. While they would incorporate all of the core elements of funk, EFW was more experimental than most...
  • Top five most underrated funk bands in history

    Top five most underrated funk bands in history

    Everyone who has listened to funk music has certainly heard of the greats in the business. While such funky outfits as Cameo, Slave, and Parliament-Funkadelic have made their mark on the sound, there have been other bands that have made an indelible mark on funk but has since gone by the wayside. So...
  • Top five best funk bands of all-time

    Top five best funk bands of all-time

    Funk is the lifeblood of R&B. Although love songs have forever been the bedrock of R&B, funk is the bombastic side of R&B, filled with elastic guitar riffs, funky horns, and, from the late-’70s, creative synth playing. When you listen to funk, you get a killer sense of the funky boogie...
  • Whitney Houston's 'Whitney' turns 30 years old in 2017

    Whitney Houston's 'Whitney' turns 30 years old in 2017

    1987 saw Whitney Houston catapulting into worldwide superstardom following a massively successful debut in 1985 with her self-titled album. Whitney was released on June 2, 1987 with much expectation and she delivered. The album went on to spawn four Hot 100 No. 1 hits and created records upon...
  • Interpol: Why they're your favorite band

    Interpol: Why they're your favorite band

    This year marks the 15th anniversary of when most people discovered Interpol, otherwise known as a decade and a half since the release of their album Turn On The Bright Lights. The career-defining album remains the strongest in their repertoire, so much as to spawn a special tour in its honor, which...
  • Arcade Fire: Why they're your favorite band

    Arcade Fire: Why they're your favorite band

    Alternative rock icons Arcade Fire have just stormed back onto the music scene with a new video and tour dates for the massive Infinite Content tour. Since they have skyrocketed to fame, most people are now familiar with who Arcade Fire are, and for many fans the band has become akin to a religion...
  • Best indie/college rock bands 1990s

    Best indie/college rock bands 1990s

    The 1990s were a time of great upheaval in the music industry: grunge and flannel were in, spandex and hairspray were over. Bands that had survived the 1980s, such as Bon Jovi, found their footing outside of the decade of excess and dug deep to craft some of their greatest albums yet (see: These...
  • How bands got their names: Arcade Fire

    How bands got their names: Arcade Fire

    If you've ever listened to Arcade Fire, you probably wondered just where they got the idea from for such a cool name. As it turns out, Win Butler's childhood bully was actually the supplier. In a 2004 interview with Gothamist, Butler revealed that "the first kid who beat me up when I was 12, was a...
  • Arctic Monkeys' 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' turns 10 years old in 2017

    Arctic Monkeys' 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' turns 10 years old in 2017

    When mentioning Arctic Monkeys, the first album that comes to mind is generally AM. While AM was the record that turned Arctic Monkeys into superstars, before it came Favourite Worst Nightmare, the ambitiously energetic 2007 album that, for many in America, put Arctic Monkeys on the map. The release...
  • How The Smiths got their name

    How The Smiths got their name

    You may not know this, but The Smiths frontman, Morrissey, has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Even before the world's most maudlin popstar made us all cry, regret eating meat and truly fear for this alleged girlfriend, he was making a name for himself, and his Manchester-born band, for being deep...
  • Céline Dion's 'Let's Talk About Love' turns 20 years old in 2017

    Céline Dion's 'Let's Talk About Love' turns 20 years old in 2017

    It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Céline Dion released her fifth English language album Let's Talk About Love which had a place for 1997's "My Heart Will Go On," the love theme from "Titanic." It followed up 1996's Grammy winning Falling Into You (Pop Vocal Album, Album of the...
  • The tragic death and beautiful rebirth of new wave

    The tragic death and beautiful rebirth of new wave

    New wave music was going to last forever. At least, that was the sentiment when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 1984. Heading into the New Year, new wave was riding a wave that seemed like it would go on forever and ever. The Billboard charts were dominated by the likes of Culture Club and...
  • Whatever happened to The Fixx?

    Whatever happened to The Fixx?

    Who out there remembers The Fixx? They weren’t on the scene long, but they came on at a time when new wave was asserting its grip on the Billboard charts and The Fixx slid right in and capitalized by throwing a number of catchy tunes on the charts. We did some digging to find out what happened to...
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