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  • How bands got their name: New Order

    How bands got their name: New Order

    In May 1980, an up-and-coming English rock band lost its lead singer to suicide, and when the surviving members of the group decided to continue making music, they chose a new identity to signify the pathway forward. What better name than New Order for musicians looking to forge on under very...
  • How bands got their name: Depeche Mode

    How bands got their name: Depeche Mode

    The English electronic band Depeche Mode has long been the source of an intriguing question for music fans. It is one of those fun, little cocktail-party conversation starters to ask just what in the world the group's name actually means. Literally, it translates as "fashion news" or "fashion...
  • P!nk's 'Funhouse' turns 10 years old in 2018

    P!nk's 'Funhouse' turns 10 years old in 2018

    P!nk is one of the most beloved pop stars on the planet and through her straight-forward lyrics, she’s been able to connect with fans for nearly two decades. In 2008, she released her fifth studio album Funhouse albeit heartbroken. The album earned P!nk her first No. 1 on the Hot 100 songs chart and...
  • The Cure: Why they're your favorite band

    The Cure: Why they're your favorite band

    For 40 years, the English rock band The Cure has engaged audiences around the world with a mixture of alternative, dance, and pop sounds that keep us coming back for more. Earlier this summer, the group performed in Hyde Park for their 40th anniversary, and it was quite the show for the thousands in...
  • New Order: Why they're your favorite band

    New Order: Why they're your favorite band

    More than 38 years ago, the English rock band Joy Division lost its lead singer to suicide. Most musical groups might have folded at that point, but out of the ashes of that tragedy, New Order was born, and the music industry has been all the better for it. Today, after two studio albums as Joy...
  • Depeche Mode: Why they're your favorite band

    Depeche Mode: Why they're your favorite band

    It is incredible to believe that Depeche Mode, everyone's favorite English electronic band, formed in 1980, still sounds fresh today. The band's three core members of the group have been there from the start, and last year, Depeche Mode released its 14th studio album, Spirit. Vocalist Dave Gahan...
  • Lady Gaga's 'The Fame' turns 10 years old in 2018 ahead of 'A Star Is Born' remake

    Lady Gaga's 'The Fame' turns 10 years old in 2018 ahead of 'A Star Is Born' remake

    Ten years ago, the world was introduced to an aspiring pop star that would go on to become a pop culture icon. Stefani Germanotta, known by her stage name Lady Gaga, had a chance to jet to LA to record “Just Dance,” a song that was created in 15 minutes and would soon take the world by storm as...
  • Oasis' final album 'Dig Out Your Soul' turns 10 years old in 2018

    Oasis' final album 'Dig Out Your Soul' turns 10 years old in 2018

    It’s been 10 years since Oasis released their final album due to public family feuding between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. The band found a resurgence in popularity following 2005's Don't Believe the Truth and on Oct. 6, 2008, the band released their seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul - a...
  • Madonna's experimental 'Ray of Light' turns 20 years old in 2018

    Madonna's experimental 'Ray of Light' turns 20 years old in 2018

    Madonna has been known for reinventing her image and sound over and over again since her debut in the early '80s. After giving birth to her daughter in the 1990s, she began work on her seventh studio album with Babyface and Patrick Leonard. Those sessions, however, failed and Madonna teamed up with...
  • Britney Spears' debut single '...Baby One More Time' turns 20 years old in 2018

    Britney Spears' debut single '...Baby One More Time' turns 20 years old in 2018

    20 years ago, the pop music world was changed and a young woman by the name of Britney Spears would forever reshape mainstream music. On Oct. 23, 1998, the hit “...Baby One More Time” was released in preparation for Spears’ debut album of the same name. Spears’ was in talks with manager Lou Pearlman...
  • Lady Gaga's debut single 'Just Dance' turns 10 years old

    Lady Gaga's debut single 'Just Dance' turns 10 years old

    10 years ago, a young woman who went by the stage name of Lady Gaga was working hard in New York City to be noticed with a goal to be a pop star. Stepping out of her NYC comfort zone, she flew to Los Angeles and teamed up with producer and writer RedOne to write a hit song that would prove to be her...
  • Sunset Neon talks about 80s nostalgia, b-sides and VHS

    Sunset Neon talks about 80s nostalgia, b-sides and VHS

    The everything 80s music and pop culture-loving musician, Sunset Neon, has channeled this into not only his life but creating music and videos to accompany them. Sunset Neon is the name artist and producer, Bret Autrey, creates music under and is his way of sharing his love of everything eighties...
  • 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...
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