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Peaked at #11: Iconic Pop Hits That Missed the Top 10 by One Notch

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Considered by many in the music industry to be the most frustrating place on the charts for a pop single to peak, I have always been fascinated with songs that made their home at #11.

Oh, Baby, It's a Wild World

Michael Smerconish | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

On the night that Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, kicked off his first American tour in 38 years, there were many of us at the show who were excited to hear the music but wondering aloud about the performer's politics.

Daily Meditation: Learn From One Another

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Yusuf Islam Brings Peace Train Back To U.S.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Legendary folk-rock star Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is bringing his peace train back to America. Yusuf will kick off the United St...

Tell 'Em I'm Gone: A Conversation With Yusuf Islam Plus A Hey Rosetta! Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Yusuf, let's talk about your new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone. It seems like you're saying something larger with it overall.

I'm a Muslim American Mom. And I'm Sorry.

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

I often figure those who know me from PTA or the bus stop or the grocery store would naturally assume I would condemn criminals and bad guys and extremists of every sort, but apparently, since I'm Muslim, the condemnation has to be signed, sealed and delivered to make it stick.

The End of the '60s? Where Do I Begin...

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

It was winter, 1971, my last semester as a philosophy major at Bucknell University. Studying Plato, Kant, Sartre and company had been invaluable for its own sake; that it had taught me to think critically and act decisively was a bonus.

Daily Meditation: Peace Train

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Cat Stevens Announces First U.S. Tour Since 1976

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road. He announced Monday that he will ma...

Cat Stevens Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Musically, let's face it: we are all infamous. Something inspires us. One of the first things that inspired me was my sister's record collection.

Nirvana, Kiss And The E Street Band Join Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 04.12.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Kiss made up, but its music went unheard. Nirvana used four women rockers to sing Kurt Cobain's songs. And Bruce Springsteen's E Str...

Daily Meditation: Welcoming Springtime

Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

KISS, Peter Gabriel And Nirvana Among Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees

Reuters | Mary Milliken | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Nirvana, the influential Seattle grunge band founded by the late Kurt Cobain, and the flamboyant 1970s rockers from KISS were amo...

McCartney Still Gives Me Wings

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

The Beatles, with their combination of nostalgia for '50s pop rock n roll and rockabilly, love of early '60s soul and girl groups as well as classic tin pan alley "tunesmithing," provided the pre-pubescent AM radio nursery rhymes for my exact generation.

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: "We Get No Apple Residuals"

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

For every inspirational speech introducing yet a new more inventive product than the last, Jobs, so focused on his vision, loses his connection to those who love him. That is what makes him so compelling a figure, so flawed; in Joshua Michael Stern's film, he's in a league with Picasso.

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...

Frames, Division Street & HandPicked: Conversations with Lee DeWyze, Harper Simon and Earl Klugh

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"With Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel as your introductions, you're definitely in for a penny, in for a pound when it comes to the singer songwriters. It's hard to stop."

'Tis the Season: Chatting With Scotty McCreery, Rita Coolidge and Tom Keifer, Plus Slam Dunk's "Fantasy" Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.12.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I enjoy getting out in front of the crowds every single night, I enjoy seeing their faces light up and having a good time out there and seeing the smiles on their faces. That's what gives me a thrill now, just getting up there for the live action and just performing."

50 Years of A&M Records: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."

Birth & Rebirth: A Conversation With Jimmy Cliff, Plus Chatting With Eleni Mandell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.15.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Dog Ears Music: Born in July Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 09.12.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Jack White, Bobbie Gentry, Rufus Wainwright, Buddy Guy (& Junior Wells), Red Sovine and more.

Why The '60s Really Ended With Carole King's 'Too Late'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Driving home to "Lawn Guyland" the day after graduating from Bucknell U. in Lewisburg, PA and blasting progressive rock station WNEW on the radio, I was struck by one of those other-worldly, pull-over-to-the curb musical moments.

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Name Changes

www.time.com | David Moye | Posted 11.19.2011 | Weird News

In a move sure to raise eyebrows and complicate jersey sales, the NBA athlete formerly known as Ron Artest has officially changed his name to Metta Wo...

A Tribute to John Martyn

Joseph Vella | Posted 11.08.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

A great new double CD set has just been released celebrating the unsung musical genius of the late John Martyn called Johnny Boy Would Love This...A Tribute to John Martyn.

Yusuf Islam, Salman Rushdie And Censorship

Michael Gilmour | Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Free speech, open dialogue and respect for those who differ ought to be prized values in any society, and when absent, travesties like the horrific reactions to "The Satanic Verses" occur.