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The Muse That Roars

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

If music can indeed somehow lead a culture in certain directions, we should be able to find some evidence for that. Let's consider the history of American Music in the last century.

Donna Summer and Robin Gibb: Their Music Legacy Beyond Disco

Mona Elyafi | Posted 07.21.2012 | Entertainment
Mona Elyafi

To many they were just "has-beens" -- that is until their deaths revived their prestigious status. And that's just it! Why do we always wait for artists to die to elevate them to their deserved level of "legends" when they had long earned the title while still alive?

The Last Dance: Donna Summer (1948-2012)

Howard Barbanel | Posted 07.17.2012 | Entertainment
Howard Barbanel

All she asked "is that you dance with me," and dance we did. Donna Summer, the voice of an era, gone at 63.

What Happened to the Generation Gap?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

Why are teenagers listening to music that their parents were dancing to 25 years ago instead of rebelling against it? When I was 13, I may have had some knowledge of pop stars from a quarter century earlier, but I certainly didn't like any of their music.

NoJazzFest for Old Men

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

Of the approximately 24 groups highlighted on the festival's homepage, there is only one serious mainstream jazz artist (Herbie Hancock) and two traditional jazz groups.

Ode to the Catchy Pop-Song -- Parody of "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson

Adam Wright | Posted 06.30.2012 | Comedy
Adam Wright

Pop-songs are notoriously catchy. So I've decided to show how a pop-song can ruined a young-man's life in the only way I found appropriate... parody style!

Why Can't Jessie J Be Bi?

Amy Andre | Posted 06.25.2012 | Celebrity
Amy Andre

Singer Jessie J is in the news because of her sexuality again. But this time, it's not because of something the bi artist has done. It's because of something an unofficial biographer says she hasn't done. And that thing is: have sex with men.

Jessie J. Slams Lesbian Rumors Made In New Biography

Posted 04.19.2012 | Gay Voices

British pop star Jessie J is fighting back against accusations that she was forced to claim she is bisexual rather than a lesbian in an effort to main...

An Exclusive Gotye Interview

Michael Martin | Posted 06.13.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Martin

Based on the success of his single "Somebody That I Used To Know," multi-instrumentalist Gotye has been gaining a great deal of momentum around the world. Not bad for a guy who didn't speak a stitch of English until the age of 6 or so.

Celebrity Collector: MANIKA

Reyne Haines | Posted 06.10.2012 | Celebrity
Reyne Haines

Eighteen-year-old music sensation MANIKA has found a way to make it as a Top 40 SonyRed pop artist and travel the country promoting her music. But she still squeezes in time to search for her favorite collectible: miniature teddy bears.

R&B Star Cassie Moves Past 'Me & U' With New Single

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

From her club-friendly roots, Cassie's moved through pop and hip hop, as she struggled to find her musical identity. Here she shares thoughts on the new album, and how -- after an extended time away -- she plans to re-establish herself.

19 Laughable Lines From Nicki's Album

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment

Nicki Minaj's latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, hits stores in the U.S. on Tuesday. To prepare our readers for the album (which is not gettin...

Madonna's "MDNA" Pop Powerhouse or Pablum?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

The weight of being Madonna is never greater on you than when you record an album. After all, you inspired a generation, including the GaGa, brought William Orbit to world wide mainstream attention, you brought us Junior Vasquez and Shep Pettibone and countless others.

An Open Letter to Billy Joel

Eric Segall | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Eric Segall

Today, I have a different subject: What happened to Billy Joel? Most baby boomers who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s have an artist who affected their lives in important and emotional ways.

Justin Bieber's New Single, 'Boyfriend,' Is Released

Posted 03.26.2012 | Entertainment

Justin Bieber's new single, "Boyfriend," dropped at midnight Monday, and the track was -- unsurprisingly -- everywhere shortly thereafter. The sin...

Is Spotify The Answer To Boomers' Biggest Question?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.20.2012 | Fifty

As anyone over 50 can attest, the single most frequently asked question by baby boomers (besides "Why does anyone think low-rise jeans are comfortable...

Madonna Vs. Katy Perry: Who's The Most Influential Lady In Pop Music Today? (VOTE)

AOL Music | Sarah Chazan | Posted 03.14.2012 | Gay Voices

Attention AOL Music readers! To celebrate Women's History Month, we here at the site will be posting our very own "March Madness" type bracket. But in...

Why 'Guilty Pleasure' Music Shouldn't Be Guilty At All

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
DJ Louie XIV

Do artists have a responsibility to push their fans into new and exciting territories? Is there anything wrong with giving your public exactly what they know they want, if it remains true to who you are? Does embracing mass popular culture somehow harm your credibility as an artist?

My Life In Mixed Tapes

Summer Pierre | Posted 04.27.2012 | Home
Summer Pierre

I captured my own life with these collections. To look at them now they do feel like their own diary. The ones I made for myself chronicle the arc of my musical taste and thus the arc of my personal development.

How Whitney Saved Me Post-Split

Monica Medina | Posted 04.14.2012 | Divorce
Monica Medina

Far from family and friends, Whitney Houston's music became my lifeline, my reason to keep going.

Stardom Never Spoiled the Whitney Houston I Knew

Nikki Haskell | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment
Nikki Haskell

Whitney was a free spirit. She was kind, authentic, fun and funny. She never took herself too seriously. She always remembered where she came from.

Joy and Sorrow As One Amazing Talent Emerges and Another Is Lost

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 04.13.2012 | Celebrity
Brian Levin, J.D.

This weekend saw one of those poignant front-page contrasts of emergent triumph and final tragedy that leaves fans of sports and music with exuberant joy and deep sorrow.

K-Pop: A Secret Weapon of Korea for Future Cultural Domination?

Young-mok Kim | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Young-mok Kim

American pop music industry, beware! Like a pied piper, these idol groups from Korea are captivating fans in North America.

Kylie Minogue Fears For Her Safety Receiving Death Threats

AOL Music | Sarah Chazan | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices

Kylie Minogue was left fearing for her safety this week after a crazed fan sent the diva threatening messages via her Twitter page. The harassment...

Lady Gaga Reveals Her Stage Plans

Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment

In the midst of a flurry of media attention on Madonna, Lady Gaga has made some news of her own by releasing a sketch of the plans for her upcoming to...