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Kris Allen Reveals his Favorite American Idol Contestants from Season 10

kris allen Kris Allen Reveals his Favorite American Idol Contestants from Season 10Kris Allen made a surprise appearance on “Idol Party Live,” where he was interviewed by Glee-singer Matthew Morrison via Skype. After the show was wrapped up, the American Idol season 8-winner caught up with MTV News’s Jim Contiello to talk about his personal favorite contestants in the ongoing Idol season and his reappearance on the show that propelled him to the star status he enjoys now.

When quizzed about who is his favorite AI singer this term, the 25 year old said that he has been following the show as much as he can and then tipped Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Lauren as the ones who could go deep into the competition. page go Kris Allen Reveals his Favorite American Idol Contestants from Season 10 Continue reading Kris Allen Reveals his Favorite American Idol Contestants from Season 10 »

Britney Spears Steals the Limelight at the Wango Tango Music Festival

Wango Tango 2011 Britney Spears Steals the Limelight at the Wango Tango Music Festival

Britney Spears is the headline-making personality at events where she is not even the main guest or even performing. It’s this media-attracting power of hers that forced KIIS FM to hand her the responsibility of co-hosting their yearly Wango Tango along with the famed A-list anchorperson Ryan Seacrest. The Los Angeles-based radio station organized the event yesterday night (May 14) at the city’s famous Staples Center.

The guests included a blend of hip hop and pop artists such as, Ke$ha, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Selena Gomez, “Glee” ‘s Matthew Morrison, Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, Jason Derülo, Far East Movement, New Boyz, Cobra Starship and new arrival on the music scene Cody Simpson.

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Glenn Beck Labels My Chemical Romance’s ‘Sing’ As Propaganda

beck mcr Glenn Beck Labels My Chemical Romances Sing As PropagandaFamously conservative minded radio host Glenn Beck may have been finding it hard to come up with controversial topics to talk about, which is evident by his bizarre attack on My Chemical Romance’s single ‘Sing.’ Much to the astonishment of MCR fans and even Beck’s listeners, he recently labeled ‘Sing’ as ‘propaganda.’

In the Thursday’s episode of his self-titled Fox News program, Beck kicked of the proceedings by first blasting the contents of the musical TV show ‘Glee,’ which in his own words, he watched in “stunned horror and admiring awe.” He then swiftly switched focus and started to explain his analysis of “Sing’s” lyrical contents. Beck, who is notable for his longs tirades on almost every subject that comes to his mind, then recited the song’s lyrics with fervent fright.

He warned, “Pay attention to the lyrics. This is propaganda … it’s an anthem saying ‘Join us.’ How can you and I possibly win against that?”

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2010: Not a Good Year for Rock Anthems

train 2010: Not a Good Year for Rock AnthemsRock is one of the oldest and most widely appreciated genres in the music industry. While it has evolved into numerous different sub-genres, its base meaning is still literally “to rock the world”. Many bands have made their names universally known by sticking to rock’s proven form and style. This seems to have changed in 2010, however, as last year was the worst year in the charts for rock in the last four decades.

Many people think that rock is vanishing from the chart after seeing only a handful of rock songs in 2010’s UK Top 100 singles. Only three entered the chart, a significantly lower number as compared to 13 rock songs in 2009 and 27 in 2008. Though the three-year trend showed a significant decrease, nobody anticipated it being this low. The highest rank achieved was 25th, taken by Journey with their song “Don’t Stop Believin”, a 1981 song that saw a rebound in popularity due to Glee’s remake of the classic hit.

Another track “Hey Soul Sister” from US band Train, which was also popularized by Glee, hit the chart at 83rd rank while Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days are Over” sits at 93rd. Florence and the Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love” was also ranked 59th, but it fell under the  dance genre rather than rock. From the Top 100 Albums of the Year, similar to the singles chart, only 27 discs were categorized under the rock genre.

Guy Garvey, a singer belonging to a band (Elbow) that has had six Top 40 singles in the last decade, said that rock music lives on as always. He added that the fans are grabbing albums and going to the web to download many track at one time. On final note, he said that the singles chart doesn’t really reflect the popularity of guitar music.

Based on reports, R&B and hip-hop registered almost 50% of the Top 100’s biggest hits in 2010 while pop registered a 40% share, leaving dance records at 1%.

Top 80s Songs and Their Meaning

Songs of the 80′s were all about big hair, big attitude and big fashion. For those of us who remember the 80s, looking back at the top five may take you down memory lane. But do you recall the bands or even the meaning of some of these top songs? If not, here is a reminder.

1.) Bon Jovi: ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’
The song is about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina, who struggle to make ends meet and maintain their relationship. Tommy “used to work on the docks” because “union’s been on strike, he’s down on his luck”. Gina works at a diner, “workin’ for her man”.

While some have loosely interpreted the lyrics to be anti-labor, inferring that the striking labor unions are the catalyst for the troubled chain of events for Tommy and Gina, others have pointed out that the song does not clarify the circumstances behind the strike. Some believe the lone, vague reference does not equate with an anti-union political message. In fact, Jon Bon Jovi explained that he “wrote that song during the Reagan era and the trickle-down economics are really inspirational to writing songs”.

In 2006, online voters rated “Livin’ On A Prayer” #1 on VH1′s “list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s”. More recently, in New Zealand, “Livin’ On A Prayer” was #1 on the C4 music channel show’s “U Choose 40″, on the 80′s Icons list.

2.) Def Leppard: ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’

Producer Mutt Lange wanted to create a song that would make the band more accessible to mainstream audiences. Joe Elliott later commented that it was the most important song the band did, because it was about sex; and was well accepted.

Joe Elliot claimed, “There wasn’t any meaning. That was the wonderful thing about the ’80s. We were trying to write a song that was phonetically friendly. We grew up listening to David Bowie and Marc Bolan, who wrote great songs that didn’t make sense. “Sugar” was just a great title. It’s just an analogy for give it to me, baby”.

3.) Journey: ‘Don’t Stop Believin”

The song was originally released on the band’s album Escape. This power ballad first debuted in 1981, and is still the top song played on jukeboxes all over the United States and England. Don’t Stop Believin’ listed #9 on the Billboard Top 40 chart in 1981, remaining in the position for an astonishing 13 weeks.

Recently the song has aired on such television shows as: The Family Guy, The Sopranos, Scrubs and the new television hit, Glee. It has also remained on the top ten most downloaded songs list for the past four years.

4.) Madonna: ‘Like a Virgin’

Madonna has continually awed crowds with her ‘out-there’ fashion sense and sensational lyrics. This being said, it is not coincidental that her song, ‘Like a Virgin’ became such a hit after its 1984 release. ‘Like a Virgin’ ironically became many ‘firsts’ for Madonna, as it was not only her first single, but also her first #1 seller in the: U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia.

After hearing the demo, written by both Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, Madonna claimed: “…I certainly wasn’t a virgin, and, by the way, how can you be like a virgin? I liked the play on words. I thought they were clever.”

5.) AC DC: ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’

This release from AC DC’s album Back in Black became a definite on all of AC DC’s tour set lists. As their most widely recognized song, the song has never been excluded from any concert. When asked about the meaning of the video, the band said that their idea was to, “be as politically incorrect as possible.”

As of 2008 AC DC has sold over 200 million albums around the world; over half of which included the song ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

 
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