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Brandon Flowers Had to Defend America

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Artist News, Gossip, Alternative, Pop, Rock,

Brandon Flowers often had to defend his home country of America because of President Bush. The Las Vegas musician said people didn't like the fact he was from the States when George W. Bush became president in 2001, the year the band formed: "Well, I feel the need sometimes to defend where I'm from. When we first came out as a band, Bush was president and there was a strong anti-American sentiment. I felt it …

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Arcade Fire’s Jamaican Castle Studio

Arcade Fire rented a castle to write and record music for their latest album. The "Ready to Start" band spent time at Trident Castle - which was built in 1979 and is to be turned into a hotel - in Jamaica before releasing Reflektor and were inspired by the county's vibrant music scene. "In Jamaica at night you hear the sound systems coming from every corner of the island. It's impossible not to absorb that. …

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Chris Martin’s Skeleton DJ Disguise

Chris Martin disguised himself as a skeleton to DJ at an Arcade Fire show. Concert-goers were completely unaware the Coldplay frontman was in the fancy dress outfit spinning records at the band's show at London's Roundhouse earlier this month. Speaking about the gig - in which fans were asked to attend in either formal wear or fancy dress - frontman Win Butler told BBC Radio 2, "[Chris] was out at the DJ booth with me …

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‘Forbes’ Names Madonna Highest-Paid Musician

Madonna has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid musicians. The 55-year-old singer is still the queen of pop according to the magazine, earning $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her sell-out MDMA Tour, miles ahead of her nearest rival Lady Gaga, who raked in $80 million. Rockers Bon Jovi and country singer Toby Keith were next, with Coldplay coming in fifth place. Despite lackluster sales of her latest album, Madonna made her …

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The Killers Embarrassed by Greatest Hits Album

The Killers don't feel ready to put out a greatest hits album. The "Mr. Brightside" rockers are about to release their Direct Hits compilation but feel they should have waited another decade to amass a bigger catalogue of hits. "We'd wait another 10 years if it was up to us, but it's a contractual thing. We can fill a CD so it makes good business sense at this time of year. However, it's not like we're so …

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VIDEO: Miley Cyrus Covers Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”

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Posted by Robin Paulson
Categories: Performances, Videos, Alternative, Covers, Pop,

With her controversial award show performances and shocking fashions, it's easy to forget that Miley Cyrus can actually sing. The former Disney star covered Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" for BBC Radio 1, putting a slight country pop spin to the tune. Although Cyrus sounds great on the track, it would've been nice to hear her stray a little farther from Del Rey's original version of the song. Hopefully Del Rey inspires her new work …

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MIA: I’m Madonna and Johnny Rotten

M.I.A. believes she is a cross between Madonna and Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten. The "Paper Planes" hitmaker - real name Mathangi Arulpragasam - says as an artist she is like the "Material Girl" singer as she can create all different types of music, but she has a rebellious side like punk rocker Rotten, real name John Lydon. "People come up to me and say, 'Oh my God it's a thin line, you could either …

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Kim Deal to Return to Pixies?

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Gossip, Reunions, Rumors, Alternative, Rock,

Kim Deal could return to the Pixies. The "Debaser" group announced this summer how their bassist had quit last year and although Kim Shattuck has been drafted in to replace her on the road, drummer Dave Lovering insists Kim could return in future: "We left it open. It was sad and tough when she left but we wish her well and she has a welcome back if she'd like to." Kim departed suddenly a week …

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Paul McCartney to Collaborate with Thom Yorke?

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Collaborations, Gossip, Alternative, Rock,

Paul McCartney is being advised by his daughter to collaborate with Thom Yorke. The Beatles legend has been urged by Stella to work with the Radiohead frontman but he admits, despite being keen, he is afraid the 44-year-old singer will turn down his offer because his schedule is too hectic to fit him in. "My daughter Stella is very keen. She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the …

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Nirvana Became a Bluegrass Band

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Alternative, Rock,

Nirvana were renamed The Simon Ritchie Bluegrass Ensemble when they recorded In Utero. The In Bloom grunge band were so famous after the success of their second album Nevermind they had to be booked into a studio under a secret name to make its follow up. Brent Sigmeth, who worked at Pachyderm Studios - where the album was recorded - knew something was up the minute a bluegrass outfit were booked in: "Immediately we were …

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