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Music, All Shook Down Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

"We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand… This jury didn’t listen to any music, which is rather surprising to me … The fact is that the harmonies are different, the chords are…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Rihanna Does Smurf-Style, Sam Smith Cries On a Tank, and Madonna's Kids Help Their Mom

Last Week: Rihanna Does Smurf-Style, Sam Smith Cries On a Tank, and Madonna's Kids Help Their Mom

For Christmas this year, Rihanna embraced “smurfette couture.” (Instagram) "I'll sometimes go outside and eat snow. I like its cold texture. I'm obsessed with it... If I'm really crazy about it, I'll mix it with some orange juice and think to…
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The Top 6 Most Ridiculous Examples Of Lyrical Censorship

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Top 6 Songs To Avoid If You Want To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Are you one of those hopelessly optimistic people who decides to transform yourself into a better human every time a New Year rolls around? You may have been brimming with enthusiasm for your resolution as the clock hit midnight last…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos: Neil Young, Will.I.am, Joanna Newsom, and Stevie Wonder Hung Out in S.F. This Week

Photos: Neil Young, Will.I.am, Joanna Newsom, and Stevie Wonder Hung Out in S.F. This Week

We missed Neil Young's benefit show for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Nob Hill Masonic Center Wednesday night, which was too bad: Among others, Stevie Wonder, Will.I.am, Joe Montana, Colin Powell, and, of course, performers Neil Young and Joanna…
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Music, Reviewed Sergio Mendes

Sergio Mendes

Brazilian-born keyboardist, composer, and producer Sergio Mendes has spent four decades Americanizing his country's samba and bossa nova while Brazilianizing American pop. In 2006, he released Timeless, an all-star project (co-produced by will.i.am) that introduced classics of Brazilian popular music…
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Music, Reviewed Usher

Usher

You really can't fault entertainers who claim "playa for life" status. At least they're being honest; everyone from Rod Stewart to video performer-turned-tell-all-author Karrine "Superhead" Steffans knows the promiscuous can't be reformed. Once you get a taste of the easy-lovin',…
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Music, Reviewed will.i.am

will.i.am

Derivative, repetitive, insipid, insincere, and pandering, Songs About Girls also has the worst insert booklet in recent memory — seven pages of will.i.am mugging in a checkered suit. Actually, the first song, "Over," a lover's lament featuring a sample from…
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Music, Reviewed Nas

Nas

As with 2004's "Thief's Theme," the title track to Nas' eighth disc is built around a sample of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida." But "Hip Hop Is Dead" also resurrects something else: a theme that's been floating around since the '90s. Back then, some…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Black Eyed PeasWith nods to the jazz-influenced sound and positive thinking of crews like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Black Eyed Peas re-forge the bonds between hip hop and older forms of black music -- a pattern…
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