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Bring Out Your Dead… Rappers? – Hologram Tupac Performs at Coachella – UPDATED.

posted by S. Russ

Update: Turns out I was right. This year’s Coachella music festival has been quite the success.  From an inspiring performance by Radiohead to a surprise song from Tupac, it has been… wait, Tupac?  Tupac is dead, right?  It’s true, he […]

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The Sing-Off Episode 1!!

posted by S. Russ

Follow Beliefnet Music on Twitter! The Sing-Off is back!!!!  And so I’m back with overly-critical analysis of people who are way more talented than I am!!  Let’s get it started!! The festivities started with an epic 8 group rendition of […]

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More on 9/11 and Live’s “Overcome”

posted by S. Russ

Click here to follow Beliefnet Music on Twitter! On the main website I wrote an article about Steven Rosenbaum, the director of the 9/11 video for Live’s song “Overcome.”  If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.  I was […]

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On Interviewing Switchfoot

posted by S. Russ

I recently had the opportunity to talk with two of the members of the stirringly-spiritual art rock band Switchfoot.  In case you haven’t seen the interview, you can check it out here.  Interviewing artists is by far my favorite part […]

I Miss Freddie Mercury

posted by S. Russ

Yesterday would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday.  The iconic rock singer and frontman passed away after a long bout with HIV in 1991, gone much too soon from the world that he managed to influence so much.  As a […]

New (Free) Music from The Gracious Few and Ben Folds Y’alls!

posted by S. Russ

Who doesn’t love free and new music?  Yesterday two of my favorite artists, The Gracious Few and Ben Folds, unleashed some new stuff on the internet.  Nothing major, two new songs, but hey new songs man!!   The Gracious Few, […]

Jani Lane, Lead Singer of Warrant, Passes Away

posted by S. Russ

It’s been a hard year for musicians. Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, Dan Peek, and now Jani Lane have all passed on.  Jani, lead singer of the ’80s hair metal sensation Warrant, died yesterday of unknown causes.  Warrant was one of the […]

A Little Ramadan Preview!

posted by S. Russ

In case you haven’t been able to tell (you have), this blog has been in a bit of a flux lately.  Since coming on full-time at Beliefnet I’ve been doing a lot – music interviews, updating faith pages, Twittering, writing […]

Russell Brand’s Words On Amy Winehouse

posted by S. Russ

It seems that working in Entertainment means learning something new nearly every day.  Today I learned, along with anyone who read his blog, that Russell Brand is a caring and intelligent person.  I learned this through his  eye opening and […]

Amy Winehouse Joins the 27 Club

posted by S. Russ

On Saturday my generation got it’s first major induction into the “27 Club” – Amy Winehouse.  Winehouse, whose career had been plagued by drug taking, drug addiction, and singing hits about drugs, died of unknown causes in her hotel room […]

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit?

posted by S. Russ

The answer?  One million dollars. Check out the story at NPR If only there was something else all that money could be used for.  Starving children, cancer research, things like that… Follow the Prophet of Pop on Twitter and on Facebook!

Bruce Springsteen’s Eulogy for Clarence Clemons

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Last week the music world was shocked by the death of one of the legends of classic rock, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons.  What has become clear in the aftermath is that the […]

U2 Pays Tribute to Clarence Clemons

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Bruce Springsteen gets a lot of credit for being “The Boss.”  His local workman-like persona has defined the heart of American rock music for a couple of decades now.  The Boss has […]

Lady Gaga’s Inspiring New Commercial!

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this post with your friends! Many of you might have wondered why I write about Lady Gaga so often.  Believe it or not, it isn’t just because she is controversial or because she is willing to […]

Rethink Music with Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman

posted by S. Russ

8 songs in 8 hours.  That’s what artists Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Damian Kulash (OK Go), and author Neil Gaiman have been attempting from 4 pm to 12 am today.  The idea to write and […]

Is Casey Abrams Scaring America?

posted by S. Russ

Apparently former Idol star Blake Lewis is still out there in the music world.  The last I heard from him he was getting a local band kicked off his show at a Columbia, SC nightclub for making an “offensive” poster.  […]

24 Years Later, U2’s The Joshua Tree Still Inspires

posted by S. Russ

On this day in 1987 U2’s fifth album hit the shelves.  Since then The Joshua Tree has topped the charts in 20 countries and sold over 25 million copies worldwide.  Singles like the driving “Where the Streets Have No Name” […]

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Causes Internet Fights

posted by S. Russ

Lady Gaga has always been a performer who pushes people’s buttons.  Typically it is her bizarre dress and ambiguous sexuality that have caused an uproar, not her music.  With the release of her latest single “Born This Way” she tackles […]

Glee Reminds Us What Music Is All About

posted by S. Russ

In a profound moment, last night’s Glee managed to capture the soul and purpose of music.  During the episode Glee club director Will Schuester crafts a plan to help depressed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester experience the emotional impact of music.  […]

GRAMMY Live Blog Action!

posted by S. Russ

Let’s get it on! -It is most sad that in order to be recognized Muse had to strip all the uniqueness from their sound.  They deserved the success… 8 years ago. -Bruno Mars may be one of the best pop […]

The Opening Number: A Religious Experience

posted by S. Russ

The opening of the GRAMMYs was truly a religious experience.  Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride singing Aretha Franklin songs?  Yes, please!  More of that! Christina Aguilera, following her controversial Super Bowl performance, showed again […]

The End of Youth Group Guitar Hero

posted by S. Russ

Youth leaders everywhere lost one future option for lock-in entertainment when Activision announced the end of their Guitar Hero video game series yesterday.  For years Guitar Hero has provided something else for teenagers to put their hormonal hands on besides […]

Prophecy and the Black Eyed Peas

posted by S. Russ

Prophecy [prof-uh-see] nThe foretelling or prediction of what is to come. This blog isn’t about that.  In fact, a lot of prophecy isn’t about that.  Traditional prophecy is more about the present than the future.  It is about shedding light […]

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This "Sexy And I Know It" Cover Is Life Changing
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsvlsuLau5c[/youtube] This rad cover of "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO is currently blowing up the internet and blowing ladies' minds. Turns out this guy looks a lot like me, and he is from South ...

posted 9:43:05am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

A Fond Farewell to the Sing-Off - or, WHAT!?! There Goes Another One of My Favorite Shows
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKuAigsrec[/youtube] I would love to be able to stick my head in the sand like a TV executive. Now, granted, I don't know too much about what they do, but I know one thing that they do - make ...

posted 9:15:20am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Hot Problems - The Best Song Ever
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__HeE6NWmDE&feature=share[/youtube] I can relate to this.  Hot dudes have problems too.  I'm just glad someone was brave enough to speak about this powerful message. ...

posted 11:29:09am Apr. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Lionel Richie... What Are You Doing??
Pop and R&B legend Lionel Richie has suddenly popped on the charts again.  I love me some Lionel, and have since his glory days in the '80s, so I was excited to see what he had going on. I wish I hadn't.  Here's ...

posted 4:12:07pm Apr. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco
I love my wife, and my wife loves reality television.  Generally I will play a video game or read a book while she watches the Kardashians, Say Yes to the Dress, and similar programs.  Those shows aren't really my thing, I'm more of a ...

posted 10:41:31am Apr. 18, 2012 | read full post »

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