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Songs You Never Knew Were Covers: ‘Mickey’ [Video]

In 1982, Choreographer Toni Basil stunned the world by selling millions of copies of her fun romp of a song called 'Mickey'. Buoyed by its iconic video of cheerleaders dancing a routine to the song, it became a number one hit in 17 countries.

But it wasn't the first incarnation of that song.

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Duran Duran Takes the ‘Pressure Off’ With Snappy New Single [Video]

The first single off Duran Duran’s upcoming album Paper Gods hit the Internet this weekend. The track, 'Pressure Off,' features R& B star Janelle Monae and is reminscent of classic Duran Duran.

Bravo, guys!!

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Songs You Never Knew Were Covers: ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ [Video]

The latest installment in our weekly feature takes us to 1988 when former Beatle George Harrison had one of his biggest selling singles ever with 'Got My Mind Set On You'. 

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Prince Plays the White House

Prince took Washington, DC by storm over the weekend. Not only did he play two shows in the nation’s capital, but Page Six says he also played a special concert at the White House. 

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Duran Duran Announce Album and Tour

On Friday, Duran Duran announced via Twitter that 'Paper Gods,' their first album in five years, will be coming out in September. The album was produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson, and will feature some pretty impressive guest appearances. 

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Songs You Never Knew Were Covers: ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ [Video]

Musicians are a closely knit bunch. They love sharing ideas, and invoking their mentors by redoing their songs from time to time. Most times, this is very clear (tribute albums, acoustic concerts, etc.), but some times it's not.

In this feature, I play the original versions of songs you may have never known existed if it wasn't for the cover version that later soared up the charts.

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Duran Duran Releasing Deluxe Version of ‘Rio’ [Video]

Duran Duran is revisiting the album that made them famous, 1982's 'Rio.'

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Sit Down For ‘The Big Interview’ [Video]

Pat Benatar and hubby Neil Giraldo were all over New York last week promoting their 35th Anniversary Tour DVD and CD, with appearances on CBS This Morning, Fox News and CNBC, but there’s even more in store.

The duo will also appear on AXS TV’sThe Big Interview with Dan Rather” on July 21st, talking about both their musical and personal partnership. 

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Watch Jon Bon Jovi Sing A New Song For Rutgers Graduates [Video]

When Jon Bon Jovi spoke at the graduation for the Rutgers University Class of 2015, he gave a beautiful speech, full of optimism for the future.

And then he pulled out his guitar and sang a song he wrote for them.

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Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black Recreate Extreme’s ‘More Than Words’ [Video]

Remember the days of 'sensitive' hair metal, when rockers like Extreme toned it down with heart warming ballads?

Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon do, and for The Tonight Showthey recreated the classic 'More Than Words' video shot-for-shot, and they're serious about it.

As serious as Jack Black can be, I guess.

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Kirk Gibson, vows to ‘meet the challenge’ with His Battle with Parkinson’s

 

The Detroit Free Press and WZZM TV has reported that Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State 2-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Gibson, in his f

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Rick Springfield, Loverboy & The Romantics Announce Tour

Are you ready to rock like it's 1982?

Rick Springfield and Loverboy have announced a co-headlining summer/fall tour that will kick off August 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. The Romantics will also be featured on some dates.

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