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Rolling Stone Names the 500 Best Albums of All Time

On Tuesday, Rolling Stone released a list of their 500 best albums of all time. The list was voted on by musicians, critics, music industry members, and staff. Here are the top 20; the rest are found at the link.

 

  1. Marvin Gaye, What's Going On (1971)
  2. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966
  3. Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)
  4. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  5. The Beatles, Abbey Road (1969)
  6. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  7. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1977)
  8. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (1984)
  9. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  10. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  11. The Beatles, Revolver (1966)
  12. Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
  13. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  14. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (1972)
  15. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  16. The Clash, London Calling (1979)
  17. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  18. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  19. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
  20. Radiohead, Kid A (2000)

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Eddie Murphy Wins 1st Emmy, Dave Chapelle Wins 3 & Tells Critics to "Shut the F**k Up Forever"

On Saturday, the last night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Eddie Murphy won his first Emmy, according to E! News. 

The former SNL star won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on the show. Murphy was a cast member from 1980 to 1984 and hosted the show on December 21, 2019. 

"I don't have an Emmy. This is 40 years since I started Saturday Night Live, this is my first Emmy, so thank you so much," said Murphy from his home. "This was a very, very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I'm still floating from it," he said. 

 

Rolling Stone reports that Dave Chappelle won a trio of Emmys for his special Sticks and Stones, which was roundly panned by critics when it was released. Chappelle remembered those critics in his acceptance speech. 

 

“Boy, this comes as a complete surprise. I mean, I read all the reviews and they said so many terrible things. That they were embarrassed for me. That I lost my way and wasn’t even worth watching,” Chappelle said. “I hope all you critics learn from this. This is a teachable moment. Shut the f**k up forever," he said.

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Jon Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles Team Up Again

Jon Bon Jovi and Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles have teamed up again for a country remix of his band's song "Do What You Can," according to Rolling Stone. 

“I got a feeling it will be a country Number One,” says Bon Jovi. 

Bon Jovi and Nettles already hit the top spot on the charts fourteen years ago with the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and he's hoping for a repeat hit. “It’s twanged up a bit with Dann Huff, the way we did ‘Who Says,’ and [Jennifer] is a powerhouse voice.” 

 

The new collab comes with a new video as well; the two singers meet in New York City while observing social distancing. By the time the song ends, Nettles dances on a rooftop and Bon Jovi sings on the desk of the USS Intrepid. 

 

The original version of "Do What You Can" was released over the summer. The song will also appear on Bon Jovi’s upcoming album 2020; that album will drop on October 2.

 

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Prince Estate Issues Unreleased Version of Funky "I Need a Man"

 

In advance of the much-anticipated Sign O' the Times boxed set, the Prince estate has dug up another gem from the late singer's vault.

The funky "I Need a Man" originates from 1981--he initially wrote it for a girl group that turned into Vanity 6--but Prince recorded this version in 1987 after he was possibly collaborating with Bonnie Raitt.

The tune is well worth the wait, as it features horns, sax and a super-funky bassline.

The Sign o' the Times box is due September 25.

 

 

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Samuel L. Jackson Promises to Teach Master Class in Swearing if Enough People Check Their Voting Status

If you're someone who doesn't vote, then Samuel L. Jackson hopes you burn in hell!

 

This week, the actor promised on Twitter to teach a master class in the art of swearing if enough fans check to make sure they're ready to vote in the 2020 election this November.

 

"Listen up. If 2,500 of you click a voting action below to make sure you’re #GoodToVote, I will teach you to swear in 15 different languages," Jackson tweeted and said in an accompanying video.

 

He also provided a link to "headcount.org/samjackson," where anyone can register to vote, double-check their registration or make a voting plan.

 

No word on whether Jackson will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to NOT VOTE!

 

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12 Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

On Wednesday, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, announced this year's finalists for its Class of 2020.

The list includes the classic board games Sorry, Yahtzee and Risk, plus several toys that have been considered for induction before, including My Little Pony dolls and Jenga.

Three of the toys on this year's shortlist will be inducted into the institution on November 5. “These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings — from simple sidewalk chalk that has its roots in ancient times, to Baby Nancy, which proved a turning point in the representation of race in dolls, to the more recent, highly innovative Tamagotchi,” Toy Hall of Fame vice president Christopher Bensch said in a news release.

The three inductees will be chosen by a national selection committee that casts ballots for the winners, but the public can also weigh in on the final selection through September 16 with an online “Player’s Choice” ballot. Cast your vote here.

Below are this year's nominees:

 

  • Baby Nancy: Introduced by Shindana Toys, a company dedicated to making toys that reflect Black pride.
  • Bingo: a staple of fundraisers for churches and charities that descended from a lottery game first played in Italy around 1530.
  • Breyer Horses: collectibles produced by the Breyer Molding Co. for the past 70 years.
  • Jenga: the stacking game created by Englishwoman Leslie Scott based on wooden blocks from her childhood in Africa. The name has Swahili roots.
  • Lite-Brite: colorful plastic pegs are backlit when placed in a black background.
  • Masters of the Universe: a Mattel-produced line of action figures led by He-Man and She-Ra.
  • Risk: the war and strategy board game first published in the United States in 1959.
  • Sidewalk chalk: the medium of masterpieces, as well as generations of driveway hopscotch games.
  • Sorry: the board game that relies on cards, rather than dice, to move players’ pawns from start to home.
  • Tamagotchi: the palm-size digital pets considered a fad by some but credited with helping to shape the electronics toy market in the 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Yahtzee: the dice game that maker Hasbro estimates is played by 100 million people on a regular basis.

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7-Year-Old Idaho Girl With Cancer Wants Cards From All 50 U.S. States to Mark 1,000th Day of Chemotherapy

A 7-year-old girl in Idaho who's been battling cancer for almost half her life wants to mark her 1,000th day of chemotherapy with cards--from you! 

 

Good Morning America reports that Zoe Ray hopes to receive greeting cards from all 50 U.S. states ahead of that September 3 milestone. 

"They say they're thinking of me and they share stories of encouragement," Rae says about the cards she's received so far. "It makes me really excited and happy and it gets me distracted opening the cards all day."

Her mom adds, "She says when she's distracted by reading the cards her head doesn't hurt and her stomach doesn't hurt. She'll stand by the door waiting for the mail and just shake with excitement."

On Wednesday, her Zoe Ray of Sunshine Facebook page announced, "Zoe has received 486 cards so far from 26 states plus Canada!"

 

Cards can be mailed to Zoe Ray of Sunshine, 1930 N. Wind Cave Way, Eagle, ID 83616.

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David Blaine Is Going to Fly Over New York City Holding Balloons

Remember DAVID BLAINE?  The "magician" who does epic stunts on national TV just to show how much of a lunatic he is?  Well, he's back . . . after spending most of the past decade under the radar.  

 

(Under the radar professionally, that is.  Privately, he's been dealing with rape allegations.)

His next stunt is called "Ascension," and he's going to attempt to fly above New York City... by holding a bunch of helium-filled balloons.  He'll float across the Hudson River, from New Jersey to his native New York City.

 

It's unclear where he got this idea . . . but it's very possible that he's spent his quarantine watching "Up" or "Curious George".  (Here's a clip.)

 

On Twitter, David said, quote, "This stunt has been 10 years in the making.  Let's turn worry into wonder and take magic to new heights."

 

The stunt is happening on August 31st, and will air live, exclusively on YouTube.

 

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Guitar Jimi Hendrix Played in the '60s Sells for $216,000

The guitar Jimi Hendrix played back when he was a relatively unknown musician in the early sixties has sold at auction for $216,000.

After he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1962, Hendrix picked up the brown Japanese sunburst electric guitar.

Around this time, Hendrix played on the Chitlin' Circuit, alongside Sam Cooke and Ike and Tina Turner, before moving to Harlem. While in New York, Hendrix took the stage at iconic venues like Cafe Wha and Cheetah Club.

Hendrix owned the guitar during his stint with the Isley Brothers, but when he headed across the pond to start the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the U.K., he left it with a friend in New York. That pal, Mike Quashie, provided a notarized letter of provenance for the instrument prior to his own death.

Other items that sold at GWS Auctions’ Artifacts of Hollywood & Music included Prince's purple boots, which sold for $13,000, and Elvis Presley's gold ring, which went for $22,500.

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Elton John Calls Himself "Truly Blessed" as He Celebrates 30 Years of Sobriety

Elton John revealed Wednesday on Instagram that he celebrated 30 years of sobriety with a cake and some special words on Instagram.

"Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th sobriety birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes," the 73-year-old icon wrote about husband David Furnish and Alcoholics Anonymous.

"I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead."

He signed off by telling fans, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way."

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"Facts of Life" Star Mindy Cohn Claims She Sang Backup Vocals on Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T."

Did Mrs. Garrett approve of this?

This past weekend, former Facts of Life star Mindy Cohn claimed that she sang backup on Michael Jackson's early-'80s pop classic "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)."

Cohn's confession came in the comments of DJ Mad Marj’s Saturday tea dance party on Twitch after the song began to play. “Me and Janet [Jackson]," Cohn--who played Natalie on the long-running sitco--wrote. "And I’m the kids at the end, too. We went to listen to the record and Quincy Jones put us on the mike."

She added that she'd “have to post the pic on Instagram of the session … It’s kinda wild!” But as of Tuesday morning, it seems she still hadn't done so.

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Bearded Alex Trebek Updates Fans, Says He's "Feeling Great" Amid Cancer Treatment

A newly bearded Alex Trebek provided a health update to fans on the Jeopardy! Twitter account on Thursday, telling fans he's doing well. "I've been continuing my treatment and it is paying off though it does fatigue me a great deal.

My numbers are good. I'm feeling great," the Jeopardy! host said.

Trebek also mentioned his memoir that will be released the day before his 80th birthday, on July 21.

The longtime and beloved host also talked about "very special 'Jeopardy!' episodes that will be coming up in July." "For the first time ever, we are going to open the 'Jeopardy!' vaults and take another look at some of our favorite episodes, including the very first 'Jeopardy!' show I ever hosted, mustache and all," he said.

"I can't wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September," Trebek said.

"Meanwhile, my wish for all of you -- stay safe."

 

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Rolling Stones to Release Unheard Tracks From 1973 "Goats Head Soup" Album

The Rolling Stones are releasing a deluxe edition of their 1973 album Goats Head Soup, which will feature three previously unheard tracks, the AP reports.

The band announced that the new edition will drop on September 4, and will include a four-disc CD and vinyl box set editions with 10 bonus tracks, including outtakes and alternative takes.

One of the three unheard tracks is called “Scarlet,” which featured Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. The band also released a video for another called "Criss Cross" on Thursday. 

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Jude Law in Talks to Play Captain Hook in Disney's Live-Action "Peter Pan" Film

Just call him Jude Lawless! Variety reports that Jude Law is in talks to play the big, bad Captain Hook in an upcoming live-action version of Disney's Peter Pan.

The new remake, titled Peter Pan and Wendy, will be helmed by director David Lowery, who previously directed the critically acclaimed Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Old Man and the Gun.

There's no other casting news so far for the project, which is expected to be released theatrically instead of on the Disney+ streaming service.

Hopefully, Peter Pan and Wendy will fare better at the box office than 1991's Hook and 2015's Pan--two other live-action Peter Pan remakes that both flopped in theaters.

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Benny Mardones of "Into The Night" Fame Dies at 73

Rock and soul musician Benny Mardones, best known for co-writing and performing the hit "Into the Night," has died from complications of Parkinson's disease.

He was 73. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mardones grew up in Maryland and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. As a songwriter, he was on staff at Mercury Records in the '70s before casting out on his own in 1978 with the debut LP Thank God For Girls.

However, 1980's Never Run, Never Hide served as his breakout, as the LP included the ballad "Into the Night," which he wrote with Robert Tepper. The song peaked at No. 11 in 1980, and a rerecorded version of the tune peaked at No. 20 in 1989.

Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000 but kept performing until several years ago; in fact, he last performed "Into the Night" live in 2017.

According to Billboard, Mardones is survived by his wife Jane; a son, Michael; and sister Louise.

 

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Bob Dylan Becomes 1st Artist to Chart a Top 40 Album in Every Decade Since the 1960s

 

With the #2 debut of the new Rough and Rowdy Ways, Bob Dylan is enjoying his highest-charting album since 2009's Together Through Life topped the charts.

However, Billboard notes that's not his only impressive achievement.

With Rough and Rowdy Ways' high debut, Dylan has become the first artist to land at least one new album in the Top 40 in each decade starting with the 1960s through to the 2020s.

Overall, this is Dylan's 23rd top 10 album, and 50th LP overall to reach the top 40; 1963's The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was the first. Rough and Rowdy Ways earned 53,000 equivalent album units, which measures sales and streams. 

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Patti LaBelle Says Prince Treated Her "Like His Mother"

During Sunday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Patti LaBelle said that Prince treated her like she was his mother while the two collaborated on her 1989 album, Be Yourself.

"He treated me like he was my son [and] I was his mother," recalled LaBelle. "He just treated me like his mother. And then when he did the Arsenio Hall Show, he said he wouldn't do it unless I came with him. So I came, sat on the couch, I didn't say a word. He had this great feeling for me and I feel so proud and blessed."

She added that she once cooked a meal for Prince, but that he only ate a single biscuit before taking LaBelle out dancing at a nightclub.

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Amazon Worker Complies With Request to Scream "Abracadabra" During Delivery

In Delaware last week, a 13-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Staffieri ordered a package from Amazon.

In the section where he was asked to provide the delivery person "additional instructions," he wrote, "Knock on the door three times and scream 'abracadabra' as loud as you can and run super fast away."

After the woman who delivered Jacob's package was caught on a doorbell camera following the teenager's instructions to a tee, his embarrassed mom apologized and wrote on Facebook, "I do appreciate that the driver looked closely enough at the instructions, though, because I know a lot of people wouldn't."

 

Watch the video:

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Facebook Will Now Allow Users to Shut Off Political Ads on Their Feed

Facebook will now allow users to shut off political ads on the social media platform.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the policy change in a Tuesday op-ed for USA Today. "For those of you who just want the election to be over, we hear you," he wrote.

In addition to this opt-out policy, the social media giant pledged to help four million people register to vote for the November presidential election, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The changes came after widespread criticism for Facebook's previous policies, which allowed anyone to run ads that contained misinformation and harmful content.

On top of the external criticism, Facebook has received significant internal pushback from employees. Twitter banned all political ads last October.

 

Here's How to Turn Off Political Ads on Facebook:

On Facebook, via ad settings:

  1. In the Facebook app, tap the menu button (the three stacked bars).
  2. Tap the Settings button.
  3. Tap Ad Preferences.
  4. Tap Ad Topics.
  5. Tap “Social Issues, Elections or Politics.”
  6. Tap “See fewer ads about this topic.”

Visit FastCompany.com for instruction to shut off political ads on Instagram.

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Alice Cooper Is Spending His Quarantine . . . Tap Dancing?

ALICE COOPER has picked up an interesting hobby during the COVID-19 quarantine:  TAP DANCING.

He says, quote, "We have a friend who's a great tap dancer, and every Wednesday night, he has an hour-long online class.  So the whole family goes in the backyard where we have all this plywood on the ground, and everybody's got tap shoes on.

"My wife and daughters are professional dancers, so they're way ahead of me.  But every Wednesday night is tap night."  Alice is 72 years old.

 

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Journey Is Bringing Back . . . Former "Idol" Judge Randy Jackson?

Earlier this year, JOURNEY fired their rhythm section, booting bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith.

And now, they've announced that a VERY famous former member is returning . . . but it's not who you're thinking.

Former "American Idol" judge RANDY JACKSON has been named the band's permanent bassist.  And they've also hired drummer Narada Michael Walden and keyboardist/vocalist Jason Derlatka.

Randy played on Journey's 1986 album "Raised on the Radio" and the subsequent tour.  On Instagram, he said, quote, "The boys are back."

Guitarist NEAL SCHON called Journey an "ever-changing unstoppable force," and said they're entering "a completely new chapter."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Y'all vibe with @journeymusicofficial revival tonight!? The boys are back ????

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10-Year-Old Girl Sends 1,500 Art Kits to Kids in Foster Care & Homeless Shelters

A 10-year-old girl in Connecticut is making it her mission to lift the spirits of kids stuck in foster care or homeless shelters during the coronavirus crisis.

CNN reports that Chelsea Phaire has sent out more than 1,500 art kits that include markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, colored pencils, and gel pens as part of Chelsea's Charity, which she co-founded with her parents. 

"Since she was 7, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity," mom Candace tells CNN. "Every couple of months, she would ask, 'Are we starting Chelsea's Charity yet?'

When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it." They finally launched the organization last August, when Chelsea asked for donated art supplies instead of birthday presents.

While they sent out about 1,000 kits in the group's first five months, they've now sent out another 1,500 just since the pandemic began. "I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits," Chelsea says. "I have definitely grown as a person because of this."

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Eddie Murphy Honors Little Richard in "Feeding America" Charity Special

Eddie Murphy unveiled a new character to honor the late Little Richard during Sunday's Feeding America Comedy Fundraiser, USA Today reports.

In a sketch dedicated to Little Richard, Murphy portrayed the fast talking Murray Murray, the greatest soul legend you've never heard of.

"I coined the phrase 'I have a dream' before Martin Luther King. That was actually going to be the name of my album, 'I Have a Dream,'" said Murray Murray. "He liked the way that flowed, with a good hook. He took that and run with it."

The benefit, co-produced by Funny or Die, was hosted by Kenan Thompson, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, and Byron Allen and featured Stephen Colbert, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Kevin Hart, Andrew Dice Clay, and Wanda Sykes--who offered up some funny wisdom about parenting during a pandemic. "Kids, you're only cute on the Zoom call the first time you run into the room," Sykes said. "Every other time after that, we hate you."

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Paul McCartney's Handwritten Lyrics to Beatles' "Hey Jude" Sell for $910,000 at Auction

Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ classic song “Hey Jude” sold for $910,000 on Friday through Julien’s Auctions.

 

Reuters notes that the winning bid was nine times higher than the original estimate. "It’s obviously a very iconic song that everyone’s familiar with,” Julien’s Auctions music specialist Jason Watkins says about McCartney's scribbled lyrics from 1968. “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when they were recording it.”

 

 

Also sold at the auction for $200,000 was a vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo on it that the band used during their first North American tour in 1964. More than 250 items of Beatles memorabilia were offered up in total at the online auction, which marked the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup.

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Marianne Faithfull Hospitalized With COVID-19; Duran Duran's John Taylor Reveals Recovery

Marianne Faithfull, the singer and actress who dated Mick Jagger during London's swinging '60s, is hospitalized and reportedly "barely able to speak" after getting infected with coronavirus. 

 

Page Six notes that friends are particularly concerned about the 73-year-old's prospects because she's already survived bouts with hepatitis C and breast cancer.

 

Meanwhile, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor said Sunday that he's "feeling okay" after being diagnosed with COVID-19 three weeks ago. The 59-year-old compared the illness to a "turbo-charged flu," adding, "I am speaking out to answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”

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