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A professional pop culture junkie for more than 25 years, Jeff Giles regularly surfaces in a number of far-flung locations on the Web.
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Taylor Swift Is Billboard’s 2011 Woman of the Year

Billboard has shown a great deal of love to Taylor Swift by honoring her as its latest Woman of the Year.

Swift, 21, has been recognized before by this prestigious music industry trade, receiving titles for Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Billboard 200 Artist. But this new recognition makes her the youngest artist ever to earn the honor.

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Category: AC, Country, Hot AC
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Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa Win Big at 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards

The sixth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night, offering an impressive array of performances from the old school (including a show-closing medley from Heavy D) and the new (Wiz Khalifa delivering a high-energy rendition of 'Taylor Gang').

Of course, plenty of honors were handed out along the way. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes led the night with five and four awards, respectively, while Nicki Minaj took home MVP of the Year and Kanye West won CD of the Year for 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.' 

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Category: Hot AC, Rhythmic
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The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young’ Goes Triple Platinum

A year ago, the Band Perry was just another young country trio with a brand new album and a bunch of big dreams to its name. Things have certainly changed for the Perry siblings -- not only do they stand to win as many as five CMA Awards next month, but they've sold nearly a million copies of their full-length debut.

And the numbers for their signature hit single, 'If I Die Young,' are even more impressive: the RIAA just certified it triple platinum, for sales exceeding three million copies

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Category: Country
Joe Walsh
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Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh Reveals Reason for Calling New Solo Album, ‘Analog Man’

Joe Walsh has a history of coming up with tongue-in-cheek titles for his solo albums, including 'You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind,' 'Got Any Gum?,' and, of course, 'You Bought It -- You Name It.' But for his upcoming release, due in the winter of 2012, he decided on a more reflective name: 'Analog Man.'

Walsh explained the title during a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, saying, "I know in the past, I’ve had screwy album titles, but I decided to call it ‘Analog Man.’ Because, you know, my generation of musicians, we grew up analog, and now it’s a digital world. We had to learn it, you know?" 

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Category: Rock
Peter Gabriel
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Peter Gabriel Admits ‘Solsbury Hill’ Might Be Played Out, Looks Ahead to ‘Lighter, Rhythmic’ New Music

Peter Gabriel explores his back catalog in the album 'New Blood,' reinventing some of his classic hits and deep album cuts in an orchestral setting. One of the songs that made the cut, 'Solsbury Hill,' has become the go-to track for "uplifting" film trailers over the last few years. In fact, it was even used when an enterprising YouTube prankster re-cut the trailer for 'The Shining' to make it look like a romantic comedy.

"Yeah, maybe I’ve let it go too much," Gabriel admitted during a recent interview. "I’ve started to take the attitude that it was harder getting on the radio, and trailers and film music and synchs are a good alternative. But I know some people feel that song is overexposed and I let it be used too many times." 

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Category: Rock
The Roots
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New Roots Album is ‘A Movie Without Visuals,’ Says ?uestlove [VIDEO]

Since releasing their 1993 debut album 'Organix,' the Roots have broadened the scope of mainstream hip-hop. Now, with their next release, the group will be attempting their first ever recording of a full-on concept album, says drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.

If you thought their five-day-a-week gig as the house band for 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' meant they'd have to sacrifice some of that restless creativity, think again.

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Category: Rhythmic
Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Comes ‘Home’ to Country Music in New Album [AUDIO]

For a guy who's on the road as much as Dierks Bentley, naming a song 'Home' could be seen as a sort of wistfully ironic joke. But in the case of Bentley's latest single, currently hovering outside the Top 40 at country radio, the title 'Home' has more than one meaning.

"I think that title of that song is special to me because I'm coming home to country music," he told CMT during a recent interview. "I'm on the road all the time, so everywhere we go has a hometown feel." 

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Category: Country
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Kid Rock Plans Fall Tour for Local Charities

With more than 23 million albums sold in the US, four Grammy nominations and three Top 40 hits, Kid Rock has been more fortunate than most. But even after more than a decade as one of the most successful recording artists in the world, he hasn't forgotten the importance of reaching out to those in need.

In fact, that's just what he's doing with his fall tour, which has him visiting a series of small theaters across the country and donating the proceeds to local charities and individuals. 

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Category: Country, Hot AC, Rock
Def Leppard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tim McGraw
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Def Leppard, Chili Peppers and Tim McGraw Deliver Top Summer Concerts

It's been nearly 25 years since Def Leppard hit their commercial peak with the $12-million-selling 'Hysteria' album, but they can still pack 'em in on the road. In fact, the veteran rockers' latest run of dates -- a package tour with fellow classic rock legends Heart -- was the top-grossing draw of the last three months.

They faced some pretty stiff competition for concert dollars, too; with an overall gross of $14.5 million, the Def Leppard/Heart lineup bested the latest tours from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (in second place with $9.2 million) and Tim McGraw (in third with $7.4 million). 

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Category: AC, Country, Hot AC, Rock
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Lady Gaga Announces Live DVD and Remix CD to Hit Stores in November

 

Nothing says 'happy holidays' like a freshly wrapped collection of Lady Gaga tunes. Even though she just released  her latest album, 'Born This Way,' back in May, she's working overtime to make sure she has new music for her fans in time for the holiday season.

In fact, come November, Lady Gaga fans will have two new releases available to buy: a live DVD, 'Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden,' as well as 'Born This Way the Remix,' a CD that collects 14 new versions of tracks from 'Born This Way.' 

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Category: AC, Hot AC

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