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By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 13, 1992
R.E.M was the big winner in the annual Rolling Stone readers' poll for the best and worst of 1991. The guys were picked for best artist, best album ("Out of Time"), best band, best single ("Losing My Religion") and best video ("Religion").The results, in the mag's March 5 issue, have R.E.M's Michael Stipe as best male singer; Mariah Carey, best female and new female singer; Seal, best new male artist and Hammer, Queen Latifah and Public Enemy, best rappers. Guns N' Roses got worst band and worst album ("Use Your Illusion")
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
More proof that the mid-'80s were ridiculously awesome, via Billboard's Hot 100 Chart archive. 10. "Walking on Sunshine," Katrina & the Waves Catchy, huh? Advertisers think so. NPR reported in 2010 that advertisers will pay $150,000-$200,000 to use the track for one year. The band has earned millions in royalties for this one track. Lesson learned: Craft a cheesy pop song. 9. "Angel," Madonna "Angel" wasn't Madonna's biggest hit in 1985, which was a busy "Like a Virgin"-era year for her. "Material Girl" hit No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, but "Angel" eventually hit No. 5. 8. "Everything She Wants," Wham!
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By Newsday | November 15, 1991
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Rock star Bryan Adams on Wednesday deplored the unauthorized use of one of his hit songs as part of David Duke's gubernatorial campaign and asked all Louisiana radio stations to stop playing the song until Saturday's runoff election is over."
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January 24, 2013
With cases that have reached a verdict, why do we often reopen them and demand another trial? The retrial of Antajuan Wilson for the murder of Bryan Adams in the Wilde Lake shopping center comes as a surprise to me. In the original case, Wilson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 70 years suspended. This punishment is representative for a crime like this, but the highest Maryland appellate court has since called the...
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 30, 1996
LOS ANGELES -- Talk about strange evenings."VH1 Honors" on Sunday night at the Universal Amphitheatre was such an odd mixture of pure magic and disheartening mess that you wondered the next morning if it wasn't all just a dream.In key moments, the "VH1 Honors" concert showed the potential to touch us with an almost spiritual grace. The 2 1/2 -hour program, televised live on VH1, saluted Witness, a watchdog organization co-founded in 1992 by rock singer Peter Gabriel that encourages people around the world to document human rights violations with video cameras and other means.
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January 24, 2013
With cases that have reached a verdict, why do we often reopen them and demand another trial? The retrial of Antajuan Wilson for the murder of Bryan Adams in the Wilde Lake shopping center comes as a surprise to me. In the original case, Wilson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 70 years suspended. This punishment is representative for a crime like this, but the highest Maryland appellate court has since called the...
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 17, 1993
SO FAR SO GOODBryan Adams (A&M 31454 0157) What does it say about Bryan Adams that his best songs have all been raucous, guitar-driven rockers, while his biggest hits have all been sappy, sentimental ballads? That he may seem a tough guy on the outside, but deep down he's just an old softie? Maybe, but the answer suggested by his greatest hits collection, "So Far So Good" is a little simpler: He's just not rough enough to be a convincing rock and roller. No matter how much Keith Richards-style guitar he pumps into "The Summer of '69" and "It's Only Love," his voice lacks the sly, Jaggeresque snarl that would make the music seem dangerous.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 4, 1991
THE BIRTH OF SOULRay Charles (Atlantic 82310)Even though everybody knows that Ray Charles is one of the giants of American music, his utter ubiquity -- as cultural icon and Pepsi pitchman -- can make it easy to forget what a great soul singer he is. Fortunately, there's "The Birth of Soul" to remind us. This 53-song, three-disc (or three-cassette) box set bills itself as his "Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959," but what it really documents isn't Charles' career in R&B but the process by which he created soul singing as we know it. Not only does the set show his roots in jump blues and gospel, but also how songs like "Don't You Know" and "I Wonder Who" presaged the sound of hits like "I Got a Woman."
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
More proof that the mid-'80s were ridiculously awesome, via Billboard's Hot 100 Chart archive. 10. "Walking on Sunshine," Katrina & the Waves Catchy, huh? Advertisers think so. NPR reported in 2010 that advertisers will pay $150,000-$200,000 to use the track for one year. The band has earned millions in royalties for this one track. Lesson learned: Craft a cheesy pop song. 9. "Angel," Madonna "Angel" wasn't Madonna's biggest hit in 1985, which was a busy "Like a Virgin"-era year for her. "Material Girl" hit No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, but "Angel" eventually hit No. 5. 8. "Everything She Wants," Wham!
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By Jean Marbella | February 24, 1992
Coming soon to a screen near youMovie theater operators last week scoped out upcoming movies for your viewing pleasure at their annual trade show in Las Vegas. Their picks for hits?"Lethal Weapon 3," starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by director Francis Ford Coppola most looked like "money on the screen" to the theater owners, by one account.Singing the blues . . . or notBruce Willis played harmonica and sang the blues at a recent benefit to raise $15,000 for a lighting system at the Sun Valley, Idaho, Repertory Company's new theater.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
This week the Smashing Pumpkins, Wale, Natalie Cole, Bryan Adams, Anthrax, and even Pauly Shore announced upcoming regional concerts. Wale, who's touring with new album "Ambition," has two area shows coming up: first, he'll open for Lupe Fiasco at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 16. Tickets for that show, starting at $36, are already on sale. Then, he'll perform at Morgan State University on October 6 during the school's homecoming week. Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Savoy, Miami Horror, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy will appear with Wale on some dates of the tour, though the press release did not say which ones.
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By J.D. Considine Bebe Winans | December 11, 1997
Bryan AdamsMTV Unplugged (A&M 314 540 831)Originally, the idea behind MTV's "Unplugged" concerts was to transform familiar songs by stripping them of their studio sheen, reducing the arrangement to just acoustic guitars and voice. These days, though, it's the artists who are being remade, using "Unplugged" to present themselves in a new light. So Nirvana emphasized angst over rage in its "Unplugged" session, while Eric Clapton used his to show that he didn't need a Stratocaster to be electrifying.
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 30, 1996
LOS ANGELES -- Talk about strange evenings."VH1 Honors" on Sunday night at the Universal Amphitheatre was such an odd mixture of pure magic and disheartening mess that you wondered the next morning if it wasn't all just a dream.In key moments, the "VH1 Honors" concert showed the potential to touch us with an almost spiritual grace. The 2 1/2 -hour program, televised live on VH1, saluted Witness, a watchdog organization co-founded in 1992 by rock singer Peter Gabriel that encourages people around the world to document human rights violations with video cameras and other means.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 9, 1995
When Senator Bob Dole attacked the entertainment industry in a fund-raising speech last week, he pulled no punches. Popular music, movies and television were responsible for "mainstreaming deviancy" in our society, he said; they are "bombarding our children with destructive messages of casual violence and even more casual sex."Music was particularly criticized by the presidential candidate. "A line has been crossed -- not just of taste, but of human dignity and decency," he thundered. "It is crossed every time sexual violence is given a catchy tune.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 17, 1993
SO FAR SO GOODBryan Adams (A&M 31454 0157) What does it say about Bryan Adams that his best songs have all been raucous, guitar-driven rockers, while his biggest hits have all been sappy, sentimental ballads? That he may seem a tough guy on the outside, but deep down he's just an old softie? Maybe, but the answer suggested by his greatest hits collection, "So Far So Good" is a little simpler: He's just not rough enough to be a convincing rock and roller. No matter how much Keith Richards-style guitar he pumps into "The Summer of '69" and "It's Only Love," his voice lacks the sly, Jaggeresque snarl that would make the music seem dangerous.
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By Jean Marbella | February 24, 1992
Coming soon to a screen near youMovie theater operators last week scoped out upcoming movies for your viewing pleasure at their annual trade show in Las Vegas. Their picks for hits?"Lethal Weapon 3," starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by director Francis Ford Coppola most looked like "money on the screen" to the theater owners, by one account.Singing the blues . . . or notBruce Willis played harmonica and sang the blues at a recent benefit to raise $15,000 for a lighting system at the Sun Valley, Idaho, Repertory Company's new theater.
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December 19, 1991
So you know it's getting a little late and you really don't have a lot of money to spend on your distant relative.Well, if he or she has an affinity for pop and rock music, here are some helpful hints from the top shelf.Remember, these are just the winners:* Nirvana's "Nevermind" is one of the hottest selling records this season. This Seattle trio, possibly the next Guns N' Roses, mixes punk, thrash and straight-ahead rock 'n' roll.* Guns N' Roses' "Use Your Illusion I and II" is sold as two separate units.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 20, 1991
Bill Payne likes the idea of Little Feat being a big fish in a small pond. That's why he's happy that his band, which spent almost 20 years as part of the mammoth Warner Bros. stable, is now the flagship act of the newly formed Morgan Creek Records."Any Little Feat fan can tell you that Little Feat probably deserves a customized plan," he says, speaking over the phone from a tour stop in Portland, Maine. "They feel the group is unique -- and it is. There are not very many bands that can put a country/western tune right up against a jazz song and get away with it."
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 13, 1992
R.E.M was the big winner in the annual Rolling Stone readers' poll for the best and worst of 1991. The guys were picked for best artist, best album ("Out of Time"), best band, best single ("Losing My Religion") and best video ("Religion").The results, in the mag's March 5 issue, have R.E.M's Michael Stipe as best male singer; Mariah Carey, best female and new female singer; Seal, best new male artist and Hammer, Queen Latifah and Public Enemy, best rappers. Guns N' Roses got worst band and worst album ("Use Your Illusion")
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December 19, 1991
So you know it's getting a little late and you really don't have a lot of money to spend on your distant relative.Well, if he or she has an affinity for pop and rock music, here are some helpful hints from the top shelf.Remember, these are just the winners:* Nirvana's "Nevermind" is one of the hottest selling records this season. This Seattle trio, possibly the next Guns N' Roses, mixes punk, thrash and straight-ahead rock 'n' roll.* Guns N' Roses' "Use Your Illusion I and II" is sold as two separate units.
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