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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff | November 3, 2002
For more than four years, 'N Sync member Justin Timberlake has been king of bubble-gum pop and teen heartthrob extraordinaire. His group's album in 2000 broke records by selling more than 2 million copies in just one week. He inspired gushy fan Web sites galore and mesmerized the MTV generation with slick music videos. His catchy songs, such as "Drive Myself Crazy," with their sappy, uncomplicated lyrics, seemed to speak directly to the hormonally driven adolescent soul: Now I toss and turn, 'cause I'm without you How I'm missing you so bad Where was my head, where was my heart Now I cry alone in the dark.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Jim James can't seem to slow down. Besides fronting one of the most beloved rock bands in the country - the Louisville, Ky., quintet My Morning Jacket - James has just put the finishing touches on his first solo album, still untitled and tentatively due in February. Besides the solo work, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter has been remixing songs for up-and-coming artists such as Floating Action, a folk-hybrid act signed to James' own Removador label. It's also been more than a year since My Morning Jacket released its sixth album, "Circuital," and James is still touring heavily in support of it. Right now, he's in a familiar position - in the thick of a brutal summer schedule that began with large European festivals and has continued as a My Morning Jacket headlining tour in America.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 30, 1999
"What I'm about to do, I'm sure nobody expected," announces Sisqo on the title track of his solo album, "Unleash the Dragon" (Def Soul 314 546 816, arriving in stores today). "But that's what I do."It sounds like typical hip-hop braggadocio, but the platinum-haired Dru Hill member is definitely out to smash some preconceptions with this album. And even though the music on "Unleash the Dragon" isn't a total departure, it does reveal unexpected aspects to the singer's sound.For listeners familiar with his Dru Hill work, Sisqo's greatest strength is his balladry.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
In 2009, Baltimore singer/songwriter ellen cherry was temporarily sidelined with a nasty throat infection. Unable to sing, she sat down at her upright piano and began writing the songs which would later become her new album, "Please Don't Sell the Piano. " It's about as bare-bones as you can get; while there are a few string arrangements, most of the album is just the piano and cherry's intimate, heartwarming voice. Produced by Baltimore Americana singer/songwriter Caleb Stine, "Please Don't Sell the Piano" is cherry's most personal album.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | October 4, 2009
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry gently puffs on a small cigar while talking music in a local radio studio. He isn't supposed to be smoking indoors. But no one is about to tell Joe Perry, one of the gods of rock guitar, to stub it out. Instead, the on-air staff gives him an overturned Starbucks coffee lid to use as an ashtray and lets him speak. "He's a legend," said DJ Stash, after interviewing Perry for 98ROCK. "We tried to make him comfortable and get out of his way." Legends get to light up wherever they want.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Reporter | October 26, 2006
Having spent more than three decades as the starry-eyed frontman for Kiss, Paul Stanley is among the most recognizable figures in pop culture. These days, however, Stanley, 54, is hitting the road sans his signature face paint and 7-inch platform boots for a 17-city club tour in support of his just-released solo album, Live to Win. Stanley, who plays at Rams Head Live tonight, spoke with The Sun last week from his home in Los Angeles. Live to Win is your second solo album, but your first since 1978.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | February 21, 2001
After the Grammy nominations were announced last month, Baltimore-native Sisqo, who earned four of the coveted bids, said simply "If I win, I'll be happy, but if I lose, I won't be crushed." Of course not, he's got 5 million other things to fall back on. Charm City's most recent golden - scratch that, platinum (in both hair color and album sales) - child is what you might call a renaissance man for the new millennium. The R&B singer makes his feature-film debut March 9 with the opening of "Get Over It" (in which Sisqo plays a high-school basketball player)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Jim James can't seem to slow down. Besides fronting one of the most beloved rock bands in the country - the Louisville, Ky., quintet My Morning Jacket - James has just put the finishing touches on his first solo album, still untitled and tentatively due in February. Besides the solo work, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter has been remixing songs for up-and-coming artists such as Floating Action, a folk-hybrid act signed to James' own Removador label. It's also been more than a year since My Morning Jacket released its sixth album, "Circuital," and James is still touring heavily in support of it. Right now, he's in a familiar position - in the thick of a brutal summer schedule that began with large European festivals and has continued as a My Morning Jacket headlining tour in America.
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January 16, 2012
Nov. 19, 1996: Dru Hill's self-titled debut alum is released; it goes on to sell 1 million copies. 1997: Dru Hill sues Island Records after an Island employee allegedly struck the group's manager over the head with a pool cue. The case is settled, and Dru Hill remains on the label. Oct. 27, 1998: "Enter the Dru," the group's second album, is released. It peaks at No. 2 on Billboard 200 and sells more than 2 million copies. April 1999: Dru Hill shoots a video with Will Smith for the song "Wild Wild West," the lead single from the movie's soundtrack.
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | May 23, 1991
IT seems to be the ultimate irony that the reformation and resurfacing of Styx was brought about by the only member of the band who is no longer in it.When guitarist Tommy Shaw called keyboardist Dennis DeYoung three years ago to try to reunite one of the late '70s most popular rock bands, DeYoung agreed, but only after he completed his final solo album for MCA Records.When DeYoung dragged his feet in production, Shaw was enlisted by rocker Ted Nugent to form a new band called Damn Yankees.
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January 16, 2012
Nov. 19, 1996: Dru Hill's self-titled debut alum is released; it goes on to sell 1 million copies. 1997: Dru Hill sues Island Records after an Island employee allegedly struck the group's manager over the head with a pool cue. The case is settled, and Dru Hill remains on the label. Oct. 27, 1998: "Enter the Dru," the group's second album, is released. It peaks at No. 2 on Billboard 200 and sells more than 2 million copies. April 1999: Dru Hill shoots a video with Will Smith for the song "Wild Wild West," the lead single from the movie's soundtrack.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
One look at the discography of Nils Lofgren, the longtime guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E. Street Band, and it's clear the 60-year-old musician can't slow down. His new album, "Old School," which comes out Nov. 1, will be his 37th solo record, according to his website. Not that he's keeping count. "I can't tell how many of my own records I've made," he says. "The numbers aren't important. For me, what's important is that I had the idea to write another one. " Though he now lives in Arizona with his wife, Amy, Lofgren still has ties to the area.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
Dustin Wong was in labor. It felt like he was in labor, anyway. It was his 27th birthday and he was straddling a monster, shroom-inspired psychedelic trip that made him think he was about to give birth. This was a year ago. He was in his Mount Vernon apartment, went to his bed, lay back and pushed. "I felt this love, and I kept repeating that," he said. "That's where the name 'Infinite Love' came from. " Wong's name might not sound familiar. But if you've been going to shows in Baltimore in the past 10 years, chances are you saw him play at some point.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
It wasn't clear the crowd knew who she was. It's possible that, with her spandex onesie and lopsided blonde wig, they might even have taken her for a hometown girl. So halfway through a Miami show earlier this month, she felt the need to point out who the relentless 19-year-old dancer and singer on stage was. "I go by the name Rye Rye," she said. " R-y-e R-y-e. " It's been two years since the Baltimore rapper first came to prominence and then disappeared to have a child.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | October 4, 2009
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry gently puffs on a small cigar while talking music in a local radio studio. He isn't supposed to be smoking indoors. But no one is about to tell Joe Perry, one of the gods of rock guitar, to stub it out. Instead, the on-air staff gives him an overturned Starbucks coffee lid to use as an ashtray and lets him speak. "He's a legend," said DJ Stash, after interviewing Perry for 98ROCK. "We tried to make him comfortable and get out of his way." Legends get to light up wherever they want.
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By Ann Powers | September 26, 2007
Musician will.i.am might be the only pop artist who can make comparing a woman to a farm animal seem like nice, clean fun. The Black Eyed Peas' idea man exudes frantic goodwill, even when he's cramming his productions with unsubtle hooks and tricks or building party anthems around the most juvenile rhymes since the members of Kriss Kross hung up their backward coats. His schizophrenic charisma is evident throughout Songs About Girls, his first proper solo album (in stores this week). It's really two albums in one: an experiment in introspection and a full-body grab for more hits.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 28, 1999
Imagine for a moment that you're the biggest star in country music. Your albums routinely top the charts; your tours play to packed houses from coast to coast. You've set numerous records and won countless awards. Millions know your name.Why would you want to be someone else?That's the question Garth Brooks fans are asking as their hero, seemingly at the top of his game, takes a hiatus from country music so he can pretend to be rock star Chris Gaines.It would be convenient to say that the answers to this and other questions may be found on "Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines" (Capitol 20051, arriving in stores today)
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 25, 1994
There's a song at the end of Sting's album "Ten Summoner's Tales" called "Nothing 'Bout Me," in which the singer laughs at those armchair psychiatrists who presume that by reading all his interviews and sifting through his lyric sheets that they have some understanding of who he really is."Check my records, check my facts/Check if I paid my income tax," he sings, mockingly. "Pore over everything in my C.V./But you'll still know nothing 'bout me.""It doesn't really suit my purpose for the world to know what I'm really like," the singer later told Rolling Stone.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Reporter | October 26, 2006
Having spent more than three decades as the starry-eyed frontman for Kiss, Paul Stanley is among the most recognizable figures in pop culture. These days, however, Stanley, 54, is hitting the road sans his signature face paint and 7-inch platform boots for a 17-city club tour in support of his just-released solo album, Live to Win. Stanley, who plays at Rams Head Live tonight, spoke with The Sun last week from his home in Los Angeles. Live to Win is your second solo album, but your first since 1978.
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By Randy Lewis and Randy Lewis,Los Angeles Times | December 2, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Few pop hit makers are hotter these days than Linda Perry, songwriter and producer to the stars, or Pharrell Williams, of N.E.R.D. and the Neptunes. A musician -- especially one making a debut of sorts -- would have to be nuts, or stupid, to turn down contributions either might offer. Yet as Gwen Stefani put together her first album apart from No Doubt, the alternative-rock band she has fronted for 17 years, she had a vision of the record she had long wanted to make, and wasn't about to budge.
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