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20 Most Influential Metal Guitarists Of The Modern Era

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-By Doc Coyle

Compiling a list of the most influential modern metal guitar players is intimidating. There was no way to do this without pissing a bunch of people off. I did my best to quantify which guitar players’ mark was being felt the most by the up and coming generation of new bands and musical movements in the realm of all things heavy. Whose legacy stood the test of time? Why is player “A” more influential than player “B”? Is there empirical evidence to support these arguments? These are the burning questions. There are some tremendously phenomenal players who did not make this list because their significance will not be known for some time. There are some players who made a big splash initially, but stature has waned in recent years. There are some genres like Black Metal where I had difficulty pinpointing 1 or 2 specific players that stood out among the slew of pioneers.

It (arguably) all started when Tony Iommi lost his fingers in a machinist accident, but metal guitar has come a long way in 50 years. Enjoy this list in all of its imperfect glory!

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by (@chrisrosa92)

Mandy Moore Is The Most Underrated Pop Star Of The ’90s

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This is a very important PSA, so sit down and take notes. Sixteen years ago, a doe-eyed pop star named Mandy Moore set out for total music domination with her groundbreaking classic “Candy.” However, underground indie acts like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera overshadowed this IRL empress, so she was never considered more than a bubblegum clone. This is a grave injustice, because Moore is actually the coolest — and most talented — pop act to emerge in the late ’90s/early ’00s. Class is in session.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Iggy Azalea + Britney Spears Smooch On The Set Of “Pretty Girls” Vid—Get A First Look!

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Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea went totally ’80s on the set of their new music video, “Pretty Girls.” The pair looked hotter than their crimping iron as they rode around Miami on the back of a red convertible, clad in washed-out jean vests, wild cheetah prints, and booty shorts. Did we mention they kiss? Yeah, that’s kind of a thing. Passing on the torch from her infamous Madonna smooch, it seems. Take a first look at photos from this “new classic” video!

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by (@hernameislex)

Big Sean Lashes Out At Justin Bieber For Touching Ariana Grande

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Justin Bieber really wanted to touch Ariana Grande during a performance last night, but neither she nor Big Sean was having it. It’s never cool to make unwanted contact with anyone, especially another dude’s girlfriend — especially when you’ve got the Bieb’s track record. The whole scene had Sean ready to rumble, and he took to Twitter to fire a warning shot.

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by (@chrisrosa92)

Ranking 30 Years Of Madonna’s Tours: Which One Is The Greatest?

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During this week in 1985, a fresh-faced pop star named Madonna embarked on her first-ever concert tour, aptly titled The Virgin Tour. Little did concertgoers know, they were in the presence of arguably pop’s most dynamic performer (next to Michael Jackson, of course). Since The Virgin Tour, Madge has embarked on a total of nine stage shows and will begin her 10th — The Rebel Heart Tour — later this year. There’s no question her tours are both amazing and profitable — her 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour is the highest-grossing solo artist trek in history — but which one reigns supreme? We’re about to find out.

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