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The Most Notorious Recluses In Music History

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By Frank Donovan

Unfortunately for fans, some of music’s biggest and most talented stars shine so bright that they burn themselves out. Plagued by mental illness, drug addiction, or just plain aversion to fame, it’s all too often that artists just fall off the map. It’s easy to forget how young some of these singers were when they reached the apex of their critical acclaim. Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson were both just 23 years old when they released their smashes The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Pet Sounds, respectively. If we were that big at 23, we might get a little freaked, too.

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20 Forgotten Breakup Songs of the ’90s That Will Shatter Your Heart

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-By Frank Donovan

Valentine’s Day is a double-edged sword. If you’re happily shacked up (or happily single), you can just skip this and have a great day.

But if you’re trying to get out of that toxic relationship before the 14th, or you’re already deep in the depths of a hellish split, or even if your broken heart is left unhealed by time, we’ve assembled 20 breakup songs that run the gamut—all deep cuts from the ’90s vaults.

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by (@monsieurhodge)

Lauryn Hill Announces Acoustic Performance Series in New York & Washington D.C.

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Lauryn Hill is back and returning to the tour life. She has announced her SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance series, a six-date tour that will take place in Washington D.C. and New York City from February 13-25. The eight-time Grammy winner will  perform in small intimate venues including the D.C.’s Howard Theatre, Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, and New York’s Highline Ballroom and Blue Note, which hold approximately 250-500 people. Check out the dates below and head over to MsLaurynHill.com for available tickets.

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5 Songs You Must Listen To Right Now

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This week, Charli XCX releases a new single that speaks for every student heading back to school this month, Tinashe links up with A$AP Rocky for her next single off of Aquarius, Lauryn Hill dedicates her powerful demo to the people of Ferguson, and more.

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15 Years Later: Where Are All Of Santana’s Supernatural Collaborators Now?

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The year was 1999 and like we learned, it was a year in music where anything goes, including the Latin explosion. Thanks to acts like Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, pop music was infused with a Latin flare. Hot on the heels of their success was the return of Carlos Santana. The Mexican-born guitar player and his band returned to the scene in a big way. Fusing Latin, rock, pop and hip-hop, the band not only transformed their sound but dominated the charts for over a year with Supernatural. Thanks to the genius idea to pair Santana with a number of popular musicians at the time — something that has been replicated by a number of aging rockers — the group was suddenly relevant to a generation of millennials that consumed music through TRL. And the formula worked. Supernatural went 15x Platinum and won eight Grammy Awards.

But as the group aged, so did the collaborators on Supernatural. On the fifteenth anniversary of the alumb, wanted to look back on the “hot artists at the time” that contributed to band’s success and figure out where they are now. (Check out the gallery above to see how your favorite musicians have aged.)

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Surprise! The 12 Greatest Hidden Tracks In Music

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The switch from CDs to digital MP3s has changed the way we listen to music in many ways, but one of the things we miss most is the excitement of discovering a secret hidden song, unmarked on the track list! Just imagine kicking back and listening to the latest album from your favorite band, and right when you hit the end, ANOTHER song comes bursting out of the speakers like magic! It’s pretty potent stuff. We miss those days…it’s just not the same on our iPods! So today we pay tribute to a dozen of the greatest tunes that ever took our ears by surprise. Play it loud!

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Prison Blues: 35 Musicians Who’ve Served Jail Time

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Nobody is above the law, not even rock stars! We mostly just think of their awesome life style, huge paychecks and world-wide adoration, but those hard partying ways can lead to hard time and big trouble. That bad boy image isn’t always an act -you’d be surprised how many musicians have done time in the clink. And not just overnights from DUIs, either. We’re talking long stretches and serious sentences!

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Gettin’ Lucky: 10 Artists We Want Pharrell Williams To Propel To Stardom This Year

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Thirteen may classically be an unlucky number, but not for Pharrell Williams. In 2013, he was at the production helm for two of the year’s biggest hits — Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky.” Skateboard P has already kicked off 2014 in earnest, with his track “Happy” having been nominated for an Oscar, and with his oversized throwback hat playing up to his humorous side. So what does Pharrell have planned for the rest of the year?

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