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The Most Groan-Worthy Album Title Puns In Music

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By Frank Donovan

When an artist is finished recording an album and it’s time to give it a name, how can they desecrate their efforts with a pun? Were their dads in the studio? For whatever reason, musical wordplay has transcended era and genre, forcing fans to groan and hang their heads in shame. Ok, and crack a smile (don’t tell anyone).

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Chuck D From Public Enemy Talks About Being This Year’s Record Store Day Ambassador

Chuck_D2Chuck D at the Record Store Day Press Conference at Amoeba Records. [Photo: Getty Images]

This Saturday April 19th marks the return of Record Store Day, the annual holiday that encourages music fans to get out and support their local independent music retailers and pick up some of the limited edition goodies specially released for the day. The first Record Store Day was in 2007 and starting in 2009 each year has had an “Ambassador” to help spread the word and talk about how record stores serve a vital function in any healthy music scene. This year’s ambassador is one hip hop’s living legends, Chuck D of revolutionary rap group Public Enemy. Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Flavor Flav Arrested While Driving To His Mother’s Funeral

Flavor Flav Arrested

It’s safe to say that Flavor Flav isn’t having the best week ever. The 54-year-old rapper became a public enemy yesterday when he was pulled over in Hempstead, NY for allegedly driving 79 in a 55 MPH zone. Cops soon discovered that he had a whopping 16 suspensions on his license, but that’s just the beginning of Flav’s long day. The story only gets worse…Much worse.

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by (@fdot415)

Stevie Wonder Cries, Flavor Flav Drums And 8 Other Reasons We Love Hangout Fest

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Our sunburned skin is peeling and we’ve got a mix of sand, glitter and cake (we’ll get to that) in our ears, but damnit if we don’t miss Hangout Music Fest already! Cue Boyz II Men, ya’ll, because we’re not ready to say goodbye. So don’t. Instead, let’s recap our three-day adventure in Gulf Shores, Alabama with a countdown of things we obsessed over the most at the best only beachside event like it. Read more…

by (@megsokay)

Five Acts You Can’t Miss Today At Hangout Music Fest – And More!

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Hangout Music Fest is in full swing this weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and we’ve got the five acts you can’t afford to miss today–plus some awesome photos from the festival and exclusive behind-the-scenes video with the bands.

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by (@zaragolden)

Rush, Public Enemy And Donna Summer Lead The 2013 Class Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

We here at VH1 would like to extend the heartiest of congrats to this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Donna Summer, Heart, Rush, Public Enemy, Albert King, Randy Newman. Additionally, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

This year’s class includes an eclectic mix — a disco diva, lady rockers, prog-rock legends, hip-hop pioneers, a guitar hero and, um, Randy Newman (none like him!) among them — and they make for worthy bunch, to be sure. We’re particularly thrilled to see that first time nominees Public Enemy and Rush, as well as VH1 Divas honoree Donna Summer and our favorite female rockers, have made the cut. But we have to ask, what about those who were passed over?

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Which Of The 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Is Most Deserving Of Induction? (POLL)

Public Enemy, Rush, N.W.A. And Heart Lead 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the 2013 Class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were announced this morning. The group is, as it has been for the last few years, an eclectic bunch made up of artists from a wide variety of musical genres: First-time nominees this year include prog-rock legends Rush (who finally made the ballot after being inexplicably snubbed for years), heavy metal originators Deep Purple, politically-charged hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, gangsta rap stalwarts N.W.A., Motown trendsetters The Marvelettes, moody British rockers Procol Harum, and blues guitar aficionado Albert King.

Returning to the bill are disco pioneers Chic (their seventh nom), the late, great Donna Summer (her fifth), and a whole slew of second-time nominees: Heart, Joan Jett, Kraftwerk, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Randy Newman, and The Meters.

The RRHOF’s induction process is mysterious and secretive, so you don’t see the same kind of public campaigning by nominees for induction that you see in, say, the sports world. However, that doesn’t mean that the committee off 600 or so people who makes the decisions of who gets honored and who gets snubbed isn’t reading this blog post. So, with that in mind, vote for the act that you feel is most deserving of the honor in our poll below, and maybe, just maybe, Jann Wenner and his band of choosy cronies will pay heed!

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by (@zaragolden)

16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs

Labor Day has passed and the long days are waning, books and brown bag lunches packed, and it must be that time of the year again: back to school. And your parents are right — even if you spent your summer learning  guitar chords and growing out your hair so that you might be a rock star one day, it wouldn’t be un-rock star like to hit the books hard, too. After all, plenty of artists have put in the work to earn their degree (or degrees) just in case. And so it may be unlikely that these 16 musicians will ever have to rely on their degrees to make a living, but there’s nothing like a hard earned diploma to bring out the shine in your platinum record plaque.

To celebrate their academic efforts, and to inspire yours, we present: 16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs… Read more…