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Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012
In celebration of what would have been his 72nd birthday, we take a look at the Lennon singles that American audiences sent up the charts.

This Tuesday marks the 72nd anniversary of the birth of one of the most important figures in popular music. John Lennon helped make the Beatles the world’s most successful music group, but also he made quite an impact in a solo career that tragically spanned only two decades.


While everyone can easily name seven John Lennon songs, a list of his singles that did the best on US charts might surprise you. For instance, “Give Peace a Chance” hit No. 2 in the UK, but here in the States it didn’t even crack the top ten. “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” may be a holiday classic, but it never appeared on our Billboard charts. Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at John’s biggest hit singles in the US.


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Friday, Jul 1, 2011
Wondering where songwriters have paid homage to the Fourth of July in their songs? Here are 15 notable examples of references to the American holiday.

1. “Independence Day” – Bruce Springsteen



Springsteen’s reckons with his father in this utterly mesmerizing and heartbreaking take on the breakdown of Father and Son from The River, with the Boss ultimately lamenting that he has to “say goodbye, it’s Independence Day” as he departs from his father.



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Friday, Jun 10, 2011
by Julie Hinds - Detroit Free Press (MCT)
Who are some of the funniest women right now, besides those "Bridesmaids"? Behold and guffaw.

Tina Fey


She’s a TV and movie star, a best-selling author, a wife and mother. She can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, probably to make one of the sandwiches that obsess her 30 Rock character, Liz Lemon.



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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
by Steven Zeitchik - Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Here are six movies you didn't know before that you're almost certainly to know about after the festival shuts its doors.

CANNES, France—In 2007 it was No Country for Old Men and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In 2009 it was Inglourious Basterds and A Prophet. A bit more than halfway through this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it’s not too early to predict which films will endure long after the last beachside-club guard dog scampers to different pastures.


Here are six movies you didn’t know before that you’re almost certainly to know about after the festival shuts its doors.


Steven Zeitchik - Los Angeles Times (MCT)


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Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011
Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.

1. Living in the Material World: George Harrison
Director: Martin Scorsese


Sure we love the Beatles, but then there’s the dark horse George Harrison, the man who emerged as a brilliantly enigmatic songwriter and became known as the quintessential reductionist guitar player. His post-Beatles release All Things Must Pass rivals Plastic Ono Band as the best post-Fab Four record and his notable solo career and much under-appreciated musicianship have been long overdue for a closer inspection. As we mark the 10-year anniversary of his death, the Scorsese-directed biopic will shed light on what made his musical contributions so significant. Look for new interview footage from remaining Beatles McCartney and Ringo, as well as unreleased material that Olivia Harrison pulled from George’s archives.


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