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The American Pop Music Hall of Fame Announces Nominees

A list of 40 nominees have been submitted for the inaugural batch of inductees to the soon-to-be American Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the 'Top 40' Nominees include iconic selections such as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra- but also include such greats as the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Chubby Checker, the Carpenters, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Simon and Garfunkel.

The Hall of Fame's first class of 20 inductions will be formally announced in May of 2013, with a formal ceremony to follow at the grand opening on July 2. While raising funds for a permanent structure, the actual venue will be temporarily located in a cafe in the downtown section of the small town just outside of Pittsburgh. Known by locals as the "small town music capital," Canonsburg hopes to cash in on being the birthplace of music legends the Four Coins, Bobby Vinton, and Perry Como.

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BAD 25 Celebrates Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Record Breaking Album

Anyone who grew up in the 80s remembers the lunchbox with matching thermos, the red leather jacket, and of course, moonwalking everywhere you go. In the years to follow, Michael Jackson would become an international superstar despite the controversies that would conjure up images of a strange mix of characters that became associated with "The King of Pop." With 2012 marking the 25th anniversary of the 5th best selling album of all time, the Sept. 18th release of '"BAD 25" hopes to take us back in time and shift our focus back to what was really important; the music.

In addition to a re-mastered version of the original album, the two-disc set will contain demos from early recording sessions, remixes by NERO and Afrojack along with previously unreleased demos of songs that were not included on the final version. A deluxe version of the release will include a highly anticipated DVD of MJs 1988 performance at Wembly Stadium (oftened cited as being one of the best performances of his career), as well as a third disc containing audio from the same show. Furthermore, a special edition box set will include the above, 2 booklets of never before seen photos and a two-sided poster. As if all this wasn't enough, a stand alone 12" vinyl LP picture disc is also available.

A Spike Lee documentary of the same name, recently debuted at the Venice International Film Festival, takes an in depth look at the behind the scenes process of making the multi-platinum classic. "This is a time to just concentrate on the music- the genius of Michael Jackson, a chance to dig into his creative process," said Spike Lee in a press statement. "We all are blessed with the final work, but it's rare that you see how something was put together. We just see the final product but we dont see the blood, sweat, and tears, all the work that goes into how the masters work".

Uncovering the history behind Smooth Criminal's gravity defying lean, and 'Shamon' the full documentary will remind us who's bad on November 22 on ABC.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Sticker Found on New Chris Brown Album Defames Singer

It's hard to forget the 2009 incident that forced Rihanna to cancel her scheduled performance at the 51st Grammy Awards ceremony. The domestic dispute between her and R&B singer Chris Brown left her badly bruised on the outside as well as the inside. The fallout which took place after the event was tremendous. DJs refused to play his music. Radio stations dropped him from their roster. Fans moved on and refused to buy his music. For a time, it seemed that his career was grinding to a complete halt- when all of a sudden his Cirque Du Soliel inspired "flying" performance at the 2011 VMA's earned him the comeback he needed.

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Kanye West, Lou Reed to Headline UR1 in Miami

When early December descends upon us, yes we remember that the holidays are just around the corner, but music and art lovers alike have their own little holiday to anticipate: Miami Art Basel. In 2011, there was a record attendance of 50,000 (up from 40,000 just one year earlier) so it's clear that the annual exhibition is flourishing. The roster of music fueled events that hit Miami each year are adding up and it's no surprise that a new music festival is in the works to correspond with Art Basel. Alex Omes and Emi Guerra of GO BIG Productions are adding yet another musical force to their agenda with the introduction of the first annual UR1 Music Festival in Miami.

UR1 will take place on December 8 and 9, in Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami.

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Introducing: Rise Of The 'Reggaetoneros'

The musical genre of Latin dance-rap known as Reggaeton has without a doubt exploded in the past 10 years, rising from the basements of Puerto Rico to the top of the pops worldwide. With major hits like Daddy Yankee's 2004 anthem 'Gasolina', or Don Omar's more recent song 'Danza Kuduro', it's no surprise that there's a rising youth culture surrounding the movement. Known as Reggaetoneros, members are known to sport mohawks, facial piercings, spikey hair, and make-up (regardless of gender). And, like any subculture, it's being heavily frowned upon by the mainstream society it's rebelling against.

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The Vaccines Are Ready To Crank Out All The Jams

English rockers The Vaccines say they "don't understand" why bands take such long breaks between making albums, that they "don't understand" why bands take so long to MAKE albums. The band's singer, Justin Young literally can't figure out how or why bands would do such a thing, saying that "I don't understand what people are doing with their time. It's not long since I was working as a removals man and craving any second I could get with my guitar." Maybe that's why in their two year history as a band they're already rev'd up to release their second full length studio album.

EARGASMIC
New Music Video: Kill The Noise

Los Angeles, the year 2054. An uncontrollable virus simply called "The Noise" has ravished mankind as we know it, leaving the once bustling entertainment capital a dystopian hell hole crumbing in ruin. The fate of all humanity rests on the shoulders of only the remaining few, who must now fight their way through hordes of the infected zombie like creatures to get to the "overlord" that controls them. All the while an insanely epic french electro inspired dub-step beat syncs up perfectly to the soft-florescent neon gore fest to tell the story of our heros in a way words could never dare.

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Vanilla Ice is Back, With a Brand New Invention

Just about anyone over the age of 25 remembers that one week in 1990 when Robert "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle's hit song 'Ice Ice Baby' left every last word permanently engrained in their brain for life. Today, the song is more of a nostalgic memory than a golden oldie, but the unforgotten relic from the yesteryear -now old enough to legally drink beer- is finding new life in the form of the latest dance-fitness craze Zumba.

The new version of the hit single fuses Latin style dance rhythms with blistering synth leads, creating an upbeat high energy workout song that the best selling artist hopes will invigorate his audience in a whole new way. "Whether it's music, acting or renovating homes, I've got to love what I do if I'm going to really commit to it--passion is key," Vanilla Ice said about his partnership with the creators of the dance workout. "As a musician and someone who appreciates a good fitness program, there is nothing better than having fun and getting fit at the same time. Word to your mother!"

IN THE HOUSE
AC Gears, Reggie Watts Host OP-1 Accessories Release Party

Music technology innovators AC Gears and Teenage Engineering have announced a launch party for an accessories line for their highly successful portable synthesizer, the OP-1. If you love music, you need to be in-the-know about AC Gears. The New York City based electronics store is known for their unique carefully curated products featuring the latest technology. They aim to provide a fresh shopping experience that you won't find at other larger retailers. Best of all, they're knowledgeable and their products are typically hard-to-find; making them the ideal retailer to host the launch of this unique product line.

The event will take place from 8-10pm on Tuesday August 28 at AC Gears, which is located at 69 E 8th St in Manhattan's East Village. In addition to and in-store performance by Musician/Comedian Reggie Watts, it will also feature giveaways, signings, Q&As, and last but not least- refreshments.