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July 18
Billboard

In case you haven't heard, Weird Al has a new album out and is debuting a new video every day for eight days, Even more exciting news? If he sells enough albums this weekend, he might even have his first number one album. Make sure you buy a copy this weekend if you're planning on buying it! (Comments & Parodies)

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Same Title, Different Song -> Latest Entries

"Radioactive" by Marina And The Diamonds

Lying on a fake beach, you'll never get a tan.
Baby I'm gonna leave you drowning until you reach for my hand.
Submitted by: Mishka X3

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Singers Who Act -> Latest Entries

Taylor Swift appeared in: The Giver
as Rosemary
Submitted By: iceicebaby
Hawk Nelson appeared in: TV show American Dreams and the remake of Yours, Mine, and Ours
They played The Who in American Dreams (and performed "My Generation" and released the cover on the Special Edition of their debut album, Letters to the President) and a party band in the remake of Yours, Mine, and Ours.
Submitted By: JeReMy

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Celebrities Who Sing -> Latest Entries

Jason Kidd performed: What the Kidd Did
I've heard worse rap songs by NBA players ("Champion" by Ron Artest and "K.O.B.E." by Kobe Bryant). It's listenable. This was released on the 1994 album "B-Ball's Best Kept Secret", a compilation album of songs by then-NBA players Dana Barros, Malik Sealy, Shaquille O'Neal, Cedric Ceballos, Brian Shaw, Chris Mills, Kidd, Isaiah "J.R." Rider, Dennis Scott, and Gary Payton.
Submitted By: JeReMy
Ron Artest performed: Champion
Now known as Metta World Peace, but released his rap album before his September 2011 name change. The song was in NBA 2K11 and was terrible.
Submitted By: JeReMy

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Better Off Solo -> Latest Entries

Eddy Grant from The Equals
Grant released "Electric Avenue" in 1982, three years after the Equals broke up.
Submitted By: Alan the Ottoman
Peter Cetera from Chicago
He had a hit in 1986 with Glory of Love which was co-written by David Foster.
Submitted By: Celeste

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Former Occupations of Performers -> Latest Entries

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmeister from Motorhead: Roadie For Jimi Hendrix
The apprentice has learned well from the Jedi Master. Lemmy is now a Jedi Knight as well as the King of Speed Metal (Thrash)..
Submitted By: James Skywalker
Mike Score from A Flock Of Seagulls: Hairdresser
Submitted By: Fly Seagull Fly!

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Performer's New Career Entries -> Latest Entries

Chris Steffler from Platinum Blonde: Resturaunteur
After he left Platinum Blonde in 1987 Chris had a resturaunt called Twiggy across the street from the former Chum/City building.
Submitted By: Celeste
Sarah Bettens from K's Choice: Firefighter
In 2010, Sarah Bettens realized that since she is now an American citizen, she could be a firefighter. She wanted a way to serve her adopted community. Unfortunately the Johnson City Fire Department (JCFD) was not hiring, but in 2012 they started hiring so she reapplied for the position. And she got the job! Yay, Sarah! But with a family of six (a partner, Stef, Stef's two children from a previous marriage, and the couple's two adopted children) the occupation was taking a mental toll on all of them, and as a result, Sarah only served the JCFD for one year. She still continues to write, record, and perform as a solo artist, with K's Choice, and as a 2013 effort of her's and her brother, Gert's: "Bettens."
Submitted By: Rad

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Songs That Are Banned -> Latest Entries
"Pushin' Too Hard," The Seeds - Submitted By: Alan the Ottoman
"Work Bitch," Britney Spears - Submitted By: William

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Super Long Pop Songs -> Latest Entries
"Everybody," Madonna Length:6:02 - Submitted By: William
"What Would You Have Me Do?," Local H Length:25:15 - Submitted By: S.O.S

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Super Short Pop Songs -> Latest Entries
"Particle Man," They Might Be Giants Length:1:59 - Submitted By: Brian Kelly
"Talk Dirty," Jason Derulo Length:2:57 - Submitted By: William

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Song Lawsuits -> Latest Entries
"The Old Man Down The Road," John Fogerty
The Fantasy Records label's tyrant, the evil Saul Zaentz, claimed (falsely!) that "The Old Man Down The Road," from John Fogerty's album "Centerfield," shared too much of its refrain with "Run Through The Jungle," one of Fogerty's selections as leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, to which Zaentz had bullied Fogerty into forfeiting the copyright as a condition of releasing him from his label contract. Zaentz litigated against Fogerty, in a petition titled "Fantasy Incorporated V. Fogerty," but Fogerty won that case. Fogerty then cross-petitioned against Zaentz, seeking the costs of his successful defense against Fantasy Incorporated's original petition; in 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned lower-court rulings, and Fogerty won outright. - Submitted By: Parker Gabriel
"Their Entire Song Library," Mark Holmes (Platinum Blonde)
I don't know the specific details but Sony/BMG branch was caught up in a payola scandal so Mark went after them for control of Platinum Blonde's music catalog. - Submitted By: Celeste

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Crime Records -> Latest Entries
Axl Rose: "Causing A Riot" - Submitted By: Celeste
Lostprophets: "Child Pornography" - Submitted By: Tommy

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Performers with Handicaps -> Latest Entries
Sylvain Sylvain: Dyslexia - Submitted By: DollSteakTestMeat
Prince: Epilepsy - Submitted By: Baby I'm a Star

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"Safety Dance," Men Without Hats - Submitted By: He's Got No Pants On!
"Sussudio," Phil Collins - Submitted By: Sushi Dinner for my Japanese Girlfriend + Me

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Hidden Tracks -> Latest Entries
"Already There," K's Choice. On the "Almost Happy" album the last song titled "All" has a hidden acapella track entitled "Already There". - Submitted By: Rad
"Meet My Maker/Falling Away," Good Charlotte. In The Chronicles of Life and Death album there is a hidden track found in the last song. In the Life version is is found at the end of "Falling Away" and in the Death version it is found at the end of "Meet My Maker" Its a few minutes after the song and the hidden track is called "Wounded" - Submitted By: Elizabeth

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Hidden Messages -> Latest Entries
"Dangerous," Roxette: "This song is a single from the duo's smash hit album Look Sharp! Right at the end of the song as it's fading out, if you listen carefully, you'll hear Per Gessle saying, "Due to the exceptional weakness of this song, play loud". Funny." - Submitted By: Edward
"Live Life Loud," Hawk Nelson: "About 1 minute and 15 seconds into the song, you can hear someone say "Turn that music down or I'm calling the police"" - Submitted By: JeReMy

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Backwards Messages -> Latest Entries
"Let it Go," Idina Menzel: "If you play the line "can't get to me at all" backwards it is "Oh damn he must like me”" - Submitted By: William
"Vogue," Madonna: "When I hear "What are ya looking at?" Backwards it is "Tacky butting ass" This only happens if you play it in iTunes, I'm not sure what happens in the part in the beginning if you listen to it on the CD." - Submitted By: William

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Extraordinary + Mysterious Past - Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (real name "Farrokh Bulsara") was the lead singer of Queen. He was an ethnic Parsi who had grown up in India and Zanzibar. When he was 17 he along with his family emigrated to the UK to escape political and ethnic violence as British colonial power in the island was weakening and a revolution was brewing there fast. The Bulsara family moved into a house in the Feltham neighborhood in London - only a few hundred yards away from where a fellow student and future astrophysicist named Brian May lived. As Paul Harvey used to say on the radio, "and now you know the rest of the story". - Submitted By: Zorro Aster Knot
Turning down a request from PETA - Pet Shop Boys
At one point in their career, Pet Shop Boys were asked for a name change to Rescue Shelter Boys. But they politely turned down the offer. - Submitted By: Archie C.

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Music With a Warning Label -> Latest Entries
"Low DVD EP," Foo Fighters
A sticker was added below the usual warning (from the content in the "Low" video that got it banned from MTV) so that it can read "Parental Advisory Warning: Explicit Content ...and also big trucks."
Archie
"eMotive," A Perfect Circle
On the actual CD ( not the case), there is the longest anti-illegal music downloading warning I have ever seen. I'm not even going to bother putting it here, but it's worth seeing if you own the album.
G
"Prisoners In Paradise," Europe
It's a goofy little thing at the end of the lyrics in the CD booklet...Europe will not be held responsible for...then it lists like 4 hilarious effects the music may cause.
G
"Broken," Nine Inch Nails
In the liner notes, there is a warning reading, "Caution: Not for use with mono devices." The reason for this being is that Trent stated the songs do not sound right when being played through mono devices.
eg: Mike Smith
"Amnesiac," Radiohead
The back cover says "Radiohead. Amnesiac. Store away from direct sunlight, preferably in a dark drawer with your secrets. See inside for details."
Lee
"Live Era '87-'93," Guns N' Roses
Look very closely at the cover, just below the 2nd poster on the top row. It says "Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined That Hollywood Rose Is Bad For Your Health (but worth the risk)". You might need a big LP to see it because the writing is very small.
Lee
"Primitive Enema," Butt Trumpet
This is what the lyric sheet says concerning the lyrics to "The Grindcore Song": We've decided not to give you the lyrics to this song because we are sure they would entice you to do nasty things to yourself and to others and we don't wish to be held responsible for it. Hail Satan.
F*ck the PMRC
"Tin Machine II," Tin Machine
The second album from David Bowie's hard rock band Tin Machine was released in 1991. The cover art has 4 ancient Greek statues, of NUDE men (oh no). The morals of our Grand Republic were saved and for the U.S. release the genetilia of the statues were "airbrushed" off. They did a lousy job - it looks more the statues had their ding dongs torn off. Oh but the morality police saved the day again (NOT).
Ain't That America? Home Of the Free
"Muscle of Love," Alice Cooper
The cover says "Attention: This Carton Contains (1) Alice Cooper Muscle of Love" and also says "Fragile".
Lee
"Appetite for Destruction," Guns N' Roses
On the back cover of the CD version - it says "The music on this compact digital disc was originally recorded on analog equipment. We have attempted to perserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording. Because of it's high resolution, however, the compact disc can reveal limitations of the source tape."
Lee
"Gizmode," Zombie Nation
There is a sticker on it that says- "Okay! Get into gizmode! Be a filter jerk! Or a zombie nerd! This record has a lifetime warranty."
Camerabob
"Devils and Dust," Bruce Springsteen
There's the track "Reno" which is a story about someone who visits a flophouse in Reno. The hooker names her prices for certain sex acts ( you pay more to put it "up the *ss"). Then there's a reference to fellatio (maybe). In either case there's no "Parental Advisory" emblem on the CD but on the back cover there is a brief warning statement that says there's "adult content".
They Call Him Bruce
"Elephant Shoe," Arab Strap
Not exactly a warning label, though I am sure this fits here. Arab Strap left Chemikal Underground in 1999 to go to Go Beat! At the time, there were small forms in all UK music releases for mailing list purposes. Normally it was are you Male/Female? The Strap decided to change it to- Do You Have A Cock/A Fanny? (British meaning). The new record company were not amused and pulled the form before release. There is a photocopy and this reference within the sleeve notes for 'Ten Years of Tears', released by Chemikal Underground around 2008.
Kenny McDonald
"Sweet Time (single)," REO Speedwagon
During the autumn of 1982 the economy was still suffering big time from the post-Vietnam War era recession, which was the worst economic situation since the Great Depression (sound familiar?). November had Congressional elections and Reaganomics hadn't really made an effect yet. Pres. Reagan's GOP cohorts in Congress generally took a "midterm" election trouncing because of this (deja vu ?). Other people deviced ways to beat the inflationary doldrums. One method was for record labels to issue 1-sided 45s. The single would cost about 1/2 that of the normal 2-sided variety. The B-side (flip) simply said "Do not play this side". Only a handful of 1-sided 45s were even issued. One of them was a Go-Gos hit and another notorious "recession buster" was "Sweet Time" by REO Speedwagon which peaked at #26. As the economy improved in 1983 this brief trend was squelched.
Everything That Comes Around Goes Around...
"Monster Movie," Can
On some LP pressings, the front cover bore the words "Made in a castle with better equipment."
Glenn Rousseau
"Stop Drop and Roll!!!," Foxboro Hot Tubs
On the actual CD it says "Side A, Warning Do Not Play Side B" - this is because the album is made to look like a vinyl record and if you play side b all the paint might come of the so-called 'Side A'.
Lee
"Amarok," Mike Oldfield
On the back there is a label saying " HEALTH WARNING - This record could be hazardous to the health of cloth-eared nincompoops. If you suffer from this condition, consult your Doctor immediately ".
A Stranger
"Procrastinators Of The Apocalypse," Cirque Du So What?
[Note to editor: Am resubmitting this due to a typo in the original!] "Parental Advisory: Contains lots of the usual raunchy words, and we even made up a few new ones." This is a new supergroup composed of ShoEboX (of Worm Quartet), Chris Mezzolesta (of Power Salad), Devo Spice (formerly Sudden Death) and The Great Luke Ski. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM8e8uCsqac
Jonathan S.
"Procrastinators Of The Apocalypse," Cirque Du So What?
"Parental Advisory: Contains lots of the usual raunchy words, and we even made up few new ones." This is a new supergroup composed of ShoEboX (of Worm Quartet), Chris Mezzolesta (of Power Salad), Devo Spice and The Great Luke Ski. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM8e8uCsqac
Jonathan S.
"So Far So Good," Bryan Adams
The "warning" is really on the CD itself. It's a picture disc made up to resemble a truck tire in appearance (a monster tire is on the cover too). There's the artist and album names, the track list and copyright info, written in a circumscribe format. After the record label credits and warning (copying prohibited, ...) there's a simple sentence: Do not inflate above 50 p.s.i. This "warning" is an example of humor more than anything else.
Anyday I'm Gonna Make Her Mine!

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Album cover parody of U2 Rattle and Hum
Gary Clark Jr.
"Gary Clark Jr. Live (2-CD Set)"
Submitted by: Corky Carrel

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