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Joan Jett, Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys Among Rock Hall of Fame Nominees [PICTURES]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has mailed out the ballots for its 27th annual list of potential inductees, leaving it to the organization’s 500 voters to pick the winners from an eclectic group that includes first-time nominees as well as returning contenders.

Newly eligible artists who made this year’s cut include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Eric B. & Rakim, while the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the veteran hopefuls.

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Image courtesy of INXS.com
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INXS Unveils New Singer, Ciaran Gribbin [AUDIO]

The opening for a new INXS lead singer has been in a state of flux since Michael Hutchence’s untimely death in 1997. Even though details have seemed more uncertain than ever, it turns out that Ciaran Gribbon has taken over the reins with the new leaked demo, ‘Tiny Summer.’

Prior to this announcement, rumors sparked that the mystery voice belonged to none other than Hutchence’s old friend Bono. However, U2 fans needn’t worry anymore about their favorite front man going back on the gig market.

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Taylor Swift Beats Out Paul McCartney for July Concert Crown

Time will tell if we’ll still need her when she’s 64, but last month, Taylor Swift was the biggest concert draw in the land — selling even more tickets than Paul McCartney.

According to numbers released by the ticketing service TicketsNow, Swift accounted for an amazing six percent of system-wide sales, good enough to place her sixth on the all-agency list of events for the month.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images
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‘The Voice’ Will Return in Highly-Coveted Post-Super Bowl Time Slot

Given that it pulled in some of the highest ratings the network has seen in recent years — and that it was quickly renewed for a second season — we already knew NBC was enamored with ‘The Voice.’

Now that the network has announced the premiere date for season two, we know just how much.

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Lady Gaga and Cher to Record a Duet, ‘The Greatest Thing’

 

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Cher’s musical career has been fairly low profile since she scored a massive late ’90s hit with ‘Believe,’ but her influence continues to be felt in the larger-than-life style of many younger artists — including Lady Gaga, who’s planning to acknowledge that debt with a duet that just might melt the dance floor.

They’re teaming up to record ‘The Greatest Thing,’ a song Gaga offered Cher for her upcoming album.

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Bruce Springsteen Is the Inspiration for Superman’s New ‘Contemporary’ Comic Book Look

At this point in his illustrious career, there probably aren’t many awards and accolades left for Bruce Springsteen to collect — but the latest tribute to the Boss is really something special.

According to comic writer Grant Morrison, who’s spearheading the upcoming reboot of DC’s ‘Action Comics’ title, Superman’s new look was inspired by none other than Springsteen himself.

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Lewis Jacobs, NBC
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‘The Voice’ Coaches Put Their Spin on Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’ [VIDEO]

Nothing quite says “pressure” quite like the last night of competition on a nationally televised singing competition — so it’s only fitting that the four judges of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ came together to duet on the Queen and David Bowie classic ‘Under Pressure.’

The quartet — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera — took the stage for a loose version of the song, starting off in unison before Shelton, Levine, and Cee Lo took turns soloing at the mic. Aguilera, naturally, added plenty of melismatic vocal runs.

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Johnny Depp Electrifies Crowd By Joining Alice Cooper On Stage [VIDEO]

For alt-rock fans with long memories, Johnny Depp isn’t just a world-famous actor, he’s also the guy who played guitar and bass for Butthole Surfer frontman Gibby Haynes’ short-lived group P. But for pretty much everyone else, the sight of Depp rocking out with Alice Cooper on a London stage comes as a shock.

Depp joined Cooper for the latter’s show in London’s 100 Club over the weekend, an appearance teased by Cooper when he posted a backstage picture to his Facebook account with the caption “Johnny Depp!! Waiting to jump on stage with Alice for ’18′ and ‘Schools Out!’”

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Brian Wilson Coming to Theaters Near You, Thanks to New Biopic

Even if he were simply one of the most critically revered songwriters of the rock era, Brian Wilson’s life story would be ripe for the film treatment. Toss in decades of eccentric behavior and lawsuits, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a biopic.

At least, that seems to be the thinking over at River Road Entertainment, the production company behind Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ where Oren Moverman — the writer and director behind the Oscar-nominated ‘The Messenger’ — has been hired to write the screenplay.

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Prince Swears Off Recording Until Someone Fixes the Internet

Ah, Prince. Whether he’s changing his name to a symbol, scrawling slogans on his face, threatening to sue his fans, or publicly daydreaming about a world in which no one is allowed to cover his songs, he’s always good for a provocative quote or two.

His latest interview, with the UK’s Guardian, didn’t disappoint.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Promises ‘Loud,’ ‘Fast’ New Album

It’s been eight long years since we’ve heard anything new from ZZ Top, but fans can look forward to a new album soon — and guitarist Billy Gibbons says it’s “a return to the early ZZ Top roots.”

The upcoming, as-yet untitled set, which will be the band’s 15th studio album in 42 years, is currently being recorded with executive producer Rick Rubin, who’s also serving as a band advisor in his capacity as president of their label, American Recordings.

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Eagles Approach Milestone Anniversary; Don Henley Says They May ‘Quit’

Since starting out four decades ago, the Eagles have notched six number one albums, six Grammys, five number one singles, and sold more than 120 million albums. How do you celebrate your 40th anniversary after enjoying so much success?

According to Don Henley, it might be a good time to go on tour. Or, you know, just quit.

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