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by Unknown // Thursday, December 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Axl Rose has been voted the greatest lead singer of all time.

The Guns N' Roses[/rt] frontman topped the survey carried out by website Musicradar.com, beating off competition from the likes of late [art]Queen star Freddie Mercury and veteran Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant, who were placed second and third placed respectively.

The website commented: "Think back to the late 1980s. Axl Rose: dangerous, lean, angry, confrontational, controversial."

Axl, 48, was overjoyed to scoop the accolade and thanked fans for their votes.

He posted on the group's Facebook page: "Thank you for all of the support you give us day in day out. All you folks on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, the message boards that fight the good fight - we feel it and very much appreciate it - THANK YOU!. And special thanks to MusicRadar for holding the poll and letting people speak."

Also featured in the poll were Ronnie James Dio, the Black Sabbath star who passed away earlier this year, and late Beatles legend John Lennon, who rounded out the top five.

John's bandmate Sir Paul McCartney placed tenth, while the rest of the top 10 was comprised of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Radiohead star Thom Yorke, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Muse rocker Matt Bellamy.

 

Musicradar.com's greatest lead singers of all time:

1. Axl Rose

2. Freddie Mercury

3. Robert Plant

4. Ronnie James Dio

5. John Lennon

6. Bruce Dickinson

7. Thom Yorke

8. Kurt Cobain

9. Matt Bellamy

10. Paul McCartney

 

by Unknown // Tuesday, December 28, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Sir Elton John has become a father.

The musician and his husband David Furnish welcomed son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John - born to a surrogate mother - into the world on Christmas Day.

A statement from the couple told Us Weekly magazine: "We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.

"Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents."

The baby weighed a healthy 7lbs 15oz, was 22 inches long and was born in California, but no further details about the pregnancy or the surrogate mother have been made public yet.

Elton, 63, married David, 48, in 2005 after being in a relationship together for 12 years.

The Canadian filmmaker has previously talked about raising a family with his pop superstar partner but insisted they were waiting until Elton's touring commitments were less demanding.

He said: "We don't want to put the raising of children into the hands of nannies and housekeepers. We want to be active parents."

The couple made a bid to adopt a HIV positive Ukrainian child, Lev, last year, but this was eventually rejected due to Elton's age and the fact the country doesn't recognize same sex civil marriages.

Although they could not adopt the boy, Elton and David continue to support him and his brother financially.

The 'Rocket Man' singer also has 10 godchildren, including David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo and Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian.

by Unknown // Thursday, December 23, 2010 // News, News // 0 Comments

Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear we were reunited onstage this week.

Dave's present band, Foo Fighters - which includes Pat - played a secret show in California, debuting new songs from their upcoming album, but during Tuesday's (12/21/2010) set he surprised everyone by inviting bassist Krist to the stage.

The band then played the song 'Marigold', Dave's sole composition for Nirvana - which broke up in 1994 after the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain.

The show at the small Paladino's club was packed with around 500 people including celebrity actors Ryan Phillippe and Amanda Seyfried, and saw the Foo Fighters debut new material including tracks called 'Dear Rosemary', 'White Limo', and 'Back and Forth.'

Krist worked with Foo Fighters on their as yet-untitled latest album, playing bass and accordion on one song, and the album was recorded by Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana's genre defining 'Nevermind' album, which Dave has previously said was something of a "weird" experience.

"To be in the same room as Krist and Butch for the first time in so long was a little weird. But it was cool that we survived. As he was leaving here I said in a cute voice, 'I love you, Krist', and he said in a similar voice, 'I love you, too!' "

Dave has also said the album will the "heaviest" Foo Fighters have ever recorded, promising: "In the 14 songs, there's not one acoustic guitar, there's not one in the house."

by Unknown // Thursday, December 23, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Radiohead's 'OK Computer' has been voted the best album of the last 25 years.

The British indie group topped the list of the best 250 albums released between 1986 and 2011 - beating U2, Nirvana, Oasis, Muse and The Strokes - in the poll by Q magazine.

'OK Computer', released in 1997, is seen as the band's defining work, and saw them fuse their melancholy indie pop with cinematic ambition and the influence of computer generated sounds. The record was instantly hailed a classic in their native England and helped establish them as one of the most popular underground bands in the US.

A spokesperson for the magazine said: "As this poll testifies, our readers see it as the benchmark against which all other albums are and continue to judged against in Q's lifetime."

Grunge pioneers Nirvana's genre defining 'Nevermind' album, from 1991, was voted in second place while guitar group Oasis followed with their second album '(What'sThe Story) Morning Glory' and their debut 'Definitely Maybe' in third and fourth respectively.

One of the youngest bands on the list, The Arctic Monkeys, made sixth place with their debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' - recorded when frontman Alex Turner was still a teenager - beating Irish rockers U2, who's 'The Joshua Tree' album was seventh.

Rounding out the top ten are second entries for Radiohead, with 'The Bends' and U2, with 'Achtung Baby', and the most recently released album to make the top 10, 'Black Holes And Revelations' by Muse, which came out in June 2006.

Altogether in the top 250 - voted for by readers of the magazine - U2 have the most albums with seven, Radiohead follow with six, Muse and Oasis both have five, while Coldplay, Blur and Kings of Leon have four.

 

250 Best Albums Of Q's Lifetime (1986-2011), Top 30:

 

1. OK Computer, Radiohead

2. Nevermind, Nirvana

3. (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis

4. Definitely Maybe, Oasis

5. Whatever People Say I Am, Arctic Monkeys

6. The Joshua Tree, U2

7. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

8. The Bends, Radiohead.

9. Achtung Baby, U2.

10. Black Holes And Revelations, Muse.

11. Is This It, The Strokes.

12. A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay.

13. Parklife, Blur

14. Screamadelica, Primal Scream

15. White Blood Cells, The White Stripes

16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel

17. Hot Fuss, The Killers

18. Kid A, Radiohead

19. Funeral, Arcade Fire

20. American Idiot, Green Day

21. The Holy Bible, Manic Street Preachers

22. Absolution, Muse

23. In Rainbows, Radiohead

24. Only By The Night, Kings Of Leon

25. Demon Days, Gorillaz

26. Origin Of Symmetry, Muse

27. Appetite For Destruction, Guns N' Roses

28. Urban Hymns, The Verve

29. Automatic For The People, R.E.M

30. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine