Have A Rockin’ Thanksgiving! A Looks At Some Of Our Favorite Songs About Giving Thanks!

(PCM) Thanksgiving is finally here and we have put together a list of some of our favorite songs that are all about being thankful.

They are sure to put you in the right frame of mind to celebrate the spirit of the holiday and will be the perfect soundtrack to a truly grateful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.

1. Thank U – Alanis Morissette

The track was written after Morrisette returned home from a journey to India with her mother and a few friends. It is a reflection of the gratitude she experienced during her journey.

2. Thank You  – Dido

Dido wrote the track to express her feelings about her then boyfriend and despite the fact that the couple has since split, the song still holds a thankful and hopeful message.

3. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John

You can truly feel the raw emotion and sensitivity along with a deep sense of gratitude within Elton’s vocals.

4. Shelter From The Storm – Bob Dylan

Dylan inspires us to be thankful for the protection we feel within our community and surrounded by our friends.

5. Thank You – Boyz II Men

There is no mystery here. Boyz II Men get right to the point and show their extreme gratitude with this heartfelt track.

6. Thank You, Thank You, You’re Far To Kind – Jay Z

Jay-Z released this track as a thank you message to his fans. Maybe a little egotistical but the message of gratitude towards fans is quite apparent.

7. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold

There is no way we could leave this classic track about the gratitude of friendship off this list. Most people will recognize it as the theme to the hit TV series “The Golden Girls”.

8. Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

A classic Thanksgiving story that rounds out our list. Just listen to all of the 20 minute glory!

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Creed Vocalist Scott Stapp Claims He Is Penniless And Living In A Holiday Inn

(PCM) We swear this is not a headline from The Onion or some other satire news site. Creed front man Scott Stapp posted a 15 minute long confessional style video on the band’s Facebook page claiming that he is flat broke, being investigated by the IRS and other agencies and living in a Holiday Inn.

Stapp titled the video “Public Statement #1″ and given what he discussed throughout the video we are surely going to see additional public statements popping up in the near future. Stapp claims that he is under some kind of vicious attack and that a bunch of money was taken from him. He also adds that many of his royalties have not been paid.

Stapp has admitted that he has suffered from severe drug and alcohol problems in the past, however in the video he claims that he is completely drug and alcohol free living a completely sober lifestyle dedicated to Christ.

Stapp asks for assistance in finding a good and honest attorney that would be willing to take on his case and many times throughout the video expresses concern for the well-being of his three children.

Prior to his current residence at the Holiday Inn Stapp says that he was living in his truck for a few days and was forced to go without food for two days which landed him in the emergency room after his bank accounts were all frozen.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Stapp’s wife Jaclyn Stapp had filed for divorce and is request full custody of the couples three children.

She claims to have received some incredibly odd text messages from Scott in last few weeks, ever since he disappeared from their home in Orlando, Florida in early October. Those message include commentary about biological weapons coming into the state of Florida, the CIA being behind AA and interest in both Nashville and Palm Springs driven by God.

Jaclyn says that Stapp has been using crystal meth and steroids and has filed a Marchman Act. If approved, Stapp will be court ordered to go into a treatment facility.

What do you think? Is Stapp’s video believable or do you think he is making up the whole story and is back on the drugs?

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Prince Ditched His Social Media Accounts

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(PCM) No stranger to walking the unbeaten path, Prince decided to delete his Facebook and twitter and removed all of his music from Youtube today (Nov. 25), causing some panic among his fans.

Not much will change for fans of the singer-songwriter/actor/multi-instrumentalist though; Prince rarly posted on his Facebook or Twitter. In September, the artist held a three-hour Q&A on his Facebook page, only to answer one question regarding the ideal frequency of recorded music.

Though he had a promising start on the site, Prince was also very inactive on Twitter, with most of the tweets on his shared account with his backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, coming from 3rdEyeGirl.

The only official video of Prince’s that is still online is his video for “Breakfast Can Wait” on Vevo. The artist’s music is still accessible through Spotify, though there’s no telling how long this will last.

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Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani Team up for ‘Paddington’ Soundtrack

Paddington(PCM) Music fans everywhere rejoice! Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, both veteran musicians with an impressive body of work, Grammy awards, and hits still topping the charts today, are collaborating on an original song for Paddington.

Williams and Stefani are co-writing and performing “Shine” for the family-comedy, opening in theaters January 16, 2015.

The two creative artists are no strangers, having previously recorded several tracks together including Williams’ “Can I Have It Like That” and Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” and “Spark the Fire,” whish just dropped today but has seemingly been pulled from every site that posted it.

“Pharrell and Gwen are the perfect artistic duo and they truly brought to life the charm that Paddington represents in the terrific song ‘Shine,’” says Bob Weinstein in a statment. “We are so proud to have them be a part of this classic film.”

“I am honored to join forces with Pharrell and be part of bringing this beloved classic to life for Paddington’s next big adventure,” says Gwen Stefani.

Pharrell Williams adds, “What a wonderful opportunity, as a parent, to contribute to something as classic, authentic and generational to all of our lives, as Paddington Bear.”

Pharrell Williams was nominated in the 2014 Academy Awards for his original song for Despicable Me 2, “Happy,” so hopes are high for his collaboration with Gwen Stefani, especially since the pair’s first collaboration, “Hollaback Girl,” was the first digital download to sell one million copies in the U.S.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home.

Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.

It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Paddington stars Ben Whishaw as the titular bear alongside Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, and Imelda Staunton.

Paddington opens in U.S. theaters nationwide January 16, 2015.

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Katy Perry Will Headline The Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

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(PCM) The NFL has just revealed that pop superstar Katy Perry has been chosen to perform at the upcoming Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show.

Perry’s upcoming performance as headliner of the halftime show will air live on NBC from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on February 1st, 2015.

Perry is currently on the road with her Prismatic World Tour in Australia, however she tweeted the following message acknowledging the announcement about her performance. Bob Costas revealed the news during the Cowboys-Giants game during Sunday Night Football.

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Usher Unleashes ‘The UR Experience’ In Atlantic City

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(PCM) After two packed shows in New York and Philadelphia, nearby Atlantic City demanded a dose of The UR Experience. Usher brought his sensational live act to Boardwalk Hall last night, and fans packed the 15,000-seat bungalow on the beach. Usher is touring in anticipation of his next album, UR, which is currently in the works.

The show got off to an explosive start as Usher took to the stage and laid down one of his signature dance moves amid a plethora of pyro. He opened with “My Way”, an appropriate track to kick things off on the tour branded with his very initials and the title track to his breakout sophomore release. He then cranked out back-to-back smash hits “OMG” and “Love In This Club”, and never looked back. Usher proceeded to unleashed a monstrous 28-song set filled with #1 hits and Grammy-winning tracks.

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Other highlights from the evening included “Lovers and Friends”, “U Remind Me”, “Lil’ Freak”, “Confessions”, “Good Kisser”, “Burn”, “Climax”, “Superstar”, and a sweet mashup of “Hey Daddy/My Boo/I Need a Girl”. Usher hit the crowd with the one-two punch of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and “Yeah!” to conclude the set, and returned for a euphoric encore of “Without You”. The hit songs alone made the show awesome, but the top-notch choreography and the infusion of a live band greatly enhanced what Usher has shown us in the studio.

Throughout his career, Usher has sold over 60 million albums worldwide. He is one of the most decorated artists of his generation, with 8 Grammy Awards, 8 American Music Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Music Awards, and 2 People’s Choice Awards just to name a few. Usher broke out with is Grammy-nominated second album, 1997’s My Way. The disc has since gone on to be certified 7x platinum by the RIAA.

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His last for studio albums have all debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. He hopes to continue that streak in 2015 with his eighth album UR. Usher has been working on his new material with the songwriting and producing team of Jermaine Dupri, Eric Bellinger, Brian Alexander Morgan, and Bryan-Michael Cox.

Beginning in 2013, Usher served as a coach on NBC’s hit show The Voice during Seasons 4 and 6. In Season 6, he coached singer Josh Kaufman to victory in the competition. The North American leg of Usher’s current tour wraps up on December 14 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. In early 2015, Usher will jet to Europe for another leg of The UR Experience that runs through March 26.

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A full gallery of images from the show can be found here!

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Could This Be The Most Insane Music Video Ever?

(PCM) Our MusicGuy passed me over a link to what just so happens to be one of the most insane music videos I have ever laid eyes on, so of course I had to share it with all of you!

The video is for the song “Chick Chick” by the C-pop group Wang Rong Rollin and let’s just say it features something for the boys, the girls and … the farm animals! (Seriously)

After watching this video it truly makes me wonder just what else Wang Rong Rollin are actually “rollin”, if you catch my drift. The video has been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube, so apparently some people are digging it or at least understand!

What do you think?  Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below!

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This Band Has The Most Fitting Name Ever: Meet SomeKindaWonderful

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(PCM) One of our newest musical addictions here at PCM is without a doubt the infectious soulful pop grooves of SomekindaWonderful. We are always on the search of something that sounds a little bit different in a world of cookie cutter rock bands and SomekindaWonderful has been a diamond (should we say “rhinestone”) in the rough.

The band has just recently released their new track “Rhinestone Melodies” and are currently offering it up as a free download for fans in support of the band’s first-ever and current tour with Bad Suns and New Politics.

You can check out the track below and of course download it here!

SomekindaWonderful’s debut album was released via Downtown Records back on June 16th and reached #8 on the iTunes Alternative albums charts. The band also boasts of 2 million combined plays on major streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and Soundcloud.

A full list of the band’s remaing tour dates can be found below:

Fri
11/14
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave/Eagles Club

Sat
11/15
Indianapolis, IN
Deluxe at Old National Centre

Sun
11/16
Chicago, IL
House of Blues

Tue
11/18
Cincinnati, OH
Bogart’s

Wed
11/19
Louisville, KY
Mercury Ballroom

Thu
11/20
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues

Fri
11/21
Columbus, OH
Newport Music Hall

Sat
11/22
Detroit, MI
St. Andrew’s Hall

Tue
11/25
New York, NY
Irving Plaza

Wed
11/26
Boston, MA
Paradise Rock Club

Fri
11/28
Buffalo, NY
Town Ballroom

Sat
11/29
Philadelphia, PA
TLA

Sun
11/30
Hartford, CT
Webster Theater

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Culture Club Cancel North American And UK Tour Dates

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(PCM) It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK scheduled for November and December 2014.

It became necessary to do so this week when a polyp was discovered in George’s throat. The throat specialist has ordered George to not sing as it may necessitate an operation.

George and the band are devastated by this news and so it is with much regret that the tour is cancelled until further notice. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

“We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George’s problem will be resolved,” said the members of Culture Club.

The band wish George a speedy recovery and added ….“To our fans we wish to thank you for your loyalty and know that we love you all.”

Be sure to check out the band’s upcoming new album “Tribes”, which you can pre-order here!

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James Franco And Tim O’Keefe Reveal New Project For Their Art Duo “Daddy”

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(PCM) James Franco and Tim O’Keefe announced today that their art band duo Daddy will release it’s next project Let Me Get What I Want in 2015, and it will consist of a full length album + feature an accompanying full length video/film.

James recently published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White: Poems. Two sections in that book are called “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs,” which were reactions to a bunch of Smiths’ songs; each poem sharing the title of the song that inspired it. James and Tim were looking for a jump off for their next project and while discussing the poems and their love of the Smiths decided to use these poems and began to create new songs around them. Soon it was clear, this would be the album and they decided the original songs titles would share the titles of James’ poems that had inspired them.

Get This: The guys got Andy Rourke (original bassist for the Smiths) to play on every track!

There are videos for each song on the album and they can be played in order as an hour-long film or watched separately. The 10 videos all relate to each other to tell a cohesive story, and form a full-length film. When playing all 10 videos (watching it like a full length film) there is no “beginning” or “end” point, it works like a loop. (i.e. the “last” video, or video 10, connects to the first video, video 1, seamlessly). A painting (by James) for each title appears before each song begins. There are 3 main characters in the film: Tom, Erica, and Sterling. The film explores their relationships to one another. This video focuses on Tom.

The footage was shot by students of James’ mother at the high school that James attended in Palo Alto and the same one that inspired the poems in the first place. Students were given the poems (before they were songs) and asked to shoot based on the poems (which eventually became the lyrics).

James and Tim then took the footage and re-cut the images to the songs. Daddy recently (and secretly) screened the new Daddy music film as part of a recent Franco art show presented at Palo Alto High School, and sponsored by Pace Gallery.

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