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Sail Away: The Oral History of 'Yacht Rock'

26 June 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, musical artists like Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto, Hall and Oates, and dozens of others regularly popped up on each other's records, creating a golden era of smooth-music collaboration.

And 10 years ago (June 26th, 2005), an internet phenomenon was born. In 12 short but memorable episodes — first via the the short-film series Channel 101 and then online — Jd Ryznar, Hunter Stair, Dave Lyons, Lane Farnham and their friends redefined an era and coined a term for the sultry croonings of McDonald, Fagen, et al. »

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David Chase breaks silence on Sopranos' final scene

15 April 2015 5:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Chase has broken down The Sopranos final scene in an extended interview...

Spoilers for The Sopranos ending lie ahead.

The last episode of The Sopranos is one of the most debated endings in TV history. Some people were infuriated by it, others thought it was brilliant. On June 10, 2007, Steve Perry stopped believing, the onion rings were finished and Tony Soprano gave a quick glance at a passing stranger in a Member’s Only jacket.

David Chase, brought The Sopranos into this world and took them out. He directed the Made In America episode. He always maintained that everything you needed to know about the fate of Tony Soprano was on that screen so stop asking.

But when DGA Quarterly asked Chase, he gave a shot-by-shot explanation of what he put on the plate.

"When it's over," Chase told DGA, "I think you're probably always blindsided by it. That's all I can say. »

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Smokey Robinson Remembers 'We Are the World' 30 Years Later

6 March 2015 4:31 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's hard to believe but it was 30 years ago tomorrow that "We Are The World" was released. Smokey Robinson was among the music superstars who were there and Et asked Smokey to relive that historic day back in 1985.

News: Pop Culture History Lesson: "We Are the World" Turns 30

"I had no idea that all those people were going to be there, but everybody in show business was there!" Smokey told Et.

The song featured 45 artists all together, including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Huey Lewis and Cyndi Lauper. Michael and Lionel wrote the song and charity single meant to raise funds for USA for Africa.

The charity, aimed at easing famine, is still active today and has raised more than $75 million.

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The mastermind behind USA for »

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