Feature Artist: Duran Duran (Singles) 1pm ET @duranduran

May 28, 2015
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duranduranDuran Duran are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and according to Sunday Mercury, they have sold more than 120 million records.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet, when they first emerged, the band later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image. The band has won a number of awards throughout their career: two Grammy Awards, two BRIT Awards including the Outstanding Contribution to Music, and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band’s controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel, MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look than was standard at the time. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows; they were the first major act to provide video screens above the stage to bring the action closer to the audience in the rear.

The group was formed by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, with the later addition of drummer Roger Taylor, and after numerous personnel changes, guitarist Andy Taylor and lead vocalist Simon Le Bon. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Peter Gabriel Top 30 6p ET @itspetergabriel

February 10, 2014
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Peter GabrielPeter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is the most played music video in the history of the station.

More recently, Gabriel has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music as well as his involvement in humanitarian efforts. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2006, and in 2008, TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Gabriel was also awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, and the Polar Music Prize in 2009. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010 and he is to be inducted as a solo artist in 2014.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Sledgehammer 
2 Big Time
3 Steam 
4 Digging in the Dirt
5 Don’t Give Up (with Kate Bush)
6 Games Without Frontiers
7 Shock the Monkey
8 In Your Eyes 
9 Solsbury Hill
10 Red Rain
11 Kiss That Frog 
12 Biko
13 Lovetown 
14 The Barry Williams Show
15 More Than This
16 Shakin’ the Tree (with Youssou N’Dour)
17 Blood of Eden (with ‘Sinéad O’Connor)
18 Secret World
19 Burn You Up, Burn You Down
20 That Voice Again
21 While the Earth Sleeps (with Deep Forest)
22 No Self-Control
23 Kiss of Life
24 Down to Earth (with The Soweto Gospel Choir)
25 I Have the Touch
26 Growing Up
27 Darkness
28 The Book of Love
29 I Don’t Remember
30 Modern Love

Artist Countdown: Ozzy Osbourne Top 30 6pm ET @OfficialOzzy

December 3, 2013
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ozzy-osbourneJohn Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English rock vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. Osbourne rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering English band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US, though he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011 to record the album 13, which was released in 2013. Osbourne’s longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal“.

Osbourne’s total album sales from his years in Black Sabbath combined with his solo work is over 100 million. In the early 2000s, Osbourne became a television star, appearing as himself in the MTV reality program The Osbournes, alongside wife/manager Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack.

1 Crazy Train
2 Dreamer
3 Flying High Again
4 Mr. Crowley
5 Paranoid (with Black Sabbath)
6 Mama, I’m Coming Home
7 Close My Eyes Forever (with Lita Ford)
8 Gets Me Through
9 Changes (with Kelly Osbourne)
10 Shot in the Dark
11 No More Tears
12 Let Me Hear You Scream
13 I Don’t Wanna Stop
14 Bark at the Moon
15 Perry Mason
16 See You on the Other Side
17 I Just Want You
18 Walk on Water
19 Road to Nowhere
20 Iron Man
21 Back on Earth
22 So Tired
23 Time After Time
24 Mississippi Queen
25 Life Won’t Wait
26 Over the Mountain
27 Not Going Away
28 Black Rain
29 Let It Die
30 Never Say Die! (with Black Sabbath)

Artist Countdown: Billy Idol Top 20 8pm ET @BillyIdol

November 28, 2013
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BillyIdolWilliam Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. A member of the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. He then embarked on a successful solo career, and was a member of the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. A series of music videos for songs such as “Dancing With Myself“, “White Wedding“, “Rebel Yell” and “Eyes Without a Face” made him one of the first MTV stars. Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 To Be a Lover
2 Eyes Without a Face
3 Cradle of Love
4 Mony Mony (Live)
5 Sweet Sixteen
6 Flesh for Fantasy
7 Don’t Need a Gun
8 Shock to the System
9 Dancing with Myself
10 Rebel Yell
11 Hot in the City
12 White Wedding
13 Speed
14 L.A. Woman
15 Prodigal Blues
16 Scream
17 Soul Standing By 
18 Catch My Fall 
19 Heroin
20 John Wayne
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