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4th Annual Monsters of Rock Cruise About to Set Sail

Have you ever wanted to go on a cruise with some of the best rockers around?  Well you’re in luck there just happens to be an opportunity on the Monsters of Rock Cruise.

The 4th annual cruise will set sail this April, and features some of the biggest hard-rock and heavy-metal acts of the 1980s and ’90s.  Some the groups on-board will be Tesla, Night Ranger, Queensryche, Extreme, Lita Ford, Europe, and Stryper.

Besides the concerts, the cruise will feature a variety of events, such as artist meet-and-greets, a “Cooking with Rock Stars” demonstration, a “So You Think You Can Shred” fan competition and themed parties like the Hot Tub Time Machine ’80s Prom and Fantasy Night Masquerade.

For a full list of Rockers as well as how you can get on board, visit

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Google Play Music Just Increased Your Storage For Free

Do you have an extensive collection of music?  Most music lovers do, that’s why Google Play Music just increased your storage capacity.

Previously, you were allowed to store up to 20,000 of your favorite songs on Google Play Music for free.  Now with this upgrade the storage space will hold 50,000 songs for FREE.

The extra space is a free upgrade for users, meaning that there are no catches and it is applied automatically.

Sorry iOS fans, you’ll still have to pay to store music.  A rough estimate would be about $10 a month on Apple iCloud.

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45 Years Ago Today…

It was 45 Years ago today on February 26, 1970 Capitol Records released the Beatles classic Hey Jude. That’s two years after the the song was originally released in August 1968 by the Beatles own Apple label. [Listen]

The song’s original title was “Hey Jules,” and it was intended to comfort Julian Lennon from the stress of his parents’ divorce. McCartney said, “I started with the idea ‘Hey Jules,’ which was Julian, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better. Hey, try and deal with this terrible thing. I knew it was not going to be easy for him. I always feel sorry for kids in divorces … I had the idea [for the song] by the time I got there. I changed it to ‘Jude’ because I thought that sounded a bit better.” Julian Lennon discovered the song had been written for him almost twenty years later. He remembered being closer to McCartney than to his father: “Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit—more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad.”

Although McCartney originally wrote the song for Julian Lennon, John Lennon thought it had actually been written for him.

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23% of iTunes Users are Listening to U2

An independent study has concluded during the month of January, U2 accounted for 23% of all music listened to on iOs devices.

The study also found that not only was U2 the most-listened-to act on the iOs platform, but that more users were listening to U2 than Taylor Swift (11%) and Katy Perry (8%) combined.

Bono stated, “This is fantastic news. If these figures suggest that these songs still matter to people, then we’re knocked out. That’s all any songwriter wants.”

95% of the U2 listeners listened to one or more tracks from the band’s current album, Songs Of Innocence.

The Edge added, “It’s nice to know that 5 months on so many people have discovered Songs of Innocence. In the end we just wanted people to hear the album. We took a big risk but today we can say that the experiment worked.”

The study was conducted by the Kantar Group.

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Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti Reissue Drops Today

The remastered and expanded version of the band’s 1975 Physical Graffiti, drops today.  According to Jimmy Page, by the time his group began working on the epic double album, the band members all were at their technical and creative peak as musicians.

“The way that we sort of combined musically ’cause we were all incredible musicians, no doubt about that — the way that we could play together as a band was unlike anybody else, and that’s all there was to it,” Page remarked at a recent listening party at London’s Olympic Studios.

Page explained that the band that made Physical Graffiti had become adept at recording songs together live in the studio so that the performances were vibrant and the musicians were playing off each other in interesting ways.

One of the highlights of Physical Graffiti is “Kashmir,” which was recorded at Headley Grange, the 18th century English residence where the band had made its classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV.

For more information on the various configurations of the Physical Graffiti reissue visit

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