Connecting With Joan Jett, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Congratulations to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who are among the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees! Other musicians and bands to be honored include Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and The "5" Royales.

"Playing 'I Love Rock and Roll' would be a lot of fun," Jett told Rolling Stone. "It would speak to what a lot of us have dedicated our lives to, this music called rock & roll. I think it would be appropriate. I've always sort of kept that song away, but I think in this instance it would be a perfect..."

The Who just announced Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be the opening act for the North American tour dates during their Who Hits 50! Tour.

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Here's What Charli XCX Thinks Is Sexy

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Jena Ardell

Charlotte Aitchinson, better known as Charli XCX, has become the alt culture's pop princess by marching to the the beat of her own electric drum machine. Her unruly mane and bedroom eyes mirror her 'I don't give a fuck' image, as she embraces every curse word possible during interviews.

"There's only a few more years left of the whole plastic, overproduced, bad-lyric throwaway pop," XCX assured "It's dying out because audiences are clever. Artists are running their own careers now, and that means it has to come from them. It has to come from their brain."

XCX is climbing to the top of the heap of pop-hit-writers-turned-pop-stars with each collaboration she spearheads. (To Americans who don't follow pop music, XCX gets overshadowed as "the other voice'" in Iggy Azalea's hit 'Fancy', a song which XCX co-wrote).

"I hate the idea of people thinking that I'm just a little girl who goes into studios with pop producers," XCX told Pitchfork. "I executive-produced this record myself and I put those people in a room together because I thought it would be right."

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Lenny Kravitz Wants Peace, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

You know winter is officially upon us when Photoshopped images of Lenny Kravitz wearing a giant scarf begin to recirculate the internet.

Earlier this month, Kravitz was named a knight in the French l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand presented the prestigious French cultural award in Paris. That's cool and all, but we're still bummed Kravtiz's character Cinna was killed off in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and we're hoping Kravitz finds time for more acting roles.

"With acting, it's just not about me," Kravitz told Interview Magazine. "I love being in that position, because with the music, it's always about me."

Here's what the peaceful crooner has said about his life philosophies. Quotation above via

(And if you ever wanted to see a photo of Jennifer Lawrence pretending to pick Kravitz's nose, here's the link. You're welcome).

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Pharrell Shows His Humility, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

We've never heard anyone speak unkindly about Pharrell Williams--and why should they? The ever-dapper creative genius has been the force behind some of the biggest pop songs and most successful collaborations to date.

Pharrell received accolades this week after he changed the closing lyrics to Armstrong's "It's a Wonderful World" during a team performance on NBC's The Voice. Pharrell's lyrical edit mentioned needing "justice to unfurl," a nod to his feelings toward the controversial Ferguson verdict.

We were tickled when we discovered Pharrell's inspiration behind naming his son 'Rocket.' He explained to Oprah: "[My wife Helen Lasichanh and I] named him after a man-made machine that was meant to go up--meant to ascend". Stevie Wonder's "Rocket Love", Elton John's "Rocket Man", and Herbie Hancock's "Rocket" also played a factor, since those artists are his favorite musicians.

You can watch Pharrell and supermodel Cara Delevingne star and share a duet in Chanel's 'Reincarnation', a new short film directed by the label's creative director Karl Lagerfeld. Here's what the hit-maker has said that demonstrates his humility. Quotation above via

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Sia Explains Her Aversion to Fame, In Illustrated Form

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Sia Furler, a songwriting savant whose writing credits include mega hits like Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Flo Rida's "Wild One", has been making an even bigger splash as a solo act with her own hit single, "Chandelier," but there's one thing she doesn't want to achieve: celebrity.

The songstress openly shares her struggles with depression, anxiety and past addictions during interviews and on social media, but rarely performs and now avoids being photographed. Sia went so far as writing an Anti-Fame Manifesto and has been coined the "the Socially Phobic Pop Star" by The New York Times. Earlier this year, she insisted on being filmed with her back toward the camera during interviews on Nightline and Chelsea Lately. Most viewers wondered if her anti-social antics and blonde bob wig were part of a publicity ploy.

"I don't want to be famous, or recognizable," Sia told ABC News. "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the Internet."

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Insight into Springsteen's Mind, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
This week Springsteen was criticized for his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" with Dave Grohl and Zac Brown at the Concert for Valor, held on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Fox News and conservative media condemned Springsteen's song choice as unpatriotic, anti-military, and inappropriate for Veterans Day. Suggestions by blog trolls stating "Four Other Songs Springsteen Could've Played at 'Concert for Valor" quickly infiltrated social media.

According The Daily Express, John Fogerty originally wrote the song in 1969 to protest the Vietnam War draft.

We could just imagine the Blog Troll Overlord salivating while reading this line from "Left-wing millionaire and rock-n-roll welfare queen Bruce Springsteen was unable to keep his ego in check."

What needs to be "in check" are expectations. What did everyone really expect from an outspoken political anti-war activist like Springsteen? Should Springsteen really be condemned for using his "celebrity" to express his views? The media doesn't have a problem using a musician's celebrity to gain viewership, as long as his voice doesn't ignite something beyond mindless entertainment.

Springsteen "politicized" a veteran's concert, everyone whined. Politics are what creates war. What's so inappropriate with forcing Americans to acknowledge that?

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Jimmy Page Honors Led Zepplin, In Illustrated Form

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Rock legend Jimmy Page admitted to Rolling Stone he's done with all the Led Zeppelin tinkering, after the exhaustive reissue campaign he produced of the band's rarities and exclusives.

Page told reporters he was preparing to work on new solo material after his autobiography entitled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page was published (last month).

"I've got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar," Page told Rolling Stone. "Lots and lots. And right now I need to get myself up to speed, and that won't take too long. But I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I do have material and a passion for it. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other side issues going on."

Modern artist Jeff Koons proposed to design the cover for Page's next solo album during a panel discussion about Page's rock n'roll career at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Heck yes.

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What It's Like To Be Taylor Swift, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

We're in awe of Taylor Swift and we're not saying that ironically--which, sadly, is how Swift initially viewed Lena Dunham's follow on twitter. "I was really scared [Dunham] was being ironic," Swift told Rolling Stone. "But I decided to follow her [back] anyway, just in case."

Swift and Dunham are now bffs who play dress-up in vintage night gowns (pretending to be pioneer women) in Swift's penthouse apartment in New York City. Will this friendship with a quirky, acclaimed industry 'It' girl assuage reluctance from the 25-34 crowd to give Swift more credit for being her own brand of brilliant?

Recently Swift pulled off an ultimate gift to her most loyal fans: she bused fans to her personal homes in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville (and into a hotel in London), and invited them into her living room for a private listening party of her new album, 1989. Swift took Polaroids with every fan, let them play with her kitten, and baked cookies.

The question now is: Taylor Swift, can we be friends?

Here's what the superstar had to say about what it's like to live under the media's microscope. Quotation above via

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Poetic Affirmations From Erykah Badu, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Eccentric soul siren Erykah Badu anonymously busked for money in Times Square last week. "If you've got some initiative, you can make money," Badu said after the experience. "All you have to do is have some initiative, and a little talent."

Spoiler alert: she earned a whopping $3.60. Not very reassuring.

We're assuming Miss Badu won't need to rely on busking since she was recently named the new face of Givenchy.

Remember when Badu tried to kiss a news anchor during a live TV broadcast a few months ago?! We won't get into her lewd gestures and the fact that her actions could have been construed as sexual harassment.

Here are some recent poetic life affirmations from Badu. Quotation above via

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Life Lessons From Bob Dylan, In Illustrated Form

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What contains more than 960 pages, weighs 13.5 pounds, and will sell for $200? Answer: The Lyrics: Since 1962, a book that catalogs every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded. The publisher dubbed it "the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published". The book is slated to be released in November. Keep an eye out for very limited, signed copies which will sell for $5,000.

The Recording Academy recently named Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. Among those slated to perform to honor Dylan include: Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe.

Bob Dylan will be performing three consecutive nights at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre October 24-26.

Here are some life lessons we've learned from the poetic pessimist. Quotation above via

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