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Have you ever become interested in a seemingly obscure artist, only to look them up and realize they used to be the lead singer or lead guitarist in a famous band? If this has happened to you, don't think you're alone; it's happened to us, too. So today's post is dedicated to that phenomenon. Some artists have switched bands while others have formed solo careers. There are so many examples we could give you, but here are six.

Dave Grohl

Grohl is now known for being the front man of Foo Fighters, but from 1990 to 1994 he was the drummer for Nirvana. Following Kurt Cobain's death, he formed Foo Fighters. He is also part of Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (see below) and John Paul Jones, formerly of Led Zeppelin.

Josh Homme

Josh Homme is the founder of Queens of the Stone Age, but he was once a member of stoner rock band Kyuss. He also has a shared history with Grohl, but not in Nirvana or Foo Fighters. Instead, he is a member of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which formed in 2009 and released an album, but has since been on hiatus.

Peter Gabriel

These days he's known as a successful solo artist, but Gabriel earned his chops in the band Genesis, of which he was a member until 1975. Since leaving Genesis, Gabriel has had a very successful career, with a number of popular solo albums, particularly in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington isn't so much a case of an artist leaving one band for another, or leaving a band for a solo career, but one of joining yet another band. Bennington is the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, and has been a member of that band since 1999. In 2013, he also joined Stone Temple Pilots, replacing long-time lead vocalist Scott Weiland.

Phil Collins

Another member of Genesis, Phil Collins is still technically in the band but announced his retirement from music in 2011 after years of dealing with pain stemming from issues with his vertebrae. Collins began a solo career in the early 1980s parallel to his work with Genesis. In 1996, Collins left the band to focus on his solo work, but briefly rejoined with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford for a reunion tour in 2007.


Black Eyed Peas member Fergie has seen two transitions during her career. She was originally a member of teen pop group Wild Orchard but left in 2001. The next year she joined the Black Eyed Peas at the invitation of In 2006, she released her first solo album, Dutchess. That is her only solo album to date, though she has said she's working on a new one.

10 Songs in 2014 That Wouldn't Go Away

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Each year, we get treated to tons of new music. And yet, each year, there are some songs that just won't leave us alone. It's not that these songs are bad; we just heard them — a lot. Presented without comment, for your listening pleasure.

#10 - Magic!, "Rude"


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7 Great Modern-Day Christmas Songs

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I think there are two camps of people that exist: those that love Christmas music, and those who are vehemently against it. I fall into the former camp. The day after Thanksgiving is over, I'm zealous about the holiday music I listen to. I'm a huge fan of the classics and I think it's widely agreed upon that very few new Christmas music is good (although kudos for attempting).

But there are some great modern-day Christmas songs out there! Here are a few of my favorites.

#1 - Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas is You"

As far as I'm concerned, this list could be composed entirely of Mariah Carey's song "All I Want for Christmas is You" and be considered a raging success. This is not only the best modern-day Christmas song, it's probably my favorite Christmas song of all time. And I'm not sorry! I love this song. Bonus points for the video.


Music's Australasian Invasion Is Here. Are You Ready?


Everybody's heard of the British Invasion, the period in the mid-1960s when a bunch of artists and bands, led by The Beatles, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to perform in front of audiences in America for the first time. That two year span of time brought us now-household names like The Rolling Stones, The Yardbrids, The Kinks, The Who, Small Faces, and many more. The period had a large influence on popular music and culture in the United States, and British artists have been a major part of the American music scene ever since.

Is the same thing that happened in the 1960s now happening with artists from Australia and New Zealand? Are we seeing an Australasian Invasion? I believe so.


Sam Smith Covers Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know'

By now, you've probably heard of Sam Smith. He's been on everyone's mind lately, especially with the release of his cover of Whitney Houston's song "How Will I Know" — released late last week — which already has more than 2 million views.

The 22-year-old British singer is currently touring in intimate venues across the U.S., like the House of Blues and the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Check out Sam Smith's cover above, and let us know what you think!

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