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On the Scene at the Howard Stern Birthday Bash

The Hammerstein Ballroom was originally constructed as an opera house and, in the eyes of founder Oscar Hammerstein, was meant to return a stuffy art form back to the people. On Friday night, a reversal occurred when Howard Stern, the definitive American radio personality for two generations, found his populist form elevated by a staggering stream of boldfaced names who paid tribute to him on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Hosted and broadcast live via SiriusXM, Stern’s home for the last eight years, the Howard Stern Birthday Bash filled the Ballroom with famous faces and crowded its stage with comedians, musicians, and fellow broadcasters to celebrate Stern’s life and career, which has evolved from the juvenile rabble-rousing of his early terrestrial life to the statelier (but still brutally honest) conversations of the satellite era. Sure, the Wack Pack was in the building, but so was Robert Downey, Jr., Larry King, Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein, and Hilary Swank — and that was mostly at one table.  READ FULL STORY

Jay Z ranked all his albums, but did he get it right?

Yesterday was Jay Z’s birthday, and he celebrated turning 44 years old the way anybody would: By announcing he and his wife were going vegan and then ranking his 12 solo albums.

Jigga put his debut Reasonable Doubt at number one and his post-retirement comeback Kingdom Come at the bottom (of that last one, he noted, “First game back, don’t shoot me”). Here’s what his whole list looked like, with his commentary (and note that this only deals with his solo joints, so neither of his R. Kelly team-ups nor Watch the Throne were included).

1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta…Holy Grail (F—wit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. 
Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me)
8.
 BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many songs. F—ing Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)

So now that Jay Z has come clean on how he thinks his career has shaken out, there’s only one question left: Did he get it right?  READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus to take over MTV tomorrow for her 21st birthday -- see the teaser video here

What did you do when you turned 21? Was it a brief but torrid affair with tequila, or was it a quiet night at home racked by college graduation-related panic?

No matter how hard (or little) you raged, its unlikely that you commandeered a cable network when you arrived at legal drinking age. But apparently that’s what you get for the girl who has everything, as MTV will be handing the controls over to Miley Cyrus tomorrow, which is Cyrus’ birthday.

Starting at Noon, Cyrus will lord over an eight-hour block of programming that will begin with 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments, a compendium of the star’s time on the channel and a retrospective look at how she has evolved live on cable TV.

The day will include an extra-long version of the Miley: The Movement documentary from earlier this year as well as episodes of Cyrus’ favorite MTV shows Awkward. and Snooki and JWOWW. There will also be a smattering of music videos, and probably 10,000 spins of Cyrus twerking at this year’s Video Music Awards.

If the clip below is any indication, 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments might be fun. In it, Cyrus flashes back to a question she took about tattoos on TRL back in 2008. The now-tattooed Cyrus reveals that she might not have been 100 percent telling the truth in ’08, and lays out her needle philosophy below.  READ FULL STORY

Lorde celebrates her 17th birthday with Tumblr post about being 'a weird little screwball'; spends another week at number one

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If you happen to run into Lorde on the streets of New York today, go ahead and give her a cupcake; today is her 17th birthday.

Actually, she can probably afford her own festive pastries — her smash song “Royals” is once again the number one song in the country. That’s six weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, which gives “Royals” the second-longest run in that spot this year. (She still has a long way to go to match the 12 weeks that “Blurred Lines” scored, though she did pass Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” both of which netted five weeks.)

To celebrate her birthday, Lorde took to Tumblr, and got thoughtful: READ FULL STORY

Happy 40th birthday, Eminem!

Image Credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images

Today, Marshall Bruce Mathers III turns 40. And oh, what a vitriolic, hate-filled, record-shattering, and genre-defining journey it’s been.

The guy’s got a lot to celebrate. For one, he’s the most successful rapper of all time. Seriously. He’s sold more than 90 million records. That’s more than 2Pac, Biggie, and Jay-Z. I could go on and on about his accolades  – 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP is the fastest-selling solo album in US history – but you can find those yourself on his Wikipedia page. And yes, it’s very, very long.

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