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8 Celebs Who Are Glad They Got Fired

Howard Stern was just too shocking for one radio station

(Newser) - If you've ever been fired, it probably wasn't a pleasant experience—but take heart from these eight celebrities rounded up by the Week . They, too, got canned, only to move on to bigger and better things:
  • Jerry Seinfeld: He had a recurring role on Benson in the early
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Popeye Comes Back to Life, Busts a Move

Gang returns in hand-drawn music video for Wilco

(Newser) - If you're a fan of Wilco and/or Popeye, the band's new video for Dawned on Me is must-viewing, notes Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing . The collaboration between the band and King Features results in the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon since 1987, and it features the Popeye crew grooving as... More »

Rocker Alex Chilton Dead at 59

Heart attack likely fells singer of Box Tops, Big Star

(Newser) - Alex Chilton, the singer and guitarist known for his vocals on the Box Tops’ 1967 hit The Letter and a cult favorite to many of the past two decades' musicians, died today at 59. A heart attack is believed to the culprit, the Commercial Appeal of Chilton’s native Memphis... More »

2009's Best Music So Far

Yes, Kelly Clarkson made the top five

(Newser) - Now that 2009 is more than halfway over, James Montgomery runs down the best albums of the year—so far—on MTV:
  • Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion: The No. 1 pick is “the only thing I can remember that has actually lived up to the hype, if not exceeded
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Ex-Wilco Guitarist Died of Accidental OD: Coroner

Painkiller fentanyl cited in Bennett's death

(Newser) - Authorities say former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett died of an overdose of a pain killer, and that they're investigating his death as an accident. Champaign County (Ill.) Coroner Duane Northrup says tests show the 45-year-old musician died after taking fentanyl, a drug found in patches commonly prescribed to treat... More »

Did Our Health Care System Kill Jay Bennett?

Musician's death has scary implications for the rest of us

(Newser) - The death of 45-year-old musician Jay Bennett, former member of the band Wilco, is “intolerably sad”—but its implications about our current health care system are also “downright scary,” writes the Cajun Boy on Gawker. Bennett, fired from Wilco in 2001, sued the band’s frontman... More »

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