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Five Minutes with Fame: Wiz Khalifa

Friday, August 19: 9:21 a.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring some of the most current and noteworthy singers, songwriters and bands on today’s charts. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down to talk with each artist about their music, the road to their success, inspirations, being on tour, and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum.

Along with the Microsoft's Zune Marketplace on PC and XBox Live, the only place you’ll be able to see these videos is right here each week on rockhall.com. This week we’re kicking off with an interview with hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa.

Possessing a keenness that belied his age, Pittsburgh, PA artist Wiz Khalifa came to be a rising star over the course of the late 2000s based on his young bravado and hardcore yet charismatic execution of rhymes. Performing since the age of 12 and consciously building up his city's hip-hop reputation, he sought to create a sound that was uniquely Pittsburgh, relying on his East Coast (Jay-Z, Wu-Tang ...


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Five Minutes With Fame: Robyn

Wednesday, August 24: 9 a.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down to talk with each artist about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Robyn.

Much like her Swedish pop-loving brethren, Scandinavian singer-songwriter Robyn has a gift for crafting indelible melodies, though it's not all sunshine and bubblegum. Her songs often favor a R&B groove and she sings with soulful conviction, a style cultivated by listening to her parent's American soul records. Her latest releases reflect an ambitious rethinking of what a pop song can be – and spotlight a woman who rocks.

Prompted by continued frustrations with record labels after more than a decade of making music, Robyn returned in 2005 on her own terms, releasing a self-titled album on her newly formed Konichiwa imprint. The album featured collaborations with a host of fellow ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Jimmy Eat World

Friday, September 2: 5:51 a.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Jimmy Eat World.

Jimmy Eat World formed in February 1994 in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Arizona. Early incarnations of the band – with Jim Adkins (vocals/guitar), Zach Lind (drums), Tom Linton (guitar/vocals) and Mitch Porter (bass) – bonded over a shared appreciation of Rocket from the Crypt, early Def Leppard, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi and the Velvet Underground. The group's unusual name was born of sibling rivalry. Linton's younger brothers, Ed and Jimmy, were prone to fighting and one particular argument ended when Ed produced a picture of his heavyset brother consuming the Earth. The caption beneath it read "Jimmy Eat World," and the band adopted it.

By the ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: All Time Low

Friday, September 9: 3:11 p.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is All Time Low.

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Here the band talk about playing house parties, opening for national acts, Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket, and the guitars of Joe Strummer and Kurt Cobain:

In less than a decade, All Time Low have reached heights most young bands only dream of. The group formed when singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, drummer Rian Dawson and bassist Zack Merrick started playing together as high school students in the suburbs of Maryland. The precocious foursome recorded their 2005 debut The Party Scene, which caught the attention of indie imprint Hopeless Records. The label would release ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: My Chemical Romance

Friday, September 16: 10:30 a.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is My Chemical Romance.

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Here the band talk about Joey Ramone's leather jacket, Jim Morrison's cub scout shirt, Kurt Cobain's guitar, Pink Floyd's the Wall.

Formed in New Jersey following the events of September 11, My Chemical Romance came to be through a collaboration between singer Gerard Way, bassist Mike Way, guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro, and drummer Matt Pelissier (later replaced by Bob Bryar).With their lineup in place, the bandmates began touring and making plans for an album.

One year later, My Chemical Romance's debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Dierks Bentley

Thursday, September 22: 12:01 p.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Dierks Bentley.

At only 35 years of age, Dierks Bentley has released seven albums, won numerous CMT Awards, been nominated for Grammy Awards and already has a Greatest Hits album. But the road was long and not always easy. A love of country music inspired Bentley, a native of Phoenix, to move to Nashville at the age of 19. He was soon discouraged by what he considered his new community’s indifference to music, but his mind changed after a late night hang at the Station Inn bluegrass bar, and he decided to give music another go. Pursuing and playing gigs, Bentley landed a job at the TNN television network doing research on classic ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Travie McCoy

Friday, September 30: 1:28 p.m.
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Travie McCoy tours the Rock Hall.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Travie McCoy.

Born Travis Lazarus McCoy in Geneva, NY, Travie McCoy first made a name for himself as the lead vocalist of the alternative rap group Gym Class Heroes. Outside of the band, McCoy is a rapper in his own right, having won the MTV Direct Effect MC Battle as well as having guest spots on tracks by Kelly Rowland and Tyga. After releasing four albums with Gym Class Heroes, McCoy began work on a solo record. In 2010, he released his first album without his band, Lazarus, on Fueled by Ramen. Blending elements of hip-hop, indie rock and soul that reflect his own eclectic musical tastes, McCoy enlisted the services of an equally ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Bullet for My Valentine

Friday, October 7: 10 a.m.
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Bullet for My Valentine tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Bullet for My Valentine.

Welsh quartet Bullet for My Valentine have been taking cues from '80s metal bands and the punk-infused metal of the new millennium to make melodic, metallic, dark rock songs. Originating from Bridgend, South Wales, in 2003, the group came to be through a collaboration that started as childhood friends: Matthew Tuck (vocals/guitar), Michael Padget (guitar/vocals), Jason James (bass/vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). 

Calling themselves Bullet for My Valentine (their first name was Jeff Kills John), the group was signed at their second gig by London's Visible Noise label. They released a self-titled EP in the UK in November 2004, and their debut album, The Poison, was ...


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