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Rob Seidenberg

Can England's Oasis live up to the hype?

They swagger. They pout. They spout hyperbole with the cocky assurance that befits their status as Britain’s Next Big Thing. ”We’re the greatest band in England,” says Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher, 27. In this case, the hyperbole fits. With Oasis’ first album, Definitely Maybe, a power-pop confection equal parts Beatles, Kinks, T. Rex, and Sex Pistols, the pale-faced mop tops from industrial northern England have landed a flurry of magazine covers, awards, and the honor of the fastest-selling 1994 debut album in their native land.

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Rick Rubin's label's name change

Rick Rubin’s label’s name change

Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, and Bugsy Siegel may no longer rest in peace. These pop-culture icons, now residing in the verdant Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, have a rowdy new neighbor by the name of Def. On Aug. 27, Rick Rubin, owner of Def American Recordings, marked the passing of Def from his label’s name by burying a coffin filled with Def memorabilia. The fatal blow came when the 10-year-old street term for excellent showed up in the 10th edition of Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary last May.

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