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We think love rocks, literally. Enjoy our cavalcade of rock 'n' roll romancers and heartbroken balladeers.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
Though by conventional standards their marriage was tumultuous and rife with drug use, Cobain is quoted as saying, "I'm married and I'm more attracted to Courtney than I ever have been toward a person."

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love


Before Courtney Love's current career as a tabloid-attracting car wreck, she was better known as the front woman of actually-quite-good grunge outfit Hole and most infamously, the partner of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Possessing both the enigmatic chemistry of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's relationship and the manic drug-fuelled downward spiral of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, Kurt and Courtney's relationship was both inspired and desperately tragic.

The pair met at a concert in 1991 just as Nirvana were being catapulted from obscurity to multi-platinum megastar status and married a year later when Courtney became pregnant with their daughter, Francis Bean.

Though Kurt and Courtney seemed to stimulate musical creativity in each other (Kurt is rumoured to have given a helping hand with the song writing of Hole's excellent Live Through This album, while Courtney inspired the twisted Nirvana classic 'Heart Shaped Box'), off the stage and out of the studio their life was a mess.

Love was accused of using heroin during her pregnancy and Cobain's drug problem swung out of control as he tried to cope with fame and a chronic stomach ulcer. Then Cobain had an unsuccessful suicide attempt in Europe and back home in Seattle was cautioned by police after Love called them when the couple had a domestic dispute. Finally, after checking out of rehab and with Courtney busy promoting the upcoming Hole album, Cobain shot himself dead at his own home on April 8, 1994.

Though by conventional standards their marriage was tumultuous and rife with drug use, Cobain is quoted as saying, "I'm married and I'm more attracted to Courtney than I ever have been toward a person."

In the eyes of many Nirvana fans, Courtney was Yoko to Kurt's Lennon, but while Lennon's fans may have resented Yoko, they never blamed her for his death. This was not the case with Love, who in the years after Kurt's death has suffered abuse and accusations from fans who thought she, directly or indirectly, killed her husband. Fellow musicians have also been on the anti-Courtney crusade. Former Nirvana member Dave Grohl is openly hostile to her and the Tori Amos song 'Professional Widow' is rumoured to be about her as well.

TomKate/Bragelina name: Kurtney

See pics in the great rock romances photo album.

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Kyle and Jackie O take on Ice Bucket Challenge and nominate Tony Abbott MusicFIX Blog by Amy Nelmes Aug 20 2014 10:13AM

Shock jocks Kyle and Jackie O are the latest celebrities to join the Ice Bucket Challenge…drenching the whole studio along the way.

The radio duo stood in a children’s swimming pool (as you do) and poured ice water over their heads as the rest of the KIIS team watched on.

But not much of it landed in the pool. Water and electrics, anyone? Check out what happened above!

They both went on to nominate Shane Warne, veteran radio host John Laws and the prime minister Tony Abbott. Yep, we’re looking forward to that one.

For the last week, celebrities around the world have joined the phenomenon to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease through the ASL Association.

At the moment, the charity has already raised $15million. Check out the videos below to see the best. We’re loving Kate Upton and her very wet t-shirt. Ooh.

View slideshow: Sexy celebs take the Ice Bucket Challenge!

From twerk queen to Black Swan! Taylor Swift's new video 'Shake It Off' will make your day MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Aug 19 2014 8:44AM

Love life jokes? Check. Adorably awkward attempts at twerking? Check. Not-so-graceful ballerina moves? Check.

There is just no way you can hate Taylor Swift after watching her new music video for her horn-infused comeback anthem, 'Shake It Off'. Take a peek above… we guarantee you'll crack a smile.

The 24-year-old pop star is obvs having the time of her life mocking her dancing skills while singing about "shaking" off "the haters".

But Taylor's also having a laugh at her public image with lines like, "I go on too many dates/ But I can't make them stay/ At least that's what people say / That's what people say."

'Shake It Off' is the first single from Taylor's new album, 1989, named after the year she was born.

The blonde superstar announced the single and album today through a live stream at the top of New York's Empire State Building.

"The inspiration behind this record, I was listening to a lot of late '80s pop," Taylor said. "The idea of endless possibility was kind of a theme in the last two years of my life."

Tay-Tay wrote and produced 'Shake It Off' with Max Martin and Shellback, the same team behind 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' and 'I Knew You Were Trouble'. Talk about a surefire hit!

She'll also appear at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. We hope she pulls out some of those dance moves!

1989 is out October 27.

Taylor's new album cover, 1989. Image: ABC News.

Related video: Taylor's amazeballs Grammys dancing

View slideshow: Taylor Swift's 10 types of besties!

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