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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...
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Overrated & Underrated Pop Duets

October 3rd, 2008 10:11am EDT
Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
Sometimes one just ain't enough.

That's a line, okay an amended line, from the rarest of rock treats - the duet. Everyone loves when two pop icons team up for a single. It's just like those rare occasions when two solo wrestlers join forces for a super tag-team.

Just like its brethren in the WWE the results for pop duets are often much less than the sum of their parts. Still, each duet holds a special spot, or two, in the minds of music fans.

So it's easy to say that all duets are overrated isn't it? Well, that would be the case if it weren't for the fact that so many gr...
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Violence Propels Filmmakers, Moviegoers & The Academy Awards

January 11th, 2008 12:07pm EST
No Country For Old Men
The lights go down. A low, rumbling bass slightly shakes the seats as the occupants draw in a tight, anticipatory breath. The first thing to break the tension is a thin beam of light across the center of the screen. It is accompanied by a low, rat-at-tat rhythm that could be rain on a tin roof- if it weren't for the high-pitched shriek in the background.

Is that yelling? Shouting? The shriek morphs into a scream of mechanical menace. It's a bomb, and it's followed by an explosion linked to the picture exploding into life. The audience sees all-out war. Guts are flying, blood is strea...
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Tony Bennett's 'The Ultimate American Songbook Vol 1.' And Christmas Album Reissue

September 13th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Tony Bennett
The Ultimate American Songbook Vol. 1 is a dream project for Tony Bennett, who personally chose the 15-song program from his Columbia repertoire. Literally hundreds of singers have recorded versions of these songs over the years, but Tony Bennett is in the rare class of artists who actually took part in many of the original presentations. The songs on this definitive collection of popular standards cover three distinct decades of recording by Tony Bennett on Columbia:

The 1950s: 1958's "Ev'ry Time We Say Good­bye" originally from the 1944 Cole Porter Broadway musical, Seven Lively Ar...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 10

May 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Bono
Happy Birthday to "Kenan and Kel" star Kenan Thompson (1978), Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista (1965), U2 singer/humanitarian Bono (1960), Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (1957; d. 1979), Traffic guitarist Dave Mason (1946), comedy movie director Jim Abrahams (1944), country legend Mother Maybelle Carter (1909), silver screen star Fred Astaire (1899; d. 1987), and Austrian composer Max Steiner (1888; d. 1971).
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Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" Set For May 1st Release

April 19th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Michael Buble
The one and only Michael Buble's eagerly awaited new CD "Call Me Irresponsible' will be released on May 1st, it was confirmed by his record label, Reprise Records. The first single from the new album, the Buble penned "Everything", has just been released and will be performed by the artist on The Today Show on the day of the release.

The Vancouver native, whose collective worldwide record sales are over 11 million units, is also scheduled to begin a global concert tour in Reno, Nevada on July 13th with stops including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle.
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Diana Krall Says New Album Has A "Personal Connection;" Win A Copy!

November 1st, 2006 10:37am EST
Diana Krall
Diana Krall's new CD 'From This Moment On' (September 19th, Verve) not only proves her signature smoky voice and stellar arrangements are at their swingin' best, but it also documents very personal sentiments.

"This album coincides with a happier time in my life. I think it's very obvious in the music. It reflects how I'm feeling now, the joy that I have in my marriage and family, and hopefully in the future."

Krall says the tone of the record was drawn from some of her musical influences like Nat King Cole, Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. "I ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 10

May 10th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Bono
Happy Birthday to "Kenan and Kel" star Kenan Thompson (1978), Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista (1965), U2 singer/humanitarian Bono (1960), Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (1957; d. 1979), Traffic guitarist Dave Mason (1946), comedy movie director Jim Abrahams (1944), country legend Mother Maybelle Carter (1909), silver screen star Fred Astaire (1899; d. 1987), and Austrian composer Max Steiner (1888; d. 1971).
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Nearly 8 Hours of Music Featured on MGM Musicals Anthology; Out April 25

April 17th, 2006 12:20pm EDT
Singin In The Rain
Movie music fans rejoiced in 1995 when Turner Classic Movies Music and Rhino Movie Music partnered for an exhaustive five disc collection featuring indelible musical performances from MGM's golden age. A decade and more than 200 classic movie soundtrack releases later, Turner/Rhino revisits the centerpiece of its successful ongoing partnership to create a truly definitive collection of MGM musical magic.

"That's Entertainment!" The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals" expands the original landmark release with an entire disc of never-before-released music, and uses new technology to up...
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