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Fantasia Barrino Threatened With Lawsuit

8/14/2010 3:00pm EDT
Fantasia Barrino
R&B singer Fantasia Barrino has been threatened with a lawsuit from the woman who has accused the star of breaking up her marriage.

The former American Idol winner was hospitalized for a drug overdose on Monday after she became entangled in divorce proceedings between North Carolina couple Antwuan Cook and his estranged wife Paula.

Barrino was released from Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville in North Carolina on Wednesday and her manager, Brian Dickens, assured fans she was already on the path to recovery.

But her personal woes could soon become legal ones - Paula's attorneys have war...

Fantasia Barrino Leaves The Hospital

8/12/2010 8:28am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Singer Fantasia Barrino has been discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment for a drug overdose.

The American Idol winner checked into Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville in North Carolina on Monday after ingesting an overdose of painkillers and a sleep aid. Doctors agreed to release her on Wednesday evening and her manager Brian Dickens insists the R&B star is already feeling better.

Dickens says, "She has been lifted up by the outpouring of love and support from her fans. She is more committed than ever to her daughter and her work because they are her heart, her soul and i...

Rep: Fantasia Barrino Is 'Heartbroken,' In Stable Condition Following Overdose

8/11/2010 8:28am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Singer Fantasia Barrino overdosed on medications after feeling "heartbroken" and "overwhelmed" by reports accusing her of having an affair with a married man, according to her representative.

The former "American Idol" star is in a stable condition after checking into a hospital in North Carolina on Monday and receiving treatment for a "medication overdose."

Her publicist explains that Barrino was left devastated after hitting the headlines when she was named in divorce proceedings between North Carolina couple Antwuan Cook and his estranged wife Paula, who alleged the star had an affair ...

Fantasia Barrino Overdoses (Video)

8/10/2010 9:48pm EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Singer Fantasia Barrino has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital after suffering a drug overdose.

The former "American Idol" star checked into Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville on Monday at approximately 8:55 p.m. local time and was treated for a "medication overdose."

Barrino's rep has confirmed the hospitalization to, while reports suggest her condition was not life-threatening.

The news comes one day after the R&B singer found herself entangled in divorce proceedings of North Carolina couple Antwuan Cook and his estranged wife Paula, who alleged Barrino had an affai...

Fantasia Barrino In Sex Tape Scandal; Denies Breaking Up Couple's Marriage (Video)

8/10/2010 8:51am EDT
A lawyer for Fantasia Barrino has blasted reports the R&B singer is responsible for breaking up the marriage of a North Carolina couple after she was accused of having an affair with the man involved.

The former "American Idol" winner found herself entangled in the split between Antwuan Cook and his estranged wife Paula, who recently filed divorce papers in a North Carolina court.

In the documents, Barrino is alleged to have begun a "covert adulterous affair" with Cook after meeting him in August 2009.

Paula goes on to claim they filmed their alleged bedroom antics, stating in the papers...

'Idol' All-Stars Take Over - Tonight At 8 On Fuse

1/11/2010 2:30pm EST
American Idol, bikini girl, Katrina Darrell, Kara Dioguardi
Get ready for the new season of American Idol with some behind-the-scenes info on some of your favorite idols from the past. Fuse is featuring a TV marathon of some of "American Idol's" biggest success stories tonight at 8PM/7C, including an exclusive interview with last season's runner-up, Adam Lambert.

"American Idol" will return tomorrow night on Fox with a two-night, four-hour premiere featuring auditions in Boston and Atlanta. Auditions for the ninth season of the popular singing competition will also be held in Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles and Denver.

The show is featur...

'American Idol' Needs a Revamp... Now!

8/10/2009 11:11am EDT
American Idol
With the recent news that Paula Abdul will not be returning for American Idol's ninth season, the timing seems perfect for the show to reinvent itself, and recapture the magic that has been steadily dwindling since it premiered nearly a decade ago. Though ratings remain high, viewership is decreasing, a problem that the show tried to address by adding a new judge at the start of the eighth season. Unfortunately, what "American Idol" needs is not a mere shuffling of parts, or replacement of personality. The show needs to restructure its format, and realize that the problem is an over-saturat...

Grammy Fashion: The Best, The Worst & The In-Between

2/9/2009 9:39am EST
Grammy Fashion
Last night's Grammy Awards were full of drama, and the stars made dramatic statements with their fashion attire. We picked the best & worst of the night, but what do you think? Do you agree with our picks? Click through our fashion slideshow, and let us know!


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'American Idol' Report Card

2/2/2009 2:18pm EST
American Idol
The "American Idol" auditions are over, and we're that much closer to finding out which Hollywood hopefuls will make it to the Top 36 and get the chance to perform for a shot at the Top 12. But before this year's graduating class of performers is picked, we'd like to take a look back at the past seven seasons of the show and see which Idols (and runners up) have had the most success on and off the AI stage.

Recap of Winners

Season 1 - Kelly Clarkson (winner), Justin Guarini (runner-up)

Season 2 - Ruben Studdard (winner), Clay Aiken (runner-up)

Season 3 - Fantasia Barrino (wi...

New Year's Resolutions The Stars Should Make

12/30/2008 9:08am EST
Amy Winehouse
Lose weight. Stop being late. Get a date. 'Tis the season to make New Year's resolutions. Surveys show that people around the world view the advent of a brand new year with hope, optimism and the intent to make personal and professional improvements.

Here's a look at the top 10 New Year's resolutions made each year and the celebrities who should commit now to making changes in 2009.

1. Spend More Time With Family and Friends

We love Brad and Angelina's devotion to their brood, so we venture this suggestion with all due respect: Spend time with the six crumb-snatchers you h...

Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

8/18/2008 10:00am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most exciting and clever comments were made on the latest stories on Jennifer "the Door Mat" Aniston’s love life , Britney Spears’ cleaning regiment, and a sober country singer, as well as a Poem for Bernie Mac.

Topic Highlights =There were some attentive and considerate observations made about Jenna Jameson’s and Fantasia Barrino’s personal appearance and some best wishes were given to Artie Lange, Alec ...

Platinum Selling R&B Artist Avant Joins Capitol Records

8/13/2008 6:30pm EDT
Seven years into a gold-and-platinum-honored career, top R&B singer/songwriter/producer Avant is joining the Capitol Records roster of urban chart-topping artists. His first Capitol Records album will be released on October 28th, 2008.

Fresh off a live appearance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the artist says he chose to title his first Capitol Records album with his own name, Avant, to acknowledge his established track record, as well as the sense of creative accomplishment and ownership that marks the project overall: "I've proved my point. (The album) reflects who I a...

Sean 'The Pen' Garrett teams up with Plies and Akon on 'Come On In'

7/9/2008 7:30pm EDT
Sean Garrett
Sean Garrett wants more! Your favorite artist's favorite songwriter-producer--behind #1 hits such as Beyoncé's "Check On It," Fergie's "London Bridge," Nelly's "Grillz," Chris Brown's "Run It!," Ciara's "Goodies," and Usher's "Yeah!"--takes center stage with his debut album, Turbo 919 (Bet I Penned It/Interscope Records).

"I love when people hear a hit and know I wrote and produced it but I love being on stage too," says Garrett. "Performing my songs, what's in my heart, that's been my dream since I was a kid. Creating that excitement in people with music is a remarkable high, and noth...

Our Favorite Reality Shows

6/17/2008 8:30am EDT
Even though we might not always admit it, we love reality television. It's hard not to because reality TV brings viewers entertaining and shocking moments, leaving viewers wanting more.

Followig is a look at some of the most popular reality shows that people can't help but watch week after week:

American Idol

"American Idol" made its Fox debut on June 11, 2002, and has now become one of the most popular shows on American television. The show originated from the 2001 British reality program "Pop Idol." The show has given us talented singers like Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Carri...

Syesha Voted Off 'Idol,' David & David To Face Off Next Week

5/15/2008 8:43am EDT
David Archuleta
The road to the final two on TV's most popular show "American Idol" has finally arrived. Tuesday night's round of performances featured the final three contestants performing three songs: a judge's selection, a contestant favorite and a producer's choice. It was make it or break it for the final three. Who would end up in the finale?

Just in case you missed it, here is Tuesday night's recap: Little David sang "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel, a song selected by Paula Abdul. The performance was predictable but yet still good enough to keep him alive. As for his song choice, he chose ...

Missy Elliott Invites Fans To Name New Album

2/5/2008 6:00pm EST
Missy Elliott
Five-time Grammy Award winner Missy Elliott is giving fans the opportunity to name her new album, due out on Goldmind/Atlantic late Spring 2008. Fans can enter immediately via Missy's website,

The contest closes on February 20th and the winner will be announced on March 2nd. The winner will receive credit on Missy's new album and a $500 "Respect Me" adidas gift card.

Fans have already gotten a sneak peek of what Elliott has been up to with "Ching-A-Ling," a new song which, along with Elliott's "Shake Your Pom Pom," will appear on both the "Step Up 2 The St...

Missy Elliott And Dave Meyers Create History With First Ever 3D Music Video

1/30/2008 9:30pm EST
Missy Elliott
Five-time Grammy Award winner Missy Elliott has teamed up with longtime visual collaborator Dave Meyers to take the game beyond the next level and into a whole new dimension by creating the first ever 3D music video.

The video is for "Ching-A-Ling," a new song which, along with Elliott's "Shake Your Pom Pom," will appear on both the "Step Up 2 The Streets – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (due out February 5th) as well as on Elliott's forthcoming 7th studio album (due out Spring 2008). "Step Up 2 The Streets – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" is the musical companion to the upc...

Why Do Some 'American Idol' Stars Succeed While Others Disappear?

1/29/2008 9:56am EST
American Idol
Did you ever notice how some contestants who win American Idol seem to fall off the face of the planet after the season is over? Then there are other "Idol" winners who become huge successes. So why does this happen?

There's no doubt about it, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are not only beautiful but extremely talented. Carrie Underwood covered Heart's "Alone" during one of the "Idol" episodes, and it was such an amazing performance that Simon Cowell said to her, "I'm going to make a prediction: you are not only to win this competition, but you're going to sell millions of records...

Past 'American Idol' Winners: Where Are They Now?

1/14/2008 12:09pm EST
Fantasia Barrino
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, avid American Idol fans are glued to their TV sets, watching in anticipation and with hope that the contestants they fell in love with are not sent home.

Every season of the singing competition brings heartache and joy, laughter and tears. And each year this popular show produces America's newest singing talent. Several have reached stardom faster than they can say "I'm the next American Idol," while others have strayed away from the spotlight.

Aside from Kelly Clarkson's and Carrie Underwood's rise to fame, what happened to those other winners w...

'American Idol' Update: What Happened To Former Favorites?

11/30/2007 2:01pm EST
Tamyra Gray
Thousands of people audition in hopes of becoming the next American Idol, but only one person can be crowned the new king or queen of the stage.

Once the show is over and the Idol tour has come to an end, many fans wonder what past contestants are up to since being eliminated from the show. Check out what some of Idol's wannabes are doing now:

Tamyra Gray

After placing fourth in the first season, when she really should have been in the finale, Tamyra Gray went onto bigger and better things. She was added as a cast member in David E. Kelly's TV series Boston Public as the role o...

Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

8/14/2007 8:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
His name is already familiar to record buyers who make note of the songwriting credits on major hit records by such superstar artists as Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Music industry insiders know him as the Grammy-winning 'go-to' writer which is why the legendary Whitney Houston, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, global multi-platinum artist Usher and hitmaker Chris Brown have tracks on forthcoming projects by this unassuming Atlanta native. While he may have spent the last eight years behind the scenes, penning songs for the likes of Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Ginuwine, Aaliyah,...

Fantasia Extends Stay In 'The Color Purple' Until January 2008

7/12/2007 1:12pm EDT
NEW YORK (AP) - Performing on Broadway apparently agrees with Fantasia. The former ''American Idol'' alum has extended her stay in ''The Color Purple,'' the hit musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the show's producers announced Thursday.

Fantasia, who won raves from the critics for her performance as Celie, will appear in the musical through Jan. 6, 2008. She was originally scheduled to leave in October.

''The Color Purple,'' now in its second year at the Broadway Theatre, received a boost at the box office after Fantasia joined the production last April....

Johnta Austin To Release Debut Album, 'Ocean Drive,' September 4

7/4/2007 4:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
(New York, NY) - As the singular most successful songwriter at work today-– whose tunes have been brought to the top of the charts by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and at least 50 more artists over the last decade, including Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, B2K, Ciara, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, and Mario – what do you deliver for an encore, after winning the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for the past two consecutive years?

In the case of 26-year old Atlanta native Johnta (pronounced "John-...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 30

6/30/2007 3:00am EDT
Vincent D
Happy Birthday to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (1985), "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino (1984), Pantera singer Phil Anselmo (1968), boxing star Mike Tyson (1966), Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen (1963), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio (1959), "In Living Color" comedian David Alan Grier (1955), The Supremes singer Florence Ballard (1943; d. 1976), actress/singer Lena Horne (1917), and jazz clarinetist Harry Shields (1899; d. 1971).

Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Martina McBride, Diana Ross, Gwen Stefani & Others To Appear On 'American Idol'

2/26/2007 10:42am EST
Gwen Stefani
American Idol’s sixth season continues to shine, with nine new celebrity coaches and guests scheduled to appear on the show. Ryan Seacrest announced that Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Barry Gibb, Jennifer Lopez, Lulu, Martina McBride, Peter Noone, Diana Ross and Gwen Stefani will join the list of top musical talents who have made appearances on "American Idol."

In addition, Season Four winner Carrie Underwood and Season Five finalist Kellie Pickler will perform on the show this season. Season Three winner recently Fantasia had the audience on its feet with her rendition of "I'm Here" from t...

Fantasia To Perform On 'American Idol' Feb. 22

2/21/2007 1:46pm EST
Season Three winner Fantasia will perform live and make a special announcement on the American Idol results show Thursday, Feb. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. After winning "American Idol" in May 2004, Fantasia was signed to Simon Fullers 19 Recordings, which released her album through Clive Davis SonyBMG.

Her debut single "I Believe" marked the first time in Billboard Hot 100 chart history that an artist went straight to No. 1 with his or her inaugural single. This led to the arrival of Fantasia's RIAA platinum debut album, Free Yourself, in 2004.

Fantasia ha...

Mom Survey Says Britney Spears Is 'Most Over Exposed,' Jada Pinkett-Smith Is 'Most Fashionable'

2/8/2007 10:56am EST
Jada Pinkett Smith
It’s awards season in Hollywood, and while film critics everywhere debate the merits of leadings actors, another set of critics has made some judgments of their own. With working moms taking center stage in the world of hot young celebrities, Working Mother magazine decided it was time to ask the experts—the working mothers of America—to weigh in with their votes on Tinseltown’s hottest actress mothers.

“We here at Working Mother are delighted to celebrate all of Hollywood’s working mothers,” said Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Riss. “These women are such an inspiration to all of us, and t...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore Releases "Overnight Sensational"

8/31/2006 3:44pm EDT
Sam Moore
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy® Award winner Sam Moore -- the voice so identified with his classic hits "Hold On! I'm Comin", "I Thank You," and of course "Soul Man" "-- recently completed an astonishing new solo album project 'Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational' (August 29, Rhino Records). Bass player/record executive/talent judge Randy Jackson served as producer for Moore, long famous as the seminal voice of the duo bearing his name. Jackson created the current and contemporary sound as a backdrop, but Sam's voice and energetic presence are front and center. 'Sam Moore: Overnight Se...