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Overheard: What Celebs Say About Christmas

December 26th, 2009 11:16am EST
Paris Hilton
"I totally love Christmas. I love the parties and the glitter. I'm still like a kid on Christmas morning but I also get a kick out of getting really cool gifts for my friends and family. I put a lot of effort into my Christmas shopping." Paris Hilton is a big fan of the holidays.

"It should be cold, you should be bundled up. You shouldn't be wearing a tanktop and flip flops." Actress Christina Applegate looks forward to a having a white Christmas every year.

"Scrooge was the first corporate scumbag and so, in this time where all our constructs are breaking down because of greed and se...
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Marilyn Scott Releases Set of Jazz Standards

July 3rd, 2008 9:00am EDT
Marilyn Scott
With Every Time We Say Goodbye, Marilyn Scott is taking her love for jazz to the ultimate place her heart has always desired, to make an acoustic jazz album in New York City the way the legends used to do it - with the singer and musicians all cutting and working out arrangements together in the studio.

Although the physical CD is currently only available as a Japanese import, jazz fans can download the album on iTunes or purchase the CD from Marilyn's website, though soon it will also be available on Amazon.com. The 10-song collection is comprised of standards such as the Cole Porter-...
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The Isley Brothers (Featuring Ronald Isely) To Release 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' Oct. 9

October 4th, 2007 2:39pm EDT
Isley Brothers
I'll Be Home For Christmas, the first holiday album ever recorded by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, will arrive in stores October 9th on Def Soul Classics, a division of the Island Def Jam Music Group. The new album was executive produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc., with all tracks recorded and mixed at Flyte Tyme Studios in Santa Monica.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees the Isley Brothers, who now include Ronald Isley and his brother, guitarist and singer Ernie Isley, celebrated their 50th year as a recording group in 2007. Their new ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 11

May 11th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Happy Birthday to Australian singer Holly Valance (1983), "Riding the Bullet" actor Jonathan Jackson (1982), Rammstein drummer Christoph Schneider (1966), "The White Countess" actress Natasha Richardson (1963), "House of Sand and Fog" actresses Shohreh Aghdashloo and Frances Fisher (both 1952), comedic actor Foster Brooks (1912; d. 2001), surrealism master Salvador Dali (1904; d. 1989), and composer Irving Berlin (1888; d. 1989).
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Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire Kurt Elling's Debut 'Nightmoves' Set For April 3 Release

April 1st, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Kurt Elling
With seven Grammy nominations already to his credit, vocalist Kurt Elling has attained elite status in the jazz world before reaching the age of 40. Riding to international prominence on the strength of his critically acclaimed performances as well as a string of stellar recordings for the Blue Note label, the perennial poll-winner has become the voice of a new generation of jazz fans. He's been called "the most flamboyantly creative jazz singer to emerge in the last decade" by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recently named Down Beat's Male Vocalist of the Year in both Critics and Reade...
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U.K. Band The Feeling Delivers On Debut "Twelve Stops and Home"

November 14th, 2006 4:56pm EST
The Feeling
Talk about being hooked on The Feeling. This U.K. band delivers an amalgam of harmonic melodies and catchy choruses that reaches full fruition on its Cherrytree/Interscope debut, Twelve Stops and Home, which has already produced a pair of Top 10 international hit singles in "Sewn" and "Fill My Little World."

The quintet's sonic touchstones range from the classic (the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, Queen, The Carpenters and the Beach Boys) to the more esoteric (10cc, Abba, the Human League and the Pet Shop Boys) to the timeless (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen).

"I'm very...
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Clint Eastwood Composed Score To "Flags Of Our Fathers;" Soundtrack Out Oct. 17

October 5th, 2006 11:38am EDT
Clint Eastwood
Milan Records releases music from the motion picture "Flags of our Fathers," featuring an original score composed by Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, previously Golden Globe nominated as a composer for his work on "Million Dollar Baby." Along with his score, his son Kyle Eastwood also provides re-recordings of classic music from the period. The Milan soundtrack features nostalgic standards arranged by Kyle including works by Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and John Philip Sousa, as well as original recordings by Dinah Shore and Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five. Milan releases the soun...
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Second Disc Of Live Cuts Highlights "The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia," Due Sept. 26; Listen Here!

September 19th, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Acoustic or electric, solo or side project; Jerry Garcia was prolific during his breaks from the Grateful Dead. Between 1972 and 1982, Garcia recorded five historic studio albums and jammed with a revolving cast of musicians in the Jerry Garcia Band. Rhino/J. Garcia Records salute the rich talents of an incomparable music icon with the first-ever compilation spotlighting Garcia's solo work. Highlights from his five solo studio records provide the foundation of the first disc, while the second disc serves as a comprehensive compilation of seminal solo performances dating from the early '70s...
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Details On Diana Krall's New Album

July 1st, 2006 6:38pm EDT
Diana Krall
Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling musician Diana Krall returns to the standard songbook with a sensual, swinging set on From This Moment On, to be released September 19th on Verve. Krall is joined by the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on eight of the eleven tracks, and performs in a quartet setting for the rest: Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass), and Jeff Hamilton (drums). From this Moment On, Krall's 10th album, was produced by Krall and Tommy LiPuma, and recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt.

From This Moment On features selections of songs torn from Broadwa...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 11

May 11th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Happy Birthday to Australian singer Holly Valance (1983), "Riding the Bullet" actor Jonathan Jackson (1982), Rammstein drummer Christoph Schneider (1966), "The White Countess" actress Natasha Richardson (1963), "House of Sand and Fog" actresses Shohreh Aghdashloo and Frances Fisher (both 1952), comedic actor Foster Brooks (1912; d. 2001), surrealism master Salvador Dali (1904; d. 1989), and composer Irving Berlin (1888; d. 1989).
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'Elvis Has Left the Building' Microphone, Hollywood Memorabilia Up for Grabs

November 29th, 2005 11:05am EST
Elvis Presley
Auction house Profiles in History is holding a live public auction on Dec. 16 that includes over 350 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia worth $2 Million. The highlight of the auction is the original vintage Shure Brothers model 55S microphone from the Louisiana hayride used by Elvis Presley and through which the famous phrase “Please young people, Elvis has left the building” was first broadcast.

This auction will also include treasures from Hollywood classic films such as Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, My Fair Lady as well as contemporary favorites Star War...
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Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley & More Earn Big Money From The Grave

October 27th, 2005 8:08pm EDT
Elvis Presley
Once again Elvis Presley is No. 1 on Forbes.com's annual list of "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities," earning an estimated $45 million between October 2004 - October 2005. He and the 12 other members of the list, including fellow musicians Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, brought in a collective $186 million in the last year!

The fifth annual ranking of "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities," assesses the earning power of deceased celebrities, including musicians, actors, authors, songwriters and composers, among others.

This year's list (earnings in $ millions):

1. Elvis Presle...
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