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Debbie Harry thinks her solo work was 'overlooked'

April 13th, 2014 7:15pm EDT
Blondie
Debbie Harry believes the material in her 80s solo albums has been "overlooked".

The 68-year-old singer - who co-founded Blondie in the 70s with Chris Stein - pursued a solo career following the band's split in 1982 and although she was still working, Chris became unwell, suffering from auto-immune condition pemphigus vulgaris, and she had to care for him.

She explained to Mojo magazine: "It was a very difficult time. All I can say is that I did move on in the mid 80s and I started doing a series of solo albums which Chris wrote on and helped me with. I did not five up my career. I had a ...
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Debbie Harry's adoption 'identity crisis'

April 12th, 2014 6:20am EDT
Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry experienced an "identity crisis" after being adopted.
The Blondie singer, 68, who was given up by her mother when she was only a few months old, sometimes struggled to deal with her past as a child after being told of her adoption when she was four.
She told MOJO magazine: "Unfortunately for me, or unfortunately for my parents, I was determined to be an artist.
"And of course they weren't artists and the whole idea of it was barbaric. My mother came from a family that thought artists were the slime of the earth. I think it was frightening for them, because they of course were ...
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Gisele Bundchen takes on Blondie for H&M advert

April 2nd, 2014 3:10am EDT
Gisele Bundchen
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has recorded a cover of Blondie's Heart Of Glass for her latest H&M advertising campaign.

The Brazilian beauty recorded a version of The Kinks' All Day and All of the Night last year (13) for a previous commercial, and now she is showing off her singing skills once again to promote the Swedish retailer's summer 2014 collection.

Her version of the 1979 classic has been produced by acclaimed French house music DJ Bob Sinclar.

Bundchen tells Women's Wear Daily, "I never in a million years thought that I would record a song and work with a producer like Bob."

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Debbie Harry thinks internet will become unpopular

March 9th, 2014 6:05pm EDT
Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry doesn't think the Internet will remain popular.

The 68-year-old Blondie frontwoman is predicting a "backlash" against modern technology and she finds the world wide web a huge "waste of time".

She said: "I think that there will be some kind of Luddite backlash. People in general will just all of a sudden unhook themselves. It's such a waste of time."

Debbie admits she dislikes the internet because she tries so hard to maintain her privacy and thinks the online world is full of fame-seekers.

She said to NME magazine: "I'm really only concerned with letting people have a cert...
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Debbie Harry explains Olympics snub

February 11th, 2014 3:10am EST
Debbie Harry
Blondie star Debbie Harry has further addressed the furore surrounding the band's decision not to perform at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, insisting the group has too many gay friends to play in a nation where anti-gay propaganda laws have been passed.

The Call Me rockers revealed they turned down the chance to perform at Friday's (07Feb14) Opening Ceremony over the weekend and encouraged fans to share a photo of the group's official Olympics offer with the words 'Pass human rights' scrawled across it in big black letters, which they posted on Harry's Twitter.com page.

And in an i...
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Blondie turned down Sochi Olympics gig

February 9th, 2014 5:25pm EST
Blondie turned down Sochi Olympics gig
Veteran rockers Blondie turned down the chance to perform at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia to protest against the country's gay rights record.

The Games kicked off in Sochi on Thursday, with the Opening Ceremony officially launching the event on Friday, and singer Debbie Harry has now revealed her group was offered the chance to step into the spotlight and perform at the high-profile spectacular.

However, Harry insists the band turned down the offer due to Russia's stance on gay rights.

She published a picture of a document showing Blondie's official Olympics offer with the words ...
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Madonna reveals death threats

February 6th, 2014 6:20am EST
Madonna
Madonna received death threats for defending Pussy Riot.
The 'Hung Up' hitmaker gave an impassioned speech at the Amnesty International Concert in New York last night (05.02.14), in which she described herself as a "freedom fighter" as she introduced the Russian group - who were jailed on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral - to the stage to address the audience at the Barclays Center.
She said: "The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to love who we want to love, to be who we are -- do we have to f...
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Blondie To Recieve 2014 NME Godlike Genius Award

February 4th, 2014 8:53am EST
Blondie
New wave pioneers Blondie are to be honored with the Godlike Genius Award at this year's NME Awards.

Lead singer Debbie Harry and her band mates will pick up the award in person and also perform at the NME Awards 2014 at the O2 Academy in London on February 26th.

Harry says, "It's out of proportion, but it's nice to be recognized. It's outstanding, really... I also find it particularly interesting that there aren't many Americans who've been given this award before, so that's flattering."

NME editor Mike Williams said: "They rewrote the rulebook in the late 70s by dragging punk rock t...
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Blondie & Bob Geldof join Amnesty International benefit

January 31st, 2014 3:20am EST
Bob Geldof
Blondie and Bob Geldof have been added to the line-up of performers at next month's (Feb14) Bringing Human Rights Home Amnesty International concert in New York.

The two acts will join Lauryn Hill, Imagine Dragons and the Flaming Lips among those hitting the stage at the Barclays Center benefit, while organisers have announced actress and activist Susan Sarandon will host the event and Amnesty International stalwarts Peter Gabriel and Sting will deliver pre-taped video messages during the show.

Announcing his participation, Sting says, "More than 30 years ago, we loosened apartheid's grip...
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Deborah Harry & Boy George pay tribute to Lou Reed in new film

December 11th, 2013 3:20am EST
Boy George
Blondie star Deborah Harry and Boy George have joined a host of stars in a new documentary tribute to the late Lou Reed.

The BBC film, which will debut in the U.K. on Sunday (15Dec13), will also feature Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmates Moe Tucker and Doug Yule, Thurston Moore, guitarist Steve Hunter, novelist Paul Auster and photographer Mick Rock.

In a release about the film, a BBC spokesman says, "With the help of friends, fellow musicians, critics and those who have been inspired not only by his music, but also by his famously contrary approach to almost everything, the docum...
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The Members Of Blondie Pay Tribute To Lou Reed

October 29th, 2013 8:48am EDT
Blondie
Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have paid tribute to the late Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71. The punk legends have recalled thrilling moments with the former Velvet Underground frontman in statements released on Monday.

Harry remembers, "The first time I saw the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed it was in the 1960s at a place on the Lower East Side (of New York) called The Balloon Farm. That day I became a lifelong devotee of the iconoclastic sound and style of Lou and the Velvets.

"I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect D...
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Blondie Re-Record 'Sunday Girl' For 'CBGB' Movie

October 6th, 2013 10:27am EDT
Blondie
Blondie were so thrilled to be part of new movie CBGB they offered up a new recording of their hit tune Sunday Girl for the soundtrack.

The new film about the iconic New York punk mecca features 65 tracks in total from acts like Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and the Velvet Underground, but music supervisor Brad Rosenberger was particularly thrilled when Debbie Harry and her bandmates agreed to help out.

He says, "We've been talking to them for a while because they're important to the film and I was talking to their manager and told him what we were looking for. And he said, 'The band actually...
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Blondie Slam Debbie Harry Retirement Reports

July 30th, 2013 2:23pm EDT
Blondie
Punk rock pioneers Blondie have moved to silence reports suggesting Debbie Harry is planning to retire after the band's drummer Clem Burke implied the singer's time in the group could be coming to an end.

Burke told Britain's the Daily Mail that Harry, 68, is considering hanging up her microphone after 40 years with the band due to her age.

He said, "Debbie is 11 years older than the rest of us, so it's on her mind. We've tried to keep it going for as long as possible, but it's not just up to me. Nothing is finalized yet, but obviously there's no Blondie without Debbie Harry."

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One Direction To Cover Blondie For Comic Relief

December 10th, 2012 4:13pm EST
One Direction
Boyband One Direction are to record a cover of one of Blondie's most famous songs to raise money for charity.

The pop stars will take charge of the official single for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day fundraiser next year and they have decided to put their stamp on Blondie classic "One Way Or Another".

Bandmember Harry Styles says, "We have grown up with Comic Relief and taken part in lots of Red Nose Days at school so we were thrilled to be asked to do this year's Red Nose Day single. It's such an honor for us. We can't wait to perform our version of this iconic pop song and raise as much mon...
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The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

June 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...
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Blondie And Devo Team Up For Summer Tour

June 19th, 2012 11:26am EDT
Blondie
Veteran rockers Blondie and Devo are hitting the road together for a joint nostalgia tour.

The two bands are joining forces for a greatest hits trek, Whip It to Shreds, which kicks off on September 7th, and Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry insists the pairing is a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven.

She tells Reuters, "I've always really loved their songs and their music and their crazy style. Back in the day, it was very fresh and advanced. I think it's more contemporary today than it was back then...

"I love performing even more now. I've been doing it for long enough that it's compl...
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Malin Akerman To Star As Debbie Harry In CBGB Movie

May 25th, 2012 8:30pm EDT
Malin Akerman
Actress Malin Akerman is set to portray rock icon Debbie Harry in a new movie about legendary New York club boss Hilly Kristal.

Alan Rickman was recently cast as Kristal, the founder of the fabled CBGB venue, and now Akerman has been chosen to play the Blondie frontwoman onscreen.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has also signed up for the project, as guitarist Cheetah Chrome of punk band the Dead Boys, while Avatar actor Joel David Moore and Julian Acosta will play Joey and Johnny Ramone, respectively, and Seinfeld veteran Estelle Harris will star as Kristal's mother, Bertha.

Kristal's da...
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Alan Rickman To Star In CBGB Founder Biopic

May 15th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman will always be Professor Severus Snape to us, but he's about to take on the guise of another, more modern legend. You might not have heard of Hilly Kristal, but surely you have heard of the club he started and owned until it closed in 2006, CBGB.

The legendary East Village institution kick started punk rock and became a second home to local artists like Patti Smith, Television, Suicide, the Ramones, and Blondie; later years gave rise to hardcore acts like Bad Brains and, yes, the Beastie Boys. Kristal had plans to take his club to Vegas but died in 2007.

Rickman's casting new...
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Kiss' Gene Simmons Blasts Hall Of Fame Omission

March 23rd, 2012 1:36pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Outspoken Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is angry the band has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, branding the snub a "joke".

This year's induction ceremony includes Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and the decision to omit the legendary '70s rockers yet again rankles with the band.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Mado...
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'Glee' Recap: It's Mash-Up Week!

November 16th, 2011 9:50am EST
Glee 305
It seems like ‘Glee’ has just decided to pretend last week’s West Side Virgin Story never happened. Thank goodness! What a relief it is to jump right back into election season and age-inappropriate relationships! Puck leads the boys in a sexually charged performance of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” within the first five minutes of the episode and it's clear that we can put 'The First Time' behind us and have some fun this week.

The good news gets even better when Ms. Corcoran , who has nice scenes with just about every single character in this show, speaks to Mr. Schue about keeping their...
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Debbie Harry Honored As 'Ultimate Icon' At Women Of The Year Awards

November 4th, 2011 12:10am EDT
Debbie Harry
Punk icon Debbie Harry has been hailed the Ultimate Icon at Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Women of the Year Awards in London.

The Blondie frontwoman was honored for her contributions to the music industry during a ceremony on Thursday. Kylie Minogue presented her with the prize.

Jessie J continued to build on her success by picking up the Ultimate U.K. Music Star title, while former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland was named Ultimate TV Personality for her stint as a judge on the U.K. version of talent show The X Factor.

Model Daisy Lowe claimed the Ultimate Style Queen award, actress Aman...
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Debbie Harry Squandered Millions Of Dollars

October 15th, 2011 10:30am EDT
Debbie Harry
Blondie star Debbie Harry wishes she was more money conscious when she first made it big because her heavy spending cost her a fortune and a home.

The punk icon, now 66, went through millions in her heyday and now regrets not being more careful with her cash.

Her wake-up call came in the early 1990s when she discovered she owed "the tax man" millions.

She tells the Globe, "I had to sell our house and the rest of the band was left with nothing."

But she confesses she should have seen it coming: "We knew we didn't have a handle on it (cash) and knew that cash was flying away into nowhere...
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Marc Jacobs Sets Up Blondie Shrine At His Store

September 15th, 2011 11:59pm EDT
Marc Jacobs
Celebrity designer Marc Jacobs is currently paying tribute to all things Blondie at his store in New York, which is full of books and clothing inspired by Debbie Harry.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs women's boutique on Bleecker Street has been transformed into a pop-up Blondie shop to mark the release of the band's new album, "Panic of Girls."

Harry was so impressed by the Jacobs shrine she dropped by earlier this week to check it out.

She tells Billboard.com, "I've had a longtime association with Marc Jacobs since the early days at CBGB, and he's always been so supportive of the downtown scen...
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Debbie Harry Recalls 'Picture Perfect' Day Before 9/11

September 11th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Debbie Harry
Blondie star Debbie Harry has shared her memories of 9/11 in a new tribute piece for RollingStone.com.

The "Call Me" singer, who has become synonymous with the New York music scene, recalls spending a magical day in her favorite city on the Monday before terrorists flew two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and she has a special memory of the last time she saw the Twin Towers.

She says, "I clearly remember driving into New York the day before 9/11. It was a beautiful Monday morning and as I was approaching the city I came up this little rise and the city was laid out in this pan...
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LMFAO Want Debbie Harry For Their Next Video

August 4th, 2011 9:40am EDT
Lmfao
LMFAO have invited Debbie Harry to appear in their next video after learning the Blondie star is a big fan.

The Party Rock Anthem hit-makers, consisting of Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy and his nephew Skyler 'SkyBlu' Gordy, were thrilled to discover the iconic star liked their music, and they've offered her a cameo in the promo for new song Sexy And I Know It.

Redfoo tells Britain's Daily Star, "We have a couple of videos we're about to work on and film. One of them is Sexy And I Know It. How great would it be if Debbie appeared in that? I'd love to ask her. She'd look so cool."

"We'd love the...
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Andy Warhol's Blondie Portrait Sells For $5.9 Million

June 30th, 2011 11:28am EDT
Debbie Harry
An iconic Andy Warhol portrait of Blondie star Debbie Harry has sold for a staggering $5.9 million.

The Heart of Glass singer posed for Warhol in his New York studio back in 1980 and the finished product - a hot pink silkscreen canvas - was one of the star lots at Sotheby's two-day auction in London, which ended on Thursday.

Former Eurythmics rocker Dave Stewart also attracted bidders after offloading pieces from his personal art collection.

A spot painting by Damien Hirst, entitled Dantrolene (Being God for Dave), which the renowned British artist dedicated to the musician, went for ...
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65-Year-Old Debbie Harry Wants To Adopt A Japanese Child

June 23rd, 2011 8:27am EDT
Debbie Harry
Blondie star Debbie Harry is considering becoming a mom - at 65.

The childless punk icon is looking into adopting a child orphaned by the recent earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan, according to the Globe.

The singer, who herself was adopted, tells the publication, "I've thought of adoption, which I think I'd be really good at. There will be lots of children (in Japan) needing homes."
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Iconic Andy Warhol Painting Of Debbie Harry Expected To Fetch Millions

June 7th, 2011 8:19am EDT
Debbie Harry
An iconic Andy Warhol portrait of Blondie star Debbie Harry is expected to fetch up to $8.8 million when it goes up for auction later this month.

The "Heart of Glass" singer posed for Warhol in his New York studio, The Factory, back in 1980 and now one of the colourful silkscreen prints is set to go under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in London as part of a two-day sale of contemporary art.

Harry recently admitted she was delighted to become one of Warhol's muses, stating, "I was thrilled when he wanted to do a portrait of me. It put me in good company with tins of Campbell's Soup...
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Debbie Harry Talks About Her Fashion Range Dreams

May 9th, 2011 9:05am EDT
Debbie Harry
Rocker Debbie Harry is eager to start a clothing business in the future - as she has realized she can't be in Blondie forever.

The singer has no immediate plans to retire from making music, but she is thinking about venturing into the fashion business.

She tells Britain's Attitude magazine, "I feel that I've achieved a lot but I don't want to stop. I want to keep doing things. I don't want to retire.

"I know that I can't front a pop or rock band forever, but I would certainly like to keep writing or start a clothing business."

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'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants (& Judges) Disappoint On Movie Night

April 14th, 2011 8:10am EDT
American Idol
I just couldn’t wait to see how they did.

For once, I’m not talking about the contestants. Last night it was the judges’ performance that had me most anxious for the show to begin. After Pia’s exit, they’d been taking a ton of flak from myself and endless other ‘ American Idol’ recappers saying it was finally time for them to toughen up.

And this was the perfect night to test. After weeks and weeks of solid performances all down the line, last night we got our first really consistently bad night from the contestants. A night that totally blew out my restrictive theme theory – because last...
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