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Andrea Bocelli marries long-term partner

March 25th, 2014 7:20am EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli has married his long-term partner Veronica Berti.
The Italian opera singer - who was blinded at the age of 12 - tied the knot with Veronica before friends and family in an intimate wedding ceremony at the Sanctuary of Montenero in Livorno, Italy, last Friday (03.21.14).
Bocelli had been in a relationship with Veronica for 12 years and it's thought they chose the date to coincide with the birthday of their two-year-old daughter Virginia.
The couple were cheered on by locals as they left the ceremony before driving away in a classic car for a lavish reception at Bocelli's villa...

Andrea Bocelli Weds

March 23rd, 2014 10:02am EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli married his long-term girlfriend Veronica Berti on Friday.

The classical superstar and his partner tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany, Italy surrounded by close friends and members of their families.

The revelation follows speculation the couple was to announce their engagement. The wedding day was extra special for the couple as it also marked their daughter Virginia's second birthday. The youngster was born on 21 March, 2012.

Bocelli was previously married to Enrica Cenzatti, the mother of his two teenage sons.

Vampire Weekend rework Andrea Bocelli classic for Valentine's Day album

January 8th, 2014 3:20am EST
Andrea Bocelli
Rockers Vampire Weekend have recorded an odd cover of Andrea Bocelli's romantic tune Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) for a new Valentine's Day compilation.

Bosses at Coffee giants Starbucks asked a number of artists to revamp their favourite love songs for the album, titled Sweetheart 2014.

The compilation also features My Morning Jacket's Jim James' version of Bob Marley's Turn Your Lights Down Low, Ben Harper's cover of Mazzy Star's Fade Into You and Beck's take on John Lennon's Love.

Andrea Bocelli sets Barclays Center record

December 1st, 2013 8:30pm EST
Andrea Bocelli
Opera superstar Andrea Bocelli has set a new record by becoming the first artist in history to perform at the Big Apple's Barclays Center twice.

The Italian tenor first played at the huge arena in Brooklyn, New York last year (12), and now he's set to return - setting a record as he goes.

He tells the New York Daily News, "To be honest, when I first played Brooklyn I felt a bit nostalgic for Madison Square Garden.

"I have great memories of that arena. But the public were so warm and loving, I will have those memories to keep me warm this time."

Bocelli will take to the stage later this ...

Daft Punk bassist recruits famous friends for first solo album

November 22nd, 2013 3:20am EST
Daft Punk
Daft Punk bassist Nathan East has recruited pals Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles and Michael Mcdonald to work on his first solo album.

The acclaimed musician has worked with popular artists such as Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli during his 30 years in the music industry, and now he's heading into the studio for an album of his own.

East will be releasing a yet-to-be-titled record next year (14), which will contain both original songs and covers.

He has already tapped Wonder, McDonald and Bareilles for the record, but is still hoping to enlist Eric Clapton and Anita Baker, who ...

2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 2

October 12th, 2013 9:10pm EDT
I Am Not a Human Being II
Welcome all who dare to part deux of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013 for all who dare to enter the brentmusicreviews zone! Ha… If you missed the first part (Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013, Part 1), you should like totally check out my favorites from 2013, ‘cause there was some awesome albums.  If you’re not one for positivity and optimism, maybe you’re just checking this out because some you enjoy skepticism, criticism, and the occasional, um, cynicism.  Regardless, let me remind you how I started off my previous post:

As I look o...

Andrea Bocelli Welcomes Baby Girl

March 26th, 2012 11:40am EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Opera star Andrea Bocelli has become a dad to a baby girl.

The blind Italian tenor's fiancée and manager, Veronica Berti, gave birth to the couple's first child on Wednesday.

The new arrival, Bocelli's first daughter, is named Virginia, according to Life & Style magazine.

The singer has two teenage sons, Amos and Matteo, with his ex-wife Enrica Cenzatti.

Andrea Bocelli Expecting First Daughter

November 14th, 2011 10:30pm EST
Andrea Bocelli
Opera star Andrea Bocelli is set to become a father for the third time.

The blind Italian tenor's fiancee, Veronica Berti, is expecting the couple's first child together - a baby girl.

Bocelli revealed the sex of his unborn child at a dinner in Los Angeles last week, when he launched his new anti-poverty charity, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, according to the Daily Variety.

The singer has two teenage sons, Amos and Matteo, from his marriage to Enrica Cenzatti.

Andrea Bocelli Serenades Ferry Passengers In Manhattan

August 8th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded ferry passengers with an impromptu performance last week as he rode the waves around Manhattan during a photoshoot.

The blind tenor joined locals on an East River boat on Thursday as he posed for promotional shots in front of the world-famous Manhattan skyline.

And he decided to treat fellow passengers to a little preview of his upcoming concert in the city by belting out a series of songs and playing the flute while onboard, according to the New York Post.

Bocelli will team up with the New York Philharmonic for a free show in the city's Central Par...

J.Lo Shines At World Music Awards

May 19th, 2010 8:49am EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez cemented her music comeback on Tuesday as she accepted top honors at the World Music Awards.

The singer opened the show by performing a medley of her hits and was later named the Legend for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts at the star-studded event in Monaco. Lopez, who stepped away from the spotlight in 2008 after the birth of her twins, told the crowd the award was meaningful but is "just the beginning."

Lady Gaga was the night's biggest winner with a haul of five awards, but was not present to pick them up.

Black Eyed Peas rapper was on hand to scoop thre...

Andrea Bocelli & Bryan Adams To Headline World Cup Concert

April 29th, 2010 9:34pm EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Blind opera star Andrea Bocelli and rocker Bryan Adams are to team up to close the upcoming World Cup in South Africa.

The Italian tenor and the Canadian will perform at Celebrate Africa, the Grand Finale spectacular in Johannesburg on July 9, two days before the World Cup final takes place.

South African soprano Pretty Yende will join the two stars onstage.

Alicia Keys and Shakira will headline a concert marking the opening of the soccer tournament on June 10.

Macy's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade: Meh

November 28th, 2009 8:51am EST
So, in the spirit of Turkey Day and all that is holy in the holiday season traditions, I got up too early to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with an equally weary Liz Lewis. This year was pretty run of the mill.

Like all years past, NBC rolled in with semi truck filled with shameless plugs, an overload of NBC promotions, and puns corny enough to even make younger kids grimace. The route changed, to the chagrin of all those with pricey Broadway real estate who look forward to this fall classic, and the cast of Glee was glaringly absent. With NBC bringing out some real...

Two New Career-Spanning Albums From Celine Dion Out Oct. 28

October 16th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Celine Dion
On Tuesday, October 28th, Columbia Records will release two special edition CDs featuring career-spanning repertoire from Celine Dion, the biggest selling female artist of all time. My Love...Essential Collection is a single disc featuring 17 songs, consisting of Celine's biggest hits... songs such as the international chart-topper "All By Myself" (her unforgettable interpretation of the groundbreaking Eric Carmen power ballad), "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" (Celine's first English-language single), her landmark 1996 Olympic Ceremonies performance of "Power of the Dream, the brand-new neve...

Luciano Pavarotti Tribute To Feature Surviving Three Tenors Members

October 12th, 2008 10:10am EDT
Luciano Pavarotti
Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo are to perform together on Sunday for the first time since the death of their Three Tenors tourmate Luciano Pavarotti last year.

The opera singers will pay tribute to the late maestro at a special show held by the Italian tenor's widow Nicoletta Mantovani and Princess Haya Of Jordan in Petra, Jordan this weekend.

Andrea Bocelli and rocker Sting are also due to play at the two-day event, which will mark what would have been his 73rd birthday on Sunday.

But the event will reach a climax when Carreras and Domingo take to the stage to celebrate t...

Oasis Set To Receive Top Accolade At Silver Clef Awards

June 8th, 2008 12:30pm EDT
British rockers Oasis are to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the annual Silver Clef Awards in London next month. The "Wonderwall" stars will receive the award in recognition of their dedication to the music industry, and the success of their record sales.

The band will be honored alongside seven other categories, including Record of the Year and Best International Artist, which will be revealed at the ceremony in July.

Last year, former Jam singer/songwriter Paul Weller took home the lifetime achievement gong in celebration of his 30-year career. Bryan Ferry and re...

Josh Groban To Release Live CD/DVD Of Critically Acclaimed 'Awake Tour' On May 6

April 2nd, 2008 5:52pm EDT
Josh Groban
Internationally-renowned vocalist Josh Groban will release a brand-new live CD/DVD - titled Awake Live - on Reprise/143 Records on May 6th, 2008. Directed by Hamish Hamilton, Awake Live captures the Grammy Award-winning singer's exhilarating performance at Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena before a sold-out crowd of 15,000 thrilled fans on August 28th, 2007. In its review of the tour, the New York Times raved that Groban has "the power to knock the arena senseless."

While the DVD includes favorites from Groban's three best-selling albums, including "Canto Alla Vita" and "Alla Lu...

Notes & Quotes

March 25th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Hayden Panettiere
"I don't have a model's body. But I'm not one of those crazy girls who think that they're fat... I can rock this body." Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is happy with what she's got.

"What helps when you're doing nude scenes is the ability to tolerate huge amounts of whisky. It was scary to go out there naked." Knocked Up star Jason Segel on his full-frontal nude scenes in new film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

"They always write that it went badly, but show me the jokes that didn't work." Comedian Chris Rock insists his stint as Oscars host in 2005 wasn't the disaster it's often portra...

Three Graces Charm On Their Self-Titled Debut Album

March 16th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Three Graces
Three Graces (Joy Kabanuck, Kelly Levesque and Sara Gettelfinger) released their self-titled debut album March 4th on Decca Records. While it is not uncommon for solo artists to work in various genres of music during the course of their career it's a much rarer occurrence to find three individual artists with this commonality looking to collaborate on a higher level. The stunning and talented new trio, Three Graces, effectively blends their musical backgrounds in Opera, Pop and Broadway to form a new sound that resonates with any music enthusiast.

The performances on their debut alb...

Wyclef For President

February 12th, 2008 12:18pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean 'launched' his own campaign to challenge Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the race for The White House at music mogul Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on Friday (photos).

Headlining the glitzy bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the former Fugees star sang, "Obama and Clinton, you've got competition/Vote for Wyclef for president."

Wyclef ended an evening that also featured performances from Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.

Davis' leading lady Whitney Houston was expected to perform at the event, but reportedly pulled out at the...

John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis & Little Richard Are Grammy Super Trio

February 6th, 2008 11:16am EST
John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty will perform with rock 'n' roll greats Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The trio will headline a "Cornerstones Of Rock" segment during the 50th annual event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

They're not the only collaborating artists scheduled to perform at the ceremony - Fergie will team up with John Legend and Josh Groban will duet with Andrea Bocelli.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Timbaland Continues To Rule Over European Singles Chart

December 18th, 2007 6:45pm EST
Rap producer Timbaland's Apologize is sitting atop the European singles chart for a fourth consecutive week. The song, a collaboration with OneRepublic, continues to hold off challenges from Rihanna's Don't Stop The Music and Alicia Keys' No One.

Meanwhile, The Eagles' Long Road Out Of Eden remains Europe's most popular album, while Andrea Bocelli is at two with Vivere and Amy Winehouse's Back To Black is at three.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Ne-Yo, Vanessa Hudgens & More To Headline TNT's Music Spectacular Christmas

November 15th, 2007 10:53am EST
Chart-topping phenomenon Ne-Yo, High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, country superstar Alan Jackson, legendary vocalist Andrea Bocelli, rising recording artists Colbie Caillat, Heather Headley and Katharine McPhee are slated to headline TNT’s annual presentation of "Christmas In Washington," hosted for the fourth year by Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw.

Annually attended by the President and First Lady and other Washington VIPs, this concert is a holiday music celebration benefiting the National Children’s Medical Center. "Christmas In Washington" will be taped at the National Building ...

'Ayo: Live From Monte-Carlo' Featured As PBS Fund Raising Special During December

October 28th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Ayo "Live from Monte-Carlo" will be presented on U.S. Public Television as both a one hour special and as a 90-minute fund raising special nationwide. Like The three tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Sara Brightman, Michael Bubble, Josh Groban and many others, Ayo will be introduced to the American market on television through more than 300 PBS affiliates covering 99% of total U.S. households.

Public Television is known for having an audience that is the most educated in the United States as well as having a high level of acquisitive power. Beginning in December of 2007, The Ayo fund raising s...

Steve Guttenberg Talks To Starpulse About His Charity, Being Famous & Why He Sometimes Lies To The Press

October 17th, 2007 11:24am EDT
Steve Guttenberg
Recently, Steve Guttenberg appeared at New York's Upright Citizens' Brigade (UCB) Theater for an installment of "Inside Joke," a live talk show about the craft of comedy. Certainly there's much to be learned in the arena of humor from the star of films such as Police Academy, Cocoon, Short Circuit, and Three Men and a Little Lady, but The Gute also has much to say on the subjects of community, fame, and responsibility, not to mention some info on a few forthcoming acting roles and a book.

How did your appearance at the UCB Theater go?

I had the best time and now that I'm back in ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 22

September 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter" nemesis Tom Felton (1987), British pop singer Billie Piper (1982), Taking Back Sunday singer Adam Lazzara (1981), Brazilian supermodel Fernanda Tavares (1980), Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo (1976), rapper Mystikal (1975), British one-hit-wonder Chesney Hawkes (1971), "Match Point" actor Rupert Penry-Jones (1970), Weezer bassist Matt Sharp (1969), "Cheaper By The Dozen" actress Bonnie Hunt (1961), "Charles In Charge" actor Scott Baio (1961), rocker Joan Jett (1958), Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (1958), Australian singer Nick Cave (1957), singer Debby Boo...

Trumpeter Chris Botti To Release 'Italia' Sept. 25

September 13th, 2007 2:28pm EDT
Chris Botti
Trumpeter Chris Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer who--since the release of his first solo album in 1995--has created a series of recordings which have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz while at the same time capturing the attention of the pop music world. Through his singular combination of lush atmospheres and thoughtful improvisations, Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall In Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboa...

Pavarotti's Funeral Begins

September 9th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The funeral service for Luciano Pavarotti has begun in his hometown of Modena, Italy, with singers Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and U2 rocker Bono among the stars in attendance.

The Italian maestro, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 on Thursday, will be laid to rest in a cemetary close to his family home, following the rememberance service at Modena Cathedral on Saturday.

Blind tenor Andrea Bocelli is expected to perform the hymn Panis Angelicus at the funeral service, which is being conducted by the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bert...

Weller Awarded Top Prize At Silver Clef Awards

July 1st, 2007 11:58am EDT
Paul Weller
Paul Weller took home the prestigious Silver Clef lifetime achievement award at the annual O2 Silver Clef Luncheon this week at London's Park Lane Hilton. The British songwriter/guitarist was honored at Friday's ceremony for his 30-year career, during which he formed The Jam and The Style Council before embarking on a successful solo career.

Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry scooped a gong for Ambassador of Rock, while Snow Patrol took home the British Group award and New Shoes singer Paolo Nutini won the Best New Music award.

Other winners include John Legend for Best International Arti...

Metallica Will Pay Tribute To Ennio Morricone

February 14th, 2007 2:13pm EST
Rockers Metallica have stunned fans by signing up for a Ennio Morricone tribute project.

The group have used the composer's The Good, The Bad And The Ugly track "The Ecstasy Of Gold" to open their stage shows since 1983, and now the US band will repay the musical favor with a cover version of the song for a tribute album due out later this year.

The Metallica cover features on "We All Love Ennio Morricone", alongside offerings from an assorted array of other celebrity Morricone fans including opera star Andrea Bocelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion.

Frontman Jam...

Bocelli Sang at Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes' Wedding, But Refused To Attend Scientology Ceremony

January 12th, 2007 8:45am EST
Andrea Bocelli
Opera superstar Andrea Bocelli sang for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at their nuptial celebrations, but refused to attend the actual wedding because it was a Scientology-based ceremony. The celebrity couple tied the knot in November and the renowned tenor performed as his gift to the newlyweds.

He tells OK! magazine, "Tom is a friend of mine. He is a big talent and has a great sensibility. I sang two small songs - one at the party for the dinner. (It was) a romantic, classic piece in Italian."

Bocelli said he was present at most of the festivities, but refused to attend the actua...

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