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Q&A: Rob Gonzalez & Kevin Richardson Come 'Home' For Cancer Benefit

December 8th, 2011 11:00am EST
PR Photos
The holiday season is one for giving, and Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Richardson are definitely in the holiday spirit. The two have combined their talents for a seasonal concert to benefit the fight against cancer.

Gonzalez, the performer in residence at the Montage Beverly Hills luxury hotel, and former Backstreet Boy Richardson are the headliners of Home For The Holidays, hosted by the Montage on December 18. The concert supports The Angeles Clinic Foundation of Los Angeles. The pair have made it a love letter to music and the season, crafting an entertaining evening that is influenced ...
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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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30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

February 15th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Biography.com. Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...
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Paul McCartney Delighted With Beatles iTunes Deal

December 17th, 2010 8:20am EST
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is glad the Beatles' back catalogue is finally available online - because a "whole new generation" can now find inspiration in their music.

The Fab Four's albums and singles were made available on the iTunes internet store last month after years of negotiations between bosses at record label EMI and computer giant Apple. McCartney has always been eager for the material to be available digitally so younger music fans can have access to the songs - and he's delighted with the deal.

He tells the Liverpool Echo newspaper, "I think people thought it was us holding it up, but t...
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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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Boyz II Men Capture Hearts With 'Love'; Out Now

December 5th, 2009 9:00am EST
Boyz II Men pictures
Boyz II Men create their own brand of magic once again with their inspired new album, simply titled "Love". The multiple Grammy Award winners - and most successful male vocal group of all time - tackle a hand-picked selection of their favorite popular love songs spanning the last several decades. Love is the follow-up to their welcome resurgence after the 2007 Grammy-nominated Decca release, "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA". Reuniting with producer Randy Jackson, Boyz II Men have made yet another timeless record with "Love", singing romantic hits as only they can, with flawless har...
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My Chemical Romance Debuts New Video For 'Watchmen'; See It Here

February 3rd, 2009 9:46am EST
My Chemical Romance
The music video for My Chemical Romance's "Desolation Row" has finally made its North American debut. The song, a reinterpretation of the Bob Dylan classic, was recorded specifically for the upcoming feature film Watchmen. Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture, which contains the song, is due from Warner Sunset/Reprise Records on March 3rd, three days before the film hits theaters nationwide.

The video, which was helmed by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, transports the viewer into the world of Watchmen in an alternate 1985. My Chemical Romance is performing at a dive bar, reigning as...
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Wynonna's Album 'Sing - Chapter 1' Out Feb. 3; Free NYC Concert Feb. 4

January 23rd, 2009 11:13am EST
Wynonna Judd
Twenty five: the number of years the incredible songtress Wynonna Judd has been bringing her amazing voice, her inspirational stories and her unique blend of country, soul and good 'ol Rock'n'Roll to the masses. In celebration of this illustrious career, Wynonna will be releasing her 7th studio album in 2009 - an eclectic assortment of standards paying homage to all the different genres and songs that have formed the soundtrack to her own life. Produced by long time collaborators Don Potter and Brent Mahar and recorded at Sound Kitchen, The Blue Room Studios and East Iris Studios in Nashv...
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Actress/Singer Kristin Chenoweth Releases Christmas CD; Win A Signed Copy!

October 31st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Kristin Chenoweth
On October 14, 2008 Sony BMG Masterworks released Kristin Chenoweth's new Christmas CD A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas. For her third album, Chenoweth covers a wide range of Christmas songs from "Christmas Island," popularized by The Andrew's Sisters to Kristin's personal favorite "Come On Ring Those Bells."

Recorded at Capitol Recording Studio's legendary Studios A & B where Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole all etched their Christmas standards, A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas is an eclectic combination of full orchestral arrangements, along with big band, a bit of tropical isla...
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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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Full Album Listening Party For Natalie Cole's 'Still Unforgettable'

September 20th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Natalie Cole
The follow-up to her seminal album Unforgettable...With Love, Still Unforgettable features Natalie Cole re-joining her father, Nat King Cole, in a duet on "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," as well as Natalie's loving renditions of 13 other classics from the Great American Songbook.

When Natalie Cole's seminal Unforgettable...With Love came out in 1991, the jazz collection set a new standard for reinventing the Great American Songbook. The CD, which captured six Grammys , including Album and Record Of The Year, spent five weeks at No. 1 and sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. al...
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'Now That's What I Call Christmas!' Series Makes Digital Release Debuts

December 2nd, 2007 11:00am EST
Vols 1
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, rings in the holiday season with the digital release debut of two of its multi-platinum holiday collections, NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 1 and NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2, and the digital return of last year's NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3. Now all three of NOW's festive 36-track holiday collections are now available for purchase from most major digital service providers.

NOW's Christmas volumes present the most comprehensive collections of holiday favorites from the su...
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Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

November 23rd, 2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...
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Chrisette Michele's 'I Am' In Stores Today; Will Tour With Musiq (Soulchild) This Summer

June 19th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Chrisette Michele
New Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele, whose soulful, jazz-influenced debut album I Am will be released June 19th, has been tapped as opening act on the upcoming North American tour with platinum Grammy nominated Atlantic Records recording artist Musiq (Soulchild). The tour begins July 6th at Afram in Baltimore, and wraps up one month later at the Fillmore in San Francisco, on August 6th.

Chrisette personally auditioned for and was signed by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group, who told the singer he had "goose bumps" after the first time he heard her. ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 17

March 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Billy Corgan
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to The Darkness' former lead singer Justin Hawkins (1975), The Corrs singer Caroline Corr (1973), US soccer superstar Mia Hamm (1972), Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan (1967), actor Rob Lowe (1964), character actor Casey Siemaszko (1961), "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise (1955), English actress Lesley-Anne Down (1954), "Sky High" actor Kurt Russell (1951), "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy (1949), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner (1941), Jazz icon Nat King Cole (1919), golf legend Bobby Jones (1902), Oscar-winner Mercedes McCambridge (191...
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'Soundies: A Musical History,' Hosted By Michael Feinstein, Airs On PBS Throughout March

March 2nd, 2007 8:00pm EST
Soundies
Together, these experts tell the story behind the soundies and explain what made the programs so popular. For many people across the nation, the soundies started a musical revolution. The panoram allowed viewers to see for the first time many of the nation's greatest musicians - as well as the very first footage of black and white musicians performing together. This rare exception to segregation was an important milestone that foreshadowed the 1960s civil rights movement and underscored the fact that music is a catalyst for bringing people together.

This musical compilation of soundies...
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PBS To Air Special About The Roots Of Music Videos

February 14th, 2007 8:30pm EST
Soundies
Rare 1940s Music Videos Of Legendary Jazz, Swing, And Big Band Artists Unearthed And Restored In "Soundies: A Musical History"

Before MTV, there were 'Soundies.' First appearing in 1941, these three-minute "music videos" played in famous nightclubs and restaurants everywhere, featuring many of the legendary musicians of that era and of all time. For the price of 10 cents, audiences enjoyed artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway all viewed through a special machine called a 'Panoram,' or movie jukebox. Not only were these unique class...
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Natalie Cole's First-Ever Collection of Love Songs Available January 30

January 18th, 2007 11:14am EST
Natalie Cole
Just in time for Valentine's Day, eight-time Grammy-winning superstar vocalist Natalie Cole sets the mood with her first-ever collection of love songs. Rhino Records celebrates romance with this unforgettable compilation featuring a trio of Grammy-winning hits. Love Songs will be available January 30.

Containing more than hour of Cole's amorous classics, the album spotlights 19 songs including a pair of duets with her legendary father, Nat "King" Cole - the Grammy-winning selections "Unforgettable" and "When I Fall In Love." Love Songs also features the Top 10 Billboard smashes "Miss...
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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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Compilation Album From The 12 "American Idol" Season 5 Finalists Drops May 23

May 18th, 2006 1:45pm EDT
The ratings are higher than ever. The water-cooler factor is more intense than ever. The contestants are more talented than ever. No wonder the anticipation is running so high for "American Idol Season 5 Encores," the fifth compilation album of songs by the finalists from America's No. 1 television series. The fifth season compilation CD will be released by 19 Recordings/RCA on May 23, the same day that the top two finalists will battle it out in the exciting season finale of Fox-TV's "American Idol."

"American Idol Season 5 Encores" will feature the top 12 finalists singing their bes...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 17

March 17th, 2006 3:00am EST
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to The Darkness' lead singer Justin Hawkins (1975), The Corrs singer Caroline Corr (1973), US soccer superstar Mia Hamm (1972), Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan (1967), actor Rob Lowe (1964), character actor Casey Siemaszko (1961), "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise (1955), English actress Lesley-Anne Down (1954), "Sky High" actor Kurt Russell (1951), "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy (1949), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner (1941), Jazz icon Nat King Cole (1919), golf legend Bobby Jones (1902), Oscar-winner Mercedes McCambridge (1918; d. 20...
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Nat King Cole's Christmas Song Is Most Played Holiday Tune

December 5th, 2005 1:03pm EST
Nat King Cole
Thanksgiving put many Americans in a festive mood, as evidenced by the flood of holiday-themed songs hitting radio stations across the nation. In the last seven days alone, "The Christmas Song," made famous by Nat King Cole, aired on U.S. radio stations over 14,500 times -- making it the most-played holiday song nationwide, according to Mediaguide, Inc.

Here's the list of the most-played holiday song titles nationwide from Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, through Sunday, Dec. 4:

1. "The Christmas Song" - 14,523 times

2. "White Christmas" - 10,582 times

3. "Silver Bells" - 8,261 time...
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CD Will Accompany Upcoming Christmas Special

November 3rd, 2005 11:49am EST
Alicia Keys
An unscripted holiday special entitled "Dear Santa" will premiere on FOX on Dec. 9. An album is also being produced in conjunction with the special, which will include both original Christmas songs and four of the top 10 most-played Christmas classics of all time. Alicia Keys, Nick Lachey and American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon are among the stars featured on the CD.

Also on the album are Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” and Johnny Mathis’ “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” ...
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Diana Krall Christmas Album Due Nov. 1

October 22nd, 2005 8:18pm EDT
Diana Krall
Diana Krall's first full-length Christmas album, 'Christmas Songs, Featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra' (due on Verve Records November 1), was produced by Krall and longtime friend and fellow Grammy-winner Tommy LiPuma. Recorded with other good friends and respected musical associates Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Krall has made a Christmas record inspired by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald.

She proclaims, "This is the first time I ha...
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