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Megan Eliminated On 'American Idol' - Thoughts?

April 2nd, 2009 8:43am EDT
American Idol
Why write a coherent recap of American Idol when we can ramble? If they don't want to produce a watchable show, why should I produce a readable column?

So Alexis Grace is in the audience next to Jason Castro. Are they dating? C'mon, I can sing off-key too! Of course, I'll never have that hair.

Just realized that statement could be taken to mean I have a crush on either Jason or Alexis. I'll leave it ambiguous.

It's funny that the audience doesn't even care enough about Kara to boo her when she asks. Maybe they already assume she's been fired.

Here's what gets Paula...

Top 10 Artists Who An Aging Music Snob Can Start Admitting He/She Likes

January 27th, 2009 11:10am EST
Hall & Oates
When you're a music snob, you have a reputation to uphold. As such, you can't afford to be caught with God awful crappy discs in your collection, or can you? Suddenly, before you know it, you reach an age where you just don't care anymore - think one of your embarrassing aunts dancing to the YMCA at a wedding, looking like a fool, but having the time of her life. The following are some artists that even if you're an indie rocker with impeccable taste, there comes a time where you have to start admitting these guys are good.

Neil Diamond: The trick to this guy is hearing other people...

Flashback 1984: A Look At Actors, Films & Music

January 26th, 2009 4:57pm EST
Where has time gone by? 25 years ago seems like yesterday, and 1984 was so happening! Here's our flashback moment of a few actors, films, and music that were popular in 1984. So, with that said, what were you into in 1984? Let us know!

Top Actors/Actresses

Molly Ringwald

In the film Sixteen Candles, actress Molly Ringwald had every girl wanting to design her own prom dress in 1984. Young, bright, and fresh, she was the essence of teen coolness.

Daryl Hannah

Are mermaids sexy? Well, one certainly was when actress Daryl Hannah starred in 1984's ...

The Slammies: A Look Back At Some Of The Best Celebrity SLAMS

December 25th, 2008 7:00pm EST
SLAM= Verb Slang: To Criticize harshly; censure forcefully. Noun= A harsh or devastating criticism. Since the beginning of show business, in the celebrity news world actors and musicians have SLAMMED rumors, gossip, hearsay and chitchat as well as other unconfirmed reports.

However, the most interesting slams are when one star decides to MINGS from the past year:

Simon Cowell Slams Britney Spears

Music mogul Simon Cowell has blasted troubled stars Britney Spears and British star Robbie Williams for checking into rehab, insisting they have no idea of what hard ...

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

Genesis' '1970-1975 Box Set' Arrives Nov. 11

October 30th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Since launching an upgrade of the entire Genesis catalog last year, the comprehensive series has followed Genesis' transformation from prog-rock pioneers to stadium-filling power trio. With the final installment, Rhino ends at the beginning with a set covering the band's early years with lead singer, Peter Gabriel. Genesis: 1970-1975 will be available November 11 from regular retail outlets and at

Produced by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford, Genesis: 1970-1975 presents five of the band's studio albums as CD/DVD sets featuring new stereo mixes of the origin...

The Mystic Orchestra Re-Envisions Rock Concert Legends' Greatest Music

June 19th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience
John Lennon gave the marching orders long ago. Imagine. For his part, veteran concert promoter Rick Bowen imagined a rock concert like no other: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd playing together on one stage. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other legends performing with the benefit of today's state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The elusive tribal feeling, unique to classic rock concerts, recreated for a new generation.

Imagine no more. "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience," featuring the Mystic Orchestra, is about to storm the concert arenas of America - kicking off August 27 at the Ci...

Genesis Release 'When In Rome 2007'; Three DVD Set Wal-Mart Exclusive

June 10th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Genesis -- Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford -- returned after 15 years with one of 2007's most successful tours. After a series of brilliant stadium performances across Europe, the tour ended with a spellbinding grand finale in Rome as the band performed in front of 500,000 fans who filled the historic Circo Massimo for this free, open-air concert. Legendary director David Mallet captured the entire 2 hour and 36 minute spectacle with multiple cameras for When In Rome 2007.

This three-DVD set includes the entire concert, plus photo galleries, deleted scenes and photographi...

Amy Winehouse Wins Top Ivor Novello Award; Shows Up Late

May 26th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Soul star Amy Winehouse won a major songwriting honor at the 2008 Ivor Novello Awards in Britain - and sent her dad to pick it up. The troubled singer was honored for her "Love Is A Losing Game" track, but couldn't make it to the prize-giving in London on time.

So it was left to her father Mitch, who had hoped his daughter would join him at the event, to accept the Top Song award on the hitmaker's behalf on Thursday. As he was speaking, Winehouse suddenly appeared in the audience.

Before her arrival, her father told guests, "Unfortunately Amy couldn't make it, but she is getting ...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

Celebrity Horoscope: Aquarius Are Honest And Open

January 29th, 2008 4:17pm EST
Sheryl Crow
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) is one of the Air signs, along with Libra and Gemini. People born under this sign are often very honest and open. They are never unkind and are always considerate of others. They are considered dreamers and can be somewhat unrealistic at times. They love everyone, sometimes even their worst enemies.

Aquarius women tend to be very elusive and mysterious. They are often open-minded and extremely tolerant of others. They consider marriage a very big step since they are independent by nature. They're not jealous people and are free-spirited and forgiving. Aqua...

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

Genesis To Release Second Box Set, '1983-1998, The Power Trio Years'

November 12th, 2007 8:00pm EST
Reuniting for the first time in 15 years, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford spent the summer selling out stadiums and arenas across Europe with Genesis' Turn It On Again World Tour. The trio continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary in grand style as the band brings its tour to North America this fall for shows in 20 cities. To honor the supergroup's return, Rhino continues its complete upgrade of Genesis' catalog with the second of three historic boxed sets. Genesis: 1983-1998 will be available November 20 from regular retail outlets.

One of the top-selling recording art...

Genesis 'Turn It On Again' With Hits And Tour

September 10th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
-Two-CD Collection Celebrates the Historic World Tour Reuniting Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks for the First Time in 15 Years and Features Collins-Era Classics As Well As Gabriel-Era Songs Performed on the Current Tour

LOS ANGELES -- Reunited after 15 years, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford played to sold out arenas and stadiums this summer in Europe on the group's highly anticipated Turn It On Again World Tour. The band will play 20 different cities this fall on the tour's North American leg, which begins September 7 in Toronto. Rhino Records celebrates the...

'Genesis: Chapter And Verse' Hits Bookstores Sept. 18

August 21st, 2007 4:53pm EDT
Following the story of Genesis from the early days at Charterhouse on up through their current sell-out worldwide tour, Genesis: Chapter and Verse is a one-of-a-kind exploration of a one-of-a-kind band.

With contributions from all former and current Genesis members along with those from road musicians, road managers, music executives, manager Tony Smith and associates like Jonathan King, this collaborative work brings you one of the most exciting and memorable stories in rock and roll history.

Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett all contribu...

Chaka Khan: 'Funk This' In Stores September 25

July 31st, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Chaka Khan
Say the name "Chaka" and most folks in the know instantly think of a woman who has made an indelible and lasting impression on the music scene of the past three decades. First, as the lead singer of the massively successful R&B, funk and pop band Rufus, then as a solo artist in her own right who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists (think Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Maysa among others). Like Aretha, like Joni, like Tina, a first name will do. For there's only one Chaka, woman of fire, possessed of a powerhouse, unforgettably distinctive trademark vocal style who ...

Musicians Pay Homage To Ahmet Ertegun On 'The House That Ahmet Built'

June 14th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Bette Midler
LOS ANGELES-Rhino Entertainment will release American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built on DVD June 12. The touching tribute features rare, private and classic clips, performances and studio sessions of Atlantic recording artists. The film is narrated by award-winning singer/actress Bette Midler.

For the last half-century, Ahmet Ertegun was hip-deep in R&B and Rock & Roll. American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built follows Ertegun's remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of the world's most popular musical genres while offering an in...

'Genesis: 1976-1982' Launches Upgrade Of The Band's Catalog With First Of Three Box Sets

May 1st, 2007 8:00pm EDT
With the May 15 release of 'Genesis: 1976-1982,' Rhino Records debuts the first in a series of three box sets spotlighting 13 studio albums by one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. This 6-CD/6-DVD boxed set encompasses five studio albums recorded between 1976 and 1982, plus a bonus disc offered exclusively with this collection that gathers essential rare tracks scattered among the band's EPs and b-sides.

Produced with help from band members Tony Banks (keyboards), Phil Collins (singer/drums) and Mike Rutherford (bass/guitar), 'Genesis: 1976-1982' presents each studio al...

Reggae 'Triple Threat' Sean Kingston To Release Debut Album Fall '07; Listen To 'Colors'

April 24th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Sean Kingston
After producing an endless array of hit records for the likes of musical heavyweights such as 50 Cent, The Game, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, production savant J.R. Rotem has turned his attention to one of the most innovative young talents in music, Sean Kingston, the first signing on his Beluga Heights label.

Kingston, a 17 year old native of Jamaica who now lives in Miami brings his very unique triple threat of talent of rapping, reggae chatting and soulful harmonization with the 2007 release of his debut yet to be titled album.

"As an artist, my whole goal is to make powerful and ...

Genesis Unveil North American Tour Dates

March 7th, 2007 11:55am EST
Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford of the band Genesis have unveiled the dates for the North American leg of their first tour in 15 years, kicking off at BMO Field in Toronto, on September 7th. The tour will hit 13 different cities across North America playing a series of arenas and stadiums.

"Genesis is absolutely one of the world's most exciting bands of all time," said Michael Cohl, tour promoter. "They have always been an amazing concert experience and I'm thrilled that fans will be able to see them perform again live for the first time in 15 years."

Anticipation has...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 30

January 30th, 2007 3:00am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Happy Birthday to "Lizzie McGuire" actor Jake Thomas (1990), "That 70s Show" star Wilmer Valderrama (1980), American actor/comedian Andy Milonakis (1976), "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale (1974), singer Jody Watley (1959), late golfer Payne Stewart (1957; d. 1999), actor Charles S. Dutton (1951), Genesis drummer/solo singer Phil Collins (1951), Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin (1943), Vice President Dick Cheney (1941), British actress Vanessa Redgrave (1937), prolific screen actor Gene Hackman (1930), musician Roy Eldridge (1911; d. 1989), and 32nd President of the United States Fra...

Casey Kasem's "Long Distance Dedications" Are Spotlight Feature On New CD

January 12th, 2007 3:54pm EST
Casey Kasem
Legendary DJ and radio personality Casey Kasem will release a new CD featuring 20 of the most popular songs from his signature radio feature The Long Distance Dedications on January 23. The disc, Casey Kasem Presents: The Long Distance Dedications spans multiple genres and includes some of the biggest names in music: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Cher, Lionel Richie, Louis Armstrong, The Righteous Brothers, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah McLachlan, Phil Collins, Commodores, Chicago and many others. It arrives in stores on January 23, 2007, (Top Sail Productions/WEA) and is the...

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...

Robert Plant Albums Reborn With Nine Lives

November 8th, 2006 7:00pm EST
Robert Plant
Driven by an insatiable artistic curiosity, Robert Plant has spent his life as a singer and songwriter chasing new sounds, rediscovering ancient ones and bringing them both together to create something original. Throughout his career - first as a member of Led Zeppelin and then as a solo artist for the past 25 years Plant has tapped a multifarious array of inspirations that span the globe and the ages including Celtic and English folk, American blues, early rock 'n' roll, psychedelic rock and jazz as well as Arabic, Moroccan, West African and Indian music. After nine acclaimed solo albums...

"James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute" DVD To Be Released On October 3

September 28th, 2006 11:52am EDT
James Taylor
During the 2006 Grammy week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow jo...

Phil Collins Romances New York Anchor Woman

June 22nd, 2006 9:46am EDT
Phil Collins
Phil Collins has reportedly got a new girlfriend - New York news anchor woman Dana Tyler. The Channel 2 journalist was spotted showing the Two Hearts singer - who recently split from his third wife, Orianne - around her office on Tuesday night between bulletins. A co-worker told New York Post newspaper: "She was beaming. This is the happiest I've seen her.

"They've been keeping it quiet for several weeks, but it's out now."

The pair met when Tyler interviewed the former Genesis frontman ahead the opening of his Broadway musical, Tarzan, last month. However, the workplace tour was ...

Phil Collins Divorces Wife

March 16th, 2006 10:09am EST
Phil Collins
Phil Collins has split from his wife Orianne after six years of marriage. The former Genesis star had been living apart from the Swiss-born beauty, who is his third wife, since the beginning of the year. The pair - who tied the knot in 1999 - decided to split in the best interests of their two sons, five-year-old Nicholas and Matthew, one.

The 55-year-old singer's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, revealed: "They have decided in the interests of their two children that it is better to separate.

"They are both very sad that it should come to this, but have as their priority the welfare and ...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 30

January 30th, 2006 3:00am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Happy Birthday to "Lizzie McGuire" actor Jake Thomas (1990), "That 70s Show" star Wilmer Valderrama (1980), American actor/comedian Andy Milonakis (1976), "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale (1974), singer Jody Watley (1959), late golfer Payne Stewart (1957; d. 1999), actor Charles S. Dutton (1951), Genesis drummer/solo singer Phil Collins (1951), Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin (1943), Vice President Dick Cheney (1941), British actress Vanessa Redgrave (1937), prolific screen actor Gene Hackman (1930), musician Roy Eldridge (1911; d. 1989), and 32nd President of the United States Fra...