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Howard Stern Backs Kelly Clarkson In Clive Davis Feud

2/24/2013 11:33am EST
Howard Stern
Howard Stern has stepped into the war of words between music mogul Clive Davis and his former protégée Kelly Clarkson after the release of the his tell-all memoirs this week.

A new feud erupted between Davis and Clarkson after the music executive claimed in his book, The Soundtrack of My Life, that the former American Idol winner had burst into "hysterical sobbing" when he insisted her hit Since U Been Gone should be on her second album Breakaway.

Clarkson hit back on her blog, writing, "So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my mu...

Kelly Clarkson And Clive Davis Butt Heads Over Book Allegations

2/20/2013 1:07pm EST
Kelly Clarkson
It's a he said, she said affair between Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis when it comes to the claims Davis made in his recent book.

Davis' memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, was sold on the revelation within that he is bisexual. However, the producer also makes some big claims when it comes to Kelly Clarkson. He says that Clarkson "sobbed hysterically" when he demanded that she put Since You Been Gone on her new album. The tune went on to sell 2.5 million copies.

"I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans," Clarkson sa...

Clive Davis Comes Out As Bisexual In New Memoir

2/19/2013 8:12am EST
Clive Davis
Legendary record executive Clive Davis has 'come out' as bisexual in his new memoir.

The music mogul, who launched the careers of stars including Whitney Houston and Janis Joplin, opens up about his sexual orientation in his latest book The Soundtrack of My Life.

Davis, who has married and divorced twice, writes candidly about his first same-sex encounter with a man he met at the famous New York City club Studio 54 some 30 years ago.

He recalls, "On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures... Was I nervous? Absolutely. Did the heavens...

Clive Davis Planning Whitney Houston Tribute For Pre-Grammy Party

2/9/2013 8:30am EST
Whitney Houston
Music mogul Clive Davis is planning a special tribute to honor Whitney Houston at his pre-Grammy Awards party a year after her death.

The pop superstar was found dead in her bath tub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, 2012 just hours before Davis' annual bash was due to kick off downstairs.

The tragedy marred last year's party, but organizers are going ahead with the 2013 gala at the same venue on Saturday night.

Davis has now confirmed the event will open with a poignant tribute to Houston, telling, "(I am) going to do something to remind...

Cissy Houston: 'Clive Davis Party Invitation Is Obscene'

2/8/2013 1:23pm EST
Cissy Houston
Whitney Houston's mother Cissy has blasted organizers of music mogul Clive Davis' Grammy Awards eve party for inviting her to the bash.

The singer's daughter drowned in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite while she was getting ready for the bash last year and Cissy insists it's "obscene" to think she'll celebrate the anniversary of the hit-maker's passing at the hotel where she died.

At the official unveiling of Whitney's waxwork figures in New York on Thursday, Cissy Houston said, "I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing... I don't know why they would w...

Dionne Warwick Believes Whitney Houston Died From A Heart Attack

3/13/2012 4:20pm EDT
Dionne Warwick
Soul icon Dionne Warwick is convinced her cousin Whitney Houston died from a heart attack.

The I Will Always Love You singer was found dead in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on February 11th, hours before she was scheduled to attend mentor and friend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammys party.

An autopsy proved inconclusive and the cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology reports, but Warwick believes she already knows how the superstar died.

She tells Entertainment Tonight, "You know, in all honesty, I think she had a heart attack; that's what I think happened to he...

Neither Rihanna Nor Jennifer Hudson Tapped To Play Whitney Houston

2/29/2012 8:41am EST
A representative for music mogul Clive Davis has shot down reports he has shortlisted Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna to portray late superstar Whitney Houston in a rumored biopic.

Davis, who discovered the soul singer and mentored her throughout her career, was allegedly planning to make Houston's life the subject of a new big screen film following her tragic death earlier this month.

A Daily Mail report on Monday stated Davis "wants to get a script finalised as soon as possible so filming can begin", with Rihanna and Hudson - who paid tribute to Houston at the Grammy Awards - were "in the r...

Clive Davis Reveals That Whitney Houston Was Planning An August Comeback

2/19/2012 4:30pm EST
Clive Davis
Whitney Houston had quit smoking and was getting in shape in preparation for a big comeback in August.

The "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker told her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis, that she was eyeing a summer return to the pop charts just days before she was found dead in the bathtub in her hotel suite at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton last weekend.

Davis was one of the speakers at her funeral service at the New Hope Baptist Church in her native Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, and he smiled as he remembered Houston's outstanding vocal talents and career achievements.

He told mourners, "Y...

Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner & Others Line Up To Remember Whitney Houston At Funeral

2/19/2012 10:30am EST
Whitney Houston
Music mogul Clive Davis, actor Kevin Costner and singers Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys were among those who gathered to remember the life of tragic superstar Whitney Houston during a private funeral service in her native New Jersey on Saturday.

With flags at half mast across the state, grieving friends and family members shuffled inside the singer's childhood place of worship, the New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark to mourn the loss of the music icon.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Houston's 18-year-old child with ex-husband Bobby Brown, her cousin Dionne Warwick and mother Cissy were all in atten...

Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral Coverage Live Here

2/18/2012 11:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Today, around 12:00pm ET, millions of fans from around the world will be given an opportunity to bid farewell to pop superstar Whtiney Houston and watch live coverage of her funeral on Ustream.

It will be exactly one week after her tragic and untimely death.

Kevin Costner, who co-starred with Whitney in The Bodyguard, will reportedly speak at her funeral in New Jersey. The late superstar's longtime friend and mentor Clive Davis is also expected to speak and gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the star-studded s...

Family & Close Friends Attend Whitney Houston's Wake

2/18/2012 10:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's mother, daughter, cousin Dionne Warwick and mentor Clive Davis paid their respects to the singer at a private wake on Friday evening.

Just a day before the superstar's funeral in New Jersey on Saturday, Houston's loved ones visited the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her body was transported to following her death in Los Angeles last week.

Hundreds of fans lined the street outside the funeral parlor, where floral tributes were laid in the star's honor.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, her daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown, was accompanied to the wake by her grandmother Ci...

Chaka Khan: 'Clive Davis Should Have Canceled His Party After Whitney's Death'

2/14/2012 8:21am EST
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan has criticized music mogul Clive Davis for staging his annual pre-Grammys party four floors below the hotel suite where his friend and guest of honor Whitney Houston died on Saturday.

Houston passed away at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles as she was preparing for the star-studded bash and police were still investigating the scene on the fourth floor while Davis and his guests arrived at the party, which became a somber tribute to the late superstar.

Khan, who had flown to L.A. from Miami, Florida for the industry bash, was among those who stayed away because she couldn't st...

Clive Davis: 'Whitney Houston Wanted The Music To Go On'

2/12/2012 7:00pm EST
Clive Davis
Whitney Houston's producer and mentor Clive Davis went ahead with his pre-Grammy Awards party on Saturday just hours after the star's death because he was sure she "would have wanted the music to go on."

Reports suggest Davis considered missing his annual bash after hearing the sad news, but arrived and addressed guests mourning the loss of the superstar, who had been due to attend the event.

Houston died in her hotel suite above them at the Beverly Hilton hotel and her body was still on the property for much of the party.

Davis said he was "devastated" by the tragedy and revealed, "Whit...

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ciara & More Were all out for Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Awards Bash (Pics!)

2/13/2011 3:37pm EST
Katy Miley Ciara
The stars were out in full-force Saturday night at music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons. This year's event honored Davis' fellow music mogul David Geffen and was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Several guests even performed during the party - Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow performed a duet together; and R. Kelly played a short set. And Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart also joined the festivities and sang some of their hits.

But Whitney Houston's performance was the big highlight of the evening as she took th...

Swizz Beatz To Mentor NYU Students

11/5/2010 5:25pm EDT
Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz has been named the first Producer in Residence at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

The rap producer, who is married to Alicia Keys, will guide the students at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music through lectures, mentoring and one-on-one sessions during the upcoming academic year.

He says, "I'm excited to be able to take my many years of experience in the music business and use it as an example to instruct students. The invitation is humbling and I'm honored."

The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music provides students with professional business ...

25th Anniversary Of Whitney Houston's Debut Album

1/27/2010 4:30pm EST
Whitney Houston debut album 25th anniversary
On January 26 Arista Records/Legacy Recordings released the 25th Anniversary Edition of "Whitney Houston", the astonishing debut album that catapulted a virtually unknown young artist into the upper reaches of pop superstardom in 1985. The "Whitney Houston" - 25th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD package includes the international chart-topping original Arista album - remastered in its entirety for the 25th anniversary - along with five bonus tracks including Whitney's a Capella recording of "How Will I Know" plus a stunning live performance of "Greatest Love of All".

As an added bonus for fan...

Leona Lewis To Release Her Highly-Anticipated New Album 'Echo' Nov. 17

8/25/2009 12:51pm EDT
Leona Lewis new album Echo
Leona Lewis who took the music world by storm with the release of her 2008 debut album Spirit announces today that her follow up album entitled "Echo" will be released on November 17th on J Records/Syco Music.

"Spirit", Leona's debut album has sold over 6 million albums worldwide since its release, earned three Grammy award nominations, and was the best selling new artist of 2009. In the U.S., "Spirit" debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, marking the first time in music history that any album by a British female artist has entered Billboard's Top 200 album chart at #1, as well as ...

Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love' Is Best-Selling Single Of 2008

10/22/2008 6:30pm EDT
Leona Lewis
British sensation Leona Lewis has become the fourth best-selling artist worldwide in 2008, thanks to the extraordinary success of her debut album, the R.I.A.A. platinum-certified Spirit, which has sold more than four and a half million copies worldwide. In addition, Spirit has sold more than 1.17 million copies in the U.S according to Nielsen SoundScan, making 23-year-old Lewis the seventh best-selling artist in the country so far in 2008.

Spirit, a mix of fresh pop and R&B, filled with songs with a contemporary edge, features an all-star roster of collaborators including Ryan Tedder ...

Check Out Richard Branson On 'Iconoclasts' Tonight

10/16/2008 2:32pm EDT
Richard Branson
A groundbreaking, celeb-filled new season of "ICONOCLASTS" premieres tonight, Oct. 16 at 10 PM ET/PT on Sundance Channel. The premiere episode features Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson, showing their love for life, deep friendship and some interesting lessons they both learn from each other.

Ever think you’d see billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson teach legendary activist Desmond Tutu how to swim? Go HERE.

Desmond Tutu defines ICONOCLASTS for Richard Branson HERE.

Richard Branson's Secret to Success HERE.

Future episodes will feature celebs like Cameron Dia...

Turn Up the Music, Tune Out the Business

7/15/2008 9:00am EDT
In Rainbows
Notice: that song bumping out of your stereo is a product, you a client. You are not a fan; you are a customer. You do not enjoy the music so much as you consume it as the business of it all consumes you. Your radio, boombox, iPod, they are nothing but a digital car lot, and Clive Davis, Damon Dash, and Tommy Mottola are nothing but salespersons. Hear that bass? It does not thwump your knees in a two-step rhythm; it pumps them forward, out the door and into your local record store. "Buy! Buy! Buy!" cries the chorus. "Buy! Buy! Buy!" wails the guitar. Buy, buy, bye integrity.

Don't like...

And The 'American Idol' Winner Is...David Cook!

5/22/2008 8:34am EDT
With millions on the edge of their seats, these final words spoken by host Ryan Seacrest echoed throughout L.A.'s Nokia Theatre last night: "The winner of 'American Idol' 2008 is David...Cook!"

Fans leapt off their seats and screamed with joy, while the newly crowned (and shocked) 25-year-old David Cook embraced his gracious rival, 17-year-old David Archuleta. Cook's mother and brother clambered to the stage, eager to celebrate the former bartender's new title. With tears brimming at his eyes, David Cook stood speechless for a good minute until Ryan Seacrest invited him to sing thi...

Jesse McCartney's 'Departure' Hits Stores May 20

3/23/2008 10:30am EDT
Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney unveiled his new sound with the release of his single, "Leavin'" produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Now, get a first hand look at Jesse's musical growth in his new video!(below)

"The record is called Departure for a number of reasons," says Jesse McCartney, whose multi-platinum 2004 debut album Beautiful Soul launched his career as an international singing star. "There have been departures in my career, in my personal life. I've learned a lot since doing my first couple of records. I think I've landed in the most comfortable place I've ever been musically as the...

Leona Lewis To Release Charity Song In UK; Debut Album, 'Spirit,' Due In U.S. April 8

2/29/2008 8:35am EST
Leona Lewis
It was announced yesterday that "Footprints In The Sand," from Leona Lewis' record-breaking debut album "Spirit " is the official single of the UK Charity effort Sport Relief 2008. Leona's massive international hit album album Spirit, released in November 2007 in the UK and slated for release April 8th in the U.S., is the fastest selling UK debut album of all time. The album spent seven weeks at Number One, and has gone on to exceed monumental sales of 2.5 million internationally.

'Footprints in the Sand' will support the Sport Relief campaign which culminates in the Sport Relief Wee...

Idina Menzel Discusses Her New CD, Wedding Singer Days And More

2/18/2008 1:52pm EST
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is best known for her critically lauded roles in Rent and Wicked, but who knew she started out as a wedding singer and fronted rock bands in the bars of Greenwich Village? In this Starpulse Q and A, Idina reminisces about her nights as a teenage entertainer, driving illegally across state lines to perform at Temples and Reception Halls, what it took to channel all of her experiences and influences to make her latest album I Stand, and takes a stab at the age old question, "What is love?"

You worked with Glen Ballard on this album, who's best known for his work on Alanis Mo...

U.K. Singer/Songwriter Leona Lewis To Release Debut Album, 'Spirit,' In The U.S. On April 8

2/3/2008 10:00am EST
Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis, a 22-year-old London native and winner of the hit TV show The X Factor, a British talent show, has broken all-time sales records there with Spirit entering the album chart at Number One and becoming Britain's fastest-selling debut ever. Spirit has scanned more than a 2 million copies worldwide since its release in November. In addition, Spirit's lead-off single "Bleeding Love" — co-written and produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan "Alias" Tedder — was the U.K.'s best-selling single of 2007, claiming the Number One spot for seven weeks. Ushering in 2008, Leona received four pres...

Blake Lewis To Release Debut Album, 'Audio Day Dream,' Dec. 4

11/22/2007 2:30pm EST
Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis, the popular finalist on the sixth season of American Idol, will release his debut album Audio Day Dream on 19 Recordings / Arista Records on December 4th, 2007. The album will feature the single "Break Anotha" co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan "Alias" Tedder, Sam Watters and Lewis and produced by Tedder (Timbaland, Leona Lewis) which will go to radio this week.

"Blake knows music, is deeply involved and connected with the process and we all had a ball making this album. The results are so gratifying. Blake comes to the fore as a totally fresh, creative, edgy and bold ne...

VH1 Rock Docs Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of The Monterey International Pop Festival

6/7/2007 12:33pm EDT
Janis Joplin
The original documentary "Monterey 40" Premieres Saturday, June 16 AT 9 PM ET/PT. The film is set to premiere on VH1 Classic and will be simulcast on VH1. The Monterey International Pop Festival was nothing short of a defining moment in rock and roll history. The three-day event, held June 16-18, 1967, ushered in the Summer of Love and featured an unprecedented bill of racially, musically diverse acts that showed rock's power to change the world.

"Monterey 40" will tell the story of this historic event from conception to event to aftermath to lasting impact from the perspective of mu...

Clive Davis & Simon Cowell Partner On Debut Release From 'X Factor' Winner Leona Lewis

4/25/2007 9:50am EDT
Leona Lewis
Clive Davis and Simon Cowell announced that they will partner together to supervise the much-anticipated international debut album by 21-year-old British singing sensation Leona Lewis, the first female winner of Britain's top-rated television show, The X Factor, which will be released on J/Syco Records.

Both recognized as industry giants, Davis and Cowell will work together in a first-of-its-kind partnership on both song and producer selection for Lewis' eagerly-awaited first CD. Lewis will also be the first winner of a major television talent show on either side of the Atlantic to be ...