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Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

10/30/2014 10:31am EDT
Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music
As prognosticated, popular masked metal band Slipknot debut ‘at the penthouse’ on the Billboard 200 selling 132,000 copies of their latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first new album since 2008, where All Hope Is Gone also landed at the top spot. Of course, like everyone else, Slipknot’s numbers were down – over 100,000 copies down to be exact. Still 132,000 copies is sound in an age where few albums are selling particularly well.

ATL rapper T.I. had a respectable week, selling 80,000 copies of Paperwork. The reason it’s respectable isn’t because of hi...

Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

10/21/2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...

Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

5/16/2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...

Neil Diamond Makes Surprise Appearance At Fenway Park To Sing 'Sweet Caroline'

4/21/2013 10:10am EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., on Saturday to sing his classic "Sweet Caroline" to the crowd of 35,152 Red Sox fans.

The singer made the trip in the wake of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, and led the crowd in the singing of his 1969 hit single after the top half of the eighth inning of the team's game against the Kansas City Royals.

"We will run another marathon, bigger and better than ever," public address announcer Henry Mahegan said before the game started. "We are one. We are Boston Strong."

The Sox, down 2-1 when Diamond sang along to hi...

George Clooney Sings 'Sweet Caroline' With Neil Diamond

10/22/2012 7:14pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney showed off his singing skills at the Carousel of Hope Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night by nervously joining Neil Diamond for a rendition of "Sweet Caroline."

The crooner spotted Clooney in the audience and decided to give him the opportunity to duet with him.

The reluctant movie star, who was honored with the Brass Ring Award at the gala, seemed far from comfortable at first, but then joined Diamond for the finale of the song when the singer urged him to "sing the last line with me."

A smiling Clooney agreed and sang "Sweet Caroline."

Neil Diamond To Receive Billboard's Legend Of Live Award

10/17/2012 6:19pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Singer Neil Diamond is set to receive the Legend of Live honor at the upcoming Billboard Touring Awards.

The Sweet Caroline hit-maker follows in the footsteps of Ozzy Osbourne and Journey by landing the accolade, which is given to groups or individuals who have made "significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business."

He says, "There is no musical expression that quite compares with that of presenting your work to a live audience. It is the kind of experience that can both exhilarate and humble you at the same time.

"I'm honored to receive Billboard's Legend ...

Neil Diamond To Donate Concert Merchandise Profits To Aurora Victim Relief Fund

7/27/2012 9:13am EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond has vowed to hand over the profits from all merchandise sold at his Denver, Colorado show to the relief fund for victims of last Friday's cinema massacre.

Twelve film fans were killed and 58 injured when suspected gunman James Holmes entered a packed Aurora theatre and allegedly opened fire, just after the midnight start of new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

Sweet Caroline hit-maker Diamond played at Denver's 1stBank Center on Thursday and as a mark of respect he is donating money from the show to help those affected by the shooting.

In a series of posts on his Twitt...

'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: A Note-by-Note Account of Phillip Phillps' Big Win

5/24/2012 11:07am EDT
Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez
Welcome to the American Idol finale Mega-Diary! Our annual blow-by-blow recap of what used to be the third-biggest night in television and is now somewhere between the 14th Monday Night Football game and the 15th Monday Night Football game.

But no bother! We’ll press on. And here’s a prediction before the show even starts: The contestants will start singing a song and mid-way through they’ll introduce the original artist to join them onstage. Sorry if I just ruined the show for you.

8:03 – What more could I want to start off the finale than my favorite contestant from this year, Heejun Ha...

Happy 70th Birthday, Barbra Streisand!

4/24/2012 8:59am EDT
Barbra Streisand
Superstar Barbra Streisand turns 70 today! The veteran singer/actress began her career as a nightclub singer in her native New York while she was still a teenager, but in the decades since, she has established herself as one of the most successful entertainers of all time, garnering awards in music, film and on stage.

And Streisand has no intention of retiring as she enters the next chapter in her life - she recently signed a new deal with Columbia Records and is set to star alongside Seth Rogen in new comedy "The Guilt Trip" later this year.

She celebrates a big birthday this week and to...

Neil Diamond Weds Manager Katie McNeil

4/22/2012 5:21pm EDT
Neil Diamond is married again after walking down the aisle with fiance & manager Katie McNeil on Saturday. A representative confirmed the news to People Magazine, saying that the couple were wed in a small ceremony that included just some close friends and family.

Diamond shared his engagement news with his fans via his Twitter page last September.

"Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil," he wrote.

Diamond, 71, also posted a picture of his then-fiance, 42; writing, "I'd like you to meet Katie. I'...

Neil Diamond Doubles Up 'Hot August Night' Anniversary Shows

3/12/2012 8:25pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond has doubled up his "Hot August Night" anniversary shows at the venue where the classic live album was recorded after the first two concerts sold out in minutes.

The Jazz Singer star performed 10 sold-out nights at the Greek theater in Los Angeles during the summer of 1972 and now he's almost halfway towards matching the feat 40 years later.

His two midsummer concerts on August 11 and 16 sold out quickly and now Diamond will play another two shows - on August 18 and 23.

Hot August Night remains Diamond's best-selling album ever.

His last concert at the Greek was in 1986.

Bette Midler Scores Songwriters Hall Of Fame Honor

3/8/2012 11:25am EST
Bette Midler
Bette Midler is to be honored for her career achievements with a special award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The veteran singer/actress will be handed the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in New York later this year to recognize her vocal talents and long-running career.

She follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett.

Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb praised Midler for her "stylish presentation and unmistakable voice, making each song her own."

Midler will receive the honor on June 14th at a ceremony du...

Surviving Monkees Pay Tribute To Late Davy Jones

2/29/2012 6:19pm EST
Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones
Davy Jones' The Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz had an eerie premonition that Wednesday would be a terrible day after suffering bad dreams "all night long."

The group's British-born frontman died early on Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 66, and a heartbroken Dolenz reveals he had a feeling something was wrong hours before he learned of Jones' passing.

In a statement, the singer/drummer says, "Can't believe it... Still in shock... had bad dreams all night long.

"My love and prayers go out to Davy's girls and family right now."

Bassist Peter Tork has also issu...

Stars Pay Tribute To Meryl Streep At The Kennedy Center Honors

12/5/2011 12:34pm EST
Meryl Streep
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt all took to the stage to pay tribute to Meryl Streep at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning actress received an accolade at the 34th annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. along with Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

A number of guests spoke on behalf of the honorees and Streep enjoyed tributes from some of Hollywood's biggest names.

After a series of clips showing her stellar big screen career, Streep's The Deer Hunter co-star De Niro joked, "My first thought was, I was am...

Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey Debut 'All I Want For Christmas' Video (Watch It!)

12/1/2011 10:30am EST
Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas
Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond got the holiday season off to a musical start in New York on Wednesday night when they performed festive tunes for thousands of fans gathered for the 79th lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Michael Buble celebrated taking his new album "Christmas" to the top of the charts by kicking off the celebration with a rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and New York local Bennett wowed the crowd with his version of "The Christmas Song."

But the night belonged to Bieber, who performed a new hip-hop version of "Little Drummer Boy" w...

'The Very Best Of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings' Available Everywhere Tuesday, December 6

11/24/2011 8:30am EST
Neil Diamond
The new long-awaited definitive single disc compilation of 23 best-loved hits and signature tracks from America's quintessential singer-songwriter is the first Neil Diamond collection to draw from the artist's complete studio discography.

"The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Records" includes his first pop chartings as a writer/performer for Bang Records in the mid-1960s; his spectacular career-defining hits for Uni/MCA (1968-1972); music from 1980's "The Jazz Singer" (his 5x platinum-selling soundtrack album on Capitol Records) and studio essentials from a long-running ass...

Neil Diamond & Meryl Streep To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

9/7/2011 11:15pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond and Meryl Streep are to be rewarded for their cultural contributions to the arts as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

"Sweet Caroline" singer Diamond and the veteran actress will pick up the accolades at the 34th annual ceremony before President Barack Obama on December 4.

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway star Barbara Cook and saxophonist/composer Sonny Rollins were among the others chosen for their lifetime of work.

The five stars will join a long list of talented past honorees; among them director Steven Spielberg, country singer Dolly Parton, Diamon...

Neil Diamond To Tie The Knot For The Third Time

9/7/2011 2:25pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Veteran singer Neil Diamond is engaged to wed for the third time.

The Sweet Caroline crooner announced the news on his page on Wednesday morning.

He wrote, "Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil."

Diamond, 70, then introduced his fans to his blonde fiancee by uploading a photo of her to the social networking blog, alongside the caption, "I'd like you to meet Katie. I'm lovestruck. I took this photo in London last month."

The singer was previously married to his high school sweeth...

Justin Bieber Dominates The 2011 Billboard Music Awards (See List Of Winners)

5/23/2011 8:05am EDT
Justin Beiber
Justin Bieber and Eminem were the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night, scoring 14 prizes between them.

Teenager Bieber's impressive haul of eight included trophies for Fan Favorite, Digital Artist, New Artist, Digital Media Artist and Pop Album (My World 2.0), but rap icon Eminem landed the night's biggest honors - among them Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Rap Album (Recovery) and Rap Song (I Love the Way You Lie).

Bieber, wearing a shimmering gold and black dinner jacket, made a point of not making a big deal of his date for the eveni...

Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

3/15/2011 8:45am EDT
Neil Diamond
Veteran crooner Neil Diamond stunned the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday by delivering a rambling speech as he accepted his prestigious honor.

The singer became rock royalty as part of the Class of 2011, receiving the accolade at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel alongside other stars including Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John. Speaking before the big bash, Diamond revealed he had made a dash from Australia to the U.S. to accept the honor in person - and it appeared the jetlag had caught up with him as he stepped onto the podium after being intro...

Happy 70th Birthday, Neil Diamond!

1/24/2011 8:57am EST
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy, Neil Diamond is 70! The veteran singer/songwriter, who penned many of the pop anthems of the last century, celebrates a big birthday today.

The celebration comes as Diamond prepares to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March and caps 50 years in showbusiness.

To mark the crooner's birthday, WENN trawled through his history to find 10 fascinating facts about the man who was The Jazz Singer!

Happy birthday Mr. Diamond...

- he attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he sang in the All City Choir with Barbra Streisand. ...

Singer Adele Still Embarrassed By Tampon Incident At Neil Diamond Tribute

1/13/2011 9:10am EST
British singer Adele was left mortified following her performance at a Neil Diamond tribute gig in 2009, when she realised the star-studded audience had become transfixed by a tampon she had strapped to her bloody finger.

Diamond's recording career and philanthropy were honored at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in 2009, and he asked the soul sensation to sing his classic Cracklin' Rosie at the show.

But the event got off to a terrible start for Adele after she failed to find a bandage for a bleeding thumb, and in desperation, she reached out for a tampon.

She thought she had pulle...

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper And Tom Waits To Join Rock Hall Of Fame

12/15/2010 8:49am EST
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits are among the next inductees to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2011 class for the prestigious club was announced on Tuesday, with Darlene Love and iconic piano player Dr. John also gaining successful nominations.

And despite his stellar career, Diamond insists he was in no rush to enter the Hall, telling the Associated Press, "I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point."

Love adds, "Finally it's done. It still hasn't hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I'm still excited....

Neil Diamond Plans Another Uplifting Anthem For Troubled Americans

11/25/2010 8:47pm EST
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond is working on an uplifting new anthem for America to help those struggling with the fall-out from the recession.

The crooner is responsible for some of America's most inspiring songs, like "Sweet Caroline" and "America," which have been adopted as unofficial anthems - and he feels it's time to come up with another.

He tells Parade magazine, "We’re so inundated with bad news, and I would like to write a song that’s an optimistic, uplifting view of what America can and will be. That would be a challenge. I don’t even know if I could do it."

Click for more great Neil Diam...

Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper And Neil Diamond Among Hall Of Fame Nominees

9/28/2010 2:58pm EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The stars join fellow first-time nominees Dr. John and Donovan, while Donna Summer, Tom Waits and rap acts LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys will be keeping their fingers crossed once more to be recognized as music royalty with the industry's highest honor.

The contenders for the 2010 Hall of Fame accolade were announced on Tuesday, but the artists will have to wait until December to learn if they have been selected to go down in history, and ...

Denzel Washington, Vanessa Hudgens & Tons Of Stars Stand Up 2 Cancer

9/11/2010 9:15am EDT
Vanessa Hudgens
Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond tugged at the heartstrings of TV viewers during the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on Friday night with special dedications to loved ones who had lost battles with the disease.

They were part of the all-star line-up of presenters, performers and phone operators who gave up their time to help raise funds for cancer research charities and awareness about the killer disease.

Among those who took part in the TV special were Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Diane Lane, Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Denzel Washington, while celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, Marg Helgenberg...

Should These Bands Or Artists Be Considered For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

9/1/2010 2:31pm EDT
Not all musicians can be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, it brings to mind some music acts worthy of consideration in the future. Let us know which yet to be named bands or artist do you think should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!



Classic Rock band Journey is currently experiencing a new wave of popularity thanks to televised musical programs American Idol and Glee.


Rock act Nirvana crashed into the 90's obliterating the Heavy Metal music scene with a new revolutionary industry termed movement known as "Grunge."...

Whatever Happened To Erika Christensen? (She Looks Fantastic!)

7/12/2010 8:31pm EDT
Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen showed up to the Roma Fiction Fest in Italy over the weekend looking amazing in a strapless taupe dress. Can't place her face? She stars in the NBC television series "Parenthood" and has appeared in films such as "Swimfan," "Traffic" and "The Perfect Score."

Fun facts:

-She made her film debut in 1997's "Leave It To Beaver" as Wally's girlfriend
-She starred in Michael Jackson's "Childhood" video
-She sung on Neil Diamond's "The Christmas Album II"
-She's often confused with actress Julia Stiles

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Celebrity Birthdays, January 24

1/24/2010 3:00am EST
Mischa Barton
Happy Birthday to:

Actress Mischa Barton (1986)

"That's So Raven" actor Ricky Ullman (1986)

American actress/singer Tatyana Ali (1979)

"Scooby Doo" actor Matthew Lillard (1970)

Dream Theater bassist John Myung (1963)

German actress Nastassja Kinski (1959)

British musician Jools Holland (1958)

"Animal House" actor/comedian John Belushi (1949; d. 1982)

Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon (1947; d. 2003)

American actress Sharon Tate (1943; d. 1969)

Singers Aaron Neville and Neil Diamond (1941)

Parody singer Ray Stevens (1939)

"BASEketball" actor Ernest Borgnin...

Neil Diamond To Release 'A Cherry Cherry Christmas' Oct. 13

10/7/2009 7:37pm EDT
Neil Diamond pictures
Columbia Records announces the release of "A Cherry Cherry Christmas", the new Neil Diamond holiday collection, available in stores and online Tuesday, October 13. The title song, "Cherry Cherry Christmas," is filled with references to many of Diamond's greatest hits. Newly written and recorded by Neil Diamond for Christmas 2009, it is destined to become a new Christmas standard.

Newly included with the re-mastered classics are a transcendent "Amazing Grace"; another new Neil Diamond original, "Christmas Dream"; and a party-time version of Adam Sandler's comedic "The Chanukah Song," pro...