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Gwyneth Paltrow Sings For $90,000

June 20th, 2008 12:05pm EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her vocal talents at a charity karaoke show in London - after a $90,000 bid prompted her to take to the stage.

Paltrow was taking part in the Karaoke With The Stars event on Thursday night at the city's famous Ronnie Scott's jazz bar - helping raise money Palestinian refugee children. And the Iron Man star's offer to sing attracted the highest amount of bids, with Paltrow eventually stepping up to the microphone for a rendition of Roberta Flack's classic Killing Me Softly.

Model-turned-actress Lily Cole also took to the stage, joining...

Syesha Voted Off 'Idol,' David & David To Face Off Next Week

May 15th, 2008 8:43am EDT
David Archuleta
The road to the final two on TV's most popular show "American Idol" has finally arrived. Tuesday night's round of performances featured the final three contestants performing three songs: a judge's selection, a contestant favorite and a producer's choice. It was make it or break it for the final three. Who would end up in the finale?

Just in case you missed it, here is Tuesday night's recap: Little David sang "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel, a song selected by Paula Abdul. The performance was predictable but yet still good enough to keep him alive. As for his song choice, he chose ...

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

February 3rd, 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...

Queen Latifah To Release Second Jazz Album, 'Trav'lin' Light,' Sept. 25

September 19th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah's new album Trav'lin' Light will be released by famed jazz label Verve Records in conjunction with Flavor Unit Entertainment on September 25.

Produced by three-time Grammy® winner Tommy LiPuma and by Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, the album is the long-awaited follow-up to Latifah's critically-acclaimed and Grammy® nominated release The Dana Owens Album (2004).

Trav'lin' Light is Latifah's second foray into the realm of jazz, soul, and blues. Once again, she embraces a sultry and saucy mix of fabled female vocalists who've inspired her. Exploring the songbooks of ...

Angie Stone Recalls Feud Over Album Title

August 17th, 2007 10:11am EDT
Angie Stone
Soul star Angie Stone was infuriated with music mogul Clive Davis when he asked her to change the name of her album, because it sounded too similar to her label-mate Alicia Keys' disc.

Stone originally planned to call her 2004 disc Diary Of A Soul Sister, but reverted to Stone Love after J Records boss Davis said Keys' second album was called Diary Of Alicia Keys.

The Wish I Didn't Miss You star - who teamed up with Keys and rapper Eve for the single Brotha Part II in 2002 - says, "I never enter into a project without a title first. The only time that happened was when I was on J ...

Lauryn Hill Stuns & Dazzles New York Fans At Free Concert

August 7th, 2007 6:04pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Former Fugees star Lauryn Hill thrilled fans in Brooklyn, New York on Monday night when she performed a free concert in Crown Heights. Wearing heavy make-up, the Ready Or Not singer took the stage at a packed Wingate Field with an 11-piece band in front of a crowd of thousands.

She ran through her solo hits, giving many of them a reggae and ska twist, rapping more than singing.

Hill kept the reggae feel going with a rendition of Lost Ones, which ran into a version of Bob Marley's Natty Dread. Later in her set she also sampled reggae great Peter Tosh's Downpressor Man and Marley's ...

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...

Deniece Williams Returns After A Decade With 'Love, Niecy Style,' Out April 24

March 30th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Deniece Williams
Deniece Williams will forever be one of the great all-time R&B divas. Processing an infectious, angelic and soulful honey -coated voice with an awe-inspiring range, Deniece Williams set the bar high for R&B singers back in the 70s and to this day her influence can be heard on everyone from Mariah Carey to Beyoncé. Her songs have been sampled by dozens of artists including Will Smith and Master P. Deniece's pure, rich and spine-tingling vocal quality, along with her impeccable diction and ability to honestly connect with any song has resulted in a vast catalog of hits. Some of her timeless a...

Soft Cell's Marc Almond Planning Comeback

March 28th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Marc Almond
Former Soft Cell star Marc Almond is staging a comeback following a 2004 motorcycle accident that almost killed him, by signing to a new record label.

The Tainted Love singer has signed a major new deal with Sanctuary and plans to release a new album in June.

The album, Stardom Road, will feature covers of songs originally recorded by the likes of Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra and Roberta Flack.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Birthdays, February 10

February 10th, 2007 3:00am EST
Don Omar
Happy Birthday to child actresses Makenzie Vega (1994) and Emma Roberts (1991), reggaeton singer Don Omar (1978), WWE Diva Victoria (1971), American actress Laura Dern (1967), late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton (1962; d. 1986), "Sideways" director Alexander Payne (1961), Aussie golfer Greg Norman (1955), Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz (1950), R&B singer Roberta Flack (1939), "Hart to Hart" actor Robert Wagner (1930), American composer Jerry Goldsmith (1929; d. 2004), actor Lon Chaney Jr. (1906; d. 1973), film director John Farrow (1904; d. 1963), and American singer/comedian/actor Jim...

Newcomer Lisa Palleschi Releases Her Debut Album, "Released"

November 24th, 2006 10:00am EST
Lisa Palleschi
"I think this album has two personalities," Lisa Palleschi says of her debut, Released. "Half the songs are really pretty ballads, love songs, and the other half are more in-your-face, rock songs."

Indeed, Released is chock full of humanity: Its songs map the extreme ups and downs that every person experiences. It's full of love (the sensuous, lush cover of The Cure's classic "Just Like Heaven") and heartbreak (the scornful "I Wanna See You Cry"). And the big-voiced Long Island, N.Y. born siren wouldn't have it any other way.

Ranging from the sweeping to the sweet, the beautifully...

Listen to Brick & Lace's "Get That Clear," featuring Akon

September 25th, 2006 2:05pm EDT
Brick and Lace
The diverse sounds that have been brewing in the Caribbean island decades on end offer innovative new music with not only a distinct Jamaican flavor, but everything from gospel, to country, to contemporary R&B and hip-hop. And it's out of this fusion of styles (dancehall, R&B, and singer-songwriter soul) that sisters Nyanda and Nailah Thorbourne (otherwise known as Brick & Lace), have been born. No strangers to the music industry, the two in their Geffen debut, Love Is Wicked, feature production from the likes of Akon (Universal Records recording artist), Raphael Saadiq (Mary J. Blige, ...

'The Ultimate Luther Vandross' Drops August 22

June 20th, 2006 11:38am EDT
Luther Vandross
Celebrating the extraordinary artistry and impact of legendary superstar Luther Vandross, J, Epic, and Legacy Records will join in the release of The Ultimate Luther Vandross on August 22. A first-of-its-kind, career-spanning collection, the 18-track album is drawn from the multi-talented singer/songwriter and producer's recordings for both J Records and Epic Records.

The CD will include two previously unissued cuts, "Shine" (produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis), the first single from the album and "Got You Home." "Shine" is already being blasted on the airwaves as radio stations acro...

India.Arie Returns June 27 With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship;" Listen To First Single Right Here

April 6th, 2006 11:06am EDT
Nominated 11 times for Grammys within two short years, India.Arie came onto the national music scene in 2001 with her Motown Records debut Acoustic Soul and then followed up in 2002 with her sophomore CD Voyage To India. Both CDs have sold over 6 million copies worldwide and have helped Ms. Arie garner numerous awards including 2 Grammys and 3 NAACP Image Awards, along with awards from BET, Billboard Music, Radio Music, MTV, VH1 Vogue Fashion, Essence Magazine and others.

She has received critical acclaim from USA Today to VIBE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly to People Magazine. A voice...

Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Feb. 10

February 10th, 2006 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to child actresses Makenzie Vega (1994) and Emma Roberts (1991), WWE Diva Lisa Marie Varon a.k.a. Victoria (1971), American actress Laura Dern (1967), late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton (1962; d. 1986), "Sideways" director Alexander Payne (1961), Aussie golfer Greg Norman (1955), Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz (1950), R&B singer Roberta Flack (1939), "Hart to Hart" actor Robert Wagner (1930), American composer Jerry Goldsmith (1929; d. 2004), actor Lon Chaney Jr. (1906; d. 1973), film director John Farrow (1904; d. 1963), and American singer/comedian/actor Jimmy Durante...

The Very Best Of Roberta Flack

December 29th, 2005 11:07am EST
Roberta Flack
Refined and versatile, Roberta Flack's distinctive, jazz-influenced voice could kill the world softly with its smoldering intensity or set the night to music with a joyous shout. Rhino Records will explore the sophisticated singer's musical range with a career-spanning compilation due February 7, 2006.

Featuring six #1 hits, The Very Best Of Roberta Flack contains 16 songs recorded by the inimitable singer between 1969 and 1991. The compilation includes music from Flack's solo records as well as her acclaimed duets with Donny Hathaway, Peabo Bryson and Maxi Priest.

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