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Chrissie Hynde Says She Blames Herself For Early 70s Rape

9/1/2015 3:28pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde has come under fire after comments she made about rape in a Britain's Sunday Times this weekend.

The singer, 63, revealed that when she was 21 she was raped by a motorcycle gang member in her native Ohio. He offered to bring her to a party but took her to an empty warehouse instead and threatened to hurt her if she didn't do what he said.

And she says it's her own fault that it happened.

"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," she told the paper while promoting her new memoir, Reckless:...

Chrissie Hynde To Auction Off Q Award For Oragutan Charity

11/25/2013 11:27pm EST
Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde is auctioning off the Q Award trophy she won last month to raise money for an orangutan charity.

The Pretenders frontwoman was crowned Classic Songwriter at the prizegiving in October, and now she has put her trophy up for sale on to aid organisers at The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS).

In a message posted on the auction website, Hynde writes, "As a patron of SOS, I am proud to support their crucial work to protect orangutans, majestic animals on the brink of extinction. The amazing rainforests of Sumatra are the only place in the world where orangutans, tigers...

Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman And Morrissey To Grace PETA Stamps

11/28/2011 1:12pm EST
Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman and Morrissey are among the famous faces who will adorn a set of U.S. postage stamps in the name of vegetarianism.

Executives at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have picked their top 20 most famous vegetarians of all time to appear on a new series of stamps set for release in the U.S. this week.

Other stars to be included are Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Pamela Anderson, Bryan Adams, Woody Harrelson, Russell Simmons and Leona Lewis, along with historical figures such as Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci and Leo Tolstoy.

Lisa Lange, vice pres...

Chrissie Hynde Forced To Close Restaurant

10/3/2011 8:32pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde has been forced to close her vegan restaurant in Ohio due to the economic downturn.

The "I'll Stand By You" hitmaker opened VegiTerranean in her native Akron four years ago, but she can no longer keep the place afloat.

In a post on the restaurant's website she writes, "It is with great regret that The Vegiterranean in downtown Akron has closed its doors for the last time. This has been a labor of love for me for the last four years. We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not...

Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

9/7/2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...

Chrissie Hynde Dumps Boyfriend Over Age Gap

10/13/2010 3:30pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde ended her romance with her new boyfriend and band mate J.P. Jones when she realized their relationship was doomed to fail due to their 27-year age gap.

The 59-year-old rocker began dating the Welsh singer, 32, after becoming songwriting partners, which eventually led to the formation of their new band JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys.

However, the romance didn't last and the former couple has now agreed to keep its relationship platonic for the sake of its new group. Hynde tells Classic Rock magazine, "There's not going to be a family (if we stayed together). And if ...

Where Are They Now: 'American Idol' Edition

1/12/2009 10:10am EST
Jon Peter Lewis
It is almost that time of year again: when families everywhere gather together in their living rooms around the warmth of... their television set and tune in, households deep, for the premiere of American Idol. The eighth season of Fox' hit singing competition show is less than a week away, so what better time to look back at the past years and see just how many stars the show really spawned...

Nikki McKibbin was eliminated in the final three of the first season of American Idol, and though she had been in the bottom three a record six times prior to finally getting the boot, she had b...

'Girl In A Coma' Currently On Tour In Europe With 'Morrissey' Takes Time To Talk

2/18/2008 9:59am EST
Girl in a Coma
Starpulse recently caught up with the up-and-coming band Girl in a Coma as they opened for Morrissey in Europe. Hailing from San Antonio, GIAC is Nina Diaz on vocals and guitar, sister Phanie Diaz on drums, and Jenn Alva on bass guitar. These girls in a coma took over as the opening act for the remainder of Morrissey's U.S. tour last fall and the entire European leg after that. This coveted gig is only a dream for most bands.

The Girls describe their sound as "melodic punk." That just about nails it. With the opening track "Clumsy Sky" - a song that starts off hushed, then builds ...

Ashlee Simpson Has A New Single; New Album Almost Complete

1/15/2008 3:26pm EST
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson is in a good place. She has two multi-platinum records that debuted back to back at the top of the charts and collectively sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone. She has two sold-out tours under her belt, a tight-knit family, a loyal fan base, and a burgeoning second career as an actress. So when it came time to create her third album, she wanted the music to represent where she was at in life.

"Life is really good right now. I'm young. I love my life and I enjoy my time off too. I wanted to celebrate all that on my next record. I wanted to make music peop...

Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

9/19/2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...

The Pretenders Get Back On The Chain Gang With Two More Classic Albums

6/20/2007 8:30pm EDT
The Pretenders
The Pretenders stormed to the top of the pops on a string of unforgettable singles, two classic albums and relentless touring only to suffer the tragic loss of two members. Rather than throw in the towel or succumb to the cliche of a solo career for Chrissie Hynde -- the band's singer and songwriter -- surviving members Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers resolved to carry on. Rhino revisits The Pretenders' triumphant second incarnation with reissues of the band's third and fourth albums expanded with live cuts, alternate versions, demos and previously unreleased tracks. Learning To Crawl and...

Shannon Moore's 'Evaporate' Is 10 Spot Label's Debut Release

3/19/2007 5:30pm EDT
Shannon Moore
While i-Tunes set the standard by offering tracks for just $.99 each, the 10 Spot label has been launched with the digital download customer in mind. Believing in the mantra "10 Tracks, 10 Bucks, Every Time" 10 Spot stands firm with their new price point.

"10 Spot gives the consumer ten good reasons to buy physical product. Offering ten tracks for ten dollars while getting the benefit of the CD package, the look, the feel, liner notes, artwork and artist information, it's like a free gift with purchase!" states Brad Pressman, President of The Water Music Records Group of labels.