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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

December 31st, 2012 3:00pm EST
Whitney Houston
As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Cart...

Lionel Richie & Etta James To Be Inducted Into Apollo Hall Of Fame

March 8th, 2012 10:15pm EST
Lionel Richie and Etta James
Lionel Richie and the late Etta James are to be inducted into New York's Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame.

The two stars will be feted at a ceremony in Harlem on June 4.

Past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson.

Christina Aguilera Belts Out 'At Last' At Etta James' Funeral (Watch It)

January 29th, 2012 12:05pm EST
Christina Aguilera
Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera paid their respects to Etta James at the blues legend's funeral in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Wonder performed three songs, including Shelter in the Rain, for the hundreds of mourners who gathered at Greater Bethany Community Church to remember James, who died from complications of leukemia on January 20 at the age of 73.

Aguilera performed At Last and introduced her tribute by saying, "Out of all the singers that I've ever heard, she was the one that cut right to my soul and spoke to me. So tonight, Etta, this song is for you."

Civil rights leader Reve...

Etta James Died In Son's Arms

January 22nd, 2012 11:00am EST
Etta James
Etta James' son Donto has opened up about his mother's final moments, revealing the soul legend died in his arms.

The music icon passed away on Friday, just five days before her 74th birthday, after suffering complications from leukemia.

Stars including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, P!nk and have all rushed to pay tribute to the singer and now her son Donto James has described how she spent her last minutes saying goodbye to him and her other son Sametto.

Speaking to on Friday, he said, "It's been quite a day, but I'm very grateful. She basically passed in my arms, and I wa...

Beyonce & Other Stars Mourn Etta James' Death

January 21st, 2012 2:37pm EST
Pop superstar Beyonce has hailed late soul legend Etta James as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time" following her tragic death on Friday.

James died just five days before her 74th birthday after suffering complications from leukaemia.

A host of celebrities took to to pay tribute to the icon as soon as the sad news broke and the messages of condolence are continuing to pour in.

Beyonce has now issued a statement in memory of James, who she portrayed in the 2008 film Cadillac Records. The Crazy In Love beauty also had the honor of singing a cover of James' classic balla...

Etta James Hospitalized; Is 'In Pretty Bad Shape'

December 25th, 2011 3:30pm EST
Etta James
R&B legend Etta James has been hospitalized in Riverside, California after suffering breathing problems.

The terminally ill singer, who is battling leukaemia, spent Christmas in hospital and her longtime manager Lupe De Leon admits the 73 year old is "in pretty bad shape".

Members of her family were hoping doctors could revive her from her sedation on Sunday, so they could briefly celebrate Christmas with her in her hospital room.

Last week, a judge set aside $350,000 for the At Last singer's ongoing medical treatment and ruled James' husband Artis Mills would remain the conservato...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: On Tour With Beverly McClellan

November 29th, 2011 11:00am EST
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: finalist Beverly McClellan takes San Diego, a review of Casey Weston's new album, and a busy holiday season for your artists!

The day after Thanksgiving, Team Christina's Beverly McClellan arrived in San Diego to play a one-night showcase at the city's notable Anthology music venue, and graciously invited me along for the evening.

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, Anthology has previously played host to significant names in the jazz world, including Oleta Adams, Brian Culbertson, and Boney James. The club has...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Beverly McClellan

October 4th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Beverly McClellan, the finalist for Team Christina who exemplified what the series was all about - not just being yourself, but being proud of yourself.

She was an example of the blind auditions in action; she didn't look the part of a conventional music star, but she had the talent and the personality. After catching the eye of Christina Aguilera, Beverly let her self-confidence guide her throughout the competition. She was being herself, loud and proud and without fear.

Her rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" ...

Beyonce Exhilarates Audience In Sexy Outfit, Is First Woman To Headline Glastonbury

June 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Beyonce Glastonbury
Beyonce became the first female singer ever to headline the main stage at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival on Sunday night, and she thanked fans for making her "dream" come true.

The star only recently discovered her performance marks a new milestone for the event, which is believed to be the biggest rock festival in the world.

In 2008, her husband Jay-Z became the first hip-hop star to headline Glastonbury - and Beyonce was clearly delighted as she joined him in setting a new record.

And she was clearly overwhelmed by performing in front of a crowd of more than 170,000 peopl...

Etta James Is Fighting For Her Life

January 23rd, 2011 1:45pm EST
Etta James
A representative for Etta James has asked fans to pray for the cancer-fighting blues star as she approaches her 73rd birthday.

It emerged earlier this month that the At Last singer is gravely ill and undergoing treatment for leukemia in California.

James is due to turn 73 on Tuesday - and her manager has called for the support of devotees to help the star through her health problems.

The rep says, "It breaks my heart to see her this way. But she is fighting. I just ask everyone to pray for Etta."

James has been out of the spotlight in recent years and has suffered from Alzheimer's disea...

Etta James Has Leukemia

January 13th, 2011 2:19pm EST
Etta James
Legendary R&B star Etta James is gravely ill and is battling leukemia.

The 72-year-old icon has suffered from Alzheimer's disease since 2009, but her health problems have worsened and new court papers reveal she is currently undergoing cancer treatment. It is not known when she was diagnosed with the latest ailment.

The cancer revelation came to light in legal documents filed by her husband of 41 years, Artis Mills, who has asked a California judge to grant him control of her finances.

Mills claims the "At Last" singer is gravely ill and has become too sick to manage her own money.

His ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

January 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
Jessica Simpson
February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson's death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner's officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray.

Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy's death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig's family c...

Happy 30th Birthday, Christina Aguilera!

December 18th, 2010 9:26am EST
Christina Aguilera
Pop star Christina Aguilera marks a major milestone on Saturday as she turns 30 years old.

The singer rose to fame as a child star on the Disney Channel's "The Mickey Mouse Club" alongside her pop contemporaries Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. She has gone on to carve out a hugely successful career as a solo artist, winning four Grammy Awards and selling over 50 million albums worldwide since she exploded onto the music scene as a teenager in 1999.

Although 2010 was tinged with heartbreak for the star, who split from her husband Jordan Bratman in October, she has ended the year on a...

Lady Gaga Pre 'Fame,' Beyonce Named Billboard's Woman Of The Year, Jay-Z Hottest MC, More

October 6th, 2009 1:54pm EDT
Lady Gaga MTV boiling point
Weekly Music News: Jay-Z and Beyonce have yet again proven that they are the King and Queen of music; apparently, the saying that it is lonely at the top does not apply to the Carters. Jay-Z is named "Hottest MC in the Game", Beyonce is Woman of the Year, DJ AM's reality show coming to MTV, and Brandy singing a cappella in her bathroom round's out this week's music news.

Lady Gaga/Kanye West cancels "Fame Kills" tour

The most anticipated tour of the year has been canceled indefinitely. Various sources have reported that the cancellation was due to low ticket sales while others have cr...

Beyonce And Solange 'Bring Hope To The Holidays' On Fuse

December 3rd, 2008 6:30pm EST
Beyonce Knowles
Fuse celebrates the holidays with a Knowles sisters' intimate hometown performance – "Beyoncé and Solange: Hope for the Holidays." The concert will benefit the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike through the Survivor Foundation, a Knowles family charity helping people in need. This historic concert will take place at Houston's House of Blues on Tuesday, December 9th. The one hour concert special will premiere exclusively on Fuse on Sunday, December 21st, at 10PM ET.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Beyoncé, Solange and the entire Knowles Family to a...

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...

Opening December 5: Cadillac Records

December 3rd, 2008 9:59am EST
Cadillac Records
The story of the blues in 1950s Chicago is told in Sony BMG Film's Cadillac Records, a musical drama written and directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody as Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, with Jeffrey Wright portraying R&B legend Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, and Mos Def doing his best Chuck Berry.

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Marc Broussard Returns With 'Keep Coming Back,' Due Sept. 16

July 21st, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Marc Broussard
Atlantic Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the eagerly awaited new album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Broussard. "Keep Coming Back" will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on September 16th.

"Keep Coming Back" more than confirms Broussard as an artist uniquely gifted in channeling the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms. The Louisiana-based bayou soul troubadour recorded the collection earlier this year in a whirlwind 11-day session at Nashville's historic Ocean Way Studios. Broussard was joined in the studio by...

James Hunter's 'The Hard Way' In Stores June 10

May 18th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
James Hunter
Soul deep Brit James Hunter - who possesses a "tight, slithery soul groove" and a "sweet growl" (NY Times) - will make his Hear Music debut with the June 10 release of 'The Hard Way.' The new album finds Hunter delving further into the realm of deep soul on a set of all-original material.

'The Hard Way' was produced by Liam Watson (The White Stripes) at famed analog haven Toe Rag Studios in London. The album will be carried in Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional music retailers and digital download stores starting on June 10, 2008.


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...

A Man's Point Of View: Top 10 Songs Sung By Women In The Rock Era

April 1st, 2008 12:21pm EDT
Janis Joplin
To clarify what the "Rock Era" means, there will be no Etta James, Billie Holiday, or Patsy Cline on this list. Basically, it contains the most moving and powerful songs with female vocalists from the 1960s to the present. Now, before you go calling us guys sexist, it's just a simple fact that men, on average, have less female-centered albums in their collections. Try an informal poll of your own, and you're likely to have the same results.

Why, you may ask? Sometimes it's because dudes don't want to have their man card revoked for owning a Lilith Fair compilation. But there is a...

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 ...

Stars Praise Ella Fitzgerald With 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song'; Out June 5

May 29th, 2007 12:47pm EDT
Ella Fitzgerald
A sensational assemblage of stars honors the incomparable songstress Ella Fitzgerald on the Phil Ramone-produced 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song' (June 5, Verve Records). These stars' love of Ella shines through on their musical performances, but they also cite Ella's artistry and music as moving and influential to their own careers.

You can almost hear Natalie Cole smile as she sings Ella's famous hit "A Tisket A Tasket." This was the first jazz song Cole ever learned and she practiced it so she would sound exactly like Ella. "When I was seven, I was singing like...

Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 3); Win Her CD

April 26th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour comes to a close. We're also giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here. This is Part 3:

How you doing, Christina?

Christina Aguilera: I'm well. How are you?

I'm cold, but doing OK other than that.

Christina Aguilera: Oh, no.

I've hear...

Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 1); Win Her CD

April 12th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before the last date on Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour. Also, we'll be giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here.

Hi, my first question is just basically what can we expect on this tour, you know what sort of things do you have planned in general and that's about it.

Christina Aguilera: OK,...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 25

January 25th, 2007 3:00am EST
Alicia Keys
Happy Birthday to singer/pianist Alicia Keys (1981), "The L Word" actress Mia Kirshner (1976), American runner Steve Prefontaine (1951; d. 1975), director Tobe Hooper (1943), R&B singer Etta James (1938), Disney film actor Dean Jones (1931), and English writer/feminist Virginia Woolf (1882; d. 1941).

Stacie Orrico's New Album, "Beautiful Awakening," Hits Stores Jan. 16; Check Out The New Single

December 31st, 2006 4:00pm EST
Stacie Orrico
More and more pop artists are stepping into the R&B world and releasing soulful and seductive albums in hopes of reaching a wider audience. In 2006 Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera both did it, and in 2007 Stacie Orrico will also cross over with her new album Beautiful Awakening, in stores January 16, 2007. Soulful influences have always infiltrated the pop world, and album sales prove that the trend is ‘here to stay'. Listen as Stacie Orrico describes her soulful new album, Beautiful Awakenings, and what ‘soulful' means to her: (Quicktime Video)

Stacie Orrico started her care...

Stacie Orrico Premieres New Video For Hit Single "I'm Not Missing You"

December 17th, 2006 11:00am EST
Stacie Orrico
Stacie Orrico is back with a new sexy music video for her hit single "I'm Not Missing You." The soulful songstress exploded on the pop music scene a few years back best known for her catchy songs, powerful voice and cute teeny bopper-good looks. As she gears up for the release of her newest album "Beautiful Awakenings," which hits stores January 16, 2007, fans will notice a more mature look and sound to both her and the new album. The new album creates an 'Old-School Jazz Club' atmosphere that can best be compared to Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and most recently Christina Aguilera.


Actor Jeff Goldblum Says Angel Travis' Music Is Like "A Candied Apple Dipped In Rum;" Listen Here

October 30th, 2006 10:52am EST
Angel Travis
On her debut album The Woman In Me, singer-songwriter Angel Travis' voice and spirit join forces for an extraordinary musical tour de force. The young Washington State-bred transplant to Los Angeles has a confident and elegant style that embraces its audience on the first listen, and an emotional honesty that forges an immediate heart to heart connection.

Veteran producer/musician Barry Goldberg commented, "I have worked with some pretty good lady vocalists throughout my career such as: Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, Kelly Clarkson and Tracy Nelson, to name a few. So, I know when I hear ...

Christina Aguilera Goes Vintage on Upcoming Album

May 11th, 2006 11:49am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Paying tribute to the music that inspired her, pop icon Christina Aguilera will release her third studio album, "Back To Basics," August 15. A modern take on vintage jazz, soul and blues from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, the album is wildly inventive with a throwback style creating a sound that's gritty and raw.

"This is a concept album that follows a bold, set vision," stated Aguilera. "The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald ... what I used to call my 'fun music' when I was a little girl."

"Back To Basics" utilizes an orchestra, choir, stri...