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20 Celebrity Lushes

September 23rd, 2014 1:15pm EDT
20 Celebrity Lushes
Celebrities are like regular people in that they occasionally overindulge in things they should consume in moderation.

But too many stars have battled drug addiction and alcoholism, and although many are currently sober, some still struggle to stay clean.

Lindsay Lohan, who charmed audiences with films such as "The Parent Trap," "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded," has been to rehab six times to battle her addictions.

She told Oprah Winfrey in 2013: "(Alcohol) in the past was the gateway to other things, for me... I tried cocaine with alcohol... It allowed me to drink more. I think...
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Billy Joel To Receive Gershwin Prize For Popular Song From The Library Of Congress

July 22nd, 2014 3:10pm EDT
Billy Joel To Receive Gershwin Prize For Popular Song From The L
Billy Joel is set to be honored with an award from the Library of Congress in Washington this November.

The "Piano Man" singer will be given this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which honors singer-songwriters for their contributions and achievements in music.

Librarian James Billington announced the news on Tuesday.

"Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order," he said in a statement. "There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and ...
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10 Great 80's Guilty Pleasure Songs

June 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Loverboy
The 80's are back in style, for better or for worst, and few things define the genre quite as well as its music. The 80's was probably as a decade responsible for more cheesy pop classics than any other combined, and while some were truly great and classic (see anything from Paul Simon's "Graceland") much of it falls firmly in the "so bad it's good" category.

Here are ten songs that are undeniably catchy but you wouldn't want to admit to enjoying:

10. "All Night Long" Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie had struck radio gold many times in the 1970's, but he saved his most memorable hit for ...
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Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Moments So Far

May 25th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Moments So Far
Jimmy Fallon has taken late night television by storm since taking over the reins of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno this past February. One of the reasons Fallon has been so successful is that he is a master at creating moments on his show that go viral on the Internet for weeks and months to come. Fallon's so good at it, that's he's managed to get some well known Hollywood celebs to engage in behavior they otherwise would never even consider, all for our enjoyment and entertainment.

Here are 10 of our favorite moments so far from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Kevin Bacon Reprises...
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Billy Joel Got Sick On Heroin

April 29th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Billy Joel Got Sick On Heroin
During a Town Hall event moderated by Howard Stern on Monday, singer Billy Joel discussed his one-time experience taking heroin. He said the drug inspired him to write the song "Scandanavian Skies" from his 1982 album "The Nylon Curtain."

"This was back in the late '70s I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said 'Let me see what this is like.' It got me so high I didn't know how to deal with it. You just get way out, just go to another place, and you're into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick," he explaine...
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, More Feted At Kennedy Center Honors

December 9th, 2013 4:00pm EST
Billy Joel
Legendary musicians Billy Joel and Carlos Santana were among the recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday in Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama was on hand to honor five extraordinary artists who have greatly influenced American culture through the arts.

Obama told the audience: "The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven't just proven themselves to be the best of the best. Despite all their success, all their fame, they've remained true to themselves - and inspired the rest of us to do the same."

Singer/songwriter Joel, who has six Grammy awar...
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Billy Joel Announces Madison Square Garden Residency

December 3rd, 2013 11:10pm EST
Billy Joel
Billy Joel has announced that he will play at Madison Square Garden in New York City once a month throughout the next year. He last played at Madison Garden a year ago during the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert.

The singer revealed his residency plans on Tuesday after shows at the venue in January, February, March and April all sold out in record time.
 
Joel said in a statement: "Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience. I've played different venues all over the world, but there's no place like coming home to The Garden. Since my first show in 1978, I've alway...
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Get To Know Teen Music Sensation Michael Pollack

August 6th, 2013 2:20pm EDT
Michael Pollack
Michael Pollack enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime when he performed alongside one of his musical heroes, Billy Joel, during a Vanderbilt campus Q&A. Now, the 19-year-old pianist is looking to build on that moment with other opportunities, like opening for X Factor finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar this Saturday night. BFTV recently connected with the young musician to discuss the company he's kept and his own music.

When Billy Joel hosted an event at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where Michael is studying, he gamely asked the legend if he could accompany him on piano for a performanc...
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Elton John And Billy Joel End Feud At Songwriters HOF -- Is A Tour Next?

June 16th, 2013 10:47am EDT
Elton John and Billy Joel
 

Piano men Billy Joel and Elton John have put their differences aside and ended their angst with each other since falling out two years ago.

During a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Elton said that Billy wasn't taking his alcohol rehab seriously enough.

"He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light," he said. "When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love."

"At the end of the day, he's coasting," the singer adds. "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write ano...
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Billy Joel Hires P.I. To Track Down Daughter's Alleged Stalker

April 15th, 2013 5:44pm EDT
Billy Joel
Billy Joel hired Paul McCartney's private investigator to track down a woman charged with stalking his daughter.

The New York State Of Mind singer's daughter Alexa Ray Joel allegedly received over 60 threatening Facebook.com messages from Sheryl Finley over the past few months. Some of these disturbing messages included discussions of "pedophilia, sadistic-sexual behavior, violent physical assaults and murder."

Her father then made a call to bosses at a European security firm, who previously worked for his friend McCartney, to launch an investigation into the case.

A source tells the Ne...
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Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

March 31st, 2013 10:07am EDT
Phil Ramone
Famed music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79. The producer and sound engineer, who worked with stars including Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, passed away on Saturday in New York City. 

His death comes just weeks after he was hospitalized to treat an aortic aneurysm. 

Ramone, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in the Big Apple, won 14 Grammy Awards throughout his illustrious career, including album of the year prizes for Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.  He won his last Grammy...
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Celebrity Telethon Helps Raise $23 Million For Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 4th, 2012 10:54am EST
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting were among those who performed at a concert on Friday to raise money for those suffering after Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast.

Aguilera kicked off the telethon saying, "I was born in Staten Island. Four days ago Hurricane Sandy came through and devastated it, as it did most of the eastern seaboard. We've come together tonight to tell every single person who's suffering that we are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave anyone behind because every single one of you matters."

Billy Joel, Mary J. Bli...
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12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

October 17th, 2012 3:01pm EDT
Beyonce
Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...
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Who Are The 10 Worst Celebrity Drivers?

September 14th, 2012 4:04pm EDT
Bad Celebrity Drivers
Most celebrities can afford to hire someone to drive for them, but instead they choose to drive for themselves; especially the younger, party-happy starlets like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan who think DUIs don't apply to them.

Amanda Bynes

The star of such innocent films as Big Fat Liar, She's the Man and Hairspray isn't so innocent when it comes to getting behind the wheel.

2012 alone has been a bad year for Amanda and any steering wheel she touches.

In March Amanda was pulled over for talking on her cell phone. He took her license and registration, walked back to his car to start wr...
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Elton John Wants To Reconcile With Billy Joel

July 18th, 2012 4:27pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John is still holding out hope he can reconcile with former pal Billy Joel, after candid comments about the Piano Man's drinking problems led to months of estrangement.

The Tiny Dancer hit-maker battled drug and alcohol problems early on in his career and only managed to kick his habits in the 1980s after attending a strict treatment program in Illinois, and he called on his friend and former touring partner to follow his lead during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last year.

The music legend called on Joel to get serious about overcoming his alcohol demons in the article...
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Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

February 10th, 2012 5:10pm EST
McCartney,_Paul
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...
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'Glee' Recap: Virgin Scorecard

November 9th, 2011 12:53pm EST
Glee Rachel and Blaine
Like Sandra Dee, this week’s ‘Glee’ was lousy with virginity. Expectations were high after promos showed Rachel, Finn, Kurt and Blaine all getting their sexy on… but as it happened, ‘The First Time’ was kind of disappointing.

Unfortunately, West Side Story just doesn’t lend itself to this theme the way Madonna does. The season one tribute to the Queen of Pop covered similar territory and featured “Like a Virgin,” the most perfect song for the occasion. More importantly, the subject of de-flowering came up naturally and organically. Conversely, this week’s sudden sexual awakening isn’t moti...
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Alexa Ray Joel Shares That She Caught An STD From Her Ex-Boyfriend

October 25th, 2011 10:20pm EDT
Alexa Ray Joel
Billy Joel's daughter has revealed she caught a sexually-transmitted disease from an ex-boyfriend.

The candid singer/songwriter insists her ex never cheated on her, but he was sexually active before their relationship and after.

Talking about contracting human papillomavirusher (HPV), Alexa Ray Joel tells website xoJane.com, "I had it, but I mean, a lot of people get it from my ex.

"There are no side effects. You just go and get it taken care of... I wasn't angry with him, because it's so common and he wasn't cheating on me. I mean, I was living with him; I saw him everyday."

This week,...
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Sting To Celebrate His 60th Birthday With Charity Concert

August 31st, 2011 7:46am EDT
Sting
Sting will celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday in style - he's staging a charity concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

The rocker, who turns the milestone on October 2nd, is to mark the date with a charity show, and he's invited his showbiz pals to take to the stage with him in New York.

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel are also among the stars set to play the one-off concert, to raise funds for anti-poverty charity the Robin Hood Foundation.

The gig, which also marks the 25th anniversary of Sting's solo care...
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Billy Joel Joins Paul McCartney At Yankee Stadium

July 18th, 2011 10:20pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney turned the tables on pal Billy Joel again during his concert at Yankee Stadium in New York on Saturday, calling the Piano Man up on stage to join him.

Branding the singer/songwriter "a friend of New York and a friend of Yankee Stadium", McCartney welcomed Joel for a rousing rendition of I Saw Her Standing There towards the end of his second and final night at the baseball mecca.

The get together came almost three years to the day when McCartney made a surprise appearance onstage with Joel in 2008 during the "My Life" hitmaker's Shea Stadium farewell just miles away.

Joel a...
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Christie Brinkley: 'Marriage Is Ridiculous'

July 11th, 2011 11:29am EDT
Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley has ruled out walking down the aisle again following four failed unions, branding marriage "ridiculous".

The veteran supermodel has wed four times - to French artist Jean-Francois Allaux, rocker Billy Joel, businessman Richard Taubman and Peter Cook.

She is mother to three children, all from different relationships, and although she's open to love again in the future, she's adamant she'll never exchange vows with another man after the drama of her divorces.

Brinkley tells Britain's Stella magazine, "I can now say unequivocally that I would never get married again. Th...
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Billy Joel's Ex-Wife Katie Lee Writes Her First Novel

June 21st, 2011 10:59pm EDT
Katie Lee
Billy Joel's ex-wife Katie Lee has penned a new novel - about a young woman looking for love after divorcing a movie star.

The TV chef, who divorced Joel in 2009, admits Emma Guthrie, the literary leading lady in "Groundswell," is loosely based on herself - but book fans shouldn't read too much into the novel and think the ex in the book is her real-life former husband.

She tells USA Today, "Like any author, I take inspiration from my own life. Is it me? No. Is it fiction? Yes. Did I take elements from my own life? Of course. But it's totally fiction.

"I've been exposed to a level of gli...
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs To Receive ASCAP Award

May 26th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Sean 'Diddy' Combs will be honored with a special prize from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) next month.

The hip-hop star will be feted for his songwriting skills at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on June 24th.

Combs will be handed the Founders Award, following in the footsteps of other famous recipients including Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson and Paul McCartney.

The rapper admits he is delighted with the honor, telling Allhiphop.com in a statement, "To be recognized for my contributions to mu...
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Christian Slater & Billy Joel Form Impromptu Lounge Act

April 6th, 2011 10:16pm EDT
Christian Slater
Christian Slater and Billy Joel formed a new lounge double act during a recent vacation after becoming celebrity friends.

The actor had been performing Frank Sinatra numbers and standards with the house pianist in the remote restaurant he frequented when he discovered Joel had sailed his boat into port and set about befriending the Piano Man.

Slater turned island tour guide for Joel and his girlfriend and the musician showed his new pal around his luxury yacht.

But they really gelled at the restaurant after a ballsy Billy Joel fan challenged the rocker to play for diners.

Slater recalls...
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Billy Joel 'Live At Shea Stadium' CD/DVD Available Everywhere Now; Full Album Streaming at AOL Music

March 8th, 2011 10:19pm EST
Billy Joel
Billy Joel has just released the live concert album/film Live at Shea Stadium, which is currently streaming at AOL Music. For more information and to order a copy visit www.billyjoel.com.

The full-concert companion to the acclaimed Lionsgate documentary "The Last Play At Shea," Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium features more than two hours of Billy and his band offering definitive, and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, deep catalog, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises including duets with guest artists Paul McCartney ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Let It Be"), ...
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Christie Brinkley Is Convinced She Saw A UFO In Crete

March 8th, 2011 8:38am EST
Christie Brinkley
Ageless stunner Christie Brinkley is convinced she once saw a UFO when she was living in Crete.

The model and actress insists she has been a believer there's life on other planets ever since.

Brinkley, the former wife of rocker Billy Joel, recalls seeing four bright lights in the sky as she was shopping one day.

She says, "This is (in) broad daylight and the lights are very, very bright... All of a sudden all four of the lights shot over the mountain to the other side of Crete (where I lived)."

Returning to her harbor village, she learned the lights had disappeared beneath the sea.

She...
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Elton John Says Billy Joel Wants To Punch Him In The Face

February 10th, 2011 3:27pm EST
Elton John
Elton John has no regrets about airing his views about Billy Joel's sobriety issues in the press, even though his rock pal has made it clear he's far from happy with the Brit for speaking so openly.

The Rocket Man, who battled drug and alcohol addictions early on in his career, recently accused his on/off touring partner of "coasting" through rehab treatments and admitted he's upset by Joel's apparent reluctance to get tough with his alleged heavy drinking problems.

In the candid Rolling Stone magazine interview, Elton said, "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's eit...
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Christie Brinkley's Father Inspired Her To Sign Up For Broadway Production

February 5th, 2011 10:30pm EST
Christie Brinkley
Supermodel Christie Brinkley's father convinced the ageless beauty she could wow Broadway critics as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

The former wife of Billy Joel will hit the stage as the murderer in April and she admits she was initially reluctant to sign on for the role - until her dad convinced her to go for it.

She says, "My dad has always guided me throughout my career. Generally, whenever I wonder if I can do something, he says, 'Why not?'

"My dad is very ill and he has a hard time talking and I was saying to him, 'Dad, you know I'm gonna have to dance and learning all these steps (sic) an...
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Billy Joel Unfazed By Elton John's Rehab Comments

February 2nd, 2011 11:26pm EST
Billy Joel
Billy Joel is not upset by comments pal Elton John made in a new Rolling Stone interview about his sobriety issues, insisting the remarks are just "Elton being Elton."

The Brit, who battled drug and alcohol addictions early on in his career, accuses Joel, his on/off touring partner in recent years, of "coasting" through rehab treatments, admitting he's upset by the Piano Man's apparent reluctance to get tough with his alcohol issues.

In the candid interview, Elton says, "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy's a conundrum. W...
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