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BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys Hit 'God Only Knows'

October 8th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys H
The BBC marked the launch of its new music initiative on Tuesday with a new video featuring some of music's biggest stars all collaborating on classic Beach Boys single "God Only Knows."

The video was played simultaneously over all of the BBC's properties at 8pm for the launch of BBC Music and featured over two dozen stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Baaba Maal, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, One Direction and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Most stars each sung a line or two, while the musicians, including Scottish violinist Ni...

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...

Elton John & David Furnish Feel It Is Their 'Duty' To Marry

March 30th, 2014 2:27pm EDT
Elton John & David Furnish Feel It Is Their 'Duty' To Marry
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the UK, singer Elton John and David Furnish "feel it is their duty" to get married. In 2005, they were one of the first gay couples to enter into a civil partnership.

The couple has two sons Zachary, three, and Elijah, 14-months, together.

Furnish told Attitude magazine: "Elton and I will marry - as a high-profile couple, we feel it is our duty to do it, to make sure that everyone knows that this is something that many gay men living in this country never dreamed would happen. When it was announced that gay couples were able to obtain a civil partner...

17 Unlikely Celebrity Buddies

March 6th, 2014 2:00pm EST
17 Unlikely Celebrity Buddies
Celebrities will always be available to promote off their latest products, films, television shows and endorsements. Yet, they tend to keep their celebrity friendships on the down low. Some of these star buddies are surprising, some are well-known. With all the behind-the-scenes backstabbing that can go along with being in the business, it is a good thing these duos have each other to count on for some real camaraderie.

1. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo and Jonah found friendship on the set of "Wolf of Wall Street" and have continued their relationship ever since. Said Jonah to E!,...

The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

December 30th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...

'Almost Human' Review 1.3: Change Of Face

November 26th, 2013 10:08am EST
Almost Human
You can tell a really good series from just an ok series by the way a non-game-changing episode plays:  if it provides a wallop and a jolt and a laugh even in a business-as-usual episode then it's a really good series, even a great series.   So I was pleased to see how good Almost Human 1.3 was.

The decisive way the good guys get the drop on the bad guys is by Kennex using a change-of-face device, but there's lots more.   Dorian getting shot in the head and Kennex doing emergency work on Dorian's purple circuits - in all kinds of shades - and making it stick with a piece of what passes for...

28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...

Tom Hardy To Play Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

October 24th, 2013 11:00am EDT
Tom Hardy
British actor Tom Hardy has signed on to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic "Rocketman." Hardy became a frontrunner in June, according to

Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw, commented: "Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton's story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board."

Hardy is known for playing the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" and has also appeared in the films "Warrior," "Inception," "Lawless" and "This Means War."

Singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Elton John has sold more t...

2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...

Elton John: 'It's My Duty' To Get Married When Gay Marriage Law Is Enacted

October 9th, 2013 6:07pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John says he's going to get married to partner David Furnish in May when England's new law legalizing same-sex marriage is enacted.

When asked if he is going to take advantage of the new law while on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Elton said, "Yeah, we will next May when it comes out. If those laws are being made for people like us, [for] whom 30-40 years ago it was hard to come out of the closet…

"In England we have the civil partnership, which we did in 2005, and that made a huge difference in the commitment to your relationship. I didn't think it would but it did. If the laws are gonna help ...

Review: Elton John 'The Diving Board' - Elton John Doesn't Miss A Beat On His Latest

October 3rd, 2013 2:30pm EDT
Elton John 'The Diving Board
When I hear the name Elton John, one of the first words that comes to mind is legend (piano too, but we’ll stick with legend for our purposes).  Elton John was certainly a gargantuan presence in pop and rock music back in the day. That might be an understatement within itself.   Sure, his days of being a commercial fixture are long past, but where many new artists lack musical longevity, John will always remain musically relevant.   That’s part of the reason why his first solo album in seven years, The Diving Board, is kind of a big deal.  Sure, there is no “Candle in the Wind” or  “Philade...

Top 4 Over The Top Celebrity Birthday Parties

July 28th, 2013 4:02pm EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Celebrities are just like us; they put their pants on one leg at a time. They go to the dentist, endure heartaches, pump gas and have birthdays. Or do they? Sure some celebrities might prefer to celebrate with a few cupcakes and a scoop of ice cream at home with their family.

Others throw extravagant parties to keep people gushing about for years. Here are some of the most extravagant celebrity birthday parties ever thrown.

Sean "Diddy" Combs' 40th

When he's not performing for thousands or producing award-winning records, P. Diddy is known for throwing outrageously lavish parties for his...

The Morning Roundup: Jo-Bro To Be A Dad, Anna Benson's Bulletproof Vest, Elton's Appendix, Selena's Fashion Debut

July 10th, 2013 10:18am EDT
Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa
Kevin Jonas is going to be a first-time dad. The Jonas Brothers guitarist and his wife Danielle Deleasa are expecting their first child. Jonas confirmed the news to E! Online on Tuesday, saying he's "excited and nervous." (story)

Selena Gomez launched her first fashion collection in Berlin on Tuesday, looking very sexy in a casual pair of short-shorts. The singer/actress worked with Adidas NEO to create her new line of accessories and fashions. (story)

Former FHM model and star of VH1's very short-lived "Baseball Wives" (an actual baseball game lasts longer) Anna Benson was arrested for b...

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...

Tom Hardy Rumored To Play Elton John In Biopic

May 30th, 2013 8:21pm EDT
Tom Hardy
The word on the street is that Tom Hardy is the favorite to land the role of Elton John in an upcoming movie biopic, according to reports.

The Dark Knight Rises star is said to be in talks to tackle the lead role in Rocketman, a movie-musical telling of the story of the singer's rise to fame, according to

Hardy is the first big name to be linked to the project, which is being developed by Elton John himself with his film producer partner David Furnish and director Michael Gracey.

Hardy is a versatile actor and is best know for playing the villainous role of muscle-bound bad g...

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...

Elton John Confirms Birth Of Second Son Elijah Joseph Daniel

January 16th, 2013 8:26am EST
Elton John
Elton John has finally confirmed he is a father for the second time.

Rumors suggesting the Rocket Man and his partner David Furnish had welcomed another tot via a surrogate began to swirl last week, but on Thursday a representative for the couple denied the reports.

And it seems the world's media was a little early with the big news - the baby was actually born in Los Angeles on Friday, and now the music legend has officially announced the arrival of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.

A statement from the pair to Hello! magazine reads, "Both of us have longed to have children, but the...

Elton John To Become A Dad Again

November 10th, 2012 8:09pm EST
Elton John
Elton John and his partner David Furnish are "over the moon" at the prospect of becoming parents for a second time as their surrogate is pregnant again, according to a report.

The Rocket Man hit-maker and Furnish already have a son, Zachary Furnish-John, who was born in December, 2010 from the same surrogate.

The mother, whose identity will never be revealed, is thought to live in California and is believed to have been connected with the pair through the Center for Surrogate Parenting in Encino.

She is set to give birth again next year, according to British newspaper The Sun.

A sou...

Giuliana Rancic & Other Celebrities Who Used Surrogate Mothers

August 30th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Giuliana & Bill Rancic
Congratulations to Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill, who welcomed baby Edward on Wednesday via a surrogate mother.

The television personality had been trying for years to get pregnant and even miscarried in 2010. Then she battled breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Not giving up hope, she sought help to bring a baby into the world. The couple is the baby's biological parents, and Giuliana has been very open about her journey towards motherhood.

She's the not the only celebrity who has needed help expanding his or her brood. It can cost anywhere between $25,000 to $80,000 ...

Madonna Dedicates Golden Globe-Winning Song To Elton John

August 24th, 2012 2:40pm EDT
Madonna has moved to end her long running feud with Elton John by dedicating her song Masterpiece to the rocker during a concert in France earlier this week.

The Material Girl has kept a dignified silence throughout the one-sided war of words with the Rocket Man legend, who has taken several swipes at the star over the last few months.

John took aim at the singer after she beat him to the Golden Globe for Best Song in January when Masterpiece, her track from her period film W.E., won the honor.

He then branded Madonna a "fairground stripper" after she exposed her breast on stage durin...

Elton John's Bassist Robert Wayne Birch Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

August 15th, 2012 11:34pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John's bassist has been found dead after apparently taking his own life.

The body of Robert Wayne Birch (pictured behind Elton in the orange shirt), who has been rocking out with Elton since 1992, was discovered near his home on Wednesday morning.

Police sources tell the musician had what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, although cops have yet to find a suicide note and cannot confirm he took his life.

Throughout his lengthy career, Birch also performed with other legends including Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Cher, Sting and Tina Turne...

Elton John Wants 'Nikita' Lawsuit Dropped

August 13th, 2012 3:43pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John has urged an Illinois judge to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against him over his hit song Nikita.

The British rocker and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin were slapped with legal papers in April by photojournalist/songwriter Guy Hobbs, who claimed Elton's 1985 chart smash bears striking similarities to his own tune Natasha, which he wrote three years prior.

In his court documents, Hobbs claimed he came up with the track, about his love affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress, and had it copyrighted before sending it out to various publishing companies...

Elton John Calls Madonna A 'Fairground Stripper' Whose 'Career Is Over'

August 6th, 2012 9:46am EDT
Elton John
Elton John is convinced Madonna's career will be over after her current tour.

The Material Girl is currently performing shows across the world as part of her MDNA tour and Elton turned the air blue during an Australian TV interview when he jumped to the defense of Lady Gaga, his son Zachary's godmother, over claims the singer copied Madonna's music.

He tells music mogul Molly Meldrum on Australia's Sunday Night show, "Why is she such a nightmare? Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger c**t..."

"If Madonna had any common sense she wou...

Elton John & Neil Patrick Harris Vacation With Their Partners & Kids In France

August 2nd, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris
We spotted Elton John and his husband David Furnish hanging out with Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka in Saint Tropez, France, today.

Elton and David pushed their son Zachary in a stroller while Neil pushed his twins Gideon and Harper with his partner David. The happy families were smiling as they enjoyed their vacation seaside in the famous French riviera city.

Elton and David are reportedly expecting another child. The rumor is the couple is using the same surrogate who carried Zachary, and she is already carrying a baby brother or sister.

Harris recently confessed he k...

Snoop Lion And 10 Other Celebrity Name Changes

August 1st, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has traded a canine for a feline, claiming he has taken up the moniker Snoop Lion following his conversion to Rastafarian. But he's far from the first celebrity to change his name. Here are our Top 10 Celebrity Name Changes:

Carlos Irwin Estevez - Charlie Sheen. Charlie took the esteemed stage name of his father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (Martin Sheen). His brother, Emilio, kept his real name because it sounded better than "Emilio Sheen."

Farrokh Bulsara - Freddie Mercury: You can understand why Queen's lead singer changed his name. After living in Zanzibar, his famil...

Elton John And David Furnish Expecting?

July 27th, 2012 10:44am EDT
Sir Elton, Zachary, and David
Eighteen months ago British pop legend Elton John and husband David Furnish became the very proud parents of a baby boy – Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish John.

Since the birth of Zachary, Sir Elton admits that he thinks about his son 24 hours a day. He also sated that he does not wish for Zachary to grow up an only child and wishes to have more children.

If the rumours circulating turn out to be true, that expansion is now in the process of taking place. Reports are stating that not only has Sir Elton and David contacted the same surrogate who carried Zachary; but that the woman is alrea...

Elton John: 'How Did I Survive?'

July 24th, 2012 8:02am EDT
Elton John
Elton John is convinced he "should be dead" after hitting "rock bottom" during his alcohol and drug addictions.

The Rocket Man is sure his reckless behavior left him open to contracting HIV, and he admits he often wonders how he came through his health battle.

Speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, he said, "Here's a story of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality, who got mixed up in drugs and drink. He took chances with unprotected sex, and he was at very high risk of contracting HIV. He hit rock bottom, his life was a mess.

"He should h...

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...

Elton John Thought His Homosexuality Was 'Common Knowledge'

July 17th, 2012 10:25pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John didn't officially "come out" as a gay man until 1988 because he felt sure news of his homosexuality was "common knowledge."

The Rocket Man hitmaker initially announced he was attracted to both men and women during an interview with Rolling Stone in 1976 but it wasn't until the legend hit his 40s that he told the publication he was gay.

The long road to the truth prompted many to speculate why the music icon did not come clean about his sexual orientation sooner, and now the 65 year old reveals he never tried to keep it a secret - he just thought everyone already knew.

During a...

Elton John Battles Back From Illness To Wow The Queen

June 4th, 2012 10:49pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John was in spectacular form as he returned from illness to perform at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert in London on Monday evening.

The Rocket Man returned to the stage on Sunday night for the first time since he was diagnosed with pneumonia and hospitalized.

And he was back behind the piano on Monday for pal Gary Barlow's royal celebration outside Buckingham Palace.

Sir Elton hit the stage wearing a sparkling pink blazer, and performed his survival hit I'm Still Standing and followed it up with "Your Song" and "Crocodile Rock".

Earlier in the star-studded show, Robbi...