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Celebs We Didn't Know Were Related

7/19/2014 4:00pm EDT
Celebs We Didn't Know Were Related
The Hollywood game isn't unfortunately about how talented you are, it's about who you know. Still, having a famous sibling or relation in Hollywood isn't a guarantee for success. In fact, many celebrity sibs are unsuccessful in the industry. While some familiy pairings are obvious, some will take you by surprise.

Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy was already a household name when her cousin Melissa decided to join her in Hollywood. Jenny was already famous for her work on MTV and as a Playboy bunny. In 1997 she was the star of her sketch-comedy series "The Jenny McCar...

Rush, Heart And Donna Summer Among 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

12/11/2012 8:57pm EST
Finally! Canadian progressive rock gods Rush are heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The prolific trio -- bassist/singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart -- formed in 1968 and released their self-titled debut album in 1974. They never broke up, save for a five year hiatus beginning in the late 1990s; and just released their 19th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", earlier this year to rave reviews.

The band made it in on their first try; but one would never know that after the yearly outpouring of disdain for the institution by fans after repeated snu...

Lil Wayne Sues Quincy Jones' Son

9/8/2012 4:00pm EDT
Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Quincy Jones III, the son of the legendary music mogul.

Lil Wayne alleges that Jones used songs from his album "The Carter IV" in an unauthorized documentary about him without getting his permission.

Lil Wayne is seeking seeking unspecified damages and a court injunction banning producers from using his music, according to TMZ.com.

This is not the first time Lil Wayne has taken issue with Quincy Jones III's project - in 2009, ahead of its release, he sued members of Jones' QD3 Entertainment group for fraud and breach of contrac...

Quincy Jones Denied Knowledge Of Threat To 'Girls Gone Wild' Founder

9/6/2012 5:00pm EDT
Quincy Jones
Music icon Quincy Jones has denied any knowledge of a threatening email adult filmmaker Joe Francis alleges he received from casino boss Steve Wynn.

The legendary producer was called to testify in an ongoing court battle between the Girls Gone Wild founder and Las Vegas gambling mogul Wynn, after Francis claimed to have shown the correspondence to Jones, who is his neighbor.

Jones had initially been excused from giving evidence on medical grounds, but he agreed to appear in court briefly for Wynn's lawyers on Thursday, and insisted that he had seen no such email detailing plans for a hit ...

Quincy Jones To Receive ASCAP Founders Award

6/6/2012 11:47pm EDT
Quincy Jones
Legendary producer Quincy Jones is to be presented with one of the industry's highest honors during the upcoming Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

The music icon will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievements.

Jones produced Michael Jackson's classic "Thriller" record and has won a whopping 27 Grammy Awards.

He joins an esteemed group of previous winners, including Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Patti Smith and Stevie Wonder.

The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards will take place in Los Angeles on June 2...

Carly Simon To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

4/18/2012 5:39pm EDT
Carly Simon
Singer/songwriter Carly Simon is to be honored with one of the industry's highest honors during the 26th annual Pop Music Awards on Wednesday. The You're So Vain hitmaker is to be celebrated for her lifetime of achievements as this year's recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award.

Chairman Paul Williams says, "Carly Simons has always poured her heart and soul into her songwriting, and in the process she has helped rewrite the rule book on what popular music can achieve and how it can profoundly change people's lives. She is a true musica...

The Eagles To Be Honored By Berklee College

3/30/2012 11:46am EDT
Iconic rockers The Eagles are to receive honorary degrees from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music.

The music school, based in Boston, Massachusetts, has awarded honorary doctorates to influential musical figures for over 40 years, with past recipients including Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, David Bowie and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

This year's honorees are the Hotel California stars, as well as bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.

They will receive their degrees at a ceremony on May 12th at Boston University's Agganis Arena.

Herbie Hancock To Launch International Jazz Day

3/20/2012 10:46am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Veteran musician Herbie Hancock is set to launch a new initiative to celebrate jazz across the globe with a star-studded concert series featuring Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas.

The legendary pianist, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will establish the new annual International Jazz Day on April 30th as part of Jazz Appreciation Month.

This year's inaugural event, organized by UNESCO, will include concerts in New York, Paris in France, and New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as celebrations in...

Stars Pay Tribute To Whitney Houston

2/12/2012 8:30am EST
Stars Pay Tribute To Whitney Houston
Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, music mogul Quincy Jones and Kelly Osbourne were among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Whitney Houston on Saturday, hours after the singer died in Los Angeles.

The stars took to Twitter.com to share their grief and shock, while Jones, who was due to attend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Awards party at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where Houston died, released a statement to the media.

He wrote, "I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing... She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."

Actress Longoria was...

Michael Jackson's Kids Joined By Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones & More To Launch Hollywood Celebration Of The King Of Pop (See Pics)

1/26/2012 8:33pm EST
Michael Jackson's Kids
Michael Jackson's kids kicked off a celebration of their late father's achievements in Hollywood on Thursday when they placed one of the King of Pop's sequined gloves and a pair of his shoes into wet cement outside Grauman's Chinese theater.

Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Blanket joined Smokey Robinson, Justin Bieber and Thriller producer Quincy Jones in front of the Los Angeles landmark - just feet away from Jackson's Walk of Fame star, which became a shrine for fans following his death in 2009.

Jackson's brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie and his mother Katherine also attended t...

Rashida Jones Wants To Run Naked Through An Apple Store

10/13/2011 10:07pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones reveals that her secret fantasy is stripping down and running around naked in public.

The actress recently sat down with Playboy magazine for their monthly 20Q interview and really let loose when asked what she would do if she weren't famous.

"Streaking through a large crowd has always been a secret fantasy of mine," she says. "Disneyland would be fun. Or maybe just showing up at the Apple Store naked and picking up an iPod shuffle and pretending like nothing was wrong or different."

In case you didn't know, Rashida is the daughter of legendary mus...

Bob Geldof Wins Groupies' Choice Award

3/21/2011 8:22am EDT
Bob Geldof
Rocker Bob Geldof was handed a quirky honor at the South by Southwest festival this weekend - the Groupies' Choice Award.

The former Boomtown Rats singer was presented with the trophy by Austin Music Awards director Margaret Moser at the annual event in Texas.

Geldof - who was at the festival as the keynote speaker and showcase performer - joked during his acceptance speech, "I am overwhelmed. I have received many honors in my life but without a doubt this is the one of which I am most proud."

"I have worked hard for many years to achieve this moment and I would like to thank the coun...

Rashida Jones Wants To Record An Album Someday

3/17/2011 10:06pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Quincy Jones' actress daughter Rashida Jones has revealed she was in the running to play the lead in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! - until Nicole Kidman expressed interest in the musical role.

The TV star admits she auditioned for the role of Satine before producers decided to go for a bigger name.

And she wowed movie executives with a routine she worked out with her super-producer dad.

Jones tells Eonline.com, "You had to sing a song and I decided I wanted to sing and play a song. I wanted to play this arrangement of "Somewhere" from West Side Story that my dad had done for Aretha Frankl...

30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

2/15/2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Biography.com. Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

1/1/2011 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...

Ne-Yo Refuses To Listen To New 'Michael' Album

12/20/2010 12:32pm EST
Ne-Yo is refusing to listen to the posthumous Michael Jackson album - because he's adamant if the King of Pop was still alive he wouldn't have released the tracks.

Michael, which features previously unheard Jackson material including a collaboration with Ne-Yo, hit music retailers last week, but its release has not been without controversy.

The singer's longtime producer Quincy Jones blasted record bosses at Sony for allowing the perfectionist's unfinished songs to be heard by the public, while members of the Jackson family have raised concerns about the authenticity of the vocals.


Quincy Jones On Comparison To Kanye West: 'He's Just A Rapper'

11/23/2010 2:50pm EST
Rhythm of Success
Quincy Jones doesn't think Kanye West is a producer. In an interview with US Magazine, the legendary producer seemed to get a little insulted when asked about his similarities to rapper/producer Kanye West. Jones even goes as far as stating that Kanye West is just a rapper. Here are excerpts from the interview where Quincy Jones shares his thoughts on West. Be sure to check them out and let us know what your thoughts are. Also, let us know if you think Jones makes a good point?

Us: Kanye West is similar to you in that he’s the producer everybody wants to work with in the last decade...


Quincy Jones Blasts Record Execs Over New Michael Jackson Album

11/22/2010 11:55pm EST
Quincy Jones
Veteran music producer Quincy Jones has blasted record executives behind the release of the first posthumous Michael Jackson album, insisting the King of Pop would not have wanted his unfinished songs to hit shelves.

Bosses at Sony are preparing for the December release of Michael, which features previously unheard Jackson material, and have unveiled Akon collaboration "Hold My Hand" as the first single.

But 77-year-old Jones, the famed producer behind Jackson's "Off the Wall" and "Thriller" albums, is convinced the King of Pop would never want fans to hear his songs without his "final to...

Jennifer Lopez Looks Effervescent In A See Through White Lace Dress

10/24/2010 6:58pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez showed up to the 32nd Annual Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills on Saturday night showing a little bit of skin an a gorgeous pearly white Georges Chakra dress that reminds us of a glass of the bubbly. In fact, we're guessing that there was plenty of champagne passed around this gala. The new "American Idol" judge attended the prestigious event with her husband, Marc Anthony, and also performed for guests at the gala.

This year's ball honored Quincy Jones and Maria Shriver for their lifetime achievements, Shriver was given the Brass Ring award for her work with Alzheimers...

Bret Michaels To Replace Simon Cowell On 'Idol?'

5/28/2010 8:18am EDT
Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels has emerged as the new favorite to replace Simon Cowell as an "American Idol" judge after his triumphant performance on the live finale of the talent show on Wednesday night.

The Poison singer ignored his doctors' advice and took to the Idol stage for a duet with finalist Casey James.

The ailing rocker, who is still recovering from a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and a recent stroke, was an instant hit with fans, who gave him a standing ovation as he walked out to sing a rendition of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

And Cowell was left so impressed he's considering handin...

Fans Want Quincy Jones To Replace Simon Cowell On 'American Idol'

4/29/2010 8:43am EDT
Quincy Jones
Music mogul Quincy Jones has emerged as the fan favorite to replace Simon Cowell when the Brit departs "American Idol" this summer.

TV Guide magazine put forward 10 potential candidates for the soon-to-be vacant chair Cowell fills as a judge on the hit show, asked readers to vote for their favorite.

Forty percent of voters chose producer Jones ahead of former "Idol" star Adam Lambert, Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey's ex-husband, former music boss Tommy Mottola.

The other six potential candidates were fellow music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Steve Lillywhite, who has launched an online campaign ...

Jay-Z Wanted No Part In 'We Are The World' Remake

2/15/2010 2:35pm EST
Jay-Z Wanted No Part In
Rap superstar Jay-Z turned down the opportunity to join Quincy Jones' star-studded remake of We Are The World - because he didn't want to touch the classic.

Legendary producer Jones teamed up with Lionel Richie, who recorded the original 1985 hit with Michael Jackson, and recruited a host of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Janet Jackson, Usher, Lil Wayne and Nick Jonas to raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

The Empire State of Mind hit-maker was personally invited by Jones to take part in the charity single, but, while he is supportive o...

Celebrity Offspring That Have Become Successful

9/16/2009 10:05am EDT
Celebrity Offspring
Most of the time when privileged sons and daughters of celebrities chose to pursue a career in entertainment, we wince at the idea and criticize their lack of talent. However

, there are some cases where famous offspring are actually thrive in the family business and probably could have succeeded without their recognizable last name. Here are the most successful spawn in the gene pool of famous parents.

Colin Hanks - As the son and look-a-like younger version of dad Tom Hanks, Colin inherited his father's acting skills. He first came onto the scene appearing in Tom's film That Thing You...

Quotes: Celebrities React To Michael Jackson Death

6/26/2009 12:33am EDT
Michael Jackson stars remember celebrity quotes
Celebrities are expressing their shock, grief and remembrances after the news of Michael Jackson's death. Below is a collection of quotes from various stars about the King of Pop's tragic death.

"I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless." - Madonna

"I can't find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael's passing. We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only...

First Ever 'Hello Kitty' Album Released

10/9/2008 4:55pm EDT
Hello Kitty
SANRIO, Inc. is thrilled to announce the release of Hello World, the first-ever Hello Kitty album available on Lakeshore Records. The album will offer 11 tracks of original pop tunes, performed by a number of up & coming young artists. The result is an upbeat and perky compilation that reflects the life-embracing mood of the Hello Kitty brand.

The album launches October 7th exclusively at Walmart and the first single "Come On, Come On," with early airplay reported from Radio Disney, will be available on iTunes starting September 30th. The online community is already abuzz over the albu...

Bettina Discusses Who 'She Is' In This Exclusive Interview

4/16/2008 11:42am EDT
Most people can't remember before the age of 4, but by that time Bettina Bush already had a career in modeling and voiceovers. Always the entertainer, Bettina balanced going to school, being Rainbow Brite, and being a kid, which made for quite the busy schedule. By her teens she was touring the nation as part of a pop group and by her early 20's she hit #4 on the Billboard Hot Single's Chart with her song "She Is." Starpulse caught up with the young singer and get to know a little more about the woman behind all the accomplishments.

You began your career at a very early age. How did yo...

Jesse McCartney's 'Departure' Hits Stores May 20

3/23/2008 10:30am EDT
Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney unveiled his new sound with the release of his single, "Leavin'" produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Now, get a first hand look at Jesse's musical growth in his new video!(below)

"The record is called Departure for a number of reasons," says Jesse McCartney, whose multi-platinum 2004 debut album Beautiful Soul launched his career as an international singing star. "There have been departures in my career, in my personal life. I've learned a lot since doing my first couple of records. I think I've landed in the most comfortable place I've ever been musically as the...

40-Episode 'Thrillercast' Podcast To Coincide With 25th Anniversary Release Of 'Thriller'

2/7/2008 8:00pm EST
Michael Jackson
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's multi-platinum, multi-award winning album Thriller, Legacy Recordings is proud to present Thrillercast: A groundbreaking podcast event dedicated to the 25th anniversary celebration of the world's biggest selling album of all time, "Thriller"

The 40-episode podcast will run throughout 2008 and feature icons of music and screen, including hip-hop legend DMC, current superstars Akon, Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, will.i.am, Quincy Jones, Imogen Heap, choreographers Shane Sparks and Mia Michaels, turntablist DJ Spooky as well as many...

'Thriller-25th Anniversary Edition': A Piece Of History Repackaged & Better Than Ever

2/6/2008 12:00pm EST
Michael Jackson
1982 was an unforgettable year that gave theater lovers a bite of alien encounters in science fiction film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and one of the biggest selling albums of all time: "Thriller."

At 25 years old, Michael Jackson released his sixth solo album, "Thriller." Although it was released in 1982, the nine-track album that contained seven hit singles including "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" wouldn't see its massive dominance and appeal come into full fruition until 1983.

Released on Epic Records and co-produced by legendary producer Quincy Jones, the album sold...

Jared Foles: Guitarist, Music Producer & Engineer Extraordinaire

1/25/2008 10:55am EST
Jared Foles
Across the Brooklyn Bridge with your back facing Manhattan there is a rich history of artistic individuals who range from musicians to performing artists. Brewing in Brooklyn is a pool of talented hopefuls with an invaluable appeal.

Kings County native Jared Foles takes pride in representing his home borough. The Bed-Stuy-raised lead guitarist of rock group Shrine for the Black Madonna found his musical roots at the young age of five. However, once his adolescent years kicked in that musical appreciation took a back seat as sports and those typical things that teenagers do during those...