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Musicians Dealing With Death Through Song

9/26/2015 4:00pm EDT
Songs About Death: 10 Songs About Dying Young
Death is dark, depressing subject matter to say the least. Honestly, it’s not the best topic for dinner conversation, dates, or generally happy occasions. Call it what it is – deadly, morbid and definitely buzz kill. Still, there have been plenty of songs that have tackled the topic of dying young. Some are literal, but many are figurative and branch out to various other topics, most prominently love. Here are 10 songs about dying young for your reading pleasure…yeah, that didn’t sound right at all!

1) The Band Perry, “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry, 2010)

To reiterate, pondering ...

Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out

1/27/2015 9:48am EST
Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
January 2015 has been a ‘louder’ musical month than anticipated. Music listeners have been bestowed more audio gifts than an usually available, so give a slow music industry credit. Hey, what would January 2K15 be without the “No Flex Zone” of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd (Sremmlife), the “Uptown Funk” of Mark Ronson (Uptown Special), or “Lips Are Movin” courtesy of Meghan Trainor? Think about it!

This week isn’t nearly as dynamic as last week, but that doesn’t mean there are no interesting or notable albums to partake of. In a ‘slower’ week than last, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is definit...

Kenny G Files For Divorce After 20-Year Marriage

8/14/2012 9:00am EDT
Kenny G & Balynda Helene
Seven months after separating from his wife of 20 years, saxophonist Kenny G has filed for divorce.

Balynda Helene Benson-Gorelick filed for legal separation in January, and the musician has hired a top divorce attorney to represent him.

The smooth jazz musician cites irreconcilable differences for the break up, according to The 56-year-old married Balynda Helene in April 1992.

The couple has a 14-year-old son, Noah. Kenny G wants full physical custody of their son.

Concert Review: Earl Klugh and Kenny G, Thornton Winery

7/24/2012 1:45pm EDT
Earl Klugh
Temecula's Thornton Winery was the site of another satisfying evening of jazz as Earl Klugh and Kenny G put on an entertaining show on Sunday evening.

Grammy-winning guitarist Klugh (read our interview here) opened the evening with a varied arrangement of songs from his extensive catalog, ranging from more Latin influences to some of his well-known hits. The choice of material showed how versatile he has been over his decades-long career. It perfectly explained how Klugh has been a successful solo artist and performed with some of the best in the business, including Kenny G - his body of...

Kenny G's Wife Seeks Legal Separation

1/20/2012 8:06am EST
Kenny G
Celebrated saxophonist Kenny G's wife has filed for a legal separation.

The easy listening superstar and Lyndie Benson-Gorelick have been married for 20 years.

According to, Benson-Gorelick, who has filed papers in Los Angeles, has hired top lawyer Gary Fishbein to represent her and Kenny G has hired Laura Wasser, suggesting the couple is planning to divorce.

Kenny G Setting Sail For Alaska In 2013

1/8/2012 3:30pm EST
Kenny G
Easy listening icon Kenny G is setting sail on a celebrity concert cruise around Alaska next year.

The saxophonist, who is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, will board the luxury liner Celebrity Millennium in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 17 and tour the area's glaciers and natural wild life with fans during a week-long trip.

He says, "I'm excited for the opportunity to cruise with my closest fans. The experience of playing with my band and sharing the breathtaking sights of one of the most beautiful destinations in the world will be one I'll remember forev...

Katy Perry's 'Last Friday Night' Video Features Cameos From Rebecca Black, Deborah Gibson, Corey Feldman & More (Watch It!)

6/14/2011 12:10am EDT
Katy Perry and Rebecca Black
Katy Perry's campy new video for her party anthem "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" was released online Sunday and made its TV debut Monday evening, and there's no shortage of stars making cameo appearances.

Katy drummed up some buzz for the video by setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts under the name Kathy Beth Terry, a 13-year-old alter-ego who's a geeky student with braces and "likes Sudoku puzzles, the solar system, high school science fairs," and is always wearing her orthodontic headgear.

In the John Hughes-esque clip, Katy wakes up after a party wondering how she ended up in bed w...

The Best Super Bowl XLV Commercials

2/7/2011 10:05am EST
Kim Kardashian
It's the Monday after the Super Bowl, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to break down the best commercials from the big game.

Audi, "Release the Hounds" - This commercial continued the "old luxury isn't as cool as new luxury" line, featuring a jail break from the confines of old money and Kenny G!

Bridgestone, "Carma" - This quick and to-the-point commercial features a driver swerving out of the way of a beaver thanks to his Bridgestone tires, and the furry animal returns the favor later.

Bud Light, "Product Placement" - A director learns you ge...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

2/1/2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Celebrity Horoscope: Gemini

5/22/2008 8:30am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Gemini (May 22-June 21) are said to have a dual nature. The astrological symbol for Gemini is the Roman numeral for two, representing twins and duality.

Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are Geminis. Last year the 21-year-old power duo earned $17 million, and they are planning on releasing a coffee table book about their fashion inspirations.

Gemini can be fickle. Those born under this sign represent the yin and the yang, or the law of opposites. It can be no coincidence that Anne Heche is a Gemini. She famously dated Ellen DeGeneres but later married a man. She di...

Kenny G's 'Rhythm And Romance' To Get Co-Release By Concord Records & Starbucks

1/13/2008 9:00am EST
Kenny G
Internationally celebrated recording artist Kenny G - acclaimed as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era will release Rhythm and Romance on February 5, 2008, via Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records. The album marks Kenny's first ever CD of Latin love songs - arriving just in time for Valentine's Day. The album will be available in traditional retail outlets as well as Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Rhythm and Romance marks his debut release for Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records, the same team which co-released Ray Ch...

Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

11/23/2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...

Michael Bolton Brings New Life To Seasonal Favorites

10/29/2007 3:27pm EDT
Michael Bolton
Concord Records recently released A Swingin' Christmas, an album of yuletide hits sung by multi-platinum Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michael Bolton with the bang of a big band orchestra behind him. Originally released last year (exclusively at Target), this beautiful and inspirational holiday collection adds two brand-new tracks: "Silent Night" and "Joy To The World."

A Swingin' Christmas sees Bolton bringing new life to a host of holiday chestnuts, including "Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas," making it a must-have for the holiday season. The fu...

Two Time Grammy And Oscar Winning Recording Artist Peabo Bryson Is 'Missing You'

10/7/2007 9:00am EDT
Peabo Bryson
Andi Howard, president of Peak Records, has announced two time Grammy and Oscar winning recording artist Peabo Bryson has signed to the label. His debut release for the label, Missing You, the 20th album of his career and his first in eight years, is set for release October 2, 2007.

Peabo Bryson is among the world's most dynamic and gifted vocal talents. Over the course of a career spanning from the mid-'60s but truly igniting in the '70s, the 2x-Oscar and Grammy-winner has amassed a fan base, critical acclaim, gold albums and an avalanche of awards by being one of the truly best frien...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 5

6/5/2007 3:00am EDT
Pete Wentz
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (1979), "Four Brothers" star Mark Wahlberg (1971), "Office Space" star Ron Livingston (1968), smooth jazz legend Kenny G (1956), Psychedelic Furs singer Richard Butler (1956), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain (1954), Sly and The Family Stone guitarist Freddie Stewart (1946), and British actor Tony Richardson (1928; d. 1991).

Brian McKnight Announces US Tour Dates

4/10/2007 12:38pm EDT
Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight will hit the road in April for a U.S. tour supporting his current album Ten, which was released by Warner Bros. Records in December. The tour, which is sponsored by VH1 Soul, begins April 25th in San Diego, California, and features support from multi-platinum R&B crooner Joe and gold-selling R&B songstress Sunshine Anderson.

McKnight will showcase tracks from Ten, the Grammy-nominated singer, composer, and producer's tenth album overall. The album, which is McKnight's debut for Warner Bros. Records, has spawned two Top 5 singles at Urban AC radio, Find Myself In You and ...

Music Picks From The Stars Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters'

4/2/2007 4:10pm EDT
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters hits cinemas April 13 and if you're like me, you gotta wonder what the four main characters of rock to in their boom boxes. What follows is an odd eclectic mix of tunes - from Carl's big hair rock to Master Shake's collection of tunes about promiscuous women.


Jailbreak - AC/DC

If you go to jail, why stay there? Get some friends with guns and dynamite to get you out.

Mr. Roboto - Styx

There's more to this song than meets the eye. He's like, in this jail for kick ass rockers, and he kills this robot and hides inside th...

Kenny G Is Named Top Golf-Mad Musician

10/31/2006 1:42pm EST
Kenny G
Golf is gripping musicians so feverishly these days that rappers, rockers, pop and country stars are all teeing it up. Golf Digest's December issue identifies this diverse group of golf-mad musicians with its ranking of the "Top 100 in Music." Kenny G, with a plus-0.6 Handicap Index (he not only matches but occasionally scores better than par), is the No. 1 musician in the ranking.

A club champion at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., he plays a lot of his golf with actor Craig T. Nelson. During high school in Seattle, Kenny G. made the golf team but not the jazz band whe...

Kenny G's 'I'm In The Mood For Love ...' Drops Nov. 14

10/13/2006 12:32pm EDT
Kenny G
Internationally celebrated recording artist Kenny G will release his first newly recorded all-instrumental album of popular material in more than four years, when “I'm In The Mood For Love ... The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time” arrives in stores on November 14th.

Following his heart, the world's most renowned soprano saxophone stylist lends his instrumental craft, for the first time, to an entire program of romantic songs featuring several of today's most recent chart hits: "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys), "You're Beautiful" (James Blunt), and "You Raise Me Up" (Josh Groban).

Celebrity Birthdays, June 5

6/5/2006 3:00am EDT
Kenny G
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy singer Pete Wentz (1979), "Four Brothers" star Mark Wahlberg (1971), "Office Space" star Ron Livingston (1968), smooth jazz legend Kenny G (1956), Psychedelic Furs singer Richard Butler (1956), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain (1954), Sly and The Family Stone guitarist Freddie Stewart (1946), and British actor Tony Richardson (1928; d. 1991).

Andrea Bocelli To Sing At Olympics Closing Ceremonies & More In Support Of New Album

1/25/2006 1:11pm EST
Andrea Bocelli
As the 2006 Winter Olympics get underway, Italy's favorite son Andrea Bocelli is set to take the world by storm with multiple high-profile U.S. and international appearances. With a worldwide audience tuning in, Bocelli will sing "Because We Believe" at the Torino Games' closing ceremonies, held Feb. 26 in Olympic Stadium. The song is a featured track from his new Sugar/Decca CD "Amore." During the Olympics, Bocelli will also make three appearances on NBC's "Today Show," including an interview from his home in Tuscany as well as a pair of stirring musical performances. All this comes on the...