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Ever Wonder What Donald Trump Looks Like Shedding Tears?

12/31/2015 10:30am EST
Barack Obama
At the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, President Barack Obama was brought to tears by Aretha Franklin's rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in tribute to singer-songwriter, Carole King (video below). Ponder this for a moment: Would Donald Trump have cried over the Queen of Soul's moving song?

According to E! News, the ceremony, which aired on Tuesday, took place earlier this month. The way Franklin performed the song; you'd think she was one of the recipients that included King, George Lucas, Eddie Murphy, Cicely Tyson, and others.

The rendition evoked raw emotion from th...

Carole King's Prolific Songwriting Partner Gerry Goffin Dies At 75

6/20/2014 8:14am EDT
Gerry Goffin
Songwriter Gerry Goffin, best known for his collaborations with ex-wife Carole King, passed away on Thursday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 75.

Before King's solo career took off in the early 70s, the pair had written a number of classics, including Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Whitney Houston's "Savin' All My Love For You," The Drifters' "Some Kind of Wonderful" and the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

"Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for gene...

Carole King Crowned Musicares Person Of The Year For 2014

9/19/2013 5:18pm EDT
Carole King
Renowned musician Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year.

The singer/songwriter will be the guest of honor at the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy's 24th annual benefit gala, which will take place in Los Angeles in January, two nights before the Grammy Awards.  The event will feature tribute performances from Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks.

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation, says, "Her (King) contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of p...

Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, Others Perform At Boston Strong Benefit Concert

5/31/2013 5:11pm EDT
Aerosmith, Carole King, New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, and many more took the stage Thursday night to raise money to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration event at a sold-out TD Garden in Boston lasted an astonishing 5 1/2 hours, starting at the national anthem and ending with a group rendition of the Beatles' "Come Together" and Boston anthem "Dirty Water."

Joey McIntyre shared his story from the Boston Marathon - the New Kids on the Block star had finished the race 10 minutes before the bombs went off. He s...

Carole King To Receive Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

12/13/2012 4:33pm EST
Carole King
Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King has been given another reason to celebrate this Christmas - she has been named the 2013 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The star, who has scored hits with tracks including You've Got a Friend, So Far Away, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Will You Love Me Tomorrow, will be feted for her lifetime achievements at a special tribute concert with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. in the spring.

Library of Congress representative James H. Billington says, "Carole King has been one of the most inf...

Carole King Lands Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

12/4/2012 8:31am EST
Carole King
Carole King cemented her place in music history as she was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Monday.

The songwriting legend unveiled her sidewalk plaque across the street from The Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth attended the event to introduce King, who she hailed as a "beautiful artist and woman" as she recalled meeting her hero for the first time in 2010.

Chenoweth told the crowd, "They always say don't meet your idols but in this case she is every bit the artist and lady you want her to be. The Hollywood Walk of Fame has ...

Taylor Swift In Talks To Play Joni Mitchell

4/21/2012 2:00pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is in talks to portray iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell in an upcoming film.

The hitmaker, who has previously appeared in ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" and voiced a character in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," is being courted to star in "Girls Like Us," a big-screen adaptation of Sheila Weller's book of the same name, according to trade paper Variety.

The story follows the careers of Mitchell and her peers Carly Simon and Carole King.

Midnight in Paris actress Alison Pill has reportedly auditioned for the part of King.

John Sayles is set to direct and production...

No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

4/15/2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...

Carole King Says She Was Abused By Her Third Husband

4/10/2012 3:28pm EDT
Carole King
Singer/songwriter Carole King has revealed she was physically abused by her third husband, composer Rick Evers.

The four-time Grammy winner wed Evers in 1977 after the two collaborated on her album Simple Things and they remained married until his heroin overdose death the following year.

However, she admits the union wasn't a happy one and in her new memoir, A Natural Woman, she confesses her former lover had a bad temper and often struck her without reason.

Detailing one account, she writes, "Without warning he struck with his right fist, he hit me hard as if he were in a boxing rin...

Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey Debut 'All I Want For Christmas' Video (Watch It!)

12/1/2011 10:30am EST
Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas
Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond got the holiday season off to a musical start in New York on Wednesday night when they performed festive tunes for thousands of fans gathered for the 79th lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Michael Buble celebrated taking his new album "Christmas" to the top of the charts by kicking off the celebration with a rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and New York local Bennett wowed the crowd with his version of "The Christmas Song."

But the night belonged to Bieber, who performed a new hip-hop version of "Little Drummer Boy" w...

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Do Carole King Proud

4/28/2011 9:33am EDT
Jacob Lusk and James Durbin
I’ve eaten a lot of crow this year between the saying Scotty had no chance to win and proclaiming Molly Dewolf Swenson the most beautiful woman on the planet (okay, I was right about that one), but I was never as wrong about anything as I was about the restrictive theme nights.

It seems this year, the more restrictive the theme, the better the contestants have been. They blew it out on Elton John night, did a solid Motown evening and haven’t had any trouble adapting their styles to whatever song choice or genre is thrown at them.

In fact, tonight, on an evening devoted entirely to Carole ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Rock Some Hall of Famers

4/7/2011 9:31am EDT
Pia Toscano
It’s official: These judges stink.

At the beginning of the year, all anybody wanted to talk about was American Idol's new judging panel. After all, Simon was gone and this was one of the biggest casting shifts on a hit TV show since Darrin got replaced by Darrin on ‘Bewitched’.

On those initial shows, the judges were a breath of fresh air. Gone was the snarkiness and waiting around for Simon to speak and in was a cohesive unit that actually seemed to enjoy each other.

All was right in ‘Idol’ land and when an incredible batch of contestants (spearheaded by the wonderful Molly Dewolf Swens...

Elton John Buys His Baby An iPod

1/31/2011 12:55pm EST
Elton John
Elton John is determined his baby son becomes a music fan before he's a toddler - the tot has his own miniature iPod. The Rocket Man and his partner David Furnish welcomed little Zachary via a surrogate mother at Christmas, and they are reveling in their new roles as parents.

The singer is eager for his child to have great taste in tunes, so he has downloaded his favorite songs onto an MP3 music player for the baby - and the selection includes some of his own classic hits.

He tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "It's a teen-tiny little thing, so small you can hardly believe it even is an i...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 9

2/9/2010 3:00am EST
Mena Suvari
Happy Birthday to:

"The Mysteries of Pittsburgh " actress Mena Suvari (1979)

"7th Heaven" actor David Gallagher (1985)

Japanese pop star Ami Suzuki (1982)

"Memoirs of a Geisha" star Ziyi Zhang (1979)

Soap opera star Sharon Case (1971)

Country musician Travis Tritt (1963)

"The Nanny" star Charles Shaughnessy (1955)

"Hollywood Squares" personality/actor Jm J. Bullock (1955)

"Who's The Boss" and "Law and Order SVU" actress Judith Light (1949)

Actress Mia Farrow (1945)

Tough-guy Joe Pesci (1943)

Singer/songwriter Carole King (1942)

40s actress Kathryn Gray...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 9

2/9/2009 3:00am EST
Mena Suvari
Happy Birthday to "7th Heaven" actor David Gallagher (1985), Japanese pop star Ami Suzuki (1982), "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (1979), "Memoirs of a Geisha" star Ziyi Zhang (1979), soap opera star Sharon Case (1971), country musician Travis Tritt (1963), "The Nanny" star Charles Shaughnessy (1955), "Hollywood Squares" personality/actor Jm J. Bullock (1955), New York Mets hero Mookie Wilson (1952), "Who's The Boss" and "Law and Order SVU" actress Judith Light (1949), actress Mia Farrow (1945), 'tough-guy' actor Joe Pesci (1943), singer/songwriter Carole King (1942), 40s actress Kath...

Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

1/27/2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...

Overrated/Underrated Diamond Award Albums

8/15/2008 11:30am EDT
In 1999, the RIAA, providers of platinum and gold records to recording artists, decided it was time to honor those who had reached a higher sales plateau and created the Diamond Award.

The newly minted award went to the albums that had shipped 10 million or more copies. Since the award's inception, 103 diamond albums have been handed out to everyone from The Beatles to Kid Rock. Receiving this award ensures that an album will always be recognized as a classic. After all, with millions of albums released over the years, joining a club with slightly over 100 members is as exclusive as...

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

4/1/2008 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 9

2/9/2008 3:00am EST
Mena Suvari
Happy Birthday to "7th Heaven" actor David Gallagher (1985), Japanese pop star Ami Suzuki (1982), "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (1979), "Memoirs of a Geisha" star Ziyi Zhang (1979), Dominican baseball star Vladimir Guerrero (1976), soap opera star Sharon Case (1971), country musician Travis Tritt (1963), "The Nanny" star Charles Shaughnessy (1955), "Hollywood Squares" personality/actor Jm J. Bullock (1955), New York Mets hero Mookie Wilson (1952), "Who's The Boss" and "Law and Order SVU" actress Judith Light (1949), actress Mia Farrow (1945), 'tough-guy' actor Joe Pesci (1943), sing...

Anne Murray Releases All-Star Collaborative Album, 'Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends'

1/18/2008 8:00pm EST
Anne Murray
Music icon Anne Murray has sold more than 50 million albums in a distinguished career that spans four decades. On January 15th, Manhattan/EMI will release Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, an exceptional 17-track collection of her top hits and favorites, newly recorded as duets with some of the world's top female recording artists.

Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends showcases a wide variety of Anne's favorite female vocalists. Among the album's tracks and collaborating artists are "Snowbird" with Sarah Brightman, "You Needed Me" with Shania Twain, "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"...

'Ayo: Live From Monte-Carlo' Featured As PBS Fund Raising Special During December

10/28/2007 10:00am EDT
Ayo "Live from Monte-Carlo" will be presented on U.S. Public Television as both a one hour special and as a 90-minute fund raising special nationwide. Like The three tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Sara Brightman, Michael Bubble, Josh Groban and many others, Ayo will be introduced to the American market on television through more than 300 PBS affiliates covering 99% of total U.S. households.

Public Television is known for having an audience that is the most educated in the United States as well as having a high level of acquisitive power. Beginning in December of 2007, The Ayo fund raising s...

Starpulse Asks: Where Have All the Songwriters Gone?

10/26/2007 3:49pm EDT
Pop tunesmiths are a baker's dozen. After the late-90s surge of uber song doctors such as Desmond Child and Diane Warren (known for that Titanic song), Justin Timberlake found his "SexyBack" and his own writing voice following years of whistling Max Martin dixie. Heck, even Britney Spears penned tunes from her Britney effort. (This year's tepid train wreck "Blackout" features a pitiful two songs co-written by the popstar.)

But what goes around comes around. A mere glance at the contemporary pop offerings finds only a chapbook of singer-songwriters. Ms. Warren's cheeseball balladry has ...

James Taylor's 'One Man Band' Revisits Classic Material In Raw Form; CD/DVD Out Nov. 13

10/24/2007 7:38pm EDT
James Taylor
"Performing these songs in their original, stripped-down form in small halls is like going to the well for water," says James Taylor. "It reconnects me to the music and puts me back in touch with the audience."

Iconic singer/songwriter James Taylor's latest CD/DVD set is more than just the live version of the some of the most treasured recordings in the history of American music. "One Man Band" tells the story of Taylor's songs through exclusive interviews and rare multi-media footage, including home movies and photographs from Taylor's personal archives. The result is an extraordina...

Carole King Releases Live DVD, 'Welcome to My Living Room'

10/24/2007 6:27pm EDT
Welcome To My Living Room
Welcome To My Living Room is the new live DVD from legendary singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Carole King. In stores now on her own Rockingale Records label, this long-awaited live DVD is packed with additional features and footage that offers an intimate, unadorned glimpse into the "Living Room" of one of the greatest songwriters in history.

Filmed in Southern California in 2005, the set features twenty-nine songs - nearly two hours of music - from King's sold-out 2005/06 Living Room World Tour.

-Carole King on Starpulse

-Official Site

-DVD trailer

Billboard Magazine Picks Reba McEntire As Its First Woman Of The Year

9/14/2007 9:07pm EDT
Reba McEntire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Billboard magazine has picked Reba McEntire for its first ''Woman of the Year'' award.

The magazine says the award coincides with its second annual Women in Music issue, which will be published in early October.

Billboard Group editorial director Tamara Conniff says the country star was chosen for the honor because of her wide success in music, television, movies and publishing.

''Reba is an inspiration to women everywhere and we are delighted to be presenting her with this award,'' Conniff said.

McEntire, 53, has a new album of duets coming out n...

The 'Queen Of Country Music' Returns With 'Reba Duets,' Out Sept. 18

8/17/2007 8:00pm EDT
Reba McEntire
One of the undisputed legends of Country Music, Reba McEntire has sold more than 60 million records in a career that spans three decades, 29 albums, 33 No. 1 singles, 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards, 2 Grammy’s and the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award. As a critically-acclaimed actor, she has been awarded the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for her work on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun and starred in the WB/CW’s top-rated sitcom Reba for 6 seasons, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a People’s Choice Award. Her...

Win A Signed, Limited Edition Carole King Lithograph And Her New CD

7/26/2007 6:30pm EDT
Carole King
Head over to Starpulse Contests to enter for the chance to win a hand-numbered, hand-signed museum quality Carole King lithograph and a copy of her new CD, Love Makes The World.

One Grand Prize winner will receive the litho and a copy of the CD; four runners up will receive copies of the CD.

The lithographs are a limited edition, hand-numbered, hand-signed museum quality prints. They were printed by Nash Editions (process conceived by Graham Nash in 1990) on acid-free archival paper. Each print is also embossed with a Nash Editions logo on the bottom left hand corner. This print,...

Carole King's 'Love Makes The World' 2-CD Deluxe Edition Released

7/11/2007 6:00pm EDT
Love Makes The World
Recently released on her own Rockingale Records label, Carole King's critically acclaimed album, Love Makes The World, has been re-issued as a 2-CD deluxe edition. This special 2-CD expanded edition includes five bonus tracks in addition to behind the scenes video footage, 'the making of' feature, a rare in depth interview and music videos for the title track and 'Safe Again.'

This 'Love Makes The World' deluxe edition is the first of a planned series of special expanded and new Carole King releases from Rockingale Records including an upcoming live DVD from King's 2004-'05 Living Room...

More Monkees Deluxe: 2nd Set Of Limited-Edition Reissues Out July 10

7/4/2007 6:00pm EDT
The Monkees' tale is legendary. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork were plucked by fate from a mass casting call in 1966. Asked to portray a zany rock band in the spirit of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, the quartet went on to out-sell the Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined; more than 16 million albums between 1966 and 1968. After Peter Tork's recent outcry against the Monkees' exclusion from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame despite their importance as a pop culture phenomenon, Los Angeles' KRTH-FM started a grass roots campaign to get the group inducted. Brian Wilso...

Reba McEntire Duets Album To Drop September 18

5/10/2007 10:06am EDT
Reba McEntire
MCA Nashville will release an unprecedented project titled Reba Duets September 18. For the first time ever, Reba McEntire joins forces with some of the biggest and best names in music to round out an 11-track album, produced by Tony Brown and co-produced by McEntire.

Guest appearances include performances by Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn), Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.

"I've had a blast working on this album with some of my closest friends, who also happen to be so...