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Carole King too shy to watch her own Broadway musical

January 20th, 2014 3:10am EST
Carole King
Veteran singer/songwriter Carole King is refusing to watch a new Broadway musical based on her hugely successful career, because she was "very reluctant" to have her life story played out on stage, according to her daughter.

Actress Jessie Mueller has been winning rave reviews for her portrayal of the You've Got A Friend hitmaker in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ever since it opened earlier this month (Jan14), but the shy icon's manager daughter, Sherry Goffin, admits her mum still doesn't feel comfortable in the public eye - so she has chosen to stay away.

Goffin, who helped to brin...

Carole King Crowned Musicares Person Of The Year For 2014

September 19th, 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

May 31st, 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...

Stars perform at Boston benefit show

May 31st, 2013 3:10am EDT
New Kids On The Block
Aerosmith, Carole King, New Kids On The Block and Jason Aldean were among the musicians who took to the stage in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday night (30May13) for a benefit show following the marathon bombing in the city.

Three people died and hundreds were injured in the atrocity on 15 April (13), and stars flocked to support the Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration event to raise money for the victims.

The show at the TD Garden arena kicked off with a performance by rockers Boston, who played the U.S. national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner.

Lead singer Tommy DeCar...

Carole King makes history with Gershwin Prize

May 23rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Carole King
U.S. President Barack Obama was on hand to honour the career achievements of Carole King at the White House on Wednesday (22May13) when she became the first ever woman to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The You've Got a Friend hitmaker made history by collecting the Library of Congress award, in recognition of her five decades in music, before a star-studded crowd in Washington, D.C.

President Obama referenced the Oklahoma tornado tragedy, which left 24 people dead on Monday (20May13), but insisted the power of song helps lift the spirits of those in need.

He sai...

Annie Lennox and Willie Nelson honoured with music doctorates

May 12th, 2013 9:41am EDT
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox and Carole King have been handed honorary doctor of music degrees for their lengthy careers.

The trio received the honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, and the former Eurythmics star stepped up to deliver the commencement address at the Agganis Arena.

Lennox told the audience, "Consider this... wherever you think you're heading right now might turn out to take a completely different path. What looks like an ending might actually be the start of a brand new beginning.

"Wherever and however we find ourselves, what a pr...

Carole King To Receive Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

December 13th, 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

December 4th, 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

April 21st, 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

April 15th, 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

April 10th, 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!)

December 1st, 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

April 28th, 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

April 7th, 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

January 31st, 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...

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

January 27th, 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

August 15th, 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

April 1st, 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...

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

January 18th, 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"...

Notable Quotables

November 29th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Christina Aguilera
"We're so labeled. If you're too sexual, you're slutty. If you're not sexual enough, you're a prude. I like to put it out there as a topic of conversation. Why does it bother you? What's your problem with it? Am I really hurting you? Let's get to the root of it." Christina Aguilera on the subject of female sexuality.

"This is like one of those dreams where you go back to school." Singer/songwriter James Taylor on his historic onstage reunion with one-time collaborator Carole King at Los Angeles' fabled Troubadour. The pair took the stage for the first of six shows celebrating the 50th ...

James Taylor & Carole King Help Celebrate Troubadour's 50th

November 7th, 2007 1:01pm EST
James Taylor
Singer/songwriters James Taylor and Carole King are teaming up to play a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of legendary Los Angeles venue the Troubadour.

The former couple plan to recreate a gig they performed in 1970 at the fabled music club later this month, and even plan to use the same backing musicians - guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar.

Taylor says, "We thought it would be a good occasion to get together. We're always talking about it and saying we've really got to do something, but if you don't do it you never do it. This seemed ...

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

October 28th, 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?

October 26th, 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

October 24th, 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'

October 24th, 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

September 14th, 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

August 17th, 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...

Fascinating Facts

August 15th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston will screen her directorial debut Room 10 at the Palm Springs International Festival Of Short Films, which begins on August 23.

Movie bosses are planning a remake of Bruce Lee's 1973 classic martial arts movie Enter The Dragon, to be directed by The Shield's executive producer Kurt Sutter.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have bought a mansion in Hidden Hills, California for more than $10 million after selling their Beverly Hills property to singer Christina Aguilera.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer Is reportedly writing a book about his time in the band. He plans to i...

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

July 26th, 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,...

Kate Hudson Sings, Surprises Patrons In Packed Bar

July 20th, 2007 1:33pm EDT
Kate Hudson
Actress Kate Hudson entertained a packed piano bar on the Italian Riviera recently, by launching into a rendition of Carole King song You've Got A Friend. The Almost Famous star, who is holidaying in the European tourist hotspot, took the stage to deliver a strong performance of the 1971 classic.

In a video posted on website, Hudson can be seen receiving a rapturous applause from thrilled onlookers.

-Kate Hudson Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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