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2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

February 13th, 2012 12:54pm EST
2012 Grammy Awards
The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...

Diana Krall's Latest, 'Quiet Nights', Out March 31

March 29th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Diana Krall
Some music is intended to paint a romantic scene - a candlelit dinner, a walk along a moonlit beach. Quiet Nights - Diana Krall's twelfth album - ain't about that. Using Brazil as a musical point of reference, the award-winning pianist and singer is not suggesting a night out; she means to stay in.

"It's not coy. It's not 'peel me a grape,' little girl stuff. I feel this album's very womanly - like you're lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear."

She's not kidding. From Krall's refreshing version of "Where or When," to an utterly soul-stilling rendition of "Yo...

Get In The Mood With A Little Holiday Music

December 22nd, 2008 9:47am EST
Harry Connick, Jr. What a Night! A Christmas Album
Some old, some new, there's no other way to spice up the holidays with a little music. Check out a few of our December favorites below, and let us know some of your season picks!

Faith Hill - Joy To The World

Given the longevity of her career, Joy To The World is Faith Hill's debut holiday release. Hill covers holiday standards with a very disciplined approach. Her vocal talent, orchestral backdrops, and singing choir are highlights.

Keith Sweat - A Christmas Of Love

Keith Sweat provides a groovilicious holiday with the funky smooth sounds of...

Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

November 23rd, 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 16

November 16th, 2007 3:00am EST
Diana Krall
Happy Birthday to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977), figure skater Oksana Baiul (1977), actress Martha Plimpton (1970), Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (1967), Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall (1964), pitcher Dwight Gooden (1964), CSI Marg Helgenberger (1958), and acting great Burgess Meredith (1907; d. 1997).

Montreal Singer-Songwriter Chantal Chamandy To Perform At Egypt's Pyramids

September 5th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Chantal Chamandy
Montreal, August 2007— A team from Quebec will be leaving for Cairo in the next few days to produce a unique show on September 7th in front of the pyramids on the Giza plateau.

The Egyptian government has granted permission for Chantal Chamandy, Beladi, A Night at the Pyramids, featuring the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, to be presented before an audience of several thousand people. Chantal Chamandy one of only a handful of artists, which includes Sting, Shakira, Julio Iglesias, The Grateful Dead and Egyptian stars Fairouz and Magda al-Roumy, to have access to this majestic site for a liv...

Stars Praise Ella Fitzgerald With 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song'; Out June 5

May 29th, 2007 12:47pm EDT
Ella Fitzgerald
A sensational assemblage of stars honors the incomparable songstress Ella Fitzgerald on the Phil Ramone-produced 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song' (June 5, Verve Records). These stars' love of Ella shines through on their musical performances, but they also cite Ella's artistry and music as moving and influential to their own careers.

You can almost hear Natalie Cole smile as she sings Ella's famous hit "A Tisket A Tasket." This was the first jazz song Cole ever learned and she practiced it so she would sound exactly like Ella. "When I was seven, I was singing like...

Diana Krall Announces Summer Tour

April 27th, 2007 12:38pm EDT
Diana Krall
Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling jazz artist Diana Krall is set to return to the road in support of her latest release - From This Moment On (Verve).

Released in the fall of 2006, Moment debuted at #7 on The Billboard 200 Chart, and spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Chart. Though Krall is known to "summon heartbreak with the best of them" (USA Today) this "sunnier than usual" (Entertainment Weekly) set is said to be her "finest hour" (Billboard).

Having taken some time off with husband Elvis Costello to celebrate the birth of their twin boys, ...

Stars Record Birthday Tribute For Ella Fitzgerald

March 6th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Ella Fitzgerald
Linda Ronstadt, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole are among the stars contributing songs to an album celebrating what would have been music legend Ella Fitzgerald's 90th birthday. Fitzgerald, also known as the First Lady of Song, would have turned 90 in April and will receive a late tribute when the album is released in June.

We All Love Ella: A Celebration Of The First Lady Of Song will be produced by Phil Ramone, who also worked on Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett's Duets CDs. The CD will feature Fitzgerald's signature songs, including 'Lady Be Good' sung by Dianne Reeves, 'T...

Test Your 2006 Celebrity Knowledge

December 27th, 2006 8:44am EST
Lindsay Lohan
Have you been paying attention in 2006? Test your showbiz knowledge with this brain-teasing celebrity quiz.

1: Which pop star married in Costa Rica in January?

2: Why was Lindsay Lohan hospitalized while celebrating the New Year in Miami,Florida?

3: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin had their second child in 2006 - what is it called?

4: 2006 was a year of adoptions. Name 3 A-listers who adopted babies in 2006.

5: A certain rapper changed his name again in 2006. Name four names he has used.

6: The bodyguard of which superstar rapper was murdered in February?


Elvis Costello & Diana Krall Welcome Twin Boys

December 9th, 2006 9:42am EST
Elvis Costello & Diana Krall
Singers Elvis Costello and Diana Krall welcomed twin boys on Wednesday. Sons Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James were born in New York City. A representative for the couple tells People, "Mother and sons are doing splendidly."

Krall and Costello said in a statement, "We are ecstatic!" The 42-year-old singer has said that twins run in her family. The babies were born one day after the couple's third anniversary - they wed in London on December 5, 2003.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Notable Quotables

November 23rd, 2006 12:21pm EST
Demi Moore
"There are many ways to find happiness, but I think the only true way is to know yourself, although it helps to have millions in the bank and a good-looking 28-year-old boyfriend!" Demi Moore reveals what puts a smile on her face.

"I'm due in three weeks, so I'm kind of walking side to side right now. It's like March Of The Penguins." Diana Krall on expecting twins with husband Elvis Costello.

"It was suicide." Hispanic comedian Paul Rodriguez fears his Friday night comedy club co-act Michael Richards will never work again after attacking a group of African-Americans.

"I hav...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 16

November 16th, 2006 3:00am EST
Diana Krall
Happy Birthday to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977), figure skater Oksana Baiul (1977), actress Martha Plimpton (1970), Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (1967), Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall (1964), pitcher Dwight Gooden (1964), CSI Marg Helgenberger (1958), and acting great Burgess Meredith (1907; d. 1997).

Diana Krall Says New Album Has A "Personal Connection;" Win A Copy!

November 1st, 2006 10:37am EST
Diana Krall
Diana Krall's new CD 'From This Moment On' (September 19th, Verve) not only proves her signature smoky voice and stellar arrangements are at their swingin' best, but it also documents very personal sentiments.

"This album coincides with a happier time in my life. I think it's very obvious in the music. It reflects how I'm feeling now, the joy that I have in my marriage and family, and hopefully in the future."

Krall says the tone of the record was drawn from some of her musical influences like Nat King Cole, Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. "I ...

Sarah McLachlan Releases Holiday Album, "Wintersong"

October 26th, 2006 11:52am EDT
Sarah McLachlan
At its best, the venerable pop music tradition known as "the holiday album" can capture all the sentiments of the season: the warm glow of friendship and family, the bittersweet reflections on the year gone by, the hopeful anticipation of the new year ahead.

Sarah McLachlan has created a true holiday classic with Wintersong. The Arista recording artist imbues this splendid twelve-song collection-the first holiday album of her multi-platinum career-with peerless interpretive skill and exquisite musicianship. Released on October 17, Wintersong is Sarah's first new studio album since Afte...

Diana Krall Beat Media To Pregnancy Announcement

October 4th, 2006 1:24pm EDT
Diana Krall
Jazz singer Diana Krall had no qualms about announcing her pregnancy with twins to the press because she wanted to tell the world before gossip journalists started speculating. The 41-year-old wife of Elvis Costello made the announcement in a press release last month, but she still can't believe how rapidly the news spread.

She says, "We made our statement so that people wouldn't start speculating. We said it, it's out there and it's happy news. I thought we'd just put out a press release and maybe AP would it pick it up, then Elvis told me he saw it on the CNN news ticker! I can't qu...

Justin Timberlake Maintains Number-One Spot

September 28th, 2006 9:48am EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake still rules the U.S. album charts, holding off five big new entries in the process. The pop superstar's Futuresex/Lovesounds claims a second week at the top of the Billboard charts and takes sales of his second solo effort past the 900,000 mark.

Five other albums sold more than 100,000 copies in a week when 15 new releases debuted in the top 50. Clay Aiken's covers album A Thousand Different Ways debuted in second place, while Black Eyed Peas star Fergie's solo debut, The Dutchess, entered the new chart at number three.

Country superstar Kenny Chesney's live al...

"Tony Bennett – Duets: An American Classic" In Stores Sept. 26; Preview Some Of It Here

September 18th, 2006 12:54pm EDT
Tony Bennett
Treasured jazz singer, Tony Bennett has continued to win over new generations of fans with his classic style every decade since he released his first record in the mid 1950s. After more than 60 releases in his career, his music has never gone out of style.

"Tony Bennett: Duets / An American Classic" features new versions of Tony's classic songs recorded with such legendary artists such as Barbra Streisand, Bono, The Dixie Chicks, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The album will feature a total of eighteen duets with eighteen of pop’s biggest names.

This newest addition to ...

Elvis Costello & Diana Krall To Have Twins

September 7th, 2006 1:42pm EDT
Diana Krall
Expectant parents Elvis Costello and Diana Krall are celebrating all over again with the news they're expecting two babies. The singers originally thought they were getting one bundle of joy but were shocked to learn that six-months-pregnant Krall is having twins.

Krall, 41, says, "I'm not kidding. I have twins on my mother's side as well. We know (the sex) and everyone's been asking me, but we're keeping that private because we just want to have something for ourselves."

The babies will arrive just in time for the couple's third wedding anniversary on December 6.

(This new...

Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert Hits DVD August 22; 100% Of Net Proceeds Will Go To Victims

August 21st, 2006 2:29pm EDT
From The Big Apple To The Big Easy
On August 22, 2006, Rhino Entertainment, in association with MSG Entertainment, will release a double disc DVD of the landmark Katrina benefit concert, "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy: The Concert For New Orleans," which was held on September 20th, 2005 at Madison Square Garden to support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. As the one-year anniversary of the disaster approaches (August 29), Rhino Entertainment and MSGE invite you to bring home the DVD of the live concert performance that has touched so many lives. "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy"...

Pregnant Diana Krall Urged to Slow Down

August 11th, 2006 10:16am EDT
Diana Krall
Pregnant jazz star Diana Krall is being urged to slow down by friends and family, four months before the birth of her first child.

The Canadian singer and husband Elvis Costello are looking forward to the birth, but Krall admits she hates doing nothing for nine months.

She says, "Now I'm having my own family which is freaking me out.

"I've just been on an incredible tour... oh my God, I'm pregnant on top.

"One night we were swinging really hard and I was thinking, 'How's this for the baby?' And John Clayton (bassist) says, 'What are you gonna do? Swing him to death?'


Details On Diana Krall's New Album

July 1st, 2006 6:38pm EDT
Diana Krall
Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling musician Diana Krall returns to the standard songbook with a sensual, swinging set on From This Moment On, to be released September 19th on Verve. Krall is joined by the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on eight of the eleven tracks, and performs in a quartet setting for the rest: Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass), and Jeff Hamilton (drums). From this Moment On, Krall's 10th album, was produced by Krall and Tommy LiPuma, and recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt.

From This Moment On features selections of songs torn from Broadwa...

Elvis Costello And Diana Krall Expecting Baby

June 26th, 2006 9:44am EDT
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello and Diana Krall are expecting a baby. The Canadian jazz singer and her British rocker husband announced on Sunday that their first child together is due in December - which coincidentally coincides with their third wedding anniversary on December 6.

The happy couple confirmed the news via a New York-based spokesman. The 51-year-old Liverpudlian - ten year's his wife's senior - is currently on tour with Allen Toussaint to promote their album The River In Reverse.

The record was inspired by the Katrina disaster which devastated Toussaint's home city of New Orleans.


Diana Krall Completes Work On New Album

June 7th, 2006 4:15pm EDT
Diana Krall
Diana Krall has finished work on her new album, set for release September 12 by Verve Records. Recorded in Los Angeles at Capital Studios in spring '06, the as yet untitled album features a selection of standards including "It Could Happen to You," "From This Moment On," "How Insensitive," and "Little Girl Blue." Produced by Krall and Tommy LiPuma, the singer and pianist performs in a mix of quartet and large-band settings, joined by long-time cohorts guitarist Anthony Wilson, the Clayton / Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and others. The album, Krall's 10th since her 1993 debut, was recorded and m...

Turner and Bennett Honored at Kennedy Center

December 6th, 2005 11:18am EST
Tina Turner
Music legends Tina Turner and Tony Bennett were honoured by a variety of star performances at The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in New York City on Sunday December 4.

Queen Latifah and Beyonce Knowles were among the big stars to pay tribute to Turner, and sang "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Proud Mary" respectively, while talk show host Oprah Winfrey described herself as "Tina's biggest known groupie".

R&B star John Legend sang "For Once in my Life" and jazz singer Diana Krall performed "Fly me to the Moon" in honour of Benne...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 16

November 16th, 2005 3:00am EST
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Happy Birthday to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977), figure skater Oksana Baiul (1977), actress Martha Plimpton (1970), Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (1967), Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall (1964), pitcher Dwight Gooden (1964), CSI Marg Helgenberger (1958), and acting great Burgess Meredith (1907; d. 1997).

New CDs This Week (Nov. 1)

October 31st, 2005 12:18pm EST
A look at notable new CD releases this week including fresh albums from Santana, Trey Anastasio, Terri Clark, Public Enemy, Rammstein and Bush; greatest hits collections from Blink-182, Nirvana, Motorhead and Montgomery Gentry; and Christmas songs from Diana Krall and James Brown. Check out this list of noteworthy albums released Tuesday, November 1...

2Pac - Live My Life

A.J. Croce - Early On

Blink-182 - Greatest Hits

Bobby Bare - Moon Was Blue

Burt Bacharach - At This Time

Bush - Zen X Four

Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep

Diana Krall - Christmas Songs

Gilles Peterso...

Diana Krall Christmas Album Due Nov. 1

October 22nd, 2005 8:18pm EDT
Diana Krall
Diana Krall's first full-length Christmas album, 'Christmas Songs, Featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra' (due on Verve Records November 1), was produced by Krall and longtime friend and fellow Grammy-winner Tommy LiPuma. Recorded with other good friends and respected musical associates Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Krall has made a Christmas record inspired by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald.

She proclaims, "This is the first time I ha...

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