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Keith Urban’s 'Ripcord' Leads Albums To Check Out

5/4/2016 8:42am EDT
Keith Urban’s 'Ripcord' Leads Albums To Check Out
Forget any talk about May 2016 being a quiet release month - it's not! The end of April picked up steam with surprise albums by Beyoncé (Lemonade) and Drake (Views), not to mention a spike in sales for the late, great Prince, whose numerous albums have impacted the Billboard 200 since his sudden death. This first week in May has some big names dropping new albums, including two country artists, the resurrected solo career of pop singer/songwriter/producer, and the physical availability of a queen’s epic sixth album. Here are nine albums to check out this week!

1) Keith Urban, Ripcord (Cap...

Cyndi Lauper's Skin Disease Did Horrible Things To Her Body

8/3/2015 8:24am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper has opened up about her struggle with psoriasis, telling fans that the skin disease has at times left her bedridden.

The singer, 62, has teamed up with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis to promote the campaign More to to spread awareness.

She told, "It was so bad, I felt like the Elephant Man. You don't have to suffer in silence or live in pain. It's not just a rash. It's a disease."

Lauper first noticed problems with her skin in 2010 at age 57. She revealed, "First, I thought I just had a really bad bleach job. I am a suicide blonde, a...

Celebrities Who Have Dyed Their Hair Crazy Colors

5/21/2014 3:05am EDT
Celebrities Who Have Dyed Their Hair Crazy Colors
Reality star Kylie Jenner dyed her hair partially blue last week, making a stir at the Billboard Music Awards. She arrived on the red carpet with her shoulder length-hair looking as though it had been dipped in an ice blue dye.

Her bold fashion decision wasn't exactly embraced by mom Kris Jenner, particularly since Kylie did it prior to her sister Kim Kardashian's upcoming wedding.

Jenner, 16, told E! News: "One day I was just like, 'I'm going blue'. They're all really p****d. My mom was like 'you look like a Skittle.' I was like, 'I'm gonna have this for two years now that you said that....

Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

5/16/2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...

'Kinky Boots,' Women Top The 2013 Tony Awards

6/10/2013 1:07pm EDT
Neil Patrick Harris and Mike Tyson Tonys
In a decidedly-positive Tony Awards, women and men who dress like them were the bells of the ball.

The collection of Broadway plays up for awards included several dramatic choices, but it was the lighthearted fare that ended up on top this year.

The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots" won six awards, the most of the nights. The haul included Best Musical in a slight upset over the darker "Matilda," as well as Best Original Score (which was done by Cyndi Lauper). The comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won best play over its dramatic opponents.

The women behind the plays performed a ra...

The Morning Roundup: Cyndi Lauper & 'Kinky Boots' Win At Tony Awards, Simon Cowell Egged, 'Purge' Tops Box Office

6/10/2013 10:53am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 2013 Tony Awards, where Broadway musical Kinky Boots was the big winner after landing several top prizes. The play is based on a 2005 film about a factory worker and his drag queen business partner. It won Best Musical. The show also won for Best Actor, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Sound Design. Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics for the show, won the Tony for Best Original Score, making her the first woman ever to garner a solo win in the composing category. (story)

Tony Awards Photos: see Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Jon C...

Tony Awards Photos: Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick & More!

6/10/2013 9:29am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
As more and more big-screen stars dabble with theater roles, the attention to Broadway deepens. Several well-known celebs attended Sunday night's Tony Awards, and many presented trophies at the ceremony.

Scarlett Johansson, above, received mixed reviews for her role as Maggie in the sixth revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" earlier this year. She showed up to last night's event in a conservative black dress with a matching jacket.

Last year, Jake Gyllenhaal made his off-Broadway debut in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet." He played a man who struggled to help his overweight niece fit in...

Tony Nominee Cyndi Lauper: 'To Be Standing Where I Am Is Beyond Magical'

6/8/2013 11:30am EDT
Cyndi Lauper's Jeza Belle caught up with music icon Cyndi Lauper for an interview that focused on Cyndi's new tour celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the “She’s So Unusual” album, how she’s grown as an artist, and the thrill of having “Kinky Boots” nominated for 13 Tony Awards.

It’s been 30 years since the album “She’s So Unusual “dropped onto the charts placing you in the spotlight forever. What has changed about you as a musician in those 30 years and in what ways are you the same?

I have learned so much and think as a musician and songwriter I am better now than I was 30 years ag...

2013 Tony Awards Nominations Included 'Kinky Boots,' Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper & More (Watch)

4/30/2013 8:11pm EDT
tony noms
On Tuesday, the 2013 Tony Award Nominations were announced by Broadway veteran and Bunheads star Sutton Foster and Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. While some surprising names were left off of the nominees' list like Bette Midler for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and Alan Cumming for MacBeth, theatre fans will be happy to see Tom Hanks, Tony Shalhoub, and Cicely Tyson as a part of this year's Tony crop.

The major battle is going to occur between Best New Musical nominees Kinky Boots with music by Cyndi Lauper and Matlida the Musical which comes straight from the West ...

Tony Award Nominees: Tom Hanks Is A 'Lucky Guy' While 'Kinky Boots' Gets 13 Nods

4/30/2013 12:53pm EDT
Sutter Foster & Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Several big Hollywood stars performed on Broadway this year but many weren't recognized during the 2013 Tony Award nominations announcement - Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes, Bette Midler, Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin were snubbed. Those who did receive top nominations included Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, Tom Sturridge and Cyndi Lauper.

Early this morning, Tony award winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson made the announcements from The New York Public Library for Performing Arts.

Oscar winner Hanks is in the running for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Rol...

Andrea Boidman Tells Music Fans How To Protect Their Hearing

4/24/2013 6:00pm EDT
Andrea Boidman
Musicians and music fans get to have some pretty amazing experiences. They also have one big issue to deal with - potential hearing loss. To educate us about what real risks are associated with live music and how we can prevent any problems, BFTV recently sat down with Andrea Boidman, the executive director of the Hearing Health Foundation.

"There's almost 50 million Americans in the United States that have hearing loss. Most musicians probably, whether they realize it or not, probably have some form of noise-related hearing loss as an occupational hazard," explained Andrea, who added that...

Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' Is The Toast Of Broadway

4/5/2013 3:51pm EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper has won praise from New York's theatre critics who have hailed her Kinky Boots musical as "surprising and fun" and packed with "audience-hugging charisma" following its Broadway opening.

The singer has written the score for the stage show, which tells the story of an English shoe factory which is revived with the help of a drag performer, and it enjoyed a brief run in Chicago, Illinois last year before its big opening in New York City on Thursday night. Lauper's production previously won over reviewers in Chicago and now she has managed to charm the notoriously tough critics ...

Celebrities Feel Numb, In Disbelief After Connecticut School Shooting, Call For Stronger Gun Laws

12/15/2012 9:44am EST
Khloe Kardashian
Following Friday's horrific elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT, tons of celebrities have taken to social media to express their disbelief and outrage over the death of 28 people, among them 20 kindergarten students.

Popstar Justin Bieber tweeted, "heard about what happened in CT, my prayers go out to all those suffering in this tragedy. it's just wrong. Everyone please pray for them".

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian Odom tweeted from Miami, Florida, where she was celebrating her nephew Mason's third birthday: "To harm children who are defenseless is truly disgusting. I'm in disbel...

Cyndi Lauper Loses Her Uncle To Superstorm Sandy

11/7/2012 8:22am EST
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper is mourning the loss of her uncle after he was found dead in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

George Stathis' body was discovered at his home in Queens, New York after the massive storm battered East Coast last week.

The singer revealed the 90 year old was too scared to leave his Rockaway home when the bad weather hit and she couldn't understand why her relatives didn't go to help him.

Lauper went public with her personal loss on Monday while she was in New York City to perform at the Lenox Hill Hospital's Autumn Ball, which raised money for storm victims, and she dedic...

Cyndi Lauper: 'I Nearly Killed Myself'

9/13/2012 10:53am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Before she became famous, Cyndi Lauper almost took her own life. The singer considered jumping from a hotel balcony in New York City because she was so depressed before releasing her debut album "She's So Unusual" in the early 1980s.

In her new autobiography, "Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir," the pop star writes, "I nearly killed myself... It was such a dark time for me. I thought the sadness would never go away."

Lauper admits her hit song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was the only thing that kept her from committing suicide. She didn't want her life to end with a tabloid headline, explaining, "T...

Cyndi Lauper's Ex-Stepfather Watched Her Taking Baths As A Teen

9/10/2012 9:35am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
After she spotted her former stepfather spying on her while taking a bath, 17-year-old Cyndi Lauper moved out of her mother's home.

The singer detailed the horrific experience in upcoming book "Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir." Her parents divorced when she was 5, and her mother Catrine remarried and moved her family in with her new husband. Eventually, her stepfather started beating up her mother and threatening to rape Cyndi and her older sister Elen.

Lauper, now 59, writes, "Unfortunately, she married a pedophile who beat her and bullied her. He'd threaten to beat her parents and rape her daugh...

Cyndi Lauper Launches National Program For Homeless LGBT Youth

6/27/2012 12:30pm EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Singer Cyndi Lauper has launched a new charity initiative to help homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youngsters in the U.S.

The Time After Time hit-maker started up the Forty to None Project after learning that an estimated 40 per cent of the 1.6 million homeless young Americans identify themselves as part of the LGBT community.

Lauper hopes the program will help reduce that statistic to zero, as well as educate the public about the problem.

She says, "For far too long gay and transgender youth who are experiencing homelessness have not received the attention, res...

Miranda Lambert & Ashton Kutcher Make Up At Kentucky Derby Gala

5/6/2012 10:37am EDT
Miranda Lambert
Several celebrities attended the Kentucky Derby Barnstable-Brown Gala in Louisville on Saturday and Miranda Lambert and Ashton Kutcher appeared to have mended ways after the singer accused the actor of making fun of country music.

Kutcher's cowboy clothing and a Capella rendition of George Strait's "I Cross My Heart" at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April made Lambert and others feel like he was mocking the genre.

The pair have apparently moved on from the incident. Lambert posted a photo of the two of them on Twitter, writing "here it is y'all. He is sweet and lives country musi...

'The Voice' Recap: Live Semi-Final Eliminations Find The Final Four

5/2/2012 12:20pm EDT
The Voice Semi-Finals
Some familiar faces joined the new during The Voice’s semi-final eliminations. Host Carson Daly welcomed special guests including Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez and Javier Colon, all of whom were last year's finalists.

The eight hopefuls, Tony Lucca, Erin Willett, Chris Mann, Jamar Rogers, Jermaine Paul, Katrina Parker, Lindsey Pavao, and Juliet Simms, battled it out on Monday’s episode, and discovered tonight what the coach judges and America thought of their efforts.

The process is a little complicated, involving 100 points for each coach to split between their team mem...

Dee Snider To Release Album Of Broadway Tunes, Including Duet With Clay Aiken

3/13/2012 9:07am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is set to release an album of Broadway hits featuring duets with Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Neuwirth and Clay Aiken.

"Dee Does Broadway" will hit the market on May 8 to coincide with the release of the colourful rocker-turned-radio personality and reality TV star's autobiography, "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic."

The album features Snider's rendition of songs from musicals like "Damn Yankees," "Guys & Dolls," "Sweeney Todd" and "Chicago."

He also joins forces with the cast of "Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert" for a cover of "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame" from "Sout...

One Year Later: Stars Remember Japan On Anniversary Of Earthquake & Tsunami

3/11/2012 1:08pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Cyndi Lauper, Justin Timberlake and Mia Farrow are among the stars who have reached out to the people of Japan exactly a year after the 2011 earthquake/tsunami disaster.

A massive 9.0-magnitude tremor struck the country on March 11 and sent a huge tidal wave inland, leaving more than 15,000 victims dead.

Many regions of Japan are still recovering from the destruction and Sunday marks exactly a year since the tragedy, prompting a number of stars to pay tribute on

Lauper was in Japan on tour at the time of the disaster and she returned to the country ahead of the first anniver...

'Weird Little Girl' Nicki Minaj Was Inspired By Cyndi Lauper

2/17/2012 9:40am EST
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj became fascinated with crazy and colorful hairstyles after watching Cyndi Lauper music videos as a child.

The "Super Bass" hitmaker is known for her wild and wacky fashion choices and hairstyles, and Minaj admits she was inspired by the "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" star growing up.

She tells New York Magazine, "I've always been intrigued by color and by interesting hair. I was one of those weird little girls doing my own hair at the age of nine. I was, like, getting weird gels and new brushes and cornrow holders. I would tweak and perm at the age of 13.

"When I first went to...

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

2/13/2012 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...

Beyonce & Other Stars Mourn Etta James' Death

1/21/2012 2:37pm EST
Pop superstar Beyonce has hailed late soul legend Etta James as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time" following her tragic death on Friday.

James died just five days before her 74th birthday after suffering complications from leukaemia.

A host of celebrities took to to pay tribute to the icon as soon as the sad news broke and the messages of condolence are continuing to pour in.

Beyonce has now issued a statement in memory of James, who she portrayed in the 2008 film Cadillac Records. The Crazy In Love beauty also had the honor of singing a cover of James' classic balla...

Cyndi Lauper's Song Removed From Anti-Mitt Romney Political Ad

1/16/2012 8:15pm EST
Cyndi Lauper
A political advertisement featuring Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" has been removed from the Internet following a copyright complaint from the singer.

The hitmaker's popular tune was used in a smear campaign against Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and it was posted online last week without Lauper's permission.

In a post on her account on Thursday, she fumed, "Got a phone call saying my version of 'True Colors' was used in commercial trashing Romney... I wouldn't have wanted that song to be used in that way."

The singer's management officials were said to be invest...

Cyndi Lauper Mad 'True Colors' Being Used To Trash Mitt Romney

1/13/2012 9:33am EST
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper has reacted with fury after learning her track "True Colors" has been used without her permission in a political advertisement.

The song features in a campaign "trashing" Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, and the hitmaker is angry about the unauthorized use of the tune.

Lauper insists she doesn't want her song "used in that way", and has taken to Twitter page to vent her frustration.

In a series of posts, she writes, "Got a phone call saying my version of True Colors was used in commercial trashing Romney.

"1st, I never approved it. Not that I his...

Bret Michaels Offering Discount Concert Tickets For Food Donations

12/14/2011 12:28pm EST
Bret Michaels
Rocker Bret Michaels is offering fans discounted tickets to his show on Friday in return for gig-goers donating food to distribute among the poor.

The star has made an online appeal for edible donations at his concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he's prepared to reward his most generous followers with access to his performance for half the advertised price of $30.

In a post on his page, he writes, "Bring a canned, non-perishable food item to the show on Dec. 16, 2011 (at) STAGE AE in Pittsburgh, PA and get a $15 General Admission ticket!"

Cyndi Lauper recently staged ...

Bret Michaels & Cyndi Lauper To Lead Mardi Gras Carnival Celebrations

12/8/2011 10:10am EST
Bret Michaels
Rocker Bret Michaels and pop veteran Cyndi Lauper will help to get the 2012 Mardi Gras carnival celebrations started as the grand marshalls of crooner Harry Connick, Jr.'s annual parade in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The singers will reign over the Orpheus parade as the celebrity king and queen of the event, which will take place on February 20.

Previous stars who have led the celebrations include actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Sandra Bullock, and singer Stevie Wonder.

The Orpheus Parade was founded by Connick Jr. - a New Orleans native - in 1993. The star-studded parade will hit the streets ...

Cyndi Lauper Opens Up About Her Bungled Tummy Tuck

11/29/2011 3:15pm EST
Cyndi Lauper
Singer Cyndi Lauper has ruled out more plastic surgery after a doctor botched her tummy tuck in 2006.

The Time After Time singer went under the knife to firm up her abdomen five years ago, but the hit-maker admits she'll never trust a surgeon with her body again after a student in training was forced to complete the risky procedure.

During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday, she said, "I had a tummy tuck, one time when I was having some other things, issues that I needed (done). It was the worst thing."

"The surgeon was a diva. She left and some student sewed me up. I...

Cyndi Lauper Honored For Her Homeless Charity Work

11/22/2011 11:26am EST
Cyndi Lauper
Singer Cyndi Lauper has been honored for her work helping the homeless - she was presented with a Spirit of Youth trophy at a ceremony last week.

The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun hit-maker follows in the footsteps of Ludacris and actor Tim Matheson, who have previously picked up the prize.

Lauper was applauded by officials at the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) at their annual benefit at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on Friday night for supporting their cause through her True Colors Fund.

Last year the singer flipped the switch to turn the Empire State Building green for National Ru...