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Does The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Soundtrack Deliver?

2/11/2015 11:00pm EST
Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t just a book or a motion picture – it’s a movement! No the presence of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t changing something of macro importance, but it certainly expounds upon sex in ways many have never experienced - understatement. That said, the relationship between Ana and Christian is not the focus here – it is the accompanying original motion picture soundtrack. Such a bold film requires a soundtrack to match, and overall, the ‘nifty’ Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack does the job.

Fifty Shades of Grey mixes old and new throughout its course. It opens soundly wit...

Celebrity Paintings Bring In Big Bucks For Charity

11/29/2014 3:28pm EST
Singers Shakira, Annie Lennox, and Kylie Minogue made paintings that brought in $122,000 for charity.

The bi-annual Stars on Canvas sale, hosted on eBay, featured original artwork by more than 330 celebrities.

One of the most popular pieces was a painting by Eurythmics singer Lennox, which featured the lyrics to "Sweet Dreams" and sold for $4,700. Shakira's piece made $308.

Donny Osmond and filmmaker J.J. Abrams also participated in the auction.

The sale was to benefit the Willow Foundation, a charity project set up by British soccer player Bob Wilson to help seriously ill yo...

Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

10/21/2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...

Annie Lennox 'Disturbed' By 'Overly Sexualized' Pop Music Performances & Videos

10/7/2013 9:13pm EDT
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox believes certain performances and music videos should come with an X-rated warning in order to protect young children.

The singer says she has nothing against young performers getting sexual on stage and online; however, she urges stars to think about their young fans before releasing certain material so openly.

She posted on Facebook: "There is absolutely nothing 'wrong' about our sexuality or sensuality per se. But if a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it nee...

Annie Lennox Attacked By Internet 'Trolls' Over Royal Baby Comments

7/25/2013 12:13pm EDT
Annie Lennox
Eurythmics star Annie Lennox's Facebook page was assaulted with online abuse after she published a blog urging the public to give Prince William and his wife some "space" and "privacy" following the birth of their son.

On Monday, Kate Middleton became a first-time mother when she gave birth to the couple's son, Prince George of Cambridge, sparking a international media frenzy.

The next day, the Scottish singer commented on the royal birth in a post, insisting the royals should be left alone to deal with family life, writing, "Royal baby fever is abundant in the U.K... I just hope this y...

Annie Lennox Blasts Celebrity Culture

2/26/2013 4:28pm EST
Annie Lennox
Singer Annie Lennox has written a scathing critique on the "phenomena of celebrity", taking aim at "horrible talent shows", reality TV and "brand empires".
The former Eurythmics star is convinced the music industry changed drastically in the 1990s and has now become too entangled with brands, sponsorship and advertising.
She also insists the rise of reality TV and competitions such as The X Factor and American Idol has forever changed the nature of celebrity culture.
In a post on her page, she writes, "Today's blog is going to be about the phenomena of celebrity. Trust...

Annie Lennox Calls For Action On Women's Rights In 2013

1/2/2013 5:59pm EST
Annie Lennox
Scottish singer Annie Lennox is calling for an end to violence against women in 2013.

The former Eurythmics star rang in the new year by writing a blog championing women's rights and urging governments around the world to act now to stop abuse.

In the message, posted on her page, Lennox also addresses members of the media, asking for better coverage of her cause.

She writes, "Welcome to my first blog of 2013... I don't claim to have the answers as to how to solve the problem of global gender violence and abuse, but I'd like to at least try to address a couple of points......

The Eurythmics Among 2013 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

10/11/2012 9:53am EDT
Steven Tyler, Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks are among the artists who will be competing for a place in the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tyler is joined in the list of nominees by his Aerosmith bandmate and writing partner Joe Perry, while Lennox's Eurythmics collaborator Dave Stewart is also included, along with Nicks' Fleetwood Mac co-stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

Blues legend B.B. King and The Kinks' Ray Davies are also among the nominees for the 2013 inductees.

Voting ends in December and the chosen artists will be inducted at a gala ceremony in New York City on J...

Annie Lennox Marries Third Husband

9/18/2012 9:08am EDT
Annie Lennox
Although she once said she'd never re-marry, Annie Lennox tied the knot on the River Thames on Saturday. The singer exchanged vows with her third husband, South African gynecologist and philanthropist Mitch Besser.

Lennox met Besser in 2009 at a fundraiser for his Mothers2Mothers AIDS charity. At the time, the doctor was still married to his now ex-wife Debra.

A spokeswoman for Lennox confirmed the nuptials, stating the couple wed "in a private ceremony with friends and family present."

Lennox's two adult daughters Lola and Tali were among the bridesmaids at the wedding. Actor Colin Firt...

Annie Lennox Deeply Moved By Family Tree Show

9/9/2012 8:04am EDT
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox was left reeling after tracing her ancestry on TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and discovering her family history is blighted by child labor and an illegitimate birth.

The former Eurythmics singer agreed to take part in the BBC show, which traces the family roots of celebrities, and there were several surprises in store for the Why hit-maker.

In the program, which was broadcast in the U.K. this week, Lennox discovered her great-great-grandmother on her father's side was an orphan and was forced into work at the age of 10, and that her maternal grandfather once danced with...

Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

8/13/2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...

Annie Lennox Advises Rihanna To Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

3/6/2012 11:21am EST
Annie Lennox
Scottish singer Annie Lennox is convinced Rihanna should do more to help other young women who have suffered domestic violence, as the pop star could be a force for good on the issue.

The Umbrella hit-maker was beaten by her former boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009 and he was subsequently convicted of assaulting her.

Lennox believes Rihanna should align herself with an anti-domestic violence charity to raise awareness of the issue among her young female fans, because she could be a "powerful" force in the fight against abuse.

She tells Britain's The Guardian, "Here is a young woman who ha...

Annie Lennox's Daughter Tali Lands Major Fashion Campaign

1/19/2012 8:47am EST
Tali Lennox
Annie Lennox's stunning daughter has landed a major new modeling contract as the face of top British designer Karen Millen.

Tali, the Eurythmics star's daughter with Israeli film producer Uri Fruchtmann, famously turned her back on her education after catching the eye of model scouts and now it appears her decision has paid off.

The 19-year-old stunner has landed one of the biggest campaigns of her career after being picked to front the fashion house's 2012 spring/summer collection.

A spokesperson for the brand reveals Tali encapsulates the "spirit of the bold, confident Karen Millen ...

Estelle And Annie Lennox Turn To Online Fans To Raise AIDS Awareness

12/1/2011 12:40pm EST
Annie Lennox, actor Jamie Bell and singer Estelle have called on their online fans to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

American Boy hit-maker Estelle is a longtime supporter of the Virgin Unite initiative, which aims to help young people stop the spread of the diseases. To mark World AIDS Day on Thursday, she's penned a special message on her website calling for her followers to highlight the issue.

She writes, "My darlings... Join me, and millions of RED and ONE supporters, to fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. Add your voice. Make a pledge. Get a song from The Killers for...

Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

9/7/2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...

Stephen Moyer Says The 'U.K. Riots Are Quite Interesting'

8/12/2011 4:22pm EDT
True Blood star Stephen Moyer has risked the wrath of his fellow Brits by confessing he has enjoyed watching news coverage of the "exciting" riots, which have caused chaos across the U.K.

The civil unrest began in London last week and soon spread across the country as thugs attacked city centers, smashing windows, looting shops and setting buildings on fire.

A host of British celebrities, including singer Annie Lennox and comedian Russell Brand, have spoken out to condemn the violence which has caused so much destruction, but Los Angeles-based Moyer, who grew up in Essex, south east Eng...

Annie Lennox: 'Order Needs To Be Restored In The U.K.'

8/9/2011 10:30pm EDT
Annie Lennox
Celebrity activist Annie Lennox has called for British authorities to restore order in London after violent riots ripped through the city for a third night on Monday.

The former Eurythmics star, a United Nations goodwill ambassador, has been left aghast by the chaos caused by thugs across the U.K. capital since Saturday, when they began smashing shop windows and looting stores as they clashed with police.

The riots have since spread to other major cities across the country, prompting British Prime Minister David Cameron to cut short his summer holiday and resume Parliament for an emergenc...

Annie Lennox Spotted With New Boyfriend

7/3/2011 1:14pm EDT
Annie Lennox
Twice-divorced singer Annie Lennox has proved she's found love again after she was pictured holding hands with her new boyfriend.

The former Eurythmics star was rumored to have fallen for South African gynecologist Dr. Mitch Besser earlier this year after they met through his charity work in Africa helping mothers infected with HIV.

The gossip was never confirmed, but Lennox has now been pictured enjoying a romantic stroll with Besser close to her London home.

A source tells Britain's News of the World, "The pair seemed very much in love and were deep in conversation as they were walking...

Liza Minnelli Lands Icon Prize At Silver Clef Awards

7/2/2011 7:00pm EDT
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli put her superstar status down to "hard work" as she picked up the Icon prize at the Silver Clef awards in London on Friday.

The veteran entertainer was the toast of the annual ceremony, organized in conjunction with music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins, but she remained humble about her success as she accepted her trophy.

She said, "I'm just a hard worker... I say be a hard worker so when luck meets preparation you're ready. It feels weird to be described as an icon but it's flattering. This organization recognizing the power of music is sensational."

The evening also s...

Annie Lennox Blasts World Leaders Over HIV Policy

6/8/2011 9:53am EDT
Annie Lennox
Singer Annie Lennox has urged world leaders to change their policy on tackling HIV in a bid to conquer the virus.

The former Eurythmics star is a leading campaigner for women's rights and Aids prevention, and she was invited to address the HIV Priorities for Positive Change: In Women's Words conference at the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

In a stinging rebuke, the Why hit-maker blasted U.N. leaders for concentrating their efforts on women of childbearing age while sidelining young girls and older women. She also warned the world will never be rid of the thre...

Stars Honor 'Idol' Creator Simon Fuller For His Walk Of Fame Honor

5/21/2011 10:30am EDT
Simon Fuller
Annie Lennox and Jennifer Lopez have both taken out full page ads in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter to congratulate Simon Fuller on his upcoming Hollywood Walk of Fame honor.

The British music mogul will unveil his star on Monday.

The trade paper also features tributes to the man behind "American Idol" and the Spice Girls from Prince Charles, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Lisa Marie Presley, Lennox and Victoria and David Beckham.

Prince Charles calls Fuller "a great entrepreneur who is a genius of creativity and marketing," adding, "He has helped me stage several fund...

Annie Lennox Slams 'Sexually Explicit' Pop Stars

12/6/2010 10:16am EST
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox has criticized modern pop stars for using their sexuality to sell records, branding young singers "sad" for stripping off to promote their music.

The former Eurythmics frontwoman is convinced women in the music industry often flash the flesh in order to gain popularity, but Lennox hates seeing stars surrender their values in a bid to climb the charts.

She tells, "Nowadays, women are so sexually explicit and they use this as a tool to get popular, and I find this very one-dimensional. Surely we have evolved further than that."

"I'm all for sexuality being f...

Annie Lennox Wishes She Was A Lesbian

11/27/2010 5:00pm EST
Annie Lennox
Twice-divorced singer Annie Lennox has branded men "a huge disappointment," insisting her life would have been "easier" if she was gay.

The singer divorced her first husband, Radha Raman, in 1985 after a year-long union, and her second marriage to record producer Uri Fruchtman collapsed in 2000 after 12 years.

Lennox, 55, is currently single and fears she may never find lasting love - and she's convinced she would have more chance of a happy ending if she was a lesbian.

She tells Britain's Saga magazine, "It's not like I think being gay could be an alternative, 'cos it isn't. I sometim...

Annie Lennox Named U.N. AIDS Spokesperson

6/2/2010 2:00pm EDT
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox has stepped up her fight against HIV and AIDS - she has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations to help combat the deadly disease.

The former Eurythmics star has been a leading celebrity voice in the fight against the killer condition for almost two decades, setting up the Sing campaign in 2003 to promote education and health care for women and children in South Africa who have been affected by the virus.

Last year, the singer was named a Woman of Peace by the Nobel Peace Laureates for her tireless work raising awareness, and in April the singer appeared on ...

Annie Lennox Explains Her HIV Shirt

4/28/2010 8:50am EDT
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox has explained her decision to appear on TV wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words 'HIV Positive' - insisting she is not infected with the virus, but wore the slogan to show her "solidarity" with sufferers.

The Eurythmics star sparked concerns for her health after she was spotted in the garment during an appearance on American Idol last week. The singer has confirmed she does not have the disease, but is happy to wear the blouse to challenge the social stigma.

In a post on her blog, she writes, "The fact that I wore the t-shirt made thousands of people speculate whether...

'American Idol' Recap: Tim Says Goodbye On Idol Gives Back Night

4/22/2010 9:32am EDT
Tim Urban (C) is eliminated from the competition on IDOL GIVES B
I just can’t be snarky on “Idol Gives Back” night. There’s just no way to mock anything that’s for a good cause. So you’ll have to forgive my relatively straightforward recap.

Of course, there were many performances tonight, and may fell flat. Particularly the Jonah Hill/Russell Brand Phone Bank sketch. There were more awkward silences and nervous bouts of laughter than you’d find on a bad first date.

We also saw the Black Eyed Peas continue to make us wonder why they are so popular and the Lopez/Sykes comedy duo prove that Fox and TBS made the right moves by wooing Conan. Then there...

Annie Lennox Pulls Out Of 'Idol' Charity Show

4/20/2010 10:00am EDT
Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox has been forced to scrap an appearance on upcoming charity show Idol Gives Back after the travel chaos in Europe left her unable to catch a flight from the U.K. to America.

The Scottish singer had been due to take part in the American Idol fundraiser on Wednesday, alongside stars including Elton John, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, who will all be performing to help raise money for good causes.

However, Lennox has been left stranded in Europe after the majority of flights were grounded following the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest con...

Angelina Jolie Named The 'Ultimate Lesbian Heroine'

7/17/2009 10:42am EDT
Angelina Jolie Ultimate Lesbian Heroine
In a recent poll published by, Angelina Jolie was named this year's "Ultimate Lesbian Heroine." The poll results spanned over 2,600 lesbians, and the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider star was proclaimed the victor.

"Angelina was the clear winner; and she also has a dark side which many lesbians like too. All of the ladies in the poll appeal to women of all ages," said a spokesman for One Poll who carried out the survey.

She was ranked above Madonna, Pink and former tennis player Martina Navratilova due to her figure, physique and fashion sense.

Some older favorites al...

Just Jinjer: Huge In South Africa, Ready For The U.S.

4/9/2009 5:00pm EDT
Just Jinjer
Just Jinjer is the top selling artist in South Africa and the most successful rock act in South African history, selling an amazing two Double Platinum albums and one Gold album. Now the band has hit L.A. and is getting poised for their US debut. They've toured with U2 and Counting Crows; and their first US single, "Can I Have More", was released on April 7th.

YouTube user SiriusBackspin made an AMV (Anime Music Video) using the band's song "Can I Have More" with the Anime "Requiem From The Darkness". Check it out:

Can I Have More

A brief bio in the ...

The American Music Awards: A Seat Filler's Report

11/28/2008 11:43am EST
2008 American Music Awards
Having friends in high places is a definite perk to living and working in this crazy town they call Hollywood. Which is how I found myself on a Sunday afternoon with about 200 other fans in my trendiest Hollywood club attire, waiting to be bused to the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles to serve as a seat filler at the 2008 American Music Awards.

Prior to this the largest awards show I had attended was my sister's high school graduation, so I had no idea what to expect. This being Hollywood however, I figured I'd be hanging out with a bunch of Pamela Anderson wannabes and hangers ...