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15 Celebrities Who Were Adopted

October 20th, 2014 11:15am EDT
15 Celebrities Who Were Adopted
Kristen Chenoweth was adopted by a family in Oklahoma when she was five days old.

The singer/actress is a strong advocate for adoption and told Pop Tarts in 2010: “It always goes back to my parents who adopted me, who gave me unconditional love and self-esteem. I don’t think I’d be where I am without them.”

She also told Yahoo! Music: "I feel a lot of love from my mom and dad who adopted me. Maybe I would have had a very different life had I not been adopted but my parents have really helped shape who I am. I do things sometimes they don't agree with, but I'm their kid and they love me. I...
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Liz Phair Considers Creating A 'Chickapalooza' Music Festival

June 22nd, 2012 7:22pm EDT
Liz Phair
Singer/songwriter Liz Phair is plotting a new all-female touring music festival to take the place of the defunct Lilith Fair.

The provocative Why Can't I hit-maker was a big part of the Lilith Fair movement in the late 1990s but did not take part in the 2010 summer event, which was deemed a flop by many acts and promoters.

Canadian star Sarah McLachlan, who created the festival concept, in 1996 declared she wouldn't stage the Fair again following the disappointment of the previous year, but Phair insists the concept of female singer/songwriters performing together on tour is not dead.
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Sarah McLachlan Pens Letter To Canadian Prime Minister Over Seal Hunting

April 11th, 2012 7:59pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Singer Sarah McLachlan has penned a letter to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, urging him to ban commercial harp seal hunting.

The "I Will Remember You" hitmaker and longtime American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) advocate wrote to Harper on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Friday in a bid to put pressure on Harper and lead him into action.

An excerpt of the document, which was obtained by the Toronto Star, reads, "The sealers - like tobacco farmers and asbestos miners - need leaders to devise a practical exit strategy for t...
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Sarah McLachlan To Honor The Fallen Heroes Of 9/11

August 30th, 2011 6:40pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Singer Sarah McLachlan has signed up to honor the victims of 9/11 with a special concert to mark the opening of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The I Will Remember You hitmaker will perform at the dedication ceremony on September 10th in Pennsylvania, just a day before the 10-year anniversary of the atrocities.

The memorial was erected by the National Park Foundation as a tribute to the 40 courageous passengers and crew of Flight 93 who famously gave their lives to thwart a terrorist attack on the U.S. capital in Washington, D.C.

The California-bound plane took off in New Jersey but ...
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Sarah McLachlan Makes Light Of Her Divorce

May 27th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan has learned to "make light" of her divorce from husband Ashwin Sood and move forward with her life after spending years blaming herself for the marriage breakdown.

McLachlan separated from the Canadian drummer in 2008 after 11 years of marriage and is only now starting to open up about the painful split.

She tells Spinner, "Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. I blamed myself for a lot of things. It took me a very long time to get over it."

And although the hitmaker admits dealing with the heartache was a struggl...
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Friends Tease Matthew Perry About His Music Tastes

February 24th, 2011 8:40am EST
Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry's musical tastes have always set him up for ridicule because he loves mournful female singer/songwriters.

The "Mr. Sunshine" actor admits he has always been teased about his love for singers like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan.

He says, "If you're a woman and you're in any kind of emotional duress at all and you sing a song about it, I will buy it and listen to it over and over again. I got beaten up for this in school."

He reveals his first concert was Culture Club, adding, "If you're a boy, dressed as a woman in emotional duress, boy do I like you."
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Neil Young To Be Honored At Juno Awards

January 27th, 2011 8:58pm EST
Neil Young
Rocker Neil Young is to be honored in his native Canada for his humanitarian efforts.

The singer/songwriter has been named the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at this year's Juno Awards.

The honor is given to prominent musicians who give time, money and energy to charitable causes.

Young was selected for the honor primarily because of his work in co-founding the Farm Aid concert series in 1985, and founding the Bridge School for kids with severe speech and physical impairments.

A five-Juno winner in the past, Young will collect his latest honor at the ceremony on March ...
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House Concerts: The Wave Of The Future?

January 25th, 2011 6:57pm EST
Susan Enan
It had been a while since I’d been to a concert. I’ve never been one for huge venues; rather than see U2 at the Xcel Energy Center, I’ve gravitated toward seeing Ingrid Michaelson at the Pantages or The Swell Season at the Orpheum.

But I’d never been to a concert in a stranger’s living room.

Let me explain. It's becoming more and more popular for up-and-coming artists to perform relatively inexpensive concerts in people's homes to gain exposure. Case in point: Susan Enan, a lovely British Songbird who prefers sitting at a keyboard next to a window air conditioning unit in a decades-old S...
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'Tis the Season For Music

December 14th, 2010 11:00am EST
Glee X-mas
There's still time for Christmas shopping and spreading the holiday spirit, why not enjoy it by loading up that iPod with some great holiday tunes? Spike your coffee with a little Bailey's Irish Cream or enjoy a Hot Toddy (not the Usher and Jay Z version, although we love that song too) put on your Yule tide shoes and take that mall by the antlers.

You may still encounter long lines, screaming children running away from Santa Claus and a crap-load of unruly holiday sweaters, but with your holiday playlist grooving in your ears, at least you can smile while doing so. Here are a few of our f...
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Lilith Fair A Big Success Despite Canceled Shows

August 23rd, 2010 10:45pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
The summer's Lilith '10 tour has been ruled a charity success, despite the cancellation of dates - the roving all-women concert has raised more than $500,000 for North American organizations.

The tour had a shaky start as acts like Norah Jones and Kelly Clarkson pulled out amid poor ticket sales, but organizers refused to give up on Lilith - and now charity officials are saluting the efforts of co-founder Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, the Indigo Girls and their tourmates.

Lilith '10 recently wrapped up its 23-city run and now there are plans in motion to take the concept to Australia la...
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Kelly Clarkson Quits Lilith Fair

July 7th, 2010 12:06am EDT
Kelly Clarkson
The Lilith Fair dates are in big trouble - headliner Kelly Clarkson has scrapped her shows on the touring festival.

Organizers of the all-female roadshow have already lost Norah Jones for some gigs and they've been forced to scrap more than 10 dates due to poor ticket sales - and now Clarkson has quit the tour.

She has announced that she is skipping her previously scheduled Lilith dates to complete work on her upcoming studio album.

Lilith Tour co-founder Sarah McLachlan and rotating headliners Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn will continue with the remaining 24 da...
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Sarah Mclachlan's First Studio Album In 7 Years, 'Laws Of Illusion,' Out June 15

May 8th, 2010 3:15pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan is scheduled to release her first studio album of new material in 7 years "Laws Of Illusion" on June 15th on Arista Records. The album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah's longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand. Sarah's new album "Laws Of Illusion" will be released just weeks in advance of the kick off to Lilith Fair 2010, the historic all women touring festival, founded by McLachlan, which became one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world.

The album's first single "Loving You i...
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Rihanna Joins Lilith Fair

April 12th, 2010 10:22pm EDT
Rihanna
Rihanna has added her name to music's biggest show of girl power - she'll be part of this summer's Lilith Fair festival tour.

The R&B star will make a special appearance at Lilith's Salt Lake City concert in Utah on July 12.

The 36-city tour will commence in Calgary, Canada on June 27 feature acts including Lilith Fair co-founder Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Beth Orton, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow.

Rihanna's Lilith date will come during her upcoming Last Girl On Earth North American tour.

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Celine Dion Skipped Olympics Ceremony Because She Thought She'd Be Pregnant

February 16th, 2010 9:13am EST
Celine Dion
Celine Dion skipped the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in her native Canada because she thought she'd be too pregnant to perform.

Dion's absence raised questions because many fans expected her to be part of the spectacular in Vancouver on Friday. Instead, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams and k.d. Lang took top billing.

Dion's representative has since cleared up the confusion, explaining that the singer was forced to pull out of a planned performance when she got pregnant last year. The singer suffered a miscarriage just weeks after confirming the baby news.

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Canadian Celebrities Dazzle At Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

February 13th, 2010 9:42am EST
Donald Sutherland
Canada's brightest stars including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, k.d. Lang and Joni Mitchell teamed up to help launch the Winter Olympics in the country on Friday, putting on a stellar show at the opening ceremony.

The games kicked off with a spectacular show in Vancouver and the ceremony brought together the nation's best-loved musicians to perform at the BC Place stadium.

The event was narrated by legendary actor Donald Sutherland, and opened with a duet by Adams and Furtado, who sang Bang The Drum to the crowd.

Lang, Mitchell and singer Sarah McLachlan also took to the stage durin...
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Pamela Anderson Unveils New PETA Campaign To Save The Seals

October 23rd, 2009 12:35pm EDT
Pamela Anderson against seal slaughter
Pamela Anderson just unveiled PETA's new campaign against Canada's commercial seal slaughter. The ad series features Anderson and other celebrities calling for an end to the annual massacre of baby seals, the largest mass killing of marine mammals in the world.

Says Pamela, "I can only hope that by bringing attention to the slaughter, the international outcry will force the Canadian government to end this shameful practice. Canadians aren't cruel and indifferent, but our leaders have been on this issue."

For the new ad series, celebrities around the world are posing in PETA's striking...
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Weekly Fashion Wrap Up - Emmy Winners & Losers

September 26th, 2009 10:26am EDT
2009 Emmys
There were lots of fashion picks this week as the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy's were on Sunday. Check out our Weekly Fashion Wrap Up - Emmy's Style!

LOSERS

Jessica Lowndes

Jessica tops our worst dressed list, mainly because she just didn't get it. Who wears that to any red carpet event?

Image © PR Photos

Charlie Sheen and Wife Brooke

Something about these two is a little off- and we get that she just had twins- but couldn't they have tried a little harder?

Image © PR Photos

Drew Barrymoore

Maybe it's her recent odd style choices, or just bad taste in r...
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'Austin City Limits' Pairs Sarah McLachlan With Duffy For Feb 14 Episode

February 11th, 2009 10:19am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Multiple Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan makes her long-awaited debut on the PBS series "Austin City Limits" February 14th, following the release of her greatest hits collection, Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan.

McLachlan has sold over 40 million albums worldwide during her 20-year recording career, which began with the release of her debut album Touch. She was brought to the national spotlight in 1997 with the release of her landmark fifth album, Surfacing, which featured two Grammy Award-winning tracks: "Building a Mystery" which won for Best Female Pop Voc...
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This Week In Gossip!

September 13th, 2008 9:56am EDT
Kanye West
Rap superstar Kanye West and one of his bodyguards spent some time in the slammer this week, accused of attacking paparazzi surrounding them at LAX. I guess "accused" is the wrong word since gossip outlet TMZ has video of the beat down. Fans, never fear, Kanye and co. were released hours after the incident on $20,000 bail each. No word on whether they will be further prosecuted.

In a somewhat bizarre story on the celebrity dating scene, Kirsten Dunst is claiming she's met rumored beau, Justin Long, only once. HUH? In the interview with Harper's Bazaar, the starlet is quoted as say...
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Arista Records To Release 'Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan' Oct. 7

August 3rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
On October 7th, 2008, multi-platinum Arista recording artist Sarah McLachlan will release the first best-of collection of her long and illustrious career.

Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan contains 14 classic tracks personally selected by the artist from her award-winning catalog, as well as two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs, "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up On Us," working with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand. Additionally, a deluxe 2-CD version will be available, which will include the 16 song album plus a bonus disc of additional songs from Sarah's discogra...
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Sarah Mclachlan's Masterpiece, 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,' Gets 2CD/DVD Treatment

July 25th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
In 2008, twenty years after she began her recording career in 1988, Vancouver's Sarah McLachlan remains one of the most enigmatic personalities in pop. Over the course of her 14 separate album releases (which include six original studio albums), the quiet, burning passion of McLachlan's music has resulted in three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards in her native Canada, and sales of more than 35 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.

The trajectory of Sarah McLachlan's broad popular success outside Canada began with the late-1993 release of her third album, Fumbling Towards Ec...
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Sonya Kitchell Tours With Herbie Hancock Again; 'This Storm' Due Sept. 2

July 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Sonya Kitchell
Imagine the sonic equivalent of seeing your older sister's best friend again after she went away to college for a few years. As beautiful and poised as she was before, you simply can't believe the cute teenager you once knew has turned into such a smart and sexy adult. This Storm, the strikingly confident second album from singer, guitarist, and songwriter Sonya Kitchell, is an immediate and visceral album, dealing with serious issues and reflecting such remarkable growth that you can barely believe it's the same artist.

Kitchell's debut, Words Came Back To Me, recorded when she was on...
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Sarah McLachlan To Release 'Rarities, B-Sides And Other Stuff, Volume 2,' April 29

April 14th, 2008 9:51am EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Culminated from Sarah McLachlan's illustrious recording career, the Rarities, B-Sides And Other Stuff, Volume 2 collection contains Sarah McLachlan material never before available before on one CD.

The collection includes live performances, rare recordings, remixes and soundtrack contributions. In addition, the album includes exceptional, one of a kind duets with Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Emmylou Harris, and more!

Since signing with Arista nearly two decades ago, every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums and videos have been certified gold, platinum, multi-platinum...
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Return of the 70's Singer-Songwriter

April 4th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Successful singer-songwriters have spanned across the decades, but no era saw them flourish like the 1970s. James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne and Neil Young (to name a few) were tearing up the airwaves. Their simple, thought-provoking melodies struck a chord with a Vietnam War-torn America and left an indelible mark on the modern music biz. Well, tune your radios and adjust your mp3 players, folks. The 70s singer-songwriter sound is back - with a whole new batch of artists.

Jackson Browne live (1978):

Carrying the Torch
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Missy Higgins' New Album 'On A Clear Night' Due Feb. 26; Tour To Follow

February 1st, 2008 1:00pm EST
Missy Higgins
Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins will return to the U.S. with her second record, "On A Clear Night," due for release on February 26, 2008.

Entertainment Weekly says of Missy, "…shows a depth reminiscent of early Suzanne Vega and Sarah McLachlan: catchy hooks…sounds just right."

Before Missy hits the road in the U.S., she will make two appearances at The Sundance Film Festival, performing at a very special live-music event titled "Where Music Meets Film" celebrating the enduring connection between music and film alongside artists such as Josh Groban, Jason M...
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Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...
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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...
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Up-And-Coming Music: Lucy Walsh

September 13th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Lucy Walsh
Having grown up in the distant, yet deep shadow of her famous father, Joe Walsh, a longtime member of The Eagles, songwriter/musician Lucy Walsh is finally spreading her own creative wings.

With a debut album in the works, the twenty-four year old surprises audiences by being a grounded and gifted artist in her own right. Her maturity seeps through her lyrics which spring more from self-awareness than star lineage.

A native of Santa Barbara, California, Walsh was only a toddler when her parents divorced. She was raised by her mother and step-father, who encouraged her creative dev...
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Prince, Bjork, Elvis Costello And More Honor Joni Mitchell On New Tribute CD

May 10th, 2007 8:15pm EDT
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell, the first major US tribute album to the legendary artist, was released April 24. Musicians from many genres are represented on the 12 tracks of both rare and quintessential songs from the revered and influential singer/songwriter's expansive career.

Each performer's distinct takes on A Tribute to Joni Mitchell are true to their own artistry, proving Mitchell's universal appeal and versatility as a songwriter. Mitchell becomes the thread linking together these otherwise very different musical styles into a cohesive and brilliant creation.

Executive pro...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 28

January 28th, 2007 3:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Happy Birthday to "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Elijah Wood (1981), Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (1980), *NSync elder Joey Fatone (1977), Minnesota Viking Daunte Culpepper (1977), "Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris (1969), Eric B.'s partner Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs (1968), Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968), model/actress Barbi Benton (1950), English musician Robert Wyatt (1945), MASH actor Alan Alda (1936), and modern artist Jackson Pollock (1912; d. 1956).
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