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'Where Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dies

May 8th, 2012 11:52am EDT
Maurice Sendak
Legendary author Maurice Sendak has passed away at the age of 83.

The writer, known for his best-selling children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, died in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday due to complications from a recent stroke, his long-time editor Michael di Capua tells the New York Times.

Sendak penned 17 books and was also a talented illustrator, a skill which was mostly self-taught. His popular book Where the Wild Things Are was transformed into a Hollywood film in 2009.

A number of celebrities took to Twitter.com upon hearing the sad news to pay their respect to the late w...

Mika 'Traumatized' After Sister Is Impaled In Fall

October 11th, 2010 10:55am EDT
Pop star Mika is keeping a bedside vigil for his sister after she was admitted to the hospital following a freak fall out of a window.

The Grace Kelly hit-maker was with his sibling, Paloma Penniman, in the early hours of Sunday morning when she fell 50 feet from a window at her home and landed on a metal rail. Penniman's legs were both impaled and one spike from the railing entered her abdomen, according to reports.

Mika called an ambulance to her home in Kensington, west London, where firefighters are believed to have cut into a section of the railings to help her. Paloma was then tak...

Mika Had Three Days To Write 'Kick-Ass' Song

April 2nd, 2010 11:10am EDT
Mika has revealed that he had only three days to write his song Kick Ass (We Are Young) for the film Kick-Ass. However, the star feels the effort is worth it after seeing the buzz building around the movie.

Mika was shown the movie in a private screening, then offered the title track - if he could write a song in three days. He says producers usually choose from his existing music for their soundtracks, but Mika says after watching the flick he had to take on the challenge.

The music video for Kick Ass (We Are Young) features Mika getting mugged and left in an alley between shots from the...

Mika Lost His 'Secret' French Knighthood Medal?

March 5th, 2010 9:23am EST
Singer Mika was knighted for his services to music in Paris, France at a secret ceremony last month - but misplaced his medal on the same day. The Grace Kelly hit-maker was handed the Knight in the Order of Arts honor at the prestigious ceremony - but admits he hasn't taken care of the revered prize.

He tells Britain's Daily Star, "I'm a knight, but nobody knows about it. About a month ago I was one of the youngest people to ever be made a chevalier in France. It goes after my name, Mika chevalier des arts. It's a metal medal with a tiny little green ribbon, but the first night I wore it ...

Mika: 'Call Me Bisexual'

February 8th, 2010 12:31pm EST
Flamboyant pop star Mika refuses to discuss his sexuality in public because of "homophobic" bullying in his youth. The singer has long refused to talk about his private life but recently fueled speculation he is bisexual in an interview with Gay&Night magazine, telling the publication, "I've never limited who I sleep with... Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."

Now the Grace Kelly hit-maker has admitted why he's chosen never to divulge the secrets of his sexuality - blaming childhood bullies for destroying his confidence.

He tells Britain's Sunday...

Mika: 'I Hate Taking My Clothes Off'

December 31st, 2009 8:55am EST
Singer Mika has dismissed his stripping antics in the video for his single We Are Golden - insisting he "hates" taking his clothes off in real life. The quirky Grace Kelly star dances around in the promo for the song in nothing more than a pair of white boxer shorts.

However, Mika insists he finds it strange to be known for flaunting his body - because he's usually so reserved. He says, "I'm so prudish. I hate taking my clothes off and it seems funny that I'm now known for running around and dancing in my underpants!"

The star revealed his fears of garnering attention stem from bei...

Lady Gaga Performs For The Queen

December 8th, 2009 9:01am EST
Lady Gaga meets Queen Elizabeth II
Lady Gaga shocked fans at the U.K.'s Royal Variety Performance on Monday with a routine suspended high above the stage - despite organizers demanding she "tone down" her act for Queen Elizabeth II.

The controversial Poker Face hit-maker was invited to play the annual event, attended by the British monarch, but was told to refrain from wearing provocative costumes at the Opera House in Blackpool, England.

The pop star complied and was given a crash course in etiquette - but she still managed to stun the audience by playing a piano lifted onto giant stilts while dangling from a swing ...

Mika: 'Lady Gaga Needs To Be Outrageous'

December 1st, 2009 2:58pm EST
Pop star Mika has put Lady Gaga's success down to her outrageous antics - because she would never have caught the public's attention without her crazy stunts.

The Poker Face hit-maker has skyrocketed to international stardom over the last year, with a hit album and sell-out tour.

However, the singer has become better known for her strange outfits, saucy interviews, and wacky behavior, which includes staging a mock suicide during a show. And Mika is convinced the singer - real name Stefani Germanotta - needs to continue being outrageous to keep her fans interested.

He says, "She ...

Simon Cowell Rejected Mika

September 22nd, 2009 11:52am EDT
Simon Cowell Rejected Mika
Pop sensation Mika's dream of a record deal was shattered by Simon Cowell - the media mogul rejected the Grace Kelly hit-maker's demos when he was a teenager.

The star sent off some rough copies of his tracks to Cowell back in 1996, but the record boss refused to give Mika his seal of approval.

The singer tells Britain's Heat magazine, "The first time I met him, at 16, he very professionally rejected me... He did say back then, 'You've got a good really good voice - you just need to work on your songs.' He was right, so I went away and worked on my songs."

However, the 26 year o...

Mika's Sophomore Album, 'The Boy Who Knew Too Much', Due Sept. 22

August 23rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
Mika New Album new CD The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Multi-platinum recording artist Mika will release his sophomore album, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", on September 22nd via Casablanca/Universal Republic Records. Produced by Mika and Greg Wells (Katy Perry, P!nk), this record is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Life in Cartoon Motion, which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The new album features guest contributions by Imogen Heap and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett, and contains brilliant first single, "We Are Golden," which was unveiled with an exclusive first play on England's Radio 1 on July 20th. A video for the track, hel...

The Veronicas Return With 'Hook Me Up'

August 28th, 2008 3:26pm EDT
The Veronicas
The wait is over! Hook Me Up, the new electro-rock dance friendly album from The Veronicas, is finally in stores! Released digitally earlier this year through Sire Records, the sophomore sizzler showcases Aussie twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso's expert songcraft, organic vocal chemistry, and sophisticated sensibilities.

The super-hot duo is currently on the road playing a string of select dates with the Jonas Brothers on their "Burning Up Tour" and have just announced new shows with Hanson. Head out to your local record store to grab a copy of Hook Me Up or order it from iTu...

Katy Perry's Long Hot Summer Continues

August 15th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Katy Perry
Capitol Records "It Girl" Katy Perry's debut is turning into the best new artist breakthrough story of 2008. Perry's fans -- online and in sweaty, exuberant Warped Tour crowds - have been several tracks deep on the album for months, but the major mass media is catching up as fast as it can…and the fever has caught on worldwide.

As her "I Kissed A Girl" logged its seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and seals its status as the undisputed song of the summer in America, major Top 40 radio stations across the country, including the national Top 40 format leader Z-100 WHTZ/New York, hav...

Katy Perry Makes Top 10 Debut On Billboard Album Chart

June 25th, 2008 12:04pm EDT
Katy Perry
Capitol Records singer-songwriter Katy Perry conquers a career milestone this week as her debut album, One Of The Boys, enters Billboard's national Top 200 album chart at number 9. Perry also marked her album release week by kicking off the 2008 Vans Warped Tour for the entire summer.

Powered by one of 2008's most explosive hit singles, "I Kissed a Girl," Perry's album One Of The Boys had shot to the top of several of the frequently-updated iTunes download charts immediately at its June 17th release, predicting the high Billboard debut.

With a million full-song downloads sold sinc...

Amy Winehouse Wins Top Ivor Novello Award; Shows Up Late

May 26th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Soul star Amy Winehouse won a major songwriting honor at the 2008 Ivor Novello Awards in Britain - and sent her dad to pick it up. The troubled singer was honored for her "Love Is A Losing Game" track, but couldn't make it to the prize-giving in London on time.

So it was left to her father Mitch, who had hoped his daughter would join him at the event, to accept the Top Song award on the hitmaker's behalf on Thursday. As he was speaking, Winehouse suddenly appeared in the audience.

Before her arrival, her father told guests, "Unfortunately Amy couldn't make it, but she is getting ...

Sassy Songstress Katy Perry To Release Debut Album, 'One Of The Boys,' On June 17

May 11th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Katy Perry
L.A.-based singer/songwriter Katy Perry's debut album, "One Of The Boys," will be released by Capitol Records June 17th. Perry will also join the traveling rock circus that is the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, for the entire trek this summer.

One of the Boys is a sharp and witty pop-rock gem filled with candid tales of neurotic ex-boyfriends ("Hot N Cold," "Ur So Gay", "Mannequin"), crazy road trips with friends ("Waking Up in Vegas"), and figuring out who you are along the way (first single "I Kissed A Girl," "Fingerprints"). While the album displays Perry's feisty, girl-power swagger, it al...

The Veronicas Return With New Single; Album

March 30th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Veronicas
The Veronicas are back! The 23-year-old twin sisters from down under have a new album and a new twist to their sound. The pop-punk influences on their award-winning debut album have been updated to an electro-dance sound that is bound to get you on your feet.

Already named a "Breaker Artist" by AOL and called "Australia's rockingest twins" by Blender, The Veronicas have proven to be at the top of their game. Hook Me Up, the girls' sophomore release, has already sold over 130,000 albums in Australia and secured them their first # 1 single.

Lisa and Jessica's vocal chemistry, funky...

Notes & Quotes

March 23rd, 2008 7:02pm EDT
Pop singer Mika has been forced to step up security after receiving death threats from fans. But the "Grace Kelly" hitmaker is adamant he is not scared by the threats and vows to be even more flamboyant. He says, "I'm absolutely fine - I'm not scared. I want to make my shows even more dramatic."

British dance duo Groove Armada have signed a one-year deal with rum company Bacardi. The group will issue their forthcoming releases through the drinks brand, and will perform live at Bacardi B-Live dates during 2008.

Romeo Beckham, the five-year-old son of England soccer ace David Beckha...

Brit Awards Organizers Secure Amy Winehouse Performance

February 19th, 2008 7:44pm EST
Amy Winehouse
The organizers of the Brit Awards are thrilled to have secured a performance by troubled star Amy Winehouse. Bosses behind Wednesday's London ceremony have confirmed the Back To Black hitmaker is slated to take to the stage at the event alongside producer Mark Ronson to perform their hit single "Valerie."

And Brits chairman Ged Doherty is delighted.

He says, "We are just thrilled to have her appearing at the ceremony. At times it has been a difficult year for Amy but what has never been in doubt is that she is a real talent. We think that her performance will be one of those Bri...

Amy Winehouse Steals The Show With Five Grammys

February 11th, 2008 8:32am EST
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse stole the show at the 50th Grammy Awards, winning five top honors. Kanye West was nominated for eight awards and went home with four prizes, including Rap Album, Rap Performance and Rap Song; Bruce Springsteen picked up three, including Best Rock Song. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige all won two.

But the night was dominated by Winehouse, who picked up all but one of the awards she was nominated for - Record of the Year for Rehab; Album of the Year for Back to Black; Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black; Song of the Year for Rehab;...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

January 22nd, 2008 7:00pm EST
Paris Hilton
"I love her so much, and I think it's really hard growing up with all the media and everyone following her around. I wish people would just leave her alone. She's a sweet girl. If people really knew her, they would know that." Paris Hilton on her former party pal Britney Spears.

"I'm doing a lot of shopping in the name of research." Aussie actress Isla Fisher on preparing for her role in new film Confessions Of A Shopaholic.

"Irish people are essentially Latin people who don't know how to dance." U2 frontman Bono insists his fellow countrymen have a lot in common with their South...

OneRepublic Hits The Road In Support Of 'Dreaming Out Loud'

January 21st, 2008 6:30pm EST
Catch OneRepublic out on the road this winter. Tour dates below.

The five-member OneRepublic was formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2003. Lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder, who produced a couple of songs on the album, largely produced by Greg Wells (Deftones, Mika, Pink), boasts writing, producing and/or singing credits for Paul Oakenfold's Grammy nominated A Lively Mind, Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis, Ashley Tisdale, Natasha Bedingfield, Baby Bash, 2Pac, Chris Cornell, and Blake Lewis.

-"Stop and Stare" Streaming Audio

OneRepublic Tour Dates:

Jan 23 Houston, TX – Meri...

Take That, Leona Lewis & Mika Lead Brit Nominations

January 15th, 2008 10:26am EST
Leona Lewis
Reformed boy band Take That and singers Leona Lewis and Mika have each scooped four Brit Awards nominations in London. All three artists will go head-to-head in the Best British Album and Best British Single categories.

Take That also scooped nominations for Best British Group and Best Live Act and Lewis faces stiff competition from newcomer Kate Nash, K.T. Tunstall, PJ Harvey and Bat For Lashes in the Best British Female category.

She is also up for Best British Breakthrough opposite Mika, who is also shortlisted for Best British Male Artist and Best Single for his hit Grace Kel...

Pop-Rock Dynamo Katy Perry Signs With Capitol; To Release Debut In Spring

January 10th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Katy Perry
Capitol Music Group will release a digital EP from pop-rock songstress Katy Perry - entitled Ur So Gay - through iTunes and other online retailers on November 20th, 2007.

The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has been wowing crowds with her catchy songs and larger-than-life charisma at recent shows with Yellowcard, Mika, and the Starting Line, while everyone from Blender Magazine to online bloggers have been singing her praises.

The Ur So Gay EP includes the title track, a hilarious kiss-off to an ex-boyfriend; a club remix of the song by DJ/producer Junior Sanchez (Madonna, Sh...

The Midway State's 'Met A Man On Top Of The Hill' EP Out Now; New Disc Due In April

December 10th, 2007 7:45pm EST
The Midway State
Meet The Midway State, a young quartet who takes you on a storied journey in just four songs. Met a Man on Top of the Hill, the band's four-song EP, delivers forceful melodies, inspiring lyrics and catchy hooks.

Lead singer and pianist, Nathan Ferraro, showcases the fluidity of his voice as he shifts his tone from light and delicate to powerful and intense. With over 500 songs in his pocket by age 21, Ferraro has proven to be a lyricist wise beyond his years. The piano-driven tracks are complemented by Michael Wise on guitar, Mike Kirsh on bass and Daenen Bramberger on drums.


Check Out OneRepublic, Their Debut CD, 'Dreaming Out Loud,' Is Due Nov. 20

November 12th, 2007 7:00pm EST
It's a curious story but the #4 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week (issue date October 20) is actually a remix of a song from a band whose debut album has not yet been released. The remixed "Apologize," heard on Timbaland Presents Shock Value, features the rock band OneRepublic, whose debut album-- Dreaming Out Loud--which includes the song's original version, will be issued November 20th on Timbaland's Mosley Music Group imprint via Interscope Records.

Meanwhile, "Apologize" already been on the Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks. "The toughest thing to do is write a hit song," says O...

International Pop Sensation MIKA To Release Concert DVD

November 12th, 2007 4:40pm EST
British pop singer MIKA has been taking the music industry by storm in recent months, and now he's set to release his first feature-length documentary/concert DVD, 'Live in Cartoon Motion.' The DVD features a 50 minute documentary culled together from video taken during his 2007 world tour, a 60 minute live show shot earlier this year in Paris, all of MIKA's music videos and a five song acoustic set recorded in London.

MIKA performs most of the songs from his triple-platinum selling debut disc, Life in Cartoon Motion; including his highly acclaimed debut single, 'Grace Kelly” and foll...

Mika Name Battle Settled

November 11th, 2007 2:00pm EST
British pop star Mika has been granted permission to perform in Brussels after a woman of the same name appealed to Belgian courts to ban him from entering the country. The relatively unknown reggae singer sued the British musician - real name Mica Penniman - in a bid to stop him from further "ruining" her chance at fame.

But a court in Brussels rejected her claims and Penniman's gig at Vorst National on Tuesday will go ahead as planned.

Belgian Mika says, "I am not suing him for any money, but for the principle and my name. I had it registered in 1983. He is ruining my career."


Mika Scoops Up Four At The World Music Awards

November 5th, 2007 11:39am EST
Celine Dion, Akon and Mika were among a string of musicians to be honored at the World Music Awards on Sunday night. British newcomer Mika took home four prizes, capturing awards for best-selling new artist, best-selling male entertainer, best-selling pop/rock artist and best-selling British artist at the ceremony in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Hip-hop star Akon was awarded best-selling R&B male artist, best-selling African Artist and best-selling internet artist.

Singer Dion received the Legend Award and Rihanna was named entertainer of the year as well as best-selling pop female arti...

Mika Faces Legal Challenge From Mika

September 19th, 2007 9:06am EDT
British pop star Mika looks set to face a legal challenge over his name - after a little-known reggae star insists she owns the rights to the moniker. Belgian rapper Mika is adamant she registered the name in the 1980s, and the male Grace Kelly hit maker - real name Mica Penniman - is flouting her legal rights by releasing records and performing under the same name.

She says, "I was called Mika before him and even registered the name. Even though his real name is Mica, I think he should change it."

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "She's not happy. There's only enough r...

Timbaland Replaces Rihanna As Europe's Number One

August 30th, 2007 8:52am EDT
Timbaland has ended Rihanna's 10-week reign at the top of the European singles chat - his collaboration with Keri Hilson, "The Way I Are," is the continent's new number one.

Rihanna's all-conquering "Umbrella" falls to two, while Mika's "Relax, Take It Easy" stays put at three. Rounding out the top five is Kanye West's "Stronger" and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry."

Meanwhile, there's no move at the top of the European albums chart as Mika's "Life In Cartoon Motion" sits at number one. Amy Winehouse climbs a place to two with "Back To Black," while Elvis Presley compilation "The ...

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