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Happy 60th Birthday, Kurt Russell!

March 17th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Kurt Russell
It's a big day for Kurt Russell - the Hollywood star turns 60 today. The birthday boy was born on St. Patrick's Day in 1951, and by the tender age of 10 he had landed his first acting job, making his big screen debut in "The Absent-Minded Professor."

One of the few child stars to carve out a lasting and successful career, Russell has been in over 40 movies in the past four decades.

And there'll be another milestone for Kurt in May - his partner Goldie Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson is due to welcome her second child!

To kick off the celebrations, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts abou...

Elvis Presley Estate To Sue Bootleg DVD Producers

February 9th, 2011 1:36pm EST
Elvis Presley
The administrators of Elvis Presley's estate have launched lawsuits in England and the U.S. over the illegal sale of DVD and CD box sets of The King's performances.

Last month, bosses at Elvis Presley Enterprises filed suit at England's Chancery Division of the High Court in England and Wales alleging Joseph Pirzada was the source of a DVD featuring footage of a 1977 television special called Elvis in Concert, to which the estate owns the rights.

Bosses then launched legal action against Bud Glass at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida on February 2nd, claiming h...

'The Bachelor' Recap: Waking Up In Vegas

February 1st, 2011 1:22pm EST
The Bachelor
Last week, ABC's promo department sparked controversy on 'Bachelor' message boards and drew ire from outraged commentators who were appalled to see Emily on a date at the race track. After all, the sweet single mom had lost her race-car driving fiance in a plane crash less than a week before finding out she was pregnant with his child, and this date seemed specifically designed to exploit her grief. Is "The Bachelor" really that tasteless and insensitive? Um... this isn't exactly a revelation, is it?

Before we get to Emily's inevitable discomfort, let's rewind to the beginning of the episo...

Lisa Marie Presley Collapse Reports 'Completely Untrue'

January 30th, 2011 1:15pm EST
Lisa Marie Presley
A spokesperson for Lisa Marie Presley has spoken out to reassure fans the singer is in good health following reports she collapsed at her home in England.

A tabloid had reported that Elvis Presley's daughter had fallen ill after embarking on an extreme diet and losing over 50 pounds in the space of five months.

The star was said to have jetted back to the U.S. from her estate in the U.K. to receive emergency treatment.

But a spokesperson for Presley insists the star is well, and currently in Los Angeles to record her third album.

The representative tells, "It is absolutely an...

Happy 70th Birthday, Neil Diamond!

January 24th, 2011 8:57am EST
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy, Neil Diamond is 70! The veteran singer/songwriter, who penned many of the pop anthems of the last century, celebrates a big birthday today.

The celebration comes as Diamond prepares to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March and caps 50 years in showbusiness.

To mark the crooner's birthday, WENN trawled through his history to find 10 fascinating facts about the man who was The Jazz Singer!

Happy birthday Mr. Diamond...

- he attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he sang in the All City Choir with Barbra Streisand. ...

Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

January 4th, 2011 9:56am EST
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...

Mexican Singer Thalia Talks About Her Recent Duet With Elvis Presley

December 22nd, 2010 5:30pm EST
The music of Elvis Presley has been revitalized with a 21st century slant for the newest Las Vegas show, "Viva Elvis," which celebrates the life of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll" through his music and the acrobatics and dance of the world renowned Cirque du Soleil." The show is performed 10 times a week at the Aria Resort and Casino in Sin City.

Mexican singer Thalia, no stranger to fame in her home land (she rose to fame in the 90s after starring on popular TV shows, subsequently releasing a few solo record albums that topped the charts), shares a duet with the King on the companion albu...

'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...

Tom Jones' New Album Is Tribute To The King

November 27th, 2010 7:02pm EST
Tom Jones
Tom Jones' new album is a tribute to his late pal Elvis Presley - the Welsh singer promised The King he would one day record gospel songs.

The music veteran moved away from pop to release Praise & Blame, a compilation of hymns and gospel tracks, over the summer.

Jones admits he has wanted to release a gospel album ever since Presley suggested it during a late night jam session, and the Sex Bomb hit-maker was determined to keep his word.

He says, "We would stay up all night talking about music. He was surprised I knew gospel songs and wanted to know when I'd record a gospel album. I sa...

'Twilight' Producers Increase Security For Louisiana Shoot

November 18th, 2010 2:07pm EST
Robert Pattinson
Bosses behind the Twilight movies have stepped up security to protect stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at their shoot in Louisiana to make sure no over-zealous fans get near the set.

The actors are currently working on the two-part finale of the vampire series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and filming was moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week. The cast will be shooting scenes at the Raleigh Studios lot and producers have asked for a drastic increase in security to keep the actors safe.

Winston Achee, head of the facility's security, tells Scene magazine, "We have incr...

Michael Jackson Is Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

October 26th, 2010 8:14am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has topped a list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities, making more money in the past year than Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

The Thriller icon, who died in June last year, posthumously pulled in $275 million over the past 12 months with his back catalogue and merchandising deals.

His concert film This Is It, which documented preparations for his ill-fated London stage residency, also made $250 million at the box office.

Jackson's earnings were greater than the total combined earnings of the 12 other dead stars on Forbes magazine's list, including Presley, Lord...

Cast Of 'Glee' Tops The Beatles On Hot 100 Chart

October 6th, 2010 9:15pm EDT
The cast of "Glee" is set to pass the Beatles' bag of Billboard Hot 100 chart hits thanks to another six new entries on the countdown, which will be announced on Thursday.

The cast's Britney Spears tribute show wowed fans, who snapped up downloads by the hundreds of thousands and propelled five Spears covers into the top 100 and snagged the highest debut of the week at 16 with "Toxic."

The tally, which also includes Lea Michele's heartbreaking rendition of Paramore's "The Only Exception," puts the cast ahead of the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the Billboard chart's ...

Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper And Neil Diamond Among Hall Of Fame Nominees

September 28th, 2010 2:58pm EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The stars join fellow first-time nominees Dr. John and Donovan, while Donna Summer, Tom Waits and rap acts LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys will be keeping their fingers crossed once more to be recognized as music royalty with the industry's highest honor.

The contenders for the 2010 Hall of Fame accolade were announced on Tuesday, but the artists will have to wait until December to learn if they have been selected to go down in history, and ...

Elvis Presley's Granddaughter Set To Star In 'Mad Max 4'

August 10th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Riley Keough
Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough is set to star in the next Mad Max movie, according to reports.

The 21-year-old model, who is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, has starred in a handful of films, including The Runaways opposite Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. And the beauty is set to boost her acting portfolio with a role in the latest installment of the series, Mad Max 4: Fury Road - which is set to start filming in Australia next year.

Keough will play one of the Five Wives - a group of women Max has to save, according to the Associated Press.

The part made famous by...

Daniel Radcliffe: 'I Love Karaoke'

June 22nd, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe wowed his Harry Potter co-stars during a recent karaoke party - by showing off his newly-acquired singing skills when he took the mic.

The British actor has been taking vocal lessons since signing up for Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which will hit the New York stage next year. Radcliffe admits he enjoyed showing off his new talents during a recent night out with the cast of the boy wizard movies.

He tells, "I love karaoke. I am one of those people (who says), 'No, no, I can't, I couldn't possibly, no I won't... All right, gi...

Elvis Presley's Record Collection Up For Auction

May 24th, 2010 11:15am EDT
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's personal record collection is to go under the hammer at an auction in London. The King handed a stack of 26 discs, including tracks by Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Sammy Davis, Jr., to his guitarist and pal Scotty Moore in 1968 and asked him to transfer them to reel-to-reel tapes.

However, Moore has now decided to sell off the collection after the Blue Suede Shoes hit-maker never asked for his music back.

Moore says, "Elvis left me the briefcase with the records and asked me to mail the tape back to his house in Memphis. I made a safety copy for myself and kept the recor...

Audrina Patridge Refutes Split Rumors

April 14th, 2010 2:38pm EDT
Audrina Patridge
The Hills star Audrina Patridge has denied reports she and rocker boyfriend Ryan Cabrera have split.

The couple started dating in January, when Cabrera was reportedly invited to star alongside Patridge on her hit MTV series, but recent reports suggested the relationship had ended. And to fuel the speculation, Patridge was spotted partying without her partner in California, while a solo Cabrera, who previously dated Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keogh, attended Leona Lewis' birthday bash in Las Vegas.

However, Patridge insists the rumors are false and she has "not broken up" with t...

John Densmore Tried To Stop Jim Morrison's Self-Destruction

April 6th, 2010 7:00am EDT
The Doors
Former Doors drummer John Densmore desperately wanted to save his tragic bandmate Jim Morrison before he went too far - but was locked out from his inner circle of friends and enablers.

Morrison died in a Paris, France hotel room in 1971 after years of drug and alcohol abuse, and Densmore admits it pained him to watch his friend spiral into a self-destructive hell.

Densmore tried his best to warn Morrison of the fate that awaited him if he didn't change his ways, but, by the time Morrison moved to France, he could no longer reach him.

Promoting new Tom DiCillo Doors documentary "When You...

David Hasselhoff Eyes Las Vegas Residency

April 1st, 2010 10:48am EDT
David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff is heading to Sin City - the former Baywatch star is in talks for his own Las Vegas revue.

The singer/actor is planning to follow in the footsteps of the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley by garnering his own longtime residency in the gambling Mecca.

And the former America's Got Talent judge insists his show is bound to be a hit.

He says, "I think it's going to be very soon now that I'm back here with my own show. I have a musical show. We just performed it and it went great. We're getting offers. I'm talking with hotels here (Las Vegas). Maybe I'll start downtown. I like it...

Lady Gaga & Elvis Presley Named 'Dream' Duet

March 26th, 2010 9:18am EDT
Lady Gaga
A duet featuring Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley has been voted fans' ultimate collaboration in a new poll.

Music lovers were asked to pick the two singers they would most like to see team up for a track in a survey by dating website - and a duet between the Poker Face hit-maker and The King came top.

Michael Buble and Nina Simone came second on the rundown, while soul stars Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross were voted third.

A Will Young/Barbra Streisand duet was the fourth most popular combination, while a Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf collaboration rounded out the top five.


No Sale For Elvis Presley's Hair

February 26th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Elvis Presley
A piece of hair belonging to Elvis Presley has failed to attract a buyer at auction. The bizarre piece of rock memorabilia, encased at the center of a gold disc, was expected to fetch up to $960 when it went under the hammer on Thursday - but bidding failed to meet the reserve price.

The seller, a music fan from Gloucestershire, England, admits he bought the strand "on a whim" during a previous televised auction.

A spokesperson for auction house Chorley's admits such unusual items are losing popularity with collectors, explaining, "These more fun items are not doing as well in the curre...

U2 Drummer Lands Role On Favorite Show

February 11th, 2010 11:05pm EST
U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. has landed a voiceover role in his favorite show after asking producers to consider him for a part.

The drummer will lend his voice to a pair of characters in the upcoming season of "The Cleveland Show" - a mobster and an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Show star Mike Henry, who voices the lead character, Cleveland, tells the BBC, "We just recorded him doing a couple of different parts and he was very funny."

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Michael Jackson's 'Unsettled' Spirit Apologizes To Lisa Marie Presley

February 10th, 2010 6:26am EST
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has spoken out from beyond the grave to Lisa Marie Presley in a spooky séance, according to the King Of Pop's former make-up artist. Beautician Karen Faye and Jackson's ex-wife Presley allegedly made contact with the singer, who died in June, with the help of a medium last week.

Faye insists the Thriller icon's spirit seemed to be "unsettled" and expressed remorse for any wrongdoing.

Faye says, "He seemed to be on a mission to reach out to people in his life and be forgiven. Michael spent his time explaining his faults and wanting us to forgive him. He seemed unsettl...

Happy 75th, Elvis! A Tribute In Videos

January 8th, 2010 11:12am EST
Elvis Presley
There will be many that title themselves "King of..." but there was only one "The King." Today marks Elvis Presley's 75th birthday, so let's take a look at the videos that helped Elvis take the nation by storm like no one else had before.

On August 16, 1977, Presley was found dead in Graceland. The cause of death remains a subject of widespread speculation, although it seems likely that drugs played a part. Many fans refused to believe he died. In death, as in life, Presley continues to be one of record label RCA's most consistent earners.

Bid On A Clump Of Elvis' Hair

October 12th, 2009 7:02pm EDT
Elvis Presley hair
A clump of Elvis Presley's hair, given to Gary Pepper as president of the Tankers Fan Club to give to Elvis fans, is one of over 200 items that will be up for auction on Sunday, Oct. 18.

This weekend a separate auction by the Profiles in History in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, featured a guitar played by Elvis during his final Las Vegas performance, which was sold for $106,200. The iconic white glove worn by Michael Jackson on his 1984 Victory tour sold for a staggering $66,000.

Wonder how much Elvis' hair will go for? What do YOU think it's worth? Let us know in the comments!


Mariah Carey's 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel' Set For Sept. 29 Release

September 18th, 2009 7:23pm EDT
Mariah Carey
After setting a long list of new chart records with her most recent hit "Obsessed," interna­tional superstar Mariah Carey, the top-selling female recording artist in history, now follows-up with her remake of Foreigner's classic "I Want To Know What Love Is" as the second single pick from her forthcoming new album on Island Records, "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel".

The special 2-CD package – disc one containing the full album, enhanced disc two containing four remixes plus two videos – is scheduled to arrive in-stores on September 29th. On Friday, September 18th, Mariah will make a spe...

Video Shows Michael Jackson Still Alive?

August 26th, 2009 2:54pm EDT
Michael Jackson
An eerie video has surfaced recently that portrays a man hopping out of a Los Angeles Coroner's van - and the person that posted the video claims it's Michael Jackson. Watch the video after the break.

"This video shows that Michael was still alive after his dead body was transported to the Los Angeles Dept. of Coroner I checked the license plate number and it looks like the King of Pop is jumping out of the same van, his dead body has been in. I got the original video tape from a trustworthy source. I know him for years. And I am sure it´s real and Michael is alive," reads the descriptio...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Michael Jackson Was Great His Entire Life, Not Just Early On

June 29th, 2009 10:12am EDT
Michael Jackson
Sports reporter Tony Kornheiser said of Michael Jackson's passing, "In my lifetime there were three great icons...Frank Sinatra, there's Elvis Presley, and there's Michael Jackson."

Since Michael Jackson's untimely passing last week, there have been a slew of TV and radio personalities lamenting on the loss of this generation's greatest entertainers, and it seems as though most voices with the power of offering opinion/editorial don't want to count Jackson's post-"Bad" legacy in his greatness. And since so much as been said about his "Thriller" era (beyond covered), and his days as the ...

Lisa Marie Presley: 'Michael Jackson Knew He Would Die Like Elvis'

June 26th, 2009 3:19pm EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, has revealed on her blog that Michael knew he would die like her father, Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977 due to health problems from drug use. Lisa Marie and Michael married in 1993 and divorced less than two years later.

"He Knew," she writes, "Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

"I can't recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

"At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated w...