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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

2/21/2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...

Eric Benet To Be A Dad

12/6/2011 8:51am EST
Eric Benet
R&B singer Eric Benet is set to become a father again - his wife is expecting their first child.

Halle Berry's ex-husband wed longtime partner Manuela Testolini - who was previously married to Prince - in July, and now they are preparing to become parents.

Benet took to his page to tell his fans the news and uploaded a photo of Testolini cradling her baby bump alongside the caption, "We're expanding."

The singer is already dad to daughter India, from a previous relationship.

Report: Madonna To Headline Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

10/4/2011 10:00am EDT
Madonna is reporting that Madonna has been picked for the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Citing an inside source, the website says that the Material Girl will be performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the February 5 event.

After Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the NFL has been picking classic acts for their halftime shows. Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Who have all performed since. Last year the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash took the stage to poor re...

Prince Ordered To Pay $4 Million To Fragrance Company

9/3/2011 1:30pm EDT
Pop superstar Prince has been ordered to pay almost $4 million to perfume bosses who accused the singer of failing to promote a scent named after his album 3121.

Perfume and Cosmetics Inc. executives sued the Purple Rain icon for breach of contract in 2008, claiming he refused to market the fragrance after it was launched in July 2007.

Court referee Louis Crespo has awarded $3.95 million in damages to the firm following a four-day inquest in Manhattan, New York.

Another judge will have to confirm the suggested amount next week, but Prince's lawyer tells the New York Law Journal the si...

Kanye West Joins Prince On Stage In Norway

8/15/2011 11:01pm EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West was a surprise addition to a Prince concert in Sweden on Friday night.

The hip-hop superstar joined the "Purple Rain" hitmaker onstage during the Way Out Festival performance as the pop star was working through a medley of hits.

West didn't perform with Prince, but he did take the mic to yell, "Now everybody throw your hands in the sky right now. Let me hear you say, if you feel alright, say hell yeah!"

The surprise appearance came just three days after West suffered an embarrassing fall following a tumble onstage during a concert at the Bergen Calling Festival in Norway.
READ MORE Urges Justin Bieber To Write Music

8/12/2011 1:44pm EDT is pushing Justin Bieber to take control of his career by learning to write and produce his own songs.

The Black Eyed Peas star is producing the follow-up to Bieber's debut album My World 2.0 and he wants the 17 year old to do more work behind the scenes to ensure long-term success.

He tells Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest, "I want to get Justin Bieber into writing his own music and producing his own songs... Justin as an artist has to fight. Michael Jackson fought, Prince fought, the ones that stood around for a long time are the ones that are always fighting for something."


Prince Cancels Norwegian Concerts After Terror Tragedy

7/25/2011 11:31am EDT
Pop superstar Prince performed a surprise show in Holland on Sunday after scrapping concerts in Norway in light of the terror attacks.

The Scandinavian country has been plunged into mourning after more than 90 people were killed on Friday in a bombing in Oslo and a massacre on the island of Utoya.

The Purple Rain hit-maker was due to perform at the Oslo Spektrum on Friday and Saturday but the gigs were called off after news of the killings broke. The singer then announced a last-minute gig at Melkweg in Amsterdam and delighted fans with a two-hour set of his hits.

The most poignant ev...

Prince Ordered To Pay Former Lawyers

7/24/2011 10:45pm EDT
Soul superstar Prince has been ordered to hand over more than $700,000 to his former attorneys for unpaid legal fees.

Lawyers at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler sued the Purple Rain hitmaker in March, accusing him of failing to pay for their handling of cases in Ireland, California and New York.

A judge at the Manhattan Supreme Court ruled last week that Prince must shell out $708,687 to the firm, plus nine per cent interest dating back to 2008.

According to the New York Daily News, the star had paid just $125,000 of his bill.

Russell Brand & Kristen Wiig Named 'Sexiest Vegetarians' By PETA

6/27/2011 11:59pm EDT
Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig
Funnyman Russell Brand is having a great June - just 10 days after he was was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Brit has landed the World's Sexiest Vegetarian title alongside Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig.

The actor/comedian - a vegetarian since age 14 - beat out Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Harrelson and Prince to land atop the male countdown.

"You shouldn't eat animals, it's mean to them," he tells PETA.

Bridesmaids star Wiig finished ahead of new mom Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Joy Bryant and Anne Hathaway on the women's poll.

The meat-free cel...

Prince Refuses To Make Another Album; Is Angry About Digital Music

6/24/2011 11:15am EDT
Pop superstar Prince is refusing to record another album because he is so disappointed with the online music industry.

The hitmaker released his last record, "20TEN," last year as part of an innovative scheme which saw him give away free copies with a British newspaper.

Prince insisted the deal was done to circumvent internet piracy and would cause him "no stress," but the musician is adamant he won't be releasing any more new material due to ongoing problems with illegal downloads.

He tells Britain's The Guardian, "The industry changed. We made money (online) before piracy was real craz...

David Arquette Kicked Out Of Prince Concert

6/7/2011 9:18pm EDT
David Arquette
Actor David Arquette was kicked out of a recent Prince concert at The Forum in Los Angeles for arguing with a security guard about taking photos of his hero onstage.

The Scream star was asked not to take shots on his cell phone while Prince was performing, but challenged the bouncer when a fellow concertgoer was kicked out of the venue for taking snaps after the headliner invited fans to do just that.

The actor says, "Prince was like, 'Alright, I'm about to play my hits, so get out your phones'. I didn't take any more pictures but the kid next to me was taking pictures and I still had my ...

Rihanna Wows Concertgoers In Baltimore With Sexy Stage Outfits, Lap Dancing & Spanking

6/6/2011 9:39am EDT
Rihanna is snubbing critics who have taken aim at her over-the-top sexy image in recent weeks, by giving fans a saucy spectacular at her live shows.

The defiant R&B star launched her "Loud" tour in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night and showed fans she's not about to tone down her act as a result of criticisms of her videos and awards show performances.

Rihanna has been attacked by parents groups for sexing up the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas last month with Britney Spears, while her video for "S&M" has caused a storm of controversy for its twisted sexual imagery...

Prince And Mary J. Blige Rock L.A.

5/30/2011 5:00pm EDT
Pop superstar Prince thrilled fans in Los Angeles on Saturday night by performing with Mary J. Blige during his show.

The Purple Rain hitmaker sang his hits at The Forum venue and midway through his set he invited Blige, his warm-up act, to team up with him for a rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U, a track he wrote in the 1980s and which was later made famous by Sinead O'Connor.

And the duet went down well with the crowd, which included actor Russell Crowe.

In a series of posts on his page on Sunday, he writes, "Went to see Prince at The Forum in LA last night... I did go c...

Pregnant Alyssa Milano Dances With Prince

5/29/2011 7:00pm EDT
Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano is refusing to let pregnancy slow her down - the actress took to the stage in Los Angeles on Friday night to dance with her idol Prince.

The Charmed star and her husband David Bugliari are expecting their first child together later this year, and her partner took her on a mystery date on Friday.

Milano explained to her fans on, "My husband is taking me on a surprise date! I have no idea where we are going but I'm in heels."

Bugliari took his wife to see Prince in concert at The Forum venue and the actress showed off her fancy footwork by dancing with the singer ...

Prince Reaches Out To Whitney Houston

5/12/2011 10:22am EDT
A representative for Prince has reached out to Whitney Houston as the troubled singer undergoes rehab treatment, dismissing rumors she has been banned from the star's shows and insisting he will "love her always."

The I Will Always Love You hit-maker recently enrolled in an out-patient rehabilitation program to seek treatment for substance abuse issues.

She was subsequently hit by rumors she had been banned from future Prince shows after allegedly behaving bizarrely at two concerts in Los Angeles this year, but a representative for the Purple Rain hit-maker is adamant the gossip is not ...

Prince Reluctant To Part With Gold Guitar

4/14/2011 10:55pm EDT
Pop superstar Prince insists it's going to be hard to hand over one of his prized guitars to racing driver Lewis Hamilton - because so many of his favorite instruments have been stolen.

The Brit, who is Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger's boyfriend, claimed the gold guitar at a charity auction, paying $100,000 for the signed axe.

Prince showed off the gold guitar on Lopez Tonight! on Wednesday and confessed, 'It's gonna be hard to part with this."

The Purple Rain hit maker revealed on the show that he finds it hard to keep hold of his treasured instruments.

He explained, "A lot of ...

Prince's Rep Clears Up L.A. Residency Reports

4/10/2011 9:01pm EDT
Prince's representative has clarified reports the soul superstar will perform a 21-date residency at Los Angeles' The Forum, insisting the venue will simply serve as the starting point.

The Purple Rain icon phoned in to late night talk show Lopez Tonight on Thursday night to announce he was continuing his Welcome 2 America trek with a long stint at the popular hotspot.

He said, "I will be starting a 21-night stand next Thursday the 14th at the L.A. Forum with the New Power Generation and a whole gang of special guests. I'm gonna blast the roof off that place, I promise!"

But it appears P...

Check Out 'Glee: The Music, Volume 5'

3/8/2011 7:18am EST
Glee the music
"Glee: The Music, Volume 5" features 16 exciting tracks from season two of the hit TV show. For the first time ever, "Glee" premieres two new and original songs including "Loser Like Me," an energetic ensemble track co-written by pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney Spears, P!nk) and "Get It Right," a moving ballad brought to life by Lea Michele's immense voice.

In addition to these new tracks, "Glee: The Music, Volume 5" features the "Glee" cast's take on such classics as Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby."

Gwyneth Paltrow makes a triumphan...

'Glee' Cast To Release Two Exclusive Songs On New CD

2/22/2011 1:19pm EST
Almost 24 million "Glee" songs have been downloaded with nearly 9 million albums sold and now, for the first time ever, Fox's smash series "Glee" will release two original songs on the show's upcoming CD Glee: The Music, Volume 5. Available on March 8th, you will get the chance to listen to the tracks "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right" before the rest of America hears these tunes for the first time on the March 15th episode.

Volume 5 also includes "Glee" remakes of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby". Plus, you can get even more of one of th...

Prince Kicks Kim Kardashian Off Stage (Video)

2/8/2011 7:00pm EST
Prince and Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian was kicked off stage by Prince on Monday night at his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Purple one looked through the crowd in the front row, spotted Kim and asked her to come up on stage to dance with him - only problem is Kim was so starstruck she could barely move!

"I was so nervous I froze when Prince touched me!!!!" She exclaimed via Twitter.

Prince danced around the frozen socialite for about 15 seconds before shouting, "Get off the stage!"

Kim was given a second chance later in the evening though and didn't let the "1999" singer down.

"Went up...

Prince Donates $1.5 Million To New York Charities

2/8/2011 3:28pm EST
Soul superstar Prince has handed out $1.5 million to charitable causes during his string of concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Purple Rain icon wrapped up his residency at the fabled venue on Monday, with stars including Whoopi Goldberg, The Roots drummer Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson and socialite Kim Kardashian among the fans in the audience.

The singer has marked the end of the gigs by donating $1 million to educational charity the Harlem Children's Zone, and a further $250,000 to both the American Ballet Theatre and the Uptown Dance Academy in the Big Apple.

And Prince...

Kim Kardashian: 'I was so Nervous I Froze When Prince Touched me!'

2/8/2011 11:31am EST
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian was left red-faced when Prince pulled her onstage in New York on Monday - she was so starstruck she couldn't dance.

The reality TV star was in the crowd at the legendary singer's Madison Square Garden show, and she got a special surprise when he plucked her from the audience and brought her up onstage. Prince tried to dance with Kardashian but the brunette beauty was unable to show off her moves because she was so shocked.

In a post on her page, she explained to fans, "I was so nervous I froze when Prince touched me!!!!"

However, the Purple Rain hit-maker ga...

Prince's Super Bowl Show Axed

2/6/2011 11:23am EST
A Super Bowl benefit show starring Prince and Erykah Badu was canceled shortly before it was due to begin on Friday after financial backing for the concert collapsed.

Fans flocked to buy tickets for TheEvent fundraiser, organised by The Goss-Michael Foundation, an arts group founded by British singer George Michael and his longtime partner, Kenny Goss.

Organisers of the gig, in Dallas, Texas, announced that the show had switched venues, before stunning concertgoers by axing the show altogether late on Friday.

Joyce Goss, executive director of the foundation, tells the Dallas News, "We fa...

Madonna & Prince End Long-Running Feud

1/20/2011 3:30pm EST
Prince and Madonna have ended their decades-long feud after the pop star turned up to one of his recent New York concerts and cheered him on from the crowd.

The pop idols were close friends throughout the 1980s and briefly became lovers before teaming up to record the track "Love Song," from Madonna's 1988 album "Like a Prayer."

But they suffered a mystery fall-out and their relationship turned bitter as they took shots at one another through the media.

In subsequent interviews, Madonna blasted Prince as a "little troll" and criticized his refusal to eat during one dinner date.

She said...

Prince Serenades Leighton Meester Onstage

1/19/2011 3:27pm EST
Actress Leighton Meester had the time of her life when she attended Prince's concert in New York on Tuesday after the soul superstar pulled her up onstage to serenade her.

The Gossip Girl star was one of the hit-maker's many celebrity fans in attendance at the Madison Square Garden show, but she got a special surprise when he plucked her out from the audience and brought her up onstage.

And Meester couldn't contain her excitement as Prince and funk saxophonist Maceo Parker began to sing to her.

Blogging about the gig, The Roots drummer Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson, who was also at the s...

Lauryn Hill: 'I Personally Know I'm Worth The Wait'

1/4/2011 5:24pm EST
Lauryn Hill
Hip-hop diva Lauryn Hill showed no remorse after keeping devotees waiting for almost four hours at a recent comeback concert in New York, telling disgruntled fans she was "worth the wait."

The reclusive singer was due to return to the stage to kick off her first U.S. tour in years on December 27th, but the show at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom had to be postponed after a heavy snow storm brought transport in the Big Apple to a standstill. She went ahead with her second scheduled gig, at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, on December 28th, and drew a crowd including soul superstar Prin...

Black Eyed Peas To Headline Super Bowl Half-Time Show

11/27/2010 10:19am EST
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas have crushed Kenny Chesney's hopes of headlining the 2011 Super Bowl half-time show after football bosses named the pop stars as next year's main act.

Earlier this year, Chesney threw his cowboy hat in the ring for consideration as a performer for the big game in Arlington, Texas after fans created a Facebook page online, called Kenny Chesney for Super Bowl 2011.

He told reporters: "I would love to do half-time at the Super Bowl. That'd be fun."

However, it's the Black Eyed Peas who will run the show at Super Bowl XLV on February 6th, National Football League (NFL)...

Prince Symbol Removed From Michael Jackson Album

11/8/2010 11:15am EST
Representatives for Prince have demanded record label bosses remove the superstar's famous symbol from the cover of an upcoming Michael Jackson album.

The symbol, which the Purple Rain hit-maker once used as his stage name, mysteriously featured in the original artwork for Michael, which features a painted collage of pictures and icons.

Artist Kadir Nelson claims he based the design on "key moments and important people in Michael Jackson's life." But the glyph has now been removed after a request from Prince's camp.

A statement from Prince's rep on reads: "No permiss...

R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts' Makes Most Men Cry

9/30/2010 12:12pm EDT
R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts is the song most likely to make men sob, according to a new British survey.

The tune beat Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton's heartfelt tribute to his dead son - to top a new poll conducted by PRS for Music, an organization which collects royalties.

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah was third and Sinead O'Connor was the only woman on the list at four with Prince-penned song Nothing Compares 2 U.

Also making the top 10: With or Without You by U2, The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work and Candle in the Wind by Elton John.

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Style Watch: Celebrities Fragrances Dominate The Market

8/4/2010 6:05am EDT
Celebrity Fragrances
Jennifer Aniston and Mary J. Blige recently joined the ongoing list of celebrities who launch their own personal fragrances. It seems you haven't really made it unless you make an attempt to market your scent in a bottle (or publish a book).

Celebrities have the power to create, or at least have someone else create, anything to promote their name and rake in more money. Clothing, shoes, bags, restaurants and perfumes are just a few ways celebrities brand themselves.

But who started the celebrity fragrance trend? It certainly wasn't Jennifer Lopez or Paris Hilton.

Elizabeth Taylor has lau...