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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

December 31st, 2012 3:00pm EST
Whitney Houston
As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Cart...
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Rush, Heart And Donna Summer Among 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

December 11th, 2012 8:57pm EST
Rush
Finally! Canadian progressive rock gods Rush are heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The prolific trio -- bassist/singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart -- formed in 1968 and released their self-titled debut album in 1974. They never broke up, save for a five year hiatus beginning in the late 1990s; and just released their 19th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", earlier this year to rave reviews.

The band made it in on their first try; but one would never know that after the yearly outpouring of disdain for the institution by fans after repeated snu...
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70s & 80s Tunes Dominate 'Sexiest Songs Of All Time' List

June 25th, 2012 10:25am EDT
Olivia Newton John Physical
Apparently the 70s and 80s are still major power players on top 10 music lists. Olivia Newton-John's 1981 hit "Physical" has topped Billboard.com's list of the Sexiest Songs of All Time.

"Physical" spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified platinum and ranked as the biggest song of the decade. Utah radio stations banned it for having provocative lyrics such as: "There's nothing left to talk about/'Less it's horizontally/Let's get into physical/Let me hear your body talk, your body talk."

To counter the song's racy tone, Newton-John made an aerobics-themed music video, ma...
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Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears Defends Donna Summer's Legacy

May 18th, 2012 2:32pm EDT
Jake Shears
Jake Shears has urged the world to pay its respects to disco queen Donna Summer, insisting controversial comments she allegedly made about homosexuals should not overshadow her contribution to music.

The I Feel Love hit-maker passed away in Florida on Thursday after losing a secret battle with lung cancer. The legendary singer was credited with popularizing disco music in the 1970s and won five Grammy Awards, but her career took a major knock in the 1980s when she was accused of making anti-gay comments at the height of the AIDS scare.

Summer later branded the furor "a terrible misunder...
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Report: Donna Summer To Be Laid To Rest On Monday

May 18th, 2012 9:40am EDT
Donna Summer
Disco queen Donna Summer's funeral service will reportedly be held on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee. The singer died on Thursday following a secret battle with lung cancer. Friends and family will pay their last respects to Summer at a memorial service.

She was known for her iconic 1970's hit songs "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" and the 1980s tunes "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."

The 63 year old was diagnosed with cancer in July 2011. Only her husband, "Brooklyn Dreams" singer Bruce Sudano, and her three children knew she was sick, accord...
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Elton John Pays Tribute To Donna Summer, Says She Should Be In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

May 17th, 2012 11:44pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John is mourning the loss of his good friend Donna Summer by taking aim at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - callingout the organization for snubbing her despite her contributions to music history.

The disco queen was on the ballot for the class of 2012, but was overlooked in favor of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Beastie Boys and Guns N' Roses, who were all inducted to the Hall last month.

Elton called the snub a "total disgrace".

"I'm so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more," he tells E! Online. "Her records sound as good today as they ever did...
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Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead At 63

May 17th, 2012 11:57am EDT
Donna Summer
Donna Summer, 63, died this morning after battling lung cancer, according to TMZ.com. The Queen of Disco was known for her iconic 1970's hit songs "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" and the 1980s tunes "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real." In 1975, "Love To Love You Baby" became a massive hit in Europe and turned into a dance sensation in the United States after it was remixed into a 17-minute-long song.

Summer was a five-time Grammy winner: 1979 – Best R&B Vocal Performance (Female), Last Dance; 1980 – Best Rock Vocal Performance (Female), Hot Stuff; ...
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The Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

December 7th, 2011 8:35am EST
Beastie Boys
Guns N' Roses, The Beastie Boys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all won coveted places in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The bands led the shortlist to join the famed Cleveland, Ohio museum in April, and they have now been announced as the official 2012 inductees along with late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Donovan, and the various incarnations of British band The Small Faces/The Faces.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Donna Summer, and Rufus with Chaka Khan were among the acts who missed out on the honor.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 14th.
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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 ...
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Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical' Named Sexiest Song Of All Time

February 11th, 2010 11:53am EST
Olivia Newton-John
Billboard.com just released the "Top 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time." The criteria? The subject matter of each song had to be directly related to sex.

The list ranks the 50 most popular songs about sex, as based on each song's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from August 4, 1958, (the inception of the Hot 100 chart) through the Jan. 16, 2010, issue.

Check out the top 10:

1. "Physical" Olivia Newton-John

2. "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" Rod Stewart

3. "I'll Make Love To You" Boyz II Men

4. "Too Close" Next

5. "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye...
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'American Idol' Recap: Random Thoughts And The Grades On Disco Night

April 22nd, 2009 9:42am EDT
American Idol
Wow, is this "American Idol" or "Hell's Kitchen"? Seacrest comes out straight from the Gates of Hell at the top in front of a wall of flame and brimstone. Whose idea was that?

Nice of Simon to muster a smile after last week's snubbing and repeated hints at leaving the show very soon. I guess $30+ million is worth showing a few teeth for.

There have been drunken resort conga lines that moved more gracefully than the Idols got off the stage tonight. Move to your right after Seacrest is done talking - shouldn't be that hard to rehearse.

Wow, so somebody figured out that if w...
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Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

March 8th, 2009 12:20pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...
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Donna Summer’s 'Crayons,' First Original Effort Since 1991, Out Today

May 19th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Donna Summer
You can catch the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, on her full US tour this summer! Here's a sneak preview of what you can expect from an outstanding track on the album.

Check out “Stamp Your Feet”:
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Donna Summer's 'Crayons' Is Her First Album With New Music In 17 Years

April 27th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Donna Summer
Crayons with all its songs co-written by Donna Summer, is an international banquet of musical delights and surprises. Singer/songwriter/pop culture icon Donna Summer has been working hard on Crayons, her bold and long-awaited new collection of songs, the artist's first full-length studio album of newly-penned material since 1991's Mistaken Identity and her first new release since VH1 Presents: Live & More Encore!, the CD (and DVD) companion to her top-rated VH1 television special which returned her to the Billboard Top 200 in 1999.

The arrival of a new Donna Summer album is a major mu...
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'Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann' Recap: Cheese-Whiz Kids

January 15th, 2008 8:32am EST
Drew Lachey
Perhaps the most perplexing question one can ask while watching "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" is, "Why is this show called Dance War?" By adding the element of singing to this competition, the dancing falls to the wayside and becomes a sloppy obstacle meant to leave contestants gasping for air while singing horrible boy band songs of the mid 90s.

This week, Bruno and Carrie Ann were forced to choose their six-person teams out of the 14 remaining contestants. For those who needed math tutors like your fellow "Dance War" writer, that means one male and one female had to be cut. ...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2007 3:00am EST
Val Kilmer
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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A&E Launches New Weekly Sunday Morning Music Performance And Interview Series

July 31st, 2007 10:46am EDT
Private Sessions
On Sunday, July 22 at 9:00AM ET/PT, the A&E Network premiered Private Sessions, a weekly one-hour performance and interview series hosted by Lynn Hoffman. Filmed in a small, intimate studio in New York City, the series will showcase exclusive performances and conversations with top names in entertainment with a focus on contemporary music ranging from rock 'n' roll to pop to country. Each Sunday morning Private Sessions will explore the body of work of a single artist or group and feature current releases as well as career-building, influential or defining projects.

The premiere epis...
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Chart Topping Hits Of Soul Heard Decade By Decade In Four New 'Soul Number 1's' Collections

April 30th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul is at the heart of hip-hop, providing the inspiration for today's chart-topping hip-hop tracks. Now four new compilations present the best of soul--a total of 67 recordings, every track a #1 (nearly all on the R&B chart)--from the '60s to the '90s. Each of the Hip-O/UMe Soul Number 1's albums in the new UMe Number 1's series is released April 3 and packaged in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable.

In the '60s, soul was cool. '60s Soul Number...
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British Pop Icons Erasure Announce New Studio Album, 'Light At The End Of The World,' Due May 22

April 20th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Erasure
Erasure-the iconic British pop duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clark who've sold more than 20 million albums worldwide-have released their new single "I Could Fall in Love With You" through Mute on April 3. The song is taken from their new album Light At The End Of The World due out May 22. Coming after 2006's Union Street-an acoustic album of drastically rearranged lesser-known Erasure songs that was recorded with a full band and underlined the enduring quality of the material--Light At The End Of The World is a potent return to classic, totally electronic Erasure form as last heard on 2005's ...
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You'll Keep That Lovin' Feeling With 18 New Pop Number 1's Compilations; Win Them All!

April 11th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Number 1
Great pop songs are ones you not only remember forever but remind you of the feelings you had when they shot up the charts. On three decade by decade--the '60s through the '80s--Hip-O/UMe Pop Number 1's albums in the new and ongoing UMe Number 1's series, those #1 songs and the feelings they recall are back. Love Songs Number 1's, also released April 3, 2007, brings together the ultimate love songs that topped the charts. All titles will be released in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) w...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2006 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Newcomer Lisa Palleschi Releases Her Debut Album, "Released"

November 24th, 2006 10:00am EST
Lisa Palleschi
"I think this album has two personalities," Lisa Palleschi says of her debut, Released. "Half the songs are really pretty ballads, love songs, and the other half are more in-your-face, rock songs."

Indeed, Released is chock full of humanity: Its songs map the extreme ups and downs that every person experiences. It's full of love (the sensuous, lush cover of The Cure's classic "Just Like Heaven") and heartbreak (the scornful "I Wanna See You Cry"). And the big-voiced Long Island, N.Y. born siren wouldn't have it any other way.

Ranging from the sweeping to the sweet, the beautifully...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2005 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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