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Baz Luhrmann partners with Sia, Diane Warren and David Foster for stage show

February 27th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Baz Luhrmann
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has enlisted the talents of Diane Warren, David Foster and Sia for his Australian stage show Strictly Ballroom: The Musical.

The Great Gatsby director is producing a musical adaptation of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom and has since announced the award-winning musicians have provided songs for the production.

He is also working with Australian producer and composer Elliott Wheeler and singer/actor Eddie Perfect.

The stage show centres on a professional ballroom dancer who risks his career when he partners with an amateur.

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is set t...
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Jennifer Hudson's emotional Walk of Fame ceremony

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson fought back tears while speaking about her late mother as she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday (13Nov13).

The Oscar winner was surrounded by family and friends when she unveiled the 2,512th star on the iconic Los Angeles sidewalk, but Hudson pointed out that there was one person she wanted by her side for the special moment - her late mum Darnell Donnerson.

Welling up during her acceptance speech, Hudson said, "I knew I would get emotional and I'm sure my mom is in heaven like 'Jenny stop crying' but now's the time to cry m...
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Record executive Polly Anthony dies

September 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Sharon Osbourne
Former record label president Polly Anthony has died.

The one time boss of Epic and Geffen records lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday (29Sep13).

Starting her career as an assistant at CBS Records in 1978, Anthony worked her way up the ladder, first as president of Epic's 550 Music, home of artists including Mandy Moore and Ben Folds Five, before taking the top job Geffen Records in 2004.

After hearing the news, her close friend, songwriter Diane Warren, wrote on her Facebook.com page, "My dear friend and sister by choice, Polly Anthony has passed away. I am heartbroken for ...
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Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral On Television & The Internet

February 16th, 2012 9:51am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's funeral will be televised. A public memorial planned for Friday has been scrapped, but the late singer's publicist has told media outlets that Saturday's private family service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey will be made available for television and internet streaming.

The funeral will be attended by some 1,500 mourners, including celebrity friends of the deceased like Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Brandy and her brother Ray J, who was reportedly dating Houston when she died.

Aretha Franklin, the ...
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'Glee' Recap: Bring In The Bieb, Bring Back The Berry

February 16th, 2011 11:39am EST
Glee
The one-two punch of the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day hit the “Glee” gang pretty hard, and this non-holiday themed return is all about launching a ‘Comeback.’

First, welcome back Guidance Counselor and Stamos Wife, Emma Pilsbury. Though she seldom felt compelled to step in and combat the bullying at McKinley, a Sue-icide note from the fallen cheer coach has reminded her of the office full of all-purpose pamphlets she has yet to hand out to students and teachers in need. In a world where depressed faculty members audit extra-curricular activities, that and a bad idea is all it takes to ge...
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Cher Makes History With Six Decades Of Number Ones

January 19th, 2011 8:32am EST
Cher
Cher has made history in the U.S. by becoming the only artist to score a number one on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.

Her Diane Warren-penned "Burlesque" tune "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," which picked up the Best Song award at Sunday's Golden Globes, has topped the Dance/Club Play Songs chart, giving Cher her first number one of the new decade.

The pop superstar scored her first U.S. chart-topper in 1965, when Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 countdown.

Her other number ones have included "Dark Lady," "All I Ever Need I...
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Tune In To Fergie's Live Twitter Q&A Today

December 1st, 2010 7:30am EST
Fergie
Avon is launching Avon Voices, Avon’s first global online singing and songwriting talent search. Marking Avon’s 125th year of empowering women around the globe, Avon Voices will offer women an opportunity to share their voices with the world.

Tune in to a live Twitter Q & A featuring Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; and Andrea Jung Chairman and CEO, Avon, as they answer questions about Avon Voices from participating bloggers from around the world in real-time at www.twitter.com/avonvoices or follow hashtag #avonvoices.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 1,...
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Should These Bands Or Artists Be Considered For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

September 1st, 2010 2:31pm EDT
Journey
Not all musicians can be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, it brings to mind some music acts worthy of consideration in the future. Let us know which yet to be named bands or artist do you think should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Performers:

Journey

Classic Rock band Journey is currently experiencing a new wave of popularity thanks to televised musical programs American Idol and Glee.

Nirvana

Rock act Nirvana crashed into the 90's obliterating the Heavy Metal music scene with a new revolutionary industry termed movement known as "Grunge."...
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List Of The 51st Grammy Awards Winners

February 9th, 2009 9:07am EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honors.

The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. Coldplay were also triple w...
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Motown Records Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Podcasts & More

January 23rd, 2009 5:00pm EST
Smokey Robinson
A special series of online podcasts featuring rare and intimate conversations with the label's legends, producers, songwriters and singers, are now available at www.classic.motown.com. The podcasts are also available on iTunes.

These exclusive podcasts are just part of a year-long celebration of Motown's 50th and its lasting legacy, which included the Dec. 9 release of Motown: The Complete No. 1's, a 10-CD box set in the shape of the label's famed "Hitsville U.S.A." birthplace in Detroit, featuring more than 200 classic songs from 50 Motown artists that topped charts around the world, ...
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Check Out Varsity Fanclub's Pool Party

September 18th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Varsity Fanclub
It is a widely accepted tenet in pop music that every generation needs its own young stars to scream for. So is it really surprising that a new group of fresh-faced young men have begun to make a footprint on the pop landscape? Even old-timers New Kids on the Block have reunited more than a decade after 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys ruled the charts. Clearly the members of NKOTB recognized that few people (even those of us old enough to own "Hangin' Tough" on vinyl), can resist the simple pleasure of five talented, upbeat guys singing and dancing in unison. It's been true since the Jackson 5 ...
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American Idol's Ace Young Set To Release Debut CD July 15

July 11th, 2008 6:30am EDT
Ace Young
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ace Young will release his self titled debut CD, Ace Young on July 15, on Pazzo Music. The first single off the album, "Addicted"" is now available on iTunes.

The album, Ace's first, took over 16 months to record. It took Ace from Los Angeles to New York, Florida, Nashville and Stockholm, Sweden. Says Ace "I've taken my time because I realized how important it is to make sure it's right, true to me and up to my level of expectation. I only get one chance to tell my fans who I am."

Ace's album is a collaborative effort with the legendary Desmond...
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American Idol's Ace Young Set To Release Debut CD July 15

July 10th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Ace Young
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ace Young will release his self titled debut CD, Ace Young on July 15, on Pazzo Music. The first single off the album, "Addicted"" is now available on iTunes.

The album, Ace's first, took over 16 months to record. It took Ace from Los Angeles to New York, Florida, Nashville and Stockholm, Sweden. Says Ace "I've taken my time because I realized how important it is to make sure it's right, true to me and up to my level of expectation. I only get one chance to tell my fans who I am."

Ace's album is a collaborative effort with the legendary Desmond...
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Check Out Ace Young's New Video, 'Addicted'; Debut CD Out July 15

June 9th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Ace Young
After years of pursuing a career as a musical artist, Ace Young first flashed onto the national scene as a finalist on season 5 of American Idol. Persistent weekly exposure to some 40 million viewers made Ace one of the most recognizable male faces ever to appear on America's most widely watched television program.

Following Idol, Ace traveled the country performing to 60 sold out arenas across the nation. With the help of Idol, the Tour, and his own work ethic, Ace was in position to fulfill his dream of a career in music. While interest from labels followed, they were pressing Ace ...
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Three Graces Charm On Their Self-Titled Debut Album

March 16th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Three Graces
Three Graces (Joy Kabanuck, Kelly Levesque and Sara Gettelfinger) released their self-titled debut album March 4th on Decca Records. While it is not uncommon for solo artists to work in various genres of music during the course of their career it's a much rarer occurrence to find three individual artists with this commonality looking to collaborate on a higher level. The stunning and talented new trio, Three Graces, effectively blends their musical backgrounds in Opera, Pop and Broadway to form a new sound that resonates with any music enthusiast.

The performances on their debut alb...
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Starpulse Asks: Where Have All the Songwriters Gone?

October 26th, 2007 3:49pm EDT
Paramore
Pop tunesmiths are a baker's dozen. After the late-90s surge of uber song doctors such as Desmond Child and Diane Warren (known for that Titanic song), Justin Timberlake found his "SexyBack" and his own writing voice following years of whistling Max Martin dixie. Heck, even Britney Spears penned tunes from her Britney effort. (This year's tepid train wreck "Blackout" features a pitiful two songs co-written by the popstar.)

But what goes around comes around. A mere glance at the contemporary pop offerings finds only a chapbook of singer-songwriters. Ms. Warren's cheeseball balladry has ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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Mary J. Blige To Receive Honor From American Society of Composers

May 15th, 2007 4:11pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is set for another major honor at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 20th Anniversary Rhythm & Soul Music Awards next month. The R&B queen will be presented with the 's top songwriters and publishers of 2006.

The ASCAP Voice of Music Award is given to artists and songwriters whose music illuminates people's lives through song. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Diane Warren and Jimmy Webb, among others.

ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman admits six-time Grammy Award winner Blige was a popular choice: "Thr...
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Fascinating Facts

April 16th, 2007 3:25pm EDT
Good Charlotte
* Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden perform Milli Vanilli's hits whenever they're invited to perform at a karaoke bar.

* Diane Warren was inspired to write Aerosmith mega-hit I Don't Want To Miss A Thing after hearing James Brolin talk fondly about his wife Barbra Streisand.

* Moviemakers Gus Van Sant and Bryan Singer are both working on new biopics about assassinated San Francisco official Harvey Milk, who made history by becoming the first openly gay elected official in the United States.

* Brooke Shields is to play singer Billy Ray Cyrus' late wife in an upcom...
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Notable Quotables

April 12th, 2007 3:43pm EDT
Steve Martin
"(She was) very receptive, but chewed through the duct tape at the last minute." Steve Martin jokes about his attempts to woo Diane Keaton during a star-studded tribute to the actress in New York on Monday.

"The advantages are that you don't get in as many arguments, and the disadvantage is that you're talking to yourself." Justin Timberlake on the pluses and minuses of being in a relationship. The pop star split from longtime girlfriend Cameron Diaz at Christmas.

"Cher hated If I Could Turn Back Time. I had to beg her, literally, on my knees, just to try it. (It) happens all th...
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Whitney Houston Begins Work On New Album

March 14th, 2007 9:39am EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston has finally started work on her comeback album after stepping into a Los Angeles recording studio yesterday. The troubled I Will Always Love You singer has spent time in rehab over the past year over controversy regarding her drug abuse, but has now teamed up with her mentor Clive Davis to record tracks for a new album.

With John Legend and Ne-Yo lined up to work with the diva, Houston is currently working with Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Johnta Austin, who wrote Mariah Carey’s hit We Belong Together.

According to Fox News, music mogul Clive Davi...
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Check Out Latino Pop Superstars RBD's "Tu Amor"

October 19th, 2006 11:37am EDT
RBD
"Tu Amor," the first single released to U.S. radio by Virgin Records international pop phenomenon RBD, is proving itself to be a mainstream smash -- in a matter of days, not weeks. Within just three days of release, the song was all over the four most-listened-to Top 40 stations in the country, among a nationwide crowd of 30 leader stations in Top 40 and Rhythmic formats. Based on heavy first-week spins, "Tu Amor" is already the 16th most-played record on New York's powerhouse WHTZ/Z-100. It is also No. 8 in airplay, and the No. 1 request by e-mail on Los Angeles' KIIS-FM, which leaked the ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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Paula DeAnda's Self-Titled Debut Drops August 29

August 15th, 2006 4:04pm EDT
Paula DeAnda
Paula DeAnda will be releasing her self-titled debut on August 29th on Arista Records. 16-year-old DeAnda's first single "Doing Too Much" featuring Baby Bash continues to burn up the airwaves having reached 40 million in audience at the Top 40 and Rhythm formats.

Paula DeAnda features production by Happy Perez, Stargate, and Frankie J, among others. She also benefited from the creative involvement of songwriter/recording artist Ne-Yo, chartmaking rapper Lil' Wayne, labelmate Baby Bash, renowned hitmaker Timbaland, and Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren.

This album is filled ...
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