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Is Paul McCartney Secretly Recording Music with Kanye West?

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by

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MPL/Mary McCartney; Universal Music GroupPaul McCartney is a fan of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, but is he actually making music with him?  According to a new report, yes.

Source tells the New York Post’s Page Six column that the former Beatle and Kim Kardashian’s husband have been “quietly collaborating” on several tracks, which could eventually turn into an album.  One of the songs is reportedly called “P*** on My Grave,” with Page Six claiming Kim has been overheard telling friends that she’s surprised that the two would use such a provocative title.

West attended McCartney’s concert at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium last week.

During a Twitter interview last year, McCartney revealed that West’s disc Yeezus was one of the albums he’d purchased recently, along with Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail.



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Fans Celebrate #MadonnaDay as Queen of Pop Turns 56

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by

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Credit: Mert & Marcus/InterscopeHoliday! Celebrate! Today — Saturday, August 16 — is Madonna‘s 56th birthday, and fans everywhere will be saluting the Queen of Pop by marking #MadonnaDay across various social networks.

In honor of Madonna’s Art for Freedom initiative, fans have been asked to create photos that illustrate their visions of what the world would be like if we all had the same rights and freedom to be who we are, and add a birthday message for the singer.  Today, fans are invited to post those photos to their favorite social networks, using the hashtags #MadonnaDay and #ArtForFreedom. 

Madonna’s ArtforFreedom website will host some of the singer’s own favorites, and some lucky fans even will be sent Madonna merchandise to thank them for participating.

A message on Madonna’s website reads, “Happiness, love, joy, peace, etc… Let’s make your picture something that will bring a smile to Madonna’s face and make her feel we are all one on her special day!”

As for the Queen herself she may or may not be celebrating her birthday in France, which is where she was last week.  On August 11, she celebrated her son Rocco Ritchie‘s 14th birthday.  Lourdes, the oldest of Madonna’s four children, will be a freshman in college this fall, reportedly attending her mom’s alma mater, the University of Michigan. 

The singer is also hard at work on a new album, and while we have an idea of who she’s working with, and a constant stream of hints on Instagram, nothing’s been announced officially.

Meanwhile, Madonna continues to be the gold standard to which female pop stars aspire.  In a new Billboard cover story, 21-year-old pop star Ariana Grande gushes that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is “strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension.”


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Madonna’s “Vogue:” With Lauren Bacall’s Death, All Icons Mentioned Are Now Gone

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by

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Sire/Warner Bros. RecordsThe lyrics of Madonna’s smash hit “Vogue” feature a laundry list of glamorous style and movie icons of the 20th century.  With the passing of screen legend Lauren Bacall on Tuesday, however, every one of them is now gone.

As Slate points out, Bacall was the last star out of the 16 name-checked in “Vogue” who was still living when the song came out in March of 1990.  At the time, many of the stars had, of course, already passed, such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, and Bette DavisGreta Garbo died a month after the song’s release.  Before Bacall’s death, the most recent star name-checked in the song to pass away was Marlon Brando, in 2004.

From Slate, here’s a list of the stars in “Vogue,” in the order in which they’re mentioned, followed by their death dates:

Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)
Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962)
Marlene Dietrich (May 6, 1992)
Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)
Marlon Brando (July 1, 2004)
James Dean (Sept. 30, 1955)
Grace Kelly (Sept. 14, 1982)
Jean Harlow (June 7, 1937)
Gene Kelly (Feb. 2, 1996)
Fred Astaire (June 2, 1987)
Ginger Rogers (April 25, 1995)
Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)
Lauren Bacall (Aug. 12, 2014)
Katharine Hepburn (June 29, 2003)
Lana Turner (June 29, 1995)
Bette Davis (Oct. 6, 1989)


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Culture Club Announce US Tour Dates, New Album Due Early 2015

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by

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Photo Credit: Dean StockingsEarlier this year, Culture Club frontman Boy George said that he and the rest of the band would be regrouping for a new album and tour.  Now, we know details about both those projects.

The tour, featuring George and all the other original Culture Club members — Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig — will kick off November 15 in Rancho Mirage, California.  As of now, there are only six dates, wrapping up November 28 in Atlantic City, NJ.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at CultureClub.co.uk.  This is the band’s first U.S. tour with the entire original lineup in 14 years.

Boy George will discuss the tour Thursday when he appears on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, alongside Taylor Swift.

In addition, the band has been working on a brand-new album with acclaimed producer Youth, and the disc is set to arrive in early 2015.  Asked in April what the new Culture Club material sounds like, Boy George told ABC News Radio that it’s like their old stuff — sort of.

“Y’know it’s kind of eclectic,” he said of the new songs. “I mean, Culture Club, although we were lumped in with all the other eighties bands, we didn’t really have an eighties sound.” 

Laughing, he added, “We had, in a way, the same consumption of hair spray, but our music was quite eclectic. We weren’t, like, an electro band, y’know, we kinda threw everything in there.  So…the same as that, really.”

But there are some differences, says the singer.  “Obviously, [we're] trying to write songs that maybe will resonate with our audience now,” he explained. “Really thinking about, ‘OK, what do I wanna say to the people that are gonna come to the show?  What do we want our message to be?’  So that’s been fun.”

Culture Club hasn’t released a new album of all-original material since 1999.   George put out a solo album, This Is What I Do, in 2013.

Here are the tour dates:

11/15 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
11/17 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
11/19 — Los Angeles, CA, Shrine Auditorium
11/22 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
11/25 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/28 — Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena


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Barbra Streisand Finally Confirms Star-Studded Duets Album, “Partners”

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright BarwoodIt’s been talked about for months now, but Barbra Streisand has used her brand-new Instagram account to finally confirm the details of her upcoming star-studded duets album, Partners.

“You heard it here first… my new album PARTNERS is coming September 16th,” the diva wrote alongside a photo of the album’s cover.  She also revealed that the people she’ll be singing with include opera star Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Steisand’s son, Jason Gould, and even the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

“What an extraordinary collection of talent!” Barbra adds.

This will be Streisand’s first new studio album since 2011′s What Matters Most.


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Elton John Takes His Charity Tennis Match Home to the U.K.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 by

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ABC/Lou RoccoFor more than two decades, Elton John and his good friend, tennis icon Billie Jean King, have been co-hosting Smash Hits, a charity tennis event that raises money for his AIDS foundation.  But this year, the event will take place outside the U.S. for the first time.

The 2014 edition of Smash Hits is scheduled for December 7 in London, England, at that city’s famed Royal Albert Hall.  So far, players who’ve confirmed their participation include tennis legend John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters, Tim Henman and Sabine Lisicki.  This will be the 22nd installment of World Team Tennis Smash Hits.  Last year’s edition in Orlando, Florida, raised more than $700,000 for Elton’s foundation and local AIDS charities.

During the event, Elton and King, who’ve been friends for years, each captain a team.  Over the years, Elton’s team has won 11 matches to Billie Jean’s 10.


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Lionel Richie to Receive “Billboard’s” “Legend of Live” Award

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by

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Paul Drinkwater/NBCLionel Richie, currently touring the U.S. with his hit-packed show, will be honored for his skills as a live performer at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards.

Lionel will receive the Billboard “Legend of Live” award at the event, which takes place November 20 in New York City.  The “Legend of Live” award is given to artists who’ve made “significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry.”  It also recognizes “professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and reaching fans through the concert experience.”

That certainly describes Lionel, who’s been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades, first as part of the Commodores, and then as a solo artist. His current tour, with special guest Cee Lo Green, wraps up August 2 in Bethel, NY.

In a statement, Ray Waddell [wah-DELL], Billboard’s executive director for touring and live entertainment, says, “Mr. Richie is an international superstar whose talent transcends musical trends. His fans span generations, and he is committed to making his live shows the best possible experience, and, as such, he personifies a Legend of Live.”


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Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

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AEG LivePhiladelphia isn’t far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love.  Now, he’ll be getting an award for it.

This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.  The award is presented annually to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause.”  Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Jon’s charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country. 

In a statement, Jon said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia…and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the ‘power of WE,’ we can end homelessness and hunger.”

Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, “This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia….We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better.”

Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.


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Stevie Nicks to Release New Album “24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” in October

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

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Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day.  Now, she’s making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is due October 7.

According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995.  “Each song is a lifetime.  Each song has a soul.  Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story,” she says in a statement. “They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories — the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you.”

The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.

24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5.  That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she’ll begin previewing snippets of the music.

In addition, a limited edition double vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault will come out September 29.  Also available will be a Deluxe Photobook CD, which will include two bonus tracks, as well as 48 pages of exclusive photos from Stevie’s personal collection.

Stevie and Fleetwood Mac will hit the road for their On with the Show tour — featuring the return of Christine McVie — starting September 30 in Minneapolis.



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Billy Joel Is the Most Long Island Person Ever

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

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Credit: Myrna SuarezEven people who’ve never stepped foot in New York State — or the U.S. — probably know that Billy Joel is from Long Island, New York.   Maybe that’s why the residents of that area have just crowned him the winner of the “That’s SO Long Island” contest.

Local paper Newsday has been running the contest for several weeks, asking readers to vote on who or what best exemplifies the area, which is essentially a suburb of New York City.  Thanks to over 520,000 reader votes, Billy beat out 63 other local celebrities, attractions and activities to be declared the most “Long Island” of them all.   Among the fellow Long Island celebrities he beat: Billy Crystal, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Debbie Gibson, Natalie Portman, Rosie O’Donnell, Ralph Macchio and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

As for why he won the contest, it probably has something to do with the fact that Billy still lives in Long Island, donates plenty of time and money to local causes, and has sung about the place numerous times.  The title of his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is a town in Long Island.  He’s also name-checked other local locations such as Oyster Bay and the Miracle Mile, while “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” was inspired by the plight of Long Island fishermen.


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