Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

George tweets to quit the cigs

George Michael has turned to Twitter in a bid to stop smoking. Speaking to Smooth Radio’s Mark Goodier, the 47-year-old singer revealed that he started to smoke again after he was sent to prison. He said: ‘When they put you inside, they almost chuck nicotine at you and, having given up regular cigarettes many years ago, I found that within a week I was hooked back on the nicotine. ... read more >>

Lady Gaga: Pot Smoker While Writing

Ever wonder where some of Lady Gaga’s more wild ideas come from? (*cough cough* arriving at the Grammys in an egg)? She’s no doubt naturally creative, but she gets a little help from the outside, too. Sitting down with Anderson Cooper for a “60 Minutes” interview, Gaga admitted to a certain frequent indiscretion. “I still smoke a lot of pot when I write music,” she said. “So I’m not gonna, like, sugar coat it for ’60 Minutes’ that I’m some, like, sober human being, ’cause I’m not.” ... read more >>

Andrea Bocelli worked hard to become a big draw

Friday evening, as Christmas lights glittered outside the window of his Central Park hotel suite, Andrea Bocelli was doing his best to explain himself in English. At his side was gracious Italian translator Maria Galetta, ready to help out. But the singer remained determined to find the right words himself. Ten years ago, at a peak of his international stardom, Bocelli wrote an ingratiating memoir. He frankly described his blindness, the pains and prejudices he confronted as a kid, and the years he scraped by as a piano singer in bars and clubs in his native Tuscany. Why had he called his book “The Music of Silence”? ... read more >>

It’s official: Ozzy Osbourne is a mutant!

A study of the hard-partying rocker revealed he actually has several genetic mutations that may explain how he’s lived so long, scientists say. Some of them “we’ve never seen before,” said geneticist Nathaniel Pearson, who was part of the team that sequenced Osbourne’s DNA for Massachusetts lab Knome Inc. “I’ve always said that at the end of the world there will be roaches, Ozzy and Keith Richards,” the Prince of Darkness’ wife Sharon Osbourne said. ... read more >>

Assault charges dropped against R&B singer Mario

The mother of R&B singer Mario today dropped the assault charges she filed against her son in October, admitting she was intoxicated at the time. Shawntia Hardaway, who accused the Baltimore-born performer on October 1 of assaulting her and trashing their Fells Point apartment, appeared before the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City this afternoon and asked for the charges to be dropped. She has battled heroin addiction in the past. ... read more >>

Bryan Ferry: a shrinking violet not a lounge lizard

‘You sometimes think you’ve only got two songs, a fast one and a slow one,” says Bryan Ferry, with a nervous laugh. He is stretched out on a chaise longue, dressed in a suit and tie. “That’s what’s made my ‘mature period’ so difficult, the feeling you may have exhausted all your various angles on things,” he continues, apparently addressing the ceiling, while I sit in an armchair, taking notes. The impression of a psychotherapy session is enforced by our location, in an old-fashioned drawing room in his studio in London’s Olympia district, complete with antique busts, paintings, and wall-to-wall shelves of books. ... read more >>

Keith Richards Lets It Bleed in ‘Life,’ 547 Pages of Music And Mayhem

Keith Richards. Right, he’s the Rolling Stone you notice when Mick Jagger’s not shaking and singing. The one who kicked his heroin addiction by having all his blood transfused in Switzerland. Who was — for ten years in a row — chosen by a music magazine as the rocker “most likely to die.” Whose solution to spilling a bit of his father’s ashes was to grab a straw and snort. Whose most recent revelation is about the size of Mick’s penis. ... read more >>

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler Announced As New ‘American Idol’ Judges

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will join Randy Jackson as “American Idol” judges next season, after months of turnover and speculation about the future of TV’s top-rated show. With pomp rivaling that of a U.S. Supreme Court appointment, Fox finally assembled the new pieces of the “Idol” panel that will be returned to its original three-member format for season 10. ... read more >>

Oasis – Gallagher ‘Quits Smoking For New Band’

Former OASIS rocker LIAM GALLAGHER has reportedly quit smoking as he prepares to launch his new band. The singer formed Beady Eye after the Wonderwall hitmakers split last August (09) following a bust-up with his brother Noel backstage at a gig in France. The group’s debut album is expected to hit stores next year (11) – and Gallagher is quitting his favourite vice to ensure his voice is on top form, according to Britain’s The Sun. ... read more >>

Lady Gaga and her flaming piano: Singer sets the crowd alight as she receives plaque for 51 million singles sold

She has just about exhausted the extremes one can go to with costumes, so Lady Gaga has turned to using stage design to shock her audiences. As the Bad Romance singer performed on stage during her Los Angeles show as part of her Monster Ball tour, her piano suddenly burst into flames, to uproarious cheers from her thrilled fans. ... read more >>

Robbie Williams Weds Ayda Field

As a recent party at the Hacienda-style home of Robbie Williams was winding down, the host sat perched on a counter-top in his cavernous kitchen holding court with a few remaining stragglers. ‘Do you think it’s possible to go forward in time,’ he mused out of the blue, ‘and change your destiny?’ Not surprisingly, perhaps, his statement was greeted with nervous coughs and mystified expressions from his gathered guests. ... read more >>