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Jun142011

Barry Manilow's New Album Explores Ups and Downs of Fame

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Barry Manilow is no stranger to fame. The "Copacabana" singer has sold 80 million records worldwide and hit the peak of stardom in the '70s with five albums simultaneously topping the charts. But Manilow delves even deeper into the idea of fame in his new album, 15 Minutes, which comes out Tuesday.

The concept album explores the ins and outs of living in the spotlight, tackling the rise and fall of a hypothetical celebrity. But with track titles like "Work the Room" and "He's a Star," there's no doubt that Manilow is singing at least partly from his own experience.

Known for and occasionally ridiculed for his love ballads that have had female "fanilows" flocking to him for decades, Manilow amassed more than a dozen top 20 hits throughout the '70s and '80s, most notably classics like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It." His status as a legendary musician landed him a permanent gig at Paris Las Vegas, at which he recently celebrated his 100th show.

But Manilow has also said he was inspired by contemporary instances of megastardom.

In recent years, Manilow has also transfixed the media with his seemingly ageless face. While he turns 68 this week, his youthful looks have brought about questions of plastic surgery. Manilow has denied the claims, crediting his physique to his diet and exercise regimen.

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