Entries in Gwen Stefani (4)


Gwen Stefani Says Her Solo Career Was Only 'Pretend'

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- When Gwen Stefani decided to launch a solo career in 2004, she was super-successful: her two solo discs sold well, spun off a string of hits and catapulted her to superstardom.  But now she says she never really felt like her solo career was anything but "pretend."

In the January issue of Vogue magazine, Gwen says of her band No Doubt, "I feel like we’ve always been in our own little lane.  Never fitting in ... and it’s the same now.  I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this Alice in Wonderland pretend version of myself.  But this, being in No Doubt, is really who I am.”

Of course, some artists would kill for the kind of "pretend" solo career Gwen has had: she scored heaps of Grammy nominations, and landed hits like "The Sweet Escape," "Hollaback Girl" and "Rich Girl."

One reason Gwen may not look back on her solo career with fondness?  She had one heckuva grueling schedule during that time.

As she tells Vogue, "I did my first solo record and went on tour while I was pregnant...It was torture.  I toured until I was four and a half months pregnant, showing.  I came home and had Kingston, and when he was eight months old, I went back on the road ... so I would literally do my hair and makeup, go back to the bus, nurse him, put him down, and walk out onstage. And I did that for 100 shows.”

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Female Musicians Being Featured in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys aren't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- yet -- but they're all featured in a brand-new exhibit opening Friday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Called Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion & Power, the exhibit traces the influence of women in rock and its related genres over nearly 100 years.  Organized by era, it highlights the female blues singers and country artists of the 1920s, the early female rock 'n rollers of the fifties, the girl groups, rock icons and singer-songwriters of the sixties, the disco and punk queens of the seventies, the music video stars of the '80s, the teen idols of the '90s and the massive pop stars of today.

Jim Henke, the chief curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, told ABC News Radio, "I think when people think back, they always think of the men in rock and roll, but the reality was that, going back to the roots, women have played an important role, and we really wanted to show that."

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Gwen Stefani Donates A Million Dollars to Japan Disaster Relief

PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris(NEW YORK) -- Gwen Stefani is one star who puts her money where her mouth is -- she's donated a million dollars to Save the Children's "Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund" to help relief efforts in that country.

In a statement, Gwen said, "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”

But Gwen didn't stop there.  She's also designed a limited-edition T-shirt which will be sold through her band's website,  One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit relief efforts.  The T-shirt is part of Gwen's Harajuku Lovers line, which was inspired by the vibrant youth culture and fashion found in the Tokyo district known as Harajuku.  In addition, plans are being made for a charity auction and fundraising event.

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Female Artists to Be Featured in Rock Hall of Fame Exhibit

Photo Courtesy - Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(CLEVELAND) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will be opening a new exhibit dedicated to the "women who rock."

The exhibit will explore female musicians who've influenced the rock genre through the decades, including more recent artists like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper and Janet Jackson.

The exhibit, which is called "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power," will be open from May 13 of this year to Feb. 26 of next year.

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