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Nov112010

Phil Collins Admits He's Considered Suicide in Recent Years

Photo Courtesy - Atlantic Records(NEW YORK) -- If you lost the ability to do the thing you love, that made you famous and earned you millions of dollars, you'd probably be depressed, right?  So maybe it's not so hard to believe that Phil Collins has considered suicide.

Due to a neck injury and nerve damage, Collins has pretty much lost the ability to play the drums -- he can't hold a set of sticks or even sign his own name.  In the new issue of Rolling Stone, he admits having suicidal thoughts in recent years, to the point he's even thought about how he'd do it.

He says, "I wouldn't blow my head off. I'd overdose, or do something that didn't hurt."

So what's stopped him from taking his own life?  Collins says, "I wouldn't do that to the children."  He has five -- two from his first marriage, one from his second, and two young sons from his third.  But the thought still possesses him.

He tells the magazine, "A comedian who committed suicide in the '60s left a note saying, 'Too many things went wrong too often.'  I often think about that."

He also says, "I sometimes think I'm going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story.  Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, 'What happened to Phil?'  And the answer will be, 'He got murdered, but yeah, anyway, let's carry on.'  That kind of thing."

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Thursday
Nov112010

The Boss to Perform on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Mazur/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Springsteen will make his only late-night television appearance this year on Nov. 16, as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Billboard reports that Springsteen will play songs from his forthcoming box set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, which is also out on the 16th.  He'll also chat with Fallon and discuss the contents of the box set, which includes six discs of music and previously unseen behind-the-scenes and live footage.

Springsteen's appearance on Fallon's show may be a way to show the talk show host his appreciation.  At the recent Primetime Emmy Awards, which Fallon hosted, he channeled The Boss when he performed Springsteen's classic song "Born to Run" in a Glee-style sing-along to open the show.

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Thursday
Nov112010

Oprah Winfrey Tops 'Forbes' List of Top-Earning Women 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(NEW YORK) -- It likely won't surprise you to learn who sits atop Forbes magazine's new top 10 list of the highest-earning women in Hollywood.  Oprah Winfrey earned $315 million between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, securing her place in the number one position.

Occupying the second slot is Beyonce Knowles, whose work as a recording artist and pitchwoman raked in $87 million, followed by Britney Spears in third place with estimated earnings of $64 million. 

Lady Gaga was a newcomer to the list, but earned a fourth-place showing with $62 million in earnings from her recordings and endorsements.  Rounding out the top five is Madonna, whose touring and royalties generated $58 million.

Here's the full list:

1. Oprah Winfrey -- $315 million
2. Beyonce Knowles -- $87 million
3. Britney Spears -- $64 million
4. Lady Gaga -- $62 million
5. Madonna -- $58 million
6. Sandra Bullock -- $56 million
7. Ellen DeGeneres -- $55 million
8. Miley Cyrus -- $48 million
9. (tie) Taylor Swift, Judge Judy Sheindlin -- $45 million

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Thursday
Nov112010

Swift's Album Still Tops Chart; Carey's Christmas CD Debuts in Fourth

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has notched another week at number one on the Billboard album chart.  Her album Speak Now sold 320,000 copies in its second week in stores, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which is a 69 percent drop from last week.  But last week's total of over a million is enough to keep her on top.

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey's second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, debuted at number four with 55,000 copies sold.  This is Carey's 16th top 10 album.  Among female artists, only Barbra Streisand and Madonna have had more.  Carey's first holiday record, 1994's Merry Christmas, peaked at number three.

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Thursday
Nov112010

Lambert, Shelton, Paisley & Lady A Win Big at CMA Awards 

Photo Courtesy - Michael Loccisano/ WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Miranda Lambert and her fiancé Blake Shelton had about the best night two country stars could possibly have Wednesday at the CMA Awards, carting home five awards in all, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video for Lambert, and Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for Shelton.  In addition, Miranda's hit "The House that Built Me" was named Song of the Year.

Accepting the award for Female Vocalist from her idol Loretta Lynn towards the end of the night, Lambert said, "I don't know what's going on!  I just told Blake I think we need to go to church!" To top it off, Wednesday was also her 27th birthday.

Shelton's win for Male Vocalist -- his first ever -- earned wild cheers from the crowd, and actual tears from Reba McEntire.  After walking to the podium, Shelton said, "That was 34 years' worth of steps for me, y'all.  This is a really big deal for me...this is unbelievable!"

Lambert was very emotional after winning Female Vocalist but the Album of the Year win, for Revolution, obviously meant a lot, too.  She told the crowd, "It's my baby.  It's what I do. It's what I live for.  Thank you so much for loving it too."

Lambert and Shelton's big night inspired the show's co-host, Brad Paisley to comment, "After the night they're having, I think we can expect a baby in about nine months."

Paisley was no slouch in the winning department either, taking home a long-awaited Entertainer of the Year trophy.  He'd been nominated for the CMA's top award each year since 2005, but it was his first-ever win in that category.

A very emotional Paisley told the crowd, "My hero Little Jimmy Dickens has a saying: 'If you see a turtle on a fence post, it had help getting up there.'  I feel like a turtle tonight."  He then proceeded to thank the fans, his wife Kimberley, his entire team and his late grandfather, who passed in 1987.

The other big winners of the night were Lady Antebellum, who took home Single of the Year for "Need You Now" and Vocal Group of the Year.  Hillary Scott thanked her band mates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, saying, "I can't imagine two better people to enjoy the ride with...this is so humbling."  Charles thanked his brother, singer Josh Kelley, for "making me move to Nashville six years ago."

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Jay-Z Launches Souped-Up New Website

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/BET Networks(NEW YORK) -- He's already a king of rap, but larger-than-life music star Jay-Z is now expanding his empire to the Internet.

To promote his upcoming greatest hits album, The Hits Collection Volume 1, rapper Jay-Z has launched a cutting edge, interactive website that combines his finely honed musical prowess with a high-tech social media savvy.

The black-and-white site features iconic photography and video of New York City, while also giving visitors windows into the different time periods of the rapper's career, from his first appearance on "Hawaiian Sophie" in 1989 to his 2010 Tony Award for the Broadway musical Fela!

But as visitors browse videos, photos, milestone and music, they can add their own comments via Twitter. In a pop-up box under the banner "Tweets is watching," fans are given the mic and invited to add their voices to the website.

The tweets appear as a simple line of bars at the bottom of the screen. As you mouse over each bar, they light up and display a fan's comment. If you click on a bar, a tweet-filled carousel pops up so that you can scroll through and read the comments one by one.

Some fans are tweeting lyrics to Jay-Z's songs "I'm the New Sinatra." Others are using the mic to show their love for the man behind the music; "Jay Z setting the bar way up High - Big Props".

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Card-ashian? Kim Kardashian Hawks Credit Card for Teens

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Simmons Jewelry Co.(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian is many things: beautiful and business-savvy, popular on both Twitter and TV.

But a role model for smart spending? Maybe not.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star celebrated the launch of the Kardashian Prepaid MasterCard at New York City's Pacha nightclub Tuesday. Clad in a skintight dress appropriately adorned with sequins the color of coins, Kardashian, 30, and her sisters, Khloe Kardashian, 26, and Kourtney Kardashian, 31, gushed to Entertainment Tonight about their love of spending money.

When asked which one of the trio spends the most, Kourtney said, "No question, it's Kim." Kim, who once admitted to spending $2,500 on a pair of lace-and-python Christian Louboutin booties, nodded her head in agreement.

Kim and her sisters teamed with MasterCard to create a prepaid credit card for teens as young as 13 years old. The card allows parents to put a predetermined amount of money on the card, then track their teens' spending habits via cell phone.

Despite the Kardashian clan's lavish lifestyle, Mobile Resource, the company releasing the card, believes the family can breed budget-friendly spending habits in their fans.

"It is clear that the Kardashians are very wealthy, Kim also just spent $30,000 on a purse," a representative for Mobile Resource said in a statement to ABCNews.com. "They can well afford their expenditures. They wanted to take state of the art technology to their fan base, providing them with a vehicle to protect their money and control and track their spending with all instant alerts to their cell phone."

Still, spending money was the message at Tuesday's party. Shortly after arriving at Pacha, Kim tweeted a message to her more than five million followers: "Thx 4 coming out 2 support our Kardashian MasterKard! Let's go shopping!"

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Christina Aguilera to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Next Week 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/RCA Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Christina Aguilera is a star, and now she'll have her very own, on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame. Christina will receive her star during a ceremony November 15th that will take place on Hollywood Boulevard. 

Hers is the 2,423rd star overall and the honor is part of the festivities surrounding her new movie, Burlesque, which hits theaters November 24th. 

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Taylor, Sheryl, Kelly & Kid to Perform on CMA Awards Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Country Music Association, Inc.(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Country Music Association Awards, or CMAs, air Wednesday night on ABC.  Some of the acts slated to perform include Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock and Taylor Swift, who last year won the CMA's top award, Entertainer of the Year.

Swift tells ABC News Radio that winning the big prize last year was "one of the most memorable, beautiful, magical moments of my life."  This year, she's up for Best Female Vocalist, a category she won last year as well.  MTV reports that she may perform "Back to December," a song thought to be about Taylor Lautner.

Sheryl Crow, who's a Tennessee resident and counts many country stars among her friends, is a regular on these types of shows -- earlier this year she appeared on the Academy of Country Music awards.  Crow is the kind of artist who's accepted by the rock, pop and country communities, but she says the real reason you'll see her popping up on these shows is "just that I am a serious hambone and I'll show up anywhere and make a fool of myself at the drop of a hat."

Kelly Clarkson will duet with country singer Jason Aldean on the telecast, while Kid Rock may perform a song from his upcoming album, Born Free.

Also performing on the show Wednesday night will be a woman not generally known as a singer: Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  She plays a country singer in her new movie, Country Strong, and she'll sing one of the songs from the movie's soundtrack on the telecast.

The CMA Awards air live from Nashville at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Nov102010

'Dancing with the Stars': Kurt Warner Gets Booted

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(LOS ANGELES) -- Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was sacked on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.  Warner and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya were voted off after a waltz performance on Monday that, despite receiving praise from the judges, left the couple nine points behind the leaders.

After getting the bad news, Warner thanked everyone and said the experience had given him an opportunity to impact people and build relationships.  The former football star also thanked his wife and his seven kids, and praised Trebunskaya for allowing him to do something that no one expected him to do.

Before the final vote was announced, Judge Bruno Tonioli praised Warner for his hard work and effort, saying, “You really are an American Idol.”  Host Tom Bergeron responded to Bruno’s comment by saying, “Nice plug for the other network.”

The four remaining couples will compete in the semi-finals, beginning next Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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