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Monday
Jul282014

"Rising Star" Recap: On the Final Night of Head-to-Head Duels, Five More Contestants Advance

ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home.

Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week's quarterfinals.

Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals.

Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home.

For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The competing act then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.

The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest-combined percentage of votes who hadn't won his or her matchup.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.

The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances.  The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Morgan Higgins vs. Maneepat Molloy:

The experts agreed that Higgins waited too long to show off her range when she auditioned and that she needed to come out swinging this time. Her version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” collected 45 percent of the vote, including a "yes" from Paisley, who noted that Higgins was a “pro,” but the 17-year-old still needed a lot of work. The performance didn’t impress Ludacris, who thought Higgins held back and didn’t give it her all. Kesha called the performance “very convincing,” adding the singer “came a long way.”

Ludacris felt Molloy’s voice was “more pure” than her competitor, but she didn’t have as much “energy.” Before Molloy's performance, Ludacris and the other experts urged her to be in the moment. The 16-year-old raised the wall with her version of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” racking up 66 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” but admitted that she didn’t want to see either singer go. Brad was not as pleased with the performance, calling it “pitchy.” He voted “no.” Ludacris voted “yes.”

Shameia Crawford vs. Unselfish:

Crawford, who had to wait for the West Coast to save her last time, chose to go first. Kesha was “on the fence” about her song choice, the standard, “Cry Me a River,” but agreed she “killed it” in rehearsal. Brad’s only suggestion was that Crawford needed to get her nerves under control. She managed to do that and collected 70 percent of the vote.  Afterward, Ludacris called her presence “unprecedented.” Kesha agreed, adding the full-time musician and Georgia native “looked stunning” and “set the bar high” with her singing voice. She voted “yes,” as did Paisley.

The five-man group Unselfish also failed to raise the wall last time. The experts advised them to clean up their harmonies, but their version of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” still failed to impress voters, earning just 33 percent. They did, however, get a “yes” from Kesha, who explained she was “not a dream crusher.” She added that while it was “not the best performance,” she thought they could improve and wanted the group to know she was rooting for them. Ludacris voted “no,” saying their harmonies “needed work,” and Paisley also gave them a “no.”

Dana Williams vs. Audrey Kate Geiger:

Williams led off this duel. Using a guitar that belonged to her late father, who once backed Michael Jackson, she sang The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She said the guitar was a lucky charm.  The performance earned 67 percent of the vote, but didn’t impress Brad, who gave her a “no.” He explained the singing was great, but the performance sounded like Williams was “rehearsing.” Kesha, reminding Brad this was a singing show, praised Williams' voice as “delicate” and “beautiful,” adding she was one of her “favorite performers on the show.” Ludacris also voted “yes.”

Audrey Kate started her performance of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” a cappella, a risk that earned Brad’s respect and kudos from the other judges as well. America also agreed, as Geiger raised the wall with an impressive 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris gave her a “yes,” declaring, she had a voice he “could listen to and never get tired of.” Paisley said simply, it was the kind of voice he “signed up for this show for.” Kesha also voted “yes.”  Geiger won the battle, but Williams was later saved by West Coast viewers.

Joshua Peavy vs. Karen Hornsby

Hornsby's daughter, Gabrielle, was left blind and unable to talk following treatment for brain cancer. She was in the audience for Sunday's performance, making it extra special because it was the first time Gabrielle would hear her mom sing. Ludacris advised Hornsby to go for the high notes, because that was her strength and would earn her “yes” votes. Hornsby sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” drawing 67 percent of the vote, and a “yes” from Kesha, who called the performance “phenomenal.” Kesha said the Jacksonville, Florida, native looked like “a natural woman.” Paisley said the performance wasn’t perfect, but Hornsby was still the most “inspiring” performer.

Peavy has the distinction of being the first person to ever raise the wall on Rising Star. He originally chose Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” for the duel, but after getting advice from the experts, opted for “Too Close” by Alex Clare instead. It turned out being the right move, as Joshua bested Karen with 75 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought the performance was “soulful” and he was “very proud” of Peavy and voted “yes.” However, he also predicted that Hornsby would be saved by the West Coast. Kesha voted “no,” admitting it was because she didn’t want to see Karen go home. Brad voted “Yes.” Hornsby did not advance.

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.


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Monday
Jul282014

Former Mouseketeer Britney Spears Takes Her Sons to Disneyland

Image Courtesy Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsFormer Mickey Mouse Club cast member Britney Spears took her two sons to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Saturday. 

The 32-year-old singer posted a photo on Instagram of her with 8-year-old Sean and 7-year-old Jayden with the caption, "Took these two little Mouseketeers to @Disneyland today, Like mama like sons ;)" 

Spears is wearing dark shorts and a purple tank top in the photo. Sean and Jayden are the singer's sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.


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Monday
Jul282014

Lily Allen's Fake Arrest Photo Gets Australian Police Busted

Ollie Millington/Getty ImagesSeveral Australian Federal Police officers are being investigated after taking part in a prank Sunday afternoon that made it appear as if singer Lily Allen was being arrested at Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia.

In a photo that has since been taken down from the 29-year-old British singer's Instagram account, Allen is seen on her knees with her hands behind her back as if she were under arrest.  The officers placed open handcuffs on Allen's wrists.

An Australian Federal Police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that Allen asked the officers to slap the cuffs on her.

"On 27 July, AFP members escorted Ms. Lilly Allen as she was transiting through Gold Coast Airport," the spokesperson said. "At her request, the members involved placed open handcuffs on Ms. Allen for a photo opportunity.  It appears the members involved were caught up in the moment and standard protocols were breached. This matter is now subject to internal processes."


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Monday
Jul282014

Jack White Makes Surprise Appearance at Beck's Rhode Island Concert

Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsJack White pulled double duty this past Saturday when he followed up a headlining gig at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival with an appearance at Beck's concert in nearby Providence.

Billboard magazine reports Beck introduced White as the "best bartender in the world." The former White Stripes frontman played acoustic guitar and sang background vocals on the Beck songs "Pay No Mind" and "Loser" during the show's encore.

They were then joined on stage by opening act Sean Lennon, who took part in a medley of Beck’s "Where It's At" and "One Foot in the Grave."

At one point, White ripped into a guitar solo and even participated in a choreographed dance sequence.

This is not the first time the two have joined forces. Beck teamed up with White for a song called, "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" back in 2012.

White will be featured on Beck's upcoming album, Song Reader.


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Monday
Jul282014

Billy Joel Sells His Hamptons Beach House for More Than $19 Million

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel has finally succeeded in his long quest to sell his mansion in the village of Sagaponack in New York's ritzy Hamptons area.  The New York Post reports that the oceanfront bungalow-style residence, which the Piano Man first put on the market about five years ago, was bought recently for a bit under its $19.95 million asking price.

As previously reported, Billy bought the home, which originally was owned by late Jaws star Roy Scheider, in 2007.  Two years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sought to sell the property for $22.5 million.  He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March of this year for $23.5 million.  He subsequently reduced the asking price to $19.95 million last month.

The 5,500-square-foot mansion features with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a butler's pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen created especially for Billy's then-wife, chef Katie Lee, by celebrity designer Nate Berkus.

By the way, Billy isn't moving out of the east end of Long Island altogether: He still has a residence in the swanky village of Sag Harbor.


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Monday
Jul282014

Freda Payne Tackles Big Band Jazz on New Studio Album, "Come Back to Me Love"

Artistry MusicFreda Payne revisits her jazz roots on a new studio album titled Come Back to Me Love, which was released this past week.  The 71-year-old singer, best-known for the 1970 pop/soul hit "Band of Gold," makes a foray into big-band music on the 14-track collection, performing a mix of standards and more recent songs composed by Gretchen Valade and Tom Robinson, the owners of Payne's new record label, Artistry Music.

Come Back to Me Love was produced and arranged by Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Bill Cunliffe, who has been accompanying Freda on her Ella Fitzgerald tribute show, "Ella: First Lady of Song in Concert."  The tunes are highlighted by Payne's powerful voice backed by vibrant horns and lush strings.

"I have more of myself and what I like and my choice of songs on this CD than I've ever had ever in my entire recording career," Payne recently told The Huffington Post.

Working on the new project for Artistry brought Payne back to her hometown of Detroit, where she also recorded her best-known songs during the early '70s while collaborating with the legendary Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

"[S]igning to Artistry Music with Gretchen Valade and Tom Robinson today is truly serendipitous," Freda says in a statement, "a flashback to something really good happening for me at home in Detroit, my good luck charm."

You can check out a couple of songs from Come Back to Me Love now at DL Media's Soundcloud page.

Here is the full track list of the album:

"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"
"Haven't We Met"
"Lately"
"Come Back to Me Love"
"Whatever Happened to Me"
"You Don't Know"
"Save Your Love for Me"
"Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry"
"The Island"
"I Should Have Told Him"
"I Just Have to Know"
"Midnight Sun"
"Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"
"I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water"

Here are Payne's confirmed upcoming U.S. concerts:

8/9 -- New York, NY, BB King Blues Club
8/21 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Coral Springs PAC
8/30 -- Detroit, MI, Detroit Jazz Festival (w/ USAF Airmen of Note Big Band)
*9/6 -- Houston, TX, Miller Outdoor Theatre
9/19-20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Catalina's Jazz Club
10/4 -- Hampton, VA, The American Theater

* = "Ella: First Lady of Song in Concert" performance.


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Monday
Jul282014

Jon Anderson Officially Announces Formation of New Group with Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty

Images Courtesy of Glass Onyon PRSince parting ways with Yes in 2008, Jon Anderson has mainly focused on recording and touring as a solo artist, but the famed prog-rock singer has now announced the formation of a new band with innovative French jazz/rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  The Anderson Ponty Band will be performing newly arranged versions of songs by both Jon and Jean-Luc, and also will create brand-new music.

Ponty has collaborated with many well-known artists over the years, including Frank Zappa, Elton John and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  The Anderson Ponty Band's lineup also features guitarist Jamie Dunlap, who also is a film and TV composer probably best known for his work on South Park, as well as three musicians who previously have worked with Ponty and many other stars -- keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne and drummer/percussionist Rayford Griffin.

"A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music," says Anderson in a statement, "to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God."

In September, the ensemble is planning to spend three weeks recording, rehearsing and performing at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, and the group has scheduled its first public concert at the venue on September 20.  The Anderson Ponty Band intends to complete its debut album in Los Angeles and release it sometime early next year.  A documentary about the making of the record is in the works, and the band also plans to shoot promotional videos and live performances for upcoming release.  In addition, the collective is organizing a world tour that is tentatively scheduled to kick off in March.

To help raise funds for the multifaceted project, the Anderson Ponty Band has launched a Kickstarter campaign.  Fans who contribute money to the initiative will receive a variety of different rewards depending on the amount they donate.  Among the goodies being offered are digital downloads; CD, DVD and vinyl packages; collectible posters; signed sheet music; VIP concerts tickets; meet-and-greets with the group's members; and more.

You can find out additional info about the Anderson Ponty Band at the group's official Facebook page.


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Monday
Jul282014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban gave his tour mate Jerrod Niemann a birthday cake, champagne and cigars to celebrate his 35th birthday last week.

Kacey Musgraves will play the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, on October 23.


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Monday
Jul282014

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Says Their New Album Is Full of Hit Singles

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been logging long hours in the studio working on their upcoming album. The new project is due out later this year, and the duo's Tyler Hubbard is giving fans a hint about what to expect with the new music.

"All of [the songs] have their own flavor, their own taste, and all serve their purpose," Tyler tells Rolling Stone Country. "They fit their slot on the record and it's fun to listen to all the songs and not want to skip one. That's one of our goals when we're recording -- slam an album full of singles and make people want to listen to every song."

The first single from FGL's new album, "Dirt," is now on sale at all digital outlets.


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Monday
Jul282014

Blake Shelton Reveals How He and Miranda Lambert Deal with Tabloid Gossip

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert aren't shocked to see their faces on the cover of supermarket tabloids anymore, but Blake says Miranda was pretty upset with the rags started making up stories about their marriage.

He explains, "I do think some of that early tabloid stuff that happened probably did have an effect on her, and it was a little tough for her to go through."

Miranda is able to shake off the tabloid rumors a little more easily these days, though.

Says Blake, "Now it's as common as slapping a fly off of your back. Know what I mean? It's annoying, but you don't even remember that it happened."

As for the outrageous stories about Blake and Miranda getting divorced and having babies, Blake says it's never true.

"There may be a shred of something in there that they grab a hold of, and then they create this alternative reality," he explains. "I would think they would get bored with it after a while, but they don't."


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Monday
Jul282014

Trey Songz Confirmed for 2014 Young Hollywood Awards

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Trey Songz has been tapped to showcase during this year's Young Hollywood Awards, which is touted as the "Oscars of Young Hollywood."

The singer announced the news via Twitter. "Catch me performing on the on July 28th at 8/7c on the CW! ," he tweeted.

Trey did not receive any nods in the music categories, but Iggy Azalea is up for three nominations, including Hottest Music Artist.

The star-studded award show, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television, will air Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m. on the CW Network.


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Monday
Jul282014

Billy Corgan Loves Tommy Lee -- and the Feeling Is Mutual

Image Courtesy Paul Elledge/Mitch Snyder OrganizationIf you're a fan of either Smashing Pumpkins or Motley Crue, you would've had to have been hiding under a rock to miss the recent news that Tommy Lee has been the guest drummer on Smashing Pumpkins' new album. Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan has posted numerous reports on the recording sessions, and to say his descriptions of Tommy Lee are enthusiastic would be a huge understatement.  Likewise, Lee's a fan of Corgan's.

Tommy Lee tells ABC News Radio, "I've met Billy on several occasions, but...kind of out of the blue I got an email from his manager, who was like, 'Hey, Billy would like to talk to you about playing on the new Smashing Pumpkins record,' and I was like, 'That would be amazing, I would love that!'"

Lee says that after some emails, Corgan hopped on a plane from Chicago and brought the demos to him. "Wow was I impressed!," says Lee. "He played me nine songs [and I said], 'You have a hit record on your hands, dude, and yes, I want to be a part of this!'"

Tommy tells ABC News Radio that he and Billy were on the same wavelength from the beginning. "I remember him jumping up and down in the studio after one of the drum takes [yelling], 'This is exactly what I want! Oh my God! Finally!'"  

The drummer says that although he's been jamming with other people for almost 40 years, Corgan's enthusiasm blew him away. "I was like, 'Wow!'," says Tommy. "It was just really cool to be appreciated that much. I just haven't felt something like that. It was really, really cool."

As much as Corgan sings Lee's praises, Lee returns the favor, telling ABC News Radio, "That guy is so smart and so talented, I've got nothing but massive respect for him and adoration, and when he goes and writes those wonderful things about me, it's like I get goosebumps.  I sometimes don't receive that sort of love or praise from my own band, you know? It was really wonderful."

The new Smashing Pumpkins album is to be called Monument to an Elegy.  A single will be released later this year.


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Monday
Jul282014

Maroon 5's "Maps" Is About "Bad Patterns of Behavior," Says Guitarist 

222 Records/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has been friendly with OneRepublic for a while, but it wasn't until their last album, Overexposed, that they finally got into the studio with OneRepublic frontman and certified hitmaker Ryan Tedder.  Ryan co-wrote and co-produced the band's hit "Love Somebody," and he's done the same with their latest hit, "Maps."  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says Ryan and Adam are a great combination, musically-speaking.

"Ryan and Adam have a great chemistry together as writers and actually, personality-wise, they kind of remind me of each other," James tells ABC News Radio. "They're both sort of all over the place, in a good way, which can be good creatively, as long as you can wrangle it."  He laughs, "So, they've wrangled it a couple of times and got some great songs out of it."

As for what "Maps" is about, James says not having written it, he can't say for sure, but he believes it's about something Maroon 5 has explored in many other songs: toxic relationships.

"For me, the map [in the song] originally lead to this good place, that was this positive nurturing sort of relationship," he explains. "And when it fell apart, and when the trust was broken...he still followed the map back to that person, despite the fact that this was no good for him. So it's about sort of bad patterns of behavior."

"That's my interpretation," he laughs. "Now, I did not write those lyrics, so maybe Ryan Tedder and Adam Levine would have a different opinion of that!"  

"Maps" is Maroon 5's sixth straight top-10 hit.  It's the lead single for their fifth album, V, due September 2.


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Sunday
Jul272014

Charli XCX's Bizarre Tour Rider Request 

Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsWe've all heard the stories about stars and their backstage diva demands when they're on tour: they've got to have bouquets of white lilies, or water at exactly 68 degrees, or black plastic cups, or specific brands of cereal and snack foods.  But Charli XCX has a request for her rider -- that's what those demands are called -- that is completely bizarre.

Speaking to the U.K. publication Metro, Charli says she's a huge fan of actor Bill Murray.  How huge?  "I sometimes ask for a framed picture of Bill Murray on my rider just because I think he is really cool," she reveals. "‘There are a few I have collected, and some of them have been in nice frames!"

"‘I have a weird Bill Murray collection, I guess. Although it’s not some weird obsession," she insists.  The British "Boom Clap" singer says it'd be "sick" to have Murray appear in one of her music videos.

The "Fancy" co-writer also says she'd love to collaborate with Coldplay's Chris Martin.

"I actually listened to [Coldplay's new album] on a plane the other day and I cried! I think that album is so good," she tells Metro. "To collaborate definitely would be cool. I think Chris Martin is one of the best, top line writers around at the moment. I’ve always thought his melodies are incredible."


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Sunday
Jul272014

Reba Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of "Pray for Peace" Recording Session

Image Courtesy StarstruckReba's new song and video, "Pray for Peace," has racked up more than 340,000 views since it went live. Now Reba is giving fans a look at the making of "Pray for Peace" in a new video at Billboard.com.

In the clip, Reba gives direction to the musicians on how she wants the song to sound and then goes in to record the track at her studio in Nashville. The video also shows Ronnie Dunn adding his ad lib parts at the end of the song.

"Pray for Peace" is now available as a free download at Reba.com.


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Sunday
Jul272014

Susan Sarandon Reveals She Once Had an Affair with David Bowie

Jimmy King; ABC/Randy HolmesIn the 1983 film The Hunger, Susan Sarandon portrays a doctor who has an affair with a female vampire played by French actress Catherine Deneuve, but it turns out Sarandon had a real-life hunger for one of her other co-stars -- David Bowie.  In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the Academy Award winner reveals that she had a fling with the rock legend, who she says was one of the few "famous, pretty interesting" stars with whom she's gotten involved.

Sarandon showered some high praise on Bowie, saying, "He's worth idolizing.  He's extraordinary."  She adds, "Bowie's just a really interesting person, and so bright.  He's a talent, and a painter, and…he's great."

The 67-year-old actress explains that her relationship with Bowie took place during "a really interesting period" in her life, which came after her 1979 divorce from actor Chris Sarandon and before she met Italian director Franco Amurri, the father of her first child, daughter Eva Amurri.  She recalls about that time, "I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I'm the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn't ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family."

Sarandon, of course, later went on to have a long relationship with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she had two sons.


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Sunday
Jul272014

Billy Joel Sells His Hamptons Beach House for More Than $19 Million

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel has finally succeeded in his long quest to sell his mansion in the village of Sagaponack in New York's ritzy Hamptons area.  The New York Post reports that the oceanfront bungalow-style residence, which the Piano Man first put on the market about five years ago, was bought recently for a bit under its $19.95 million asking price.

As previously reported, Joel bought the home, which originally was owned by late Jaws star Roy Scheider, in 2007.  Two years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sought to sell the property for $22.5 million.  He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March of this year for $23.5 million.  He subsequently reduced the asking price to $19.95 million last month.

The 5,500-square-foot mansion features with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a butler's pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen created especially for Joel's then-wife, chef Katie Lee, by celebrity designer Nate Berkus.

By the way, Joel isn't moving out of the Hamptons altogether: He still has a residence in the swanky village of Sag Harbor.


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Sunday
Jul272014

Jack White Will Throw Ceremonial First Pitch Before Next Tuesday's Tigers Game in Detroit

Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsJack White has taken a lot of heat recently for his sour expression in a widely circulated photo of him attending last Tuesday's Cubs-Padres game at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

He'll be in a different ballpark next Tuesday night, and not just as a spectator.  Via Twitter, White's Third Man Records announced Friday afternoon that the musician has been tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the July 29 Tigers-White Sox game at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

The tweet also said that Third Man Records will be present at Comerica from 4 to 7 p.m. that day.


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Sunday
Jul272014

Janet Jackson's Father Pens Open Tribute to Her

Image Courtesy Mary Ellen Matthews/UniversalFor the past two weeks, Joe Jackson has published a short memoirs about his relationship with each of his famous offspring via his official website. In his newest installment, he addresses Janet Jackson.

Janet, the youngest child of the Jackson family, was a "very smart" and "tough kid," Joe recalls, "She was a tomboy. She could whop all the girls."

He then states that "she is really easy nowadays. She has mellowed. She is now married and living a good life with her husband."

Among Janet's many accomplishments, Joe notes that she always had a knack for acting, which is a talent that he believes the "world has yet to recognize."

Although she's starred in major films -- like Poetic Justice with Tupac Shakur and the Nutty Professor opposite Eddie Murphy -- Joe believes that she was destined to be "bigger," which was a comment that initially upset Janet.

"I knew she was going to channel that anger to prove that she could do better and was right. She came back even stronger with greater movies. And you have not seen the best of her yet. That’s my girl," he writes.

He adds, "She wants to have a good part in a strong action movie. I can’t wait to see her in one."

Janet's father concludes his letter by recalling that she was one of the two people that visited him in the hospital after he suffered four strokes.

"She sat right next to me as I lay in bed, spent time with me, talking about a lot together. It meant a lot to me," he writes. "I lay there listening to her as she talked about how she was going to get married. I am happy for her and wish her nothing but the best ! I never tell you this, but I am proud of you Janet."


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Sunday
Jul272014

Under the Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker & Smash Mouth to Stream Live Tuesday Night from NY

Kingdom EntertainmentIf you miss the '90s but weren't able to get a ticket for this summer's Under the Sun tour -- featuring Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Smash Mouth and Blues Traveler -- you're in for a treat.   When the tour hits The Paramount in Huntington, New York, on Tuesday, July 29, you'll be able to watch it live online.

The show begins at 7 p.m. ET, and the first hour will feature live streaming interviews and behind-the-scenes material.  The music starts at 8 p.m ET.  You can access the stream from UndertheSunTour.com, and the official Facebook pages of all the bands involved.

"It's a great night of great music," says Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, who conceived the Under the Sun tour. "Make sure you don't miss it!"  You'll also be able to watch Mark Wednesday when he stars in Sharknado 2: The Second One on Syfy.

The Under the Sun tour wraps up August 15 in Washington State.


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