Lady A, the Blues Singer, Responds to Band’s Lawsuit: ‘They Always Knew What They Were Gonna Do’

In a new interview with Vulture, Anita White, aka Lady A, the Seattle singer who was sued this week by the country group that is also calling itself Lady A, says she now believes the band was not acting in good faith during what initially seemed like positive and fruitful negotiations in June. “I think […]

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Tom Meighan: Kasabian singer steps down due to ‘personal issues’

Tom Meighan is leaving “by mutual consent” after “personal issues that have affected his behaviour”.
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Keedron Bryant: Warner Records signs black protest singer, 12

Keedron Bryant’s song I Just Wanna Live was posted one day after the death of George Floyd.
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Lady Antebellum Says They Reached “Common Ground” With Blues Singer Lady A After Name Change

Lady A (real), Lady AntebellumLady Antebellum is listening and learning.
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Blues singer Lady A upset with country trio’s name change

Lady A is planning to take legal action to protect her business trademark for Lady A LLC.
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Dashboard Confessional Singer Chris Carrabba Recovering From ‘Severe’ Motorcycle Accident

Chris Carrabba, lead singer and guitarist for the emo band Dashboard Confessional, revealed that he’s recovering after a serious motorcycle accident from last weekend. “Hi friends on June 6th I was in a motorcycle accident. My injuries were severe but not life threatening. I owe the amazing doctors, nurses and medical team treating me my […]

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Bonnie Pointer: Former Pointer Sisters singer dies aged 69

Bonnie Pointer was an original member of the group, best known for the hit Jump (For My Love).
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Singer Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies aged 69

Singer Bonnie Pointer, a member of the Grammy-winning group The Pointer Sisters, has died at the age of 69.
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Sir Tom Jones turns 80: Singer shares ‘tremendous’ memories

The singing legend, who is celebrating his 80th birthday, shares memories of his life and career.
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Kandi Burruss Talks Historic Masked Singer Win & Throws Shade at NeNe Leakes

Kandi BurrussKandi Burruss may be the reigning Masked Singer champ, but she had doubts going into the competition.
During Wednesday’s episode of Just the Sip, the former Xscape member opened up to…

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Kandi Burruss Talks Historic Masked Singer Win & Throws Shade at NeNe Leakes

Kandi BurrussKandi Burruss may be the reigning Masked Singer champ, but she had doubts going into the competition.
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FBI Raids Del Records, L.A. Label in Dispute With Narco Singer Gerardo Ortiz

The FBI conducted a raid on Friday of the offices of Del Records, a label based in Bell Gardens that is famous for producing narco music. A SWAT team was brought in to execute the search warrant, which is being kept under seal. Video taken by a bystander showed agents appearing to force open the […]

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‘The Masked Singer’ Finale Reveal: Here’s Who Won and the Stars Under the Masks

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 3 finale of “The Masked Singer,” which aired May 20 on Fox. “The Masked Singer” is sweet on Kandi Burruss. The singer, Grammy-winning songwriter and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star has been unmasked as the Night Angel, the Season 3 winner of the […]

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The Masked Singer Finale Unmasks Night Angel, Frog, and Turtle: Who Won?

The Masked Singer Season 3 FinaleCongratulations are in order.
The Masked Singer just closed out season three by unmasking its final three and declaring a winner, and while there were no big surprises among the final…

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Singer Bryan Adams Unleashes Coronavirus Rant, Blames Canceled Gigs on ‘Bat Eating’ Wet Markets

Canadian singer Bryan Adams posted an expletive-ridden rant about his concerts that were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. Adams shared a video of himself playing his 1983 hit “Cuts Like a Knife” on a guitar on Instagram Monday morning. In the caption, he bemoaned a series of canceled concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in […]

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Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry on lockdown life in LA

Lauren Mayberry talks to the BBC’s Unlocked podcast about lockdown in LA, social media and abusive relationships.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Kitty

The Masked Singer, KittyWell nobody saw that one coming. Or at least none of the panlists did.
The Kitty on The Masked Singer had baffled us all, with guesses ranging from Sarah Hyland to Avril Lavigne to Sarah…

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My Boy Lollipop singer Millie Small dies aged 72

Tributes are being paid to Jamaican singer Millie Small, most famous for her 1960s hit My Boy Lollipop, who has died at the age of 72.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Kitty

The Masked Singer, KittyWell nobody saw that one coming. Or at least none of the panlists did.
The Kitty on The Masked Singer had baffled us all, with guesses ranging from Sarah Hyland to Avril Lavigne to Sarah…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Banana

The Masked Singer, BananaThe Banana has lost his peel.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Banana

The Masked Singer, BananaThe Banana has lost his peel.
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Coronavirus: Singer Christopher Cross ‘optimistic’ after being ‘sick for weeks’

The Grammy-winning US singer says he is “optimistic about improving” after being “sick for weeks”.
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”Friday” Singer Rebecca Black Comes Out as Queer

Rebecca BlackRebecca Black is opening up about her sexuality and identifying as queer.
In a recent interview with Dating Straight podcast hosts Jack Dodge and Amy Ordman, Black shared that she had…

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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Kangaroo: Here’s the Star Under the Mask

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 3, episode 11 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired April 8 on Fox. Jordyn Woods had never performed in front of an audience before “The Masked Singer.” But now the model, who on Wednesday became the latest celebrity to be revealed on the […]

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Kangaroo

The Masked Singer, KangarooWell the internet sure was right about this one.
Jordyn Woods was just revealed as the Kangaroo on The Masked Singer, proving to us that we have never ever heard the former Kardashian…

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Chanel Taps Belgian Singer Angèle for Live Instagram Gig

NAME THAT TUNE: Chanel is tapping its network of “friends of the house” to keep people entertained at home during the coronavirus crisis.
The French fashion house will host a live performance by Belgian singer Angèle exclusively on its Instagram Stories on April 3 at 1 p.m. Paris time, under the hashtag #LiveWithChanel.
“During these unprecedented times, Chanel wishes to express its solidarity with everyone staying at home or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the brand said.
Angèle, who performed at the party after the house’s Métiers d’Art show in Paris in December, subsequently appeared in its spring 2020 eyewear campaign alongside Margaret Qualley, Pharrell Williams, Isabelle Adjani and French singer-songwriter Sébastien Tellier.
Music fans can also tap into a wealth of Chanel playlists, available on Apple Music. The most recent features tracks by The Weeknd, Christine and the Queens and Jessie Ware.

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Duffy: Singer was ‘drugged for four weeks, raped and taken abroad’

The singer says she was drugged and held for four weeks, and feared for her life.
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Lean On Me singer Bill Withers dies at 81

The 1970s soul singer died of heart complications, his family said.
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Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean On Me singer Bill Withers dies

Soul singer Bill Withers, famous for a number of timeless classics such as Lean On Me and Ain’t No Sunshine, has died aged 81.
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Ranking Every Single Reveal From The Masked Singer

The Masked SingerThe Masked Singer marches on.
We’re two and a half seasons into the Fox reality series, and we’ve seen a total of 36 celebrities unmasked, some to greater reactions than others….

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the T-Rex

The Masked SingerThe Super Nine has been revealed, and one more singer has taken off her mask.
Tonight we saw the final four singers in Group C perform, and it was the T-Rex who lost in the end and had…

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Singer Duffy unveils music comeback ‘to lift spirits in troubling times’

The star says she hopes her first original song since 2010 lifts spirits in “these troubling times”.
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Here Are Some Dumb Jokes, Courtesy of The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer Season 3Much of Hollywood may be dealing with uncertainty right at this moment in the face of the pandemic that’s sweeping the globe, but we can all rest easy about one little thing: The Masked Singer…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Swan

The Masked Singer, SwanWhat a season this is turning out to be.
Last week, Sarah Palin in a bear costume. This week, it’s Bella Thorne as a swan. This episode of The Masked Singer was another example of…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Swan

The Masked Singer, SwanWhat a season this is turning out to be.
Last week, Sarah Palin in a bear costume. This week, it’s Bella Thorne as a swan. This episode of The Masked Singer was another example of…

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Singer told Vegas cops UFC’s Ortega slapped him

Jay Park, who occasionally translates for UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung, filed a report with Las Vegas police, accusing UFC fighter Brian Ortega of striking him on Saturday.
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The Masked Singer, TacoThe Masked Singer’s got something to taco ’bout.
The Taco was unmasked in tonight’s episode, revealing himself to be none other than Tom Bergeron, host of Dancing With the…

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Katy Perry pregnant: Singer expecting first child with Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry has revealed that she is pregnant.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Mouse

The Masked SingerAnother legend has been unmasked on The Masked Singer.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Mouse

The Masked SingerAnother legend has been unmasked on The Masked Singer.
We’ve already gotten Chaka Khan this season (she was Miss Monster), and now we have Dionne Warwick, was unmasked tonight as the…

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Singer Duffy ‘drugged, raped and held captive’

The Grammy and Brit award-winning singer has written on Instagram that her “recovery took time”.
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Singer Duffy reveals she was drugged and raped while being held captive

The singer Duffy has said she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker.
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Dixie Crush Singer Lindsey Lagestee Dead at 25 After Being Hit by a Car

Lindsey Lagestee, Dixie CrushFans are mourning the death of Dixie Crush star Lindsey Lagestee.
The singer died on Monday, February 17 at the age of 25.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Elephant

The Masked SingerWho knew Tony Hawk could sing?
The pro skateboarder was revealed to have been masquerading as the Elephant on The Masked Singer for this one episode, as tonight was the debut of Group…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks Miss Monster

The Masked SingerBow down to the Queen of Funk.
Chaka Khan was just revealed to have been masquerading as Miss Monster on The Masked Singer, joining Drew Carey and Lil Wayne in this season’s hall of…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Llama

The Masked SingerCleveland rocks, y’all.
The Masked Singer just unmasked the second singer of season three, and the judges certainly did not see it coming because they didn’t even come close to…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Llama

The Masked SingerCleveland rocks, y’all.
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Teenage singer Billie Eilish defends friendship with Drake

Billie Eilish has defended her friendship with Drake, saying there are “more important things for people to worry about”.
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Teenage singer Billie Eilish defends friendship with Drake

Billie Eilish has defended her friendship with Drake, saying there are “more important things for people to worry about”.
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The Masked Singer Begins Again: See All the Season 3 Contestants and the Best Guesses

The Masked Singer, Season 3, TurtleThe Masked Singer is fully back for round three, and that means it’s officially time for all of us to start those Google searches.
Last night, we met the six singers who will be…

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Check Out All The Masked Singer Season 3 Contestants So Far

The Masked Singer Season 3The masked singers are back, and they might just be weirder than ever.
It only makes sense that the costumes on the Fox reality show have to keep getting stranger, since this is now the…

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Justin Bieber: Singer reveals he has Lyme disease

The Canadian pop star says it’s been a “rough” few years but vows to return “better than ever”.
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The Masked Singer: Korean talent show to make UK debut

Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall sing the praises of a new talent show and its disguised performers.
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Coldplay ‘bodysnatched’ our sound, says Travis singer Fran Healy

Frontman Fran Healy tells how Travis went from a critical mauling to inspiring a generation of bands.
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The Masked Singer Season 3 Reveals Mouse, Robot and More Contestants

The Masked SingerHow do you top the likes of Patti LaBelle, Seal and Raven-Symoné? If you’re The Masked Singer, it’s with the Robot, the Banana, the Mouse and the Monster.
In a new promo for…

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Country Singer Cam Gives Birth to Her First Child

 Cam and Adam WeaverCongratulations are in order for these two new parents!
Country music star Cam and her husband Adam Weaver just welcomed their first child together into the world.
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Country Singer Cam Gives Birth to Her First Child

 Cam and Adam WeaverCongratulations are in order for these two new parents!
Country music star Cam and her husband Adam Weaver just welcomed their first child together into the world.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Flamingo, the Fox, and the Rottweiler, and Names a Winner

The Fox, The Rottweiler, The Flamingo, The Masked SingerAnother season of The Masked Singer has come to an end, and now all the masked singers have been unmasked.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Flamingo, the Fox, and the Rottweiler, and Names a Winner

The Fox, The Rottweiler, The Flamingo, The Masked SingerAnother season of The Masked Singer has come to an end, and now all the masked singers have been unmasked.
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Up On The Roof singer and Carry On star Kenny Lynch dies

Singer and actor Kenny Lynch, who was known for his 1960s hit Up On The Roof, has died aged 81.
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What It’s Really Like to Be In the Audience of The Masked Singer

The Masked SingerFor this entire season of The Masked Singer, I’ve felt a special kinship with the Tree.
Aside from the fact that a sparkly metallic Christmas tree is exactly the vibe I’ve wanted…

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The Masked Singer Says Goodbye to the Leopard and Thingamajig

The Masked Singer, Thingamajig, Season 2Four Masked Singers remain.
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The Masked Singer Says Goodbye to the Leopard and Thingamajig

The Masked Singer, Thingamajig, Season 2Four Masked Singers remain.
In its semi-final episode tonight, the Fox reality competition series eliminated two more contestants, revealing its final three: Fox, Rottweiler, and…

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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Tree

The Masked SingerAnd then there were five.
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Lead singer of Roxette dies aged 61

Roxette lead singer Marie Fredriksson, a musician who “painted songs in the most beautiful colours”, has died 17 years after first being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
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Soul singer Celeste wins Brits Rising Star award

After being tipped for success, the singer will get to perform at the 2020 Brit Awards in February.
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Darlene Love’s Blue Christmas: Singer Says NBC Tree Lighting Organizers Are Ageist

Darlene Love’s iconic Christmas song, “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” was performed Wednesday night on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree lighting special — but the woman who made it famous was iced out and she is furious about it. Love, 78, explained her frustrations on Facebook, calling out Brad Lachman Productions for excluding her […]

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The Masked Singer Reveals the Butterfly

The Masked SingerToday we bid a fond farewell to the Butterfly, who was just unmasked on The Masked Singer and revealed to be none other than…singer Michelle Williams.
The panel had wised up to her…

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Collard: Soul singer on sex, spirituality and ‘looking up to oddballs’

The London soul singer talks about his Mormon upbringing and why he’s proud to be an oddball.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Penguin and the Black Widow

The Masked Singer, Season 2Nine singers remain on The Masked Singer.
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The Masked Singer Unmasks the Penguin and the Black Widow

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The Bachelor’s Lauren Bushnell Marries Country Singer Chris Lane

Chris Lane, Lauren Bushnell, 2019, Academy of Country Music Awards, ACM AwardsBig, big plans! Congratulations to Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane!
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The Masked Singer Reveals the Skeleton–And the Judges Were Right

The Masked SingerDespite some truly LOL-worthy guesses for some of the competitors in week four, two of the judges actually nailed who the performer under the Skeleton was on The Masked Singer.
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Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies aged 75

The Cars were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s and the front-runner of the new wave movement.
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Singer airlifted to hospital after being bitten by rattlesnake

Singer Mike Posner has shared a video from hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake.
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Breakdancing opera singer steps in as Glyndebourne leading lady pulls out

Jakub Jozef Orlinski will replace the leading lady in Glyndebourne Opera’s production of Rinaldo.
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Singer R Kelly faces 11 new sex abuse charges

Prosecutors in Chicago have charged singer R Kelly with 11 new counts of sex abuse, all relating to one victim.
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Blues anthem singer battling MS hopes ride continues as long as possible

It’s the final season for Charles Glenn, whose backstory includes being body-slammed by Meat Loaf and having his mic cut out during the audition.
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PETA Taps Singer Joss Stone for Latest Campaign Protesting the Use of Exotic Skins

LONDON — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has tapped the British singer Joss Stone to appear in its campaign against the use of exotic skins for fashion.
Shot by Andrzej Dragan, Stone is portrayed with tears in her eyes and her body is painted to resemble the skin of a crocodile.
The release of the images follows a series of actions taken by the organization to prevent practices in the alligator farms known for supplying Hermès-owned tanneries.
“We don’t need to steal animals’ skin for fashion, and we’re grateful that Joss has joined us in sending this message,” said Elisa Allen, PETA associate director.
After an undercover investigation, PETA exposed what it condemned as acts of cruelty to animals at two alligator farms in Texas. A video posted on PETA’s YouTube channel shows the alligators at the facilities being kept in severely crowded pits and being cut open live.
“I hope when people see footage of what happens to crocodiles and alligators killed for their skin to be turned into handbags, they’ll join me in leaving wildlife out of their wardrobes,” said Stone.
PETA filed complaints against both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Anahuac, Tex., in June. The actions taken resulted in

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23 Year-Old Jordanian Singer Songwriter Jaafar Smashes Into the US with His New Single ‘Sixteen’

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Jordanian chart-topping singer-songwriter & producer, Jaafar, discusses his new single “Sixteen” and his upcoming debut album. Jaafar’s Website.

I wasn’t looking for a different type of music to listen to. My loyal readers know I love metal, hard rock, 80s, hip hop, rap and reggae.

Then pow. Jaafar, who is from Jordan, landed in my speakers. Now I can’t get his “Sixteen” song out of my freakin’ skull. “Sixteen” tells of a girl aged only 16 in a war torn area just dreaming for a better tomorrow and the hope of reaching her 18th birthday.

Jaafar is cute, too – you know, for a dark haired boy. 😉

Your much anticipated single “Sixteen” is on iTunes. What did it take for you to get your music on there?

I really just wanted to make my music readily available so I put it up on iTunes as well as most major online music stores and streaming services. The point was for the song to be easy to find, download, and stream. Getting paid for downloads really depends on several factors, like how much the store takes off the top and if you’re on a label or not.

What’s the difference between touring with someone else and funding your own tour? Which do you prefer? Tell us about the cities you have played and visited.

I think it’s any artists’ dream to headline their own tour. That’s the goal, at least for me. Opening for another artist or playing a festival is great too, though. That’s exposure to an audience that may not have ever heard of you or your music before. My favorite part of what I do is definitely performing live; it’s a big thrill. I’ve played in some incredible places and on some iconic stages around the world. Earlier this year I played at the Fonda Theatre in LA, which was amazing. I’m from Amman, Jordan so to play in the entertainment capital of the world in a venue with such great history is a big deal to me. When I saw my name on the marquee it was very surreal. My manager sent me a picture a couple of weeks later with the Rolling Stones name on the same marquee, THE ROLLING STONES, that’s crazy! Another memorable show that I’ve played was in the historic city of Jerash in Jordan last summer. I played on the North Theatre… that stage has been there since around 165 AD!

What is it about Miami that keeps you grounded, why did you decide to move there?

I moved to Miami originally because I had been working sporadically with a producer who was based there, and I felt that was a good way for me to get in to the music scene there. Also, I was accepted in to the University of Miami, so I went there to pursue my undergrad degree. Miami has been really great to me in many ways. I’ve been able to meet and work with a lot of talented people. Some of them, legends whose work I grew up listening to, and others who were sort of coming up in the Miami music scene at the same time I was. I was very proactive about making music and soaking up knowledge from the people I was working with during my time in Miami. I moved there in 2010, and in the short time I was there I really feel like I learned and grew a lot.

What is your day like in the studio when you are recording? Do you have daily routines such as voice warm-ups, certain work-outs?

I like to record in the afternoon. Otherwise, I don’t have any energy. I’m not one of those guys who can start a recording session at 11:00 PM. There are definitely some routines I have and little things I do, especially if I’m recording vocals. I’ll often go on complete vocal rest, cut out caffeine and dairy, and basically avoid anything that might irritate my voice. Most importantly though I try to just take it easy and avoid stressful situations, which is easier said than done!

Have you ever been stopped on the street by fans?

Let’s be honest, it’s always nice when someone comes up to you and is genuinely excited to meet you and talk to you about your work. People at parties and restaurants have come up to me to tell me they ‘love the music’ or ‘can’t wait to hear what’s coming next’ sort of thing. So far I’ve only had very positive and respectful interactions with people. It hasn’t got anywhere near the point where I can’t walk down the street without being mobbed though. There’s still a certain level of privacy I have and I enjoy that. If one day that is no longer the case, then that’s what I signed up for, and as long as people are listening to my music it’s all worth it.

What /who inspires you to do the music that you do?

With a lot of the songs that I’ve written for this album in particular, I was inspired or should I say affected by what’s going on in the world today. Lyrically and in terms of subject matter, there’s a lot of commentary on the state of humanity and the deterioration of society. It’s not all doom and gloom though, it’s important to always hold on to hope and I think the music portrays that aspect as well. Sonically, this album is a departure from my older material. Strangely enough though, I only now feel like I’ve stumbled upon ‘my sound’, which if I could describe in simple terms is a fusion of Middle Eastern and Western Pop-Rock sounds.

What did you do for a living prior to your music career?

I’ve always done music. I feel like it’s a part of my identity as opposed to just a profession. Before recording this album, I was a student at the University of Miami. I actually started recording the album while I was still at school. Throughout my time at school I was always making music and actually put out two successful singles in my country while studying in America. ‘Sixteen’ I would say is my first international effort.

Being from the Middle East and crossing over to the United States, what hurdles have you jumped through?

I wont lie and say that it was easy leaving Jordan. I’m still not entirely used to it to be honest. More than anything else, being away from my family, friends, and the city I grew up in was a big adjustment for me. Aside from that, being in the music business itself, I feel I jump though hurdles on a daily basis. There’s a lot of ugliness that comes with the beauty of making music.

How do you feel about your followers on that social media? How has the response from your fans help your music?

Honestly, it’s very weird to see a number on social media and believe that those numbers represent real people, even though they do. It’s great that people follow me and care what I have to say. The lack of real human interaction on social media just makes it all seem unreal to me though. When someone sends me a drawing they’ve done of me, or leaves a kind comment on my page that makes it a little more real. I really appreciate that sort of thing. The fact that someone takes time out of his or her day to connect with me is humbling.

What did it feel like the first time you were on stage in front of an incredibly huge audience?

It’s really hard to describe. It’s a high that is unparalleled and one that you don’t ever want to come down from. Watching people’s reactions and emotions while they enjoy your music and sing along to melodies and lyrics you’ve written is an addictive thing.

Tell us how you give back to the youth and the community, either here in the States or in Jordan.

Firstly I try to raise awareness through my music. I’m not into writing music about being in the club. “Sixteen” for example, is about children during wartime; Killed, left alone, misplaced… There is no greater injustice in the world. I also try, like anybody who can should, give back to any community I’m in. I try to donate things like food, clothing and toys to local charities whenever I can; my parents always taught me the importance of that. In today’s world I don’t think that’s enough though. I do feel like I could be doing more, and as a result I have been looking at different charities, not only on a local level, to get involved with.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! I’d like to ask anyone who hasn’t yet heard my music to please check out my current single “Sixteen”. To those of you who have reached out with such nice words, THANK YOU! You’re support and encouragement is not lost on me. Look out for new music soon and I hope to see you on the road in the not too distant future!

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Jennifer Lopez: The Dancing Singer

Jennifer Lopez: The Dancing Singer


Jennifer Lopez is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, and television producer. Jennifer Lopez is easily one of the wealthiest and most influential Hispanics in the United States. Her career has spanned more than two decades and today she is one of Hollywood’s biggest A-list celebrities. Lopez was raised in the Bronx and danced in nightclubs as a backup dancer before landing a spot as a Fly Girl on the 90s television show In Living Color. After going on to dance for Janet Jackson, Lopez made the transition to acting, playing minor roles on television and on film. Her breakout film role came in 1995 when she won the title role in the biopic “Selena”. In the movie, Jennifer played the late Tejano singer Selena who was gunned down by a crazed fan. Next, Jennifer went on to appear in Anaconda, Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, and An Unfinished Life, among many other films. In 1999, Lopez kicked off her musical career with her debut album “On the 6”. She has since recorded several studio albums, including a Spanish-language album. Both her songs and her albums have spent significant time on the Billboard charts.

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Teen Who Was Told She Would Never Speak Is Now A Talented Singer

This young woman has something to sing about.

Born with a birth defect, Amber Simone Chinn was not expected to breathe, much less speak, on her own. But now, the 19-year-old is a powerful singer, and a video of her performing has gone viral, WGRZ reported.

Chinn was born with craniosynostosis — a defect in which the joints between the skull bones close prematurely — which led to a procedure at the age of 6 months, from which she was not expected to fully recover, the news outlet reported. Chinn’s parents were told she would never talk, but she beat the odds, calling her recovery a miracle.

At a friend’s graduation party earlier this month, Chinn was caught on camera singing by the pool. The video of her performing “The Worst,” by Jhene Akio, was uploaded to Facebook and has received over 2 million views as of Tuesday.

“It’s hard to grasp,” Chinn told WGRZ. “I have confidence, but I never thought me sitting by the pool, a random video would be so viral.”

Now, the young musician is a student at SUNY Buffalo State and is working with local music producers on an original song. On her GoFundMe page to create a music label, Chinn cites her performance of “The Worst” as a “music video about women empowerment and the need to confront and walk away from domestic abuse.”

Last December, another young woman shared a small musical moment to address a larger issue. Single mom Kimberly Henson uploaded a video of herself singing Sam Smith’s version of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” to her baby daughter. Overnight, she reached more than 20 million people on Facebook alone, WLTX reported. In January, she released an original song called “Tiny Hearts” to share her experiences as a single parent.

“I may have taken a different path and missed little things here and there,” Henson told The Huffington Post. “But coming home and being a little person’s superhero means a lot of more in the end.”

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Carrie Underwood (Country Singer and 2005 American Idol Winner)

Carrie Underwood (Country Singer and 2005 American Idol Winner)


This book is part of Hyperink’s best little books series. This best little book is 4,000+ words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we’ll send a free copy to all previous buyers. ABOUT THE BOOKFrom Oklahoma small town girl to platinum recording artist, Carrie Underwood has transformed before America’s eyes like a character in a modern fairy tale. Though Carrie began singing at the precocious age of three in her church choir, by the time she was twenty-one, a career in singing was far from her mind. Instead, the college senior was looking forward to graduation and pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. One fateful day in 2004, though, Carrie looked up the audition locations for the fourth season of American idol. With no professional singing experience, Carrie was certain she would not be chosen to go to Hollywood. Much to her surprise, however, judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson loved the country sound of the small town girl. In 2005, Carrie breezed through the competition to become the fourth American Idol. The fairytale wasn’t quite over yet. Since her American Idol victory, Underwood has become one of the biggest names in country music, making three platinum albums. Underwood has won multiple Billboard Awards, Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, and five Grammy Awards. She has crisscrossed North America several times, performing in front of sold-out crowds to millions of fans. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOKBy the time Carrie was in college, she had made the decision to choose a practical career path. Singing was a dream that Carrie relegated to childhood. At Northeastern State University, Carrie concentrated on a degree in journalism. Underwood worked part-time at a pizzeria and interned with Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame. Underwood wasn’t all work and no play. In fact, Carrie joined the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority,

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Jack Antonoff Docuseries ‘Thank You And Sorry’ Follows The Bleachers Singer On Tour And Offstage

Bleachers frontman, Taylor Swift’s producer, Lena Dunham’s boyfriend — Jack Antonoff wears a lot of hats, and now we’ll have a chance to get an unfiltered view of how the indie rocker does it all in the upcoming docuseries “Thank You And Sorry,” premiering June 16 on Google Play. He’ll also be visiting HuffPost Live to dish all about the project at noon on Thursday, June 18.

The black-and-white foray into Antonoff’s life combines scripted vignettes with real footage from his band’s time on the road. Celebrity cameos include the likes of Olivia Wilde and Rosie Perez. Sadly, no word if we’ll get a Taylor or Lena sighting. Here’s to hoping!

Once you’ve watched the docuseries, Antonoff will answer live fan questions during his HuffPost Live interview. Click here to leave a text or video question, and catch the interview on June 18.

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Spanx CEO Jan Singer Talks Rebranding

“Nobody was talking about undergarments until Madonna wore a bra on the outside.”
That’s Jan Singer, chief executive officer of Spanx, recalling Madonna’s iconic cone bra by Jean Paul Gaultier and suggesting it’s time to get the undergarment conversation going again. Why not put Spanx in the center of it?
In the 15 years since Spanx was founded by Sara Blakely to help women rein in their bulges, the brand, while showing good growth with an estimated $ 300 million to $ 400 million in sales, has been perceived as a tummy-tucking commodity, and more often as the butt of a joke than a fashion statement. There’s also the sense that the shapewear company needs to get on firmer footing, amid rising competition from intimate, ath-leisure and active labels.
But since joining the company in July, Singer, formerly Nike’s corporate vice president of global apparel, has begun reshaping the Atlanta-based firm and its identity. She has reorganized 80 percent of top management with a slew of hires; redirected the product teams to put as much weight on fashion and comfort as on function, and fomented what she called a “consumer-centric” company culture.
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’80s Singer Tiffany Reveals What Could Have Been Her Stage Name And Why She Posed For ‘Playboy’ (VIDEO)

Only a handful of stars are well known by simply one name. Madonna. Prince. Cher. And, as fans of 1980s teen pop music would be quick to point out, Tiffany.

Three decades ago, Tiffany rose to fame with such hits as “Could’ve Been” and her famous cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now.” But long before the single-named celeb sold four million copies of her debut album, she was just 10-year-old Tiffany Darwish singing in bars in Nashville.

“I wasn’t really allowed to be there, so it was a quick little get-up-and-do-a-little-jam,” Tiffany tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” in the above video. “Nobody really wanted to give me a record deal. They were kind of like, ‘Come back when you’re older.'”

A few years later, Tiffany met George Tobin, who would become her producer, and her career as an artist was starting to take shape. The first order of business? Choosing her name.

“They were going to call me Tiffany Williams at first. My last name, Darwish… that’s just not acceptable!” she says with a laugh. “I kind of just said, ‘What about just Tiffany?'”

Then 15, Tiffany embarked on tour of shopping malls across America, where her sudden popularity soon created total chaos. “When it got to be bigger than life and people were actually being shoved against barricades and it wasn’t safe and we were actually being shut down, I actually started crying,” she says.

After her debut album hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, Tiffany felt pressure to continue that momentum. “The next album, you’re rushed in the studio to re-record something and get it out there as soon as possible,” she explains. “It kind of lost some of its charm.”

She continued putting out albums, but never quite had the same commercial success as her initial release. Tiffany’s music career went through a few more ups and downs over the next several years. As she matured and evolved as an artist, Tiffany later became determined to shed the “teen queen” image that came with fame.

“I think I’ve always been put in a box, that I’m Tiffany, the girl from the mall tour,” she says. “Then I did Playboy.”

In 2002, Tiffany posed nude for the magazine, to the shock of many. But, as the 43-year-old wife and mother now explains, she had several clear reasons for doing it.

“I was actually going through a divorce — it rocks your world. It takes your confidence away,” she says. “[Posing for Playboy] was a quick confidence-booster. And, it was shock value.

“Everybody wants to talk to me,” Tiffany continues. “If I can turn that into music and go, ‘Yeah, remember that little thing I do…?’, it works.”

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What An Entrepreneur, A Singer And A President’s Nephew Wish They’d Known Ages Ago (VIDEO)

It’s something Oprah loves to ask during her interviews: What advice would you give to your younger self? When Arianna Huffington, Grammy-winning singer Alanis Morissette and JFK’s nephew Timothy Shriver appeared on recent episodes of “Super Soul Sunday,” Oprah asked each of them this poignant question — and received some very revealing answers.

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“I would say, ‘Stop worrying,'” Arianna says. “There is so much unnecessary worry, so many unnecessary self-judgments, so many negative fantasies about the future.”

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“I would say, ‘Everything’s going to be OK, and you can be young,'” Morissette says. “I would come in as a 40-year-old and say, ‘I got this. You can go play. I got this.'”

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“I would tell my younger self to focus on finding quiet,” Shriver says. “I think we live in a culture of distraction, and silence is a way to find the center.”

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Tim Hauser, Manhattan Transfer Founder And Singer, Dies At 72

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.

Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as “Operator” and “The Boy from New York City.” They went on to win multiple pop and jazz Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, 1985’s “Vocalese,” earned a whopping 12 Grammy nominations.

Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne — who joined in 1978 and replaced Laurel Masse — rounded out the foursome.

“Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer,” they said in a statement. “It’s incomprehensible to think of this world without him.”

Hauser first formed Manhattan Transfer in 1969 with Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosali. They disbanded and Hauser met some of the band’s new members as a taxi driver in New York City. He met a conga player while driving who introduced him to Siegel and he also met Masse while driving.

Hauser was born in Troy, New York. He is survived by his wife Barb Sennet Hauser, his son Basie and his daughter Lily.

Manhattan Transfer will continue their upcoming tour despite Hauser’s death. Their next show is Oct. 23 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Singer Simone Battle Of ‘X Factor’ Found Dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Girl group singer Simone Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, authorities said Saturday.

Battle, 25, gained notoriety through performances on the television show “X Factor.” Her five-member band — G.R.L., originally a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls — had been signed by mega-hit maker Dr. Luke. Battle was found at home Friday, according to Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department Lt. David Smith. No further details were released. An autopsy was expected Sunday.

In a written statement, G.R.L.’s record companies RCA and Kemosabe called Battle an exceptional young talent and human being.

The group was featured on rapper Pitbull’s hit song “Wild Wild Love” earlier this year. Battle told The Associated Press in July that the collaboration gave the group a platform to launch its debut single, “Ugly Heart.”

Pitbull “has so many hits and he’s really done a great job … showing us the ropes,” Battle said. “This was the first time that we heard ourselves on the radio together.”
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Brandy: Singer, Actress, Mother | Who Am I | Oprah Winfrey Network

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Bobby Womack, Legendary R&B Singer, Dies At 70

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like “Across 110th Street,” ”If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much” captured the imagination of future stars in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B.

“He had a style that nobody else could ever capture,” longtime friend, gospel singer Candi Staton, said in a statement. “I loved him and I will miss him so, so very much.”

Womack’s death comes as something of a surprise. Though he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate and colon cancer, recently, he seemed in good health and spirits when he performed earlier this month at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

He told the BBC in 2013 the Alzheimer’s diagnosis came after he began having difficulty remembering his songs and the names of people he had worked with.

And there have been many. The soul singer cut a wide path through the music business as a performer and songwriter in a career that spanned seven decades. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, long after he’d lost his fortune and his career to addiction.

He spoke of kicking his substance abuse problems in a 2012 interview with The Associated Press and all the friends he’d lost to drugs over the years.

“I think the biggest move for me was to get away from the drug scene,” Womack said. “It wasn’t easy. It was hard because everybody I knew did drugs. … They didn’t know when to turn it off. So for me looking at Wilson Pickett, close friends of mine, Sly Stone, Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and I can go on and on and on, and I say all of them died because of drugs.”

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and sang gospel music at a young age, performing with his brothers in The Womack Brothers. Under the influence of gospel and R&B legend Sam Cooke, who signed the group to his personal label, Womack moved into secular music. In the early 1960s his group recorded “It’s All Over Now,” which was covered and by the Stones and became the band’s first number-one hit.

His songs have been recorded by multiple artists, and he played as a session musician in Memphis in the 1960s.

Albarn and XL Recordings president Richard Russell helped Womack regain his career with 2012 comeback album “The Bravest Man in the Universe.” The album was a departure for Womack, full of electronic music and beats. But it was lauded by critics for a simple reason: That distinctive voice of his still brought chills.

“I don’t think he ever really thought that he would do anything again,” Albarn said of Womack in March. “Watching his rehabilitation and watching his ability to confront new material and new challenges was nothing short of miraculous at the time, and he still today continues to battle his demons and his illness. But he’s a beautiful person and when he opens his mouth and that voice comes out, it is something that is somehow touched by God.”

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74-Year-Old Singer Overcomes Stutter, And Wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges With Performance

Frank Dmitri can teach you a thing or two about overcoming obstacles.

The 74-year-old recently took the stage on “America’s Got Talent,” and earned a standing ovation for his rendition of Sinatra’s “I’ve Got the World on a String.”

Dmitri stutters, and for many years he lacked the confidence to pursue his love of singing. Watch as overcomes that hurdle and delivers the performance of a lifetime.

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Herb Jeffries Dead: Jazz Singer And Actor Known As ‘The Bronze Buckaroo’ Dies At 100 (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer and actor who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the “Bronze Buckaroo” in a series of all-black 1930s Westerns, died of heart failure Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.

His death was confirmed by Raymond Strait, who worked with Jeffries on his not-yet-published autobiography titled “Color of Love.” With a mellow voice and handsome face, Jeffries became familiar to jazz fans, but segregation in the film industry limited his movie career. He scored a big hit with Ellington as the vocalist on “Flamingo,” recorded in 1940 and later covered by a white singer, the popular vocalist Tony Martin.

Among the other songs he did with Ellington were “There Shall Be No Night” and “You, You Darlin’.”

“The camaraderie in his band was like a bunch of guys in college,” Jeffries recalled in the book “Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.” ”Ellington had a knack for developing talent and stars. … He was more like a father to me than a boss.”

Jeffries has been described as the only black singing cowboy star in Hollywood history and, more recently, after the deaths of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and others, as the “last of the singing cowboys.”

Sometimes billed as Herbert Jeffrey, he starred in four Westerns aimed at black audiences from 1937 to 1939: “Harlem on the Prairie,” ”Two-Gun Man From Harlem,” ”The Bronze Buckaroo” and “Harlem Rides the Range.”

As The New York Times noted, the low-budget films (produced by a white man, Richard C. Kahn) are “notable less for what’s in them than that they exist at all.”

Jeffries starred as Bob Blake. The films featured his horse Stardusk, the vocal group the Four Tones, and comic relief from prolific character actor Mantan Moreland. Among the songs: “I’m a Happy Cowboy,” ”Get Along Mule” and “(Got the) Payday Blues.”

“The Bronze Buckaroo” was recently revived on a DVD release called “Treasures of Black Cinema.”

Jeffries “did something outrageous, and then rode off into the sunset,” actor-director Mario Van Peebles told People magazine in 2005. “He did us proud.”

Jeffries remained active as a singer into his 80s and 90s, touring and putting out the 1995 CD “The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again)” and following it up in 2000, with “The Duke and I.” Among the honors that came his way late in life was a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dedicated in 2004.

“I don’t believe in age,” Jeffries told The New York Times in 1995, when he was appearing at a local club. “I believe this magnificent thing we have on our shoulders can help you evolve,” he said. “In jazz, we keep going. There’s no such thing as retiring, or being retired, so you never feel unwanted or useless. And that keeps your body vital.”

He was born in Detroit to a racially mixed couple, referring to himself in a 2004 interview with The Oklahoman as “an Italian-looking mongrel with a percentage of Ethiopian blood, which enabled me to get work with black orchestras.”

He lamented the days touring in the South when he was with Earl Hines in the 1930s. Black audiences were made to stand separately off in a corner and not allowed to dance.

“I don’t think anybody was thrilled about the conditions, but if you wanted to advance and develop you couldn’t show anger,” he said.

He made light of the covering of “Flamingo,” too, recalling he joked with Martin that he knew Martin had copied him because “you made the same mistake in the lyrics that I did.”

Jeffries told American Visions, a publication on African-American culture, in 1997 that he was inspired to seek backing for the cowboy movies after seeing a black boy crying because other children with him “wouldn’t let him play cowboy. But in the real West, one of every four cowboys was black.”

But he had no plans to star in them himself, he said, until the search for a suitable actor-singer-rider came up short and he embarked on a crash course on lasso handling and other Western skills.

Strait said Jeffries recently had several surgeries that “just wore him out.” He added that Jeffries “believed in one world and one people and was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. He was always funding something or doing something for kids.”

Jeffries is survived by his fifth wife, Savannah; three daughters; and two sons.

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Biographical material in this story was written by former AP staffer Polly Anderson.
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EmiSunshine, Child Singer, Belts Out ‘Blue Yodel No. 6’ (VIDEO)

No, this isn’t some kind of trick (at least as far as we can tell). That really is a young girl belting out Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel No. 6” with a voice that sounds much older than her 9 years.

The little girl with the big voice is EmiSunshine, and she can do more than just sing. She plays ukulele, banjolele, mandolin, kazoo and even some piano — and if that’s not enough talent packed into a very small package, she’s also a songwriter.

In one tune, “Black Sunday ’35,” EmiSunshine writes about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

“I didn’t have anything to do with that song except playing on it,” her dad Randall Hamilton (seen behind her playing bass in the video above) told The Daily Times earlier this year. “That melody, I think that’s her main gift in songwriting: to come up with these crazy-cool melodies that work with very simple chord progressions. It sounds like avant garde jazz, like there’s more chords and it’s more complicated than it really is.”

EmiSunshine released a disc of 18 songs earlier this year, and wrote or co-wrote 16 of them.  

“When I come up with a melody, I just put some chords together, and it turns into a song,” EmiSunshine told the Daily Times.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t put her own spin on a few classics. Along with “Blue Yodel No. 6,” EmiSunshine also performs Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and her Facebook page features a few gospel tunes such as “Amazing Grace” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

The Tennessee girl counts Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks among her influences. For more information about this up-and-comer, check out EmiSunshine’s YouTube page.

(h/t TheBlaze)
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Old Photo Of Katy Perry Surfaces, Shows A Budding Singer Pre-Fame

It is sometimes easy to forget big stars were once unknown, ordinary folks trying to break into the business. Take Katy Perry, for example. The most-followed celebrity on Twitter who’s topped charts and conquered stages, Perry was once a plain-looking (albeit beautiful) young woman with a guitar.

A Reddit user by the name of ciphershort uploaded a photo to the site Saturday morning (Feb. 15), explaining: “My roommate used to hang out with Katy Perry. Tonight he busted out this photo.”

Well, we must admit, we’re not used to seeing Perry, now 29, like this:

If anything, we’re better accustomed to seeing her like this:

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