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March 20, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services, the New York Daily News, USA Today and the Washington Post contributed to this report
"Someday my prince will come," Snow White sang. And Michael Jackson, also a noted Disney buff, must have been humming the same tune. Because yesterday, Prince al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud rode to the rescue of the troubled pop star. Jackson and the Saudi Arabian billionaire said yesterday the two will hook up to produce entertainment ventures from theme parks to movies. "The Prince and myself will combine human and financial resources to be successful in all phases of the global entertainment revolution," Jackson murmured at the Paris announcement.
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August 10, 1988 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Moan all you want about the slickness of George Michael's image, but give him this much: The 24-year-old pop star knows how to entertain his audience. Last night, in the first of two sold-out shows at the Spectrum, Michael displayed an impressive clarity of purpose. He was there to sell George Michael, and, judging by the sustained shrill screams he soaked up between each song, he did it. Following a crowd-pumping six-minute buildup, Michael and his precise seven-piece band emerged from a huge cage to begin the show with "I Want Your Sex," which though politely funky, was hardly spectacular.
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May 10, 1999 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's showbiz, baby: Robbie Williams knows it's a silly game, but that doesn't make it any less fun to play. The 25-year-old British pop star with the cheeky attitude and the catchy tunes began his assault on America this week with the release of his Stateside debut, The Ego Has Landed (Capitol), and a tour that brought him to the Theater of Living Arts on Thursday. The former member of Brit boy band Take That knows a thing or two about working the crowd. How's this for an entrance?
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May 8, 1990 | By Dan DeLuca, Special to The Inquirer
It's not often that pop stars with the No. 1 single and album in the land find themselves performing in relatively intimate, medium-size theaters. It's still rarer when it's an uncommon pop star like Sinead O'Connor, the 23-year- old woman whose hugely successful second album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Chrysalis) has risen so rapidly on the heels of the Prince-penned soul ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U" that there hasn't been time for adjustments to scale. So the wildly enthusiastic crowd that packed the Tower Theater last night to see the Irish songstress can count itself lucky.
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August 30, 2007 | By David R. Adler FOR THE INQUIRER
Ravi Shankar's name is synonymous with the popularization of Indian classical music in the 20th century. One of his daughters, Norah Jones, has become hugely successful in pop. Another, 26-year-old Anoushka Shankar, followed her father's path more closely and became a sitar virtuoso. There may just be room in pop for that as well. On her new album, Breathing Under Water, Shankar shares billing with tabla player, producer and songwriter Karsh Kale, a product of New York's underground electronica circuit.
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May 18, 2005 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue, 36, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo immediate treatment. In a statement, Minogue, who hit big in '01 with Fever, said her Australian Showgirl Tour will have to be canceled. "I . . . am sorry to have to disappoint my fans. Nevertheless, hopefully all will work out fine and I'll be back with you all again soon. " The BBC says Minogue's pop-star sister, Dannii, is cautiously optimistic: "The news is very upsetting. Although as the cancer has been diagnosed at such an early stage, we are all very optimistic that everything will be OK. " "We're all very thankful for the endless messages of love and support Kylie has been receiving.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
NORMALLY CONSERVATIVE Indonesians, some of whom blanch at the sight of a bare shoulder, are grappling with their first-ever celebrity sex-tape scandal, casting aside social taboos as they swarm around office computers and mobile phones to watch clips allegedly showing a much-loved pop star with two girlfriends. Not at once, thank goodness. The country's collective head would explode. The sex scandal topped newscasts for a week and dominated chatter on Facebook and Twitter, competing with such deep thoughts as "Just finished laundry, yay!"
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February 21, 2005 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
Parents, I went on a little reconnaissance mission at the Electric Factory Saturday night, and I'm happy to report that your teenage daughters are safe with 22-year-old lightweight pop star Ryan Cabrera. So his Chia Pet-meets-Tina Turner coif frightens you a little, and some of his post-Dave Matthews grooves could lead to suggestive dancing at the prom in a couple of months. But check this out: With a sold-out house of shrieking girls - some accompanied by good-sport boyfriends - in the palm of his hand, he opened his 65-minute show with a song about not rushing into "things" called "Let's Take Our Time.
NEWS
May 2, 2008 | By Doug Wallen FOR THE INQUIRER
The Swedish pop star Robyn strutted and vamped her way through an entertaining hour-long performance Wednesday at the Fillmore at TLA. The crowd only reached half-capacity but it was a devoted one that had visibly learned songs from Robyn's self-titled fourth album, which came out in Sweden in 2005 but only reached the States last month. The bulk of her set came from that album, beginning with the hip-hop-influenced "Cobrastyle. " Wearing a tight black one-piece with an elongated left sleeve and her signature half-shaved haircut, Robyn's look was sharp and smart, much like her sophisticated take on bouncy bubblegum and heart-on-sleeve ballads.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2005 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
So this is what globalization looks like: a half-Colombian, half-Lebanese, bleached-blond, belly-dancing pop star who can balance a candelabra on her head while rocking out in Spanish and English. This is Shakira's world, where Bon Jovi-esque power ballads mix with flamenco guitars, and Middle Eastern vocal flourishes give way to reggae dancehall grooves. And one album this year can't contain the ambitions of our 4-foot-11 Latina heroine. First came Fijaci?n Oral, Vol. 1, the Spanish album that pictured the 28-year-old Shakira Isabel Mebarek Ripoll clutching a baby to her breast, in what she has called a Freudian image expressing the idea that "through our mouths we discover and explore the world.
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January 16, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
DETECTIVES searched Justin Bieber 's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the perpetually partying pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said yesterday. One break, and detectives believe they can crack the case. ( Tattle question(s): How did eggs cause thousands of dollars of damage? How many did he throw? How hard did he throw them [no one ever confused the Biebs with Steve Carlton ]
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
KACIE McDONNELL , the hot "Good Day Philadelphia" traffic reporter, may not be the only camera-ready member of the McDonnell clan. McDonnell's 15-year-old sister, Isabelle , recently released her first song, "Clarity," on YouTube. To hear her sing, go to ph.ly/clarity . McDonnell, a sophomore at BVM High School in Pottsville, counts Adele , Ellie Goulding and Bruce Springsteen as influences. The song, recorded in Baltimore over the summer, is the younger McDonnell's only release so far, but she hopes to record again sometime this year.
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December 20, 2013 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
FEW DAYS AGO, GQ published an interview with Phil Robertson , "Duck Dynasty's" seemingly friendly-to-everyone-but-web-footed-birds grandpa on America's most-watched reality-TV show. Seems Robertson, 67, isn't such a lover after all. The Gentleman's Quarterly story quoted his none-too-gentlemanly ideas about the LGBT community - along with expressions of his overall ignorance of African-Americans' historic struggle for civil rights. Yesterday, "Duck Dynasty" network A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely in rebuke of its star's views.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
SO MUCH HAPPENED in the area of information that Weekend Tattle excels at, there's no need to rehash the celebrity news of the week - especially since you bought the paper each day anyway. Hooking up? Life & Style reports that "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison is dating Season 17 contestant Selma Alameri . He's 42. She's 29. Both rose to the occasion. * "Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev is doing some private dancing with "Dancing with the Stars" main man Derek Hough . Us Weekly broke the non-news.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
THE LITTLE MONSTERS are in mourning this week. But will they soon start sniffing around for fresh meat to chew? Another icon to idolize and adore? These "monsters" are the rabid fans of dance-pop queen Lady Gaga. And, at the moment, these lovers of all things Gaga are hearing nothing but bad news. Last week, she reluctantly shut down her touring "Born This Way Ball," a huge hit on the arena circuit. (Tuesday's canceled show at the Wells Fargo Center was sold out.) The 26-year-old has been crippled by a long-festering hip ailment, which requires surgery and months of rehab.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | By Sam Kim, Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea - The South Korean military will punish pop star Rain for meeting with a top actress while on duty during his mandatory military service, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Paparazzi photos showing Rain meeting with Kim Tae-hee have raised suspicions that highly sought-after entertainers may be receiving special favors during their military service. The ministry denies Rain has received special treatment. However, Rain, an "entertainment soldier," broke rules by meeting with Kim at least three times late last year while on duty, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in a briefing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013
TRAGEDY TAILED Justin Bieber on New Year's Day, when a paparazzo on the Bieber beat was killed while trying to photograph the pop star. Freelance photographer Chris Guerra was hit by a car in Los Angeles while trying to take photos of Bieber's white Ferrari after police stopped it. Guerra, who got out of his car to snap a better shot, reportedly was told twice by police to get back to his car. He was struck while returning to his vehicle, across Sepulveda...
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - A judge on Monday cleared a former Los Angeles gang member of a murder that kept him in prison for 19 years, as prosecutors said they were convinced their lone eyewitness, who recently recanted, had been lying about the 1993 killing. Applause and shouts of "we love you" from family and friends erupted in the courtroom as Judge Patricia Schnegg vacated the murder conviction of John Edward Smith, who appeared in court in a jail jumpsuit and was expected to be freed by the end of the day. Smith smiled broadly when the ruling was made but did not speak in court.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Christina Aguilera is comparing her upcoming album to a "rebirth. " With more than a decade in the music business behind her, the album will be a culmination of "everything I've experienced up until this point," the 31-year-old pop star said in a recent interview. "I've been through a lot since the release of my last album, being on ['The Voice'], having had a divorce," she said. "This is all sort of a free rebirth for me. " Aguilera and Jordan Bratman were married for five years before she filed for divorce in 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | By Christine Bahls and FOR THE INQUIRER
To get an idea of whether "The Star-Spangled Banner" is universally sung — or for that matter, known — just log on to YouTube. Boston Red Sox fans keep quiet until the national anthem's end, when they cheer. A group of youngsters at a Phillies game are asked if they know the words, and only a few raise their hands. Various checks of U.S. Olympic athlete footage show mostly lip-synching. We all know Christina Aguilera doesn't know her national anthem, at least when she lost her lyrics in game 6 of the 2010 NBA playoffs.
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