Blog Posts by Claudine Zap

  • Billy Joel’s Big-Hearted Duet Goes Viral

    Billy Joel (Photo: Kevin Mazur)Meet the Piano Man Jr. As seen in a video that's taking the Internet by storm, Billy Joel fulfilled a Vanderbilt University student's ultimate dream: a onstage performance of "New York State of Mind" with the singer-songwriter.

    The student, Michael Pollack, stood up during a question-and-answer session with the singer and posed what had to be the question he's been waiting to ask his whole life.

    Mentioning the performer's sax player, he said, "My favorite song of yours is 'New York State of Mind.' I was very fortunate to play with Richie Cannata many times in New York City, and I was wondering if I could play it with you."

    After a short pause, Joel said, "OK."

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  • Rick Springfield Arrested For Missing A Court Date

    photo: David Livingston/Getty ImagesSinger-songwriter Rick Springfield had a close call with the law. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Yahoo! that the 63-year-old was arrested this morning on a bench warrant.

    But before he could be booked, Springfield's lawyer contacted the judge and had the warrant recalled.

    The performer, who apparently skipped a February court date tied to a DUI from 2011, had been expected to show proof he had completed an alcohol education program and pay $1,555 in fines, according to TMZ.

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  • Melissa Etheridge and girlfriend Linda Wallem (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

    The 55th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone, but some questions remain. Here the top mysteries from the award show, solved.

    Melissa Etheridge in the house.
    It was quick, but the twittersphere certainly noticed. During a Lumineers performance of "Ho, Hey," the camera panned to a woman singing along with long, slick backed hair. Some didn’t recognize the singer immediately, but Melissa Etheridge had been spotted in the audience.

    Etheridge's last high-profile moment may have also been at the Grammys back in 2005, when the folk-rock singer, who was battling cancer, rocked the show, bald.

    The musician who fought back cancer has recently been in another dispute, reportedly resolving a court settlement with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels over support and custody of their two children. The singer will be out doing some performing of her own. Fans who want to see her live can check out tickets for upcoming shows later in the year.

    Who is Miguel?
    Accepting her award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Kelly

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  • Maybe there should be another category for the 55th Grammy Awards -- best "dis." Plenty were lobbed, and we're not talking about the Twittersphere -- these insults were hurled right from the stage. Here some of the most memorable moments some would probably prefer to forget.

    The woman who has turned the boyfriend dis into an art form: Taylor Swift got the last word at her Grammy performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." She mocked her One Direction ex, Harry Styles, by doing a fake British voice for the "guy" who is pleading to get back together with her. The music icon changed the lyrics to "So he calls me up and I'm like, 'I'm busy opening up the Grammys.'" Future boyfriends of Swift, you've been warned.

    Chris Brown and Frank Ocean are still in a spat: The two took their differences all the way to the Staples Center. Ocean and Brown, both up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, are officially rivals. Ocean ended up winning the Grammy, and although he received a

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  • Double-Decker Red Carpet For VMA Awards Made For Fans

    2012 MTV VMAs double-decker red carpet The red carpet for MTV's Video Music Awards is being supersized. Stars (many in heels) will face a daunting double-decker behemoth with multiple levels. Hope those special-event gift bags have hiking boots.

    The structure was inspired by a multilevel driving range. But instead of golf balls, fans will be treated to multiple levels of stars at the VMA preshow. Whether it will be a treat for the stars seems up for debate.

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    The superstructure is being built to span the 300 feet between the Nokia Theater and the Staples Center (where the event will be held) and is believed to be the first of its kind -- and possibly the last, once artists realize how many levels are involved. Performers may want to trade in their sky-high heels for sneakers -- or the entertainment may turn into some unplanned tumbles.

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  • Double-Decker Red Carpet for VMA Awards Made for the Fans

    2012 MTV VMAs Red Carpet (photo: Jonathan Goldner / MTV News)The red carpet for MTV's Video Music Awards is being supersized. Stars (many in heels) will face a daunting double-decker behemoth with multiple levels. Hope those special-event gift bags have hiking boots.

    The structure was inspired by a multilevel driving range. But instead of golf balls, fans will be treated to multiple levels of stars at the VMA preshow. Whether it will be a treat for the stars seems up for debate.

    [Related: More MTV Video Music Awards coverage]

    The superstructure is being built to span the 300 feet between the Nokia Theater and the Staples Center (where the event will be held) and is believed to be the first of its kind -- and possibly the last, once artists realize how many levels are involved. Performers may want to trade in their sky-high heels for sneakers -- or the entertainment may turn into some unplanned tumbles.

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  • Nivea Drops Rihanna

    Rihanna in 2011 Nivea campaignShe's too sexy for this skincare: The company Nivea has apparently dropped Rihanna as the face of its body-products line. The sultry star, known for her wild hair color and racy dance routines, was selected by the company last spring to be the face of its "100 Years Skincare for Life" campaign.

    [Related: Rihanna and Drake top Video Music Awards nominees]

    At the time, a representative for the brand, Markus Pinger, told the Independent, "We are excited to have Rihanna supporting us in our celebration and building a new generation of fans." The company released a photo with the announcement showing the pop diva posing seductively.

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  • Barry Gibb: The Last of the Bee Gees

    Barry & Robin Gibb in 2010 (photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage)We're sure we're not the only ones with Bee Gees hits in our heads since the sad news of Robin Gibb's passing. With the untimely death of brother Maurice back in 2003, Barry is the last Gibb brother standing. Searches on "Barry Gibb", "Robin Gibb", and "Bee Gees songs" immediately hit a high note in Yahoo! Search.

    The three British-born brothers, twins Robin and Maurice along with eldest -- and now last surviving -- sibling Barry, made up the Bee Gees.

    Barry is sure to keep the music alive: His trademark high-pitched voice in the hit song "Stayin' Alive" from the movie "Saturday Night Fever" stayed alive long after the movie came and went; the soundtrack became a 15-time platinum seller. And his songwriting skills put him in the Guinness Book of World Records as the second most successful songwriter, behind Paul McCartney.

    Barry has also kept up with the times. He mentored Jordin Sparks on Season 6 of "American Idol," and enjoyed a "Glee" tribute for its "Saturday Night Glee-ver" episode, which covered six of the band's hit songs. The 65-year-old's website advertised his latest solo performance for Hard Rock Live.

    After Maurice died, the surviving brothers retired the Bee Gees name, but continued to pair up to preserve their musical legacy. Robin remained in the U.K., while Barry continues to spend much of his time in Florida with his wife, Linda, and their five children.

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  • Eddie Van Halen Reveals That Drinking Came From Dad

    Eddie Van Halen [Photo: Mike Coppola/FilmMagic]Eddie Van Halen got his love for music from his father -- and also his introduction to alcohol. That's what the rock musician reveals in a profile in Esquire magazine by David Curcurito. The lead guitarist for the hard-rock band Van Halen also talks about battling alcoholism, what it's like for him to write his first album sober, and bringing along his son on tour with the band.

    The rocker was a natural, but painfully shy. At the age of 12, to help him overcome his stage fright, Van Halen, who got his start playing with his dad, admits, his father introduced him to alcohol. "It wasn't really the partying. ... I don't mean to blame my dad, but when I started playing in front of people, I'd get so damn nervous. I asked him, 'Dad, how do you do it?' That's when he handed me the cigarette and the drink. And I go, 'Oh, this is good! It works!' For so long, it really did work. And I certainly didn't do it to party. I would do blow and I would drink, and then I would go to my room and write music."

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  • Amplifier Inventor Dead at 88: Jim Marshall Was ‘The Father of Loud’

    Jim Marshall [Photo:Annamaria DiSanto/WireImage]The man who forever changed the sound of rock music has died. Jim Marshall, known as "the Father of Loud" and creator of the Marshall amp, left behind a legacy that will be heard for decades.

    Word of the music legend's passing caused searches on the Web to immediately hit a high note.

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