Ringo Starr, Vegas lounge singer?
October 24th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Ringo Starr, Vegas lounge singer?

Former Beatle Ringo Starr may be the latest music legend headed toward a residency in Sin City.

The 73-year-old drummer-turned-frontman hinted at the possibility Tuesday at a press conference in Hollywood to announce Latin American tour dates for Ringo and His All Starr Band.

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John Fogerty: Five little-known facts about the Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman
October 1st, 2013
04:51 PM ET

John Fogerty: Five little-known facts about the Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman

John Fogerty stands in front of a glass case at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Inside the display are several of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' guitars, a telegram from Johnny Cash and three of Fogerty’s signature plaid flannel shirts.

“It’s like walking into your closet and having an audience. It’s sort of strange,” the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells CNN. He says this, of course, while wearing a plaid flannel shirt.

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Chris Brown says he identifies with Trayvon Martin, calls out Jay Z in new interview
September 20th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Chris Brown says he identifies with Trayvon Martin, calls out Jay Z in new interview

Every time Chris Brown opens his mouth, he seems to stir up controversy. In a cover story for the October 14th issue of "JET" magazine, the 24-year-old R&B superstar raises eyebrows yet again. He gamely tackles questions about his messy love life and how he’s attempted to move forward after the 2009 Rihanna “incident” – then says he identifies with Trayvon Martin because of his own struggles with racism, calls out Jay Z for his thug past and seems to liken his bad rep to the relationship between a slave and his master.

Here are some of the more interesting quotes from Brown’s interview:

On whether he relates to the everyday struggles of other young African-American males like Trayvon Martin:
“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as ni**as.”

On whether it’s possible to mend his rocky relationship with the press:
“This is something I’ve been dealing with for the past maybe five years. Anybody with a voice – Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. – gets formatted…except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies. No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”

On when he decided to change his attitude:
“I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings. I’ve dealt with the media. Instead of being an artist, I’ve been called a woman beater; I’ve been insulted in public and judged. And being able to not want to kill yourself at the end of the day is what made me say, ‘F**k it.’”

The spotlight on Brown will be intense for the next few months. The singer-turned-actor’s new movie, “Battle of the Year,” just hit theaters this weekend, and his sixth studio album, “X,” is due later this year. In the meantime, the Grammy winner is tired of folks expecting him to apologize for his bad boy behavior.

“I’m not perfect, and I don’t have to be,” he tells JET. “We are supposed to make mistakes. I’m not an android or a robot.”

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis almost shed 'man tears' over recent success
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform at the 2013 VMAs
August 29th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis almost shed 'man tears' over recent success

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' breakthrough album, "The Heist," has gone platinum, officially surpassing sales of more than one million. Not bad for an indie record that took the Seattle duo three years to make, and has since spawned three massive hits with "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us" and the poignant gay rights anthem, "Same Love."

The news was announced Wednesday night before the hip-hop sensations took at the stage in front of 200 fans at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Frontman Ben Haggerty said just five years ago, he thought he may need to put his dreams aside and find a nine-to-five job.

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September 19th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

K-Pop star PSY: My video's more popular than me!

When you hit it big with a viral video, there's the chance the clip can become more popular than the artist behind it, but Korean artist PSY is putting in overtime to make sure that doesn't happen to him.

The music sensation has been making the rounds from the MTV Video Music Awards to the "Today" show to "Saturday Night Live" to "Chelsea Lately," which is where we caught up with him on Tuesday night.

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How Whitney Houston's death changed the Grammys
June 12th, 2012
03:09 PM ET

How Whitney Houston's death changed the Grammys

As host of the 2012 Grammy Awards, LL Cool J was at home preparing for the next night's ceremony when he got the February 11 call that Whitney Houston had died.

After hearing that, the rapper-turned-actor told CNN Monday, there was really only one thing he could do to move forward with the celebration of the best in music as the industry reeled from such a loss: to open the ceremony with a prayer.

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