Chris M. Junior
Rod Stewart’s Autobiography Is Expected Next Fall
Rod Stewart has lived quite the rock ‘n’ roll life, fronting two revered bands, compiling a long list of solo hits and walking down the aisle more than once (usually with a model). That said, he has more than enough material to fill an autobiography, and Stewart is in fact working on one that’s due in stores next fall from Crown Archetype, a division of Random House.
Jermaine Jackson Defends Brother Michael Jackson in New Book
Michael Jackson had millions of fans and supporters during his lifetime, but arguably the most ardent and vocal defender of the superstar since his death in 2009 has been older sibling Jermaine Jackson. He continues to uphold the late King of Pop’s legacy and paint a favorable picture of him, both verbally and in his recently released book, ‘You Are Not Alone, Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes.’ R
Cee Lo Green Nabs Starring Role in Remake of ‘Sparkle’
Singer Cee Lo Green has racked up a nice range of TV credits, from voice work in the short-lived animated series ‘The Boondocks,’ playing himself in a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch and, of course, serving as a coach on ‘The Voice.’ His list of big-screen achievements isn’t quite as long, but Green has just added a noteworthy one: a role in a remake of the 1976 film ‘Sparkle.’
Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ and Full Album Catalog Get Deluxe Treatment
When Billy Joel was a young artist entertaining offers from record labels, he ultimately chose Columbia because it was “a company that knows how to build a career.” On Nov. 8, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will honor that successful career by releasing a limited-edition Joel boxed set and a two-disc version of his 1973 breakthrough album, ‘Piano Man.’
R.E.M. Announces Breakup, Says ‘The Time Just Feels Right’
After more than 30 years together, during which time they rose from critical alternative-rock favorites to international pop superstars and eventually Rock and Roll Hall of Fame status, R.E.M. announced Wednesday they have “called it a day as a band.”
U2′s Bono Goes to Hospital for Routine Checkup, Not Chest Pains
Last year, Bono‘s emergency back surgery in Germany had the U2 fan base worried about his welfare. There was an entirely different kind of concern for Bono over the weekend, when reports circulated that he was treated for chest pains last week at a hospital in Monaco. U2 fans can rest easy, though: It was just a routine checkup, according to a spokeswoman for the 51-year-old singer.