According to legend, he felt compelled to convert after finding after the imprint of a Star of David in his hand, which came from a charm that Tony Curtis had left with him when he was hospitalized after a car accident.
"This dude knew how to make an entrance! He would often start his shows by being brought out in a coffin (sometimes a flaming coffin), and incorporated a gaggle of voodoo parlour tricks throughout (just to keep things interesting)"
In the liner notes to his untitled second album (sometimes called Seal II or Seal 1994) there's a "letter to a friend". It discusses issues and problems that have plagued history, notably hate, war, racism,etc. Seal says that complacity is fast becoming a thing of the past so if you feel you can't "go on" remember that "fast changes" are coming. One might've thought along that line in 1990 after the Cold War ended peacefully but in 1994 war had become a TV drama for armchair warriors, the violent and ugly genocidal Bosnia war raged on, the hideous Rwanda genocide was on, the rise of domestic terrorism and extremist militias, hate radio and other evils had run rampant. Seal, you make really good music but did someone spike your drink?
Song Jieun was a former JYPE trainee. JYPE stands for J.Y. Park Entertainment...
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Was murdered by president of her fan club! - Selena
This young Tex-Mex singer had the misfortune of catching her fan club's president in dishonest dealings and paid the ultimate price. Where I lived at the time, her popularity wasn't so well known and it was through her sensational and ironic demise that I first heard of her. And there must be a lot of others to whom she was unknown in her lifetime, so that her tragic death was similarly how they first heard of her.
After his life with Platinum Blonde Sergio Galli decided to become an architect but got turned down by every architecture school. But with his "never give up" attitude he started his own architecture firm. :)
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada when asked if there was any doubt that Kenny MacLean would have been the one "leading the charge!" They all agreed. Sergio said "Absolutely. Kenny, he really loved Platinum Blonde and Platinum Blonde loved Kenny MacLean very much."
On the hypnotic 1985 - 1986 dance hit "A Love Bizaar" (featuring Prince) Sheila E. starts off the song by counting "A! B! A-B-C-D!" instead of the more "1-2-3-4" (did somebody mention the Ramones?). This druggy tune hit #11 and it's the only really good cut on her "In Romance 1600" album.
Dancer turned rapper - Shinobi Ninja
Before forming Shinobi Ninja, Baby G danced for artists like Rihanna, Daddy Yankee, Nelly, and LL Cool J, among others. She even appeared in the video for "Long Way to Go" by Cassie
O.D.ing a few months after his girlfriend died - Sid Viscious
The Sex Pistols' guitarist died of an overdose of heroin on February 2, 2009, not long after his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungeon was killed by a stab wound while she and Viscious were in a drugged-out stupor (on October 12, 1978). He was arrested for murder, then tried to commit suicide ten days after Spungeon's death. He survived that, but O.D. in February of the next year.
IN 1990, SHE THREATENED TO CANCEL A SHOW AT NEW JERSEY'S GARDEN STATE ARTS CENTER TO PROTEST A POLICY THAT THE U.S. NATIONAL ANTHEM "THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" BE PLAYED BEFORE EVERY CONCERT THERE. SHE WAS CRUCIFIED BY THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC AS A RESULT. FRANK SINATRA EVEN STATED HE WANTED TO "KICK HER IN THE ASS".
In 1992, Sinead O'Connor appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and sang a rendition to Bob Marley's "War". Originaly, she was supposed to show a picture of an African Child, but instead insisted on using The Pope instead. When Sinead tore-up a picture of Pope John-Paul II, she was booed-off by the audience, some who watched the show called NBC, and others destroyed her albums as well as not play her songs.
White Wedding + Birthday - Sir Paul McCartney
After the Beatles disbanded John Lennon said, "We are all tied through this together". Don't believe him? Today in London Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles got married. Today would've been fellow Beatle John's 71st birthday! Congrads to Paul and to John: they say it's your birthday! Happy birthday to you!
Having a "Christmas" hit last well into next year - Slade
Their 1973 "Merry XMas Everybody" did very well, for very long. In fact, it was only sometime in February that it was finally dislodged from the British hit charts. whereas most Christmas songs are gone by New Year's day.
The band's name, and the one members' last name (Cooper) may have motivated a popular early-to-mid 2000s video game series, called "Sly Cooper", especially since another major characters' last names is "Fox".
In 1996, after the body of traveling keyboardist Jonathan Melvoine was found in an NYC hotel room, Billy Corgan, Darcy Wretsky, and James Iha decided that they would sever their relationship with Jimmy Chaimberland stating that for 9 years they put up with their friend's "insidious use of drugs and alcohol that has nearly destroyed everything they are and stand for." They went on to say that they would "find a perminant replacement for the rest of the tour.
Having their music in Dance Dance Revolution - Smile.dk
They probably wouldn't be very popular in the states if it wasn't for their song "Butterfly" which was included in the very first DDR game.
Norwegian media is reporting that Snoop Dogg was briefly detained by Customs Officials for entering the country with marijuana and a large amount of cash. The pot was discoverd by a sniffer-dog and his cash amount was more than legally allowed. He was fined 52,000 Kroner ($8,600) for the violations and released. He was scheduled to perform at a musical festival in Kristiansand.
Spacehog, who formed in the 1990's, play a style of music strikingly similar to 1970's "Glam Rock", personified in the mainstream by acts like David Bowie, T Rex and Queen, all of whom Spacehog have cited as major influences.
The band members played the fictional band, Danger Kitty, in a Discover Card commercial from around 1999. Danger Kitty even had their own website, which made reference to Steel Panther's famous all-cover L.A. gigs.
On their way to a show in Vancouver, the band tried "All Dressed" chips, taped their reactions, and put it on YouTube. Brian actually liked them, but Adam's reaction was priceless. He was almost crying.
In 2004, New Zealand rapcore band Steriogram released "Walkie Talkie Man" as the lead single from the album Schmack, their only release on Capitol Records. The song was a huge hit, appearing the soundtracks for three home video games (MVP Baseball 2004, MLB 2005, and SingStar Pop Vol. 2) (four if you include Jason Paige's cover in "Elite Beat Agents"), one arcade game (Pump It Up), an iPod commercial, a milk ad, one beer ad in their native New Zealand, one video from popular YouTuber eddsworld, and six (completely different) movies (Agent Cody Banks 2, Kicking & Screaming, Robots, Man of the House, Arthur and the Invisibles, and Una pelicula de huevos (Spanish for "A movie of eggs").
Singer Scott Weiland said he learned that he'd been fired by the Stone Temple Pilots when the band released a one-sentence statement to the media recently. "I learned of my supposed 'termination' from STP this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure I can be terminated from a band I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of the biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out." The statement by the band said: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced that they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." No other information was provided. Weiland, 45, has dealt with drug addiction, run-ins with the law, and two failed marriages. He released his memoire "Not Dead & Not for Sale" in 2011. Weiland said he was focusing on his solo tour, which kicks off in Flint, Michigan.
Nearly every Monday, Strong Bad answers an e-mail sent in by one of his fans in a hilarious fashion. There have been over 180 since 2001. Go to homestarrunner.com/sbemail.html to see them.
Jennifer Nerttles Gives Birth to Child - Sugarland
Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles gave birth to son Magnus Hamilton Miller on Dec 6, 2012. It's the first child for the 38 year old singer and husband Justin Miller.
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Headliner during Indiana State Fair stage collapse - Sugarland
On August 13, 2011, the band was minutes away from performing on the ISF grandstand stage when an 80 MPH wind gust caused the roof of the stage to collapse on passing spectators, killing 7 people and injuring 58 others. Sugarland was initially absolved of any blame. However, 44 lawsuits have been filed against them by the show's organizers, even though investigators found the fair stage itself was unsafe and that Fair officials failed to inspect it on a regular basis. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush were so distraught by the tragedy that the band cancelled the Iowa State Fair concert scheduled the next day, then staged a benefit concert for the Indiana Fair victims the following October.
Harriet Wheeler has a very feminine, almost childlike singing voice. She can reach various octave ranges, always with a sweet stratospheric ethereal charm pleasing to the ears of many male college rock radio listeners in the 80s - 90s. Her voice complements the dream pop / alternative sound of the band.
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Three Years of Success... but Sticks to Routine - Susan Boyle
Since singing "I Dreamed a Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent" in April 2009, Susan Boyle has since realized many other dreams. She has sold millions of albums, received an honorary doctorate, sung for Pope Benedict XVI and performed in Vegas with Donny Osmond. She moved into a modern $500,000 home in Blackburn, but still sings Karaoke at the Crown Pub and stays at the row house she grew up in. Despite the honors, Boyle still clings to her daily routine as much as possible with family and friends.
Susan Boyle has been awarded a honarary doctorate from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University in recognition of her "contribution to the creative industies". The singer once studied for a higher education at the university. A 40-something church volunteer from a small Scottish town, Boyle became a global sensation in 2009 after she performed the song "I Dreamed a Dream" on 'Britain's Got Talent". She has since sold 18 million records around the world and has performed in the U.S. and China.
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Deciding to drop off from the music scene - Syd Barrett
Syd just decided that music wasn't what he wanted to do anymore, went back home to Cambridge, and lived out the rest of his life as a normal person. Strange, but very admirable.
They're all Armenian, and many of their songs have references to certain important events in Armenian history, especially the genocide. They are also known for trying to raise awareness of such issues.