Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Who Is Reba’s Dream Duet Partner? Well She Announced It During The ACM Nominations

Rare Country Who Is Reba’s Dream Duet Partner? Well She Announced It During The ACM Nominations By Tammy Ragusa March 1, 2018 It’s a welcome return for country music and Reba McEntire fans. Early in the morning of March 1, Reba appeared on “CBS This Morning” to share the big news that she would be returning as the host of this year’s ACM Awards. Reba has previously hosted the award show a whopping 14 times, most recently with her good pal and fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton in 2012. But she has also shared hosting duties with Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and co-hosted one year with George Strait and Alabama’s Randy Owen. She has also handled the task on her own 11 times. And she hasn’t just stood in the spotlight as the show’s host. She’s taken home 16 ACM trophies, including Top Female Vocalist seven times, Entertainer of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year. After announcing the Duo of the Year category, Reba revealed that her dream duet partner is Bette Midler. Oh, Bette … are you listening? Soon after that, Reba learned live on the air that she had just earned her 16th Top Female Vocalist nomination. Flashing her signature smile, she thanked everyone who voted for her “and my mama.” She also said she remembered her very first ACM nomination. “It was in 1981 and we were out in L.A. and I got to go to Disneyland for the first time while we were out in L.A.,” she said. “I was very excited. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! This is finally it!’ I didn’t win.” She did go on to take home that trophy for the first time three years later though, in 1984. And speaking of firsts, Reba also talked about her new role is the first female colonel for KFC. “We’ve had a blast with it,” she said of filming the commercials. “You can’t take it serious.” Reba has proved many times that she can carry the ACM hosting duties all on her own. She’s got the authority and the sense of humor to deliver some real zingers to her fellow country stars, too. We can expect some big laughs with Reba at the helm. “The 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” will take place April 15 in Las Vegas and air on CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET. The show returns to its longtime home, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, after two years in other venues, including its 2016 50th anniversary celebration, which took place at AT&T Stadium near Dallas.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bette Midler On Ideas To Pump Up Her TV Ratings:

Bette Midler On Ideas To Pump Up Her TV Ratings: “Wouldn’t it be great if we brought Mother Teresa back from the dead, had the Pope sing a duet with Britney Spears, and broke up the marriage of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on my show?” (The Virginian-Pilot, January 18, 2001) Image may contain: 8 people, indoor
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Bette Has Lunch With Reba At Terrine In L.A.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson's photo. Jesse Tyler Ferguson When I heard that one of my all time favorites was brunching at my restaurant in LA I had to take the opportunity to send her out a little something! Break a leg with “Hello Dolly!” Bette Midler! And thank you to the staff at Terrine for making this happen!!! Bette Midler has lunch with Reba McEntire at Terrine Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bette Midler Reaches The Top Ten CD Charts In Australia With ‘It’s The Girls’

Noise11 ARIA Albums: Sam Smith Holds On To Top Spot In Australia by GAVIN RYAN on MAY 2, 2015 images Sam Smith spends a second week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart with his album “In the Lonely Hour”’ although the cancellation of his tour due to ill health during the mid-week saw him play one of his two Sydney shows before having to unfortunately pull-out. Lee Kernaghan stays at No.2 with his “Spirit of the ANZACS” album, picking up a ▲Platinum sales certification in the process, whilst No.3 and No.4 swap places this week, with Ed Sheeran back up one place to No.3 with his “x” album, helped by his second tour of 2015 announcement this last week for December, and dropping a spot to No.4 is the soundtrack to “Furious 7”, which holds so high thanks to the set having the No.1 single in the country for a fourth week with “See You Again” for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. The highest new entry comes in at No.5, the first new album for Blur in almost twelve years and the eighth studio and seventh to chart here (6 studios & 1 best of) entitled “The Magic Whip”, and by coming in so high it now becomes their highest charting album in Australia, and only their second Top 10, as their fourth album from 1995 “The Great Escape” climbed to No.10 for a single week in its third week on the charts. The band also land their third ‘Highest New Entry of the Week’ award, as their self-titled 1997 set (HP-22) and their follow-up “13” (HP-12) both achieved this feat too, and the band’s last album charts entry was on the 12th of May in 2003 with “Think Tank” (HP-30), so almost twelve years ago. Josh Groban lands his ninth chart entry this week (7 studios, 1 Live and 1 best of) at No.6 entitled “Stages” featuring tracks from stage shows and musicals such as ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Les Miserables’, Phantom of the Opera’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Into the Woods’ amongst its many tracks, which also includes duets with Kelly Clarkson and Chris Botti amongst the album, which also becomes his first album to debut in the Top 10 and his second Top 10 album overall, as his third album “Awake” climbed to No.5 in May 2007, and his new set is helped by the fact that Mother’s Day in Australia occurs in a week. Meghan Trainor started her national tour late last week, and her album “Title” is back up two places to No.7 whilst holding for another week at No.8 is Taylor Swift with her “1989” which has now spent over half-a-year in the Top 10 (27 weeks). Sia returns to the Top 10 at No.9 (up three) with her “1000 Forms of Fear”, notching up a seventh week inside the ten and scoring its first week within the ten at No.10 is Bette Midler and her covers album “It’s the Girls” which climbs back up five places and is an ideal Mothers Day title, plus it becomes Bette’s first Top 10 album since October 1993 when her collection “Experience the Divine–Greatest Hits” climbed to No.3 for two weeks, and this is Miss M’s sixth Top 10 album since her debut set became her first in March 1973. UP: Mum’s around the country could also expect the Human Nature covers album next weekend too, as their “Jukebox” album bullets back up forty-three places to No.12 plus they’re touring the country at the moment too and Ed Sheeran’s second 2015 tour announcement helps his first set “+” back up seven to No.13. The Script are touring here at the moment (since 24th April) and their fourth album “No Sound without Silence” is back up forty-one places to No.24, and returning to the Top 100 at No.26 are First Aid Kit with “Stay Gold” (the act appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ last Friday night). The “Guardians of the Galaxy” Soundtrack is back up twelve places to No.34 and Dr. Hook climb fourteen to No.36 with their new collection “Timeless”. Back into the fifty are Beccy Cole with “Sweet Rebecca” (52 to 39), The Eagles with “Selected Works 1972-1999” (51 to 40) and “Listen” for David Guetta returns to the hundred at No.44 now that the fifth Top 10 single from the album occurs this week. DOWN: The four albums to fall out of the Top 10 this week are lead by The Wombats with “Glitterbug” (HP-2) down one spot to No.11 after two weeks within the Top 10, but the other three are all debuts from last week, “Truth & Soul” by Stan Walker (7 to 18), Alabama Shakes with “Sound & Color” (6 to 19) and falling hardest are Gang of Youths with “The Positions” (5 to 23). AC/DC drop eight to No.22 with “Rock or Bust” and two Top 20 debut & drops’ come via Passenger with “Whispers II” (17 to 29) and Yelawolf with “Love Story” (19 to 30) with a fourteen place drop to No.37 for last weeks returning album for Paul Kelly “The Merri Soul Sessions”. Sufjan Stevens is down nine spots to No.46 and George Ezra sees his “Wanted on Voyage” album drop down fifteen places to No.48, whilst dropping hard from last weeks fifty are Shawn Mendes (27 to 54), Silverchair (31 to 55), All Time Low (32 to 61), Neil Diamond (39 to 62), Patrizio Buanne (44 to 72), and falling out of the 100 from last weeks Top 50 are Dallas Frasca (#29), Passion Pit (#30) and Nana Mouskouri (#41). The eight studio album and their first new material in over seven years sees Swedish punk band Millencolin debut at No.16 with “True Brew”, which is the bands sixth chart entry here (five studio and 1 best of) and all albums but one (their first entry) have now debuted and peaked within the Top 20, with the bands highest entry being the No.3 set “Home from Home” in February 2002. And the second Top 20 entry this week is another punk band, this time from Melbourne with their fourth studio album coming in at No.20, Deez Nuts and “Word is Bond”, which by debuting so high becomes the bands highest charting of their four albums so far, although ALL of their previous entries having only lasted a single week in the charts, and the self-titled album for Marlon Williams is the final Top 50 entry this week coming in at No.31. Lower 50: Troy Cassar-Daley was on several TV shows this past week, and that helps his current album “Freedom Ride” to climb back up eighteen places to No.53 and current tourist here Charli XCX sees her recent album “Sucker” come back in at No.59, whilst The Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits” set is back in at No.63 and the recent Earl Sweatshirt album “I Don’t Like Shit…” returns at No.68. Damien Leith is back up eighteen places to No.67 with his “Songs from Ireland” album and further returns come from Bethel Music with “We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)” at No.71 and current tourist Paloma Faith with “A Perfect Contradiction” at No.83, “Partners” for Barbra Streisand at No.89 and “Blue Planet Eyes” by The Preatures at No.91. Reba McEntire scores her fifth chart entry on the ARIA Albums chart, as her latest album “Love Somebody” comes in at No.51, whilst a few places lower at No.56 is the self-titled album for local act Emma. Melbourne act Miami Horror see their second album “All Possible Futures” come in at No.65, with their first set “Illumination” having debuted and peaked at No.10 back in August 2010. Two further local acts have the last two entries, with 90’s pop singer Rick Price scoring his first alums chart entry for this century (July 1999 was his last LP entry) at No.97 with “Tennessee Sky” and coming in at #100 is John Williamson with his tribute album “Diggers of the ANZAC”. Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.

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    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    DMM New Year’s Eve Vegas – 1999 (Article And Audio)

    New York Daily News BACK FOR Y2K: MISS M! BETTE HITS TOWN ON THE ROAD TO VEGAS AND THE BIG NIGHT BY RON GIVENS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 25, 1999, 12:00 AM 57899_0 The end of the millennium has met its match: Bette Midler in concert. The Divine Miss Millennium Tour comes to Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night, to be followed by a stop at Continental Airlines Arena on Thursday. At 53, Midler will be blowing the roof off a Big Apple concert hall for the first time since she sold out 30 shows at Radio City in 1995. All of the hoo-ha about the coming of 2000 – including predictions about the end of life as we know it – pales next to the return of the Divine Miss M to live performance. When the tour opened in Boston on Oct. 8, Midler sang a down-and-dirty version of “My Way” in a flamboyant yellow headdress while a hydraulic lift took her 15 feet above the stage. She camped up “The Lady is a Tramp” while 10 hula-skirted dancers created an artificial-grass storm around her. Her beloved mermaid character, Delores Del Lago, announced her campaign for President and cruised the stage in a red-white-and-blue wheelchair. Over the course of a show that ran for nearly three hours, Midler lampooned Bill Clinton, Kenneth Starr, Bob Dole and Celine Dion. Standing in front of a cardboard mini-Titanic, she made fun of “My Heart Will Go On” while clutching the sort of enormous jewel that fell into the drink during the blockbuster movie. “The show is a half-baked reassessment of where we are in the cosmos as the millennium approaches,” says Midler. “It’s very tongue-in-cheek. I would say it’s continuing in the tradition of live shows I’ve done over the years. It’s certainly the biggest thing I’ve ever done. ” The tour has been in the works since the beginning of the year. At one point, she was going to offer a survey of 20th-century pop, but that became too burdensome. Now, the show amounts to a collection of songs that have meant the most to her. But she never dropped her interest in the tour as a millennial project, with a two-show finale on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Las Vegas. “I’ve never taken part in any of the big events,” she says. “I wasn’t at Woodstock. And I didn’t do any of the big celebrations. I wasn’t in Live Aid. There were a half-dozen of those I missed. We wanted very badly to play Vegas on New Year’s, because it seemed like that’s where the action was going to be. ” Midler admits that she doesn’t really know why – or even if – the upcoming New Year’s Eve should be considered such a big deal. “What is this? Is this something the media has made up? What does it really mean? ” she asks, before adding, “I think it’s a nice chance to take a breath and look around and see what happened. It’s a good thing to do. It’s not a bad thing to do. Because people do change, even in tiny increments. Anything that helps them to be less brutal and less full of hate is a good thing. ” What kind of millennium has this been for Bette, personally? “Oh, I had a fabulous time,” she exclaims. “I loved being Josephine. Joan of Arc was one of my strongest moments. ” Midler fans might argue that she burns even hotter onstage, and the singer admits she feels more natural in concert than on a movie set. (And this from a woman who received an Oscar nomination for 1979’s “The Rose” and enjoyed huge commercial success three years ago with “The First Wives Club. “) “I think live performance is what I understand the best,” Midler says. “I’ve been doing it for so long, since I was about 14 years old. I’m home. It’s where I’m happiest, and where I’m funniest, and where I’m least worried, really. It’s very freeing for me. I really look forward to it. ” Still, it takes a lot of work to get Midler in front of an audience, considering all of the stagecraft and showbiz savvy she requires. “You know, we’re a very low-tech operation,” she says. “We do it with glue guns and gaffer’s tape. And this show was much more expensive and very elaborate. ” Midler says her preparation for an evening in concert begins the moment she wakes up. But all the hours on the treadmill and in meetings and checking the sound in the hall and going through hair and makeup are worthwhile when she connects with the audience. “It’s like flying,” she says. “It’s like a trapeze artist without a net. Waiting to see what’s going to land and what’s not going to land. Thinking on your feet. It’s pretty exciting. ” Having a daughter – Sophie, who is now 12 – has had an effect on what Midler does onstage: “I felt kind of restrained. ” And a more serious side has emerged through the singer’s persistent efforts to improve the city. The New York Restoration Project, which she heads, has cleaned up parks all over the city. And she put up $250,000 of her own money in May to save community gardens on the lower East Side. But don’t expect an environmental lecture in the Garden this week. In concert, she’s less likely to be green and more likely to favor shades of blue – as in bawdy material. “People get a kick out of it, and I love it, too. It sort of puts sex in a wholesome place. If you can laugh at it, it’s not so frightening. I think that’s part of its charm. It’s not gross. It’s not the part where you go, ‘Ew-w-w-w-w. ‘ ” Not with Bette, it isn’t. When she’s cruising around the stage, it’s the part where you go, ‘Wow-w-w-w-w. ‘ “It’s like a party going on in my head,” she says. And, bless her divinity, we’re all invited. [wpaudio url=”http://www.bootlegbetty.com/audio/DMM New Year’s Eve Vegas – bootlegbetty.mp3″ text=”Bette Midler – DMM New Year’s Eve Vegas” dl=”0″]
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    Saturday, June 2, 2012

    BetteBack January 7, 1994: Bette Midler Makes Top 10 Of Top-Grossing Concert Acts Of 1993

    The News Glitterati January 7, 1994 Grateful Dead have a lot to be grateful for. Veteran rock group was the top-grossing concert act of 1993, taking in $45.6 million for 81 shows. Rod Stewart was No 2 with $30.5 million for 68 performances, followed by Neil Diamond with $29.8 million for 75 gigs. The rest of last year’s live-performance top 10: Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Reba McEntire, Kenny G.
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    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Kelly Clarkson Talks About The Songs That Shaped Her Life

    Entertainment Weekly Kelly Clarkson on the soundtrack of her life by Henry Goldblatt With a new album, Stronger, due Oct. 25, and its first single “Mr. Know It All” freshly released just yesterday, Kelly Clarkson is officially ready for her 2011 closeup. That wasn’t quite the case earlier this summer, when a number of songs—many of them old, written for other artists, and not at all intended for the final tracklist of Stronger—leaked online without her knowledge or permission. Clarkson recently described the feeling to EW, saying, ““Oh my God, have you ever been robbed? I have. I’ve been physically robbed a couple of times, but this is much worse.” Thankfully, she’s now got happier things on her mind. Among them? Talking to EW about some of the songs that shaped her as a woman and as an artist. You can find some of her favorite picks in the issue of EW on stands until this Friday, and read on below to learn even more about the soundtrack of Kelly Clarkson’s life: The song that made me want to get into music: “Read My Mind” by Reba McEntire “Growing up, my mom is a single parent; it was just a really hard life. It was really great, but really hard. When I was a kid, for whatever reason, her voice sounded like home. It sounds super cheesy, but it was one of those things that for some reason it was kind of my safe place. I started writing after that and singing in front of people. I have a very hard time communicating sometimes, especially if it’s something to do with relationships, whether it’s friends or boyfriends or whatever. I think that that song was just everything that I’ve ever felt if you like someone.” The song that reminds me of my first boyfriend: “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden “My friends are going to laugh when I tell you this. The guy that I was dating knew that I was into music, and his whole thing to get me to like him more. He sang that to me over the phone. I was dying laughing. I was so happy that he did it over the phone and not in person because I am the a–hole that laughed the entire way through it, pulling my hand over the phone so he couldn’t hear me. I was like, “What are you doing?” I’m so not that girl. It just made me feel so uncomfortable. If you’re going to call and sing me a song, sing me [Aerosmith’s] ‘Love in an Elevator.’” Song that reminds me of American Idol: “Stuff Like That There” “That’s my favorite [performance]. Everyone always asks, ‘How did it feel to win American Idol?’ That moment doesn’t even compare to what it felt like to live the dream of singing that song in front of the people. Ever since I saw For the Boys with Bette Midler, I loved big band music. You don‚t get that now—music is very beat-driven.” Song that makes me want to turn up the radio: Anything from Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette “I come from a conservative family. My family was highly conservative; I had to go to church on Sunday and Wednesday. I was not allowed to listen to Alanis Morissette; I did anyway. It was kind of that forbidden fruit for me as a kid. I love Joan Jett, but Alanis took it way past the line of what women talk about in songs, how you sing a song. It was so dirty and raw! It made me a better writer. It made me a better singer. I hate whenever you hear someone who is as vanilla as all get-out singing. I just want to punch them. If you’re going to make me listen to you, at least sell it!” Song of mine I never want to perform again: “A Moment Like This” “Here’s the thing: I get it. It was a moment thing for whoever won [American Idol], but that song wasn’t written for me. I loved singing it for the finale. That’s what it was for, but you ain’t going to catch me anytime soon or ever singing that song again. Someone would have to be dying in front of me, saying, ‘My last wish is for you to sing that song!’ for me to sing that song.” Favorite song off my first four albums: “Walk Away” “That song is just so sassy!”

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