Shirley Halperin

Paris Hilton: I've finished my second album


Paris Hilton may not be dating a rocker anymore, but she still has music on her mind. The celebutante caught up with backstage at last week’s American Music Awards and told us that she has finished her second album, featuring production by Mike Green (Paramore, the Matches), and is deciding what to do next, now that she’s

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Sarah McLachlan and Pink: Will they play together again?

Sarah McLachlan and Pink’s duet on the song “Angel” was one of the highlights of the 2008 American Music Awards. The pairing came together, McLachlan told at the AMAs, after the two met at Ellen Degeneres’ 50th birthday party. “She told me about seeing Prince playing ‘Angel’ at Coachella and that she sang every word at top of her lungs. And I thought, ‘Hmm…I think I know who might be able to sing it with me.’ I love her voice, she’s got a great rock ‘n’ roll grit that’s really soulful as well.”

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Ne-Yo: How the R&B artist wound up working with Marilyn Manson

Songwriter-producer and R&B chart-topper Ne-Yo will soon head into the studio with Marilyn Manson. How did this — oh, let’s just say it — completely and utterly bizarre cou­pling come about? “In a few interviews, I talked about taking pride in my diversity — being able to work with a Mary J. Blige, then a Michael Bolton, and then a Marilyn Manson,” Ne-Yo told on the red carpet at the American Music Awards last Sunday.

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Mariah Carey on working with husband Nick Cannon


For Mariah Carey, having husband Nick Cannon direct the video for her latest single, “I Stay in Love,” made the shoot her easiest ever. “I was actually under budget and on time, which are two rarities for me,” Carey told backstage at the American Music Awards last Sunday. “We saw it through from conception to completion, but something about

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David Cook has an 'American Idol' flashback at the AMAs

It wasn’t the first time that David Cook had been back to L.A.’s Nokia Theatre since he won season 7 of American Idol there last spring. But performing at the American Music Awards pre-show on Sunday still brought out the jitters. “I actually get panic attacks whenever I’m in a five-mile radius of this place,” he told following his two-song set in the courtyard, a stone’s throw away from the Idol finale showdown

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'Rock Band': Entertainer of the year

The Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut has long been known as the album that launched a thousand bands. Forty years later, that honor goes to Rock Band, which has prompted untold millions to pick up a (plastic) instrument. ”Rhythm games” exploded in 2008 thanks in large part to the pioneering title Guitar Hero, but it was the full-band formula — drums, guitar, bass, and a microphone — that kicked the jam into overdrive.

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