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Why Deaf Singer on America's Got Talent Got Death Threats

'Doing something that is living inside the hearing world ... can be frowned upon'

(Newser) - Singer Mandy Harvey earned a spot in the finals of America's Got Talent earlier this year—no less impressive a feat because she's been legally deaf for a decade. But the 29-year-old from Ohio tells the BBC she got death threats from the deaf community when she started... More »

Sia Fights Back Against Naked Pics by ... Posting Naked Pic

'Save your money, here it is for free'

(Newser) - Sia is offering a holiday gift that's one part diss and one part whip-smart self-promotion: a picture of herself in her birthday suit. The 41-year-old singer released the combination preemptive strike/album promotion after she found out someone was trying to sell naked photos of her, People reports, said to... More »

RIP to a Rock Legend: Fats Domino Is Dead

'Blueberry Hill' singer was 89

(Newser) - Rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino is dead at age 89, reports WWL-TV of New Orleans. His daughter confirmed the news to the station. No cause of death was immediately released, but the singer—born Antoine Domino Jr. in New Orleans, per People —was surrounded by family and... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

Broadway Star Barbara Cook Gone at Age 89

'I don't remember when I didn't sing. I just always sang': Barbara Cook

(Newser) - Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died, the AP reports. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends,... More »

Promising Singer Dies Mid-Concert

France's Barbara Weldens may have been electrocuted

(Newser) - A French singer whose career was on the rise collapsed and died on stage, reports the BBC . Barbara Weldens, 35, had been performing as part of a music festival in the village of Goudron. It wasn't immediately clear what happened, but police are investigating the possibility that she was... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

Ed Sheeran: I Don't Know Why People Hate Me

Singer says he's 'quitting' Twitter because of all the 'mean things' said about him online

(Newser) - "I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things," says Ed Sheeran. That's the reason the 26-year-old English singer is offering for why he's "quitting" Twitter, the Sun reports, apparently deciding he just couldn't take those mean statements any longer.... More »

Cuba Gooding Sr. Found Dead in Car

Foul play not suspected in soul singer's death

(Newser) - Tragedy for Cuba Gooding Jr.: The Oscar-winning actor's father, soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., was found dead in his car on a Los Angeles street Thursday afternooon, NBC News reports. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that emergency workers were unable to resuscitate the 72-year-old after he was found slumped... More »

Soul Revival Star Sharon Jones Dies

Dap-Kings singer became star in middle age

(Newser) - Sharon Jones, the powerhouse singer who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, has died. She was 60. A rep says Jones died Friday at a Cooperstown, NY hospital after battling pancreatic cancer, the AP reports. Loved ones and members of her retro-soul band, the Dap-Kings,... More »

This Pop Icon Got His Start When Buddy Holly Was Killed

Bobby Vee is dead, filled in at show after famous plane crash

(Newser) - Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning singer whose career began because of the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, has died at 73. Vee, who once had a young Bob Dylan in his band and whose hits included "Take Good Care of My Baby," died Monday... More »

'I Lost My Temper': Suspect in Stabbing of Japan Pop Star

Mayu Tomita was reportedly stalked on social media by man who says she spurned gift

(Newser) - A young Japanese pop star remains in critical condition after a man attacked her with a knife on Saturday at a Tokyo event, reportedly because she may have spurned a gift from him, per the Japan Times . Mayu Tomita, 20, was said by Tokyo Metropolitan Police to have been stabbed... More »

Sinead O'Connor Rages Online: 'You Left Me to Die'

The singer writes scathing Facebook post

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor was found Monday after an apparent disappearance , but all isn't well. The singer wrote a seething, expletive-filled Facebook post Monday night accusing family members of casting her aside as she struggles with a suicidal condition, the New York Daily News reports. "You all abandoned me... More »

Sinead O'Connor Found in Chicago 'Burbs: Cops

But her condition isn't revealed

(Newser) - Police in suburban Chicago say Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor was found safe Monday after officers received a report that she never returned from a Sunday bike ride in the area. Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson says O'Connor had been located, "is safe and no longer considered a... More »

Ignoring Cobra Bite, Pop Star Sings to Her Death

Irma Bule sang for 45 minutes after deadly snakebite

(Newser) - An Indonesian pop star known for dancing with snakes was bitten by a king cobra during a concert on Sunday and kept on singing until she collapsed and later died. Irma Bule, 29—famous in the Dangdut genre of Indonesian folk music, per Mashable —often included pythons, cobras, and... More »

She Vanished in 1974; Now Her Music Is Catching On

The fascinating life of Connie Converse

(Newser) - Connie Converse would be in her 90s if she's still alive, perhaps more surprised than anyone that the music she made back in the 1950s has finally found an audience. As Priceonomics explains in a fascinating profile, Converse tried to make a go of it as a musician in... More »

How Bowie Got His Most Unusual Feature

Was it heterochromia, or a fistfight?

(Newser) - David Bowie may be gone , but that cool gaze will be with us a long time. As any color close-up of him reveals, he had one blue eye and one brown—so how did they get that way? Rumor had it that the pop star was afflicted by a condition... More »

Miley Cyrus: 'I'm Not Sure How Titties Are Worse Than Guns'

Will Taylor Swift still think so highly of her?

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus sure knows how to grab our attention. With her MTV Video Music Awards hosting gig coming up on Aug. 30, she sat down with Marie Claire and let the words rip:
  • On industry prejudice: "There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it," she says. "
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This May Be the Most Rock-Star Moment Ever Filmed

David Achter de Molen was apparently one thirsty crowdwalker

(Newser) - A moment at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands has catapulted Dutch singer David Achter de Molen to rock-god status. De Molen of band John Coffey was "crowdwalking" during the show when someone hurled a cup of beer in his direction. Rather than dodge the cup, he managed to... More »

Toddler Kicked Off Flight for Making Staff Feel 'Unsafe'

Pregnant singer says United's move 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Sarah Blackwood says her 23-month-old son was "grumpy" when she boarded a flight from San Francisco to Vancouver on Wednesday night—but not grumpy enough to endanger aviation. Blackwood, a singer in Canadian band Walk Off the Earth, tells the Hamilton Spectator that she was kicked off United Airlines... More »

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