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'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 »

'It's My Party' Singer Lesley Gore Dies

Her hit 'You Don't Own Me' became feminist anthem

(Newser) - Lesley Gore, the singer-songwriter who scored a huge hit as a 16-year-old with "It's My Party" in 1963, has died at the age of 68. Gore, who grew up in New Jersey and was discovered by Quincy Jones, followed up the Grammy-nominated chart-topper with hits including "She'... More »

Streisand's Latest No. 1 Makes History

She has topped charts in every decade since '60s

(Newser) - The last time there was a decade without a Barbra Streisand No. 1 album in it, Dwight Eisenhower was president and stereo sound was still a novelty. The singer's new album Partners debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making the 72-year-old the first artist to have a... More »

GRL Singer Simone Battle Dead at 25

She rose to fame on 'X Factor'

(Newser) - Simone Battle, a singer with the group GRL, is dead at 25 of an apparent suicide, reports TMZ . Battle was found in her Los Angeles home yesterday morning, and authorities think she hanged herself. Battle first rose to national fame on the X Factor reality show in 2011. Though she... More »

Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger's

Singer told she suffered brain damage, but 'my IQ was above average'

(Newser) - After a lifetime of being told she suffered brain damage, reclusive Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle finally sought out a specialist and came away with an entirely different diagnosis: Asperger's syndrome. "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she tells the Observer . "I... More »

Singer Eydie Gorme Dies at 84

Steve and Eydie singer's career spanned half a century

(Newser) - Eydie Gorme, the fairer half of the Steve and Eydie husband-wife nightclub act whose career spanned half a century, died yesterday in Las Vegas of an undisclosed "brief illness," reports People . She was 84. Calling his loss "unimaginable," husband Steve Lawrence said in a statement that... More »

Fan Storms Bieber Onstage in Dubai

Piano flips as security pounces on rogue fan

(Newser) - Justin Bieber was unharmed after being grabbed by a stage invader at a Dubai concert today, though his piano came away worse for the wear. The star was at the piano playing "Believe" when a youth tackled him from behind, the Nation reports. Bieber's piano was overturned and... More »

Country's George Jones Dead at 81

He had No. 1 hits in five separate decades

(Newser) - George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Jones died today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever... More »

Michelle Shocked: I'm Not Anti-Gay

Singer apologizes, says her remarks were misunderstood

(Newser) - With her career in apparent danger of imploding, folk singer Michelle Shocked issued a statement today insisting that she is not anti-gay and that remarks she made at a show last weekend were utterly misconstrued. "I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals... More »

Miracles Singer Bobby Rogers Dead at 73

Smokey Robinson mourns Motown collaborator

(Newser) - Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown hit machine The Miracles, has died at the age of 73 after a long illness. Rogers—a songwriter and choreographer as well as one of the group's five voices—kept the group going through various incarnations until health issues forced him to... More »

Mindy McCready Killed Self in Spot 'Soul Mate' Died

Country world mourns star after apparent suicide

(Newser) - Mindy McCready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot on the same porch where her boyfriend died, and sources tell TMZ she shot the family dog before taking her own life. The troubled country singer, who was found dead at her Arkansas home yesterday, recently told an interviewer that the dog... More »

Mindy McCready Dead at 37

Country singer apparently kills herself

(Newser) - Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, is dead at 37 after an apparent suicide at her home. The coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said McCready died today in Heber Springs, and the local sheriff said the cause appears to be... More »

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