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Billy Joel, Cuomo Launch Motorcycle Ride

To raise breast cancer awareness in New York state

(Newser) - New York's governor will ride alongside music icon Billy Joel in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer before signing legislation that expands access to screenings for the disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will begin his ride Monday morning at Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island, reports... More »

Top 7 Earners in Music for 2015

Not surprisingly, Taylor Swift tops the list by a long shot

(Newser) - Which musicians are raking in the most dough? Billboard looked at 2015 revenue from music sales, streaming, publishing, and revenue (so, not counting money made from merchandising or sponsorships) to come up with the 40 highest-paid musicians of that year. The top seven:
  1. Taylor Swift: $73.5 million, $61.7
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Billy Joel Marries in a Surprise July 4 Wedding

Weds longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick on Long Island estate

(Newser) - Billy Joel wed longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick yesterday, turning the couple's annual Fourth of July party at the Piano Man's Long Island estate into a surprise wedding, reports People . The couple, 66 and 33 and together since 2009, are expecting a baby daughter this summer. Joel's 29-year-old... More »

Billy Joel Sings 'Uptown Girl' to Christie Brinkley

Serenades ex-wife at New York concert

(Newser) - Say it with us now: Awww. At his concert in New York City last week, Billy Joel serenaded ex-wife Christie Brinkley with "Uptown Girl," the song he wrote for her in 1983, even making sure the cameraman turned his lens on Brinkley in the audience. The Stir notes... More »

Billy Joel Surprises School, Attends Kids' Concert

It was a Billy Joel tribute, after all

(Newser) - Long Island's Billy Joel proved he’s still a class act after making a surprise appearance at a local elementary school. Joel showed up at Deasy Elementary just before showtime to listen to students perform his songs in a show called "River of Dreams: a Billy Joel Tribute.... More »

8 Celeb Couples You Forgot All About

Or maybe didn't even know about in the first place

(Newser) - Ahh, the 1980s. Big hair, New Wave, lots of neon, and these 16 celebrity couples you probably forgot all about, as rounded up by MSN . A sampling:
  • Oprah Winfrey and Roger Ebert went out twice in the 1980s, and it was Ebert who encouraged Winfrey to syndicate her talk show.
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31 Celebrity Atheists

Daniel Radcliffe, Keira Knightley, and other stars who don't believe in God

(Newser) - Not all celebrities are thanking God when they practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. CNN rounds up 31 famous atheists:
  • Daniel Radcliffe: "I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like
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Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ... More »

Sandy Relief Concert Hauls in $23M

Springsteen, Bon Jovi & Co. rake in cash for storm victims

(Newser) - NBC says its star-studded benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims raised a hefty $23 million for Red Cross relief efforts, in an explosion of website and phone traffic that the Red Cross says topped telethon activity from the previous five years combined. The one-hour broadcast featured New Jersey sons... More »

LiLo Goes to Extremes With New Tattoo

Billy Joel lyrics sprout on Lindsay's rib cage

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan has a lengthy, wordy new tattoo on her rib cage, and a source says that's a good thing. It proves she's focused, see? LiLo has tatted the lyrics “Clear as a crystal sharp as a knife/I feel like I’m in the prime of my... More »

Elton John: Billy Joel Needs Rehab

Former touring partner needs to get help, tough love

(Newser) - Today’s out-of-left-field celebrity comment: Elton John says his former touring partner Billy Joel needs to “do something better” with his life. Specifically, John tells Rolling Stone that Joel’s "alcoholism" caused them to cancel many tours, and that the Piano Man needs to take rehab more seriously.... More »

'Uptown Girl': Not Actually About Christie Brinkley...

And more sometimes surprising stories behind the songs

(Newser) - Inspired by Taylor Swift, who regularly pens songs about her real-life boyfriends , the New York Daily News lists six stories behind six classic songs. Most come from new book The Girl in the Song by Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson:
  • Billy Joel, “Uptown Girl”: Contrary to popular belief, this
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I Cried for 2 Years After Break-Up: Alexa Ray

But she says she wasn't trying to kill herself

(Newser) - When Alexa Ray Joel overdosed on homeopathic aspirin, she wasn’t trying to commit suicide, she just wanted to numb the pain of her first serious break-up. “I was crying every day for two years straight after that,” she says in an interview airing tonight on 20/20, E!... More »

Alexa Ray Joel Apologizes for Overdose 'Drama'

She didn't actually want to die, she says

(Newser) - Alexa Ray Joel is “in a Zen good place” 6 months after her suicide scare, and she's sorry for being “dramatic.” Though she admits saying “I want to die” to a 911 operator, Joel tells People she didn’t actually want to end her life: “... More »

Alexa Ray Joel Talks Suicide Scare

Heartbreak—not Christie Brinkley—to blame, says Billy Joel's daughter

(Newser) - Alexa Ray Joel spoke out against reports that her suicide scare was a result of a fight with mom Christie Brinkley, blaming it instead on “heartbreak-related depression.” On her Facebook fan page, Joel called Brinkley and dad Billy Joel “my role models and best friends,” slamming... More »

Alexa Ray Joel Suffered 'Heartbreak'

Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley address daughter's overdose

(Newser) - Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley are slamming a New York Post report that daughter Alexa Ray attempted suicide after fighting with Brinkley on a family vacation as "false." The pair released a statement yesterday saying the 23-year-old’s “dangerous actions” came “while suffering a devastating heartbreak,... More »

Billy Joel: Daughter on the Mend After OD

Alexa Ray Joel took a homeopathic drug, source says

(Newser) - Alexa Ray Joel is out of the hospital and "is going to be fine," her father, Billy Joel, said last night. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, reportedly distraught over a recent breakup, was treated at a New York hospital after overdosing on a substance a source identifies as a homeopathic... More »

Billy Joel's Daughter Hospitalized After OD

Police think it was a suicide attempt

(Newser) - The daughter of Billy Joel remains hospitalized after overdosing on sleeping pills. Police sources tell the New York Post they think it was a suicide attempt by 23-year-old Alexa Ray Joel. The daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley is a singer and pianist in her own right, and she... More »

Billy Joel Splits With Third Wife

She's rumored to be dating someone else

(Newser) - Billy Joel has split with third wife Katie Lee, 27, seen lately in the arms of an Israeli fashion designer—at parties the 60-year-old Joel prefers to skip, pals tell the New York Daily News. “It was really that age difference that caught up with them,” a friend... More »

Enquirer: Joel's Wife Is Wandering

(Newser) - This must be the week for reports of legendary singers' marriage trouble. A day after BruceSpringsteen is accused of infidelity, Billy Joel is in the spotlight. The National Enquirer has set gossip blogs buzzing with word that the singer's 27-year-old wife has struck up a suspicious relationship with Israeli fashion... More »

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