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Claim: Scientology Poisoned Singer's Dog Amid Rape Accusations

Cedric Bixler-Zavala claims the Church is protecting actor Danny Masterson

(Newser) - A progressive rock singer claims Scientologists have poisoned his family dog—again. Cedric Bixler-Zavala, lead singer of Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, says he put down his dog this week after it ate poisoned meat tossed into the yard by Church of Scientology members, per the Hollywood Reporter . "... More »

Neil Young Is Now 'Proud to Be a Canerican'

Canadian rocker Neil Young is now a US citizen

(Newser) - Republicans might be dismayed to discover that a former illegal immigrant with a history of drug use has become an American citizen—for the purpose of voting against President Trump. Canadian rocker Neil Young, who has lived in California for most of the last 54 years, was granted US citizenship... More »

Folk Singer-Songwriter Dies During Performance

David Olney 'never dropped his guitar'

(Newser) - Folk singer-songwriter David Olney was in the middle of his third song at a festival in Florida Saturday night when "he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes," musician Amy Rigby says. The 71-year-old died from an apparent heart attack at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach,... More »

Lovato Pleads With Public: 'Please Don't Go After Him'

The singer, 27, has broken up with male model Austin Wilson

(Newser) - Only a month after making it official on Instagram, Demi Lovato and her male model boyfriend have called it quits—and she wants everyone to lay off the guy, TooFab reports. "Please don't go after him," the 27-year-old singer wrote Friday of her new ex, Austin Wilson.... More »

'It Must Have Been Love' Singer Dead at 61

Marie Fredriksson had battled brain tumor since 2002

(Newser) - One half of the Swedish duo that brought us the hit songs " Listen To Your Heart ," " Joyride ," and " It Must Have Been Love " has died. Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson passed away Monday at age 61 after what management described as "a 17-year-long battle... More »

Looks Like Billie Eilish's Big Year Will Get Bigger

'Massive' deal nearing completion with Apple TV Plus for documentary on teen musician

(Newser) - It's clear people are interested in Billie Eilish: Her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, notched two Grammy nominations and became the most-played album of 2019 on both Spotify and Apple Music. That fascination with the 17-year-old singer (she'll turn 18 later... More »

She Looked Like Any Other Walmart Shopper. She Wasn't

A dressed-down Sia made the rounds in Palm Springs, Calif., paying for others' groceries

(Newser) - When Sia goes "undercover" for an act of generosity, she takes her disguises off. The 43-year-old singer, known for donning face-covering wigs, was spotted Wednesday in a Walmart in Palm Springs, Calif., fresh-faced and free with her wallet, with KESQ reporting she apparently picked up the tab for multiple... More »

Madonna Cancels Gigs Due to 'Unexpected Turn of Events'

She says she is in 'overwhelming' pain

(Newser) - Madonna's grueling schedule on her Madame X tour is taking its toll. The singer says she has had to cancel three dates in Boston on doctor's orders because she is in "overwhelming" pain, the Guardian reports. "Please forgive this unexpected turn of events," she wrote... More »

Ariana Grande: I'm in 'So Much Pain'

The '7 Rings' singer might too sick to perform

(Newser) - Ariana Grande says she's "in a lot of pain" with a weirdly lingering health problem and might have to cancel upcoming gigs—even though it's "the last thing I would ever want to do." People reports that she wrote about her illness Saturday on Instagram... More »

Neil Young Answered Honestly. Now, a Delayed Citizenship

Canadian singer admitted to using marijuana

(Newser) - Neil Young answered a question on his US citizenship application honestly, and it's costing him. The singer admitted that, yes, he has used marijuana, and as a result the application process has been delayed, the Guardian reports. Young, who's Canadian but is well known as, per the newspaper,... More »

Surgery Silences Miley Cyrus

Sources say she won't be singing for weeks

(Newser) - You won't be hearing much from Miley Cyrus over the next few weeks—unless she decides to ignore doctors' orders. Sources tell People that a longstanding but previously undetected problem with the singer's vocal cords was found when she was hospitalized for tonsillitis last month. She had vocal... More »

R. Kelly Had Unusual Reason for Skipping Court Hearing

Lawyer says singer was worried about infected toe

(Newser) - R. Kelly had an unusual reason for skipping a court hearing Wednesday—toe trouble. The singer's attorney, Steven Greenberg, told a judge at a federal courthouse in Chicago that Kelly had an infected toe and was worried that it would be stepped on during his journey to the court... More »

Sia Reveals She Has 'Demoralizing' Disease

Singer says she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic illness leaving her in 'chronic pain'

(Newser) - Sia Furler, the reclusive singer known for performing without even her face showing , has just given fans an unusually forthcoming look into some personal news, via what E! News calls a "heartfelt message" online. In a tweet Friday afternoon, the 43-year-old announced she's been living in "chronic... More »

Her Career, Romances Were Legendary. Goodbye to a 'Pioneer'

Oscar-nominated Diahann Carroll was first black woman to star in non-servant role on TV

(Newser) - Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role on TV—in the series Julia—has died at 84. Carroll's daughter, Suzanne Kay, told the AP her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer. During... More »

Cars Lead Singer Ric Ocasek Found Dead

New Wave pioneer was 75

(Newser) - Ric Ocasek, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of pioneering New Wave band The Cars, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday afternoon. Police say the 75-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after relatives found him unresponsive, Fox News reports. The cause of death is unclear, though police say... More »

Adele Is Getting Divorced

She separated from Simon Konecki earlier this year

(Newser) - Adele has filed for divorce from longtime partner Simon Konecki, five months after she announced their separation . The filing was made in California, where the 31-year-old British singer and the 45-year-old Konecki have a home, the Guardian reports. Adele and Konecki, who got married in 2016, first got together in... More »

Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston cranked out dozens of albums

(Newser) - His iconic "Jeremiah the Innocent" frog graces the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets in Austin, his struggles with mental illness were well-documented, and his songs have been covered and revered by everyone from the Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain to Tom Waits. Now, Texas and the entire musical... More »

Singer Dies in Onstage Fireworks Explosion

Joana Sainz Garcia was only 30 years old

(Newser) - A Spanish singer lost her life Sunday when an exploding firework struck her onstage and left the audience in stunned silence, the BBC reports. Joana Sainz Garcia was performing near Madrid with a 15-member group of musicians, singers, and dancers when the cartridge knocked her unconscious at about 2am local... More »

Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Killed in Car Crash

She died hours after emotional Instagram post

(Newser) - Country singer Kylie Rae Harris posted an emotional Instagram story Wednesday about her childhood memories of New Mexico. Hours later, she died there. Police say the 30-year-old Texan was killed in a three-car crash on State Road 522 along with another driver, a 16-year-old girl, the AP reports. Harris was... More »

Eilish Freaks Over Shirtless Cover Image

The singer slams 'Nylon Germany' on Instagram

(Newser) - Billie Eilish ripped Nylon Germany a new one this week over the magazine's digitized cover image of her, People reports. Posted on (and deleted from) the publication's Instagram account, the image portrays Eilish as a bald, metallic, shirtless, sci-fi babe who's giving readers the dead eye. After... More »

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