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Christian Rocker Says He No Longer Believes in God

Hawk Nelson frontman says he was shocked to find how many others feel the same way

(Newser) - The lead singer of award-winning Christian band Hawk Nelson says he's decided to tell the truth: He no longer believes in God, and has had doubts for many years. In a lengthy Instagram post , Jonathan Steingard says he has been "terrified" about making the announcement, but it feels... More »

'The Voice of Every Woman' Has Died at 66

Betty Wright kicked off her career at the ripe age of 2

(Newser) - Betty Wright, the Grammy Award-winning soul singer who gave us "No Pain (No Gain)" and "Tonight Is the Night," has died at age 66. The cause was cancer, Billboard reports. "I just lost my aunt this morning," Wright's niece tweeted Sunday, per People , adding... More »

RIP, Little Richard —'a Genius, Pure and Simple'

Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones are among those reacting to Little Richard's death

(Newser) - Reactions are rolling in to the death of rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard, who died Saturday at 87, the AP reports. Among them: More »

Nashville Singer Cady Groves Dead at 30

Label says she died of natural causes

(Newser) - Country singer Cady Groves has died in Nashville at age 30, reports Variety . For those unfamiliar, one of her bigger hits was the 2011 song "This Little Girl," and it shows why USA Today categorizes her as a "pop and country" singer rather than country alone. Groves'... More »

Andrew Lloyd Webber Offers Something to 'Lift the Spirits'

Win contest and you could sing for 13 seconds after 'Phantom' performance on Broadway or in London

(Newser) - Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a virtual competition that could lead to one fan singing on Broadway or the West End when musicals resume playing. The composer has invited singers to make up their own tiny vocal showcase at the end of the song "Think of Me" from The ... More »

Conspiracy Theorists Hijack Country Singer's Virus Death

Widow of Joe Diffie slams 'false and hurtful' claims on how her husband died

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists are twisting facts online about country singer Joe Diffie's death from COVID-19 complications in an effort to promote their claims that health officials are exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Diffie, who topped the charts in the 1990s with honky-tonk singles including "Home" and "... More »

Fountains of Wayne Singer on a Ventilator

Adam Schlesinger sickened with the coronavirus

(Newser) - Another celebrity has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Adam Schlesinger, known first as the singer of Fountains of Wayne and later as a songwriter for the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has been hospitalized in upstate New York since last week and is on a ventilator, his lawyer said Tuesday.... More »

Bob Dylan Releases Surprise New Song

The 'dizzying' 'Murder Most Foul' delves into JFK's assassination ... and more

(Newser) - If you're looking for new music to listen to this weekend, as well as a walk down memory lane, Bob Dylan just hooked you up with an "absolutely mind-blowing" 17-minute song about JFK's assassination and ... much more. "This is an unreleased song we recorded a while... More »

'The Gambler' Dead at 81

Kenny Rogers dead Friday night of natural causes while under hospice care

(Newser) - Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country, and pop with hits like "Lucille," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream" and embraced his persona as "The Gambler" died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Ga.... More »

Singer Duffy Says She Was Raped, Held Captive

Pop singer has been out of the public eye for a decade

(Newser) - British pop singer Duffy has revealed the disturbing reason she has been out of the public eye for so long. The Welsh singer, who shot to fame with debut album Rockferry in 2008, says she was "raped and drugged and held captive over some days" and has been recovering... More »

Taylor Swift Raises Her Left Hand, and Boom —It's On

The singer's 'massive diamond ring' appears in Netflix documentary

(Newser) - Taylor Swift was talking politics when she raised her left hand, and bang—that's the story. Seems the singer is wearing an engagement ring in her new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, with Cosmopolitan calling it a "massive diamond ring" and In Style a "pear-shaped sparkler." Since... More »

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 »

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