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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 »

Eddie Money Says Doctor's Visit Hit Him 'Really, Really Hard'

The 70-year-old singer says his fate is in 'God's hands'

(Newser) - Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer, the AP reports. The singer known for such hits as "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight" says his fate is in "God's hands." Money's comments appear in a video released Saturday from... More »

Billie Eilish: 'I Felt Like I Deserved to Be in Pain'

Singer talks self-harm, anxiety to 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - Billie Eilish is not shy about her mental health struggles in a revealing and extensive interview with Rolling Stone . The 17-year-old August cover star saw a dream fulfilled as she rocketed to stardom with the spring release of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?... More »

Feds Arrest R. Kelly as He Walks His Dog

13 counts include child porn, enticement of a minor

(Newser) - R. Kelly has been arrested on sex charges in Chicago for the second time this year—this time by federal authorities. The R&B singer was walking his dog around 7pm Thursday when he was taken into custody, the Chicago Tribune reports. The 52-year-old was arrested in February on state... More »

R. Kelly Gives 28-Second Performance

Fans paid $100 for surprise Illinois gig

(Newser) - Fans who went to see R. Kelly at a surprise gig in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday night ended up paying roughly $3.50 per second of performance. The singer—who announced the appearance at the Dirty South lounge in an Instagram post hours earlier—sang one of his songs for... More »

She Knocked Her Country on Free Speech. Now She's Banned There

Sherine Abdel-Wahab made comments in Bahrain, now can't perform in Egypt

(Newser) - An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it doesn't respect free speech. A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: "Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.... More »

He Never Wanted to Be a Music Icon. He Became One Anyway

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis dead at age 64: reports

(Newser) - The frontman and creative mind behind the UK's Talk Talk has reportedly died at the age of 64. Per the Guardian , Anthony Costello, believed to be a relative of Mark Hollis', tweeted Monday, "RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the... More »

Report: FBI Has Launched Investigation of Ryan Adams

He's accused of sexting with underage fan

(Newser) - Fans once called Ryan Adams "the new Bob Dylan." But after allegations of sexual misconduct , he might become the new Anthony Weiner. Sources tell the New York Times that the FBI has launched an investigation of the singer and is trying to determine whether he broke the law... More »

Ryan Adams Dangled Offers of Success for Sex, Women Say

But he calls the 'Times' article a 'smear piece'

(Newser) - Ryan Adams, a soulful modern troubadour? Maybe so, but several women are painting a much darker picture. They say the acclaimed singer-songwriter abused his power by dangling career opportunities as he engaged in psychologically abusive behavior and pursued them for sex, the New York Times reports. One young bass player,... More »

Rapper Missy Elliott Makes History

The female rapper is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Missy Elliott is making history as the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also includes legendary British singer Cat Stevens and country-folk icon John Prine, the AP reports. The organization announced the new group of inductees Saturday. Other inductees include Tom T. Hall,... More »

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