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American Idol Contestant Speaks Out After Surprise Exit

Wyatt Pike posts on Instagram that he left show for 'personal reasons'

(Newser) - Paula Abdul coming back as a guest judge hasn't been the only recent surprise on American Idol. On Monday, during the ABC program's first live show of the season, host Ryan Seacrest made an unexpected announcement that one of the singing competition's lead contenders, Wyatt Pike, who'...

Singer's 4-Year-Old Performed With Him. Now, a $3.6K Fine

Germany's Angelo Kelly is accused of violating child labor laws

(Newser) - A Bavarian court found a folk singer guilty Friday of violating Germany's strict child-labor laws for having his 4-year-old son perform onstage with him during an evening concert. Angelo Kelly, 39, was fined $3,600 by the Hassfurt administrative court for the 2019 appearance at an open-air summer concert...

The Magical Thing Alzheimer's Isn't Taking From Tony Bennett

Family reveals '16 diagnosis is increasingly stealing singer's moments of clarity, but not that voice

(Newser) - Alzheimer's disease is evermore robbing Tony Bennett of moments of mental clarity since his diagnosis in 2016, but his wife and son tell the latest edition of AARP the Magazine that the legendary crooner of yore doesn't miss a beat when he's with his music. "He'...

Country Singer Kris Kristofferson Hangs Up Guitar for Good

Country Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-winning actor, 84, has officially retired

(Newser) - Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has announced his retirement after five decades and named a manager for his estate. A press release said the 84-year-old actor and singer actually retired last year, and that his son, John, stepped in to oversee his father's business, including special projects and his record...

Country's First Black Superstar Dead at 86
COVID Kills
Country's First
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COVID Kills Country's First Black Superstar

Charley Pride was 86

(Newser) - Charley Pride, country music’s first Black star whose rich baritone on such hits as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records and made him the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 86, the AP reports. Pride died...

Songwriter Behind 'Mr. Bojangles' Has Died

Jerry Jeff Walker was 78

(Newser) - Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song "Mr. Bojangles," has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told the AP . "He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,...

Famous Folk Singer Has 'Gone Fishing' for Good

Arlo Guthrie, 73, says 'touring and stage shows are no longer possible'

(Newser) - You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant—but it appears we've seen Arlo Guthrie tell us that in person for the last time. In lengthy posts on his Facebook page and website, the 73-year-old folk singer announced Friday he's retiring from performance immediately. He's...

Elvis Songwriter Mac Davis Dies
Elvis Songwriter
Mac Davis Dies
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Elvis Songwriter Mac Davis Dies

Kenny Chesney mourns 'tremendous creative light'

(Newser) - Mac Davis, who wrote hits including "A Little Less Conversation" and "In the Ghetto" for Elvis Presley before forging a successful solo career, has died. Jim Morey, the 78-year-old's longtime manager, says Davis died Tuesday in Nashville after becoming critically ill following heart surgery. As a country...

Lady A the Singer Countersues the Band
Battle of 2 Lady As
Is Heating Up

Battle of 2 Lady As Is Heating Up

Lady A the singer countersues Lady A the band

(Newser) - The legal battle between the Lady As is heating up. Lady A the singer is countersuing Lady A the band, which changed its name from Lady Antebellum earlier this year because of that name's association with slavery. The lawsuit from Anita White, a Black Seattle-based blues singer who has...

A Father of Reggae Is Dead at 77
A Father of Reggae
Is Dead at 77
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A Father of Reggae Is Dead at 77

Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals had been in a medically induced coma since earlier this month

(Newser) - Toots Hibbert, one of reggae's founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement through such classics as "Pressure Drop," "Monkey Man," and "Funky Kingston," has died. He was 77. Hibbert, frontman of...

Singer Opens Her Heart After 'Suicide Attempt'

Tamar Braxton: I felt like 'little to nothing'

(Newser) - Tamar Braxton is thanking her boyfriend for "saving my life" after her hospitalization last month. Braxton posted a lengthy message on social media late Saturday that paid tribute to David Adefeso being her "angel on earth." She said she is grateful for Adefeso who found her "...

Billie Eilish Says Fan Came to Her Home 7 Times Over 2 Days

18-year-old singer gets 3-year restraining order against Prenell Rousseau, 24

(Newser) - An alleged stalker has forced Billie Eilish's hand. TMZ reports a Los Angeles County judge granted the 18-year-old pop star a three-year restraining order Thursday. It's a permanent extension of a temporary one already issued against 24-year-old Prenell Rousseau, who showed up seven times over two days last...

A Legendary Voice From WWII Is Dead
A Legendary
Voice From
WWII Is Dead
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A Legendary Voice From WWII Is Dead

British singer Vera Lynn, known for such wartime hits as 'We'll Meet Again,' dies at age 103

(Newser) - A legendary voice from World War II has been silenced. A statement from the family of Dame Vera Lynn says they are "deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers" on Thursday morning in Ditchling, East Sussex, "surrounded by her close family."...

Lady Antebellum Settles on Its New Name

It's keeping Lady A after a heartfelt conversation with the original Lady A

(Newser) - This is a time of upheaval—but at least there is peace between the Lady As. Country band Lady A, which recently changed its name from Lady Antebellum because of the association with slavery, says it had a very positive meeting with Anita White, the Seattle blues and gospel singer...

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...

She Told Us, 'No Pain (No Gain).' And Now She's Gone
'The Voice of
Every Woman'
Has Died at 66
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'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...

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:

Singer Cady Groves Dead at 30


Nashville
Singer
Cady Groves
Dead at 30
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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'...

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 ...

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 "...

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