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Here Are the Big Shots Billy Joel Wants in His Superband

'Piano Man' singer says he'd love to collaborate with Sting, John Mayer, and Don Henley

(Newser) - Billy Joel has been back in the headlines lately, with his first new song released in 17 years and a performance at the Grammys . Now, the Piano Man is stirring the pot for fans even more with talk of a superband, and he's got quite the wish list for...

It's the Day Billy Joel Fans Have Been Waiting for

Long Island's resident songwriter releases 'Turn the Lights Back On,' first new song in 17 years

(Newser) - Billy Joel's first new song since George W. Bush was president is here. As promised, the Piano Man released "Turn the Lights Back On" on Thursday, a romantic ballad that Rolling Stone notes "doubles as a message to fans that have waited all these years for new...

Billy Joel Schedules End to Madison Square Garden Shows

150th concert next summer will be the last, he announces

(Newser) - Billy Joel isn't moving out yet from his monthly perch at Madison Square Garden, but he's decided when he will. The singer-songwriter says he will conclude his residency in July 2024 with his 150th lifetime performance at the venue, the AP reports. "It's hard to believe...

Mansion Builder to the Stars Feared Dead in Plane Crash

Ben Krupinski, 70, is among four passengers in a crash off the coast of the Hamptons

(Newser) - A go-to builder for celebrity Hamptons getaways is feared dead after a plane went down off the coast of Amagansett, Long Island on Saturday. Ben Krupinski, whose clients included Martha Stewart and Billy Joel, was aboard the Piper PA-31 Navajo along with his wife, Bonnie, and grandson Will Maerov, 22....

A New Year, 2 New Star Engagements

Paris Hilton, Billy Joel's daughter are headed for the altar

(Newser) - Wedding bells are in the air for the daughters from two famous families. Paris Hilton, great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, got engaged on the slopes of Aspen, Colo., over the weekend, a Hilton rep confirms to People . The 36-year-old's now-fiance, actor Chris Zylka, proposed just after lunchtime, with...

Billy Joel Welcomes Third Daughter
It's Another Girl
for the Piano Man

It's Another Girl for the Piano Man

Singer's first daughter was there for the birth of his third

(Newser) - Billy Joel is now the proud father of a third daughter—Remy Anne, who was born at New York University Hospital on Sunday night. She is the singer's second child with his wife Alexis Roderick. Joel, 68, didn't reveal the pregnancy until last week. "Alexis and Remy...

Without a Word, Billy Joel Protests Neo-Nazis

Wears prominent Star of David at concert

(Newser) - Without saying a word, Billy Joel protested the rise of white supremacism Monday night at his Madison Square Garden concert. When he returned to the stage for his four-song encore, Joel was wearing yellow Stars of David on both the front and the back of his suit, Newsday reports. The...

This Summer, Rock Out Like It's 1977

What's 40 years old is not new but still touring, and fans still flock to old favorites

(Newser) - It's more than a feeling: Many of the rock 'n' roll bands that were huge in 1977 will comprise a big part of the summer concert market 40 years later. Queen, Foreigner, Boston, Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, and Rod Stewart are among those launching major tours...

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...

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...

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...

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
 31 Celebrity 
 Atheists 

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 ...

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...

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...

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....

Stories Behind the Songs: Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' About Elle MacPherson, Not Christie Brinkley
 'Uptown Girl': 
 Not Actually About 
 Christie Brinkley... 
AND OTHER SONG SECRETS

'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!...

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