Topic: musicians

‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’

'Find What You Love And Let It Kill You'

These days, James Rhodes is a successful concert pianist. But for a decade, he didn’t play the piano at all, while he pursued another career that made him something like Don Draper, “albeit a few inches shorter and a few women fewer.” Then he gave it all up to pursue his childhood dream. He sacrificed everything — including his marriage and his income — to do it, but in the end, it worked. More »

Watch Beyonce, Alicia Keys And Jennifer Hudson’s Big Super Bowl Performances

Watch Beyonce, Alicia Keys And Jennifer Hudson's Big Super Bowl Performances

Last night, we watched three talented women achieve three career milestones at the Super Bowl. Pop queen Beyonce, who had something to prove after her lip-synched inauguration performance; unstoppable Alicia Keys, who confessed she’d been “rehearsing it like a maniac,” and Jennifer Hudson, given the difficult emotional task of leading a children’s choir from Sandy Hook Elementary School in America the Beautiful. (Oh, yeah, there was also a football game, apparently?) Watch all three big-time performances below. More »

Alicia Keys Is BlackBerry’s New Global Creative Director…?

Alicia Keys Is BlackBerryâs New Global Creative Directorâ¦?

At the BlackBerry 10 launch in New York yesterday morning, BlackBerry announced Alicia Keys as its new global creative director. Yes, that Alicia Keys — the Alicia Keys that keeps falling in and out of lovewith you, is married to Swizz Beatz, and puts her adorable baby son in adorable cupcake hats. She is BlackBerry’s new global creative director. Don’t worry; we’re confused too. More »

Here Is The Job Posting That Would Have Let You Work For Beyoncé

Here Is The Job Posting That Would Have Let You Work For Beyoncé

GQ’s recent cover story on Beyoncé revealed that the woman is not just a pop star, not just a mom, not just the wife of a superstar, and not just the owner of a cosmetology school (?!). She is also the relentlessly precise cataloguer of her own life. In a sleek Manhattan office, she maintains a “long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.” Well, who doesn’t? But an archive like that doesn’t just pop into existence. And now we know how that archive came to be. Behold, the online job posting for Beyoncé’s personal archivist. More »

Gwen Stefani’s Refreshing Honesty: Constant Dieting And ‘Guilt’ About Working Too Much

Gwen Stefani's Refreshing Honesty: Constant Dieting And 'Guilt' About Working Too Much

No Doubt singer and style queen Gwen Stefani is on the cover of the January issue of Vogue. On the cover, she’s a rock-star glamazon wearing a sparkly gold blazer and photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Inside, however, the mother of two gives an impressively honest interview about her “guilt” about working when her two young sons are at home. More »

The Amazing Career Of Singer Jenni Rivera, Killed In A Plane Crash This Weekend

The Amazing Career Of Singer Jenni Rivera, Killed In A Plane Crash This Weekend

California-born Jenni Rivera was a superstar: She sold millions of records, starred in a reality show, and received multiple Grammy nominations. Rivera died in a plane crash this weekend in Mexico on her way to film an episode of the Mexican version of “The Voice.” Confession: I had never heard of Rivera before her tragic accident this weekend. But since then, I’ve been reading up on her incredible career as a singer, TV star, and entrepreneur. Here are five reasons the 43-year-old singer nicknamed “la Diva de la Banda” was huge — and why she was about to become a household name. More »

Taylor Swift Is Now No. 1 In Everything, So Will She Stop Acting So Surprised About Her Success?

Taylor Swift Is Now No. 1 In Everything, So Will She Stop Acting So Surprised About Her Success?

Taylor Swift is newly single after a breakup with 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, but she’s not sitting around moping. Her career is on fire: Swift’s new album “Red” just sold more copies in its first week than any other album since 2002. Basically everything the woman touches these days turns to no. 1. Can she finally stop acting so gosh-darned surprised at her success now? More »

Adele Should Also Be Commended For Writing Her Own Songs Unlike Many Of Her Peers

Adele Should Also Be Commended For Writing Her Own Songs Unlike Many Of Her Peers

As everyone knows by now, the adorable Adele won big at the Grammys last night, scooping up six awards, including the big one, Album of the Year. The British chanteuse won every single award she was nominated for last night, made an adorable acceptance speech referring to her “rubbish relationship” (and snot), and she also turned in one of the best vocal performances of the night. And here’s one more reason to love her: She writes her own songs. More »

Katy Perry’s Career Milestone Is More Than A ‘Teenage Dream’

Katy Perry's Career Milestone Is More Than A 'Teenage Dream'

When the bouncy pop single “I Kissed a Girl” became the song of the summer of 2008, there was no reason to think that singer Katy Perry would be anything more than a one-hit wonder. A SPIN piece at the time titled “Why I Hate Katy Perry” smugly noted that “Perry is almost designed to be a blip on the pop radar, and with luck she’ll be here and gone with the speed of an IM.” Whoops! Luckily, Perry didn’t listen to the nay-sayers, and yesterday she proved them wrong in a big way when she became the first female artist to have five number-one hits from one album. More »