Josh Groban has a lot of respect for classical musicians--just don't call him one. "I always considered myself to be influenced by classical music," says the 22-year-old singer, "but the type of music I do is so much of a hybrid that it's almost genreless." Whatever you call Groban's blend of pop, Broadway and orchestral music, it's mighty successful.
Joined at The PursePeace on earth could be in short supply for some musicians this Yuletide. Two of the world's five major music companies--BMG and Sony--agreed last week to merge, and hundreds of millions of dollars of fat (and not all in executives' salaries) could be cut in the process.
Courting TroubleWe all have bad nights--read the police report in any small-town paper--but when you're Courtney Love, you make headlines, even when there's not much underneath them.Last Thursday around 2:30 a.m., the LAPD got a call reporting that Love, 39, was breaking windows in the house of her ex-boyfriend/ex-manager Jim Barber.
Beautiful Losers?Baseball's winners begin the postseason this week, but the losers have the best shot at immortality. Heading into the final Sunday, the Detroit Tigers had lost 119 games, and with one last defeat would equal the '62 New York Mets as the losingest team in history.Those Mets--even worse than this year's--were the all-time lovable losers: from manager Casey Stengel's cubist syntax to "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry's impressionist defense at first base, they elevated ineptitude to a...
Now, That's What We Call Oral HistoryIf you're older than 50, you probably remember when you saw "Deep Throat." The 1972 film is not only the most famous porn flick to date, but the most profitable movie in history. (It cost about $25,000 and grossed $600 million.) More than that, it forever changed not only Hollywood but American culture.
Penthouse Debt of the MonthPenthouse publisher Bob Guccione's empire has a case of the droops no little blue pill can fix. Burdened with almost $40 million in debt, General Media Inc., the subsidiary of Penthouse International that publishes the sleazy glossy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.