Keith Girard

Celine Dion Husband René Angélil Dies at 73, After Long Cancer Battle

Celine Dion husband René Angélil, who began his career as a singer and later devoted his life to Celine’s career, has died after a 20-year battle with throat cancer. His death came at his Las Vegas home Thursday (Jan. 14). He was 73. Celine, 47, has canceled two shows, Saturday and Sunday, at her Caesars Palace residency to deal with his death. She’ll resume performing Feb. 23, according to her rep. ...

Bruce Springsteen Brings Glory Days Back to Saturday Night Live (watch!)

Bruce Springsteen returned to Saturday Night Live (SNL) and recalled the show’s glory days with two songs off his new compilation album The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. Bruce first played on the show in 1992 and made his third appearance this weekend. Last night, he performed the lead track off his new album “The Ties That Bind” and “Meet Me In The City.” ...

Rita Ora Wants Out of Stalled Jay Z Record Deal; Is Rihanna to Blame?

Rita Ora, the UK singing sensation, is suing to break her contract with record mogul Jay Z, claiming she’s been “abandoned” by his Roc Nation record label. Is Rihanna the real reason her singing career has been sidetracked? Jay Z personally signed Rihanna to a record contract while he was president of Def Jam Recordings. Her debut album, Music of the Sun in 2005 and sophomore effort A Girl Like Me the following year both reached the top ten on the US album charts. ...

Justin Bieber Faces Grueling ‘Purpose’ Tour; Is He Up For It? (Video)

Justin Bieber is plunging headlong back into his music career after a three year layoff. He’s hitting the road nationwide on his new “Purpose World Tour” in support of his latest album. Justin last toured in 2012 for Believe. Is he up for it? Justin announced the tour on “Ellen DeGeneres” as part of his “Bieber Week” appearance on the afternoon talk show....

Adele, Vocal Cord Problems Behind Her, Sings ‘Hello’ Live on BBC (see!)

Adele, the UK singing sensation, is featured in a new video, singing her new song. “Hello.” for the first time live to promote her upcoming BBC music special. She showed no sign of vocal cord problems that hampered her career early on. The British singer, who is known for her mezzo soprano vocal power and emotive style, underwent surgery in 2012 to remove a polyp on her vocal cord....

Adele’s New ‘Hello’ Single, Video Mark Career Turning Point (Watch!)

Adele could sing the phone book and win the acclaim she’s getting for her latest single and video for“Hello." The significance of the new album is the turning point it marks in her life and career. That’s what makes “Hello” and her new album so significant. As she pointed out, her long-awaited third album, titled 25, marks her transition to to adulthood and self-acceptance....

Taylor Swift, At Top Of Game, Talks Disillusion, Over-Exposure (photos)

Taylor Swift is about so much more than music. She’s a million-megawatt celebrity trapped in the never-ending, pop-culture news cycle and she thinks she–and her fans–may have had enough of fame and celebrity for the moment. Beside her unprecedented career success, the year hasn’t been all smooth going. She drew heat for her “Bad Blood” video, which many interpreted as a broadside against singer Katy Perry....

Lorde Plays the Seductress in New Disclosure ‘Magnets’ Video (watch!)

Lorde, the wildly popular New Zealand singer, has ditched her androgynous clothes for a slinky gown to play the seductress in a new video by English electronic music duo Disclosure. Same voice, same style, but totally different look. The video ends, however, with a decided twist that meshes completely with Lorde’s ball busting feminism....

Rihanna Returns for Sultry Show at Rock in Rio Festival (watch!)

Rihanna put on a blow out performance at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil over the weekend that marked her return to the event for the first time since 2011. She closed the festival with a 24-song set that kept her on stage in front of a huge crowd well past midnight. Afteward, the 27-year-old pop diva was spotted partying well into the morning with gal pal, and rumored flame Cara Delevingne, the UK model and socialite....

Justin Bieber’s Just Gotta Ask: ‘What Do You Mean?’ in New Song (listen!)

Justin Bieber has released a new single that he says points to a new direction in is music. A lyric video for the song “What Do You Mean?” is going viral and hopefully will help jump-start his stalled career. Bieber talked about his music today in a radio interview with Elvis Duran on his Z100 radio broadcast, “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.”...

Taylor Swift Mixes It Up with Little Mix at Santa Clara Show (watch!)

Taylor Swift shared the stage at her Santa Clara, Calif., show with English girl group Little Mix, and turned over the stage, so could perform their new single “Black Magic.” Taylor sang and shimmied along. Swift has featured a number of groups, including Fifth Harmony, on the latest leg of her 1989 tour. The all-girl band, made up by Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson share something in common with boy band One Direction....

One Direction Drops ‘Drag Me Down’ From Upcoming Album (listen!)

One Direction, or what’s left of the boy band, dropped a new song out of the blue called “Drag Me Down.” Is it a veiled reference to departed member Zayn Malik? Tabloids are sure to play it that way. Band members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Thomlinson announced the news in a Twitter blitz....

Will Dana Leaves Rolling Stone With Lawsuits, Scandal in His Wake

Will Dana, the long-time managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, is leaving the iconic music publication amid continuing fallout since he was forced to retract a story about an alleged gang rape at the prestigious University of Virginia. Although Dana technically wasn’t fired, he’ll leave next month without another job lined up. Rolling Stone was launched in the 1960s by Jann Wenner, 69. He continues to be listed on the masthead as Editor....

Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer Talks About Battle With Lyme Disease

Amanda Palmer, lead singer of Boston duo Dresden Dolls, revealed today (July 26) why she was forced cancel her scheduled appearance at a Morrissey concert at San Jose State University. She was being treated for Lyme Disease, she said. Palmer was hospitalized at Miles Memorial Hospital, in Damariscotta, MA, on July 17. ...

Harry Styles Face Plants at First One Direction Show on U.S. Tour (watch!)

Harry Styles of boy band “One Direction” joined an elite musical club after he was captured on a fan video taking a shocking tumble on stage during the first show of the band’s U.S. tour. In fact, so many stars have fallen on stage it seems like a rite of passage. Over the past few years, Kanye West, Selena Gomez, Steven Tyler, Iggy Azalea and Lady Gaga have taken stage tumbles while performing....

Rihanna Pushing Envelope Too Far in “B*tch Better Have My Money” Video?

Rihanna’s grindhouse video for “B*tch Better Have My Money” pushes every politically incorrect button, from violence to nudity to human torture. Some are calling it art, but others say it’s anti-feminist, sadistic and nihilistic. In other words, a “Mad Max” film. Rihanna shares directing credit with Leo Berne, who co-directed through his video collective Megaforce. The video is certainly no more graphic or violent than a Quentin Tarantino film....

Pharrell Williams May Get Relief From $7.4M ‘Blurred Lines’ Jury Verdict

Pharrell Williams may get half a loaf in his bid for a new trial in the “Blurred Lines” copyright case that stunned the music industry after a jury awarded $7.4 million to the family of late-singer Marvin Gaye. In a hearing on motions in the case yesterday (June 29), federal district court Judge John Kronstadt said he was leaning against Williams’ request for a new trial. But he called the $1.6 million jury award against the singer and producer “excessive.”...

Keith Girard

Keith Girard is Editor and Pubilsher of TheImproper, New York City’s cutting edge arts, entertainment pop culture and lifestyle Web magazine. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine and a reporter for the Washington Post among other media positions.