When musicians land big fame, there typically comes a moment of reinvention in which the "rock star" identity is born. This new persona often requires a new name, a way to differentiate between the private and public versions of themselves. Musical monikers take different forms, from the simple, last-name changes aimed at boosting celebrity appeal—like Steven Tyler—to the glamorized version of a childhood nickname—like Jay-Z. Musicians' nicknames and aliases tend to take on an identity all their own over time, often becoming as full of personality as the artists they represent.
Bob Dylan revamped the 1929 hit love song ‘She’s Funny That Way’ with same-sex pronouns for a new 6-song EP, ‘Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined.’ The album, Funded by MGM, is meant to be inclusive of LGBT couples and features Kesha among other artists.
Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, has become the second member of The Beatles to be knighted, after Sir Paul McCartney. Ringo, who was honored for “services to music,” said, “It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."
Tina Turner’s oldest son, Craig Raymond Turner, has died at 59 of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, says the Los Angeles coroner. Craig was born to Tina and then-boyfriend, saxophonist Raymond Hill, and was later adopted by Tina’s abusive husband Ike.
Miley Cyrus retracted a 10-year-old apology for a controversial Vanity Fair photoshoot with Annie Liebowitz where it appeared that she posed topless at 15 years old. At the time, a Disney representative said the ‘Hannah Montana’ star had been “deliberately manipulated.”
Lady Gaga launched her Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. The performer will play a total of 27 gigs, in different formats: Lady Gaga Enigma, focusing on her biggest hits, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, featuring stripped-down versions of her songs.
Stevie Wonder is an American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. His multi-generational hit songs include "My Cherie Amour," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "Living in the City," "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "Sir Duke," "That Girl" and "Part-Time Lover."
After the Carolina Panthers announced plans to sell his team, P Diddy Tweeted his interest in buying it. "There are no majority African American NFL owners," he wrote, adding he'd make history and put Colin Kaepernick in the running for QB.