Boyle snubs Cowell for U2’s financial guru
Susan Boyle is Simon Cowell’s first TV talent finalist to snub him as manager and instead has hired U2’s financial guru, reports say.
The fresh out of rehab singer has signed up the showbiz accountant Ossie Kilkenny to manage her and her finances.
Cowell’s Syco record label will still release the Britain’s Got Talent’s star’s debut album but he will not be her manager, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The 62-year-old, Ossie, helped rock back U2 make their millions and has also worked with The Verve, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams and Van Morrison.
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Susan Boyle Steps Out For a Shopping Spree
After resting for five days in a London mental health center for exhaustion since losing last week’s final of Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle indulged in some retail therapy on Friday.
Looking relaxed and happy, the Scottish singing sensation, 48, made her first public appearance since checking out of the hospital by enjoying a mini-shopping spree at the Lulu & Fred clothing store in North London.
“She was absolutely thrilled and happy,” Frederic Benisty, co-owner of the clothing shop, told London’s Daily Mail. “She was joking around and having a laugh.”
Simon Cowell’s got Boyle’s back
Hounded by the media, drained by all the public attention, Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle had to check into a psychiatric facility for a rest, but have no fear, her Britain’s Got Talent patron Simon Cowell is looking after his songbird charm.
The entertainment news show Access Hollywood is reporting that Cowell, a judge on the show, has put her up in a London flat now that she has been released from the hospital, according to Boyle’s brother Gerry.
“She’s fine, she’s great,” Gerry told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush.
Boyle’s brother described the trip to the clinic as a temporary measure to find her some peace and quiet.
Kelly Clarkson sticks to essentials on the road
WHEN Kelly Clarkson hits the road — which in her busy schedule is often — there are a few essentials she takes with her.
Her laptop, her iPod, about five books and usually some DVDs. While in Australia last week — between performing on Rove, Sunrise and Good News Week — Clarkson managed to catch a few minutes of her favourite TV show NCIS.
“I’m a huge NCIS fan,” she confesses. “My sister is one of those crime nerds; she watches all those shows. And she got me addicted to this show. I’m currently watching that on DVD.”
Her favourite characters are gothic forensic scientist Abby (Pauley Perrette) and British medical examiner Ducky (David McCallum).
Fantasia Reunites With Mom For Inspirational Concert
American Idol winner/recording star Fantasia is set to reunite with her mother for a special “mother & daughter” performance over the weekend.
Sharing the same stage as Grammy winning Gospel recording artists Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin, Barrino and her mother Diane will perform at the 25th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
Taylor Hicks adds his own flourishes to ‘Grease’
Mid-Michigan fans of “American Idol” who are willing to take a road trip will be able to watch one of the show’s past favorite sons storm the live stage.
Donning a midnight blue suit with 13,000 rhinestones, Taylor Hicks belts out “Beauty School Dropout” in a touring production of “Grease” from June 9-28 at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre. He’ll also perform songs from his new album, “The Distance,” at 8 p.m. June 22 at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.
Since taking on the role of Teen Angel on Broadway last year, Hicks has been thrilling audiences around the country in a touring production of the popular musical.
Shareholders Treated To Stiller, Smokey And More
Musical performances included Latin American Grammy winner Paulina Rubio, teen idol Miley Cyrus, Allen and legendary Motown recording artist Smokey Robinson, who paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of Motown Records.
Allen and Robinson closed the extravaganza singing “Get Ready,” cutting a picture of music history and future on stage together.
“Having Smokey Robinson and Kris Allen crown the day with the closing performance connected with plenty of folks,” said Melodie Murphy of Gravette, a tax analyst at Wal-Mart’s home office in Bentonville.