MARIAH CAREY: Talking about bipolar diagnosis
Mariah Carey opens up about her mental health in the new issue of People magazine and revealed that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The 48-year-old spoke about her longtime struggles with mental illness and says she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder back in 2001 when she was hospitalized for severe exhaustion, but was in denial for many years and only recently started treating her condition. She admits, "I didn't want to believe it. I didn't want to carry around the stigma of a lifelong disease that would define me and potentially end my career. I was so terrified of losing everything, I convinced myself the only way to deal with this was to not deal with this."
But now Mariah says she is comfortable talking about her illness and hopes break the stigma of mental illness. She says, "Hopefully they'll just understand I'm doing this with the hope of helping others and also because it's going to be a freeing experience for me."
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ROY ORBISON: Hologram show opens
Nearly 30 years after his death, Roy Orbison was on stage in Cardiff, Wales Tuesday night.
Thanks to some amazing digital technology, the legendary Texan has become a lifelike hologram -- backed by a live orchestra and backup singers.
The Times of London calls it "a low-voltage show." But Wolverhampton, England's Express and Star was more positive, praising the small details such as Roy adjusting his trademark dark glasses and even scratching his nose. Clearly, the audience was impressed, with the paper noting how "fans across the arena could be heard whispering about the wonder of the production throughout the evening -- when they weren't singing along to the many hits."
On a negative note, we also learned today that next month's planned Australian leg of the Orbison hologram tour has been canceled. The show is still expected to reach the U.S. this fall.
U2: 30th anniversary of legendary Rattle and Hum album
U2 will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of 1988's Rattle and Hum -- but not with a big reissue.
At least for now, they're offering a special collection only to those who subscribe to their website, U2.com.
Titled 3-D Dance Mixes, this limited-edition set includes a 12-inch vinyl record featuring three remixes, as well as an exclusive poster and a pair of black-and-white prints from the period by their longtime photographer, Anton Corbijn. The three songs that have been remixed are "When Love Comes to Town" featuring B.B. King, "God Part 2" and "Desire."
The "Live From the Kingdom Mix" of "When Love Comes to Town" includes a "sermon" by Little Richard. "The Hard Metal Dance Club Mix" of "God Part 2" samples John Lennon’s voice and includes the recorded words of Martin Luther King Junior. Both of these extended remixes have never previously been commercially available.
Rattle and Hum, a two-disc set, was released on October 10th, 1988. It contained live performances and studio tracks recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis in November 1987.
ELTON JOHN: Waiting for his wedding invitation
Elton John is still waiting for his Royal Wedding invitation.
The rock icon and humanitarian has cleared time around the May 19th nuptials, but has yet to hear anything official.
Not only would he like to attend, but Elton tells Britain's Mirror tabloid he'd be happy to perform for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. "If they asked me to -- but I haven’t been asked to the wedding yet."
Elton was a close friend of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.
PAUL McCARTNEY: Drops out of top 5 list of male acts with most top 10 hits
Paul McCartney is no longer number-five on the list of male acts with the most Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
His 23 songs now rank him at number-six behind rapper Drake. And another rapper, Jay-Z, is just two songs behind Macca.
Most Hot 100 Top 10s among solo males:
- Michael Jackson - 29
- Stevie Wonder - 28
- Elton John - 27
- Elvis Presley - 25
- Drake - 24
- Paul McCartney - 23
- Jay-Z - 21
CHEAP TRICK: Talking picks for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Robin Zander was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 as a member of Cheap Trick, which now makes him a voting member.
But when the ballot came this year he left the selection up to his 25-year old son, Robin, who voted for The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone -- all of whom got in.
Robin Zander on the new class elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
"I love that The Cars are there because they're like our little brothers, those guys. I thought they were great. And I love The Moody Blues, of course. There's a version of 'Nights in White Satin' of me singing with Rick's [Nielsen] father [Ralph conducting] and an orchestra online you can look up. That's from 1983 I believe. I've always been a big fan of The Moody Blues, so that one's really cool."
Being inducted alongside The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone this Saturday at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland are Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Bon Jovi.
Highlights of the ceremony will air on HBO on May 5th.
ZZ Top will release Cinco Number-Two: The Second Five LPs on June 1st. This box contains vinyl copies of the albums they released between 1979 and 1990, including Eliminator, Afterburner and Recycler.
Britain's Daily Mail spotted Paris Jackson arm in arm with L.A. promoter Andrei Gillott on Tuesday. She's 18, he's 33.
We just learned that David Mullaney, one of the synthesizer players on Hot Butter's electro-pop instrumental "Popcorn," died February 21st in Michigan. He was 86.
E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg has sold his five-bedroom, Mediterranean-style house in Palm Beach, Florida for $6.79 million -- a loss of $700,000 from what he paid in August 2016. It’s about two blocks from the Florida getaway for fellow Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi.