GRAMMY Insider: Cyndi Lauper, Sting, Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon, Shakira, And Paul McCartney
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Broadway just got a little more … unusual. Cyndi Lauper's hit musical "Kinky Boots" scooped up six trophies at the 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Choreography and Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre. "I gotta thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums," said Lauper during her Tony acceptance. "That's how I learned how to sing." Lauper, who wrote the lyrics and music for "Kinky Boots," now joins a select group of individuals who have won both a GRAMMY and a Tony.
Sting is set to release The Last Ship, his first album of new material since 2010's holiday album If On A Winter's Night, in the fall. A musical of the same name is expected to debut on Broadway in 2014. … While fans dissect the rumors of Jay-Z and Beyoncé's second child, they can look forward to the July 9 release of Lullaby Renditions Of Jay-Z, featuring nursery rhyme remixes of "Big Pimpin'" and "Run This Town," among others. Hova was also recently spotted working on something of his own with Justin Timberlake, Nas and Timbaland. … Beck is back with a new electronica-tinged single, "Defriended," and there's more where that came from. The singer has revealed he's working on two new albums, including an acoustic set expected for release this fall. … Led Zeppelin bassist/arranger John Paul Jones is trading the rock stage for the opera stage, which he describes as being "unlike anything else." With rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion looming, Jones is writing an opera that will be based on August Strindberg's "The Ghost Sonata." … Kings Of Leon are set to unleash Mechanical Bull on Sept. 24.
According to recent figures from the British Phonographic Industry, UK artists are claiming a higher proportion of global album sales than ever before, accounting for 13.3 percent of worldwide sales in 2012, up from 12.6 in 2011. British artists making global waves include GRAMMY winners Adele, Mumford & Sons and Muse.
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After donating more than $140,000 to prevent Detroit's Masonic Temple from going into foreclosure, Jack White will be the new namesake of the temple's Cathedral Theater, which will be renamed the Jack White Theater. A native of Detroit, White's mother served as an usher at the temple, where he also performed as a solo artist and with his former band, the White Stripes.
Paul McCartney is set to appear on a special episode of "The Colbert Report" on June 12, during which he will perform and take part in an interview. It seems Stephen Colbert is looking forward to hosting the former Beatle. "I think this McCartney kid's got something special and I'm gonna put him on the map," Colbert said.
Not only does Shakira have two GRAMMYs to her credit, she is also a Mensa member with an IQ of more than 139, according to a new list by Mensa International. Shakira a genius? Her IQ don't lie, but with her 140 IQ, Madonna can take a bow for scoring a notch higher.