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Alice Cooper says he paved the way for today's pop star antics

Alice Cooper says he paved the way for today's pop star antics

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) --Alice Cooper says Shakira, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga are just doing an updated version of the role he first crafted for himself in the 60s and 70s.
Brooks Hays
Barbra Streisand is first artist with No. 1 albums in six consecutive decades

Barbra Streisand is first artist with No. 1 albums in six consecutive decades

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) --Barbra Streisand's "Partners" tops the Billboard 200 chart this week, making her the only recording artist to have a No. 1 release in six consecutive decades.
Karen Butler
Barbra Streisand to appear on 'The Tonight Show' Monday

Barbra Streisand to appear on 'The Tonight Show' Monday

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) --Barbra Streisand has been booked as the only guest on Monday's edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NBC announced Thursday.
Karen Butler
Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Will Arnett and Amy Poehler separated back in 2012.
Kate Stanton
Alexa Ray Joel thanks fans for their support following her collapse on stage

Alexa Ray Joel thanks fans for their support following her collapse on stage

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- Alexa Ray Joel has issued a thank-you to her fans following her collapse on stage during her April 12 performance.
Annie Martin
Billy Joel surprises elementary school kids performing a Billy Joel tribute concert

Billy Joel surprises elementary school kids performing a Billy Joel tribute concert

GLEN COVE, N.Y., April 10 (UPI) -- The Piano Man himself sat in the audience at an elementary school concert in his honor.
Kate Stanton
Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel form 2-man doo-wop group with iPad app

Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel form 2-man doo-wop group with iPad app

March 21 (UPI) -- Billy Joel stopped by the Tonight Show and he and Jimmy Fallon formed a two-man doo-wop group to perform "Lion Sleeps Tonight" using an iPad app.
Aileen Graef
Billy Joel slams 'We Didn't Start the Fire' after he forgets lyrics

Billy Joel slams 'We Didn't Start the Fire' after he forgets lyrics

March 14 (UPI) -- Billy Joel reiterated his distaste for hit song "We Didn't Start the Fire" after he forgot the lyrics during a recent concert in Canada.
Annie Martin
Award-winning photographer Ian Cuttler Sala dead after car crash involving Salma Hayek's brother

Award-winning photographer Ian Cuttler Sala dead after car crash involving Salma Hayek's brother

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Photographer Ian Sala revealed to be the unknown passenger killed in Sami Hayek's Sunday car crash.
Annie Martin
Billy Joel slams Madonna during concert [VIDEO]

Billy Joel slams Madonna during concert [VIDEO]

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Billy Joel told concert audience a throat-soothing spray he once saw Madonna use "didn't help her much."
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Billy Joel says he is un-retiring at 64

Billy Joel says he is un-retiring at 64

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Rocker Billy Joel told CBS News his residency at New York's Madison Square Garden means he is "kind of unretiring" as he prepares to turn 65 in May.
Pitbull to perform on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Pitbull to perform on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

MIAMI, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Recording artist Pitbull is to appear in a live performance from Miami on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," ABC announced.
Billy Joel to perform on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Billy Joel to perform on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. rock 'n' roll icon Billy Joel has been booked to perform on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" program, ABC announced Monday.
Obama says Kennedy Center honorees stay 'true to themselves'

Obama says Kennedy Center honorees stay 'true to themselves'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Sunday the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees are not only "the best of the best" but have "remained true to themselves."
Billy Joel announces Madison Square Garden residency

Billy Joel announces Madison Square Garden residency

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Rock 'n' roll icon Billy Joel announced Tuesday plans for a residency at New York's Madison Square Garden arena.
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Billy Joel performs in concert at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 17, 2007. The 58 year old piano man next performs in Fresno, California on November 19th. (UPI Photo/Daniel Gluskoter).
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William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American musician and pianist, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA.

Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and has sold over 150 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006) and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2009). Joel "retired" from recording pop music in 1993 but continues to tour.

Joel was born in The Bronx and raised in Hicksville, New York. His father, Howard (born Helmuth), was born in Germany, the son of German merchant and manufacturer Karl Amson Joel who, after the advent of the Nazi regime, emigrated to Switzerland and later to the United States. Billy Joel's mother, Rosalind Nyman, was born in England to Philip and Rebecca Nyman. Both Joel's parents were born Jewish. They divorced in 1960, and his father moved to Vienna, Austria. Billy has a sister, Judith Joel, and a half-brother, Alexander Joel, who is an acclaimed classical conductor in Europe, currently chief musical director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

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