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Couric, Larry the Cable Guy to guest host 'Live!'

Couric, Larry the Cable Guy to guest host 'Live!'

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Broadcast journalist Katie Couric and comedian Larry the Cable Guy are to fill in as guest co-hosts on "Live! with Regis and Kelly" in New York, ABC said.
Oprah tapes 'Farewell Spectacular'

Oprah tapes 'Farewell Spectacular'

CHICAGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Madonna, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks made appearances at the taping of the final edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago Tuesday night.
'Songs' raises $5M for Japanese Red Cross

'Songs' raises $5M for Japanese Red Cross

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- Sales of the compilation CD "Songs For Japan" have raised $5 million for Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief, Legacy Recordings said.
'Songs for Japan' relief CD on sale

'Songs for Japan' relief CD on sale

NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- Songs by Bob Dylan, U2, P!nk and Lady Gaga appear on "Songs for Japan," a CD to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.
'Gift' tops U.S. album chart again

'Gift' tops U.S. album chart again

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Susan Boyle's "The Gift" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a fourth, non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Gift' tops U.S. album chart

'Gift' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Susan Boyle's "The Gift" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Boyz to sing in Rockefeller tree show

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The R&B group Boyz II Men will perform on the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" television special, NBC said Wednesday.
'Gift' stays No. 1 on U.S. album chart

'Gift' stays No. 1 on U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Susan Boyle's "The Gift" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Stars line up for tree-lighting special

Stars line up for tree-lighting special

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow and Josh Groban have signed up to perform at this year's Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in New York's Rockefeller Center, NBC said.
Jay-Z: 'World' should've been untouchable

Jay-Z: 'World' should've been untouchable

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Jay-Z says he applauds the intentions behind the recent remake of "We Are the World" but says the classic song should have been left alone.
MJ appears in 'We Are the World 25' video

MJ appears in 'We Are the World 25' video

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The late Michael Jackson's voice and image appeared in the video for "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" when it debuted on NBC Friday night.
Groban to perform TV songs at Emmys

Groban to perform TV songs at Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Recording artist Josh Groban is to perform a medley of more than 25 of TV's most memorable themes on "The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards" show, ABC said.
Elton John party raises $5.1M for charity

Elton John party raises $5.1M for charity

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party raised $5.1 million in Los Angeles Sunday night, the foundation announced Monday.

Legal and illegal holiday music doing well

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Buying or downloading a holiday song legally as well as downloading holiday ditties illegally are robust businesses, U.S. media observers say.

New album finishes Kidjo's African trilogy

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- African-born singer Angelique Kidjo said her new album "Djin Djin" is the end of a trilogy about her racial heritage.
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Josh Groban arrives at the Nelson Mandela Day Gala Dinner at Grand Central Terminal in New York on July 15, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. His four solo albums have been certified at least multi-platinum, and in 2007, he was charted as the number one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in this country. To date, he has sold over 24 million albums worldwide.

Groban originally studied acting but as his voice changed, it developed into a "significant instrument". The event that changed Groban's life was when his vocal coach, Seth Riggs, submitted a tape of Josh singing, "All I Ask of You", from The Phantom of the Opera, to Riggs' friend, renowned producer, composer and arranger David Foster. Foster called him to stand in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli to rehearse a duet, "The Prayer," with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the Grammy Awards in 1998. Groban, being shy, reluctantly agreed. Rosie O'Donnell was so impressed that she immediately invited him to appear on her daytime talk show. He got another big break when Foster asked him to sing at the California Governor's Gray Davis' 1999 inauguration. His name and career soared with the public recognition he received, after being cast on Ally McBeal by the show's creator David E. Kelley, who asked him to perform "You're Still You" for the show's 2001 season finale.

Groban was born in Los Angeles to Lindy, a school teacher and full time mother, and Jack Groban, a businessman. His father is of Jewish background and a descendant of Russian and Polish immigrants. His mother is Norwegian American, the daughter of immigrants from the eastern Norwegian district of Toten. His parents joined the Episcopal Church after his father's conversion from Judaism to Christianity. Chris, his younger brother, shares the same birthday four years later.

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