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.

Sanjaya's luck runs out on 'Idol'

HOLLYWOOD, April 19 (UPI) -- "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, the sweetheart of votefortheworst.com and Howard Stern, has been voted out of the Hollywood singing competition.

Young Jeezy is No. 1 on the Billboard 200

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Rapper Young Jeezy is No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his sophomore Def Jam release, "The Inspiration."

'Now That's What I Call Music 23' is No. 1

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- "Now That's What I Call Music 23" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album list after selling 337,000 copies in the United States.

Furtado joins American Music Awards lineup

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Singer Nelly Furtado has agreed to perform at the upcoming American Music Awards ceremony, at which she is nominated for Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock. The annual awards show on Nov. 21 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium also will feature performances

Groban and Jones are 'taking a break'

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- A representative for Josh Groban has said the Los Angeles-born pop singer and his girlfriend, "American Wedding" actress January Jones, are "taking a break."

Delilah to raise money for African kids

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- Premiere Radio Network's syndicated host Delilah is gearing up for a radiothon on 200 U.S. stations to raise money for children in a Liberian refugee camp.

VH1's Save the Music concert airs Sunday

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- VH1's "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" has been taped in New York City's famed Beacon Theatre.

Josh Groban believes in 'Believe'

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Whether or not it wins an Academy Award Sunday, singer Josh Groban says he still believes in "Believe."

Beyonce, Groban to sing duet at Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Beyoncé and Josh Groban will team up to perform the Oscar-nominated song "Believe" at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Billboard.com reports.

Ashlee Simpson to do AOL concert

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. pop rocker Ashlee Simpson will perform live online as part of the AOL Music series -- AOL's original programming on the Internet.

AMA gift baskets go organic

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The gift baskets given to those performing, presenting and nominated at the "American Music Awards" in Los Angeles include a lot of things organic.

Usher, Alicia Keyes duet on awards show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Usher and Alicia Keyes will perform their current hit "My Boo" on the upcoming American Music Awards telecast, organizers announced Monday.
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Josh Groban
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)

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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