Gwen Stefani to make solo debut

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani will make her solo performing TV debut on the upcoming American Music Awards telecast, producers announced Monday.

Stars line up for American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Usher, Toby Keith and Jessica Simpson will perform during the 32nd annual American Music Awards telecast from Los Angeles, producers said Monday.

Jones pleased with Rome charity concert

ROME, May 17 (UPI) -- Legendary record producer Quincy Jones says he is pleased with the outcome of his star-studded "We Are the Future" charity concert in Rome.

Quince Jones heads 'We Are the Future' gig

ROME, March 30 (UPI) -- Sting, Jay-Z and Norah Jones are among the musicians Quincy Jones has gathered for his "We Are the Future" Rome concert to aid children in war torn regions.

Quincy Jones plans charity concert

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- "We Are the World" producer Quincy Jones is mounting another all-star musical project to aid the suffering and impoverished, USA Today reported Monday.

Warner Music Group to lay off 1,000

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- The Warner Music Group, in Burbank, Calif., said Tuesday it will lay off 1,000 workers and consolidate its Elektra and Atlantic Group record labels.

OutKast dominates Billboard chart, again

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- OutKast continues dominating the Billboard Top 100 singles chart after seven weeks, though the hip-hop duo slipped from its reign as the top album seller.

Nelson, Groban join Super Bowl line-up

HOUSTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Willie Nelson, Toby Keith and Josh Groban have been added as Super Bowl pre-game entertainment, joining headliner Aerosmith in Houston for the Feb. 1 event.

More stars added for Superbowl halftime

HOUSTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Nelly, P. Diddy and Kid Rock have been added to the star-studded lineup for the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Josh Groban snags No. 1 on Billboard 200

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Josh Groban earned his first No. 1 when "Closer" topped the Billboard 200 chart Wednesday, upsetting OutKast, who had held the position for three weeks.

Performers added to American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Pink, Evanescence, Sean Paul, 3 Doors Down and Rod Stewart have been added to the line-up of the American Music Awards.

'Oz' takes Broadway by storm

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- "The Boy From Oz," the first Australian musical to make it to Broadway, is already one of the hottest tickets in town -- and it doesn't even open until Thursday

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones returned to the stage to play "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" in a surprise Toronto club show as the band revved up for the upcoming tour that kicks off in Boston Sept. 2.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Heineken Music Initiative, dedicated to supporting music education in urban communities across the country, is set to release the second volume of its "Red Star Sounds" series Oct. 1.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

VAN HALEN Van Halen and Warner Bros. Records have parted ways after 25 years, 11 studio albums and three lead singers.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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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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