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'Rising Star' summer singing series gets a host and judges

'Rising Star' summer singing series gets a host and judges

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) --Singer-songwriter Josh Groban has been named the host of the singing competition series, "Rising Star," ABC announced Friday.
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Ludacris to host the Billboard Music Awards

Ludacris to host the Billboard Music Awards

LAS VEGAS, May 14 (UPI) --Recording artist and actor Ludacris will host Sunday's 2014 Billboard Music Awards, producers announced Wednesday.
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Renee Zellweger makes red carpet debut after four month hiatus

Renee Zellweger makes red carpet debut after four month hiatus

March 13 (UPI) -- Renee Zellweger made her first red carpet appearance in a while during Monday's The Painted Turtle event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Calif.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
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Ben Affleck to live on $1.50 for a day

Ben Affleck to live on $1.50 for a day

LOS ANGELES, April 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck says he will take the Live Below the Line challenge next week and spend no more than $1.50 on food and drink in a day.

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'Rhoda' actress Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer ... Police: Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, 2 others, confessed to Bolshoi acid attack ... Duchess Kate hints she's expecting a girl ... 'Jukebox' tops U.S. album chart ... News from United Press International.
Bruno Mars' 'Unorthodox Jukebox' tops U.S. album chart

Bruno Mars' 'Unorthodox Jukebox' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dan Toler dead at 64 ... Julianne and Derek Hough developing dance drama for Starz ... 'Downton Abbey' to feature first black character in Season 4 ... Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' tops U.S. album chart for fifth week ... News from United Press International.
Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' tops U.S. album chart for fifth week

Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' tops U.S. album chart for fifth week

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a fifth non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013.
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Sheriff: McCready wasn't suspect in beau's death ... Robin Roberts returns to 'GMA' after months of sick leave ... Shia LaBeouf departs Broadway's 'Orphans' due to 'creative differences' ... 'Babel' tops U.S. album chart ... News from United Press International.
Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' tops U.S. album chart

Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a fourth non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Josh Groban's 'All That Echoes' tops U.S. album chart

Josh Groban's 'All That Echoes' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Josh Groban's "All That Echoes" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Michael Strahan named 'Live!' co-host

Michael Strahan named 'Live!' co-host

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan will be Kelly Ripa's permanent co-host on TV's "Live!," it was announced Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.
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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)
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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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