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2006-02-03 02:06:57

By Erik Pedersen LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - J.D. Fortune sat down and looked out at the standing crowd. "We're in the middle of our world tour," he said amid cheers, "and it's a trip." It's hard to fathom the trip he's been on: from homeless wannabe to filling houses with a multiplatinum rock band. But, as seen on TV, the 32-year-old singer earned his frontman gig, winning the role last year on CBS' star search "Rock Star: INXS." Tellingly, there was no mention of that...

2005-12-07 17:59:47

By Katie Hasty NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rookie R&B singer Chris Brown's hopes of scoring a No. 1 debut with his first album were dashed Wednesday when the hits package "NOW! That's What I Call Music 20" returned to the top slot in its fifth week as overall sales slipped despite the onset of the holiday shopping season. The popular compilation album from Sony BMG/Zomba/EMI/Universal sold 158,000 copies across the United States in the week ended December 4, according to Nielsen...

2005-12-07 15:08:53

By Katie Hasty NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rookie R&B singer Chris Brown's hopes of scoring a No. 1 debut with his first album were dashed Wednesday when the hits package "NOW! That's What I Call Music 20" returned to the top slot in its fifth week as overall sales slipped despite the onset of the holiday shopping season. The popular compilation album from Sony BMG/Zomba/EMI/Universal sold 158,000 copies across the United States in the week ended December 4, according to Nielsen...

2005-11-29 17:09:07

By Jonathan Stemper NEW YORK (Reuters) - It took eight years after the suicide of lead singer Michael Hutchence for rock band INXS to find a replacement and return to the recording studio. On Tuesday, they released their first studio album since the singer's death, confident they made the right choice to find his replacement through an unusual process: a TV reality show. The new album "Switch" was recorded after the 32-year-old J.D. Fortune in September beat out 14 rivals on the...

2005-10-13 19:36:25

By Fred Bronson LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - With a new lead singer chosen by the viewers of the CBS reality series "Rock Star: INXS," the Australian band returned to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday after an absence of 12 and a half years. Canadian-born J.D. Fortune is the new voice of INXS. He steps into a role held by Michael Hutchence until his November 22, 1997, death. If it was a gamble to select a new lead singer via a TV talent competition, it has paid off for INXS....

2005-09-21 12:06:29

By Barry A. Jeckell NEW YORK (Billboard) - After a 13-week public audition, a former homeless musician has been named the new frontman of Australian rock group INXS, filling the shoes of late singer Michael Hutchence. Canadian J.D. Fortune was selected by the band from a field of 15 that had been whittled to three for Tuesday night's finale of the ratings-challenged reality show CBS' "Rock Star: INXS." "J.D. has a slightly dangerous edge and will bring a sense of spontaneity to our...

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2005-08-23 13:31:14

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Imagine this: A tiny, fast switch that uses water droplets to create adhesive bonds almost as strong as aluminum by borrowing a mechanism found in palm beetles. The new beetle-inspired switch, designed by Cornell University engineers, can work by itself on the scale of a micron -- a millionth of a meter. The switches can be combined in arrays for larger applications like powerful adhesive bonding. Like the transistor, whose varied uses became apparent only following its...

2005-07-25 09:32:55

By Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - MSN and producer Mark Burnett have flicked the virtual switch to open the online home for CBS' low-rated reality TV show "Rock Star: INXS." Fans can vote for their favorite contestants, and can also purchase downloads of the contestant performances as well as downloads of the original artists' versions of those same songs through an integrated offering from MSN Music that also puts the songs in an editorial context. The site,...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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