Pop music

Hall of Fame: Lady Gaga

October 8, 2010


"Stefani is sweet as a Jewish Mom, always mediating and offering advice on the crew’s dating problems, family issues, or whatever.


"She not only listens to everyone’s problems, she gives really great advice on how to fix them.”








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Katie, Stacey and more

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

With Katie Waissel through to the live final stage of this year's X Factor, some might compare her to 2009 finalist Stacey Solomon. Here are some other Jewish songstresses Katie could turn to for inspiration.

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Hall of Fame: Neil Sedaka

October 4, 2010




"I am a Jew, and I'm convinced that Israel is the homeland.


"When my grandson celebrates his bar mitzvah, I hope we'll do it in Jerusalem."






Watch a vintage Neil Sedaka performance of 'Oh Carole' here

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Cilla Black honours 'fifth Beatle'

By Barry Toberman, September 28, 2010

The cultural contribution of Brian Epstein has been saluted in central London with the unveiling of a heritage plaque by Cilla Black outside the former management office of “the fifth Beatle”.

In 1963, Epstein moved his NEMS administrative operation from Liverpool to 13 Monmouth Street, in the Seven Dials area between Covent Garden and Leicester Square and worked from there until the following year.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne tour Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

The Western Wall and other tourist spots in Jerusalem have made a “great impression” on heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne.

The singer, in Israel for the Tel Aviv leg of his OzzFest tour, spent a day touring around the Old City of Jerusalem.

Accompanied by his Jewish wife Sharon, he also visited Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. Mr Osbourne said: “We were very pleased to have the opportunity to come to Israel and visit the holy sites.”

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Ozzy Osbourne talks Israel ahead of concert

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne has defied calls to boycott a performance in Israel this week.

The heavy metal star, who arrived in Israel on Sunday for the Tel Aviv leg of his OzzFest tour, said he had “no time” for politics.

“Politicians don't understand me and I don't understand them."

His wife Sharon, the daughter of the late Jewish music impresario Don Arden, added: "Britain has the IRA and no one cancels concerts there."

The former Black Sabbath singer also blamed the fact that he had not performed in Israel before on being “drunk for years.”

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On this day: Leonard Cohen is born

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

Canada’s most famous Jewish singer-songwriter has enjoyed five decades of success, and last year was honoured with a lifetime achievement Grammy.

Born in Montreal, his father Nathan owned a profitable clothing business. Nathan died when his son was nine and left his son enough inheritance money to pursue his creative ambitions.

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Hall of Fame: Justin Bieber

September 17, 2010


"Justin prays the Shema before each show. First he says a Christian prayer, then he says the Shema.


"Justin heard me pray, he gets why I do it and now he does the same prayer every time before he goes on the stage.”








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Neil Sedaka's special Israel song

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010

Neil Sedaka has promised he will serenade his Israeli fans in Hebrew when he performs in Tel Aviv next month.

The American Jewish singer-songwriter told The Jerusalem Post that he had already recorded some of hits in Hebrew.

The 71–year-old said: “I’m going to attempt to sing two songs in Hebrew – Oh, Carole and You Mean Everything To Me.”

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Hall of Fame: Katy Perry

September 3, 2010


"So I pray for a favour like Esther…I need your strength to handle the pressure.”






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