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CORRECTED – Supermodel Cindy Crawford, turning 50, denies plans to retire

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(Corrects title of magazine in 2nd paragraph to Rhapsody, not Hemispheres)

NEW YORK Supermodel Cindy Crawford on Monday denied reports that she planned to retire from modeling this month, saying she had made no final statements and that her “retirement” was a running joke in her family.

Crawford appeared to suggest in an interview with United Airlines magazine Rhapsody, published on Monday, that she would quit modeling when she turns 50 on February 20.

But on Monday she wrote on her Instagram page that “not all headlines tell the whole story.”

“Every year, I tell my kids I’m retiring. It’s a running joke in our family,” she wrote. “And yet every year, opportunities pop up that really excite me. While it’s true that I’m eager to shift my focus a bit to concentrate on my businesses, friends and family — I’m not making any final statements.”

“I have loved being part of the fashion industry for the past 30 years — and if that time has taught me anything, it’s this: never say never,” she added.

Crawford became one of the first and best-known supermodels in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing on runways for the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior and Valentino.

She stepped back from full-time modeling some 15 years ago, but is currently the face of French fashion house Balmain’s spring/summer 2016 fashion campaign along with fellow veteran supermodels Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Bill Trott)

Source: R-Entertainment

Lady Gaga to perform 'multisensory' Bowie tribute at Grammys

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<span class="focusParagraph articleLocation”>Lady Gaga will lead what organizers called an “experiential tribute” to late British singer David Bowie at the Grammy Awards this month.

The Recording Academy said Gaga would perform three or four of Bowie’s songs in a “multisensory testament” to Bowie’s creativity as a musician whose work constantly evolved over five decades.

Bowie’s unexpected death at age 69 in January after a secret cancer diagnosis shocked fans around the world and came just two days after the release of a critically-acclaimed new album “Blackstar.”

Gaga, a six-time Grammy winner, is also known for reinventing herself many times since she rose to fame in 2008. She had already been booked to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 15.

“But when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” Grammy ceremony executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement.

“We immediately spoke and agreed that she (Lady Gaga) should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it,” Ehrlich added.

Music producer Nile Rodgers, who worked on Bowie’s 1983 album “Let’s Dance,” will be the musical director for the tribute.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by David Gregorio)

Source: R-Entertainment

Panic! At The Disco's Urie eyes acting after "crazy" no.1 album

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LOS ANGELES Brendon Urie may the last remaining member of Panic! At The Disco but he is the first to achieve the top spot on the Billboard 200 album charts for the group.

“Death of a Bachelor” debuted at number one last month, pushing down David Bowie’s “Blackstar”. On Monday, Adele’s “25” was back in the top spot.

“I would have never thought this would happen,” Urie told Reuters in an interview. “It’s incredible, and to be in the same line as so many amazing artists, it’s flattering, it’s very crazy.”

“Death of a Bachelor” is the act’s fifth studio album since it formed in 2004. In that time it has gone from four members to just Urie.

Several music videos from the album have been released, showing him as a boxer, a crooner reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and a demonic figure.

“I like to be flamboyant, play characters, wear make-up, play dress up. I was doing that since I was a kid,” Urie said.

“It just felt very natural but there’s something about it that just adds to the element of what I want to cultivate with this band.”

Urie, 28, says he would like to expand his musical theatrics.

“I would love to act. I get to do it in three and a half minutes in a video on a three-day shoot, which is fun,” he said.

“I’m curious what the acting world is like, I’m so foreign to it that I’d be curious to see what that’s all about.”

Critics have classified Panic! At The Disco under various genres, including vaudeville, baroque pop, indie rock and even hip hop. Urie puts this down to his writing style.

“I kind of do it in parts and then when I sit down I can ‘Frankenstein’ the whole thing and look at it objectively and step back,” he said.

“I like … piecing things together because it gives you a product that you would never have come up with just sitting down and writing on a blank slate.”

(Reporting By Rollo Ross in Los Angeles; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Source: R-Entertainment

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