11:02 AM EDT 12/11/2013
Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00AM
As any Hallmark card can tell you, the holidays are about bringing people together. For some of us, that means reuniting with grown-up children, or welcoming long-lost cousins into our homes. But for musicians, it means something else: seasonal duets, often performed with the oddest of partners.
From reality-show novelty songs to stocking-stuffer EPs, Christmas isn't Christmas until two people who have no business being in the same room have crowded in front of the mic to sing a holiday classic. Why do they do this? You should just as soon ask Black Friday shoppers why they camp out for hours in front of big-box stores. Holiday magic is a compelling thing.
Originally posted 12/09/2013 07:00AM
Forget snowstorms and football games – here's what you really missed this weekend while mulling over your holiday shopping lists:
Originally posted 12/08/2013 10:15AM
Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism – and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition.
Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger's and an above-average IQ.
Boyle, 52, had learning difficulties as a child, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 01:00PM
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Originally posted 10/04/2010 07:35PM
Susan Boyle, whose second album is due out later this fall, had hoped to showcase one of her new songs on Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday night.
But the singer got sick during her trip from Scotland to Los Angeles and had to cancel her second major TV appearance.
"Her doctor advised her not to sing due to a severe throat infection," her rep says in a statement to PEOPLE. "Susan is very upset at letting her fans down. Their continued support means so much to her."
Originally posted 09/16/2010 03:20PM
Susan Boyle got her wish to sing for the Pope when she helped mark
the end of his open air mass in Scotland on Thursday.
The committed Catholic's rendition of the hymn, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, was heard across the a park in Glasgow as Pope Benedict XVI was saying his farewells to church leaders following mass.
Around 65,000 people had attended the ceremony in Bellahouston Park where, about three hours earlier, Boyle, 49, was met with waving white and pale yellow Papal flags and enthusiastic applause as she helped herald his visit.
Dressed in an elegant long black coat and black heels, her flawless rendition of her signature I Dreamed a Dream and hymn How Great Thou Art brought the crowd to their feet and inspired many to sing along with her.
Originally posted 04/08/2010 06:50PM
Originally posted 03/30/2010 11:20AM
There are things that make you go "Hmm," and things that make you go, "Well, duh." There's been lots of the latter over the past week. Among the not-so-shocking news making headlines, we'd like you to pick a favorite:
Ricky Martin reveals he's gay. Good for Ricky for coming out after all these years, though it wasn't exactly a huge surprise.
Elin Nordegren doesn't want to go to the Masters. If you were Elin, would you even watch it on TV?
Heidi Montag wants to be a Hollywood mogul. Heidi has never been guilty of underestimating her talents. Why start now?
Originally posted 03/26/2010 12:45PM
Susan Boyle has gone shopping for a birthday present – for herself.
The singing sensation, who turns 49 on April 1, has just received her first major royalty check of $6 million, and she's ready to spend some of it.
Boyle has made an offer on a newly-built house near her home in Blackburn, Scotland. The property backs onto a small river, reportedly has five bedrooms, and was on the market for £300,000 (about $447,000).
Originally posted 03/15/2010 09:15AM
Susan Boyle arrived home late one night in January to find an intruder in her humble, local authority-owned home. Now, police confirm, a teenager will face a court over an alleged theft of some cash at the house.
"A 16-year-old youth has been arrested and charged in connection with a theft that happened at a property in Blackburn," a spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland tells PEOPLE of the incident at Boyle's.
Her reps issued a statement thanking "local police for their help and support."
Boyle, 48, had been recording her part in Simon Cowell's charity single, Everybody Hurts, that raised money for the stricken in Haiti when she came home to discover the break-in.
She was with a friend that night, but her family have previously expressed fears about Boyle's safety, and she now has a guard at her home.
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