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5 items from 2016


Why Cyndi Lauper Took Her Unusual Detour to Country

6 May 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Back in 1990, Cyndi Lauper was working with alt-country singer k.d. lang, when lang noticed a little something unexpected in the vocal stylings of the pop icon. "Oooh, there's a little country in you," lang told her at the time. And, says Lauper, "I knew she was right!" Maybe it took an iconoclast like lang to detect the twang in the girl from Queens, New York, but for Lauper it was never far from the surface. Though she became inextricably linked to the flame-haired, pop punk persona on her 1983 debut, She's So Unusual, the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun »

- Eileen Finan

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Keith Urban's Star-Packed Show to Pay Musical Respects to Merle Haggard: 'It's a Beautiful Honor,' Says Urban

12 April 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The All for the Hall concert on Tuesday night is billed as a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. But Keith Urban says count on it to turn into a lovefest for country music great Merle Haggard, who died last Wednesday on his 79th birthday. "It was no surprise that a lot of artists contacted me and asked if they could flip one of their songs to do a Haggard song," says Urban, who is bringing together a celebrity-packed lineup to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the sixth time since 2009. "It's a beautiful honor, and we're going »

- Nancy Kruh

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Keith Urban's Star-Packed Show to Pay Musical Respects to Merle Haggard: 'It's a Beautiful Honor,' Says Urban

12 April 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The All for the Hall concert on Tuesday night is billed as a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. But Keith Urban says count on it to turn into a lovefest for country music great Merle Haggard, who died last Wednesday on his 79th birthday. "It was no surprise that a lot of artists contacted me and asked if they could flip one of their songs to do a Haggard song," says Urban, who is bringing together a celebrity-packed lineup to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the sixth time since 2009. "It's a beautiful honor, and we're going »

- Nancy Kruh

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First Listen: Cyndi Lauper Goes Country on New Single 'Funnel of Love'

17 February 2016 5:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Country girls just wanna have fun! Cyndi Lauper won't release her country album Detour until May 6 (it's available for pre-order over on iTunes now), but People has an exclusive first listen of "Funnel of Love," her debut single off the crossover collection. While the track was originally recorded and made famous in 1961 by rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, Lauper makes the classic cut her own, belting her signature vocals over a rollicking beat. "A lot of songs on this record are from that period of country-western music right before rock & roll came along," Lauper, 62, tells People. "I studied a lot of singers, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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How a Devastating Fire Inspired Keith Urban to Want to Give Back

9 February 2016 12:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Being the victim of a childhood house fire has been Keith Urban's inspiration for a lifetime of paying it forward, and on Monday, that generosity was rewarded with the Country Radio Broadcasters’ 2016 Artist Humanitarian Award. During the award presentation, Urban told how his family home in Caboolture, Australia, burned to the ground when he was 9 years old, about a year after his parents had joined a country music club in nearby Brisbane. "We were all okay, but we lost all our belongings, which wasn't much, but it was everything we had," Urban, 48, recalled. "And without hesitation, our country music »

- Nancy Kruh

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