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Gene Simmons’ Daughter Sophie Auditions For ‘X Factor’

Every now and then, one of our endless singing competitions stumbles upon the offspring of a celebrity – and, it would seem, with mixed results.

On “American Idol” last season, Jim Carrey’s daughter Jane tried out during “Idol’s” San Diego auditions, only to be swiftly eliminated.

And now, on this season of “The X Factor,” we’re hearing from KISS rocker Gene Simmons‘ 19-year-old daughter, Sophie.

The hopeful singer appeared on the show Wednesday along with her parents, and explained to judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears that she’d kept them in the dark about her audition ambitions until the day before.

They’re pretty upset with me,” Sophie said. “I just didn’t want any help.”

And with that she gave a humble rendition of Adele‘s “Make You Feel My Love,” a performance that left L.A. and Demi wanting more but seemed to impress Britney and Simon. (The typically biting judge praised Sophie, saying that he thought she has “a very, very interesting tone,” and that he liked that she “took on this song” and made it her own.)

Despite the mixed reviews, Sophie wasn’t sent packing.

I grew up with music, but I didn’t want my dad’s help with it,” she told “The X Factor’s” cameras. “It’s a big shadow. I really just want to step out from being the daughter of the guy from KISS. I want to be my own person, and hopefully this is a way to show the world who I am.”

But does the world want to know this side of Sophie? What did you think of her performance?


“Offended” Adele Gives Producers The Middle Finger At Brit Awards

Star interrupted!

At the 2012 Brit Awards in London Tuesday, it came as no surprise when Adele took home the big awards for Best British Album and Best British Female artist.

But what did come as a shock was her indecent gesture on stage during her acceptance speech for Best British Album, when host James Cordon unexpectedly cut in to introduce the next musical performance.

“I flung the middle finger. That was for the suits at the Brit Awards, not my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me,” the 23-year-old singer told the BBC of the instance that was live broadcast.

During her abbreviated speech, the British star expressed her gratitude about her success. “Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year. I’m so proud to be British and to be flying our flag.”

After Cordon, who was met with boos from the crowd, stepped in, Adele asked “Can I just say, then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time round?” followed by her flipping off the cameras.

On Feb. 5, M.I.A. became the topic of controversy when she flipped her middle finger on live TV to over 100 million viewers worldwide during her and Madonna’s Super Bowl performance.

“It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do,” Madonna sniped about the obscene gesture. “There was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

The 54th Grammy Awards: The Winners List

Record of the year:

“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Album of the year:

“21,” Adele

Song of the year:

“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

Best new artist:

Bon Iver

Pop vocal album:

“21,” Adele

Pop solo performance:

“Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop duo/group performance:

“Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Pop instrumental album:

“The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Traditional pop vocal album:

“Duets II,” Tony Bennett and various artists

Electronica/dance album:

“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance recording:

“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Rock album:

“Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock performance:

“Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard rock/metal performance:

“White Limo,” Foo Fighters

Rock song:

“Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rap album:

“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap performance:

“Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap/sung collaboration:

“All Of The Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Rap song:

“All Of The Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)

Alternative music album:

“Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

R&B album:

Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E.”

R&B performance:

“Is This Love,” Corinne Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B performance:

“Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

R&B song:

“Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

Country album:

“Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country solo performance:

“Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country duo/group performance:

“Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country song:

“Mean,” Taylor Swift


Karl Lagerfeld Backtracks After Calling Adele Fat

Karl Lagerfeld is eating the harsh words he had for Adele.

On Monday, the designer and creative director for Chanel told Metro that he enjoyed Adele’s music, but at the same time felt the need to comment on the Brit singer’s weight.

“The thing at the moment is Adele,” he said. “She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”

The uproar was fast and furious, and Lagerfeld has since backtracked with a larger explanation.

“I’d like to say to Adele that I’m your biggest admirer,” he said in Metro on Wednesday, adding that his remark was taken out of context. The statement above was in response to a question about Lana Del Rey, the oft-ridiculed singer whom Lagerfeld said “is not bad at all,” but he added that he prefers “Adele and Florence Welch.”

In his apology, the designer continued, “What I said was in relation to Lana Del Rey…I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer.”

Recounting his own weight loss 10 years ago, Lagerfeld added, “I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can’t wait for her next CD.”

Adele’s ’21’: U.K.’s Top-Selling Album of the Century

Adele has yet another achievement to celebrate: According to the Daily Mail, her album “21” is now the U.K.’s biggest-selling album of the century.

Released just 10 months ago (January in Britain and February in the U.S.), “21” has officially surpassed Amy Winehouse‘s 2006 album “Back to Black” in U.K. sales.

Britain’s Official Charts Company confirms today that Adele’s sophomore effort has created a new record of 3.4 million sales.

Comparatively, “Back to Black” achieved its recent 3.3 million sales level over the course of five years (and numbers surged following Winehouse’s death in July).

“21” has been a chart-topper since its release, but was boosted by last week’s Grammy nominations, including album of the year.

Adele – who had a throat-related surgery last month – blogged Saturday that she was “lost for words.”

“A couple days after finally being able to talk again I’m pretty speechless,” the Brit beauty wrote of the Grammy recognition. “This has been the best year as it is but to end 2011 with this incredible achievement and honor is beyond anything I can express.”

Adele leads American Music Awards Nominations

The 2011 American Music Awards nominations have been announced, and Brit singer Adele leads the pack with four. The 23-year-old received nods for favorite pop or rock female artist, favorite pop or rock album (for “21,” of course), favorite adult contemporary artist and artist of the year.

She’s joined in the latter category by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift, all of whom also have two other nominations.

Snagging two nods a piece are Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. Winners are chosen via online voting, and you can place yours – as well as check out the rest of the nominees – at the awards ceremony’s website.

Pitbull will perform at the November 20 awards ceremony, along with fellow nominee Katy Perry. The show will be broadcast live on ABC and tickets are available for purchase now.

Adele’s “Someone Like You,” hit No. 1 on iTunes

Beyoncé‘s surprise pregnancy reveal wasn’t the only bump to show up this week. A number of artists also got an expected iTunes VMA bump, as their singles shot up the iTunes digital charts in the wake of their performances on the record-setting broadcast.

The biggest leap was made by Adele, whose second single, “Someone Like You,” shot right up to #1 on the tally in the wake of her dramatic appearance on the broadcast, a rise of 441 percent. The song was not even in the top 10 when iTunes released the charts for the week ending August 22. Though iTunes does not release sales figures, there was clearly some serious online purchasing that went on, in addition to a major flood of Twitter traffic caused by the VMAs.

Among the other beneficiaries were Lady Gaga, whose Jo Calderone-fueled take on “Yoü and I” pushed that song back into the top 10 to #4 as of Thursday (September 1). And, after dropping Tha Carter IV at midnight on Sunday, Lil Wayne was all over, with “Mirror” moving into the #5 position, “Blunt Blowin’ ” at #13, “MegaMan” at #23 and “How to Love” at #15.

Adele Plans To Go Country For Next Album

For her third album, Brit hitmaker Adele plans to employ a country/bluegrass sound.

Although the singer may have had to reschedule most of her U.S. summer tour due to laryngitis, she kept busy absorbing American music styles, and wants to use what she’s learned on her forthcoming album.

“I was exposed to a lot of country, rockabilly and bluegrass,” she tells The Sun of her time in the States.

“The melodies and to-the-point lyrics I have found in a lot of American styles of music is definitely something I’m going to be pursuing heavily from now on.” To pull it off, the singer wants to “spend some time in Austin in Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, and learn about it,” she said.

Adele, 23, says that discovering American country musicians is “like [being] a four-year-old in a candy shop who’s discovering sweets again.”

The singer will have a huge audience for her country creation; her smash-hit sophomore album, “21,” has sold over 2.8 million copies, and is the top-selling album in the world so far this year.

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