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Frank Ocean tears vocal cord, cancels tour dates

Did the forces of Chris Brown karma put a hex on Frank Ocean’s pipes?

The Grammy-winning singer played the opening night of his first Australian tour with a sore throat, and a trip to the doctor revealed that he has actually torn a vocal cord, which has forced him to cancel the entirety of the run Down Under.

“After last night’s concert… it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced during the show,” Ocean’s tour promoter said in a statement. “It has subsequently been confirmed that Frank has suffered a small tear to one of his vocal cords and has received medical advice that he must rest his voice.”

The status of his shows next weekend (he’s due to play two Canadian festivals on August 3 and 4) are uncertain, though it’s highly unlikely Ocean will be able to perform. The severity of his vocal cord injury is unclear, but even the most mild tears require several weeks of vocal rest.

Ocean’s voice troubles came only a day after Ocean published a verse he added to Migos’ “Versace” on his Tumblr. The lyric sheet contains a reference to the incident at this year’s Grammy Awards, when Chris Brown notoriously stayed seated during Ocean’s standing ovation when he won.”You could stay seated I’m taking that Grammy/ Your music is sloppy,” Ocean wrote. Which seems a little petty considering he was already the good guy in that scenario but hey, that’s his prerogative. Your move, CB!

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong seeks substance abuse treatment following outburst

On the heels of his epic onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival on Friday night, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to treatment for substance abuse.

The rockers have also announced that some upcoming promotional appearances for their forthcoming disc Uno! (due Sept. 25) have been canceled.

Green Day posted this message on its official Facebook page Sunday:

“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.” READ FULL STORY

Eddie Van Halen undergoes emergency surgery

In the past, guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has attributed many of his headaches on Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth; his latest ailment, though, owes less to the one they call Diamond than to sheer unfortunate luck.

According to the Van Halen website, Eddie underwent emergency surgery for “a severe bout of diverticulitis,” a disease that causes painful inflammation in the intestines. “No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months,” the site said.

The band has been forced to reschedule an entire tour of Japan that was supposed to begin in November. The new dates will be some time in 2013.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for the legendary — and legendarily troubled — rockers: After putting out a largely excellent comeback album, the band inexplicably cancelled 32 dates back in June. (They said in later interviews that they had simply overextended themselves, and that everybody was still getting along and in good health.)

Eddie, who is 57, has had a number of physical woes that have gotten in the way of his latter-day career, and has undergone a number of treatments for major problems, including hip-replacement surgery and an operation to remove a third of his tongue due to cancer.

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'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips out of the hospital following kidney surgery


EW has confirmed that American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has left the Los Angeles hospital where he underwent kidney surgery last week.

The 21-year-old star checked out of the hospital on June 11 following an extensive procedure to remove kidney stones. (TMZ says the surgery was “brutal,” and that doctors were forced to remove the stent placed in Phillips’ kidney with a laser.)

As you can see in the photo, which was provided by Phillips’ rep, the Georgia native is keeping busy signing CD booklets (and making the same goofy faces that he often did while standing behind Ryan Seacrest) at the 19 Entertainment offices, but now he’s focused on preparing for the start of the Idols Live tour, which begins on July 6 in Detroit.

“I’m so glad the surgery went well and that I’m healing quickly,” Phillips tells EW. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips undergoes kidney surgery

EW has confirmed that American Idol winner Phillip Phillips underwent a six and a half hour surgery yesterday to remove several kidney stones, which TMZ (who first reported the news) says “were so huge there was no chance he could’ve passed them on his own.”

Phillips’ longtime kidney issues plagued his run on Idol, causing him excruciating pain and preventing him from participating in various Idol duties, like the weekly Ford music video shoots.

“The surgery went well,” says a source close to the show. “He’s doing well and looking forward to starting the Idol tour in July.” (The Idols Live tour kicks off July 6 in Detroit.)

The surgery is the latest beat in a medical drama that’s been brewing for months.

In March, Phillips, who suffers a congenital kidney condition, underwent a surgical procedure to have a stent implanted into his kidney to prevent blockage — thereby assuring he could remain a competing contestant. In April, Phillips’ father, Donnie, told Albany Uncovered that “contestants are getting very little sleep and it’s starting to take a toll on Phillip, especially when combined with his ongoing kidney stone issues.” Phillips’ mother, Sheryl, went on to request prayers for her son on Facebook:

“I have a special prayer request. Please stop and pray a special prayer for Phillip. He is in a lot of pain and I am sad about it. I just wish he felt good. I love him so much and wish I could be with him. He would appreciate the prayers too!”

Phillips was reportedly scheduled to go under the knife last week, but due to a fever and sinus infection, the surgery had to be delayed. (Geez, the guy just can’t catch a break health-wise, can he?)

Our get-well-soon wishes go out to Phillip; he’s got a whole lot of fans hoping to hear him sing again soon.

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Sheryl Crow announces that she has a benign brain tumor

Sheryl Crow opened up in a recent interview and revealed that her doctors have discovered a benign brain tumor, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI,” Crow said. “And I found out I have a brain tumor.”

“And I was, like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong,'” she added.

“It’s benign,” the 50-year-old artist continued. “So I don’t have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit.”

This isn’t Crow’s first bout with a serious medical condition; she has spoken publicly about beating breast cancer back in 2006.


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