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New 'Star' winner dropped by label
He entered the national spotlight because of his vocal abilities, but it didn't take long for his big mouth to get him in trouble.
Jacko Eisenberg, two weeks ago crowned the fourth winner of TV singing contest 'A Star is Born,' won't be signing a contract with the Helicon recording company, officials at the music label announced earlier this week.
Eisenberg had been expected to record his first single with Helicon as part of his victory, but it took less than a week after his TV triumph for the singer to make statements that appear to have jeopardized his career. The 25-year-old performer, who never served in the IDF, ignited controversy barely a week after the 'Star is Born' finale in an interview with Yediot Aharonot, criticizing military service and announcing that he had rejected tens of thousands of shekels to perform in Festigal, the popular annual series of children's concerts that has become a rite of passage for many aspiring singers and actors.
Eisenberg apologized for his comments earlier this week but may need to make further amends to Rami Kleinstein, the platinum-selling rock musician who Eisenberg described as one of "the people who make you want to puke." Music industry experts have suggested that Kleinstein's status as a longtime Helicon artist may have played a part in the company's decision not to sign Eisenberg. - Nathan Burstein
Book collection auctioned for $1.2m.
A New York City auction house specializing in Judaica books opened its fall 2006 season last week with the $1.2 million sale of a collection from the library of Joseph Gradenwitz, a well-known Hebrew book collector. The collection, acquired by Kestenbaum & Company from the family, included hand-bound Hebrew books dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, some of which were auctioned for the first time.
Highlights from the collection included an 18th century miniature prayer book on vellum featuring illuminated illustrations, as well as a rare complete first edition of Joseph Karo's Shulchan Aruch, dated 1565 from Venice.
Book collectors have long been familiar with Gradenwitz. The collector fled from Germany to London to escape the second world war, beginning his library in the 1950s. - Michal Lando
Timberlake to host MTV Awards
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been nominated in four categories, including best album, for the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, to be hosted by Justin Timberlake on November 2. Madonna, Shakira, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West and Muse had three nominations each, the music network said Tuesday. Nominations in the best album category included the Red Hot Chili Peppers for Stadium Arcadium, Madonna for Confessions on a Dance Floor and Nelly Furtado for Loose.
MTV's Europe Music Awards are held in a different city every year. The winners are selected by fans across Europe and parts of the Middle East, including Israel. MTV said the show will be broadcast to 17 countries with a potential 1.4 billion viewers. - AP with JP Staff
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