Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey has been forced to sit out the group's upcoming world tour as he battles Parkinson's disease. The rocker tells Blabbermouth.net he has been fighting symptoms for the past two years, but his diagnosis was only confirmed recently.
He says, "I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."
Torpey is still expected to join his bandmates during acoustic sets, but a replacement drummer will take his place on the band's upcoming tour.
The drummer reunited with his Mr. Big co-founders Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan in 2009. The group formed in 1988 and enjoyed a string of chart hits, including To Be With You and Just Take My Heart.
Lily Allen is following in her actor father's footsteps by releasing an unofficial World Cup tune.
The Smile singer's new tune Bass Like Home is an ode to all the things she loves about her native England, including William Shakespeare, John Lennon, the Queen, lager and soccer star Paul Gascoigne.
Her father Keith Allen and his band of comics, Fat Les, enjoyed chart success with unofficial England World Cup tune Vindaloo in 1998. That track was co-written by Blur star Alex James.
Coldplay have scared off the competition at the top of the U.K. album charts to take their new release Ghost Stories to number one. The group's sixth album has become the year's (14) fastest seller so far, selling 168,000 copies in its first week on release.
Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape drops a spot to two, while reunited Beautiful South bandmates Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott debut What Have We Become at three and Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction moves up to four.
The 20th anniversary edition of Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe charts at five.
On the U.K. singles chart, Sam Smith picks up his third number one with Stay With Me, while DJ Mr Probz lands at two with Waves and Fuse ODG claims the third spot with Dangerous Love.
Cameron Diaz's new comedy The Other Woman has ended Captain America: The Winter Soldier's three-week reign over the North American box office after debuting at the top with a $24.7 million (£15.4 million) haul. The funny film, about a woman who teams up with her husband's two mistresses to seek revenge, forced the comic book superhero to settle for second place with $16 million (£10 million) in its fourth weekend on release.
Faith-based drama Heaven Is for Real held on to number three, while animated family film Rio 2 floated into fourth place.
Action movie Brick Mansions, the last film Paul Walker fully completed before his untimely death in November (13), rounded out the top five.
The Frozen soundtrack continues to wow chart experts in America after scoring an 11th week at number one on the album chart. The 2013 release, which features songs by the film's stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, has just notched up its biggest sales week yet, selling 259,000 units to rule the Billboard 200 again.
The album, which has now sold a total of 2.3 million copies in the U.S., has become one of 15 soundtracks to spend at least 11 weeks at number one since Billboard began publishing a weekly chart in 1956.
It also breaks a tie with The Lion King to become the outright longest-running number one animated film soundtrack.
August Alsina's debut Testimony enters the chart at a distant number two, while rockers NEEDTOBREATHE debut Rivers in the Wasteland at three, and Jason Derulo makes his first top 10 bow with Talk Dirty at four.
Ingrid Michaelson rounds out the new top five with Lights Out.
Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams has followed up two weekends at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California with a ninth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Happy makes Williams just the sixth solo male artist to spend a cumulative six months at number one on the countdown - only Usher, Michael Jackson, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and his Blurred Lines collaborator T.I. have spent more time atop the Hot 100.
John Legend's All of Me holds onto the number two spot on the new chart, while Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty rebounds to three.
Car racing drama Need For Speed has overtaken its rivals to land in pole position on the U.K. box office chart on its opening weekend (14-16Mar14). The movie, starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper, scooped $3.3 million (£2.1 million) in ticket sales, outstripping its nearest rival The Grand Budapest Hotel, which landed in second place with $2.1 million (£1.3 million).
Last weekend's (07-09Mar14) chart-topper 300: Rise of an Empire slipped to third place, with takings of $2 million (£1.2 million), and the top five was rounded out by kids' favourite The Lego Movie in fourth with $1.6 million (£1 million) and plane drama Non-Stop in fifth, with $1.5 million (£937,000).
The Frozen soundtrack has returned to the top of the U.S. album chart for a third week at number one. It becomes the first film album to spend at least three weeks on top since the soundtrack to High School Musical 2 spent four weeks at number one in 2007.
The 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation is this week's highest debut on the Billboard 200 at number two, while Beyonce's self-titled album rises a spot to three, and A Great Big World's first album, Is There Anybody Out There?, enters the chart at number four.
Last week's number one album, High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen, drops to eight on the new countdown.
Meanwhile, Katy Perry scores her ninth number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with Dark Horse.
The pop star tells Billboard.com, "This number one is the most unexpected one I've ever had... I'm so thrilled and grateful to have these moments."
Perry now ties for 10th place among artists with the most U.S. chart-toppers with the Bee Gees, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Usher. The Beatles have the most number ones with 20.
Last week's number one, Pitbull and Ke$ha's Timber, topples to two, while OneRepublic's Counting Stars stays put at three.
Adele's 21 has become the first album to sell over three million copies digitally. Released in 2011, the album topped America's end-of-year sales charts that year and the following year (12) and it was the 21st bestseller in 2013. It also became the 21st album to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S.
The Someone Like You singer and her producer Paul Epworth are reportedly at work on the album's follow-up after Adele took time away from the spotlight to become a mum.
Bingo Players DJ Paul Baumer has lost his battle with cancer. The Dutch dance star died on Tuesday (17Dec13), five months after going public with his diagnosis.
Bandmate Maarten Hoogstraten broke the sad news to fans via the duo's Facebook.com page on Wednesday (18Dec13) and revealed he had scrapped all remaining live dates for this month (Dec13) to allow him time to grieve.
He writes, "Dear All, I'm deeply saddened to tell you that Paul passed away last night after his battle with cancer. He fought strongly until the end.
"We want to thank you all for your support over the past few months.
"Needless to say, all upcoming shows for the rest of this year have been cancelled as we're going through this loss with family and friends... Paul, we will miss you."
Baumer rose to fame as one half of the Bingo Players in 2006. They scored hits with tracks like 2011's Rattle and Cry (Just a Little), which was sampled on rapper Flo Rida's song I Cry, which was released last year (12).
A re-release of Rattle, titled Get Up (Rattle), hit music retailers earlier this year (13) and topped the singles chart in the U.K.
Baumer and Hoogstraten also served as owners of Hysteria Records, which released work by producers including Bassjackers, Sandro Silva and Ralvero.
Baumer's illness forced him to bow out of gigs from July (13) onwards, leaving Hoogstraten to perform solo, but he returned to the studio in September (13) and had hoped to join his pal back on the road.
Stars from the dance music scene have since paid tribute to the DJ via Twitter.com, with Kaskade writing, "Much respect for @bingo_players. Love their music. The world has lost a hugely creative voice. Love to Maarten, + Paul's family."
Steve Aoki adds, "really saddened to hear about the loss of a wonderful human. honored to have known him. rest in peace paul" and DJ Afrojack tweets, "Take a moment of silence, one of the nicest people and most talented music producers in the whole scene passed away today, rip Paul Baumer".
Animated snail-racing adventure Turbo has beaten Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips to the top of the British box office. The family film, which features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson, grossed $5.85 million (£3.9 million) in its opening week, proving more popular with U.K. audiences than it did upon its release in North America in July (13), when it entered the chart at number three.
Turbo's U.K. surge topped hostage drama Captain Phillips, which debuted in second place with $5.1 million (£3.4 million), while Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Escape Plan trailed behind in third place with $1.44 million (£961,470).
Last week's most popular film, thriller Prisoners, and British movie musical Sunshine on Leith rounded out the new top five.