Singer Rosanne Cash is set to testify before the U.S. Congress about music licensing and illegal downloading. Johnny Cash's daughter is heading to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (25Jun14) to speak in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
She says, "I am honoured to have been asked by the Americana Music Association to represent musicians, songwriters and recording artists in these hearings.
"As a singer-songwriter who has been in the music business for 35 years, I look forward to sharing with Washington leaders some of the deep concerns all musicians share in the new digital economy. Creative people deserve fair compensation when their work is used by others."
British actor Gary Oldman has branded the Golden Globes "meaningless" and called for a boycott of the Hollywood awards show. The Dark Knight star blasted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) annual prizegiving in a candid new interview with Playboy magazine, describing the event as "ridiculous" and vowing not to attend.
He tells the publication, "(It is) a meaningless event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is kidding you that something's happening. They're f**king ridiculous. There's nothing going on at all. It's 90 nobodies having a w**k. Everybody's getting drunk, and everybody's sucking up to everybody. Boycott the f**king thing."
The one-time Oscar-nominee also blasts the precarious nature of voting during Hollywood's awards season, adding, "At the (2014) Oscars, if you didn't vote for 12 Years A Slave, you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn't share, but it's not like I'm a fascist or a racist. There's nothing like that in my history..."
Electronic dance stars Chromeo are reportedly moving into the travel industry by becoming shareholders in a little-known budget airline firm in their native Canada. Musicians David 'Dave 1' Macklovitch and Patrick 'P-Thugg' Gemayel accept they are unlikely choices as partners in the airline business, but they claim they were quickly won over by Mallard Air bosses' presentation.
Frontman Dave 1 says, "When Mallard approached us about share acquisition, we thought it was a joke. But when we got to know the people behind the airline, a creative and dynamic group of engineers and venture capitalists, this partnership made total sense. Besides, our business managers always encouraged us to diversify our investments. For a band like us, this feels bold and new."
P-Thugg adds, "We spend our life on airplanes. And there's always something wrong: from the uniforms to the business class menu, to the way they handle oversize baggage.
"Our association with Mallard will give us the opportunity to change that and to offer a travel experience the way we see it."
According to a press release, company executives have already taken one of Chromeo's suggestions on board to add boutique services to Montreal, Minneapolis and Beirut to their currently offered routes.
It is not clear if Chromeo's new business venture is for real or part of an elaborate prank as the website for Mallard Air features few working links and the company's Twitter account is filled with random messages.
Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will celebrate the achievements of a leading Ugandan gay rights activist at an upcoming prizegiving for America's Logo TV network. The bisexual rocker will salute John Abdallah Wambere, the head of the Spectrum Uganda Initiatives campaign group, at the New York bash next Monday (23Jun14), when pioneers in the gay rights movement will be honoured at the first-ever Trailblazers event.
The efforts of Wambere and his fellow equal rights activists were dealt a big blow last year (13) when Ugandan government officials passed the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which makes same-sex relations in the country illegal. The crime carries a sentence of life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox and Lea DeLaria will also be feted at the ceremony, alongside Brooklyn Nets basketball star Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay man to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) when he was signed last year (13).
The event will feature a performance from Australian singer/songwriter Sia, who will hit the stage with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.
Veteran rocker Jim Keays has died aged 67 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The Scottish-born musician was admitted to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Australia after falling ill with pneumonia. He passed away on Friday morning (13Jun14).
His death comes after a seven-year battle with cancer.
After his parents emigrated Down Under, Keays joined The Mustangs, and they later changed their name to The Masters Apprentices. The band performed together between 1965 and 1972, releasing hits including Undecided, Think About Tomorrow Today and Turn Up Your Radio.
Once the group disbanded, Keays enjoyed solo success with four albums, the last of which was 2006's Resonator Liberation Blue.
The Masters Apprentices were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1998.
Paying tribute, his former bandmate Glenn Wheatley says, "I had the pleasure of sharing some of the best years of my life with Jim Keays. I will always remember him as a consummate showman. Jim had an aura about him, you always knew he was in the room,. Always the Master, never the Apprentice. His presence will remain with me always."
Eminem has made music history in America by becoming the first artist to surpass the 10 million sales and streams mark with two separate singles. The Lose Yourself hitmaker will receive two Digital Single Diamond Awards from officials at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), in recognition of the stellar success of his track Not Afraid and his Rihanna collaboration, Love the Way You Lie, which both featured on his 2010 album Recovery.
RIAA chairman/CEO Cary Sherman says, "We are delighted to recognise Eminem as the first artist to earn two RIAA Digital Diamond Awards.
"This singular achievement - earning a Diamond Award on two separate digital songs - is unparalleled, and we congratulate him on forever etching a mark in Gold & Platinum Program history."
RIAA bosses launched the Digital Single Award in 2004 and added music streams to the sales count last year (13).
Lady Gaga recently became the first female artist to achieve digital Diamond status with her song Bad Romance, while Justin Bieber claimed the same accolade last summer (13) after hitting the 10 million milestone with Baby.
Veteran actor James Woods has assured fans he is doing well after suffering chest pains while attending a poker event in Las Vegas on Sunday (08Jun14). The Casino star had been due to take part in a World Series of Poker card game, but had to pull out of the competition after experiencing breathing difficulties amid fears of a cardiac arrest - the same ailment which killed his younger brother, Michael, in 2009.
He received medical attention from paramedics, who fitted him with an oxygen mask, and was admitted to a nearby hospital, where doctors determined his health woes had nothing to do with his heart.
Woods subsequently took to his Twitter.com page to update fans on his condition, writing, "Update: seems the incident was not heart related. Possibly food poisoning with sudden onset of virulent symptoms. Great care here in LV (Las Vegas)."
The actor, 67, has since thanked fans for their well wishes and has urged them to brush up on heart attack symptoms in case.
He tweets, "I've had such a nice response from so many kind friends and Twitter followers. It is so comforting and I'm deeply appreciative.
"I heartily recommend brushing up on cardiac knowledge at the American Heart Association website. NEVER try to 'outguess' chest pains.
"Finally people should be aware that heart attacks may present different symptoms than the classic ones. My dear Brother had NO chest pains."
Singer Keith Urban discovered he had just won Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 Country Music Association Awards while he was in rehab battling addictions to drugs and alcohol. The country star checked in for treatment after his wife Nicole Kidman and some close friends staged an intervention - and while in rehab he tasted the highs and lows of life on the same evening.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I had gone to bed and I remember a guy coming in and saying, 'You just won something. Male vocalist? CMAs or something?' And I was like, 'Really?'
"He said, 'Yeah, off to bed', and shut the door. I just lay there in the dark, going, 'How weird is this?'"
Country star Taylor Swift and actress Rachel Mcadams are teaming up with officials from the American Library Association to promote the importance of reading. The pair will share its love of reading in new advertisements for the READ campaign, which will feature the actress and the singer posing with one of their favourite books.
Swift's commercial, which debuted on People.com on Friday (06Jun14), features her holding a copy of Lois Lowry's young adult novel The Giver - an appropriate choice since she stars in the forthcoming film adaptation, alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.
Swift and McAdams are the latest in a long line of celebrities to join the READ campaign - other participants include Daniel Radcliffe, Henry Cavill, Orlando Bloom, Eva Mendes, Hugh Jackman and Oprah Winfrey.
The ALA cause is a good fit for the Love Story hitmaker - she helped to support her hometown library in the aptly named Reading, Pennsylvania by donating books.
Actress Eva Green is baffled by the controversy over her banned film poster for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For because she thought the raunchy shot was "really sexy". The Casino Royale star hit headlines last month (May14) when officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rejected an advertising picture for the new film for featuring too much "nudity".
The poster showed Green brandishing a gun while wearing a sheer robe which displayed her breasts, but the actress can't understand why the shot was ruled to be offensive.
She tells Vanity Fair magazine, "Oh, my God, I heard about that. I find it a bit odd. It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested. I find it really sexy, actually. It's kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to upset anybody."