Carlos Vives and Juanes have teamed up with a slew of fellow Colombian musicians to record a new peace anthem, calling for an end to the country's ongoing armed conflict. Singer Vives and his producer pal Ivan Benavides gathered the 60-strong group of stars, including Andres Cepeda, Adriana Lucia, Don Tetto, Gustavo Garcia and Santiago Cruz, to lend their vocals to A Step Toward Peace as part of the I Can campaign.
Benavides reveals they drew inspiration for the project from Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's We Are the World charity single, which was released in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief, and they hope the new peace song will show Colombians that peace is "more than the signing of agreements between the government and the illegal armed groups".
He tells news agency EFE, "To recover peace and to rebuild in peace the process must come from the civil society, and in this effort we all should participate: artists, the private sector, the Church and the parties in conflict."
Discussing the wide range of musicians involved in the collaboration, Benavides says, "With this array of artists we were able to show Colombia's diversity because well-managed differences enrich us all and we find that there are more things that unite us than separate us."
The Colombian conflict has been raging since the mid-1960s, when the nation's government forces, paramilitary groups, crime syndicates and other armed forces began to clash in a battle to increase influence and control over the land.
Peace talks are currently being held in Havana in an effort to bring the decades-long fighting to an end.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has reportedly spent $40 million (£25 million) on a new Holmby Hills, Los Angeles mansion close to the one where Michael Jackson died in 2009. The European villa has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
Personal possessions belonging to Michael Jackson and his family will go under the hammer later this month (Sep14). The collection of household memorabilia varies from the priceless to the bizarre, with items including socks, underwear and general family possessions to photo albums, the black tuxedo worn by Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles, and 56 master tapes of recordings made by The Jackson 5.
Peter Seigel, from auction house Gotta Have It! Collectibles, says, "Some of the items are ordinary items that could come out of any household - but when it has the provenance of being from the Jackson household, that's history."
The items will be sold online until 19 September (14). Bidding for the master tapes begin at $1,000 (£588).
Veteran music producer Bob Crewe has died, aged 82. Writer/producer Crewe, who was portrayed on the stage and screen version of Jersey Boys, passed away on Thursday (11Sep14).
The cause of his death has yet to be revealed, but he was unable to attend the film premiere of Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the hit musical in June (14).
Crewe's music career took off in the 1960s when he worked with The Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio on many singles for the popular rock 'n roll group as both a producer and co-lyricist.
Together, they created hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Rag Doll and Can't Take My Eyes Off You.
In addition to his work with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Crewe also wrote Patti LaBelle's 1975 number one hit Lady Marmalade with Kenny Nolan, and produced popular singles for artists including Michael Jackson, Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.
Crewe was also praised for his philanthropic work, having founded the The Bob Crewe Foundation in 2009. The organisation funds fellowships, scholarships, training and mentorships for aspiring young artists and musicians, and also provides funds for AIDS research and supports LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and initiatives.
Michael Jackson is still a huge draw five years after his death - Cirque du Soleil's tribute show, Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour, has become the eighth top-grossing tours of all time after wrapping a three-year trek. The tour played its final performance on 31 August in Mexico, grossing $360 million (GBP212 million), according to Billboard Boxscore. The tour hit 157 venues in 28 countries worldwide. U2's 360° tour between 2009 and 2011 is the greatest draw of all time, grossing $736 million (GBP433 million).
Pop star Demi Lovato 'thrilled' fans in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday night (05Sep14) when she paid tribute to Michael Jackson onstage. The scary movie-loving singer belted out her rendition of the King of Pop's Thriller and even performed some of his iconic moves backed by her dancers.
The Thriller performance came during the kick-off for Lovato's DEMI World Tour. The trek continues with a show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night (09Sep14).
Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Osbourne were among the stars who mourned the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). Record mogul Clive Davis, actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters, funnywoman Kathy Griffin, fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also turned out to pay their final respects to Rivers, who was remembered in a private ceremony at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue, where she was a member.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the temple as inside, U.S. shockjock Howard Stern delivered a touching eulogy to the comedic icon, crediting her with fighting "the stereotype that women couldn't be funny".
He even managed to raise a few laughs from guests by quipping, "(Rivers was) the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
Broadway star Audra McDonald performed Nat King Cole classic Smile, before additional tributes from news anchor Deborah Norville, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' only child, daughter Melissa, who thanked everyone for their condolences, saying, "We are humbled."
X-Men star Hugh Jackman helped to bring the ceremony to a close, honouring Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, which features the repeated lyrics, "Put your hands together", while a band of bagpipe players performed as mourners filed out of the temple.
Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
The 81 year old's body had been cremated on Saturday (06Sep14), ahead of Sunday's funeral service.
Reports suggest she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where fellow late icons Michael Jackson, Clark Gable and Walt Disney are also interred.
Rivers' publicist has asked for donations to be made to her favourite charities, meal delivery service God's Love, We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and California grief support centre Our House, in lieu of flowers.
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Our favorite segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live! came back last night to celebrate the first game of the NFL season. Jimmy Kimmel introduced us to "Mean Tweets - NFL Edition," and it's easily the best edition of "Mean Tweets" we've seen yet on the show (except for Jimmy's own tweet about Matt Damon). Twitter users do not spare any feelings in this round of tweets.
Check out the hilarious sketch below:
Good on these athletes to take these insults so well, we can't imagine it's easy reading hateful things about yourself. But they were able to laugh along with the rest of us at the ridiculous things people will say on Twitter.
Some of our favorites are:
"F**K YOU DWIGHT FREENEY. I HOPE YOUR FOOT RIPS OFF IN THIS GAME YOU D**K."
"DeSean Jackson seems like no matter how much money he makes he won't stop shopping at Express."
"Isn't Steve Smith like 50 years old?"
- "No, actually I'm 35" (direct quote from Steve Smith)
"Did Brandon Marshall really cry in his post game interview?? Grow some balls bro."
But the best Mean Tweet (and reaction) of them all was:
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Jimmy Fallon likes to have fun on The Tonight Show with lip-syncing and impressions. It's not at all surprising that he's done it again and made us all cry with laughter, with the help of Maroon 5's lead singer, Adam Levine. Somehow this new game, "Wheel of Musical Impressions," makes us want a full recording of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," by Levine.
Watch the hilarious sketch below:
That Michael Jackson musical impression is easily the greatest impression we've ever seen of the King of Pop. Hopefully Fallon continues this sketch, with Levine as his guest, over and over again.
Which is your favorite impression? Tweet us your thoughts!/strong>
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Michael Jackson's kids jetted off to the King of Pop's native Indiana on Friday (29Aug14) to celebrate their late father's birthday with fans. Paris, Prince and Blanket were spotted at a friends and family celebration in Jackson's hometown of Gary.
The event marked the first sighting of the siblings together since Paris Jackson recently reconnected with her family after attempting to take her own life by cutting herself a year ago.
She has been receiving therapy at a boarding school in Utah.