Rock legend Jimmy Page has enlisted the help of architects and structural engineers as his property row with Robbie Williams escalates. Former Take That star Williams has applied for planning permission to modernise his $28 million (£17.5 million) mansion in London by reducing the size of the swimming pool and adding a recording studio.
However, Led Zeppelin veteran Page, who lives nearby, opposes the plans and has now recruited teams of architects, structural engineers and planning experts to back up his claims that vibrations from the renovation work will damage his historic home in the affluent Holland Park area.
In his most recent letter to Kensington and Chelsea Council, Page writes, "Similar schemes have been carried out on other properties in the area locally and each time the level of vibration cause during the works has caused concern about the effect on decorative finishes of (my) house... The work now proposed is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finishes... may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed."
You may not know of her yet, but up-and-coming pop singer Emma Kate is quickly making her way to the top of the music scene. Already known to many in New York and Los Angeles, this future diva has got the drive and talent that's needed to make it big in this industry.
Emma spent her entire childhood being drawn to music. By time she was 17, she was gifted with a chance to record backing vocals on Matt White's track, Taking On Water. After producing and co-writing two tracks of Emma's, Matt then introduced her to famed producer Jimmy Messer. The rest is history.
Recently, Emma has been uploading weekly covers to YouTube. This is where our love for her began. Our favorite so far is her rendition of Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One."
Check it out here:
Amazing right? We know.
As if this girl wasn't awesome enough, she is also really big on charity work (she is particularly a fan of actress Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation as well as Only Make Believe, which is ran by Broadway actors and actresses)!
Emma Kate is a talented, down-to-earth and flat-out gorgeous 21-year-old who we are currently obsessing over (and you should be too)! We can't wait to see what else this girl does, and when she gets super famous, you can thank us for introducing the two of you. You're welcome.
Follow Emma on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all her latest musical excursions!
Actor Liam Hemsworth has reportedly broken his right wrist after he was photographed in California with his limb in a cast.
The Hunger Games star is alleged to have suffered the injury on Thursday night (22Jan15) and was snapped arriving at a medical center in Santa Monica, California on Friday morning (23Jan15) with his arm in a splint, wrapped in bandages.
He emerged an hour later sporting a black cast, but he refused to let the condition dampen his spirits and smiled to the paparazzi as he offered a thumbs up. No further details about how the 25 year old sustained the injury were available as WENN went to press.
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen was hospitalised on Thursday (22Jan15) after cracking a bone in her foot. John Legend's wife took to Instagram and shared a snap of herself attempting to strike a pose while lying in a hospital bed, adding the caption, "Then I cracked a foot bone. I regret nothing".
Shortly before posting her injury, Teigen shared a video of herself and Legend dancing to Beyonce's new song 7/11, while getting ready for new reality competition programme Lip Sync Battle. Teigen will be co-hosting the show with LL Cool J, and reports suggest she may have incurred the injury during taping.
Lip Sync Battle, which features celebrities miming to their favourite songs, was inspired by a segment initially featured by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The three men are serving as executive producers on the programme, with Legend, Common, The Rock, and Salt-N-Pepa slated to compete on the game show, which premieres in the U.S. in April (15).
On Twitter, it can be hard to decide which accounts to follow and which ones are best left unfollowed. Luckily, with hilarious people such as Jim Gaffigan sending out creative tweets every day. Jim uses Twitter for the occassional reply and self-promotion, but for the most part it's mainly commentary and opinions on a variety of subjects. He talks a lot about his kids and about food which is adorable and relatable for mainy viewers.
1. On losing the Miss Universe Pageant:
I may have lost Miss Universe again but it was such an honor to compete w/ all those classy ladies from all those weird foreign countries.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 26, 2015
2. On preparing for a blizzard:
I still haven’t picked out my outfit for #blizzard15. I’m thinking a pantsuit (corduroy) or my lime green onesie. Thoughts?
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 26, 2015
3. That's not all he had to say about onesies:
That onesie craze is really taking. I'm starting to see babies wearing them!
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 18, 2015
4. On a certain popular grocery store:
Whole Foods on Sunday is just a refugee camp for people with too much money.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 25, 2015
5. On accidentally ordering the wrong Uber car:
How embarrassing. I just accidentally took an UberXXX
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 24, 2015
6. On Dunkin Donuts' campaign:
#mydunkinstory I felt really tired & horrible. Then I drank coffee and felt tired & horrible. Then went to bathroom. pic.twitter.com/lPoNkkTlTY
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 22, 2015
7. On reality TV:
Still haven't heard back on my reality show pitch "So You Think Can Dance While You Cook The Biggest Loser."
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 20, 2015
8. On his personal parental musings:
If I feel like my kid behaves like a puppy why can't I feed him dog food?
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 20, 2015
9. On memories of being schooled by son:
Playing catch w/ my 3 year old son. 3-yr-old: You losded! Me: We are playing catch & losded is not even a word. 3-yr-old: Ok but you losded.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 16, 2015
10. Then on what they learn from him:
It's so cute when my kids imitate me. pic.twitter.com/SzM3Se8cVA
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 2, 2015
11. On how people crack their iPhones:
Whenever someone has a cracked smartphone screen I always think, “They probably broke it when they murdered someone.”
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 17, 2015
12. On a new Olympic sport most of us would be great at:
When is binge watching going to be an Olympic sport? #Teleathlete
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 15, 2015
13. On starting the new year off right:
I've successfully eaten pasta every day of 2015! #goals #modeling #vegetableFreeLifestyle
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 8, 2015
14. On the Chipotle experience:
Me: Steak burrito w/ guacamole? I know it’s extra. Lady: Chick or steak? Me: Steak Lady: U want guacamole? Me: Yes Lady: That’s extra Me: ok
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 5, 2015
15. On attractive people's breath:
Whenever I talk to a really good-looking person with bad breath I always think to myself, “Good. You deserve it.”
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) December 31, 2014
16. Finally, he even comments on the social media site itself:
What is worse? 1) posting a tweet that was supposed to be a DM 2) posting a tweet w/ poor grammar 3) seeking approval from the internet
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 12, 2015
British electronic dance stars Disclosure have shut down allegations they used stolen lyrics in their hit collaborations with artists including Sam Smith and Eliza Doolittle. The duo hit headlines over the weekend (17-18Jan15) after professional songwriter Katie Farrah Sopher filed suit, claiming an ex-boyfriend stole her songbook and sold it to his music industry contacts.
She alleged the lyrics from her notes have since appeared in a number of Disclosure tracks - their AlunaGeorge tunes Attracting Flies and White Noise, You And Me with Doolittle, and Latch, their smash hit with Smith - and she is seeking more than $320,000 (£200,000) in damages.
However, Disclosure have now blasted the accusations in a lengthy post on Facebook.com.
The statement, issued on Wednesday (21Jan15), reads: "Firstly we want to make it very clear that every Disclosure song we have put our names to has been written by us. We sometimes write lyrics and melodies along-side whoever the featured singer may be (i.e. Sam, Eliza etc) and the great Mr. Jimmy Napes, but that is it.
"When we do, we always make sure everyone gets proper credit. We take great pride in our self sufficiency, our work and the way we work, and it's incredibly frustrating when someone tries to take that away from us, by claiming we stole even one word or one note of our music from anyone.
"We'd much rather be working on more music than commenting on these type of things, but it felt like we had no choice...
"So, just to be clear, all allegations made against us to do with this subject are completely false, as anyone we have ever worked with will back up. We didn't get into this industry to steal other people's ideas and we haven't - we are musicians, artists and producers."
Brad Paisley and pregnant Carrie Underwood were among the stars who paid tribute to late country music star Little Jimmy Dickens at a memorial service in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (08Jan15). The Grand Ole Opry icon died last week (02Jan15), aged 94, and he returned to the Nashville venue for one final hurrah, surrounded by his family and famous friends.
Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Chris Young and Old Crow Medicine Show also took the stage to perform next to Dickens' coffin as part of an emotional two-hour event, which concluded the lowering of the fabled venue's curtain as the May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose singer's remains were carried away.
Paisley, who often performed with Dickens in recent years, told mourners, "We need to remember that smile, that personality and that one-of-a-kind sense of humour," while Underwood burst into tears as she recalled her hero respectfully kissing her hand every time they met.
The American Idol star joined Gill for a duet of his hit Go Rest High On That Mountain, with Gill saying of his mentor: "If they say that only the good die young, well, evidently the greatest of all live to be 94 and sing two weeks before they pass on."
Dickens' performed at the Opry on 20 December (14), five days before suffered a stroke and was admitted to a local hospital.
An emotional Paisley wrapped up the memorial by leading a chorus of classic hymn Will The Circle Be Unbroken - the song Dickens performed at country music funerals.
The theatre bosses behind Bradley Cooper's The Elephant Man stage show are working on a plan to take the hit production to the London stage. The American Hustle star will end his highly-successful run on the Broadway stage on 22 February (15), but producers have suggested he may extend his role as John Merrick in London.
And now Cooper tells U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon, "I think we're going to take it to London, we're going to bring it back home for the summer for 12 weeks. We're working on it now, but I think it's going to work out. We're going to take the whole company too."
Cooper has spoken about his desire to perform on the London stage in the past, telling the BBC in 2012, "I would love to do something in the West End, that would be kind of incredible, live in London for five months or something."
Fun-loving country legend 'little' Jimmy Dickens has died in Nashville, Tennessee. The 94-year-old singer, who recorded the novelty hits I'm Little but I'm Loud and May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, passed away on Friday afternoon (02Jan15) after a short battle with ill health.
A Grand Ole Opry regular, Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.
Born in West Virginia, Dickens was the oldest of 13 children and he joined the Opry cast in 1948, a year before he enjoyed his first chart success with Take an Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait).
He also had hits with Country Boy, A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed and Out Behind the Barn, but his only number one was 1965's May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.
In his later years, Dickens became a mentor to stars like Vince Gill and Brad Paisley, who was one of the first celebrities to pay his respects upon learning of his friend's passing.
Paisley tweeted, "It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my hero and friend today. I loved you Jimmy."
Also paying tribute to Little Jimmy on Friday, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher said, "The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens. He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."
U2 star Bono fears he may never be able to play guitar again following his horror bicycle accident in New York City in November (14). The Irish rocker fell off his bike in Central Park and suffered multiple fractures and breaks to his left arm, elbow, finger and an eye socket, which led to him undergoing an operation to insert three metal plates and 18 screws into his arm.
Bono opened up about his fears of longterm damage in a letter to his fans, which was posted on the band's website, revealing he is still taking a lot of medication and struggling to move around.
He writes, "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought... As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this. I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I'm all elbows, I am."