Madonna helped her teen daughter Lourdes celebrate the end of her high school career with a pre-prom party on Saturday (21Jun14). The Material Girl hitmaker organised a garden party in New York City for the 17 year old and her friends prior to their school's annual dance.
In photos posted on Instagram.com, Lourdes posed in a black and white polka dot dress next to her pals. A caption accompanying the image reads: "Pre prom turn up ! #yaaaaaassssssb**ch (sic)", while another shot shows off one of Lourdes' male classmates modelling his tuxedo, to which the Vogue singer added, "Strike a pose!"
The music icon took a break from serving as hostess and snapped a picture of a wine glass placed perfectly between her feet while she relaxed on the grass, and wrote, "Mama takes a rest! #graduateb**ch (sic)".
Lourdes is set to graduate from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts on Wednesday (25Jun14).
Disney star Zendaya Coleman has landed second major role in a week after Madonna named the teen the latest face of her fashion brand Material Girl. The 17-year-old Shake It Up! actress' new gig was announced on Thursday (19Jun14), as new ads featuring Coleman modelling Material Girl designs on Brooklyn's famous Coney Island boardwalk were unveiled.
The queen of pop praised the teen actress in a statement which reads: "Zendaya exudes a confident, free spirit. We love having her as the new face of Material Girl," while her daughter Lourdes Leon, who also makes design decisions for the company, also gushed over the brand's new spokesperson, adding, "I love how Zendaya makes her own style rules to fit her personality - that's who Material Girl is all about, being yourself to the fullest".
Coleman follows in the footsteps of previous Material Girl models Rita Ora, Taylor Momsen and Georgia May Jagger.
Earlier this week (beg16Jun14), the actress/singer snagged the role of tragic R&B singer Aaliyah in an upcoming TV biopic.
A host of famous fathers including Nathan Followill, Rob Lowe and Mark Ruffalo have taken to Twitter.com to mark Father's Day (15Jun14). The stars uploaded moving messages to their own dads, and their kids, in celebration of the international day which honours fatherhood.
Kings of Leon rocker Followill, who is dad to daughter Violet, enjoyed breakfast with the tot ahead of his set at Britain's Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14).
He tweeted: "Happy Fathers Day. Breakfast & lunch with Violet, dinner with a few thousand friends at Isle of Wight. See y'all soon."
Actor Lowe, who is currently in London, reveals he will celebrate Father's Day by watching tennis star Andy Murray on the court, writing, "Father's day in London. Off to Queen's Cup. Go Andy!"
Father of three Ruffalo adds, "Happy Fathers Day , brother Dads!", while British pop star Marvin Humes writes, "Happy Father's Day to my amazing Dad Colin Humes... you are now and will always be The Man! See u (sic) tonight!"
Humes' singer wife Rochelle also tweeted a sentimental message to mark the day, writing: "Happy Father's Day to my one and only - MarvinHumes The best dad our baby girl could ever ask for. We love you soooo (sic) much."
The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin added a tribute to his own dad, tweeting, "Happy Father's Day to the big man @markclaflin. Wish England (soccer team) could've have worked some magic for you last night (at the World Cup)... Have a great day mate."
The England team was beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening World Cup game.
Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst provided his own rock 'n' roll Father's Day message, writing, "Happy Father's Day to the present and loving fathers out there. The rest of ya loser dads can suck it (sic)."
And Rihanna tweeted, "Happy Father's Day Pops! I love you deeply and unconditionally! You've taught me so much about myself!"
She later added, "Happy Father's Day to the step fathers who step up for the fathers who cant! And especially to the Mothers who have to be both, we adore you."
Actress Eva Longoria also tweeted, "Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world but especially mine!! I love u daddy!" And Sharon Osbourne paid tribute to the men in her life - husband Ozzy and son Jack, writing, "Happy Father's Day to my Husband @OzzyOsbourne and my Son @JackOsbourne. I’m so proud of you both. You’re both crazy f**ks, but I love you."
Glee star Lea Michele completed the collection of celebrities remembering their dads - she posted a picture of herself in an American football costume with her father and the caption, "Happy Fathers Day to the greatest dad in the whole world! Thank you for always making me and mommy laugh we love you!"
Coldplay star Chris Martin became an honorary member of Kings Of Leon on Sunday (25May14) when he joined the U.S. rockers onstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival in Glasgow, Scotland. The Yellow singer was all smiles as he teamed up with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill for part of the group's opening set, just hours after his band had closed out Saturday night (24Jun14) at the festival.
The impressive weekend line-up also included appearances by One Direction, Calvin Harris, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Katy Perry, The Vamps, Rita Ora and John Newman, who was thrilled to be a part of the big event.
Speaking backstage, the singer said, "It's crazy, Kings Of Leon have just come onstage... and One Direction yesterday at 1pm - it's opening up strong straight away. To be given a main stage opportunity the first year I've done it solo is incredible and I've kind of got to make the most out of it.
"I've played Glasgow and I've got a weird curse about travelling to Glasgow where my bus breaks down or we're always late or something, but we always manage to get here, and every time we do get here you know it's always an incredible gig, so thank you to Glasgow."
Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has warned his fellow musicians not to mess with him, because he knows how to get them so drunk, they make a fool of themselves before thousands. The singer recalls a vengeful moment on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour when another, unidentified act was mean to Followill and his then-unknown bandmates.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "They were really cocky towards us. Everything they would say was very backhanded, and they were always bragging about their success.
"We got fed up, so we invited their guitar player on our bus, knowing that he had to go on stage in about a half hour. I was like, 'Hey man, let me pour you a drink'. He drank it, and I was like, 'One more for the road'. And I overdosed him once again.
"He barely got through the set - it was an awful night for the guy. Now looking back, part of me feels bad, but we won that battle. You be a d**k and I'm gonna embarrass you in front of a lot of of people! I don't think they're still a band now, but if I ever see him (guitarist), I don't think he'll be saying anything to me."
Brad Pitt brought Hollywood to New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday (17May14) for a gala fundraiser in support of his foundation. The Fight Club star hosted the event to raise money for the Make it Right organisation, which aims to build environmentally sound homes in areas of the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Comedian Chris Rock served as the emcee for the evening, while Bruno Mars and Kings of Leon took the stage to perform.
Pitt's fiancee Angelina Jolie was also in attendance, as well as Sandra Bullock, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and funnyman Jim Gaffigan.
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was across town for a benefit concert at the House of Blues to support his charity, the Just Keep Livin' Foundation. The event was a joint fundraiser with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his organisation, The Brees Dream Foundation.
Country singer Kenny Chesney served as headliner for the show, while Reese Witherspoon surprised concertgoers when she took the stage to sing a duet of Johnny Cash's song Jackson, which the Oscar winner performed in her hit film Walk the Line.
Earlier in the day, Pitt was spotted chatting with McConaughey from opposite hotel balconies in New Orleans and even tossed the Dallas Buyers Club star a cold beer.
Country music star Holly Williams is set to become a first-time mum. The singer, who is the granddaughter of music legend Hank Williams, and her husband Chris Coleman are preparing to add another member to the famous family this October (14).
Williams fittingly took to Twitter.com on Mother's Day in America (11May14) to share the good news, posting a photo of herself aiming a rifle while showing off her growing baby bump.
The accompanying caption read:, "@colemantime (husband) caught this of me while shooting tin cans this morning on the Georgia farm. I think I felt my first kick and I’m not talking about the Red Ryder BB gun!!"
Williams wed drummer Coleman, who tours with Kings of Leon, in 2009.
She tells People.com that she didn't expect to fall pregnant so quickly after she and her husband decided to start a family.
She explains, "I’ve had so many friends who’ve struggled with infertility issues, so I thought, 'Well, this could take five years'. And it didn’t at all! We felt really blessed. It was like the Lord gave us this little miracle."
Williams, who is outspoken country star Hank Williams, Jr's daughter, is due on 9 October (14).
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is set to receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. The Radioactive hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Taylor Swift and John Legend when he is feted with the prize, which was created in 2004 and named in honour of Hall of Fame Chairman Emeritus Hal David to celebrate the work of young songwriters.
Current organisation chairman Jimmy Webb says, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award.
"He has helped create truly contemporary rock 'n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons. A sound at once musically literate and issue driven yet founded on solid composition and songwriting. We are extremely happy to join Dan with the other distinguished alumni who have received the Starlight."
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Scottish singer Donovan and 10cc rocker Graham Gouldman are among the stars who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014, while another top accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, will be presented to music duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and industry mogul Doug Morris will receive the Hitmaker Award.
The presentations will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
Singer/actor Saul Williams has been tapped to lead the cast of a long awaited stageshow inspired by the music of late rapper Tupac Shakur. Williams will star alongside Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson and Ben Thompson in Holler If Ya Hear Me, which will chronicle the struggles of two friends surviving inner-city life in the American Midwest.
The musical will be directed by Kenny Leon, who is currently winning acclaim for the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington.
Holler If Ya Hear Me will begin previews on 29 May (14) at Broadway's Palace Theatre.
Soul singer Claudia Lennear has been given a big career boost following her appearance in Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom - David Bowie has offered to write her next project. Lennear joined the likes of Darlene Love and Judith Hill in Morgan Neville's 2013 film, which followed the lives of backing singers to the stars, after previously working with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, George Harrison and Leon Russell.
She was also said to have inspired the Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar hit in 1971 and Bowie's Lady Grinning Soul in 1973.
Lennear now reveals she recently reconnected with the legendary Space Oddity star days before Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars ceremony and received a welcome proposal.
She tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "I got a call from David Bowie out of the blue... He told me he wanted to write my next project. I couldn't believe it when I first heard his voice. We haven't seen each other in 20 years."
She adds, "I am not sure what my next project will be... but I will definitely hold David to his promise."
20 Feet From Stardom was named Best Documentary, Feature at the Academy Awards.