Lily Allen has signed a new management deal with Madonna's Maverick label. The Smile singer will now be handled by the firm's Scott Rodger and Stack House's Henry Village.
Allen parted ways with longtime management firm Rocket in June (14), shortly after venting her frustration about the lack of success of her third album, Sheezus.
While Rodger oversees Madonna and Miley Cyrus, among others, Village manages a roster that includes U.K. dance acts Rudimental and Redlight.
Singer Brad Paisley is set to use his signature country style to design his very first clothing collection.
The "Celebrity" hitmaker is adding fashion designer to his resume, and collaborating with U.S. western wear retailer Boot Barn to create the Moonshine Spirit line. Paisley will help create a large array of items, including boots, hats, jeans, shirts, jewellery and T-shirts, adding his personal "modern, country music edge". Paisley shares his enthusiasm for the new venture in a statement which reads: "Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It's hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country - ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town. "It's a great time to launch Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. It embodies the enthusiasm of my new album, Moonshine in the Trunk." The Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley collection will debut at the grand opening of the Nashville, Tennessee Boot Barn store on 24 October (14), and the entire collection will be available online and in U.S. stores from 1 December (14).
Reclusive singer/songwriter Scott Walker has scored Robert Pattinson's new movie. Original music from The Walker Brothers frontman will feature in actor Brady Corbet's directorial debut The Childhood of a Leader. The period film, set in France in 1918, also features Tim Roth and The Artist actress Berenice Bejo.
Rocker SLASH has assured fans of his supergroup Velvet Revolver there is still more to come from the band once they find a permanent replacement for frontman Scott Weiland. The band, which also features the guitarist's Guns N' Roses sidekicks Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, has been on hiatus ever since Slash fired singer Weiland in 2009, but he reveals there is always a lot going on behind the scenes that fans aren't aware of.
He tells Radio.com, "It's been very active under the radar. Nothing has happened with it as far as getting a new singer, so there's nothing to talk about. But there is activity going on, and there's people that we've been checking out.
"At some point the right guy's gonna walk in the door, and at that point, then we'll look into making another Velvet record."
Weiland recently expressed an interest in rejoining the band, but it seems Slash has moved on and is determined to find a new frontman: "We started working with Scott for that period and we made some cool music, but it was just a really, really hard thing to keep together, that exact line-up."
Singer Scott Macintyre needs a second kidney transplant seven years after he first underwent the life-saving operation. The former American Idol contestant initially battled kidney disease in 2005 and the wife of his former piano instructor offered an organ to him in 2007.
However, the transplanted body part has become weaker over time and MacIntyre now needs to have it replaced to ensure the condition does not return.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "She literally gave me the gift of life in the most tangible way... I'm so grateful to my first kidney donor for these past seven years of my life. Without that life-saving gift, I would never have been on American Idol, married my wife or been able to share my life story with so many people around the world. Unfortunately, transplanted kidneys can't last forever, and now I'm facing the same life-threatening illness once again."
The 29 year old was placed on the transplant program at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee last week (ends21Sep14) and he is also on America's national waiting list. He requires a transplant within six months.
The young opportunists who stole Miley Cyrus' Maserati sports car after breaking into the pop star's home in June (14) have been sentenced to time behind bars.
Tylor Scott and Naomi Charles, who also stole jewelry and clothing items from the Wrecking Ball singer, while she was out of town, both pleaded guilty to felony residential burglary charges in court on Monday (22Sep14). Scott, who has a prior record, also pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and was sentenced to five years in state prison. Charles will serve a year behind bars, reports TMZ.com.
Police tracked down the Maserati thieves using surveillance video footage of them breaking into Cyrus' compound.
Veteran rockers L.A. Guns have parted ways with on/off bassist Scott Griffin. He has been replaced by Kenny Kweens, who ironically took over from him when he first left the group in 2009.
Griffin returned to the line-up to replace Kweens in 2011.
Announcing the news in a statement, the band says, "Scotty Griffin and the band have decided to part ways. As our bassist off-and-on for the past seven years, including our latest release Hollywood Forever, Scotty has been a true road warrior, a stellar musician, and a better friend. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
"We'd like to welcome back Kenny Kweens and look forward to rocking out the rest of 2014. Make sure to come out and support our newest member."
Hours after the announcement, Griffin took to his Facebook.com page to tell fans he was "unceremoniously sacked" from the rock act.
He wrote: "Me not being in L.A. GUNS anymore was not a mutual decision at all. I was kicked out, plain and simple. Or, as it was exactly worded, 'Phil (Lewis, L.A. Guns singer) has decided the band is going to move forward without you'. Why it was posted as 'Scotty Griffin and the band have decided...' is beyond me. I was never part of this decision. I never knew this decision was being made, and I never wanted, nor ever said I wanted to leave L.A. Guns.
"I know a good thing when I see it and L.A. Guns was a great thing. I loved the music, I loved the travel, I loved the people I met, and I loved the band and everybody in it. I had NO intentions of giving any of that up."
He adds, "Although I can't say for sure WHY I was let go (I have yet to be given a reason), I do have a few theories. But since they are only theories, there's no point in me expressing them here...
"Let me clarify one more time, I DID NOT QUIT L.A. GUNS. I was basically unceremoniously sacked. Sounds harsh, but that's the reality. That's business. And this is the music business. I just want the truth to be known. We played a packed show Saturday night at the Whisky (a Go Go in Los Angeles). I gave the show 1000%. We all did. The next day, I got the call that I was out of the band. THAT is what went down. There was no two-week notice."
Tragic singer Amy Winehouse has been honoured with a statue in her native London. The unveiling of the life-sized, brass sculpture fell on what would have been the Back to Black hitmaker's 31st birthday on Sunday (14Sep14).
Speaking at the ceremony in Camden, Winehouse's father Mitch said, "It is incredibly emotional to see Amy immortalised like this, but (designer) Scott (Eaton) has done an amazing job in capturing her. It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time. The Winehouse family are very grateful to Scott and we really hope Amy's fans love the statue.
"We want to remind everyone of her talent and that her legacy, through her music and the Amy Winehouse Foundation, carries on. Camden meant a lot to Amy and vice versa and to have her forever standing at the heart of the hustle and bustle of that area just fits."
Winehouse died in 2011.
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Singer Carrie Underwood struggled to contain her tears as she accepted her award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors on Tuesday (09Sep14).
The Before He Cheats hitmaker received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award at the music prizegiving ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee and she battled through tears as she tried to thank her husband Mike Fisher onstage.
Underwood, who is expecting her first child, later poked fun at her emotions on Instagram.com, writing, "Had such a great night at the ACM Honors! Now everyone can go back to making fun of me for crying during my speech!"
Other honourees included Kris Kristofferson and Dean Dillon, who shared the Poet's Award, and Ronnie Milsap and Toby Keith, who won the Career Achievement Award. Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott also performed a medley of hits by Shane McAnally, who won the ACM's songwriter of the year award.
British pop star Kimberley Walsh is a first-time mother after giving birth to a son. The former Girls Aloud singer welcomed a boy named Bobby on Thursday (04Sep14). He is the star's first child with her longtime partner Justin Scott, a former member of U.K. boyband Triple 8.
Walsh announced the news in a post on Twitter.com on Friday (05Sep14), writing, "Our beautiful baby boy Bobby arrived yesterday afternoon 04/09/14 he's perfect."