Madonna is struggling to adjust to life as the mother of two adolescents, joking her son Rocco has already started growing facial hair and chasing after girls. The Material Girl has four children, Lourdes, Rocco, David, and Mercy and she insists the toughest part of parenting is watching her two eldest kids transition into adulthood and display less of an interest in hanging out at home.
During an interview with U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Friday (21Jun13), she said, "My daughter (Lourdes) just got an iPhone, she's 16... (and now) she (has) stopped talking to me. It's kind of uncomfortable; she's still my little girl, but she's also a woman."
Rocco, who performed as a back-up dancer on the pop star's recent MDNA tour, turns 13 in August (13) and Madonna insists he's going through a number of changes as well.
She added, "He's a foot taller, he's getting facial hair, he's looking at girls' butts. It's terrible!"
Lourdes is Madonna's daughter with ex-lover Carlos Leon, while filmmaker Guy Ritchie is Rocco's father. David and Mercy are Madonna's adopted children from Malawi.
Beloved nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is recovering well after undergoing heart surgery on Tuesday (04Jun13). The 87 year old, who is the younger brother of movie legend Lord Richard Attenborough, underwent an urgent operation to have a pacemaker fitted, and is now said to be making good progress.
A spokesman for the star, who cancelled a speaking tour of Australia to have the surgery, says, "Sir David has now had the operation and his doctors are satisfied with his progress... It's a minor procedure but it meant that he cannot go on a 27-hour flight to Australia. He's very disappointed that he can't fulfil the tour but it's nothing to be alarmed about. He's seeing his doctor now but he's still his lively self."
Attenborough has fronted nature series such as Life on Earth and The Living Planet throughout his 60-year career and has won numerous prizes for his work, including a clutch of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
Revered nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is to undergo emergency heart surgery in London on Tuesday (04Jun). The 87-year-old Brit was advised to schedule the procedure after his cardiologist determined him to be in urgent need of a pacemaker.
Attenborough has been forced to cancel a planned speaking tour of Australia to undergo the operation.
The tour, entitled Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Earth, was due to start next Tuesday (11Jun13) in Brisbane.
A representative for the organisers, Lateral Events, says in a statement, "Sir David Attenborough is to undergo surgery in London today (04Jun13) following advice from his cardiologist that he is in urgent need of a pacemaker. Sir David expressed his extreme disappointment as he said he was very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and he hopes to reschedule his tour in the near future."
Taylor Swift ruled the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (19May13), taking home eight top honours, including the prestigious Artist of the Year. Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 all led the way heading into the Las Vegas ceremony with 11 nods each, but it quickly became clear that the night belonged to the blonde star as she dominated the prizegiving from the offset.
She entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena a six-time winner from the pre-show announcements alone, claiming accolades such as Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Red and Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while she beat Adele, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepsen to be named Top Female Artist.
The singer added a further two trophies to her impressive haul during the big event itself, hosted by Tracy Morgan, but she wasn't the only one celebrating - Justin Bieber was another main Billboard honouree.
The Baby hitmaker fought off competition from Drake, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida and Jason Aldean to claim the Top Male Artist award, in addition to the Top Social Artist title and the inaugural Milestone Award, which was voted for by fans.
Other multiple winners included Rihanna, Gotye, One Direction and late Latin singer Jenni Rivera, while Madonna was feted as the Top Touring Artist.
Accepting her honour for her MDNA world tour, the Material Girl said, "They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took several international villages to put my show together and I would be here all night if I was to specifically thank all the people who were there to walk through the fire with me."
Thanking her fans, she added, "Without you I wouldn't have a show to do and a showgirl needs her fans so thank you for supporting me for three decades. Without you, I truly wouldn't be here."
Music highlights on the night came from the likes of Swift, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, while Pitbull doubled up for two sexy performances - first teaming up with a slimmed-down Christina Aguilera for Feel This Moment, with A-ha's very own Morten Harket as their special guest, and then joining Jennifer Lopez for an energetic rendition of Live It Up.
Bieber also hit the stage twice, much to the delight of his fans, performing his solo hit Take You and showing off a robotic dance routine with will.i.am for ThatPower.
Prince, the 2013 recipient of the Icon Award, closed the show in style, rocking out with a medley of his hits, including a slowed-down version of his classic Let's Go Crazy to bring the curtain down on a night of celebrations.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift
Top New Artist - One Direction
Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist - One Direction
Top R&B Artist - Rihanna
Top Rap Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist - fun.
Top Latin Artist - Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist - Madonna
Top EDM Artist - David Guetta
Top Christian Artist - tobyMac
Top Touring Artist - Madonna
Top Billboard 200 Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Pop Album - 21 by Adele
Top R&B Album - Unapologetic by Rihanna
Top Rap Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj
Top Country Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Album - Babel by Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Album - La Misma Gran Senora by Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Album - MDNA by Madonna
Top EDM Album - Bangarang by Skrillex
Top Christian Album - Eye On It by tobyMac
Top Hot 100 Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Radio Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Gangnam Style by Psy
Top Pop Song - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Top R&B Song - Diamonds by Rihanna
Top Rap Song - Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Top Country Song - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Latin Song - Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Telo
Top Dance Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top EDM Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top Christian Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman
Milestone Award - Justin Bieber
Icon Award - Prince.
An electric guitar played by The Beatles legends John Lennon and George Harrison shattered auction estimates and sold for $408,000 (£263,000) in New York on Saturday (18May13). The custom-built VOX instrument, used by the late rockers at the height of the Fab Four's fame, was snapped up by an unidentified buyer at the Music Icons sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan.
Bosses at Julien's Auctions previously predicted the guitar would fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 (£129,000-£194,000).
The instrument, which sold just a few years ago by Christie's Auction House for little more than $100,000 (£65,000), was played by Harrison while rehearsing I Am The Walrus, and by Lennon during a video session for the song Hello, Goodbye.
Both tracks were included on the Beatles' 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour.
Other highlights of Saturday's auction included a stage jumpsuit worn by David Cassidy, which sold for $18,750 (£12,097) and Conway Twitty's 1957 Gretsch Guitar, which went for $23,750 (£15,323).
A slew of Elvis Presley memorabilia also proved to be big draws - his Hagstrom Electric Guitar went under the hammer for $50,000 (£32,258), while a pair of shoes inscribed and worn by the King sold for $46,875 (£30,242), and the pants the legend sported in the video for Jailhouse Rock collected $12,500 (£8,065).
Veteran musician Julio Iglesias has poured doubt on reports suggesting his singer son Enrique is set to wed his longtime girlfriend Anna Kournikova next week (begs13May13) - because he hasn't been invited. Hero hitmaker Enrique Iglesias was alleged to be walking down the aisle with the former tennis player, his partner of 12 years, in Miami, Florida in front of guests including Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and David and Victoria Beckham.
But his famous father is adamant the rumours are just that as he has yet to hear anything about the supposed nuptials directly from his son.
During a press conference in Mexico, where he is currently on tour, the 69 year old said, "I don't think that my son's getting married. He would have told me."
However, Enrique's own publicist, Joe Bonilla, admitted it wouldn't come as a shock if the Spanish hunk did decide to exchange vows in secret.
He tells the Efe news agency, "Enrique is like the tide, always surprising. If he's planning to get married, I'm sure that he's going to surprise us all."
Aerosmith rocker Tom Hamilton has thanked fans for their support after he was forced to quit the band's Australian tour due to illness. The bassist pulled out of the group's shows Down Under and jetted back to the U.S. last week (ends28Apr13) after falling sick with a nasty lung infection.
Hamilton took to his Twitter.com page on Friday (03May13) to thanks fans for cheering him up, writing, "The only thing that's kinda (sic) cool about this pneumonia thing, is all the sweet sweet luv (sic) I'm gettin (sic) from the 4 corners of the globe."
Bass player David Hull, who has stood in for Hamilton on previous Aerosmith tours, was flown in to take his place and Hamilton will rejoin the band's ongoing world tour once he recovers.
Aerosmith will play their final Australian gig in Melbourne on Saturday (04May13).
If you're a Neutral Milk Hotel fan, prepare to do backflips. If not, prepare to have your socks rocked off. After 15 years, NMH is reuniting for a brand new tour.
In case you didn't realize, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the greatest album of all time. Jeff Mangum and his band Neutral Milk Hotel may not have the legendary fame of acts like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. Nor is Over the Sea an album where all the stars aligned, like The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. But I'm telling you: it's the greatest. The. Greatest.
Adding to the allure of Mangum's 11-track poetic demonstration of alternative rock n' roll (which many believe is inspired by the life of Anne Frank) is the fact that Neutral Milk Hotel never followed it up. After Over the Sea arrived in 1998 the band went on tour and then… an extended hiatus. Since then, Mangum has been all but mum on the future of Neutral Milk Hotel, leaving fans to replay the wailing vocals, lines of horns and guitar, lo-fi recording of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea over and over and over again. Who knew MP3's could form grooves?
Now, in a true mysterious-rock-star move, Netural Milk Hotel is set to return for a tour of unspecified length — and there are already a few dates and locations locked for the reunion. Mangum, along with his broadly talented In the Aeroplane Over the Sea ensemble Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane, and Julian Koster, will hit the road this Fall with a portion of their tour proceeds going to the Children of the Blue Sky charity. Who is lucky enough to live in….
10-22 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club10-23 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club0-25 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium11-28 Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Festival12-01 Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Festival
The Neutral Milk Hotel website promises more shows to follow, so start crossing those fingers. The update also includes this bit of contextless ruminating:
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No, this isn't quite a In the Aeroplane Over the Sea follow-up. But as a defining album of rock music, the chance to see the original band reform to play it live may be more vital. Hearing "Oh Comely" recorded is necessary. Hearing Magnum preach the song in person feels essential.
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Aerosmith star Tom Hamilton has quit the band's Australian tour due to illness. The bassist has pulled out of the rest of the group's shows Down Under and jetted back to the U.S. after falling sick with a nasty chest infection.
Musician David Hull, who has stood in for Hamilton on previous Aerosmith tours, has been flown in to take his place.
Hamilton will rejoin the band's ongoing world tour once he recovers.
Aerosmith have two dates left in Australia - in Brisbane on 1 May (13) and Melbourne on 4 May (13).
"According to people I've spoken to, there's another album in the pipeline. There was, like, 29 songs or something. I don't know what's next for Bowie. He could disappear for another 10 years or there could be another album. He might do the greatest tour of all time or he might never gig again. Who knows?" Rocker Noel Gallagher sparks speculation there could be more material from David Bowie following the release of his comeback album The Next Day last month (Mar13).