Rapper Andre 3000 is in mourning following the death of his mother. Sharon Benjamin Hodo was found dead in her Georgia home earlier this week (begs27May13), but no further details surrounding her death were available as WENN went to press.
A representative for the Outkast star, real name Andre Benjamin, has since confirmed her passing to editors at Billboard.com.
The rapper's rep called on fans to carry on supporting Benjamin Hodo's The Starlight Camp organisation, which helps underprivileged children, instead of sending flowers to mark her passing.
Rapper Big Boi has cancelled a string of concerts after injuring his leg during a gig in Illinois on Sunday (26May13). The Outkast star, real name Antwan Andre Patton, was performing at the Summer Camp Music Festival when he sustained the injury, and he took to his tumblr.com page on Monday (27May13) to tell fans about the mishap.
Uploading a photo of himself on crutches and with his left leg strapped up, he added, "Injured my leg on stage yesterday, headed to the A (sic) for some test."
He subsequently axed his Monday night show in St. Louis, Missouri, and also cancelled his tour stop in Birmingham, Alabama at the weekend (02Jun13).
It is not yet known if the remainder of his concerts will be affected, but Big Boi returned to his tumblr account on Tuesday (28May13) to update fans about his condition - and hinted that he is facing a lengthy hiatus.
Alongside a photograph of his bandaged leg elevated on a stool, he stated, "Shout out to the good folks at (treatment company) Game Ready and my Orthopedic surgeon 6 weeks then we back outchea (sic)."
British boyband star Marvin Humes has been nominated for the U.K. title of Celebrity Dad of the Year, just a week after becoming a first-time father. The JLS singer welcomed daughter Alaia-Mai with his wife, The Saturdays beauty Rochelle Humes, on 20 May (13) and he's already receiving high praise from organisers of the Premier Inn award for taking on his daddy duties.
Humes is shortlisted alongside the likes of retired soccer ace David Beckham, Australian singer-turned-reality TV regular Peter Andre, Take That stars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, and Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, who became fathers for a second time in January (13).
British comedian David Walliams and actors James Corden and James Buckley are also in the running for the prize.
The winner is set to be announced in the run up to Father's Day on 16 June (13).
Barlow took home the award last year (12).
Blackstreet star Chauncey Black has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmate Teddy Riley over the rights to the group's name. The 44 year old alleges Riley has been performing under the band's name without his permission.
Black, who recently purchased the name, insists Riley no longer has any performing rights to the moniker, and the No Diggity hitmaker is seeking damages for trademark infringement.
A representative for Riley tells TMZ.com, "At this time we have no comment on any of the ridiculous and frivolous claims apparently being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka 'Black.'"
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre surprised graduating students at the University of Southern California on Friday (17May13) by making an unannounced appearance at their commencement ceremony. The Still D.R.E. hitmaker's pal and business partner, Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine, delivered the commencement speech to the class of 2013 after receiving his own honorary degree, and he had a special guest join him onstage to celebrate.
Introducing Dre, Iovine said, "Walking around USC today, it seems like everyone's a doctor, which is funny 'cause I brought my partner here today, who also happens to be a doctor. So, in the words of the great Slim Shady (Eminem), will the real Dr. Dre please stand up and join me on stage?"
Stepping up to the podium, the rapper referenced the school's athletic teams as he told the students: "I am excited and I am proud to now be a member of the Trojan family. I would also like to say congratulations to the University of Southern California's Class of 2013."
Dre and Iovine's appearance at the USC graduation came just days after they announced plans to donate $70 million (£45 million) to the school to fund the establishment of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which will provide four-year programs for students starting next year (14).
Music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have teamed up to donate $70 million (£45 million) to a California university to fund a new academy. The hip-hop star, whose real name is Andre Young, and record label executive Iovine have handed the huge sum to bosses at the University of Southern California.
The donation will help build the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which will provide four-year programs for students, starting next year (14).
A statement from the university's President C. L. Max Nikias reads, "The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world."
Dutch violinist and composer Andre Rieu has cancelled a promotional trip to Australia after falling sick. The 63 year old had planned to jet Down Under next week (beg06May13) to promote his latest album in Sydney and Melbourne, but he has now been ordered to stay at home to recover from a mystery illness.
In a statement, he says, "Australia is like my second home... I am so very disappointed that I am unable to visit my wonderful fans in Sydney and Melbourne as promised. I am resting on doctor's orders, and looking forward to seeing you all very soon."
Rieu, who is due to tour in Australia later this year (13), previously scrapped concerts in the country in 2010 after he was struck down with a viral infection.
Gwyneth Paltrow was left squirming with embarrassment during a recent appearance on U.S. TV show Chelsea Lately when she was reminded of her oral sex advice to a troubled pal. Host Chelsea Handler recalled overhearing the actress' words of wisdom to a fellow guest at a dinner party who had been rowing with her husband.
The comedienne said, "She's (Paltrow) an amazing advice giver. One of our friends was like, 'I got into a big fight with my husband and I went home, I started to scream and yell...' and you were like, 'Whatever you're doing, do the opposite; if you feel angry go at him (husband) with love and you give him a b**w job'."
Stunned Paltrow giggled and hid her face in her hands and responded, "Oh my God, what if my mother sees this show?"
But Handler said, "People need to know you're like that, because you are... You are a good advice giver."
Living up to her reputation, the actress then advised Handler to see a doctor after recalling a recent chat with her boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, during which he revealed the absent-minded comedienne had accidentally driven her gardener's car to work.
Handler joked, "You know what, I'll go to your neurologist. You have a doctor for everything... Whatever you're doing is working out."
Superproducer Mark Ronson has defended Beyonce's version of Amy Winehouse's hit Back To Black, insisting he feels "flattered and honoured" by the cover. Beyonce teamed up with rapper Andre 3000 to re-record the 2007 track for Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie The Great Gatsby, but Winehouse's father Mitch was unimpressed by their collaboration, tweeting, "I just heard the Andre part of Back to Black. Terrible. He should have let Beyonce do it all."
He also told Britain's Daily Mail, "I don't think she brings anything to it... They have got to pay for the privilege (to cover the song), which is what they are doing. I can't tell you how much it is but it's a lot of money."
However, Ronson, who produced and co-wrote the original version, is full of praise for Beyonce's Back to Black and even played it on his East Village Radio show on Friday (26Apr13).
He said, "I'm flattered and honoured. I know Amy would be too."
Australian pop star Peter Andre has signed up to host a home makeover show in the U.K. The Mysterious Girl hitmaker will oversee a team of interior designers as they travel around Britain transforming properties in the 30-episode series for the ITV network, entitled Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover.
Andre says, "I am delighted to be the new presenter of Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover. I love these sort of shows and although this is a completely different experience for me, it is a much loved show and I am hoping to bring a new twist... to it. I love working in television, so this is a great new challenge for me."
The singer is a well-known face on British TV - he has starred in several seasons of his own fly-on-the-wall reality series and presented 2012 dating show Peter Andre's Bad Boyfriend Club.