Neil Young's upcoming Bridge School Benefit Concerts this coming weekend (26-27Oct13) will stream for free in its entirety on YouTube.com. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis are among the acts on the bill.
Laid-back surf-rocker Jack Johnson is back on top of the U.S. album chart. The singer/songwriter has claimed his fourth number one on the Billboard 200 with From Here to Now to You, thanks to first-week sales of 117,000.
Country star Justin Moore debuts Off the Beaten Path at two and there are new entries from Chris Young (A.M.), the Maybach Music Group (MMG: Self Made 3) and Avicii (True) at three, four and five, respectively.
Meanwhile, Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus have made history on America's Digital Songs chart - their top three singles all sold in excess of 300,000 each last week. No three artists have ever achieved that feat outside of the Christmas charts.
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Every year, ABC's Dancing with the Stars ropes in a varied new batch of players to compete for a seat in Congress. (That's what the winner gets, right?) And every year, the amassed collections of actors, athletes, television personalities, and the odd astronaut have become more, let's say, "creative." Producers have shirked minor details like celebrity relevance in putting together eclectic teams for the competition series, taking the cake with their Season 17 lineup. Yes, the reactions to this year's players will range from "Not her again!"s to "Boy, he's really up and coming!"s to, "I had no idea he was still alive." Peruse the new DWTS contestants below, list compiled by Hollywood.com's Relevance Ranking (from least to most):
Corbin BleuAs the fourth billed star of the High School Musical movies, 24-year-old Bleu is the least relevant of the troupe, hardly even a thing back when he was a thing.
Jack OsbourneNot far ahead of Chaz Duckworth, or whatever it was, is the youngest and least significant member of a flavor-of-the-week MTV reality show that aired back in 2002 (and lasted, despite your recollection, all the way to '05).
Bill EngvallNeck and neck with Jackie O is Bill Engvall, best known for his frequent proximity to Larry the Cable Guy.
Christina MilianWhen you cap your music career by reading tweets on that reality show that people watch when Idol is out of season, you know you're a prime candidate for DWTS.
Brant DaughertyAdmittedly, Daugherty's role on the conversation piece Pretty Little Liars could justify a more prominent placement on this list. But he's also in The Starving Games, which kind of robs him of any of those points.
Keyshawn JohnsonRight in the middle of the pack is Keyshawn Johnson, who used to play football. Football is still cool, right?
Elizabeth BerkleyThanks to the onslaught of '90s nostalgia perpetuated by our generation's nagging inability to grow up, we have granted Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley an everlasting spot at the corner of our conscience. Remember when she took the caffeine pills? Of course you do. Hey, that might work on this show!
Leah ReminiLeah Remini's name has been thrown around a lot lately, mostly in connection to The Talk firings and Sharon Osbourne controversies. Hmm, perhaps we'll find a bit of a rivalry between her and Sharon's son Jack? That could bump him up an Engvall or two.
Amber RileyShe's on Glee, so there that is.
Valerie HarperTo be sincere for a minute, we pay legitimate credit to Valerie Harper, who is not only tackling cancer, but has long served as an inspiration to fellow sufferers, not to mention actors (she rejects the word "actress") and women everywhere. Some pop culture relevance is the kind you earn.
Snooki...and some, alas, is the kind that forms atop your head in the shape of a ravenous koosh ball. As much as it pains us to say this, Jersey Shore star and new mom Snooki is DWTS' big get of the season.
But that's only 11. What about the last new contestant?
Ah, yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy. A man who exists beyond the realms of pop culture relevance. A man who cannot be defined, but who himself doles out definition. A man against whom all other men are measured. Often in Berzelius beakers. Science rules.
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Actress Valerie Harper accepted the opportunity to be part of U.S. competition show Dancing With The Stars because she wanted to inspire people. It has been confirmed The Mary Tyler Moore Show star will be part of the season 17 cast, despite her terminal brain cancer battle.
In an interview with People magazine, the actress, who was given just six months to live at the beginning of the year (13), says, "I thought it might be sort of inspiring for people to see a 74-year-old woman with my condition dancing."
Last week (begs26Aug13), it was revealed Harper's condition was improving and her cancer was "close to remission," according to her doctors. However, her diagnosis could change at any moment.
She explains, "My scans have been getting better. But cancer hides. My doctors say it's not a case of if (it's fatal), it's when. And I can live with that."
For now, Harper is focusing on her health and the show, which is incidentally helping her to lose weight after gaining a few pounds during treatment.
She continues, "They've forced me to get serious about dieting. Since I'm no longer on steroids, I've dropped 20 pounds, but I'd like to lose another 15. I told the wardrobe supervisor, 'Your job is take six inches off my butt'."
Harper has been partnered with Tristan MacManus on the show, where she'll compete with celebrities like Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley, Glee's Amber Riley, actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini, former Jersey Shore regular Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and singer Christina Milian.
Jack Osbourne, Corbin Bleu, actor Brant Daugherty, comedian Bill Engvall and sportsman Keyshawn Johnson will round out the cast, which will be lacing up its dancing shoes for the season premiere on 16 September (13).
"Surfing is the only thing I do that gets me any exercise - when I go on tour, I usually gain 10 or 15 pounds because I'm not surfing. At home (in Hawaii) we come straight from the ocean into the studio." Surfer-turned-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson on how he stays fit.
Rocker Jack White's long-standing feud with Black Keys star Dan Auerbach appears to be at the centre of his custody battle with ex-wife Karen Elson - because he doesn't want their kids attending the same school as the Lonely Boy hitmaker's daughter, Sadie. Model Elson has obtained a restraining order against her former husband over allegations he has targeted her with angry emails sparked by decisions about their son Scarlett and son Henry Lee's education and choice of Nashville, Tennessee school.
According to court documents, obtained by The Nashville City Paper, White allegedly pressured Elson to remove the kids from the school they attended with the child of an unnamed Nashville-based entertainer, who the former White Stripes star accused of copying his music.
Emails submitted to the court to support that motion reveal the rival is the Black Keys singer-guitarist, who relocated to Nashville in 2010.
One reads: "My concern with Auerbach is because (sic) I don't want the kids involved in any of that c**p. That's a possible 12 f**king years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world."
White, who split from Elson in 2011 after six years of marriage, has been a longtime critic of Auerbach and the Black Keys, claiming the guitarist and bandmate Patrick Carney had copied the music and moniker idea of his own former duo The White Stripes.
Meanwhile, in a court filing on Friday (02Aug13), White responded to his wife's restraining order bid by denying claims he threatened her and asked the court to establish a temporary parenting plan.
The rocker stated he will not oppose the temporary restraining order, but took exception to rules about communications with his kids.
White's attorney Cathy Speers Johnson revealed the singer was upset about Elson's decision to keep their two children longer than he agreed to during a recent trip.
She writes, "The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent to his wife or children."
Among his documents filed on Friday were emails from his ex, in which she told him he was a great father.
Funnyman Steve Martin and his bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers have stepped in to replace Mumford & Sons as headliners at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Thursday (20Jun13). The British group has pulled out of a string of shows to allow bassist Ted Dwane time to recover from brain surgery - the musician underwent an operation to remove a blood clot last week (10Jun13).
The band pulled the plug on an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee last weekend (15Jun13) and its slot was filled at the last minute by Jack Johnson.
Now Martin and his band, featuring Paul Simon's singer/songwriter wife Edie Brickell, will fill in for the I Will Wait hitmakers in Colorado.
Jack Johnson and Daryl Hall & John Oates will share top billing with kids' act Yo Gabba Gabba at the 2013 Life is Good Festival in Massachusetts. The two-day family event will be held at Prowse Farm in Canton on 21 and 22 September (13). The Roots, Dawes and Amos Lee are also on the bill.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson dedicated his set at the Bonnaroo music festival to Mumford & Sons on Saturday (15Jun13) after they pulled out of the Tennessee event and he landed their headlining slot. Johnson was recruited to replace the folk rockers after they cancelled their appearance following bassist Ted Dwane's surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
After taking to the stage with a four-piece band, the Hawaiian-born star showed his love for the British group, declaring, "We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons."
He also covered the Grammy Award winners' hit The Cave during his two-hour set.
At a press conference on Friday (14Jun13), Johnson revealed he was already on his way to the festival when he received a phone call offering him the job.
He explained, "As soon as I said yes, I said, 'Holy s**t. I gotta learn a lot of chords and a lot of words really quickly.'"
Day Two of Bonnaroo also featured performances by R. Kelly, Bjork, Solange Knowles, Nas and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson was already on his way to attend the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee when he was told he would be taking over the headline slot from Mumford & Sons. The star was asked to step in to replace the folk rockers after they pulled out of the show so bassist Ted Dwane can recover from surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
Johnson has now revealed he was already en-route to the event when he received a phone call offering him the coveted headline slot, and the Upside Down hitmaker couldn't believe the coincidence.
He says, "I was on my way to Bonnaroo to sit in on a set with my friends (band) ALO... when we got the call asking if I could possibly help out and cover for Mumford & Sons. I heard the news about Ted Dwane and was happy to know that he was on his way to recovery. I called my band and asked if they were up for it."
Johnson headlines the event on Saturday night (15Jun13).