Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Check out the childhood homes of famous musicians. From Elvis' tiny home to Madonna's suburban origins, see the fascinating gallery at Flavorwire.
See the Game of Thrones cast at its most adorable. Because after lots of death and scheming, who wouldn't want some fun in the sun? Find out more about their beach day at Celebuzz.
No one is spared! Let's judge the fashion of the Kids' Choice Awards. And there were some real atrocities. Check out the gallery at VH1 Celebrity.
Find out why Rihanna is the sexiest woman in the world. Hint: it's all about confidence. Read the case for Rihanna at Hollywood.com.
Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford have signed up to help music producer T Bone Burnett turn lost Bob Dylan lyrics into songs for a new tribute album. My Morning Jacket star Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops have also joined the project.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
Singer Darlene Love is set to make history after learning a planned adaptation of her memoir will be the first scripted TV movie made for Oprah Winfrey's U.S. cable network. Love will co-produce My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story alongside Winfrey and Morgan Neville.
Announcing the news on Monday (10Feb14), Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) president Sheri Salata says, "The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie.
"There are a handful of stories brought to the screen of daring American women who walked through fire and back to make their dreams come true and Darlene is one of the heroes on that list. From her first hit song to her darkest days cleaning houses in Beverly Hills to make ends meet, to the triumphant comeback that made rock and roll history, Darlene is a true living legend who worked with many of the greatest talents in music from Elvis Presley and Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen."
Welsh crooner Sir Tom Jones was warned by Elvis Presley not to cover Frank Sinatra's songs. The Delilah hitmaker was friends with both singers back in his music heyday, and he covered a number of songs previously made famous by Sinatra, including My Way and Fly Me To The Moon, with the blessing of the Rat Pack star.
However, Presley was less enthusiastic about the Welshman's takes on the classic tracks and warned Jones to stay away from the iconic singer's music.
Jones tells British radio station Magic 105.4, ''I knew Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley very well. I did an album of Frank Sinatra type things and Elvis listened and said, 'Tom I heard that thing' and I said... 'Yeah and?' Elvis said, 'We leave that to Frank Sinatra, we don't go there'.''
However, Jones insists Sinatra enjoyed his crooner style and was concerned when he started releasing more rock-orientated music.
He continues, "When I do something a little more rocky, Frank would say: 'Tom, when I go and they (management) ask me who could replace me, I say you! So don't go making records like that!'.''
Bettye Levette, jazz star Madeleine Peyroux and alternative rock icon Bob Mould have signed up to lead an eclectic tribute to Paul Simon in New York in March (14). The trio will be joined by the Civil Wars' Joy Williams and composer Allen Toussaint, among others.
The Simon tribute is the 10th instalment of a long-running series hosted by philanthropist Michael Dorf.
Last year (13), Elvis Costello, D'Angelo and Booker T. Jones performed at a Prince tribute, and past events have been dedicated to the music of Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones and Elton John.
Everly Brothers star Phil Everly has died, aged 74. The younger of the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame siblings, Phil passed away in Burbank, California on Friday (03Jan14) of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His wife Patti tells the Los Angeles Times, "We are absolutely heartbroken."
He and his brother Don had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s and influenced the likes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel. Their songs included Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love and All I Have to Do Is Dream.
Everly was born to country stars Ike and Margaret Everly in Chicago, Illinois in January, 1939. He joined the family act as a boy.
He and Don enjoyed their first hit, Bye Bye Love, in 1957, and followed that with another classic, Wake Up Little Susie.
His brother Don will turn 77 in February (14). The stars' mother is still alive.
The news of Everly's death comes just weeks after the release of Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong and singer Norah Jones' new tribute album, Foreverly - their take on the brothers' controversial second album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
In a recent USA Today interview, Armstrong revealed he was a huge fan, stating, "They are so immaculate."
He added, "That record was pretty daring at the time. A lot of other rock guys were trying to go pop. Chuck Berry had a string of big hits, and the same with Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. And here the Everlys were playing these torch songs and murder ballads. For them to do something so dark and angelic was appealing to me."
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
British rock icon David Bowie showed off his best Elvis Presley impersonation to deliver a special Christmas message to fans over the festive holiday. The reclusive star recorded a quirky 41-second clip for a BBC Radio 6 Music show hosted by the surviving members of The Clash, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, and the greeting aired in the U.K. on Thursday (26Dec13).
In the audio message, Bowie puts on Presley's Southern drawl and says, "Hello everybody, this is David Bowie making a telephone call from the U.S. of A. At this time of the year I can't help but remember my British-ness and all the jolly British folk, so here's to you and have yourselves a Merry little Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you very much."
Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the oldest independent school of music in the U.S. The Oliver's Army hitmaker picked up his diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, at a special ceremony on Friday (25Oct13), following in the footsteps of music icons Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones.
Costello took part in a 90-minute career retrospective, where he took questions from the audience and discussed his collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, his latest album Wise Up Ghost and modern music devices including the iPod.
According to RollingStone.com, Costello also revealed that he only recently discovered his mother Lilian's involvement in a "minor smuggling ring" - she helped bring jazz albums to England from the U.S. when records were scarce in the aftermath of World War II.
Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones is the latest musician under pressure to scrap a show in Israel. The Welsh icon is set to perform in Tel Aviv in October (13), but members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have called for Jones to pull the plug on his gig.
They have posted an online petition where more than 1,000 campaigners have urged the singer to cancel the show.
A PSC spokesperson says, "Tom's show will breach the Palestinian call to boycott Israel until it complies with international law and ends its human rights abuses of the Palestinian people."
The petition comes as rocker Roger Waters vowed to boycott Israel, and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Santana and The Pixies have also scrapped shows there in recent years.
Earlier this year (13) Alicia Keys refused to bow to pressure and went ahead with her gig in Tel Aviv despite Waters' pleas.
Legendary country star Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82. The revered singer/songwriter and producer passed away at his Nashville, Tennessee home on Thursday morning (08Aug13) after a long illness, reports CMT.com.
Born Jack Henderson Clement in Memphis, Tennessee, he joined the U.S. Marines when he was still a teenager and served his country for four years before embarking on a career in music.
He formed his first band, a bluegrass group called Buzz and Jack & the Bayou Boys in 1953, but soon found fame as a producer and songwriter, picking up work at the Tennessee-based Sun Records, where he collaborated with a young Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
He went on to work at RCA Records and then teamed up with the likes of Dickey Lee, Allen Reynolds and George Jones, who he convinced to record a cover of Lee's She Thinks I Still Care, which became a big hit in 1962.
Clement also produced Cash's signature tune Ring of Fire, and both tracks have since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
His other producer credits include songs by Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones and Waylon Jennings.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and has also been immortalised in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame online and the Music City Walk of Fame in Tennessee.
In April (13), Clement was announced as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.