Songwriter and musician Don Lanier has died at the age of 78. The Texas native passed away last week (23Jul14).
Lanier began his lengthy career as a guitarist in Jimmy Bowen's Rhythm Orchids band and teamed up with singer Buddy Knox to record his hit song Party Doll.
He went on to pen tunes like Hula Love and I'm Stickin' With You for Knox and later wrote tracks for the likes of the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin and soul man Ray Charles, who scored a hit with 1967's Here We Go Again.
His work was also included on George Strait's Holding My Own album, Glen Campbell's The Last Time I Saw Her record and Nancy Sinatra's Nancy.
Lanier worked as an A&R man at MCA in his later years and helped to boost the careers of clients including Reba McEntire, Strait and Loretta Lynn.
A teen sex abuse case brought against moviemaker Bryan Singer by an unnamed British actor has been dismissed. The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, filed suit against the X-Men director in May (14) in Los Angeles, prompting Singer to file a motion to dismiss several weeks ago, insisting there was no legal basis for the suit.
The case was dropped on Friday (25Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer's lawyer Martin Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We are pleased the case was dismissed."
Jeffrey Herman, the plaintiff's attorney, has yet to release a statement concerning why the suit was dropped.
The moviemaker is not yet completely clear of the sex abuse scandal that has been swirling around him for months - Michael Egan III's case against him is still pending.
Egan claims Bryan Singer sexually abused him at a party in Hawaii in 1999, when the plaintiff was still a teenager.
Latin pop star Ricky Martin has signed up to share his music savvy on the Mexican version of The Voice reality TV franchise. The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker wrapped up his second year as a coach on The Voice Australia earlier this week (begs21Jul14) and on Thursday (24Jul14), it was revealed he will be heading to Mexico to join local stars Yuri and Julion Alvarez and Italian singer Laura Pausini on the panel of talent mentors there.
A spokesperson for Mexico's Televisa network, which airs the show, says, "All his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of The Voice... Mexico."
The fourth season of the Mexican series will kick off on 7 September (14).
Martin replaced country star Keith Urban on The Voice Australia, but it is not yet known if he will return for season four next year (15).
Elvis Presley's last Cadillac car and a 1975 guitar are among the items going under the hammer at Graceland during the estate's annual Elvis Week. Every year, the rock and roll icon's legacy is celebrated at his former home in Memphis, Tennessee, and as part of the 10-day event, 72 of his personal items will be auctioned off next month (14Aug14).
Among the lots up for sale is a 1976 Cadillac Seville - the last one Presley purchased before his death in 1977 - a 1975 Martin D-28 guitar, a signed library card, the original script for his movie Love Me Tender, a 1969 Las Vegas show agreement, and the gemstone and diamond encrusted lion mask pendant and chain worn by the singer when he met U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.
Third-party collectors will also be auctioning off items, including a Bonhams sale at the Quail Lodge Auction in California on 15 August (14), which will feature Presley's Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine. The luxury vehicle, which boasts a state-of-the-art radio, air-conditioning and a car phone, is expected to sell for an estimated $300,000 (£176,471).
Pop superstar Ricky Martin has credited Australian swimming champion Ian Thorpe with inspiring millions of gay youngsters around the world by opening up about his sexuality. The five-time gold medallist 'came out' as gay during a recent TV interview, and Martin, who made a similar revelation in 2010, has praised Thorpe for giving hope to all those still struggling with personal issues.
Martin tells Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "(Thorpe) has no idea what he's doing for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community around the world. He is so powerful... I'll say it now, and I've said it on many occasions. There are millions of little boys and girls around the world struggling with their sexual identity. To have someone as powerful as him, and as successful as (Thorpe) saying: 'It's OK to be who you who you are, and be happy'. Kudos, Ian, I'm very proud of you."
Martin 'came out' as gay in 2010 after years of rumours about his sexuality, and the Livin' la Vida Loca singer insists Thorpe was very brave to acknowledge his sexual preferences publicly.
He adds, "Some people die without being able to accept themselves. It took me 35 years."
Singer Gina Glocksen has given birth to a baby girl. The former American Idol star welcomed her first child with husband Joe Ruzicka in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday (10Jul14), reports People.com.
The couple appears to have drawn inspiration from popular fantasy book series Game of Thrones for the newborn's first name - they have called her Daenerys 'Dany' Josephine.
Author George R.R. Martin's novels feature a character called Daenerys Targaryen, who is played in the hit TV adaptation by British actress Emilia Clarke.
Glocksen has since debuted the little girl online in a pair of photos on Instagram.com.
British royal Prince Harry has recruited Coldplay star Chris Martin to create a new anthem for his upcoming Invictus Games. The singer is composing the music that will serve as the theme for the Paralympic-style competition for wounded servicemen and women, which will begin in September (14).
It appears Coldplay are favourites of the royals - Harry's brother William recently revealed that Martin's band is his favourite act.
"Parenting has been nothing but a beautiful way of complementing my life. I'm only starting. I want a little girl!" Singer Ricky Martin would love to give his five-year-old twin boys Valentino and Matteo a little sister. The kids were born via a surrogate mother in 2008.
Mick Jagger's son James has been cast in his dad's new rock 'n' roll drama, opposite Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde. The untitled TV project from the Rolling Stones frontman, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter follows the exploits of a record executive played by Cannavale in 1970s New York City.
Wilde will play his wife, while James Jagger will portray the lead singer of a punk band, and actor-comedian Clay will play a cocaine-snorting radio station boss.
Production on the pilot is currently underway in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The upcoming Aaliyah biopic will shed light on the star's alleged secret marriage to R&B singer R. Kelly when she was just 15, according to the film's producers.
Disney star Zendaya Coleman is to play the tragic star in a new TV movie titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, and it has now emerged the project will detail the singer's controversial relationship with her music mentor Kelly.
The pair was alleged to have wed in secret in 1994, when Aaliyah was 15 and Kelly was 27, but it was never officially confirmed. A marriage certificate later surfaced, appearing to show Aaliyah's age falsely listed as 18, and her parents are rumoured to have had the illicit union annulled.
Executive producer Debra Martin Chase tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Aaliyah's personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect. Above all else, it's our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent."
The movie will cover the singer's life from the age of 10 right through until her death in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001.