Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Iggy Azalea were among the high-profile stars who took to the stage in Las Vegas over the weekend (19-21Sep14) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in the music industry graced the stage in Sin City for the two-day event, which kicked off on Friday (19Sep14) with acts including Swift, Minaj, Grande and Coldplay.
Coldplay's set was overshadowed by the appearance of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the gig, fuelling rumours she is dating frontman Chris Martin, while other acts included pregnant singer Alicia Keys, who made a surprise turn on stage to perform her new single We Are Here.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am also made a surprise appearance onstage with DJ Steve Aoki.
Usher rounded out Friday night by bringing out Chris Brown for a rendition of his single New Flame, and the Yeah! star baffled the crowd by setting his sneakers on fire. The flaming shoes were dealt with by a stagehand who doused them with a fire extinguisher.
Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Magic!, One Direction, Lorde and Paramore all took to the stage on Saturday (20Sep14) to close the festival. Calvin Harris brought out British pop star John Newman during his Saturday set, while Ed Sheeran performed with rapper Macklemore.
The Boxer singer Paul Simon will tackle The Bard onstage in Los Angeles after joining the cast of this year's (14) Simply Shakespeare event. The one-off reading of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, organised by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, will hit the Freud Playhouse next week (22Sep14) and will also feature William Shatner, Steve Carell and Martin Short. Proceeds will benefit the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence and singer Chris Martin have reportedly taken their romance public by attending a dinner together in California on Thursday (11Sep14). The Hunger Games star and Martin were seen out with friends at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, according to Eonline.com.
A source tells the website, "They seem very comfortable in each other's company - and happy!
"It doesn't seem like it's a new relationship. They seem super affectionate and at ease with each other."
The couple reportedly started dating this summer (14), after Martin separated from his wife Gwyneth Paltrow in March (14).
Lawrence split from Nicholas Hoult in August (14).
Shakira and Ricky Martin have paid tribute to Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati following his death in Buenos Aires on Thursday (04Sep14). The Soda Stereo star suffered a stroke and slipped into a coma in May, 2010. He never regained consciousness.
Cerati became one of the world's biggest Spanish-language rock stars and helped to nurture young talent, like Shakira, who performed with him at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2008.
Paying her respects to her friend on Twitter.com, the pregnant singer wrote, "Gustavo, our most important song is yet to be written. I love you, my friend. And I know you love me."
Martin also offered his thoughts on Twitter.com, adding a simple, "RIP Gustavo Cerati."
Enrique Bunbury, Juanes and Julieta Venegas also paid tribute to the singer/songwriter on Twitter.com, while fans started gathering outside the clinic where the Latin Grammy Awards winner died on Thursday morning to leave floral tributes and messages.
Arctic Monkeys and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among the big winners at Tuesday night's (02Sep14) AIM Awards in London. The British band picked up the Association of Independent Music's Album Award for AM, while singer Ellis-Bextor was named Best Live Act.
Other winners included London Grammar, Ben Watt and Twin Atlantic, while Richie Hawtin picked up an Outstanding Contribution honour.
The full list of winners is:
Independent Album: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Independent Track: Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul
Independent Breakthrough: London Grammar
Outstanding Contribution: Richie Hawtin
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Artist: Ghetts
Independent Video: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - You Will See Me
Best Difficult Second Album: Ben Watt - Hendra
PPL Award For Most Played Independent New Act: London Grammar
Best Independent Festival: Barn On The Farm
Special Catalogue Release: Various - Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Independent Label: Domino
Indie Champion: John Doran
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills
Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Innovator: Steve Goodman
Special Recognition: Alison Wenham
Pop star Ricky Martin is preparing to become a father again next year (15) with the addition of a little girl to his family. The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker, father to six-year-old twin boys Matteo and Valentino, has been keen to add to his brood for some time, and now he's ready to move forward with his plans.
Martin says, "The little baby will come next year. When daddy's little girl arrives, I want to be there."
However, the singer reveals he's still on the hunt for the ideal surrogate, adding, "We have to make a couple of phone calls to look for the little girl."
Matteo and Valentino were also born via a surrogate mother in August, 2008.
Ariana Grande's giggle at the beginning of her hit song Problem was a response to her attempt to crack a joke in the studio.
The pop star reveals producer Max Martin suggested she kicked off the recording by joking "I'm back", but Grande admits she just sounded creepy.
The singer tells Rolling Stone, "It ended up sounding like the creepiest thing you've heard in your life, like Samara from (horror movie) The Ring, like a scary-movie villain. I was like, 'We cannot use that', and I started laughing hysterically." Martin clearly liked Grande's giggles and insisted on keeping them on the record.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
Dance music superstar David Guetta has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Lovers On The Sun. The song, which features singer Sam Martin, has debuted at the top of the countdown.
Reacting to the news, Guetta says, "Wow, this is amazing! The UK has shown me so much love and support over the years, since I was an unknown DJ there. To be number one with the first song off my next album is taking a little bit of the pressure off finishing it, which is what I'm doing now."
Last week's number one, Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong, drops to two while Magic!'s Rude takes the third spot.
Rounding out the top fie are Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Wankelmut & Emma Louise's My Head Is A Jungle.
Meanwhile, boy band Collabro have scored their first number one album with their debut Stars.
Ed Sheeran's X falls to number two after spending much of the summer on top, and the Courteeners' Concrete Love comes in at number three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage complete the new top five.
Ariana Grande has distanced herself from the grammatical errors in the lyrics of her new song Break Free, revealing she initially refused to sing lines that were littered with bad English.
The 21-year-old singer is destined to have another huge success with her Zedd collaboration, which was written by hitmaker Max Martin, but she's well aware the track features grammar mistakes.
She tells Time magazine, "I fought him (Martin) on it the whole time: 'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It's funny, just do it!' "I know it's funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes."
In the end she agreed to sing the lines Martin had written, which include lyrics like "Now that I've become who I really are" and "I only wanna die alive". She adds, "I need to shake it off and let it go and be a little less rigid and old. I'm, like, 90. I need to not be that old."