Australian rapper Iggy Azalea paid tribute to her loyal fans at a gig in London on Wednesday (17Sep14) and thanked them for supporting her following "an awful, terrible week".
The Fancy hitmaker took to the stage at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire amid a raging scandal over reports porn bosses have obtained a sex tape featuring her and an ex-boyfriend. Azalea, who denied the existence of the tape, has now spoken out to thank her fans for standing by her, telling the crowd in the U.K. capital, "I've had a hell of a week," and later adding, "London, seeing all your beautiful faces, it's an amazing end to an awful, terrible week."
During the show, Azalea was joined on stage by pop star Rita Ora for a surprise performance of their hit collaboration Black Widow.
The hip-hop star is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her former lover Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, amid the sex tape scandal. She is suing him for allegedly copying files and footage from her computer while they were dating.
Katy Perry looks set to dominate in Scotland at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow after scoring a massive seven nominations.
The pop superstar topped the list when the nominations were announced on Tuesday (16Sep14) - just two days before Scots go to the polls to vote on independence from the U.K. - landing two nods for her hit track Dark Horse, including Best Song and Best Video. Perry will compete against her chart rivals Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for the Best Female title, and she will face Problem hitmaker Grande again in the Best Pop category along with Miley Cyrus, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.
The Firework hitmaker will also compete for Best Live, Best Look and Biggest Fans.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Glasgow on 9 November (14). The list of main nominations is as follows:
Katy Perry - Dark Horse featuring Juicy J
Ariana Grande - Problem featuring Iggy Azalea
Eminem - The Monster featuring Rihanna
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
Katy Perry - Dark Horse featuring Juicy J
Iggy Azalea - Black Widow featuring Rita Ora
Kiesza - Hideaway
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Sia - Chandelier
The Black Keys
Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars
5 Seconds of Summer
Robin Thicke has confessed under oath that he was so jealous of Pharrell Williams' talents he told interviewers he had a bigger part in the writing of 2013 hit Blurred Lines.
Interrogated for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye's song Got to Give it Up, the singer reveals he amped up his involvement in the song because he was upset that his biggest hit was really someone else's brainchild. Thicke and Williams are currently in the middle of a drawn-out legal battle with Gaye's children over claims they sampled various segments of the late soul legend's song without permission, and in sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday (15Sep14) and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, singer Thicke admits he took too much credit for the track.
He told the Gayes' lawyer, "I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit... I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that... I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there."
But when he was asked if he was around when the rhythm track was being created, he added, "To be honest... I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. "I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was... but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song... (I was) lucky enough to be in the room."
Williams appears to agree with Thicke in his deposition, explaining, "This is what happens every day in our industry. You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in." But the Happy hitmaker insists it's Thicke's voice that holds the song together - and that's why he gave the singer so much credit: "It's the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don't get enough... we don't get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot."
Thicke goes on to admit that any comments he made in media interviews about the song's similarities to Gaye's track and his love for the soul man's music, which are now being used as proof of his sampling acts by the Gayes, were probably made in a drug haze, adding, "I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year... I didn't do a sober interview."
Thicke further confesses he was high on painkiller Norco when he sat down for a revealing TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, and reveals his wife Paula Patton left him when he told her the truth about his drug use. Thicke and Williams' depositions were recorded back in April (14).
Pharrell Williams has become the latest celebrity to urge U.S. leader President Barack Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri following last month's (Aug14) race riots between locals and law enforcement officials.
The town became a warzone after teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer investigating a robbery, and Williams is among those who feel Obama should have been there to calm tensions.
Pharrell tells CNN, "The President needs to go down there. When your parents come into the room, whether it's you or your cousin that knocked the vase down, you all stand at attention (sic)." Justifying his comments by stating, "I'm not into politics, but I have opinions", the Happy hitmaker insists the Ferguson drama is just the beginning of what could become a big problem for Obama and his aides, adding, "I'm disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government's side... This is a deeper laceration in this country... This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever."
But Williams, who believes the police officer at the centre of the Ferguson drama should be punished, insists black youths need to avoid clashes with cops, adding, "When they (police) told him (Brown) to get out of the road, he should have got out of the road (sic); I wouldn't have been in the road in the first place."
Pharrell Williams has overtaken his Blurred Lines collaborator Robin Thicke on the British download charts.
The hitmaker's Happy has become the most downloaded track ever in the U.K. Thicke's Blurred Lines, which Williams produced, was the previous top download.
Pharrell has three songs in the all-time top 10 - Happy, Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk. All three songs have sold more than one million copies within a year, a feat only matched by the Beatles in Britain.
Upon learning the news, Williams told OfficialCharts.com, "I would just like to say thank you, first and foremost, to the people, because the charts are determined by them. I have a lot to be thankful for because they've chosen these things and it's resulted in Happy being what it's become."
TV shows Sherlock and Game Of Thrones were among the big winners at the U.K. TV Choice Awards on Monday (08Sep14).
The detective thriller was named Best Drama Series while its star Benedict Cumberbatch was named Best Actor. He could not attend the ceremony at London's Hilton Hotel so his parents accepted the accolade on his behalf.
Game of Thrones won the gong for Best International Show while British actor Danny Dyer scooped the Best Soap Actor prize for his role in long-running serial drama EastEnders. The show picked up a host of other prizes including Best Soap and Special Contribution to Television.
Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent won Best Talent Show.
The Fine Bros have brought us a new video of "Teens React" and it's hysterical. It's bound to make all you 80's/90's kids cringe, but mainly because you feel bad for these teens. How can they not know what a Nintendo is? Game of Thrones star Arya Stark (sorry, we mean Maisie Williams) is back once again and her reaction/game playing is easily the best of the bunch. But maybe we're just a little impartial. You be the judge.
Watch this video that will make 80's kids everywhere want to cry:
Sorry Maisie, we're but we're totally going to judge you just a bit! It's all good though. Sorry to the youth of America, but if you never played Duck Hunt or the original Super Mario Bros., then you've never truly gamed.
What was your favorite game for the Nintendo? Tweet us what you played on your NES!
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Kim Kardashian chose to call her daughter North West after the bizarre name came to her attention through gossip columns.
The reality TV star welcomed her first child with rapper husband Kanye West last summer (14) and she has now revealed she had no intention of calling her little girl North until she saw it rumored in magazines. Kardashian and West decided it was a good idea, and they made it official after a number of their famous friends mentioned the rumour to them.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "It was a rumor in the press and we'd never really considered it seriously. But Kanye and I were having lunch... and Pharrell (Williams) came over to us and said, 'Oh my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.' Then a little while later (U.S. Vogue editor) Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us: 'North is a genius name.' Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck."
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Today is a very sad day in the comedy world. We lost one of the greats. Joan Rivers has been the pioneer in "speaking your mind" since she started her career 50+ years ago. Because of her stark humor and quick wit, she has been a controversial comedienne over the years, but her talent cannot be questioned. Twitter users, us normal folks and big name celebrities, all used the social media site to mourn the loss of the wonderful woman.
People still reeling from Robin Williams passing commented:
Losing Joan Rivers and Robin WIlliams? That is a cruel sense of humor.
— Amy Vansant (@AmyVansant) September 4, 2014
The King and Queen of comedy, may they both rest well. #joanrivers #robinwilliams pic.twitter.com/UZj0GWVXIt
— Girl Code! (@itsGirICode) September 4, 2014
We've lost Robin Williams and Joan Rivers in the space of a month. I just don't know what to say. #RIPJOANRIVERS
— Rebekka-Mary Darling (@RebekkaMary) September 4, 2014
YouTube posted in her honor:
Remembering the life and laughter of comedian extraordinaire, Joan Rivers. http://t.co/XneKX0rYgV
— YouTube (@YouTube) September 4, 2014
People wished she rest happily:
Rest in paradise, Joan Rivers.
— Breanna Sayegh (@Breanna_Natalia) September 4, 2014
People recognized the path she paved for women:
You can't be a self-proclaimed feminist and not appreciate what Joan Rivers did for your whiny asses. You wouldn't be here without her.
— Money Moochelle (@MsMoochelle) September 4, 2014
but srsly Joan Rivers is very influential to me and made me dream of being in entertainment news as a youngin. RIP
— T (@t_gyenz_) September 4, 2014
Others plan to remember her dedication:
Joan Rivers was 81 years old and still hardworking. That's amazing dedication.
— Shades of Rihanna (@iDreamRihanna) September 4, 2014
People loved her for her honesty, even if it was brutal:
RIP, Joan Rivers! You told it like it was and for that, you will forever live on in our hearts as a true New Yorker.
— Village Voice Street (@VoiceStreet) September 4, 2014
"I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking." - Joan Rivers. RIP #women #comedy #trailblazers
— Elizabeth Karr (@elizabethkarr) September 4, 2014
why don't people understand that joan rivers was a comedian and never actually meant the things she said lol it was her job #RIPJoanRivers
— hannah (@imforbieber) September 4, 2014
Comedy just lost a very funny, pretty lady. @Joan_Rivers, you made it cool not to take yourself too seriously. Thank you! Rest peacefully.
— Leigh-Allyn Baker (@L_A_Baker) September 4, 2014
People hoped she left the world how she entered it:
Joan Rivers was truly a good soul. I've never seen a room light up with laughter the way it did when she entered it. You will be missed. RIP
— Chase Chrisley (@ChrisleyChase) September 4, 2014
Celebrities chimed in to remember Joan:
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” - Joan Rivers
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) September 4, 2014
A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done. #Joan http://t.co/XH87wAT4Mb
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 4, 2014
Thanks for the laughs @Joan_Rivers ! The last woman to bed me!
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) September 4, 2014
Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 4, 2014
But most importantly, people remembered her for her talent and honored her:
"When my water broke, my dog drowned!" - Joan Rivers. RIP, you truly were one of the funniest people ever.
— Brian Bonds (@brianbonds) September 4, 2014
"I enjoy life when things are happening. It doesn't matter if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive." - Joan Rivers
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) September 4, 2014
"Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century." — Joan Rivers
— Robyn (@robza160) September 4, 2014
What are your thoughts on this comedienne's passing? Tweets us your thoughts and well wishes with the hashtag #RIPJoanRivers.
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Robin Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber will lead a TV tribute to the funnyman, which is scheduled for next week (09Sep14).
Dawber will be among those remembering Williams in the one-hour special. The actress revealed she was "totally devastated" by the news of her late co-star's death. She also teamed up with him on one of his final projects, TV comedy The Crazy Ones.
The tribute show will feature never-before-seen footage of Williams on camera and the thoughts of stars like Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall and Whoopi Goldberg.
Williams died at his home in California last month (Aug14).