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.
"I think people kinda always get misconceptions because if you don't see us in the headlines, dating or with each other, it's always, 'Oh, they hate each other'. Me and her are friends... We have a great understanding, there are no issues." R&B star Chris Brown insists he and former girlfriend Rihanna have a great relationship.
Rapper The Game, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Jason DeRulo have signed up to play basketball for a good cause this weekend (20Sep14). The stars have been recruited for the Homeboy Industries charity game in Los Angeles. The organisation is committed to ending gang violence in the city.
Chris Brown became a recluse after spending three months in jail earlier this year (14) because he piled on the pounds behind bars. The Fine China singer served his time after he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was receiving court-ordered anger management following a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel while still on probation for his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, and he admits he let himself go during his sentence.
He tells U.S. news show Extra, "My normal weight is, like, 180 (pounds); I was 215 (pounds) when I got out of jail. I couldn't fit in my jeans, fit in my clothes.
"I was scared to go out. I was like, 'Man, people will see me and I look fat', so after a while I went and played a lot of basketball, a lot of cardio, we did the New Flame video, BET awards, a couple of other shows, I was always dancing, always dancing, trying to get my body back."
Meanwhile, Brown insists his jail time helped him mature as a person and taught him a few valuable lessons.
He explains, "It was definitely one of the things I'll never forget. I think, for me, it's now about what's the purpose and what's the goal that Chris Brown as a person and Chris Brown as an artist is trying to portray.
"I just learned that nobody's invincible, everybody's equal, at the same time no amount of celebrity status, no amount of how many fans love you, no amount of anything can deter you away from the real if you make a mistake and nobody's excusable."
And the singer insists he's determined to be more of a role model moving forward, telling Access Hollywood, "I felt like I needed to be more of a role model... an icon with what I do with my talent. I wanna be known for legendary music and one of the best dancers and stuff like that. I don't want to be known for the mishaps in my life. It's time to make a change."
Pop star Rihanna has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at U.S. TV bosses for dropping her song from a sports show in the aftermath of a domestic violence scandal affecting a player.
The Umbrella singer's hit track Run This Town had been reworked with a comedic segment featuring Don Cheadle for broadcast on Thursday Night Football last week (ends14Sep14). However, the song was dropped from the line-up after Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was caught on camera allegedly assaulting his partner in an elevator resulting in a ban from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Rihanna, who was a victim of domestic violence herself in 2009, has now spoken out about the song ban and accused TV bosses of punishing her for someone else's mistakes, insisting she does not want them running the track in this week's (beg15Sep14) show. In a serious of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this... The audacity..." Reports suggest CBS bosses now plan to drop Rihanna's song for a second time following her Twitter.com rant.
Rihanna was left battered and bruised after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown following a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. Brown was later convicted of assault for attacking the singer.
Embattled singer Chris Brown has opened up about his anger management struggles, revealing he sits down with a therapist twice a week.
Asked to comment on the scandal surrounding American football player Ray Rice, who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week (beg08Sep14) after video footage of his attack on his now-wife in a hotel elevator emerged, the Kiss Kiss star told MTV News the sportsman has to make some life-altering decisions, just like he did following his assault conviction in 2009.
Brown tells interviewer Sway, "I dealt with a lot of anger issues from my past, not knowing how to express myself verbally... and not knowing how to cope with my emotions. "Help is great; I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to... if I'm frustrated and I'm dealing with something, to vent and say what I'm going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person: 'This is how you should react', or, 'It's good to feel this way because feelings, emotions and energy are supposed to come and go. It's not supposed to stay there, you're not supposed to keep it inside, because it'll just bottle up and you'll become a monster'. "For me, dealing with my anger issues... it has helped me really focus on what's important."
He adds, "It's all about the choices you do make... I've been down that road and I've made my mistakes too, but it's all about how you deal and push forward and control your anger."
Brown is still battling anger issues and he was ordered to spend time in rehab last year (13) following a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer was sent to jail in March (14) when he was kicked out of the facility for failing to obey the rules. The hitmaker is still on probation for his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
One-time abuse victim Rihanna's introduction to U.S. TV's Thursday Night Football special was yanked at the last minute on Thursday (11Sep14) and replaced with an interview with embattled league commissioner Roger Goodell amid the sport's ongoing domestic violence drama.
Rihanna’s Jay Z collaboration Run This Town was billed as part of the launch of the 2014 season of the CBS show, but network bosses decided the programme should open with a more serious message following the recent Ray Rice scandal.
Rice was arrested earlier this year (14) following an altercation with his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sickening footage of the incident has since been released and earlier this month (Sep14) the sportsman was kicked off the Baltimore Ravens roster and banned from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Goodell came under fire from the media and women's rights groups for not acting sooner in dealing with Rice, amid accusations he and NFL bosses don't take domestic violence seriously enough. The commissioner has since spoken out about the scandal, dismissing reports that suggested the footage of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious was made available to NFL executives in April (14), and his exclusive interview with CBS newswoman Norah O'Donnell was replayed at the beginning of the Thursday night football coverage, as well as a chat with Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti.
As a result, Rihanna's reworked Run This Town, featuring a comedic segment starring Don Cheadle, was axed.
Announcing the decision hours before the big game, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage." Ironically, the featured game was a clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rihanna was a victim of abuse in 2009 when her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The R&B singer is still on probation following his violent actions.
Chris Brown has distanced himself from reports suggesting members of his entourage became embroiled in a brawl at a New York club, insisting he and his friends were not involved.
The R&B star was hosting an event at the VIP Room in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) when a fight broke out at the venue. According to the New York Post, bottles were thrown as some people in his crew clashed with another group sitting nearby and one reveller caught up in the fracas suffered an eye injury.
Police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made. Brown has since taken to his Twitter.com blog to clear up rumours suggesting he was involved, claiming the fight had nothing to do with his entourage.
He writes, "There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way." Meanwhile, representatives for VIP Room have verified Brown's account of the clash in a statement issued to WENN, which reads: "An incident unrelated to Chris Brown occurred between two patrons, approximately 50 feet away from Brown and his group... "Chris Brown was completely oblivious to the incident and had nothing to do with what transpired nor was he or any of his group affected in anyway (sic). VIP ROOM is cooperating with the police and their investigation."
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is no stranger to club controversy - he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub in 2012.
R&B star Chris Brown found himself in the middle of another club brawl in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) after members of his entourage clashed with revellers in New York. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was hosting an event at the VIP Room hotspot when some people in his crew became embroiled in a heated altercation with a group sitting nearby.
Bottles were reportedly thrown as tempers flared and one person suffered an eye injury as a result of the fight.
Police were called to the venue to investigate, but no arrests were made, reports the New York Post.
It is not yet known if Brown himself was directly involved in the scuffle, which took place two years after he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub.
The news comes a week after Brown was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to a misdemeanour assault following an incident in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
The hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following the altercation. He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Jessica Chastain are among the stars who have taken to the Internet to mark 13 years since the terrorist atrocities of 9/11. New York City was devastated by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September, 2001, which - along with a downed airliner in Pennsylvania on the same day - claimed almost 3,000 lives.
Some of the world's biggest stars joined together on Thursday (11Sep14) to mark 13 years since the horrifying events, with pop superstar Lady Gaga writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Today we remember and honour all the lives + families ruined by the tragedy of 9/11. Practice love in their memory today #WeWillNeverForget (sic)."
Fellow singer Taylor Swift reveals she recently visited the 9/11 memorial site in New York City and it had a profound effect on her: "Visiting the @Sept11Memorial this year was something I'll never forget, in memory of a day we will always remember with tears in our eyes."
Hollywood actress Chastain urged fans to visit the 9/11 memorial museum in the Big Apple, tweeting, "Today the 9/11 museum is open to the public. We remember the lives that were lost this day 13 years ago."
LeAnn Rimes simply writes, "September 11 #NeverForget #September11 (sic)," while actor Gary Sinise adds, "Remembering all those lost in terrorist attack 13 years ago, and remembering with gratitude all who have stepped up to serve. Never Forget."
Other tributes have come in from singer Chris Brown, hip-hop stars Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, music mogul Russell Simmons, rocker Bret Michaels, and John Stamos, Alyssa Milano, Gabrielle Union and singer Chely Wright.