Meghan Trainor has become the first Epic Records artist to score eight weeks at number one on the U.S. pop charts. The pop star's All About That Bass has ended Michael Jackson's run as the label's number one leader - he enjoyed seven-week runs on top with Billie Jean and Black or White.
Trainor spent all seven weeks of a record-breaking all-woman domination of the top five, which ends this week (29Oct14) as Maroon 5 take their latest hit, Animals, to number five.
Taylor Swift spends an eighth week at number two with Shake It Off, Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) jumps up two spots to three and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang drops a spot to four.
Movie legend Richard Burton turned Sophia Loren's home in Italy into his own personal rehab facility as he prepared for their movie The Voyage in the early 1970s. The new mother had never met Burton when he called unexpectedly and invited himself to stay.
In a new extract from her upcoming memoirs, published in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, she writes, "The phone rang just as I'd finished breastfeeding one son and was dealing with the noisy demands of the other. On the line was a man who announced himself as Richard.
"I knew my husband had lined him up to star with me in The Voyage, which was due to start shooting later in 1973. Naturally, I hadn't expected to meet him till then - but Richard had an unusual request: 'If you agree, I could come and stay with you before we start shooting. You know, I have to get back in shape and I don't really feel like living out of a hotel. They wouldn't leave me be'.
"By 'they', he meant the reporters and paparazzi who'd been filling the gossip columns with tales of Burton's marriage to Elizabeth Taylor, which had reached crisis point a few weeks earlier. Which is how Richard Burton came to stay at Villa Sara, our 16th-century estate near Rome, complete with his entourage, which included a doctor, a nurse and a secretary. As he told me later, he was trying to quit drinking, as well as to get over his love for his beautiful violet-eyed wife."
Loren recalls Burton was the perfect house guest, but things got a little tense when Taylor summoned her husband back to Los Angeles so he could be with her as she underwent an operation to remove an ovarian cyst.
The Italian star writes, "'You have to be joking', I wanted to say, but I held my tongue. After all, it was Richard's life and it was better if I kept out of it. Perhaps he read my mind: he threw me a helpless look, as if to say: 'What can I do? Of course I can't say no.' (Loren's director husband) Carlo (Ponti) understood immediately. 'Go on, go ahead - as long as you're back on the set on Monday morning', he said.
"So it was that Richard flew 15 hours to LA, and another 15 hours back, just to hold Liz's hand for a few minutes. Still, he'd fulfilled his duty and felt at peace with himself. Plus, he was there for the first cry of 'action' on Monday."
However, he didn't serve up his best performance.
Loren explains, "Although Richard was there, his mind was wandering elsewhere - in search of a solution to his problems. Some months later, the marriage was over, and he wasted no time letting me know. By then, we were preparing to go to England to star together in a 1974 remake of Brief Encounter. It was at this point that Richard wrote to me. In his letter, he's as facetious as ever, but he also talks about himself in an authentic, profound way, and rejoices in the friendship that unites us.
"'Have read script... I shall see you in one week from today... I'm completely recovered from my recent madness and have rarely felt so content. Elizabeth will never be out of my bones but she is, at last, out of my head. Such love as I had has turned to pity. She is an awful mess and there's nothing I can do about it without destroying myself. I love you. I'm looking forward to seeing you with immense eagerness... This time I shall be a good actor for you. I was a bloody idiot last time.'"
Loren's memoirs, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, will be released on 3 November (14).
Taylor Swift has thanked fans who attended four low-key album listening sessions in the U.S. and England for agreeing to keep details of her new release top secret. The pop star invited 89 fans to each of her mystery parties in Nashville, Tennessee, Los Angeles, Rhode Island and London and then thrilled them all by showing up and playing her latest release, 1989, for them weeks before it went on sale.
The Love Story singer then asked each one of her guests not to reveal information about the album or her new songs before the CD hit the market on Sunday (26Oct14) at midnight.
She says, "We would spend just hours together, me playing my album for them, essentially, in my living room, and explaining to them what I wrote it about.
"That's hundreds of people who have heard the entire thing (album) and you can't find any information they've given online about it."
Swift's latest "secret sessions" listening party was streamed live from a Manhattan, New York rooftop on Monday night (27Oct14).
The singer performed five songs from the new album with the Empire State Building providing a backdrop and a very special light show.
The Yahoo Live and iHeartRadio-broadcasted performance opened with Welcome to New York, and featured the songs Out of the Woods, Style and Blank Space, before she finished the sky-high set with her hit Shake It Off.
Country duo Florida Georgia Line have scored their first U.S. number one album.
Anything Goes has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 197,000 first-week sales. The album is the pair's follow-up to Here's To the Good Times, which was released in 2012 and reached number four on the chart. It becomes the third consecutive country release to debut at number one following the success of Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean's albums earlier this month (Oct14).
Meanwhile, veteran rocker Bob Seger has landed his highest debut ever as Ride Out enters the chart at three, behind Aldean, and Pink's new project You+Me debut at four with their first album, Rose Ave. The duo comprises of Pink and City & Colour star Dallas Green. Albums from rappers The Game and Hoodie Allen, U2 and Jessie J also enter the new chart top 10. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor extends her run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart to seven weeks. All About That Bass also leads a record-extending seventh week of girl power - all five of the top five tracks are hits by women - Taylor Swift's Shake It Off stays put at two for a seventh week, while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang returns to the top three at three and Iggy Azalea's Black Widow and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) round out the top tier. And ailing country star Glen Campbell returns to the Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years with his final single I'm Not Gonna Miss You, which debuts at 90. The Rhinestone Cowboy singer, who was forced to retire due to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, last appeared on the countdown in September, 1981 with I Love My Truck.
Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass leads a record-breaking week for women at the top of the U.S. pop charts. Girl power rules the Billboard Hot 100 top five for a fifth consecutive week - the only time leading ladies have kept the guys out of the top spots for more than four weeks in a row since the chart began in 1956.
Trainor's hit leads the all-female top five for the fifth week running, while Taylor Swift's former number one, Shake It Off, stays put at two and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow rises a spot to three.
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang and Minaj's Anaconda round out the top five.
The previous best run for women on the Hot 100 came in 1999 when songs by Monica, Britney Spears, Deborah Cox, Cher, Brandy, Whitney Houston and Sarah McLachlan dominated the countdown for four weeks running.
This week also marks just the 11th week in the Hot 100's history that men have been shut out of the top five.
Rapper Rich Homie Quan raced to his manager father's hospital bedside on Monday (29Sep14) after learning he had been shot four times in an attempted robbery. Corey Lamar had stopped by the barbershop he owns in his native Atlanta, Georgia when the ambush occurred.
Gunfire erupted during the hold up and Lamar was shot four times, according to the hip-hop star's representative.
He was admitted to a local hospital, where he was taken into surgery.
According to TMZ.com, Quan's dad is listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive.
The news emerges weeks after Quan had his own run-in with an attempted thief while attending a boxing match in Cincinnati, Ohio. An unidentified male made a forceful grab for the rapper's necklace at the Adrien Broner/Emmanuel Taylor fight on 5 September (14), but ran off empty-handed after the star fought him off.
Freddie Mercury's lost duet with Michael Jackson has made it onto Queen's latest hits and rarities album. Just weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor confessed he could only hope that the track, There Must Be More To Life Than This, would feature on the new release after revealing that dealing with the Jackson family and the King of Pop's estate officials was like "wading through glue".
But it seems all parties have come to an agreement, because the unreleased song, recorded in the early 1980s, will appear on Queen Forever, which is scheduled for release in November (14).
The track, remastered by super-producer William Orbit, is not completely new to Mercury fans as he featured a solo version on his 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen's two-disc new album will also include the completed version of Let Me in Your Heart Again, which was cut from the group's 1984 album The Works, and a new version of Mercury's solo hit Love Kills.
Guitarist Brian May calls the new collection "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits".
Meanwhile, Taylor calls the compilation "a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs".
Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
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Odds have it that you’ve been put off by Joan Rivers at one point or another. Just a few weeks back, before health problems took way for the 81-year-old comedian, a good chunk of society took umbrage with a her expression of antipathy for the Palestinian civilians killed in a military attack. Throughout her years in film, television, the stage, and every red carpet we can remember, Rivers has taken heat for a wide variety of jokes that the world deemed too crass, insensitive, or otherwise politically incorrect. But Joan, who believed in comedy above all else — whose principal devotion was not to any one individual, group, or political leaning, but to the very idea of the laugh — never let up.
Rivers must have understood that this was the kind of attitude — no, ideology —necessary to weather the challenges of starting a career in the boys’ club that was the comedy world of the 1960s… hell, that remains the comedy world to this day. But the vigor with which Rivers established herself was wholly important for not only the future of women in comedy, but for the very idea of comedy altogether.
This bravado demanded that her targets be indiscriminate: she’d mock individuals as beloved as Elizabeth Taylor and Adele, mine comedy from events as sensitive as the Holocaust and the Ariel Castro kidnappings. With each new “crossing of the line,” as it were, Rivers would face more and more backlash. Rivers carried through in the face of professional setbacks — like the cold shoulder of Johnny Carson (after she accepted a television series opposite The Tonight Show) and 18-year-long banishment from the late night institution where she got her start — as well as personal tragedy, notably the suicide of her husband Edgar Rosenberg. Throughout all, Rivers entrenched herself in comedy and vice versa, proving often that she was her favorite thing to make fun of.
It is unlikely that Rivers, an active force in comedy for more than half a century and riddled with tenacity up to the end of her life, didn’t offend each of us at one time. While her legions of watchers and listeners might hold true to the ideals of sensitivity, compassion, and courtesy — all perfectly legitimate values, in fact — Rivers’ allegiance was to one thing only, and she held true to this maxim without a hiccup. Whether it was a conscious decision to remain strong and convicted in the face of adversity, attack, and the relentless erosions of life, or simply the nature of the acerbic and cunning Brooklynite, Rivers wore the philosophy like a glove: making people laugh is what she was here for. And she sure as hell made sure to do it.
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A love letter written by Dame Elizabeth Taylor to her on/off husband Richard Burton is up for sale. The screen legend penned the touching note to mark their 10th wedding anniversary in 1974, just weeks before they split, and three months before their first divorce.
In the letter, Taylor pledges her love to her unfaithful husband, writing, "My darling (my still) My husband... I wish I could tell you of my love for you, of my fear, my delight, my pure animal pleasure of you - (with you) - my jealousy, my pride, my anger at you, at times. Most of all my love for you, and whatever love you can dole out to me - I wish I could write about it but I can't... Anyway I lust thee, Your (still) Wife."
The note is expected to be sold for at least $59,500 (£35,000) in an online auction on the Paul Fraser Collectibles website.
The couple remarried in 1975 and divorced for a second time in 1976. Burton died in 1984 and Taylor passed away in 2011.