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.
Taylor Swift has rocketed to the top of the U.S. pop charts thanks to the fourth biggest download sales week ever. The singer's new single Shake It Off debuts at number one, ahead of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda, which slithers up the chart from 39 to two.
The track is Swift's second Hot 100 number one following 2012's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which spent three weeks on top, and her 60th U.S. chart hit.
The new all-girl top three is completed by Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass.
Sam Smith's Stay With Me and MAGIC!'s former number one Rude round out the new top five.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa has scored his first U.S. album number one. Blacc Hollywood debuts atop the Billboard 200 with 90,000 first-week sales.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack falls a spot to two, while country singer Chase Rice enters the chart at three with Ignite the Night.
Rice, a contestant on the U.S. reality TV series Survivor: Nicaragua in 2010, co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's hit Cruise.
Other new entries in the top 10 are Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue at five and former KISS star Ace Frehley's Space Invader at nine.
Meanwhile, on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off rockets to number one with 544,000 downloads - the biggest sales week of the year and the fourth-largest debut ever.
Only Flo Rida's Right Round, Katy Perry's Roar and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Swift have scored bigger opening weeks.
Okay, #Swifties, it's time! The secret she's been hinting at for weeks is finally out. America's country sweetheart, Taylor Swift, just announced her new album, 1989, during her Yahoo! Live Stream, and her first single off the album is "Shake It Off."
Watch the video for Shake It Off here:
You can pre-order 1989 on TaylorSwift.com now. It'll be available in stores on October 27th, 2014. A deluxe version of the album will also be available, with 3 new songs, and it's something Taylor has never done before. These bonus tracks will be voice memos from Taylor's own phone!
EXTRA BONUS! Taylor is dying to meet her fans, because she is adorable and loves us all. For the first time, she will be hosting the "Swiftstakes," which is where she will be giving out 1,989 (we see what you did there) prizes, including 1,000 concert tickets as well as 500 meet and greets.
Excuse us while we run off to fangirl! We love you Tay! Are you excited about this announcement? Tweet us what you think about #1989!
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Just three weeks in production, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raked in more than $15 million — this puts it ahead of the latest YA release The Giver as the eighth highest grossing property this month. But trouncing that Jeff Bridges/Brenton Thwaites travesty by nearly $3 million is only the second most noble of the Ice Bucket Challenge’s efforts. The movement is allotting nigh unparalleled funds toward the study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an illness known best as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The condition observes the weakening of the muscles in accordance with a degeneration of a specific portion of the spinal cord. As a result of ALS, those afflicted find difficulty speaking, swallowing, breathing, and moving altogether.
Though discovered in the 19th century and brought to infamy in the late 1930s in accordance with the suffering of beloved New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, ALS remains the most common motor neuron disease actively plaguing men and women today. While perhaps only a small measure in the fight against the illness, the Ice Bucket Challenge is allowing for tremendous progress in the collection of funds devoted to the defeat of such a longstanding travesty.
As is inevitable with any cause célèbre or public movement, we have witnesses no small share of backlash against the Challenge; critics decry the endeavor as a bandwagon trend and a waste of time that offers no real benefit to the cause in question. As far as the latter goes, the $15 million and counting — a sum made possible thanks in large part to the spirited, sportsmanly brand with which the Ice Bucket Challenge was designed — would beg to differ. Nevertheless, we find those with a sour taste for the charitable phenomenon. Not to mention those who simply don’t want to pour a bunch of cold water over their heads. But if you find yourself a culprit of this mindset, maybe take a look at the pedigree of the company you’d be joining were you to hop aboard for this particularly frigid mitzvah.
So what pop culture accomplishments can be attributed to the community of water-logged philanthropists?
5 ACADEMY AWARDS Between Steven Spielberg (3), Russell Crowe (1), and Oprah (a Humanitarian Oscar).
60 EMMYSBetween Oprah (13 Daytime Emmys and 2 Primetime Emmys), Steven Spielberg (11), Meredith Vieira (4 News/Documentary Emmys and 3 Daytime Emmys), Jimmy Fallon (4), Justin Timberlake (4), J.J. Abrams (3), Conan O'Brien (3), Jim Parsons (3), Ricky Gervais (2), William Shatner (2), Harry Connick Jr. (2), Rachel Maddow (1), Ryan Seacrest (1), Nathan Fillion (1 Daytime Emmy), and Topher Grace (1 Daytime Emmy).
62 GRAMMYSJustin Timberlake (9), Taylor Swift (7), Carrie Underwood (6), Lady Gaga (5), Mackelmore (4), Lil Wayne (4), Keith Urban (4), Weird Al Yankovic (3), Gwen Stefani (3), Ludacris (3), Brad Paisley (3), Adam Levine (3), Harry Connick Jr (3), Jason Mraz (2), Drake (1), Jimmy Fallon (1), and Calvin Harris (1).
10 GOLDEN GLOBESSteven Spielberg (7), Russell Crowe (1), William Shatner (1), and Don Johnson (1).
Actor Vince Vaughn has emerged as a new favourite to land a key role in the second series of hit TV crime drama True Detective. The Wedding Crashers funnyman is in early talks to feature as one of four leads in the show, alongside Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch, who have also been linked to the project, according to TVLine.com.
The latest casting speculation emerges weeks after fellow movie stars Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain distanced themselves from rumours suggesting they were considering taking over from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as troubled police detectives trying to solve a 17-year-old murder case in season one of the anthology series.
Vaughn has previously appeared in episodes of TV shows like 21 Jump Street, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Sex and the City earlier on in his career.
Three people have pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home and shouting at a security guard. Connecticut residents Michael Horrigan, 29, Tristan Kading, 28, and Emily Kading, 26, were arrested outside the country hitmaker's beachfront property last month (Jun14). They appeared in a Rhode Island court on Friday (11Jul14), when they each pleaded their innocence. The court date took place weeks after Tristan Kading told TMZ.com their behaviour had simply gotten out of hand while they were drinking. The singer was not at home at the time of the incident.