Lady Gaga has joined the celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for Lou Gehrig's Disease research in typical dramatic fashion. The bikini-clad pop star has uploaded a video of herself pouring a silver serving dish full of ice-cold water over her head while seated in a chair online. She says nothing in the footage, but posted the message: "#IceBucketChallenge #ALS #SharePainShowCompassion I nominate Adele, Michael Rapino, Vincent Herbert, and Arthur Fogel #RichPeople."
Stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jon Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Gwen Stefani also joined the challenge over the weekend (16-17Aug14), posting videos online of their chilly water moments.
Vedder took the task on after Pearl Jam bandmate Mike McCready called on him and the rest of the group to join him in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Alive singer nominated pal Bruce Springsteen, One Direction star Niall Horan and actor Tim Robbins to follow his example.
The celebrities are being nominated by famous friends to take on the icy bucket blast or donate to charity. Most stars are doing both.
The campaign has been a big boost to charities connected to Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka ALS - more than $13 million (GBP7.6 million) has been raised since the end of May (14) and there have been over 1.2 million bucket challenge videos posted on Facebook.com.
British singer James Arthur is to undergo laser eye surgery to correct his vision. The U.K. X Factor winner is hoping he will be able to embrace a new image if he ditches his glasses, so he is going in for an operation to fix his sight.
He tells Britain's heat Radio, "I'm having laser eye surgery. It's something I need to do. I'm just hoping staff at the (U.K. opticians) Optical Express can actually fix these squinty excuses for eyes. If they can do it, it'll be like I've won the jackpot. I will actually kiss the feet of every staff member if it means I can get rid of these... glasses once and for all."
Rocker Morrissey has offered up a tribute to actress pal Elaine Stritch, who died on Thursday (17Jul14), calling her "a demented genius". The former The Smiths singer and the Two's Company star became unlikely pals after Morrissey introduced himself to her in a Los Angeles hotel, and he wrote about their friendship in his recently released memoirs, Autobiography.
In a statement released on Friday (18Jul14), he wrote: "Elaine was my friend for a while. She was, of course, a demented genius - in loveable ways. Can we appreciate the people who are around us right now? The answer, of course, is 'No', for we are all pathetic human beings. It takes death for us to say aloud: thank you for everything, Elaine Stritch.
Stritch was 89 when she died at her home in Michigan.
Writing about the beloved actress in his book, Morrissey noted: "Stritch stretches back one hundred years, a true star of the American stage, and a hallowed prize on any of her rare television appearances. She is a cauldron of Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, Coral Browne, Estelle Getty and Beatrice Arthur - her creaky tough-nut croak of a voice is loud enough to fill the hotel foyer. She is a blase broad of yesteryear - so funny that people hope that she will soon stop talking."
British singer James Arthur has shocked fans by posting pictures of his injuries following an alleged "bar brawl" in Poland. The U.K. X Factor winner took to Instagram.com on Monday night (23Jun14) to post a snap showing a cut near his left eye and a swollen lip. He added the caption, "Polish bar brawls are the best."
Concerned fans flooded his Twitter.com page with messages of concern, but the singer brushed them off, replying: "Don't worry I'm absolutely fine and in good health just a couple bumps and scratches in a scuffle. Boys will be boys."
Arthur was in Poland to perform at the first annual Wromantic Music Festival in Wroclaw on Sunday (22Jun14).
British singer James Arthur has confirmed reports suggesting he has parted ways with Simon Cowell and his record label Syco. Rumours suggested Cowell and other executives at the company had dropped the U.K. X Factor winner after he wrote a song about terrorism, and now it seems the stories are true.
Arthur took to Twitter.com late on Tuesday to confirm he had moved on, writing, "Just to clear things up - I am no longer with Syco. I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me.
"I now have to move on and do something different - the future is bright!"
Arthur sparked controversy with the lyrics to his song Follow the Leader, in which he sang "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist", and then attempted to play down the fuss, insisting he was "not promoting terrorism".
Arthur has become the latest X Factor winner to depart Cowell's label - Matt Cardle, Joe McElderry and Steve Brookstein were all dropped and last week (ends06Jun14), Leona Lewis announced she had left the company after seven years, signing a new deal with Island Records.
Mariah Carey is to be honoured with a special prize at the World Music Awards in Monaco later this month (May14).
The singer will receive the Icon Award and also perform at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club event on 27 May (14), alongside Miley Cyrus, Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy, Tinie Tempah, James Arthur, Laura Pausini and Flo Rida, among others. Ricky Martin will also be honoured with the Latin Legend Award at the ceremony.
British singer James Arthur's girlfriend took the heat off the controversial star at the X-Men: Days Of Future Past premiere in London when she suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the red carpet. The former X Factor winner was among the celebrities invited to attend the screening in Leicester Square on Monday night (12May14) alongside the movie's stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.
But it was Arthur's girlfriend Jessica Grist who caused a stir in front of photographers after her revealing black dress fell back to expose part of her left nipple.
It is usually Arthur who hits headlines in his native U.K. - he entered crisis talks with record label boss Simon Cowell last month (Apr14) after causing a storm when one of his tracks allegedly featured lyrics about terrorism. He has also come under fire for using homophobic language in a rap.
British singer James Arthur has reportedly been dropped from Simon Cowell's record label. The musician landed a deal with Cowell's Syco management company in 2012 after winning his TV talent show The X Factor.
He has received a barrage of criticism after becoming embroiled in a homophobia row and blasting his own promotional team, and now Arthur has reportedly been axed from the label.
It comes after he recorded a track called Follow The Leader, which critics allege features lyrics about terrorism.
A source tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, "It seems James is self destructing. He has done himself no favours with his outbursts. It's as if he's almost willing Syco to drop him."
The singer took to Twitter.com on Saturday night (05Apr14) to insist the song is about an obsessed fan similar to Eminem's hit Stan, writing, "The song 'follow the leader' from the mixtape is not promoting terrorism, it's a story, a reciting of a Stan Esc (sic) letter from a demented fan. Just for the record."
British pop star James Arthur has called on fans to design the cover for his new mixtape All The World's A Stage. Writing on his Twitter.com page, the Impossible singer asked fans to submit drawings of the killer whale featured in the documentary Blackfish, suggesting fans depict the mammal attacking humans in retaliation for the treatment it allegedly endures at SeaWorld.
British pop star James Arthur has slammed his promotions team for posting a series of "embarrassing" messages on his social media accounts. The outspoken winner of The X Factor shares control of his Twitter.com page with his promotions team, who post messages promoting his album.
However the Impossible singer was apparently unhappy with several posts encouraging fans to buy the record as a gift for Mother's Day on Sunday (30Mar14) and take part in a 'Get Down Friday' competition, and he has now offered to give the job to a fan instead.
In a series of posts, he writes, "HQ please stop writing things like 'we think you would #LOVE This and that' or 'everybody #GETDOWN and buy this..' It's embarrassing... Stick to promoting (Britain's Got Talent winner) Paul Potts please. Thanks. #LOVE... The job is now going to an actual fan. Who wants the HQ job? #LOVE."
The comments prompted a response from Potts, who urged Arthur to be more thoughtful about what he writes on public forums and reminded him how important his team is.
Potts writes, "James Arthur you're a talented guy and ur (your) music is great. But you're not an amateur anymore. Criticising ur (your) promotion team openly on here... isn't the best idea. Their wages come out of your budget and there will come a time when you need them more than they need u (you)."