Rocker Ryan Adams is considering making next year's (15) Record Store Day one to remember by finally sharing his 'lost' 2007 album Blackhole with fans. The singer/songwriter previously revealed he recorded the tracks while he was battling a serious drink and drug addiction and at the time, he decided to shelve the project.
The material has since gained cult status among diehard fans, who have been enjoying bootlegged copies of the music, but now Adams admits he is finally ready to revisit the tough period of his life - because he can now see the beauty in the songs.
He tells NME.com, "I think I'm going to release Blackhole next year, maybe on Record Store Day. It's mastered and the artwork is done, so it's there. It's just a matter of whether it's the right time.
"There's two versions of that record. There's one where the vocals and the performances are really f**ked-up. Then there's a second version, which was the last thing I did when I was still messed up. Bits and pieces of that had to be stitched together to make the final product like a patchwork quilt, because some of its vocal takes are too f**ked-up to release. But it's really cool and the end result made me very happy."
Adams has already started performing a tune called The Door from Blackhole during his gigs and he cannot wait to play the other tracks live.
He says, "Tracks like The Door were at the event horizon of Blackhole, where what was f**ked up about it was becoming beautiful. There's some seriously cool s**t on that record and I can't wait for it to come out, as there's six other songs I'm dying to play."
Gospel star Donnie Mcclurkin is playing through the pain on tour after undergoing surgery on his vocal cords. The Didn't You Know singer went under the knife last month (Aug14) to remove pre-cancerous cells in his throat and he admits coming to terms with the operation was "tough" as he feared he would be unable to sing again.
The procedure left him with a raspy voice, but his doctors are confident he will make a full recovery and McClurkin has been praying his voice will grow stronger by the day as he performs for fans on the Festival of Praise tour across the U.S.
McClurkin admits he contemplated pulling out of the shows due to his vocal issues, but he is glad he didn't.
Speaking before the tour kicked off on Wednesday (17Sep14) in Houston, Texas, he told the Associated Press, "I've got a lot to live for, and I had to make myself realise that. As hard as it was, I had to pull myself out of it. I started praying more. And each time I tried to sing, it becomes a lot better. It's going to take a moment, but it won't be so problematic that I can't perform."
McClurkin isn't the only ailing body on the bill - Fred Hammond is still getting used to being back on his feet after undergoing surgery on both knees in January (14).
He said, "We're not 100 per cent, but trying to get better. But maybe people need to see that."
McClurkin added, "God uses imperfect and broken people. If we can go through our cycle and still produce, that means anybody can. This (tour) is predicated on our willingness."
The Festival of Praise trek also features fellow gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams.
Ryan Adams thrilled the crowd at his London show on Thursday night (18Sep14) by rocking out with Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp. The rocker has collaborated with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor on a new track called Aching For More, which appears as a B-side to his latest single Gimme Something Good, and they took to the stage together at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in the British capital.
Depp appeared with Adams for the encore performance, covering Mother by heavy metal band Danzig and the star's own song Kim.
The guitar-playing actor has appeared on stage with numerous music acts over the years, and recently performed with Aerosmith at a gig in Massachusetts.
Christian rapper Lecrae has scored his first mainstream number one album in the U.S. Anomaly, the hitmaker's seventh album, debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 88,000, becoming the first release to hit number one on the mainstream countdown and the Gospel Albums chart.
The disc also debuts at number one on America's Christian Albums list.
Lecrae leads seven new entries in this week's top 10 - Jhene Aiko's debut, Souled Out, bows at three, Ryan Adams lands his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 with his new eponymous release at four, and country singer Lee Brice rounds out the new top five with I Don't Dance.
Interpol, country singer Dustin Lynch and Robert Plant also score top 10 debuts, while last week's number one, Maroon 5's V, drops a spot to two.
Meanwhile, the U.S. singles chart boasts another all-girl top five, with Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass leading the pack at number one for a second week.
Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stay put at two and three, while Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow rises to four, swapping places with Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande's Bang Bang.
Foo Fighters received the royal seal of approval when they were joined onstage by Britain's Prince Harry on Sunday night (14Sep14). The prince hugged frontman Dave Grohl after inviting the rockers to perform for 26,000 spectators at the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games.
The British royal, who turns 30 on Monday (15Sep14), was a main organiser of the event, in which more than 400 wounded servicemen and women from around the world competed against each other in nine disciplines including archery, swimming, and cycling.
During the show, Grohl dedicated the band's song My Hero to all the troops, telling crowd, "This goes out to all the heroes tonight," before adding, "Thank you very much for making this one of the most special occasions of our lives."
The event at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also featured sets from pop stars including Ellie Goulding, Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Rizzle Kicks and former soldier James Blunt.
Revered Northern Irish politician Ian Paisley has died at his home in Belfast. The divisive Protestant who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in his homeland only to become a leading peacemaker passed away on Friday (12Sep14), aged 88.
Tributes from his supporters and former critics have poured in, with former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness stating, "I developed a close working relationship with him which developed into a friendship, which despite our many differences lasted beyond his term in office."
Paisley founded the evangelical Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and the Democratic Unionist Party and led many rallies against the Catholics in Northern Ireland.
He once declared there wasn't "a snowball's chance in hell" he'd work with the IRA's politicians in Sinn Fein, but he formed an alliance with the political party's leader, Gerry Adams, in 2007 after Sinn Fein voted to support the police and accept the legitimacy of the Northern Ireland state for the first time.
Peace reigned over the country as Paisley appeared alongside Adams on TV to declare that their two parties were willing to work together and the DUP leader formed a four-party government with Adams' deputy, McGuiness.
Paisley stepped down as leader of the government and the Democratic Unionists in 2008 and he retired from the House of Commons in London in 2010 and from Northern Ireland's Assembly in 2011.
He was honoured with the title Lord Bannside and served in the upper House of Lords.
He is survived by his wife Eileen, three daughters, two sons and many grandchildren. A public memorial service is being planned.
Rocker Ryan Adams cut short a recent phone interview with an Australian radio show when the host quizzed him about his marriage to singer/actress Mandy Moore. The Wonderwall singer, who wed Moore in 2009, was promoting his new self-titled album in late August (14) and made it clear he was not interested in opening up about his romantic relationship to the Melbourne-based DJ, politely stating, "I just don't share at all about my private life."
However, when the prying interviewer broached the subject again, Adams hung up.
The incident was documented in a Buzzfeed.com interview, published this week (ends12Sep14), chronicling a conversation between Adams and his management representative Michael Meisel following the call.
During the chat, the singer said, "OK, so I just hung up 'cause I was on the radio getting asked about my wife. I was really nice about it the first time, and I'm sorry, but I won't repeat myself.
"The deal is this: I'm a private person and I'll be a gentleman and say I'm not talking about my marriage ever. I'll never talk about it. Ever."
Adams continued, "I'll talk about rescue cats for a few seconds. But even there I don't want to talk about my pets. If I have children I'm not going to discuss that with anyone ever. I'll suggest it once and then I'm going to hang up."
The star appeared to have had a change of heart after the radio outburst and subsequently sent the Australian radio host a message via Twitter.com, apologising for getting "disconnected".
Michael Keaton, Timothy Spall and Eddie Redmayne have emerged as early favourites for the coveted Best Actor prize at next year's (15) Oscars. As movie critics sharpen their pencils to vote for the year's top film performances, it seems the 2015 Best Actor race will be one of the most fiercely fought.
Spall has been the top man since he won gold at Cannes for his lead role in biopic Mr. Turner, but now the Los Angeles Times has earmarked Keaton for the trophy, thanks to his role in Birdman, and The Hollywood Reporter is confident Redmayne's turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything will make him an Oscars season favourite.
The Hollywood Reporter recently honoured Redmayne and his co-stars Felicity Jones and James Marsh with a Breakthrough in Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and editors called the My Week With Marilyn star's performance "landmark".
Meanwhile, America's top critics have given Keaton the edge in the first serious odds list on awards season go-to website GoldDerby.com.
The former Batman is a 13/5 favourite, ahead of Steve Carell in Foxcatcher and Redmayne, while Spall and fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) also make the early top five.
GoldDerby's critics have given Amy Adams (Big Eyes) the Best Actress edge over fellow former Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), while the Best Picture race is wide open.
The early top picks are Boyhood, Birdman, Angelina Jolie's upcoming biopic Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Brad Pitt's Fury.
Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Osbourne were among the stars who mourned the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). Record mogul Clive Davis, actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters, funnywoman Kathy Griffin, fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also turned out to pay their final respects to Rivers, who was remembered in a private ceremony at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue, where she was a member.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the temple as inside, U.S. shockjock Howard Stern delivered a touching eulogy to the comedic icon, crediting her with fighting "the stereotype that women couldn't be funny".
He even managed to raise a few laughs from guests by quipping, "(Rivers was) the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
Broadway star Audra McDonald performed Nat King Cole classic Smile, before additional tributes from news anchor Deborah Norville, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' only child, daughter Melissa, who thanked everyone for their condolences, saying, "We are humbled."
X-Men star Hugh Jackman helped to bring the ceremony to a close, honouring Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, which features the repeated lyrics, "Put your hands together", while a band of bagpipe players performed as mourners filed out of the temple.
Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
The 81 year old's body had been cremated on Saturday (06Sep14), ahead of Sunday's funeral service.
Reports suggest she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where fellow late icons Michael Jackson, Clark Gable and Walt Disney are also interred.
Rivers' publicist has asked for donations to be made to her favourite charities, meal delivery service God's Love, We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and California grief support centre Our House, in lieu of flowers.
Veteran British rockers Status Quo have stripped down and posed naked for the cover of their upcoming acoustic album. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, both 65, decided to take their new record, Aquostic (Stripped Bare), literally by posing completely naked with only their guitars covering their private parts.
Singer-turned-photographer Bryan Adams willingly took the shot for his friends, and Rossi admits going nude didn't exactly come easy.
He tells the Daily Mirror, "I sometimes get nervous before going on stage, but walking out in front of Bryan Adams with just a guitar to protect my modesty took some doing; I expect he was scared too.
"It makes for a great album cover but I'm definitely keeping my clothes on for the rest of my Quo career."
The band reimagined 22 of their songs for the stripped down album, including Rockin' All Over The World, Down Down and Pictures of Matchstick Men.
The news of the new album, to be released in October (14), comes after the duo was forced to halt a European tour after Parfitt underwent surgery to fix a complication related to his quadruple heart bypass in 1997.