"I guess this article has got some rumors going about me & new music. As @PublicEnemyFTP says, don't believe the hype. But then again... sometimes #wheretheressmoketheresfire. lol (laugh out loud)". Pop star FERGIE keeps fans guessing about her plans to release a follow-up to 2006's The Dutchess. Reports suggest the singer is preparing to return to the charts with new solo material next year (15).
Jamie Foxx is planning a return to the music charts after releasing his first new track since 2010. The Oscar winner has teamed up with rapper 2 Chainz and DJ Mustard to create Party Ain't a Party. Foxx is also working on a new track, provocatively titled Tease, with Pharrell Williams.
Whitney Houston is set to return to the charts from beyond the grave with the release of her first-ever live album. The tragic superstar's longtime producer and mentor, Clive Davis, has compiled audio and video footage from the I Will Always Love You hitmaker's most memorable gigs for Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, which will be available as a CD and DVD package in November (14).
Davis reveals he felt compelled to remind the world how talented Houston was after her personal struggles with addiction overshadowed her career achievements in her final years.
He explains, "Stemming from the '80s or '90s, she, without question, was the greatest vocalist in the world. I want history to know that...
"Whitney, in the last two or three years of her life, was not in the best form, so memories are short. This CD/DVD will establish that there was no one like her. It's a phenomenal album."
Davis teamed up with the late icon's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, and her manager and sister-in-law, Patricia Houston, to compile the album, but watching over hours and hours of old footage of his protegee was a tough task.
He says, "It was bittersweet. On the one hand, I, who was there, still marvel at these incredible live performances. This is her first live album... It was a marvel that she was as powerful and incredible as she was, but bittersweet because she died too young."
Houston died in 2012, aged 48.
Black Eyed Peas star FERGIE is preparing to make a musical comeback eight years after releasing her first solo album, according to a U.S. report.
The singer went back to the band after launching her 2006 record The Dutchess, but the Black Eyed Peas have been on hiatus since 2011. Fergie became a first-time mother during her time off, welcoming a son with her actor husband Josh Duhamel last year (13), but a new reports suggests she is on the verge of making a return to the charts.
Editors at The Hollywood Reporter suggest she plans to release a follow-up to The Dutchess next year (15) and the album could be preceded by a comeback single in late 2014. The publication also reports the record is being put together by Mike Will Made It, the producer behind Miley Cyrus' Bangerz.
New animated movie The Boxtrolls has shot straight to the top of the U.K. box office chart. The film, which features the voices of Elle Fanning and Sir Ben Kingsley, tells the story of an orphan who is raised by underground creatures known as the Boxtrolls. The fantasy-comedy brought in ticket sales of $3.2 million (£2 million) on its opening weekend (12-14Sep14), knocking Scarlett Johansson's Lucy into second place with $1.3 million (£812,073).
Pride, a British drama film entered the charts in third place with $1.2 million (£718,778).
Last weekend's (05-07Sep14) number one Sex Tape dropped to four with sales of $1.1 million (£673,478), while new thriller movie A Most Wanted Man landed a disappointing debut with $976,499 (£610,312) to score fifth place.
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Rocker Nick Cave is still stunned pop princess Kylie Minogue agreed to duet with him in the 1990s because her record label bosses feared it would tarnish her image.
The rock wildman invited his fellow Australian to guest with him on his song Where the Wild Roses Grow in 1996, and the surprising collaboration became an unlikely hit, reaching the top 10 of charts across Europe and peaking at number two in their native country. Now Cave has opened up about the duet, revealing he feared the project was in jeopardy because Minogue's management team was not happy with her associating with drug-addled Cave and his band of hellraisers.
He tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "It was a miracle that she agreed to do that song. I think her management wasn't happy about it - I mean we were just a bunch of junkies sitting in the studio, and she walked in full of life and love and goodwill. It was so different to have somebody like that around for a few months, and we had this hit, we became defined by Kylie and Kylie's presence."
Amy Winehouse's family has insisted there is no more unreleased music in the vaults and vowed not to "rip people off" by re-releasing old tracks.
The singer died in July, 2011, but made a return to the charts several months later with a posthumous compilation album titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures which was made using previously unreleased tracks and demos. Fans hoping for more new releases have now been dealt a blow after her father Mitch insisted there is no more music to come.
He says, "We're not about to put out new albums with different takes on Back to Black. She probably did 15 different versions of Back to Black but we wouldn't do that, it's not fair. We don't want to rip people off. There is no more new music."
DJ Calvin Harris has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Blame. The track, featuring English singer John Newman, has beaten Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz's Prayer in C to the top of the charts.
Harris' previous number one singles include I'm Not Alone, Sweet Nothing, Under Control and Summer.
He also featured on two other top songs; Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me and Rihanna's We Found Love.
Rounding out the top five are Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow.
Meanwhile on the albums chart, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has scored this week's (ends14Sep14) highest new entry with Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.
Plant's 10th solo album debuted at number two behind Smith's In The Lonely Hour.
Ed Sheeran's X, Royal Blood's self-titled Mercury Music Prize-favoured eponymous album and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage sound out the new top five.
Billy Bob Thornton's music career has been given a boost - his band The Boxmasters have signed a new record deal. Executives at Nashville, Tennessee's 101 Ranch Records have picked up the band and plan to release the act's new single and double album later this year (14).
The movie star and his bandmates previously released three albums on Vanguard Records. Their second album, Modbilly, topped the Americana charts in the U.S. for two weeks in 2009.
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.