Richard Marx almost didn't record the unofficial Armed Forces anthem he wrote as a love song for his now-estranged wife, because he feared it was too simple to be a hit. The singer/songwriter put pen to paper and wrote Right Here Waiting as an ode to his actress partner Cynthia Rhodes, while she was shooting Curse of the Crystal Eye on location in Africa - and he had no intention of releasing it publicly.
But then something at the back of his mind told him that the song would be a hit, and so he recorded it for his 1989 album Repeat Offender and released it as single. The tune not only hit the top of the charts around the world, but it has become an enduring anthem for family members missing loved ones serving overseas.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It's painfully simple. First of all, it's in the key of C, the simplest of all keys. There are no sharps or flats. And the meter of it, it's kind of slowly paced. It's so simple that I thought I must've been ripping something else off. But I haven't found it anywhere.
"I almost didn't (record it). The lyric felt too personal - it was a love letter to my girl, who at the time was shooting a movie in Africa. I made a little demo of it and sent it to her, and to me that was mission accomplished. But the songwriter and the businessman in me said, 'I'm gonna pitch this song'."
And he had some big-name feedback: "Right around that time Barbra Streisand had asked me to write her a song, so I sent it to her. Somewhere I still have the voice mail of her calling me back: 'Richard, it's Barbra. I got the song. It's gorgeous, but I'm gonna need you to rewrite the lyrics. I'm not gonna be right here waiting for anybody'."
An 85-year-old silent movie has been voted the greatest documentary ever made. Man with a Movie Camera, shot by Dziga Vertov in 1929, charts life in three Ukrainian towns, with residents shown working and socialising in the Soviet state.
It has topped a British Film Institute (BFI) poll of 300 critics and movie experts to find the best ever documentary.
Epic 1985 Holocaust film Shoah came in second place, experimental French movie Sans Soleil was third, and the top five was rounded out by Night and Fog, another documentary about the Holocaust, and crime film The Thin Blue Line.
Speaking about the winning movie, the BFI's Nick Bradshaw tells BBC Radio 4, "It's part of a genre that was very popular in the 1920s. Filming cities, showing you the workings of them, showing you all the layers and intricacies that make up, typically, a day in the life of a city.
"This one has the extra layer of showing you its own filming... so as the title suggests you see quite a lot of Dziga Vertov's cameraman filming the city, you see the editor putting the film together, you see the audience coming into the cinema and watching it. It's a film about the city and about society, and about the world; it's also a film about cinema and what cinema adds to the world."
Simon Fuller, the mastermind who steered the Spice Girls to the top of the charts and then helped create Pop Idol and American Idol, has landed an honorary university degree in England. The manager-turned-media mogul has been handed a doctor of letters from the University of Brighton.
Thursday's ceremony was a homecoming of sorts for Fuller, who was born in nearby Hastings.
Offering advice to graduates, he said, "If you follow your intuition then - trust me - it will work. You'll be better at everything. I have been lucky enough to do what I love to do.
"Value every day, make the most of every day. There's something about youth that you don't quite value time as much, so really make the most of every day. Every day is precious, don't waste it."
British rocker Serge Pizzorno has penned a passionate article defending the changing ways consumers listen to albums, insisting technology is not killing music. The Kasabian guitarist was asked by editors at Q magazine to contribute his thoughts on online streaming services and the inclusion of downloads in the U.K. pop charts.
He wrote a feature insisting the changing way fans listen to music is a good thing but warned they are missing out on hearing entire records because downloading and streaming encourages the user to skip tracks too quickly.
Pizzorno writes, "You just have to accept that this is how it is now. There's no point in fighting it... It annoys the new generation of music listeners, because they've moved on and this is the way people get music. You have to embrace it.
"Streaming being part of the charts is a good thing. It's a better indication of how kids listen to music now... I do think streaming shortens people's attention spans, though. Everything is ridiculously quick in our culture in general. No one has any time for anything. You have your email, your text, your Twitter, your Facebook, and your Instagram and, bang, you've got five things that you've got to flick between. It's just meltdown...
"In the 10 years since our first record, music has changed more than it did in the previous 50. Especially with iTunes, when everyone agreed you were allowed to just take one song off the album. But I can't stand it. I have to complete the album. I don't know how you can live like that. People who've got two Ramones songs or two Stooges songs. It's like, 'Just f**king buy the album.' It's unbelievable. You're missing all the best bits."
Newlywed British pop star Cheryl Cole has been given another reason to celebrate after scoring her fourth solo number one single in the U.K. with Crazy Stupid Love. The Fight For This Love singer becomes only the third British female in the history of the nation's charts to achieve such a feat, following in the footsteps of former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora.
Celebrating the success of her first single in two years, Cole says, "It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one. So exciting!"
Crazy Stupid Love, featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, was released in the U.K. just days after she announced she had wed her boyfriend of three months, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
It debuted ahead of Magic!'s Rude at two and Ghost by Ella Henderson at three.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran racks up a fifth week at the top of the U.K. albums chart with X, making it the longest-running number one since Adele's 21 spent 11 straight weeks in pole position in 2011.
Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke - The Best Of climbs to second place and Sam Smith rounds out the top three at three with In The Lonely Hour.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The Dark Side of '90s Nostalgia Between the "Fancy" video being played on a loop and the recent premiere of Girl Meets World, nineties nostlgia seems to be at an all-time high. But not everything you loved back then holds up as well as Clueless and My So-Called Life two decades later, VH1 is going to prove it with their rundown of 20 '90s bands you're ashamed to have loved.
You're About to Get Shell-ShockedAnd trust us, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign more than deliver on that promise with their theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Celebuzz has the song, along with some more amazing/terrible lyrics and the criticism that it sounds "exactly like a Michael Bay movie feels."
Weird Al Has a Big Dictionary The smartest man in music released his 14th studio album this week, and it rocketed to the top of the charts on the back of his hilarious parody songs and clever wordplay. In celebration of his achievement, and the joy that Mandatory Fun has brought, FlavorWire has ranked all 8 of the music videos Weird Al has released along with the album.
Treat. Yo. Self... To Retta's Twitter As Donna Meagle, Retta consistently comes up with some of the greatest comebacks, one-liners and truth bombs to come out of Pawnee, Indiana. But she's not just hilarious on television; she's hilarious all the time, and thanks to her Twitter account, you can enjoy her wisecracks as they happen. Hollywood.com has all of her greatest tweets complied in one place to brighten up your day.
Veteran hip-hop mogul Master P is turning his life story in a movie trilogy. The rapper, real name Percy Miller, has unveiled plans for his own series of biopics, with the first instalment, The Ice Cream Man, documenting his early upbringing and the formation of his own label, No Limit Records in 1990.
The title pays homage to his hit 1996 album of the same name.
Casting is currently underway, with production due to begin next year (15). A director has yet to be attached to the project.
Master P will follow up the first film with sequels TRU and No Limit The Empire, which will explore his rise to fame and his dominance of the rap charts in the mid-to-late 1990s.
A release date for The Ice Cream Man has yet to be announced, but it won't be the only hip-hop biopic to hit movie theatres - director F. Gary Gray is taking charge of N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton, which is expected to be released next year (15).
Lily Allen is convinced the singles from her third album Sheezus flopped because they were not "good enough".
The Smile hitmaker reached the number one spot in the U.K. music charts with her comeback album in May (14) but the record dropped out of the top 40 after just 10 weeks, and her singles have seen little success with her most recent release, URL Badman, entering the countdown at number 93.
Allen previously admitted Sheezus did not match the success of her earlier albums, but blamed the poor performance on unwise single choices by her record label executives.
The pop star has now confessed the flop may be down to the quality of the music, telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Maybe the songs aren't good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can't wait to get back into the studio."
She also blamed her team and her hormones, adding, "I put my trust in other people, which I don't usually do. I usually go with my own gut feeling but maybe I wasn't feeling as confident as I have in the past because of all the hormones."
"The first thing I came back with was Hard Out Here and that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn't put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. I thought it did really well and then management and the label chose to go with Air Balloon and I just think starting with something really aggressive and in your face and then going in a different direction... people need to know what they are getting."
Ed Sheeran's X has become the U.K.'s longest-running number one of the year (14) after fending off a charge from Morrissey to stay on top of the album charts for a fourth week. The album, which has also hit the top spot in the U.S., has sold more than 367,000 copies in Britain, giving Sheeran a week lead over Paolo Nutini for the most time spent at the top of the countdown.
Morrissey's 10th album World Peace is None of Your Business debuts at two.
Meanwhile, boyband Rixton have stormed to the top of the singles chart with their first release, Me and My Broken Heart. The track knocks will.i.am's It's My Birthday off the top spot.
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's Problem stays put at two.
David Bowie has promised fans they will not have to wait another 10 years for a new album, insisting he is poised to hit the charts again "soon". The Starman hitmaker stunned the music world in 2013 when he released Where Are We Now?, his first single in a decade, on his 66th birthday with no prior warning.
He followed the track up with his album The Next Day, which topped charts around the world and earned him a Grammy Award nomination, and now Bowie has assured devotees that more new music is imminent.
In a statement issued to a London charity event, which was held to celebrate his stellar career, Bowie says, "This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David."