Taylor Swift has hit number one on the Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of pure static. Fans dashed to download the clip, which was billed as Track 3, because they thought it was a sample from her new album 1989, but due to a technical glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes, all they got was white noise. The odd 'track' beat out Swift's real songs Shake It Off and Welcome to New York on the chart.
Country duo Florida Georgia Line have scored their first U.S. number one album. Anything Goes has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 197,000 first-week sales.
The album is the pair's follow-up to Here's To the Good Times, which was released in 2012 and reached number four on the chart.
It becomes the third consecutive country release to debut at number one following the success of Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean's albums earlier this month (Oct14).
Meanwhile, veteran rocker Bob Seger has landed his highest debut ever as Ride Out enters the chart at three, behind Aldean, and Pink's new project You+Me debut at four with their first album, Rose Ave. The duo comprises of Pink and City & Colour star Dallas Green.
Albums from rappers The Game and Hoodie Allen, U2 and Jessie J also enter the new chart top 10.
Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor extends her run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart to seven weeks.
All About That Bass also leads a record-extending seventh week of girl power - all five of the top five tracks are hits by women - Taylor Swift's Shake It Off stays put at two for a seventh week, while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang returns to the top three at three and Iggy Azalea's Black Widow and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) round out the top tier.
And ailing country star Glen Campbell returns to the Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years with his final single I'm Not Gonna Miss You, which debuts at 90.
The Rhinestone Cowboy singer, who was forced to retire due to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, last appeared on the countdown in September, 1981 with I Love My Truck.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has paid a fond tribute to iconic designer Oscar De La Renta, insisting his passing has "left a vacuum" in the world of fashion.
The Dominican style mogul died on Monday (20Oct14) and his death has been mourned by friends, fans and clients alike, with stars including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton sending their condolences to his family. Now Parker, who grew close to the designer over the years, has recalled the first time she started working with de la Renta, remembering how she enlisted Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field to find out if she could borrow a dress from his collection back in 2000.
She reveals that introduction was the start of a beautiful fashion affair between the pair and, in a moving tribute for The Hollywood Reporter, she writes, "I can't remember how I had the courage to be friends with him - he was so otherworldly in a way... "I wore countless beautiful dresses of his, dozens of them, fresh off the runway. It was always a momentous occasion in my life when he would build a dress for me - for the Emmys, the Met Ball, for my 40th birthday at the Plaza..."
Turning to his death, she adds: "When someone passes who's led a wonderfully long life, you hear the news and immediately think of his beloved wife and friends and, in this case, all those who work in his studio. "The reality of his absence means a momentous shift. There are wonderfully talented designers, emerging and upperclassmen, but he really was singular, and he has left a vacuum. Others will come along... But nobody is meant to fill the void. They can't. All I can think today is, 'That's it. That's done, that extraordinary moment in time that he created...' "The great news is, we all got so much out of knowing him. Thank goodness for all the time we did have. It's nice not to have regret - 'I wish I'd met him!' - He gave so much, and I think everybody who had the chance to be on the receiving end appreciated him."
She concludes, "It also needs to be said that there was no one more handsome."
British actress Gwen Taylor is battling breast cancer. The former castmember of U.K. soap opera Coronation Street made the revelation this week (beg20Oct14) following the death of her on stage Calendar Girls co-star Lynda Bellingham, who passed away on Sunday (19Oct14) after battling bowel cancer.
Taylor admits she feels "guilty" because her illness is not as aggressive and she stands a good chance of beating it unlike Bellingham.
She tells British newspaper the Derby Telegraph, "I feel like there's a future for me and I'm really pleased. But I feel guilty - I'm one of the lucky ones."
Taylor also reveals her cancer was caught early and she underwent surgery in August, 2013.
Reba McEntire has made history by becoming the first artist to sign to the newly formed Nash Icon Music label.
The country superstar's new deal was announced on Tuesday (21Oct14), making her the inaugural artist on the roster for the label, which is a joint venture between American radio broadcasting company Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group, home to artists including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts. The new signing comes at an opportune time for McEntire, who has already recorded 11 songs for a new album and plans to cut a few more before its release.
McEntire says, "It's been kind of a weird time in country music for females, I would say, and it's in a trend now that I'm hoping is going to be more female friendly, for personal reasons."
The singer debuted in the U.S. charts in 1976 and has since racked up 25 number one hits.
"I would date someone, figure out we weren't compatible or figure out we didn't work out, and then we'd break up. That seems like a very normal thing for a young 20-something to do." Taylor Swift insists there is nothing unusual about her dating life. The pop star has become known for her string of high-profile romances with exes including Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles.
Pop star Taylor Swift ensures her security guards are well informed about potential threats to her safety by keeping a file on all of her alleged stalkers and overzealous fans.
The Shake It Off hitmaker reveals she has had no choice but to sacrifice a little of her privacy and hire bodyguards around the clock to make sure she doesn't fall victim to deranged devotees after experiencing a number of close calls over the years. She tells America's Esquire magazine, "I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years. They have to be in a car behind me. Because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me."
However, Swift admits she prefers not to dwell on the negatives of fame.
She adds, "This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared." Swift has good reason to worry about her safety - in March (14), she had to obtain a permanent restraining order against alleged stalker Timothy Sweet, who was convinced the singer was his wife, after he bombarded her with frightening emails, letters and messages via social media.
Rapper The Game has been hit with a breach of contract lawsuit after allegedly pulling out of a performance at the 2014 Kentucky Derby horseracing event at the last minute. Promoters at Dream Team Entertainment LLC claim the hip-hop star, real name Jayceon Taylor, accepted a $35,000 (£21,875) deposit to entertain guests at the annual Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, Kentucky in May (14), but reportedly threatened to axe his set on the morning of the event unless he was promoted to headliner.
According to legal papers filed in Kentucky on Friday (17Oct14), his representative, Cash Jones, subsequently told organisers, "The Game would not travel to Louisville and would not perform at the event".
However, the How We Do hitmaker allegedly failed to return the deposit or pay the $30,000 (£18,750) cancellation fee and now promoters are suing for more than $75,000 (£46,875) in damages.
The rapper has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Julio Iglesias and Vogue editor Anna Wintour have honoured the memory of the legendary Oscar De La Renta by penning personal tributes to the late fashion mogul, who died on Monday (20Oct14). Veteran singer Iglesias remembered his longtime friend as his "soulmate" in his touching online post, which also featured a photo of the old pals.
In the accompanying message, the Spaniard, who owned a neighbouring vacation home to de la Renta's Punta Cana retreat in the Dominican Republic, wrote, "Now who's going to tell me about the nice things in life, who will give me advice?
"I imagine you've taken with you the sea of Punta Cana, the sea of memories, the sea of joy, the sea of magic, the sea that you invented. There will not be a day in my life that the sea you brought to me will not return a smile for you. I love you forever."
Meanwhile, fashion icon Wintour paid her respects to de la Renta in an emotional essay, insisting his "optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic" personality will live on through his designs.
She writes, "There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era."
Wintour goes on to reveal she knew the end was near for her dear friend after visiting him at his Connecticut home last weekend (11-12Oct14) with her daughter Bee Shaffer, recalling, "We laughed about Bee's love life. He gave her advice, and then he said he had a dream to see the allee and pond he had just designed on the grounds (of his home). He could no longer move, so we went out and took pictures on his iPad for him to see...
"His last words to me were 'I love you,' and I said 'I love you' back."
She adds, "He always said 'accept your friends for who they are, not for who you want them to be'. Oscar was everything you could want a friend to be."
Former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton, who was a big fan of de la Renta's, has also issued a joint statement with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, their daughter Chelsea and her spouse, Marc Mezvinsky.
The statement reads: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey."
De la Renta, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, died on Monday (20Oct14) at the age of 82.
Tributes have also poured in from celebrity clients including Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Garner, Rita Wilson and Gloria Estefan.