David Bowie once turned down the sexual advances of late Hollywood star Loretta Young after she underwent cosmetic surgery in a bid to impress the rocker. In her new book Bowie: The Biography, author Wendy Leigh claims Young, who was in her 60s at the time, encouraged pal Elizabeth Taylor to set up a meeting between her and Bowie.
But when Young finally met the rocker in the late 1970s she allegedly came on too strong.
In an extract from her book in Page Six, Leigh, who has also written biographies of Grace Kelly, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patrick Swayze, reports Taylor as telling friends, "Loretta was very aggressive and said him (Bowie), 'I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to meet you tonight'."
Bowie reportedly shot back, "You shouldn’t have gone to the trouble my dear. I only like black women and Asian men.”
Taylor Swift, No Doubt and Metallica are among the eclectic acts who will perform at America's first Rock In Rio festival next year (15). The Brazilian festival is branching out in 2015 with a U.S. version of the annual event, which will be held in Las Vegas, and the three acts have confirmed slots alongside Linkin Park and John Legend, among others.
Traditionally held in Rio De Janeiro, Rock In Rio was first staged in 1985. The Las Vegas festival will take place over two weekends in May (15) at the MGM Resort.
The first details of the big event were unveiled at an announcement gig in New York's Times Square on Friday (25Sep14), during which John Mayer and Brazilian heavy rockers Sepultura performed.
No Doubt, who appeared at a press conference to launch the event, released a statement, which reads: "We are extremely happy to be taking the stage of Rock in Rio’s first U.S. festival and to be part of such an amazing musical history as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary."
During the launch gala in New York it was revealed that headliner Swift's pop rival Katy Perry will perform at next year's (Sep15) Rock in Rio event in Brazil, alongside acts like Legend.
"The kitten freaks out about being put in the cat carrier. So I was just like, 'OK, all right, we're gonna just do this!'" Taylor Swift explains why she has been carrying her furry friend in her arms around New York City.
"It's been really exciting living in New York and being inspired by the fashion happening there. I think you're a little more cognisant of what you're wearing when you do have a camera crew of 20 people outside your door every day!" Pop star Taylor Swift has stepped up her style since moving to the Big Apple.
Mean Girls star Rachel Mcadams is in talks to join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in the second season of crime drama True Detective. According to Variety, the actress has been offered the female lead role in the series.
Jessica Biel and Malin Ackerman were both reportedly considered, but McAdams has emerged as the frontrunner.
Taylor Kitsch is also expected to sign on for the project.
Earlier this week (beg22Sep14), Swingers star Vaughn was confirmed - he will play a crime boss. Farrell and Kitsch will play cops caught up in a corruption scandal.
America's new singles chart is all about the butt, with Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass scoring a third week at number one and Jennifer Lopez's Booty bumping its way to 18. All About That Bass leads an all-female top five for a third week, keeping Taylor Swift's Shake It Off at two and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang at three.
Minaj's Anaconda and Azalea's Black Widow round out the top five.
J.Lo's Booty, which comes with a sexy new video featuring the sweaty singer and pal Azalea shaking their rumps, rockets into the top 20 and becomes Lopez's 28th Billboard Hot 100 hit in 15 years.
Meanwhile, Barbra Streisand has beaten Chris Brown to the top of the new U.S. album chart - her duets album Partners is the singer's 10th number one. Streisand is now the only artist to land number ones on the Billboard 200 in each of the past six decades.
Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea, Paramore, Sia and Gwen Stefani are to perform at the upcoming CBS Radio's We Can Survive spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl on 24 October (14).
Actress Mariska Hargitay has bought Taylor Swift a special Tiffany's treat to thank her for naming her cat after her TV character. The Love Story singer is such a fan of Hargitay's long-running TV drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, she decided to name her pet Olivia after the actress' no-nonsense detective Olivia Benson - and Hargitay couldn't be more thrilled.
She says, "I heard about it on Twitter and I think everybody that I've ever met emailed me and let me know that Taylor Swift named her cat after my character.
"I got her a Tiffany collar; she's getting it in the mail too... I spared no expense on this."
Swift recently cooed about Hargitay backstage at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas when she was asked by a reporter what she likes about her and her show.
She said, "I thinks she's so amazing... As a woman I just look up to her so much."
Country couple Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill are set to be honoured for their philanthropy work in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. The stars have been unveiled as the 2014 recipients of the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award in recognition of their efforts to promote music in the country music mecca's local community.
They will be feted at the 30th annual celebration of the Symphone Ball in December (14), when they will take part in a special performance with the city orchestra.
Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO, says, "Through the years, the Harmony Award has recognised many in Nashville for their contributions to our city's unique culture, and both Faith and Tim have more than earned their place alongside the names of all the past recipients."
Previous honourees include Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift launched her new album with a secret listening party for fans at her Los Angeles home on Saturday (20Sept14).
Fans took to Twitter.com to express their joy at winning an invitation to the singer's home in a contest via her website. They listened to new record 1989 and hung out with the star for five hours. The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker introduced followers to her parents and her pet cat, Olivia Benson, baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for her guests, and took Polaroids with her fans.
The pictures, posted on Twitter, show attendees posing with the singer and holding her Grammy award, her cat and books. Swift also gave the fans piles of 1989 merchandise to take home with them, including T-shirts, bags and copies of the album.