Ac/Dc fans have launched a campaign to drive the band's rock anthem Highway To Hell to the top of the British charts this Christmas (13). A social media campaign has been set up on websites including Facebook.com urging fans to download the 1979 single next month (Dec13) in a bid to secure the coveted Christmas number one slot as a celebration of the band's 40th anniversary this year (13).
The drive aims to derail the upcoming winner of Britain's reality TV show The X Factor, who will launch an assault on the U.K. charts over the festive season.
A message posted on the campaign's Facebook.com page reads, "Christmas No.1 2013... it's your choice... AC/DC are coming. Remember though... we are all here primarily to celebrate 40 years of AC/DC *BUT* it just so happens that The X Factor have moved the date of their winner's single back to the Christmas week after a 2 year gap. Wouldn't it be sweet to grab Mr.Cowell by the big balls at the same time we salute the greatest band on the planet?"
The campaign mirrors a similar scheme from 2009 when Rage Against the Machine's expletive-ridden single Killing in the Name was pushed to the top of the U.K. charts, keeping The X Factor winner Joe McElderry from clinching the Christmas number one.
Highway to Hell will also face competition from pop star Lily Allen, who will release a cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, and the cast of reality TV series The Big Reunion, including 911, Blue, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and B*witched, who have recorded a version of Wizzard's festive hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.
Irish singer Sinead O'carroll was left with back and neck pain following B*Witched's show in Bournemouth, England on Friday night (10May13) after falling through a trap door. The C'est la Vie hitmakers are co-headlining a tour of Britain, along with other pop acts including Blue, Atomic Kitten and Liberty X, after reforming for U.K. reality show The Big Reunion - but one of their gigs ended in disaster for O'Carroll.
In a post on her Twitter.com page after the concert, she writes, "Fell down the trap door tonight. Very sore neck and back."
She later returned to the site to add, "Thanks for all the best wishes feeling better my back is a bit sore."
British pop acts Blue, Atomic Kitten and Liberty X were left stranded in Scotland on Tuesday (07May13) after their tour bus broke down. The bands, along with 5ive, 911, B*Witched and Honeyz, are co-headlining a tour of Britain after reforming for reality show The Big Reunion, which aired in the U.K. earlier this year (13).
The groups performed at Aberdeen's AECC venue on Monday night (06May13) and they headed to Glasgow on Tuesday for their gig in the city - but the bus they were travelling in came to a halt near Dundee in the afternoon.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon writes, "The Big Reunion Tour bus has broken down. Anyone know of a taxi number near Dundee?!... Will the show still happen??"
Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton posted a picture showing several people sat on a grass verge next to the vehicle and added, "Oh oh! Big reunion is having a big breakdown! 10 taxis to Glasgow please!! Our beloved bus is going into early retirement.. we are stranded between Aberdeen & Glasgow."
In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.
This week's theme: Music Video Memories!
Since MTV is totally not about the music anymore, we thought we'd take this week's throwback opportunity to revisit some of the most notable music videos from our staff's collective memory. Some remember their first videos fondly, while others may not have the same love for their virgin video viewing (although to be fair, Marilyn Manson isn't for everyone).
Browse through our list of benchmark videos that meant something to the Hollywood.com staff. Here's what we picked in this week's throwback...
Brian Moylan: When I was a kid and we first got MTV in the mid-'80s (yes, "I want my MTV" actually had a purpose in the early days) I was absolutely obsessed with the Dire Straits video for "Money for Nothing." Not only was it an amazing song, but it had "I want my MTV" right in it. And it was a cartoon. It was like a post-modern Max Headroom (Google it, kiddies) but without the stutter. I couldn't get enough.
Kate Ward: I became so obsessed with Christina Aguilera's "Come On Over" music video, that I rewound it ad nauseam on my Indigo iMac in order to learn the dance. My parents are glad I didn't feel the same way about "Dirrty."
Kelsea Stahler: *NSYNC not only had our tiny little adolescent hearts on a string, but they had jokes. And they had commitment. (Get it? Because they’re in the nut house?) They could have just made their “I Drive Myself Crazy” about being sad about a girl, but nope. They go all the way and plop the entire band into a padded cell in an insane asylum where all the doctors are sexy librarians. Ten cool points to Justin Timberlake for his excellent crazy eyes at the 1:31 mark.
Marc Snetiker: "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 wasn't the most artsy of videos — the trio just runs around naked the whole time, because that's apparently what rockstars do — but it was my earliest memory of watching MTV and thinking, "WTF, man?"
Aly Semigran: The first music video that really made an impact on me as a youth was Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls On Parade." I remember being completely horrified and transfixed by the mosh pit (I'd never seen one before and vowed I would never find myself in one, a promise I have stuck to to this day) and coming to the realization that certain music and musicians had a greater cause. I didn't know what RATM stood for at the time, but when I watched that video I knew they had something to say and that it was worth listening to. It was the first video and band (one I'm still a fan of to this day) that opened my eyes to music with a message.
Alicia Lutes: "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners. First of all, I was obsessed with this song after seeing the music video. BEYOND obsessed. I was (shocking to no one, I'm sure) the kid that loved to sing nonstop ad nauseam around the house and for several months this was the song of choice. Also this was the first music video I ever saw. And on top of it being a killer tune, the video was all vagabond-y and British which are two of a young girl's favorite things, right? There were a lot of overalls in my life at that time.
Anna Brand: "C'est La Vie" by B*Witched. OK, everything about this music video is so demented, and yet so addicting. Four girls swaying in unision on an animated flower-popping lawn of sorts, wearing jean on jean and singing to a confused boy sitting in a haphazard treehouse. Totally trippy looking back now.
Abbey Stone: When I was a pre-teen I wasn't allowed to watch MTV. But, alas, I got home from school approximately 2.5 hours before my parents got home from work, so the television was m-i-n-e and TRL was totally my jam. Unfortunately, one quick glimpse of Marilyn Manson was enough to make me think that maybe my parents were on to something. Considering all it took was 12 seconds to give me nightmares for years, I'm not entirely sure which terrifying video I stumbled across. But it was probably this one.
Matt Patches: I didn't watch a lot of MTV as a kid, but I do remember being exposed to Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Aeroplane" while at a friend's house and immediately thinking, "What have I been missing?"
Shaunna Murphy: 'Tearin' Up My Heart' by *NSYNC. Screw Christian Grey. Justin Timberlake on that four-post bed was all I needed for my sexual awakening. But, like, looking back, I'm pretty sure that he was 14 or so when that video was shot. I'm so okay with the fact that Lou Pearlman is in prison now.
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God hates divorces, Christian star turned popster Amy Grant has said, but the Big Guy also loves second chances. And so the 39-year-old "Baby, Baby" chanteuse got her second chance Friday in Nashville, marrying country star Vince Gill, 42, less than a year after her shocker of a divorce from songwriter/talk-show-host Gary Chapman.
"They were just very relaxed and happy and pleased," Gill's publicist told The Associated Press.
Grant's divorce from Chapman became final in June. Gill ("I Still Believe In You") also endured a high-profile split from Sweethearts of the Rodeo singer Janis Gill in 1997.
FISTING EXPLAINED: Remember when diva Whitney Houston flipped off host Rosie O'Donnell at the Grammys? Remember how the next day the two women said the incident never happened? Well, they're sticking to their stories. O'Donnell tells today's New York Daily News that Houston shook a fist -- not a finger -- at the comic after an onstage crack about the singer's reputed pot bust in Hawaii. "But the camera didn't catch the top of her fist," O'Donnell says. The TV talker also said Houston waggled her fist per her instructions. So there.
AT LEAST WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE EURODISNEY: Popster Michael Jackson will not arrive in Poland on Tuesday to chat about a Jacko-esque theme park for the kiddies of Warsaw. Government officials there say the meeting was nixed on account of snagged investor talks.
AT LEAST WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE B*WITCHED: The London press is breathless with reports that the Spice Girls might be over -- this development, no doubt, coming as a shock to stateside music lovers who believed the Girls spice already were over. In any case, the one they call Sporty Spice started the brouhaha when she referred to the bubblegum group in the past tense at last week's Brit Awards. Sporty quickly corrected herself and vowed that the Spices were indeed "very happy as a band." Oh, bully.
HEDY STUFF: A Florida police officer who ran errands for onetime screen siren Hedy Lamarr is $83,000 richer after being bequeathed that amount in the late actress' will. Lamarr died Jan. 19 at age 86. Just to prove that Lamarr didn't play favorites with her cop friend, she left her stamp collection to her 11-year-old grandson.
AND NOW YOU KNOW: "Jennifer Lopez is my soulmate. When we're together, I don't see her as a singer or anything like that. Behind closed doors, she's Jennifer and I'm Sean." - Indicted rapper/rap mogul Puff Daddy, aka Sean, as quoted in Britain's Sun tabloid.