Former Marillion frontman Fish is returning to the stage after postponing U.K. shows in May (14) to allow his guitarist Robin Boult to recover from illness. The Kayleigh singer spent his downtime completing work on the remastered re-release of his second solo album Internal Exile, which is now available on iTunes.
Fish, real name Derek Dick, will return to the spotlight when he officially reopens the Haddington Corn Exchange in England on 23 August (14). The singer has been involved in the extensive renovation of the venue in his adopted hometown.
Meanwhile, Fish has been nominated for two awards at the Progressive Music Awards 2014 (Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year for A Feast Of Consequences), which will be held in London on 11 September (14).
Singer Nick Jonas has recruited Sean Penn and Robin Wright's model daughter Dylan Penn to star in the music video for his new solo single, Chains. Penn plays the Jonas Brothers star's love interest in the promo.
The wife and son of late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb are to release an album the singer had hoped to unveil before his death. Gibb, who lost his cancer battle in 2012, hit the studio between 2006 and 2008 to record solo tracks for a planned project, titled 50 St. Catherine's Drive - the address of his birthplace on the Isle of Man in the U.K.
The album was never completed, but now Gibb's wife Dwina and son R.J. have gathered the sessions and they're releasing the best cuts together with demos the singer recorded in the summer of 2011.
Tracks feature his reworking of 1966 Bee Gees tune I Am the World, which served as a B-side for the group's Spicks and Specks track.
Dwina Gibb tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He was always fond of this song and decided to record a new version for this album... It is now an extended version of the original."
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It can be hard to take an actor seriously when he or she decides to switch gears and become a musician. Even the Real Housewives have opted to release songs available exclusively on iTunes. However, every so often, an actor or celebrity will shock you with their ability to hold a tune or at least produce a booty-shaking song.
This August: Osage County star has been acting since she was a child. However, in 2003 she formed the band Julliette & the Licks and proved that she also had music in her soul. The band captured '70s rock, '80s punk, and '90s alternative into a neat little package. The band broke up in 2009, but Lewis went on to released an additional solo album. Although her fame comes primarily from her roles in films like Natural Born Killers, Lewis has proven herself a part of rock music with multiple successful tours and albums.
Murphy was a gifted actress who we'll always remember for films like Clueless, 8 Mile, and Sin City, but she tried her had at a few forays into music as well. Murphy sang vocals on Paul Oakenfold’s “Faster Kill Pussycat,” which became an international dance hit. She also sang some songs on the Happy Feet, soundtrack including Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland.” There’s no telling that had Murphy had the chance she would have released her own album and found success in the world of music.
McGowan is not the first person you’d think about when you think of music, though she did have a short engagement to Marilyn Manson. However, she has released a few songs. She provided vocals for the dance song “Superfabulous” by BT. She also sang in an episode of Charmed and a few songs for the Planet Terror soundtrack. Like her Bettie Page looks, her throaty soft voice is a throwback to days past.
Meester ruled television as teen fashion icon Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. However, she has the potential to rule the music charts too. Although she hasn’t released her own album she has produced some pretty amazing songs. She sang “Somebody to Love” with a pre-“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke. She also sang on the Cobra Starship song “Good Girls Go Bad.” She also sang her own songs for the film Country Strong.
Before Osbourne became the fashion icon on Fashion Police and after her punky album Shut Up, Osbourne released Sleeping in the Nothing. It offered a more thoughtful, and on-trend electroclash style. She proved herself to be a viable musician with the song “One Word.”
Banks’ attempts at acting and television hosting may be questionable. However, in Season 2 of America’s Next Top Model she premiered a song that was so painfully catchy that it’s a wonder that she never released an album. Seriously... Tyra lasted painfully long but her music career lasted just one episode. As you can see, her singing voice is way better than her ability to ask serious questions.
Ali made a name for herself as the plucky daughter Ashley on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She shattered her child star image with a run as a sexy R&B singer. Her album Kiss the Sky has proven that she’s a legitimate R&B songstress.
Sagal has had a ton of success on television with multiple successful series. Before her days as Peg Bundy, Sagal began her career as a singer and sang back-up for Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker, and Bob Dylan. She has also released two albums Well... and Room. She’s proven that not only does she have the golden touch with comedy, she has an amazing singing voice.
Leto has found a ton of notoriety with Dallas Buyers Club. He has proven himself an actor and a heartrhob, but he’s also the face of his well known band 30 Seconds to Mars. The multi-talented figure has a rocking voice that had led his band to notable success.
Singer/producer Pharrell Williams released his new album G I R L as a "gesture" to his female fans to clear up any confusion following the controversy over last year's (13) huge hit Blurred Lines. The Happy hitmaker scored massive success in 2013 with the track he helped co-write for Robin Thicke, but its ambiguous lyrics and racy promo swiftly attracted accusations of sexism.
The storm escalated as critics accused Thicke and Williams of advocating sexual violence towards women, and the superproducer has now spoken out to admit his second solo album, released earlier this month (Mar14), is an attempt to calm the controversy.
When asked how he felt about Blurred Lines' lyrics being branded "rapey", he tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I respected it. I'm not a woman, so I can never tell them how to feel. That's why this album is a gesture. I'm just trying to make it clear what I feel... A lot of women liked (the Blurred Lines video). There are just certain women who are uncomfortable with certain things, and I respect that. I would never challenge that."
Pharrell Williams is convinced French dance stars Daft Punk brought his solo career back from the brink of oblivion by inviting him to collaborate with them last year (13). The former N.E.R.D star was unhappy with his 2006 debut solo album In My Mind and thought that part of his career was over until he met the One More Time hitmakers, who asked him to sing on their huge hit single Get Lucky.
Williams says, "It was a dreadful experience (my first album)... I thought my days as an artist were over. I was happy guesting or producing work and that suited me fine. But then Daft Punk and last year happened and it just blew me away and now I'm in an appreciative place and it means more.
"Working with Daft Punk has been a huge part of the journey to where I am today... I was appreciative when I did it and I'm still appreciative of the chance I was given."
Williams went on to land a slot on Robin Thicke's mega-hit Blurred Lines, before scoring success with his own Oscar-nominated single Happy.
His second album GIRL is due for release in March (14).
This season premiere has everything you could possibly want: action, dancing, a Star Trek cameo, scandalous revelations, and even a little cross-dressing. The only thing it doesn’t seem to have is the resident Lost Girl Bo (Anna Silk). Silk was on maternity leave because she just gave birth to a baby succubus human child. This season definitely looks like it will be a major upgrade from last season.
Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) starts snooping and she stumbles upon the Una Mens. They are an ancient sect created to enforce the Fae government, so basically the eldest elders. Given all the craziness that happened last season with Hale (K.C. Collins) being ousted as the Ash, and Evony the Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) declaring war against humans -- not to mention that whole Fae experiment lab subplot -- it makes sense. Luckily, it seems there might be someone cleaning up the writing because last season seemed a little sloppy.
Of course, Kenzi gets caught and despite her wit can’t get out until she reveals she isn’t human but Fae and then shoots out fireworks. Yes, fireworks! She has officially transitioned from token human to Jubilee from the X-Men. Sure, at times Kenzi can be a liability but geeks everywhere will shudder to think of her as the mutant superheroes’ lamest ally.
Hale continues to pine after Kenzi. But suddenly, completely out of nowhere, so is Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried). But what’s even stranger is it seems that no one even remembers Bo. Especially, when out of nowhere Aife (Inga Cadranel) arrives on Kenzi’s doorstep looking for her daughter. In a very cool, geektastic flashback, Kenzi’s lunch meeting with Aife mirrors her first meeting with Bo. Kenzi learns Aife’s memory has been tampered with. She asks Trick (Rick Howland) his advice but when he sees a photo of Bo his magical blood goes nuts.
It becomes clear that everyone’s memories have been altered. They need to track down a super special compass. Their only solution is to attend a Dark Fae party held by a collector Engelram (George Takei). Dyson goes to ask the new Morrigan Vex (Paul Amos). He blackmails Vex because apparently everyone thinks Evony died on the toilet (according to Vex).
Kenzi must go undercover at the event. It’s nice to see her on her own. Her relationship with Bo is great but it’s great to see her unique human abilities and her vital part of the group. However, with great power comes great responsibility. It seems her Jubilee makeover is because she’s getting help from The Druid (Tim Rozon) and he wants his money.
At the event, Kenzi stuns everyone. She takes Hale to the dance floor and showcases her amazing ballroom dancing skills. Solo was a professional dancer and even starred in Black Swan. Dyson gets hit on by a nymph (Mia Kirshner). Dyson cuts in and dances with Kenzi and Hale. Kenzie wins the attention of Engelram who is a wish granter. She gets the compass but then he wants to eat her. Haven’t these people learned that Dark Fae can’t be trusted?
Vex arrives on the scene and gets into an epic fight with Dyson and Hale. Dyson and Kenzi take on the Engleram who not only has a murderous tale but snake puns as bad as Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman & Robin. They succeed in returning everyone’s memories. However, at that same moment in a bad part of town Aife and Trick have met for the first time in hundreds of years and girlfriend has a knife!
The episode ends with Lauren (Zoie Palmer) regaining her memories. Her bad wig and nametag reveal that she’s undercover and on the run. Dyson is still searching for Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) because she was the last to see Bo alive. Meanwhile, two eyes open and we see Bo’s signature baby blues.
Best Lines of the Episode
This is so Raiders [of the Lost Ark] Here's hoping this Ark contains less Nazi face-melting goodness. - Kenzi during her stakeout
Kind of a dude's name am I right? - Kenzi in response to Bo's name
It's true there's no record or physical indications I've given birth. Though a succubus' body is her weapon so there would be no wear and tear, so to speak. Would you like to see for yourself? - Aife
Scanning for stretchmarks ... Pass. - Kenzi in response to Aife
Evanescence! -Vex in response to Hale’s powers
Metallica have signed up for a genre-busting collaboration at the 56th Grammy Awards later this month (Jan14) - the heavy rockers will hit the stage with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang. The set will mark Metallica's first performance at the event since 1991, while Lang Lang, The Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China, last hit the stage at music's big night in 2008.
Also teaming up at the ceremony in Los Angeles on 26 January (14) will be Robin Thicke and classic rockers Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk, and Pink and Nate Ruess, while Katy Perry and Lorde have been added to the line-up of solo performers.
There will also be a "special performance" featuring country legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and 2014 Grammy nominee Blake Shelton.
LL Cool J will host the show from the Staples Center.
Justin Timberlakeand Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have ended an amazing year on a chart high after officially landing the biggest U.S. album and singles hits of 2013. Timberlake's 20/20 Experience has topped Billboard 200's year-end albums chart, while the rap duo's quirky Thrift Shop is the Hot 100's bestselling song of 2013.
Timberlake becomes the first solo male artist to top the album sales list since 2005 when 50 Cent's The Massacre was the year's bestseller. The 20/20 Experience debuted at number one with sales of almost 970,000 and spent three weeks at number one and a total of 18 weeks in the top 10.
Timberlake ends Adele's reign as the queen of U.S. album sales - her 21 was the top album in 2011 and 2012. It ironically falls to number 21 on this year's countdown.
Taylor Swift's Red, which was released last year (12), is 2013's second biggest seller in America, while One Direction's Take Me Home is third.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who picked up three Grammy Award nominations last week (06Dec13), rule the singles countdown, becoming the first duo to top the end-of-year sales list since Captain & Tennille's Love Will Keep Us Together was a smash in 1975.
Thrift Shop spent six weeks at number one at the beginning of the year.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also make the top five in the end-of-year countdown with Can't Hold Us at five. Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has been named the year's second biggest selling single, while Imagine Dragons' Radioactive is third on the list and Baauer's Harlem Shake is fourth.
Singer Garth Brooks is set to embark on his first world tour in 12 years in 2014. The Red Solo Cup hitmaker made the surprise announcement on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Monday (09Dec13), telling host Robin Roberts he will hit the road with his original band next year (14).
He says, "We're going on a world tour in 2014, it begins... It sure feels good to be able to throw your hat back in the ring."
Brooks retired from touring and recording music in 2001 to focus on raising his three daughters with wife Trisha Yearwood.
However, he released several recordings through the years and performed at charity concerts and a Las Vegas residency from 2009 to 2013, but did not tour overseas.
Now, the country superstar feels the time is right because all his children are older.
He continues, "Our baby is a senior in high school and we've talked about it and all my babies are fine with it and Ms. Yearwood is fine with it and so now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music, and I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. My children are off on their own, so the guilt of not being there (is gone)...
"If you have babies, there's nothing better. No offence to music, no offence to nothing else (sic) on this planet. There's nothing better than being a dad. My time off for them was for me, not for them."
In addition to his world tour, Brooks will return to the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas to perform four shows in January (14).