Former The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle has turned her new solo album into a star-studded affair by recruiting Shirley Manson and The Strokes' Nick Valensi to join her in the studio. Her husband Josh Homme's Queens of the Stone Age bandmate Michael Shuman also appears on Diploid Love, as does AWOLNATION's drummer Hayden Scott. Garbage star Manson appears alongside Dalle on the album's first single Meet The Foetus.
Country superstar Garth Brooks has won a legal battle against a former employee, who now has to repay the singer more than $200,000 (£119,753), which she believed was a gift. The former CEO for Brooks' California-based TV and movie production company Red Strokes Entertainment, Lisa Sanderson, has lost the war against her longtime friend.
Brooks initially hit Sanderson with the lawsuit after she refused to pay back a $226,000 (£135,321) loan for divorce and child custody expenses, which the singer gave her between 2005 and 2007. She argued that the generous donation was a gift, but last week (13Feb14), a federal jury in Nashville, Tennessee sided with Brooks, after his lawyers presented several documents to support his claim that he expected repayment.
Sanderson has to pay back not only what he loaned to her, but interest from the past six years, legal fees and collection costs, according to local newspaper The Tennessean.
The jury also denied Sanderson's claim for retirement compensation after Red Strokes Entertainment closed its doors in 2010, since there was no legal documentation proving she was owed any money.
Brooks' win over Sanderson is the latest in his ongoing legal battle with his former business associate - last year (13), she sued him for $425,000 (£254,476 ) in unpaid bonuses, salary and punitive damages.
A trial concerning that matter is slated to be held in Los Angeles at a date that has yet to be set.
Producer/writer Ben Starr has died at the age of 92. Starr passed away on Sunday (19Jan14) at his Los Angeles home.
The comedian began his career in radio as a writer for Al Jolson, George Burns, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
He then moved into TV and film in the 1950s, adapting and producing several popular series and movies, including Oliver Twist, Treasure Island, The Brady Bunch, All In The Family and Diff'rent Strokes.
He was also the co-creator of beloved U.S. TV series Silver Spoons and Facts Of Life, which ran from 1979 to 1988.
In addition to his TV and film work, Starr also penned plays including The Family Way, which ran on Broadway in 1965.
Singer Morrissey has scrapped plans to retire in 2014 after signing a new record deal, and now he's making plans to release another album. The former The Smiths frontman, who suffered a string of health woes in 2013 which forced him to cancel concerts, looks set for a brighter 2014 after joining the roster at Harvest Records, a new label imprint of Capitol.
The Girlfriend in a Coma singer is working on a new studio album, his first since 2009's Years of Refusal, with acclaimed producer Joe Chiccarelli, who has previously collaborated with Alanis Morissette and The Strokes, among others.
Morrissey, who stated he was planning to retire in 2014 two years ago, also plans to tour this year.
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas will serve double duty at the Governors Ball festival in New York in June (14) - the frontman will perform solo and with his rock band. The annual Governors Ball will mark The Strokes' first gig since 2011. They will join the reunited Outkast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend among the headliners at the weekend event, held on Randall's Island. Disclosure, Phoenix, Skrillex and TV on the Radio will also perform.
Interpol frontman Paul Banks has written a touching tribute to the late School Of Seven Bells frontman Benjamin Curtis, who lost his battle with cancer last month (Dec13). The influential guitarist had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma 11 months before he passed away on 29 December (13), aged 35, and now his pal Banks has remembered him in an article for Britain's NME magazine.
In the piece, Banks hails his friend as a major talent, writing, "Benjamin was gentle and soft spoken and yet he always seemed to be alight. There was a fire inside him that came through as a powerful charisma on or offstage. He was special. I used to refer to him as 'Mr Mojo', to portray what I felt was his indelible magnetism...
"(He leaves) an incredible legacy. He will always be an inspiration for me and anyone else who was blessed to spend time with him, see him perform, or hear his music. In all of his endeavours he brought a signature presence - style, poise and fury."
Banks was among the musicians who rallied behind Curtis after news of his cancer fight became public early last year (13) and helped to raise funds to cover the cost of his medical treatment. Devendra Banhart and The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. also did their part for the campaign.
School Of Seven Bells star Benjamin Curtis has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 35, according to U.S. reports. The influential guitarist was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year (13).
The Oklahoma native also drummed for Tripping Daisy and formed Secret Machines with his brothers.
He formed School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza in 2007.
Upon learning of his cancer diagnosis, stars like Interpol's Paul Banks, Devendra Banhart and The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr., helped raise funds to cover his treatment.
The Strokes star Albert Hammond, Jr. celebrated Christmas as a married man after tying the knot with his girlfriend. The rocker was first linked to New York restaurant hostess Justyna Sroka over the summer (13) and they decided to make their relationship official by exchanging vows on Monday (23Dec13).
Hammond, Jr. broke the news to fans by sharing a photo of the casually-dressed newlyweds on his Twitter.com page, alongside the caption, "Mr. & Mrs. Hammond, jr. Yeah...she kept the JR YES!! Haha she's JHJ I'm AHJ".
No further details about the low-key ceremony were released, but the guitarist, who recently went public with his drug addiction hell, also revealed that Sroka had been the inspiration behind his recent single, St. Justice.
Hammond, Jr. previously dated British model Agyness Deyn and TV presenter Alexa Chung, while Sroka has also been linked to actor/rocker Jared Leto.
Notorious British criminal Ronnie Biggs has died at the age of 84. Biggs was part of a 15-man team that stole $3.9 million (£2.6 million) from a mail train in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1963.
He was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his part in the record-breaking heist, but escaped from prison in 1965 and spent more than 35 years on the run.
During his time as a fugitive, he lived in Brazil for 31 years and relaunched himself as a rock musician and minor celebrity, charging tourists money to take photos of him.
Biggs sang vocals on songs by the Sex Pistols, German punk band Die Toten Hosen, and Argentinian group Pilsen. He also recorded his own album, Mailbag Blues.
After suffering a series of strokes, Biggs finally returned voluntarily to the U.K. to face justice in 2001 and was returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.
He was freed on compassionate grounds in 2009, a day before his 80th birthday.
He died in the early hours of Wednesday (18Dec13) at the Carlton Court Care Home in London.
Withnail & I actor Ralph Brown played Biggs in a dramatisation of the Great Train Robbery, the 1988 movie Buster - which starred Phil Collins as gang member Buster Edwards.
Kristen Wiig has laughed off reports she plans to adopt a baby, insisting, "It's just not happening." The Bridesmaids star was rumoured to be considering starting a family with her rocker boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti last year (12) and the speculation continued even after she split from The Strokes drummer in July (13).
Now the 40-year-old actress has spoken out to insist there is no truth to the rumour, and also confirmed she is still single despite reports of a reconciliation with Moretti last month (Nov13).
Wiig tells British magazine Style, "I don't care if people think I'm in the process of adopting a baby right now, because it's just not happening. Having a family isn't high on my priority list, no. If it happens, it happens, but if it doesn't, that's fine. I don't think it's something you can push."
Asked if she is single, the actress replies, "Yes... Am I happy right now in my life? Yeah!"