Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has matched a U.S. pop chart record set by the Beatles after taking her hit Fancy to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The hip-hop star also lands a spot at number two as a guest on Ariana Grande's Problem, making her the first artist since the Fab Four in 1964 to land the top two places on the chart with her first two Hot 100 hits.
The Beatles managed the feat with I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You over 50 years ago, following their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Azalea also becomes only the 15th act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown in the same week, and just the third woman behind Mariah Carey in 2005 and Ashanti in 2002. She also becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100 - Lauryn Hill, Lil' Kim and Ludacris' sidekick Shawnna previously landed at number one.
It's a great early birthday gift for Azalea, who turns 24 on 7 June (14). Her Fancy ends John Legend's reign at the top of the Hot 100 with All of Me. The ballad slips two spots to three on the new chart, while Pharrell Williams' Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Coldplay have stormed to the top of the U.S. album charts with the biggest first-week sales of 2014. Their new release, Ghost Stories, sold 383,000 copies to become the band's fourth Billboard 200 number one. It's also the first release to top 300,000 sales in a week this year. Country star Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am debuts at two with impressive first-week sales of 211,000, and Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape slides a spot to three. Former number ones the Frozen soundtrack and the Black Keys' Turn Blue round out the new top five.
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Kelly Rowland sits down with Hollywood.com and discusses style, music and being chosen by Caress as their 2014 Fabulista. Caress teams up with the former Destiny’s Child member, former X Factor judge and force of nature all her own to be the spokesperson for their fresh fine fragrance body wash and beauty bars. And Kelly is certainly a good choice - she’s always looking like a fresh beauty.
Check out our video interview where the beautiful songstress chats about music and style advice:
Kelly’s loving working with Caress because of everything the campaign stands for. Kelly tells us the campaign is all about “daring to be different, and me inspiring women and other women inspiring me as well to enjoy everyday experiences in a fresh, new way.”
And Kelly certainly has some fresh, new experiences going on in her life right now. She recently got engaged to her manager Tim Witherspoon. Being engaged suits Kelly well - she simply glowed during our interview. She also debuts a sleek new bob haircut for our interview - personally, we think she’s one of the few who looks great with either long or short hair. Lucky girl.
Her beauty and style advice to all of us out there: “Change things up a bit. Shake it up. Change the workout, change the lip color.” Kelly is all about a pink lip for spring. “It’s all about taking a risk.”
Kelly’s currently working on her fifth solo album. We’re so obsessed with her solo hits, like “Commander,” and “Motivation” - which are regulars on our workout playlist rotation - and can’t wait to hear her new material. And if she’s taken any cue from BFF Beyoncé’s surprise album release, Kelly’s new album won’t be without shock value. Kelly tells us this upcoming album will be inspired by women, her life, and “the queens.” The women who have inspired Kelly more than anyone else musically, and who she sweetly refers to as her "queens," include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin.
Kelly is an inspiration all her own. She knows how to make songs that make us dance and always look fabulous while doing it. Her secret? She knows who she is, she’s confident with it, and she motivates other women to do the same. This woman is a true inspiration. Go to Facebook.com/Caress for prizes, giveaways and more fun behind the scenes footage of this fabulista. #CaressMe
Years ago if you met someone who wasn't on Facebook, it was like they didn't exist. Nowadays, you absolutely do not meet people who are not on Facebook. But some folks still aren't using and abusing the photo sharing app Instagram! And some of them are celebrities who would probably have amazing Instagram accounts! It's tragic, but true. We love Mariah Carey's Instagram, and Diddy is a blast, but here are a few celebrities who we'd love to see join Instagram.
Not that she'd need any filters, but it would be nice to see an IG selfie from the beautiful Kate Upton. Luckily for us, she's on Twitter, but it's not the same as scrolling down and seeing those beautiful, perfect ... um ... eyes ... in your feed.
The Revenge actress owes it to her dedicated fan base to let us Instagram-stalk her with all her might. Her co-star Christa Brittany and former co-star Ashley Madekwe have some pretty sweet accounts, so we'll have to stick with them while we wait for Emily to join ... and to share some adorable pics of her on-screen and off-screen boo Josh Bowman.
Considering how much this guy likes to show off, you'd think he'd make great use of the app. Plus, he's so good at practically everything he does we think he'd take some pretty brilliant photos, especially during his Parisian trips. However, with a fiancée like Kim Kardashian, there are enough Instagram photos of him going around as it is.
Now that she's officially dating Drake, it's time that she officially join Instagram. How else is he supposed to tag her in all of the adorable pictures of them that are totally headed our way?!
While he does have an official Instagram page, it's not a personal account so it's just not as much fun! We need to see adorable, shirtless pics of him and his That Awkward Moment co-star Michael B. Jordan! We are, however, thankful to Michael B. Jordan for being on Instagram. Seriously.
New mom Amber Rose has an Instagram account that makes stalking her so much fun. She sparked some controversy a little while back when people thought one of the captions on her post-baby body photo took a stab at Kim Kardashian, but for the most part she's all about fun and a good time. Mariah Carey may have the most diva-liscious Vines out here, but Amber Rose knows how to enjoy herself too. Here are five of her best Instagram Vines so far.
Because there's nothing cuter than an insanely happy baby, here's an awesome Vine of Amber Rose's new baby (with husband Wiz Khalifa) Sebastian Taylor Thomaz. He was 5 months, and cray cray adorbs.
Cam Hearts Am
Wiz (born Cameron) proves that he and Amber are hopeless romantics. How cute is this?
2 Girsl 1 Cup Makes An Epic Return
In which Amber does the unthinkable and introduces her mother and sister to the YouTube video that some of us still refuse to watch.
Wedding Dress Jitters
Don't act like you didn't feel like twerking in your wedding dress.
Friends And Sex Toys
You thought your friends were crazy, until you saw this Vine of Amber Rose's friends partying with sex toys on the dance floor.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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They can sing, or they can rap. But can they act? Past history indicates that singers who venture should really stick to their natural musical talents. However, it doesn't stop any of them from acting, whether they star in a bombastic semi-autobiographical film or a small role.
These select few have taken the craft of poorly acting to a whole new low. These singers thought they could capitalize on their past success as a musical performer, but they end up discovering just how cruel movie critics can be. Here's Hollywood's cream of the crop without the acting chops.
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You'd think that nobody would turn away the chance to be a Yale graduate, United States Senator, Secretary of State, beloved meme, and premiere candidate for the 2016 presidency. But for some reason, nobody seems willing to take on the role of Hillary Clinton — a woman who has managed each of these achievements — in the developing biopic Rodham. A number of names have been thrown into the mix to play the political icon: Jessica Chastain, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson. All talented performers, each with her own checks in the Pros column for the embodiment of our former first lady. But none of 'em is gonna do it. And why? Well, we're not entirely sure.
Chastain was the first to pull out of the running, with reps stating that she was never officially approached for a chance at the role. Ditto for Johansson, the most recent forfeiture, as reported by The Huffington Post. And in the middle of these announcements came The Hollywood Reporter's revelation concerning Mulligan: a latecomer to the Hillary game and the only one of the bunch to have officially met with Rodham producers, she passed on the project. Is she crazy?
Granted, Mulligan wasn't exactly our top choice to take on the role, so we can't team our surprise with disappointment. But the opportunity to play one of the most influential women in modern American history? To live out the early days of a figure of change still helping to advance our society to points beyond what many thought they ever might reach? To get all those free pantsuits from wardrobe? We just don't understand the aversion, for any of these women.
At least for Chastain, it can't be political. The actress took on (and completely dominated) the razor sharp Zero Dark Thirty earlier this year. So as a thespian more than worth her salt, we're disappointed to hear that she isn't inclined to reach for Rodham's headlining position.
Of course, there are a handful of other duly capable actresses out there who might be interested in playing Hillary Clinton. A few more figures previously suggested include Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried, with the usual suspects of Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone being tossed around casually (E! threw Elisabeth Moss' name in there, which we find particularly enticing). We can't imagine that it'll be long before one of these prospects sweeps up the coveted character. But then again, we didn't even think it would take this long.
So what is it that is keeping these women from striving to occupy the Hillary role? Is it sheer intimidation? Concern over the weight carried by portraying such an important, dynamic figure? Or is it the script itself, which we know to be a little on the colorful side? Whatever the cause, we hope apprehensions are set aside. We'd love to see Hillary get her time in the spotlight, and we'd love to see someone with the right stuff take her there.
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Going into the fourth and final season of The Big C, the biggest question on fans' minds was whether or not Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) would lose her battle with cancer? Before the season even started, a promo poster showed a black crow sitting on Cathy's head, hinting that death was upon her, but we didn't know if she would actually pass into the afterlife.
We are still left asking the same question going into the series finale Monday night. This season, we have watched Cathy battle her with a decision to move into hospice and also the emotional trials her family had to cope with in watching their loved one heading towards death. But, Cathy still has yet to pass away.
Hopefully, Monday night, all of fans' questions will be answered and they will be able to accept Cathy's fate, whatever it might be. "I just hope that they will maybe pour a glass of wine, grab a box of tissue, and get to a quiet, peaceful place, and just go on her journey with her," the show's executive producer and creator, Darlene Hunt, tells Hollywood.com. "And I hope they get to use the tissue. I hope we've done our job right and I hope they laugh and cry a little."
The Big C: Hereafter series finale airs on Showtime Monday at 9 PM ET.
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For the past few weeks, people have been speculating that Beyoncé is pregnant with her second child. And now, a new report has surfaced claiming that the rumors are true. According to E!, just a little over a year since Beyoncé gave birth to daugher Blue Ivy, she is expecting her second child with husband Jay-Z.
The rumors about Beyoncé being pregnant started when she walked the red carpet at the Met Gala earlier this month in a dress that hid her stomach. She then fueled the speculation even more when she canceled a concert earlier this week due to "exhaustion and dehydration."
Beyoncé hasn't really made it easy for us to ignore these rumors. Both she and Jay-Z have yet to comment on the topic, but E! says that they have "multiple sources" close to Jay-Z's camp confirming that Beyoncé is expecting.
If the rumors are true, it will be interesting to see how this news shakes up Beyoncé's plans to tour this summer. She will definitely have to make some adjustments — at least in the wardrobe and booty shaking departments — to accommodate her pregnancy.
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Michael Jackson's family is tired of Wade Robson slandering MJ's name. Jackson's nephew Taj (son of Michael's brother Tito and the late Delores V. Martes Jackson) went on a Twitter rant Thursday calling out Robson as a liar. Taj claimed that he knew that Robson is a liar because he is the molestation "survivor."
According to Taj's tweets, he was sexually abused by one of his uncles on his mother's side of the family, and his uncle Michael helped him to cope with the travesties. Taj even shared a letter that Michael reportedly wrote to his mother talking about bringing awareness to child molestation incidents that can occur in a family.
"My uncle was a support system for me and my mom," Taj wrote. "That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor."
Earlier this month, Robson claimed that Michael Jackson had molested him as a child. But Taj thinks that Robson is just after money and fame. "I hate that Wade made me do this, this way. But since my uncle Michael is no longer here to defend himself. I will," Taj tweeted. "Those who seek only fame & $ will do or say anything they can to get it. Those who seek or fight for the truth should be equally determined."
Those who seek only fame & $ will do or say anything they can to get it. Those who seek or fight for the truth should be equally determined.
— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) May 16, 2013
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