Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
Actor Josh Charles was forced to "dumb down" his French language skills in new romantic drama Bird People after unexpectedly perfecting the various nuances in just a few lessons. The Good Wife star portrays an American engineer travelling through Paris, France in the new film, and his character has to speak a few lines in French.
Charles admits he had very little knowledge of the language before he started working with a tutor so he studied hard, but his word pronunciations were a little too perfect for director Pascale Ferran and producer Denis Freyd.
He explains, "It was really difficult. The character doesn't speak that much French, half the film is in English and half of the film is in French... but I had to speak a few scenes in broken French. I play an engineer who travels quite a bit so he speaks enough to get by and that was more than I speak!
"So I started taking lessons here (in America), they hired someone to give me lessons... but then I got there (on the set in France), and I was very proud of myself because I'd worked very hard to sound good and have the accent good (sic), and when we did the first scene where I had to speak French, the producer and director thought my accent sounded too good, so we had to have rehearsals to dumb me down, we had to kind of re-Americanize my accent and I felt proud about that!"
Actress Jessica Chastain is offering up her services to Robin Williams' family in a bid to help keep his Julliard School scholarship running following the comedian's tragic death.
The Zero Dark Thirty star has long credited Williams with changing her life after she became the lucky recipient of his scholarship to study drama at his alma mater in New York in 1999. She previously revealed how eager she was to meet her acting idol after sending him a letter to thank him for putting her through college, but she never got the chance to express her gratitude face-to-face before the funnyman died last month (Aug14).
The actress says, "He was a complete stranger and he absolutely changed my life. "I sent him letters thanking him, we communicated through other people, and I always hoped someday I'd meet him; I hoped that we'd (both) be at a party or something..."
Now Chastain is keen to help the Oscar winner's family and officials at her old school keep his memory alive by getting involved with the scholarship programme. She adds, "It (his death) is so sad for me, but it actually inspires me to try to continue his legacy of generosity... I wanna, like, continue this, help the Robin Williams Foundation continue the scholarship in his name, because it's such a beautiful thing that he did, and I just... He would want it (the scholarship) to help other people."
Britain's Prince William is "thrilled" at the prospect of becoming a father for the second time and is adamant his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge is "okay" as she battles severe morning sickness.
The royal couple announced on Monday (08Sep14) they are expecting a second child, following the birth of son Prince George in July last year (13).
In a statement, they confirmed the duchess is also suffering from the debilitating illness that blighted her first pregnancy, but the prince has now spoken out to assure fans his wife is bearing up.
Speaking in Oxford, England after the announcement on Monday, Prince William said, "She is feeling okay, thanks. It's been a tricky few days - a week or so - but obviously we are mostly thrilled. It's great news. Early days but we are hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."
Justin Bieber is "relieved" after prosecutors in Canada dropped an assault charge against him on Monday (08Sep14).
The troubled pop star was accused of attacking a limousine driver in Toronto last year (13), but officials withdraw the charge against the 20-year-old star during a hearing at a court in the city. Officials insist they could not prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" Bieber was the offender because there were several other passengers in the car at the time of the incident.
Prosecutor David Mitchell told the court they had decided not to proceed with the case as there is "no reasonable prospect of conviction," adding, "There were a number of people in the vehicle seated behind the driver at the time of the incident, and the (prosecution) is not in a position to establish the identification of the person who came into contact with the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence available."
Bieber's lawyer Brian Greenspan told reporters outside the court, "(Bieber) was obviously relieved... (and feels ready to) get on with his busy career with one less diversion... This is an example of the system working as it should. Police laid the charge after a complaint was made and the (prosecution) did its job by reviewing all the evidence before reaching the correct decision."
The news comes as a boost to Bieber following a string of recent convictions for his bad boy behaviour. He was convicted of vandalism in July (14) for pelting a neighbour's house with eggs, and he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest last month (Aug14) stemming from an arrest in Miami Beach, Florida earlier in the year (14).
Hip-hop superstar Eminem has rhymed his way into the Guinness World Records for the most words in a hit song with his appropriately-titled single Rap God.
The Lose Yourself star rapped his way through 1,560 words in just six minutes and four seconds on the track, averaging 4.28 words per second. The feat lands him a spot in the upcoming 60th anniversary of the famous record book, alongside fellow new additions Metallica, whose December (13) gig in Antarctica made the heavy rockers the first group to perform concerts on all seven continents.
One Direction are also new record holders, becoming the first act to debut their first three albums atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, while Miley Cyrus is named the most searched-for pop star on the Internet, Katy Perry is the musician with the most Twitter.com followers and Shakira has garnered the most 'likes' on Facebook.com.
Pop star Lady Gaga has hit out at recording studio bosses for using voice-adjusting software on her music, insisting she often sounds like a "robot" on her albums.
The Poker Face hitmaker has accused officials at her record label of trying to "control" her early career and blames them for demanding that her singing should be made to sound more "radio-friendly". She alleges studio staff were ordered to increase the use of pitch-tuning software to correct any imperfect singing during the early days of her career, which left her vocals sounding unnatural.
Gaga tells British magazine Seven, "There's been a part of me that has been quiet for a long time that is now being reawakened, after years of producers and record label people telling me to make my voice sound more radio-friendly. "Since The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way, they've been auto-tuning it more, or changing the timbre. They take the vibrato out so you sound like a robot... "They really control you, especially in the beginning. Although it was still my songs, and I still had a lot to say about the production, the vocal was something that they really, really wanted to control. So my vocal presence has been kind of the smallest presence about me for a long time."
Actress Blake Lively celebrated superstar pal Beyonce's 33rd birthday on Thursday (04Sep14) by baking her a cake in the shape of a beehive. The Crazy In Love hitmaker and her rapper husband Jay Z befriended Lively after recruiting her to star alongside the musicians and the likes of Sean Penn, Don Cheadle and Jake Gyllenhaal in a Bonnie and Clyde-style heist promo for their On the Run joint tour earlier this summer (14).
The birthday girl celebrated her big day with a beach vacation with her family in Corsica, France, but Lively made a point of marking her new friend's special occasion by sharing a short Instagram.com video of the tasty honey-glazed treat she had baked in Beyonce's honour.
In a post on her Preserve lifestyle blog, Lively wrote, "In honor of the Queen of all Bs... I had to make this Meyer Lemon Honey cake. Happy Birthday Beyonce!!! Xxo Blake."
Ironically, Lively was left in agony during a recent photoshoot for her Preserve website after she was stung by a bee on the eve of her 27th birthday last month (Aug14).
Miley Cyrus' tour promoter is challenging Dominican Republic officials' decision to ban the pop superstar from performing in the Caribbean country on morality grounds.
Late last month (Aug14), authorities at the nation's commission which oversees public performances pulled the plug on the Wrecking Ball hitmaker's planned show in Santo Domingo on 13 September (14), amid fears the provocative star's Bangerz gig will include "acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law". They also expressed concerns over her "unsuitable costumes" and use of "language and images which encourage sex and violence" among the reasons for their decision.
However, Cyrus' show promoter is fighting the ruling and has filed a legal challenge to have the ban lifted to allow the singer to press ahead with what had been billed as her first concert in the Dominican Republic.
The promoter cites the country's own constitution in the filing, which argues the nation's officials have no right to ban artistic expression, according to Eonline.com.
Cyrus, 21, has upset parent groups and critics in recent years with naked videos, twerking, thrusting and crotch grabbing at concerts and references to her love of marijuana onstage.
Jay Z posted a touching video tribute to his wife Beyonce on Thursday (04Sep14) in honour of her 33rd birthday. Continuing to put divorce rumours to rest, the rapper shared a 33-second clip, one for every second of her life, on YouTube.com.
Most of the footage was taken from their recent joint On the Run Tour, showing backstage antics and featuring his Beach is Better song, as well as the birthday girl's track Grown Woman.
At the end of the clip, the rapper can be heard exclaiming, "Yeah, B!", He also adds the caption "Happy B Day #Beyday".
According to E! News, the couple, along with daughter Blue Ivy, spent Thursday on the island of Corsica, France.