Chrissie Hynde, rapper Plan B and British singer Olly Murs are among the stars who have raided their closets for a charity auction. The Pretenders frontwoman has handed over a pair of Stella McCartney boots, while Murs has autographed one of his trademark trilby hats for the eBay.co.uk sale, which will benefit U.K. homeless organisation Shelter.
Murs says, "It's a great charity so get bidding guys!"
British TV stars Jo Joyner and Alan Carr have also donated personal items to the sale, which begins on 23 July (13).
Family and friends of Mandawuy Yunupingu gathered on Sunday (30Jun13) to pay tribute to the late Australian singer at a state memorial. The indigenous star, who fronted Australian band Yothu Yindi, died at the age of 56 on 2 June (13) after a battle with kidney disease, and more than 500 mourners turned out to remember him at an emotional ceremony in East Arnhem Land.
The service featured traditional dancing, including a performance by Yunupingu's daughters to the Yothu Yindi song Dots on the Shells.
His widow Yalmay Yunupingu, who wore her partner's trademark headband, delivered a speech to thank a nurse who had cared for the star, and she also heaped praise on Yothu Yindi's manager Alan James, who "always got my husband home safe and dry".
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attended the memorial, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Singer/actress Demi Lovato is taking time off this summer (13) to have her tonsils removed. The X Factor judge has been waiting for a gap in her hectic schedule to undergo the much-needed operation to ease her pain after repeatedly falling ill with throat problems.
She tells U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, "I'm getting my tonsils out this summer. I've been meaning to get them out for years and years, but my career has just been going, going, going. The thing is, I keep getting sick. Like once a month I get really sick. They're actually not doing me any good, so they're being removed."
Lovato then joked that her enlarged tonsils are visible on Google Maps, quipping, "You can type it in and locate my tonsils, right here on your set. They're pretty bad."
The Stone Roses' drummer Alan 'Reni' Wren missed the premiere of the band's tell-all documentary on Thursday night (30May13) after falling ill. Director Shane Meadows' The Stone Roses: Made of Stone film, which documents the road to the band's big comeback gigs last year (12), was launched in Manchester, England, but Wren skipped the screening in a bid to improve his health before the group's concert in London's Finsbury Park next week (begs03Jun13).
Singer Rowetta attended the premiere and told her Twitter.com fans, "The boys are here... Reni not here as not well but 3 Roses and director."
Tickets for the film's launch event sold out in just one minute when they went onsale in April (13), and the rest of the band and the moviemaker hit the red carpet outside Manchester's Victoria Warehouse venue.
Meadows, who idolised the band growing up, hopes his movie broadens the rockers' fan base, and admits he was thrilled to see the broad range of the audience at their 2012 concerts.
He is quoted by Britain's The Sun as saying, "You only have to look at the film and see the kids that were at the gigs. There were plenty of people who weren't even born when they made that first album - so it's already happening."
Singer/songwriter Alan O'day has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 72. O'Day was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away at his home in Westwood, California, on Friday (17May13).
He is best known for his 1977 number one hit Undercover Angel, and he also wrote pop tracks for acts including the Righteous Brothers and Cher.
A statement from bosses at 1st Phase Records to Reuters reads, "Alan continued to write and perform until his last days. Alan was a generous man who gave his heart and soul to the music industry."
O'Day's songs have been performed by a number of artists including Sir Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Three Dog Night and Paul Anka.
He is survived by his wife, Yuka.
Singer Adam Lambert was the toast of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in San Francisco, California on Saturday (11May13) after scooping two honours. Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown handed Lambert this year's (13) top prize, the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media professional who promotes equality for the LGBT community.
The ex-American Idol contestant opened up about his experience of being a gay public figure during his acceptance speech, telling the crowd, "One person thinks you should be more this, one person thinks you should be more that; the label thinks this, the fans think that; your family wishes this; this community wants you to shut up, that community wants it louder; the conservatives, the liberals...
"The best we can do is keep it real, and to spread a message of acceptance... If we can inspire even one person to open their mind or another to be who they want to be, whether they are gay, straight, old, young, man, woman, black, or white, then it's worth being objectified by the sometimes frustrating world of media sensationalism."
Lambert also shared the Outstanding Music Artist prize with Frank Ocean, while other winners at the ceremony included Alan Cumming's indie drama Any Day Now, which picked up the prize for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
Cyndi Lauper has added to her growing collection of awards after picking up top honours for her musical Kinky Boots at a Broadway prizegiving. The singer, who wrote the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots, was the big winner at Sunday's (05May13) 2013 Broadway.com Audience Awards when the show was named Favourite Musical.
Kinky Boots' Billy Porter was also voted Favourite Actor in a Musical, while his co-star Annaleigh Ashford picked up the trophy for Favourite Funny Performance.
Lauper, who last week (30Apr13) picked up 13 Tony nominations for Kinky Boots, took to her Twitter.com to share her excitement, writing, "Thank you Broadway.com!!! And thanks for Billy and Anna Lee (sic) too. I love you guys!"
Other big winners included Bette Midler, who scooped Favourite Actress in a Play for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and Alan Cumming, who was crowned Favourite Actor in a Play for Macbeth.
No matter how talented a performer might be, he or she is bound to wind up with a consistent "type." For De Niro, it's gangsters. For Woody Allen, it's nebbishes. For Malin Akerman, it's occupants of past-era rock clubs. Last year, the comic actress shot for blockbuster in the disappointing Rock of Ages film adaptation, playing a music journalist entangled in a romantic affair with Tom Cruise's blistered pop star. In the developing film CBGB, Akerman is promoted to the position of spotlit artist, taking on the role of Blondie singer Debbie Harry.
Because Rock of Ages did little to impress, it doesn't bode too well for CBGB that the two films look so strikingly similar. But we're not here to shatter your hearts of glass — we're rooting for our flaxen-haired David Wain regular. So peruse these pictures from the CBGB set, and keep your spirits high with some pointers to separate the Adam Shankman flick with this new assembly of musical characters.
First off, the CBGB Akerman's hair is shorter, straighter, and a lot less toxic-looking than the 1980s 'do she sported in Rock of Ages. Perhaps a '70s Akerman will be one with more gravitas, more moxy, more oomph.
Secondly, there was no presence in Rock of Ages of the malnourished extraterrestrial (aka actor Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop) standing beside Akerman in the image above.
And finally, there doesn't seem to be any instance in CBGB of an adult male performing a love ballad to Akerman's rear end. But that doesn't mean there won't be any sexual tension...
CBGB also stars Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Justin Bartha, and Johnny Galecki.
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Billy Ray Cyrus and Brenda Lee paid their respects to George Jones at a private memorial in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (01May13). The 81-year-old country icon died in hospital on Friday (26Apr13), and his family organised a special service at the Woodlawn Memorial Park for his loved ones and fellow performers.
Lee, who toured with Jones when she was younger, was among the mourners, and she told Nashville's News Channel 5, "I was thinking the other day about a song he had out called Who's Going to Fill Their Shoes, and that's never more poignant than right now."
Singer Barbara Mandrell recalls, "He had such creativity. He always made everything he did so special and God just really blessed him," while fellow country star Joe Diffie adds, "He was the quintessential country singer. The cool thing about him was he didn't manufacture any of that. It was just so natural for him."
Cyrus took to his Twitter.com page after the memorial and poured out his grief as he referenced Jones' part in inspiring Jim Lauderdale's track The King of Broken Hearts.
He tweeted, "Just said goodbye to my friend George Jones. The King Of Broken Hearts... Just broke another one."
Jones' funeral will take place at Nashville's The Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday (02May13) and Kid Rock, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson are among the acts who will perform during the service.
British pop stars Jls decided to hang up their microphones and disband as they didn't want to be tied into another long recording contract. The boyband, which found fame on Britain's The X Factor, shocked fans this week (ends28Apr13) by announcing they are to split following a farewell tour, but singer Marvin Humes reveals they have been keeping the news secret for months.
He tells U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, "I suppose it's been since the end of last year (we knew about the split). What had happened was our lawyers sat us down and we'd actually come to the end of our contract with Sony. She says, 'Look, you've come to the end of your contract, do you want to sign again for another five years?' The four of us sat down for a long time and discussed it and said, 'Are we gonna carry on for another five years?' We started in 2007, the last six years has been all of our wildest dreams come true and we wanted to... remain friends, finish at the top and go out with a massive bang."
Humes' bandmate Aston Merrygold reveals JLS decided against renewing the Sony deal as it would have meant making a 10-year commitment.
He adds, "Five years doesn't seem like a long time but... that would be us doing an album every (other) year. It's a five-album deal so for the next 10 years we'd do an album every two years. That's a long contract."