Rapper Rick Ross has charged to the top of the U.S. album charts with his fifth number one. Mastermind debuts atop the Billboard 200 countdown with 179,000 first-week sales and becomes the hip-hop heavyweight's first number one since God Forgives, I Don't in 2012.
Ross joins an elite group of rap stars who have at least five number one albums to their name - DMX and Tupac Shakur have five chart-toppers, while Nas and Kanye West have six apiece, Eminem has seven, and Jay Z has 13.
Pharrell Williams debuts at two with his second solo release, G I R L, and the Frozen soundtrack enjoys a sales surge at three, becoming the third album to top 100,000 sales this week.
The soundtrack has now racked up 1.3 million sales since its release late last year (13) and looks set to become the first album to top one million sales in 2014 this coming week - it only needs sales of 6,000 to hit the milestone.
Meanwhile, Glee star Lea Michele's debut album Louder debuts at four with 60,000 first-week sales and country group the Eli Young Band rounds out a week of top five debuts at five with their fifth album, 10,000 Towns.
Ashanti returns to the top 10 for the first time since 2008 as her new release, Braveheart, enters the chart at 10.
Pharrell Williams will be releasing his first fragrance, called G I R L, in September (14). The name is based on the title of his recent album, and the unisex scent was designed in collaboration with Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garcons.
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Nashville, the brainchild of Academy Award-winning writer Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), started off with a ton of promise. The pilot was heavily promoted and the audience that tuned in was treated to an inside look at the clashing generations within the country music industry... a real life storyline that has been repeating ever since the advent of rock-and-roll. Connie Britton seemed to take her Friday Night Lights character and make her a successful music icon along the lines of Reba McEntire, while Hayden Panettiere schemed convincingly as the up-and-coming singer who's part Taylor Swift, part ice princess.
Early on, the show focused on the yin and the yang of Britton and Panettiere's relationship, with the former's Rayna Jaymes stuck in a career rut and Panettiere's Juliette Barnes more interested in kicking the established Queen of Country while she's down than helping her get back up. Throw in Charles Esten's caught-in-the-middle guitarist and there was plenty of drama to go around. Certainly, there were some soap opera elements — the parentage of Rayna's older daughter and the political machinations of her husband and powerful father among them — but as long as Britton and Panettiere were at the center the show stayed fairly even keel.
Then came the back half of the first season and things started to go off track. After initially steering clear of cameos, despite shooting on-location in Nashville, suddenly every member of the Grand Ole Opry started popping up to squeeze in a line or two. Juliette's mother appeared and brought a little too much crazy, while Rayna's husband became the mayor and left her for Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Season 2 became even more scattered as the focus shifted to ancillary characters like Clare Bowen's Scarlett and Sam Palladio's Gunnar. Next thing you know, there are assassination plots and a murder-suicide, Juliette is ostracized for questioning the existence of God, and Rayna finds her Tim McGraw in Will Chase's Luke.
Enough! While it's fine that the show has some soap opera elements — so do Scandal and Grey's Anatomy — Nashville has gone so far off-course that some fans have already abandoned it. It's not completely a lost cause, though. With the second season winding down, there are still ways to fix it.
For starters, keep the cameos to a minimum. Just because Rascal Flatts or some NASCAR driver is available doesn't mean that you need to put them on the show. Once and a while is fine, but not every episode... and not when there really isn't any purpose to their being around. Next, lose the political intrigue. No offense to Eric Close, but we don't really care about Mayor Teddy.
Most importantly, put the focus back on Rayna and Juliette. Britton and Panettiere aren't just capable actresses, at their best they are both mesmerizing. Preventing them from engaging with each other — whether in conflict or in country congeniality — is like moving Scandal's Olivia Pope out of D.C.; the whole reason for the show would be lost. Keeping Juliette down too long is a mistake, just as it would be to tone down her ego or her conniving. We don't need her in a happy relationship with Jonathan Jackson's Avery... we need her using all of her assets to get back to the top.
Similarly, Britton needs a good, juicy storyline to sink her teeth into. Having a happy and contented Rayna is not in the best interest of the show. She should be scraping and clawing to maintain her career, not chit-chatting with other country music royalty about her fledgling record label.
The show is teetering on the brink of oblivion — or, worse, irrelevance — and needs to act fast to bring back into focus the stories that drew us in at first. Otherwise, it will be a tough sell to get viewers to come back for season three… if there even is one.
Pharrell Williams will always regret missing out on working with Michael Jackson after songs he wrote for the King of Pop were rejected and given to Justin Timberlake instead. The Happy hitmaker penned eight tracks for Jackson more than a decade ago, but the superstar's team rejected the songs and they ended up being used on Timberlake's 2002 debut album Justified.
Williams admits he was deeply disappointed not to have been able to work with Jackson, especially as the superstar later told him how much he liked the tracks.
He tells News.com.au, "I did eight songs for him that never made it to him, that ended up on Justin's record. Later he sang me all those songs and told me they should have been his and I told him they were for him."
Williams adds of his musical hero, "He is the King of Pop, an incredible dancer, an incredible writer, incredible visionary, he changed the world in so many ways. I am just a fan who has been given the opportunity to make music."
Jackson died from an accidental overdose of anaesthetic in 2009.
U.S. reality TV personality Porsha Williams will receive just a car and her engagement ring in her divorce settlement. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star's marriage to former football player Kordell Stewart broke down last year (13) and the pair's divorce was signed off in December.
They have been going through the courts to work on a settlement, and now legal documents obtained by TMZ.com show that Williams received very little in the proceedings.
The papers reveal she only gets to keep her Mercedes car, the ring Stewart proposed with, and her personal items. Stewart has also agreed to pay her $19,000 (£11,875) legal bill.
Pharrell Williams' unlikely collaboration with film composer Hans Zimmer on the new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack has resulted in a catchy tune featuring Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar. It's On Again will be one of the main songs featured on the soundtrack.
Hip-hop stars Pharrell Williams and will.i.am have settled their trademark dispute. The two artists fell out after Williams and his partners attempted to register 'I Am Other' with the U.S. Trademark Office for an online venture.
The Black Eyed Peas star objected last summer (13), because he felt the moniker was too similar to his I.Am.Symbolic company.
Williams filed a lawsuit in New York federal court seeking a declaratory judgment of trademark non-infringement.
However, the two parties have since managed to settle out of court and they have informed a judge that they had reached an agreement in principle. The two sides are now drafting the settlement agreement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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."
Girls star Lena Dunham took aim at Hollywood bosses during her keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival on Monday (10Mar14), insisting actresses are "typecast" and their talents are extremely undervalued in the industry. The actress took the stage in Austin, Texas for a speech detailing her personal journey from her days as a babysitter to helming her Golden Globe-winning TV series.
She then turned her attention on entertainment industry executives, insisting that her female co-stars should be landing roles like her colleague Adam Driver, who is in talks to appear as a villain in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
Dunham said, "It's a rough scene (women in entertainment)... I think about this in relation to the cast on my show, which consists of three very talented women and also some very talented guys.
"Our male lead, Adam Driver, has had a bang-up (great) year in movies which could not be more deserved because he's a ferocious genius with an incredible work ethic, and I've learned so much from him. But the girls are still waiting patiently for parts that are going to honour their intelligence and their ability."
She continued, "The world is ready to see Adam as a million different men - playing good guys and bad guys and sweet guys and scary guys. The world is ready to see Adam do all that. It's not ready to see (Girls stars) Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet or Jemima Kirke stretch their legs in the same variety of diverse roles.
"Allison is relegated to All-American sweetheart. Zosia is asked to play more flighty nood-nicks (bores). Even though both are capable of so much, they're not asked to do it. And this is not a knock on Adam's talent, which is utterly boundless and he's exactly the actor who should be doing all this. It's a knock on a world where women are typecast and men can play villains, Lotharios and nerds in one calendar year and something has to change and I'm trying."
Dunham ended her speech by insisting she wants to help change the industry's stance on women in Hollywood, adding, "I want to be of service to the causes that are dear to me and be an agent of change specifically for women and girls, and on a purely selfish level, I want to continually challenge myself to grow as an artist."
This wasn't Dunham's first time at SXSW - in 2010 she won the festival's Best Narrative Feature prize for her film, Tiny Furniture.
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