All-girl group All Saints reunited for their first festival performance in a decade in Chelmsford, England on Saturday (16Aug14). The group, fronted by sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton, was among the big draws on the first day of the annual V Festival - and the ladies didn't disappoint, performing a string of big hits, including Booty Call, Never Ever, Pure Shores and Under The Bridge.
They also covered tunes by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Azealia Banks.
It was a big day for the ladies at the two-site festival - Lily Allen, Blondie, Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, Katy B and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were also on the bill at both Hylands Park, Chelmsford and sister site Weston Park in Staffordshire, England.
Justin Timberlake headlined the first day in Chelmsford, taking the stage with his big band in a Tom Ford suit. He thrilled one festivalgoer, who was celebrating her birthday, by posing for a 'selfie' with her during his set.
Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs were also among the highlights of Saturday's festival, while The Killers headlined the event in Staffordshire with Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Rudimental, Ora and Jason DeRulo among the top attractions there.
The Killers thrilled fans with their rendition of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, with frontman Brandon Flowers telling the crowd, "We've sort of been working on something and we wanted to show you a little bit of it, if you don't mind hearing it."
The low point of the first day came when rockers Manic Street Preachers had to scrap their planned performance at Hylands Park after suffering travel issues in Hungary.
The Welsh rockers were in the country for a gig at the Sziget Festival on Friday (15Aug14) and they were due to fly to the U.K. for their V Festival slot in Chelmsford, England on Saturday, but the band was forced to cancel after getting stuck on a plane for five hours at an airport in Budapest before the flight crew informed them the aircraft would not be taking off.
The band did make it to the stage for their set at the Staffordshire site on Sunday (17Aug14). All acts who played the Chelmsford site on Saturday repeated their performances at Weston Park on Sunday, and vice-versa.
Reunited girl group All Saints are teaming up with 1990s boy bands East 17 and Let Loose for a joint tour. The Never Ever hitmakers reunited last year (13) and have been on the road supporting the Backstreet Boys at shows around the U.K.
Now the singers - Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton - have confirmed plans to head out on the road again for a joint tour with a number of other 1990s pop acts.
All Saints will joint East 17 and Let Loose on the Another Time Another Place tour, as well as Atomic Kitten, Big Brovaz and Ace of Base frontwoman Jenny Berggren.
The tour kicks off in Cardiff, Wales on 14 November (14).
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Chisholm celebrated turning 40 with a special concert in London on Saturday night (11Jan14). The singer, who hit the milestone on Sunday (12Jan14), thrilled the star-studded crowd at the Shepherd's Bush Empire with her Sporty's Forty gig, a nod to her former nickname, Sporty Spice.
Along with performing several solo hits, she duetted with her former bandmate Emma Bunton on the Spice Girls' song 2 Become 1, as well as singing Pure Shores with All Saints star Natalie Appleton.
She then tackled When You're Gone, which was originally a duet with Bryan Adams, but it was British DJ Chris Moyles, her co-star in rebooted stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar, who took the rocker's place on the night.
After the show, Chisholm tweeted: "Thank you to everybody for making my birthday so incredible. I had the best time ever!!!!"
British-Canadian girl group All Saints are reuniting to go on tour with the Backstreet Boys. The band initially broke up in 2001 and returned briefly in 2006, but the comeback came to an end less than a year later after their new material flopped in the U.K. charts.
Bandmembers Shaznay Lewis and Melanie Blatt, and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, have now got back together once again, and they are heading off on tour with U.S. pop group Backstreet Boys when they hit the road in the U.K. next year (14).
The band will open for the Backstreet Boys on a number of shows, which kick off at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England on 26 March (14).
A statement from All Saints reads, "We are really looking forward to performing together as special guests of the Backstreet Boys. The Backstreet Boys are a great band, so it's an honour. We're singing a lot of big songs like Never Ever and Pure Shores, which will be amazing. We can't wait!"
The reunion will be a welcome distraction for bandmember Nicole Appleton, whose marriage to former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has allegedly broken down over the last few months following reports he fathered a love-child with a New York journalist.
It's officially over for Jane Fonda and Ted Turner. Fonda filed for divorce from the CNN tycoon earlier this week in Atlanta's Fulton County Superior Court, ending 15 months of separation, The Associated Press reported. According to Fonda, 63, and Turner, 62, their marriage crumbled when Fonda became a Christian. "We went in different directions. I grew up," she told AP.
"Titus" stuntman injured
A stuntman practicing a dangerous car maneuver for the Fox series Titus wound up in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday. Brian Carson, 44, was rehearsing the stunt at the Los Angeles County raceway-hitting a speed of 60 mph-when his car slammed into a ramp rigged with explosives. According to Entertainment Tonight, Carson suffered serious head injuries and multiple bone fractures. Carson has performed more than 2,000 stunts for the small screen.
Kathleen Turner: proud pop?
Actress Kathleen Turner will take on a role she's never tackled before in a May 17 episode of Friends: a transvestite man. People reports that Turner, 45, will play Matthew Perry's father in the hour-long episode, in which the characters played by Perry and Courteney Cox Arquette discover daddy's little secret after years of no contact. Morgan Fairchild will star as Perry's mother.
Goldie Hawn in the director's chair
First-time screenwriter Goldie Hawn, who has completed her script Ashes to Ashes, also will earn the title first-time director. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hawn's film will follow the travels of a bitter woman who reluctantly takes her ex-husband's ashes to Nepal. Jeremy Pisker (Bulworth) co-wrote the screenplay with Hawn.
Eminem: moving away
Following the path of such fellow musicians as Madonna, rapper Eminem has told British papers that he's intent on moving out of the United States to roost across the pond in England. According to Britain's Sun tabloid on Thursday, Eminem is looking for a suitable apartment in London for the time being, then will branch out and go house hunting in the more exclusive neighborhoods nearby. Says the Grammy winner: "I love Britain."
All Saints/Prodigy wedding
A spokeswoman for singer Natalie Appleton of the girl group All Saints has confirmed that she and Prodigy band member Liam Howlett are engaged. Says Appleton of her hard-rocking beau: "I'm very excited. I love him to bits and I've never been happier." The nuptials are to take place sometime next year.
Rosie's return to Nickelodeon
In a bizarre move, Rosie O'Donnell, who had backed out of hosting the 14th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards last week due to a hand injury, has recanted her refusal and will indeed emcee the event. According to Entertainment Tonight, O'Donnell, 39, was given the green light by her doctors to travel to Los Angeles to host the show. A doctor will accompany her throughout her trip.
Michael Jackson gets dumped
King of Pop Michael Jackson has to search for a new entertainment management company to handle his affairs, according to People. His representation, The Firm, which also handles as the Backstreet Boys, dumped Jacko after just a year of managing his career. The Firm refused to comment, but Jackson was nice enough to thank them anyway for the effort it put forth on his behalf. He has recently been working on a new album that should be released sometime this fall.