Rod Stewart has scored a smooth new gig as a radio presenter. The singer will front his own one hour show on Britain's smoothfm from 1 February (15).
Stewart, who is a regular on the network's playlist, says, "You’ve heard my singing voice many times on smoothfm, so I thought it was time I grabbed the mic so we could have a chat. I’m looking forward to hearing your smooth favourites and playing you some of mine."
Station boss Paul Jackson adds, "Rod Stewart is one of the greatest and most enduring artists of all time. He has created so many magical songs that our listeners associate with memorable moments in their lives, from Have I told You Lately to Maggie Mae and The First Cut Is The Deepest. We are delighted to have Rod host his own shows."
He isn't the first artist to take a break from recording and performing to host his own show on smoothfm - Michael Buble, Seal, Olivia Newton-John and Keith Urban have also played presenters.
Controversial pop star Miley Cyrus has landed a role on the committee organising Sir Elton John's annual Academy Awards viewing party.
The veteran singer's charity event is considered one of Tinseltown's hottest tickets of the year, and Cyrus has been named as one of the co-chairs of the 2015 bash.
Cyrus, who has become known for controversial antics in recent years, is believed to have landed the role through her partnership with make-up giant MAC, which is among the sponsors of the event.
Elton John, who has been running his Oscar viewing party for 23 years, has previously branded Cyrus a "meltdown waiting to happen" over her brash behavior, which includes saucy performances, smoking pot onstage and stripping off for risque photoshoots.
Other big names on the list of co-chairs include actors Jim Carrey, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
The party is held in Los Angeles on the night of the Oscars and raises funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year's (15) party takes place on 22 February (15) and features a performance by Nile Rodgers and CHIC, and food by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
A label boss responsible for discovering Taylor Swift has been recruited as a mentor on the upcoming season of American Idol.
Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, will be joining the U.S. talent show to help guide the aspiring singers during the competition. Borchetta replaces veteran judge/mentor Randy Jackson, who announced his departure from the show after 13 seasons with the program last month (Nov14).
The music executive is credited for discovering Swift when she was 14 years old, and signed her to his independent label.
Big Machine is now home to some of country music's biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and Florida Georgia Line. Borchetta will join returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. when the 15th season kicks off in January (15).
Music producer Randy Jackson is leaving his post on U.S. talent show American Idol after 13 seasons. The 14th season of the popular singing competition kicks off in January (15), but on Tuesday (11Nov14) Jackson announced he will not be part of the returning team.
Jackson made the announcement in a statement which reads: "After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what's next."
Jackson, alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, served as a judge when the show kicked off in 2002 and continued his role until last May (13), when he announced he would be leaving the programme.
However, three months later, he was invited back in a new role as a mentor to the contestants, replacing music CEO Jimmy Iovine.
The current cast of judges, including Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., are returning for the 14th season, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, who is the only remaining member of the show's original team.
Country singer Faith Hill has returned to the big screen for the first time in 10 years to star in crime drama Dixieland. The This Kiss hitmaker made her feature film debut opposite fellow country star Keith Urban's wife Nicole Kidman in 2004's The Stepford Wives and she has just wrapped filming on her latest movie, in which she plays the mother of a man who returns to his home town and falls in love with a troubled girl next door, according to Deadline.com.
The Amazing Spider-Man's Chris Zylka and Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough also star in the movie, which was shot in Jackson, Mississippi.
When Jordin Sparks was just 17, she won season six of American Idol and rose to instant fame and success. The stresses that come along with the industry sparked the Grammy-nominated singer’s first migraine: "Trying to navigate through all the stresses that came with that was very crazy, and I suffered my first migraine."
Stress is a trigger for many migraine sufferers. For Sparks, "stress comes in a whole bunch of different packages and comes from different places and people and things." One can only assume that her very public breakup from Jason Derulo would be a major source of stress for the 24-year-old songbird. Just some of the breakup rumors include: infidelity, an unplanned pregnancy, and pressure to propose, to name a few. Thankfully, Sparks has discovered Excedrin Migraine as a great source of relief for her stress-induced migraines. Go to Facebook.com/Excedrin to read more about how Sparks has been able to find migraine relief as well as stories from other migraine sufferers.
Headaches and breakups aside, Sparks appears to be in very good spirits, laughing and showing off her megawatt smile throughout our sit-down. And she has lots of things going on in her life besides a breakup. For starters, she’s starring in a movie alongside Nicolas Cage.
"It’s still surreal… I had this moment of like, This is happening. I’m actually in a movie with Nicolas Cage." Sparks is talking about the apocalyptic thriller Left Behind, in theaters now. She read all the books growing up and is thrilled to be in the film. "It’s a very interesting movie to a part of… I was very happy to be a part of that." Perhaps this is the beginning of a burgeoning new movie career for the singer.
We may be seeing more of the American Idol vet on the small screen, returning to her roots at Idol in some form in the future. She said she would love to come on the show as a mentor. When asked if she would ever consider being a judge, she seemed reluctant: "You know I don’t know if I could be. Well… If you would have asked me that a couple years ago, I probably would have said no… Now that it’s been about eight years... I feel like I could."
She does have an opinion about current judges JLo, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Although she is a "huge fan of all of them individually," she told us, "I do have an allegiance to the original judges." Who doesn’t miss the original three - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson?
Sparks is currently in the studio working on her new album and told Hollywood.com: "It’s coming a lot sooner than you think." The platinum-selling artist told us to expect her third album to drop before the end of 2014. It’s been five years since she’s put out any new music and Sparks said her new sound is "very different," and you can expect it to not really sound like her old stuff at all. "I’ve grown a lot. I’ve experienced a lot. I feel like I’m coming into my womanhood and stepping into that, so… I can relate to different things now." She certainly has been through a lot recently and all that life experience and emotion will undoubtedly come through in her songs. She told us to "expect the unexpected."
Click here to view showtimes and purchase tickets to Sparks' new film Left Behind.
Actor Keith Stanfield has been cast to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic.
The Purge: Anarchy star will join Jason Mitchell, Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Corey Hawkins, who will portray the late Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, respectively, in Straight Outta Compton, according to TheWrap.com. Meanwhile, Sheldon A. Smith has been chosen to play rapper Warren G and Carra Patterson from Why Did I Get Married Too? will portray Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
Keith Urban performed at a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia on Thursday (10Jul14) in hologram form. The country star has been recreated in digital format with the same technology used for a hologram of Michael Jackson on stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May (14), five years after the King of Pop's death.
Urban's hologram appeared at Sydney's Pitt Street Mall as part of a promotion with a local bank, and fans were able to pick up instruments and play along to their hero's song Somewhere In My Car.
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan were crowned the kings of the 2014 CMT Music Awards after they each took home two trophies at the TV network's annual prizegiving on Wednesday (05Jun14). Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard earned prizes for Duo Video of the Year as well as Collaborative Video of the Year for This is How We Roll featuring Bryan.
The Drunk On You hitmaker landed a second award, CMT Performance of the Year, for a separate duet with Lionel Richie thanks to their Oh No/All Night Long set from the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year TV special.
The trio dominated the show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from the start of the ceremony, when they were joined by ZZ Top and R&B star Jason Derulo to sing and dance to a mash-up of his song Talk Dirty and Florida Georgia Line's This is How We Roll to kick off the programme.
It was also a big night for Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert, who won the Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, respectively. This is the second year in a row in which the trio has taken the top honours.
The ceremony, which was hosted by three-time emcee Kristen Bell, also included sets from Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town.
John Legend sang a special version of his hit All of Me arranged by Hunter Hayes, while Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles joined in with vocals, and Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves took on Alan Jackson's Livin on Love just before Underwood presented him with the first-ever CMT Impact Award.
The top winners are:
Video of the Year - See You Again by Carrie Underwood
Female Video of the Year - Automatic by Miranda Lambert
Male Video of the Year - Doin' What She Likes by Blake Shelton
Group Video of the Year - Done by The Band Perry
Duo Video of the Year - Round Here by Florida Georgia Line
Breakthrough Video of the Year - Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope
Collaborative Video of the Year - This is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
CMT Performance of the Year - Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for Oh No/All Night Long from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Impact Award - Alan Jackson
American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. performed together for the first time during the U.S. talent show's star-studded season finale. The 13th season of the singing competition came to an end on Wednesday night (21May14) and to celebrate the crowning of a new winner, the trio, alongside former judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson, joined forces to sing a medley, marking the first time in the show's history that all the judges took the stage to perform together.
With Connick Jr. on the piano, Urban on guitar, Jackson on bass, and Lopez providing vocals, the supergroup sang a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors and Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way. Earlier in the show, Lopez took the stage solo to perform her latest single, First Love.
The night was filled with other superstar performances, including sets from KISS, Demi Lovato, Paramore, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, and season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, who all shared the stage with this season's finalists.
In another Idol first, host Ryan Seacrest showed off his vocal skills by belting out Richard Marx's hit Right Here Waiting, and was joined by Marx himself for a memorable duet.
Caleb Johnson, 23, who had previously auditioned for the programme twice before, was named this year's (14) American Idol, beating 17-year-old Jena Irene to the title.