Rapper A$Ap Rocky is set to release a documentary chronicling his time as the opening act for Rihanna's Diamonds Tour last year (13). The five-part series, titled SVDDXNLY (Suddenly), will premiere on website Noisey.vice.com on 5 August (14) and will feature appearances from Drake, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.
Director and producer David Laven tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He's been on a rapid rise, and it's kind of the thing about the film title - it may not be so straightforward, but he rose to fame overnight.
"Literally, two days in (to filming)... Rocky was just like, 'Can you guys just stay with us the whole tour?'... We came back and started editing, and this seven-minute piece we were going to make turned into an hour-long film."
The series will also include songs from the hip-hop star's upcoming instrumental album Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1).
"I've been on tour for about six months, and not only am I excited to be a part of Miley's tour, I'm also excited to only play for half an hour. I'm done by seven o'clock. I can go to dinner!" Lily Allen is looking forward to her upcoming support slot on Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour in North America.
The U.K. Attorney General has declined to appeal disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris' five-year sentence for child sex offences after receiving a slew of complaints suggesting the punishment is not enough. The Australian singer/artist, 84, was ordered to serve five years and nine months behind bars in June (14), after he was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges regarding the molestation of four young girls between 1968 and 1986, when they were aged from seven to 19.
The punishment, handed down by judge Justice Sweeney, was considered by many to be too lenient and prompted 150 people to file official complaints about the sentence with U.K. authorities.
However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright has decided against challenging the sentence in the Court of Appeals.
A representative for the Attorney General's Office reveals, "He (Wright) did not think they (appeal judges) would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it...
"The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending.
"The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts; the overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending."
Harris, who denied the counts, was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
Rapper Ludacris will be honoured with the President's Award at the Broadcast Music, Inc. R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Los Angeles next month (Aug13). The Area Codes hitmaker will be feted in recognition of his achievements in songwriting and his global influence over the past 16 years of his career.
Announcing the news, BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton says, "We are proud to be honouring Ludacris with our President's Award. He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta, who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television.
"His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI President’s Award."
The 36-year-old MC has sold seven million records worldwide, picking up three Grammy Awards. He has also made a name for himself as an actor, starring in films such as Crash and the Fast & Furious franchise. And now he's a TV talent show judge after joining the all-star panel on U.S. show Rising Star.
Ludacris joins a roster of other acclaimed artists who have received the President's Award, including will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives, Taylor Swift and Pitbull.
Former Cheers star Kirstie Alley's namesake TV comedy has been axed after just one season. Bosses at U.S. network TV Land have cancelled the show, in which Alley played a spoiled Broadway diva reconnecting with the son she gave up for adoption. Kirstie also featured Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld's Michael Richards.This is Alley's second TV comeback to be axed after one season - her 2005 sitcom Fat Actress was cancelled after just seven episodes.
Homeland star Damian Lewis starred in a new role as MC for a children's fashion show at the Port Eliot arts festival in England last week (ends 27Jul14), which featured more than three dozen girls wearing their own creations. Among the children taking part was Lewis' own daughter, Manon, seven.
Sinead O'Connor's last-minute Womad set helped give festival bosses their first sell-out in seven years over the weekend (24-27Jul14). Organisers of England's annual world music gathering were left scrambling for a third headliner when Bobby Womack passed away last month (Jun14), and they were thrilled when O'Connor agreed to close the festival on Sunday night (27Jul14).
Her spot led to WOMAD's first sell-out since the event relocated to Wiltshire from Reading in 2007.
As a result, over 40,000 music fans attended the four-day festival, which also featured performances by Youssou N'Dour, Richard Thompson and Manu Dibango.
Cult TV series Veronica Mars was given the top prize at the inaugural mtvU Fandom Awards on Thursday (24Jul14). The teen detective drama was given new life last year (13) after fans donated $5.7 million (£3.5 million) via a Kickstarter.com campaign to reunite the cast for a feature film, seven years after the show was abruptly cancelled.
The Veronica Mars movie was released in March (14), and fans of the series have continued supporting the franchise by voting for the show in the first-ever mtvU prizegiving, beating out 31 nominees, including The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad for Fandom of the Year.
Also taking home trophies were Game of Thrones for OMG Moment of the Year for the Purple Wedding episode, Harry Potter for Best Fandom Forever, TV series Hannibal for Breakout Fandom of the Year, and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev for Ship of the Year (Favourite onscreen relationship).
Special prizes also went to Teen Wolf for Fandom Feat of the Year, as the programme's fans raised funds to build a wolf sanctuary, and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green for the Visionary Award.
The ceremony was held at the Petco Park baseball stadium on 24 July (14) as part of the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California, and broadcast in the U.S. on Sunday (27Jul14).
Sir Mick Jagger is finding comfort following the death of his fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott, thanks to the newest additions to his family. The Rolling Stones frontman was left devastated after his long-term partner took her own life at her apartment in New York City in March (14).
But in the following months, Jagger had two reasons to celebrate - his daughter Jade, 42, gave birth to her third child, son Ray, and her daughter, Assisi, 21, welcomed the rocker's first great-grandchild, Ezra Key.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, Jade reveals having the two new bundles of joy around have made the rocker's grieving process much easier to handle.
She says, "My dad loves babies. He's really good with them and is a big family man. He's been through a difficult time but it's been great to have two new babies in the family with the joy they bring."
Jagger has seven children from four relationships, ranging aged from 14 to 43.
Easy listening superstar Jimmy Buffett has launched an online TV network so fans can stream his concerts live. The singer's Margaritaville TV has been well received by his 'Parrothead' devotees, who have flocked to the seven broadcasts available earlier this year (14), and as Buffett plans for his latest stream on Friday night (25Jul14), he tells Billboard even he's staggered by the feedback.
He says, "It has been unbelievable. There was one element of my inner circle that thought we'd be cannibalising ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven't had one person say they'll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both.
"They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can't get to a show that absolutely love the fact we're doing it.
"My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they're having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation. I think it's the way you're going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We're taking off a little more time every year. We're not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we're not playing around where they are."
Buffett also has his own 24-hour Margaritaville satellite radio network, which offers fans the chance to listen to his music and live concerts.