<p>Though Nico only sang three songs with The Velvet Underground, that trio of performances -- "All Tomorrow's Parties," "I'll Be Your Mirror" and "Femme Fatale" -- became the centerpiece of her...
Dance music superstar David Guetta has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Lovers On The Sun. The song, which features singer Sam Martin, has debuted at the top of the countdown.
Reacting to the news, Guetta says, "Wow, this is amazing! The UK has shown me so much love and support over the years, since I was an unknown DJ there. To be number one with the first song off my next album is taking a little bit of the pressure off finishing it, which is what I'm doing now."
Last week's number one, Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong, drops to two while Magic!'s Rude takes the third spot.
Rounding out the top fie are Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Wankelmut & Emma Louise's My Head Is A Jungle.
Meanwhile, boy band Collabro have scored their first number one album with their debut Stars.
Ed Sheeran's X falls to number two after spending much of the summer on top, and the Courteeners' Concrete Love comes in at number three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage complete the new top five.
Nico & Vinz have scored a second week on top of the U.K. pop charts with their Am I Wrong hit. The Oslo, Norway-based duo, became the first Norwegian act to have a number one hit in Britain since A-ha's The Sun always Shines on TV nearly three decades ago when they hit number one last week (10Aug14).
Rude by Magic! and OneRepublic's Love Runs Out round out the top three, as they did last week.
On the albums chart, Ed Sheeran lands an eighth week at number one with X, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour swaps places with Dolly Parton's hits compilation Blue Smoke - The Best Of to round out the top three.
Norwegian pop stars Nico & Vinz have made music history in the U.K. by climbing to the top of the singles chart with their catchy tune Am I Wrong. The track soars 51 places to knock Rude by Magic! from pole position, making the duo the first all-Norwegian band to hit number one since A-ha achieved the same feat in 1986 with their song The Sun Always Shines on TV.
The highest new entry on the singles countdown comes from OneRepublic, who debut Love Runs Out at three.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran continues to dominate the U.K.'s albums chart as X claims a seventh consecutive week in first place, with another non-mover, Blue Smoke - The Best Of by Dolly Parton, sitting at two.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour is at three, while Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Wanted On Voyage by George Ezra round out the top five at fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Canadian pop band Magic! have scored a fourth week at the top of the U.S. pop charts as their Rude tune holds off a surging Sam Smith. In its ninth week in the Hot 100 top 10, Smith's Stay With Me jumps up a spot to two, while Iggy Azalea's Fancy drops to three and Nico & Vinz spend a sixth non-consecutive week at number four with Am I Wrong.
Ariana Grande's Problem rounds out the new top five and the pop sensation scores another high 2014 chart debut at six as her Bang Bang collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj storms into the top 10 at six.
The hit gives Minaj her 10th Hot 100 top 10.
Actress Thandie Newton is relocating her family from her native U.K. to Los Angeles. The star has resisted moving across the Atlantic since landing her big break in Mission Impossible II in 2000, but her living arrangements have changed following the birth of her son Booker in March (14), and now she needs to have her entire family, including husband Ol Parker and daughters Ripley and Nico, with her in Los Angeles as she films U.S. TV series Rogue.
However, Newton insists the move is not permanent.
She tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "We're packed and ready to leave - the whole family... my son Booker is only four months old. I'm still breastfeeding so can't be away from him... We won't stay in L.A. for ever. I'll be back in time so that Booker doesn't grow up with an American accent."
Pop parody king 'Weird Al' Yankovic is having a laugh at the top of the U.S. album chart after debuting his latest collection of comedy tunes at the top of the Billboard 200. The 54 year old's new release, Mandatory Fun, has rocketed to number one, giving the star his first chart-topper.
Weird Al took to his Twitter account on Wednesday (23Jul14) to alert fans to the news, writing, "It's official. MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW."
He added, "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you'd told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it.
"I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's 14th studio album, and features comedy takes on hits like Pharrell Williams' Happy (Tacky) and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), but the highlight is his reimagining of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, which Yankovic has turned into a handyman anthem, called Handy.
He promoted the new album by releasing eight music videos in eight consecutive days, and recently hinted the new release may be his last: "I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way. It's the end of my record deal."
Jason Mraz's Yes! debuts at two on the new countdown and rockers Rise Against enter at three with The Black Market.
Meanwhile, pop/reggae group MAGIC! land a second week at the top of the Hot 100 with Rude.
Iggy Azalea's Fancy and Sam Smith's Stay With Me are unmoved at two and three on the new singles countdown, while Ariana Grande's Problem and Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz round out the top five.
Pharrell Williams has pulled out of plans to join Bruno Mars on tour in Canada next week (begs21Jul14) due to scheduling issues. The Happy hitmaker has been opening for Mars on his Moonshine Jungle World Tour in recent weeks, and the pair was due to take the show to Montreal on Wednesday (23Jul14).
However, Williams has since had to cancel his appearance on the latest leg of the tour due to a "personal conflict".
Instead, Mars has recruited R&B singer Aloe Blacc, pop duo Nico & Vinz and Black Cards singer Bebe Rexha to fill in for the Canadian concerts, which will wrap up in Squamish, British Columbia on 8 August (14).
Australian singer/songwriter Sia has scored her first number one album in the U.S. The star's new release 1000 Forms of Fear has shot to the top of the Billboard 200, despite the fact Sia promoted it by performing with her back to the camera on a series of U.S. chat shows as dancers interpreted her hit single Chandelier.
The album is Sia's first U.S. top 10 - her previous releases have failed to break the top 20.
The Frozen soundtrack is on the rise again at two, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour holds at three and fellow Brit Ed Sheeran falls to four with X.
Last week's number one, Trey Songz's Trigga, drops to five and veteran rockers Judas Priest score their highest-charting album ever, as Redeemer of Souls debuts at number six.
Meanwhile, on the singles chart, Canadian pop/reggae group MAGIC! have ended Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign atop the Hot 100.
The group's Rude topples rapper Azalea's Fancy, making MAGIC! the first all-Canadian act to top the U.S. charts in over a decade.
MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh is not new to the top 10 - he co-wrote Justin Bieber's As Long as You Love Me, Pitbull's Feel This Moment and New Kids on the Block's Summertime.
Azalea's Fancy falls to number two on the new chart, while her Problem collaboration with Ariana Grande stays put at three. Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong and Sam Smith's Stay With me are also unmoved at four and five.
Iggy Azalea has scored another chart record in the U.S. by becoming the first female rapper to land six weeks at number one with the same tune.
The Fancy hitmaker became the first act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown with her chart debuts, and now she's the Billboard Hot 100's queen of rap.
She passes Lil' Kim, who spent five weeks at number one with the all-star collaboration Lady Marmalade in 2001.
Meanwhile, MAGIC!'s Rude rises a spot to two on the new chart, swapping places with Ariana Grande's Problem, which features Azalea, and pop duo Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong stays put at four. Sam Smith rounds out the new top five with Stay With Me.
Punk icon Patti Smith is set to debut a new production which explores the poetry of late singer/actress Nico at the Crossing the Line festival in New York City. The rocker has teamed up with her daughter, Jesse, and members of art group Soundwalk Collective to create Killer Road, in which Smith will recite some of the tragic star's last pieces.
Nico, known for her collaborations with Lou Reed's The Velvet Underground on their eponymous 1967 debut album, passed away in 1988 after suffering a heart attack while riding a bicycle on the Spanish island of Ibiza. She hit her head as she fell and died from a severe cerebral haemorrhage.
The Crossing the Line festival, presented by officials at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), opens on 8 September (14).
The eighth annual event, which explores the dialogue between the artist and the public, will also feature the world premiere of visual artist Jessica Mitrani's collaboration with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma in a production about 19th century investigative journalist Nellie Bly, according to the New York Times.
<p>Though Nico only sang three songs with The Velvet Underground, that trio of performances -- "All Tomorrow's Parties," "I'll Be Your Mirror" and "Femme Fatale" -- became the centerpiece of her legend. The strikingly beautiful former model's entire persona, a Teutonic ice queen with buried reserves of anguish beneath her impenetrable surface, was summed up in those three songs. The even darker undercurrents of the solo albums that followed only filled out that public image set on <i>The Velvet Underground and Nico</i> (1967). </p><p>Christa Päffgen was born in Nazi Germany just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Her father was conscripted as a soldier, eventually dying in a concentration camp after suffering severe head injuries in battle. Moving with her mother to Berlin after the war's end, she became a teenage salesgirl for a local department store, which then hired her as a model for its in-store fashion shows. There, she was discovered by fashion photographer Herbert Tobias, who according to legend gave her the name Nico in tribute to his former lover, Greek film producer Nikos Papatakis. A supermodel before the term was coined, Nico worked regularly in both print and television advertisements, and soon she was appearing in small uncredited roles in films like "Tempest" (1958), a Dino De Laurentiis-produced adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's historical novel <i>The Captain's Daughter</i> (1836), and "For the First Time" (1959), a romantic melodrama starring opera icon Mario Lanza. Her first credited role came in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960), a part the famously improvisational director gave her on the spot while she was visiting the set. </p><p>The jet-setting model planned an acting career, even taking lessons with famed acting coach Lee Strasberg, but her only starring role came in the obscure "Sweet Skin" (1963), released in some countries as "Strip-Tease." Nico made her recording debut with that film's Serge Gainsbourg-penned theme song. Her vinyl debut came in 1965, when Brian Jones pressed the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham to sign the fledgling singer to his new label, Immediate Records: the resulting single, a cover of Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Sayin'" produced and played on by guitarist Jimmy Page, was not a success. Jones also introduced Nico to American pop artist Andy Warhol, who drew the statuesque beauty into the circle at his studio, The Factory. Nico soon began appearing in films directed by Warhol and Paul Morrissey, most notably "Chelsea Girls" (1966) and "Imitation of Christ" (1967). </p><p>Nico also became a fixture in Warhol's multimedia happening The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, where she was put on stage with Warhol's musical protégés The Velvet Underground. At Warhol's direction, she was given co-billing on the band's debut album <i>The Velvet Underground and Nico</i>, despite appearing on fewer than half of its songs. Although Nico exited the group after that album's release, all of the band members save drummer Maureen Tucker appeared on her debut solo album, <i>Chelsea Girl</i> (1967), which included several songs written by her former bandmates. A heavily orchestrated, folk-tinged album in the style of the time (akin to her Elektra Records labelmate Judy Collins' contemporaneous release <i>Wildflowers</i>), it was best remembered for the dramatic title track, a seedy downtown New York character study, and for "These Days," a haunting folk tune penned by then-unknown California teenager Jackson Browne. </p><p>The Velvet Underground's John Cale became Nico's primary musical foil on her next three releases, providing arrangements on <i>The Marble Index</i> (1969), and both producing and playing the bulk of the instruments on <i>Desertshore</i> (1970) and <i>The End...</i> (1974). She also appeared on a live album credited to herself, Cale, Kevin Ayers and Brian Eno entitled <i>June 1, 1974</i>. After these increasingly dark and harrowing albums, Nico let her music career lay fallow for the remainder of the decade. Instead, she returned to acting, working exclusively with her then-lover, French writer-director Philippe Garrel. Between 1972's "The Inner Scar" and 1978's "Voyage au Jardin des Morts," Nico starred in all of Garrel's films, working opposite French film icons like Jean Seberg and Maria Schneider. </p><p>Despite battling an ongoing heroin addiction, Nico returned to music with a performance at New York's famed punk club CBGBs in early 1980. Her attempted comeback, a post-punk-infused album called <i>Drama of Exile</i> (1981), was derailed by a falling-out between the album's producer and the label that funded the sessions, resulting in the belated release of two considerably different versions. In 1985, she reunited with Cale to record the synth-driven <i>Camera Obscura</i>. On July 18, 1988, Nico suffered a heart attack while bicycling in Ibiza; striking her head on the pavement as she fell off the bike, she died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. In the decades following her death, Nico remained a music and style icon, influencing artists ranging from Elliott Smith to Wes Anderson, who made use of two songs from <i>Chelsea Girl</i> in the soundtrack of "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001). </p>
Was the cover model on Bill Evans' 1962 LP Moon Beams.
Her 1974 song "You Forgot To Answer" was her response to the death of her former lover, Doors frontman Jim Morrison. She had phoned his apartment shortly after his fatal overdose, before his body was discovered.
"I have a habit of leaving places at the wrong time, just when something big may have happened for me." -- quoted in Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story (2002) by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga