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Celebrated classical musician Sir James Galway was the toast of London's Gramophone Awards on Wednesday (17Sep14) as he was honoured for his career achievements.
The Annie's Song flautist, nicknamed The Man with the Golden Flute, was presented with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award after selling more than 30 million copies of his solo recordings worldwide. Paying tribute to Galway, Gramophone magazine editor James Jolly said, "He put the flute on the musical map in modern times... He is a true classical music superstar."
Conductor Sir Neville Marriner, 90, was another big winner - he received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his prolific career, while Riccardo Chailly's performance of the Brahms Symphony Cycle with the world's oldest orchestra, Germany's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, was named Recording of the Year. G
reek violinist Leonidas Kavakos was feted as Artist of the Year, while the Young Artist of the Year title was shared between the members of the Nightingale String Quartet.
Barbra Streisand is planning to one day write a memoir so she can set the record straight about her reputation as a diva. The iconic singer/actress has refused several offers to open up about her career in the world of showbusiness in print, but she admits penning an autobiography may be the only way she can clear up unfounded rumours about her personal and professional life, including allegations of her tardiness and her demanding behaviour.
The 72 year old made the revelation on Monday (15Sep14), during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in over 50 years, after new host Jimmy Fallon quipped, "I was afraid that you were coming here today and I was afraid that you were gonna become more of a nightmare. I gotta be honest, I thought a diva was gonna come in..."
Responding to the comments, Streisand, who is married to actor James Brolin, said, "That's why I wrote a song with John Mellencamp called Don't Believe What You Read. Please guys...
"Divas were opera singers... You know, I'm quite ordinary. I'm quite simple, normal, we lead a very simple life, we don't really like the big time stardom thing, so we stay home most of the time or we take little trips. We take little trips in our truck...
"That's why I'm gonna write a book because I swear to God, these myths are so far-fetched."
Rockers Kiss have helped to raise over $1 million (£625,000) for the renovation of a military museum in Oregon named after guitarist Tommy Thayer's father. Rockers Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Thayer were all on hand for a gala fundraiser in Lake Oswego on Sunday (14Sep14), where proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Oregon Military Museum, which is located at the state's National Guard's Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.
Thayer has been involved with the campaign to raise $15 million (£9.4 million) for renovations for the past three years, after asking the Major General in charge of the National Guard if they would consider naming the museum after his father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer.
Now 93, Thayer is a World War II veteran, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp, and the musician wanted to honour his dad, who he considers to be a "great Oregonian and a great hero personal hero of mine and my brothers".
Stanley tells local newspaper The Oregonian that he was more than happy to help his bandmate raise funds for the museum, stating, "Any time that we can do anything that celebrates the military, it's something we want to be a part of. Those are people we need to spotlight and if we can use our spotlight to shine on the people who really deserve it, then it's something we should do.
"The bonus here is that we're also shining a spotlight on General Thayer, Tommy's dad, a spectacular guy, a real hero, someone who's done great things with his time in the service. It's a double whammy. A win win. We owe it to these people who've given so much to us."
As part of the gala, an auction was held to raise funds, with items including one of Stanley's guitars, which sold for $20,000 (£12,500).
The band also played a 14-song set, and closed with an acoustic version of their hit song Rock and Roll All Night.
Foo Fighters received the royal seal of approval when they were joined onstage by Britain's Prince Harry on Sunday night (14Sep14). The prince hugged frontman Dave Grohl after inviting the rockers to perform for 26,000 spectators at the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games.
The British royal, who turns 30 on Monday (15Sep14), was a main organiser of the event, in which more than 400 wounded servicemen and women from around the world competed against each other in nine disciplines including archery, swimming, and cycling.
During the show, Grohl dedicated the band's song My Hero to all the troops, telling crowd, "This goes out to all the heroes tonight," before adding, "Thank you very much for making this one of the most special occasions of our lives."
The event at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also featured sets from pop stars including Ellie Goulding, Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Rizzle Kicks and former soldier James Blunt.
A fan of heavy rock act Exodus has been arrested in Kentucky for posting the band's controversial lyrics online. James Evans, 31, booked for making "terroristic threats" after uploading the lyrics to the song Class Dismissed on Facebook.com.
The lyrics include the lines: "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate/Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate."
A warrant for the fan's arrest suggested he "threatened to kill students and or staff at school", according to local news outlet 14News.com.
A spokesman for Exodus tells Blabbermouth.net, "The band does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom Of Speech (sic)."
Guitarist Gary Holt adds, "The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society. James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it.
"The song was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of f**ked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing live after the Sandy Hook shooting (in Connecticut), as we did not want to seem insensitive."
Today, August 29th, 2014 marks the 21st birthday of Liam Payne. Daddy Direction can legally drink in America! An important thing for us grown-up Directioners. To celebrate the day, we’ve got 21 fun-facts about Liam. Not that boring stuff, like his zodiac sign (Virgo) or his middle name (James, just like his band-mate Niall Horan).
1. He is afraid of spoons. It’s not that weird, it’s kind of cute.
2. Of the band, he’s the only one who comes to work with his hair done. The other band members show up with their hair all over the place, but he won’t leave his house without doing his hair.
3. If he wasn’t a singer, he would make a fabulous journalist:
He might have been drunk, but he actually asked all the questions a fan wanted to know after watching the Brit Awards.
4. His favorite film is the Toy Story trilogy.
5. Liam once told TOTP that he had the best dance moves and he was, “The king of the dance floor!” With his signature 1-2-3 flick. Recognize those moves anywhere?
6. Liam’s dream job, aside from the one he is currently living as a pop-star, is a fire fighter.
7. He once had his underwear stolen (and then later worn) by a fan.
8. If Liam could invent an ice cream flavor, it would be “Krispy Kreme Donut.”
9. He once confessed to owning a pair of pink hair straighteners. We can see the evidence of that here.
10. He has said that Justin Timberlake is one of his biggest inspirations. He also sang “Cry Me A River,” at his 2010 X Factor audition. Good thing too, since look where that got him!
11. Once, he was asked what food he would be, he responded: “I’d be 7 bananas because it’s too much potassium and that’s dangerous.” Gotta love a bad boy.
12. His favorite color is still purple (had to include this because it’s adorable).
13. Liam once had no idea what YOLO and DTF stood for, so he guessed “Yummy Oreos Love Origami” and “Dedicated To Fans.” Better abbreviations, in my honest opinion.
14. Liam wishes he’d written the song “99 Problems,” by Jay Z. We wonder why?
15. All of his band-mates have said he’s got the best abs in the group. We cannot deny this.
16. Liam has a man-crush on Twilight star Taylor Lautner.
17. He has two pet turtles named Boris and Archimedes. He also has an adorable little husky named Loki (with his ex-girlfriend Danielle Peazer).
liam w/ loki is the cutest thing ever #liampayne pic.twitter.com/QM04PgaUru
— Hana (@hana1999hana) August 26, 2014
18. One time Liam was left behind and when the tour bus took off, he started running after it while waving his arms. The rest of the band mistook him for a fan at first.
19. Until he was 19-years-old, Liam suffered from kidney problems (1 scarred and dysfunctional kidney) that kept him from drinking and he had to lead a very careful life. Luckily, he’s all healthy now and can legally drink with his American fans!
20. The one person guaranteed to make him laugh is band-made, Louis Tomlinson! “Even if I’m in a situation where I’m mad at him, the person that can make me smile is Louis. Whatever happens he’ll make me laugh about something.”
21. One of Liam’s tattoos (the feather and lyrics) is dedicated to his Nan.
Happy Birthday Liam! We hope you have an awesome day and get to relax a little, if that's possible to do in the middle of a world tour.
Which is your favorite Liam fact? Tweet us yours along with the hashtag #Happy21stBirthdayLiam!
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Kanye West became embroiled in a dispute with British dance music veteran Aphex Twin after the DJ accused the rapper of using a song sample without permission. West used a portion of Aphex Twin's track Avril 14th in a song called Blame Game from hit album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The British star, real name Richard James, has now revealed the sample prompted a dispute with West as he had to fight the rapper to gain recognition for his work.
He tells Pitchfork.com, "Is it a sample? I actually don't know what it ended up being in the end, I'm so slack. I know that he tried to f**king rip me off and claim that he'd written it, and they tried to get away with not paying. I was really helpful, and when they first sent it to me, I was like, 'Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,' because they'd sampled it really badly and time-stretched it... I was like, 'I'll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.' And they totally didn't even say 'hello' or 'thanks,' they just replied with, 'It's not yours, it's ours, and we're not even asking you any more.'"
James eventually won a writing credit on West's record.
A less-than-flattering new Britney Spears video has hit the Internet and the pop princess loves it.
The minute-long promo accompanying I'm Toxic's song Bored (Just Do It) features Britney's recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge footage and a short Instagram film, in which Spears reveals she is bored while out walking with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline and then pulls a face.
The video also features footage of the boys skateboarding as Britney keeps reminding the camera she's bored. And she's far from upset about the parody - in a tweet posted on Thursday (21Aug14), she writes, "I have just discovered the Bored (Just Do It) remix & omg I can't even with y'all (sic). LOL'ing (laughing out loud) so hard."
If we haven’t already made it clear how much we love British boybands, let’s take a moment. We're here to show you all the reasons why The Vamps are amazing and why you should join in on our BBF-ing (British Boyband Fangirling). The Vamps consists of members: Bradley Will Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans. They’re currently touring the states with Austin Mahone. They even got Demi Lovato to be featured on our favorite song of the summer, "Somebody To You." Check it out:
Here are some reasons why you should be BBF-ing over The Vamps along with us:
1. They’re a ton of fun.
2. They’re so innocent and just super adorable.
3. Bradley’s existence.
4. Those smiles though…
5. They love us as much as we love them.
6. Connor’s volumized hair.
7. Their modeling faces are on point.
8. They enjoy pizza. So relatable!
9. They stare into our souls.
10. And this...
So do yourself a favor and listen to these budding Brits. And for all of you concerned, these guys range from ages 18-20, so our semi-obsession with them is totally fine… right?
Send us some of the reasons why you love @TheVampsband on Twitter!
Celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum honoured late Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at an exclusive charity dinner on Thursday (14Aug14).
The actors attended the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the handing out of donations to more than 40 non-profit entertainment industry-related organisations and scholarship programs. The grants, which totalled $1.9 million (£1.1 million), are funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the committee behind the Golden Globe Awards.
At the gala, celebrities took a moment to remember Williams and Bacall, who both passed away this week (beg11Aug14), with a round of applause.
Actress Kristen Bell, who was among the guests at the event, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honouring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a (with a) moment of not silence but applause."
During the gala, Bell also performed the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? from hit Disney movie Frozen. Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event.
Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14) and Bacall passed away following a stroke on Tuesday (12Aug14).