Police in Switzerland have confirmed blues legend Johnny Winter was found dead in his hotel room on Wednesday (16Jul14). News of the music legend's death broke on Thursday (17Jul14), and local officials have now revealed the 70 year old's body was discovered in a hotel just outside of Zurich.
The cause of death is unclear, but police do not suspect foul play. Officials have confirmed early indications suggest Winter suffered a medical emergency, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death, according to Reuters.
Winter was on tour in Europe at the time of the tragedy, and was due to take his show to Canada on 23 July (14) before heading out on a major U.S. trek over the summer (14).
His passing has prompted tributes from stars including Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx and former Guns N' Roses member Matt Sorum, who writes in a post on Twitter.com, "I have just heard Johnny Winter has passed, I've just become close with (his brother) Edgar and am so sad for him and his family. They had plans to tour. RIP JW."
Singer Jason Mraz is aiming to follow in the footsteps of David Bowie and the Beastie Boys by becoming only the third musician to perform in each of New York's five boroughs on the same tour. The California-based I'm Yours hitmaker announced the mini Big Apple residency on Wednesday (16Jul14), during a press conference at the Empire State Building landmark, revealing he will play shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan in September (14) in celebration of his new album, YES!.
He will wrap up the gigs with two shows at the city's iconic Radio City Music Hall, before heading to Europe to continue his world tour.
Brooklyn natives the Beastie Boys previously completed the feat, while British rocker Bowie trekked across the five boroughs in 2002 as part of his Heathen Tour.
Actor Charlie Sheen has been branded a "d**k" by animal rights campaigners for attending the controversial Pamplona bull run in Spain.
The week-long Running of the Bulls event, in which groups of the beasts are let loose among crowds of onlookers on the streets of the Spanish city, ended on Monday (14Jul14).
It emerged Sheen had travelled to Europe for the festival when he was photographed on the balcony of a hotel in Pamplona with his porn star girlfriend Brett Rossi on Friday (11Jul14), but his attendance at the event has infuriated campaigners.
Mimi Bekhechi, associate director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK, says, "Charlie Sheen, please don't make us call you a 'proper Charlie', which in England means being a d**k for going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. We're sure that you see red, too, so you should be able to relate to the bulls who are killed in cowardly ways."
On Tuesday (15Jul14), the hard-living former Two and a Half Men star was back to his partying lifestyle in California as film footage emerged of him drunk at a fast-food drive-through restaurant.
In the short clip, the actor is seen chatting to fellow customers at the Taco Bell eaterie and slurring his words as he tells them, "Hi, I'm Charlie. Sorry I'm so f**king hammered."
He then shows off several of his tattoos before adding, "You're hilarious. Right on - cool!" and heading back to join his pals.
British singer Jake Bugg has been tapped to play at an upcoming concert in Glasgow, Scotland celebrating the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup. The musician is set to take the stage at the SSE Hydro venue on 24 September (14) as part of a gala in honour of the biennial golf tournament between players from Europe and the United States.
Bugg will be joined by artists including Twin Atlantic, Midge Ure and Nina Nesbitt, and the night will also include performances from the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Theatre Scotland and Scottish Opera.
The event will be held two days before the 40th Ryder Cup competition kicks off on 26 September (14) at Gleneagles Hotel in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
A woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of raping her at a concert in 2003 has publicly retracted her statements, admitting she "made up those lies" for attention. The singer/songwriter hit headlines in December (13) when Joanie Faircloth posted a series of anonymous messages in the comment section of an article about abusive rock stars on XOJane.com, accusing Oberst of sexually assaulting her following a gig in North Carolina in 2003, when she was 16.
Oberst denied the accusations and instructed his legal representatives to sue for defamation after they managed to identify the author of the damning posts as Faircloth.
Last week (ends11Jul14), the star requested a summary judgement in the case as Faircloth had failed to respond to the legal action, and now the defendant has come clean about the whole affair, confessing the encounter was completely fabricated.
In a statement issued to Buzzfeed.com, Faircloth writes, "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100 percent false.
"I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son's illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst and sincerely apologize to him, his family and his fans for writing such awful things about him.
"I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I'm truly sorry for all the pain that I caused."
Oberst, who is currently on tour in Europe, has yet to respond to the confession. He is demanding $1.2 million (£705,882) in compensation from Faircloth.
Model-turned-actress Amber Valetta was addicted to drugs and alcohol at the height of her catwalk fame. The Revenge actress, 40, told a live seminar for wellness website MindBodyGreen.com last week (ends13Jul14) that she began trying to get high from glue and scented pens when she was only eight years old. Her habit took a turn for the worse when she moved to Europe at the age of 18 to pursue her modelling career, and cocaine and alcohol became readily available. The catwalk beauty, who fronted campaigns for Versace and Calvin Klein, says, "I was at the top of my game, probably 20 years old, had everything in front of me and I put everything on the line for my addiction. Everything. All my friendships, my family, my job. I had a multi-million dollar deal and I showed up the first day to shoot this campaign high and drunk. I didn't care. And that's just to show you that addiction takes you to the worst places... "I'm not a victim, I do not blame my parents, I don't blame my family, and I don't blame anything that happened to me that was negative. I think it does affect me and I'm sure it made me partially who I am and want to get out of myself, but I know for certain that I am an addict through and through. Even if I'd had this blessed and amazing childhood I'd still want to get higher, I'd still want to get out of myself." Valetta got sober at 25 but insists it is still a challenge to stay clean, adding, "My disease is only an arm's length away from me... I got sober and how I stay sober today 15 years later is that I continually turn inward and look at my disease because my disease shapeshifts."
The Libertines rocker Carl Barat is eyeing a 2015 release for the reunited band's first album of new material in 11 years. The Don't Look Back into the Sun hitmakers returned to the stage after a four-year hiatus last month (Jun14) as they performed a small gig in Scotland, and they followed it up with a big concert at the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in London on Saturday (05Jul14).
Barat has now revealed recording a follow up to their self-titled 2004 release has "always" been the plan, and he hopes to have the tracks ready to go on sale next year (15).
He tells NME.com, "Next year, it has to be. I don't wanna just go on the road because then you'll get cabin fever and have an epic fallout.
"So yeah, I want to keep something fresh coming in. We just need to find the time."
Bandmate Pete Doherty has echoed Barat's sentiments and claims he would ideally like to set up writing sessions in Europe this autumn (14).
He adds, "For some reason in my head, I'm thinking October, November time. That's what will have to happen (for an album to come to fruition)... I'm well up for it."
The Libertines split in 2004 following a dispute between Barat and his drug-addled bandmate Doherty, but they reunited in 2010 for shows at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals before parting ways again.
The group's huge comeback at Hyde Park wasn't without incident - the show had to be stopped three times due to fears of crowd crushing and organisers have since confirmed 38 fans were hurt at the event, with eight of those admitted to hospital with minor injuries.
Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt has cancelled the rest of his current tour due to exhaustion. The hip-hop star has spent most of the past year on the road promoting his latest album, Doris, since its release last August (13), and on Tuesday (08Jul14), he regretfully told his fans that the non-stop travel had finally gotten the best of him.
Taking to his Twitter.com page, he wrote, "I sincerely apologize to any of y'all who planned to see me at these next couple festival dates. Due to lack of self maintenance i had to press eject on the tour.
"I am physically and mentally at the end of my rope. I weigh a fraction of what I'm supposed to and without synergy between the body and mind there is nothing. no point in performing if it's not the best show I can give every time.
"Now that I am home I can get healthy and get this album out to y'all while it's still fresh."
The axed gigs included stops at various music festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.
Last summer (13), Sweatshirt also cancelled a string of concerts in Europe as he battled pneumonia.
New Zealand music producer Peter Dawkins has died following a fall at his home in Australia. The 68 year old, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Friday (04Jul14) due to injuries he sustained in an accident at his home in the Blue Mountains.
Dawkins started his career as a drummer in bands such as Me And The Others, and The New Nadir, touring in Europe in the 1960s and performing with guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in London.
He later moved behind-the-scenes in the music industry and is best known for his stellar career Down Under, producing 20 number one hits and more than 50 albums which achieved chart success.
He produced music for acts including Spectrum, Dragon, John Farnham, Australian Crawl, Ross Ryan, Air Supply, Slim Dusty and Billy Thorpe, and also started two record labels and opened a studio.
After Dawkins' diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, his friends in the music industry released a tribute album to raise money for his medical care.
British pop star Rita Ora is reportedly moving on from her split from DJ Calvin Harris by romancing the rapper son of U.S. fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
The I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker, 23, sparked rumours of a new romance with Ricky Hil after they were spotted holding hands while dining at Nobu in London on Saturday night (05Jul14), before heading to the Drury Club to party.
Hil, 24, has also been showing off his blossoming relationship with Ora with images on his Instagram.com page, uploading a picture of the rumoured couple cuddling for a snap last week (ends04Jul14).
A source tells Britain's Mirror newspaper, "They really hit it off when they met and really like each other, so Rita invited him over (to Europe) to join her. They want to see where things might take them - they're just having a lot of fun."
Ora and Scottish dance star Harris announced their on/off romance was over for good in early June (14), confessing they had called time on the relationship "some time ago". She previously dated Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob.