Actress Scarlett Johansson has formed an all-girl band called The One & Only Singles. The Avengers star, who received acclaim for her 2007 Tom Waits covers album and a collaborative 2009 effort with singer/songwriter Pete Yorn, has revealed her new act came together "about a year ago" and she has already recorded "a bunch of singles".
She tells America's Malibu magazine, "I've just been slammed with work, and we just haven't been able to finish them.
"I write music sometimes in my trailer when nothing else is happening. I wish I could do that full time. I would love to have that gift. But I don't. So, for me, it has to be more of a collaborative process. Because I'm not a songwriter. I can understand lyrics, I understand melody, but it's something that I would have to dedicate myself to, and I don't have the time."
Asked to describe the group, she adds, "I would say it's super-pop... It's like unabashed pop. The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls. Like Grimes... Something like that. I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go's. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke."
Former The Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine has filed a lawsuit against her former bandmates over a financial dispute. The rocker claims Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Gina Schock founded a new company, GoGoCo Corp., to handle their business affairs after she left the band in March (13), in an effort to "freeze" her out of the all-girl group's future profits.
Valentine alleges she was previously entitled to 20 per cent of the band's revenue and now risks losing a majority of her stake in the group as part of the deal.
She filed papers at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (24May13), two months after her departure on grounds of irreconcilable differences.
The actress is eager to add another string to her bow by creating a theatrical extravaganza inspired by the band, which included Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine, Gina Schock and Paula Jean Brown.
Paltrow is negotiating a deal to co-produce the show with Donovan Leitch and Rick Ferrari, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It is thought Paltrow will take inspiration from successful band-based musicals such as Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys and American Idiot and use The Go-Go's music throughout the production.
The Go-Go's were the first all-girl group who played their own instruments to have a string of hits in the charts.
It takes a lot of power to fuel one of Britney Spears' concerts. Just ask the folks at the Texas Tech arena in Lubbock, Texas. After performing only two songs, the pyrotechnic effects and explosions caused a major power failure in the arena, and management had to cancel the show. To the audience's jeers and boos, Spears could only say she was sorry before walking off the stage, The Associated Press reported.
First it was her films, then it was her music, then her clothing line. Now, J.Lo has decided to create her own line of greeting cards, T-shirts, posters, calendars and such to be sold in record stores and other retail outlets. Lopez has signed this exclusive merchandising and licensing deal with the San Francisco-based Signatures Network.
Sir Mick Jagger--has a nice ring to it. Jagger, 58, will be among a few artists who will be knighted later this year. The Rolling Stones front man's official knightly title will be Sir Michael Philip Jagger. Yeah, sounds much more dignified.
Sky News has reported Elizabeth Hurley's former love Steve Bing flew to London to be secretly tested for DNA, which will prove whether he is the father of Hurley's 2-month-old son, Damian. The actress has been demanding Bing take the test since he publicly said he didn't believe he was the father.
Wrestling star Hawk is taking the lead from his colleague The Rock. Hawk is in negotiations to star in X-Men 2 as the mutant Colossus, a good guy trying to help save the X-Mansion. Who would have thought the World Wrestling Federation would be a breeding ground for movie action stars?
Aussie hunk Hugh Jackman is looking at portraying the fabled vampire hunter Van Helsing in his next film, titled Van Helsing, oddly enough. The story follows the intrepid and determined Van Helsing as he is summoned to Eastern Europe to rid the world of evil, including Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Now, if only Abbott and Costello were still alive.
And we thought film executives had a tough time finding new and original material to make movies about--ABC has decided to develop a biopic about the girl band the Go-Go's, highlighting their rise to stardom in the '80s MTV boom. The project could be ready for February sweeps 2003.
Todd Bridges, the troubled former kid star of Diff'rent Strokes, has landed an acting gig on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Bridges is going to stretch his acting abilities and play a character named Juice, a "real out-and-out bad guy," AP reports. He'll make his first appearance on the show July 12.
September 23, 2001 11:36am EST
An Arab music festival tour celebrating the diversity of Arab music has been canceled out of the concern for the musicians' safety.
The Desert Rose and Arabian Rhythms tour was to feature artists such as Algerian rai singer Khaled, Egyptian street-pop artist Hakim and Iranian born singer Andy. Many of the artists in the tour are featured on an album of the same name released on March 20 by American record label Mondo Melodia.
Andy, whose full name is Andy Madadian, has been living in Los Angeles since 1979. He is currently working with Miles Copeland, the producer behind Sting, the Police and the Go-Go's.
The name Desert Rose and Arabian Rhythms, which is a thirteen-song collection of rai and rai-inspired music, was taken from Sting's hit "Desert Rose," which features rai singer Cheb Mami.
The tour, which was to stop in 10 U.S. cities, was set to kick off in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14, followed by a show in New York two days later.
The festival was cancelled on Sept. 11 immediately following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. At the time, Khaled and Hakim were waiting for flights to take them to New York.
A spokesperson for the tour said that the artists involved were concerned for their safety in light of reports of Arabs being attacked in the United States.
"This festival was really for young people, but the idea of Arab musicians and fans partying and celebrating to Arab music might have given some people the wrong message," the spokesperson added.
The label plans to reschedule the tour for late January or early February.
Belinda Carlisle, the voice behind the '80s pop group Go-Go's, bared all in December for a Playboy photo shoot, which will be featured in the magazine's August issue. The singer told ABC's Good Morning America that the pictures were a homage to the Vargas style of the '50s pinup. "You don't have to be age 20 and size zero to be … sexually viable or viable as a woman," Carlisle, 42, said. "And that's part of the point that I would like or we all like to prove anyway." The Go-Go's released their first album of new material since 1990 last week and will promote the album this summer with an U.S. tour.
On the 20th anniversary of his father’s murder, Julian Lennon looked back in anger at ex-Beatle and dad John Lennon, describing him as a man who was afraid of fatherhood and a “manipulated soul.”
``I only saw him a handful of times before he was killed. Sadly I never really knew the man,'' Julian Lennon said. He confessed that ``I had a great deal of anger toward Dad because of his negligence and his attitude to peace and love. That peace and love never came home to me.''
Bombarded with interview requests to reflect on his famous father on the 20th anniversary since Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan, Julian Lennon, 37, decided instead to pour his heart out on his Web site, www.julianlennon.com, Reuters reports.
On the site, Lennon writes that he blames the breakdown of his relationship with his father on Yoko Ono and his fear of fatherhood. Lennon left Julian’s mother Cynthia when he was 4 years old and rarely saw the musician.
``I wonder what it would have been like if he were alive today. I guess it would have depended on whether he was John Lennon (Dad) or John Ono Lennon (manipulated soul).
“Although he was definitely afraid of fatherhood, the combination of that and his life with Yoko Ono led to the real breakdown of our relationship. Once I began to look at his life and really understand him, I began to feel so sorry for him because once he was a guiding light, a star that shone on all of us until he was sucked into a black hole and all of his strength consumed.”
In other John Lennon news, more than 50,000 people have visited the Tokyo museum dedicated to the late musician since it opened two months ago, Reuters reports. The museum is built in a corner of an arena 15 miles north of Tokyo and was approved my Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
As visitors view more than 130 items that once belonged to Lennon, Beatles music plays. Most of the items were donated by Ono herself, including family photographs, an old driver's license, a passport, handwritten lyrics and his trademark wire-rimmed glasses.
CLOTHES A NO-NO FOR FORMER GO-GO: She’s got the beat and an itch to take it all off for cameras. Former Go-Go's frontwoman Belinda Carlisle and her band have just completed recording their first album in 15 years, but while the other band members are busy mixing in the studio, Carlisle is bearing it all for Playboy photographers.
Carlisle, 42, reportedly posed for Playboy in late November for the men’s magazine, Reuters reports. The word is that the magazine’s editors have been trying to get the singer to pose for them for quite some time.
Carlisle’s publicist wouldn’t confirm the story.
PROUD TINA KEEPS ON ROLLIN': It was the end of an era and professional stage career Wednesday night as Tina Turner gave her final show during her farewell wold tour.
The 61-year-old singer performed to a packed house of 18,000 fans at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.
The legendary performer said she was leaving the road after 44 years because she didn’t want to get to the point where her stage antics were no longer dignified, Reuters reports. Still in a physical shape that, no doubt, was the envy of most senior citizens, Turner moved around the stage for two hours, belting out such hits as “River Deep, Mountain High” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
Hers is one of the most remarkable stories in music. Turner came to fame in the late 1960s and early ‘70s performing in a soul revue with her abusive (and now ex) husband, Ike Turner. However, by 1976, her career seemed to be over.
In 1981, she made an incredible comeback to land some opening dates with the Rolling Stones. By 1984 she was at the top of her game once again with a new record (“Private Dancer”), five hit singles and three Grammys.
Her next albums sold well, but Turner was always more popular in Europe, which is where she plans on living with her German-born boyfriend, Erwin Bach.
Her parting words to her fans Wednesday were: “I thank you for all your support.”