Teenager Lorde has scored a TransAtlantic double after rocketing to the top of the U.K. singles chart with Royals. The 16 year old becomes the youngest artist to enter the top 40 at number one since 1998, when 15-year-old Billie Piper hit the top spot with Because We Want To.
New Zealand-born Lorde's hit single has beaten TV talent show winner James Arthur to number one; his single, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You, enters at two, while last week's chart-topper, One Republic's Counting Stars slides to three on the new countdown.
Lorde scored a fourth week at the top of America's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Girl power also rules at the top of the U.K. albums chart as Katy Perry's new release Prism debuts at number one, just ahead of James Blunt's Moon Landing and last week's chart-topper from John Newman, Tribute.
Pearl Jam and Sir Paul McCartney have been beaten to the top of U.K. albums chart by young singer/songwriter John Newman. The 23-year-old Brit edged out the rock veterans to claim number one with his debut release Tribute, leaving Pearl Jam trailing in second with Lightening Bolt and The Beatles legend taking third place with New.
In the U.K. singles countdown, OneRepublic score their first British number one with Counting Stars, replacing last week's chart-topper, Miley Cyrus' hit Wrecking Ball, which slips to two.
Rounding out the top five are boyband Lawson with Juliet, James Blunt with Bonfire Heart and Rap God by Eminem.
"I think it's a bit ridiculous to go from this Disney favourite for kids to what she's doing at the moment. I don't have any sympathy for her." British soul man John Newman is not a fan of former child star Miley Cyrus and her saucy antics.
Swedish DJ Avicii has scored a third week at the top of the British singles chart - his Wake Me Up has held off a charge from soul singer John Newman, while Robin Thicke's Blurred lines is unmoved at three on the new countdown. Welsh classical singers Richard and Adam Johnson claimed the number one on the album chart with their debut The Impossible Dream. The pair finished third in the Britain's Got Talent TV contest.
Mumford & Sons have returned to the top of the U.K. albums chart following their triumphant performance at Britain's legendary Glastonbury festival last month (Jun13). The folk rockers brought the three-day event to a close on 30 June (13) in their first live show since bassist Ted Dwane underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain three weeks earlier, and their headlining set propelled their last release Babel back to number one, narrowly beating Michael Buble's To Be Loved by just 125 units.
It's the third time the album has reached the top spot since it was released in 2012.
In the U.K. singles chart, another Glastonbury act, soul singer John Newman, debuted Love Me Again in first place, knocking Icona Pop's hit song I Love It into third. R&B star Robin Thicke held on at number two with Blurred Lines.
British soul star John Newman underwent an operation to remove a brain tumour just as his music career was taking off. The singer released his breakthrough single Feel the Love last year (12), but he has now revealed his first taste of success was marred by terrifying news from his doctor.
Newman, 22, was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumour and underwent surgery to remove the growth.
He first realised something was wrong when he started to lose his sight and admits the operation saved his life, telling the London Evening Standard: "I started going blind. But being Northern (from the north of England), I just thought, 'I'm fine, I'll just need some glasses'. I went to the opticians, and they sent me to the eye hospital. They sent me to a neurosurgeon and they told me I had a non-cancerous tumour and they had to take it out. I was starting to shake, I was so scared."
Newman's single was just starting to take off as he went in for the surgery, and he admits he was given a boost when he heard the song on the radio for the first time after he woke up.
He adds, "My girlfriend at the time put the radio on and (radio DJ) Zane Lowe played Feel The Love, which I had totally forgotten about because I had so much on. I burst out laughing and said, 'This is ridiculous'. It was perfect timing."
"Wait a sec," you'll say, furrowing your brow, upon hearing that Gerard Butler is in talks to headline a new film called The Raven. "Didn't that movie already come out?" Some of you will recall, with a good deal of regret, having head to theaters in April of 2012 to catch a newly released psychological thriller bearing this very same title: a John Cusack film that made for a resounding groan, critically and commercially. So why then, so soon after this universal flop, did someone think it a good idea to make another movie with the same title?
The film, which Deadline reports is in negotiations to give Butler a leading role formerly connected to Liam Hemsworth's name, is being pegged as a sci-fi thriller about a man whose incredible power that makes him the target of an evil regime. Nothing to do with Cusack's The Raven, or even Poe's "The Raven." But with a film both as recent and as adamantly scorned as the 2012 picture, it'll be hard to avoid an undesirable association.
But just maybe this will work in the favor of Butler's film. In the pattern of like named movies of the past, perhaps the dreadful reaction to the 2012 film will automatically brand this new one "the good Raven."
Kicking and ScreamingThe Will Ferrell family comedy about soccer and the quarter-life crises indie movie (that's the good one)
Jersey GirlThe Ben Affleck rom-com and the Melanie Griffith rom-com (that's the good one)
GladiatorThe Cuba Gooding Jr. boxing drama and the Russell Crowe Roman epic (that's the good one)
HeatThe indubitably '80s Burt Reynolds flick and the classic Pacino/De Niro crime drama (that's the good one)
TwilightThe infamous vampire franchise kickoff and the Paul Newman mystery thriller (that's the good one... if only by default)
There's hope for you yet, Raven 2.0!
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The Doors drummer John Densmore felt like "a terrorist" as he attempted to stop his former bandmates from cashing in on the name of the band and signing a lucrative ad deal with Cadillac - because their lawyers attempted to paint him as un-American in court. The rocker teamed up with late frontman Jim Morrison's family to launch a legal war against Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek as they hit the road with Stewart Copeland and The Cult's Ian Astbury as The Doors of the 21st Century a decade ago.
Densmore also wanted to prevent the duo from signing a deal with Cadillac, which would allow bosses at the car firm to use the group's music in commercials, after recalling Morrison's opposition to a similar deal with Buick in the late 1960s.
Krieger and Manzarek countersued, claiming their old bandmate and Morrison's estate were preventing them from making a living as musicians.
Densmore has just released a book, titled Unhinged, about the ugly trial, and he admits he's still sore about the way he was portrayed in court.
He tells RollingStone.com, "They tried to convince the jury I was an eco-terrorist because I am involved with a handful of peaceful, credible environmental organisations.
"I couldn't believe some of things I heard them say. I felt betrayed, hurt and very alone... Now, you can probably Google my name and al Qaeda will come up... It was really disturbing."
But Densmore had his celebrity supporters throughout the ordeal - Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Tom Waits and Randy Newman all defended the drummer's actions, and Eddie Vedder has offered a few choice words about The Doors star's new book, writing, "Though it's something I don't like to think about, there will come a time when I will be a Dead Rock Star. I can only hope that in my inevitable absence there will be someone with the integrity and principled behavior of Mr. Densmore looking after whatever legacy our group may leave behind."
Rush, Heart, Donna Summer and Public Enemy were among the artists inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday night (18Apr13). Randy Newman, Lou Adler and Albert King were also included in the list of 2013 honourees who were feted during the star-studded ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A, and Quincy Jones landed the Ahmet Ertegun Award for lifetime achievement.
Newman kicked off the show by performing with a stellar line-up including Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Tom Petty, and subsequently said of his induction, "I didn't think it would happen until I died."
Producer Adler was serenaded by Carole King after his inclusion, and rocker John Mayer inducted blues legend King and performed a tribute with Gary Clark, Jr.
Canadian rockers Rush were feted by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his bandmate Taylor Hawkins, with the singer giving an enthusiastic speech voicing his admiration for the band, telling the audience, "When did Rush become f**king cool? The truth is Rush has always been cool... Their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves."
The two rockers then kicked off Rush's set before handing over to the band.
Heart were feted by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, while Harry Belafonte and Spike Lee inducted Public Enemy.
Bandmember Flavor Flav was able to attend the induction ceremony after a judge pushed back a court date which clashed with the show.
Usher also performed a Michael Jackson cover in honour of Quincy Jones, who was feted in a speech by Oprah Winfrey, but there was a change of schedule when the time came to honour late disco legend Donna Summer.
Christina Aguilera, who was due to honour Summer, reportedly had to pull out of the show due to ill health, so Jennifer Hudson took charge of singing duties and Kelly Rowland inducted the late music legend, who died last May (13).
The show in Los Angeles marked the first time the Cleveland, Ohio institution's big night had been held on America's West Coast. The show will be broadcast in the U.S. on 18 May (13).
After 22 years, dozens of new cars, and millions of increasingly frustrated late night fans, NBC confirmed Wednesday that Jay Leno would be surrendering his Tonight Show seat in 2014 to Jimmy Fallon.
So while Team Coco might be cheering that the seemingly immortal late night host is finally leaving the show four years after he was first supposed to, Team Leno (Anyone? Bueller?) will be looking back fondly on some of the host's funniest moments.
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What's that? You're saying those moments never existed? Believe it or not, you're wrong! Below, see 10 Tonight Show moments that were actually funny... even if most of them had nothing to do with Leno.
Jaywalking: The segment — which asked normal citizens to answer grade school questions about politics, science, and history — is the most depressing exposé of the failings of the American education system. But, still, hilarious!
Jaywalking All-Stars: And you thought Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars featured the dumbest people on television.
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Headlines: Because certainly, I'm not the only one who enjoyed these as '90s bathroom reading?
Dancing Itos: Sad that a famous athlete is about to get off for a heinous double murder? Don't get down — instead, watch these dancing Judge Itos from a 1995 O.J. Simpson parody get down!
Hugh Grant Charms Our Pants Off: ...Just like he did Divine Brown, the prostitute the actor was with when he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1995. During Grant's first public appearance since the arrest, Leno asked the question we were all wondering: "What the hell were you thinking?" Incredible that the actor healed all wounds with the simple stammered statement, "I did a bad thing. There you have it." Swoon.
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Jason Sehorn Proposes: Less funny than sweet, Leno was a charming Greek chorus when the football star proposed to Angie Harmon on national television. (Fellow guest Elton John steals all the funny points for his response to Leno's question about Sehorn's appearance: "What if he wanted to come out?")
Katie Couric Hosts Tonight: A publicity stunt led to everyone's favorite morning anchor replacing everyone's least favorite late night host. Hey, at least Leno didn't choose Lauer.
Ross the Intern: Without Jay Leno, we wouldn't have Ross Mathews, which means we wouldn't have funny late night campaign and Olympics coverage, which means we wouldn't have Ross on Chelsea Lately or Celebrity Fit Club or on the E! red carpet, and I think I'm starting to lose my support here.
Michael Jackson Loophole: Leno got clever in 2005 when he was legally barred from joking about the Michael Jackson trial because of his role as a witness. Since the topic was about as unavoidable in California as people talking about the supremacy of In-N-Out (#TeamShakeShack), Leno opted instead to invite high-profile comedians like Dennis Miller and Roseanne Barr to perform the jokes for him. No surprise, video evidence of the stunt is as difficult to find on the Internet as Jackson-Presley shippers.
Paul Newman vs. Leno: The acting legend might have been robbed of an Oscar nine times throughout his long career, but he did win his 2005 go-cart race against Leno, which the late night host calls one of his favorite moments of his hosting career.
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