Britney Spears has heaped praise on little sister Jamie Lynn after viewing the 22 year old's new video for her first single How Could I Want More on Tuesday (26Nov13). The proud big sister took to Twitter.com to gush about the young mum's new promo hours after it was posted online, insisting Jamie Lynn looked "beautiful".
Britney wrote, "Can’t believe how beautiful my sister looks in her #HowCouldIWantMore video. OMG!"
Jamie Lynn responded with her own post, which read: "@britneyspears thanks for the support B!! I love you!"
Fans of the singing sisters are in for a treat next week (02Dec13) when Britney's new album Britney Jean, which features a duet with Jamie Lynn, is released.
Former Lostprophets rocker Lee Gaze has thanked fans for their support throughout frontman Ian Watkins' child sex drama, revealing he's relieved the case is almost over. Last Train Home singer Watkins had previously denied all charges, including two accusations of attempting to rape a baby under the age of 12 months, but he changed his plea to guilty as his trial kicked off at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Tuesday (26Nov13), and the singer will now be sentenced on 18 December (13).
Two female co-defendants, aged 21 and 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also altered their pleas and admitted to a number of offences.
Further details of Watkins' crimes emerged in court on Tuesday, with prosecutors revealing that the singer had filmed his sordid encounters, with one 17-minute video showing him performing a sex act on an 11-month-old baby - the child of one of his fellow defendants. Investigators also discovered that he had set the password for his laptop to 'if**kkids'.
Shortly after the hearing, guitarist Gaze took to his Twitter.com blog to express his relief that the ordeal was nearing an end, writing, "That was over quick. Thank f**k (sic)".
He then addressed the group's fans, adding: "Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now."
Gaze and the remaining members of Lostprophets, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson, announced last month (Oct13) that they were splitting after 15 years together in light of Watkins' personal scandal.
Actor Max Martini has landed the role of lead character Christian Grey's bodyguard, Jason Taylor, in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The movie is set to hit theatres in 2015.
Vallery Jean/GettyLady Gaga's ARTPOP, Katy Perry's Prism, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2: most of the big-hitters have now hit the shelves in time for the Christmas rush, but there are still several albums that will only see the light of day in December that are worth getting excited about. Here are five of the biggest.Britney Spears – Britney JeanThe first two singles from Britney's eighth studio album haven't really struck a chord outside her loyal fan base. But featuring collaborations with everyone from William Orbit to T.I. to her younger sister Jamie Lynn, her self-described most personal record to date also sounds like it could be the most intriguing.R. Kelly - Black PantiesFollowing his unlikely alliance with French synth-pop outfit Phoenix and his first US Top 20 hit in seven years with Lady Gaga collaboration "Do What U Want," the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B looks like continuing his musical rehabilitation with a typically sexually-charged studio effort which he's described as "the new 12 Play."Leona Lewis – Christmas, With LoveLast year's under-rated but hugely troubled Glassheart didn't even get a US release so The X-Factor UK's most gifted vocalist will now be hoping to revive her career with a carefully-chosen collection of Christmas classics ("Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas") and original festive compositions.Rebecca Ferguson – FreedomPoised to take over from Lewis as The X-Factor UK's biggest soul star, 2010 runner-up Rebecca Ferguson follows up her Billboard Top 30 debut album, Heaven, with another effortlessly elegant array of heartbreak anthems co-written with the likes of piano man Aqualung and Jay-Z cohort Mr. Hudson.Childish Gambino – Because The InternetThe Community star has had to fight to get his second studio effort released in time for Christmas following record label concerns that it would get lost amongst all the blockbuster releases. Featuring guest appearances from Jhene Aiko, Chance The Rapper and motormouth Azealia Banks, Because The Internet might not be challenging for the number one spot but it could be a late contender for hip-hop album of the year.
Britney Spears' sister is hoping to follow in the Toxic singer's footsteps by conquering the music charts with her first-ever single. Jamie Lynn Spears, 22, released How Could I Want More on Monday (25Nov13) and the track is already a hit on iTunes.
She took to Instagram.com to share her excitement with fans, writing, "Surprise!!!!!! On itunes now!!!! Go get it- RIGHT NOW!!!!! This song means a lot to me... Hope it does to ya'll (sic) as well!! Love y'all!!"
The young mum has also teamed up with her famous sister to record a track for Britney's new album, Britney Jean, which is set for release on 3 December (13).
Jamie first started recording songs for her debut country album in 2009, and, in 2011, she showcased a few tracks during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee.
WENNComebacks from one of the world's biggest stadium rock bands, the original M.I.A. and Victoria Beckham's former arch-nemesis all feature in this week's guide to the best recently-unveiled tracks.Neneh Cherry – "Blank Project"Although Neneh Cherry has kept herself busy via collaborations with jazz trio The Thing and trip-hop collective Cirkus, it's been 17 years since her last solo LP, Woman. An intense Four Tet-produced account of a love-hate relationship, the title track from her forthcoming fourth studio effort proves she remains as compelling as ever.Solange – "Cash In"After kicking off the year in style with the stunning True EP, the most interesting Knowles sister now ends it with another gorgeous slice of leftfield R&B taken from her Saint Heron compilation – the first release on her own boutique label Saint Records.Sophie Ellis-Bextor – "Young Blood"Capitalising on her current run on Strictly Come Dancing, the UK's most well-spoken pop star abandons the elegant electro she made her name with in favour of a lush and cinematic baroque-pop ballad which certainly bodes well for her upcoming fifth album Wanderlust.Royksopp – "Something In My Heart"Accompanied by the yearning James Blake-esque tones of The Irrepressibles' Jamie McDermott, the Norwegian duo confirm their status as kings of electro-pop heartbreak with a typically dreamy blend of chugging synths, melancholic melodies and slow-motion beats.U2 – "Ordinary Love"Following the commercial disappointment of 2009's experimental No Line On The Horizon, U2 now go back to basics with their contribution to the new Nelson Mandela biopic. Produced by Danger Mouse, "Ordinary Love" combines a resonant piano hook with The Edge's familiar echo-drenched riffs a to produce the band's most quietly affecting single in years.
The main cast for the much-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey has been set following the hiring of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh. Mumford has signed on to play sexy student Anastasia Steele's best friend in the film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has also cast Luke Grimes as Christian Grey's brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia's close friend, Jose; and Jennifer Ehle as her mother, Carla.
Pharrell Williams has created the very first 24-hour long music video, which features fans and celebrities lip-syncing to his new track, Happy. The innovative hip-hop superproducer has released a day long video for his four-minute song, which is featured on the soundtrack to the animated hit film, Despicable Me 2.
Viewers can log on to 24hoursofhappy.com and create their own version of the Happy video by switching between channels which showcase different people dancing and singing along to the song.
Not only does Williams appear in the video, but there are cameos by Despicable Me 2 star Steve Carrell, rapper Tyler the Creator, NBA legend Magic Johnson and actor Jamie Foxx.
Non-interactive four-hour segments of the video are also available on YouTube.com.
Mark Wahlberg has revealed he fought to secure the film rights for erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey and almost fired his agent when the deal fell through. The Fighter star had hoped to produce the movie adaptation of E.L. James' popular novel but lost out to Michael De Luca.
Both men took part in a recent producers' roundtable chat for The Hollywood Reporter, which prompted Wahlberg to recount his high hopes for the film.
He said, "I almost fired my agent, Ari, over (it) - not because I wanted to play the part. We were aware of the book very early on, and we were close to securing the rights, and then we get into this bidding war. We were so close to having (it)..."
De Luca, who recently locked in the cast after hiring Jamie Dornan to replace Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, joked Wahlberg would have made a good leading man in the film, stating, "He (Grey) looks a lot like Mark Wahlberg. I mean, the woman wrote a fantasy: a square-jawed, tall, broad-shouldered, genius, billionaire Adonis..."
The comparison prompted Wahlberg to respond, "Sounds like Brad Pitt to me."
Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2015.
British model/actress Kelly Brook launched her own bar in London on Tuesday night (19Nov13). The Great Gatsby-inspired venue, Steam And Rye, has been furnished to look like New York City's Grand Central Station and features a first-class cocktail carriage. Guests at the launch party included Jamelia, Myleene Klass and Jamie Campbell Bower.