George Strait has paid a touching tribute to Kent Finlay, the songwriter and club owner who helped the country music veteran land his big break, following his death on Monday (02Mar15). Finlay passed away at his home in Martindale, Texas, at the age of 77 and his old friend, Strait, has offered up a few kind words to mark the sad occasion.
In a statement, the I Cross My Heart singer writes, "Country music - and just music in general really - lost a great friend today. His legend will live forever in Texas, though. We'll never forget our friend Kent Finlay. Sad day."
Finlay was the owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, where Strait landed his first gig with his band, Ace in the Hole, back in 1975.
He was an early believer in Strait's talent and after the singer struggled to land a big record deal, Finlay and fellow songwriter Daryl Staedtler decided to team up with the artist and make regular road trips to Nashville to get his music heard.
Their efforts eventually led to Strait signing his first major label contract with MCA Records in 1981.
British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton is reportedly in talks with representatives at Jay Z's record label Roc Nation to launch himself as a musician. The racing driver has been working on his own music at his home recording studio, and has allegedly been talking to industry bosses about a possible release.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Lewis has been talking to a few music industry figures about his music, including Jay Z's Roc Nation team. It's early days but it looks more and more likely that he will release some of the songs. Lewis spends a lot of time in the studio, works with big name collaborators and takes it all seriously. Formula One is still his number one priority but don't be surprised if he tries for a pop career too."
Hamilton recently revealed that he built the home studio so his on/off girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger didn't have to fly back to Los Angeles to record. The pair split for good earlier this year (15).
Roc Nation boasts a roster which includes Rihanna, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Calvin Harris and Shakira.
American rockers Sparks and Scottish band Franz Ferdinand are teaming up for a joint album and follow-up tour. Sibling duo Ron and Russell Mael performed two homecoming gigs in Los Angeles over the weekend (ends15Feb15), and as a special treat for the crowd at the Theater at Ace Hotel, they brought out Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos to join them on stage.
After the trio covered Sparks' When Do I Get to Sing My Way, Kapranos told the Los Angeles Times their collaboration actually started when they were both on the bill at the Coachella Music Festival in 2013.
Kapranos explained, "This all started coming together when both our bands played Coachella two years ago. We were both in San Francisco at the same time, and we started talking, you know, 'We should record a song together sometime.'
"A lot of times people say that, and nothing ever happens, but they followed up, and we started exchanging ideas, and pretty quickly we had six songs worked up and realised, 'This is going to be an album.'"
Kapranos, who added that the supergroup will be touring in Europe this summer (15) with U.S. dates to follow, admitted Sparks had been "a huge influence" in his life, adding that their 1994 album Gratuitous Sax & Violins is "is so important to me. To get to sing it with them is such an honour."
Joe Ginsberg, the little-known hitmaker who co-wrote Little Red Wagon - the song Miranda Lambert performed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (09Feb15), was one of the part-time bartenders who served the stars at the Universal Music Group after party at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Soccer legend David Beckham is turning his charity work into a family affair by lining up his teenage son Brooklyn for an aid trip to a needy nation. The retired sports ace has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the Unit Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) since 2005 and has taken part in several morale-boosting visits to families in impoverished countries.
Now he has revealed he tries to involve his children Brooklyn ,15, Romeo, 12, Cruz, nine, and three-year-old Harper in his charity work and intends to take his eldest son with him on a UNICEF trip soon.
Beckham tells Sky News, "I make sure my children are well aware of exactly what I do. My little girl is three-and-a-half years old so she is a little bit too young but she knows that Daddy goes away and helps people, helps children and then comes back and shows her the pictures of exactly what he has been doing. And my eldest, he is almost 16 and he is nearly at the age where he actually can start coming on trips with me and really understanding it."
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger feels "devastated" following her split from Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton but insists they parted ways on good terms. The former Pussycat Dolls star, who began dating the British sportsman in 2007, left the U.S. and relocated to England in November (14) amid reports she wanted to be closer to her boyfriend, who is based in Europe.
However, Scherzinger has now confirmed reports suggesting the couple has split for good.
She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I'm devastated that it didn't work out. It was the hardest decision we had to make, but we made it together. I love Lewis and I know he loves me. We wish each other nothing but happiness and the very best for one another. I'm trying to stay strong in my faith right now."
Baseball star Alex Rodriguez is single again after reportedly splitting from his girlfriend of three years, model Torrie Wilson. The New York Yankees ace began dating former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Diva Wilson in late 2011, but the couple has since parted ways, according to multiple reports.
The blonde model joins the likes of actresses Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz among the sportsman's exes, while he was also once romantically linked to Madonna.
Rodriguez, 39, divorced his wife Cynthia Scurtis in 2008 after six years of marriage.
Golf ace Rory Mcilroy has settled a long-running multi-million dollar legal battle with his former bosses at Horizon Sports Management. The Northern Irish star sued the company for $7.2 million (£4.5 million) following claims officials coerced him into signing an "unconscionable" contract at a party.
Horizon Sports Management chiefs counter-sued the sportsman for $21 million (£13 million), stating that McIlroy had breached his contract and owed them money for negotiating lucrative sponsorship deals.
The case was due to be heard in full at Dublin High Court in Ireland this week (ends08Feb15) but on Wednesday (04Feb15), lawyers for both sides told the judge they have now settled the dispute.
A joint statement released on Wednesday reads, "We wish each other well for the future. The parties will be making no further comment."
McIlroy, golf's current number one ranked player, was not present at the hearing on Wednesday.
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly ended her on/off relationship with British racing driver Lewis Hamilton for good, just weeks after moving to his native U.K. The former Pussycat Dolls singer, who began dating the Formula One ace in 2007, left the U.S. and relocated to Britain in November (14) amid reports she wanted to be closer to her boyfriend, who is based in Europe.
However, a new report published by Britain's The Sun newspaper suggests the romance has finally ended for good, following several previous splits over the years.
A source tells the newspaper, "It really is over this time. Nicole has finally had enough... She's completely gutted and feels lost about her future... They spend so much time apart that things just became untenable. Lewis's job means he has no choice but to fly around the world constantly. And Nicole has her own work commitments... That means over the course of the year they spend more time apart than together."
The stars began dating in 2007, and reunited after break-ups in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Golf ace Tiger Woods is facing a lawsuit from a former police officer who claims he was injured in a fall while working as a security guard at the star's luxury mansion in Florida. John Davis has filed a lawsuit over allegations he slipped on wet marble flooring at Woods' home on Jupiter Island in 2010 and injured a knee. Davis claims he had surgery and is due to go under the knife for a second operation later this year (15).
Davis' lawyer, Michael Feiler, tells Florida news website GossipExtra.com, "My client provided security on the property and due to the negligence of others, fell and sustained a serious injury."