Rising R&B star August Alsina has reached out to fans from his hospital bed after waking up from a three-day coma following his concert collapse in New York on Monday night (15Sep14). The No Love singer lost consciousness midway through his performance and stumbled off stage and into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local medical centre, where Alsina's representative revealed he was being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
He has since regained consciousness and has wasted no time in assuring fans he is on the road to recovery via Instagram.com.
On Friday (19Sep14), Alsina shared a photo of himself in his hospital bed with his best friend by his side, and in the caption, he wrote, "This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ (with) every follower of mine. iWoke (sic) up out of a 3 day coma... &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I'm tryna (sic) say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second'. I'm recovering well and thankyou (sic) for all of your prayers & concerns."
Alsina had to scrap a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (16Sep14) due to his hospitalisation. It is not yet known when he will be well enough to return to the stage, but U.S. dates scheduled until early October (14) are still live on his website.
Ryan Adams thrilled the crowd at his London show on Thursday night (18Sep14) by rocking out with Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp. The rocker has collaborated with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor on a new track called Aching For More, which appears as a B-side to his latest single Gimme Something Good, and they took to the stage together at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in the British capital.
Depp appeared with Adams for the encore performance, covering Mother by heavy metal band Danzig and the star's own song Kim.
The guitar-playing actor has appeared on stage with numerous music acts over the years, and recently performed with Aerosmith at a gig in Massachusetts.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea paid tribute to her loyal fans at a gig in London on Wednesday (17Sep14) and thanked them for supporting her following "an awful, terrible week".
The Fancy hitmaker took to the stage at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire amid a raging scandal over reports porn bosses have obtained a sex tape featuring her and an ex-boyfriend. Azalea, who denied the existence of the tape, has now spoken out to thank her fans for standing by her, telling the crowd in the U.K. capital, "I've had a hell of a week," and later adding, "London, seeing all your beautiful faces, it's an amazing end to an awful, terrible week."
During the show, Azalea was joined on stage by pop star Rita Ora for a surprise performance of their hit collaboration Black Widow.
The hip-hop star is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her former lover Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, amid the sex tape scandal. She is suing him for allegedly copying files and footage from her computer while they were dating.
Italian actress Sophia Loren is spending the days leading up to her 80th birthday promoting an art gallery in Mexico celebrating her career. The Oscar winner's most prized possessions including a wardrobe, awards, and books, are on display in an exhibit called Sophia Loren: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.
Loren was on hand to open the gallery on Thursday (18Sep14), and was humbled by the extensive collection, which celebrates her entire career in show business.
She told the crowd at the news conference, "This is not a celebration of the past but the prologue of a beautiful life that has given me a lot... I'm very moved by this, it's a beautiful exhibit."
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, owner of the Soumaya, approached Loren with the idea for the exhibit two years ago, and now fans can view treasures from her personal and professional life, including original screenplays from her films, portraits of the actress, as well as her Best Actress Academy Award for Italian war drama Two Women.
As she unveiled the golden statue, Loren recalled the moment she received the coveted trophy, and said, "One feels out of this world, it's like falling in love."
A red carpet gala will be held at the museum on Saturday (20Sep14) on Loren's 80th birthday, and the exhibit will officially open to the public on 22 September (14).
The Foo Fighters returned to Virginia to play their first gig in Richmond in 16 years following a high-profile campaign by fans to bring the band back to the city. Local officials declared Wednesday (17Sep14) to be Foo Fighters Day in honour of the group's show at The National venue that night, and Dave Grohl's band did not disappoint.
Grohl, who grew up in Virginia, was seen greeting fans outside the venue prior to the event and posing for pictures with them, and he was full of praise for the crowdfunding campaign after taking to the stage.
He told the crowd, "I've been a musician for a long time and I've played a lot of shows. But I've never played a show like this before," according to the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper.
The band thrilled the audience with hits including My Hero, Monkey Wrench and Everlong.
Grohl has previously insisted the concert could be a "game changer" for the way artists tour in the future, adding, "It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play... For the past 20 years we always decided who we're going to play with and where we're going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we'll come there."
Country star Miranda Lambert was left choked up during a show in Texas on Saturday (13Sep14) after struggling with her emotions as she serenaded a young cancer-stricken fan. The singer was performing Over You, a track she penned with her husband Blake Shelton about a fatal car accident which claimed the life of his older brother Richie, and she fought back tears as she held hands with seven-year-old Brooke Hester, who was sitting in the front row at the gig in Corpus Christi.
In video footage of the heartwarming segment, Lambert appears to be so visibly moved by Hester's health struggles, she repeatedly wipes away tears as the crowd helps her complete the track.
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Country music singer Blake Shelton was left overwhelmed during a recent concert in San Diego, California when he invited a soldier couple to join him onstage.
Shelton was performing at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on 6 September (14) when he asked Roland and Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo to step up. The singer performed his track Home in honor of the pair and their tireless work for the United Service Organizations (USO), where they provide help and support to U.S. troops and their families.
Shelton tells People magazine, "I couldn't take my eyes off of the family when they were on stage with us. I have the onstage vantage point every night, so having them come up and experience the crowd singing to them was so cool. They were overwhelmed by the experience and honestly, we all were." Speaking after the concert, U.S. Navy member Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo said, "The show made me feel like I was back in Oklahoma."
Singer August Alsina is receiving treatment in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures following his stage fall at a concert in New York City on Monday (15Sept14). The star passed out during a gig at The Irving Plaza venue in Manhattan and video footage showed him stumbling and falling into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local hospital and a representative for Alsina has now told TMZ.com the singer is being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures.
Alsina is believed to have suffered the seizures after his stage fall, which was reportedly brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has taken aim at her husband Kanye West's critics after they attacked the rapper for allegedly demanding handicapped fans at a recent Australian concert stand up and dance. The Stronger hitmaker incurred the wrath of disability rights campaigners Down Under over the weekend (12-14Sep14) after video footage emerged online showing the rapper singling out a fan in a wheelchair and demanding he get on his feet if he wanted West to continue with a show in Sydney on Friday night (12Sep14).
After realising his mistake, West said, "Is he in a wheelchair?... OK, you (are) fine."
He subsequently attempted to brush off the controversy during Monday's (15Sep14) concert in Brisbane, insisting the press criticism of the gig misunderstanding only fuels his drive to succeed.
He told the crowd, "At my concerts I make sure everybody has good a time as possible. So all this demonising me, it ain't (sic) going to work after a while. Pick a new target, pick a new target. Cause I'm not one of these dumba** artists that you're used to."
Kardashian later shared footage of the show on Instagram.com and also lashed out at detractors for spreading false rumours about her new husband's alleged behaviour.
In the accompanying video caption, she wrote, "What an amazing Australian tour! Its (sic) frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media.
"Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair (sic) to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair."
Irish rocker Bob Geldof led a rally in London on Monday (15Sep14) in a last-ditch effort to keep Scotland in the U.K. ahead of a crunch vote this week (beg14Sep14). Scots will go to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) to decide on the issue of independence, and Geldof waded into the debate by addressing a large crowd in the British capital's Trafalgar Square.
The Boomtown Rats star gave an emotional speech urging Scotland to stay in the union, telling the crowd, "Before there was a United States, before there was a United Nations... there was a United Kingdom... The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age. Between the native genius of the Scots and the pure pragmatic drive of the English we made a world beater. The pity of this is that we are the closest of cousins - when one of our blood spills then it all spills. There is such thing as a big glorious no. No is not always a negative."
Comedian Eddie Izzard also spoke at the rally and urged Scotland to vote 'No', saying, "We thought it was important for (people) in Scotland to know what people outside feel about independence. It just seems too sad... to break up our family and build a border. It's Scotland's choice. We cannot say anything to you other than that we do care. You are part of the United Kingdom family and we'd love you to stay."