Dan + Shay singer Dan Smyers is nursing a broken wrist following a car accident on Tuesday (08Apr14). The 19 You + Me hitmaker took to Twitter.com to share the news with his followers, revealing he was involved in a minor car crash and hospitalised in Nashville, Tennessee.
He wrote, "Spent the day at the Emergency Room after a car accident. Missing my guitar already."
However, Smyers was in good spirits despite the injury, returning to the microblogging site the next day (09Apr14) to thank everyone for their well wishes, adding, "Can't thank you all enough for the texts + tweets about my accident. Broken wrist or not, the show must go on."
The country music duo, which shares Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, has been celebrating a successful couple of weeks, as Dan + Shay were recently nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
They also made U.S. chart history last week (begs31Mar14) as the first country music duo to hit number one with its debut record, Where It All Began, on Billboard's Country Album chart.
Smyers and his partner Shay Mooney are currently on tour with Hunter Hayes in the U.S., and they resumed their concert as planned on Thursday (10Apr14) in Southaven, Mississippi.
Justin Bieber teased The Wanted star Siva Kaneswaran by flirting with the singer's fiancee in front of him. The Baby hitmaker shares the same record label with the British pop stars and even recorded a song with the group after they were introduced by manager Scooter Braun in 2009.
However, Bieber fell out with Kaneswaran after he deliberately flirted with the Brit's fiancee, Nareesha McCaffrey, to provoke a reaction.
Kaneswaran tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Justin sat beside Nareesha, put his arm around her and said: 'Yo Siva'. He nodded at me and kissed her on the cheek.
"I was like, 'You're an absolute a**e. Why'd you do that? You're in for it.' After, every time I saw him he was scared. Bieber is going through a phase. He's a cheeky kid."
The Wanted's duet with Bieber was dropped from the band's last album over fears the R&B sound did not fit in with the rest of the songs.
Singer Ariana Grande is nursing three broken toes after slipping in a puddle of dog urine at her home over the weekend (22-23Mar14). The Way hitmaker texted her manager Scooter Braun on Monday (24Mar14) to let him know what happened, writing, "Had a party last night and in front of a lot of people I slipped on a huge surprise pile of Ophelia p**s, slammed into a wall and broke 3 toes. Have a great day."
He replied, "This is the kind of text that gets me pumped up for the new week. Thank you."
He then posted the exchange on Instagram.com, writing, "Monday morning texts from @arianagrande are always the best. Lol. Gotta love this girl. Feel better Ari."
Meanwhile, Grande is not the only person in her family to be involved in an accident over the weekend - on Sunday (23Mar14) she took to Twitter.com to reveal that a firework had ignited in her brother's eye.
Well this is certainly outrageous. Director John M. Chu, best known for helming G.I. Joe Retaliation and the Step Up films, is teaming up with Scooter Braun and Paranormal Activity producer Steven Blum to create a live-action film version of the cult 80's classic Jem and the Holograms. If that wasn't crazy enough, the trio is asking the internet to help make the film.
The original Jem television show was created by Christy Marx, and was developed alongside a line of toys from Hasbro. The show followed the adventures of Jerrica Benton, who transformed into Jem thanks to a mini holographic computer that could change her appearance on the fly. In a video uploaded today, the filmmakers are asking the most gifted members of the Tumblrverse to show their talents, and possibly earn a spot in the upcoming movie. Jem fans have taken to twitter to celebrate, and some have even given suggestions as to who they want to see as their favorite characters. They also want to hear any suggestions, casting or otherwise, in regards to the film. We decided to round up some of these casting ideas...
Jerrica "Jem" BentonJem is the enigmatic lead singer of the rock band Jem and the Holograms. By day, Jerrica Benton is the owner and manager of Starlight Music, but by night she becomes Jem, the lead singer of the all-girl rock group "Jem and the Holograms." Jerrica becomes Jem thanks to a holographic computer system named Synergy that is located in her earrings.
Twitter's Picks for Jem: Diana Argon, Jaimie Alexander
@jonmchu Also, casting wise - @DiannaAgron for Jem #JemTheMovie gets my vote.
— Darren (@DazzaField) March 20, 2014
@JaimieAlexander can you please play #jem in #JemTheMovie? I believe you and your knife collection would be #trulyoutrageous
— Tyler & Ross (@superheropod) March 20, 2014
PizzazzPhyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor is the lead singer and guitarist of The Misfits and often serves as an antagonist to Jem. Throughout the series, she frequently tries to upstage her rival. Pizzazz is spoiled by her father who neglects her emotionally. She dreams of becoming famous one day.
Twitter's Picks for Pizzazz: Lupita Nyong'o, Kesha, Miley Cyrus
Campaign for Lupita Nyong'o to play Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Arya (@artboiled) March 20, 2014
If @KeshaRose doesn't play Pizzazz in #JemTheMovie I'm going to be livid. @scooterbraun @jonmchu
— Jesus Maroney (@JesusMaroney) March 20, 2014
My suggestion: Give Miley Cyrus a fright wig and cast her as Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Terry Estep (@terry_estep) March 20, 2014
StormerStormer is the songwriter for The Misfits. She's the most kind-hearted of The Misfits, and often feels bad about her band's attempts to sabotage Jem and the Holograms.
Twitter's Pick: Lindsey Lohan
Also, a few years ago, Lindsay Lohan would have been a PERFECT Misfit.
— jennifer abella (@nextjen) March 20, 2014
Eric RaymondSly and manipulative, Eric Raymond is the central villain of the series. He is a ruthless music executive that continually tries to sabotage Jem and her band.
Twitter's Pick: Jon Hamm
@JoyDanielle61 @MisfitsTamara @reelsistas @ReelTalker Have we discussed who will play Eric Raymond? I'm thinking Jon Hamm for some reason
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 20, 2014
RioRio is Jem's childhood friend and boyfriend. He serves as a manager for the Holograms but doesn't know Jem's true identity. He develops a crush on Jem which, as you can imagine, makes things a bit awkward.
Twitter's Pick: Justin Bieber
@jonmchu @itsRyanButler justin bieber is talented at singing, dancing, and acting so.. @justinbieber #JemTheMovie
— FOLLOW ME AUSTIN (@XNASHBROWNX) March 20, 2014
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Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has signed on to co-produce a live-action movie adaptation of cult 1980s' cartoon Jem And The Holograms - and he's offering fans the chance to star in the film. Braun has teamed up with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and Insidious producer Jason Blum to revive the classic kids' show, which was based on the popular Hasbro toyline of the same name, and they are appealing to wannabes to get involved.
In a YouTube.com video announcing the project, Chu says, "We want to invite you into our process to help us make our next movie, from making music to designing costumes, to even casting, whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative team...
"The movie, without giving away too much, is a modern-day, live-action reinvention of the 1980s Hasbro classic cartoon Jem and The Holograms."
The cartoon centred on Jerrica Benton and her alter-ego, Jem, a singer who fronted a band called The Holograms, and the filmmakers are calling on fans to offer up casting ideas by posting videos detailing what they loved about the show on social media blogs like Twitter.com.
They are also searching for aspiring actors of "any age, any gender" to star in the movie - as long as they are "triple threats".
Interested fans have been asked to share two-minute audition videos on Twitter.
Chu, the man behind the Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert documentary, is reportedly hoping to take advantage of social media to get production on the film started later this spring (14).
Justin Bieber skipped a court appearance in Toronto, Canada on Monday (10Mar14) to play basketball with students at the University of Texas. The Baby hitmaker flew to Texas at the end of last week (07Mar14) to spend some quality time with his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez and he headed to the city of Austin over the weekend (09Mar14) to stage a surprise performance at the South by Southwest festival.
Bieber decided to stick around on Monday and test out his ball skills with student athletes at the university's gym. He showed off his talents by sharing an Instagram.com video of him outmanoeuvring his manager, Scooter Braun, to score a basket, alongside the caption, "Don't trip scoot (sic)", while his representative got his own back by uploading another clip showing the youngster falling to the ground as he scored a slam dunk.
Braun further poked fun at the 20 year old by posting a photo of himself and the school team, with Bieber stuffed into the basketball hoop above them.
That photo was captioned, "Great day hoopin (sic). Thanks to #texasbasketball... for hooking it up".
The workout session took place on the same day Bieber's alleged assault on a limo driver is due to return to court in Toronto. His lawyer, Seth Weinstein, is expected to answer the allegations on his client's behalf.
Bieber stands accused of clashing with the driver after leaving a Canadian nightclub in December (13). He was officially charged with assault on 29 January (14), days after he was arrested for DUI and a string of other reported offences in Miami, Florida.
The two cases aren't the only legal woes facing the superstar - he is also fighting a lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo in Miami, relating to a run-in last summer (13) and video footage of his recent deposition has since surfaced online, depicting him behaving badly and swearing as he is quizzed about his life and career.
He appeared to address the press coverage of his leaked deposition on Twitter.com on Monday, writing, "Love how some people love to twist and justify the horrible action of others. We all have a right to defend ourselves and feel harassed..."
Troubled singer Chris Brown has reportedly recorded a duet with pop star Ariana Grande. The Forever hitmaker was ordered back to rehab on Friday (28Feb14) to extend a two-month anger management and drug rehab program.
Before he headed to court, he posted a picture of himself and Grande at a dance rehearsal with the caption "coming soon" on his Instagram.com page.
Grande fuelled rumours of a collaboration by sharing lyrics Brown had posted online and her manager, Scooter Braun, wrote on Twitter.com, "That was an amazing session. Excited for this incredible duet on the way."
It is likely the song's release will be postponed until Brown is released from rehab. He is due for another court hearing on 23 April (14).
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is hoping her Broadway debut in beloved musical Cinderella will reignite her music creativity after struggling with writer's block. The Call Me Maybe hitmaker reveals she had been having trouble coming up with new tracks for the follow-up to her 2012 album Kiss and decided to take a break from her pop career after becoming "a little bit blocked".
She tells the New York Times, "It's almost scary to acknowledge it when you're in that place, because it's like, well, will that stop?
"I thought, how amazing would it be to take a left turn, somehow, and still come back to this (music). But 'left turn' - I didn't know what that meant."
She set her heart on fulfilling her theatre dreams with a role on the New York stage and Cinderella lead producer, Robyn Goodman, admits she was blown away by Jepsen's rendition of show tune In My Own Little Corner.
Goodman says, "We all knew she could sing, but there was something about her personality, that grace and charm. There's so many girls who are hip and dark, but the quality she has is so timeless."
And Jepsen had nothing but encouragement from her manager, Scooter Braun: "She thought I would say, 'No, you need to stay making music and you can't do this Broadway thing.' (But) being on Broadway, show after show after show, only adds to her as an overall artist, and allows her to find that happiness and live her dream."
Jepsen will kick off her 12-week stint on Broadway on Tuesday night (04Feb14), when actress Fran Drescher will also make her debut on the Great White Way as Cinderella's evil stepmother.
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has warned the troubled pop star to change his ways or quit music for good. The singer's bad boy behaviour has spiralled out of control in recent weeks and culminated in his arrest in Florida last week (ends26Jan14) on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving without a valid licence.
Bieber's legal troubles took a turn for the worse on Wednesday (29Jan14) when he was charged with assault after turning himself in to police in Toronto, Canada over an alleged spat with a limousine driver last month (Dec14).
It has now emerged Bieber's manager Braun has told the star the only way to continue with his music career is to make some serious changes or walk away from showbusiness.
In a new interview with Britain's GQ magazine, he says, "My responsibility is to always be there when they fall, always be there to help them get back up. But at some point I need to let them fail, because if they don't they're going to have no humanity... Sometimes he doesn't help himself because he's so angry... But no one really understands what he's living (through), only him....
"I can't baby him... I can say there is only one way around this, either we quit and let you try and find a normal life or you realise that this is what this is and we've got to keep fighting.
"And you're going to hate me some days because I'm going to say you can't throw a punch. You want to go out there and you want to bash their heads in... But the only way you're going to win them over is by being better."
Braun also opens up about an incident in Brazil, when a model took pictures of Bieber sleeping after a night out and shared them with the world, revealing the singer was upset about the damage to his reputation.
He adds, "He (Bieber) said 'I had a woman film me while I was sleeping, who I've never met before... She was in the house and she filmed me... They are assuming I slept with her and she was a prostitute... I've got to deal with that. I'm 19 (and) every single day I've got to deal with stuff like that. People thinking I had a baby or thinking I spit on my fans, just assuming the absolute worst about me."'
British-Irish pop stars The Wanted will embark on an extended hiatus following the completion of their upcoming world tour. The Glad You Came hitmakers broke the news to fans on Wednesday (22Jan14) as they unveiled the video for their new single Glow In The Dark, but Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran and Jay McGuiness won't disappear for good - they are simply planning to take some time out from the boyband to pursue other projects.
A statement posted on their website reads: "This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour's conclusion.
"The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future. They thank their fans for their continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour."
And Parker has been eager to stress the break does not mean the band is splitting up.
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, "Just want to say...It's a break, not the end. You can't get rid of us that easily haha!"
The Wanted formed in 2009 and have scored a string of hits, including Glad You Came, All Time Low and Lose My Mind.
They have also grown popular in the U.S. after recruiting Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, to guide their careers and documented their efforts to crack the Billboard charts last year (13) on their own reality TV show, The Wanted Life.
Their Word of Mouth World Tour will kick off in Germany on 8 February (14) and take the boys across Europe and North America. The shows will conclude in Oklahoma on 17 May (14).
News of The Wanted's hiatus emerges just weeks after singer Kaneswaran proposed to his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer Nareesha McCaffrey.