The Who guitarist Pete Townshend warned Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair not to court friendships with celebrities ahead of his famous 'Cool Britannia' event in 1997. The U.K.'s current leader David Cameron mimicked Blair's stunt by hosting his own star-studded bash at the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday (01Jul14), welcoming guests including actress Helen Bonham Carter and Townshend's bandmate Roger Daltrey.
However, Townshend, who was not invited to Cameron's event, insists politicians should not seek approval from stars, and reveals he warned Blair against his party plans.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "My advice was: 'Don't let f**king Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher come and talk to you, because as soon as things go a little bit difficult - and as soon as they get their tax bill - they'll drop you like a stone.' Which is exactly what happened."
A Downing Street spokesperson said this week's (beg30Jun14) event, which was also attended by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes among others, was held to mark the creative industry's contribution to the economy.
A sweat-stained jumpsuit worn by Elvis Presley while performing in Las Vegas is going up for auction. The King's white costume, which is decorated with a large green and blue peacock across the front, is part of a music memorabilia sale titled A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk hosted by Sotheby's New York.
On the auction house's website, the jumpsuit is described as having "minor staining and browning; non-working zipper" and is expected to fetch at least $200,000 (£117,560).
Presley's red button-down shirt worn during the 1964 film Kissin' Cousins and a white wool jacket worn in concert in the early 1950s will also go under the hammer on Tuesday (24Jun14).
In addition to Presley's former possessions, the sale also includes a red military-style jacket worn by Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone, Kurt Cobain's smashed Univox guitar and John Lennon's upright piano.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have pulled another goodwill stunt in front of the New York City paparazzi by holding up signs urging fans to donate to their favourite charities.
On Tuesday (17Jun14), The Amazing Spider-Man co-stars and real-life lovers spotted snappers while eating breakfast at a cafe, and decided to create an impromptu photoshoot to raise awareness for organisations close to their hearts.
When they walked outside, Stone held up a card which read: "Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let's try this again. We don't need the attention, but these wonderful organisations do:", while Garfield's read: "www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org (and don't forget) www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org. Here's to the stuff that matters. Have a great day!"
The couple pulled a similar stunt in 2012, when they held up cardboard signs in front of their faces urging the public to support the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and cancer charity Gilda's Club.
Soul legend Gladys Knight and British singer Joss Stone were among the celebrities marking the 80th anniversary of Harlem's historic Apollo Theater on Tuesday night (10Jun14). The fundraising gala, hosted by comedian Wayne Brady for the second year, raised a huge $2.3 million (£1.4 million) and was the most successful night since the annual event was started nine years ago.
Stone performed a rendition of James Brown's It's A Man's World while music icons including Knight, The Isley Brothers and Doug E. Fresh were also on hand to entertain the audience with classic Motown and hip-hop hits. Money raised by the event, which celebrates the singers, dancers and comics who have graced the theatre's stage since it opened in 1934, is used to support the Apollo's education and community outreach programs.
Apollo boss Jonelle Procope said, "Funds for the Apollo allow us to continue to provide innovative performing arts programs, educational programs for young people, students and families."
Pamela Anderson saved the day at the World Music Awards in Monaco on Tuesday (27May14) when she stepped in at the last minute to replace Sharon Stone as host, according to reports. It is still not clear why Stone had to pull out of the ceremony, but her replacement had a great time, posing with the stars and then posting the photos online.
In a tweet on Wednesday (28May14), Anderson wrote, "Last minute - was asked to Saved the day (sic) - hosting @WORLDMUSICAWARD Rock 'n Roll - I love."
Anderson's last minute hosting gig wasn't the only drama at the World Music Awards - Mariah Carey reportedly delayed the show by more than an hour when she showed up late for her opening performance.
Two men who were convicted of plotting to kidnap and murder British soul singer Joss Stone in 2011 have appeared in court to appeal their prison sentences. Junior Bradshaw, 33, and Kevin Liverpool, 36, were jailed in 2013, two years after police smashed a conspiracy to snatch the You Had Me star from her countryside home in south-west England, decapitate her and throw her corpse into a river.
Bradshaw received 18 years behind bars, while Liverpool was given life in prison.
However, the two men, who denied the allegations, are challenging their sentences and appeared at the Court of Appeal in London on Friday (16May14) to argue their case.
Three judges will consider their request and deliver a verdict on Tuesday (20May14).
Folk legend Bob Dylan has unexpectedly released a cover of Frank Sinatra's track Full Moon and Empty Arms. The Like a Rolling Stone singer has followed in the footsteps of artists like Beyonce and has debuted his own version of the 1945 standard on his website without any publicity or prior warning.
On Tuesday (13May14), Dylan's spokesperson told Rolling Stone that fans can expect more of the same from Dylan, as the track is "definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year (14)."
The music icon also posted a photo of himself with the phrase "Shadows in the Night" written across it, hinting at what might be the title of the new album.
Dylan's last album, Tempest, was released in 2012. He kicks off the European leg of his Never Ending Tour in Ireland on 16 June (14).
Rihanna fuelled rumours suggesting she and rapper Drake have rekindled their romance, after making a surprise appearance at his concert in Paris on Tuesday (25Feb14). The Started From the Bottom hitmaker was performing at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy venue in France when he brought his pal onstage, much to the delight of fans.
Rihanna joined Drake to perform their hit song Take Care, playfully flirting and dancing with each other during the duet. He even let the Bajan beauty steal the spotlight to sing her own track, Pour It Up.
The pair, who reportedly briefly dated in 2010, was also out and about on Monday night (24Feb14) - Rihanna showed her support for the Canadian rapper at Soixante Dix Neuf nightclub, where he served as a guest DJ.
Drake recently denied the gossip of a new romance with Rihanna, but told Rolling Stone magazine, "She's the ultimate fantasy. I mean, I think about it. Like, 'Man, that would be good'."
He added, "We have fun together, she's cool and s**t. But we're just friends, she's my dog for life."
Taylor Swift had Olympic skier Torin Yater-Wallace smiling from ear to ear recently after recording a good luck message for the U.S. sports team and sending a special shout out to the teen, who is a big fan. The 18-year-old sportsman had declared his love for superstar Swift before heading to Sochi, Russia to take part in the Winter Olympics earlier this month (Feb14), revealing he frequently listens to her music to help get him in the right mind frame before big competitions.
Bosses at U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight took the information to the Love Story hitmaker and she agreed to record a message for the American Olympians, making sure she thanked Yater-Wallace for his support.
In the video, she said, "Hey, it's Taylor, I just wanted to good luck to everybody going to Sochi. I wanted to wish all the Winter athletes luck and Torin, thanks for listening to my music while you practise. That's amazing!"
The skier was shown the footage in Sochi last week (ends14Feb14) and he broke into a huge smile as he watched his pop idol onscreen, exclaiming, "Whoa! She knows my name."
He added, "I'd like to thank you,Taylor Swift, for telling me good luck, and tell her she's one of the most beautiful people to walk on this planet."
The Colorado resident then shared his ideal date night if he was ever given the chance to romance Swift: "We'll go to the Hickory House in Aspen and get barbecue ribs and maybe go to the hot tub at the Ritz Carlton. And she can come over and we can see what happens after that."
Unfortunately, the good luck message did little to help Yater-Wallace - he fell in both of his runs during the men's ski halfpipe event on Tuesday (18Feb14).
Swift isn't the only famous sweetheart back home in America offering fans at the Olympics her support - The Amazing Spider-Man star Emma Stone recorded a special message for skier Nick Goepper after learning he had a crush on her.
She said, "Hi, it's Emma. I just wanted to say hi to Nick and good luck to all of the Winter Olympians."
The thrilled 19 year old said, "I'm a total fan of... Easy A... gorgeous, gorgeous performance."
He added, "Emma, if we ever meet up, if we ever cross paths, I'd like to hang out for five minutes, that's all I ask."
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor feared for her life last week (ends19Jan14) after she was hospitalised with a mystery illness. The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker fell ill last Tuesday (14Jan14) and was taken to a hospital near her home in Ireland by her sister.
She was transferred to another medical facility amid fears she had suffered an abdominal aneurysm, but she was later diagnosed with kidney stones.
The 47 year old was discharged from hospital, but called out a doctor to her home on Friday (17Jan14) and was given potent drug Demerol to combat her ongoing pain.
O'Connor admits she was so worried during her health scare, she started to make plans for her own funeral.
In a post on her blog, she writes, "I get seized by pain that feels like all my back ribs and all front are broken. Literally as if someone stamped all over me and smashed them... or I got run over by a car. So we're thinking ok... I could croak (die) any minute... and we start making plans... as to how the kids will be ok..."
O'Connor eventually returned to hospital again over the weekend (18-19Jan14) and underwent a battery of tests, and has now blamed her ill health on "a physical reaction to an emotional trauma".
She adds, "(The doctor) says 'You do have a kidney stone but it isn't where it would be causing you a problem. People have kidney stones all the time and don't know... the kidney stone isn't whats causing your pain'.
"He asks me have I been upset about anything... I sob quietly and say 'Yes... something extremely traumatic happened about a week ago'... He says 'There's your problem'... So (I am) now in recovery mode."