British actress/model Kelly Brook has come under fire from anti-domestic violence campaigners after she described punching her ex-boyfriend Jason Statham. Brook made the revelation in her new book Up Close, revealing she smacked the actor in the face after she caught him flirting with Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.
She wrote, "He started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms, saying: 'Gywnnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie. Sexy, sexy, sexy!' He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face."
Brook also described hitting another ex-boyfriend, rugby ace Danny Cipriani, after she discovered he had given his phone number to a stripper in Las Vegas, and her comments have sparked outrage among campaigners against domestic abuse.
Mark Brooks, chairman of ManKind, a charity which supports male victims of abuse, tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I am extremely disappointed that there is no public backlash against the actions of Ms Brook as if the genders were reversed then there rightly would be. It would then lead the news agenda, politicians would be speaking out and social media would be alive with comment.
"Sadly, because men are the victims there is a deathly silence which shows how far we need to go before all victims of domestic abuse are treated the same."
Sandra Horley, of U.K. domestic violence charity Refuge, adds, "Domestic violence is always unacceptable. Regardless of age, background, gender or sexuality, there is no excuse for using violence against a partner."
Kate Bush has made history in the British charts by becoming the first female artist to score eight albums in the Top 40 in the same week. Bolstered by the reclusive singer/songwriter's comeback tour - her first since 1979 - sales of albums like Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside have swelled, giving the Wuthering Heights star a huge career boost.
Madonna previously held the record with three albums in the Top 40 back in 1987.
Only Elvis Presley and the Beatles have enjoyed a greater album chart run - Elvis had 12 releases hit the Top 40 following his death in 1977, and the Fab Four landed 11 albums in the top 40 in 2009.
Bush is currently performing 22 shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo venue in total. Tickets for the shows sold out in just 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, duo Royal Blood have scored the fastest-selling rock debut album in three years, rocketing to the top of the Official Charts Company with their eponymous new release, while Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz top the Official UK Singles Chart with their track Prayer In C.
Mariah Carey has beaten Rihanna to the top of a new poll to find the Ultimate Pop Star. TIME magazine bosses have measured artists' hits, chart placements and longevity since 1960 in an effort to find the biggest hitmaker - and Carey has been named the new queen of pop.
Rihanna comes in at two and Usher at three, while the Beatles and Madonna round out the top five.
Janet and Michael Jackson also make the top 10, alongside Whitney Houston, Katy Perry and Boyz II Men.
Iggy Azalea turned down Rita Ora's plan to emulate Madonna's onstage kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the MTV Video Music Awards. The pop superstar caused controversy by giving the two singers a passionate smooch during their performance at the prizegiving in 2003, and Ora wanted to recreate the stunt with Azalea during their turn on stage at the 2014 ceremony on Sunday (24Aug14).
However, the Australian rapper rejected the singer's suggestion.
Ora tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I said to Iggy we should just make out on stage, kiss during our performance. She told me that would be crazy because it's already been done. Britney Spears and Madonna kissing was my favourite VMA performance ever."
The pair teamed up to perform their collaboration Black Widow at the show.
Rapper M.I.A. has settled her legal dispute with American football bosses after they demanded she hand over $16 million (£9.4 million) for her naughty middle finger salute during Madonna's half-time show at the 2012 Super Bowl. National Football League (NFL) officials sensationally accused the hip-hop star of breach of contract after the big gig, claiming she tarnished the organisation's goodwill and reputation with her rude gesture at the high-profile sporting event.
The provocative Paper Planes hitmaker hit back at the allegations in arbitration papers, insisting painting the NFL as a "wholesome" group is laughable, citing "the weekly felonies committed by its stars", "the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players" and "the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from" the nature of the contact sport.
The legal case has been rumbling on for more than two years, but now M.I.A. can finally move on from the fall-out after reaching a private settlement with NFL chiefs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Provocative hip-hop star M.I.A.'s three-year battle with America's National Football League officials over the rude finger gesture she flipped during the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show has been resolved. The star found her herself in big trouble after extending her middle finger during a performance with Madonna and league bosses took her to arbitration claiming she had breached her contract and tarnished the sport's reputation.
The Paper Planes hitmaker fought back, but the NFL bigwigs refused to back down, demanding over $16 million (GBP9.4 million) in damages.
News of the settlement, which has been confirmed by M.I.A.'s lawyer, comes days after reports suggesting the NFL chiefs have asked potential 2015 half-time performers like Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna to pay them a portion of their post-performance revenue.
Next year's headliner has yet to be announced. Bruno Mars performed a half-time show at the Super Bowl earlier this year (14).
Once a year, we're treated to a cultural event unlike any other: the MTV Video Music Awards. Some of the moments from ceremonies past will live forever in our mind, from Chris Rock joking about Jennifer Lopez and her derrière's need for more than one limousine to Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim's exposed breast. The show knows how to provoke controversy, and has thus remained a lightning rod for pop culture discussion since it began in 1984. This list isn't about the most controversial moments in the award show's history, but the most mesmerizing live performances it gave us (some of which, yes, surely did drum up some controversy).
1. Madonna - "Like A Virgin" 1984
Possibly one of the most iconic performances ever, period. Madonna's signature wedding dress and 'boy toy' belt are still synonymous with 80s pop culture, and it's all thanks to this performance. She rolls around on the floor quite suggestively, setting the tone for what we've come to expect from both the Queen of Pop and the VMAs.
2. Madonna - "Vogue" 1990
Madonna returned to the stage in 1990, decked out in Marie Antoinette-inspired clothing, and delivered this perfectly choreographed rendition of her classic "Vogue." Though completely covered as an 18th century aristocrat, Madge still managed to sexualize the performance by shoving faces into her bosom and lifting up her skirt to allow her backup dancers a peak beneath.
3. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott - "Like A Virgin/Hollywood Medley" 2003
Now that's how you open an award show. Or is it? The downside of this majesty: it ended up being all anyone could talk about... for ten years. I don't think anything in VMAs history earned this must discussion until the dawn of Miley. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, at the time the two biggest pop stars around, having been so clearly influenced by Madonna, took to the stage to pay homage to her 1984 VMA performance only to be joined by the Queen herself. As everyone knows, eventually the Material Girl smooched both Spears and Aguilera (though for some reason, we mostly just focus on Britney Spears) before Missy Elliott came in and got everyone dancing away the shock.
4. Beyoncé - "Love On Top" 2011
NO. SHE. DIDN'T. This was a moment I'll never forget. Beyoncé came out, annihilated the song (which is an incredible feat in and of itself, spanning six key changes in one number), but then dropped the microphone and grabbed her budding baby bump to announce her pregnancy to the world. This performance still gives me chills, and when I think about it, I can't help but want to jump up and down like Kanye does at the end. It's just perfect.
5. Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke (feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) - "We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines/Give It 2 U" 2013
The performance that everyone knows about... so much so that my grandfather just called me to ask how he can clear "Miley Cyrus twerk" from his YouTube history. In combination with her video for "Wrecking Ball," this performance made sure everyone would be talking about Miley Cyrus for months to come. It provoked discussions about sexuality, racial appropriation, and age differences. Not to mention, it helped destroy a marriage (thus leaving us to deal with a groveling Robin Thicke).
6. Diddy, Sting, Faith Evans, 112 - "I'll Be Missing You" 1997
A tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., this is an undeniably beautiful and meangingful song. Sting coming on stage to perform the sample of "Every Breath You Take" shows more than just artists collaborating to make wonderful music, but it demonstrates the music community coming together in remembrance of loved ones.
7. Beyoncé - "Ring the Alarm" 2006
Beyoncé is a goddess. We know. Beyoncé can do no wrong. We know. At the time of this performance though, Queen Bey was just beginning to prove just how much of a force to be reckoned with she was. I distinctly remember not being familiar with this song as she descended to the stage, but this performance sold me on it. The highlight isn't the amazing trench coat she twirls around in during the beginning of performance, but that unexpected hydraulicks-inspired dance routine that she does in the middle. Girl just slayed and slaaaayed.
8. Chris Brown & Rihanna - "Wall to Wall"/"Umbrella"/"Billie Jean"/"Kiss Kiss" Medley 2007
Let's go back to a time when saying "Chris Brown" and "Rihanna" in the same sentence didn't immediately present a problem and focus on this gem of a performance from 2007. The two were rising stars with some of the biggest songs of the year, joining forces on stage for a magical moment. Say what you will about Chris Brown, but he's the best dancer we've had around since Michael Jackson. As he table-top dances and leaps from table to table, even eventually paying tribute to MJ, we were reminded of just how good he is.
9. Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" 2009
Ladies and gentleman, Lady Gaga has arrived. She gave the sort of performance we've come to expect from her: theatrical, filled with musical ability, bizarre, and shocking. Mostly in the way it ended, with Mother Monster hanging on stage and bleeding to "death." Um... this was truly a shocking moment, even for her.
10. Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U" 2001
What made this one memorable? For one thing, she beings the performance in a cage with a tiger. That's just the start. Then she gives us the sort of magnificent dance routine that we love so much we're willing to worship whatever she does now just in memory of a performance like this. Just as you're thinking it won't get any better, the python comes out and Britney shimmies around the stage with the albino snake around her shoulders. (Can you believe there is an entire generation of people who were only able to witness Britney performances like "Gimme More?" I shudder to think).
11. Britney Spears - "Satisfaction/Oops! I Did It Again" 2000
This performance is perfect (and by that, we mean that it's flawed in a variety of ways, but if you're looking for real singing or anything substantial, watch the Grammys and hope for the best). Watching it now, knowing that she's going to rip off that suit and hat and give us one of the best choreographed hair tosses ever recorded, we can't help but get excited. The nude body suit and that booty grab at the 2:00 mark really cemented her place as a sex icon (as if the subtle schoolgirl costume and red latex catsuit hadn't already).
12. Hole - "Violet" 1995
Courtney Love is nothing if not raw. She dedicated this performance to a slew of deceased musicians and loved ones, including husband Kurt Cobain and bandmate Kristen Pfaff, and proceeded to rock out in typical Courtney style and tried to destroy everything on the stage. This, of course, happened before she threw the contents of her purse at Madonna and struck up a conversation in the middle of an interview.
13. Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady" / "The Way I Am" 2000
Eminem made a statement in 2000 by proving that he was the real Slim Shady, marching through Radio City Music Hall with a sea of imitators. More impressively is how many times he grabs his crotch. You'd think he was in genuine fear of being assaulted or something.
14. Kid Rock (feat. Run-DMC, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Joe C.) - "King of Rock"/"Rock Box"/"Bawitdaba"/"Walk This Way" 1999
What's not to like about this performance? As much as I wish I didn't like Kid Rock, I have to give him his props. This performance was stellar, and is probably one of the only performances on this list that my brother enjoyed watching too (just kidding, we mentioned Britney Spears stripping into a nude bodysuit, right?).
15. Michael Jackson - Medley 1995
At a whopping fifteen minutes long, this performance is more of a Michael Jackson concert than a VMA performance. However, it's definitely one of the better ways to spend fifteen minutes, as this performance is jam-packed with everything you'd expect from a Michael Jackson performance. He is the King of Pop, after all.
Madonna was forced to digitally cover up a topless pal after falling foul of snap-sharing website Instagram's bare-breasted nipple ban while posting shots from her 56th birthday on Sunday (17Aug14). The pop superstar celebrated with a 1920s-themed bash at a villa in Cannes, France and uploaded photos of her hanging out with friends like Guy Oseary and Kate Moss - but one saucy shot featuring Madonna posing with a topless pal landed her in trouble.
Instagram bosses swiftly removed the nipple picture, forcing Madonna to post it again, this time with the woman's nipples covered.
She added the caption, "Instagram can take away our nipples but they cant (sic) take away our fun!"
The singer also posted a vintage topless pic of herself on Instagram, but she escaped upsetting website chiefs because her nipple was blocked by a glowing light.
Madonna may also have upset her ex-husband Guy Ritchie by posting a shot of their son Rocco from the party and joking, "Jeff Spicoli is alive and well in the South of France", suggesting the teenager looks like her first husband Sean Penn, who portrayed Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Singer Justin Timberlake has come under fire for using a perceived racial slur while wishing Madonna a happy birthday. The Suit & Tie hitmaker posted a message to the 56 year old over the weekend (16-17Aug14) reading, "A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!"
After spotting the post, fans took to the social media site to blast Timberlake for using the phrase, which reportedly substitutes, "motherf**king n**ga."
One fan wrote, "I knew Justin Timberlake was getting too close for comfort with black culture but now he is saying ninja. #nosir."
Another added, "Get Justin Timberlake the f**k out of here."
Timberlake has since deleted the message.
Madonna has shared her favourite birthday party images with fans after posting shots from the bash in Cannes, France online. The pop superstar celebrated her 56th on Saturday (16Aug14) with a 1920s-themed celebration at a private villa in France, where guests included model Kate Moss and Madonna's longtime manager Guy Oseary.
The singer shared her selfies and snaps of guests dancing on Instagram, but it one with Moss that really caught the eye - it the shot, Madonna and Moss are pictured on their knees and the pop star added the caption, "Bow down B*tches! #whatitfeelslikeforagirl."
The birthday girls kids Rocco, Lourdes Leon, Mercy and David Banda also flew in for the party.