Two members of British dance act Rudimental have accepted honorary degrees from their alma mata six years after they graduated. Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden were feted by officials at Leeds Metropolitan University in England and became Honorary Masters of Music at a ceremony held on Thursday (24Jul14).
Both stars previously studied at the college and obtained degrees in Creative Music and Sound Technology. They graduated in 2008.
Leeds Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price, says, "Since graduating Piers and Kesi's success has known no bounds, and we could not be more proud of them and all that they have achieved. An inspiration to both our students and current graduates, they are living proof that hard work and determination does pay off."
Rapper Nicki Minaj has left little to the imagination by baring her back on the cover for her new single, Anaconda.
The Superbass hitmaker debuted the risque cover art for her track on her Instagram.com account Thursday (24Jul14). In the shot, the voluptuous Minaj is crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue Air Jordan sneakers, and a barely-there thong, exposing her bare butt.
The photo took the Internet by storm, and many fans used the image to recreate their own art, such as placing it on a white tee shirt and reimagining the Google logo, perfectly aligning her bottom to replace the two 'Os'.
Minaj even reposted the images on her Instagram account and wrote, "U guys waste no time... Doing the most. Who did this?", along with a laughing emoticon.
Anaconda is the second single off her upcoming album The Pink Print, the release date of which has yet to be revealed.
Actor/singer John Barrowman has defended his controversial performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland where he took a stand for gay marriage by kissing a man on camera. The openly gay star made a public statement in front of a global audience of millions on Wednesday night (23Jul14) by planting a smooch on the lips of a male dancer during the show's opening number.
The kiss, which hit headlines around the world, took place during a segment dedicated to Gretna Green, a village in Scotland famous for hosting runaway weddings, and the two men were surrounded by pairs of male and female dancers with the women wearing bridal veils.
Barrowman has now revealed his stunt led to a volley of criticism on Twitter.com, and he has retweeted a number of the nasty comments on his own page.
In a series of posts on the social networking website, Barrowman hit back at his critics, writing, "I am retwtin (retweeting) the neg (negative) because I want u (sic) all to see how bitter and nasty and neg (sic) some people r (are)... I am so happy right now... I'm Scottish and u (sic) can never take that away no matter what your politics are. Bitterness makes u ugly and old very fast (sic)... happy... I don't care (what they are saying)."
Fans of late singer Amy Winehouse marked the third anniversary of her death by leaving empty beer bottles, vodka drinks and packs of cigarettes outside her former home. The Back to Black hitmaker died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27 after a booze binge at her mansion in Camden, north London.
Her devotees marked three years since her passing on Wednesday (23Jul14) by laying tributes outside the house where she died, but many included controversial references to her troubles.
Pictures which have emerged online show empty beer bottles lined up outside the house along side bouquets of flowers, as well as cans of vodka drink and packs of cigarettes.
On Wednesday, Twitter.com was flooded with tributes to Winehouse, with stars including Lady Gaga remembering the tragic singer. The Poker Face hitmaker wrote, "Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse I'll always think about you, imagine u (sic) singing the blues in heaven in a happier place. I loved you and still do."
Pop parody king 'Weird Al' Yankovic is having a laugh at the top of the U.S. album chart after debuting his latest collection of comedy tunes at the top of the Billboard 200. The 54 year old's new release, Mandatory Fun, has rocketed to number one, giving the star his first chart-topper.
Weird Al took to his Twitter account on Wednesday (23Jul14) to alert fans to the news, writing, "It's official. MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW."
He added, "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you'd told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it.
"I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's 14th studio album, and features comedy takes on hits like Pharrell Williams' Happy (Tacky) and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), but the highlight is his reimagining of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, which Yankovic has turned into a handyman anthem, called Handy.
He promoted the new album by releasing eight music videos in eight consecutive days, and recently hinted the new release may be his last: "I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way. It's the end of my record deal."
Jason Mraz's Yes! debuts at two on the new countdown and rockers Rise Against enter at three with The Black Market.
Meanwhile, pop/reggae group MAGIC! land a second week at the top of the Hot 100 with Rude.
Iggy Azalea's Fancy and Sam Smith's Stay With Me are unmoved at two and three on the new singles countdown, while Ariana Grande's Problem and Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz round out the top five.
Simon Cowell has been bombarded with sickening messages on Twitter.com over a donation he made to a fund for Israeli soldiers.
The X Factor boss handed $150,000 (£88,000) to the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) at a fundraising gala in Beverly Hills, California last year (13).
However, the conflict in the Middle East erupted again this month (Jul14) and several protesters on Twitter have since sent the music mogul hate-filled messages and gruesome photographs of victims of the fighting.
One user told Cowell, "You have blood on ur (your) hands" and another posted a photo of a father holding his dead baby, alongside the message, "U (you) donated money to Israel to do this. Now imagine this was ur (your) child."
FIDF was founded by Holocaust survivors in 1981 and provides support for Israeli soldiers.
Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs' new TV series Dig has become the latest victim of the Middle Eastern conflict after producers opted to move production out of Israel. The new series, in which the Brit and actress Anne Heche play FBI agents investigating the murder of a young archaeologist in Jerusalem, was originally set to film in the area, but as violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Gaza escalates, bosses at America's USA Network have decided to relocate production to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A statement from executives reads: "Given the current situation and after careful consideration, we are relocating the production of Dig partly to Albuquerque and are continuing to explore other locations.
"Our experience filming in Israel was very positive and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to capture such an authentic landscape that will be threaded throughout the series."
The pilot for DIG was filmed throughout Israel with stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
DIG is co-created by Israeli writer-producer Gideon Raff, who also helms Homeland and new drama Tyrant, which has also moved production from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, Turkey.
Blockbuster movie Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes proved to be a roaring success on its opening weekend (18-20Jul14) in the U.K., topping the box office chart with takings of $14.8 million (£8.7 million). The sequel, starring Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis, fought off competition from its nearest rival How To Train Your Dragon 2, which limped home in second place with $3 million (£1.8 million).
Last weekend's (11-13Jul14) chart-topper Transformers: Age of Extinction, slumped to third place, with ticket sales of $2.9 million (£1.7 million), but the stars of comedy troupe Monty Python were laughing all the way to the bank when the live cinema broadcast of their reunion stage show netted $2 million (£1.2 million) and landed them in fourth place.
The top five was rounded out by Andre Rieu's 2014 Maastricht Concert, with $1.4 million (£830,500).
Ed Sheeran's X has become the U.K.'s longest-running number one of the year (14) after fending off a charge from Morrissey to stay on top of the album charts for a fourth week. The album, which has also hit the top spot in the U.S., has sold more than 367,000 copies in Britain, giving Sheeran a week lead over Paolo Nutini for the most time spent at the top of the countdown.
Morrissey's 10th album World Peace is None of Your Business debuts at two.
Meanwhile, boyband Rixton have stormed to the top of the singles chart with their first release, Me and My Broken Heart. The track knocks will.i.am's It's My Birthday off the top spot.
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's Problem stays put at two.
The Planet Of The Apes remains the top banana at the U.S. box office after picking up $36 million (GBP21.2 million) in its second week on release. The film swung into first place last weekend (13Jul14) and it has managed to stave off a charge from thriller The Purge: Anarchy to stay on top.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has racked up $139 million (GBP81.2 million) at the U.S. box office.
The Purge: Anarchy kicked off the weekend as America's top film but lost ground to the apes, and had to settle for second place with a $28.4 million (GBP16.7 million) opening weekend take.
Animated comedy Planes: Fire & Rescue debuts at three, while Cameron Diaz's new film Sex Tape disappoints at four and Transformers: Age of Extinction rounds out the new top five.
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