DJ Calvin Harris has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Blame. The track, featuring English singer John Newman, has beaten Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz's Prayer in C to the top of the charts.
Harris' previous number one singles include I'm Not Alone, Sweet Nothing, Under Control and Summer.
He also featured on two other top songs; Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me and Rihanna's We Found Love.
Rounding out the top five are Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow.
Meanwhile on the albums chart, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has scored this week's (ends14Sep14) highest new entry with Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.
Plant's 10th solo album debuted at number two behind Smith's In The Lonely Hour.
Ed Sheeran's X, Royal Blood's self-titled Mercury Music Prize-favoured eponymous album and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage sound out the new top five.
Embattled singer Chris Brown has opened up about his anger management struggles, revealing he sits down with a therapist twice a week.
Asked to comment on the scandal surrounding American football player Ray Rice, who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week (beg08Sep14) after video footage of his attack on his now-wife in a hotel elevator emerged, the Kiss Kiss star told MTV News the sportsman has to make some life-altering decisions, just like he did following his assault conviction in 2009.
Brown tells interviewer Sway, "I dealt with a lot of anger issues from my past, not knowing how to express myself verbally... and not knowing how to cope with my emotions. "Help is great; I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to... if I'm frustrated and I'm dealing with something, to vent and say what I'm going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person: 'This is how you should react', or, 'It's good to feel this way because feelings, emotions and energy are supposed to come and go. It's not supposed to stay there, you're not supposed to keep it inside, because it'll just bottle up and you'll become a monster'. "For me, dealing with my anger issues... it has helped me really focus on what's important."
He adds, "It's all about the choices you do make... I've been down that road and I've made my mistakes too, but it's all about how you deal and push forward and control your anger."
Brown is still battling anger issues and he was ordered to spend time in rehab last year (13) following a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer was sent to jail in March (14) when he was kicked out of the facility for failing to obey the rules. The hitmaker is still on probation for his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Taylor Swift was hospitalised when an ex-boyfriend crashed a snowmobile they were riding on.
The Love Story hitmaker was travelling on a snow vehicle with a former lover when he lost control and wrecked it, and the pair was admitted to hospital for minor injuries. Swift has penned a song called Out of the Woods about the relationship and references the incident in the lyrics, writing, "Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room."
Swift was surprised the accident remained a secret, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "You know what I've found works even better than an NDA (non-disclosure agreement)? Looking someone in the eye and saying, 'Please don't tell anyone about this.' "People think they know the whole narrative of my life... I think maybe that line is there to remind people that there are really big things they don't know about."
Although the pop star does not mention the boyfriend by name, the interview has sparked speculation that the song is about One Direction star Harry Styles, who Swift dated last year (13).
A dancer appears to have confirmed reports suggesting Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are feuding by revealing the Teenage Dream singer allegedly swiped the Love Story hitmaker's touring team. Swift hit headlines on Monday (08Sep14) when she opened up about the lyrics to new song Bad Blood and revealed the track is about a mystery pop rival, who pretended to be her friend and then "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour".
The country star told Rolling Stone, "Last year she did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies'... It had to do with business... She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."
Swift refused to name names, but revealed she now has to avoid her rival.
Perry fuelled gossip that she was the subject of Swift's song by posting a cryptic message about a bully on her Twitter page. The Firework hitmaker referenced Rachel McAdams' bully character Regina George from 2004 teen movie Mean Girls, writing, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing..."
Now dancer Lockhart Brownlie has amped up the story by revealing she had to give up a spot on Swift's Red Tour to reteam with her former boss Perry on her Part of Me Tour.
She tells the Examiner, "I was with Taylor for the first six months (of 2013). It was a great experience and she's a great person to work with, but then Katy contacted us.
"We were with Katy for two-and-a-half (years), she's like family to us, so we were, like, 'Absolutely'."
A fellow dancer, named Dominic, who also switched camps mid-way through 2013, adds, "We weren't really dancing in Taylor's tour anyway so I had got a little bored and I really wanted to do a promo tour.
"The experiences were completely different. Taylor is very untouchable. When we did see her, we had so much fun with her, but she's a lot more protected than Katy. Katy's 28 now and can do her own thing. Her team are so lovely, so we have such a good connection. And this time around she is a lot more in control."
Pop star Lady Gaga has hit out at recording studio bosses for using voice-adjusting software on her music, insisting she often sounds like a "robot" on her albums.
The Poker Face hitmaker has accused officials at her record label of trying to "control" her early career and blames them for demanding that her singing should be made to sound more "radio-friendly". She alleges studio staff were ordered to increase the use of pitch-tuning software to correct any imperfect singing during the early days of her career, which left her vocals sounding unnatural.
Gaga tells British magazine Seven, "There's been a part of me that has been quiet for a long time that is now being reawakened, after years of producers and record label people telling me to make my voice sound more radio-friendly. "Since The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way, they've been auto-tuning it more, or changing the timbre. They take the vibrato out so you sound like a robot... "They really control you, especially in the beginning. Although it was still my songs, and I still had a lot to say about the production, the vocal was something that they really, really wanted to control. So my vocal presence has been kind of the smallest presence about me for a long time."
Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards kept his teenage daughters under control by banning lipstick and threatening their boyfriends. The music veteran has two girls with his wife Patti Hansen, Theodora, 29, and Alexandra, 28, as well as three older children from a previous relationship.
Model Theodora has now revealed Richards was a strict father who kept a close eye on his two daughters as they were growing up.
She tells Britain's The Sunday Times Magazine, "Dad could be strict with us and it was often over small things such as 'No singing at the dinner table' or 'No lipstick 'til you're 16'... When it came to boyfriends, he was usually great... When I was 16. I'll never forget the time he said to one of them, 'Cut it out or I'll cut it off.'"
Theodora also explains she found out about her dad's past drug-taking when watching a U.S. talk show at the age of 11, but admits she does not want to know about his rock 'n' roll excesses and has not read his acclaimed autobiography Life, adding, "There are things I don't want to know."
Veteran actor Morgan Freeman was late for his own movie premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on Friday (05Sep14) after suffering problems with his private jet. The Shawshank Redemption star has held a pilot's licence for more than a decade and owns two private planes. He was flying one of the jets from Mississippi to Toronto on Friday ahead of the screening of his movie Ruth & Alex, but nearly didn't make it after the plane encountered a number of technical glitches.
Freeman reveals he had to turn the plane around and make an emergency landing due to problems with the slats, devices on the wing which help control the aircraft's speed and manoeuvrability.
After several more failed attempts to get underway, he swapped planes and finally made it to the film screening around 90 minutes late.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The slats would not retract in the air. On the ground they were fine, but in the air they were a problem.
"We were about 10 minutes in the air trying to get them to retract but they didn't so we went back and landed... Once we got in the air (for a second time), they still didn't work again, so we landed. We cycled them (ran a test) again, and took off, they still didn't work, so we landed. Cycled them again, and took off, they still didn't work so we went back.
"Had to put the plane away and take out the other plane... I just didn't know how late I was. I was never in any danger..."
Chris Brown has branded his recent jail stint "humbling" and insisted his three-month stretch behind bars changed him for the better. The troubled pop star spent more than three months in custody earlier this year (14) for a probation violation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was released from prison in June (14), and has now opened up about his life inside.
He tells Billboard magazine, "A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day... It's isolation... My maturity level has risen as far as my realising what's important... At the end of the day, it's just a humbling experience.
"You're more appreciative of everything else that's on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you're out... I just missed my family... I missed my dad and mom, all my cousins... seeing people's faces and smiles."
Brown also admits he was unable to use his time behind bars productively as he felt prison crushed his creativity.
He adds, "Jail isn't a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I'm more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio."
However, the star is adamant jail changed him for good: "(I feel) like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn't look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it."
R&B star Chris Brown is determined to put his chequered past behind him after confessing he had been "out of control". The Kiss Kiss singer has been involved in a number of legal battles over the past few years, from assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 to the more recent charge of beating up a man outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
In the latest issue of Billboard magazine, which features Brown on the cover, he discusses his forthcoming album X and his recent troubles, admitting, "Maybe I was out of the control."
However, days after the interview took place, Brown was witness to yet another unforeseen incident, as hip-hop mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight was shot at a party in Los Angeles hosted by the singer last month (Aug14).
Brown reached back out to Billboard to release his first statement after the incident, saying, "I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure.
"I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life."
The Congress’s imperfections will not go unnoticed. Some of the movie’s more ambitious antics betray the fraying margins of a somewhat unfocused scope — when a film’s principal conquest is to channel the ubiquitous pains of simply being, you’ll have to expect a few loose ends or ruffled patches. Palpable missteps notwithstanding, we never lose view of the heart of the The Congress, a creative masterpiece with one ideological giant of a mission.
On the surface, The Congress is specifically about show business and the vanities inherent therein. Robin Wright plays an alternate version of herself with an ailing son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), ostensibly no House of Cards to speak for (though all of her classics are in check — Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride are cited a handful of times), and a divisive deal on the table from super-studio MiraMount: sell her image for use in whatever productions they might deem a computer generated Robin Wright apropos, thus completely relinquishing her personal likeness to the control of the industry and agreeing never to act again.
One step deeper, and it’s about youth. Vanity, ageism, mortality, and all the ugly facets that play into our culture’s obsession with staying under 40. But in earnest, these (admittedly grand) themes act as courier into the film’s far vaster intentions. After agreeing to the deal in order to fund her son’s cryptic medical expenses, Wright visits a veritable afterlife in the form of a psychedelic cartoon, one designed to effectively “replace” life on Earth.
There, the questions and concerns jump to true majesty. The film tackles the theme of heartache with such bite and dynamism that you’ll happily trudge through its technical dysfunctions or narrative slip-ups in order to be a part of everything it has to say, and of the magnetic world it is building.
It’s hard to identify which aspect of The Congress is more exciting: its colossal essay about the crevices of human sadness or the explosion of visual and conceptual imagination that it builds in Wright’s second act cartoon journey. Thankfully, they work in perfect harmony, rendering The Congress one of the most wonderful, important, and wholly original pieces you’ll see this or any year.
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Dramatic tale follows the lives of three London teenagers sent to a young offenders' institution and how the experience affects them. When Sam, who goes through his days smoking crack and robbing people of their mobile phones, plans an armed robbery, his mate Danny goes along for the ride. They are arrested a few days after the successful raid and are both sentenced to two years in a juvenile detention center. Meanwhile, youngster Dean has cleaned up his act and seems to be back on track--until his friend Charlie is released from a detention center and re-emerges him into a criminal life.