Soul singer Robin Thicke and his actress wife Paula Patton have separated after almost nine years of marriage. The Blurred Lines hitmaker began dating Patton when he was 14 and the high school sweethearts welcomed their first child, son Julian, in April, 2010.
However, despite cuddling up for the cameras at the Grammy Awards just last month (Jan14), the couple has decided to call it quits.
A statement issued to People.com reads: "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time."
Thicke, 36, and Patton, 38, wed in 2005.
The couple's relationship has come under scrutiny in recent months after Thicke was photographed with socialite Lana Scolaro at a post-MTV Video Music Awards party in New York last September (13).
In the shot, Thicke appeared to be cupping the blonde's backside and she subsequently went public with claims that he didn't stop there, telling Life & Style magazine the singer hit on her, while Patton watched.
At the time, Patton's representative dismissed Scolaro as "just a girl looking for attention" and insisted the actress and her husband "aren't concerned" about the cheating rumours.
Reformed Russian pop duo T.A.T.U. will perform at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Friday (07Feb14). Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova will sing their international hit Never Gonna Get Us as the Russian team enters the arena hosting the launch party.
The two singers were teenagers when they shot to fame in the early 2000s after representing Russia at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest.
The lipstick lesbians are an odd performance choice for organisers considering Russian officials passed anti-gay propaganda legislation last year (13). Katina and Volkova, who are both heterosexual, caused a stir at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards when they shared a kiss at the close of a girl power set.
The duo officially disbanded in 2011, but reunited a year later.
Madonna adopted Miley Cyrus' signature tongue waggle as she joined the pop star for two songs at her MTV Unplugged show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (28Jan14). The two stars performed a mash-up of Miley's We Can't Stop and Madonna's Don't Tell while wearing matching glittery cowgirl outfits.
As Madonna left the stage after her performance, Cyrus, who playfully smacked her guest's bottom, told fans, "That was pretty f**king cool... It sounds super-lame, but as a pop star it's pretty cool performing with Madonna...Today was one of those days that it was really easy to get out of bed."
The 11-song concert featured a cover of Dolly Parton's country hit Jolene, which Cyrus also performed at Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party on Saturday night (25Jan14).
The full show will air in America on Wednesday (29Jan13).
After Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got the masses excited for the Golden Globes and made Leonardo DiCaprio blush -- not an unsubstantial feat on either count -- it's easy to feel like there's a run of strong hosts taking over the awards season. Ellen DeGeneres is back to bring sweetness to the Oscars and Neil Patrick Harris has made the Tonys relevant to viewers that have never seen a Broadway show. It wasn't that long ago, however, that the wrong host for the wrong awards show has made for an uncomfortable audience both at home and in the auditorium. In fact, it was just last year. Here's a look at the five worst hosts to grace an awards show stage.
Seth MacFarlane, Academy Awards, 2013
The Family Guy creator made many actresses squirm in their seats as he sang a ditty about seeing their breasts on screen. McFarlane was perfectly willing to poke fun at himself. In one bit, a time-traveling William Shatner warns MacFarlane he'll be dubbed the worst host ever. It's hard to argue with Captain Kirk.
David Letterman, Academy Awards, 1995
The very things that have made Letterman a fixture of late night television -- his acerbic wit and panache for slightly off-kilter humor -- led to his downfall in front of the Hollywood elite. His repeating of Uma and Oprah, ostensibly to introduce Thurman to Winfrey, was painful. It was hard to tell who was more uncomfortable, Letterman or his audience.
Reality Show Hosts, Emmys, 2008
There was already a legitimizing of reality shows by the Emmys adding a category to honor the best host of one of the shows. Having the five nominees in the category actual serve as hosts for the broadcast, as it turns out, was one step too far. Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest were so out of place and lost they could have been Amazing Race contestants.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Academy Awards, 2011
A studio could probably make a cute rom-com with Franco and Hathaway, even if they reportedly left their Oscar hosting night not on the best of terms. Unfortunately, there aren't multiple takes allowed to get things right on a live broadcast. Franco came across as stoned and Hathaway as over excited, and neither did young Hollywood any favors.
Chelsea Handler, MTV Video Music Awards, 2010
Handler seems like she would be the perfect fit to host what amounts to a big party, and claimed to stay sober for a week to get ready for it. The comedian, as expected, didn't straddle the line of good taste, but instead plowed through it with jokes that weren't merely off-color but downright offensive, even for the network of Jersey Shore and Teen Mom.
If you’ve been in any sort of club, house party, high school dance, or pretty much anywhere that a person would be dancing, you’ve heard LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” The song was released in 2011 as the first single off their second album, Sorry for Party Rocking, and it quickly became one of their biggest hits. It won the MTV Movie Award for Best Music after it was featured in 21 Jump Street and it was the 2012 favorite song at the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Three years after the single was released — and more than a year after LMFAO took a break from music — Rick Ross filed suit against the rap duo for copyright infringement. Ross claims that LMFAO’s hook in “Party Rock Anthem” was taken from his 2006 song “Hustlin’.”
The suit reads, "'Everyday I’m shufflin’...' in 'Party Rock Anthem' is performed in a manner to sound like 'Everyday I’m hustlin’...' in 'Hustlin’' is a prominent hook of 'Party Rock Anthem' and is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of 'Hustlin’'."
The timing of the suit is a little strange: three years after the single was released? It makes us wonder whether Ross is either trying to capitalize on LMFAO’s success — since “Party Rock Anthem” is still a party anthem — or attempting to stay relevant. Either way, c’mon Ross, rappers sample hits from previous years all the time.
Actress/singer Victoria Justice has split from her boyfriend Ryan Rottman, according to a U.S. report. The Victorious actress began dating Rottman in 2011, but the two have now reportedly gone their separate ways and are both in new relationships.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "It happened a while ago. They are at different points in their life and both had been traveling. They've both moved on. Ryan is working on Happyland with MTV and Victoria just finished another show (Eye Candy) for MTV, so they're still on the same network. They are both seeing other people now."
Justice is reportedly romantically involved with actor Pierson Fode, who she starred alongside in upcoming movie Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, after the two were spotted together at a viewing party for Beyonce's The Mrs Carter Show World Tour.
A second source tells the publication, "Their PDA (public display of affection) was on a different level throughout the concert. They were super affectionate and open about it. Her arms were around him most of the night, dancing and kissing."
Pop star Miley Cyrus has sparked fresh outrage after she was snapped apparently holding an open bottle of alcohol at a Halloween party on Thursday (31Oct13). The 20-year-old singer was attending a bash hosted by Adam Lambert at nightclub Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood, California, when she was spotted clutching what looks like a bottle of coconut rum Malibu - even though the legal of age for drinking in the U.S. is 21.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker, who was dressed in a replica rapper Lil Kim's infamous breast-exposing purple ensemble from the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, attempted to conceal her face with her hand when the picture was snapped but failed to disguise her identity or the bottle.
Cyrus was also snapped locking lips with Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden on the same night.
We're aware the idea of "selling out" and the backlash it used to incur against artists doesn't hold the same weight as it did in the nineties, but if we wanted to watch blatant product placement in our entertainment we'd just stick to watching Bravo TV. Musicians have been shilling products since before Wayne and Garth held up a Pepsi can, but the product placement in music videos has gone from subtle to center stage. When music videos made the shift from TV to online (remember The BOX anyone?) record labels starting pumping out music videos as a source of revenue and not just an extension of the musician's "artistic vision." Pretty soon it's going to be Geico lizards singing backup while Gucci Mane raps with a Dairy Queen Blizzard tattooed on his face
Britney Spears – "Work B ** h"
While everyone was clamoring for Brit's latest comeback single, not much has changed since her Femme Fatale album of 2011. Tanned abs? Check. Flashy Underwear? Yep. Over-the-top product placement of her latest perfume? Absolutely! Just like her video for "Hold It Against Me," where she reportedly made half a million to hold product props, her latest single, "Work B ** h," is no different — except this time she's pushing her Fantasy Twist perfume instead of Radiance. Subtle product placement is one thing, but in this video we are literally gagged with it — as one of scenes features a dancer using a Beats by Dre speaker as an S&M ball-gag. In addition to plugs for the casino Planet Hollywood where she has a two-year residency performing, Britney proves if you want to make the big bucks with corporate sponsors… you better work, b ** h.
Avril Lavigne – "Rock N Roll"
Avril Lavigne is a lot of things — but a rock star is not one of them. In her video for song "Rock Star," the product placement makes an appearance before the music even begins. Her gentle guitar strumming is interrupted by "her new Sony phone is ringing," making us cringe before she starts warbling about ripped jeans and "hipster bulls**t." She's obviously very cozy with Sony since their shiny electronics also make a star appearance in he video for "What the Hell." That's exactly what we were thinking.
No Doubt – "Settle Down"
Here's another case of an artist plugging the brand they're a spokesperson for. As Gwen is on her way driving to the uber cool party in a shipping container, she carefully applies her L'oreal lipgloss to achieve her signature red lip and makes us all ill in the process. Maybe their next video can be her sitting by her vanity applying L'Oreal RevitaLift after their live gig? Does Tony approve of this?
Ke$ha — "We R Who We R"
Given her penchant for whiskey, we would have expected to see a Jack Daniels plug in Ke$sha's videos, but it turns out the party girl prefers Revolucion Tequila, which makes plenty of appearances in her single "We R Who We R." Not that we set the bar for artistic integrity for Ke$ha very high. The song's mantra could apply to her entire career, she's unapologetic about her image and "dancin' like we're dumb," lyrics; so good for her. Tequila and flashy watches naturally fit in the dance party concept of the video, but what's with the constant reference to the dating website 'Plenty of Fish' on the DJ's laptop? Turns out, the site had a partnership with Interscope Records. Now we'll forever wonder, is that guy is REALLY DJing at the bar or his he just cruising for dates?
Johnny Louis/WENNWhile one-hit wonders are ten-a-penny, the number of acts who managed to attract a mixture of critical acclaim and commercial popularity with an entire album, only to squander their promise by never stepping foot inside a studio again, is much smaller. Here's a look at five artists who didn’t even try to capitalize on their initial success.
Lauryn HillThe tax-evading Sister Act 2 star may have released the shambolic live album, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, in 2001, but The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill remains her only full-length studio effort. A glorious blend of hip-hop, neo-soul, reggae and R&B, the 1998 release positioned the Fugee as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of her generation. After fifteen years of self-imposed exile, she's still yet to follow it up.
Sex PistolsDespite releasing just one record, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten and co. arguably changed the course of rock music forever when they burst onto the scene with their aggressive brand of punk in the late '70s. A year after its release, the band broke up and despite several lucrative cash-in reunions, the surviving members have perhaps wisely opted out of recording any new material.
The AvalanchesA wondrous mix of electronica, breakbeat and disco-pop built around 3500 different vinyl samples, 2001's Since I Left You established Australian collective The Avalanches as the dance scene's premier cut-and-paste merchants. Despite working on the long-awaited follow-up since 2006, only a rough demo of a track named "A Cowboy Overflow Of The Heart" has surfaced so far.
The La'sHome to the classic jangly power-pop of "There She Goes," The La's self-titled debut album went through a torturous three-year recording period and a whole string of producers before the Liverpool band's Go!Discs label lost patience and finally released it in 1990. Renowned for a perfectionist streak that makes Brian Wilson appear lackadaisical, frontman Lee Mavers disowned the critically-acclaimed LP immediately and soon retired from public view.
The Postal ServiceDespite recently reuniting for a world tour and two new tracks, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and producer Jimmy Tamborello, aka supergroup The Postal Service, failed to produce a follow-up to their well-received new-wave inspired 2003 debut, Give Up. While after announcing they were once again disbanding the project last month, it's extremely unlikely fans will ever get to hear one.
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Hollywood actor Chris Pine has been linked to British model/TV host Lilah Parsons after they enjoyed a night out together in London. The Star Trek actor and the MTV presenter were spotted together at a London Fashion Week party in the British capital on Friday (13Sep13), and they are now rumoured to be dating.
Pine is going to be living in the U.K. for the next few months while filming new action movie Jack Ryan, and he has revealed he wants to spend more time with the brunette beauty.
He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "I'm in the U.K. until November and I want to hang out with some cool people while I'm herre, like Lilah of course. She's so great."
Parsons adds, "I would love to see him again soon."