Barbra Streisand is desperate to reconnect with Beyonce in the studio after plans to record a duet together fell through. The veteran entertainer has just released her new Partners album, featuring collaborations with all-male artists, including John Mayer, John Legend, Blake Shelton and the late Elvis Presley, but she admits there was one contemporary superstar she was disappointed not to have secured for the project.
She explains, "Beyonce tried to do something. I would love to sing with her, I'm mad for her; I think she's spectacular."
Streisand admits she is not that familiar with other young female stars, but there are a couple of others who have caught her eye.
She adds, "I'd love to sing with Rihanna, Adele, but I don't know all the other girls."
Comedian Jimmy Fallon stood in for the late Elvis Presley for a duet with veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday (15Sep14) during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in more than 50 years. The funnyman and TV host donned an Elvis-style wig to perform Love Me Tender with Streisand, before switching to a black Stetson to portray country star Blake Shelton for a rendition of I'd Want It to Be You, and then channelling Michael Buble to sing It Had To Be You. Fallon's vocal skills during the duet medley prompted his superstar guest to quip after the segment, "I can hardly tell the difference...! That was actually good." Streisand's real all-star collaborations appear on her new album, Partners.
Veteran singer Barbra Streisand was overjoyed to perform a 'duet' with Elvis Presley from beyond the grave, hailing the moment as "special". The Way We Were hitmaker sings along with The King on his hit ballad Love Me Tender for her new album Partners, which also includes duets with other iconic performers such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie.
Streisand admits she felt honoured to work with such a galaxy of stars on the record, but her track with Presley was a moment to remember.
She tells Sky News, "You know, I had met Elvis when I opened the International Hotel (in Las Vegas) in 1969 and then two weeks later Elvis came in. He came to my opening night and I came to his opening night, but to sing with him now virtually, around his track, was kind of special to me, because I thought he was so special. There's something right about that because we did have this connection twice."
A Sir Cliff Richard impersonator has been pulled from a long-running stage musical in the U.K. over fears a recent child abuse allegation against the veteran singer could spark a brawl in the audience. Trevor Payne is the director of rock 'n' roll variety show That'll Be The Day, and he usually takes to the stage as the Living Doll hitmaker for a sing-off with an Elvis Presley lookalike.
However, the six-minute segment has now been axed from the touring production following a raid on the star's U.K. home in August (14) by cops investigating a claim he assaulted a boy aged under 16 in the mid-1980s.
Payne fears die-hard fans of the singer could cause a disruption if any audience members object to the scene.
He says, "Cliff fans are vehemently addicted and defensive of him, and have been for many years... We took the view that if I did venture on stage as Sir Cliff and just one member of the audience booed or made a remark then it would not be a situation we could contain. We do get a lot of Cliff fans attending our shows and they would probably turn on the person, and we could have a terrible situation... that would ruin the night."
DJ superstar Tiesto has created the first-ever Electronic Dance Music sequence for the famous Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. The Sin City attraction usually features music from artists such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley for the choreographed water sequences, but Tiesto has teamed up with architects at design firm WET to create a score comprised of all EDM music.
The Dutch DJ's fountain set will feature a medley of three songs from his latest album, A Town Called Paradise, which was inspired by Las Vegas.
Tiesto is no stranger to the city - he's a headliner for MGM Grand Hotel's Hakkasan nightclub as well as the Wet Republic event.
Famed pop snapper Chalkie Davies has exploded punk icon Sid Vicious' wildman image, insisting the Sex Pistols star was the perfect house guest. Vicious gained a reputation as the ultimate rock bad boy prior to his death from a heroin overdose at the height of his fame in 1979, while he was on bail for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death.
However Davies, who photographed the couple at his home in north London the previous year (78), is adamant Vicious and Spungen were "normal people" and not the drug-addled troublemakers of rock legend.
He tells NME magazine, "Nancy asked me to take her picture, so I took a few in the living room, and the only other room that was clean at the time was the bathroom, so we did a few in there too. Everyone thought they must have been really difficult, but they were just normal people.
"She was very much in love with Sid, completely devoted. Sid was quite sweet and funny. That night, we left them watching an Elvis Presley movie when we went to bed. When we came down the next morning, they'd cleared away the beer cans and emptied the ashtrays before they left. I don't think many people would expect that."
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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
Barbra Streisand has landed her own satellite radio channel. From Friday (12Sep14) until 10 October (14), SiriusXM bosses are offering fans their fill of the diva.
The 24-hour-a-day Barbra Streisand Channel will feature live and studio recordings from her 1963 debut album to her new duets project, Partners, which will be released next week (16Sep14).
The channel will also feature an exclusive interview with Streisand on Sunday (14Sep14).
Streisand's channel joins SiriusXM stations devoted to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson, Elvis, Pearl Jam, Frank Sinatra and Eminem, among others.
Elvis Presley's remaining two jets have been put up for sale. Estate officials at Graceland asked the current owners of the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II to find a new home for the planes in July (14) after deciding to exercise their option to end a 30-year agreement to keep them at the Memphis, Tennessee tourist attraction.
Owner K.G. Coker recently started negotiations with estate officials to keep the aircraft at Graceland, but the talks have since failed and Coker is now seeking to offload the jets.
The advertisement for the planes does not list a price, but the future owner will not be able to fly them, as Coker explains, "They're both museum pieces."
The Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, which have been on display at Presley's mansion since the mid-1980s, will no longer be among the attractions at the Graceland estate from April, 2015.
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.