Rapper Fabolous had the honour of introducing the starting line-up for his hometown Brooklyn Nets basketball team at the Barclays Center in New York on Monday (03Nov14) as they prepared to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 2014-2015 season home opener. Another Brooklyn native, Jay Z, was also in attendance at the game, sitting courtside with his superstar wife Beyonce.
Pop superstar Mariah Carey will be performing her Christmas hits at a series of special concerts in New York City in December (14).
The Hero hitmaker will treat fans to four intimate shows at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, where she will perform songs from her best-selling holiday albums.
In a statement posted on her website, Carey writes, "I can't imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year. I can't wait!"
The shows will take place on 15, 16, 18 and 20 December (14).
Rap superstar Jay Z surprised fans in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York on Thursday (30Oct14) by joining Young Jeezy onstage at the Powerhouse 2014 concert to perform their hit collaboration Seen It All. The Empire State of Mind hitmaker, who recently returned to the Big Apple following an extended vacation in Europe, sent fans into a frenzy during the finale at the star-studded Barclays Center show as he appeared onstage with headliner Jeezy to rap his verse on the track.
But Jay Z wasn't the only unexpected guest of the night - Remy Ma, who recently completed six years in prison for an assault and weapons possession conviction, hit the stage with French Montana and treated attendees to renditions of her hits Lean Back and Whuteva.
Other performers at local radio station Power 105's annual gig included Chris Brown, T.I., Childish Gambino, J. Cole and Ne-Yo.
Bon Iver star Justin Vernon is preparing to launch his own music festival in his Wisconsin hometown next summer (15). The singer has teamed up with producers behind the annual Boston Calling music bash in Massachusetts to create the Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival.
The event will take place on 17 and 18 July (15) in what promoters are describing as a "vast, remote, wooded setting" just outside the city of Eau Claire.
The line-up for the inaugural festival, which will feature three stages, has yet to be unveiled, but organisers are expecting up to 25,000 revellers per day.
Queens Of The Stone Age rocker Dean Fertita has stepped in to join Jack White on tour following the death of keyboard player Isaiah Owens earlier this month (Oct14). Owens died from a heart attack while on tour with the White Stripes star in Mexico on 14 October (14), and a string of dates were cancelled following his passing.
Now White is heading back on the road for the European leg of his tour to promote his latest album Lazaretto, on which Owens appeared.
A statement posted on White's website reads: "Although it is impossible to replace Ikey (Owens), the incredibly talented Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather) will be joining the band to play piano and keyboard for all of Jack's currently announced tour dates."
The trek kicks off in Instanbul, Turkey next week (07Nov14), including stops in Romania, Austria, Poland and the U.K. throughout the month of November.
Fertita previously played with White and singer Alison Mosshart in The Dead Weather band, and reunited for a one-off gig in White's hometown in Detroit, Michigan in July (14).
Basketball superstar Lebron James has become a father for the third time. The sportsman's wife Savannah gave birth to a baby girl named Zhuri last Wednesday (22Oct14) in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. The newborn is a little sister for the couple's sons LeBron Jr., nine, and Bryce Maximus, seven.
Robin Williams' son Zak paid tribute to his late father at the World Series baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night (26Oct14) when he threw the ceremonial first pitch to comic/actor Billy Crystal. The Mrs. Doubtfire star was a loyal Giants fan and his three children attended the team's final home game of the championship at AT&T Park, but it was Zak who took to the mound for the ceremonial throw to his dad's longtime pal Crystal, another devoted baseball fan.
As part of a pre-game tribute, clips of Williams at Giants games were shown on the Jumbotron big screen.
The three kids were each gifted team jerseys with 'Williams' on the back.
A statement from the trio reads: "We are honoured to be here in tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown and especially the Giants. For all of us, it is a tremendous delight and a little surreal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series game for our team to our dad's best friend.
"We could not think of a better way to celebrate his memory."
Actors Rob Lowe and Benjamin Bratt were among the other celebrities at the ballpark, while rocker Aaron Lewis performed the U.S. National Anthem before the game, which the Giants won 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series.
Author Ronald P. Chavez has died at the age of 78. Chavez passed on 17 October (14) due to complications with diabetes and a stroke. He died surrounded by his family and friends in his hometown of Taos in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to his daughter Sonia Valdez.
She tells local newspaper The Taos News, "All nine of his siblings (five brothers and four sisters) were a big part of the last nine months of his life. They were by his side when he passed."
Chavez is best known for his novels Winds of Wildfire and Time of Triumph.
Captain America star Chris Evans has sparked rumours his on/off romance with Minka Kelly is back on after spending time with the actress in recent weeks. The action man initially dated Kelly in 2007 and they reunited in 2012, only to split once more last year (13).
However, it appears the couple is now back on after the brunette beauty was spotted with Evans at a family karaoke night in his hometown of Sudbury, Massachusetts in late September (14).
An onlooker tells People.com, "It looked like a family night out. They were with a bunch of people, including Chris's family, and Chris and Minka sat in the back while other people in their group got up and did some karaoke."
Evans also reportedly invited Kelly over for lunch at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday (21Oct14).
Kelly previously dated newly-retired baseball ace Derek Jeter from 2008 to 2011, while Evans romanced actress Jessica Biel from 2004 to 2006 and was linked to British beauty Alice Eve late last year (13).
Country star Brantley Gilbert is preparing to tie the knot after proposing to his on-off girlfriend. The Bottoms Up hitmaker popped the question to his mystery girlfriend, who hails from his hometown of Jefferson, Georgia, and told U.S. radio host Bobby Bones on Tuesday (21Oct14), that she said yes.
Talking about his romance with his new fiancee, the said, "It was one of those things that was on and off for a few years - mostly on - and then she was the one that got away for about five years.
"It came back around and I've never been happier. This little one, she's the one, and I'm a pretty stoked dude. I'm pretty excited to say the least."
In fact, Gilbert admitted he has used his unnamed fiancee as inspiration for many of his songs over the past few years, such as his 2012 track More Than Miles, with lyrics that include the line 'Cause that girl's in every song I sing/She's in every song I write/And that six string ridin' in her seat/Won't keep me warm tonight'.
Last year (13) Gilbert was set to wed fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they broke off their engagement.