Country star Garth Brooks has broken his own concert sales record with an 10-night run at Chicago, Illinois' Allstate Arena. The singer, who has just added an 11th night at the venue, becomes the first artist to top 163,000 tickets sold in a single city in North America. Previously, he held the record for a run at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998.
Brooks has also beaten his personal record for tickets sold in Atlanta, where he will stage seven shows on his upcoming tour, which begins next month (Sep14). The only artist to ever sell out that many consecutive shows at the Philips Arena, Garth has already beaten the record he set at the city's Omni arena in 1996.
Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne is sharing her fashion expertise with fans by launching a clothing line. Ozzy Osbourne's daughter, who is a panellist on U.S. style series Fashion Police, has created her own collection called Stories... By Kelly Osbourne.
She is launching the range on America's Home Shopping Network (HSN) in September (14) and she has also created a website where fans can share anecdotes about places where they have worn the pieces.
Osbourne says of the project, "I believe that every time you wear something, you have a story of where you wore it, whether it be good or bad. What made me realise this was when I was going through my closet and I was like, 'Oh, I wore those shoes on stage every day when I was in Chicago,' and 'I wore that dress to my friend's funeral,' and, 'Oh my gosh, I wore that skirt on a date and it still has a stain on it from where I fell off the steps because he tried to kiss me, I didn't want to kiss him and I broke my wrist. I can't get rid of that.' Like, there are all these funny emotional attachments."
The 29 year old recently had the brand's name tattooed on the side of her head.
R&B icon R. Kelly thrilled fans at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois this weekend (02-03Aug14) by joining Chance The Rapper onstage for a surprise performance. The young hip-hop star helped to close the annual three-day bash on Sunday (03Aug14) by performing before the night's headliners Kings of Leon, and he made sure his set went out with a bang by introducing his fellow Chicago native, Kelly, to the stage, much to the crowd's shock.
During his appearance, Kelly performed The World's Greatest, Bump N' Grind and Ignition (Remix).
The veteran singer wasn't the only unannounced guest during Chance the Rapper's set - he also brought out another local, rapper Vic Mensa, to perform.
Kelly's mini Lollapalooza set took place just days after his headlining show at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio later this month (Aug14) was cancelled following a storm of protest on social media over his controversial past.
The star was indicted in 2002 on charges of making child pornography, but was acquitted in 2008.
Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry gave her parents a special shout-out from the Lollapalooza stage in Chicago, Illinois on Friday (01Aug14) on the eve of their 40th wedding anniversary. The Scottish singer dedicated the band's song Tether to her folks, telling fans her mum would probably be watching the group's set online and adding, "I can't imagine doing anything for 40 years."
Sir Paul McCartney has hit the studio with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith star Joe Perry to work on a top secret new project.
The Beatles legend recently headed to the U.S. to restart his postponed tour after a bout of ill health which landed him in hospital in Japan. It has now emerged McCartney has been taking part in secret studio sessions with a trio of famous stars inbetween his tour dates.
Perry reveals the group recorded together but he refuses to give any more detail about the top secret project, telling the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, "It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."
"Paul was really nice. He's all about business (when he's recording). At 72 he can still hit all those notes... It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now. There will be (an announcement when the time is right)."
He adds of working with McCartney, "I met him once or twice (over the years) to say hello. To spend six or eight hours in (a) studio with him recording! He makes you feel like (you're recording with just another guy). He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!"
The news comes just days after Hollywood actor Depp joined Perry's band Aerosmith on stage at their gig in Massachusetts to play guitar.
Lauryn Hill ordered a heckler to leave her concert in Chicago, Illinois after he reportedly complained about the show. The former Fugees star is said to have started her concert at the city's House of Blues venue almost an hour behind schedule last week (ends20Jul14), and she came under fire from an audience member during the set.
Reports suggest the fan cursed at Hill and made a rude hand gesture, so she asked him to leave.
In video footage obtained by TMZ.com, Hill is seen ranting at the concertgoer, "When I get up on this stage, don't be disrespecting me... Seriously, you can go. Please refund... A little patience is too much. It's alright, you can go, I would prefer that. You're going to mess up the night for the rest of these people... We'll get your money refunded and you can go. I'm alright with that... I don't need to win you over, you don't need to win me over... I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything, understand that?... You can say whatever you want to, I don't give a rat's a**. I do this because I love it. Give this man his money back."
Hill then yells to security guards and orders them to escort the fan from the venue. She continued her set once he had left.
Chance The Rapper and London Grammar pulled out of performances at Scotland's T in the Park music festival this weekend (12-13Jul14). The hip-hop star was scheduled to hit the stage on Sunday (13Jul14), but he took to his Twitter.com account on Saturday (12Jul14) and revealed he would no longer be appearing at the annual event.
The rapper explained he was cutting down on his hectic touring schedule, but did not offer up a reason for the cancellation.
He wrote, "slowin down on doin so many shows. but aint s**t could stop me from playing @lollapalooza (in Chicago, Illinois) keep me in your prayers (sic)".
The news comes weeks after Chance The Rapper was forced to pull out of a show in Alabama in May (14) because of a mystery illness.
Meanwhile, London Grammar cancelled their performance on Sunday to allow singer Hannah Reid time to recover from a lost voice. Scottish electronic band Chvrches stepped in as a replacement for the British pop trio.
Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and Franz Ferdinand were among the many acts that hit the stage on Sunday.
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A stage adaptation of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner's black comedy The War Of The Roses is heading to Broadway.
All The Way producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman are developing a theatre version of author Warren Adler's bestselling divorce novel, which the 1989 film was based on, and they are planning to debut the new production during the 2015-2016 season. Casting details have yet to be announced.
The War of the Roses is not the only book-to-movie project to get a Broadway makeover - a musical based on Olivia Goldsmith's The First Wives Club is also heading to the stage with a soundtrack penned by Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier.
The new production, a heavily revised version of The First Wives Club play which debuted in San Diego, California in 2009, will launch in Chicago, Illinois next spring (15) before transferring to Broadway.
The 1996 movie starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.
"I'm not even pretending to be a fan... I have no interest in sports... I'm from Chicago; I used to be a big baseball fan, football fan, basketball fan, and then I moved out here (to Los Angeles) and I don't give a (f**k) anymore." Glee star Jane Lynch has been ignoring the World Cup soccer tournament and the early success of the U.S. men's soccer team, which has made it through to the knock out stage of the tournament.
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
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