Rocker Neil Young is working with two automobile manufacturers to have his new Pono music player built in to cars as soon as it launches. The Heart of Gold hitmaker will officially launch the high quality PonoMusic digital service and device at the Salesforce Dreamforce technology conference in San Francisco, California on Thursday (16Oct14) and he reveals he is already looking at the next step in the product's development.
During a recent appearance on U.S. finance show Mad Money, Young explained, "We're working with Harmon for Lincoln Continental for 2016 release, with Pono already built in."
He added, "I've been talking with Tesla and as soon as we're ready with our store, they said they're ready to put it in."
Young has been able to turn his idea for PonoMusic into a reality thanks to a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year (14). The Kickstarter.com fundraiser banked over $6.2 million (£3.88 million) within a month, making it the third most-backed cause in the website's five-year history. The star had initially only aimed to raise just $800,000 (£500,000).
U2 star The Edge's plans to build a luxury retreat high above Malibu, California have suffered another setback after officials at the California Coastal Commission postponed consideration of his controversial compound following a deluge of complaints from locals. National Park Service officials, local politicians and environmental groups have inundated the CCC panel in recent days, urging them to shut down the rocker's development plans, claiming the project would cause irreparable harm to the coastline and destroy habitat, while also posing an extreme fire danger.
But The Edge, real name Dave Evans, is taking the setback in his stride - a spokeswoman calls it "a procedural hiccup".
She tells the Los Angeles Times, "We’ll be back in January," and insists that The Edge plans to work with the CCC officials to ensure compliance.
The rocker has been fighting to secure permission to build five houses and an access road on Sweetwater Mesa in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2006.
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes is relocating to New York because she plans to study psychology at a university in the city.
The Hairspray star joined the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in California last year (13) after finishing a rehabilitation stint in December (13), but was reportedly kicked out of the school in September (14). The actress has been spotted in New York over the last week (ends05Oct14) and she returned to Twitter.com on Tuesday (07Oct14) after a five-month absence to tell fans she is checking out universities in the city.
She writes, "I'm transferring to NYU (New York University) or Columbia from FIDM to study psychology, so you'll see me in New York if you live here... Don't believe anything the tabloids are saying about me. They dislike me for some odd reason & they continue to insult me everyday... Treat others how you want to be treated. The truth will set you free."
Bynes was charged with driving under the influence of drugs in California last month (Sep14) and is currently on bail. She recently told America's In Touch magazine that she is engaged to a 19 year old who works in a bait shop.
Former Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-Jhave scored their first number one album in the U.K. This Is All Yours, the group's second album, has debuted at the top of the new Official Chart Company countdown.
Thrilled band leader Gus Unger-Hamilton says, "We're over the moon to see our album at number one. It was never something we thought we'd achieve, but it's our fans who have put us there, so we owe this to them."
Barbra Streisand's duets album Partners and releases by Sam Smith and George Ezra round out the new top four, while 80-year-old Leonard Cohen scores a high entry at five with Popular Problems.
Meanwhile, Jessie J has returned to the top of the Official Singles Chart with her Bang Bang collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. The feat is Jessie J's third number one.
And U.S. chart-topper Meghan Trainor has made chart history in the U.K. by becoming the first American to enter the Top 40 on streams alone. All About That Bass has hit the number 33 spot ahead of its official release this week (beg29Sep14).
Australian soap star Elaine Lee has died at the age of 75. The actress, who was born in South Africa but emigrated to Australia in 1970, passed away on Friday (19Sep14). No more details were available as WENN went to press.
Lee is best known for playing fashion designer Vera Collins in long-running Australian soap Number 96, a role she landed shortly after moving to the country.
She stayed with the show for nearly five years, but plans to launch her character in a spin-off series later flopped.
Lee went on to appear in shows such as A Country Practice, Heartbreak High, All Saints, and Home and Away. She was also a regular on the stage, even appearing opposite Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall in an Australian production of Tennessee Williams' play Sweet Bird of Youth.
Cult British rocker Mark E. Smith has blasted the organisers of music festivals, insisting the events are now so high-priced they are driving genuine fans away. The Fall frontman is adamant the popular events have been stripped of their rock 'n' roll roots and are now purely commercial enterprises where most revellers are simply enjoying a break rather than watching the bands.
Smith tells Britain's Manchester Evening News, "Festivals have become totally over-priced - they're all about charging 900 quid (pounds) a ticket so these rich parents can send Jemima and Tarquin for a nice weekend away. I watched a bit of Glastonbury on BBC for the first time in my life this year - I literally forced myself to watch five minutes of Metallica without vomiting."
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has been urged to join her husband Peter Sarsgaard in adopting a vegan diet after she confessed to eating ants and a live lobster. The Secretary star admitted in an interview with a British magazine that she tucked into raw beef with charred ants and a live langoustine during dinner at a top Danish restaurant with her husband of five years.
She told The Times Magazine, "My husband and I went to Noma in Copenhagen recently which is 'the best restaurant in the world'. At one point I was given a live langoustine, then raw beef with charred ants on it. They were delicious - much easier for me to eat than the langoustine. I'm not equipped to judge that kind of food, but I was curious. Peter and I hadn't been alone together in weeks, but we had this one night. It was an emotional experience, alive experience."
However, activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging the screen star to ditch her meat-based diet and join actor Sarsgaard by going vegan.
A spokesman tells WENN, "That meal must have been hell for Maggie's vegan husband to sit through. The kindest person is the one who considers and respects the smallest, most vulnerable inhabitants of this world and would never delight in their suffering. If Maggie is looking for an 'emotional' culinary experience, some of the best high-end vegan food - which Forbes magazine named the top food trend of 2013 - is served in Los Angeles, and it's good for the heart."
Have you ever watched the The Office and thought, “Man, me and ______ are literally just like Jim and Pam.” You’re not alone. Many of us think (or pretend) the same thing. If you’re dating someone who has been in love with you pretty much since you met, you’re dating a Jim. Or, if you left somebody else, because you felt a pull to your S.O., then you’re probably Pam.
1. For starters, one of you was crushing on the other for-EVER before you dated:
2. It took the other person a while, but then they did and they noticed:
3. You guys work (or worked) together:
4. So you guys have to make time for each other…in the break room:
5. One of you is fairly goofy:
6. While one of you is very focused:
7. But, they influence you to be goofy too:
8. No one else can make you laugh the way they do:
9. You guys always high-five:
10. You have each other’s backs, in the best possible way:
11. There is no one else you’d rather end your workday with, even if you just spent the whole time with them:
12. You kind of start morphing into the same person, with the same facial expressions:
13. You know everything there is to know about each other, yet sometimes you really don’t understand what the other person is talking about:
14. You would honestly marry them anywhere, if you could (or you already did):
15. You guys can happily say this about each other:
May you two be happy and love each other forever, just like these two:
Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is continuing to soar high in the North American box office charts after scoring a fourth week at number one. The superhero space adventure racked up another $10.2 million (£6 million) in profits, taking its six-week total to $294.6 million (£173.29 million) to maintain its title as the highest-grossing movie of the year (14) so far.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remains at two for another week with $6.5 million (£3.8 million), while Chloe Grace Moretz's new romantic drama If I Stay, based on the young adult book of the same name, is also a non-mover at three with $5.7 million (£3.35 million).
Let's Be Cops and The November Man round out the new top five.
The story depicts the adventures of the staff of KBHX, Channel 55, an all-Black television station in Watts, Los Angeles, that is nicknamed the "High Five." In the pilot episode (the series was not picked up by NBC), the station manager schemes for a way to sign up a big advertising client.