"HAPPY ROCKIN BIRTHDAY @Slash.... GLAD YOU'RE STILL ALIVE BECAUSE YOU KILLED IT ON STAGE LAST NIGHT!!!" Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler marks his tour mate SLASH's 49th birthday on Wednesday (23Jul14) with a complimentary tweet.
Actress Kaley Cuoco shocked her tennis player husband Ryan Sweeting by organising a huge surprise party for his 27th birthday. The Big Bang Theory star threw a bash for the sportsman on Saturday night (12Jul14) ahead of his big day on Monday (14Jul14) and she posted a video online showing the moment the surprise was revealed.
In the clip, the couple is seen standing in front of black drapes which are suddenly pulled down to reveal Sweeting's friends and family standing behind. The tennis ace is visibly stunned, and drops to the floor.
Cuoco adds in a caption on Instagram.con, "Think we surprised him... Happy birthday baby doll."
She also shared pictures of a cake personalised with photographs of her husband, a midnight pool party after the main event and a snap of the pair kissing along with the message, "Happy birthday to my incredible husband... I can't wait to spend every single birthday with you... #lifeisweeting (sic)."
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was awarded France's top cultural honour during a ceremony in his native India on Tuesday (01Jul14). The actor was presented with the Legion of Honour medal by Laurent Fabius, France's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai to recognise his contribution to promoting cultural diversity across the world.
The moment was extra poignant for the star, as the day would have marked his late mother's birthday.
He said at the ceremony, "It's my mother's birthday. If she was alive, apart from being extremely old, she would have been extremely happy that her son has got the highest and the most prestigious honour in the world... so thank you on behalf of my mother."
He added, "I thank the President of France Mr. Francois Hollande and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, Mr. Laurent Fabius, for finding me fitting for this honour... This honour has further motivated me to take Indian Cinema to the next level of acceptance, love and glory. And thank you France for being so loving and appreciative of Indian films, it's extremely encouraging."
Birthday boy George Michael has given Mariah Carey his personal seal of approval after the R&B superstar recorded a cover of the British singer's 1988 hit One More Try for her new album. Carey included her rendition of One More Try on her latest release, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, and Michael reached out to the beauty via Twitter.com on Wednesday (25Jun14) to express his delight.
He tweeted, "@MariahCarey thank u (sic) for recording One more try. Such an honour 2 (sic) have one of the best voices in the world singing my song. Gorgeous @MariahCarey ...... PS, love the album! Big kiss, The singing Greek."
The note caught the attention of Carey, who admitted she was flattered by the praise, responding: "@GeorgeMichael I'm so honored u (sic) like my rendition of One More Try. You & this song have always meant so much to me. Fan&friend for life".
She later sent a special message to the veteran singer, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday, writing, "@GeorgeMichael P.S. Happy birthday!!!!".
Michael's Twitter exchange with Carey occurred just a day after mutual pal Donatella Versace offered up her take on the song in a review for Vogue.com and claimed the Brit would love the cover.
She wrote, "I can't stop listening to Mariah's rendition of One More Try. George Michael is a great friend and one of my favourite artists, so I never think that anyone can do justice to his music. But I feel that Mariah really understands every word that he has written. At times her voice is angelic, at times pleading and then, towards the end, it goes into a crescendo reaching amazing heights. I'm sure that George would be very proud of Mariah's version of his much-loved song."
Rapper Kanye West celebrated a special Father's Day (15Jun14) which doubled up as his daughter North's first birthday.
The Stronger hitmaker spent the day with his new wife Kim Kardashian and their 12-month-old tot in Los Angeles, and decided to keep the celebrations to a minimum by watching a basketball game with his leading ladies by his side. Kardashian took to Instagram.com to post a photograph of her hip-hop star husband asleep in their bed with his arm around baby North, who was also taking a nap.
She wrote, "This is what life is about! Our baby girl turned 1 today! We played so hard they passed out while we were watching the game! "Happy Father's Day to the best daddy in the world! The way you love our daughter and protect her makes me filled with so much love! #BestDayEver #Twins #HappyFathersDay #HappyBirthday (sic)."
West's double celebration came days after his set at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday (13Jun14), marking his first return to the event since he was booed on the same stage in 2008.
"Happy Birthday to my husband and best friend in the entire world! You have changed my life in more ways than you know! The way you look at life inspires me! I love you so much!!!" Kim Kardashian sends a birthday message to her new husband Kanye West, who turned 37 on Sunday (08Jun14). She also shared a photo of the rapper's birthday cake, which spelled out the name of his latest album, Yeezus.
Ariana Grande has taken aim at online critics who bombarded her with abusive tweets after she paid tribute to screen icon Marilyn Monroe. The singer/actress took to Instagram.com to remember the Some Like It Hot siren on what would have been her 88th birthday. In a caption posted alongside a snap of the late star, she wrote, "Happy birthday Marilyn #misunderstood #beautiful #innocentrebel."
The post prompted a barrage of negative comments from Grande's followers about Monroe's reported fragile mental state prior to her death in 1962. Grande was quick to call out her detractors, taking to Twitter.com to pen a scathing retort. She wrote, "So much hate for celebrating Marilyn's spirit on her birthday. I adore her work and have compassion for her inner sadness that she covered up on a daily basis that a**holes like you made her feel in the first place!! Judging her for her wildly rumoured personal life (which is truly no one else's business) is only a distraction from her talent, beauty, comedic genius and effervescent spirit... "We should only and always focus on the beautiful things... because what we focus on expands..... which is why I feel for the people who focus on hate... because that's all you have to give. And I truly do feel sorry for you because when you've been dead for 50 some odd years... nobody will be wishing you a happy birthday."
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has matched a U.S. pop chart record set by the Beatles after taking her hit Fancy to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The hip-hop star also lands a spot at number two as a guest on Ariana Grande's Problem, making her the first artist since the Fab Four in 1964 to land the top two places on the chart with her first two Hot 100 hits.
The Beatles managed the feat with I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You over 50 years ago, following their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Azalea also becomes only the 15th act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown in the same week, and just the third woman behind Mariah Carey in 2005 and Ashanti in 2002. She also becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100 - Lauryn Hill, Lil' Kim and Ludacris' sidekick Shawnna previously landed at number one.
It's a great early birthday gift for Azalea, who turns 24 on 7 June (14). Her Fancy ends John Legend's reign at the top of the Hot 100 with All of Me. The ballad slips two spots to three on the new chart, while Pharrell Williams' Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Coldplay have stormed to the top of the U.S. album charts with the biggest first-week sales of 2014. Their new release, Ghost Stories, sold 383,000 copies to become the band's fourth Billboard 200 number one. It's also the first release to top 300,000 sales in a week this year. Country star Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am debuts at two with impressive first-week sales of 211,000, and Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape slides a spot to three. Former number ones the Frozen soundtrack and the Black Keys' Turn Blue round out the new top five.