Katy Perry appeared at her friend -- artist Sham Ibrahim’s -- art exhibit in Palm Springs on Saturday (Jan. 14) as Ibrahim unveiled her portrait of President-elect Donald Trump. But that wasn’t the only thing that debuted that night, as Perry showed off her new blonde locks.
A giddy Perry posed with Ibrahim -- as well as alongside the artist's portrait of Trump as a diaper-clad baby, toying with an American-flag emblazoned cut-out of the United States.
The TJ Martell Foundation luncheon in Miami, honoring Gloria and Emilio Estefan, was an intimate, heartfelt affair that often felt like a warm, extended family gathering, featuring beautifully executed music by Emily Estefan and Diego Torres.
Scheduled as part of the Natpe market at the Eden Roc hotel on Thursday (Jan. 19), it was the foundation’s inaugural event in Miami and the first since the death of founder Tony Martell in November.
“To receive this award the first time TJ Martell celebrates an event in Miami is incredible for us,” said Gloria Estefan, accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award with hubby Emilio. “We love Tony Martell, we love what he did. He turned a lot of pain into a lot of wonderful things.”
“When I used to go to Sony, Tony was always there with a beautiful smile,” added Emilio Estefan. “In [music], it’s important to use our career to make people’s lives better. It’s not just about us.”
In turn, the Estefan’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Afo Verde, Sony Music Entertainment’s Chairman/CEO of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, who was a TJ Martell honoree in New York in 2014. Verde, who has a long history with the Estefans, spoke to the couple's musical and cultural legacy.
“Gloria is one of the great music artists,” he said to applause. “To hear one measure and say, ‘That’s Gloria Estefan,’ that’s what all artists dream of.”
“I think we’ve never had a more beautiful introduction,” a smiling Estefan responded.
Next came the soulful Diego Torres, who sang an acoustic set accompanied only by guitar, keyboard and light percussion, which included new anthem “Igualdad,” and his perennially beautiful “Color Esperanza” (Color of Hope).
It was a fitting end for an inaugural event that celebrated life and hope.
Ed Sheeran delayed the release date of his new album to avoid being overshadowed by the contentious U.S. presidential election.
The Thinking Out Loud singer, 25, initially planned to drop his new music in September last year (16) ahead of releasing a new record in November (16).
However the world's focus on Donald Trump and his opponent Hillary Clinton's battle for the presidency caused Ed to scrap the planned release date for his his album, ÷ (Divide).
"The plan was to come (with the first singles) in September and then the album was meant to come in November (16) but the week the album was coming out was the week (of) the presidential elections, that was just a s*** storm of media and I was, like, obviously if I come out with a record then no one's going to care," he told Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio.
With a number of other big releases occurring in the weeks following Trump's electoral victory over Clinton, he decided to wait until the new year to unveil new material.
"Then the week after Bruno (Mars) came out, the week after The Weeknd came out," he said, adding, "It feels like a clean start this year though."
Ed released the singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You from ÷ (Divide) earlier this month (Jan17), with the full record going on sale on 3 March (17).
Irish rockers U2 also scrapped their plans to release new album Songs of Experience due to the unexpected outcome of the bitter U.S. presidential election. They are now working on new songs that better reflect the political climate.
Since he was 3 years old, Brady Kahle has collected baseball cards. Then, after two of his friends were diagnosed with cancer, Kahle started selling off his collection to raise money for their support.
Since February 2016, Kahle has raised more than $13,000, WWLP reported.
“I just had a lot of baseball cards and I wanted to help them out,” the Springfield, Massachusetts, boy told the news station.
In December 2015, Kahle’s friend Peter Manzi was diagnosed with leukemia. Landen Palantino, 8, was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer in January 2016, MassLive reported.
“It’s gone around the world; we’ve had donations from France, Mexico, Canada,” Jim Kahle, Brady’s grandfather, told WWLP.
Last fall, Brady was honored with his own baseball card from Upper Deck as part of the company’s Heroic Inspirations campaign, MassLive reported.
Brady sells his collection of cards— and his own Upper Deck cards— at the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club card shows at his booth, “Cards for a Cause.”
Trump will be sworn in as President in Washington, DC on January 20. Former America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho is the only big name booked to perform at the event so far.
While US band 3 Doors Down won’t perform at the inauguration itself, they will appear at a concert called ‘The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ the day before, January 19, at the Lincoln Memorial.
The rest of the line-up includes Toby Keith, Jon Voight, Jennifer Holliday, DJ Ravidrums, The Piano Guys, Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart, Lee Greenwood, Marty Roe and, in the words of 3 Doors Down,
Meanwhile, Evancho, the teenage singer set to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration next week, has said that her decision to accept the President-elect’s invitation was “not political” and she is simply doing it “for my country”.
Evancho described Trump as “very polite” to the New York Times, adding: “I just kind of thought that this is for my country. So if people are going to hate on me it’s for the wrong reason.”
The wind gusts were pretty strong and pretty noisy the other night in Buffalo.
Apparently the howling winds got so loud somebody in Niagara Falls decided they should call the cops.
A police dispatcher notified officers on patrol someone was asking for their help, according to archived audio of the transmission.
"All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from blowing so they could sleep," the dispatcher told officers. "If any of you guys could do that, could you let me know?"
On Thursday afternoon, C-SPAN's online live video coverage of Congress abruptly abruptly switched to a live feed of the Kremlin-backed news channel Russia Today. The livestream continued to show RT for about 10 minutes, before switching back to C-SPAN.
The sudden cut to RT, an English-language network funded by the Russian government, happened at about 2:30 p.m., while Rep. Maxine Waters was speaking about SEC regulation.
Deadspin editor Tim Burke, who was watching the C-SPAN livestream at the time, recorded a video of the sudden switch.
"This afternoon the online feed of C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming," the network confirmed in a statement. "We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence. As RT is one of the networks we regularly monitor, we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue."
Chris Brown’s latest anger management mishap could cost $1.5 million, according to court paperwork. The filing is coming from former manager Michael Guirguis, aka ‘Mike G,’ who caught a surprise beat-down while discussing routine business with the star. Guirguis, who didn’t appreciate getting the crap beat out of him, has just filed his case in the LA Superior Court seeking back-payments.
The lawsuit first emerged in June, with a hearing now scheduled for March 7th. That’s two months away, though its unclear whether Brown will show up.
The violent incident occurred earlier this year, when Guirguis was discussing an upcoming European tour with the singer. According to the filing, Chris Brown then moved the conversation into another room, and leveled the manager with multiple punches. The ambush was totally unexpected, with Guirguis forced to go to the hospital.
That raises troubling memories of Chris Brown’s 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna. The smackdown produced a garish image of Rihanna’s battered face, and resulted in a felony conviction for Brown. Rihanna missed the Grammys that year, yet Brown’s career somehow recovered.
But this lawsuit goes far beyond the violent attack. Guirguis alleges that Brown actively defamed his company, Nitevision Management, on his Instagram account. In total, Chris Brown owes the company $1.5 million in commissions and fees, all of which remains unpaid. “Although there can be no dispute that Brown owes Nitevision the unpaid commissions, he refuses to pay them,” the filing alleges.
Mike G is now moving to seize the $1.5 million in assets, based on concerns over a future insolvency. In other words, get ready for a spectacular financial crash, courtesy of unsustainable spending habits. “I have worked with Brown since 2012 and have seen firsthand Brown’s lavish spending habits,” Guirguis stated. “Brown also travels on private jets domestically and internationally, and spends anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 per trip.”
But this gets worse, because Guirguis says that Chris Brown just lost a massively-lucrative income source. According to the filing, Brown sabotaged a comfortable, Las Vegas-based gig at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub. That resulted in losses of $3 million a year, based on childish behavior.
The National Championship Game is here. After 15 weeks of the regular season and 40 bowl games, the last and biggest college football game of the season is upon us. And, fittingly, it’s a rematch of last season’s 45-40 thriller between Alabama and Clemson. Below are the Dr. Saturday staff’s predictions for the game. Spoiler alert: a few of us think there won’t be an Alabama repeat.
Graham Watson: Clemson 28, Alabama 24
Clemson’s whole goal this season was to get to this game and dethrone Alabama. Now that the chance is in front of the Tigers, they’re not going to let it slip.
That said, Alabama’s defense is going to be gunning for quarterback Deshaun Watson after the success he had a year ago. And the Tigers are going to have to get creative with their play calling to put up points. If Clemson can do that, it should put pressure on an Alabama offense that was suspect against Washington last week. Mix in a new offensive coordinator calling the plays and the Tide offense could be an unorganized mess.
Alabama is at its best in these high-pressure games, but this is Clemson’s chance to prove it’s ready to take the next step. I really think Clemson pulls off this upset victory with a late score.