If you loved the "I Love the 90s Tour," then you're really gonna do a Hammer dance over the upcoming "Ship-Hop, Starring I Love the 90s Tour" all-star throwback cruise, which features some of the most beloved acts from the wildly successful retro Bush/Clinton-era arena tour -- but this time, on a boat.
Staterooms for the cruise will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (Apr. 26 at noon ET at www.shiphop.com.
The tour promises meet-and-greets, interactive events and activities, theme nights and plenty of performances, along with a boat boasting a spa, casino and 24-hour dining.
“We are thrilled to partner with Ship-Hop. With our tours selling out arenas, the only other place to conquer is the sea!” said tour co-creators Jeff Allen and Jeff Epstein in a statement. “It’s definitely a once in a lifetime event. Legendary music and a luxury cruise, it doesn’t get better than that.”
Despite the late actress’ brother Todd Fisher’s suggestion that Carrie would be a part of the franchise’s ninth installment, Kennedy told ABC News on Friday, April 14, that the beloved star’s last appearance as Princess Leia will be in The Last Jedi.
"We finished everything in VIII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and we're so lucky that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts. We had not written the script yet. But we've regrouped. We started over again in January," Kennedy explained to the outlet. "So sadly, Carrie will not be in IX."
However, she did say that "we'll see a lot of [Carrie] in VIII."
Kennedy’s clarification comes just days after Todd, 59, told the New York Daily News that he and his niece, Billie Lourd, gave Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie’s likeness in Episode IX. "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t," he told the newspaper. “She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi-Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”
In response, Kennedy told ABC News that Todd “was probably confused.”
As previously reported, Carrie died on December 27 at age 60 after suffering cardiac arrest earlier that week. Not long after she passed away, Lucasfilm released a statement, saying that the company had “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa” in Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017, and Episode IX is due in 2019.
The Chainsmokers bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their debut full-length album, Memories… Do Not Open. The EDM duo's set earned 221,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 166,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 29, 2017-dated chart (where Memories starts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 18.
Memories’ sales launch was powered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the duo’s tour, which kicked off on April 13 in Miami. The ticket/album offer was also included with select dates of the act’s residency at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas.
Memories is the first album to simultaneously lead both the Billboard 200 and the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in nearly three-and-a-half years. The last to do so was Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, when it debuted at No. 1 on both tallies dated Nov. 30, 2013 (with 258,000 copies sold in its first week).
Memories contains the Billboard Hot 100-charting hits “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” (with Coldplay) and “The One.”
The Chainsmokers previously charted two EPs on the Billboard 200: 2016’s Collage, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200; and Bouquet, which hit No. 31 in January of 2016, following its release the previous year.
Memories bumps Drake’s More Life from the top slot on the Billboard 200, as it slips to No. 2 with 108,000 units (down 21 percent) in its fourth chart week. The set spent its first three weeks atop the tally. Ed Sheeran’s fellow former No. 1 ÷ (Divide) dips from No. 2 to No. 3 in its sixth chart week, earning 70,000 units (down 13 percent).
Vocal group Pentatonix claims its seventh top 10 album as PTX Vol. IV: Classics starts at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,000 in traditional album sales). The a cappella quintet previously hit the top 10 with A Pentatonix Christmas (No. 1 in January), its self-titled album (No. 1; 2015), That’s Christmas to Me (No. 2; 2014), PTX: Vol. III (No. 5; 2014), PTX: Vol. II (No. 10; 2013) and PTXmas (No. 7; 2013).
The new Classics effort includes renditions of familiar favorites like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Over the Rainbow” and the group’s Grammy Award-winning redux of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” (alongside Parton herself).
Joey Bada$$ bows at No. 5 with All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, earning 51,000 units its first week (28,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the second top 10 set for the rapper, who previously hit the top five with B4.DA.$$ in 2015, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 58,000 units (54,000 in sales).
Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic falls two slots to No. 6 (45,000 units; down 5 percent), the soundtrack to Moana slips 6-7 with 43,000 units (down 2 percent), Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures descends 3-8 in its second week with 39,000 units (down 46 percent) and Future’s self-titled album moves 8-9 with 38,000 units (up less than 1 percent).
Father John Misty closes out the top 10, as the singer-songwriter earns his highest-charting album yet -- and first top 10 -- with Pure Comedy. It bows at No. 10 with 35,000 units (33,000 in traditional album sales -- his best sales week yet). The artist’s previous high on the chart came in 2015 with I Love You, Honeybear, which debuted and peaked at No. 17 with 30,000 units (28,000 in album sales).
The Warner Bros. feature has kicked off production, filming at the Coachella music festival.
The first look of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in Warner Bros.' A Star is Born remake is here. The image sees the American Hustle star onstage playing guitar next to the singing superstar.
Gaga, who will go by her legal name Stefani Germanotta in the film's credits, stars in the story of an up-and-coming starlet who struggles to break into the entertainment world with guidance from an industry veteran on the way down. Sam Elliot and Andrew Dice Clay are also set to star in the remake, which will be Cooper's directorial debut.
A Star is Born has officially kicked off production, with Gaga and Cooper filming a few scenes at the Coachella music festival, which are meant to take place during a country concert in the movie. Gaga is headline the Indio, California-based festival, taking over for Beyoncé after she had to drop out.
Gaga posted the first look image on her Instagram, writing, "I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of A Star is Born is so special and I'm so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true. Can't wait for you to meet Ally."
“I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that,” McCartney said during an interview with BBC Radio 6's Matt Everitt on Saturday (March 25).
The new set is being produced by Greg Kurstin. “I'm working with a producer who I first worked with two years ago on a thing, a piece of music I'm doing for an animated film,” McCartney said.
“And since then he went on to work with Beck and got best album of the year,” he continued. “Then he went on to work with Adele. He just got song of the year, record of the year with Adele. And just got producer of the year. So my only worry is people are going to go, 'Uhhhhh, there's Paul going with the flavor of the month.’ You know, I suppose you always think the worst of it. But he's a great guy. Greg is musical and he's great to work with.”
A release date for McCartney's upcoming album has not yet been scheduled.
A day after his Flowers in the Dirt reissue with previously unheard demos from the recording sessions with Elvis Costello was released around the world, McCartney said writing with Costello on the album was very much like working with John Lennon.
“You know the thing is there's a million ways to write and I realize that more and more these days because there are a million and one now. But the way I always used to write was with John (Lennon) and it would be across from each other, either in a hotel bedroom on the twin beds and with an acoustic guitar. We were just looking at each other. He'd make up something, I'd make up something and we'd just spin off each other.”
McCartney said the demos on the new box set were recorded in the middle of intense writing sessions. “I kind of agree with a few people that the demos have got more spark, have got more life with the recordings we ended up with eventually. So it was great to be able to include them in the package,” he said.
In contrast, he said working with Kanye West was more of an experiment. “I had no idea what was going to happen because I knew it wasn't going to be two acoustic guitars. I thought, 'Well, here goes nothing.' One provision I said to everyone, 'Look, if we feel, if I feel this doesn't work out, we just won't tell anyone,” he said. “So I kind of went into thinking, 'No, it doesn't matter. I'll just kind of see what he does.”
The Beatle also paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry, who was a major influence on The Beatles. He told of a meeting between the two. “He came to one of our concerts when we were playing in St. Louis, which is his home town. And he came round backstage. It was great to meet him and just be able to tell him what a fan I was,” he said.
McCartney concluded the interview by talking about his upcoming tour plans in Japan. A representative for the artist would not comment when asked by Billboard if more tour dates would be announced soon.
The project, called Atlantis, is a musical that is being described as a Romeo and Julietstyle story (with a music element) inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach.
Producer Gil Netter and Williams took the pitch out to the studios a few weeks ago, engendering simmering interest as studios watched Lionsgate enjoy massive success with La La Land and coveted their own musical number. Fox finally nabbed it last week.
Michael Mayer, known for his Broadway work on Spring Awakening, for which he won a Tony Award, and American Idiot, is attached to direct. Martin Hynes, who is currently writing Toy Story 4, is attached to write Atlantis.
Williams and Mimi Valdes will produce via their I Am Other banner and Gil Netter is producing for Netter films.
Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He's had a notable career as a singer-songwriter and music producer, and has won 10 Grammy Awards. He produced soul, hip-hop and R&B music with Chad Hugo under the name The Neptunes for many of the industry's top recording artists, and performed as the lead vocalist in the band N*E*R*D. He also released the solo albums In My Mind (2006) and Girl(2014).
Lately, however, the WME-repped Williams has been making in-roads into movies, and was a producer on Fox's acclaimed hit Hidden Figures, which was nominated for three Oscars including best picture. He also wrote songs for the film that starred Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae. Williams also produced Roxanne Roxanne, which recently debuted at Sundance, and has written music for a slew of films over the years, including the hit "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 for which he received an Oscar nomination. He's repped by WME.
Mayer’s film credits include directing the 2006 film Flicka and the upcoming film The Seagull starring Saoirse Ronan. He is repped by WME, which also repped the Atlantis package.
If the "God, Guns & Trump" shirt or "Make America Badass Again" red baseball hat wasn't for you, Kid Rock has a new brand extension that should get plenty of bi-partisan love. With summer just around the corner, the Bullgod is encouraging his fans to get in the pit and try to love some... ribs?
On Thursday morning (March 9) Rock announced the roll out of his "American Badass Grill," a "100% Made in the USA" charcoal grill that he describes as "tough enough to last season after season, compact enough to take on the road, yet large enough to get the job done right." In fact, Rock says it's the perfect grill for the back yard, bed of your truck or "wherever you want to grill with a little attitude."
The grill --- which can hold up to a dozen burgers, or three beer can chickens -- comes in a charcoal version for $99.95 (plus shipping and handling) and a gas version for $149.95 (plus S+H), both embossed with Rock's American Badass eagle logo. “I’m not gonna lie. It is more expensive to make things in America. But it’s important to me. I love America, and I want to do all I can to create manufacturing jobs at home,” Rock says in a statement announcing the grill.
Pink Floyd’s 11th studio album The Wall brought the sinister, surreal art of English artist Gerald Scarfe to an international level of fame. Now, for the first time, 11 original paintings created and hand-selected by Scarfe will go on sale as one of the most valuable collections of rock and roll artwork in music history.
The Wall topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for 15 weeks after its 1979 release. For the sale, Scarfe selected iconic promotional images used for the album including The Scream, Giant Judge and Hammers and The Teacher.
We heard everything Keith Richards had to say in his 2010 memoir, Life. But, we've just learned, Mick Jagger could have gotten the first word on life in the Rolling Stones if only he'd have sensationalized his story a bit. Publisher/author John Blake writes in an essay in The Spectatorthat he's got the 75,000-word "pristine typescript" cooked up by Jagger under lock and key after getting his hands on the long-rumored autobiography three years ago.
Jagger has been asked over and over if and when he'll release a memoir and he's always answered the same way: never. "Except what virtually nobody knows is that he already has," writes Blake, who published a Stones book called Up and Down with the Rolling Stones: My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards in 2011. "It is an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time," he says, explaining that Jagger was finally convinced to give it a whirl around 1974, after tiring of all the unauthorized books about his band.
"The popular, often-repeated version of events is that Mick approached Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones’ self-appointed archivist, to help him with research," says Blake. "Wyman, legend has it, told Mick to go forth and multiply. He was going to write his own book. Then, so the story goes, Mick floundered. All the years of drugs and debauchery had addled his brain so badly that he could not remember anything."
Jagger then reluctantly returned his one-million pound advance and walked away, claims Blake, who traveled extensively with the Stones as a rock journalist. "I thought that was the end of the story until three years ago, when a mutual friend handed me a pristine typescript Mick had written," he writes. "I was dumbfounded. This was the rock ’n’ roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far as I have been able to ascertain, a publisher rejected the manuscript because it was light on sex and drugs. In the early 1980s, when it was written, shock and awe was a vital part of any successful autobiography. Read now, however, it is a little masterpiece. A perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music, but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism."
Blake reveals that the book shows a "quieter, more watchful Mick," who divulges that the elaborate feasts the band allegedly demanded backstage largely went untouched, and that he bought the historic Stargroves mansion while high on acid, then nearly died while riding a horse on the grounds of his new purchase. "It is delicious, heady stuff. Like reading Elvis Presley’s diaries from the days before he grew fat and washed-up in Vegas," he says. Once it was in his hands, Blake says that he was determined to get it published and that Jagger's manager seemed game, though her client couldn't even remember writing it.
He got as far as Jagger committing to penning a foreword to the book to establish that he wrote it "long ago and far away," but then life intruded and "the steel gates clanged shut. Mick wanted nothing further to do with this project. He never wanted to see it published."
According to The Guardian, Stones' manager Joyce Smyth said in a statement that: "John Blake writes to me from time to time seeking permission to publish this manuscript. The answer is always the same: He cannot, because it isn’t his and he accepts this. Readers will be able to form a view as regards the matters to which John Blake refers when Sir Mick’s autobiography appears, should he choose to write it." A spokesperson for Jagger had no comment at press time.
The pop band’s latest single, “Cold,” featuring Future, takes the lead on the chart.
Maroon 5 debuted its newest single, “Cold,” late Monday night (Feb. 13), giving us another preview of the band’s upcoming sixth album. The song reached the top spot of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart at 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday (Feb. 14). Like the group’s last single, “Don’t Wanna Know” (featuring Kendrick Lamar, which was the last Maroon 5 song to lead the chart), Maroon 5 has chosen to have another rapper guesting on their new track: Future takes the rap break on “Cold.”
The Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart measures the real-time acceleration of conversation around artists and their music on Twitter.
“Cold’s” music video is set to be released tomorrow (Feb. 15), and the band will perform the song live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the same day.
“Cold” should debut on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart dated March 4, granting Maroon 5 its 26th chart entry. “Don’t Wanna Know” recently peaked at No. 6 on the tally — the act’s 12th top 10-charting tune.
Lady Gaga's exultant halftime performance at Super Bowl LI is an official hit, both in terms of ensuing catalog sales and in TV ratings.FOX reportsthat Gaga's 13-minute gig pulled an astounding 117.5 million viewers, making it the second-most-viewed halftime show in Super Bowl history, behind Katy Perry's set at Super XLIX, which drew 120.7 million viewers.
Billboard reported yesterday that following Gaga's Super Bowl cameo, sales of her discography had soared by over 1000% percent, with Joanne single "Million Reasons" standing as her current highest-selling individual song. In fact, with just one day's sales, "Million Reasons" enjoyed its best sales week to date, moving 45,000 units on the day of the Super Bowl alone (Feb. 5).
FOX also reports that Super Bowl LI drew 172 million total viewers across all platforms, with 111.3 million watching on FOX alone. The 172-million mark makes the Super Bowl, which saw the New England Patriots come from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime (the first-ever Super Bowl OT), the most-watched program in U.S. television history.
The New Celebrity Apprentice is coming down to the wire, with finalists Boy George and Matt Iseman left to compete for their favorite charities. For the finale,Billboard has learned Boy George will team up with Natasha Bedingfield for the show's closing task, seeking to gain favor with Carnival Cruise Lines.
American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman is pulling in a favor from departed fan favorite Carnie Wilson, who will reportedly appear with her group Wilson Phillips for a performance of Billboard Hot 100-topper “Hold On.” George is amping up the nostalgia factor as well, as he and Bedingfield will belt out the iconic Culture Club hit “Karma Chameleon.”
The performance is part of a variety show, one element of a three-pronged task, which also involved creating an advertising campaign and hosting a party. The variety show is the final piece, which will pave the way to the crowning of this season’s winner.
The Feb. 13 finale, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will also boast an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner, as the remaining two competitors head to the final judgment in the boardroom. Tyra Banks and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger serve as the Governor's advisors.
The couple welcomed triplets in January, Pharrell's rep confirmed to Vanity Fair Tuesday. The rep did not provide the babies' names or sexes, but told E! News, "The family is healthy and happy." Married since 2013, Pharrell and Helen are also parents to son Rocket Williams, 8.
The duo broke the news that they were expecting in September 2016 when Lasichanh, 36, showed off her baby bump at a Chanel-hosted dinner to celebrate their new fragrance N°5 L'EAU. However, neither Pharrell nor Helen publicly revealed that she was expecting triplets.
Bob Dylan is continuing his album-per-year streak in 2017, this time with three LPs at once.
The legendary singer-songwriter revealed Tuesday (Jan. 31) that he will be releasing a three-disc studio album titled Triplicate on March 31, which follow up the 2015 release Shadows in the Night and 2016's Fallen Angels. The tri-disc set will feature 30 "brand-new recordings of classic American tunes," according to a press release.
All three discs of Triplicate will be individually titled (‘Til The Sun Goes Down, Devil Dolls and Comin’ Home Late), with each including a thematically arranged 10-song sequence. Although this marks Dylan's 38th album release, Triplicate will be the first triple-length set of his career.
Katy Perry has put her heart and sole into this new project.
Along with being a celebrated songstress, the 13-time Grammy nominee has also evolved into a fashionista all her own over the course of more than a decade in the spotlight. Now, after four years of research and development, the 32-year-old CoverGirl spokeswoman is gearing up to launch an eponymous shoe line, complete with touches of the pop star from heel to toe.
"You are what you wear, right?" she told Footwear News. "It's one of those things where I really love the line and I'm excited by it. It's not like you'll never see me in a pair of Adidas slides ever again. And you'll [probably still] see me on the streets wearing Uggs."
Legendary Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb will join them during the tribute to the five-time Grammy winning family band that will take place just two days after the 59th annual Grammy Awards. The event, a collaboration between the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS wil serve as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the group's legendary Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
"The Bee Gees—Barry, Robin, and Maurice—were international musical icons who helped make Saturday Night Fever an emblem of 1970s pop culture," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy in a statement. "With expert harmonies, undeniable groove, and a personal charisma matching their on-stage persona, the iconic band of brothers defined not just a genre, but a generation. I'm looking forward to celebrating one of the most famous soundtracks ever produced and reliving Saturday Night Fever, once again."
Seven-time Grammy winner and Bee Gees co-founder Gibb will be on hand to perform some songs from the album, which won the Album of the Year honors at the 21st annual Grammy Awards in 1979. More performers will be announced soon for the event, with tickets on sale today (Jan. 27) at 10 a.m. PST at email@example.com. The special will be broadcast later this year on CBS.
"The Bee Gees created many of pop music's most memorable anthems and to be able to gather some of music's brightest lights together to salute this great legacy is very exciting to me," added Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. "Presenting new versions of these great songs promises an evening of true highlights, both for the artists themselves and millions of music fans. I'm proud to share a 42-year connection with Barry and his brothers and look forward to helping to create an amazing night of music and memories."
"Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich and Rac Clark are the executive producers of the show, Ron Basile is the producer and David Wild is the writer.
Madonna has shut down a report claiming she filed to adopt two more children from Malawi.
“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home," the music icon told People magazine in a statement. "The rumors of an adoption process are untrue.”
The report originated from government spokesman Mlenga Mvula, who told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Jan. 25) that Madonna allegedly appeared before a High Court judge that day. Mvula said the singer would have to wait a week for a court decision on her adoption application.
Madonna already has four children, and two of which, David and Mercy, were adopted from Malawi in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2006, she founded the Raising Malawi charity, which works to help end poverty and hardship endured by orphans and underprivileged children in the southern African country.
Actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose eponymous 1970s series helped usher in a new era for women on television, died Wednesday at the age of 80, her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum said.
"Today beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine," she said. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted in 1970 and starred the actress as Mary Richards, a single 30-something career woman at a Minneapolis TV station. The series was hailed by feminists and fans alike as the first modern woman's sitcom.
But that wasn't the role which catapulted her into stardom. Moore first found fame playing Laura Petrie, the wife on the "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which ran for five seasons beginning in 1961.
In an interview with Conan O'Brien, show creator Carl Reiner said he auditioned more than two dozen actresses before Moore's reading marked her as the only one who could play Laura.
Women dominate the upper reaches of Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid musicians of 2016. Four of the top five places are occupied by women, with Taylor Swift topping the list. Between June 2015 and June 2016, the magazine estimates she earned $170m, largely from her 1989 world tour.
She earned $60m more than second-placed One Direction, who were followed by Adele, Madonna and Rihanna.
What’s noticeable is how many of the biggest acts generated the bulk of their revenue from live performance. Garth Brooks, in sixth place, began his first tour in 13 years in September 2014, and has been on the road ever since, plating multiple arena shows in scores of US cities, and sometimes playing two shows per night, and taking only Christmas and August off. His tour is scheduled to continue until February 2017.
Can't Stop the Feeling!" becomes the 41st chart-topper to be Academy-recognized with the announcement of this year's nominees.
Justin Timberlake joined rare historical company today (Jan. 24), with the nomination of his 2016 smash "Can't Stop the Feeling" (from the animated movie Trolls) revealed as one of five songs up for best original song at this year's Oscars. With the song's nod, it becomes the 41st No. 1 hit on the Hot 100, dating back to the chart's 1958 conception, to also be nominated for best original song at the Academy Awards -- a list that also includes such legendary artists as Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith.
Interestingly, while there have been 41 nominated songs to reach the Hot 100's apex -- 16 of which ended up taking home the Oscar -- "Can't Stop the Feeling" is just the third No. 1 from this century to be so recognized, following Eminem's "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile (which won in 2003) and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 (which lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen in 2015). The decade with the most Hot 100-topping best original song nominees was the 1980s, with a staggering 22 of the 41 total coming from '80s films -- including all five nominees from the 1984 class, the only year where every nominee had topped Billboard's marquee songs chart.
Brit Awards organisers are to launch a new annual honour to celebrate major figures in music with Sir Elton John announced as the first ever recipient.
The "Rocket Man" and "Your Song" star is to be given the Brits Icon Award at a show in September which will be broadcast later by ITV.
The new prize - created by the BPI, music industry's trade body - will stand alone from the main Brit Awards each year and will be presented to a notable artist whose writing, recording and performances have made a "lasting impact on the nation's culture".
Sir Elton has recently been treated for appendicitis which resulted in his shows being cancelled including a headline appearance at Hyde Park this month.
But he is expected to be recovered by the time of the event on 2 September at which he will perform and welcome a number of guests.
The chart veteran, 66, will be inducted as a Brits Icon at the inaugural event in central London on 2 Monday September 2013, which will be filmed for broadcast later in the month on ITV.
Tickets for the show - at which he perform classic hits as well as songs from forthcoming album The Diving Board - will go on sale on Tuesday at 10am, with proceeds going to the Brit Trust and the Royal Academy Of Music, at which Sir Elton trained.
He said: "It's a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I'm really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion."
Together with the music industry charity The Brit Trust, one of the show's beneficiaries will be the Royal Academy of Music, where Sir Elton trained before embarking on his amazing career.
The BPI and Brit Awards chief executive Geoff Taylor said: "The Brit Awards has recognised many exceptional artists whose music has connected with millions of fans. A few of these artists, such as Sir Elton John, have achieved such a level of artistic creativity and originality, critical acclaim, global recognition and popular success that they deserve to be recognised as true icons of our cultural life.
Brit Awards chairman Christian Tattersfield said: "Britain leads the world when it comes to making great music. Part of this appeal is down to an incredibly diverse and vibrant music scene, with much of it coming from exciting new talent, but its foundation is undoubtedly built on a select group of artists that we now quite rightly revere as icons.
"Sir Elton is amongst the greatest of these living legends, inspiring generations of fans and other artists alike with his era-defining music, and there can be few more worthy recipients of this inaugural Brits Icon award."
Sir Elton John has sold more than 250 million records worldwide and his track Candle In The Wind '97 - released in the wake of the death of Diana, Princess Of Wales - is the biggest selling single of all time, after shifting 33 million copies.
Divorcing Gwen Stefani wasn't in Gavin Rossdale's game plan, so he tells The Sun about their tumultuous split.
"[Divorce] was completely opposite to what I wanted. Really not ...," Rossdale told the publication. "But here we are," he continued, "Apart from death, I think divorce is one of the hardest, most painful things to go through."
"It was shocking for everyone," Gavin continued. "For me, it was about being solid for [the kids] and silent but respectful of Gwen. That's what I'll be forever. Those days were the worst days ever. It's all a bit of a blur."
"We had 20 years together and that in itself is pretty incredible. It's a lifetime. I still think she's incredible. It was a lovely 20 years and we have three amazing children," he added. "There were a lot of positives, and with time they'll become more and more obvious."
"The one thing -- the only good thing, because everything else is not good -- is we care about the children and it's about them," the Bush frontman continued. "So we do everything to make this life change as seamless as possible."
"You have to try and be as compassionate as possible," he said about their children now splitting their time between two homes. "It was weird because I had to go and make a home from scratch that could compare to the great one they already have. That was the challenge for me as a dad."
Though Gwen has moved on with "The Voice" co-star Blake Shelton, Gavin is adamant that he's not ready to date yet. "I've so much going on, that's not a factor right now," he said, adding that his three sons -- Kingston, Zuma and Apollo -- want him to jump back into the dating pool.
"They want me to get a girlfriend and examine me if a name pops up on a text," Rossdale admitted.
Released at midnight on Friday, the album upon which the entire music industry is said to have vested its hopes, was on course to sell an estimated one million copies worldwide on its first day of release and is poised for a record-breaking opening week. Industry insiders predict 25 will sell 3.5m copies worldwide in its first seven days on sale.
Fans declared themselves delighted with 25’s familiar mix of powerhouse vocals conveying soulful tales of heartbreak.
Annual sales of vinyl records will surpass $1bn (£820m) for the first time since the 1980s this year, according to a report published last week.
Professional services firm Deloitte predicts that sales of LPs will continue their resurgence in 2017 to register double-digit growth for the seventh consecutive year as people continue to favour the physical format.
Until a decade ago, the 12-inch record was widely considered to be in terminal decline but Deloitte now predicts it will generate 15-18 per cent of annual physical music sales.
A nostalgia for the tangibility and authenticity of vinyl, as well as the popularity of events such as Record Store Day which celebrate the individuality of independent record sellers, has fueled that explosive growth, though Deloitte said it may begin to taper this year.
Vinyl sales in the US dropped 6 per cent in the first half of 2016 and the number of people willing to spend an average of $20 (£16.45) on a record may be nearing its limit, Deloitte’s report said.
Paul Lee, Deloitte’s head of technology, media and telecoms research said that despite the ubiquity of music streaming services meaning music is more accessible than ever, “consumers are choosing to buy something tangible and nostalgic and at a price point that provides record companies with significant revenues."
Mr Lee fell short of hailing a full-scale resurgence of vinyl as a leading music format however, saying that it is unlikely to be the major source of growth for the music industry.
"Music's future, both from a revenue and consumption perspective, is all about digital, and this is where the brunt of the industry's focus should be," Mr Lee said.
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.
In today's digital age it's near impossible to avoid television spoilers and much less so major news stories like who the presidential-elect is.
However, one Georgia man is living everyone's dream. According to TODAY, Joe Chandler of Brunswick, Georgia has been enjoying the bubble he has created for himself since election night. Chandler, a cartoonist who works from home, has successfully avoided all sources of news and has absolutely no idea who the next president is going to be. He even goes so far as to wear a sign and headphones in public so he doesn't over-hear any political conversations.
Check out the full story and interview here: TODAY.com
Tomorrow night, Saturday the 19th, the annual City Lights Festival and Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. in Downtown Wichita Falls. There will be food and special vendors at the Downtown Farmer's Market from 5 to 8 p.m. The Maskat Shriners will have train rides. Children can get their photo with Santa at Santa Land located at 8th and Scott in Park Central from 5-6:30pm. The parade kicks off at 7 p.m. and will span 10 city blocks with over 1,000 participants. It's fun for the whole the family this Saturday evening in Downtown Wichita Falls!
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife reported that they had received reports of two cases of tularemia "rabbit fever" are according to KFOR are urging hunters in the Sooner State to keep their distance from rabbits that are behaving erratically.
Tularemia can be spread through flea and tick bites as well as contact with an infected animal. Hunters are urged to wear tick repellant, wear gloves when handling wild game and not drink from any streams or rivers.
If infected, tularemia can be treated with antibiotics.
A German man got quite the surprise while harvesting carrots from his garden. Thee years ago the 82 year old had lost his wedding band while gardening but his wife assured him that the ring would resurface. Unfortunately, it was six months after her passing when her predicition came true. A carrot had grown through the lost ring.
"You reap what you sow" is reportedly what the man had to say about finding his lost treasure.
Toys and bicycles that were intended for needy children in the area were stolen November 9th.
According to TRN a storage container at the MPEC Ag Center was broken into and over 50 bicycles were stolen from Operation Santa Claus; an annual event that gives toys and bicycles to underprivileged children in the community.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the WFPD at 720-5000 or stay anonymouse by contacting Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.
November 13th marks the one-year anniversay of the terror attack at the Bataclan music venue in Paris.
Bitish singer Sting, former frontman for The Police, will be reopening the venue a day prior the anniversary with a performance. According to CNN, Sting plans to donate all the proceeds to two organizations supporting victims and families.
Security has been increased since the attack nearly a year ago.
This story brings to mind the 1999 Brendan Fraser film "Blast From The Past."
Prepping for doomsday has become all the rage in some circles. But, the residents of Ector, Texas, a town most commuters only see from the highway, are stocking up on far more than canned- beans and ammo.
They intend to live out the end of days in style with luxury bunkers and DNA stored in a vault.
Trident Lakes, the $300 million underground five-star resort, will feature 400 luxury bunkers. Above ground, the residents will also be able to enjoy a golf course, polo field, gun range and white sand lagoons.
Developers intend to have enough supplies and electricty to take residents off the grid for a year; said residents will be able to move in by early 2018.
A Ukranian electronics store offered up five of Apple's latest product to anyone willing to legally change their name to iphone 7. In this case, Olexander Turin is for the time being now known as iPhone Sim (seven.)
The twenty year old said he plans to revert back to his original name when has children.
According to TIME his sister said, "Each person in this world is looking for a way to express himself. Why not to do that in this way?”
Why not indeed when you compare the shelf price of $850 American dollars in the Ukraine versus the $2 to change your name.
On a cross-coutry Halloween-night flight one father saved the tradition of trick-or-treating for his 3-year-old daughter. According to a fellow passenger the father passed out candy and a note to the other passengers explaing the situation and asked, if they were willing, to please drop the candy in her basket as his daughter walked past.
Faith in humanity restored. Be sure to check out the full article.
Trick-or-Treaters will head out into the streets in droves this evening in search for candy and goodies.
However, the holiday can pose dangers when precautions aren't taken. The WFPD suggests parents make a plan with their trick-or-treaters and know where they are going and have a way to keep in touch; if the parents aren't going along, that is.
If your child is wearing a dark costume be sure they have a flashlight or something reflective on.
Drivers will also need to be aware this evening. Go slower, eliminate distractions and be extra aware of kids being out and about.
With Halloween falling on Monday there's a little confusion regarding when trick-or-treating takes place in Wichita Falls.
The city doesn't set an official date or time but they do suggest that any would-be trick-or-treating save their costumes for Halloween, or October 31st. Also, the police department recommends trick-or-treating hours of 6pm to 8pm.
Join BOB and the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry today from 2 to 7pm and enjoy a "Night At The Movies!" BOB will be there with lots of cool prizes and a registration for BOB's Big Bag to be given away next Monday. This year will showcase local businesses in a variety of industries as well as a car/RV show. From 5PM - 7PM, there will be light appetizers and adult beverages provided for Business After Hours, while attendees and booth participants network.
With early voting in full-swing it goes without saying that Americans and their cellphones will be going to the polls in droves; and, in this "share everything" society coupled with the desire to share and promote our political views, a good number of voters may be tempted to share their vote publicly.
There are arguments on both sides of the fence regarding whether or not balot- selfies are harmful or promote democracy.
Recently, Justin Timberlake posted a balot-selfie from his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where he's still registered to vote, encouraging people to get out and vote by using his travel from LA to Memphis as an example.
However, even though it's illegal to take balot-selfies in the state of Tennessee, according to CNN the local authorities have no plans to investigate.
Still, it would probably be wise to check with your local and state laws before going selfie crazy at the polls.
Here's a handy list from VOX regarding state laws.
We've all heard or seen the stories about the rise of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles in both the private and commercial sectors. Whether you're a fan or not this has to be coolest story to-date.
Late last week roughly 45 thousand cans of Budweiser made the 125 mile journey from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs with the "driver" monitoring from the comfort of the semi's sleeper; only taking the wheel while on the highway on/off ramps.
Otto, a subsidary of Uber, is working to make self-driving technology more wide-spread in the trucking industry to increase safety and cut costs; it would allow the trucks to run 24/7.
For all the details on this story check out this Reuters article.
An hour south of Dallas in Italy, Texas there is a whole community contructed from concrete domes; the Monolithic Dome Institute. Establish in 1996 as a "research park", the institute has more than 37 buildings. Founder David South also lives at the institute in a 2,000+ square foot home. There are multiple one bedroom structures for rent.
The Dallas Observer states that the domes are incredibly efficient and safe. The VP of sales is quouted stating they aren't a cult.
Wichita County Health Department officials confirm that an Iowa Park man, Homer Brown, has indeed been infected with "Rabbit Fever", or Tularemia.
Brown, according to KAUZ, accidentally ran over some baby rabbit in tall grass with his lawnmower and his dog proceeded to bring one of the deceased rabbits into Brown's home. The dog became sick in late August and Brown in turn began developing flu-like symptoms.
Brown is now receiving special treatment at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he is battling an infection in his lungs.
While Tulameria is rare, health officials encourage people to wear protective clothing like masks and gloves when working outside. The disease is spread through animal contact, through fleas and ticks and also contaminated water. Health department officials also recommend pet-owners be aware of their pets outdoor activities especially if the pets are likely to encounter rabbits and rodents.
In the middle of rush hour traffic a Florida man had a pretty wild experience.
Tim Mokwa of Dunedin, Florida was on his way to work Monday when a snake poked it's head out from under his hood and proceeded to slither all six feet of itself out onto the windshield! Luckily, he was quick to roll his windows up before the snake joined him in the cab.
Mokwa, a Florida native, grew up around snakes and according to WFAA stated, "In situations like that, flipping out is exactly what you don't want to do." He calmly pulled into a Walmart parking lot to take a video of the snake, which disappeared back below the hood.
Since the event his girlfriend hasn't been back in the car.
In this season of ghouls, goblins and all things that go bump in the night you're probably expecting a tale about a sheeted spectre.
This is not a ghost story but it's certainly spine tingling; this is a tale about the ghost pepper, one of the world's hottest peppers.
According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine a 47-year-old American who was involved in an extreme eating contest consumed a burger that was smothered with a "ghost pepper puree." Anyone who has spent some time browsing YouTube probably has a pretty good idea of where this "awesome" idea is heading. Profuse vomiting insued. In fact, so much that the man managed to cause a tear in his esophagus. After a 23 day stay in the hospital it's safe to assume the prize in the eating contest probably wasn't worth it.
Southeast of Austin in Bastrop, Texas you can find various locations where the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed. One such location is The Last Chance Gas Station and it's been restored and reopened under the new name We Slaughter Barbecue. Fans of the cult classic can purchase memorbilia and very soon will be able to order up bbq smoked on location. Also, there are cabins to rent for the truly daring fans.
Love him or hate him, if Cuban rum and cigars are your thing you might consider writing the president a letter of gratitude. The Obama administration has announced new rules that will take affect Monday allowing travelers to Cuba to purchase an unlimited amount of cigars and rum for import, so long as the "souvenirs" are strictly for personal consumption.
The added bonus for travelers abroad comes amongst regulations issued by the U.S. departments of Commerce and Treasury that will make it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals, U.S. agricultural companies to sell their products to the island and Cubans to purchase U.S.-made goods online.
This morning Bob Dylan became the first American since 1993 to be awarded a Nobel Prize in literature. The Swedish Academy described his work as "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy said, "Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear but it's perfectly fine to read his works as poetry." Danius, also a professor in literature at Stockholm University recommended his 1966 album "Blonde on Blonde" for anyone unfamiliar with his works saying it has "many examples of his brilliant way of rhyming and putting together refrains and his pictorial thinking."
The whole 'clowning' craze scares the life out of some folks, a lot of people tend to think it's pretty silly but one Wisconsin couple is going to have awhile behind bars to consider just how "great" of an idea going out 'clowning' was.
Menasha, Wisconsin police responded to a report of clowns chasing cars last Friday night and discovered the two men had been driven around by a woman who also has a 4-year-old child with one of the men. They had left the child at home to go out 'clowning'... all of the individuals involved were in their early to mid twenties according to WBAY. The two parents were arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
Nestled between apartments on Louis J. Rodriguez Drive, on MSU campus, you'll find the old Christ Academy building, formerly known as The Episcopal Day School. The building was aquired by MSU in 2009 and sat empty until 2014 when regents decided to use part of the property as new offices for the university's football coaches.
Now, according to TRN, MSU President Suzanne Shipley has announced that the Burns Chapel will be renovated using $100,000 from the President's Excellence Circle.
This renovation will only further the Burns family's history with MSU as Mr. and Mrs. Burns personal Christmas display went on to become the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights.
The venue will be used for ceremonies and small performances.
Two deceased men have been discovered by Wichita Falls police in a home at the corner of North 3rd and Broadway. Wichita Falls police responded to a check welfare call and through a window could see one man lying on the floor; after entering the home they discovered a second body. Information concerning the men's identities and cause of death have not yet been disclosed. However, according to TRN, police are now looking for a homicide suspect who was seen driving east from the scene in a red vehicle.
As new details become available this story will be updated.
UPDATE: Wichita Falls police have confirmed the dead were Williams Samuel Rankin, 39, and David Philips, 22.
No clowing around here. A "Clown Lives Matter" march is planned in Tucson, Arizona on October 15th. Nikki Sinn, the event's organizer, wants to show the public that real clowns are not scary murderers. As the event flier states, "This is a peaceful walk to show clowns are not psycho killers. We want the public to feel safe and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!" Participants are encouraged to wear full clown makeup or masks.
Sinn also states that she is no way trying to disrespect the BLM movement.
The march, however, has received a fair share of criticism. According to The Arizona Republic, Rev. Reginald Walton, chariman of the Arizona Black Lives Matter campaign, called the event's name insensitive and said it takes away from a serious national issue.
Sinn calls the event innocent and said it's simply to make people aware that clowns aren't scary.
The outer bands of Hurricane Matthew have begun drenching Florida's East Coast as the catergory four storm advances towards the South East Coast of the United States. FOX News reports that a state of emergency has been declared in Florida. Florida's Governor has urged residents of the states 580 mile coastline to leave immediately. As of 2pm EDT the storm was 125 miles southeast of West Palm Beach and moving at 14 mph. Forecasters predict the hurricane to make landfall Thursday night or early Friday morning and may ride the eastern US coast as far up as South Carolina.
If you have friends or family along the southern east coast, now would be a good time to get in touch with them and say a prayer.
A shooting that occured Tuesday night in Lucy Park left one man dead and police with few new details to release Wednesday. According to Times Record News a concerned citizen flagged down an officer Tuesday night and reported that there was an injured man near Riverside Drive. The man had been shot in the back of his right thigh and in his chest/shoulder area. After being transported to United Regional the man was later pronounced dead.
Wichita Falls detectives are looking for a "person of interest" described as a white female with long brown hair and driving a light-colored or silver SUV. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 940-322-9888 or 800-322-9888.Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 with board approval for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.
UPDATE: The man has been identified as 60 year old Roger Dale Aliff.
In April 2015 King's Grocery on 9th Street closed it's doors and left a Wichita Falls neighborhood with limited shopping options. Many of the residents in the neighborhood are either elderly or do not have a means of transportation to travel the miles to one of the larger chain grocery stores and were left to rely on the Dollar Saver and Walgreens, according to the Times Record News.
Luckily, a local family who already owns and operates several gas stations stepped up to the task of bringing the building up to date. The grocery store should be opening very soon to serve the neighborhood once again.
UPDATE: KFDX reports that King's will reopen on Wednesday, October 5th.
Early this morning, October 3rd, Kim Kardashian was robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry while staying at a private mansion in Paris.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, five men dressed as police officers tied up the property's security guard and two of the men proceeded inside for Kardashian. After holding her at gunpoint, the men tied her up and locked her in a bathroom. The men then stole upwards of an estimated $11 million dollars worth of jewelry.
The past weekend's downpour of more than five inches can be blamed for the influx of mosquitos in Wichita County. The Wichita Falls County Health Department reported Wednesday that two of it's mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile, however at this time no human cases have been reported. Citizens are urged to stay vigilant and take precautionary measures such as getting rid of any standing water around their homes.