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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.