2017-07-11 09:36:00 by Lisa Respers France - CNN
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is offering an explanation as to why his band's performance went on as scheduled right after an acrobat plunged to his death on the same stage.
Armstrong released a statement following Green Day's performance Friday at Madrid's Mad Cool Festival.
The band took to the stage after festival goers witnessed an acrobat plunging to his death during a stunt.
Armstrong said his group was unaware of the tragedy when they continued on with the show.
"We didn't even know there was an acrobat performance at all," Armstrong wrote in the statement published to the band's official site on Sunday. "These festivals are huge. There are so many things happening at the same time it's impossible to keep up with every performer/artist."
Armstrong said he and other Green Day members "were in a back stage compound about a half mile away from the main festival stage" when their management was told there would be a delay because of a security issue.
The band was then transported to the main stage where they performed, he said.
"We were on stage at around midnight and played around two and a half hours," Armstrong said. "Everything seemed normal. The crowd and fans had a good time. We got off stage and drove back to our artist compound."
He said they were told of Monroy's death after Green Day's performance ended.
"If we had known prior to our performance we most likely would not have played at all," Armstrong said. "We are not heartless people. The safety and well being at any of our concerts absolutely comes first."
"What happened to Pedro is unthinkable," he added. "Once again we are heartbroken for his friends and family. And we are also shocked and heartbroken for anyone that had to witness this tragedy."
Rocker Brian May has stepped back from the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic because he's convinced he's found the right guy to play the late Queen leader.
Actor Rami Malek has replaced Sacha Baron Cohen after the British funnyman fell out with May and his bandmate Roger Taylor over their artistic vision for the film, and now for the first time in over a decade, the guitarist is happy to let producer Graham King make his film without any interference from the group.
"We have our star, we have Rami Malek as our Freddie, who I think will be incredible," May tells Rolling Stone. "He has a great presence, and he's utterly dedicated to the project, which is wonderful.
"We've spent a little time with him. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see. And we have a fabulous producer in Graham King, whos probably the greatest independent producer in or out of Hollywood. And he's put together a great team. And we have a really, really great script. Finally."
May reveals it has taken him 12 years to come to this point, and now he's happy to take a backseat and let the filmmakers do their thing: "I think we're very close now to an announcement, which will signify that Fox has given the green light to actually supply the money," he adds.
"We sort of sit there like the grandparents of the project in a sense and we'll be taking care of the music, supervising the way it's done, but we're not really making the film. We've stayed with it for the last 12 years to shepherd it to the right place where we feel it would do Freddie justice. We only get one shot at this, and that's it."
Bryan Singer will direct the movie, which will also feature Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor.
I couldn't even get insurance when I first wanted to do the tour."
Adele gave a prescient speech at Wembley Stadium only days before she cancelled her final dates – telling concert goers that she initially couldn’t get insured due to being “terrible at touring”.
The singer, who was forced to shelve the final two dates after damaging her vocal chords, said: “This is my 120th show in 15 months. For someone that was terrible at touring, that was unreliable at touring…I couldn’t even get insurance when I first wanted to do the tour.”
In 2011, she was previously forced to undergo surgery after haemorrhaging her vocal cords.
Describing her success with her most recent tour, she added: “I got through my UK and Europe tour and I finally got insured. I only missed one show, and I swear to god I actually had the flu. I even put a video up to prove to everyone just how rough in fact I was.
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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."
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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.”
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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.