Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oh, be quiet

Jennifer Lopez appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, and talked a bit about her ex husband Marc Anthony:

“You know, it’s fun because we know each other so well, but it has its moments. The same things that…didn’t really work sometimes come up. You’re talking and you don’t agree on something and you’re like ‘oh, be quiet!’…you’ll see it on the show a little bit!”

Tonight show

Madonna appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno held at the NBC Studios on Monday in Burbank, California.

Click here to watch a clip from the interview.

In love to the fullest

Selena Gomez is on the cover of the March 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan. Inside the magazine, the Disney singer talks about her 'relationship' with Justin Bieber:

“I’m just like every 19-year-old girl. If you’re in love, you’re in love to the fullest, and you just want to go to the movies, hang out, and be as normal as possible. I’m fortunate that I’ve found someone who has that philosophy.”

Thank you, Starbucks

Starbucks has officially backed gay marriage! In a January 24 letter to U.S. partners, Kalen Holmes, Starbucks executive vice president, expresses support for the gay marriage legislation in Washington State. The “important legislation,” says Holmes “is core to who we are and what we value as a company.”

The letter, which boasts of the company’s LGBT activism begins, “Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.” The letter concludes: “We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.”

Thank you, Starbucks!

Awards comeback

Adele has confirmed she will make her live comeback at the Grammys next month! Adele's voice has not been heard on stage since she underwent surgery to cure a condition that threatened her vocal cords last November, but after a successful recovery period, the star has revealed she "can't wait" to perform at the awards ceremony. She is also due to perform at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London a week later.
Adele told fans on Twitter: "Ima be, Ima be singing at the Grammys. It's been so long I started to forget I was a singer! I can't wait, speak soon xx."

Party all night

Rihanna, as usual, looked like a total slut while visiting Greystone Manor nightclub in Los Angeles. It looks like since the LOUD Tour is over with (and come to think about it, during the tour as well), all Rihanna ever does is go out partying. Doesn't she have a single (Talk That Talk) to promote?

On the other hand, Rihanna records seem to be selling themselves, so she probably doesn't even need to go through the effort.

Art collections

Robbie Williams Mark Owen are pumping some of their profits from the Progress Live 2011 Tour into art.

Mark's just splashed out £20k on a painting by an edgy graffiti artist to mark his 40th birthday. And Rob is paying a sculptor to make a life-size statue of wife Ayda Field for his back yard in LA.

A source said: "Mark bought a painting by a London street artist called Bambi. It's of an 80-year-old woman called Mrs Welsh who is a character in a trendy part of London. Mark is really into urban art and has some other pieces from top UK talent. He's become a serious collector."

Better than today - live in Antwerp

Check out this cool video of Kylie Minogue performing Better Than Today, live during her amazing Aphrodite Les Folies Tour at Sportpaleis Antwerpen. I was in the audience during this show (as well as two days earlier at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam) and I can truly say it was the best show I've ever seen in my life.

MDNA - cover

Madonna has revealed the cover for her upcoming new album MDNA today, Check it out above.

Ice princess

Tonight on Dutch television: Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall and Joan Cusack.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dance classes

Mister hottie Jason Beitel posted a couple of new hot pictures of himself teaching dance classes on his Facebook account. Enjoy!

New dates

George Michael has told fans that he will most likely reschedule his cancelled 2011 Symphonica Tour dates for September of this year.

George had to pull a run of UK shows after succumbing to a life-threatening bout of pneumonia at the end of last year. He has now taken to Twitter to explain that the tour will now probably take place this autumn and that the shows may now include new songs.

When asked about when the gigs would be taking place, he wrote: "realistically I can't see my vocal cords being being ready till the summer, but then I have to think about people losing out if they are on their summer hols. So September seems the most likely. Sorry about that everyone. Rest assured I will use the time wisely. As in... working on improving the show, mixing the live tracks, finishing brand new tracks!"

New and improved

From the new and improved Kylie.com:

Kylie is celebrating 25 years in music this year and we thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase her magnificent career with a brand new and sparkly kylie.com.

We’ve added a new section called Kylie Fashion which will showcase some of Kylie’s greatest costumes and fashion from over the years for you to enjoy.

If you fancy a trip down memory lane, we have a fabulous timeline for you to scroll through packed full of videos, photos and releases.

We hope you love it!

Xx Team Kylie

Oh yes, we do love it!

Greatest women in music

According to a press release from VH1, Tori Amos will be one of several industry experts, pop culture critics and music artists offering commentary during VH1’s “100 Greatest Women in Music,” a 5-night special special premiering during the week of February 13th. The series will numerate the top hundred women artists who have made their a mark on the music industry over the past twenty years.

Check it out starting Monday, February 13th at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT. The series concludes on Friday, February 17th.

Commitment to diversity

A couple of weeks ago hate group the American Family Association (AFA) reported that The Home Depot appeared to be pulling back its support to gay rights activists. Fortunately, and as usual, they spoke too soon. Immediately after the AFA released their findings, Home Depot said it will continue to support gay rights activities. Home Depot issued this email statement to the AFA:

"We have never changed our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all people, and we have no intention of doing so. Nor have we changed our apron policy or the guidelines for our charitable giving."

Thank you, Home Depot! Of course, this won't stop the AFA from claiming victory, just as they did after the failed boycotts of The Walt Disney Company, Ford, and McDonalds, to name just a few. Still, it's great to hear their influence means absolutely nothing!

Tanking tour

As I've noticed before, the NKOTBSB Tour, which is the co-headlining tour starring the Backstreet Boys and the New Kids On The Block, isn't selling so well in the Netherlands. Their show at Ahoy Rotterdam, on May 1st, has been on sale for quite a couple of months now, and still tickets are available in every single category. In fact, if you head over to Eventim, the official ticketseller for this show, you will notice they have displayed a message stating that at the request of the promoter, the seating chart has actually been turned off.

This probably means the show is selling so badly they don't want us to see just exactly how many tickets are still left. I wouldn't be surprised if this show were to be scaled down to the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, or cancelled altogether.

It's a far cry from Take That's Progress Live 2011 Tour, which sold out the entire Amsterdam ArenA.

Grisham vs. King

Time for a new poll! This week, I'll let you choose between my two favorite writers, John Grisham and Stephen king. personally I like John Grisham best, but now it's up to you to decide!

Voting's on!

Teaser video

Madonna has posted a short teaser video to promote her upcoming single Give Me All Your Luvin', taken from her next album MDNA. The full video will premiere on American Idol on Thursday, with a worldwide release on YouTube the next day, Friday February 3.

Mardi Gras

It was Kylie Minogue’s third and final surprise for this month that got the Australians excited! Kylie has confirmed that she will be heading home to join with Sydney’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community at the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will honour Kylie during the Parade with a spectacular K25 float that pays homage to the artist’s outstanding contribution to the music industry and support of the LGBTQI community. SGLMG’s CEO Michael Rolik says Minogue’s RSVP to Sydney Mardi Gras 14 years after her last performance at the Mardi Gras party in 1998 will go down as a great moment in the organisation’s history.

NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and The Arts, George Souris said “The presence of Kylie Minogue is sure to make this the biggest and best Sydney Mardi Gras ever,” he said.

And Kylie is pretty excited herself saying ‘“I simply cannot wait, and it’s going to be a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of this relationship.”

The paperboy

Zac Efron was spotted shooting some reshoots on the set of his upcoming new movie The Paperboy in Los Angeles. The plaid shirt must be part of Zac‘s costume for the film, because he was spotted the day before carrying the plaid button-down on set, as well as wearing the same beanie.

The film is set to be released sometime this year.

Clean water

Adam Lambert turned 30 yesterday on January 29

“Today is my birthday, and for my 30th I’d like you all to help me change the world: http://www.charitywater.org/adamlambert/” Adam tweeted, along with a link to a donation page for a charity called charity:water.

“Together, I bet we can raise over $1 million and bring thousands more people clean water.” Adam wrote. Donate to this wonderful cause today and help bring clean water to those who need it!

I forgive you

Kelly Clarkson has recently announced that “I Forgive You” will be her next single! The 29-year-old singer confirmed the choice during her Stronger Tour stop at Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Saturday in Johnstown, Penn.

Earlier in the day, Kelly wrote on her Twitter “Bought some awesome vinyl records, had an amazing popsicle, and enjoying the fact that it’s warmer here in North Carolina!”

Friends for years

Jennifer Lopez chatted with Matt Lauer about her new show Q’Viva! The Chosen on Today. Jennifer also chatted about working with her ex, Marc Anthony, on the show"

“Marc and I were friends before we got married. We were friends for years. And we always loved each other, and we always worked together…. Obviously, we have children together so it’s not like he’s not going to be in my life, he’s always going to be in my life,” Jennifer said.

Three attacks

Australia has seen its third shark attack in weeks, its second in two days. David Pickering, injured off the northwest coast, said he beat off a tiger shark with his left arm Thursday when it had grabbed his right one.

Three attacks in one country in one week... scary!

Best-selling songs

And speaking of Lady Gaga, her smash hit "Born This Way" is among the top five best-selling songs of 2011 with 8.2 million copies, according to the latest IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) report. Check out the full list below:

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are (12.5 million)
Bruno Mars - Grenade (10.2 million)
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (9.7 million)
Jennifer Lopez - On the Floor (8.4 million)
Adele - Rolling in the Deep (8.2 million)
Lady Gaga - Born This Way (8.2 million)
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give me Everything (8.2 million)
Black Eyed Peas - The Time (Dirty Bit) (7.3 million)
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger (7.0 million)
Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song (6.5 million)

Gold disk awards

Lady Gaga won four prizes at this year's Japanese Gold Disk Awards, including Best Western Artist, Album and Song. Gaga´s Born This Way was also awarded for reaching triple platinum certification and becoming the top-selling western album of the year.

Congratulations, and well deserved!

Birthday message

P!nk has recorded a special birthday message for Ellen DeGeneres, also showing off her baby Willow and husband Carey. Lovely!

A spicey reunion

The Spice Girls are due to reform for a special gig at Buckingham Palace on June 4 in front of the Royal Family. Scary Spice Mel B revealed the plans during an interview on Australian TV — when she was asked if the Spices will reform for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Mel smiled and replied: "Ooh, I think the Queen's Jubilee concert is the event I'd be looking at more closely for that to happen."

After realising her error, the outspoken star quickly changed the subject. But after the show, she appeared to confirm to studio workers that she had not made a mistake.

Can´t wait!

All is well

Take That star Mark Owen has come a long way since confessing to ten affairs and an alcohol problem in 2010. Mark was seen kissing his supportive wife Emma Ferguson as the couple enjoyed a London stroll on his 40th birthday.

Mark's clearly got his domestic life back on track after he spiralled out of control on booze and revealed he had bedded ten different women while he was with Emma. In a bid to beat his demons, the singer checked himself into rehab — and the move seems to have paid off.

He and blonde Emma, 35, were all smiles as they basked in each other's company last week, stopping momentarily to lock lips.

K25: Finer Feelings

Kylie Minogue has started off the K25 festivities by releasing this absolutely stunning new orchestral version of her 1992 song Finer Feelings. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, this wonderful song is just the start of what's to come!

Give me all your luvin'- cover

The cover for Madonna's upcoming single Give Me All Your Luvin', which will be released on Friday February 3, has been released. Check out the wonders f photoshop and botox above!

U.S. Marshals

Tonight on Dutch television: U.S. Marshals, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey jr.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Conservative visionary

Governor Rick Perry has decided to suspend his GOP presidential bid and endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, calling him a "conservative visionary."
In a news conference in South Carolina this morning, Perry announced his decision. "As I've contemplated the future of this campaign, I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in the 2012 campaign," he stated. "Therefore today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States."

Perry has been trailing in all the recent South Carolina polls and finished well back in both the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. He had faced calls to drop out of the race in recent days as polls show him languishing while Gingrich gains steam.

More Twilight

Whispers throughout Hollywood say the Twilight saga will very likely continue after the Breaking Dawn movies have finished storming the box office. Now that the franchise has moved to Lionsgate, the president of the company says he would love to see it continue:

It's hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn't have ongoing value. It's an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is 'Boy I hope so.'

More Twilight movies! Great idea!

Restraining order

Richard Franco, the creep who was found scaling the wall around Halle Berry's house, has been sentenced to 386 days in jail, five years probation, and one year in counseling. Not only that but Halle got the three year restraining order extended to ten years!


Tempest in a teapot

Elton John's husband, David Furnish, has issued an apology to Madonna. David posted an apology on his Facebook page to Madge. He writes:

Wow! What a tempest in a teapot. My comments regarding The Golden Globes have been blown way out of proportion. My passion for our film "Gnomeo & Juliet" and belief in Elton's song really got my emotional juices going. But I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week's premiere of the film "W.E."

Open for business

US President Barack Obama's visit today to Walt Disney World is as much an appeal to Brazilians and their dollars as it is Florida voters and their jobs. But it was a brief one, highlighted by a speech that lasted just 13 minutes.

As expected, Obama announced he intends to expand the U.S. State Department's Global Entry Program for trusted international visitors; expand and accelerate visa application processing for such countries as Brazil, India and China; and attempt to add more countries to the Visa Waiver Program that allows foreigners from 36 countries to skip the visa process.

The moves all are designed to make it easier for international travelers to visit the United States. In Florida and at Disney World, the issue focuses mostly on Brazilian travelers, whose visa applications are backlogged. Florida and Disney World are among the favorite destinations of free-spending Brazilians, who spend an average of $5,000 each per visit.

"We've got the best product to sell. I mean look at where we are," Obama declared, gesturing to Cinderella's Castle behind him.

"People want to come here," he said. "So this is what it's all about – telling the world that America is open for business," he added.

Obama assured the crowd that the United States would continue to "protect our borders" even as it fosters a more welcoming environment for tourists.

Obama began his brief speech at about 12:40, starting with a recognition of Mickey Mouse. "It's always nice to meet someone who has bigger ears than me," he said.

The same, only less

From the Liz Smith column:

Those two words, uttered by Madonna, in response to ABC-TV’s Cynthia McFadden’s question about a Lady Gaga song, has “gone viral,” as they say. Even better, when McFadden, who certainly knows what the word means, asked Madonna to define it, M coyly said, “Look it up!”

Apparently, a lot of people have. Now, I keep hearing the word, generally accompanied with a laugh and a reference to the pop icon. Madonna has taught us much over the years, now she’s revived a word rarely used. (Well, I’ve always said if Madonna hadn’t gone into music, she would have stayed in Michigan and become Miss Ciccone, the stern English teacher.)

It was this benign answer about Gaga that became part of the Elton John/ David Furnish’s attack on Madonna, after she won a Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday night. The song is titled “Masterpiece” from her coming film, “W.E.” (Elton’s effort was “Hello, Hello” from the flop animated movie “Gnomeo and Juliet.”) Aside from ripping Madonna’s song, the pair declared - on Twitter and Facebook - that Madonna’s “attack” on Gaga “shows how desperate she is.”

Goodness, I didn’t get that at all. Madonna has no inclination to trash Gaga. But she is certainly within her rights to imply, gently, that Lady G. has appropriated some aspects of her image, sound and message. Music critics were the first, in fact, to point out the similarities between Gaga’s “Born This Way” and M’s “Express Yourself.”

Elton John, who has been a star since 1970, feels he has earned the right to be perennially cranky and opinionated. Fine. And he does wonderful charity work. But I think Madonna, who has been a star since 1983, has earned the right to answer a question honestly, from her point of view. Or to accept an award, if she wins one. Elton has had a bee in his bonnet about Madonna for years. At various times he has criticized her singing, dancing, her right to be a star, even. She has rarely responded.

In this case, however, it is Elton who appears to be “desperate.” Back in the day, Madonna could be ungracious and careless in her remarks, but I never recall her attacking another performer in this manner, or publicly declaring she should have won an award instead of somebody else. (Perhaps she learned her lesson when, in the midst of a wave of positive reviews and publicity for “Evita” - and a Golden Globe win - she said she thought she deserved to be nominated for an Oscar, too. The Academy was not amused.)

The truth is, most of the public has never heard either Elton or Madonna’s song. Why carry on so?
Oh, “reductive?” It means something is the same, only less.

Love the way you lie - live in Arnhem

Please enjoy Rihanna singing Love The Way You Lie, during her LOUD Tour at Gelredome Stdium in Arnhem, the Netherlands, with me in the audience.

The origin of love

Great news, Mika fans! The singer himself has revelaed the fact that his new and third album The Origin Of Love will be released in March! That's only about a month and a half from now!

I'm really looking forward to this album, as I absolutely love Mika's music. Hopefully a tour will be announced shortly after the album release!

The tour is over

Now that Tori Amos has finished up her fantastic Night Of Hunters Tour, her unofficial fansite Undented has updated its tour page, containing details of every show of the tour, including setlists, reviews, videos and photo's. It's a great resource for Tori Amos fans, so check it out by clicking here.

New poll

With New Year's Eve just behind us, and Valentine's Day coming up, for my latest poll, let me, and other readers know which movie you preferred!

Voting's on!

Gaga plus

Lady Gaga has joined Google's social network. Add her brand new Google+ profile to your circles by visiting http://ongpl.us/ladygaga and share the page with your friends to stay up to date on all things Gaga.

Technical problems

Some of you may be experiencing technical difficulties when adding comments or posting messages on the official Celine Dion Forum. The people who run her website have informed us they working on this and hope to have everything back in order shortly. They would like to say: Thank you for your patience and continued support.

No hard feelings

No hard feelings between Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner! The two, who recently split, each used their Twitter pages to dispel any rumors the separation might not have been amicable.

“It really upsets me to read all the FALSE!! stories. Avril has always been there for me and is the closest person to my heart. I love her,” Brody tweeted.

Avril, meanwhile, wrote a simple, “luv u 2!!! @BrodyJenner.”

Things happen

Adam Lambert made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his new single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” on Thursday.

During his appearance on the show, Adam talked about his recent fight with boyfriend Sauli Koskinen that led to their arrest in Finland late last year.

“You know, relationships are work and I’m so lucky to have fallen in love with a great partner. Everybody has their ups and downs, things happen. When you add alcohol to a situation, things can get out of control and some people can get upset and emotional. What happened was, we had too much to drink. We screwed up. There were no injuries, no violence. It was more of childish, foolish, messiness. I was a little irresponsible and I think what I learned from the experience was that I owe it to myself, to my loved ones, and to my fans to be a little more adult and pull it together. New Year’s resolution was like ‘OK, we’re cleaning up the act, and we’re juicing, and exercising,’ and I feel amazing.”

Princess of China

It was just announced that Rihanna will take the stage at the 2012 Grammy Awards with Coldplay, presumably to perform their song “Princess of China”!

Rihanna is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Loud, as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her songs “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake and “All Of The Lights” featuring Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Fergie
Coldplay is nominated for three Grammys, including Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Paradise,” and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Every Teardop Is A Waterfall.”

New year's eve

Last week I finally saw the star-studded movie New Year's Eve, and loved it. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer above and run to the nearest cinema!

All but finished

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis are "all but officially finished", it was claimed last night. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 48, has two kids with the 39-year-old French singer but the pair have never married.

They are said to be living apart and haven't gone to a premiere together for more than a year.
U.S. celebrity magazine People has claimed that the couple — who have been together for 14 years — are living largely separate lives.

"According to multiple sources they are all but officially finished," the magazine said.

Pregnant again

Angelina Jolie is pregnant again, according to reports. Angie and Brad Pitt, who have recently dropped hints that they would like another baby, are said to be expecting a seventh addition to their brood. A report in US magazine OK! says that Angelina is thrilled.
A source told the magazine: "Angelina is really savouring every moment. She's having a tough time with morning sickness but says it's all worth it."

Working out

Rihanna tweeted a picture of herself working out in the gym, despite being on holiday, but she didn't feel the need to change out of her swimwear before hopping on the cross trainer.
The snap was the first in a series of bikini shots she posted on Twitter from her break in Hawaii, after finishing almost a year of LOUD shows.

Another attack

A tour guide has been mauled by a shark while snorkelling at Coral Bay, about 150 kilometres south of Exmouth in WA. It is believed a three-metre tiger shark attacked the 26-year-old man on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the man's injuries are not life-threatening but it is believed he has sustained severe lacerations to his right forearm. The man was flown to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition. The Fisheries Department says the beach is closed following the attack. Graham Murphy has run underwater tours in Coral Bay for more than a decade and says the attack is an isolated incident.

"I think it's a big shock to everyone in the area, I mean I've been in Coral Bay for some 14 years, snorkelling regularly each day and never had an issue with sharks of any type. I think it was a complete fluke, a one off. You see sharks regularly when you are snorkelling in the north-west. It's not something I am concerned about when I am out there snorkelling and I dont think any of the tour guides, it doesn't cross their mind because we see sharks so regularly in the water and it's not something we are concerned about."

The attack comes a day after a shark attack south of Newcastle at Redhead Beach left surfer Glen Folkard with serious injuries to his upper leg and torso. Newcastle's beaches have reopened after the attack by what is believed to be a bull shark.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1 million... and counting

Great news! This evening, the wonderful Kylie Minogue crossed the magical line of 1 million followers on her Twitter account. Congratulations to Kylie and, if you don't already do so, make sure to follow her by clicking here!

10x Current singles

A bit late, but still... time for my monthtly list of top ten current singles. Here we go!

1) Ode To The Bouncer - Studio Killers
2) You Da One - Rihanna
3) The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
4) Skinny Love - Birdy
5) Young, Wild and Free - Snoop Dogg
6) Hangover - Taio Cruz
7) Turning Tables - Adele
8) She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul
9) Feel So Close - Calvin Harris
10) I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae

What are yours?
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