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Blurred Lines named Britain's most-downloaded song

April 21st, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke's hit tune Blurred Lines has been declared the most-downloaded song in U.K. chart history.

The track topped the Official Charts Company's digital poll after shifting 1.54 million copies since its release in May, 2013, despite Thicke coming under fire from anti-rape campaigners amid allegations the lyrics glamourised sexual violence. Others claimed the video, which featured scantily-clad girls dancing, objectified women.

Blurred Lines beat Adele's Someone Like You and Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's Moves Like Jagger to the top spot; they landed in second and third place, re...
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Adele signing new publishing deal

March 14th, 2014 3:20am EDT
Adele
Adele is negotiating a new publishing deal.
The 25-year-old star's previous agreement is said to have expired and she's now reportedly working on a new contract - which will earn her money from songwriting royalties and will include an advance - which is estimated to be worth around £10 million.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The figures being mentioned are huge.
"Publishing firms know anything Adele does will sell millions of copies and that the songwriting royalties will be huge."
Although the 'Rolling in the Deep' hitmaker has been taking a break from music to enjoy motherhood, as she...
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Hot Beefy Babes

March 9th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Hot Beefy Babes
Hollywood is full of women of all shapes and sizes, and it's time to pay tribute to the sexy stars who aren't a size 0. These beefy babes are well-built, robust actresses and singers who are beautiful and talented in their own right.

Khloe Kardashian towers over her sisters, but she knows how to work it on the red carpet. She shows off her best assets and isn't afraid to flaunt her figure in form-fitting clothing.

The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star told Cosmopolitan: "I'm proud for losing weight when I wanted to and I've never resorted to surgery. I'm not against it - one day I pr...
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Adele tight-lipped on James Bond theme future

March 9th, 2014 7:20am EDT
Adele
Adele is keeping James Bond bosses in the dark over whether she'll record the next theme song.
The global superstar recorded the title track for 2012 movie 'Skyfall', and while many behind the scenes of the upcoming 24th film in the British spy saga are keen for her to sing the next song, she's refusing to commit just yet.
An insider at studio MGM told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "The chiefs here have made their feelings known to Adele that they want her back for the next film.
"Daniel has also made it clear he loved Adele and wants her back but she has not responded, which is making them ...
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Kate Moss attends Prince's intimate London show

February 18th, 2014 10:20am EST
Kate Moss
Kate Moss was among the stars who attended Prince's intimate show in London last night (02.17.14).
The 40-year-old supermodel turned up at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London to watch the 'Purple Rain' hitmaker and his new all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL perform the latest show on their 'Hit & Run' tour.
Kate was joined at the gig by her husband Jamie Hince and several other famous faces were in the audience, including Noel Gallagher, Adele, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Nile Rodgers and Stephen Fry.
The 55-year-old musician played a different set compared to the tracks he has been playing at his...
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Adele earns £30m without new tours or albums

February 8th, 2014 6:20am EST
Adele
Adele earned £30 million in 2013 without touring or releasing any music.
The 'Skyfall' singer's Melted Stone company revealed a turnover of £30,475,299 for the past financial year, which was filed this week with Companies House.
According to reports in The Sun newspaper, Adele took home £12.1 million, which included a £4.9 million pay package and a £7.2 million dividend.
Her huge income was earned despite not releasing any albums or singles, and she didn't go on the road to play a run of live shows.
However, the success of her album '21' has boosted her bank balance, despite being released ...
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Leonardo DiCaprio laughs off red carpet prank

February 7th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio became the latest victim of prankster Vitalii Sediuk on Thursday night (02.06.14).
The 'Wolf of Wall Street' star was surprised when the Ukrainian TV reporter, who previously attempted to interrupt Adele's speech at the 2013 Grammy Awards and tried to kiss Will Smith at a movie premiere, rushed towards him and dropped to his knees on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California before wrapping his arms around the actor and nuzzling his face against Leonardo's nether-regions for several seconds.
The Oscar-nominee patted Vitalli on the neck a...
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2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

January 28th, 2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

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Adele wins Grammy while in bed

January 27th, 2014 4:20am EST
Adele
Adele was in bed when she learned she had won a Grammy award.
The 'Rolling in the Deep' singer was awarded the prize for Best Song Written For Visual Media for her track 'Skyfall' - which was the theme for the James Bond film of the same name - but Adele was unable to attend the ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday night (01.26.14) and she tweeted her disappointment she couldn't collect it in person.
Her Twitter post read: "Wish I was there! Thank you for the grammy! (My 10th one! Whhaaa?) Have a wonderful night I'm in bed now, feeling very restless x (sic)"
The 25-year-old sin...
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Adele wins another Grammy for Skyfall theme

January 26th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Adele
Adele added to her Grammy Awards haul on Sunday (26Jan14) by picking up a Best Song honour for her Skyfall James Bond theme.

The Brit and her songwriting partner, Paul Epworth, took home the Best Song Written For Visual Media prize at the pre-Grammys telecast in Los Angeles.

The pair picked up an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Bond theme last year (13).

The latest honour was Adele's 10th Grammy and the thrilled new mum took to Twitter.com after learning she had taken her haul into double figures. She wrote, "Wish I was there! Thank you for the grammy! (My 10th one! Whhaaa?)...
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Bradley Cooper pranked by crotch hugger

January 20th, 2014 10:20am EST
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper was left red-faced when a prankster tried to hug from the waist down.
The 'American Hustle' star became the latest victim of Ukranian TV reporter Vitalii Sediuk - who previously attempted to interrupt Adele's speech at the 2013 Grammy Awards - at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (01.18.14) when the practical joker got a little too close to Bradley's nether-regions.
As the 39-year-old hunk walked the red carpet, Vitalii seized the moment by wrapping his arms around the actor's waist and planted his face firmly in his genital area.
An embarrassed ...
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Michelle Obama not against Botox

January 15th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama hasn't ruled out having Botox.
The 49-year-old US First Lady isn't against having the cosmetic procedure to maintain her youthful looks because she believes women should have the power to feel confident in their own skin.
Speaking to People magazine, she explained: "Right now, I don't imagine that I would go that route, but I've also learned to never say 'never'. Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves."
Meanwhile, the brunette beauty turns 50 on Friday (01.17.14) and has requested that Adele performs at her birthday bash a...
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Adele to get cooking lesson from Nigella Lawson

December 30th, 2013 6:20am EST
Adele
Adele is to have a private cookery lesson from Nigella Lawson.
The 'Rolling in the Deep' hitmaker will team up with the celebrity TV chef next year after her 13-month-old son Angelo's "godfairies" gave her the baking master class as a Christmas present.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Adele has a group of close male friends who she calls 'Angelo's Godfairies', because she isn't religious and doesn't believe in traditional godparents.
"One of her close circle thought to give her the Nigella present this Christmas because she's become so keen on cooking."
The 25-year-old singer has b...
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Adele receives MBE award

December 19th, 2013 12:20pm EST
Adele
Adele has received an MBE at Buckingham Palace today (12.19.13).
The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker was handed the award by the Prince of Wales after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her services to the music industry.
The 25-year-old singer now has the title Miss Adele Adkins MBE, which stands for member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
She released a statement after the ceremony, saying: "It was an honour to be recognised and a very proud moment to be awarded alongside such wonderful and inspirational people. Very posh indeed."
Adele has achieved huge ...
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Adele to sing for Roman Abramovich at party

December 19th, 2013 2:20am EST
Adele
Adele has been asked to perform at a New Year's Eve party hosted by Chelsea soccer boss Roman Abramovich.
The 'Skyfall' singer and Spurs fan, who will pick up her MBE at Buckingham Palace today (19.12.13), will have to swallow her pride after being asked to sing at the annual bash in the Caribbean.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Adele is one name on a list of targets for Roman. He always has a big star performing and this year will be no different.
"A mini-break somewhere exotic will always appeal.
"Roman's parties are legendary. He throws so much money at them that they never disappo...
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Semisonic eyeing reunion

December 13th, 2013 3:10am EST
Semisonic
Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson is considering reuniting with his former bandmates for a new album after 12 years.

The American rock band enjoyed hits with Closing Time and Secret Smile in the late 1990s, but stepped out of the spotlight in 2001 by taking an hiatus.

Lead singer Wilson has now hinted that the trio could get back together and even release new music.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It (the hiatus) wasn't a planned-out thing. I get together with (bandmates) John (Munson) and Jake (Slichter) periodically and we do shows and we hang out. I'm not closing any doors.

"I think th...
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Adele enjoys date at Lady Gaga gig

December 7th, 2013 6:20pm EST
Adele
Adele and her fiance Simon Konecki enjoyed a rare date night at a secret Lady Gaga concert.
The couple, who welcomed their son, Angelo, into the world in October 2012 and have kept a low profile since then, were among the star-studded audience at the 'Applause' hitmaker's intimate gig at member's club Annabel's in London last night (12.06.13), during which she performed tracks from her new album 'ARTPOP'.
The event, sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, supported the Belvedere red Special Edition bottle, which raises proceeds for the Global Fund, the world's leading financier of programs to fight H...
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Noel Gallagher: Miley Cyrus is embarrassing

December 6th, 2013 4:20am EST
Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher thinks Miley Cyrus is "embarrassing" and has put female artists back "five years".
The former Oasis guitarist isn't impressed by the 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker and says she should channel her energies into writing a good song rather than dressing provocatively and twerking with her tongue hanging out.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said: "I think there's a trend, unfortunately, in the game, at the minute, of girls desperately trying to be provocative or desperately trying to - in inverted commas - 'start the debate' about some old sh*t or other.
"Because, rea...
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Adele orders £100,000 custom car

November 24th, 2013 10:20am EST
Adele
Adele has invested in a £100,000 luxury custom car.
The 'Skyfall' hitmaker - who recently passed her driving test - has bought the Porsche Cayenne and has kept both her own needs and those of her son Angelo.
An insider told the Sunday Mirror: "Since passing her test, driving has become one of Adele's favorite activities and she loves to cruise around London.
"She could afford to buy any mega-expensive sports car but now she's a mum, safety and reliability are her new priorities. Her car is a 4x4 and extremely safe but it's also slick and luxurious.
"She's decided to treat herself and has jo...
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Adele warned Kelly Clarkson not to have a baby

November 22nd, 2013 2:20am EST
Adele
Adele warned Kelly Clarkson not to have a baby yet.
The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker welcomed a son, Angelo, with Simon Konecki in October 2012 and has been taking an extended break from music ever since, so she was quick to remind fellow singer Kelly that becoming a mother might affect her career.
Kelly - who announced she was expected her first child with her husband Brandon Blackstock on Twitter earlier this week - admits she paid no attention to her new pal Adele's words of wisdom.
The first 'American Idol' winner told Us Weekly magazine: "I ran into her at the Grammys last year, and I w...
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10 Popular Music Songs Penned By Other Artists

November 17th, 2013 1:08pm EST
Rihanna
The music industry is one business where it is common for music artists to either meet up and share musical talents or acknowledge the song writing skills of other music artists musically.  Check our following ten popular song picks penned by other music artists.

Singer Rihanna’s hit single “Diamonds” owes it’s “Alternative” flavored leanings to singer-songwriter Sia who penned the track for the singer’s Unapologetic studio music release.  Sia, on her part, is also best known for her co-writing and vocal contribution to DJ David Guetta’s “Titanium” hit single.

If the track “Lovesong”...
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Adele warned Kelly Clarkson about babies

November 13th, 2013 6:20pm EST
Adele
Adele warned Kelly Clarkson not to have a baby.
The 'Stronger' hitmaker, who is eager to start a family with her new husband Brandon Blackstock, has revealed the British star advised her not to get pregnant unless she was ready to take a career break and stay at home.
The 31-year-old star told Us Weekly magazine that the 25-year-old Oscar-winning singer told her at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February: "Girl, don't have a baby 'cause everything else will go on the back burner. I'm living in babyland!"
The 'Set Fire to the Rain' singer gave birth to her first son, Angelo, with her fi...
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Annie Lennox honoured in London

November 4th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Annie Lennox
Scottish singer Annie Lennox was honoured with the Music Industry Trusts Award for her achievements and charity commitments in London on Monday (04Nov13), and Sir Elton John and Adele were among the celebrities who saluted her.

Sir Elton, a previous recipient, could not attend the gala in the former Eurythmics star's honour so he sent in a video message, which was played at the event.

He said Lennox's latest accolade was "so well deserved and not only for your extraordinary contribution to music and songwriting but also for your outstanding and tireless work as an HIV and AIDS activist an...
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Adele records 'filthy' rap

November 1st, 2013 6:20am EDT
Adele
Adele has recorded a "filthy" rap song.
The 'Someone Like You' singer is set to shock fans if she releases the track - a world away from her heart-wrenching ballads - which is full of expletives.
Rapper Tinie Tempah said: "I know Adele really well and she was with me and [producer] Labrinth in the studio when we recorded 'Earthquake'.
"She also has this rap she recorded. It's really filthy."
Tinie, 24, says the track was "an experiment'' and he isn't sure if it will ever be released, especially as Adele has joked she'll start legal proceedings if he leaks it.
Speaking in an interview on T...
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Karl Lagerfeld sued over curvy model comments

October 29th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
Karl Lagerfeld
Fashion designer-turned-photographer Karl Lagerfeld has been hit with a lawsuit over "defamatory" comments he made about overweight models.

Leaders of an association which fights for the rights of curvy women, called Pretty, Curvy, Sexy and Fine With It, in France, have made an official complaint against Chanel's creative director over his criticism of heavier models.

In the lawsuit, the group's president, Betty Aubriere, accuses Lagerfeld of "defamatory and discriminatory comments".

She tells Agence France-Presse, "We're fed up. Many young girls are insecure and hearing such comments is...
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Elton John tells Adele to accept Las Vegas residency?

October 13th, 2013 6:20am EDT
Adele
Adele has reportedly been advised by Sir Elton John to accept a huge Las Vegas residency offer.
The 'Skyfall' hitmaker could earn at least $40 million for a long-term run similar to Britney Spears' upcoming shows, and the 'Rocket Man' legend giving her guidance.
An insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Stacks of Las Vegas casinos are desperate to get Adele on billboards as a headliner in this town.
"The highest figure being touted is $40 million but it could be even higher. Elton's been a really good friend to her and they've been Skypeing to share parental advice.
"But he is a busines...
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Adele passes driving test

October 11th, 2013 7:20am EDT
Adele
Adele has passed her driving test.
The 25-year-old singer started lessons back in March because she wants to get a car so she can drive her 12-month-old son Angelo around without having to rely on his dad, her fiancé Simon Konecki.
Adele's hard work behind the wheel has paid off and she has announced this morning (11.10.13) she has gained a British driving license.
She posted on her Twitter account: "I passed my driving test this morning!!! (sic)"
Now the 'Skyfall' singer has got a UK license she will also be able to drive a car when she is in the US.
Adele had wanted to learn to drive yea...
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Adele to choose between Moss and Obama

October 11th, 2013 4:20am EDT
Adele
Adele has to choose between singing for Kate Moss or Michelle Obama.
The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker has been requested to perform at parties for supermodel Kate and the US first lady in January, but as they are a day apart, it is likely she will only be able to perform at one.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Kate's 40th is on January 16 and Michelle's 50th is the day after. Moss asked her team first to find out how much it would cost to get Adele to perform.
"But Michelle then also invited her to sing alongside Beyonce at the White House.
"With Adele's fees she could make $4.8 ...
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Adele In Talks To Star As Dusty Springfield In New Biopic

September 27th, 2013 8:46am EDT
Adele
British singer Adele is reportedly in talks to play the role of country music icon Dusty Springfield on the big screen.

The Oscar-winning singer is rumored to star as the late singer in a film that is tipped to be penned by Boardwalk Empire Screenwriter David Stenn.

A source told Daily Mail newspaper: "There's a project and it's true Adele is attached, but it's in an early stage of development."

Adele has previously cited Dusty's work as among her biggest influences; however, a spokesman for the star has refused to issue comment on the speculation.

The 25 year-old star is tipped to rele...
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Halle Berry celebrating new paparazzi law

September 25th, 2013 3:14am EDT
Halle Berry
Halle Berry is celebrating after a bill banning paparazzi harassment was signed into law in California on Tuesday (24Sep13).

The Monster's Ball star and Jennifer Garner both testified last month (Aug13) in support of Senate Bill 606, which imposes tougher penalties on photographers who constantly tail public figures and their kids, and also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.

Pregnant actress Berry, who is also mother to daughter Nahla, five, has expressed her thanks to Governor Jerry Brown for signing the law, which comes into effect on 1 January (14).

In a s...
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