Justin Bieber named in LA traffic mishap
2013-06-18 15:21:36 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles police said Tuesday they are investigating a West Hollywood traffic accident in which a paparazzo was hit by a sports car driven by teen idol Justin Bieber.Gossip website TMZ said Bieber, 19, was exiting the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard late Monday when his white Ferrari struck a photographer, who was treated in hospital with unspecified injuries.It posted video foota...
'Kinky Boots' wins six Tony awards including best musical
2013-06-10 21:09:06 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
NEW YORK: "Kinky Boots" won six Tony awards on Sunday including the top award of best musical and a prize for its composer, pop queen Cyndi Lauper, as Broadway presented its top honors. Lauper won best score for her first Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots," an adaptation of a British film about a struggling shoe factory reinventing itself by making boots for drag queens.Copyright Reuters, 2013
Black Sabbath to release new album, embark on world tour
2013-06-10 21:08:12 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Forty-three years ago Black Sabbath released its debut self-titled album, a collection of songs inspired by occult themes and powered by heavy-metal guitar riffs. Now, three of the original band members - singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler - and drummer Brad Wilk, of Rage Against the Machine, are releasing a new album, "13," and planning to tour the w...
Lythgoe replaced as 'American Idol' producer as ratings drop
2013-06-10 21:06:25 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Swedish producer Per Blankens will be taking the lead on a revamped season of "American Idol," the show's production company said on Monday, after long-time British producer Nigel Lythgoe said he was fired from the show due to falling ratings. Blankens most recently was the executive producer of "Idol," Sweden's version of the popular televised singing competition and helped t...
Nicole Kidman bumps into ex Lenny Kravitz at Country music awards
2013-06-07 10:17:12 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
By Naveed Ahmed Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman bumped into her ex-boyfriend Lenny Kravitz backstage at the CMT music awards in Nashville, Tennessee. But always in form, she managed to successfully turn a potentially uncomfortable situation into a sweet moment.Nicole Kidman arrived on the arm of her husband, Country music singer Keith Urban. Instead of creating an awkward situation, the trio s...
Jefferson Airplane drummer Covington dies, aged 67
2013-06-06 20:26:02 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Joey Covington, former drummer with 1960s US psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, has died in a car crash in California, officials say. He was 67.Covington, who lived in Palm Springs, was driving alone when his car veered off a curve and smashed head-on into a wall Tuesday, said the Riverside County Coroner's office east of Los Angeles.He was a member of Jefferson Airplane, led by...
Minds are a changin in France: Dylan to get honour after all
2013-06-03 15:57:19 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
PARIS: Bob Dylan's pot-smoking and protesting past will not, after all, prevent him from receiving France's highest honour.The US veteran folk singer has been nominated by Aurelie Filippetti, the culture minister and an avowed Dylan fan, to be awarded the Legion d'Honneur.The move was thrown into doubt last month when Jean-Louis Georgelin, the Grand Chancellor of the Legion, blocked th...
Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant: wife
2013-06-01 12:16:14 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LONDON: US rock legend Lou Reed is recovering from a life-saving liver transplant, his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson revealed in an interview published Saturday.The 71-year-old singer, who was the driving force behind The Velvet Underground, was close to death before the operation in Cleveland, Ohio last month, Anderson told Britain's Times newspaper."It's as serious as it gets....
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj leaving 'American Idol'
2013-05-31 16:09:20 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Pop singer Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj will leave "American Idol" after just one season as judges on the singing contest show, following on the heels of longtime judge Randy Jackson who left amid a TV ratings slump."Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!" Minaj said on her Twitter page on Wedne...
Bon Jovi to rock unpaid in crisis-hit Spain
2013-05-30 13:04:14 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
MADRID: US rock supergroup Bon Jovi will waive their fee for playing a concert in recession-hit Spain next month, media reported on Thursday, with special low-price tickets for Spaniards struggling in the crisis.Tickets for the gig in the giant Vicente Calderon football stadium in Madrid are capped at 39 euros ($50) -- a fraction of the top price in other countries on the band's "Because We Ca...
George Michael leaves hospital after car accident
2013-05-29 15:19:16 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LONDON: British pop singer George Michael has been discharged from hospital after he was injured in a motorway car accident, according to a statement on his website on Wednesday.The 49-year-old star, who shot to fame with the 1980s duo Wham!, was airlifted to hospital two weeks ago with a head injury.His publicist had initially said he suffered only "superficial cuts and bruises" in the incident o...
Daft Punk breaks into Billboard chart at number one
2013-05-29 15:17:12 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Daft Punk's "Random Access Memory" has entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number one this week, marking a triumphant US return for the helmeted French electronic dance music duo.The music industry trade journal said Wednesday the 70's-flavored album sold a better than expected 339,000 copies since its May 21 release, giving Daft Punk its best sales week ever as well as i...
Indonesian governor's Metallica guitar confiscated
2013-05-28 13:08:10 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
JAKARTA: The Indonesian government will confiscate a Metallica guitar that was a gift to the heavy metal-loving governor of the capital Jakarta due to concerns about corruption, an official said Tuesday.A beaming Joko Widodo appeared on TV earlier this month strumming the maroon bass guitar that had belonged to the US band's Robert Trujillo and was a gift from a concert promoter.But following ...
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of liver cirrhosis: band
2013-05-11 08:13:09 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Guitarist Jeff Hanneman of the seminal heavy metal band Slayer died of alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, and not as a result of a flesh-eating bacteria, the remaining members of the US band said. Hanneman, a founder of the band, which was known for its fast tempo, dark themes and pounding drums, died last week at age 49 in Southern California after suffering liver failure. Cop...
Randy Jackson leaving 'American Idol' after 12 years
2013-05-11 06:38:57 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
LOS ANGELES: Veteran "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson said on Thursday he was leaving the Fox TV singing contest to focus on his other business ventures. Jackson, who has been a judge on the show since its start in 2002, made the announcement amid falling ratings and rampant rumors about the future makeup of the celebrity panel. Copyright Reuters, 2013
Heavy metal singer pleads not guilty in California murder-for-hire case
2013-05-10 17:20:54 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
VISTA: Heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis, the frontman for Christian rock band As I Lay Dying, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. North San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail for Lambesis at $3 million. He ordered Lambesis to surrender his passport, stay away from his wife Meggan and their three children and remain in San ...
Was Michael Jackson 'forced' to rehearse before his death?
2013-05-10 09:25:52 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
KARACHI: Karen Faye, Michael Jackson’s makeup artist who worked with him for more than 27 years has reportedly testified that she overheard an executive from AEG Live insist the singer rehearse in spite of his declining health. According to American media sources Faye provided information about a phone conversation she overheard between AEG Executive Paul Gongaware, and Jackson’s assistant abo...
Justin Bieber- A big 'hit' in Dubai
2013-05-06 09:43:15 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
KARACHI: It looks like Justin Bieber is facing chilled winds throughout his international tour. During his concert in Dubai on Sunday, the pop star was reportedly confronted by a fan who stormed on stage and attacked the teenage heartthrob from behind.Bieber?s common practice of arriving late to his own concerts was reportedly witnessed this time in Dubai. Nonetheless, the show was a big ?hit? whe...
Fans show newfound respect for Justin Bieber
2013-05-04 09:24:34 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
KARACHI: Justin Bieber has reportedly disappointed his fans twice by arriving late for concerts. But to make up for recent blunders, it appears the teenage heart-throb is working hard to clear his name.
Many of Bieber’s friends and fans were reportedly surprised and pleased when he halted the show twice at Istanbul’s ITU Stadium to show his respect for Azan, a Muslim prayer call. His gesture...
An enigmatic tweet by Kanye West
2013-05-03 12:48:42 GMT : (Arts & Leisure/Music)
KARACHI: After deleting his usually over-active twitter feed, Kanye West has since tweeted a mysterious message that just reads “June Eighteen”. Kanye West, who has allegedly been criticized as being a bear with a sore head, has since kept his outbursts short and sweet. His latest update is all his 9.5 million followers can see. However, it is still not known if June 18th implies the release o...