Monthly Archives: May 2011

Simon and Santana protest Grammy shake-up

Paul Simon and Carlos Santana have joined a number of artists who are protesting the decision to cut more than 30 honours from the annual Grammy Awards.

Officials at America’s Recording Academy sparked outrage after announcing plans to axe a number of prizes, including awards for Latin jazz, Hawaiian and Native American music and merge several categories.

Simon and Santana are both backing a coalition of musicians, led by four-time Latin jazz Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria, who are fighting to reverse the decision before the 54th Annual Grammys next year, according to the Associated Press.

Barbara Sinatra tells about her life with Frank

Barbara Sinatra was her famous husband’s fourth and last wife; he died in her arms in 1998. They had been married for 22 years. It wasn’t always pretty, although she says she was the “luckiest woman in the world” to be his wife. Sinatra’s widow, 84, is now telling what it was like living with Ol’ Blue Eyes in her aptly titled memoir Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank.

He was attentive, polite, but best of all he had a good eye “for stone,” she writes. Meaning he could pick out amazing jewellery, including a famous Cartier necklace. And then there were the flights to Paris for dinner, the expensive cars, the suites in world-class hotels around the world. She calls it all “some candy jar.”

There was a price to pay for all this, however. She admits he was “definitely a Jekyll and Hyde” personality, recounting numerous evenings when he was overdrinking with his buddies, making scenes from New York to Hong Kong, ripping phones from the wall and throwing them into windows. He also wasn’t the most romantic. She had to accept that fact when a prenup was delivered to her on the morning of their wedding. She signed it.

Did he ever cheat? All she’ll say is that she took Palm Springs neighbour Lee Annenberg’s advice: Look the other way. As for his connections to the Mob, she only says he got frustrated with the press for always alleging it. The press was not his favourite. If you’re a Sinatra fan, you’ll learn he loved grilled cheese sandwiches, unfiltered Camels and Jack Daniels, but hated women who wore too much perfume. He also hated women who couldn’t hold their liquor. Barbara Sinatra could.

Mick Jagger Forms New Supergroup Called “Super Heavy”

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Mick Jagger has reportedly formed a supergroup called Super Heavy with Joss Stone, Damian Marley, Eurythmics‘ Dave Stewart and the Oscar-winning musician and producer behind the score for Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman.

An unnamed source told the New York Post that Super Heavy “Just finished a record and their first video and are talking to major labels about a deal.” Another unnamed reports that, “Each member has a very distinct and different style, but it works. Mick has been recording with Dave for a while, and both worked with Joss in the past.”

Although it has been reported the group have made a music promo, Jagger insists they haven’t looked that far ahead yet. The legendary rocker claims he is just having fun in the recording studio with the other musicians at the moment and they aren’t taking it too seriously.

“They all thought it would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music. No video has been shot, no label in place,” a representative for Jagger said. “All a bit premature.”

Depp wants to grow old with Captain Jack Sparrow

May 17, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

Johnny Depp is keen to continue riding the waves of success with the “Pirates Of The Caribbean” franchise and portray his beloved movie character Captain Jack Sparrow into his old age. Depp tells the New York Post, “I think they could wheel me in … Might have my dreads get tangled in the wheels of my chair. Interestingly enough, for me, characters like Captain Jack, you feel like you could just like continue,” he adds. “The possibilities are endless, limitless. There’s any possibility of madness and absurdity that could commence. So with this character you feel you’re never really done.” The actor has reprised his swashbuckling role for a fourth time in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and a fifth installment is already being discussed. Catch the big premiere at the end of May 2011!

Donny Osmond criticizes Gaga’s shock tactics

May 17, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

Donny Osmond has criticized Lady Gaga’s shock tactics, branding her headline-grabbing stunts a “cheap way” of finding fame and selling records. Osmond previously slammed Gaga for her 2010 music video “Telephone,” which he claimed featured “profanity, sexual exploitation, nudity, and graphic violence.” Speaking on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” he said, “First of all just let me make the statement: I think Lady Gaga is brilliant as a marketer, as a writer, as an artist – she is Madonna incarnated in my opinion. But I don’t agree with a lot of the shock elements nowadays a lot of artists take to get their face on the cover, to get on the charts.”

“In my opinion it is a cheap way to become popular,” he added, “but I do think she’s a very talented woman.”

Brian Wilson hints at Beach Boys reunion

By Matthew Perpetua RollingStone.com

 

In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson hinted that the group may reunite in the studio to celebrate their 50th anniversary. “I’m considering it,” he said. According to Wilson, nothing is holding him back aside from a reluctance to reconnect with his old partners. “I just don’t know if I want to be around those guys, you know? They’re zany guys. They’re crazy.” Wilson has not collaborated with his former bandmates since he co-produced “Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1,” a 1996 album featuring country versions of their hit songs.

Though it remains to be seen whether Wilson will record new material with the band, the Beach Boys will be coming together to put the finishing touches on “Smile,” the band’s never-released follow-up to their 1966 masterwork “Pet Sounds.”

The group will be offering input on the album’s track listing, which was never firmly established, since the record was never completed as originally planned.

Princess Diana Film Set to Debut at Cannes

As all talk has been about Prince William and Kate Middleton, not to mention her younger sis Pippa, thanks to a new documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, the late Princess Diana will be thrust into the spotlight yet again and not necessarily in a good way. A new film is causing quite the outrage! A picture of the dying princess will be shown.

Filmmaker Keith Allen alleges in Unlawful Killing that the Princess of Wales actually predicted her own death by “accident” about four years before it actually occurred. As noted by PopEater, the film also indicates the royal family and British officials worked hard to cover it up.

In fact, the movie’s backed by Mohammed Fayed whose son died in the crash alongside Diana. Due to the graphic content, movie theaters in England have banned the film! Cannes has not banned it so it’s showing will occur this Friday. Keith told The Guardian in London, ”Screening this film in Cannes for the world’s media will be both exhilarating and terrifying for me.”

He added, [The movie] is not about a conspiracy before the crash, but a provable conspiracy after the crash. [It’s] a conspiracy organized not by a single scheming arch-fiend, but collectively by the British establishment – judges, lawyers, politicians, police chiefs, secret services, even newspaper editors.” Hmmm.

 

Mary Tyler Moore Set for Brain Surgery

Mary Tyler Moore has elected to undergo surgery to remove a meningioma, a benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“At the recommendation of her neurologist, who has been monitoring this for years, and a neurosurgeon, Mary decided to proceed with this fairly routine procedure,” says the rep.

The veteran star – who in the ’60s as Laura Petrie on the The Dick Van Dyke Show was TV’s first sexy suburban housewife, and then in the ’70s as Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the prototypical single career woman – most recently did a guest spot opposite her friend (and MTM Show costar) Betty White on the season premiere of Hot in Cleveland.

In March, Moore, 73, appeared in Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood Issue, marking the 30th anniversary of the movie Ordinary People, for which she was Oscar-nominated for her role as the icy mother, by reuniting with its cast and director Robert Redford. Our thoughts and prayers are with her!

Stevie Nicks returns with new album

In Your Dreams is the seventh solo studio album from Fleetwood Mac front-women Stevie Nicks. It is her first album in 10 years. The album is a perfect return for her solo career. Every song tells a different story that takes you away.
The album starts with the lead single Secret Love. The song was originally was suppose to be on the Fleetwood Mac album Rumors. When it did not make the final cut, Nicks put it away and decided to use it for the album. The song is the perfect opening because of its catchy guitar lead and lyrics.
New Orleans tells of how beautiful and wonderful the city is. Tells of how she wants to visit the city and see all it has to offer. The song is a balled that demonstrates Nick’s pure voice with very little, to no affect.
Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of two people who fall in love. They keep their distance because they do not trust each other. However, they still will make love. The song starts off with the first verse having an acoustic feel, then electric guitar kicks in catching your eat and makes you keep listening.  The song is one of the most descriptive on the whole album. You can’t help but picture these two people when listening.
Stevie Nicks collaborates with fellow Fleetwood Mad member and former lover Lindsey Buckingham. Buckingham adds harmonization vocals with nicks for the song Soldier’s Angel. The song could possibly be the highlight of the album. Not because of the song’s musical or lyrical content, but because of the collaboration with Buckingham. It takes you back to the Fleetwood Mac, and even to Buckingham Nicks music.
The title track catches your eat with guitar and vocals that start in right away. The song is about how someone you like is always in your head and even in your dreams.
The album is the perfect mixture of songs that paint s picture in your mind, rocking guitar that catches your ear, and soft ballads that tell a story. The album shows that Nicks still has it in her to make great music. It show cases her voice and ability to write great songs. No matter if you are a long time fan or just looking for some new music this album will please all.

In Your Dreams is the seventh solo studio album from Fleetwood Mac front-women Stevie Nicks. It is her first album in 10 years. The album is a perfect return for her solo career. Every song tells a different story that takes you away.

The album starts with the lead single Secret Love. The song was originally was suppose to be on the Fleetwood Mac album Rumors. When it did not make the final cut, Nicks put it away and decided to use it for the album. The song is the perfect opening because of its catchy guitar lead and lyrics.

New Orleans tells of how beautiful and wonderful the city is. Tells of how she wants to visit the city and see all it has to offer. The song is a balled that demonstrates Nick’s pure voice with very little, to no affect.

Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of two people who fall in love. They keep their distance because they do not trust each other. However, they still will make love. The song starts off with the first verse having an acoustic feel, then electric guitar kicks in catching your eat and makes you keep listening.  The song is one of the most descriptive on the whole album. You can’t help but picture these two people when listening.

Stevie Nicks collaborates with fellow Fleetwood Mad member and former lover Lindsey Buckingham. Buckingham adds harmonization vocals with nicks for the song Soldier’s Angel. The song could possibly be the highlight of the album. Not because of the song’s musical or lyrical content, but because of the collaboration with Buckingham. It takes you back to the Fleetwood Mac, and even to Buckingham Nicks music.

The title track catches your eat with guitar and vocals that start in right away. The song is about how someone you like is always in your head and even in your dreams.

The album is the perfect mixture of songs that paint s picture in your mind, rocking guitar that catches your ear, and soft ballads that tell a story. The album shows that Nicks still has it in her to make great music. It show cases her voice and ability to write great songs. No matter if you are a long time fan or just looking for some new music this album will please all.