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bradley cooper calls lady gaga's 'a star is born' performance 'a revelation'

bradley cooper may be the one sitting in the director's chair of the 2018 remake of a star is born, but lady gaga was more than just his leading lady: she was his talent coach and musical guide, and he "relied" on her expertise to deliver a performance that involved surprising 80,000 people with a sneaky serenade.in a conversation with robert de niro at the tribeca film festival on april 21, cooper discussed his upcoming directorial debut and the numerous challenges he faced while preparing to play grizzled, jaded rocker jackson maine. the actor/director's musical skills were scarce when the pieces for the production began to fall into place in 2015. gaga, who plays ally, the singer jackson takes under his wing, threw him for a loo...




avicii memorial in stockholm: fans remember the dj with dance party

thousands gathered on saturday (april 21) to pay tribute to avicii in stockholm, sweden. fans held a dance party memorial in remembrance of the swedish dj at the city's sergels torg plaza.those in attendance danced, clapped and held their hands up in the shape of hearts as avicii's music filled the area.avicii, whose real name was tim bergling, was found dead friday (april 20) in muscat, oman, at the age of 28. his cause of death has not been revealed. fellow artists includ...




bradley cooper calls lady gaga's 'a star is born' performance 'a revelation'

bradley cooper may be the one sitting in the director's chair of the 2018 remake of a star is born, but lady gaga was more than just his leading lady: she was his talent coach and musical guide, and he "relied" on her expertise to deliver a performance that involved surprising 80,000 people with a sneaky serenade.in a conversation with robert de niro at the tribeca film festival on april 21, cooper discussed his upcoming directorial and the numerous challenges he faced while preparing to play grizzled, jaded rocker jackson maine. the actor/director's musical skills were scarce when the pieces for the production began to fall into place in 2015. gaga, who plays ally, the singer jackson takes under his wing, threw him for a loop when...




justin quiles, sofia reyes & more to play vegas showcases for billboard latin music week

billboard latin music week promises plenty of surprises and activities, but the music dominates thanks to the many artists performing at scheduled showcases. here's a list of the artists set to perform during the week. for schedules, venues and additional information, visit billboardlatinconference.com.performances by sofia reyes & justin quiles, presented by buchanan’s venetian pool 1, level 4 on april 24, 7 to 9 p.m.justin quilesreggaeton singer-songwriter justin quiles, aka j quiles, has written for some of latin's most notable acts, such as anitta and j balvin. no stranger to billboard's latin charts, he emerged reborn as a singer and songwriter with his sophomore album, la promesa, which earned him his first solo chartin...




kygo closes coachella set with avicii remembrance: watch

as avicii's fans and friends grieve the gone-too-soon talent, his colleagues are taking to social media and stages the world over -- and in kygo's case, coachella -- to pay their respects.on the friday night of the indio, calif. festival's second weekend (april 20), kygo dedicated the final moments of his coachella set to his friend by playing the swedish dj/producer's 2017 single, "without you," with portraits of avicii lighting up the monitors behind him.“coachella, i think most of you guys have heard, but today is a very sad day for music," kygo told the festival crowd, entertainment tonightreports. "earlier today i got the news that avicii passed away [at] only 28 years old. avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was ...




verne troyer dead: 'austin powers' actor dies at 49

verne troyer, an actor best known for playing mini-me in the austin powers series, has died at age 49, according to a statement on the actor's official facebook page."it is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that verne passed away today," the statement reads. "verne was an extremely caring individual. he wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday."the statement makes sweeping statements about depression and suicide. "verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, st...




avicii song sales increase 6,000 percent after death

in the wake of avicii’s death on friday (april 20), his digital song sales in the u.s. grew tremendously as fans remembered the superstar dj/producer/artist’s music. based on preliminary sales reports to nielsen music, avicii’s song sales increased by over 6,000 percent on april 20 versus the previous day.collectively, his catalog of songs sold around 25,000 downloads on friday, as compared to just under 1,000 the previous day.meanwhile, sales of his albums -- which include...




hans zimmer to receive max steiner film music achievement award at hollywood in vienna gala

hans zimmer will receive the max steiner film achievement award during the annual hollywood in vienna gala on oct. 19. the gala, which is broadcast  in more than 35 countries, will include performances of some of the academy award winner’s more memorable film compositions with new orchestral arrangements written by zimmer. this year marks the 10th anniversary of the max steiner award, bestowed by the city of vienna in recognition for exceptional achievement in film music. past recipients inc...




avicii unreleased music: geffen exec on plans for releasing album of the dj's 'best music in years'

before his death, avicii was hard at work on his next album, according to longtime a&r executive neil jacobson.jacobson, president of geffen records and someone who had been working with avicii since his breakthrough record, "levels," says he had talked to the swedish dj (real name tim bergling) only two days before his passing. avicii was found dead in muscat, oman, on friday (april 20). he was 28 years old."we were working on it and it was his best music in years, honestly," jacobson revealed in an interview with variety. "and i know because i [a&r’d] all of his albums. he was so inspired. he was so psyched. we had done a month of grinder sessions. we had to actually put end times on the sessions because tim would just work ...




kanye west teases kid cudi collaboration with new takashi murakami-inspired images

kanye west recently re-emerged on twitter with a flurry of revelations about his latest creative material. so far, we've learned he has a new 7-song album coming june 1, and another joint album with kid cudi, titled kids see ghosts, arriving june 8.on saturday (april 21), ye shared some anime-style images that appear to be connected to his upcoming collaboration with kid cudi. captioned “murakami vibes,” the images depict anime illust...




roberta flack rushed to hospital amid apollo theater appearance

roberta flack has been rushed to a hospital after cutting short her appearance at harlem’s apollo theater because she was not feeling well.tmz reports the 81-year-old singer was taken to harlem hospital in an ambulance friday evening (april 20).flack apparently felt dizzy as she was about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the jazz foundation of america.she was rele...




verne troyer dead: 'austin powers' actor dies at 49

verne troyer, an actor best known for playing mini-me in the austin powers series, has died at age 49, according to a statement on the actor's official facebook page."it is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that verne passed away today," the statement reads. "verne was an extremely caring individual. he wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday."the statement makes sweeping statements about depression and suicide. "vern...




avicii’s longtime manager ash pournouri shares heartfelt message following death

ash pournouri, the longtime manager of superstar dj/producer avicii, has shared a heartfelt message following the swedish artist's untimely death on friday (april 20). he was 28."shock. grief. anger. rage. apathy. despair. misery. pain. pain. pain.," pournouri begins the note, which he posted to instagram saturday. "i don't even know what this feeling is called. you were my family. my brother. my friend. my ally. part of my heart. now that's gone. i've never experienced deep sadness like this."pournouri discovered an 18-year-old tim bergling (later known as avicii) in 2008, while balancing law school with club promotion. his empire later expanded from at night management and the ashall...




nick jonas pays tribute to avicii with performance of 'wake me up'

nick jonas performed a touching, stripped-down version of one of avicii's greatest hits after news broke of the dj/producer's passing on april 20.at the akron, ohio stop on his spring tour, jonas picked up an acoustic guitar and softly strummed through "wake me up!," avicii's 2013 smash collaboration with aloe blacc. jonas began with "rest in peace, avicii" before the first chords of the song rang out, and...




madonna's 'american life': revisiting the divisive album 15 years later

while american life certainly wasn't the kiss of death for madonna, her ninth studio album did end one of the winningest streaks in the history of pop. although the lp—which was released 15 years ago on april 21, 2003—did debut at no. 1 on the billboard 200 chart, it became the lowest-selling studio lp of her career up to that point. and the reviews were mixed at best.the title-track lead single was one of madonna’s first bona-fide flops, certainly by her standards. it barely cracked the top 40 on the billboard hot 100, peaking at no. 37. even worse, it was the object of derision for her stiff, silly rap in the second half where she rhymes “latte” with “shoté” and “mini cooper” with “super-duper” and “trooper.” n...




ariana grande surprises at coachella: the best fan reactions

coachella quickly turned into #arichella on friday (april 20) when rumors began swirling that ariana grande would be making a surprise appearance at the festival. the rumors were true, and arianators quickly lost their minds on social media.less than 24 hours after the release of her much-anticipated new single, the pop superstar hit the coachella stage -- with lavender-colored hair and a matching ruffle skirt -- to perform "no tears left to cry" during norweigan dj kygo's evening set."yasssss @arianagrande just gave me my entire life just now at #coachella#notearslefttocry#arianagrande bitch i hope this go through because i don’t have any service out here!" one overjoyed fan wrote on twitter.earlier in the day, grande's manager, s...




kygo closes coachella set with avicii remembrance: watch

as avicii's fans and friends grieve the gone-too-soon talent, his colleagues are taking to social media and stages the world over -- and in kygo's case, coachella -- to pay their respects.on the friday night of the indio, calif. festival's second weekend (april 20), kygo dedicated the final moments of his coachella set to his friend by playing the swedish dj/producer's 2017 single, "without you," with portraits of avicii lighting up the monitors behind him.“coachella, i think most of you guys have heard, but today is a very sad day for music," kygo told the festival ...




taylor swift's stalker broke into her nyc home and took nap, police say

police say a stalker broke into taylor swift's new york city townhouse and took a nap.police say officers investigating a reported break-in friday (april 20) found 22-year-old roger alvarado asleep in the pop star's home in the tribeca neighborhood.alvarado, of homestead, florida, was arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.it's not clear whether he ha...




queen elizabeth ii to attend concert for 92nd birthday

queen elizabeth ii is marking her 92nd birthday with a saturday night (april 21) concert in london featuring british singers such as sting, tom jones and jamie cullum.kylie minogue, shaggy and craig david also are set to perform for the “queen’s birthday party” at royal albert hall.elizabeth -- the world’s longest-reigning living monarch -- will be in the audience along with other members of the royal family. prince harry is expected to lead tributes to his grandmother in his new role as president of the queen’s commonwealth trust.earlier in the day, honorary gun salutes were staged in hyde park, the tower of london and the...




terence blanchard talks new album 'live,' gun violence & working with spike lee

“people don’t know how to take me,” says jazz trumpeter/composer terence blanchard with a laugh.it’s a rare rainy day in los angeles and the five-time grammy award winner is seated inside a west hollywood hotel suite. flanked by a piano festooned with sheet music on one side and a keyboard roosting on a granite kitchen countertop on the other, blanchard is talking about the trio of projects he’s been juggling.“there’s the e-collective electric band, my film career and an opera,” he explains. “people ask, ‘how do you do all this?’ well, i have a fascination with and love for music. it’s just that simple.”first out of the blanchard chute is his and the e-collective’s latest blue note album, live. released this weeke...