News / USA

Celebrities Raise Money for Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims; Swift Lands Movie Role

Lady Gaga poses in the photo room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles (file)
Lady Gaga poses in the photo room at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles (file)
Mary Morningstar

Many celebrities are using their fame to aid victims of the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami.  Katy Perry is donating proceeds from sales of tour merchandise to the Red Cross.  In only 48 hours, Lady Gaga raised $250,000 by selling “We Pray for Japan” bracelets on her website.  Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda is designing T-shirts that will benefit Music for Relief’s support efforts.  And, Blink-182 is auctioning some of its rare band memorabilia, including handwritten lyric sheets and clothing the members wore in a music video.  The sale is taking place on eBay to benefit the Red Cross.

Swift Lands Animated Film Role

Celebrities Raise Money for Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims; Swift Lands Movie Role
Celebrities Raise Money for Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims; Swift Lands Movie Role

Singer Taylor Swift has signed on to voice a character in the upcoming animated film, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.  She’ll play the love interest of Ted, who will be voiced by Zac Efron.  Also in the voicecast are Danny Devito, Betty White, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle.  The movie is based on the 1971 children’s book, which deals with protecting the environment.  It’s expected to hit theaters in March 2012.

Jermaine Jackson Plans Memoir

Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Jackson

Reuters reports that Jermaine Jackson is writing a memoir about his family and late brother Michael.  “You Are Not Alone: Through a Brother’s Eyes” will reveal what it was like growing up in the famous family and his relationship with his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson.  It will also offer details about Michael’s private life.  The book is due out later this year.

Janet Jackson Signs Production Deal

Janet Jackson (file photo)
Janet Jackson (file photo)

In other Jackson family news, Janet Jackson told The Hollywood Reporter that she has signed a production deal with Lionsgate Films.  She’ll select, develop and produce feature films for the studio.  Janet said, “Many people forget I started out as an actor.  I have been fortunate to work in the film industry, though not as much as I would like.  I have a passion for storytelling, and have been doing it through my music for some time.”

Country Legend Husky Dies

Country legend Ferlin Husky died at a Nashville hospital on March 17.  The 85-year-old had suffered from heart disease for years.  Husky was a 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.  His biggest hits included “Wings of a Dove,” “Gone” and “Dear John Letter,” which he recorded as a duet with 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Jean Shepard.  He’s credited with being one of the first Country artists to bring the genre to television and also one of the first to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

New US Stamps to Feature Latin Legends

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a “Latin Music Legends (Forever)” series of postage stamps.  Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Selena, Carlos Gardel and Carmen Miranda appear on the stamps.  They were chosen for their “lasting impact on American music.”

LA Reid Steps Down as Island Def Jam Chief

Ricky Martin's "Musica Alma Sexo" CD
Ricky Martin's "Musica Alma Sexo" CD

Billboard reports that Antonio “L.A.” Reid is leaving his chairman position at Island Def Jam Records to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s upcoming singing competition “The X Factor.”  Auditions begin on March 27 and the show will premiere on FOX-TV in September.  The winner receives a $5-million recording deal with Sony Music.  “The X Factor” originated in the United Kingdom in 2004.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES March 22:

“Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia” (12-CD box set) by Aretha Franklin
“The Great American Songbook” (single CD with highlights of the box set) by Aretha Franklin
“Vices & Virtues” by Panic! At The Disco
“I Remember Me” by Jennifer Hudson
“Angles” by The Strokes
“All You Need Is Now” by Duran Duran
“F.A.M.E.” by Chris Brown
“Georgia Clay” by Josh Kelley
“The Most Incredible Thing” by the Pet Shop Boys
“Glam Nation Live” by Adam Lambert
“Forevermore” by Whitesnake
“Losing Sleep” by Edwyn Collins
“The Great Divide” by Tommy Shaw
“Legs & Other Hits” by ZZ Top

Look Who's Going On Tour!

L.A. Reid
L.A. Reid

On March 25, Latin pop star Ricky Martin will kick off his “Musica + Alma + Sexo” world tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He’ll play three additional shows at the city’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 26, 27 and 28.  North American dates begin on April 8 in Orlando, Florida and wrap up in Monterrey, Mexico on May 23.  Ricky will reportedly take the tour to Europe and South America before launching another round of U.S. dates later this year.



You May Like

Photogallery Pistorius Sentenced, Taken to Prison

Pistorius, convicted of culpable homicide in shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will likely serve about 10 months of five-year sentence, before completing it under house arrest More

UN to Aid Central Africa in Polio Vaccinations

Synchronized vaccinations will be conducted after Cameroon reports a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory More

WHO: Ebola Vaccine May Be in Use by Jan.

WHO assistant director Dr. Marie Paule Kieny says clinical trials of Ebola vaccines are underway or planned in Europe, US and Africa More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
X
October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
Video

Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
Video

Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
Video

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
Video

Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.
Video

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
Video

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

All About America

AppleAndroid