News / Arts & Entertainment

Kelly Clarkson Weds in Intimate Ceremony; Michael Jackson is Forbes' Top Earning Dead Celebrity

Singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013, for the President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.
Singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013, for the President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.
TEXT SIZE - +
Mary Morningstar
Pop singer Kelly Clarkson married Reba McEntire’s step-son Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee on October 20.  She scrapped earlier plans to have a big wedding for an intimate ceremony that was attended only by Blackstock’s two children, 11-year-old Savannah and 7-year-old Seth.  In other news, Clarkson’s first Christmas album, “Wrapped In Red,” drops on October 29.  The album features her versions of 12 holiday classics, plus two original songs.

Michael Jackson is Forbes' Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

In this March 5, 2009 file photo Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena.In this March 5, 2009 file photo Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena.
x
In this March 5, 2009 file photo Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena.
In this March 5, 2009 file photo Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena.
Forbes has released its annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list.  Michael Jackson tops the list with $160-million earned from October 2012 - 2013.  Rounding out the Top 5 are Elvis Presley ($55-million), Charles Schulz ($37-million), Elizabeth Taylor ($25-million) and Bob Marley ($18-million).

Pearl Jam Tops Billboard 200

American rock band Pearl Jam debuts at Number One on this week’s Billboard 200 chart with “Lightning Bolt.”  The album is the group’s first studio set since 2009.  This marks Pearl Jam’s fifth chart-topper.  According to Nielsen SoundScan, “Lightning Bolt” sold 166,000 copies in its opening week.  Also making impressive entries on the Billboard 200 this week are Paul McCartney’s “New” (Number 3), The Avett Brothers’ “Magpie and the Dandelion” (Number 5), Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” (Number 6), Willie Nelson’s “To All The Girls…” (Number 9) and Let’s Be Still’s “The Head and the Heart” (Number 10).


CeeLo Green Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Assault Charge

Grammy Award winning R&B singer and "The Voice" TV judge CeeLo Green (L), confers with attorney Blair Berk in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2013.Grammy Award winning R&B singer and "The Voice" TV judge CeeLo Green (L), confers with attorney Blair Berk in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2013.
x
Grammy Award winning R&B singer and "The Voice" TV judge CeeLo Green (L), confers with attorney Blair Berk in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2013.
Grammy Award winning R&B singer and "The Voice" TV judge CeeLo Green (L), confers with attorney Blair Berk in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2013.
“The Voice” judge CeeLo Green (real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) is in trouble with the law.  On October 21, he was charged with one felony count of “furnishing a controlled substance” to a date.  The woman also accused Green of sexual assault, but prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file rape charges.  According to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Green “allegedly slipped ecstacy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14, 2012.”   Green pleaded not guilty and was released on $30,000 bail.  He’s scheduled to return to court on November 20.  If Green is found guilty, he faces four years in prison.

Janelle Monae Tapped for Billboard's Rising Star Award

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, American R&B and soul musician, composer and record producer, Janelle Monae poses for a portrait at Dream Downtown, in New York.FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, American R&B and soul musician, composer and record producer, Janelle Monae poses for a portrait at Dream Downtown, in New York.
x
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, American R&B and soul musician, composer and record producer, Janelle Monae poses for a portrait at Dream Downtown, in New York.
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, American R&B and soul musician, composer and record producer, Janelle Monae poses for a portrait at Dream Downtown, in New York.
Pop singer Janelle Monae will receive Billboard’s Rising Star Award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event.  Monae said, “Being recognized for your hard work and passion is always humbling and encouraging.  I feel honored Billboard has taken note of my journey in the music industry thus far.  I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring artists to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”  Pink was previously announced as this year’s recipient of the Woman of the Year honor.  The Billboard Women in Music ceremony will take place December 10 in New York.

Kenny Rogers Among Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Bobby Bare, left, Jack Clement, center, and Kenny Rogers, right, pose for photographers in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, April 10, 2013.Bobby Bare, left, Jack Clement, center, and Kenny Rogers, right, pose for photographers in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, April 10, 2013.
x
Bobby Bare, left, Jack Clement, center, and Kenny Rogers, right, pose for photographers in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, April 10, 2013.
Bobby Bare, left, Jack Clement, center, and Kenny Rogers, right, pose for photographers in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, April 10, 2013.
On October 27, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremony.  This year’s inductees are Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement.  Rogers will be inducted to the Modern Era Artist category, Bare enters the Veterans Era Artist category and Clement will be added to the Non-Performer category.  Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said, “I find it remarkable that all three 2013 honorees were born in the 1930s during the worldwide Great Depression and commercial country music's formative years.  They were present for the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the ‘60s folk revival, the ascent of hard country and the rise of sophisticated pop country with a global impact.”


New Album Releases / October 29:

  •  “Drinks After Work” by Toby Keith
  • “The Essential James Taylor” (2-CD anthology) by James Taylor
  • “The Studio Albums 1972-1979” (six vinyl albums box set) by the Eagles
  • “Christmas Songs” by Bad Religion
  • “Good Wine and Bad Decisions” by Julie Roberts
  • “A Restless Heart Christmas” by Restless Heart
  • “This Is What I Do” by Boy George
  • “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire

Musical Events / Festivals / Benefits

The Voodoo Experience 2013 music festival takes place November 1-3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Paramore, The Cure, Kid Rock and Nine Inch Nails are among nearly 100 artists performing at this year’s event.  In addition to the many concerts, the Voodoo Experience offers interactive art installations and food and craft vendors.

Star Birthdays

October 27 - Singer Lee Greenwood celebrated his 71st birthday.  Greenwood is best known for his 1984 Top 10 patriotic anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.”  Since 1983, he has taken seven songs to Number One on the Country chart.

Country singer Brad Paisley performs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington July 21, 2009. (File photo)Country singer Brad Paisley performs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington July 21, 2009. (File photo)
x
Country singer Brad Paisley performs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington July 21, 2009. (File photo)
Country singer Brad Paisley performs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington July 21, 2009. (File photo)
October 28 - Country star Brad Paisley turned 41.  Paisley arrived on the Country scene in 1999 with his debut album, “Who Needs Pictures.”  The West Virginia native’s nine albums have produced 18 Number One songs, including “He Didn’t Have To Be,” “Then” and “Remind Me.”  On November 6, Paisley will co-host the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards with Carrie Underwood.  This is their sixth consecutive year hosting Country music’s biggest night.

Country-rock singer and fiddler Charlie Daniels celebrated his 77th birthday.  He formed The Charlie Daniels Band in 1971.  The group had a Number One hit in 1979 with “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”  The song brought Daniels his first and only Grammy Award.  In 2005, Daniels was honored with an Icon Award from the performing rights organization BMI for his contributions to Country music.

Gavin Rossdale arrives at the world premiere of "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre on June 17, 2013, in Los Angeles.Gavin Rossdale arrives at the world premiere of "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre on June 17, 2013, in Los Angeles.
x
Gavin Rossdale arrives at the world premiere of "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre on June 17, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Gavin Rossdale arrives at the world premiere of "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre on June 17, 2013, in Los Angeles.
October 30 - Rock singer Gavin Rossdale will turn 46.  Rossdale leads the British band Bush.  The group formed in London in 1992.  A decade later, Bush went on hiatus, but reunited in 2010 to record its latest album “The Sea of Memories.”  Rossdale married No Doubt’s lead singer Gwen Stefani in 2002.  They have two sons, 7-year-old Kingston and 5-year-old Zuma.  Stefani hasn’t confirmed rumors that she’s pregnant with their third child.

November 1 - Big Kenny of Country duo Big & Rich celebrates his 50th birthday.  Born Kenny Alphin in Culpeper, Virginia, he worked as a real estate developer before pursuing a career in music.  In the mid-1990s, Big Kenny moved to Nashville where he met singer John Rich.  The duo’s 2004 debut album, “Horse of a Different Color,” sold more than three million copies in the U.S.  Last year, Big & Rich released its first new album since 2007.  “Hillbilly Jedi” produced the Top 20 hit, “That’s Why I Pray.”  Big & Rich are currently working on their fifth studio album.

Nelly, center, and Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, perform at ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April 8, 2013, in Las Vegas.Nelly, center, and Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, perform at ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April 8, 2013, in Las Vegas.
x
Nelly, center, and Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, perform at ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April 8, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Nelly, center, and Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, perform at ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April 8, 2013, in Las Vegas.
November 2 - Rap star Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes Jr.) turns 39.  Nelly’s 2000 debut album, “Country Grammar,” brought him three Grammy Awards and sold nine million copies in the United States.  His follow-up release, “Nellyville,” moved six million copies and included two Number One hits, “Hot In Herre” and “Dilemma.”  Earlier this year, Nelly released his seventh album, “M.O.”  In addition to his solo career, Nelly has collaborated with a host of other artists.  They include Janet Jackson, Keri Hilson and Country duo Florida Georgia Line.

Awards Presentations / Winners

From left Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora from US rock band Bon Jovi share a laugh backstage in Munich, June 12, 2011From left Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora from US rock band Bon Jovi share a laugh backstage in Munich, June 12, 2011
x
From left Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora from US rock band Bon Jovi share a laugh backstage in Munich, June 12, 2011
From left Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora from US rock band Bon Jovi share a laugh backstage in Munich, June 12, 2011
Billboard has announced the finalists for the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards.  In the Top Tour category are Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson Immortal.”  Top Draw finalists include Pink, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.  Bruno Mars, Luke Bryan and One Direction are nominated for the Breakthrough Award, which honors an artist who headlined for the first time and ranked among the year’s top tours.  The 2013 Billboard Touring Awards will be presented on November 14 in New York. (Complete list of nominations are listed at www.billboardevents.com )

Look Who's Going On Tour!

On November 1, Country singer Justin Moore begins his “Off the Beaten Path” tour in Springfield, Missouri.  The U.S. headlining tour is scheduled to run through April 2014.  Opening acts include Randy Houser and Josh Thompson.  Moore is supporting his new CD “Off the Beaten Path,” which debuted at Number One on the Top Country Albums chart and at Number 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Beyond Category

Saxophonist Craig Handy has an exciting new band called 2nd Line Smith, which combines the organ-jazz repertoire of Jimmy Smith with the “second line” rhythms of New Orleans parade music. Craig Handy joins "Beyond Category" host Eric Felten at Washington’s Bohemian Caverns jazz club to talk about the music and perform with the band.