News / Arts & Entertainment

Paula Abdul Returns to TV; Katy Perry Tops People's Choice Award Nominations

Beyonce Knowles in concert
Beyonce Knowles in concert

Beyonce Was 2010's Highest Paid Musician

Rhythm and blues star Beyonce was the highest paid musician of 2010.  The singer earned $87 million, which puts her in the Number 9 spot on Forbes' list of Hollywood's 20 Highest Earners of 2010.  Britney Spears ranks at Number 13 with$ 64 million earned during the past year.  Lady Gaga follows at Number 14 with $62 million and Madonna came in at Number 15 by earning $58 million.  Also in the Top 20 is Miley Cyrus, who ranked at Number 18 with $48 million and Taylor Swift, who's at Number 19 with $45 million.  Talk show host Oprah Winfrey tops the list with $315 million earned in 2010.

Parton to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy will present its 2011 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards to Country legend Dolly Parton, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, gospel legend George Beverly Shea, the Ramones, jazz drummer Roy Haynes and British actress Julie Andrews.  They'll receive their honors on February 12, one day before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles.

TLC's Chili Launches Season 2 of Reality Show

TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas launches the second season of her VH1 reality show "What Chilli Wants" on January 2.  The series follows her quest to find the man of her dreams.  Guest stars on last year's first season included Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Missy Elliot, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and TLC member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of TLC, which recorded such hits as "Waterfalls," "No Scrubs" and "Unpretty."  Thomas says she and Watkins plan to do "something special for our fans all over in the States.  We just want to map out different places to go and have our 20-year anniversary performances."

Abdul Returns to TV with 'Live To Dance'

Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul returns to television this week.  The former "American Idol" judge is launching her new CBS reality show, "Live To Dance," on January 4.  Dancers of any age or genre compete for $500,000.  Joining Abdul in the judges seats are Kimberly Wyatt, formerly a member of The Pussycat Dolls, and choreographer Travis Payne.

Paltrow's Country Strong Hits Theaters

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

On January 7, Country Strong opens in theaters nationwide.  The movie, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Country singer Tim McGraw, tells the story of "a rising young singer-songwriter who becomes involved with a fallen country singer (played by Paltrow).  As they embark on a career resurrection tour with her husband and manager (played by McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all."  Paltrow sings three songs on the film's soundtrack.  The title track was a minor hit on the Country chart.  Paltrow's husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, wrote "Me and Tennessee," a duet sung by Paltrow and McGraw.  Country stars Sara Evans, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Dunn, Chris Young, Patty Loveless, Faith Hill and Trace Adkins are also featured on the soundtrack.

Elton John Becomes a Dad

Elton John
Elton John

Elton John and his partner David Furnish became parents on Christmas Day.  Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born to a surrogate in California.  A joint statement from Furnish and John says, "We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment. Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents."  

Morissette Becomes a Mom


Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette also gave birth to her first child on December 25.  She and husband Mario "Souleye" Treadway named their baby boy Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway.  And, Country star Dierks Bentley and his wife Cassidy welcomed their second daughter on Christmas Day.  Jordan Catherine Bentley joins two-year-old sister Evalyn Day.


New Album Releases January 4:

"Breathless" by Schiller
"Peace Love Ukulele" by Jake Shimabukuro
"Journal of Ardency" by Class Actress
"Triangulation" by Scuba
"Faster" soundtrack
"The Illusionist" soundtrack

Look Who's Going On Tour!


Bon Jovi's "Crossroad" CD
Bon Jovi's "Crossroad" CD

Bon Jovi had the Number One tour of 2010.  According to Billboard Boxscore, which tabulated artists' total gross earnings from November 22, 2009 through November 20, 2010, Bon Jovi's 69 sold out shows brought in more than $146,500,000.  Rounding out the Top 10 tours are U2, AC/DC, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor & Carole King, the Eagles, Metallica, the Dave Matthews Band and Paul McCartney.

Awards Presentations/Winners:

Katy Perry
Katy Perry

The 2011 People's Choice Awards will be presented on January 5 in Los Angeles.  Katy Perry leads this year's contenders with five nominations.  They include Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for "California Gurls," Favorite Music Video for "Teenage Dream" and Favorite Web Celeb.  Other top nominees in the music categories include Eminem and Lady Gaga with four mentions each.  The People's Choice Awards also honor celebrities in film and television.

You May Like

Mugabe Dismisses Male-Female Equality

'It is not possible that women can be at par with men' incoming African Union president declares on eve of summit More

Somali Terror Suspect's Light Sentence Raises Questions

Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, could have spent 15 years in prison but judge instead sentenced him to a halfway house, and a program to try to integrate him back into the community More

Video Kobani Ravaged Following Kurdish Ouster of IS Militants

Even so, hundreds of refugees sheltering in Turkey seek to return; Kurdish forces hold some back, saying fighting continues 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.
Groundbreaking Hand-Painted Documentary About Van Gogh in Productioni
X
George Putic
January 29, 2015 9:43 PM
The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Groundbreaking Hand-Painted Documentary About Van Gogh in Production

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
Video

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
Video

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
Video

Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Video

Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Crowded Republican Presidential Field Off to Early Start for 2016

It seems early, but the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign is already heating up. Though no one has officially announced a candidacy, several potential Republican contenders have been busy speaking to conservative groups about making a White House run next year. Many of the possible contenders are critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

 

Singer Leyla McCalla takes up not only the guitar, but the banjo and cello to perform songs from her new disc, “A Tribute to Langston Hughes,” music that mixes the Creole rhythms of Haiti with the French Quarter flavor of New Orleans on this edition of "The Hamilton Live."