Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Spend 11th Week at #1

Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk” just won’t funking move from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.  The Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson collaboration is #1 for an 11th week.

The song is now only the 19th #1 in the history of the chart — and there have been more thant a thousand — that have been #1 for at least that many weeks. It’s only the second this decade: the last one was “Blurred Lines,” which toppped the chart for 12 weeks in June of 2013.

Elsewhere on the chart, Sam Smith‘s new single “Lay Me Down” jumps from #58 to #8 , mostly thanks to a new remix featuring John Legend.  This is Sam’s third top 10 hit from his album In the Lonely Hour.  It’s the first album by a solo male artist to spin off three top 10 hits since Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 did it in 2013 and 2014.

“Lay Me Down” is actually Sam’s fourth top 10 hit overall, since he was also featured on “Latch” by Disclosure, which reached #7 last summer.


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Kanye Cancels Scheduled Appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

ABC/Randy HolmesPerhaps it was a reluctance to read “Mean Tweets” about him, or maybe it was just Kanye being Kanye, but for whatever reason, Kanye West won’t be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week.

The rapper was scheduled to appear on Kimmel’s final show from Austin, Texas, on Friday, but Jimmy announced Wednesday night that West canceled.

Willie Nelson will be here in studio with us,” Kimmel said of Friday night’s show. “Kanye West was supposed to be here, too but he canceled — or maybe he’s planning to jump on stage unexpectedly to interrupt Willie. So if you do not like Kanye West, make sure to tune in Friday night to not see him,” Kimmel said to cheers.

In 2013, West appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to settle a beef caused by a sketch that spoofed a particularly pretentious interview West gave to the BBC.


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Adam Levine Accidentally Nails Fan in the Head with Microphone

Terry Richardson/Press Here PublicityAdam Levine‘s temper almost got him into some hot water during Maroon 5‘s concert in Toronto Monday night when he threw his microphone to the ground and accidentally hit a fan in the face.

In a video obtained by TMZ, Levine is seen throwing the microphone in frustration after experiencing problems with the sound system. The mic took a crazy bounce and accidentally struck Stephanie Green, who was sitting in the front row.

However, things were about to get better for Green, who was okay, except for a bruise on her forehead.

After checking to see if she was okay, Levine pulled her up on stage.  He later told the rest of the audience what happened and that Stephanie would be enjoying the rest of the concert “from the side of the stage, as she should be.”

“We’re just gonna pretend none of that happened,” Adam concluded.


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Report: Drake Sued by Concert Film Distributor

Eric McCandless/CBSDrake has reportedly been sued by the distributor of a concert film that captures his sold-out homecoming performance at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009.

TMZ reports SpectiCast Entertainment filed the lawsuit against the rapper after he tweeted earlier this week, “The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans.”

Specticast didn’t appreciate Drake’s lack of support. It believes he posted the tweet to draw attention to his account, since he subsequently wrote about ticket sales for his OVO Fest in Toronto.

Homecoming: The Lost Footage will be shown in select theaters Thursday night.

This is shaping up to be a pretty bad week for Drake. On Wednesday, TMZ posted video of him being recently assaulted at a Dubai nightclub.


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Marvin Gaye’s Family Seeking to Block Distribution of “Blurred Lines”

Rob Verhorst/RedfernsMarvin Gaye‘s family isn’t satisfied with the recent verdict awarding them nearly 7.4 million dollars in the “Blurred Lines” case.

The family’s attorneys on Tuesday night filed a request for a federal judge to block the sale, distribution and performance of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams‘ smash hit, according to the Los Angeles Times. The filing argues that sales of the song represent continued copyright infringement.

A jury determined last week that Robin and Pharrell ripped off Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines.”

Gaye’s family is now also requesting that another “Blurred Lines” collaborator, T.I., and the record labels involved in the song be held liable as well.


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Maroon 5′s Latest Hit Is “On the Positive, Upbeat Side”…for Once

Travis SchneiderMaroon 5‘s latest hit “Sugar” has hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest charting single from their album V.  Maybe that’s because, unlike a lot of the band’s other hits, the song is about the happier side of love.

“It’s just a really sweet song,” laughs guitarist James Valentine. “It’s just one of those straightforward songs that’s more on the positive, upbeat side. A lot of our songs are pretty dark and deal with a lot of the more negative aspects of, like, male/female dynamics.”

Among the Maroon 5 hits that fit that description:  “Misery,” “Makes Me Wonder,” “Payphone,” “One More Night”…the list goes on.

But James adds that “Sugar” is “just, you know, about the good times. Kind of like in the way that one of our songs like ‘Sunday Morning’ is.” 

Sugar” is the third top 10 hit from V, following “Animals” and “Maps.”  Its success has been helped by its Wedding Crashers-themed video, which shows the band popping up unexpectedly at a variety of weddings.


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Madonna on President Obama: I’m Probably “Too Shocking” for Him to Invite to the White House

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotShe’s been famous for decades and has probably met nearly every celebrity you can think of, but Madonna says there’s one person on her bucket list who she has yet to encounter: President Barack Obama.

Speaking to Us Weekly for its “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” feature, Madonna says, “The person I most want to meet is President Obama. When the heck am I going to meet him? He just needs to invite me to the White House already.”

She adds, “He probably thinks I’m too shocking to be there. I’m serious. If I was a little bit more demure…or if I was just married to Jay Z.”  That’s a reference to Beyonce‘s cozy relationship with the first family, of course.  She jokes, “Hey, if Jay would only take me as his second wife, then I’d score an invitation.”

Elsewhere in the article, Madonna reveals her hit that she’s most sick of is “Material Girl,” and that her favorite fattening food indulgence is pizza, French fries and potato chips.  She says the only thing she’d never be caught dead wearing is a “fur bikini,” and says the most embarrassing moment of her life was her recent fall at the Brit Awards.

The last time she was starstruck?  Surprisingly, it was when she got a call from French actor Alain Delon during her last tour.  She tells Us Weekly, “I was trying to get him to do an onstage cameo during a small show in Paris. I was shaking because I love him so much! I never met the dude and only knew him from movies. He was my ridiculous teenage crush.”

And finally, Madonna reveals that one goal she still has yet to fulfill is to “go on a dream date with [rapper] Drake — and only kiss him.”   It could happen; Drake seems to be a fan. He recently released a song called “Madonna,” and the two had a flirty Twitter exchange.


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Amy Winehouse Documentary Gets UK Release Date, Teaser Poster

Getty ImagesThe Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, now has a U.K. release date and a teaser poster. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be released in the U.K. on July 3, less than a month before the fourth anniversary of the British singer’s death.

The documentary, which was first announced in 2013, was directed by Asif Kapadia and will explore Amy’s life and career using unseen archival footage and previously unreleased tracks. The film has yet to announce a U.S. distributor.

A minute-long trailer for the documentary debuted at Universal Music Group’s pre-Grammy brunch on February 7, but it was not released to the public.

Amy released two critically acclaimed albums in her short, but influential career: 2003’s Frank and 2006’s five-time Grammy award-winning Back to Black. She died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27.



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Pharrell Williams to Receive Fashion Icon Award at 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCWith his fearless hat choices and bold red carpet attire, Pharrell Williams has established himself as a bona fide trendsetter. Now, he’s being honored with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards, presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

“If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him,” fashion designer and President of the CFDA Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement.

According to the CFDA, the Fashion Icon Award is presented to an individual whose style has made an impact on pop culture worldwide. Past winners include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman and model Kate Moss.

The CFDA Fashion Awards will take place June 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City.


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Christina Aguilera Participating in Red Nose Day Telethon

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCThe Red Nose Day telethon is coming to the United States, and Christina Aguilera has already signed on to participate. Variety reports that the charity drive, which has become a U.K. institution, will air on NBC May 21.

The singer and Voice coach got silly in a new ad for the telethon, donning a red nose and flashing a peace sign from what looks like her red spinning chair from The Voice.

The broadcast event, which will air from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, will feature standup and sketch comedy bits, musical performances and celebrity guests. The charity initiative aims to raise money for a range of organizations that help those in need around the world.

American Sniper actress Sienna Miller and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm have also pledged their involvement.

The U.K.’s Red Nose Day telethon aired March 13 and featured Sam Smith and John Legend performing a duet of Sam’s song “Lay Me Down.” The two recorded and released the duet as a single, and are donating 100-percent of the proceeds to charity.



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