Rolling Stones Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Amazing London Performance

LONDON (AP) – The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary with an amazing London performance proving people that real talent never fades with age. The Sunday night concert will be continued with three more shows which will be promoted by Virgin Live.

50 years have gone by since the Rolling Stones set out to become one of the most appreciated rock bands in the world. Neither the members of the group, nor the manager of the band could let this anniversary get by without a proper celebration. Virgin Live announced a month ago that the Rolling Stones will start a four-show tour in UK and USA.

The first performance took place on London’s O2 Arena with the participation of thousands of fans. The concert began with an emotional speech delivered by the band’s frontman Mick Jagger. He thanked fans for the support they have shown from the very beginning and recalled some of the most significant moments in Rolling Stones’ history. He was pleasantly surprised to see that so many people still come to the band’s concerts and purchase their albums after all these years.

The speech was followed by a short video tribute from illustrious figures, such as, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Johnny Depp who wanted to praise the interpreters for revolutionizing the music. The Stones, too, wanted to pay tribute to all the personalities who have shaped them into the artists they are today. Thus, they mentioned Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, as well as Elvis Presley as the singers who inspired them.

Among the tunes that were performed on stage were some of the less popular singles “I Wanna Be Your Man” and “It’s All Over Now”, as well as their most popular songs. Later on, the show grew much darker with the band’s famous hits “Paint It Black” and “Sympathy For The Devil”.

The Rolling Stones concluded their first concert by praising the recent projects that drew people’s attention on the U.K. All eyes have been on Britain this year thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics or the new James Bond film.

Ex-Boyfriend Sues Shakira; Asks $100 Million For Damage

Shakira’s ex-boyfriend, Antonio de la Rua, has filed a lawsuit against the singer asking her to pay him $100 million for damages. The former manager claims the singer refused to pay him his share of profits since they broke up in 2010 even though he continued to work for her, New York Post reports.

Antonio de la Rua may have once been head over heels for Shakira, but those days are long gone. The Argentinian manager claims he has been aggrieved by the international star as she refused to pay him the share of profits he deserved for making Shakira the successful brand she is today.

Shakira and de la Rua started dating in 2000 and in 2004, the singer agreed to let Antonio at the helm of her business. The decision was adopted after Shakira’s 2004 tour turned out to be a major disappointment. Thanks to de la Rua’s contribution, the star earned tens of millions from worldwide tours and signed numerous deals including a $300 million gig with Live Nation.

In 2010, the two lovebirds decided to put an end to their relationship, but they nevertheless, continued to stay friends for the sake of the Shakira brand. One year later, the singer fired de la Rua with the help of her legal representative and refused to pay him any profits ever since. As a result, the Argentinian manager has sued the interpreter asking her to pay $100 million in exchange of his profits. The lawsuit will be dealt with by the judges of the Manhattan Supreme Court.

Shakira did not make any comments about her ex-boyfriend’s lawsuit. She appears to have moved on from her relationship with de la Rua as she is now romantically involved with Spanish football player Gerard Pique. The two are expecting their first baby together.

Adele’s Music Is the Best Soundtrack for Sleeping

If you have ever had trouble falling asleep or you were just in need of a soothing soundtrack to get you there, next time try Adele’s music. Hotel chain Travelodge has undertaken a survey of 2,000 people and Adele’s music was voted the best soundtrack for sleeping.

Many of us can’t get a good night’s sleep for weeks in a row. Falling asleep is the hardest part, with many struggling with the bed sheets, the pillow, the bed itself, the clothes and everything else until they eventually fall asleep of exhaustion. Many have tried relaxing with music. A survey of 2,000 people found that the best soundtrack to fall asleep on is made of Adele’s music.

Having the most popular music for sleeping isn’t exactly the kind of advertising “Skyfall” producers would want for their soundtrack artist. But Adele was the top choice in the survey conducted by hotel chain Travelodge. Adele dethroned Coldplay, who was top of the list for two years (in 2008 and 2010). Snow Patrol and One Direction made it to top five most popular soundtracks to fall asleep on.

The Travelodge group explained the purpose of their survey is to give customers the best way to de-stress. “After a long stressful day it’s essential that you de-stress to aid sleep and listening to music will help focus your attention and assist your body and mind to relax” said a spokeswoman for the hotel chain.

Sleep experts agree that music can improve the quality of your nighttime rest. “Results from various sleep studies undertaken with a variety of male and female groups, has indicated that listening to soft, relaxing music at bedtime leads to a number of different benefits to a night’s sleep” said Stevie Williams, sleep researcher with the Edinburgh Sleep Centre.

On an average, adults sleep about seven hours a night, but that’s not a rule of thumb as to how many sleep hours you need per night. For many, sleeping more than six – seven hours a night isn’t even an option, since work, family, stress and everyday chores limit the number of hours they actually have for themselves. For many, sleeping until the body says “I’m good now, all fresh and ready for a new day” doesn’t happen too often. So, at least make the most of the few hours you have available.

Rihanna’s 777 Tour: “Huge Disappointment”

Rihanna’s 777 Tour may have debuted with champagne and gifts, but it all ended as a “huge disappointment”, according to the journalists who accompanied her on board of the private jet. Aware of her guests’ discontent, the Barbadian singer apologized for her absence on the last day of the tour.

The 24-year-old interpreter thought her global 777 Tour was going to be praised all over the world, but editors’ reports were far from positive. Fans and press representatives got tired of following the singer all over the place and started various protests to express their discontent.

Most reporters complained that Rihanna avoided them throughout the entire tour. She was either performing on stage or sleeping in her cabin, so it was very difficult to get any declarations or pictures from her. An Australian respondent, who could no longer bear with Rihanna’s indifference, decided to strip naked and run across the plane as a sign of protest. Another journalist from London created fake “Missing” flyers featuring Rihanna’s photo to determine her to give one-on-one interviews.

RiRi agreed to come out of her cabin and speak with respondents on the plane during the last day of the tour. Trying to ignore all the bored, tired and even vexed faces, Rihanna addressed all the passengers telling them that they have finally come to the end of the 777 Tour. For her, it was an experience that she will never forget, partially because she managed to visit the most important centers of the world in seven days, partially because she was very tired during the whole time. The “Only Girl In The World” explained that she barely managed to sleep in between concerts and most of the sleeping was done on the plane, which is why she was absent most of the time.

The “Unapologetic” tour might have ended with an apology, after all, but Rihanna doesn’t regret anything. She thanked everyone on the plane for accompanying her and claimed she would do it all over again if she had the chance.

Selena Gomez Rushed To ER After AMA

Selena Gomez’s night at the American Music Awards ended badly as the singer was rushed to the emergency room. According to the Inquisitr, the actress was feeling under the weather and her staff wanted her to be tested for strep throat.

The three awards that her on again off again boyfriend, Justin Bieber obtained during Sunday’s edition of the AMA, might have caused a vein to pop in Selena Gomez’s fragile neck. The actress-turned-singer was rushed to the emergency room as soon as the gala was over because she was feeling sick.

Reps explained that Gomez was not as sick as the others might have thought. It was just her throat that was bothering her and she wanted to make sure that everything was alright. The singer was afraid she could be suffering from strep throat, which is why she requested doctors to perform tests on her.

Normal persons would have waited until the next day to go to the hospital, but ‘waiting’ is not celebrities’ favorite term. Especially when the media seems to be more interested in your ex-boyfriend’s trophies than your hairstyle or clothes. This might explain why Selena rushed to the ER in the middle of the night over a strep throat suspicion.

Doctors reassured her that she was not suffering from any medical problems and the singer was sent home for rest. She told the press that she was afraid she might have caught bronchitis from her father who was sick last week.

Sources claim it wasn’t only the neck that troubled Selena, but also her heart. It is no longer a secret that Gomez and her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, have been through a rough period lately. After announcing their official separation last week, the couple decided to give their relationship another try, so they agreed to meet on Saturday. The dinner was not as pleasant as they thought it would be as the two lovers ended up quarrelling. Despite this, Selena and Justin were seen holding each other’s hands during the AMA party.

Artists Pay Tribute To Dick Clark During AMA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – This year’s edition of American Music Awards was marked by artists’ special tribute to radio and television legend, Dick Clark. Among the singers who performed in honor of the late host were also Stevie Wonder, Usher and Will.i.am.

Dick Clark had a great influence on numerous artists we know today, which is why the majority of them insisted on paying tribute to the “American Bandstand” host during the American Music Awards. Artists chose the prestigious gala for the commemoration of the TV icon because Clark helped set the basis for the AMA almost 40 years ago.

Ryan Seacrest held a touching speech about Dick Clark’s influence on the evolution of the show. He told guests that the American Music Awards continues to reflect Clark’s “original vision”, namely, that the event should gather the most popular artists of the year and “let the music speak for itself”. Seacrest further explained that Clark was a strong believer of the idea that music can create pure joy.

Stevie Wonder was the first to pay tribute to the late TV personality because the two have been bond by a powerful friendship for more than 49 years. Wonder did not speak about Clark’s legacy, but preferred to focus instead on the values that defined him. According to Wonder, Clark was a good and kind friend, who deeply appreciated music and people.

Will.i.am and many other young talents hurried to share their personal opinions about Dick Clark. In Will.i.am’s opinion, the American Music Awards show lasted for so many years because it preserved Dick’s vision of spotting and encouraging young talents. He recalled some of the great artists, who performed on the AMA stage, such as, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Santana and Jefferson Airplane.

Justin Bieber was one of the biggest winners of the evening. He received three trophies, including one for Artist of the Year. He was accompanied by his mother whom he gave an emotional thank you during his acceptance speech.

Rihanna Celebrates Beginning of Global Tour 777

Reuters reports that singer Rihanna celebrated the beginning of her much-announced Global Tour 777 on Wednesday during a flight to Mexico City. The Barbadian interpreter walked through the seats of the plane and handed champagne glasses to all passengers.

RiRi has been very busy lately. After launching her seventh album “Unapologetic”, the singer announced that she will be spending the following seven days concerting in seven countries. The first city to receive Rihanna’s visit was Mexico City and the moment was celebrated with lots of champagne and gifts.

As soon as the plane took off, the “Diamonds” interpreter started greeting everyone on the plane. She then, poured shots of champagne to all 300 passengers, including 150 journalists and invited everyone to drink in honor of the 777 Tour. Just as people were getting ready to doze off, Rihanna took hold of the intercom and awoke them with a new surprise. She announced passengers that special gift bags have been prepared for them and invited guests to take a look inside. A moment of silence followed as passengers discovered that RiRi had left a real diamond in all their bags. Fans, journalists and PR representatives could not refrain from cheering at the sight of the precious stone.

Rihanna recognized two of her most passionate fans on the flight, namely, Tamara Wray and Janise Williams, who declared that they would go through the harshest weather conditions in order to see the singer. The 24-year-old interpreter wanted to reward the two fans for their devotion, so she invited them on tour with her. Wray told the press that her emotions grew so big when she found out that she was going to accompany Rihanna on the Global Tour 777 that she started crying. She became downright ecstatic when she found out that she was going to visit numerous countries.

The Wednesday’s concert in Mexico City will be continued with six more performances. The artist will walk up the Toronto stage on Thursday and then, move on to Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and New York City.

Billy Joel, Rihanna Join Hands Against Pandora Media Inc

Numerous stars including Billy Joel, Rihanna and Missy Elliott have joined hands against the online music company, Pandora Media Inc. The interpreters have signed an open letter asking the company to give up its new plan of changing artists’ online means of compensation, according to Reuters.

Pandora Media Inc. is making efforts to determine lawmakers in U.S. Congress to adopt the “Internet Radio Fairness Act” in order to change the way royalties are paid to international artists. The news upset numerous singers including Billy Joel, Rihanna and Missy Elliott. They have all agreed to compose an open letter against the online music company and determine them to leave things as they are.

The fees that the new act will practice are a lot smaller than the current ones, according to the declaration of the 125 artists who reacted against Pandora’s request. They have stated in the open letter that the amount of money they normally get when their songs are played on the Internet would be diminished by 85 percent.

The letter, which will be published on this weekend’s issue of Billboard, claims Pandora’s request is not fair, especially since there is a partnership between them and the singers. What’s more important, the artists fail to see the company’s interest in the matter. “Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon?” was their main question. Numerous other nonprofit organizations and coalitions have taken sides with artists and published the open letter on their websites.

Pandora Media Inc., on the other hand, did not care to provide its artists with an explanation for their initiative. Tim Westergren, Pandora’s founder and chief strategy officer, agreed that the company and the artists whose music is played on the radio should both have a say on the matter, but refused to take singers’ view into account. He tried to justify the “Internet Radio Fairness Act” by promising interpreters that it will bring benefits to all artists, be they small or big.

Justin Bieber Opens Up About Break-Up

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomes have reportedly put an end to their relationship this weekend. The Canadian songwriter opened up about his break-up during a recent radio interview, but he refused to confirm or infirm the rumors, Us Weekly reports.

Justin Bieber took part in the first interview since rumors about a possible separation between him and Selena surfaced at the end of last week. John Garabedian, the host of Open House Party radio show, wanted to get more information about the singer’s personal life, but he received a series of confusing answers, instead.

As soon as Bieber made his appearance on the show, the radio show host asked him whether he has any comments he would like to make in relation to the recent events. Judging by his stuttering response, the singer was not expecting this question, but he nevertheless, tried to provide an answer. He told Garabedian that he doesn’t know what to say about the break-up.

The 18-year-old artist claimed he didn’t know whether the rumors were true or not. He further explained that he didn’t make any comments, so he has no idea who might have spread the word. While he is certain he did not say anything to the press, Justin can’t guarantee that Selena shares the same opinion as him. The two appear to be very distant lately, which might explain the mismatches between their declarations.

Justin Bieber resorted to his favorite means of communication, the Twitter, to keep in touch with his fans. Although he did not make any official statement, the artist thanked his fans and followers for the support they have shown to him “regardless of what happens”. In the end, he reassured fans that he has received and read all their comforting messages.

Miley Cyrus’ Sister, Noah, The Next Big Star

Miley Cyrus’ younger sister, Noah, could soon become Hollywood’s next big star judging by the various acting and singing activities she took up in the past year. The youngest member of the Cyrus family has made various television appearances so far, but her career could blossom in the following period, according to the Inquisitr.

Noah Cyrus has never been in the spotlight until now, but her recent behavior suggests that she might be interested in continuing the family’s tradition. Just like her sister, Miley, the 9-year-old girl made various appearances on her relatives’ shows and declared that she is willing to take up other similar projects in the future.

After being on her father’s show, “Doc”, on numerous occasions and featuring in her sister’s famous movie “Hannah Montana”, Noah agreed to provide the voice for the lead of the animated video “Ponyo”. In addition, she was invited on the “Joey & Elize Show” at the beginning of the year.

Given that Miley Cyrus started her acting career at about the same age, it is safe to assume that Noah could soon follow in her sister’s footsteps. When she was only 8 years old, Billy Ray Cyrus took his daughter, Miley, in Toronto; thus, giving her the opportunity to witness the shooting of the show “Doc”. The “Hannah Montana” star was so inspired by her dad’s work that she felt the need to start her own acting career. Her feelings grew even stronger after seeing the production of “Momma Mia!” in 2001.

Noah Cyrus could soon become just as popular as her sister and her dad if she continues to make television appearances. Moreover, the two sisters have spent a lot of time together lately and tabloids presuppose Miley is mentoring Noah to help her improve her acting skills. It is not only the family that is helping Noah, but also international stars like Kate Perry and Justin Bieber. The latter met Noah Cyrus at the beginning of the year, on the set of “Good Morning America”.