April 5, 2014 |
Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their "conscious uncoupling. " Uncoupling papers will no doubt eventually reveal who gets the John Lautner-designed home, which is set on a secluded acre of land and surrounded by tropical landscaping. The forward-thinking architect designed such structures as the octagonal Chemosphere house in Los Angeles and the poured-concrete Elrod Residence in Palm Springs.
March 19, 2014 |
“The Voice” is getting yet another dose of pop star power. NBC's hit singing competition show has recruited Coldplay's Chris Martin to serve as a mentor. Martin isn't jumping into one of the plush, red spinning-chairs occupied by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher or Shakira (who are subbing for Christina Aguilera and the recently departed Cee Lo Green). But he will serve as a key advisor, mentoring the artists on the superstar coaches' teams. Martin's new role will be seen during the series' latest format switch.
March 11, 2014 |
There's good news and bad news if you're interested in, say, seeing Lady Gaga in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. First, the bad news. To secure entry into the concert, which is sponsored by a snack food company and part of the South by Southwest festival and conference, one must complete any number of social media stunts. The good news, however, is one doesn't need to be in Austin to watch the concert at all. Lady Gaga's Thursday night appearance at the relatively intimate Stubb's BBQ -- if a venue with a capacity of just more than 2,000 can be considered intimate -- is only one of many South by Southwest music events that will be available online.
March 5, 2014 |
A Top Dawg is on top of the Billboard 200. Schoolboy Q, part of the Black Hippy rap crew signed to L.A.'s Top Dawg Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on Wednesday with "Oxymoron," the first of his three albums to be released by TDE in partnership with Interscope Records. The disc sold 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to score Top Dawg its first No. 1 album. In 2012, Schoolboy Q's Black Hippy bandmate Kendrick Lamar debuted at No. 2 with "good kid, m.A.A.d city," which went on to sell 1.2 million copies and earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year.
March 3, 2014 |
First, there was "Midnight"; now there's "Magic. " After surprise-releasing a so-so new song last week that suggested frontman Chris Martin had been bro-ing down with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Coldplay dropped another fresh tune on the Internet late Sunday, one that has Pop & Hiss considerably more excited about what appears to be the English band's new direction. "Magic" is billed as the official lead single from "Ghost Stories," Coldplay's sixth studio disc, due May 19. The album will follow up "Mylo Xyloto," which came out in 2011.
February 26, 2014 |
"Frozen" just won't let it go. The soundtrack to Disney's hit animated feature returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, marking its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the album chart. Driven in part by the success of the single " Let It Go " -- which is up for an Oscar on Sunday for original song -- "Frozen" sold 89,000 copies in the week that ended Feb. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those five weeks are the most for any soundtrack since 1998, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports . That's the year "Titanic," with Celine Dion's smash " My Heart Will Go On ," occupied the top spot for 16 straight weeks.