Posted 4 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
CHRIS MARTIN SPLITTING WITH ACTRESS GWYNETH PALTROW
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They were one of Hollywood’s highest profile couples. But it looks like they are going their separate ways. Coldplay singer Chris Martin is breaking up with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Word of the split comes in a post on Paltrow’s blog yesterday. Martin is 37 and Paltrow is 41. They’ve been married for more than a decade — and have two children together: Apple, who’s nine and Moses, who is seven. In the statement in Paltrow’s blog — but signed by both — Paltrow said the two “have been working hard for well over a year” trying to hold the relationship together, but they have come to the conclusion that they “will remain separate.”
MICK JAGGER ATTENDS FUNERAL FOR GIRLFRIEND
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mick Jagger was among those who spoke in tribute to his longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott at her funeral. The private service was held yesterday in Los Angeles and was attended by Scott’s brother, as well as other family and friends. Poems were read by Jagger’s daughter, Karis, as well as actress Ellen Barkin, a good friend of Scott’s. Scott was a famous fashion designer and style-setter. She committed suicide earlier this month at her apartment in New York. She was cremated, at her wish.
ROLLING STONES TO PLAY ISRAEL
JERUSALEM (AP) — They’ve performed for more than a half century in just about every part of the globe. But the Rolling Stones had not played Israel — until now. A promoter says the band will play its first show in Israel on June 4 in Tel Aviv. Top bands often skip Israel, even when on world tours. Some avoid playing there because of political issues, others blame logistics.
FLAVOR FLAV HAS TO ANSWER FOR SPEEDING TICKET
MINEOLA, New York (AP) — Flavor Flav is still trying to resolve that case in which he was charged with speeding as he was racing to his mother’s funeral. Police say the rapper and reality star was driving too fast and without a license on January 9 on New York’s Long Island. He appeared in court yesterday — but the case was postponed until next month.
TAYLOR SWIFT DEVOTEE HIT WITH RESTRAINING ORDER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift is getting some legal space between herself and a man who has been going around claiming he’s married to the singer. A judge in Los Angeles has granted Swift a restraining order against Timothy Sweet. The judge has ordered Sweet to stay away from Swift and her family for three years — and covers places where she might be working in Los Angeles and Nashville. Court filings by Swift say Sweet has threatened to harm her family — or anyone who interferes with his perceived relationship with her. Swift has said she fears for her safety — both in public and at home.
FERGIE WORKS ON SOLO ALBUM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fergie is a working mom who’s also a stay-at-home mom. Fergie is putting together another solo album at her own house. She says that’s great because she can write and then see her seven-month-old son, Axl. She practices singing on him, too. Fergie says she sings in different voices and accents to him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Usher gets the last steal in the Battle Rounds of “The Voice.” Now, the teams totaling 32 acts are complete, as the competition heads into the next phase. Usher picks up Cierra, who was dropped by Team Shakira. Usher says he wanted her from the beginning and pushed his button during the blind auditions. Shakira kept Emily B. over Cierra and says making those kinds of decisions is what she hates about the show. Next week, the Battle Rounds, Part 2 begin. It’s what The Voice used call the Knockout Rounds. Chris Martin will help to coach all four teams.
”AMERICAN IDOL” RATINGS DWINDLING
NEW YORK (AP) — “American Idol” continues to struggle in the ratings war. The latest Nielsen ratings say last Thursday’s edition of the show drew a smaller audience than all but one of the shows that aired during its first season. That was back in 2002. The continued downward ratings spiral comes despite a change in time slot. Fox shifted the show to 9 p.m. on Thursday in an effort to boost the audience.
PHILIP BAILEY PREPARES MEMOIR
NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire is ready to tell his life story. Bailey is putting the final touches on his autobiography, called “Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind and Fire.” It will chronicle Bailey’s rise with the band and the toll that the band’s success took on him personally and professionally. “Shining Star” comes out April 15.
KISS FINALLY MAKE IT ONTO COVER OF ROLLING STONE
NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the people who have made the cover of Rolling Stone, it’s amazing that Kiss never was among them — until now. Forty years after their debut album, Kiss is Rolling Stone’s cover artist. It’s a photo from 1975 of the classic lineup, just in time for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. They certainly weren’t going to pose for a photo together now. They will not perform at their induction because Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons offered to let Peter Criss and Ace Frehley play with their current lineup, and Criss and Frehley said no. Criss says it’s an “injustice” to induct him and then tell him to sit in the corner while another man puts on his makeup and plays.
COSTELLO, MUMFORD AND COMPANY WORK ON NEW “BASEMENT TAPES”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons are part of a group of musicians who have collaborated with Bob Dylan, but the Bob Dylan of 47 years ago. Costello and Mumford have teamed with Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and Jim James of My Morning Jacket for “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.” They created the music for two dozens songs based on recently discovered lyrics Dylan wrote in 1967, during his “Basement Tapes” era. Dylan gave permission to producer T Bone Burnett for the project. An album will come out in the fall and be accompanied by a Showtime documentary.
TAMAR BRAXTON HITTING THE ROAD WITH R. KELLY AND SOLO
NEW YORK (AP) — Tamar Braxton will be on the road again soon. She will be the supporting act for R. Kelly on his upcoming arena tour. After that, she will be performing as a solo act. The shows with R. Kelly begin April 18 and run through May 11. Her solo tour in support of the album “Love and War” starts May 16 and runs through June 23.