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Celine Dion returns to the stage following surgery
Celine Dion returned to the Las Vegas stage on Tuesday night (22May18) for the first time since undergoing surgery to fix an inner ear issue.
The My Heart Will Go On singer scrapped her residency shows for March and April earlier this year to undergo a "minimally invasive surgical procedure" to tackle the middle ear condition Patulous Eustachian tube, which had left her struggling to sing for almost a year.
She returned to the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday night and began the night by admitting she was nervous coming back after a long time off.
"You know it's been a while since we've done a show I had a little health issue - don't we all," she said, according to People. "But I have to tell you, I'm extremely happy to be back. The stage is kind of my home away from home and I have to admit I can barely stand on my feet tonight as I am a little bit nervous.
"It doesn't matter how long you've done a show. Every time you do a show you get nervous and I do have butterflies tonight."
The Canadian singer then praised her fans for coming to see her concert, adding that she worried if people would show up after she cancelled so many performances.
"You wonder will the people still come, are they gonna say what if she cancels tonight, will they stay home, I don't take anything for granted. You can see so many shows in Vegas and I'm so very grateful," she said. "Not everyone has the privilege to do what they love in life so thank you for the privilege."
The 50-year-old also treated fans to a rendition of her new song Ashes, which serves as the soundtrack to the opening James Bond-style credit sequence in superhero movie Deadpool 2, saying she "couldn't resist" recording the song after actor Ryan Reynolds sent it to her.
Steven Tyler keen to collaborate with Elton John and Paul McCartney
Rocker Steven Tyler is eyeing megastar collaborations with Elton John and Paul McCartney.
The Aerosmith frontman recently tasted success with his first solo album, the country music-tinged We're All Somebody From Somewhere, in 2016, and now he is eager to recruit some of his rock pals to work on some new material.
"I'd like to write something with some other folks," he told breakfast show Today. "Maybe Elton, McCartney."
The singer, 70, actually reached out to the Beatles icon to float the idea of a duet, but instead of just collaborating from afar, he really wants the pair to get together for a songwriting session.
"I've already asked Paul," Steven revealed. "He goes, 'Well, you know, send me something if you got it'. I went, 'That's not what I mean!'"
It's not clear if Tyler wants his next solo project to be in the same country style as We're All Somebody From Somewhere, but returning to the kind of music he loved as a youth was a lot of fun creatively for the star.
"I wanted it to be outlaw country; I miss that market...," he said. "Remember, I grew up into country, I was way into The Everly Brothers, more than anything else, Janis Joplin, so I'm into that; I'm into that big time."
And the veteran rocker always feels inspired since moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015.
"The spiritual side of me wants to say so many great songs were written here, it's in the air, but it's more than that," he explained. "The people that have written those songs live here. They write with people like me, and they do three sessions a day."
Liam Gallagher dedicates Live Forever to Manchester Arena bomb attack victims
Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher paid tribute to the music fans killed in the 2017 bomb attack at the Manchester Arena during his opening set at the Rolling Stones show in London on Tuesday night (22May18).
The singer, who was joined onstage at the Olympic Stadium by former bandmate Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, dedicated Live Forever to the 22 people who lost their lives as they exited an Ariana Grande concert exactly a year ago.
"This if for everyone in Manchester," Liam, who hails from Manchester, said as he introduced the Oasis hit. "Sing along if you know the words."
Grande also honoured the victims of the terror attack, tweeting: "Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day."
Those who lost their lives in the blast were also remembered at a special service at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon. Prince William and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended alongside survivors, first responders and the families of those who were killed.
Meanwhile, Gallagher, who became the first act to open for the Stones on their eight U.K. shows, was a big hit with Mick Jagger and his band. They have already released a thank you to the singer, tweeting: "You and I are going to live forever... thank you to @liamgallagher."
The Stones perform at London Stadium on Friday (25May18), with Florence + The Machine as support. Richard Ashcroft, The Vaccines, The Specials, and Elbow will open for the rock supergroup on their remaining U.K. dates in Southampton, Coventry, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cardiff.
Will Smith to perform official World Cup song
Will Smith is returning to music by lending his rap vocals to the official song of the 2018 soccer World Cup.
The hip-hop star and actor confirmed his involvement with the World Cup record on Tuesday (22May18) in a post on Instagram, in which he tagged his collaborators Diplo, reggaeton star Nicky Jam and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi.
He captioned an image of himself with Nicky, "@nickyjampr (cross emoji) @Diplo (cross emoji) @strefie (cross emoji) @WillSmith - One Life to Live. Live it Up. #WorldCup."
News of Will's involvement was first reported by VIBE magazine, after Puerto Rican producer DJ Nelson spilled the beans in an interview.
"Nicky Jam and Will Smith are producing the new copa de futbol (soccer World Cup), they're doing it together," he said. "They're making this big song and it's just so crazy."
In an interview with Colombia's W Radio, Nicky's manager Juan Diego Medina confirmed the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star and his client finished recording the song in Budapest, Hungary last week and the track will be released on Friday.
However, bosses at soccer governing body FIFA are yet to formally confirm the news.
The tournament will begin in Russia next month, although fans will likely have to wait to hear Will perform, as the official song is traditionally at the centre of the closing ceremony - which takes place ahead of the final.
The 49-year-old follows in the footsteps of stars including Shakira, Pitbull, Anastacia and Ricky Martin by recording an official World Cup track. Jason Derulo and J Balvin also appear on promotional songs for this year's competition.
The 2018 soccer World Cup gets underway on 14 June when the hosts play Saudi Arabia in Moscow, with the final held in the same city on 15 July.
Will Smith addresses divorce rumours in new rap
Will Smith has called out rumours suggesting his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith is on the rocks in a new rap.
The Switch singer has been back in the recording studio working on fresh music, and he gave fans a taste of what they can expect from his new material by posting a video titled "Messing around in the studio..." on his YouTube channel on Thursday night (23May18).
In the footage, the Men in Black star can be seen in the recording booth rapping about his money-making abilities, box office success and his family, shutting down speculation his 20-year marriage to Jada is in trouble.
"Twenty years of swag y'all just witnessed, stop the divorce rumours and mind your damn business," he rapped, before giving his children Trey, 25, Jaden, 19, and Willow, 17, a shout out by saying, "The real-life Incredibles, last name Smith. Jada, Jaden, Willow, Trey - y'all ain't f**king with my clique."
He opened the rap by boasting about his worldwide success, saying, "Twenty years of swag y'all just witnessed, let me remind everybody who Will Smith is. Rappers make it rain, let their money hit ya, If I throw my money up, sh**t, I'll prolly kill a stripper."
In the video, the 49-year-old also explained why he hadn't released any music since 2005 album Lost and Found.
"At my peak, I was doing a television, a movie and an album every year so I was like churning out the creativity. What happens is you get to a point where you get empty," he said. "So, I'm excited, I'm re-energised and I'm creating wildly like I used to. I'm ready. I got the beast back."
The video ends with the message, "New music coming soon". The Independence Day star has already confirmed that he will be performing on the official 2018 World Cup song with Diplo, reggaeton star Nicky Jam and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi. The soccer tournament kicks off in June.
George Michael Director's Cut to be screened at Global Film Festivals from May
In 2014, with the 25th anniversary of his iconic album Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 approaching, George Michael was feeling reflective about that turbulent time of his life. From the infamous court case with his record label Sony, to the death of the love of his life Anselmo Feleppa, George wanted to tell the story in his own words and set the record straight, so began work on a feature film Freedom: George Michael with co-director David Austin.
Pre-production, research and assembly of the film started in late 2014 with filming commencing January 2016. George’s original cut was made as a full-length feature. The 1 hour 53 minute version was completed prior to his sad passing in 2016 and subsequently cut down for a TV special to coincide with the re release of Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1.
Directed by George Michael and David Austin, Freedom: George Michael Director’s Cut, tells the dramatic story of the making of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, the court case which followed and George’s personal struggle and pain as he loses Anselmo. George succeeded in reuniting the Freedom! '90 video’s five supermodels for the film and it also features a stellar cast of contributors including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Tony Bennett, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige, Kate Moss, Tracey Emin, Ricky Gervais and James Corden.
Freedom: George Michael Director’s Cut is the film as George had always intended and will be screened at film festivals around the world starting with Documentary Edge Film festival in New Zealand on 13 May and Krakow Film Festival on 29 May. Further screening dates to be announced.