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Ozzy Osbourne purchases truck full of ice to keep cool during heatwave
Ozzy Osbourne recently had a truck full of ice dumped into his swimming pool in a desperate bid to keep cool in the Los Angeles heatwave.
Locals have been battling the scorching sun in recent weeks, with temperatures soaring to record heights, and the former Black Sabbath frontman decided he would order blocks of ice to throw in the family's backyard pool so he could enjoy a refreshing dip.
However, his wife Sharon reveals the plan backfired.
"Ozzy's brilliant idea to cool the pool during last week's heatwave," she captioned an Instagram photo of the ice melting in the pool on Tuesday (18Jul18). "3000 lbs (pounds) of ice = 3 degrees cooler".
Sharon Osbourne opened up further about the rocker's failed efforts during Wednesday's episode of her daytime show The Talk.
"When Ozzy went into the pool, there was no heater on, (but) it was boiling hot, and it was boiling hot outside," she recalled. "He goes, 'I can't take this, I need it to be cold.' So he came up with this idea of putting the ice in..."
"It did nothing...!" she exclaimed. "Three degrees lower and Ozzy goes, 'Alright, we just gotta get more,' and I'm like, 'No, it doesn't work!'"
Sharon ended up having to ban her husband from trying to have more ice delivered to their estate: "I wouldn't let him! These poor guys bringing this ice!" she laughed.
The couple has since found a more technical solution to its hot pool problem, which Sharon hopes will satisfy Ozzy's desire to "work out then jump into a cold pool".
"Now, we're having a cool thing put on the pool to make the water icy cold," she shared.
Priscilla Presley holds dead pet to protest South Korea's dog meat consumption
Priscilla Presley led a protest against the trade of dog meat in South Korea by holding a dead pet on Tuesday (17Jul18).
Elvis Presley's ex-wife and fellow actresses Donna D’Errico and Kim Basinger took part in the solemn Last Chance for Animals rally in Los Angeles, during which several activists held recently euthanised dogs that had been collected from a local veterinarian.
Sources claim the dead pets were used to shock the media covering the event, held to make the public aware that man's best friend are killed and used for consumption in South Korea.
Longtime animal rights activist Basinger was spotted at the rally, holding a billboard featuring dead dogs, stripped of their coats and hung up on meat hooks.
Similar protests were staged in Washinton, D.C. and Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday, to mark Bok Nal, the first of three non consecutive days, known as the hottest days of the Korean summer, when dog meat consumption is at a high in South Korea "as dog meat soup, known as Boshintang, is the food of choice to combat the extreme heat and humidity".
The rally in Los Angeles was staged outside the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.
The dead pets used as props at the rally will be given proper burials later this week (ends20Jul18), according to a spokesman for Animal Liberation Wave, the group that helped organise the protest.
Paul Weller announces exclusive orchestral shows at Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre announces today (16 July) that Paul Weller makes his debut solo performance at the Royal Festival Hall with two exclusive live shows on 11 and 12 October where, for the first time, Paul and his band will be joined by an orchestra. Special guests will also appear on both nights.
The British music icon, who turned 60 in May, has been touring the UK earlier this year. These two Royal Festival Hall debuts are the only live performances of 2018 supporting his upcoming new album True Meanings, due for release this September.
The fourteenth Paul Weller solo album and twenty sixth studio album of his entire career, True Meanings is a record characterised by grand yet delicate orchestration, for which the world-class acoustics of the Royal Festival Hall provide the perfect setting. The performances feature tracks from the new album and from across his distinguished and decorated career.
“Performing two nights in a venue as iconic as the Royal Festival Hall is a significant moment for me” says Paul Weller. “It’s going to be a special two shows performing tracks from the new album and adding some older tracks into the set, all backed with a brilliant orchestra.”
One of the most revered songwriters and performers of the past 30 years, Paul Weller achieved fame with the hugely popular and influential band The Jam. He had further success with The Style Council, before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. He has received four Brit Awards, including Best British Male twice, and Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2006, whilst in 2010 Paul picked up the highly covetable Ivor Novello award for Lifetime Achievement.
Bengi Unsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, Southbank Centre, says: “We’re incredibly proud that Paul Weller would choose Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall to present his new album in this way. It’s always exciting to welcome an artist of Paul’s calibre to our venue, but particularly when they’re offering fans something as special as these gigs promise to be. I can’t wait.”
Weller previously joined Bassekou Kouyaté and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians when he performed at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Refugee Week 2016.
Paul Simon closes British Summer Hyde Park 2018
After six amazing days of music spanning from pop megastars in Bruno Mars to rock royalty The Cure, the final show of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was headlined by the great Paul Simon - performing the farewell date of his last tour, ‘The Farewell Performance' (outside of North America).
The anticipation in the crowd was palpable. After an epic seven-decade career, Paul Simon was soon to play the last show in his farewell tour to a packed-out Hyde Park. The shaded figure marched onto the stage and struck the opening chords of “America” – one of the many iconic hits from Simon & Garfunkel.
Simon and his note-perfect band proceeded to play an inspiring 26-track set, ranging fromGraceland’s “The Boy In The Bubble” and “Diamonds On The Sole Of Her Shoes” to Stranger To Stranger’s 'The Wristband”. Each song seemed to top the last, with Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 track “Bridge Over Troubled Water” echoing back to the stage by the thousands of onlookers.
It was fitting that Simon closed his tour and our festival with a stunning “Sound Of Silence”, solo on acoustic guitar, the huge crowd hushed with emotion, breaking into deafening applause.
Gracing the Great Oak Stage before Paul Simon was fellow singer songwriter James Taylor – an American folk-rock hero with 100+ million records sold worldwide and five Grammys to his name. The gorgeously staged “You’ve Got A friend” received the biggest cheer of approval, closely followed by other classics including “Carolina In My Mind”, “Shed A Little” and “Shower The People”.
“I’m now going to play you a song I played for Paul McCartney and George Harrison”, said Taylor before performing “Something”. “The Beatles had just started their own record label and were looking for people to record - I just happened to be in the right place in the right time. It was an amazing stroke of good fortune as is everything that has happened since, certainly leading up to this amazing day in front of this amazing audience.”
Bonnie Raitt demonstrated why she is considered by many as one of the greatest singers and guitarists of all time as she delivereda heartfelt performance to a packed stage. “I love playing these club shows,”Bonnie deadpanned, as she worked her way through her extensive back-catalogue.
“Woo!It’s aptly named this one”,shesaid with a chuckle before breaking into an inspiring rendition of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, one of the closing day’s defining moments.
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit maintained the folksy vibes of the day with a stirring set on the Great Oak Stage, backed by mesmerising mushroom visuals. Frontman Flynn’s flawless vocals were the main attraction, as they worked their way through tracks from 2017’s Sillionas well as from Flynn’s other albums.
British country-pop duo Ward Thomas performed last year on the Barclaycard Stage, and sounded even more impressive on the main stage this time round, treating Hyde Park attendees to a sneak peak of some of their new music such as “No Filter” and well-known tracks like “Carry You Home”.
Opening the Great Oak Stage was South Coast rockers Wild Front. Their shimmering live rendition of “Rico” was the perfect way to kick off the final day of music, with the laidback, mellow harmonies appreciated by all the early festival goers soaking up the sun.
The final day at the Barclaycard Stage also impressed, with America’s Sarah Darling kicking off the proceedings, also featuring the melodious Jesca Hoop, three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin andformer Keane frontman Tom Chaplin – oozing class as he played tracks off his 2016 album The Waveas well as Keane favourites such as “Somewhere Only We Know”.
The Summer Stage welcomed the guitar-tinted sounds of Blueprint Blue, Dublin rock band Keywest, London quintet Night Flight and Callaghan – driving home an unmissable set with her stunning vocals and gripping songwriting.
Well known fans included – Daisy Ridley, Jimmy Carr, David Walliams, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noel Gallagher, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Johnny Vegas, Tim Healy, Bob Geldof and Steve Diggle.
And with that, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 comes to an end. Thank you to all the amazing artists, fans and media who enjoyed the music, sun and even football. See you next year!
Whitney Houston's mum stunned by molestation story
Whitney Houston's mum has been rocked by documentary claims suggesting her late daughter was molested by her niece.
Cissy Houston has released a statement to People magazine on behalf of herself and sister, singer Dionne Warwick, insisting they were unaware of the allegations against Dee Dee Warwick until two days before director Kevin Macdonald's film Whitney premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18).
In the film, the tragic singer's longtime assistant claimed Whitney told her that her cousin, Dee Dee, molested her as a child, and Whitney's oldest brother also claimed he was one of her victims.
In the statement, Cissy notes Dee Dee, who passed away in 2008, had her "personal challenges", but insists the idea that she would have molested her children is "overwhelming and unfathomable".
"My niece Dionne Warwick and I make this statement to raise our voices above the din surrounding the release of the film, Whitney," Cissy writes. "Although the film is marketed as a Houston Family approved/endorsed project, neither my son, Michael, Dionne nor I knew of the allegations of abuse, the direction the film would take, until two days before the screening at Cannes.
"We cannot, however, overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne’s sister) molested two of my three children.
"I've been told - as justification for the invasive theme of this film - that Whitney was a public person and therefore the public has a right to know any and everything about her. I say, NO, she was a famous person... a singer, an actress, a quiet but generous philanthropist. She wasn’t running for office, asking for money or trying to win the right to run anyone’s life. Her job does not entitle the 'public' to know every intimate detail of her life beyond what she herself revealed during her lifetime.
"Although she spoke about her struggle with drugs, the interventions, her daughter Krissi and issues in her marriage, she never PUBLICLY spoke about her father’s stealing from her or revealed any claim that she had been molested. IF she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film."
Cissy goes on to suggest she would like to quiz her late niece and daughter about the allegations, adding, "This film distinguishes itself from the other films about her by spreading rumor, innuendo and hearsay; leaving questions to which I’ll never have the answers."
Sir Elton John and Prince Harry team up for major AIDS initiative
Sir Elton John and newlywed Prince Harry are joining forces to launch a major new AIDS initiative.
The rocker, who is the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the royal will announce a new global coalition at the 22nd International AIDS Conference, aka AIDS 2018, in Amsterdam.
The project is focused on treating HIV infections in men.
The coalition and its inaugural campaign will be unveiled on 24 July (18) at the conference’s Opening Plenary and subsequently showcased in its Global Village.
Announcing the major new initiative on Thursday (12Jul18), the I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues singer said, "Two years ago at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa the Duke of Sussex and I participated in a panel looking at HIV and youth - the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling. Since then, my Foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centred design research collectively covering six countries.
"A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men’s access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services."
In addition to the new coalition’s launch Elton John AIDS Foundation bosses will host a press conference to announce new partners in its Eastern Europe & Central Asia Key Populations Fund, launched in October 2017, as well as the first grant awards under the fund and proposed activities.
Paul Simon releasing album to coincide with farewell tour
Paul Simon is releasing an album of reworked songs to celebrate his farewell tour.Earlier this year (18), the former Simon & Garfunkel star announced his new trek would be his last, and he kicked off the Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour, in Vancouver, Canada in May (18). Simon will be wrapping up his run of shows on 22 September (18) with a grand finale at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, and now he has announced In the Blue Light will be released on 7 September.The record will feature "fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist's favorite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs."
"This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around," a statement from Simon reads. "Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn't make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood."
"It's an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals," the album's liner notes add.
Simon collaborated with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd, and others on the album.
"Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn't recorded with before," the notes add. "I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home."
Madonna makes surprise appearance at Wireless Festival
Madonna shocked the crowd at Britain's Wireless Festival on Saturday (07Jul18) by making a surprise appearance with rap group Migos.
The Vogue singer reportedly arrived at the festival in London's Finsbury Park in a blacked-out Range Rover before watching the trio's set from the side of the stage. She could be seen singing along to their track Open It Up, and took her support one step further by joining them onstage at the end of the set, dressed in a head-to-toe Gucci look, comprised of an off-white suit with red and blue trim and Panama hat.
While watching from the side of the stage, Madonna filmed the trio - made up of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff - performing for the crowd and posted the video to Instagram, alongside the caption: "Snuck out of the studio for a lil drip.............. (fire emojis) @migos #wirelessfestival."
Her appearance with the Bad and Boujee hitmakers come just weeks after the group filmed the music video for their single Narcos at Madonna's property in Miami, Florida. After they posted a photo of themselves outside the mansion on Instagram, Madonna wrote in the comments, "That's my house in Miami! What are you doing there??" and Quavo replied,"Trappin'".
Madonna, who currently lives with her children in Lisbon, Portugal, made the most of her weekend in London, taking in a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the new exhibition, Michael Jackson on the Wall. She documented the trip on Instagram, and shared a picture of herself in the gift shop holding open a book showing an old picture of her with the late King of Pop.
Wireless Festival took place from Friday to Sunday, with headliners including J. Cole and Stormzy. DJ Khaled was scheduled to headline Sunday but pulled out due to "travel issues" and was replaced by Drake at the last minute.
Cher: 'My first attempt at ABBA's Fernando was terrible'
Cher's first time singing ABBA's hit Fernando was "terrible" because she didn't realise how complicated the song was.
The Believe singer hit the recording studio to do her rendition of the 1980 ABBA hit before she filmed her part in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, but she wrongly presumed the Swedish group's pop songs were easy to sing and ended up being "terrible" on her first go.
"I never realised how complicated their songs were," she explained on U.K. TV show Lorraine on Thursday (19Jul18). "I just thought of them as pop songs, you know, Dancing Queen and Waterloo, but then when you go to sing them, they're complicated and so to sing it you have to really have kind of a dedication.
"The first time I did it was terrible! I knew it was terrible because my assistant when I said, 'How was it?' She went, 'Well...'. I said, 'I have to get back in the studio obviously!' And then I went back and aced it."
The pop superstar has joined the cast of the musical sequel, which features ABBA hits, as Ruby Sheridan, the mother of Meryl Streep's Donna, and Cher admitted she was nervous being one of the newcomers among the returning cast which includes Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan.
"I was very scared to go because you're butting in to people who have already been together. They're already set in steel. I came late, I was the last one, I was nervous," she admitted. "I'm always kind of nervous. I was born to do this. But also, sometimes people who were born to do this are very - not timid, because I'm not timid - but shy people."
The 72-year-old previously announced that she would be releasing an album of ABBA covers following her role in the musical. She has also set her sights on stepping behind the camera to write and direct her own feature.
"I think I would do a good job. I think I would enjoy it and I think I would be good at it," she told Lorraine.