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'I'm famous all over the world': Boy George sledges Delta Goodrem
Not even Channel Nine's strongest studio lights could dispel Boy George's shade on Tuesday night's episode of The Voice.
The former Culture Club singer issued a stinging rebuke to his co-star Delta Goodrem while fighting over the youngest-ever person to audition for the singing competition.
Fourteen-year-old Leo Abisaab, from NSW, knocked the judge's socks off but only Boy George and Delta turned around in their chairs.
"I know I can teach you," Boy George told the young wunderkind. "Fourteen? Wow, with all of my experience we could really do some interesting things."
"It is a gift to be able to sing like that," Delta said, before Boy George cut her off to address Leo's history of being bullied at school.
"I went to school a long time ago," the 56-year-old vocalist said. "And in the '70s, people didn't hold back. I know all about that stuff. And look at me today."
Delta attempted to play nice, pointing out the teenager had just sung his heart out on national television and couldn't possibly make a wrong decision.
"Either of us will take care of you and make sure you shine," she said.
"You're obviously Australian, right?" Boy George shot back. "And you know Delta's the princess of Australia? You also know that I'm the queen of England. More importantly, I'm famous all over the world."
The audience erupted into gasps of shock, while Kelly Rowland admonished the British pop star for his comments.
Rowland then sat with Delta to make sure she was OK. The cameras even caught the Aussie star fighting back tears."You know what I would say to that, my friend?" Delta replied. "I'm really proud of Australia and I'm really proud of what I've been blessed to do here. It is an honour to sing wherever you sing from."
The fourth judge, Nick Jonas, summed up the tense situation when he remarked: "Do we need a boxing ring in here?"
Boy George's cutting remarks aside, Leo Abisaab decided to go with the queen of England.
Shaggy broke royal protocol at Queen Elizabeth II's birthday concert
Rocker Sting feared he and his new collaborator Shaggy would be booted from Queen Elizabeth II's birthday concert on Saturday (21Apr18) after the reggae star ignored royal protocol during their performance.
The unlikely duo joined Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Shawn Mendes, and Craig David on the bill for The Queen's Birthday Party at London's Royal Albert Hall, where the British monarch and members of the royal family watched from a balcony.
Security officials briefed all artists before the gig got underway, warning them not to leave the stage at any time during their sets, but Jamaican star Shaggy failed to heed the warning, much to the British musician's horror.
"(Officials said), 'Whatever you do, don't go into the audience,' which is exactly what he did...!" Sting recalled during a joint interview on morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday (24Apr18).
"He was heading towards the royal box! I thought, 'Please, no... That's my Queen!'"
Confessing he was "a bit disruptive", Shaggy explained, "I was trying to high five, yo! But it was good, we had everyone up on their feet... including the Queen."
"It wasn't the normal protocol," he shrugged, "but you know, we got the party going... It was a good time."
Sting admits he was a little surprised the pair, which recently released its joint album 44/876, had been invited to take the stage at the special show, held on the leader's 92nd birthday, remarking, "I'm not sure we're entirely to her taste!"
However, Shaggy is convinced he spotted the Queen giving him a sly nod of approval: "I did see she... gave me a wink...!," he smiled.
Madonna loses lawsuit to halt auction of personal memorabilia
Madonna has lost her bid to prevent the auction of her old personal belongings, including a love letter she received from rapper Tupac Shakur while he was in jail.
Art consultant Darlene Lutz had teamed up with bosses at Gotta Have It! Collectibles last July (17) to put a number of the singer's old items, including a note sent to Madonna by her ex-boyfriend, the late Tupac, up for sale.
However, the Material Girl hitmaker objected to the money-making move and obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the sale, alleging the collectibles had been wrongfully taken from her after moving out of her Miami, Florida home in 2004.
She then filed suit in New York in August (17) in an effort to halt the auction indefinitely.
Lutz fought back, insisting the lawsuit should be dismissed because she had been given the belongings by Madonna herself while they were friends, but the singer maintained she was unaware the items, which also included a hairbrush containing strands of her hair, and a pair of her unwashed panties, had been in Lutz's possession until she learned of the online sale.
Now Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits has ruled in Lutz's favour, declaring Madonna waited too long to try and reclaim the pieces of memorabilia.
Under the statute of limitations, the singer had until 2007 to make a claim for the goods, reports the New York Post.
"Mere ignorance or lack of discovery of the wrong is not sufficient to toll the statute," he wrote in his ruling, released on Monday (23Apr18).
He also pointed to an apparent release Madonna had signed in 2004 after settling a dispute with Lutz over some artwork, which banned the pop superstar from taking future legal action.
"Sophisticated parties having negotiated an extraordinarily broad release with their eyes open with the aid of counsel cannot later invalidate that release by claiming ignorance of the depth of their fiduciary's misconduct," he explained.
Madonna has yet to comment on the court decision, but Lutz's attorney, Judd Grossman, is celebrating what he's called a "complete win" for his client.
"From day one it was clear that this case should never have been filed and that Madonna did so solely to exact personal revenge on an old foe," he said. "Darlene Lutz has now been totally vindicated."
Rod Stewart was always respectful to ladies during his womanising days
Rod Stewart has insisted that he always behaved like a gentleman with women in the '60s and '70s.
The rocker was a hit with the opposite sex when he first became famous with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces in the 60s, and he and bandmate Ronnie Wood always had women throwing themselves at them, but Rod insists he always treated them with respect.
However, speaking at the BFI Southbank in London after a screening of film Rod The Mod, he acknowledged that he wouldn't have been able to get away with some of his behaviour if he was trying to hit the big time now.
"Ronnie (Wood) and I were talking about this at our anniversary party last year and were saying how women literally used to throw themselves at us. It really was, 'Oh, not again tonight, Ronnie,'" he recalled. "I can only speak from my perspective but as a rock 'n' roll singer, I used to show off with the girls. I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to.
"Things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the better."
The 73-year-old also insisted that he would never dream of swearing at a woman, and only does so when he's having an argument with his wife Penny Lancaster.
Penny, who he married in 2007, is his third wife, and he reckons he's better at marriages now that he's older and understands women better.
"I have been married three times and I say this with all honesty, I have got a great woman now," he gushed. "But I have got a diamond by my side now. She really is and I can't say any more than that."
The rocker had plasters on his right hand during the talk, and he revealed it was because he had recently undergone surgery to remove sun spots.
"I have just had a little operation on my hand. I had a couple of sun things there and they burnt them off," he said.
Will Smith offered Prince big bucks for private performance
Married actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith once offered Prince $400,000 (£285,500) to perform at a private party.
The Purple Rain icon regularly played lucrative private gigs, and one three-year-old memo reveals the Smiths were among those willing to pay big bucks to treat 100 guests to a very special night out in Los Angeles, scheduled for 17 September, 2015.
It appears the bash was arranged to celebrate Jada's birthday, as she turned 44 the following day (18Sep15).
It's not known if Prince agreed to headline the event, but the note was among the treasure trove of paperwork recovered by Minnesota police following the superstar's untimely death at his Paisley Park estate on 21 April, 2016, reports TheBlast.com.
Authorities at the Carver County Sheriff's Office released the documents last week, days before the second anniversary of the singer's passing, after declaring no criminal charges would be filed in relation to Prince's death from an accidental drug overdose.
Investigators determined there was no evidence to suggest he knowingly took powerful painkiller fentanyl, as it appeared he had been taking counterfeit Vicodin pills laced with the drug. He did not have a prescription for the medication.
Meanwhile, the materials gathered for the police investigation also included a love letter Prince had saved, said to be from singer/guitarist Andy Allo, a one-time member of his backing band, The New Power Generation, who went on to launch a solo career with his support.
The pair had previously been rumoured to be romantically linked, and the private message reveals the song Nothing More, by Allo, had been written about the tragic icon.
She also expressed her gratitude to Prince for "taking a chance" on her at one of his shows in Montreal, Canada in 2011, when she debuted her solo tune People Pleaser for the crowd.
"It means mountains for having faith in me to do what I love. I'm happy, ecstatic & that crazy person who can't stop smiling," she wrote, later stating, "I'm in love with U (sic)."
"I've probably told you this before or you know it already...," she continued, "the song 'Nothing More' is inspired by you, for you, and what I said last night was true 'dedicated to the love(s) of my life'... it's music and you baby. That's all there is to it."
Allo concluded the love letter by writing, "Respect. Gratitude. Muse. Inspiration. Love. All things I feel and more when it comes to you. I love you.
Prince picked up prescription medications the day before he died
Prince's pal picked up prescriptions for a number of medications for the singer the day before he died, newly released documents show.
The Purple Rain singer died at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota from an accidental fentanyl overdose at the age of 57 on 21 April, 2016, and on Thursday (19Apr18), prosecutors investigating his death announced they would be filing no criminal charges and the case was closed.
They subsequently released all documents, photographs and videos relating to the investigation, and the evidence has shown that a number of prescriptions for Prince were picked up the day before he died.
According to The Blast, the prescriptions filled on 20 April, 2016, included Clonidine, which is used to treat withdrawal symptoms, and anti-anxiety drugs Diazepam and Hydroxyzine Pamoate.
A video released by investigators showed Prince's assistant and bodyguard Kirk Johnson going to pick up prescriptions for the star from a local Walgreens pharmacy twice in the space of just 90 minutes that day. It is thought Prince was waiting outside during these times.
Images released from his home show a variety of pill bottles scattered around the property. In one picture, it is evident that Prince received Ondansetron, used to prevent nausea and vomiting, and medications to treat vitamin D deficiency under Johnson's name, and also had a large supply of diet supplements.
On the day before he died, the music icon was also caught on surveillance cameras looking frail as he visited Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg with Johnson. During the visit to the clinic, he reportedly told the medic he was feeling "antsy" and questioned whether he was suffering side effects as he stopped taking painkiller Tylenol earlier that day. According to Dailymail.com, he undertook a urine test which showed there were opiates in his system, and the doctor suggested he could be suffering from a opiate withdrawal.
Text messages between Johnson and Schulenberg on 7 April also show that his longtime pal was concerned for his health and wanted to him to see a doctor.
In an interview with investigators Johnson said he didn't realise Prince had an opioid addiction until he passed out on a plane a week before he died.
"It started to all make sense though, just his behaviour sometimes and change of mood, and I'm like, oh this is what, I think this is what's going on," he said. "That's why I took the initiative and said let's go to my doctor because you haven't been to the doctor, let's check it all out."
On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that Dr. Schulenberg had agreed to pay a $30,000 (£21,000) settlement for potentially breaching federal laws by writing a oxycodone prescription in Johnson's name although it was intended to go to Prince.
Lionel Richie struggled to cope with father's death
Lionel Richie struggled to cope with a "massive depression" after the death of his father in 1990.
The 68-year-old singer spent nearly a decade without recording new material following the release of his smash hit 1986 album Dancing on the Ceiling because he fell into a deep despair when his dad, also called Lionel, became ill and died.
"My father was ill and I went through a very, I won't say a depression, a massive depression," he said on U.K. TV show Lorraine. "My dad was my hero. I went through that whole period of my life."
The former Commodore revealed that his dark period, during which he also went through a divorce from his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, only ended in 1994 when he and his new partner Diane Alexander welcomed their son Miles.
"It was something about the birth of my kid," he explained. "Miles came along, Nicole (the daughter he adopted with Brenda) was already there, I realised I had a group of people looking up to me to be the head of the house."
Lionel revealed that he decided to return to music as he was embarrassed his children didn't know he was a famous musician, adding, "They didn't know what the hell I did for a living so I thought at that particular point, let's go back and prove to the kids what I do. I realised, this is what I should be doing."
After a decade, in which he only released a greatest hits collection, the All Night Long musician made his comeback in 1996 with Louder Than Words.
Although his return initially proved underwhelming, Lionel has now won over a new generations of fans, and in 2015 he performed to more than 100,000 people at Britain's famed Glastonbury festival - a gig he described as "ridiculous" and "fascinating".
No criminal charges to be filed over Prince's death
Minnesota prosecutors have opted not to chase criminal charges over Prince's death from an accidental overdose.
The Purple Rain icon passed away in April, 2016 and autopsy results subsequently found he had "exceedingly high" levels of painkiller Fentanyl in his system at the time of his death. However, according to prosecutors, Prince was unaware he was taking Fentanyl. The singer reportedly obtained counterfeit Vicodin pills that were laced with the powerful opioid.
On Thursday (19Apr18), Carver County Attorney Mark Metz revealed there is no credible evidence on how or who Prince obtained the painkillers from, so prosecutors cannot move forward with criminal charges.
It was also revealed Prince had no prescriptions in his name and the Vicodin he took was not prescribed by a doctor.
Metz went on to state there was "no conspiracy to murder Prince", but the actions of those around him could be seen as suspicious. However, "suspicions and innuendo are categorically insufficient" to file charges, he added.
Last year (17), it was reported the late singer had medicine prescribed to him under his bodyguard Kirk Johnson's name. An official affidavit taken by Detective Christine Wagner also indicated Dr. Michael Schulenberg, who was at Paisley Park on the day of Prince's death, admitted he gave the singer Oxycodone in April, 2016, when his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois after he suffered a medical emergency on a flight home from a concert. He also told a detective he put that prescription in Johnson's name that day "for privacy" reasons.
Meanwhile, Dr. Schulenberg has reportedly reached a $30,000 (£21,300) settlement with U.S. federal authorities for writing the prescription. He was accused of violating the Controlled Substances Act, according to The Wrap.
Mariah Carey's aides shut down chatter surrounding ex-manager's damning claims
Mariah Carey's representatives have made it clear they won't be responding to her former manager's "lies and threats".
Stella Bulochnikov worked with the Hero hitmaker for several years and appeared on her reality show Mariah's World last year (17), shortly before the pair parted ways, and on Friday (13Apr18), she fired off legal papers indicating she is going to sue the pop legend for alleged violations of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and breach of contract.
According to The Blast, Stella claims Mariah is a "train wreck" who is "addicted to alcohol, prescription pills, and marijuana". She also alleges the superstar singer owes her millions of dollars in unpaid commissions and revenue from projects they had in the works.
Meanwhile, according to TMZ, Stella insists she was sexually harassed by Mariah, who constantly walked around naked in front of her. In addition, the former manager asserts Mariah did acts that were sexual in nature around Stella.
A representative for Mariah has already informed the media the singer will fight any lawsuit, calling Bulochnikov's allegations "frivolous and baseless", but they won't be addressing them with the press.
A rep for the We Belong Together singer tells People magazine, "Stella Bulochnikov was terminated from employment as Mariah's manager due to failure to perform her job effectively and ill-serving her client. Stella was not under contract for employment.
"She has been spreading false rumours to any media outlet that will publish them. We won't respond to lies and threats."
The drama began days after Mariah went public with her bipolar battle, revealing she was diagnosed with the mood altering disorder in 2001.
Sinead O'Connor told police Prince was a life-long drug user and woman-beater
Sinead O'Connor accused Prince of life-long drug use and battery in a police interview conducted shortly after his death.
The Purple Rain singer died at his Paisley Park home and recording studio compound in Minnesota from an accidental fentanyl overdose at the age of 57 in April, 2016, and on Thursday (19Apr18), after a two-year investigation, prosecutors revealed no criminal cases will be pursued in relation to the pop icon's passing.
Following the landmark decision, Carver County Sheriff's Office officials made all previously sealed pieces of evidence related to Prince's death public, including a recording of Irish singer Sinead conducting a phone interview with police officers on 2 May, 2016.
During the conversation, Sinead made incendiary claims about the late star, who famously touted sobriety throughout his career, by insisting he had used drugs for decades.
"In the case of Prince, everyone is mistaken who believes that he did not have a drug habit for the entire of his life (sic). He used hard drugs commonly," she said in the recording. "I know this because I spent time with the man."
Sinead, who has a history of mental illness, moved on to suggest drug use prevented Prince from releasing an album.
"He did not release an album, famously, which is called The Black Album," she told police. "The reason he didn’t, he told me himself, was that he had been taking so many dark drugs that he had had a vision from God and God had told him, the album (was) evil and he was not to release it. The man’s been using drugs all of this time.”
Sinead, who shot to international fame singing 1990 hit Nothing Compares 2 U, a song written by Prince, also claimed he would peel off to another room to do drugs and emerge "very violent, very aggressive", attacking her and other women in drug-fuelled rages, but she admitted she never actually saw him take anything.
"I’ve seen him in very frightening conditions after using drugs," she said. "Now, I cannot say that I ever saw him use the drugs. I never saw him actually take them."
Sinead also made claims about Prince online, and had to apologise to comedian Arsenio Hall after he sued the singer in a $5 million (£3.5 million) defamation case for accusing him of providing drugs to Prince.
"I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince's drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince's death," she later wrote in a statement. "I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally."
Hall dropped his lawsuit after O'Connor apologised.
Meanwhile, Carver County Sheriff's Office staff also released several photos, text conversations, notes, emails, and video footage of the icon's corpse on Thursday.
Ironically, on the same day, Prince's estate officials surprised devotees by releasing the late star's original studio recording of Nothing Compares 2 U, complete with a video featuring previously unseen footage of Prince and his band The Revolution in rehearsals.
And it appears those closest to the icon refused to believe he was dead - Prince's protege, Judith Hill, sent him an email more than a month after his passing.
"I really need you right now," she wrote on 30 May (16). "I want to go find you. Don't like it here on earth. I know you want me to go out there and perfect the stage but I don’t have the strength right now. Positive projections: You are here. Please just come back."
Among the various emails released by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office bosses on Thursday were messages from Rita Ora and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw asking about the singer's health on the day he died.