Following a yearlong investigation, FBI officials on Wednesday identified the man they say hacked into the email accounts of nearly 50 celebrities, including those of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis.
The suspect, Christopher Chaney, an unemployed 35-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, apparently didn’t do it for the money, FBI officials say. Chaney allegedly worked from his home computer to mine data from magazines and websites, including posts on Twitter and Facebook to get passwords. The name of a dog, a favorite movie, an old address, or a sister’s name all aided his efforts.
Officials said that once Chaney obtained passwords, he could then gain access to the stars’ address books, photos and other files. He used an email forwarding program that automatically duplicated any messages the star received into his account.
Cheney allegedly began his hacking in November 2010 when he tapped into Christina Aguilera’s email and later posted pictures of the singer in a revealing photo. In December, Chaney managed to hack Mila Kunis’ accounts and stole several pictures. That same month, Chaney tapped into Scarlett Johansson’s accounts that contained several nude pictures. The photos soon circulated on several celebrity websites.
Cheney was arrested this week in Jacksonville and faces up to 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.
The mooted duet between Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera has been posted online.
The song is actually credited as “Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera” and is called ‘Moves Like Jagger’.
It’s a electro house stomper and the ‘featuring’ attribution is correct, Aguilera doesn’t sing anything beyond a ‘yeah’ until over two minutes in.
Aguilera posted an audio-only YouTube of the song on her website, with a blood-red cover of her and Levine’s faces.
But Maroon 5 posted a very neon lyrics YouTube of the song on their website, and a link to buy the single on iTunes.
The one-off collaboration stemmed from Levine and Aguilera both being judges on the NBC talent show The Voice.
Now we just have to wait for the other two judges, Cee-Lo Green the soul machine and country star Blake Shelton, to team up.
The Maroon 5 frontman ‘ who judges the talent show alongside Christina, Cee Lo Green and country singer Blake Shelton ‘ insists his alleged tension with the ‘Beautiful’ hitmaker is purely “reality TV fodder” and their professional relationship is “fine”.
Asked by US chat show host Jay Leno whether the pair get along, Adam said: “They fabricate a lot of that ‘ a lot of that’s reality television fodder.
“She’s fine, we bicker like brother and sister.”
Christina recently explained her role on the show ‘ which offers a $100,000 recording contact to the eventual winner ‘ is about providing positivity and being “completely involved” with the acts.
She said: “There is no good and bad. This isn’t about tearing people down. I want to bring these people up.
“We’re looking to get more involved with people starting out just like we did. We’re not just making commentary and then going home. We’re getting completely involved. I wish there was a show like this when I was starting. I’m ready to share it all.”
Christina Aguilera admits neither she nor her ex-husband were ‘angels’ during their marriage.
The 30-year-old singer-and-actress split from music executive Jordan Bratman last October ‘ with their divorce finalised in April 2011 ‘ and Christina is adamant both of them played a part in destroying the relationship.
In an interview with W magazine, the blonde star ‘ who has a three-year-old son Max with Jordan – said: ‘At one time or another we were both not angels. It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. I will not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home. I knew there would be a negative reaction in the press to my divorce, but I am not going to live my life because of something someone might say. That goes against everything I sing on my records. I have to be myself.’
Christina endured a tough childhood, during which she witnessed her father Fausto emotionally and physically abuse her mother Shelly and she admits she sought comfort in songs – especially in the musical ‘The Sound of Music’, which features the numbers ‘Maria’ and ‘Edelweiss’.
The ‘Fighter’ singer ‘ who is now in a relationship with Matthew Rutler, who she met on the set of her film ‘Burlesque’ – explained: ‘ felt caged by my childhood. And unsafe: Bad things happened in my home; there was violence. The ‘Sound of Music’ looked like a form of release. I would open my bedroom window to sing out like Maria. In my own way, I’d be in those hills.’
Christina Aguilera says she was not an “angel” to her ex-husband during her marriage. The 30-year-old “The Voice” judge, who has a 3-year-old son named Max with music executive Jordan Bratman, told W magazine that both were to blame for the demise of their marriage.
“At one time or another we were both not angels. It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. I will not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home,” she said.
The singer and Bratman’s divorce was finalized in April.
As a child, Aguilera admitted to seeking comfort in musicals like “The Sound of Music” to escape the harsh realities of her family life, which consisted of her mother being emotionally and physically abused by her father.
“I felt caged by my childhood. And unsafe: Bad things happened in my home; there was violence. The ‘Sound of Music’ looked like a form of release,” she explained. “I would open my bedroom window to sing out like Maria. In my own way, I’d be in those hills.”
The “Beautiful” singer, who is now in a relationship with production assistant Matthew Rutler and is set to release a new single with “The Voice” colleague and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine next week, said she wanted to be true to herself even if her divorce was going to be played out in the press.
“I knew there would be a negative reaction in the press to my divorce, but I am not going to live my life because of something someone might say. That goes against everything I sing on my records. I have to be myself.”
“The Voice” airs on Tuesdays on NBC
The pop star’s marriage to music executive Jordan Bratman was legally ended on (15.04.11) in California after the required six-month waiting period from the date divorce papers were filed by Christina in October 2010 had elapsed.
The former couple had already finalized a settlement in February and had agreed to share custody of their three-year-old son Max, although the specific terms of their care agreement have not been made public.
It is believed they divided their assets according to their prenuptial agreement.
Christina – who is now dating 25-year-old Matt Rutler, who she met when he worked as an assistant on her film ‘Burlesque’ – recently admitted she has learned to laugh about the “hiccups” in her personal life.
The singer-and-actress – who was arrested for public intoxication along with Matt in March – previously said: “I can laugh about my own hiccups and my own experiences in life because I’m getting through it … In light of the past year, there have been obvious setbacks. I’ve gone through a really hard divorce, and anyone who has gone through a divorce will speak about how hard the journey is from start to finish. It’s a life-uprooting time and there have been hiccups along the way that unfortunately the whole world gets to witness and judge.”
Christina Aguilera will not be charged following her arrest in the early hours of yesterday morning (01.03.11) for public intoxication. Although the ‘Burlesque’ star was taken into custody in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, at 2.45am along with her boyfriend Matthew Rutler – who was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) – she will not be prosecuted with any crime according to Sheriff’s department spokesman, Steve Whitmore. However the 30-year-old singer ‘ who was picked up from West Hollywood Sheriff’s substation by a friend this morning after passing a sobriety test – will have a record for misdemeanour public intoxication. Spokesman Whitmore revealed that after pulling over Matthew’s car police noticed Christina ‘was not capable of taking care of herself’ and so was arrested and taken into custody. He said: ‘She wasn’t able to take care of herself. She wasn’t belligerent, she just wasn’t capable of taking care of herself. ‘f a person is incapacitated the deputy on the scene makes that decision. But because both of them were under the influence.she wasn’t able to take care of herself.so for the safety of the individual we brought her here until she could fend for herself.’ Christina’s boyfriend Matthew – who she met on the set of ‘Burlesque’ and started dating after splitting from husband Jordan Bratman last year – has been charged with DUI, and released on bail.
The Granddad of Darkness and the Pre-Pubescent Of Pop will appear in a Super Bowl advert together. Reuters reports that Justin Bieber, and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have filmed a commercial for US electronics chain Best Buy. They shot it in Los Angeles early in January but no details about the content of the advert have been revealed. Super Bowl ads have become an artform in themselves, as brands spend millions on creating them and paying for airtime to reach an audience of over 100 million. Other music megastars will appear at the game. Christina Aguilera is booked to sing the national anthem and the Black Eyed Peas will feature during the halftime show. The 2011 Super Bowl ‘ Green Bay Packers versus Pittsburgh Steelers ‘ will take place in Dallas on February 6.
After being in the pop music game for 13 years, Christina Aguilera is set to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl for the first time in Texas on Feb 6th. While the five-time Grammy-winner and “Burlesque” star will perform the anthem for the first time, she’s no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. She performed as part of the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2000, alongside Enrique Iglesias and Phil Collins. The Black Eyed Peas will perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Aguilera follows country superstar Carrie Underwood who performed the National Anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl event last year. “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson performed it the year before. Other stars who’ve performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the annual event include Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond.
Dating a celebrity has its perks. While it would have taken production assistant Matt Rutler a while to save up the chunk of change necessary to buy a brand new car, his girlfriend Christina Aguilera just bought it for him! This Cinderella story now has its carriage. The two were seen in a silver 2011 Mustang GT, complete with custom red interior. The car starts at $30,000 and, as far as we know, it wasn’t even his birthday. Aguilera will be taking the passenger seat as she usually does as Rutler is not only her boyfriend but usually her chauffer, constantly driving the “Burlesque” star around…so at least he’ll be comfy. But the Gossip Cop tried to put a stop to the rumors, saying that sources revealed to the site that the car wasn’t a gift from X-tina. “He bought that car himself,” a friend of Aguilera’s reportedly told the site.
Pop superstar Katy Perry announced today via a live appearance on Facebook that her California Dreams 2011 world tour is coming to North America this summer. The North American leg of the tour sponsored by Schick Quattro for Women will start on June 7th in Atlanta, GA and will run through August 14th with two hometown shows in Katy’s hometown Santa Barbara, CA. (full schedule below). To support her platinum-selling sophomore album Teenage Dream (EMI’s Capitol Records), Katy will kick off the California Dreams tour on February 20th in Lisbon, Portugal, traveling throughout Europe, the UK, Australia and Japan before hitting stateside in June. Katy is planning on interacting with fans through social media networks throughout the California Dreams tour. Using Facebook Places/Deals, fans will be able to check into the venues each night to receive special treats. Fans will also be able to submit their own photos of the show via Twitter which will be incorporated into the live show and also live on www.katyperry.com. In addition, Katy has also partnered with I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages, including premium seats, meet and greets, photo ops, pre-show parties and more. More information can be found at www.katyperry.com. As announced last week, Katy will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13th. Six-time nominee, Katy is up for four awards this year including the coveted Album of the Year, along with Best Pop Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for ‘California Gurls’ featuring Snoop Dogg. Katy has also been nominated for two BRIT awards for International Album and International Female Solo Artist. The BRIT awards will be handed out live on February 15th at the O2 Arena in London. Katy is gearing up to launch the album’s 4th single ‘E.T.’ which will impact radio next month. She will soon shoot the video with director Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson, Bjork, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Muse, The White Stripes). Earlier this month, Katy won two People’s Choice Awards for ‘Favorite Female Artist’ and ‘Favorite Online Sensation’ – awards voted on by fans. Katy won a People’s Choice Award in 2009 for ‘Best Pop Song’ with her debut anthem ‘ Kissed A Girl.’ Over the course of her career, she has also won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors. Over the past year, Katy has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harpers’ Bazaar, Seventeen, Nylon and Lucky and currently appears on the cover of Maxim’s January issue. California Dreams tour dates.
June 7 Atlanta, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
June 9 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
June 10 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
June 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
June 14 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
June 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 18 Boston, MA TD Garden
June 19 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
June 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 23 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
June 24 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 28 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
June 30 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
July 2 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
July 3 Ottawa, ONT ScotiaBank Place
July 5 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater ‘ Milwaukee Summerfest
July 8 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
July 9 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
July 13 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
July 14 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
July 16 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome ‘ Calgary Stampede
July 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
July 19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 20 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
July 22 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
July 23 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
July 25 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
July 26 Denver, CO 1stBank Center
July 28 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 29 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 30 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
August 3 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
August 5 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre LA Live
August 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
August 13 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
August 14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
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Glastonbury 2011- Who’s playing. The last year before Glasto takes a break for the Olympics, Music News takes a look at what’s being lined up for next year’s premier UK festival. Already self confirmed for the bash are The Coral, who confirmed in November through their Twitter account. Fatboy Slim also confirmed an appearance immediately after his 2010 performance too. Other strong rumours include Kylie Minogue on the Pyramid Stage, as she was infamously booked in 2005 to close the Sunday before pulling out. The reformed Pulp seem certainties to make a headline appearance across the weekend. The band played a vintage set in 1995 and their reform is likely to be due to a set booked at Glastonbury. U2 have been rumoured to make a headline appearance this year after missing their 2010 slot due to Bono’s back injury, however a secret slot appears more likely. Whether they do appear as headliners or with a secret appearance, I’d bet my entire treasured back catalogue of Nirvana on U2 making some sort of appearance at Glastonbury next year. Other names that have been thrown into the mix include Prince,Coldplay and The Foo Fighters, however none are likely to appear as headliners across the weekend. The Rolling Stones seem a promising prospect, with Ronnie Wood stating earlier this month that ‘He’d love to do it’. Glastonbury is always welcoming to bands from the yesteryear, so seeing The Stones headlining wouldn’t surprise any fans of the festival. Take That are one band who have confirmed they will not be appearing, with Gary Barlow stating ‘I don’t think it’s possible’ due to the size of the production of their show. Here are some of other names rumoured to be appearing: Beyonce, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, The Libertines, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin (again) and The White Stripes.