Justin Bieber thinks he is ‘nuts’. The 16-year-old pop star suffers from insomnia and can’t stop himself from thinking about his loved ones, career and ‘God’ when his head hits the pillow at night, but believes his problems are a sign of his talent. He said: ”m crazy, I’m nuts. Just the way my brain works. I’m not normal. I think differently – my mind is always racing. I’m just . nuts. But I think the best musicians probably are. ‘ just turn over all night and think. My mind races. I think about all the things I didn’t have time to think about during the day – like family and God and things that should be more important but you don’t have time to think about, because you just get caught up in everything else during the day.’ Justin is enjoying his worldwide success but he accepts his fame comes at a price and he knows he can’t just to whatever he wants and has a responsibility to his fans. He explained to the February edition of Vanity Fair magazine: ‘t’s hard to really balance myself. A regular kid, if he catches the flu, he just gets to go home. But I can’t do that . Everything is important. But, you know, my sanity is important, too. Even if I’m angry, I’ll just put a smile on my face and fake it. I don’t often fake it – what’s me is me. I know I have to give up a lot of myself, or a lot of a private life.’ Despite the problems his singing career cause him, the ‘Baby’ singer won’t ever give up on his career and plans to push himself as far as he can. He said: ‘ see myself just growing. I didn’t know that any of this was really possible. I grew up in a really small town with not a lot of money, and I liked singing, but it was just something that was a hobby. As I get into it more, I want to grow as an artist, as an entertainer, and basically perfect my craft. I want to be the best that I can be.’
Paul McCartney is to sing at Prince William’s wedding. The Beatles legend has reportedly been approached to perform for the future king of Britain and his fiancee Kate Middleton at a Buckingham Palace reception after their April 29 nuptials because the couple believe his music has universal appeal. A source said: ‘William and Kate have chosen their wedding list and Paul McCartney is their number one choice to perform. ‘They can’t think of anyone more perfect to kick off proceedings.’ Paul, 68, is said to have confided in pals that he feels ‘privileged’ after receiving the invitation a few weeks ago. The source added to the Daily Star newspaper: ‘Prince William is following in his mother Princess Diana’s footsteps by inviting a host of famous friends to join him on his wedding day. ‘Paul McCartney has been asked to do a few numbers and he said he feels very privileged.’ A royal spokesperson has so far refused to confirm that the ‘Get Back’ singer has been asked to play, only saying: ‘none of it has been finalised’.
Gerry Rafferty dead at 63. Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty, best known for the hits ‘Baker Street’ and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, has died after a long illness with liver disease. Rafferty started out in a band called the Humblebums with comedian Billy Connolly. In 1972, he recorded his first solo album and had his first hit with ‘Can I Have My Money Back’. Next, he teamed with buddy Joe Egan and formed Steelers Wheel. The recent, another global hit with ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ that was used in 1992 in the movie Reservoir Digs. Rafferty’s big moment was the 1978 album ‘City To City’ and the song ‘Baker Street’. The single reached no. 1 in Australia, no. 2 in the USA and no. 3 in the UK. The album sold 5.5 million copies. It became Rafferty’s pension plan with reports he was still earning more than $150,000 from its royalties. In August 2008, it was reported that Rafferty had disappeared after being cared for suffering a chronic liver condition. A missing persons report was never filed but it wasn’t until February 2009 that a statement was issued to say he had been staying in Tuscany for the previous six months. In November 2009, he released his final album ‘Life Goes On’. Rafferty was taken to hospital in November 2010 in Bournemouth, Dorset but was given little chance at that point and taken off life support. He died 4 January 2011.
Lady Gaga rang in the New Year with a major announcement for her little monsters: “Born This Way,” the highly anticipated follow-up album to her breakthrough debut, “The Fame,” will be released on May 23, 2011. The set’s title track and first single will premiere on Feb. 13. Gaga announced the release dates on Twitter by posting a photo of “Born This Way’s” cheeky artwork with the caption, “THE SONG 2 13 11 THE RECORD 5 23 11.” The provocative image features a pantless (bottomless, really) Gaga facing away from the camera in a suggestive pose, and wearing a jacket with the words “born this way” scrawled on the back. The tattoo on her left thigh, a unicorn with the words “born this way” coiled around its horn, is also visible. “This has to be the happiest + most exciting night of my life,” Gaga wrote just a few hours before the clock struck midnight in her native New York and the announcement was made. “You’ve created this moment. You imagined me. You are, you wrote #bornthisway.” For close calendar-watchers out there, Feb. 13 also happens to be the date of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, for which Gaga is nominated in six categories, including album of the year for “The Fame Monster.” Could Gaga be premiering “Born This Way” live on the music industry’s biggest night? Stay tuned
Boney M frontman Bobby Farrell found dead in Russian hotel room. Bobby Farrell , erstwhile singer for ’70s disco giants Boney M, has been found dead in a Russian hotel. The Daily Mail reports that the singer was performing in St Petersburg and complained of breathing problems both before and after that show. A representative of St Petersburg’s investigative committee stated that the cause of death is as yet unknown. Roberto Farrell was born in Aruba, but soon moved to Norway after becoming a sailor. He was DJing in the Netherlands when he was discovered for Boney M. Farrell was the sole male member of the group, but producer Frank Farian claimed that he never sang on their records, only singing during some live performances. Through the 2000s he released re-recordings of Boney M’s hits featuring his own vocals. He also never did get payed any royalties by his recordcompany.
Katy Perry is creating an ‘aroma’ especially for her 2011 European tour. The ‘Teenage Dream’ singer is planning a spectacular stage show for her tour next year and is determined for it to engage all the senses of her audience. She said: ‘t’s going to be great ‘ all the dates have sold out in the UK already. I want it to be really fun and very visual. ‘t’s going to engage all the senses, so we’re looking into alternative stuff like smell. We’re talking to a couple of companies at the moment about creating an aroma for the performance.’ Katy, 26, also promises the tour will see her appear in several of her signature outrageous outfits on stage. However, she admits it’s not particularly easy to get in and out of the clothes between songs. She explained: ‘There will be a medley of looks, and they’ll be very strong. When I get changed during a show it’s like I’m at a Formula One pit stop. There’s Velcro being ripped off and stuff getting strapped onto me. ‘On my ‘Hurricane’ tour I wore a different outfit every single night. It was crazy, and not cheap.’ Katy’s European tour starts in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 20 and runs until April.
Katy Perry Launches Purr Perfume. Katy Perry has launched her own perfume. The newly wed singer’s “Purr by Katy Perry” is now available exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and at the upscale department store’s official website. In partnership with Gigantic Parfums, Perry developed the scent, which she calls “me in a bottle.” The perfume boasts a fresh citrus accord featuring peach nectar and forbidden apple with green bamboo. Supporting notes include a delicate bouquet of jasmine blossom, Bulgarian rose, pink freesia, with vanilla orchid, white amber, and creamy sandalwood and musk. She said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to finally introduce me in a bottle. There is a wonderful world of fragrances out there, but like my music, I believe there is room for me and my own unique twist on it. Purr is a natural extension of who I am as a woman – it’s a gorgeous blend of all my favorite scents that embodies my style, my tastes and my love for all things incredibly cute.” “It is an absolutely purrfect perfume that I hope leaves you meowing with delight!” The scent is bottled in a purple cat-shaped bottle, complete with jeweled eyes and metallic accents, which she designed herself. Purr by Katy Perry is available at Nordstrom stores in 1.7 and 3.4 fluid ounce bottles priced at $45 and $65 respectively.
Kate Gosselin’s Kids Expelled From School For Having “Rage Issues”. Two of Kate Gosselin’s sextuplets have been expelled from their Pennsylvania private school. Collin and Alexis are now being home schooled after allegedly misbehaving at school. According to In Touch, the kids were expelled from the school for fighting with their classmates. A source said, “They’ve fought with their peers, called them nasty names and made fun of other kids. The things they are saying are not words they should know. They are learning them somewhere – but Jon [Gosselin, their dad] doesn’t know where.” All of the 6-year-old sextuplets are also said to be having “rage issues” linked to filming on their reality series “Kate Plus 8.” One of the girls was previously reported to be suspended from school for two weeks after hitting a classmate. A source added to the New York Post that Kate’s “number concern is protecting her children and is keeping this personal situation as a private matter that she works out with her kids.”
My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way dyed his hair in rebellion. The My Chemical Romance singer has coloured his locks bright pink ahead of the release of his group’s fourth album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’, and admits his change of image was a deliberate move to save the group from being categorised with other older musicians. He said: ”m happier, but I think in some odd ways more rebellious. “In some ways the colour is more rebellious, even if it’s self-rebellion, there’s no big, secret, hidden enemy. “We’re in our 30s and we’re in a rock band and you see things start to happen with bands at that period of life. I think it was a rebellion against that, against being brought into that whole modern rock thing.” The 33-year-old star also admitted the group’s introduction of more colour in their wardrobe away from the blacks which dominated their look around their last album ‘The Black Parade’ was a gradual move. He explained: ‘Every week someone would show up with something new that was colour, like, ‘Oh I got these sneakers that are in colour,’ and it kind of crept in almost like a virus into our lives. “And then we had normal-looking wardrobes after a while.” ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ is released on November 22
Jane Fonda Reveals Breast Cancer Scare. Jane Fonda had a cancer scare a few weeks ago during a routine checkup. Luckily, the small tumor found in her breast turned out to be non-invasive. ETonline.com reports that the Academy Award-winning actress discovered the tumor during a routine checkup. She is now cancer free after undergoing a surgery a few days ago to remove the tumor.
Her rep told People magazine “She’s 100 percent cancer-free. She’s completely fine and it’s business as usual for her.”
At 72, Fonda is defending her workout queen title. She is currently promoting her new Primetime Fitness DVDs, which is set to hit stores November 30. The new aerobics brand will also feature fitness experts in a series of DVDs that will be released on December 26.
Kanye West Cancels “Today Show” Performance. Kanye West has been on Twitter quite a bit lately. First, to denounce Matt Lauer and NBC’s “The Today Show” after a recent appearance. Now, he announced that he’s canceling his “Today Show” performance originally scheduled for later this month. West was slated to take the stage on Friday, November 26th to perform tracks from his upcoming new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” He’s still scheduled to perform the day before during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But after his much-discussed “Today Show” appearance, where West expressed his frustration with the show for playing audio of his infamous Taylor Swift speech interruption during his interview, he pulled the plug on what was to be a “live concert on the plaza.” “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons,” Kanye tweeted. “I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up.’…I blatantly said I’m not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance. “Do you guys see what I’m saying now?” he continued. Sounds like “Paranoid” isn’t just a song off “808s & Heartbreaks.” But Kanye insists he isn’t angry at Lauer or the show. “I don’t hate Matt Lauer,” he added. “We don’t promote hate. That’s the whole point!!! I promote love and truth!”…All positive energy… all smiles.”
Club Demands Kardashian Sisters To Return $25,000 Fee. The Kardashian sisters are being asked to return their fee for staying less than the required hours at a club. Kim, Khloe and Kourtney were at Pacha in New York for the launch of their new prepaid MasterCard on Tuesday night, but club bosses are demanding that they return their $25,000 fee. According to Page Six, the club paid MasterCard for the reality show trio to grace its red carpet for three hours as per their contract, but they “stayed for just 45 minutes then left.” The furious organizers called them and demanded that they come back. And when the sisters came back, they only stayed for another hour. A Pacha rep told the trade, “We are extremely disappointed. They did not fill out their contractual obligations to be there for three hours. We also paid Khloe’s travel fees. We would like a refund.” The debit card, which bears the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” stars’ facs, costs members $99.95 a year, which could earn the girls millions if their fans sign up. Their rep told Page Six, “The girls did all the press and meet-and-greets they were obligated to do. There was a miscommunication between the club and MasterCard that was not relayed to us, and so we went back.”