Fox has confirmed that Richard Branson is set to make a cameo appearance on an upcoming edition of "The Simpsons." The Virgin mastermind will join a growing list of guest stars set for cameos on the upcoming season, including Tesla chief Elon Musk. Branson's second turn on the show is scheduled to air sometime next year and executive producer Al Jean described his character.
Jennifer Hudson has released "Dangerous," a cut from her upcoming third studio album, JHUD. The song, currently avail via SoundCloud, was written and produced by 1985. "I do it for the thrill, even if it kills / Dangerous, you make me feel dangerous," she sings. J Hud stopped by the Today show to perform the song, and also chatted with the hosts.
Tom Hanks created the number one app - Hanx Writer - in iTunes' app store for iPad. The program, which allows users to take notes on a screen that simulates a typewriter, launched on August 14 and quickly shot to number one on iTunes. "I write without caring about typeovers, XXXX'd out words, goofy syntax, & bad spelling because the feel & sound of a typewriter is satisfying in ways . . ."
Jill Duggar ("19 Kids and Counting") has announced that she and her husband Derick Dillard are expecting a baby. Speaking with People, Dugger, 23, said "we're having a baby!" "It was surreal," added Derick. "We were shocked. Both of us are so excited." Jill and Derick began dating in August of last year, and were engaged in March. They wed in a ceremony in Springdale, Arkansas.
Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Maxwell are among the R&B stars to feature on the upcoming "Maxwell + the Seven Seas Caribbean Cruise," which sets sail from Florida's Port Canaveral on May 3. The trek, which lasts through May 10, stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the private island of Cococay.
Rick Parasher, who produced Pearl Jam's debut Ten and Alice and Chains' Sap, has died at the age of 50. According to Northwest Music Scene, Parashar died after a blood clot moved from his leg to his heart. In addition to his production credits, Parasher was also an accomplished musician, playing on the PJ tracks "Jeremy" and "Black."
Kanye West has reportedly brought in Paul McCartney to work on his new album. West, who has previously referred to himself as "the dark Beatle," and McCartney have hooked up on the tune "Piss On Your Grave," which will appear on West's upcoming album, according to rumors.
Scotty McCreery has extended his See You Tonight Tour, which kicked off earlier this year. Danielle Bradbery joins him on the new dates that begin October 17 in Fayetteville, NC and wrap December 4 in Wallingford, Connecticut. "The fans have really been incredible at all of our shows so far," says Scotty. "I'm excited to keep all the momentum going with Danielle."
Paul McCartney is lending a helping hand to Kanye West for the latter's upcoming album. McCartney is reportedly collaborating with West on a track entitled "Piss On Your Grave." The story leaked in the New York Post's Page Six column; however, representatives for West and McCartney have not confirmed the collab.
Stevie Nicks has partnered with Talenthouse to reach out to her fans asking them to design a shawl for her. The winner of the competition will win $2,000 and the honor of Stevie wearing the garment during a modeling session. "In 1968, a very handsome boy brought me a poncho from South America," the vocalist said in a statement.
Jaycee Chan, son of beloved Chinese actor Jackie Chan, was arrested on marijuana charges in Beijing earlier this week. The 31-year-old was picked up alongside fellow actor Kai Ko on Monday and though Beijing police announced the arrest immediately, they did not confirm the drug charges until several days later.
Taylor Swift has released "Shake It Off," the lead single from her upcoming album 1989, which she calls her "first documented, official pop album." "Cause the players gonna play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate/ Baby I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake/ Shake it off, shake it off," she sings on "Shake It Off."
A new, comprehensive photo book chronicling over three decades of the career of the Cure, entitled Obscure, will be released this fall.
Obscure features rare and previously unseen photos from the band's official photographer, Andy Vella.
Johnny Depp is set to co-star alongside his 15-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp in the upcoming comic book film "Yoga Hosers." The Kevin Smith ("Clerks") directed film will be the first for Lily. Smith also cast his own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, in the film. Smith and Depp's characters appeared briefly in "Tusk," from which "Yoga Hosers" is a spin-off.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is denying that a heart condition forced the band to cancel a concert in Concord, California on August 13. Rumors suggested at the time that that Kramer's condition would require him to undergo surgery.