Irish actor Gerard Parkes, best known for his roles on "Fraggle Rock" and "The Boondock Saints" has died at the age of 90. Parkes passed away at a retirement home in Toronto, Ontario and news of his passing was confirmed by his agent. Parkes was born in Dublin but moved to Canada to pursue an acting career in the 1950s. His signature role as the inventor on "Fraggle Rock."
Little Big Town were formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry after getting invited to join while on stage last week. Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens handled the induction ceremony, with the former talking about what the honor means. "The word 'family' really means something out here. It really does," Gill began.
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, J. Cole and T.I. have joined the lineup for a Los Angeles radio station concert, Cali Christmas, sponsored by Foot Action. The show goes down on December 5. HotNewHipHop writes that fans can expect a hook up between Breezy and Trigga. "Expect longtime chums Chris Brown and Trey Songz to perform together, as they've been pairing up."
Jill Duggar Dillard of "19 Kids and Counting" and her husband Derick have revealed that their new baby will be a boy. The pair revealed the news to People Magazine and the pair say they are thrilled to start a family of their own. "I was really excited," says Derick, 25 to People. "As a new dad, to have a firstborn son to be our first child and be the leader of his siblings . . ."
Foo Fighters have released the music video for "Something from Nothing," the first from their upcoming album, Sonic Highways. The vid was debuted on Friday, October 17, following the premiere episode of the band's eight episode HBO doc, also called Sonic Highways.
Alice Cooper is featured in the music video for "Savages," the title track and lead single from the latest album from Theory of a Deadman. "I flew out to where he lives. He's got a studio at his house, he has a radio show there, and it was really straightforward," said TOD fronter Tyler Connolly of working with Coop.
"How About Now," a previously unheard cut from Drake, has been leaked to the web. According to Billboard, it is "not clear whether it's an old song that didn't make the cut onto Nothing Was the Same or something new from his upcoming Views From the 6." The cut samples Jodeci's "My Heart Belongs To You," and features Drizzy boasting of his current successes.
U2 singer Bono has finally opened up on the reason for his habit of constantly wearing sunglasses. Speaking with the BBC, Bono said that he's battling light sensitivity caused by glaucoma. "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine . . ."
Mariah Carey released a video of her hitting high notes while cleaning up around her house. The vid came after Mimi was criticized for a poor vocal performance on her Elusive Chanteuse Show tour. In September, fans of the diva posted video from the Asian leg of her tour, showing Carey struggling to make it through songs like "Vision of Love," "My All" and Heartbreaker."
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsay Buckingham says that he and Christine McVie worked closely together on songs for the new album. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Linds talked about the process behind their upcoming effort. "Christine and I were able to concentrate on each other. We were exploring some new turf. That became enlightening to me."
Taylor Swift has released a 30-second snippet of "Welcome to New York," the third listen from her upcoming record 1989. The cut, co-written by Ryan Tedder, is set to hit iTunes at 11:50 PM EST on Monday, October 20. "New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," she says in an accompanying clip about the song.
Former "American Idol" star Joanne Borgella has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 32. The singer first came into the spotlight in 2005 when she was the first winner of "Mo'nique's Fat Chance." She was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2005. Borgella's team broke news of her passing through her official Twitter page.
Ashanti, DMX, Foxy Brown and Ja Rule helped Def Jam celebrate 30 years in the music business at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday, October 16. Ash joined Ja Rule on stage to perform "Mesmerize" and "Always on Time," before singing "Happy" and her debut single "Foolish."
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says he's back to "150%" following the cancellation of a summer concert and a subsequent heart surgery. "I kept getting this burning sensation in my chest, and that's what I thought it was," he said of his condition. "My [general practitioner] said to me, 'Just to make sure and rule out that it's anything cardiac related . . ."
"Glee" star Matthew Morrison tied the knot with his fiancée Renee Puente in a small private ceremony in Hawaii last week. The couple had previously stated that they planned to wed next year, but moved the date forward, sharing the moment with 50 close friends and family members. According to dailymail.co.uk, Morrison donned a custom made Brooks Brothers tuxedo.