Karen O says that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are on a "bit of a hiatus." Speaking with NME, Karen said that there's no urgency to make a record just for the sake of making it. "We're on a bit of hiatus at the moment, so nothing yet. We have to wait to get the urge, get that itch. The time needs to be right and we're OK waiting for that, I think."
Sugarland and concert promoter Live Nation have reached a settlement with the victims of a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in 2011. The band, along with 16 other defendants, have been ordered to pay out $39 million to the families of those killed and those injured. The stage was knocked over by high winds."
Following his arrest on a number of charges, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that he'll be back with the band pounding the skins like he's used to. "This has just been a big ball of cheese and all the rats are gathering and having a piece, that's just life, but that's not who I am," he told New Zealand's ONE News.
Adele wrote a hand written letter to Elton John after she missed his and David Furnish's wedding. The official ceremony took place over the weekend, and, in the note, Adele says that she hopes to see the couple in the new year. "Biggest congratulations my loves. Have a wonderful day. I'm sorry we are not there. See you in 2015. Love Adele, Simon and Angelo. x" she wrote.
Garth Brooks says that the record of his latest album, Man Against Machine, came before the song of the same name. He spoke with Indiana radio station WKDQ on the process of naming the LP. "The album was always titled Man Against Machine, but as we're cutting this thing, [I] start[ed] to realize how much the music is up against," he said.
BET has aired the final episode of its video countdown program 106 & Park. The farewell feature saw appearances by the shows original hosts Free Marie and A.J. Calloway, along with performances by Keyshia Cole and Wale. "They tryna get rid of this. They tryna get rid of our voice. They tryna get rid of our style. They tryna get rid of our culture," said Wale
The Cure performed a massive 40 song set at their Christmas show at London's Hammersmith Eventim on Sunday, December 21. It was the first night of a three night residency, and the band celebrated with a setlist packed with favorites and rarities. Highlights included the live debut of The Head on the Door B-side "A Man Inside My Mouth."
Joe Cocker, most well known for his hit duet "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes, has died at the age of 70, after losing his battle with lung cancer. Joe's agent Barrie Marshall said, "he was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain- and remained the same man throughout his life."
The-Dream has released a new song called "Fruition," a seductive slow jam that finds him praising a woman. "It's so hard to find someone like you / I've searched under stars and many a moon," he croons on the cut. According to Exclaim, the track finds Dream at his most smooth. "It's as smooth as one would expect from the R&B singer, pairing his velvety vocals with sappy love lyrics."
Miley Cyrus posted a picture of herself to Instagram as a crazy elf. In one pic she pretends to drink from a pitcher filled with dollar bills, while in another she poses with a giant stuffed reindeer. In another photo she wears a colorful cowboy hat and sparkly leggings while wielding a toy machine gun. The next day she added a selfie in a pink wig with gold gift-bow nipple pasties.
Alice Cooper hosted his annual Christmas Pudding benefit show in Phoenix this year, and the event featured appearances from members of Night Ranger, Rainbow and the E Street Band. The event raises money for the Solid Rock Foundation, a local organization Cooper started with his wife Sheryl that encourages youth to get involved with the arts and their community.
Meghan Linsey has released the music video for "Love Never Sleeps," a cut from her recently released self-titled EP. The video features Linsey on her daily commute in Nashville, singing about love. "Oh I can't get enough of what we've got / Call it lucky but forget me not / Just keep it comin' baby don't you stop, oh no, no no," she sings.
Usher took over the stage on The Graham Norton Show to perform his hit "Good Kisser." Ush is set to hit Europe on his The UR Experience tour early next year, and gave fans a preview of what to expect with the performance. In late November, the R&B star released a five-minute promo for the trek, titled "The UR Experience (VEVO Tour Exposed)."
Tom Brokaw has announced that his cancer is in remission, sending a note to NBC to share the news. "A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," he wrote. "The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there."
Longtime partners Elton John and David Furnish have wed, tying the knot in a ceremony in the U.K. on Sunday, December 21. The date coincided with their ninth anniversary together. David and Victoria Beckham, musician Ed Sheeran and actor David Walliams were in attendance at the event. "The perfect end to the perfect day."