Garth Brooks' Live from Las Vegas farewell show pulled in 8.7 million viewers after airing on November 29. The 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic was double the pull of Lady Gaga's recent prime time special. Gaga's Lady Gaga & the Muppets Holiday Spectacular drew 3.6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.
Bullet for My Valentine has released the music video for "Raising Hell," a cut from the band's latest album, due sometime next year. The black and white vid, directed and produced by James Sharrock, features a montage of the band performing the high energy cut. "Raising Hell" hits digital outlets December 10.
Lauren Alaina and Kelly Clarkson have been confirmed for performances at NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center. The show will see performances by the three ladies as well as the 81st lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Others scheduled for the evening include Jewel, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande and more.
Alicia Keys has shared a preview of her new track, "I'd Die Without You," via SoundCloud. The track is a previously unreleased cover of P.M. Dawn's top-ten Billboard hit from 1992 and has been released via Keys' new AK Vault website. Fans can sign up for Alicia's Vault via Facebook, where they can listen to tunes and check out a special note from Keys.
Bill Beckwith, host of HGTV's "Curb Appeal," died when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle in San Francisco. Beckwith, 38, suffered a head trauma and was declared dead at the hospital. "Bill was truly a beloved and respected member of our Curb Appeal family and this loss is devastating to us," the show said on its official Facebook page Tuesday.
Pearl Jam made an unexpected deal with a fan at a concert in Spokane, Washington over the Thanksgiving weekend. A man offered to shave off his waist-length dreadlocks if the band would play "Brain of J" off the album Yield. The band saw the man with a sign announcing his offer and agreed, inviting him onstage to headbang to the live performance.
Christian Slater and his longtime girlfriend, Brittany Lopez, have married in an impromptu ceremony. The 44-year-old Slater and Lopez (a business development consultant) were at a Coral Gables, Florida courthouse on December 2 to obtain their marriage license for their upcoming holiday-season wedding when they changed their minds and decided to marry right then.
NBC has picked up "Blacklist" for a full 22-episode second season. The drama stars James Spader as an international terrorist. Eight weeks into its first season, the program is the network's most watched new drama in 19 years. "The success of The Blacklist demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I'm impressed on a daily basis . . ."
Paul McCartney recently sponsored the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, also making a personal appearance at the event. According to NME, the arena was filled with flags and billboards advertising his latest album, New. Macca showed up at the event with his wife Nancy, telling NME: "I like sumo, I got hooked on it many years ago."
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has accused her ex-husband Charles Saatchi of threatening to "destroy" her if she didn't clear his name in an ongoing fraud trial of two of her former assistants. She made the revelation while testifying at the Isleworth Crown Court in England earlier this week. Her allegation comes amidst a media firestorm in which she has been accused of routine drug abuse.
Dave Grohl has opened up on the forthcoming new Foo Fighters release, saying that the band is breaking new ground in the art of songwriting. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the rocker admitted the band has been trying to keep the revolutionary process hush-hush. "We're doing something that nobody knows about, it's . . . rad," he said.
Marcia Gay Harden has been added to the cast of "Fifty Shades of Grey." The Oscar winner will star in the role of Christian Grey's (Jaime Dornan) adoptive mother, according to Entertainment Weekly. The news comes after it was announced earlier this week that Rita Ora had been cast as the adopted sister of Christian.
Britney Spears stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday - her 32nd birthday - to promote her latest album, Britney Jean. She didn't perform on the set, but she did sit down to dish on her boyfriend David Lucado. "I just love that he's very passionate and he's funny," she said.
Matt Bellamy has opened up on plans for the next Muse album, saying that he's already got a good idea of its direction. Speaking with Rolling Stone, he admitted it could mark a throwback to earlier elements of the band's sound. "I've got a pretty good picture of what I'd like the next album to be like," he said.
The planned seventh installment of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise has reportedly been called off following the death of starring actor Paul Walker. News of the film's cancellation came via director Paul Wann and producers from Universal Pictures. Walker, 40, was killed in a fiery car wreck over the Thanksgiving weekend and the studio has released an official statement on his death.