Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have both sounded off against their former Blink-182 bandmate Tom DeLonge. The group's founding bassist announced his departure from the band earlier this week and now his ex-band mates claim he is leaving them out in the cold.
Swizz Beatz threw his wife Alicia Keys a House Party-themed party in celebration of her 34th birthday. The so-called Pajama Jammy Jam included members of the 1990 film, including Kid N Play, Tisha Campbell-Martin and A.J. Johnson. "My husband surprised me with the craziest party ever!!!!!! Str8 out of the movie house party!!!" said Alicia on Instagram.
Slash will appear as a panelist at Metallica guitarist's Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil convention. Slash joins Corey Taylor and John 5 on the panel. "I'm super stoked to announce the man, the myth, the legend, Slash, will be joining us at Fear FestEvil," Hammett said in a press release. "We're proud to announce our first panel participant."
R. Kelly has released a new video for his track "Happy Birthday," a song he is calling "the official birthday anthem of 2015." The video sees Kelly, who celebrated his 48th birthday earlier this month, waking up in a bed full of scantily clad women in a trashed room. Kelly then grabs his cell phone in an effort to recount the previous night's proceedings.
"Selma" director Ava DuVernay is reportedly connecting with that film's star David Oyelowo for a new drama based on the events of Hurricane Katrina. DuVernay will also produce and write the script for the new project, and will be joined by producer Jonathan King of Participant Media. "Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time," King said.
Miranda Lambert has penned a new song entitled "Roots and Wings," which will be used in an upcoming advertisement for Dodge Ram trucks. "I am very inspired by what the Ram brand stands for — being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots," Lambert says. "I wanted to write a song that would represent all of those things."
Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized after referring to black actors as "colored" during a recent interview. The "Imitation Game" star appeared on the Tavis Smiley show earlier this week and made the comment in reference to a lack of diversity in the British acting community. "It's an even playing field. [These actors] paid their dues for years by just doing beautiful performances," he said.
Mastodon and Clutch are joining forces this summer on The Missing Link Tour. Graveyard and Big Business will provide direct support on certain legs of the tour, which will kick off April 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota and run through a May 24 date in Columbus, Ohio. "We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon," Clutch said in a release.
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has officially been crowned as the 2015 Miss Universe. Vega became the 63rd annual Miss Universe after besting 88 other contestants. Vega, 22, hails from Barranquilla and is currently a business administration major at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. She wowed in the swimsuit portion of the event as well as in the evening gown portion.
Vince Gill has partnered with America's Communities Initiative to revitalize small towns and cities across America. The country singer will be serving as the ambassador for the $10 million competition. "There's a lot of small-town community in me," said Gill. "I have a small-town mentality."
Courtney Love attended the premiere of the documentary Cobain: Montage Of Heck at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, February 24. Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Love and Kurt Cobain, also attended the premiere. She also served as an executive producer on the project. The documentary is directed by Brett Morgen.
Bob Dylan has offered to give AARP members a free copy of his new album, Shadows in the Night. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, 50,000 random copies of AARP's February 3 issue of the magazine will include Dylan's new CD. Shadows in the Night is a covers album from Dylan, which features ten standards from the Great American Songbook.
TLC has succeeded in raising their Kickstarter campaign goal of $200,000, which will be used to pay for costs to record their fifth and final album. The girl group, comprised of T-Boz and Chilli, launched the Kickstarter campaign on Monday, January 19. As of Monday, January 26 the group has raised over $230,000.
Lee Ann Womack has released her new single "Send It Down," which is featured on her latest album, The Way I'm Livin'. The country singer sings emotional lyrics on the track, such as, "Jesus, can you save me / From going crazy? / I need some help getting out of this town / Are there any answers / Up in the hereafter? / Oh, if you got something, won't you send it on down . . ."
Usher and Kanye West were celebrated at the most recent BET Honors, which was taped at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 24. The event, which is in its eighth year, recognizes African-American trailblazers in art, music, theater, technology, and business. The 2015 BET Honors will air on February 23 at 9 p.m. ET on BET.