Aretha Franklin has released her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, a collection of her covers of some monumental tunes, including Etta James' "At Last," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and a couple of more recent-vintage songs, like Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Alicia Keys' "No One."
Jerry Bruckheimer is adapting "American Gigolo," the 1980 film starring Richard Gere as a male prostitute, to TV. Bruckheimer produced the original movie, and spoke on the project in a presser. "With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I'm thrilled to partner with [Paramount's] Brad [Grey] and Amy [Powell] on remaking it."
Blink 182's Tom DeLonge is co-authoring a new comic book as part of a project with his other band, Angels & Airwaves. DeLonge is contributing to the three-part Poet series with writer Ben Kull and artist Djet Stéphane, reports Digital Spy.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has announced that he is gay, and says that he's "proud" to be so. The Apple head made the revelation in a statement published in Bloomberg Businessweek. "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others."
Producer Benjamin Bronfman has released an early demo of the Kanye West track "New Slaves." The cut, originally titled "Cruel Cold Winter," was sent to West in 2012. "Just make it hot, make it really dope," Bronfman says that Ye told him. "He didn't really get into specifics," Bronfman added, "which is funny - he's the type of person who will get really specific in person."
Former R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has published a blog on the 20th anniversary of making his sexual orientation public. "These 20 years of publicly speaking my truth have made me a better and easier person to be around," he writes on The Guardian.
Ariana Grande has released a behind-the-scenes peek into the making of her latest video "Love Me Harder." The vid sees Ariana on an L.A. soundstage getting direction from Hannah Lux Davis, and dance tips from choreographer Casper Smart. "I'm laying down in every music video ever," Grande jokes in the vid, which sees her rolling in a sandbox and floating in a pool of water.
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka have joined the cast of FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Harris, reports TV Line, will play a "chameleon salesman" in the series' final two episodes. Meanwhile, Burtka appears in the show's finale for a "sexy storyline" with Jessica Lange's Elsa.
In a weekend that has the potential to be the slowest of 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal-starring action-thriller "Nightcrawler" stands a good chance to top "John Wick" and end up as the number one draw, though it's also not poised for too big of an opening as it takes aim at 2,766 theaters.
Two of the biggest names in country music are joining forces, as Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean have announced that their respective "Burn It Down" and "Big Revival" tours will join together for 10 stadium shows next summer. "We've played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock," Chesney says in a press release.
Brian Johnson has teamed up with the Sporting Memories Network, a U.K. charity that raises funds and awareness for dementia, after his AC/DC bandmate, Malcolm Young, was diagnosed with the disease. "It's an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run," Tony Jameson-Allen, the Sporting Memories Network's director, told the Northern Echo.
David Gilmour says that he's in the midst of recording a new album. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the Pink Floyd guitarist noted that he is making good progress on the LP. "It's coming along very well," he began. "There are some sketches that aren't finished, and some of them will be started again. There's a few months' work in it yet . . ."
Michael Bay is in talks to direct "13 Hours," a film adaptation of the Mitchell Zuckoff book about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. "Bay read a first draft of the script and liked it," one source told Deadline. Paramount acquired the rights to Zuckoff's book, "Thirteen Hours."
An unauthorized biography of pop star Beyoncé is slated for release in the fall of 2015. The book will be penned by J. Randy Taraborrelli (who has previously written biographies for Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe) for Grand Central Books.
Fergie is among the performers to have been added to the lineup of the 2014 American Music Awards. She'll make her worldwide television debut performing her latest single "L.A. LOVE (La La)." Other top contenders include John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each earned five nominations apiece.