Queen featuring Adam Lambert will play an intimate New Year's show at London's Westminster Central Hall for a crowd of just 1,800, but, for those unable to attend, the band will stream the event live on BBC Music. "I never imagined we would be around to usher in the year of 2015," drummer Roger Taylor said. "What a thrill! We promise you a great night."
Lady Gaga has opened up about her views on songwriters who don't write their own music. During a recent interview with Yahoo, Gaga said that some singers can get away with not writing their own music, but only if they have exceptional ability. "If you're not gonna write your own music you better be able to blow," she said.
In 2014 Radiohead fronter Thom Yorke was the most legally downloaded artist on the file sharing site BitTorrent. Yorke released his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, on BitTorrent Bundle, racking up 116,000 downloads in the process. "As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute [the] record," Yorke said at the time.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards sent holiday greetings to his fans in video form. "To everybody: have a good one," he says in the vid, adding, "Happy holidays and we'll see you next year." Earlier this month, the band mourned the passing of their longtime touring saxophonist Bobby Keys. Richards also paid tribute to Keys on the band's Facebook page.
Gerard Way has opened up about his live show and admits that he misses the theatricality of My Chemical Romance. During a recent interview with NME, the rocker says he'd consider moving back into more theatrical terrain in the future. "I definitely miss the theatricality of it a little bit," he said.
Ne-Yo and Common are featured on Home, an environmentally conscious record, which benefits the organization of the same name, Heal Our Mother Earth. Ne covers Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" on the record, while Com features alongside Malik Yusef and Kumasi on "Trouble in the Water." "You can't preach," Yusef, an executive producer on the LP, said.
Panic! At the Disco's Brendan Urie has offered up the newest edition of the Drunk History web series, this time laying out the fabled past of his close friends in Fall Out Boy. The webisode is currently streaming via Vevo and finds a drunk Urie narrating as costumed FOB members act out the story of their origins as a band.
Luke Bryan says that his two sons, Bo and Tate, are the best part of the holiday season. Speaking with Great American Country, the star said they've given him a new perspective on family. "[I enjoy] watching them grow older and starting to understand Christmas and understand the excitement of Christmas," he tells GAC. "It's just fun watching them tear into toys and sitting on Santa."
Styx have revealed the full itinerary for their 2015 tour. The run is set to kick off in Aspen, Colorado on January 15 and continue through the summer when they'll give four performances in Nassau, Bahamas on June 16, 17, 18 and 20. The Caribbean dates will come as part of the annual Carnival Cruise Lines "Carnival Live" series, and Styx returns as vets to the series this year.
Kendrick Lamar, was among hip hop's finest to give back to fans with a free concert at Nickerson Gardens Projects in Watts, California. The gig also saw performances by Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA, Ab Soul and Schoolboy Q. Other rappers giving back to the people over the holidays included 2 Chainz, who played Santa Claus.
Garth Brooks has opened up about his track "Alabama Clay" and says he wishes it had been released as a single. During a recent interview with an Indiana radio station, Brooks said that, of all of his mega-hit singles, the song may be the one that slipped through the cracks. "'Alabama Clay,' off the first record," Brooks tells Indiana radio station WKDQ.
Beyoncé helped Jay Z celebrate his 45th birthday, taking her husband to Iceland. The couple rode snowmobiles, took a helicopter ride, and got cozy during a dip in the Hot Springs. Bey posted one picture to Instagram that showed two bottles of champagne nestled in a snow bank. According to the local news outlets, Bey and Jay stayed at Iceland's premiere resort, The Trophy Lodge.
Jennifer Lawrence set aside some quality time for children at the Kosair Children's Hospital near her hometown in Louisville, Kentucky over the Christmas holiday. The "Hunger Games" star appeared in various photos with patients and staff at the facility and said that she was thrilled to bring a little holiday cheer.
Kip Moore has opened up about some of his family's most beloved holiday traditions. During a recent interview with Great American Country, Moore explained that there are a few traditions from his youth that he hopes to carry on with his own family.
Amanda Bynes has hit social media sharing news that she is off medication and her mental health is greatly improved. She shared a selfie via Instagram earlier this week and showed a new brunette hairstyle. News of her improvement comes just days after a new report from TMZ suggested that she is making fast recovery after her extended hospitalization for mental health issues.