Category: Music

Adele 'doing well' post surgery; says she's relaxed and positive


Though her emotional records reflect discord in the romance department, singer Adele is in high spirits as she recovers from throat surgery.

The Brit sensation had been downsizing a massive U.S. tour because of the condition (irritation around her vocal chords) before canceling the whole of her 2011 dates on doctor's orders.

"Thank you for all your positive thoughts and get well wishes. I’m doing really well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all," she wrote on her website. "The operation was a success and I'm just chilling out now until I get the all clear from my doctors."

She's even cracking jokes, adding, "I best get back to practicing my mime show now."

The surgery was performed in early November, coincidentally when Adele had plans to head into the studio, possibly to record a theme for the next James Bond movie, "Skyfall." No word on a potential replacement, or if film producers are waiting for those pipes to heal.


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Photo: Adele performs in Hamburg, Germany on March 26. Credit: Malte Christians / EPA  

Pete Wentz: 'Every parent lives a double life'

Pete Wentz, rock star dad.

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

If you're going to live a double life, live Pete Wentz's. Though the energetic rocker of Fall Out Boy fame has the face of the sprightly young upstart with a guitar, he's also a 32-year-old dad.

Chatting with the Ministry at a Friday gig in Hollywood, Wentz reflected on managing his job and his son Bronx Mowgli, whom he shares with Ashlee Simpson.

"I feel every parent lives a double life. It's the same on some levels — toddler vomit vs. adult vomit," he said of managing the stage, then diaper duty.

"Kidding!" he added.

But seriously: "I plan my schedule around my son; he's been all over the world already, from Tokyo to Paris. I try to not ever go too many days without seeing him. On stage, I play music and at home I make fart noises and I'm in," he said.

Wentz and his band the Black Cards are the surprise guests for this evening's "Details @ Midnight" sessions, going down with Details magazine at Room 86 in Hollywood. Sound effects pertaining to the body aren't on the set list.

[For the record, 1:45 p.m. Nov. 4: This post originally referred to Room 86 incorrectly as Space 86.]


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Photo: Pete Wentz at an event in West Hollywood on Oct. 6. Credit: Charley Gallay / Getty Images

Adele cancels all 2011 tour dates, must have throat surgery

Singer Adele faces vocal cord surgery

Adele literally can't sing us this sad song: The British diva has been forced to clear her tour calendar for the rest of the year so she can undergo surgery on her vocal cords.

"It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011," her website said.

"She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments."

This full benching of the "Someone Like You" hit maker comes after several months of scaling back a U.S. tour and other dates abroad, and even a few postponements as her condition worsened. 

The culprit is severe laryngitis, so volatile that often her voice gave out entirely. Adele wasn't due back in the studio for another album, though she did indicate in a recent chat with Jonathan Ross that she'd be recording "a theme" in November, presumed to be for the forthcoming James Bond film.


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Photo: Adele sings "Someone Like You" at the 2011 MTV VMAs. Credit: WireImage

Michael Jackson: His kids pay tribute at Michael Forever show

Michael Jackson's fans got a special treat on Saturday -- an appearance by his three kids, Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, at the Michael Forever concert. Taking a break from life in Los Angeles, they took a trip to Wales for a chance to pay tribute to their father. 

Paris, wearing a "Thriller" jacket no less, greeted the crowd of 50,000-plus fans Saturday, saying, "We're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father." People reports, she went on to introduce Beyonce (performing “I Wanna Be Where You Are” via satellite): "She carries the torch lit by our father and it gives me great pleasure to introduce this woman."

Jackson brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie, sister La Toya and mother Katherine were all in attendance and Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Gladys Knight were among the stars who paid tribute to the King of Pop with his legendary songs.

Photos: Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera and more at the Michael Forever concert

Not all the Jacksons made the trip overseas, says the Associated Press. Jermaine, Randy and Janet stayed home because of the ongoing involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Michael Jackson's children later joined the rest of the Jackson clan onstage, according to Reuters, dancing to the hit "Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough."


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Photo: From left, Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson at the Michael Forever concert in Wales. Credit: Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images. 

Demi Lovato announces a 10-date U.S. concert tour

Demi Lovato is going out on tour.

When Demi Lovato quit the Jonas Brothers' tour abruptly last October to seek treatment for personal issues, the idea that she'd be out on a tour of her own a year later seemed unlikely at best. But the former "Sonny With a Chance" star is doing just that, Camp Demi announced Friday.

Lovato's 10-date U.S. mini-tour will start in Detroit on Nov. 16 before she heads to Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She'll also stop in Kansas City, Mo., New Orleans, St. Louis, Atlanta and Chicago. And tucked in the middle of all that? Two shows in her home state, Texas, in Houston and just outside of Dallas, where she was born.

"Hope to see everyone soon on tour!!," the 21-year-old said Friday on Twitter. Alas, though tickets go on sale Oct. 14, folks in Southern California will have to wait a little longer to see her closer to home.

Lovato, who's been doing the rounds with her newest song, "Skyscraper" -- watch the "Dancing With the Stars" performance below -- took her life apart and rebuilt it after last year's meltdown, which included punching a backup dancer while on tour. During 90 days at an in-patient treatment facility in Illinois, she dealt with emotional and physical issues including eating disorders, cutting and bipolar disorder.

After returning home in January, she announced her decision to leave her Disney Channel show "Sonny" and focus on music. She sat down with The Times in September to discuss her reinvention, her new album "Unbroken" and the track "Skyscraper" in particular.

"I wanted to come out of the gate with this song, because a lot of people were expecting me to talk about what I've been through the past year," Lovato said. "I want my music to do the explaining."



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Photo: Demi Lovato in Burbank in September. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Adele cancels another round of U.S. tour dates


Never mind, ticket holders, you'll have to find someone like Adele. Thanks to a throat condition, the British songstress has had to cancel yet another round of U.S. tour dates.

Adele, the 23-year-old phenom who owned U.S. Billboard charts this past summer with her second album and lead single "Rollin' in the Deep," announced Tuesday that a hemorrhaged vocal cord had benched her.

"Singing is literally my life, its my hobbie, my love, my freedom and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever," she said in a statement

A lengthy recuperation has been advised, forcing Adele to miss engagements in cities, including Miami and Austin, Texas. Those dates were postponed from a previous booking in June, also canceled.

The Ministry was lucky enough to catch the singer at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in August. Here's wishing Adele a speedy recovery, loaded with her favorite comfort food, "Basketball Wives."


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Photo: Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Aug. 28. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.

Justin Bieber covers Lil Wayne's 'How to Love' [Video]

Justin Bieber has covered a Justin Bieber song

Justin Bieber could have given Lil' Wayne a number of things for his birthday -- some vintage YSL gear, signed autographs for his family, the diamond planet -- but instead the teen idol presented to Weezy a cover of the rapper's song "How to Love."

Posting to his Twitter account in the wee hours Wednesday, Bieber hinted at insomnia but still wished Wayne well and included a link. One click over to YouTube and the acoustic cover was found, lurking behind a picture of the two artists at MTV's Video Music Awards in August.

"Trying to sleep. until then happy birthday @LilTunechi - #remix," Bieber wrote.

The resulting sound is a sweet, medium-produced tribute that shows off some of Bieber's higher vocal registers and, most obviously, his fandom of the gruff rapper. Wayne, by the by, turned 29 and landed some other impressive gifts.

"My daughter bought me a ukulele & my girl bought me a vintage gumball machine!! 2 of the best gifts ever! Party time!" he tweeted.

Watch Bieber's version of "How to Love" below, then tell us what you think, in comments.



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Photo: Justin Bieber arrives, left, and Lil' Wayne performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. Credits: Getty Images.

Vesta Williams: '80s R&B diva found dead in a hotel room at 53

Vesta Williams found dead; R&B singer was 53

Vesta Williams, the R&B singer who rose to fame in the '80s, was found dead Thursday evening in an El Segundo hotel room. She was 53.

Though no official cause of death had been determined Friday, John Kades of the L.A. County coroner's office told the Associated Press that it "could be a drug overdose." An autopsy will be conducted, though foul play was not suspected.

Williams' hits included "Sweet Sweet Love," "Once Bitten Twice Shy" and "Congratulations," a tale of heartbreak over a love marrying someone else that she later described to Mo'Nique as "a premonition that came true" (video below). Williams appeared on the sitcom "Sister Sister" several times in the late 1990s, playing a best friend to Jackée Harry's character.

"Just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many yrs, Vesta Williams (@vesta4u) has passed away," Harry said early Friday on Twitter. 

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that multiple bottles of prescription pills were found in the room, where Williams' body was discovered around 6:15 p.m. Toxicology test results typically come in around six weeks after an autopsy is conducted.



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Photo: Vesta Williams at the 41st NAACP Image Awards in February 2010. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.


Robert Pattinson isn't recording a solo album

Robert Pattinson is not recording an album

Sorry, Robert Pattinson fans. You won't have any concert tickets to battle for, album posters to weep over or iTunes singles to push up the charts. The "Twilight" saga star is not recording an album.

A Tuesday report said Pattinson was "kicking a few original songs around for a long time, but his schedule didn't allow it."

The onscreen vampire previously recorded singles, including "Let Me Sign" for the soundtrack of the first "Twilight " film.

"Now he's got some weeks to get everything in line before going back to promoting 'Breaking Dawn,' " Us magazine proposed. A rep for Pattinson disagreed.

"The report is untrue. He is not working on an album right now," the spokesperson told MTV.

Hopefully this revelation will not slow his career as guitar instructor.


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Justin Timberlake's free NYC concert draws Kim Kardashian

Justin Timberlake performed a free concert in NYC

Justin Timberlake isn't kidding about his Southern Hospitality — the actor opened up his restaurant by that same gentile name Wednesday in New York for a free concert.

To promote Free Sol, the band signed to his Tennman Records, Timberlake tweeted out news that he'd be jumping on the microphone this week despite his torch for acting.

"Wanna check out some live music tonight?? Meet me and @freesol at 45th & 9th at 11pm," JT wrote, adding the hashtags "#bbq" and "#youdontwanttomissthis."

That was enough to sell newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, who came to the show with her sister Kourtney in tow, according to People. Also spotted was Timberlake's "In Time" costar Amanda Seyfried.

The band and their benefactor Justin performed several new tracks, closing down the show with a "soulful" a capella version of his hit "What Goes Around ... Comes Around." 


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Photo: Justin Timberlake walks the red carpet at the New York premiere of "Bad Teacher" on June 20. Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters.


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