Feb 04 2016

Adele, Elton John, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran Among Britain's "500 Most Influential People"

The musicians who made the list are those who "have a real impact on every aspect of our lives," according to the paper, thanks to "a combination of talent, originality, hard work, persistence, courage and, occasionally, good luck."

Adele was included because her latest album, 25, became the fastest seller in U.K. history.  Elton's on the list because he continues to tour, but also nurtures new artists, such as Ed Sheeran.  Ed himself is on the list because he sold out three shows at Wembley Stadium last year, and won a Brit Award -- the U.K. equivalent of a Grammy -- for his album X (Multiply).

Also making the list is Sam Smith, who went from cleaning bathrooms to winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod for his James Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall."  Taylor Swift's boyfriend, deejay, producer and songwriter Calvin Harris, made the list because he scored 19 top 10 hits in the U.K.

 

Other non-musical celebrities on the list include Star Wars stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, Benedict Cumberbatch, JK Rowling, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Craig, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, Mad Max star Tom Hardy, Dame Helen Mirren, and the stars of The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.

Feb 04 2016

Steven Tyler Judge A 'Skittles' Version Of Himself In Super Bowl 50 Advert

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is to star in a Skittles TV advert, which will be premiered during Super Bowl 50 this weekend.

In the video, Tyler is presented with a self-portrait made out of Skittles. As the work is unveiled, he vents his disgust, claiming "it looks nothing like me", before challenging the portrait to sing his trademark high notes on Aerosmith song 'Dream On'.

The ad is part of Skittles' "Root for the Rainbow" Super Bowl 50 campaign. If a rainbow appears in the sky on the day of the game, the company will give away 100,000 free packs of Skittles.

The Super Bowl, which takes place on Sunday, is among the biggest sporting events in the world with advertising space during the broadcast going at a premium.

 

Tyler is the latest musician to preview a commercial for the event, following today's earlier announcement that Drake would re-enact 'Hotline Bling' for a T-Mobile advert during the game.

Feb 04 2016

David Bowie's Will

David Bowie, the British rock star who died at the age of 69 from cancer earlier this month, directed in his will that his ashes be scattered in Bali, an island that fascinated him, according to a newspaper report.

Bowie's estimated $100 million estate will go to his wife, children, a nanny and a personal assistant, in accordance with his 20-page will, filed on Friday in Surrogate's Court in Manhattan, the New York Times said.

His penthouse apartment in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood of Soho, where fans left a wall of flowers upon hearing news of his death on Jan. 10, was left to his widow, model Iman Abdulmajid Jones, the newspaper said. He also left her about half of the remaining estate.

His children, adult son Duncan and teenage daughter Alexandria, will get about 25 percent each and Alexandria was also left Bowie's mountain retreat in Ulster County, New York.

A nanny who cared for Duncan, Marion Skene, will receive $1 million, the report added.

Bowie left his own long-time personal assistant, Corinne Schwab, or Coco, $2 million and stock in a company called Opossum Inc.