The 21,000 capacity venue will not be hosting any events until mid-September at the earliest, following last month's terrorist attack.
Manchester Arena is reportedly set to remain closed until September after the shocking terrorist attack that killed 22 people last month.
A number of acts that had been due to perform at the 21,000 capacity venue over the next three months have been announcing re-arrangement, postponements or cancellations, as extensive refurbishment work at the Arena is being scheduled after a suicide bomber detonated a device in the foyer as fans were leaving Ariana Grande’s concert back on May 22nd.
Celine Dion is one of the acts whose gig has been affected
Continue reading: Manchester Arena To Remain Closed Until September
Drake breaks records with 13 wins at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards have come and gone and it seems that Drake has made it a record-breaking moment for himself and the event by scooping no less than 13 awards altogether including Top Artist. Plus, this year saw some unforgettable live performances.
Drake scoops 13 gongs at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Michael Buble was told by David Foster, who has worked with the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, that his ''genre of music'' wouldn't sell well.
Michael Buble was told his music wouldn't sell.
The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker has revealed that David Foster, who has worked with the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, told him he would be happy to produce a record for him if he was to pay $100,000 a track.
He said: ''[David told me,] 'You will never be signed to my label, I will never produce you. You are talented but I see no record sales for this genre of music. To dismiss me, [Foster] said, 'For $100,000 a track, I will produce on spec a record for you, and because I'm an executive of Warner Bros they'll get first right of refusal. And then he pushed me out the door thinking he would never see me again.
Continue reading: Michael Buble Was Told His Music Wouldn't Sell
Angelil passed away in January, after a lengthly battle with cancer.
Celine Dion debuted her emotional new song ‘Recovering’ during the annual 'Stand Up To Cancer' televised fundraising event on Friday evening. The powerful ballad was penned for Dion by singer Pink, as a tribute to her late husband Rene Angelil, who passed away from cancer in January.
The song’s heartfelt lyrics read: “Little by little, day by day/ One step at a time/ Shake up the devil, oh/ Take back my peace of mind/ Tell him I love him, yeah/ Take back my peace of mind.” On Friday Dion dedicated her performance to not only her husband, but also her brother and father who she also lost to cancer.
Best Jimmy Fallon episode ever.
Remember when Ariana Grande slayed at musical impressions on Jimmy Fallon last year? Well, the bar has just gone up a notch with the appearance of the legendary Celine Dion. We're crying laughing, and really hoping that the singer will branch off into comedy.
Who knew Celine Dion was so good at impressions?
Celine Dion has had a tumultuous year there's no question about it, but she showed just how strong, amazing and hilarious she still is on this very special episode of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'. During a game of 'Wheel of Musical Impressions', she was coerced into imitating a few choice superstars.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Kills It With Rihanna, Cher And Sia Impersonations
Her husband and long-term manager Rene Angelil passed away in January from cancer, and she was interviewed for the first time since his passing.
Celine Dion has given her first interview since the death of her husband Rene Angelil four months ago, revealing how she broke the news to their young children and sharing the last words she said to him before he died.
The 48 year old Canadian superstar spoke to ABC News’ Deborah Roberts in a clip due to be aired on Wednesday (May 18th), and said that she laid next to Angelil in bed in his final moments, revealing what she said to him.
Celine Dion with her husband Rene Angelil in 2013
Continue reading: Celine Dion Reveals Her Last Words To Her Husband Before He Died
The singer returned to her Las Vegas residency following her husband's death in January
Heartbroken superstar singer Celine Dion paid tribute to her late husband Rene Angelil, who tragically died of cancer in January, in her first performance since his passing. The singer took to the stage and resumed her Las Vegas residency but recognised her manager and partner of 21 years with a written message to the crowd before she began.
Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil before he passed away from cancer
The message read: "I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony.
It was her first performance since his death.
It's been almost six weeks since Celine Dion said her final farewell to husband and manager Rene Angelil, and while she's been a picture of grief throughout this trying time, yesterday she was finally ready to take to the stage once again for her first performance since his death.
Celine Dion grieves for the loss of her husband and manager
On Tuesday (February 23rd 2016), the 'My Heart Will Go On' singer returned to The Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to pay a musical tribute to her husband who died of cancer on January 14th. The first 20 minutes of the performance was live streamed for all fans to see, and it was no doubt one of the most emotional concerts Dion has ever had to host.
The singer held a memorial in Las Vegas for Rene Angelil.
Celine Dion demonstrates bravery and dignity as she speaks out for the very first time since the tragic death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil in January. Her speech took place at Caesars Palace and was heard by a large crowd of friends, family and fans.
Celine Dion honoured Rene Angelil in moving speech
Yesterday (February 3rd 2016), the life of Rene Angelil was honoured in a memorial at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. While she didn't sing, wife Celine Dion still gave a breathtakingly loving and heart-breaking tribute speech where she praised the attendees for their arrival and reflected on the love and support that Angelil had given her over the course of her career.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Fights Back Tears In Heartbreaking Tribute To Late Husband
Angélil passed away on January 14th, after a long battle with cancer.
Celine Dion has thanked her fans for their support following the passing of her husband René Angélil earlier this month. At the music manager’s funeral on January 22nd at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal thousands of fans turned up to pay their respects to René, who had managed Dion’s career since she was 12.
Celine Dion has thanked fans for their support following the death of her husband Rene Angelil.
On her website Dion wrote: ‘My family and I are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from so many people who have touched our lives during these past few days. We have felt your love for René, and your prayers and compassion have helped us during this most difficult time... more than you'll ever know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The singer’s older brother Daniel has lost his battle with cancer, just two days after her husband René Angélil’s passed away.
Celine Dion’s brother Daniel has died aged 59 after losing his battle with cancer, the family has confirmed. Daniel’s death comes just two days after the singer’s husband René Angélil passed away after suffering from throat cancer.
Celine Dion’s brother Daniel has passed away.
Daniel died in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Montreal’s CBC News. A source close to the Dion family told the Montreal Gazette: “They’re close, she’s close with all of her siblings. It’s hard. Céline is still in Vegas with her kids making plans for [her husband’s] funeral.”
Dion’s husband René Angélil died on January 14th after a long battle with cancer.
The funeral of Celine Dion’s husband René Angélil is to be held at the same church where he married ‘the great love of his life’ 21 years ago. Angélil passed away on Thursday, January 14th on the eve of his 74th birthday, after a long battle with cancer.
Celine Dion’s husband René Angélil’s funeral will be held at the same church where they were married.
Angélil’s obituary (obtained by People magazine) reads: "According to his final wishes, his funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where 21 years ago, he chose to marry the one who will remain as the great love of his life, the artist for which he had the most respect, the woman who gave him light and happiness until his very last breath.”
Her husband, Rene Angelil, lost his lengthy battle with throat cancer at the age of 73 this week.
Celine Dion’s Las Vegas residency has been postponed, with her shows this weekend cancelled in the wake of the death of husband Rene Angelil.
The Canadian singer’s husband passed away on Thursday (January 14th), following a lengthy battle with cancer, at the age of 73. A statement appeared via Dion’s official website reading: “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.”
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion pictured in 2013
Continue reading: Celine Dion Cancels Las Vegas Shows In The Wake Of Husband's Death
Dion covered the hit at her New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas.
Celine Dion rang in the New Year in Las Vegas, by treating her fans to a cover of Adele’s smash-hit ‘Hello’. Dion gave a chilling rendition of the Adele hit during her sold-out show, receiving rapturous applause from the audience and resulting in a must-see video.
Celine Dion covered Adele’s ‘Hello’ on NYE.
Introducing the song Dion said, "Tonight, if I may, I would like Adele to be part of our New Year’s Eve. Don’t panic, she’s not in the building,” The singer then joked that her microphone wasn’t working, tapping it and saying ‘Adele? Hello?’ before adding that the cover was ‘just for fun’.
Continue reading: Watch Celine Dion Give An Epic Rendition Of Adele's 'Hello'
Erika Jackson has filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years Randy Jackson.
Randy Jackson's wife has reportedly filed for divorce. Erika Jackson has filed the paperwork to end their 18 year relationship citing irreconcilable differences.
Randy Jackson and his wife Erika are reportedly divorcing.
It's here! Britney's new album is out in full, but there will be no tour to follow.
It’s Britney, b***h. Sorry, that was a bit aggressive, but rather appropriate for the occasion. Spears returns with her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, finally released in full (five days ahead of schedule). Despite the club-appropriate dance tunes on this album, it isn’t getting the kind of promotion of her previous records, nor the same love. Spears has also opted out of a full tour schedule to promote Britney Jean, choosing instead to incorporate the songs into the shows from her Las Vegas residency.
Britney Jean is on top of the world, with a new album and a two-year residency ahead of her.
Her two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas is quite a financially secure gig for the once troubled pop star. With 48 90-minute shows per year, created to span her entire career Spears joins the likes of Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart, among others. According to Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president for marketing and entertainment at Caesars Entertainment, which owns Planet Hollywood, speaking for Businessweek, Britney is rather unique within that crowd.
The singer will earn mega-bucks with her new contract at Planet Hollywood, but she still won't be the biggest earner in town.
Britney Spears will begin her two year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas this winter, and she's not going to be doing it on the cheap either. The pop princess has ironed out all the details in her contract and will reportedly earn a whopping $310,000 for each show she does, meaning that she will earn nearly $15 million each year.
Britney begins her Vegas residency in December
TMZ gained access to some of the finer details laid out in the contract, and state that the singer will be getting $310,000 for each of the 96 shows she has signed on to perform over the course of the next two years, playing 48 shows over the course of twelve months. With each show expected to make up to $508,514 each, this means that Brit will be given more than a 60% cut of the overall earnings her shows make. Not bad for 48 nights work a year.
Ms. Spears has a lot of bragging rights these days - a new single, an extremely well-paid residency - it's all lining up.
The fact that Britney Spears is set for a massive payday for her Las Vegas residency is public knowledge at this point. Still, the exact amount might be a surprise. You should be sitting comfortably for this one – Brit is set to receive $310,000 per show, which, with 48 shows per year makes about $15 million for the entire season.
Britney might have embraced the "Work B***h" motto, but there's always time for a leisurely stroll.
Not a bad deal for Ms. Spears, who is also celebrating the release of her new single, 'Work B***h,' today. The song marks certainly has a much more electronic, club vibe than her older music (which is saying a lot, because a lot of Britney’s music of late has had a heavy club feel). You can hear the track below.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and friends are up to their usual tricks as they return to our screens which sees them embark on a major world tour, selling out the biggest theatres in the likes of Berlin, Madrid and London. However, as can be expected from the rabble-rousing Muppets, things don't run smoothly and they manage to get embroiled in an organised jewellery heist behind which sits Kermit's mean doppelganger and his equally evil sidekick. When Kermit gets into some serious trouble after a terrible mix up, it's up to the Muppets to once again face their enemies just like they did with oil magnate Tex Richman when he threatened to drill into the Muppets' theatre for oil. Will they succeed once again? Or will their new troubles prove too much for the feisty characters?
Celine Dion was the surprising focus of AEG's opening defense this week.
A top executive for AEG Live has managed to turn the farcical Michael Jackson trial into an absolute circus by claiming the Canadian singer Celine Dion is a "bigger" artist than the late King of Pop ever was.
Testifying at the long-running wrongful death trial, John Meglin downplayed Jackson's lawyers claim that the singer would have earned $1.5 billion touring the world, according to CNN.
Meglin, who has been a concert promoter since the 1970s, was the first witness called to the stand as AEG Live began its defense in the thirteenth week of the trial. Much of his testimony focused on ridiculing accountant Arthur Much's claims that Jackson would have played 260 shows around the world as part of his This Is It tour, earning $890 million plus more in endorsements and sponsorships before his 66th birthday.
Word’s got out that Britney’s heading to Vegas and now, it seems that more than one company wants in on the deal.
TMZ broke the story that Britney was in talks with Caesars to take a show to Las Vegas, now she’s decided not to return to American Idol. Once the word hit the Sunset Strip, though, other entertainment venues decided that they’d quite like a slice of Britney pie, as well.
According to a new report from TMZ, there are now 3 different Las Vegas properties hoping to clinch a deal with Britney Spears, who is hoping to revive her career in Vegas, with a two-year performance stint there. It will be a demanding prospect for Britney who suffered a number of personal problems and financial issues but she’s made a pretty decent job of repairing her ailing public profile with her work on American Idol.
In a bid to turn around her ill fortunes, Britney Spears will be taking on a Las Vegas residency expected to net her millions of dollars, according to a report from TMZ.
The gossip site had already reported that Spears recently split from her partner Jason Trawick (who also acted as co-conservator in her financial issues and was previously her agent). Spears also announced recently that she would not be returning to her role as a judge on X Factor, having completed her first season in the role.
A source close to Britney told TMZ that the Vegas show that she may have lined up will “eclipse” the kind of money that Celine Dion raked in with her show – and we’re talking $100 million per year for Celine, so the show’s promoters must truly believe that Britney can still get the cash registers ringing. “The deal is a go. There are several stipulations that could throw a monkey wrench in the deal, but it's basically done." The deal is being negotiated with the Caesar group – one of the biggest promoters on the strip and if it’s secured – providing that Britney can keep everything in order whilst the show’s on – will be a huge money-earner for the ‘Toxic’ singer.
Continue reading: Could The Bright Lights Of Las Vegas Be Calling Britney Spears?
For many, a new reality TV show that follows the family's every move wouldn't be an ideal way to aid the grieving process after a dramatic death, but for Whitney Houston's family, 'The Houstons: On Our Own' has been a great help.
"The show has kept the family close together, (instead of) isolated from one another. We talk about things, we are very open, and we pay attention to the ones who need consoling the most. Doing the show certainly has helped in a huge way," Pat Houston, Whitney's manager and sister-in-law, told Reuters. "There are preconceptions about the family that just aren't true. We are a strong family, a working family, and a typical family. Our family member just happens to be an icon," she added. "You will see a family that is grieving, that loves one another. You will see a family that is trying to move on."
The reality TV show makes its debut this Wednesday (October, 24) and will set the stage for a November of tributes to the troubled singer, who tragically passed away earlier on in 2012 after drowning in the bathtub, having taken cocaine. Upcoming projects include an official glossy book of photos, a compilation album of Houston's biggest hits that features a new duet version of "I Look To You" with R. Kelly, and the November 16 TV broadcast of a special Grammy tribute starring Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Celine Dion.
Continue reading: Whitney Houston's Family Helped By 'The Houstons: On Our Own'
Last night, a host of stars paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston in a final send-off from the organisers of the annual Grammy Awards. The glittering event, named We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston was led by Hollywood actress Halle Berry and musical tributes came from Jennifer Hudson and Usher amongst others. The music world was shaken by Whitney Houston’s death earlier this year, in a Beverley Hills hotel, on the eve of the Grammys.
Introducing the event, tearfully, Halle Berry said to the audience – who included Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and former record label boss Clive Davis – “She inspired a generation of little girls and women to believe in their own dream and to know that they had within themselves the greatest gift of all. I was one of those little girls who then became a woman who never ever, ever, stopped loving Whitney Houston.”
The R&B star Usher performed ‘I Believe In You And Me,’ whilst the gospel singers Cece Winans and Yolanda Adams performed ‘Count On Me,’ reducing Whitney’s family members to tears. The X Factor judge Britney Spears shared the experience of how her version of ‘I Have Nothing’ secured her a record deal. Celine Dion was scheduled to perform ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ but was unable to attend, so taped her performance, which was then aired during the event last night. A one-hour version of the show will be aired on CNS on November 16, 2012.
Usher, Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson have all signed up to star in a TV tribute to the late singing icon Whitney Houston. The life and career of the late pop star is to be celebrated in an upcoming one-hour special titled We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston.
The show is to be filmed at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on October 11th and is likely to draw a huge swell of support from the music world given the profile that Houston once had. The show will also feature artists sharing their memories of Houston, as well as clips of some of her most memorable performances and never-before-seen footage.
The special is set to air in the US on November 16th, just days after a new greatest hits album is released. That release will be titled I Will Always Love You - the Best of Whitney Houston and will feature two previously unreleased tracks, including Never Give Up, produced by Jermaine Dupri, and an updated version of previous song I Look To You which features R. Kelly. The star infamously drowned in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles in February of this year during Grammys weekend.
Oprah Winfrey has topped the first Forbes magazine Richest Women Entertainers List. The big business publication estimates the media mogul has made a staggering $1.5 billion in her career as a newscaster, talk show host, publisher and actress. Winfrey tops Harry Potter author Jk Rowling, who comes in second with a $1 billion fortune, while US lifestyle queen Martha Stewart rounds out the top three with $638 million (GBP327 million). Madonna ranks fourth on the new list, followed by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston.
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