This morning I'm delighted to announce the first of what I hope will be many live music sessions by The Independent: Music Box. Its simple raison d'être is to give talented artists a platform in an increasingly competitive industry for up-and-comers - where they can share their music with both their current fans and potential new ones. Hopefully we'll be introducing you to some brand new music, along with involving some of your favourites.
Playboy magazine’s announcement that it will be bringing naked pictorials back to its pages after a year’s absence was strangely timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Cooper Hefner, the 25-year-old son of Playboy founder Hugh, and now the magazine’s chief creative officer, said removing nude images had been a mistake. After Playboy launched in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe as its centrefold, sales peaked in 1972 when the November issue featuring Lenna Sjööblom sold 7.16m copies.
Sir Rod Stewart may be a multi-award winning singer – but he had no time for a chauffeur when he hopped on public transport to his O2 Arena gig. The 72-year-old singer shunned a private car in favour of the London Underground as he made his way to the iconic venue on Monday night. It was a case of You Wear It well as Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster went incognito as they dressed in black hooded coats and dark sunglasses to ‘sneak’ into London.
It represented a slump of more than a million from last year, according to Nielsen, the company that checks the size of TV audiences in the United States. The grandstand ending - when the Best Picture Oscar was initially handed to the wrong film - dominated social media channels yesterday with millions checking in to see what happened. Some Trump supporters went so far as to launch a campaign to boycott the Oscars to express their protest of the 'limousine liberals' who don't represent them.
Emma Stone has said the shock Oscars mix-up was 'one of the most horrible moments of her life'. The 28-year-old actress joined her fellow La La Land co-stars on stage to pick up the Best Picture gong at Sunday night's ceremony, only to be told midway through acceptance speeches that Barry Jenkins' Moonlight was the real winner. Beatty hesitated before handing the card to Dunaway who read out "La La Land".
The pop star’s latest image on Instagram shows her laying back while breastfeeding her nine-week-old son Jameson.
The hip-hop artist is currently the shining star of the music world and looks set to debut at number one with his record.