Bruno Mars dominated the 2017 Soul Train Awards on Sunday. The pop star won five prizes, including best male R&B/soul artist, song of the year ("That's What I Like"), as well as best video, album/mixtape and dance performance for "24k Magic." Toni Braxton accepted the Don Cornelius Legend Award and performed a medley of her hits during the show, hosted by Erykah Badu at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Madonna has cemented her position as the Queen of Pop after she was named the all-time top female artist in the 60-year history of the Billboard Hot 100. The Vogue hitmaker has racked up 57 entries and 12 number ones on the pop chart, while she also holds the record for the most top 10 mentions among all acts with 38. Interestingly, the Billboard countdown was first published on 4 August, 1958 - just 12 days before Madonna was born. She will celebrate her 60th birthday on 16 August (18). She tops Mariah Carey, who takes second place among the top-performing female solo artists with 18 Hot 100 chart-toppers - the most for any solo act - while she also boasts the most cumulative weeks in first place of any act with 79. Rounding out the top five are Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Rihanna, who made her chart debut in 2005 and already has the third-best track record when it comes to Hot 100 number ones with 14. Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, pop rivals Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, and Diana Ross complete the top 10. The list of the all-time top female artists on the Hot 100 emerges shortly after Elton John was named the most successful male solo act with nine number ones, 27 top 10s, and a total of 67 entries, according to Billboard. He beat Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder to pole position, while Michael Jackson, and Paul McCartney also scored spots in the top five, with Usher, Prince, Rod Stewart, Drake, and Marvin Gaye making up the rest of the top 10.
Thor star Chris Hemsworth has thrown his hat in the ring to become the second Australian James Bond. The Avengers star admits there was buzz about him playing 007 several years ago, when he was filming racing car drama Rush, in which he played British playboy driver James Hunt, but nothing came of the chatter. Now, as fans await news of who will replace Daniel Craig as the suave superspy following the Brit's final outing as Bond, Hemsworth admits he'd love to be considered. ''When we were shooting Rush... I thought, 'Cool, if this is my audition tape, then great'," Chris tells Balance magazine. "I don't think you'll ever meet anyone who doesn't want to have a crack at James Bond. I'd love to do it. "But that's up to so many elements and is way beyond myself; it's not one you can pitch yourself on to either. It's something that the community of Bond fans, (producer) Barbara Broccoli and the whole crew there agree on, and it has to be a very organic decision from them. There have been a lot of names thrown out there and a lot of brilliant people can tackle that one." The favorite appears to be Idris Elba, with Bond star Ralph Fiennes and his predecessor, Dame Judi Dench, both keen to see the first black 007, but there has also been buzz around Sam Heughan, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, and James Norton. If Hemsworth lands the role, he'll become the second Aussie to play 007, behind George Lazenby, who portrayed James Bond in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Ironically, Lazenby favours Hemsworth's Thor co-star Elba as the next Bond - he previously told the Press Association a black Bond would be a good idea. "I mean, why not?" he said. "But then on the other hand, you’re going to have a lot of people scratching their head going, ‘James Bond wasn’t black'. Idris would be a good idea."
Singer Demi Lovato is "awake" and surrounded by family members after suffering an alleged drug overdose. The pop star was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital close to midday on Tuesday (24Jul18), with police and fire department officials confirming they had responded to an emergency call placed from the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive, the street in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood where Demi's home is located. Reports suggest the singer, who was sober for six years before falling off the wagon, had overdosed on heroin, but the 25-year-old's representative has released a statement claiming some of the information about the incident is false. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support," the star's spokesperson said in a statement. "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now." The star revealed to fans she recently relapsed in the lyrics of her new song, Sober, in June (18), apologising for letting her family and fans down. "To the ones who never left me/We’ve been down this road before/I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore,” she sings on the heartbreaking track. Demi was transported to a Los Angeles hospital, where she was treated with Narcan - an emergency treatment for opioid narcotic overdoses - according to Entertainment Tonight. She first sought rehabilitation treatment for her substance abuse and self-harm issues in 2011. A concert scheduled for Atlantic City, New Jersey on Thursday (26Jul18) has been canceled following her hospitalization.