August 23, 2018
Taylor Swift has broken her own record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour by a female artist. The Look What You Made Me Do singer has been trekking across the U.S. and other nations since May (18) on her epic Reputation Stadium Tour. Her U.S. gigs alone have now made an incredible $191.1 million (£148 million), according to Billboard.com, meaning that with 11 American dates still to play she has surpassed the gross earnings of the previous record holder, her 1989 World Tour - which made $181.5 million (£140.5 million) in 2015. During the tour, she has averaged earnings of more than $7 million (£5.4 million) per show - with all 27 of her completed dates sold out. The pop princess is having a brief break from the road after performing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida last Saturday (19Aug18). After the gig, she praised hometown girl Camila Cabello - who has supported her alongside British singer-songwriter Charli XCX throughout the tour. "MIAMI I LOVE YOU!! You were so loud and FUN," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "Shout out to Camila for killing it in her hometown and being just the greatest most precious magical human possible." The concerts will pick up again this coming Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee - the city where a teenage Taylor made her name as a country music star. In addition to her U.S. gigs, Taylor has also performed in the U.K., Ireland and Canada, with the latter concerts having grossed $11.1 million (£8.5 million). Figures for her British and Irish dates are yet to come in, and unlike in the U.S., not all of these shows sold out. She will conclude the tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan - meaning the worldwide takings from the Reputation Stadium Tour should easily surpass the $250 million (£193 million) her 1989 live dates made globally - and may come close to beating the $408 million (£316 million) Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour made in 2008 and 2009, the most earned globally by a female artist.
August 06, 2018
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.
Actor David Hasselhoff has wed for the third time, exchanging vows with Hayley Roberts in Italy on Tuesday (31Jul18). The former Baywatch hunk tied the knot with his fiancee of two years in the country's southern Puglia region before a small group of friends and family, including his daughters Taylor, 28, and Hayley, 25, who David flew in for the ceremony, his press agent confirms to People.com. Hasselhoff, 66, began dating Welsh model Roberts, 38, in 2011, when she approached him for an autograph at a hotel while he served as a judge on hit TV competition Britain's Got Talent. The star ended up asking Hayley for her number, and the couple became engaged five years later. Hayley previously revealed she was completely shocked by her now-husband's proposal, which occurred during a romantic picnic on a beach in Malibu, California in 2016. "We were both in tears," she told Hello! magazine shortly after he popped the question. "I genuinely had no idea he was going to do that, I'm still overwhelmed." David shares his daughters with second wife Pamela Bach, who he was married to from 1989 until their 2006 divorce, and he is overjoyed to have their support for his new spouse Hayley, as it was his girls who encouraging him to propose to the model. "I told my girls what I was going to do and they were both really supportive," he told Hello!. "It's tough. No one wants to see their parents split up. But they love Hayley and they're just happy for me." The Knight Rider star was also married to actress Catherine Hickland for five years until 1989.
July 30, 2018
Justin Bieber is reportedly planning a lavish wedding for him and fiance Hailey Baldwin. The couple got engaged while they holidayed in Barbados earlier this month (Jul18), and the singer took to Instagram two days later to officially announce he was marrying the model. Though it's still very early days in their engagement, a source has alleged that the Sorry hitmaker is already making preparations for the big day. "Originally, Justin wanted an intimate wedding like his dad had earlier this year, but now he's in two minds - part of him would like to go all-out and give Hailey a day fit for a princess," they told Britain's Heat magazine. "He's talking about hiring a huge estate for about 500 guests and having her dad (actor Stephen Baldwin) officiate. Hailey's just happy they're engaged and is going with the flow, but Justin's drawing up guest lists and auditioning wedding planners online as he wants it to happen ASAP." The source added that the Grammy winner wants to host the "wedding of the year" fit for "Hollywood royalty." In his engagement reveal, Justin insisted his 21-year-old bride-to-be is the "love of my life", and jeweller Jack Solow, whom sold Justin the engagement ring rumoured to be worth $500,000 (£380,000), recently recalled the moment the 24-year-old realised he had found the perfect diamond for her. "I showed him all the details and all the intricacies like I would give any other 25-year-old (sic) boy who would come to the office to buy an engagement ring," he told the publication. "He seemed really excited. He was looking inside the diamond with the loupe (magnifying glass), and said, 'I think I see Hailey's face.'" The fashion star's aunt, Kim Basinger, has claimed that Hailey's 25-year-old sister Alaia and 22-year-old cousin Ireland will both be bridesmaids on the day.