‘An American dream’: singer Andy Madadian becomes first Iranian on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

Musician dubbed the Persian Bono fled Iran at age 22 and built a genre-blending career in Los Angeles At age 22, Andy Madadian fled Iran with nothing, moved to Los Angeles and started playing guitar at nightclubs to pay rent. Now 63, the internationally celebrated pop singer says hes ready for another new beginning: Madadian is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the first Iranian artist to earn the honor. Many people may wonder: would you have a new beginning after 14 albums? Madadian said days before the ceremony unveiling his groundbreaking star. But to me its new because a lot of Americans are just discovering me and my music. Im hoping this Hollywood star will open …

Eminem faces backlash after comparing himself to Manchester Arena bomber

Relatives hit back at disrespectful rapper over lyrics referring to terror attack Eminem has been criticised after comparing himself to the Manchester Arena suicide bomber. His track Unaccommodating, taken from his new album Music to Be Murdered By, includes controversial lyrics that appear to make light of the 2017 terror attack. Twenty-two people were murdered as they left an Ariana Grande concert after Salman Abedi detonated a bomb in the foyer of the music venue. In the track, the star raps: But Im contemplating yelling bombs away on the game / Like Im outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting. Hours after its release, the musician faced a backlash on social media. Figen Murray, whose 29-year-old son Martyn Hett died …

Inside the odyssey: taking a closer look at Stanley Kubrick’s 2001

At an expansive new exhibition in New York, the directors defining science fiction opus is explored in detail with help from those who made it with him Though the calendar reads 2020 were still waiting for the future promised in 2001. Arthur Cas MGMs marketing department called the movie once young people seized upon the heady, ambiguous film that exploded into sound and light to go beyond the infinite in its most notable sequence. That section of the movie Douglas Rain. During the press preview, Kubricks eldest daughter, Katharina, said teenage boys made that movie a success, as she detailed the initial critical drubbing her fathers vision of tomorrow faced on release, and how counting the walkouts with a clicker …

Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts a news frenzy scene replayed in the first minutes of Netflixs new series Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez seemed to be just that: unreal. The facts of the …

Soul singer Celeste wins BBC Sound of 2020 poll

LA-born singer joins previous poll toppers Adele and Ellie Goulding in wake of her Brits rising star award last month Soul singer Celeste has been named the BBCs Sound of 2020, the broadcasters annual poll to evaluate the years brightest new musical hopes. Her win follows her victory in the Celeste: Strange video Celeste began writing music and performing in bands as a teenager. At 16, she was discovered by a manager after she posted her first song online. He encouraged her to take writing classes and she started working with writers and producers at Trevor Horns Sarm studios. Lily Allen signed BBC Music Introducing artist of the year. She tops an unusually band-heavy Sound of 2020 list: Inhaler, a …

Beatles’ Abbey Road tops US bestselling vinyl LPs of the 2010s

Lana Del Reys Born to Die is the only album made in the 2010s to feature in the US Top 10 vinyl sales of the decade Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon (2), Fleetwood Macs Rumours (9). The only 21st-century releases on the list are Lana Del Reys 2011 debut Born to Die (10), the only original album from the 2010s to chart. The soundtrack to Marvels first allegations of child sex abuse by Arctic Monkeys 2013 release, AM. Fleetwood Macs Rumours topped the list, which saw similar high rankings to the US for Back to Black (2), Dark Side of the Moon (3), the Guardians of the Galaxy OST (4) and Legend (10). The British public preferred Sgt …

A front-row sofa at the theatre: binging on VR fringe shows

LIVR allows subscribers to catch up on theatre in 360-degree virtual reality. How does it compare with the fringe experience? Im having a beer and enjoying an Edinburgh fringe show from the front row. But Im on the sofa rather than a folding chair, theres a cat on my lap and the beer didnt cost 6. While the pet and the beverage are optional, the large pair of goggles Im wearing are not. Much fancier headsets are available but this one which works with my smartphone comes with a subscription to Digital Theatre, which also tend to have bigger budgets and starrier casts. The biggest actor in LIVRs current offerings is Gyles Brandreth, whose Hamlet with his son Benet at …

DaBaby boom: meet the controversial rapper taking over America

After a frenetic year, the Grammy-nominated star is the hottest rapper in the US. He talks about his quest to be the best and the forces that could bring him down Its impossible to know where to focus your attention. On the six members of Jabbawockeez, the dance troupe wriggling on stage like breakdancing stormtroopers? The wobbling pair of blowup kewpie dolls? Or maybe the man with DaBoy Baby carved in Carolina blue script on his chest? Then DaBabys track, Bop, explodes from the loudspeakers and a new sensory assault begins: backflipping dancers in black Billion Dollar Baby tracksuits; synchronised routines from people in Nasa flight outfits; a dancer with red booty shorts who bounces on her head, splits her …

After Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, is this the end of the awards show host?

Gervais tried, and failed, to torch Hollywood at this years Golden Globes. Now the future of awards shows looks to be mercifully host-free I dont care was the recurring refrain of Ricky Gervaiss Golden Globe hosting gig on Sunday. Those three words were fired off after his every other crass or impolite zinger, whether he was chastising Leonardo DiCaprio for his youthful dating preferences, proposing to solve the problem of no female directing nominees by banning women from making studio movies, or simply calling James Corden a fat pussy (because hes in Cats, geddit?). I dont care! Gervais repeated, reminding us for the umpteenth time that he wouldnt be doing this again. It was the British comedians fifth go at …

Elizabeth Wurtzel, journalist and author of Prozac Nation, dies aged 52

Author of bestselling memoir about clinical depression, which made her a hashtag before there was Twitter, died from metastatic breast cancer Elizabeth Wurtzel, the journalist and author who chronicled her life with depression in the bestselling memoir Prozac Nation, has died at the age of 52. Writer David Samuels, Wurtzels friend since childhood, told the New York Times that Wurtzel had died in New York from metastatic breast cancer on Tuesday. Wurtzel, who tested positively for the BRCA genetic mutation, was an vocal advocate for BRCA testing in her journalism, while refusing pity for herself. wrote on Twitter: I met Lizzie in law school. She started mid-career as I was starting young. We were both misfits and she was kind …

Emilio Estevez: Brat Pack will be on my tombstone

The star of The Breakfast Club now has his father Martin Sheens looks, a bromance with Alec Baldwin and sad news for fans of St Elmos Fire Unlike his father and his brother, Martin Sheen and Carlos Estevez is better known as Desert Island Discs in 2011, he said that he only plays golf on public courses, rather than the many private courses in LA where actors of his stature are generally found. Im not comfortable belonging to a private members club, Sheen said. It has a sense of privilege and entitlement that I resent deeply. There is a similar seriousness to Estevez, a kind of moral rectitude, as he sits soldier-straight in his seat. In her Brat Pack? Mmm, …

Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease

Singer posts Instagram message to disclose bacterial disease and says he will reveal more details about illness in upcoming documentary series Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber has told fans that he is battling Lyme disease. Bieber, 25, it was revealed model Bella Hadid had the disease; the same year that singer memory loss he had been suffering from was due to the disease.

Is this the end of the awards show host?

After Ricky Gervais tried, and failed, to torch Hollywood at this years Golden Globes, the future of awards shows looks to be mercifully host-free I dont care was the recurring refrain of Ricky Gervaiss Golden Globe hosting gig on Sunday. Those three words were fired off after his every other crass or impolite zinger, whether he was chastising Leonardo DiCaprio for his youthful dating preferences, proposing to solve the problem of no female directing nominees by banning women from making studio movies, or simply calling James Corden a fat pussy (because hes in Cats, geddit?). I dont care! Gervais repeated, reminding us for the umpteenth time that he wouldnt be doing this again. It was the British comedians fifth go …

Race, resistance and revolution: what to expect from US art in 2020

In the months leading up to the election, museums and galleries across America will host a number of impassioned and political exhibitions There has been a surge in impassioned border wall with Mexico, to public podiums where consumers have been invited to voice their opinions (rather than use art as a backdrop for Instagram selfies). With all eyes on this years presidential election, it tracks that museums and galleries across America will be flooded with even more of it in the months prior. A great deal of the artwork going on view over the next 12 months will aim at raising awareness about the importance of voting. It might also sway voters towards a more sensible direction. While some exhibitions …

Surviving R Kelly Part II: what can we learn from the horrifying update?

The second season of Lifetimes harrowing documentary detailing decades of abuse allegations against the musician covers a larger culture of complicity If the world worked as it should, there would never have been a Surviving R Kelly, the documentary series detailing nearly three decades of alleged sexual abuse much of it against minors, and almost entirely against young African American women by the R&B musician. By the time the series, produced by the activist dream hampton, aired on Lifetime last January, the allegations against R Kelly had long been public, and mounting. But it took a six-hour television event to do what multiple public lawsuits, highly publicized child sexual abuse imagesand a trial, a widely circulated tape involving sexual acts …

Australia fires: Celeste Barber fundraiser tops $20m as celebrities Pink, Nicole Kidman make huge donations

Australian comedian and Instagram star raises millions for firefighting effort in NSW as donations ramp up The Australian comedian Celeste Barber has helped raise more than $20m to help the New South Wales Rural Fire Service fight the devastating bushfires around the state, as fundraising efforts ramp up in response to the crisis. By mid afternoon on Sunday the tally had reached more than $22m, around 48 hours after Barber launched the fundraiser on Facebook. Barber, who has 6.4m followers on Instagram, has used her huge social media following to draw donations from around the world. In regular updates on Instagram, she has spoken about family members caught up in the crisis in Eden, including her parents-in-law. She said her …