Bruno Mars can add a new accomplishment to his bio: The 10th man to appear on the cover of Playboy in its 58-year history.
He’ll appear in the April Sex and Music issue of Playboy, on sale Friday, in a pictorial shot by Tony Kelly.
Some snippets from the interview:
On the musicians he looked up to growing up: “Growing up in the showbiz world, I looked up to those guys: Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley. My dad was into the 1950s doo-wop era. If you look at those groups, or at James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the Temptations in the 1960s, you’ll see you had to be sharp onstage.”
On the musician he’d most like to work with if he could: “Jimi Hendrix. I think he’s the greatest guitar player in the world, and I would want to see him do his thing in person. He’s the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place.”
On his music: “My album is called Doo-Wops & Hooligans, but it’s not a 1950s ‘Earth Angel’ sound like you hear in Grease-type movies. I could sing you a thousand and one doo-wop songs. I love the simplicity in that music. It’s not superpoetic, it’s just from the heart.”
Katy Perry at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards (Courtesy Nickelodeon)
Katy Perry will perform at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in L.A. on March 31 — her first live performance at the show.
Katy will join host Will Smith and a huge roster of celeb presenters, including Chris Rock (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Zac Efron (The Lucky One), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Victoria Justice (Victorious), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Big Time Rush, Chris Colfer (Glee) and Cee Lo Green (The Voice).
“Katy Perry has doubly earned her position as kid favorite — through her music of course — but also for reveling in an outrageous sliming on the show two years ago,” said Marjorie Cohn, executive producer of the show. “She works hard and plays hard and that’s what makes her performance on the KCA’s one to look forward to.”
Adele At Age Four In Wales, in a photo from her family's personal collection (James Davies)
Adele‘s always had the music bug!
In this photo, taken when she was four years old at her now-estranged father’s home in South Wales, shows the tot strumming a Fisher Price guitar and sitting on an amp!
Today, though, the 23-year-old isn’t speaking to her dad, after he spoke to the tabloids about her. She told Vogue, “If I ever see him, I will spit in his face…He will never hear from me again..It makes me angry! To come back after 10 years and be like, ‘Maybe her problem with men comes down to me.’ It’s like, ‘F–k off! How dare you comment on my life?’ It makes my blood boil.”
Mess with Madonna, and she’ll lash out at you in a song
According to the New York Post, the song “I Don’t Give A…” on her next album MDNA, out March 26, features lyrics that imply the singer lost her identity while married to film director Guy Ritchie.
Sings Madonna: “I tried to be a good girl/I tried to be your wife/Diminished myself/And I swallowed my light/I tried to become all/That you expect of me/And if it was a failure/I don’t give a [bleep].”
But “I Don’t Give A…” isn’t the only song that seems to take aim at Madonna. In “Bang Bang,” Madonna sings “Bang bang, shot you dead/Shot my lover in the head/Now my lover i dead/And I have no regrets/He deserved it/And I’m going straight to hell/And I got a lot of friends there/And if I see that bitch in hell/I’m gonna shoot him in the head/Cuz I want to see him die/Over and Over.”
So are these songs targeted at Ritchie? Says Madonna’s rep: “If those are the words you heard…I have not heard Madonna explain whether the lyrics are autobiographical or not. She doesn’t often explain lyrics to her songs, and she did have a few writing collaborators.”
The platform of a VIP area at a concert in Sweden collapsed Friday night, dropping 30 people 13 feet.
The concert, for Swedish dance artist Avicii, was held at Stockhom’s 16,000-seat Globe Arena
The accident is reminiscent of the stage collapse last summer at the Indiana State Fair where Sugarland was headlining.
Six people are being treated for injuries, one of them in serious condition, according to music blog Beat My Day. According to the Web site, concert-goers shoved and screamed, causing security to shut down multiple VIP platforms to avoid further injuries.
Get ready for a new all-boy band!
Simon Cowell is in the early stages of developing an all-boy band consisting of Americans, reports JustJared.
“Simon is really excited to form a group of guys from America,” a source tells the Web site. “He’s done such a fine job with British boys, so he’s ready to try his hand in America. He’s looking for the right people to team up with and create their sound.”
The X Factor judge’s other bands signed to his Syco label are British group One Direction and the quartet Il Divo.
Rihanna and Chris Brown are back on — professionally at the very least.
Following last week’s Twitter exchange between the exes — initiated by Brown when he wished Rihanna happy birthday — the pair are now collaborating on two remixed singles: her song “Birthday Cake” and his song “Turn Up the Music.” The collaboration comes three years after Brown assaulted Rihanna in a car in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood.
Brown’s first line in Birthday Cake? “Girl I wanna f*** you right now. Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body.”
Meanwhile, Rihanna tweeted a link to “Turn Up The Music” Monday. Listen to it below: