Vanessa Obioha

Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Drake, Adele and Kanye West will be slugging it out tonight at the MTV VMAs for the Moonman award. The coveted award is given to the artiste with the best music video. Beyonce’s Formation is up against Adele’s ‘Hello’, Kanye West’s controversial video ‘Famous’, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’.

Each of the nominees are also nominated in different categories of the awards.
The VMAs will hold for the first time in Madison Square Garden, New York city and will feature a lot of comebacks, firsts and surprising duets. Britney Spears will perform at the event since her 2007 controversial performance. Ciara’s ex Future will be performing at the awards for the first time. Ariane Grande and Nicki Minaj are also lined up among other performers.

AVRIL LAVIGNE HINTS ON NEW ALBUM.
After a three-year hiatus, the ‘Complicated’ singer is reportedly working on a new album. She hinted on her upcoming album on her Instagram page on Tuesday where she shared a fan-made video of her Marilyn Manson collaboration song ‘Bad Girl’.
Earlier that day, her drummer Rodney Howard shared a throwback clip of the 31-year-old Canadian songstress performing “Here’s to Never Growing Up” on the “Tonight Show” in 2013 and captioned it, “Looks like the Disco Ball drums are gonna be coming back out for some September/October action.”
Lavigne’s last album ‘Avril Lavigne’ was released in 2013. The upcoming album will be her sixth album.

PRINCE’S PAISLEY PARK HOME NOW A MUSEUM
In October, the luxurious home of the late revered singer Prince, will be opened to the public. His sister Tyka Nelson says that the decision was her late brother’s wish.
Located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the 70-minutes public tour will be managed by Graceland Holdings.
Fans will be able to see Prince’s studios, artifacts, concert wardrobes, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings, concert memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles.

“The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it. Most important, the museum will display Prince’s genius, honour his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community,” said his sister in a statement.
The tour begins on October 6.

ASIAN ACTRESSES MAKE FORBES LIST OF HIGHEST PAID FEMALE ACTORS
Fan Bingbing ($17m) and Deepika Padukone($10m) are strange names in Hollywood but not in their home countries.

Bingbing who occupy the fifth position in Forbes List of highest paid female actors is a renowned actor in China. Her career started on TV before she moved on to the big screen. former TV star turned movie and today an iconic movie producer with her own studio Fan Bingbing studio. Bingbing played Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past and acted in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice and Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chongqing Blues. Today, she is famous as a fashion designer, supermodel, philanthropist and a prominent producer.

Her counterpart Padukone who is on the tenth position enjoys similar fame in India. She is famous for her roles on Hindi films. Starting her career in Bollywood in 2007 where she played alongside Shah Rukh Khan in the movie mOm Shanti Om, Padukone has on a pendulum swing of highs and lows. However, she has garnered multiple income from other sources and is known as a model, movie star, fragrance endorser, fashion designer and women’s rights activist.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ROBIN THICKE AND TI SEEK APPEAL FOR BLURRED LINES
Blurred Lines artistes are still looking for a way to untie the financial rope of the Gaye’s family. The family of the late singer in a victorious lawsuit are expecting the artistes to pay the sum of $5.3m and 50% of songwriting and publishing revenues for the copyright infringement on Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up’.

Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI along with their lawyer are seeking an appeal to overturn the judge John Kronstadt verdict. The lawyer argue that the judge was wrong in allowing comparison of the recordings instead of the music sheet.
Recently, the Gaye family also accused British singer Ed Sheeran of copyright infringement.
However, the trio are hoping that the case will be viewed in similar way like the Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ where it was argued if a song that has breached a copyright should be assessed as a whole or in parts.

NAVY SEAL WHO WROTE ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADEN KILLING SETTLES CASE WITH US GOVERNMENT
After four years of legal tussle, the former Navy Seal Matt Bissonnette who wrote a memoir ‘No Easy Day’ about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden settles his case with US federal government for $6.7m.

The book triggered a justice department investigation into claims it contained classified material. Bissonnette had signed non-disclosure agreements during his service as a Seal.
The US government although dropped other criminal charges against the author, it however said Bissonnette violated the non-disclosure agreements and published without clearance from the defence department.

Matt Bissonnette, who used the pseudonym Mark Owen, will give the US government all the proceeds from the book or movie rights which may take him four years to pay.
Under the new agreement, Bissonnette admits that he would acknowledge his mistake by failing to submit the book for pre-publication review. And in exchange for the payments, the US government has dismissed other liability claims.

Justice department spokeswoman Nicole Navas reiterated the importance of service members complying with the non-disclosure documents they sign.

AFTER FIVE YEARS, JENNIFER LOPEZ KISSES CASPER GOODBYE
It is official, Jennifer Lopez and her young boyfriend Casper are nothing more than mutual friends. The couple have been together for five years, right after Lopez split from her third marriage to singer Marc Anthony. She has a set of twins from that marriage.
The couple were reportedly seen together last in Las Vegas this month according to a source.

JOJO IS BACK WITH A BANG
After a twelve-year chequered musical career, Jojo returns to the limelight with a tour on her new album ‘Mad Love’.
In London, she set her audience ablaze when she performed a striptease on stage.
Before her obscurity from the limelight, Jojo enjoyed the envious reputation as the youngest the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States with her breakout single Leave (Get Out) at age 13.
Now 25, Jojo is leaving behind the bad deal with her former management, a bad relationship to take the world by storm.

GEORGE CLOONEY TO HEADLINE MPTF
The Motion Picture & Television Fund will be headlined by the charismatic actor George Clooney on October 1. The entertainment industry’s philanthropy will hold at Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, California.
The event is notable for the celebrity meet and greet it avails the public. Confirmed guests for the event include Matt Bomer,Yvette Nicole Brown, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jane Lynch and Hugh Jackman amongst others.

Outgoing 20th Century Fox Studios chief Jim Gianopulos and his wife will chair the evening.
This marks a change to the MPTF’s default fundraising template, that has traditionally been a star-packed, media-free, A-list stuffed and held at venues such as the Beverly Hills Hotel or sequestered city blocks in Century City before a prominent award nights.
The charity provides vital housing and support services for senior citizens and palliative care for those who made their living in the industry.