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Chris Cornell/ daughter duet

Chris Cornell's daughter has released a duet with her late dad to honor him on Father's Day.

Toni Cornell was left fatherless when the rocker took his own life in May, 2017 following a Soundgarden show in Detroit, Michigan, but she remembered the rock icon on Sunday by releasing a heartbreaking version of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U she recorded with her dad.

The teenager accompanied the new music, posted on YouTube, with a note to her dad, in which she thanked him for his support.

"Daddy, I love you and miss you so much," she wrote. "You were the best father anyone could ask for. Our relationship was so special, and you were always there for me.

"You gave me courage when I didn't have any. You believed in me when I didn't. I miss your love everyday. Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too. Happy Father's Day daddy, nothing compares to you."

Toni, 13, has a promising music career ahead of her - she also performed Leonard Cohen's classic ballad Hallelujah with One Republic on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America in August as a tribute to her father and another tragic rocker, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

She also joined her mother, Vicky, at a vigil to mark the first anniversary of her father's death last month. Tha family gathered at Chris' gravesite in Los Angeles with fans and famous friends, including the late rock star's bandmates Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, and Alain Johannes, and the widows of Chester Bennington and Johnny Ramone.

"Being back at Hollywood Forever... was stepping into a place that serves as a reminder of what I've lost, a missing piece that hurts so much," Vicky said in a tweet, "but seeing you all and feeling so much love renewed my feelings of hope and gave me the strength to keep going, to continue to honor him and not lose sight of all I have to be grateful for."



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“Friends” stars very close

Courteney Cox has reportedly been Jennifer Aniston's rock in the wake of her split from husband Justin Theroux.

Jennifer and Justin shocked the showbiz world when they called time on their two-year-marriage in February, just a week after the actress opened the doors of their shared Los Angeles home for an issue of Architectural Digest.

And just like their Friends alter egos Monica and Rachel, 53-year-old Courteney has been there for her pal as she goes through her second divorce.

"Courteney and Jennifer are as thick as thieves and they have got even closer in recent months," an insider told Britain's Now magazine, adding Courteney has been Jennifer's rock.

The insider further divulged that the pair have been hanging out at Courteney's place, and have also been enjoying girly nights out with Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Roberts.

And the pair delighted Friends fans when they sang the show's famous theme tune when they took to the stage to honor George Clooney with the 46th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute earlier this month.

During their stage appearance, the two stars ribbed ER star George, who once appeared as a doctor in an episode of Friends.

"Let's just admit it right here and now. There were millions of people watching Friends that happened to stay there (for ER) - too lazy to turn the channel. Without us, you're (TV show) Chicago Hope, buddy," Courteney said.

"Lucky for you, George, we remained on the air on Thursday nights, pretty much paving the way for I'd say every success that you've had since then," 49-year-old Jennifer added.

"I mean this, in all seriousness, from the bottom of the both of our hearts, I'm going to be there for you."



Angelina Jolie visits Iraq

Angelina Jolie visited the devastated city of Mosul in Iraq, less than one year after its liberation from ISIS occupation.

The actress serves as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and met with a man and his three children on Saturday who survived an airstrike in the war-torn city.

Angelina, who was on her 61st mission in her role for the UN, spoke with Mohamed, who lost his 17-year-old-old daughter after a missile destroyed his home.

"This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR," the 43-year-old said, reports People. "People here have lost everything: their homes are destroyed. They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services. They are still surrounded by bodies in the rubble."

In photos obtained by the U.S. publication, Mohamed's two surviving daughters were seen proudly showing their school reports to Angelina, who smiled as she read them.

"The girls I met talked about the years of not being able to go to school, and of seeing people killed, and of feeling too afraid to leave their houses," she said. "It is deeply upsetting that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had."

Angelina emphasized the need for recovery and reconstruction so that the people of Mosul wouldn't be forgotten, and called on the international community "not to turn their attention away from its people".

The UN estimates that at least 40,000 homes need to be restored or rebuilt, and more than two million people have been displaced during the three-year-long conflict. Though the city was liberated from the brutal ISIS regime, fighting continues.

Saturday's trip was Jolie's fifth visit to Iraq since 2001, and coincided with the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.





Bieber caught kissing

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have sealed their re-romance with a kiss.

The former flames were caught on camera smooching in New York's Domino Park on Saturday, and then they were spotted locking lips in Rockefeller Park.

Justin and Hailey originally dated back in early 2016, but they split and fell out as friends.

They sparked reconciliation rumors earlier this month, after they were spotted vacationing together in Miami, Florida.

In one picture published online, Hailey was seen helping Justin dry off on the balcony of their hotel room, and the couple was also spotted together at a VOUS church conference and at dinner at Casa Tua and the LIV nightclub.

The 24-year-old and Hailey's vacation came a month after the model was linked to another Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes. She denied the romance rumors in May, insisting the Stitches singer was "super-lovely," but she was "single" following a reported date night at the Met Gala.

She recently revealed she had become friends with Justin again.

"Justin and I were friends for a long time," she told The Sunday Times. "I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends. Everybody knows that at a certain point in time that turned into something else, but that just happens when you're 18, 19. It was what it was.

"We went through a long period of time when we weren't friends. We didn't speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on. We've moved past that... We just work much better as friends. He's somebody I really cherish. Now it's a very mature situation. It's good."

Meanwhile, Justin didn't let his new romance take over Father's Day on Sunday - he shared a touching tribute to his dad, beneath a black and white snap of Jeremy Bieber holding his newborn son, Justin.

"Dad I love you more than words... I would do absolutely anything for you," Justin wrote. "I can't wait to hug and kiss you Happy Father's Day."



New Jay-Z, Beyonce album

Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper's disgust at this year's Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album "Everything Is Love" dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

The album features Beyonce rapping on songs more than she has done on previous releases.

One song that features a profanity in its title includes Jay-Z lashing out at the Grammys. He was the top nominee at February's awards show, but left empty-handed.

In 2013, Beyonce released the self-titled album "Beyonce" without any notice.



Cirque to open in malls

The group known for Cirque du Soleil's acrobatic performances is eyeing struggling malls for an opportunity to grow its business.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group plans to start building family entertainment centres, called Creactive, where guests can try circus and dance activities, bungee jumping, aerial parkour, trampolines, mask designing and juggling.

The venture aims to fulfil an opportunity that arises from the transformation of retail around the world, said the group in a statement, adding developers increasingly look at adding entertainment experiences that turn malls into holistic destinations. The centres will add to Cirque du Soleil's roster of similar facilities at Club Med resorts in the Dominican Republic and France.

The company partnered with real estate giant Ivanhoe Cambridge to open the first indoor centre in the Greater Toronto Area in September 2019.

Ivanhoe Cambridge's portfolio includes 28 malls in Canada, according to its website, including Vaughan Mills in Vaughan, Ont. The pair are in discussions about future locations in other Canadian and international cities.

The centres perfectly align with Ivanhoe Cambridge's vision for the future of retail, which includes joining forces with partners to offer patrons innovative experiences, said the company's president of retail Claude Sirois in a statement.

"This collaboration is a terrific illustration of our efforts to transform the retail experience for our discerning guests," he said.

Malls have been transforming in recent years, devoting more real estate to experience-based shopping rather than typical stores in an effort to lure customers lost to online shopping back inside. They've also grappled with anchor tenants, like Zellers, Target and Sears Canada, closing down and leaving big vacant spaces.

Cineplex Inc. is another company taking advantage of this trend. The company has been opening arcade and restaurant spaces with its Rec Room offering.

Creactive comes months after Cirque du Soleil aimed to expand internationally by buying Blue Man Productions, a New York entertainment company with a strong presence in Europe.



Kim K made Trump laugh

Kim Kardashian broke the ice with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House by jokingly demanding an explanation for the firing of her sister Khloe from 2009's The Celebrity Apprentice.

The reality TV beauty was granted a meeting with Trump on 30 May to discuss her clemency campaign for jailed great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who had been handed life without parole for a first-time, non-violent drug offense back in 1996.

Kim's efforts were successful, and Johnson was freed from Aliceville Correctional Institution in Alabama on 6 June.

On Wednesday, the two women met in person for the first time in Memphis, Tennessee, and during a joint interview on breakfast show Today, Kim recalled the funny first words she uttered to the President, who famously served as the boss on his hit reality series The Apprentice and its spin-off, The Celebrity Apprentice, on which Khloe Kardashian was once a competitor.

"He was at his desk...," Kim shared. "I first said..., 'I am here because I really wanna know why you kicked Khloe off The Apprentice (sic).' That was the first thing I said and he laughed and it broke the ice."

The mother-of-three then "got focused" and addressed Alice's case, claiming Trump was receptive to the idea of commuting Johnson's sentence from the start.

"The President had compassion for her right away," Kim said. "He felt it was the right thing to do."

The White House meeting, which coincidentally took place on Alice's 63rd birthday, occurred after months of lobbying by Kardashian, who first read about Johnson's plight in a Mic.com article in October and subsequently hired her own lawyer to help with the case.

At the time, Alice had no idea who Kim was, but she quickly did her research to find out everything about her benefactor: "I did not know her name, I didn't know Kim," she confessed. "As soon as I found out who she was, I started getting every magazine I could find, I started reading everything that I could about her."

Both Kim and Alice have vowed to continue fighting for justice for others in similar situations, and Kardashian has already brought a few other cases of interest to White House officials' attention.

Meanwhile, Johnson, who fears she'll never be able to properly thank Kim for her freedom, has warned critics to stop badmouthing her pal.

Revealing she keeps high school yearbook photos of Kim and her husband Kanye West in her Bible, and prays for them, she told the 37-year-old, "My focus for you was Psalm 105: 'Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.' Kim has been anointed to do this, and no one better not touch her, even with their mouth (sic)!" she scolded.



Ne-Yo welcomes 4th child

R&B star Ne-Yo has become a father for the fourth time.

The Closer hitmaker and his wife Crystal Renay welcomed a son named Roman Alexander-Raj Smith on Thursday, and the new mum took to Instagram on Friday to announce his arrival.

"Born 6-14-18 at 2:11 pm 6pd (pounds) and 15 ounces 19 inches long," she captioned a post revealing his name. "He's so BEAUTIFUL."

Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, has yet to comment on the latest addition to his family.

Roman is a little brother for the couple's two-year-old boy Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., while the singer is also dad to daughter Madilyn, seven, and six-year-old son Mason, his kids with his ex-fiancee Monyetta Shaw.

Ne-Yo previously confessed he had mixed feelings after learning he and Crystal were expecting another son, because he had been hoping for a second daughter.

"I'm excited but I was banking on another girl because I have two boys already," he told People.com back in January. "I wanted to have two boys, two girls."

Ne-Yo was also keen to grant daughter Madilyn's wish for a little sister: "My daughter is my oldest," he explained. "When we found out it was a boy, she just started boohooing (crying). She so desperately wanted a little sister, so badly."

Days after he opened up about the new baby's gender, Crystal sparked rumors suggesting she had already given birth by posting a "throwback" photo of herself holding a newborn in a delivery room.

Fans started offering up their congratulations, but Ne-Yo subsequently made it clear it was an old picture, and urged followers to pay attention to the caption.

"If you read the caption under the picture, it stated that, 'OK, this is from when our son, our one-year-old... was born,'" he told news show Access Live on 31 January. "We're only five months in (to the new pregnancy). We've got some time y'all...! But I do appreciate how quick everybody was to jump in with congratulations and all that. That was cool."

Ne-Yo and Crystal wed in 2016.



Grapes of Wrath inducted

 

This October, BreakOut West heads back to Kelowna, BC, for the first time since 2010. Now in its 16th year, the gathering continues to develop, support, and honour the best of western Canadian music, with its annual conference, festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards. This year, Kelowna-born rock band, The Grapes Of Wrath, will be celebrated for their decade-spanning career, and inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. 

"We are especially excited to be receiving this honour in Kelowna, the town where we got our start,” says founding member, Kevin Kane. “Incredible to think that it's been 40 years since we were two teens and a tween, gathering every Friday night in a basement in Glenmore to bash out British Invasion and punk rock songs.”

The Hall Of Fame award annually recognizes an artist/band that has made a significant impact in their career; traditionally being awarded to an artist/band from the host province. 

“The Grapes of Wrath will join a great group of past inductees who have built the Canadian music scene and have been recognized worldwide as a key element in the soundtrack of the past few decades,” comments Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “We are incredibly excited to honour them with this induction in Kelowna.”

The full list of Western Canadian Music Awards nominees have been announced and member voting has concluded. Winners of the artistic categories will be announced on Thursday, October 11 at the WCMAwards Reception in Kelowna, and Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented on Saturday, October 13 at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna. The Grapes of Wrath will be honoured at the Industry Awards Brunch and will be officially presented with their award on the 13th, where they will be performing as part of the festival. 

About The Grapes Of Wrath

Brothers Tom and Chris Hooper met Kevin Kane in 1977, as the three were entering their teens in Kelowna, BC. Their first band was a punk combo called Kill Pigs which played faster than the singer could sing. The Hoopers and Kane would go on to form other bands (Gentlemen of Horror and Empty Set) during their teens, and returned to working together musically again in April of 1983. Taking the name, The Grapes Of Wrath, from a book of movie reviews, they began writing and rehearsing in earnest, gaining enough confidence to open for acts in Seattle and Vancouver. Using proceeds from gigs and yard sales, the band recorded their debut 4 song EP the following summer, signed to Vancouver's fledgling Nettwerk, and went on to release their follow up debut full-length album, September Bowl Of Green, in 1985.

The band's second album, Treehouse, was their first for the major label Capital, earning gold status in Canada. Their 1989 release, Now and Again, was the band’s big breakthrough, and featured newly added keyboardist, Vincent Jones. Singles, All The Things I Wasn't, and What Was Going Through My Head, propelled the album to platinum status and soon the band went from playing bars to theaters and touring Europe, opening for acts such as Lloyd Cole and Texas.

Extensive international touring for their 4th album, the platinum-selling, These Days, put its strain on the band. Succumbing to the classic "musical and personal differences", the Grapes parted ways after a Halloween show in 1992. In the summer of 2010, after 18 years, the original founding members (Chris and Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane) found themselves on stage together again at a festival in Surrey, BC. In 2013, the band released High Road, their first album of new material in 22 years.



Foo Fighters/ GNR team up

Foo Fighters and Guns N' Roses stunned fans with an epic surprise performance on Thursday.

Midway through their headline set at the Firenze Rocks Festival in Florence, Italy on Thursday, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl invited Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan onstage to perform It's So Easy, from the Guns N' Roses classic album Appetite for Destruction.

Footage of the collaboration shows Rose and Grohl sharing vocal duties, while guitarists Slash and McKagan are seen jamming with the rest of the band.

Rose rocked his iconic red bandana as he raced round the stage in a frenzied and energetic performance as the crowd went wild.

After the Guns N' Roses trio left the stage, the Foo Fighters continued with their hit-laden set, which included Learn to Fly, My Hero, Everlong and a cover of Queen's hit Under Pressure.

Guns N' Roses, who are in the midst of their Not in This Lifetime... Tour, are set to headline Firenze Rocks Festival on Friday.

This isn't the first time the rock bands have collaborated. Last year, Grohl performed Paradise City with Guns N' Roses during the band's tour stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The duet came after the 49-year-old rocker lent Rose his custom-built throne so that he could perform the first date of the band's tour with a broken leg. The throne was first used by Grohl after he broke his leg during a show in Sweden, forcing the band to cancel their headline set at Glastonbury festival.

Rose reportedly said during the show: "I wanna thank Dave Grohl for this; it was very nice of him. I've got nothing to do with this."



Neil Diamond shines at gala

Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson's disease, but the singer didn't let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.

Diamond, who was officially inducted into the Hall in 1984, earned the Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday and closed the multi-hour event in New York City with a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline."

He was happy and excited onstage, performing an extended version of the iconic song, backed by a band and the audience of songwriters and music industry players who sang along.

The 77-year-old, who announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson's in January and cancelled planned concerts, barely spoke at the event, where John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool and the Gang and Jermaine Dupri were inducted as the Hall's 2018 class.



Game of Thrones diary kept

Emilia Clarke has been keeping a diary while filming the final series of Game of Thrones.

The actress has played Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy since its inception in 2011, and will bow out as the programme reaches its conclusion in 2019.

Keen to remember her last moments on set, Emilia decided to document the details of her final filming days.

"I've been writing a diary entry for every day of filming, so when I'm an old lady I can look back and remember what I was feeling," the 31-year-old shared in an interview with Britain's OK! magazine. "The majority of my entries are like: "My feet hurt. I'm tired.' None of it is this wistful thing I hoped it would be. It's mainly just me talking about what I ate for dinner.'"

The three-time Emmy nominee has in fact been keeping a diary ever since she first landed her iconic Game of Thrones role.

"It's been my entire life and my entire 20s," she enthused, adding that the show's forthcoming ending has triggered a range of emotions. "It feels like preparing to leave home. It's exciting but sad and scary at the same time."

Away from Game of Thrones, Emilia is making a name for herself as a Hollywood leading lady and is currently in cinemas playing the role of Han Solo's childhood sweetheart Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story. And after becoming a Star Wars fan under her brother's guidance, the British star says she was always hoping to bag a role in the film series.

"I watched the movies when I was young, but it was only when Episode VII (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) came out that I was blown away," she recalled. "I went back and watched them all again and was like: "I hope there's a part for me in the future of this new female-led franchise.'"



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