ARCH MUSIC NEWS FOR 2/26/13
ARCH MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Elton John raked in six-million-dollars for his AIDS Foundation with his annual Oscars viewing party Sunday. “The Los Angeles Times” says Steven Tyler was among those on hand for the event. The Aerosmith frontman also offered up five nights at his Maui vacation home as an auction item, which had the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and TV personality Chelsea Handler in a bidding war. But neither of them will be making the trip. An unnamed guest placed the 230-thousand-dollar winning bid. U2′s Bono and “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj were also in attendance, along with Britney Spears, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, model Heidi Klum, actor Jim Carrey, Kim Kardashian, and many others. R&B singer Chris Brown was there as well — without Rihanna — and wasn’t driven off by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s joke about his 2009 assault on her. To the contrary, Brown was reportedly the last of the A-listers to leave the party.
Bon Jovi‘s upcoming album promotion includes an appearance on “American Idol.” The group will be featured on the Fox reality show next month. They’re slated to perform “Because We Can,” the lead-off single from “What About Now,” on the “Idol” results show Thursday, March 14th. The “Idol” date comes two days after the album arrives in stores. The episode will also feature last year’s “Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, who’ll sing his hit “Gone, Gone, Gone.”
Janet Jackson is putting those engagement rumors to rest. The pop superstar says she’s not engaged – she’s married. Janet came clean about her secret marriage to billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana in a post on her website Monday. The message reads: “The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities.” The statement added, “We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet.”
Taylor Swift apparently believes turnabout is fair play. The country-pop superstar — who has a reputation for writing songs about her exes — says she has no objections to a former boyfriend penning a tune about her. She tells the UK’s “InStyle” magazine “that’s how it works,” and if it happens she’s “not gonna complain about it.” Swift explains that she’s “not gonna sit there and say, ‘I’m the only one who can write a song about this relationship,’” but feels it’s “fair game.” Swift’s dating history includes a few musicians. Her most recent ex is British pop singer Harry Styles from the group One Direction.