SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment WriterJan 9, 7:12 PM EST
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Adele is
coming to the Golden Globes.
The executive producer of the show says
the 24-year-old Grammy-winning pop star is set to make her
first post-baby appearance at Sunday's ceremony, where she is
nominated for original song for the James Bond theme "Skyfall."
Adele welcomed her first child, with
boyfriend Simon Konecki, in October. The singer has kept a low
profile since announcing her pregnancy in June after sweeping
the Grammy Awards last February with six wins.
Her single, "Skyfall," will compete at
the Golden Globes with Taylor Swift's song from "The Hunger
Games," Jon Bon Jovi's number from "Stand Up Guys," Keith
Urban's track from "Act of Valor," and "Suddenly" from "Les
The Globes will be presented Sunday at
the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Awards to celebrate fall of Berlin wall
2 ноября 2009 г. 16:43:19 MARY MacPHERSON LANE
This time it's Berlin calling.
The MTV European Music Awards (EMAs)
are coming to the German capital with an international
cast, featuring performances by U2, the Foo Fighters,
Shakira and Leona Lewis.
Berlin is the only city to host
the awards show twice, in 1994 and on Thursday -- a
decision MTV said it made to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9.
"This year's EMAs is unique in
having the theme of unity in addition to what we
normally do -- celebrating and playing the music," MTV
International's CEO Bill Roedy told The Associated Press
in an interview.
Legendary Irish band U2 will play
a short set in front of the Brandenburg Gate before the
awards show is held at the O2 World stadium. Tickets to
U2's performance were given away free online and were
snapped up within hours.
U2's concert is not only a
historical nod to the significance to the Brandenburg
Gate -- which lies on the line that formerly divided
East and West Berlin -- but also a reflection of the
band's history. Their seventh album, 'Achtung Baby' was
recorded in Berlin in 1990 and their single 'One' was
inspired by the fall of the wall and written on the eve
of German reunification.
The EMAs feature 13 award
categories with nominees from Europe, North and South
America. Traditionally, many awards go to American
artists who are also popular in Europe.
Last year's EMAs were held in
Liverpool, with Americans Britney Spears, Kanye West and
Pink all taking home awards. There is also a Best
European Band that went last year to Turkey's Emre Adym.
This year's nominees include
newcomers like pop-act Lady Gaga and the English
electro-pop duo La Roux, along with established acts
like Green Day, Shakira and Jay-Z. Vying for Best
European Act are Finnish rock group Deep Insight and
Italy's Lost, who beat out the Jonas Brothers this year
to win the 2009 TRL Best Band award.
Music from the Western world was
embraced by youth in East Germany before and after the
fall of the wall.
"Everything that looked like a
lively and vivacious culture was loved by East German
youth because they felt a great yearning," Frithjof
Hager, a sociologist at the Free University in Berlin,
told the AP. "They wanted to get out of the cruel, gray
unhappiness of their country and experience the new and
The fall of the wall had major
impact on Berlin's creative scene, its mayor says.
"With the fall of the wall,
Western energy and the creative and artistic impulses of
the music scene in Berlin were set free," Klaus Wowereit
told the AP.
- It took 22 years, but U2 has broken its own attendance
record for the best-attended single concert performance
at a U.S. venue by one headliner.
The band's 360 Tour played the
Pasadena, California, Rose Bowl on October 25 to a
sellout crowd of 97,014 -- the highest attendance on
record for one U.S. show by a single headliner based on
box office totals reported to Billboard.
The old record
was set on September 25, 1987, at the now-demolished
John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia with a crowd of
86,145 in attendance for the band's Joshua Tree Tour.
This year's Rose
Bowl performance grossed more than $9.9 million,
considerably more than the 1987 Philly show, which
brought in a mere $1.5 million in ticket sales.
Among the top
five single-concert attendances on record in the U.S.,
the top three are all U2 performances. The third-highest
attendance is also from the band's current tour, at its
September 29 sellout at FedExField in Landover,
Maryland, with 84,754.
Pink Floyd's May
29, 1994, show at the Ohio State University football
stadium is in fourth place with 75,250. The Backstreet
Boys round out the top five with a sold-out show at the
Georgia Dome on February 19, 2000, when 73,337 fans
filled the Atlanta stadium to see the pop group's Into
the Millennium Tour.
U2's Rose Bowl
show excelled in gross ticket sales as well as
attendance. With $9.96 million grossed, it is the
second-highest-grossing single U.S. concert by a solo
headliner. The concert is second only to the Three
Tenors' July 20, 1996, sold-out show at Giants Stadium
in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Rolling Stones make
up the rest of this top-five list with a Giants Stadium
concert of its own on September 15, 2005, a sold-out
benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall on March 14,
2006, and an outdoor show at Chicago's Soldier Field on
September 10, 2005.
TOP ATTENDANCE AT
A U.S. CONCERT BY A SINGLE HEADLINER:
1. U2 - Rose
Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. (October 25, 2009) Attendance:
97,014 Gross: $9,960,036
2. U2 - John F.
Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia (September 25, 1987)
Attendance: 86,145 Gross: $1,593,683