NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie was private in his personal life and his family wants his death to be private as well. Bowie’s family writes on his website they are planning a private memorial service for him and won’t give any more details. They say they welcome the tributes and concerts that are being held in Bowie’s honor, but the family did not organize or endorse any of them. They say they “welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.” Bowie died Sunday of cancer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Bowie has knocked Adele out of the top spot for video views on Vevo. Bowie videos were viewed 51 million times on Monday, the day after his death. That sets a new record for most single-day video views on Vevo. Adele had held the record on October 23 when her “Hello” video debuted. Bowie’s video for “Lazarus” was the most-viewed Vevo video on Monday, with 11.1 million.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prankster has changed the name of Bowie Street in Austin, Texas, to David Bowie Street, and Austin is fine with it for now. The Austin Statesman reports the sign is near the offices for the South By Southwest music festival. City officials say the sign was not sanctioned, but they’ll leave it up until next week.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion is cancelling her shows tomorrow and Sunday night in Las Vegas. Dion’s husband and former manager, Rene Angelil, has died of throat cancer in Vegas. He was 73. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says his office was notified yesterday of Angelil’s death. Angelil discovered Dion when she was 12 and mortgaged his house to fund her first record. They married in 1994 and had three children. Dion had taken time off of her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to take care of Angelil for a year. She returned in August.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith was in a coffee shop with his mother when he found out he was nominated for an Oscar. He’s up for best original song for co-writing “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre.” Smith says he’s feeling overwhelmed and jokes, “Better pick out a gown.” His competition includes Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, who wrote the song “Til It Happens To You” from the sexual assault documentary, “The Hunting Ground.” Lady Gaga says her nomination “lends a voice to the victims and survivors all over the world.” It’s Warren’s eighth nomination for best original song, but she’s never won. The Weeknd is nominated for co-writing “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey.” He tweets, “It can’t get more surreal than this” and it’s “truly a proud moment.” The other nominees are “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction” and “Simple Song Number 3” from “Youth.” The Oscars will be given out February 28.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Randy Newman’s family has achieved an Oscars milestone. Newman’s cousin Thomas was nominated for an Oscar for writing the score to the film “Bridge of Spies.” Thomas’ father, Alfred Newman, his brother, David Newman, and uncles Emil and Lionel Newman are also film composers. Add all that up and the Newmans have been nominated for Oscars 89 times, more than any other family. “Bridge of Spies” is Thomas Newman 13th Oscar nomination. He has never won. The awards will be handed out February 28.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences likes Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone, but Nirvana, N.W.A. or the Beach Boys — not so much. The Amy Winehouse film “Amy” and the movie about Simone, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” both have been nominated for the best documentary Oscar. “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” was snubbed. The movie based on N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” was a critical and commercial success but only got a nomination for best original screenplay. The Brian Wilson film “Love and Mercy” was expected to at least get a nomination for its music but it failed to get anything.
LONDON (AP) — Adele, James Bay and Years And Years lead the nominations for the Brit Awards, Britain’s answer to the Grammys. They’re each nominated four times. Adele and Bay are up for best British album, considered the big award. They’re up against Coldplay, Florence and the Machine and Jamie xx. Amy Winehouse got a posthumous nomination for best British female for the soundtrack to the documentary “Amy.” The Brits will be held February 24 in London.
NEW YORK (AP) — Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick will tour together this summer. The Three For All Tour begins July 14 outside Detroit.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The woman who starred in David Bowie’s “China Girl” video says the steamy scene on the beach was the least sexy she’s ever been in her life. Geeling Ching was 23 when she was cast in the 1983 video. Ching says she and Bowie were naked for the beach scene but it was not romantic. She says she was freezing and she kept getting salt water in her mouth. She also accidentally head-butted Bowie. They hit it off anyway and had a real-life romance that involved her traveling with him on private jets. Ching says Bowie was “other-worldly” and “beautiful.” It didn’t last long, and Ching returned to her native New Zealand. She had other acting roles but fell in love with the hospitality industry and now works as a restaurant manager.