Stevie Wonder to headline New Year’s Eve in Vegas
Music legend Stevie Wonder plans to headline in Sin City on New Year’s Eve, playing to a ballroom crowd at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and to thousands of revelers on the Las Vegas Strip by video.
Casino officials told the Associated Press the 25-time Grammy winner, known for top hits including “Superstition” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” will be its top performer one year after an exclusive grand-opening bash that featured Jay-Z and Coldplay.
This year’s party is slightly more accessible than last year’s invitation-only affair - a limited number of tickets start at $250 and include an open bar.
The New Year’s Eve show caps a year of entertainment at the Cosmopolitan that has featured top acts including Adele, the Flaming Lips and Deadmau5.
Mr. Wonder’s concert will stream to partiers on the Las Vegas Strip, which will shut down to vehicle traffic and fill up with tourists.
Lindsay Lohan reportedly poses nude for Playboy
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has posed nude for Playboy in a deal worth nearly $1 million, the celebrity news website TMZ reported Tuesday.
According to Agence France-Presse, TMZ reported that the actress, who has faced a string of legal problems and is on probation, had wanted $1 million and balked at an initial offer of $750,000,.
Playboy boss Hugh Hefner recently came back to Miss Lohan with an offer below her asking price - but close enough for her to agree to the deal, the website said, adding that shooting for the Playboy spread began over the weekend.
A spokeswoman for the actress declined to comment, telling AFP: “I am neither confirming nor denying the reports.” Playboy also had no comment on the report.
The star of “Mean Girls” was turned away from the Los Angeles County morgue last week after turning up late for community service ordered as part of her probation terms, officials said.
Miss Lohan appeared handcuffed in court last week but later was released after paying $100,000 bail, and a probation violation hearing was set for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Miss Lohan’s estranged father made his first appearance in court Wednesday on domestic violence charges.
According to the Associated Press, Judge Walter R. Heinrich set bail at $5,000 for Michael Lohan. Mr. Lohan is accused of grabbing his on-and-off girlfriend and pushing her down multiple times during an argument at her Tampa, Fla., condo on Sunday. The judge told Mr. Lohan to stay away from 28-year-old Kate Major.
Authorities said Mr. Lohan went to Miss Major’s condo and that she decided to let him stay even though she had a temporary domestic-violence injunction against him in Sarasota County.
A call to Mr. Lohan’s lawyer, Michael Perry, was not immediately returned.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler recovering after fall
The Paraguayan dentist who treated Steven Tyler after he took a fall in his hotel room, suffering cuts and breaking two teeth, said the Aerosmith singer is “doing splendidly.”
Mr. Tyler’s accident forced a one-day postponement for the Aerosmith concert in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion that had been scheduled for Tuesday. Organizers expected more than 50,000 people to attend the concert.
Dr. Maria Bastos also said Mr. Tyler was “friendly and humble” as he received two dental implants. She told the Monumental radio station on Wednesday that Mr. Tyler “surprised me with his cheerfulness.”
Officials of the Garzia Group, which organized the concert, said the 63-year-old singer apparently became dizzy because of gastrointestinal problems and fell in his hotel bathroom.
Flaming Lips plan Steve Jobs tribute for O Music Awards
Steve Jobs helped transform the way music is consumed, and now he’s getting a musical tribute.
According to the Associated Press, the Flaming Lips rock band will honor the late Apple co-founder by performing a cover of the Beatles’ “Revolution” at the O Music Awards 2 on Monday. The performance will be recorded with an iPad and broadcast on OMusicAwards.com, MTV announced Tuesday.
Electronic-dance singer Robyn will headline the awards show, which will take place in Los Angeles. The special “celebrates the artists, innovators and fans impacting digital music culture.”
Other performers and presenters include Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy and Tyler the Creator.
Jobs died at age 56 on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Artist delivers baby boy as work of art in gallery
A performance artist who said giving birth is the “highest form of art” has delivered a baby boy inside a New York City art gallery.
The Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn said Marni Kotak gave birth to a healthy infant, weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.
The 36-year-old artist had set up a home-birth center at the gallery, turning the space into a brightly decorated bedroom with ocean blue walls and photo-imprinted pillows.
The gallery said in a statement that “Baby X” was born at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday. It didn’t say how many people witnessed the birth or give any other detail.
The gallery said a video of the birth will be added to its upcoming exhibition.
• Compiled from web and wire reports.