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Elton top tourer of 2020

Elton John has been crowned the king of 2020 touring after squeezing in 47 shows.

The rocker sold almost 800,000 tickets and raked in over $114 million from his 2020 concerts to land the year's top-grossing tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

Figures are based on gigs staged between Nov. 1, 2019, and Oct. 31, 2020, and include traditional dates, drive-in concerts, and livestream events.

Elton managed to stage all 47 of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour concerts in North America and Australia, before COVID-19 shut the tour down in mid-March.

The Rocket Man hitmaker rises from last year's number four act to the top of the 2020 countdown, ahead of Celine Dion and U2. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Post Malone round out the 2020 top five.





Cranston still can't smell

Bryan Cranston still hasn't fully regained his sense of smell months after his COVID-19 battle.

The former Breaking Bad actor has opened up on his recovery from the respiratory illness - which he contracted back in March - and while he's in good health, he admits he is still feeling the effects.

"The only thing that lingered, and still is to this day, is I lost a percentage of my ability to taste and smell," he said while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"I think about 75 per cent has come back, but if someone was brewing coffee, and I walk into a kitchen, I cannot... smell it."

The screen star - whose wife Robin Dearden got coronavirus first - revealed he was ill for about 10 days.

"We had a few days of achiness, but not enough to keep you in bed," he explained. "I had a temperature of 99 for about three hours, and then just exhaustion for a week after that."

He also joked that he and Robin got the virus early because they "didn't want to miss out", quipping: "It was a surprise to us because we heard it was coming over, and then all of a sudden, she got it first. She gave it to me because we share."



Cooper's 'Monsters' cruise

Alice Cooper is aiming to be back on the road by spring after signing up to headline the 10th annual Monsters of Rock Cruise festival.

Promoters at On The Blue will be moving the cruise to land for 2021, inviting fans to party in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from May 26 to 31.

Cooper will lead the lineup for the event, titled Monsters of Rock's Operation Monster Beach, which will also feature performances from the likes of Killer Dwarfs, Vixen, Eclipse, John Corabi, Bullet Boys, LA Guns, Winger, and Lit.

The rock icon will also be joined for the trek by his daughter, actress/singer Calico Cooper, who will celebrate her 40th birthday in the days leading up to Operation Monster Beach.

It's the School's Out hitmaker's first new live show to be announced since the coronavirus shutdown forced the postponement of his 2020 tour plans, although Cooper has been staying busy staging various events online to keep fans entertained amid the ongoing pandemic.





Arm almost ripped off in big cat attack at Tiger King star's Florida sanctuary

Tiger attack at sanctuary

Tiger King star Carole Baskin's big cat sanctuary in Florida was the scene of a bloody mess on Thursday when one of the reality TV star's tigers attacked a volunteer.

Kimba bit into Candy Couser's hand as she reached into an enclosure to open the door for feeding time, and would not let go until her fellow volunteers arrived on the scene.

Sources tell TMZ Candy's arm was almost torn off at the shoulder.

Employees applied a tourniquet and pressure to the wounds until paramedics arrived and continued treatment stabilising the tiger attack victim and transporting her to a local Tampa hospital. She is expected to survive.

Kimba will be kept in quarantine for the next 30 days as a precaution, but Baskin insists the animal was "just acting normal" at feeding time.

She claims Kimba was in an enclosure behind two guillotine-style tunnel doors and when Couser discovered the second access point clipped shut, she should not have reached in to open it.

"This is our universal signal NOT to open a gate without the co-ordinator coming to assist, but Candy said she just wasn't thinking when she reached in to unclip it," Baskin says. "It is against our protocols for anyone to stick any part of their body into a cage with a cat in it."



Khloe strips down for ad

Khloe Kardashian has bared all for a stunning new footwear ad.

The reality TV star and entrepreneur has launched her Good American shoe collection by sharing shots from the stripped-down campaign, in which she wears nothing but sexy thigh-high satin boots on Instagram.

The star also modeled the over-the-knee 'Emma' wearing only a black thong.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star's Good American shoes and boots come with extended widths around feet, calves and thighs, and each item includes ergonomically designed heels.



J.Lo's advice for Weeknd

Jennifer Lopez has warned The Weeknd performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show is "intense."

The Blinding Lights hitmaker is set to headline the coveted spot midway through the Super Bowl LV game on Feb. 7 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

And Jennifer, who co-headlined the Halftime slot with Shakira earlier this year, has offered up some words of advice to the Canadian star.

"Good luck, it was intense! It was intense for me and it was all worth it in the end. But the ride itself is intense," she told Entertainment Tonight.

"It's funny, I spoke to a friend of ours, (my manager) Benny Medina and I, who manages another big artist who did the Super Bowl at one time a few years back and was like, 'It was the most stressful time.' He was like, 'We almost quit on each other. It was the only time in 26 years that we quit on each other.' So it is an intense experience for the performer, I think, because it is a big stage and you want to do great and you are fighting certain elements creatively and it is just one of those things that I think is such a privilege and a blessing to be able to experience."

The Waiting For Tonight hitmaker admitted that while it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, she's glad her turn is done and dusted.

"But then you realize, 'Oh, this is why it's the Super Bowl, it's a big deal.' And I am just so glad that everybody at the end of the day enjoyed the performance and I loved what we did," she added. "And I am happy that it is not me this year and that it is The Weeknd."



Blake's chapel for Gwen

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton will reportedly wed in a chapel that he built on the grounds of their Oklahoma ranch.

The happy couple announced in October they are set to get married after five years together, and sources have now said that 44-year-old Blake has had a chapel constructed on his ranch, which is likely to be the venue for their wedding.

"Blake built a chapel on the grounds of his Oklahoma ranch. He did it himself with help. It's really a tribute to their love," an insider revealed to Us Weekly magazine. "They are going to get married in the chapel, most likely early next year."

The news comes after it was reported Gwen, 51, is "ecstatic" about her engagement.

Sources had previously revealed the God's Country star had involved Gwen's three sons - Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, six, who she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale - in his proposal plans.



Eddie's guitars go for $422K

Three Eddie Van Halen guitars were sold for more than $422,000 at auction.

The late rocker's customised Kramer electric guitar sold for $231,250, while his 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar fetched a winning bid of $140,800. And a prop guitar used by child actor Bryan Hitchcock to play a young Eddie in Van Halen's Hot for Teacher video sold for $50,000 at Julien's Auctions' annual Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock 'n' Roll Auction.

Among the other 900 items sold during the auction included two Fender guitars smashed by Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain, which fetched a combined $281,600, and an acoustic guitar played by and signed by Paul McCartney sold for $54,400.

Guitar icon Eddie Van Halen lost his battle with cancer in October, following a storied career that saw him live life in the fast lane on and off stage.



Hanks still carry antibodies

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks still have antibodies nine months after they contracted COVID-19.

The Hollywood couple was diagnosed with the disease while in Australia in March, and have subsequently offered to help with studies to find a vaccine, and they are still protected months later.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week at the studio for a socially-distanced chat, host Jimmy told Rita: "I feel like you're the only person I don't have to worry about because you must be brimming with antibodies right now."

To which she replied: "I still have antibodies!"

As part of the UCLA program they are a part of, Rita and husband Tom, both 64, get tested for coronavirus "every couple of months."

She added: "They test us and so far we still have them. They diminish as you get farther away from your infection, but they're still there helping us out."

The pair have also been donating plasma to aid research for a vaccine.

Forrest Gump star Tom previously admitted the illness left him feeling exhausted, and revealed that his wife had a high fever and lost her sense of taste.

"We had very different symptoms," he said. She had a higher fever than I did. She had horrible nausea...

"We were eating takeout food that I thought was delicious. It was savory goodness. It had butter sauces. It had come from a thing, highly recommended joint. And she was saying, 'This tastes like oatmeal to me.' I thought she was insane.

"I had bones that felt like they were made out of soda crackers and bone-crushing fatigue."



Shatner's not your father

A man who claimed to be William Shatner's long-lost son has discovered the Star Trek legend isn't his dad after all.

Peter Sloan, who legally changed his surname to Shatner last year, had claimed the actor had fathered him with late Canadian actress Kathy McNeil after a one-night-stand in 1956.

Shatner has always denied the allegation, and steadfastly refused a DNA test - despite Sloan hitting him with a $170 million lawsuit in a bid to force him to take a test.

However, after uploading his own DNA to genealogy site Ancestry.com, Sloan discovered the identity of his dad was actually a Canadian man named Benjamin 'Chick' Freedman, who died in 2001.

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper, the discovery was made after Chick's daughter agreed to a DNA test in October, with the results showing that she and Sloan were half-siblings.

Sloan told the publication, while he's relieved to have finally discovered who his dad was, he's upset that it's too late for them to have forged a bond.

"I will never have the opportunity to sit and talk to him," Peter said. "I just wanted to know where I came from. I found what I was looking for. It took time and it was a fight, but I did it. I finally know where I come from."

He's now planning to revert his surname, most probably back to Sloan.

Shatner has adult daughters from his first marriage to Gloria Rand. They divorced in 1969, and he has since been married to Marcy Lafferty, from 1973 to 1996, and Nerine Kidd Shatner, from 1997 until her death in 1999.

He tied the knot with current wife Elizabeth Anderson Martin in 2001.



Stars make 30 Under 30 list

Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch and Ava Max are among the stars to feature in Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 list.

Every year, the financial bible honours 600 influential young figures across 20 categories, and this year the likes of Lil Baby, Lana Condor, Sabrina Carpenter, Kaitlyn Dever and Ramy Youssef also featured.

TikTok dancer Jalaiah Harmon, 15, and YouTuber Marques Brownlee were also on the shortlist, as were basketball player Ben Simmons and Igor Karlicic, the co-founder of Monarc, who created the Seeker system used by college sports programs.

Hip-hop artist Roddy told the publication he'd made more money than ever before while quarantining at home this year.

Referring to the estimated $20 million he's made in 2020, the Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial hitmaker said: "I've made more this year than I have ever made in life – at home."

Across the entire list of honorees, the average age is 26.6 and a total of 20 per cent are immigrants from 62 different countries.

Randall Lane, Forbes' Chief Content Officer, said: "Despite the pandemic, a global recession and the social-justice movement here in the United States, today's young entrepreneurs are as enterprising as ever, committed to solving the world's problems and designing a way forward that benefits us all."

And Forbes Under 30 editor Alexandra Wilson added: "Some are defying the odds and building businesses despite Covid-19; others are helping to fight the illness, serving on hospital frontlines or working with A.I. to discover new drugs."

Judges this year included Taylor Swift, a former entry on the list herself.

The 20 different categories which are recognized on the lists include art and style, consumer tech, education, energy, enterprise tech, finance, food & drink, games, healthcare, Hollywood and entertainment, manufacturing, marketing and advertising, media, music, retail, science, social entrepreneurship, social media, sports and venture capital.



Miley will always love Liam

Miley Cyrus has opened up about her failed marriage to Liam Hemsworth, revealing she will always love the actor.

The couple tied the knot at Christmas, 2018 but the marriage was doomed from the start and Miley and her man split the following summer.

Now the Wrecking Ball singer claims she should never have agreed to get married so soon after the couple's Malibu, California home was destroyed by local wildfires.

"Me being an intense person and not wanting to sit with it and not wanting to go, you know, 'What could be purposeful about this?' I just clung to what I had left of that house, which was me and him," she told satellite radio host Howard Stern. "And I really do and did love him very, very, very much and still do, always will."

And she suggests the pair was always at odds as husband and wife, adding, "There was too much conflict... When I come home, I want to be anchored by someone. I don't get off on drama or fighting."



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