Who says the Internet can't be used as a force for good? A British man has launched an online crowdfunding campaign with the express purpose of keeping Nickelback from performing in the city of London. Craig Mandell has set a goal of $1,000, with all contributed funds going to charity, to show the band's management just how much Londoners don't want them around. For each $1 donation, he will send Nickelback's management an email "kindly requesting that they do not play in London, England, for the foreseeable future." A $5 donation gets a "slightly more forceful email," and $10 earns an email "full of explicit phrases and lots of capital letters and maybe even a rude emoticon or two."
But for donors really serious about getting their point across, nothing beats the $50 donation level: "Your donation will result in an email to Nickelback with an attached mp3 of Nickelback's music," Mandell writes. "This way, the band will hear their own music and likely retire immediately, thereby ensuring the success of our campaign." Do your part, folks. The citizens of London will thank you.
Paltrow vs. Stewart, Round 4
This Gwyneth Paltrow-Martha Stewart feud has reached new levels of cattiness, thanks to a recent speech by Paltrow herself. Apparently the "Country Strong" star heard Stewart's remarks that Paltrow "just needs to be quiet" and "if she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart." Paltrow's response? "No one has ever said anything bad about me before, so I'm shocked and devastated. I'll try to recover," she joked while speaking at Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit earlier this week. "If I'm really honest, I'm so psyched that she sees us as competition." I can only hope they continue to snipe at each other at increasingly absurd high-brow functions. Maybe Stewart can offer some snide bon mot at an upcoming Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon. Keep it classy, ladies.
Demi Moore gets preachy about plastic surgery
Demi Moore is reportedly reading the riot act to daughter Rumer after the 26-year-old posted an Instagram photo with so prominent a pout that some suspected she'd dabbled in the world of plastic surgery. Despite speculation over the years that Moore herself has gone under the knife, she "got a few of her daughter's friends together and lectured them about the pitfalls of cosmetic surgery," a source tells the National Enquirer. "Demi thinks all her daughters are naturally beautiful. She's worries that Rumer and her sisters feel pressure to chase an unrealistic Hollywood physical ideal."
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Morrissey discloses cancer diagnosis
British singer Morrissey has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for cancer, though he did not specify what type. "They have scraped cancerous tissues from me four times already, but who cares," the 55-year-old former Smiths front-man tells Spanish newspaper El Mundo in an interview. "If I die, then I die. And if not, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in recent photos I look unwell, but that is what illness does. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead." Morrissey has been forced to cancel a number of concert appearances since the beginning of last year due to various health issues.
BBC launches epic Beach Boys sing-along
The BBC certainly has some friends in high places. To celebrate the launch of BBC Music, the British media giant corralled a dizzying number of music luminaries for a cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," singing alongside Brian Wilson himself. The blink-and-you'll-miss-them appearances in the fanciful video include Elton John, Christ Martin, One Direction, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Lorde and a host of others. Proceeds from the single's sales go to the Children in Need charity.