* It’s a good week for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – the pair has become the first duo in the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s 5-decade history to have its two singles get to No.1. Can’t Hold Us, featuring Ray Dalton and Thrift Shop, featuring Wanz, – cue the “can’t hold ’em” praise for Ben Haggerty and his producer pal.
* Oprah makes her return to acting in Lee Daniels’ (the man who gave us Precious) new film, The Butler. It features everybody – it really does put the meaning of “all-star” back into all-star – and sees Oprah locking lips with Forest Whitaker in the story of a butler who served in the White House under 8 presidents.
* In news that will make Madonna happy, the singer will be honoured as the Top Touring Artist at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards. Her MDNA tour last year raked in over $305 million dollars during the 88 dates. Well, she did call it “a journey from darkness to light.”
* Robert Redford has been wanting to make a film based on acclaimed travel writer Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk in the Woods and now he’ll direct it. He’s roped in Nick Nolte too. And the filmmaker will also executive produce a documentary series on Chicago for CNN.
* If you’re feeling decadent, Jack White will be releasing The Great Gatsby soundtrack on gold and platinum vinyl, through his Third Man label. The soundtrack features his cover of U2’s Love is Blindness. 3 extra songs, artwork, and “blindingly reflective metalized discs” is the bang you’ll get for your buck.