Music legends at Summer funeral
Donna Summer’s family held a private funeral for the disco diva Wednesday at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, attended by nearly 1,000 of Summer’s friends, including producers David Foster and Giorgio Moroder, says TMZ.
Summer, who died last week of lung cancer at age 63, is survived by hub Bruce Sudano, three daughters, and four grandchildren.
In an earlier statement, President Obama said, “Donna truly was the Queen of Disco. Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon.”
Details are scant: Media were not allowed in.
‘Idol’ takes chart
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert’s Trespassing debuted atop the Billboard album chart this week, selling 77,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It unseats Blown Away from Idol winner Carrie Underwood, which slips two rungs to No. 3 with 54,000. Adele’s 21 is at No. 2 with 63,000.
National registry adds Summer
Donna Summer’s 1977 megahit “I Feel Love” is one of 25 audio recordings chosen to be preserved forever as part of the National Recording Registry, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday. Pop music picked this year also includes the Grateful Dead’s Live at Barton Hall album, Dolly Parton’s tune “Coat of Many Colors,” and Prince’s Purple Rain album. Other recordings chosen include an 1888 cylinder record made by Thomas Edison for a talking doll and the 1970 jazz score for A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.
Tidbits ’n’ pieces
Gabriela Cedillo, the extra who suffered permanent brain damage when she was injured on the set of Transformers 3 in 2010, has settled with Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks for $18.5 million. … Whew! ... NBC’s Broadway musical series Smash has fired four cast members — Brian d’Arcy James, Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero, and Will Chase — the Hollywood Reporter says.
Gloria Estefan: No singing on ‘Glee’
Gloria Estefan will play the mom of Santana (Naya Rivera) on the season finale of Glee, but don’t look for her to perform any songs.
“I don’t sing on the show but I kind of think that’s better because I think that would throw fans,” Gloria tells EW.com. “Hopefully, we can come back and do the singing. But I love to be on there and establishing a character.”
Gregg Allman to take Wife No. 7
He’s 40 years her senior, and he’s already been divorced six times, but Gregg Allman is sure his seventh wife-to-be, a 24-year-old gal identified only as Shannon, is The One. Gregg tells Piers Morgan his hon isn’t his seventh wife; she’s “becoming Wife No. 1.” Oh, come on! This’ll end badly. No, says Gregg. “This time, I am really in love.”
Boldface babes with bold babies
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 24, says she and fiancéJionni LaValle are expecting a boy. In Touch Weekly says the two will pick between two names: Lorenzo or Jionni Jr. Now that she’s a grown-up (gulp), Snooki no longer will share a house with the rest of the Jersey Shore folks, says E! News’ Marc Malkin. She’ll have her own pad.
Eric Ladin, 34, who plays a political adviser on The Killing, and wife Katy are expecting their first baby this winter, People reports.
Fitness fanatic and TV personality Jillian Michaels has two new kids! She tells People her partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to a boy, Phoenix, on May 3. Jillian says she grew the fam further a few days later, adopting a 2-year-old Haitian-born girl named Lukensia.
“We’re swimming in babies over here,” Jillian, 38, says. “I don’t even answer e-mail. I don’t have time to care about anything else.”
A new Material Girl for Madonna
Georgia May Jagger, 20, daughter of Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall, has been hired by Madonna and her daughter Lourdes as the face of their fashion line, MG Icon, joining previously signed faces Kelly Osbourne and Taylor Momsen. “I’ve always admired Madonna’s style and I’m thrilled,” Jagger says.
The Situation: Staying sober is hard!
He’s dazzled us with his talent for belching, boozing, and babe-ing. Now Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, 29, moves us to tears with tales of his pain as an addict and his road to salvation. The Sitch recently spent a month at Cirque Lodge in Utah after prescription drugs and booze got the best of him. “Ever since I’ve been out — I’m not gonna lie — it’s not easy,” he tells MTV News.
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