KE$HA TALKS “BLAH BLAH BLAH” VIDEO
Ke$ha recently shot a video for “Blah Blah Blah,” along with the boys of 3Oh!3, who appear on the club anthem. Ke$ha told MTV News at the shoot, “The whole concept of the video was a bunch of douche-y guys macking on me as usual, and me making them eat their toupees or other various items. At one point, I get to be strapped to this harness and bouncing around everywhere, and it was really cool.” Ke$ha explained that the dance tune originated from a discussion she had in the studio on the politics of female-male relationships. Ke$ha’s debut album, Animal, has sold over 284-thousand copies in just four weeks.
Ke$ha, who has a number one hit with “Tik Tok,” posted a video last week of what appears to be her vandalizing the famed Hollywood sign in California. The singer with a group of friends pulled a white sheet over the first few letters of the sign and spray-painted “Ke$haWood” over it. It turns out the clip was a fake and Ke$ha didn’t actually go near the Hollywood sign, but you can still see the video at YouTube.
LADY GAGA’S ARENA TOUR
Lady Gaga is set to play arenas in North America and Europe later this year. According to Billboard, the “Bad Romance” singer is now expected to play arenas overseas some time this spring, then North American arena shows in the summer. These will mark her first full-blown arena tours in both territories. Gaga is set to begin a run of dates in the U-K on February 18th in Manchester, England, followed by shows in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, which are all almost sold out.
GAGA TALKS WORLD TOUR
Lady Gaga has been gearing up for her upcoming world tour, and it seems as if it’s going to be a little different than what we’ve seen from the “Bad Romance” singer in the past. According to British paper The Daily Star, Gaga said her live show this time around is going to be “more of a musical and less of a concert,” and she wrote on Twitter that she “can’t wait” for her little monsters to see the new set. The tour kicks off February 18th in Manchester, England.
HARMONIES FOR HAITI BENEFIT
Chelsea Staub, who stars opposite the Jonas Brothers on their Disney TV show Jonas, will host a Haiti benefit concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California on Thursday. Tyler Hilton, Drake Bell, Eye Alaska and many others will perform. Proceeds from the all ages show will benefit the American Red Cross to support emergency relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.
FALL OUT BOY’S FUTURE STILL UNCLEAR
According to the Associated Press, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is still talking about the future of the band. He says that he and frontman Patrick Stump are still friends and that he has gotten to a place where he’d be okay if F-O-B did or did not get back together. One thing Wentz was sure of is that he became more grounded and is now in a happier place because he gets to hang with his son.
PARAMORE GUITARIST WON’T TOUR
Paramore guitarist Josh Farro will not be touring with the band during their upcoming tour. Farro wrote a blog on Paramore.net, saying he needs to focus on planning for his upcoming wedding. Josh will be replaced for the time being by Justin York, the brother of Paramore’s other guitarist, Taylor York. Farro posted on his blog that Justin is an “awesome dude” and that he’ll be back on the road soon. Learn more at Paramore.net.
BEYONCE PLAYS LARGEST CROWD EVER
According to her official fan site, Beyonce played the biggest concert of her career in Brazil during her I Am world tour. The entertainer performed in front of 60-thousand concertgoers who sang every word to every song, despite not being able to speak any English. Toward the end of her show, Bey told the audience, “Thank you for having me here. This is my biggest show, and this is one of the best audiences for who I have sung for.”
BEYONCE’S DEREON CLOTHING LINE FACES LAWSUIT
SingersRoom.com reports Beyonce and her mother, Tina Knowles, are facing a 500-thousand lawsuit from a Hong Kong based manufacturer, Vier International. The singer’s House of Dereon clothing line apparently breached its contract with Vier by “inducing the shipment of goods to the United States with the intent to convert them or pay less than agreed upon contract price.” In addition, the manufacturer has reportedly filed a report under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
ALICIA KEYS TOPS U-K CHARTS
Alicia Keys continues to impress the masses with her latest album, The Element Of Freedom. In fact, her effort has become her first number one album on the U-K charts this year! In related news, Alicia is gearing up for her Freedom tour with Robin Thicke and Melanie Fiona, which kicks off on March 1st in Kanata, Ontario.
JORDIN SPARKS AND DAVID ARCHULETA
Jordin Sparks was in Miami over the weekend for the Super Bowl festivities, and the former American Idol was joined on stage by a fellow alum of the hit TV show. David Archuleta came up on stage to sing Chris Brown’s part of Jordin’s hit song “No Air.” Check out video of the special performance on YouTube now.
TRAIN ARE HAPPY FOR THE SAINTS
The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl on Sunday night in Miami, and Train were apparently very happy for the team. The group updated their official Twitter account, writing, “Congrats Saints and to the entire city of New Orleans…you ROCK!!” Follow the band at Twitter.com/Train.
GET THE “MY GENERATION” REMIX WITH SLASH
During the Super Bowl, you may have caught an ad featuring a remix of The Who’s “My Generation.” Well that commercial for Flo TV, which includes some thrashing from Slash, can now be watched on YouTube. You can also buy the track at Amazon.com and the proceeds from sales will benefit the Haiti relief efforts.
AMY WINEHOUSE LIKE GLEE
FOX’s hit show Glee is getting a huge celebrity following, even all the way in the U-K. The latest person to say they enjoy the program is none other than Amy Winehouse, who took to her Twitter and wrote, “How cool is Glee? It’s funny s**t reminds me of school.” Read more at Twitter.com/AmyWinehouse.
MADONNA TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY IN BRAZIL
The New York Post has presented some more evidence showing that Madonna and her boyfriend, Jesus Luz, are still a couple. According to the paper, Madge is set to celebrate Carnival on Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which just happens to be her much younger man’s hometown. Read more at NYPost.com.
MICHAEL FRANTI VIDEO BLOGS FROM THE ROAD
Michael Franti is out on tour with John Mayer, and the singer-songwriter just posted a new video blog from backstage at the second stop on the trek, Tampa, Florida. See what trouble the singer-songwriter is getting into before he hits the stage, and some live footage from the show, at MichaelFranti.com.
DANII MINOGUE TO HAVE REALITY SHOW IN U-K
Danii Minogue is set to star in a reality show that will document her time being pregnant. According to British paper The Daily Mail, the X-Factor judge will make around 300-thousand dollars for the six-episode series, and it will being airing on English television in June. Learn more about what’s in store for Kylie’s sister DailyMail.co.uk.
SHERYL CROW IS A COUGAR
Sheryl Crow is officially a Cougar. ABC confirmed to us that the “All I Wanna Do” singer will be having a reoccurring role on the network’s hit series Cougar Town, which stars Courteney Cox. Details about the role are still scarce, but ABC did say that she will be playing a character on the series and not appearing as herself.
OWL CITY FRONTMAN PICKS MUSIC
Owl City frontman Adam Young has just listed the top ten songs he’s into right now at AOL Radio. They include tunes from Angels & Airwaves, Dashboard Confessional and others. See which songs he’s jamming to and why at AOLRadioBlog.com.
DRAKE ANNOUNCES 2010 TOUR DATES
We’ve just learned Drake is scheduled to headline his first North American solo tour this year. The Young Money star will kick off his The Away From Home Tour beginning April 5th in Charleston, Illinois and wrapping in New Hampshire on May 8th. During his 20 city-trek, the emcee will visit over 15 colleges and universities and travel with special guests K-OS and Francis & The Lights on select dates.
USHER’S MOM QUITS AGAIN
According to the New York Daily News, Usher’s mom, Jonetta Patton, has decided to quit her job as his manager for the second time now. Apparently, the singer’s upcoming album, Raymond V Raymond, has suffered push backs because the crooner needed to sign with a new management firm. A source revealed his mom “walked away from the project because Usher had his girlfriend [and former Def Jam executive] Grace Miguel was all in the mix.” The source added, “She felt as though if she didn’t end things when she did, it would permanently affect their personal relationship.” Fans can expect the Raymond V Raymond in March.
PHOENIX VERSUS SNOOKIE
Phoenix was interviewed by Jersey Shore’s “Snookie” on the red carpet at the GRAMMYS. The French rock band politely denied the little reality star’s request for them to sing her a song of theirs, and admitted that they didn’t know what the show Jersey Shore was about. Phoenix even revealed that there are women in France who look like “Snookie.” Check out the full interview over at MTV.com.
JOE PERRY GIVES STATUS UPDATE ON AEROSMITH
When we last heard about Aerosmith, Steven Tyler was considering suing the band to stop them from seeking a new singer, but now, guitarist Joe Perry is saying Tyler will always be part of the band. Joe told England’s Classic Rock Magazine that Tyler hasn’t quit and hasn’t been fired. The guys are just acting as though Steven is “on a vacation from Aerosmith.” Since they want to keep playing live, they will temporarily bring a new singer on board. Perry says the guys aren’t “daft enough to think” they can replace Steven and don’t intend to. They just don’t want to stop performing. Joe goes on to say he expects Tyler to be singing with the group again way sooner than the two years Steven thinks he’ll be gone for. Joe stated, “It may end up that we only do 10 shows with the new person!” Read more at ClassicRockMagazine.com.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND COVER RANCID
Vampire Weekend has covered Rancid. The chart-topping Brooklyn band reworked Rancid’s 1995 tune “Ruby Soho” for a BBC Radio show last week. You can check out Vampire Weekend playing a unique version of “Ruby Soho” over at Pitchfork.com.