THE PEAS ON TOP OF BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART
The Black Eyed Peas become the first duo or group in 19 years to score three Billboard Hot 100 number one singles from one album, as “Imma Be” climbs two spots to the top of the chart. According to Billboard, after nine weeks at number one, Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” tumbles to number two, one week shy of matching Debby Boone’s 1977 hit “You Light Up My Life” for most weeks at the top by a female’s debut single. Young Money’s “BedRock” rises one spot to number three, as does Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” which steps up to number four, while Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Know” returns to the top five after moving up one notch from number six.
THE PEAS AND COMPANY ROCK THE GARDEN
The Black Eyed Peas hit the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City Wednesday night. Just before the group performed, David Guetta stirred things up as a surprise guest. The DJ announced to the crowd that he arrived from Paris to make it to the concert. He cued up his Kelly Rowland-assisted song “When Love Takes Over” and walked off, still on his turntables, as a crew collected his equipment and pulled Guetta offstage while the music was still playing. Ludacris and LMFAO helped kick things off prior to that. The rowdy “I’m in Miami, Trick” party rockers did a brief set, including their hot track “Shots.” Ludacris pulled out a number of hits throughout his set, from “Move” to “Stand Up.” The Peas opened the show with “Let’s Get It Started” and steam-rolled thought hits like “I Gotta Feeling,” “Boom Boom Pow” and their latest, “Imma Be.” http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1632607/20100225/lmfao.jhtml
JUSTIN BIEBER TO DROP “NEVER LET YOU GO”
With about a month until the release of My World 2.0, Justin Bieber took to his Twitter to announce the second single off the album. He plans to follow-up “Baby” with the track “Never Let You Go.” The pop singer, who will celebrate his 16th birthday on Monday, will release the new song on Tuesday. He tweeted on Wednesday, “It’s only 5 days until my bday, but now it’s only six days until I release a new song off of My World 2.0 on ITUNES!! Wanna know which song??” Bieber added, “Next Tuesday after my bday (help ‘Baby’ get to #1 for my bday!! Lol) I will release ‘Never Let You Go’ finally on iTunes from My World 2.0!!!” Bieber also posted a link to a video of himself performing the love song. Bieber’s My World 2.0 will be released on March 23rd.
LADY GAGA CAN’T BE STOPPED
Lady Gaga just can’t be stopped. According to Yahoo Music, the pop star’s hit debut album The Fame will be spending its 35th week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the longest run for a debut since Norah Jones’ album Come Away With Me spent 36 weeks in the top 10 in 2003.
GAGA AND RIHANNA TO TEAM UP?
Could we soon be seeing a collaboration between Lady Gaga and Rihanna? Well if it was up to the “Umbrella” singer we sure might. According to PerezHilton.com, Rihanna said that a duet between the two would be “really cool” and that she’s sure that the song would have “a hot video.” Ri-Ri also mentioned Taylor Swift as someone she could see herself working with.
LEONA LEWIS SHOWS OFF HER TATTOO
Leona Lewis was sporting a new tattoo while at a charity fundraiser in London on Tuesday. It’s a poem that runs vertically from her neck down to the base of her spine, and PerezHilton.com reports that it has to do with the pop star’s love of horses. See pics of the tat on the gossip Web site now.
LMFAO & MORE TO HEADLINE BAMBOOZLE ROADSHOW
LMFAO, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind and All Time Low are among the headliners for The Bamboozle Roadshow 2010 tour, which will kick off on May 21st in Columbia, Maryland. Good Charlotte, Hanson, HelloGoodbye, Forever The Sickest Kids and others are on board for the travelling festival as well. The Bamboozle Roadshow will wrap on June 27th in Boston, Massachusetts.
TICKETS: A pre-sale will begin at 10 AM on Tuesday and run though 10 PM on March 5th, with tickets going on sale beginning March 6th at 10 AM. Pre-sale tickets are available at TheBamboozleRoadShow.com.
GAGA GETS TESTED
Lady Gaga recently took an AIDS test and the pop star is urging all her fans to do the same. In an interview with MarieClaire.com, the “Bad Romance” singer said that because she’s on the road so much, she doesn’t often get to see the doctor as much as she’d like to, but since she had a couple of days off in New York City, she went to see her gynecologist and got tested. Gaga’s recently been quoted as having said, “You put that condom in your purse and save your own f**king life.”
MADONNA’S BF GETS A RECORD DEAL
Going out with Madonna doesn’t guarantee stardom, but it sure can lead you down the right path. According to British paper The Sun, Madge’s boyfriend, Jesus Luz, has signed a record deal with Warner Brothers. His first single is set to be released this summer and will be titled “We Come From Light.”
DANIEL MERRIWEATHER TALKS NEW ALBUM
Daniel Merriweather’s debut album Love & War comes out on Tuesday and the Aussie sat down with the Associated Press to discuss the new effort. Merriweather talks about everything from working with Mark Ronson to explaining certain songs that are about ex-girlfriends. Read more at New.Yahoo.com.
CLAY AIKEN AT GAY-RIGHTS RALLY
Clay Aiken came out as gay just over a year ago, and now the former American Idol runner-up is speaking at a gay-rights rally in his hometown. According to the Associated Press, Aiken will be making a speech over the weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, trying to urge Americans to support equal rights for all. Aiken also told the AP that it’s even more important to him now because he’s a parent and wants his son to grow up in a world where everyone is treated fairly.
JOHN MAYER MAKES A FAN’S DREAMS COME TRUE!
John Mayer’s been taking a lot of heat lately, but he’s not entirely a bad guy! The “Daughters” singer made an 11-year-old fan’s day when he pulled him up on stage to play the song “Belief,” gave the kid a guitar, and then told the crowd “that’s my man.” The child’s mother wrote a note to John’s management team, thanking the singer-songwriter and saying he made her son’s “dreams come true.” See the video on YouTube now.
USHER REVEALS RAYMOND TRACKLISTING
According to UrbanBridgez.com, Usher has released the official track-listing to his much-anticipated album, Raymond V Raymond. Surprisingly, the singer has decided to keep a large majority of the songs that were previously leaked months ago on the upcoming effort. Fans can expect production contributions from Polow Da Don, Jim Jonsin, Danja and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The disc drops on March 30th.
Raymond V Raymond tracklisting:
2. “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” feat. Plies
3. “There Goes My Baby”
4. “Love ‘Em All”
5. “She Don’t Know” feat. Ludacris
6. “Lil Freak Usher” feat. Nicki Minaj
7. “Mars vs. Venus”
9. “Foolin’ Around”
11. “So Many Girls”
12. “Guilty” feat. T.I.
13. “OMG” featuring will.i.am
14. “Making Love (Into The Night)”
LADY ANTEBELLUM AND TAYLOR SWIFT SET RECORDS
This week, Lady Antebellum became the first group to sell one-million records in 2010. The huge sales have kept them on top of the Billboard Country Album chart for the fourth consecutive week. On Wednesday night at the Country Radio Seminar, Taylor Swift also heard exciting news — she has sold over ten-million albums, making her the best-selling digital track artist of all time.
PITBULL: THE KING OF MIAMI’S ANNUAL CARNIVAL
After Pitbull received the key to the city of Miami last summer, the “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” rapper is now scheduled to attend Miami’s Carnival Calle Ocho. The annual street festival is held during the weekend of March 12th and attracts close to 1.5-million people each year. The emcee said in a statement, “I remember having some crazy times at Carnival Calle Ocho growing up. To come back this year to serve as king is an amazing honor and the perfect way to start what’s going to be my year.” To learn more, please visit PitbullMusic.com now.
Pitbull has received two nominations for the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards and three nods for the Winter Music Conference Awards, including one for Best Latin Track.
He is currently featured on Janet Jackson’s highly anticipated new single, “Heart, Beat, Love.”
MACY GRAY RETURNS WITH SELLOUT
Macy Gray is reportedly putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, tentatively titled The Sellout. Fans can expect the GRAMMY Award-winner’s first disc in over three years to include collaborations with T.I., Bobby Brown, Slash, Duff McKagan and many others. In a statement, Gray revealed that the project “tells the story of how I found my salvation in just being myself instead of who other people thought I should be.” The LP will officially hit stores on May 8th.
To date, Gray has sold over 15-million records worldwide and won a GRAMMY Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist.
LIL WAYNE “DROP THE WORLD” VIDEO COMING SOON
According to MTV News, Lil Wayne has already shot the video to “Drop The World” featuring Eminem. The Chris Robinson-directed clip is scheduled to premiere on March 11th. In related news, Weezy has hinted that he may quit tweeting from his first Twitter account. The emcee wrote: “Going to stop with the tweets now that I see they’re so unliked…it’s a mirror of my thoughts, and obviously my thoughts aren’t welcomed. Sorry.” The news comes just days after Wayne first opened the account.
Wayne will begin serving a one-year jail sentence in New York on Tuesday.
50 CENT SUED OVER SEX TAPE
On Wednesday morning, 50 Cent was hit with a lawsuit for “unlawfully distributing” a sex tape that features Rick Ross’ baby mama, Lastonia Leviston. During the height of the rapper’s infamous beef, 50 posted the clip on his Web site, ThisIs50.com, without Leviston’s consent. She is currently seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress and unauthorized use of her name and image. Visit MTV.com to learn more.
JAY-Z PREPS NEXT ALBUM AFTER BP3 TOUR?
According to The Associated Press, Jay-Z could potentially begin recording his next studio effort sooner than we think. Hova stated, “Maybe after I finish [the BP3] tour I’ll start another album.” The mogul added, “Maybe at the end of the year. We’ll see if the inspiration hits me.” Only time will tell. For now, Jay is focused on giving his fans classic performances during his BP3 tour.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD POST-MARRIAGE PLANS
Carrie Underwood recently announced her plans after her marriage to NHL hockey player, Mike Fisher. The two will continue with their careers until one retires. Carrie said, “Not being in the same room won’t lessen our relationship. We completely have faith in each other.” Carrie is currently filming the upcoming movie, Soul Surfer.
KANYE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
We’ve just learned Kanye West has launched a new Web site, aptly titled KanyeWest.com. It’s only been up for a few days and already the rapper has posted a picture that’s received well over 650 comments so far. Ye’s girlfriend, Amber Rose, appears in an artistic photograph with only a top on! Visit KanyeWest.com to see what we mean.
PHOTO LINK: http://www.kanyewest.com/2010/02/23/552
SUBLIME TO HIT THE ROAD AGAIN WITH NEW VOCALIST
For the first time in 14 years, Sublime members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson are heading out to tour Sublime’s music. They have a new vocalist named Rome Ramirez and the group is being dubbed Sublime with Rome. Six tour dates have been announced so far including stops in New York, Philadelphia and several California cities. Pre-sales for those dates begin on Tuesday. Head over to SublimeWithRome.com to learn more.
THE NEW LINE-UP! We caught up with drummer Bud Gaugh and he told us that the first time he, Eric and Rome played music together, he got chills.
THE LAWSUIT! A year ago, Sublime’s two remaining members did a small show using the name Sublime. This upset the family late lead singer Bradley Nowell. They filed a lawsuit to protect the name. Bud told us that everything was settled out of court and everyone is now happy with the group touring under the name Sublime with Rome.
BRADLEY’S DEATH. Sublime vocalist Bradley Nowell died on May 25th, 1996 of a heroin overdose. This is the first time the band has toured performing Sublime’s music with a new vocalist since Brad’s death.
AEROSMITH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Well after a rocky patch, it seems all is well with Aerosmith. The band has announced their Cocked, Loaded and Ready to Rock Tour, which will take place overseas this summer. It kicks off on June 10th at the Sweden Rock Festival and runs through July 3rd when it wraps at Italy’s Venice Festival. No word yet if the guys will be playing in America this year but you can see a video of the band announcing the tour on YouTube. In it, singer Steven Tyler says, “I just auditioned and I got the gig,” referencing the fact that the band was considering new singers to replace him while he took time off. Search YouTube for “Cocked, Loaded and Ready to Rock Tour” to see the clip.
ELTON TO APPEAR ON THE VIEW
Elton John will make his fifth appearance on The View on March 11th. The Rocket Man will take part in the “Hot Topics” discussion on the ABC show. Check your local listings for airtimes.