FANS WAIT HOURS TO SEE BEIBER
Justin Bieber fans waited hours just to catch a glimpse of the young singer at his taping of The View yesterday. Fans began waiting outside the studio on Sunday afternoon to get a look at the 16-year-old entering and leaving. MTV News interviewed a bunch of fans outside the studio in New York City yesterday. One girl flew from the Philippines to see Beiber. Justin Bieber will once again take the stage at The View today. Learn more at MTVNews.com.
LADY GAGA SELLS OUT ARENAS
Lady Gaga has added an additional six dates to her Monster Ball Tour. She announced more shows in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and San Jose after quick sell outs. Gaga’s three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City and two nightst at the Staples Center in Los Angeles are completely sold out.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit LadyGaga.com.
GAGA FIGHTS BACK AGAINST LAW SUIT
We recently reported that Lady Gaga is being sued for more than 30-million dollars by songwriter and music producer Rob Fusari, who claims that the pop star left him behind right when her career started to take off, even though he was responsible for making that happen. According to the Associated Press, Gaga’s lawyer said that Fusari’s suit is “unlawful.” But this was quickly countered by Fusari’s lawyers, who wrote an e-mail to the AP saying that Gaga denying she did anything is “ludicrous.” We’ll keep you posted.
INDIA.AIRE UPSET WITH GAGA’S “TELEPHONE” VIDEO
While many would call Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video brilliant, India.arie is worried about the message it’s sending. The “Brown Skin” singer took to her Twitter account and wrote: “Don’t be offended this is all my opinion… am I the only one who thinks the ‘Telephone’ video is going a bit too far? I’m not referring to the abstract nature of the video, I’m talking about the Imagery — the unspoken back story, the language, the message.” The R&B singer added the clip was “socially irresponsible” and questioned “When is it too far?” if you haven’t seen the “Telephone” video yet, head over to MTV.com now.
UPCOMING AKON CONCERT CAUSES RIOT IN SRI LANKA
According to the Associated Press, protesters outraged at an upcoming Akon concert hurled stones at a Sri Lankan private broadcaster’s headquarters yesterday, injuring four workers and damaging the building. Several protesters against the Akon concert were taken into custody after throwing rocks at the headquarters of the broadcaster sponsoring the concert scheduled for April in the country’s capital Colombo. About 200 people suddenly gathered outside the office and threw stones at the building. The stones shattered some of the office’s windows and damaged several vehicles parked outside the building. Four workers suffered injuries that were not serious. Some Sri Lankans accuse Akon of desecrating an image of Buddha in a music video. The video “Sexy Chick” features scantily clad women dancing at a pool party with a Buddha statue visible in the background. Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority are mainly Buddhists.
LUDACRIS READIES LUDAVERSAL AS NEXT LP
In the latest issue of Honey magazine, Ludacris spilled that he is already focusing on his next studio album, titled Ludaversal. The “How Low” rapper revealed that he hopes to have the disc hit stores early next year. Be sure to pick up his latest effort, Battle Of The Sexes, in stores now.
AKON PREPS NEW ALBUM WITH DAVID GUETTA
Akon caught up with MTV last week to talk about his upcoming studio album. The mogul spilled that he has “some incredible collaborations” but he wants to remain quiet about his surprise guests. Luckily, the singer revealed, “I can give you a hint: [David] Guetta will be a part of that record as well. It’s gonna be … just wait. I don’t want to over-hype it. I just want to put it out and let you see.” As yet, the follow-up to 2008’s Freedom project has no release date or title.
MARIAH SCRAPS MEMOIRS REMIX FOR NEW ALBUM
In case you were wondering when Mariah Carey’s Angels Advocate album would drop exclusively in Target, we’ve learned the project has been scrapped. Instead, fans can expect Mi Mi to push forward with a brand new studio effort. According to MariahDaily.com, her manager, Chris Lighty, promises “it won’t go to waste” and two singles will be released from the shelved disc. A source added Carey will “possibly do another studio album or Christmas album. The decision hasn’t been totally made yet. It’s a creative process that cannot be rushed.”
Angels Advocate was supposed to drop March 30th via Target stores and iTunes.
B.O.B.’S “NOTHING ON YOU” GETS REMIXED
Rap-Up.com has gotten their hands on the exclusive remix of B.o.B’s smash single, “Nothing On You” featuring Bruno Mars. The revamped track features guest vocals from Big Boi. In related news, the Outkast member is looking to release his debut album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, later this year via Def Jam Records. Fans can also expect B.o.B to drop his debut effort, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, on April 27th.
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MICHELLE WILLIAMS SPILLS ON CHICAGO
Michelle Williams is showing the U-S what London’s West End has known for months: she’s amazing in the play Chicago. We caught up with the former Destiny’s Child singer to find out how she prepared for the role of “Roxie Hart” and what she liked most about her character (See Related Cut #5). Michelle also told us what she loves about each show (See Related Cut #6). For a limited seven week engagement, you can check out Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City. Visit ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.
DAUGHTRY ON REGIS AND KELLY
Daughtry are going to be in New York City and perform on Live with Regis and Kelly. The rockers will be playing their hit song “Life After You” on the program one week from today. Check your local listings for the time and station in your area.
O.A.R. FRONTMAN TALKS KRIS ALLEN, THE SCRIPT
O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge took to his Twitter account to talk a little music. The singer said that he’s a big fan of Kris Allen’s song “Live Like We’re Dying,” which was written by The Script. Marc mentioned this, then said that the Irish band’s song “Breakeven” is “good on many levels.” Keep up to date with Marc by following him at Twitter.com/MarcRoberge.
BOY GEORGE HITS THE ENGLISH CHARTS
It’s been rough times recently for Boy George, but the former Culture Club frontman is on his way back to the top. According to the New York Post, George’s first single in about 15 years, his song “Amazing Grace,” entered the British dance chart over the weekend at number 32.
ROB THOMAS TO PUT OUT NEW EP
Rob Thomas has just announce via press release that he will be releasing a new digital EP titled Someday, after his hit song of the same name from his most recent album cradlesong. The EP will feature four previously unreleased tracks, including live versions of “Someday” and “Sunday Morning New York Blue.” It will be available one week from today on iTunes. Learn more at RobThomasMusic.com.
SLASH’S “PARADISE CITY” WITH FERGIE PULLED
There was supposed to be a rendition of “Paradise City” featuring Fergie and Cypress Hill on the deluxe edition of Slash’s upcoming solo album, but, according to Blabbermouth.net, the track had to be pulled from the set due to legal reasons. Instead, fans will find “Back from Cali,” a new track featuring Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy. No word yet on what the legal issues were, but the song can still be found on YouTube. Slash’s self-titled solo effort is due out on April 6th.
U2 BOY GROWS UP
Remember the young kid on the cover of the Boy and War albums? Well the Irish child who made U2’s album artwork iconic is back in the news. In a recent interview with the New York Post, Peter Rowen talks about how he grew up to be a photographer and actually take photos of U2 later in life. He says of the album covers, “Technically, they’re very simple pictures, but they’re powerful. What’s important about a picture is atmosphere and feeling. I gather the whole idea of Boy was the innocence of youth. War shows a much more disturbed-looking child, and I guess shows what the world can do to a child – a loss of innocence.” To see a photo of Rowen now, visit NYPost.com.
GET U2 IN PURPLE VINYL
The limited edition U2 remix album, Artificial Horizon, is now available as a triple-vinyl set. Fans can get the collectors edition set, in purple vinyl if you ask, for eight weeks. The set includes nearly 60 minutes of music and features remixes from Snow Patrol and more. The one-off vinyl set will be pressed and available for order on May 14th.