GAGA MAKES THE TIME 100 LIST
Lady Gaga has made it! The pop star is on Time’s list of the 100 people who most affect the world. Friend Cyndi Lauper actually wrote the article about Gaga, saying that she has “incredible pop sensibility” and that she’s more than a performance artist, and is in fact “the art.” There is also a video up of Gaga talking about the most influential person in the world to her, Deepak Chopra. Read more and see the vid now at Time.com.
SHAKIRA WORKING ON NEW MUSIC
Shakira has been back in the studio working on new songs for another album. According to Rap-Up.com, the singer has logged studio time with producer Jim Jonsin and songwriter Rico Love, who has written songs for Usher, Diddy and others. Love said they have worked on two songs that have a pop vibe and are reminiscent of her huge hit, “Whenever, Wherever.” On July 11th, Shakira will perform “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” the official song of 2010 FIFA World Cup, at the closing ceremony before the FIFA World Cup Final at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium in South Africa.
TAYLOR SWIFT ISN’T LOOKING FOR LOVE
Taylor Swift isn’t looking for love. In an interview with Top of the Pops magazine, the crossover star said that “there’s a lot to distract” her from dating, and that she doesn’t “sit around and wallow in being alone.” She also insists that her fame shouldn’t scare off potential suitors and that she’s “just a normal person.” Learn more at TOTPMag.com.
KELLY CLARKSON TURNS 28 IN MALAYSIA
Kelly Clarkson celebrated her 28th birthday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over the weekend, and she took to her official website to post a video message thanking her fans for all their birthday wishes. Also on the site are pictures from her celebration. Check them out now at KellyClarkson.com.
JOHN MAYER AND KEITH URBAN TEAM UP
John Mayer’s show in Spokane, Washington on August 28th is going to be a special one. That’s because the singer-songwriter will be sharing the stage with country superstar Keith Urban as their tour plans just happened to cross in the Northwestern city. John and Keith first collaborated earlier in the year for a performance of CMT Crossroads in Nashville. Learn more about the special concert at JohnMayer.com.
LEONA LEWIS LOVES THE TUDORS
Leona Lewis is obsessed — with the television show The Tudors. The “Bleeding Love” singer took to her Twitter account to write that she’s “addicted” to the hit Showtime drama and that she loves the costumes that they wear. Keep up to date with everything Leona is up to at Twitter.com/LeonaLewisMusic.
B.O.B ON PACE TO DEBUT AT NUMBER ONE
As if having the number one single in the country for “Nothin’ On You” wasn’t good enough, B.o.B is looking to top the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to HitsDailyDouble.com, the Grand Hustle rapper’s first album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, is projected to sell between 80 to 85-thousand units based off the disc’s one-day sales. If so, his effort will likely claim the number one spot!
LADY A ARE MORE THAN JUST LUCKY
Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now climbed back up the Billboard 200 chart from number three to number two. Don’t think that only luck has made the crossover stars so successful, because as vocalist Charles Kelley will tell you from his past Vegas experiences, he doesn’t seem to get lucky too often (See Related Cut #5). Lady A’s hit song “Need You Now” is the most logical reason for their success, and their album of the same name is in stores now. <ZS>
DRAKE LEAKS “FIND YOUR LOVE”
Drake proves his vocal range is crazy on the newly released song called “Find Your Love” The Kanye West-produced cut serves as the second single from Drizzy’s debut album, Thank Me Later. Be sure to get your copy when it lands on June 15th.
GRAMMY VIP EXPERIENCE AUCTION!
Do you want a be a VIP? You can through a GRAMMY auction, which is offering a VIP concert experience plus a meet and greet with Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Michael McDonald and others. The auction also features a private Josh Groban concert and a weekend getaway in Los Angeles. All proceeds will go to MusicCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. Bid now at Ebay.com/GRAMMY. <JC>
ABOUT THE CHARITIES: MusiCares ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need by providing programs and services including emergency financial assistance, educational workshops, and flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. The GRAMMY Foundation offers GRAMMY In The Schools music education programs for young people around the country throughout the year, and archiving and preservation initiatives to protect our cultural heritage.
KID CUDI REVIEWS NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Kid Cudi recently saw an advanced screening of the new Nightmare On Elm Street movie and posted his reactions on his official blog. The “Day N Nite” rapper encourages everyone to “go see it” because “it’s the perfect date movie” with “a modern day twist” on the infamous “Freddy Krueger.” Cudi says the flick is “scary as f**k” and “way better than a lot of remakes.” He promises “it’s not a waste of time,” so be sure to check out Nightmare On Elm Street, in theaters now!
EMINEM RELEASES FIRST SINGLE!
In the newly released “Not Afraid” single, Eminem admits that his last album, Relapse, was not his best work. However, the emcee declares that he’s officially back over the Boi-1da-produced track. The new song is the first offering from Slim Shady’s Recovery album — which hits stores on June 22nd. The project is going up against Diddy’s long-awaited Last Train To Paris, Chamillionaire’s Venom LP and Dream’s Love King album.
JENNIFER LOPEZ MAKES MOST BEAUTIFUL LIST
Say what you want about Jennifer Lopez’s music and film career, one thing that remains consistent is that she always looks great. In fact, the Back-Up Plan actress has just made People Magazine’s annual Most Beautiful list. Joining J-Lo are pop sensation Justin Bieber, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Robert Pattison and Katy Perry. Head over to People.com to view the complete list now.
TIDBIT: Bieber told MTV his hair helped him make the list and stated, “I spend five minutes on it…I use shampoo, conditioner – basically whatever is in the hotel – and blow-dry. It’s part of my image. It’s not who I am.”
N.E.R.D DELAYS ALBUM RELEASE
Rap-Up.com reports N.E.R.D. has decided to push back the release of their upcoming album, Nothing. The fourth studio project, which was supposed to drop June 15th, is now scheduled to arrive in stores on July 6th. After issuing their first single, “Hot-N-Fun” featuring Nelly Furtado, we’re sure the delay will be worth the wait!
CHRIS BROWN’S STAND UP CONCERT TIX ON SALE!
We previously reported Chris Brown will headline and host the Virginia Stand Up! A Call to Action benefit concert next month to help raise money for Haiti relief efforts. Consider this a reminder that tickets for the event are currently on sale. According to Billboard.com, the event will include appearances from Keri Hilson, Ryan Leslie, Mario, Juelz Santana, T-Pain, Tank and Trey Songz. It all goes down May 15th at the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Head over to Ticketmaster.com to purchase your passes today.
NICKI MINAJ ADDRESSES BUTT PAD RUMORS
Rapper Nicki Minaj sat down recently with the New York Post to address rumors regarding her body… specifically her butt. According to different sources, the budding rapper uses butt pads to enhance her curves. However, when asked if the gossip bothered her, she stated “absolutely not…people will pick anything to talk about, and that happens to be the thing at the moment. I love being a conversation piece.” Her latest single, “Massive Attack” featuring Sean Garrett, is steadily climbing the charts, while she puts finishing touches on her debut album.
LUDACRIS LAUNCHES MAGNUM CONDOM CONTEST
Billboard.com reports Ludacris is promoting safe sex with a new campaign called Magnum Live Large Project. The rapper teamed with Trojan Magnum condoms to find men who use their product and could potentially earn five-thousand dollars for recording a “Magnum-inspired” song. Head over to MagnumLiveLarge.com to learn more information.
U2’S ACHTUNG BABY TOPS SPIN’S BEST ALBUM LIST
The editors at Spin Magazine have chosen U2’s Achtung Baby as the number one most influential album of the last 25 years. The band’s 1991 album features hits like “One,” “Mysterious Ways,” “The Fly” and more. Read more at Spin.com now. <SH>
1991 was a great year for music, also marking the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind.
WEEZER WANT TO PLAY SUPERBOWL 2011
It seems Weezer is campaigning to play the Super Bowl next year. A Facebook page has popped up in support of the band playing the annual football event. Fans can join the group now by heading to Facebook. The band currently has over 300 fans in support of the guys playing the game.
AMY WINEHOUSE IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL
Amy Winehouse is out of the hospital, and apparently, as good as new. The embattled singer was seen enjoying a night out, and according to ContactMusic.com, even performed two songs at a charity event. Winehouse was at a clinic over the weekend after she fell, bruising her ribs and cutting her forehead.
BRET MICHAELS UPDATE
Some good news coming from Bret Michaels’ camp. The Poison singer’s MySpace page has been updated by his management who wrote that Bret’s upcoming solo gigs have been postponed until late May. This means that, provided there are no further complications, they expect the rocker to be touring again in less than a month, and able to stay on the road through the fall. In the meantime, doctors are searching for the cause of Bret’s brain hemorrhage and will release more specific information on Monday. Stay up to date at MySpace.com/BretMichaels.