GAGA IS A BIG TIPPER
Lady Gaga is apparently one heck of a tipper. According to British paper The Sun, the “Bad Romance” singer went out to an English pub in Birmingham on days off in between shows on her Monsters Ball tour, and supposedly picked up the tab for the whole bar, signed autographs for the staff, and left a tip of a “few hundred pounds” — so probably close to three or four-hundred dollars.
GAGA OPENS UP ON LARRY KING
Lady Gaga was on Larry King Live last night, and really opened up to the talk-show host. The pop star addressed the rumors of her having the disease lupus, saying that it does run in her family, that she has “tested borderline positive for the disease” and has to be sure to “take good care” of herself. She also revealed that she was asked to open for Michael Jackson on his This Is It tour before he passed away last year, and that they may have even done a duet on stage together.
LADY GAGA MAKES HISTORY ALL OVER THE GLOBE
Lady Gaga is making history all over the globe. According to PerezHilton.com, the pop star’s latest single, “Alejandro,” has just broken into the top ten on the United World Chart. That gives the “Bad Romance” singer her seventh single off of her album The Fame Monster to make the chart’s top ten, making her the only artist in history to do so.
WILL.I.AM TALKS RAVES
Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas had an interview with the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The band co-founder discusses rave-culture, the impact it had on him and his music, and growing up going to dance parties. Read the whole interview now at LATimes.com.
KINGS OF LEON TO HEADLINE OUTSIDE LANDS
Kings of Leon will be heading to San Francisco this summer for the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. The Kings will headline the event, which also includes Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix and more. The music extravaganza, which takes place at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, gets underway on August 14th and 15th and tickets go on sale today 10 AM Pacific at SFOutsideLands.com.
RICKY MARTIN TO BE HONORED
Tomorrow night in New York City, Ricky Martin will be making his first public appearance since coming out as homosexual. According to the New York Post, the singer is being honored for his philanthropic work through his Ricky Martin Foundation. Cyndi Lauper is set to perform, while Kylie Minogue and Estelle will host and DJ, respectively.
BRITNEY FIGHTS WITH HER BOYFRIEND
Britney Spears and boyfriend Jason Trawick had a fight in public last week. The New York Post reports that pop star and her former manager argued at dinner in Los Angeles, before she stormed out of the restaurant 30-minutes into the meal. A rep for Spears declined to comment.
KATY PERRY COMPARES SNOOP DOGG TO LOST
What does meeting Snoop Dogg have to do with the TV show Lost? Well apparently they’re pretty similar. According to the New York Post, at a listening party for her new album in Atlanta, Katy Perry said that meeting her “California Gurls” duet partner for the first time was just like the recently finished ABC program because “the door opens, and in comes the Smoke Monster.”
KE$HA GETS SUED
Ke$ha is being sued by her former managers. According to the Associated Press, DAS Communications Inc. is seeking more than 14-million dollars in damages after the “Tik Tok” singer broke off her relationship with the company in 2006. They are also suing producer Dr. Luke for 12-million dollars because they insist that he “induced, intimidated and convinced Ke$ha” to part ways with them. Luke co-produced the pop star’s hit debut album, Animal. Ke$ha’s lawyer says that she had every right to leave DAS. Learn more at News.Yahoo.com.
KELLY CLARKSON GIVES NEW ALBUM DETAILS
Kelly Clarkson has revealed a little information about the new album that she is currently working on. The original American Idol champion was asked what the effort is sounding like, and she wrote on her Twitter page that it’s “amazing,” “fun” and that it’s an “ode to the late ‘80s/early ‘90s.” Follow Kelly at Twitter.com/Kelly_Clarkson.
MADONNA TALKS MALAWI
After adopting two children from Malawi, it’s no surprise that Madonna pays close attention to what’s going on in the African country. When she heard that two gay men were sentenced to prison simply for being homosexual, she took action and started a petition to get them freed. Apparently, the Malawian government listened to Madge and the 30-thousand others who signed the petition, because the two men were given a release on “humanitarian” grounds. Madge took to her official blog that she “always believed love conquers all” and that she is so happy she got to see it in action. Read the whole entry at RaisingMalawi.org.
M.I.A. RESPONDS TO NYT WRITER IN SONG
M.I.A. is really peeved at the New York Times journalist who questioned her political knowledge and painted the rapper in a not so nice light in last week’s magazine profile. First, the singer tweeted the journalist’s phone number and now she has recorded a song addressing the issues. She says in the track, “I’m a singer, Never said anything else, I didn’t lie to you. Thinking of somebody else.” Fans can check it out now at NeetRecordings.com.
EMINEM KICKS OFF EURO PROMO TOUR
Eminem is currently overseas, getting the royal treatment. The rapper was spotted leaving the Le Meurice hotel in Paris, where his penthouse room cost over 17-thousand dollars a night. If that wasn’t enough, four Mercedes-Benz limovans waited for the rap star and his entourage. Rap-Up.com reports Slim Shady is gearing up for his European promo tour to further support the release of his upcoming album, Recovery. The disc arrives here on June 22nd.
SNOOP DOGG GETS TRICKED BY DAVID BLAINE
Who says magic tricks aren’t real? Not too long ago, magician David Blaine performed a couple of his best tricks on the one and only Snoop Dogg at a show in New Jersey. Head over to YouTube now to watch the footage!
NEW SHAKIRA TOUR DATES!
We’ve just learned Shakira has confirmed four new dates for 2010 North American tour. The “She Wolf” singer will now perform in Corpus Christi, Texas on October 5th, followed by a show in Laredo, Texas on October 6th. Shakira will also hit up Las Vegas on October 16th and then play Sacramento, California on October 19th. If you’re a member of her fan club you can actually purchase advanced tickets now. For a list of all tour dates, visit Shakira.com.
LILITH FAIR CANCEL ARIZONA SHOW
The Lilith Fair will no longer make a July 8th stop in Arizona. It’s true that tickets sales for the date were underwhelming, but many people are speculating that the show was actually scrapped as a protest of the state’s immigration laws. The Go-Go’s were set to headline the date, and lead singer Belinda Carlisle wrote on her Facebook page that the band is “not supporting the state government.” Learn more at LilithFair.com.
SEE DAUGHTRY AND KELLY CLARKSON PERFORM
Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson and Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down all performed in Nashville over the weekend to raise money to help the people affected by huge floods that hit the city. Both Chris Daughtry and Clarkson wrote on Twitter about how the event was a great success, and they even performed a duet of Tracy Chapman’s classic tune “Fast Cars” during the gig. See it on YouTube now.
KANYE WEST VENTS IN NEW “POWER” SONG
If you haven’t heard Kanye West’s new single, “Power,” from his upcoming album… you’d be surprised at what the rapper says on the record. After going in hiding to record Good Ass Job in Hawaii, ‘Ye comes off very aggressive and even takes aim at Saturday Night Live in the new track. MTV News is encouraging fans to give their feedback on what they think of the song and if they believe Kanye has solidified his return to music. Head over to MTV.com to weigh in.
TUPAC BIOPIC BEGINS SHOOTING THIS FALL!
According to DigitalSpy.com, the long-awaited biopic for Tupac Shakur is scheduled to begin production in September. In addition, Antoine Fuqua [PRON Foo-kwa], who previously directed Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest, has reportedly signed on to oversee the film. The filmmaker stated that he intends to “discover someone new” to portray one of hip hop’s most beloved rap stars. The director is prepared to search “the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.” We’ll keep you posted with further updates.
ALICIA KEYS TALKS SWIZZ BEATZ
It’s an exciting time for Alicia Keys! The singer is pregnant with her first child and engaged to Swizz Beatz. Not too long ago, the songstress spoke very highly of her recording experiences with the mega-producer for Whitney Houston’s hit song, “Million Dollar Bill” (See Related Cuts #3 & #4). A rep recently confirmed with People that the couple will “get married in a private ceremony later this year.” Congrats!
P!NK KICKS OF TOUR
P!nk kicked off the next European leg of her Funhouse Tour in Germany over the weekend and it seems that she had a great time. The pop star wrote on her Twitter account that she loves Germany and that she got “90 minutes of love” from the crowd. Stay up to date with everything P!nk is up to by following her at Twitter.com/Pink.
NEW ALTERNATIVE BEYONCE VIDEO
Beyonce may be taking a break from music, but she’s doing a great job of remaining on her fans’ minds. The GRAMMY Award-winning singer has released an alternate version of 2003’s “Me Myself & I” video. While she’s focusing on promoting her House Of Dereon clothing line, fans will get to see her at the 2010 BET Awards — airing on June 27th at 8 PM Eastern. Bey is nominated for four awards including, Viewer’s Choice Award.