FERGIE FLIRTS WITH NELSON MANDELA
Does Nelson Mandela have a crush on Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas? According to the Associated Press, the BEP frontwoman, who was in South Africa for the World Cup kickoff concert, said that the former president flirted with her, and that it was one of the “best moments” of her life. She also said that she proceeded to flirt right back.
KATY PERRY FEELS CONFIDENT
Katy Perry is in love, and apparently, it’s made her much more confident. The pop star told Access Hollywood that since she has fiancÃ© Russell Brand to support her, she has stopped “really worrying” about things that used to make her feel insecure. The couple has plans to marry sometime this year, but are yet to make a date public.
TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW iPHONE APP
Taylor Swift released a new iPhone app on Sunday. The app is called Mix Me In2 Taylor and costs three-dollars. With the app, fans will be able to sing with Taylor’s band. It comes with two pre-loaded songs, “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me.” The app breaks the songs down into separate instrument tracks too, so with the right cable, you can accompany Taylor on guitar if you’d prefer. More songs will become available after the app officially launches June 20th. After recording the songs, you can upload them straight to her website.
TAYLOR SONGS TURNED INTO LULLABIES
Want your young child to become a Taylor Swift fan early in life? Well Hushabye Baby just released an album of the pop star’s biggest hits made into lullabies. The effort features peaceful renditions of songs like “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me” and many more. Get it now at HushabyeBabyMusic.com.
BONO FEELING BETTER
It seems Bono is feeling a little better. EOnline reports that the Irish singer is recuperating at his villa on the French Riviera. He’s reportedly been meeting up with friends and driving himself around. The U2 frontman is recovering from emergency back surgery that forced the band to cancel a U-S tour scheduled for this month.
GAGA IS A YANKEES FAN
Lady Gaga took in a New York Mets game at Citi Field last week. According to The Associated Press, photos show the singer making an obscene gesture during the first game of a doubleheader between the Mets and the San Diego Padres. It was unclear what prompted the obscene gesture from a luxury suite. Lady Gaga grew up in New York going to Yankees games with her father. She was in town this week for her sister’s high school graduation.
ROB THOMAS AND DARYL HALL DETAILS!
Rob Thomas joins Daryl Hall for a special pairing on the latest installment of Live From Daryl’s House. This episode brings together Thomas and Hall for a set that includes Hall & Oates hits “Kiss on My List” and “She’s Gone” with Matchbox Twenty smashes “3 A.M.” and “Disease,” which Rob co-wrote with Mick Jagger, as well as “Ever the Same” and “Someday,” a pair of selections from his two critically acclaimed solo albums. The duo also plays a soulful version of the classic, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” The 31st edition of the award winning series debuts tomorrow at LFDH.com.
NICKELBACK FRONTMAN HAS DRAMA WITH HOUSEKEEPER
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is in the middle of some drama with a former housekeeper. Arlene Morris cleaned the singer’s home for two years, but was recently let go because she took some discarded clothes belonging to Chad’s girlfriend. Before all of this happened though, he had promised her kids tickets to an upcoming Nickelback show, but then retracted the offer after she was fired. Morris told the Vancouver Sun that her kids are now “devastated.” The band’s manager said that Kroeger’s reason to fire the housekeeper was justified and that “she was given an opportunity to do the right thing, which she chose not to do.”
CIARA LEAKS “RIDE” REMIX
According to Rap-Up.com, Ciara has unleashed the official remix to her new single. The songstress teamed up with Bei Major and Andre 3000. It’s unknown if the cut will appear on the singer’s upcoming Basic Instinct album — which is slated to arrive later this year. Head over to YouTube for your first listen.
PICK UP THE LILTH 2010 COMPILATION TOMORROW
What could arguably be the best compilation of the summer is being released tomorrow. It’s titled the Lilith 2010 Compilation, and features 16 hit songs from all the big names on the tour, including Sarah McLachlan, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, Rihanna and many more. Look for it tomorrow.
KELLY ROWLAND DEBUTS NEW SINGLE
After issuing her up-tempo “Commander” single, Kelly Rowland heads in a different direction for her latest offerings “Grown Woman” and “Rose Colored Glasses.” The songs will be released simultaneously on June 29th. Head over to Kelly’s official MySpace page to hear the cuts now.
PARAMORE NEW VIDEO
Paramore has finished up their video for “Careful,” another track off their Brand New Eyes album. The video features live footage of the band from their recent tours, as well as studio footage from the making of the record. Fans can see the clip now at Paramore.net.
PHARRELL PERFORM AT YOUTH CONFERENCE
Pharrell Williams is booked to perform at the First Annual Kidult Youth Leadership Conference in New York City on June 26th. The event includes notable speakers from business, technology, entertainment and fashion industries to help young adults explore their curiosity and desire for greatness. If you’d like to watch the GRAMMY Award-winning artist on stage, you can score tickets via KidultLeadershipConference.com today.
FAT JOE PROUD OF EMINEM’S RECOVERY DISC
Fat Joe is a big Eminem fan and he’s glad Slim Shady delivered on his latest Recovery album. After hearing the leaked project, Joey told XXLMag.com he particularly enjoyed Em’s “Talkin’ 2 Myself” record featuring Lil Wayne and admits the whole alum is “hard.” Joe adds that from a lyrical standpoint, Eminem is “back to where he once was.” Fans can support Em’s Recovery album when it arrives on June 22nd.
MARC ANTHONY: THE KING OF NYC’S PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE
Marc Anthony was the king of New York’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, after actor Osvaldo Rios dropped out after critics called for a boycott. Rios was convicted on a domestic violence charge in 2003. Anthony, who is of Puerto Rican descent, recently released a new album, Iconos.
SHERYL CROW TALKS ADOPTION
Sheryl Crow recently adopted a new baby, but it wasn’t an easy process. According to ContactMusic.com, the singer-songwriter said it took over a year, and that it kept “falling apart.” Eventually it worked out, and she says that her previously adopted son Wyatt is making taking care of six-week-old Levi very easy, because “he gives baths, he helps burp him, changes his diaper. It’s really cute.”
IS AMY WINEHOUSE GOING TO BE AN ACTRESS?
Is Amy Winehouse on track to become an actress? A source tells British paper The Daily Star that the embattled singer has enrolled in acting lessons in North London, and that “everyone close to her thinks it’s a great idea and believes she could make the transition from singer to actress quite easily.” The source also said that Winehouse is “obsessed” with Marilyn Monore and wants to dye her hair blonde.
JACK JOHNSON ACOUSTIC SET
Jack Johnson has the number one album in the country right now with his To The Sea record, so why not enjoy some acoustic sets from the singer? He performs three stripped down songs on RollingStone.com that fans can view now. Jack plays Berlin on Wednesday night.
M.I.A. FANS HEAR “STEPPIN UP”
Zane Lowe of the BBC debuted some new music from M.I.A. late last week. The track is titled “Steppin Up” and it’s off her upcoming album, due out on July 13th.