LADY GAGA KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Lady Gaga kicked off the latest North American leg of her Monster Ball Tour at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on Monday night. Gaga’s little monsters braved harsh weather while waiting in long lines to get into the venue. Many fans dressed up in leather and lace, stiletto heels, studded jackets, crowns and even Diet Coke-can hair curlers. According to the vast majority of fans, the highlight of the show was the encore, when Gaga returned to the stage to perform “Bad Romance.” Check out MTV.com for reactions from the show, including video of a couple that got engaged during the concert.
GAGA SENDS VIDEO MESSAGE TO TEEN
Constance McMillen, the girl who made national headlines when her school wouldn’t let her take her girlfriend to prom, has a fan in Lady Gaga. The pop star posted a video message to Constance via OkMagazine.com, saying that Constance is one of the “Bad Romance” singer’s “most favorite little monsters.” Watch it online now.
GAGA AND OTHERS MAKE FORBES CELEBRITY LIST
Forbes has just released their annual Celebrity 100 Power List, and some of the biggest names in music have made the top ten. Beyonce and Lady Gaga both finished in the top five, with B at number two making 87-million, and Gaga not far behind in fourth with 62-mil. Also in the top ten were Britney Spears and U2, who were in sixth and seventh place respectively. The ten spot went to Madonna.
RIHANNA CANCELS SHOW IN SEATTLE
According to the Auburn Reporter, Rihanna was forced to cancel her July 2nd tour stop in Auburn, Washington. The singer was scheduled to take stage at White River Amphitheatre, but Live Nation explained in statement the date was scrapped due to “production changes.” The show opener of Ri Ri’s Last Girl On Earth tour will kick off July 4th in Vancouver, British Columbia.
TIDBIT This marks the third cancellation for Rihanna. She also pulled the plug for stops in Phoenix and Dallas.
Since Rihanna hasn’t provided a detailed explanation for her cancellations, gossip sites are speculating that the singer is having trouble filling up venues.
BEYONCE ON FORBES CELEBRITY 100 LIST
Beyonce can definitely afford to take an extended break from music. According to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, Oprah Winfrey claimed number one spot with 315-million, but Jay-Z’s wife took second place for earning 87-million dollars in 2009. The entertainer’s global tour reportedly banked 85-million dollars in sales! Last year, Bey took fifth place…but we’re thinking it’s only a matter of time until she takes the top spot!
EMINEM ON TOP OF ITUNES CHART
Eminem tops both the iTunes singles chart as well as the album chart this week, with his new record Recovery. His single, “Love the Way You Lie,” is the top song, displacing last week’s number one, “California Gurls,” from Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore falls to number three followed by “Billionaire” from Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars and Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am. Last week’s top album, Thank Me Later, from Drake slides to number two followed by Miley Cyrus’ Can’t Be Tamed, The Roots’ How I Got Over and To The Sea from Jack Johnson.
EMINEM’S ENTOURAGE EPISODE COMING THIS FALL
Entertainment Weekly reports Eminem will appear in an episode of the seventh season of HBO’s Entourage. Slim Shady will play himself and develop a small “beef” with Adrian Grenier’s character, “Vince Chase.” Be sure to tune in on September 12th.
SHAKIRA AT WIMBLEDON
According to The Sun, Shakira was on hand at Wimbledon to take in the fourth round match between Rafael Nadal against Paul-Henri Mathieu earlier this week. The pair appeared together in Shakira’s video for her single “Gypsy” earlier this year.
DANJA TALKS NEW BRITNEY SPEARS MUSIC
Producer Danja told RapUp.com that he has been working on tracks for a new Britney Spears album. He said he is in pre-production for the record and is creating some “hard-hitting, uptempo, high-energy records.” Danja produced Britney’s “Gimme More” and “Break the Ice” from her 2007 album Blackout, as well as two tracks on her latest album, Circus. He also produced Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right,” Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack,” and P!nk’s hit song “Sober.”
JERMAINE JACKSON SUPPORTS CHRIS BROWN
Jermaine Jackson described Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute performance during the 2010 BET Awards as a “spectacular moment.” The Jackson 5 member told Extra that Brown “deserved to perform because it’s healing for him. How can he learn from his mistakes if you don’t give him a chance?” Jermaine added, “He needs that. I love Rihanna, and I’m not supporting what he did, but I support him [as a singer] 100 percent.”
A NEW NICKELBACK GAME
There’s a new Nickelback game available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. It’s from the makers of Tap Tap Revenge and it’s fittingly called Nickelback Revenge. On it, you can play some of the band’s biggest songs, including “You Remind Me,” “Photograph” and more. It costs just under five-dollars, and you can get it at the app store now.
DAUGHTRY GETS PERSONAL ABOUT “SEPTEMBER”
Chris Daughtry got personal about his songwriting over the weekend. The former American Idol contestant wrote on his Twitter account that he heard his band’s song “September” on the radio, and that it’s the “most excited” that he’s ever been to hear one of their tunes on the air. He also wrote that as a songwriter, it’s the track that he’s “most proud of.”
BRET MICHAELS TALKING TO IDOL PRODUCERS
It seems like Bret Michaels is taking the next step in becoming Simon Cowell’s replacement on American Idol. The Poison singer told Parade.com that he has a meeting set up with the show’s producers in a few weeks. The rocker explained that in a recent poll, Madonna, P. Diddy, Howard Stern and him were voted as the most popular choices for replacements, and he took more than half the vote, something he called “tremendous.” Bret previously stated he would “love” to be a judge on AI.
NO MEET-AND-GREETS WITH COLBIE AT LILITH
Colbie Caillat loves to have meet-and-greets with her fans after shows, but it seems that she won’t be able to do that while out on tour with Lilith Fair. A post on the singer-songwriter’s official website says that it’s not possible due to “logistical issues,” but that she’s still taking requests for her other shows later this summer. Read more at ColbieCaillat.com.
MADONNA’S FORMER TRAINER TALKS
Madonna and longtime trainer Tracy Anderson parted ways a little while back, and apparently Anderson doesn’t regret that one bit. She told Britain’s Star magazine that days of her focusing on one celebrity are “gone” and that she thinks Madonna is amazing, but that the work is “not sustainable,” so she doesn’t miss it.
NEW SARA BAREILLES VIDEO IS OUT NOW
The video for Sara Bareilles’ new single “King of Anything” is now available for download exclusively on iTunes. Then tomorrow it will premiere on both Vh1 and Vevo. Also, you can see a short “making-of” clip now at SaraBareilles.com.
BIG BOI’S NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE ONLINE
You can listen to Big Boi’s new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, before it hits stores! Head over to Pitchfork.com to hear the project, which will be available next Tuesday.
JOHN MAYER TAKES ANOTHER STAB AT COMEDY
John Mayer is apparently a pretty funny guy. The singer-songwriter took the stage late last week at the Comedy Cellar in New York City for the first time since he tried it out four years ago and made some racially insensitive comments. According to the New York Daily News, Mayer did much better this time, even making a joke about dating Kate Hudson. A source told the paper that Mayer “was really nervous right before he went on and kept checking over his notes that he brought onstage,” but that he did a good job overall.
L-A MAYOR TALKS UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF ELECTRIC DAISY FESTIVAL
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (pron: Vee-ya-rye-go-sa) is questioning the future of the Electric Daisy Festival, after 65 arrests, 114 hospitalizations and 226 medical emergencies marred the event. The festival, which celebrated its 14th year, had a record attendance of over 185-thousand people over the course of the two day rave. The show was highlighted by sets from Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am and Moby. Mayor Villaraigosa told KCAL 9 News that the event should not have taken place on public property and that it is a “catastrophe waiting to happen.” On Saturday afternoon, a crowd rushed the gates at the entrance of the festival and began climbing the fence to bypass security, accounting for many of the injuries. Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck added that at the very least, they are going to look into limiting the event next year.
HAYLEY WILLIAMS PERFORMS WITH DEFTONES
According to Blabbermouth.net, Paramore singer Hayley Williams joined Deftones onstage this week. The frontwoman duetted with the band on the song “Passenger” at the Rock-A-Field festival in Roeser, Luxembourg on Sunday. Fan filmed footage is up online now.
GREEN DAY VEGAN SHOES!
Green Day is giving away a pair of new kicks. They’re one of bassist Mike Dirnt’s special limited-edition vegan sneakers for Macbeth and fans can learn how to win a pair now at GreenDay.com. The shoes are 100 percent cruelty-free and are the second pair of vegan shoes that Dirnt has designed for the company.