JAY-Z AUCTIONS NEW AIR FORCE 1 SNEAKER
ThisIs50.com has learned Nike has teamed with Jay-Z to release an executive new sneaker for the Air Force 1 collection. Hov’s All Black Everything sneaker was inspired by the World Basketball Festival, which he also performed at on Thursday in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Nike has teamed with eBay to auction off five different pairs with all proceeds benefiting the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. If you’re interested, bidders can visit Ebay.com/JayZNikeWBF now.
BIEBER BRINGS “BIEBER FEVER” TO NASHVILLE
Justin Bieber brought “Bieber Fever” to Nashville on Wednesday night, but that wasn’t all the pop sensation had to offer. Before the show at the Bridgestone Arena, Justin donated almost 32-thousand dollars to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee from the ticket sales of his sold-out show. The money will go to relief efforts after Nashville’s flood in May. During Justin’s sound check, he sang the first verse of Alan Jackson’s hit “Chattahoochee.” He was also asked about his favorite country artists, and quickly rattled off, “Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride.”
ROBYN READIES BODY TALK PT 2
Robyn has recruited big names on her upcoming album, Body Talk Pt. 2. The disc will include collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Savage Skulls and Kleerup, as well as other big-name techno artists. The first installment of Robyn’s Body Talk series received international acclaim from The New York Times, Us Weekly and Rolling Stone. Make sure you go out and purchase Body Talk Pt. i when it arrives on September 7th.
GAGA’S STUNT UPSETS FAMILY ORGANIZATION
Lady Gaga’s recent performance at the Lollapalooza is coming under fire from Family Circle, a magazine for moms raising teens. The publication claims the pop star has failed to become a role model for her young fans after she dove into the crowd semi-naked and kissed Semi Precious Weapon’s frontman Justin Tranter. In a statement, Family Circle asserted, “As parents, we can’t sit on the sidelines; it’s our job to counteract the messages that equate cool and sexy with public nudity and random hook ups.”
JENNIFER LOPEZ DUETS WITH TAIO CRUZ
Now that Jennifer Lopez is out of the running to be the new judge on American Idol, the actress has plenty of time to focus on her music career. With that said, the official remix for Taio Cruz’s smash hit single “Dynamite” has surfaced and includes a new verse from J-Lo. Listen to the Def Jam label-mates now!
GAGA IS STILL WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Lady Gaga can’t stop working on her new album. The pop star went on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and said that even though she told everyone the follow-up to The Fame Monster was complete, she got a little ahead of herself because she “can’t stop writing.” She also noted that she “might have to put out two records.” Because it’s still not finished, there’s no official word on when Gaga’s next album, or albums, will be released.
GREEN DAY MAKE FAN DREAM COME TRUE
Lately, Green Day have been bringing fans up onstage to sing “Longview” with them, and one fan in particular has made an impact. It was 17-year-old Dan Michie, who got to sing the track with the band on stage at Lollapalooza last weekend. Michie, who performed like a pro, spoke to MTV News about how awesome the experience was saying, “There are no words to describe it. If you’ve ever seen 80-thousand people before that’s one thing, but seeing them look back at you, that’s something that doesn’t even seem real.” Green Day will be pulling up more fans on stage when they play Holmdel, New Jersey tomorrow night.
KANYE RETURNS TO THE VMAS!
Kanye West has been tapped to perform at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper, who crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech last year, tweeted that he’s “brainstorming the performance now.” We’re sure the controversial emcee has something major up his sleeve! Be Tune in to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed Pacific).
TALKING POINT Which song do you think ‘Ye will perform? Will there be any special guests? Will Taylor get her revenge?
GET NEW LINKIN PARK APP
Linkin Park has a lot going on right now with their new album coming out next month. So they’ve decided to help fans navigate through all their news with a new Linkin Park app. The free app has tour dates, plays videos, finds Linkin Park fans in your area and more. The app can be linked to fans’ Facebook and Twitter pages and allows fans to instantly upload footage. Learn more now at LinkinPark.com.
KID CUDI TO AVOID SOPHOMORE SLUMP
Kid Cudi gained world wide recognition with “Day N Nite,” lifted from his debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. He recently told us that he feels the pressure for the follow-up to be just as good (See Related Cut #4). The rapper’s sophomore effort, Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, was initially supposed to arrive mid-September, but it was pushed back to October 26th. The first official single is called “Erase Me” featuring Kanye West.
JOSH KELLEY TAKES CREDIT FOR LADY ANTEBELLUM’S SUCCESS
Josh Kelley, whose brother is Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, recently started his own country career and believes he should take credit for Lady A’s success. Josh bought a house in Nashville almost six years ago and told Charles he and his band had a place to stay. He explained to Us Weekly, “That’s how Lady Antebellum kind of started. I bought I house out there in 2005, the first house I ever bought. I told Charles and his band they could come live there.” Josh has just released his debut country single, “Georgia Clay,” and says country music is where his heart lies. Josh and his wife, Katherine Heigl, plan to purchase a home in Nashville.
3 DOORS DOWN ARE IN THE STUDIO
3 Doors Down fans have something to be excited about. The Mississippi rockers wrote in a post on their official website that they went into the studio earlier in the month to begin work on their fifth album. They also noted that they’re working with producer Howard Benson, who’s been behind records for everyone from Daughtry to Kelly Clarkson. Read more at 3DoorsDown.com.
GEORGE MICHAEL IS IN TROUBLE
George Michael is in trouble. According to Reuters, the former Wham! frontman was charged yesterday with drug possession and driving under the influence after he was crashed his car in London early last month. The 47-year-old singer was released on bail and has to report to court on August 24th.
MAROON 5 PICTURES
Maroon 5 are out on tour, and they just posted some pictures from their trek on their official website. And not only that, but they also put up some photos from behind the scenes at the video shoot for their song “Give a Little More.” Check the pics out now at Maroon5.com.
GAGA GETS HONORED IN L-A
Lady Gaga’s show Wednesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles turned out to be extra special. Not only was Britney Spears spotted in attendance, but during the gig, Gaga was presented with an enormous plaque to recognize her for selling 13-million albums, as well 51-million singles. Learn more at GagaDaily.com.
SOFIA VERGARA HATES ON MADONNA
Does Sofia Vergara have something against Madonna? In a recent interview with Esquire, the Modern Family star bashed people that get plastic surgery, saying, “L-A is crazy. The women all look the same now. That thing with the cheeks. Like Madonna. Who do they think they’re fooling. It doesn’t make them look young. You end up looking like a freak.” Read more at Esquire.com.
THE VERONICAS CELEBRATE AUSSIE LAW REFORM
In Australia, 85 laws that discriminated against same-sex couples have been reformed, and The Veronicas are very happy about it. They twins said that the reforms are a “victory for all Aussies” and in honor of the law change, they designed a shirt that says the message “Love Always.” Get your T now at WearItWithPride.com.au.
BRITNEY GLEE EPSIODE INFO
Britney Spears is still set to appear in an episode of Glee next season that will feature her music – but it seems that it may be more of a cameo than a starring role. Show creator Ryan Murphy told Access Hollywood that it was the pop star’s idea to “come on and do a couple of fun, sort of, ‘Where’s Waldo?’ moments, but instead of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ It’s ‘Where’s Britney?’” Learn more at AccessHollywood.com.
ALANIS DICUSSES HER PREGNANCY
The newly pregnant Alanis Morissette went on Chelsea Lately earlier in the week to talk about what’s going to be a life changing event. The “You Oughta Know” singer told the talk show host that she didn’t know she was carrying a child until she went to the doctor for a completely unrelated reason. She then mentioned in passing that she was “a bit late,” and of course, it turned out to be that she was pregnant. Alanis and her husband, rapper Souleye, married back in May.
PERFORMERS NAMED FOR 2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
MTV has just announced that Kanye West is expected to perform during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper made major headlines during last year’s event when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. In addition, hip hop’s most celebrated newcomer, Drake, and U-K indie favorite, Florence + The Machine, are also scheduled to take stage for the first time ever! The first confirmed presenters for the show include Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Trey Songz, Selena Gomez and Ne-Yo. Additional performers, presenters and a host will be revealed at a later date. Be sure to tune in to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed Pacific).
Fans can begin voting for specific categories like Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com today.
The news comes just days after the nominees were revealed, with Lady Gaga leading the pack with a record-breaking 13 nods. Eminem follows close behind with eight nominations, including one for Video of the Year for “Not Afraid,” while B.o.B managed to grab five nods for “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams and “Nothing On You” with Bruno Mars.
Florence + The Machine said in a statement, “To be performing and nominated at this years VMA’s is completely amazing and especially for the song ‘Dog Days.’ I recorded that song in a cupboard with no instruments and the sound of the drums was me banging my hands on the wall, clacking pens on MPC’s and generally causing a cacophony with anything I could lay my hands on.”
Lady Gaga previously stated, “I’m so honored for all the little monsters and self-professed freaks of the universe, to have more VMA nominations in a single year than any artist in MTV history. Ironically, I’m even more proud it’s an unlucky number; 13.”