BRUNO MARS ANNOUNCES DOO-WOPS AND HOOLIGANS
Bruno Mars will release his highly anticipated debut album Doo—Wops & Hooligans in October. Mars’ debut single, “Just The Way You Are,” is steadily climbing the charts and is up four spots to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mars will support Maroon 5 on the fall leg of their 2010 Hands All Over Tour. The outing — which also features One Republic — begins October 6th in Santa Barbara, California and then continue through an October 16th show at San Diego, California’s Viejas Arena. Following that trek, Bruno will tour Europe with Travie McCoy from mid-October through early November.
LA ROUX ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR
La Roux have announced a fall tour kicking off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 1st. The outing will head up the East Coast, hitting Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Hartford and Boston, before wrapping in New York City on November 17th. La Roux’s second single, “In For The Kill,” is set to be released in the next few weeks. The track will be available as a digital remix EP due out on September 14th, with a special edition vinyl to follow in late September.
LA ROUX’S FALL TOUR DATES:
11/1 — Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
11/2 — Hard Rock — Orlando, Florida
11/4 — Ritz — Tampa, Florida
11/5 — Tabernacle — Atlanta, Georgia
11/7 — Rams Head Live — Baltimore, Maryland
11/9 — Trocadero —Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11/10 — 9:30 Club — Washington, D.C.
11/12 — Lupos — Providence, Rhode Island
11/13 — Webster — Hartford, Connecticut
11/15 — House Of Blues — Boston, Massachusetts
11/17 — Terminal 5 — New York, New York
KATY PERRY ON THE LATE SHOW
Katy Perry stopped by the The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night to promote her new album, Teenage Dream, which is in stores now. Perry not only performed, but also was interviewed by Letterman about her Christian beginnings, her Pastor parents’ thoughts on her career and her upcoming marriage to Russell Brand.
KATY PERRY TRIES TO FIND BALANCE
Katy Perry is learning how to balance her personal life and professional her life. The pop star told People magazine that while “most people have breakdowns over their weddings,” she’s trying to figure out how to plan her nuptials with Russell Brand and her tour in support of her new album, Teenage Dream. The “California Gurls” singer said she is trying to prioritize, but in the meantime will simply “breathe and delegate.”
EXTENDED “TEENAGE DREAM” VIDEO
Is the regular video of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” not good enough for you? Well the “Director’s Cut” of the clip has been posted online. See the extended version now at PerezHilton.com.
LIL WAYNE TOPS DIGITAL SONGS CHART
Lil Wayne tops the Digital Songs chart this week with “Right Above It” featuring Drake, which sold over 225-thousand downloads. It’s the first number one for Wayne on this chart and it’s his best sales week as a lead artist. Wayne’s big debut pushes aside last week’s number one, Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which slides to number three behind Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which climbs one spot to number two. Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” leaps six spots to number six, while Nelly’s “Just a Dream” debuts at number eight.
EMINEM’S RECOVERY STILL NUMBER ONE!
Eminem’s Recovery is on top of the Billboard album chart for its seventh non-consecutive week, selling another 116-thousand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Recovery scores the most weeks atop the chart since Taylor Swift’s Fearless strung together 11 non-consecutive weeks in late 2008 and early 2009. Recovery also notches the most weeks at number one for a male artist’s album since Usher’s Confessions earned nine weeks in the top slot in 2004, and the most for a hip-hop effort since OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below scored seven on top in late 2003 and early 2004.
KATY PERRY EYES NUMBER ONE DEBUT
Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream is on target to sell between 170 to 200-thousand copies, according to Billboard. Those numbers would ensure the “California Gurls” singer a number one debut. Former American Idol champ Fantasia is looking for a big week too. Her third album, Back To Me, is on pace to bow at number two in the range of 150 to 175-thousand copies.
TIMBALAND AND MORE FOR GLOBAL GUINNESS CONCERT
According to Billboard, Timbaland is set to headline an outdoor concert in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, as part of the global Arthur’s Day Guinness Brewery celebrations, set to take place September 23rd and 24th around the world. The live event forms part of a simultaneous worldwide concert series held in honor of Arthur Guinness, founder of the Dublin, Ireland-based Guinness Brewery. Papa Roach is set to perform in the U-S, Shaggy, Lady Saw and Beenie Man will take the stage in the Caribbean leg, while David Gray, Brandon Flowers, Kelis and Snow Patrol will perform in Ireland. Venues will be announced shortly. Last year’s inaugural Arthur’s Day event featured over 60 artists, including Black Eyed Peas, Estelle and Kasabian.
RIHANNA TO RELEASE NEW SONG IN U-K
Rihanna will release a new single titled “Only Girl” in the U-K on Tuesday. According to Rap-Up.com, the song is the first single from her new studio album, due out later this year. No word on when the track will surface in the States.
BRITNEY’S POP COVER
Britney Spears is on the cover of British fashion magazine Pop’s September issue, wearing a wedding dress. Todd Cole photographed the pop princess, with art direction from Takashi Murakami, who is often referred to as the “Andy Warhol of Japan.” Spears was so happy with the photo shoot she couldn’t wait to share her excitement with fans. The pop star took to Twitter, saying, “I just saw the photos for the first time and they are beautiful. Comes out Sept. 1st. Thanks @TakashiPom — Britney.” Check out MTVNews.com for the photos and more.
AGENT SUED OVER JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
According to the Associated Press, a federal judge has ordered a Connecticut talent agent to pay over one-million dollars to a concert promoter for failing to produce Justin Timberlake for a concert in the Philippines. In the lawsuit, Arnold Vegafria, president of ALV Events International, contends he paid Kofi Degraft Johnson to showcase Timberlake at a concert in 2008. But the singer never appeared.
DON’T MAKE YOUR EYES LOOK LIKE GAGA’S
If you want your eyes to look like Lady Gaga’s did in her “Bad Romance” video, you should be careful. According to British paper the Daily Mail, people are purchasing special contact lenses to make their eyes appear larger than they actually are. But according to a doctor from New York’s Montefiore Medical Center, Circle Lens contacts can cause infection, which can make people lose their vision within 24-hours. The lenses aren’t available in the U-S, but can be ordered online from foreign websites.
LADY A ARE BACK IN THE TOP TEN
Lady Antebellum’s hit album Need You Now just can’t seem to stay out of the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart for very long. It moved from 12th place back to sixth, and has now sold over 2.5-million copies. Singer Charles Kelley told us a little bit about where they wrote the record (See Related Cut #3). Lady A are playing the Good Morning America Concert Series tomorrow. Head to LadyAntebellum.com to learn more.
U2 TO RELEASE COLLABORATIONS ALBUM TITLED U2: DUALS
U2 has teamed up with many different artists in their 30 year career and now, some of those tracks are being released on one album. It’s called U2: DUALS and it will only be available via a subscription to U2.com. Learn more about U2: DUALS at U2.com.
HAYLEY WILLIAMS TALKS TRUE BLOOD
In her latest journal entry at Paramore.net, Hayley Williams talks about her love of True Blood. The red-headed rock star is catching up on the vampire drama as the band takes a week off from touring and says she’s got a crush on new character “Hoyt.” The singer also talks about accepting herself and loving her life at the moment. Be sure to read more at Paramore.net now.
SWIFT GRATEFUL FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF “MINE”
Taylor Swift revealed to Entertainment Tonight why she chose Toby Hemingway as her love interest in the new video for her song “Mine.” First off, Toby was in Taylor’s favorite movie, Feast of Love, but there was another reason behind the choice too. Swift explained, “In another movie he was in, I was watching it and he had a 13 on his sweatshirt. So it wasn’t really me that cast him. It was my lucky number.” See Toby and Taylor when CMT, MTV, Vh1 and MTV International team up to present the global premiere of “Mine” tomorrow at 8 PM Eastern.
SWIFT DISHES ON “MINE” INSPIRATION AND LEAK
Taylor Swift is known for writing songs about her ex-boyfriends, and it’s no surprise her new single, “Mine,” was written about a boy from the past. Taylor told Rolling Stone, “I was reflecting back on a boy I liked at a certain time. The song is about what it would be like if I actually let my guard down.” The single was rushed to radio and iTunes after it was leaked two weeks before it was suppose to be released. Taylor was on her way to perform in Japan and got the news after she landed. She explained, “My manager said, ‘I don’t want you to panic.’ And I said, ‘The song leaked, didn’t it?’ I turned on my phone and there were texts saying, ‘Congratulations.’” Swift added, “A leak is so out of my comfort zone, but it ended up good in the end. It made me so emotional that I started crying.” Her new album, Speak Now, will be available October 25th.
BLUEGRASS BAND SHARES TRIBUTE MUSIC TO MICHAEL JACKSON
The successful bluegrass band Honeywagon have released a tribute to Michael Jackson to celebrate his birthday on Sunday. Songs from Neverland — A Bluegrass Tribute to Michael Jackson is available on iTunes and features ten of Michael’s greatest hits including “Billie Jean,” “Man In The Mirror,” “Black or White” and “Beat It.” This isn’t the first tribute album the band has released, as they have previously honored Blink-182, Rolling Stones, and Green Day. Fans can download the new music on iTunes.
NICKI MINAJ’S COLLABO WITH TREY SONGZ TOPS POLL
Nicki Minaj’s collaboration with Trey Songz on “Bottoms Up” was named her best guesting verse on a Rap-Up.com poll. Her Young Money duet with Drake on “Up All Night” came in second, followed by her appearance on Christina Aguilera’s “Woohoo.”
CEE-LO HAPPY WITH 50 CENT’S “FU” REMIX
Cee-Lo Green has scored an Internet hit with “F**k You,” his ode to a gold-digging ex-girlfriend. 50 Cent jumped on board immediately and created a remix to the song. The Gnarls Barkley singer was flattered by 50’s efforts, saying he thought it was really cool that he joined in so quickly. Since the release of the song and its accompanying clip —which features lyrics moving about willy-nilly — the video has racked up more than 2.4-million YouTube plays. According to Rap-Up.com, Cee-Lo did reveal that a PG-13 version of the song, titled “Forget You,” will be released to radio. It has already hit the airwaves in the U-K.
It’s been nine years since Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. The singer left an indelible mark in the hearts of her family, friends and fans. The singer’s star was still rising when her life was cut short. She had released multiplatinum albums and had just started her film career. Traces of her style and influence are apparent in contemporary artists, but her legacy is most evident in her collaborators, including Timbaland, Ginuwine and Missy Elliot. Missy recently spoke to MTV News via email and said that Ciara is an artist who was really influenced by Aaliyah and she also shared some of her favorite memories of the late singer. Head to MTV.com/News for more.
JORDIN SPARKS HAD TROUBLE SELLING TICKETS
Former American Idol contestants like Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood are having no problems selling tickets to their shows, but the same can not be said for Season Six winner Jordin Sparks. According to Celebrity-Mania.com, on her Battlefield tour, Sparks played to many venues that were less than 50-percent full, including a gig in Portland, Oregon that was less than 10-percent of capacity. Sparks has since wrapped the tour and joined the cast of In the Heights in New York City.
TROUBLE FOR WINEHOUSE WITH NEW BF?
Perhaps things with Amy Winehouse and her new boyfriend Reg Traviss aren’t as good as they seem. According to British paper the Daily Mail, Traviss was spotted over the weekend holding hands with his ex-girlfriend, and then on Tuesday night, was seen running away from a pub that his parents own because Winehouse was inside. Winehouse was “visibly upset” at this and left the bar minutes later “sucking her thumb.” Learn more at DailyMial.co.uk.
BEN J FROM THE NEW BOYZ TO STAR IN COMEDY
Ben J from The New Boyz will star in the new movie The Function. The coming-of-age comedy tells the story of a teenage immersed in the dance/music scene, who throws a party in order to save his parents’ house from going into foreclosure. Ben J will also participate as a producer and will be actively involved in all aspects of production.
NE-YO SUED OVER NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT
According to the Associated Press, a Maryland judge has ordered Ne-Yo and his booking agent to pay more than 156-thousand dollars in damages because the singer failed to appear at a 2008 New Year’s Eve concert in Washington state. The judge ordered the payment Tuesday after a four-day trial in late July and early August. Promoter Kenyohn Clark sued Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, and promoter Mike Esterman. The judge ruled in favor of Clark, who claimed that Esterman misled him and failed to return a 95-thosuand dollar deposit.
SOULJA BOY’S ALBUM PUSHED
According to Rap-Up.com, Soulja Boy Tell’Em’s album has been pushed back. The 20-year-old rapper’s effort, The DeAndre Way, was set to arrive in stores in October, but will now arrive on November 5th. His single, “Pretty Boy Swag,” is currently number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
BILLY JOEL MUSIC ON GLEE
Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” was already used on the hit TV show Glee and the singer has revealed to Access Hollywood that more of his hits will appear on the series. As for if Billy himself will make an appearance, don’t expect that to happen. Joel stated, “I’m just not a big TV actor type of guy, I’m a piano player.” Read more at AccessHollywood.com.