KATY PERRY TOPS DIGITAL SONG CHART
The title track off Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album climbs to number one on the Digital Songs chart, selling over 259-thousand downloads. This marks Perry’s second number one song of the year. She reigned on the top for five weeks with the album’s first single, “California Gurls.” Last week’s chart-topper, Lil Wayne’s “Right Above It,” tumbles to number ten, with 101-thousand downloads sold.
KATY PERRY TOPS ITUNES CHARTS
Katy Perry tops the iTunes album chart with Teenage Dream, while the title track is the most-downloaded song on the chart. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Eminem’s former number one “Love The Way You Lie,” and “I Like It” from Enrique Iglesias round out the top five singles. Meanwhile, Eminem’s Recovery, Randy Rogers Band’s Burning The Day, Fantasia’s Back to Me and Sigh No More from Mumford & Sons round out the top five albums on the site.
KATY PERRY TO JUDGE AMERICAN X-FACTOR?
Could Katy Perry be a judge on the American version of Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor? According to British paper the Daily Mail, Simon is ready to offer Perry a spot on his panel after he was impressed with how she did during her guest stint on the U-K version of the show. A source said that Cowell wants to get all the judges signed on and announced within the next six weeks, and that he’s ready to offer Perry a salary of 340-thousand dollars per show.
B.o.B’s MTV Unplugged can be viewed online now at MTV.com. During the show, the Atlanta rapper is joined by special guests including Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona and Janelle Monae.
SHAKIRA TEAMS UP WITH DIZZEE RASCAL FOR NEW SINGLE
Shakira teamed up with U-K rapper Dizzee Rascal for “Loca,” the first single off her upcoming bilingual album, Sale El So/. The follow-up to She Wolf, Sale El Sol is due in stores October 19th.
GAGA TO TAKE STAGE WITH YOKO IN L-A
We recently reported that following successful concerts in Brooklyn earlier this year, Yoko Ono will reprise her We Are Plastic Ono Band shows in L-A next month, and now, we know who will help her at the concerts. Among the special guests expected at one of the two shows are Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, Perry Farrell, rapper The RZA, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, actress Carrie Fisher and many others. It all happens October 1st and 2nd at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
WHAT DOES LADY GAGA EAT ON TOUR?
After fainting at a concert in New Zealand earlier this year, Lady Gaga has made sure to maintain healthy eating habits while traveling the world on her Monster Ball tour. Gaga’s choreographer, LaurieAnn Gibson, told People.com that Gaga’s meals mainly consists of “salsa with grain chips, tofu, turkey slices, hummus and coconut water.” She also mentioned that when they splurge, they’ll have “a toast or two with a little white wine!” Read more at People.com.
GAGA GETS CHASTISED BY CANADIAN MAYOR
Before a recent show in Edmonton, Canada, Lady Gaga posted a picture on her Twitter page from inside Rexell Place arena, where the Edmonton Oilers play. In the photo, the singer blanked out a letter in a banner that says “This is Oil Country” to make “country” have a bad word in it. Gaga may have found it funny, but apparently city officials in Edmonton did not. According to Edmonton.ctv.ca, local TV stations are refusing to show the picture, and Mayor Stephen Mandel said, “Some things are disgusting and you shouldn’t have to say they’re disgusting. I think it demeans them more than anything else.” Fortunately, you can see the pic at Twitter.com/LadyGaga.
GAGA TO TAKE TOUR TO MEXICO
Lady Gaga is heading south to Mexico. According to PerezHilton.com, the singer will be taking her Monster Ball tour to the country for the first time in May of next year. Tickets go on sale for shows in Zapopan and Mexico City on Monday.
GAGA ON COVER OF V MAGAZINE
Lady Gaga is on the cover on the upcoming “New York” issue of V magazine. Head to CocoPerez.com now to see the pop star dressed up as an almost-nude version of the Statue of Liberty.
LADY A AND MORE TO PLAY STAND UP 2 CANCER
Lady Antebellum, Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Queen Latifah and Billie Joe Armstrong will join many musicians and celebrities this month to Stand Up to Cancer. They are set to perform at the telethon on September 10th. It’ll air on all major networks beginning at 8 PM Eastern. Other acts set to perform include Neil Diamond, The Edge, Stevie Wonder and more. Stand Up to Cancer aims to raise money for cancer research. Learn more at StandUp2Cancer.org.
LEONA WORKS WITH RYAN TEDDER IN GERMANY
OneRepublic are in Europe touring, but that doesn’t mean that Ryan Tedder can’t keep working at his other job — as one of the most sought after producers in all of music. Leona Lewis wrote on her Twitter account that she recently went to Frankfurt, Germany to record with Tedder, and that it was “so fun.” Tedder was behind Lewis’ biggest single to date, “Bleeding Love.”
B.O.B. TO OPEN FOR JAY-Z AND EMINEM
According to Billboard.com, B.o.B has landed a great opening gig. The “Airplanes” rapper is expected to warm up the stage for the first two Jay-Z and Eminem concerts at Comerica Park in Detroit. Bobby Ray’s manager recently tweeted that he will be at the Tiger Stadium tonight getting the crowd ready for the two of hip hop’s biggest rappers.
KANYE TO DROP MOVIE WITH NEW ALBUM
MTV News reports Kanye West has filmed a movie in Prague to accompany his upcoming album, Dark Twisted Fantasy. ‘Ye recently tweeted: “Been shooting 16 hour days. … I’m so excited. … It’s like a child’s delusions become reality.” It’s still unknown what the flick is about.
RIHANNA SHOOTS NEW FILM
Photos of Rihanna dressed in army fatigues and combat boots have surfaced online. The singer was spotted walking on the set of the film adaptation of the game Battleship. The flick is begin shot in Hawaii and also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and Tom Arnold. You can visit RihannaDaily.com for the images.
LAURYN HILL SPEAKS ABOUT NEXT LP
According to MTV News, Lauryn Hill has opened up about her highly anticipated album. The reclusive singer, who hasn’t released a studio effort in 12 years, says she’s “getting closer” to completing it. In addition, Hill adds that she “respects the different sounds that [she’s] hearing” however “in terms of collaborations, that’s not even something I’ve been thinking about.” Visit MTV.com for the full interview now.
NEW WEBSITE GETS SONGS OUT OF YOUR HEAD
Don’t you hate it when you get a song stuck in your head and just can’t seem to get rid of it? Well now a new website has the remedy. It’s called UnhearIt.com and, using what they call “the latest techniques in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology,” it helps users “unhear” songs by playing equally catch songs for them. Have your old catchy song replaced by a new one at UnhearIt.com.
BEYONCE STILL MANAGED BY HER FATHER
There have been conflicting reports suggesting that Beyonce and her father/manager, Mathew Knowles, have ended their working relationship due to personal issues. However, a rep from Music World Entertainment has released the following statement, “Contrary to false rumors online, BeyoncÃ© and her manager Mathew Knowles unequivocally have had and continue to have a close personal and business relationship. Mathew Knowles is the sole and exclusive manager of BeyoncÃ©.” There you have it.
AMY WINEHOUSE HAS ANOTHER GREAT RECORD IN HER
Amy Winehouse won the world over with her Back to Black album in 2006 and since then, everyone has been waiting to hear what she’ll do next. Will her next album live up to the hype? Here’s Back to Black producer Mark Ronson (See Related Cut #5). Ronson has his own album coming out this year. It’s called Record Collection and drops on October 5th.
BLACK CROWES FRONTMAN DISSES TAYLOR SWIFT
Chris Robinson, who fronts the rock group the Black Crowes, has lashed out against Taylor Swift in the recent issue of Nylon Guys magazine. He said, “I find it embarrassing that adults are like, ‘Taylor Swift is very talented.’ She’s not. She might be cute, but she’s horrible.” He also mentioned he doesn’t listen to new music these days because artists lack talent. Chris went on to say, “They have stylists who dress them, they make records with producers who play a chord into the computer and it all comes out the same… When you have computers doing it all for you … there’s no individuality.” Though Chris may not think highly of Taylor, many of her fans are highly anticipating the October 25th release of her next album, Speak Now.
LADY A’S LATEST WEBISODE WEDNESDAY
In Lady Antebellum’s latest Webisode Wednesday, fans get a behind the scenes look at the group’s performance on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. This was Lady A’s first appearance on the show, and according to Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott started getting ready at 4 AM. Before taking the stage in front of a massive crowd, the group did a few interviews and even met a few fans. To view this week’s Webisode Wednesday, visit LadyAntebellum.com.
ADAM LEVINE ON MTV
Did you miss the episode of MTV’s When I Was 17 featuring Adam Levine? Well you’ll have plenty of chances to watch it in September. Head to Maroon5.com to see when exactly you’ll be able to catch it.
BUBLE NOMINATED FOR GEMINI AWARD
The people of Canada sure love Michael Buble. It was announced that our northern neighbor’s favorite son has been nominated for a 2010 Gemini Award in the category of Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series for his performance in Michael Buble at the Concert Hall. The show takes place on November 13th.
OWL CITY WILL CRITIQUE YOUR MUSIC
Owl City and TuneCore are teaming up to offer one young artists an amazing opportunity. Frontman Adam Young will listen to one song uploaded by each artist, pick his favorite and provide a “constructive critique” of the tune. Learn more about submitting your song at TuneCore.com/OwlCity.
TIDBIT: TuneCore is a music distributer with “one of the highest revenue-generating music catalogs in the world.”
KINGS OF LEON CANCEL CONCERTS?
According to reports, Kings of Leon have canceled two upcoming concerts in Pennsylvania. The band will reportedly no longer play Pittsburgh on September 7th or Hershey on the 8th due to scheduling conflicts.
KELLY PRICE EXPLAINS SUPER GROUP SPLIT
During an interview with SingersRoom.com, Kelly Price revealed what happened to the Queen Project with Tamia and Deborah Cox. The soulful singer explained that even though “the entire album was recorded in two weeks,” the group failed because “too many people involved and the end result was we were unable to get it done in a time frame that would have allowed us to work the record and tour properly.” She hopes they’ll get to “release it at a later date with proper touring,” but Kelly is focused on dropping her first album in five years very soon.
CIARA PREPS TWO NEW VIDEOS
According to her official fansite, Ciara is looking to simultaneously unleash two singles, “Gimme Dat” and “Speechless,” from her oft-delayed Basic Instinct album. In addition, fans can anticipate the “Go Girl” to shoot videos for both tracks within two weeks! Visit SincerlyCiara.com to learn more.