BLACK EYED PEAS PREP NEW ALBUM
The Black Eyed Peas scored one of the biggest albums over the past two years with The E.N.D. The record is still selling over eight-thousand copies a week and has already sold over 2.7-million copies since its release back in June 2009. According to Rap-Up.com, the Peas are preparing their new album, titled The Beginning, which will arrive in November. That effort contains 12 tracks with four songs produced by DJ Ammo, three by will.i.am and two by David Guetta, who also produced their number one hit “I Gotta Feeling.” The Black Eyed Peas will resume their The E.N.D. World Tour in Mexico tomorrow before heading to Brazil for eight shows. The Beginning is due out on November 30th.
GAGA ADDS DATES TO 2011 TOUR
It’s a long way down the road, but Lady Gaga is already adding tour dates to her 2011 Monster Ball trek. The pop star has added six more shows in April, and another in June. See all the dates now at GagaDaily.com.
WHERE IS GAGA HOUSE SHOPPING?
Lady Gaga is rumored to be buying property in two very different places. Website WWD.com reports that the pop star is contemplating getting a home in the affluent New England area of Martha’s Vineyard, while British paper the Daily Record says that Gaga is looking into purchasing an entire castle in the North of England or Scotland. The paper says that “no expense will be spared in her quest to make this dream come true.” Who says that Gaga can’t buy homes in both places?
JOE JONAS SOLO ALBUM?
E! Online is reporting that Joe Jonas will be following in the footsteps of younger brother Nick, as he plans to release a solo album sometime in 2011. A source at Hollywood Records told the site that Joe is working with “various writers and producers on music,” adding he “wants a more dangerous sound,” like a “sexier, Justin Timberlake” vibe. The solo album is just the latest project on Joe’s schedule, which also includes several TV appearances, among them 90210, and a reported project with Tom Hanks.
JUSTIN BIEBER TO PREMIERE NEW VIDEO
Justin Bieber will premiere his new video for “U Smile” tomorrow. The clip will debut on E! News at 7 PM Eastern and can be viewed at EOnline.com immediately following the East Coast premiere of the clip. “U Smile” is the third single from Bieber’s platinum album, My World 2.0, and is dedicated to Bieber’s fans. The video was directed by Colin Tiley and features Bieber playing a grand piano, dancing and also includes some of the singer’s fans.
TWEET: A few months ago, Bieber took to Twitter to write about the song: “It really is a throwback to the great records I listened to growing up…I wrote it for all my fans who got me here.”
KATY PERRY MEETS JT
Katy Perry may be pretty famous herself, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t still get starstruck. According to the New York Post, at the after-party for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on which she performed, Perry ran into Justin Timberlake, and then proceeded to scream, “Oh, my God, I just met JT!” Learn more at NYPost.com.
THE VIEW TALKS KATY PERRY AND SESAME STREET
Katy Perry getting snubbed by Sesame Street is a hot topic in the news. So much so that earlier in the week on The View, the ladies sat down for a heated discussion on their “Hot Topics” segment about if it was fair for the legendary kids program to pull Perry’s segment since she wore a low cut top. See it on YouTube now.
BRUNO MARS & MAROON 5 TOP iTUNES CHART
Bruno Mars has the most-downloaded song on iTunes this week with “Just the Way You Are.” Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” featuring Cataracs & Dev flies to number two and lands at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, marking the L-A-based band’s first top ten hit. Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World),” Nelly’s “Just a Dream and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” round out the top five. Maroon 5 top the iTunes album chart with their new effort Hands All Over, followed by Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, John Legend and The Roots’ “Wake Up!,” A Thousand Suns from Linkin Park and Santana’s Guitar Heaven — The Greatsest Guitar Classics of All Time.
NICOLE FROM PCD CONFIRMED ON THE X-FACTOR
Nicole Scherzinger will indeed be a judge when The X-Factor comes to America. According to Deadline.com, TV personality Piers Morgan has confirmed that both the Pussycat Dolls lead singer and British pop star Cheryl Cole will be joining Simon Cowell on the show. Morgan joked that the former American Idol judge “will love a couple of feisty brunettes fighting over him.”
NICKI TALKS BI-SEXUALITY, GAY FANS
During an interview with Out.com, Nicki Minaj opens up about everything from her musical influences to aspiring to out-sell male rappers. But more importantly, she touches on her often-questioned sexuality and explains, “I just don’t like that people want you to say what you are, who you are. I just am. I do what the fuck I want to do.” The leading lady in Young Money, who admits that her “Roman” alter-ego is a gay boy, also thanked her homosexual fans for embracing her. Be sure to read the full interview at Out.com today.
THE SCRIPT ANNOUNCE U-K TOUR
The Script have just announced that they are heading out on a headlining arena tour in the U-K. The trek kicks off in Liverpool in March of next year and is in support of their new album, Science & Faith, which at the moment is only available across the pond. Learn more at TheScriptMusic.com.
JAMES BLUNT TALKS SONGWRITING
James Blunt had the smash hit “You’re Beautiful,” and now we know who the tune was written about. According British paper The Sun, Blunt said that all of his songs are about his first love, who he met 14 years ago. Apparently the Englishman left her to join the army, but he says that she is “in all” of his tunes.
QUINCY JONES PRAISES AMY WINEHOUSE
Amy Winehouse has received some very kind words from a music legend. In an interview with Rolling Stone, producer Quincy Jones said that the embattled singer-songwriter “has a great voice” and that she’s so much more talented then almost anyone else, that it’s like “she’s from another planet.” Winehouse and Mark Ronson teamed up to do a version of the song “It’s My Party” on a tribute album for Jones.
ROCK HALL ANNOUNCES 2011 INDUCTION NOMINEES
Yesterday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for 2011 induction. Among the musicians in the running are Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, the J. Geils Band, Tom Waits, Donovan, LL Cool J and Donna Summer. Now that the nominees have been selected, ballots will be sent to the five-hundred rock hall voters, including previous inductees. Those voters will select who they think should be inducted and the top vote getters will be announced in December. Then, on March 14th in New York City, this year’s crop will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn more at RockHall.com.
SWIFT WILL NOT REPLACE LOHAN IN UPCOMING FILM
Rumors have been circulating that Taylor Swift will replace Lindsay Lohan in the upcoming movie, One Night With You, but Taylor’s publicist told the CMT Radio Network, “Nothing is planned for this movie.” Taylor is currently promoting her upcoming album, Speak Now, which will be available worldwide on October 25th. Until then, fans can purchase a new song off the album each week on iTunes.
LADY A’S HEADLINING TOUR APPROVED BY CRITICS
Lady Antebellum kicked off their first headlining tour last week with four consecutive sold out concerts. The Need You Now 2010 trek began last Monday in Orlando and included stops in Clearwater and St. Augustine, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Every show was met with great reviews from music critics. The Tampa Tribune said, “A 90-minute performance that played to their strengths: razor-sharp country-pop ballads with near-irresistible hooks and Kelley and Scott’s magnetic harmonies…they won’t get to see Lady Antebellum in this intimate of a stage for a very long time.” The St. Petersburg Times agreed saying, “It’s nothing but arenas and amps after this.” For a complete list of Lady A’s Need You Now 2010 Tour dates, visit LadyAntebellum.com.
RICKY MARTIN CHARITY AUCTION
Ricky Martin has teamed up with CharityBuzz to launch The Ricky Martin Foundation’s 2010 Online Auction for Children’s Rights. The auction features exclusive celebrity memorabilia, including a 2002 Harley Davidson Motorcycle Softail Springer signed by Martin; a tennis racquet signed by Rafael Nadal; a Real Madrid soccer ball autographed by all the members of the team; an All Saint Jacket signed by Juanes; A New York Mets jersey signed by Carlos Beltran; a baseball signed by legendary Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and more. Funds raised will go towards the foundation’s educational initiatives to end child trafficking. Bidding is open through October 16th at CharityBuzz.com/Auctions/RMF.
ABOUT THE RMF: The Ricky Martin Foundation (RMF) advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education and health. Its principal project People for Children condemns child exploitation as a result of human trafficking and modern day slavery. UNICEF estimates that 1.2-million children are trafficked worldwide every year.
LIL WAYNE PROJECTED ALBUM SALES
According to XXLMag.com, Lil Wayne is looking to pull in impressive first week sales despite being locked up in prison. The rapper’s newly released I Am Not A Human Being EP is projected to sell over 90-thousand copies. The set is only available digitally now but is estimated to move over 225-thousand units when it’s physically released in stores on October 12th. The rapper may be serving time for weapons possession in New York’s Rikers Island, but he can rest easy knowing fans still love and support him!
OBAMA LISTENS TO LIL WAYNE AND NAS!
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama admits that his personal aide has helped improved his “rap palate.” He added that “Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne.” Obama stated that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, “are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things.”
DRAKE LEAKS “FANCY” REMIX
We got a preview of the remix to Drake’s “Fancy” when Mary J Blige joined Drizzy on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Turns out the track was initially meant to be on MJB’s next studio effort before Swizz Beatz passed the track to the Canadians emcee. Luckily, fans can download the alternate version of the record now!
SONG LINK: http://usershare.net/el9t2t42j785
WYCLEF JEAN RETURNS HOME TO REST
We previously reported Wyclef Jean was hospitalized for stress and fatigue in a New Jersey hospital. A rep for the Fugees member said the musician will remain there for part of the week; however his publicist announced that he’s already returned home to “recuperate,” adding that he “will be back to work in about a week, and until then the family requests that he be allowed to genuinely rest.” The news comes after Jean was not permitted to run for president of Haiti due to residency requirements.
Jean family said in a statement, “Wyclef Jean has had an extremely grueling three months – truly an exhausting eight months, since the earthquake when he recommitted himself to our homeland and his passion for our people. He is currently suffering the effects of lack of sleep and stress, global travel, even the endless public eye, and has asked that his fans and supporters bear with him for the next several days as he regains his physical health and stamina.”
NICK CANNON IS PREPARED TO FIGHT EMINEM
According to CeleBuzz.com, Nick Cannon has challenged Eminem to take their feud to the boxing ring at the Joe Louis Arena, which is located in Em’s home city of Detroit. On his New York radio show, the funnyman stated that the fight would finally end the feud over his wife, Mariah Carey. Cannon also tweeted. “I don’t have nothing to lose! If I get beat up no one would be surprised… It will just be more material for my stand up!”
A post on Cannon’s official site reads: “The time has come! Boys talk the talk, but men walk the walk. Nick has laid down the challenge to meet Eminem in the ring. Nick and the rest of the crew on Rollin’ With Nick Cannon think it’s time for the feud to be over once and for all. And to draw Slim Shady out of hiding, Nick has decided to do it all for charity.”
Cannon has also set up a Facebook page to build excitement for the unlikely event.
CHRIS BROWN READIES “DEUCES” REMIX
Chris Brown recently gave fans a sneak peek of the remix of his chart-topping single, “Deuces,” during his Ustream session. The revamped-record will now feature verses from Fabolous, T.I., Drake, Kanye West and AndrÃ© 3000. You can expect the new version to premiere this Friday and Breezy added, “We’re gonna shoot the video for that. The video’s gonna be sick.”
The original song is currently number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
LIL WAYNE’S BDAY LETTER FROM JAIL
On November 5th, Lil Wayne will be released from Rikers Island. Until then, he continues to update fans on what he’s up to via his official page, WeezyThanxYou.com. The rapper wrote on his 28th birthday about how it feels to get older, his favorite card game to play in prison and how he is missing his kids. Check out the full letter today!