CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND HUSBAND SEPARATE
Christina Aguilera has indeed separated from her husband, Jordan Bratman. The singer issued a statement to People.com, confirming that the two have split up and that regardless of this, their commitment to their son Max “remains as strong as ever.” Aguilera gave birth to the couple’s only child in 2008.
DANCE MIX USA IS BACK!
Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Ke$ha, Mariah Carey, Train, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Selena Gomez, Kelly Rowland and Kelis have songs featured in the new compilation CD Dance Mix USA. The series is back after more than a decade, with a two CD package that includes 30 dance remixes from today’s hottest artists and DJs. It boasts never-before-heard exclusives, non-commercial tracks and underground club hits. Dance Mix USA started back in 1993 and ran through 1997. It’s sold over five-million units to date. The CD is in stores now.
TAYLOR SWIFT & BRUNO MARS TOP iTUNES CHART
Taylor Swift’s new single “Speak Now” is the most-downloaded song on iTunes this week. Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” featuring Cataracs & Dev holds tight at number two, while Bruno Mars’ debut single, “Just The Way You Are,” falls to number three. “Runaway” from Kan featuring Pusha T is at number four, while Nelly’s “Just a Dream” rounds out the top five. Bruno Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, is the top downloaded album followed by Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being, Jason Mraz’s Life is Good, then Sign No More from Mumford & Sons and Eminem’s Recovery.
JUSTIN BIEBER RELEASES BOOK
Justin Bieber: First Step 2: Forever My Story is out in bookstores now. MTV News asked some stars to read selections from the book. Danny McBride and the cast of Jackass 3D take turns reading passages from the 16-year-old’s first book. Among the stories the pop star shares is the tale of his first date. He took a girl to dinner and wore a white shirt. Bieber ordered spaghetti, which he admits, “was not the brightest idea.” To see McBride and the Jackass guys put their spin on Bieber’s first-date tale, watch the video at MTV.com.
SICK PUPPIES RELEASE VIDEO FOR “MAYBE”
Sick Puppies have released the video for their new single “Maybe.” The clip was directed by Travis Kopach, who has helmed videos for 3OH!3 and AFI. It tells the tale of a guy and a girl who simultaneously leave their small town lives behind to head to Los Angeles. Sick Puppies play at the Hard Rock CafÃ© in Houston on October 22nd.
GREEK PAPARAZZI LOVE GAGA
Lady Gaga was recently spotted in Greece, and the country’s paparazzi went a little crazy when they found out. PerezHilton.com has video from a Greek news station and it shows photographers following the “Bad Romance” singer so aggressively that her bodyguard had to pick her up to take her to safety. Watch it on the gossip site now.
GAGA NAMES HER FORTHCOMING PERFUME LINE
The name of what Lady Gaga intends to call her first perfume line has been revealed. According to Billboard, it will aptly be titled Monster, which is, of course, what the pop star calls her fans. The line is set to hit stores in 2012.
KATY PRAISES RUSSELL
Katy Perry has some high praise for her fiancÃ©, Russell Brand — could her judgment be a little biased being that they’re all set to get married? According to British paper the Daily Record, the pop star called the comedian the “funniest man in the world.” The couple is said to be tying the knot later this month.
KATY PERRY TO PERFORM AT VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW
A good music line-up has been announced for this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. USA Today reports that both Katy Perry and Akon will be taking the stage at the annual event, which is set to broadcast November 30th at 10 PM Eastern on CBS.
LAMBERT TALKS MALAYSIA CONCERT
According to Billboard, Adam Lambert’s concert that is set to take place tomorrow in Malaysia has been met with protest from the country’s Islamist opposition party as they feel that the former American Idol runner-up is promoting “gay culture” in their country. Lambert took to his Twitter to address the situation, saying that he’s going to make a “few minor adjustments” to his show “out of respect for the Malaysian government.” He also wondered how his Glam Nation Tour is promoting a “gay lifestyle,” and that he promotes “living ANY lifestyle…gay, straight, bi, young and old.” Read more at Twitter.com/AdamLambert.
LADY A LEAD THE WAY WITH FIVE AMA NOMINATIONS
Yesterday was a big day for Lady Antebellum, as the country trio joined Eminem in receiving the most 2010 American Music Awards nominations with five. Other artists getting nominations in a slew of different categories include Train, Michael Buble, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and many more. And not only that, but it was announced that P!nk, Bon Jovi and Usher will all be performing at this year’s show. You can help decide if your favorite group or singer will take home an AMA by going to AMAVote.com. The 2010 American Music Awards take place on Sunday, November 21st at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and air live on ABC at 8 PM Eastern.
LADY ANTEBELLUM TO ANSWER FAN QUESTIONS
Lady Antebellum are ready to answer some of their fans’ burning questions. Dave, Hillary and Charles are accepting questions at LadyAntebellum.com to answer during their October 20th Webisode Wednesday. Fans can submit their queries until Friday on the trio’s official website, where they can also watch Lady A’s latest Webisode Wednesday.
LADY ANTEBELLUM IS BUILT ON FRIENDSHIP
Lady Antebellum are featured in the November issue of People Magazine: Country Edition discussing their chemistry and friendship. When Charles and Dave met Hillary in 2006 in Nashville, they never expected the type of success they have now. Hillary was getting ready to embark on a solo project, but after writing with the guys, she knew she couldn’t pass on the opportunity to work with them. She said, “I never felt at comfortable onstage as I did with them. Charles is the most hardworking, he’s always hustling and Dave’s always thinking.” Lady A are currently on the road with their 2010 Need You Now tour. For a list of tour dates, visit LadyAntebellum.com.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHANTI!
It’s hard to believe that nearly 15 years ago, Ashanti was just beginning her music career. Who knew the Glen Cove native would later break a record by becoming the first female to have three top ten songs, “Foolish,” “What’s Luv?” and “Always on Time” on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the same week? While she continues to work on her comeback disc, we expect the self-proclaimed Princess of Hip-Hop & R&B to take time and celebrate her 30th birthday in style. Make sure to follow the singer on Twitter to find out what her birthday plans entail.
SHAKIRA COVERS THE xx
The xx recently got some major mainstream exposure when Shakira covered their song “Islands” on stage at Glastonbury. NME reports that fans have put together a mix of live footage of the Latin pop star performing the song, which can be seen now on YouTube.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SWIFT IN LADIES HOME JOURNAL
Taylor Swift was recently interviewed by Ladies Home Journal, and she shared some interesting facts with the magazine, including her dream collaboration with Jay-Z. She said, “Our genres are completely different, but there could be something cool about that.” Taylor is known for her songwriting ability, and luckily she has an app on her iPhone that’s a voice recorder to capture lyrics when they pop in her head. She said, “I’ll be in the middle of a conversation and I’ll literally walk away to record a bridge!” One thing Taylor fans may not know is one of her ultimate dreams is seeing her album in Starbucks. She told Ladies Home Journal, “I go there every day and stare longingly at the CDs they sell.” Taylor’s third album, Speak Now, will be available on October 25th.
APPLE TO LAUNCH SUBSCRIPTION BASED SERVICE?
According to Rolling Stone, Apple is reportedly working with major record labels on a new monthly subscription based music service. The service would allow users unlimited streaming access to the entire iTunes library.
JAY-Z COMPILATION COMING NEXT MONTH!
We’ve just learned Jay-Z is expected to release a compilation album called The Hits Collection – Vol. 1 and it’s due out before he drops his highly anticipated joint LP with Kanye West. Sean’s greatest hits effort will include five previously unreleased tracks and will be sold in both CD and vinyl formats. According to TheBoomBox.com, Hov’s classics tunes can be yours on November 22nd — which is the same day Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy comes out.
Jay’s The Hits Collection – Vol. 1 will also be available as deluxe and collector’s edition box sets.
KID CUDI DROPS “ERASE ME” VIDEO
Kid Cudi has unveiled the video for his new single, “Erase Me” featuring Kanye West, off his upcoming album, Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager. In the Jason Goldwatch-directed clip, Scotty channels Jimi Hendrix and forms a band with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, known for portraying “McLovin’” in Superbad. Be sure to pick up Cudder’s disc when it arrives on November 9th!
SOULJA AND TREY SONGZ LINK UP AGAIN
Trey Songz and Soulja Boy Tell’em are looking to re-create the same success from “LOL J” with their new track, “Hey Cutie.” Mr Steal Your Girl told Rap-Up.com that the new collaboration will appear on SB’s project, adding, “It’s something for the ladies out there. It’s got a little bounce to it, a feel-good record, make people want to dance, sing along.” Be sure to cop Soulja’s third effort, The DeAndre Way, on November 30th.
50 CENT LANDS 200 MILLION FILM DEAL
Some may think 50 Cent is falling off since he hasn’t dropped any hit records, but don’t sleep. ThisIs50.com reports the mogul just landed a 200-million dollar funding deal to create ten movie projects for his production company, Cheetah Vision Films. The first flick that will begin shooting next month is called Set Up. To learn more about 50’s upcoming projects scheduled to hit the big screen soon, check out ThisIs50.com.
LENNY KRAVTIZ TEAMS UP WITH THE NBA
Lenny Kravitz and the National Basketball Association will be teaming up for a year-long partnership. According to a press release, the NBA will be using Kravitz’s tunes throughout the regular season, all-star weekend and playoffs. The first song will be “Come On Get It,” which will be off of his forthcoming album, due out in 2011. Learn more at LennyKravtiz.com.
MAROON 5 MAKE AN “IT GETS BETTER” VIDEO
Maroon 5 have made an “It Gets Better” video. It’s of band frontman Adam Levine speaking about the recent outbreak of gay teens committing suicide, how much he hated high school, and much more. Watch the touching two-and-a-half minute video on YouTube now.
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