JUSTIN BIEBER’S NEW SINGLE “PRAY”
Justin Bieber’s new single, “Pray,” hit the Internet on Friday. The song is the first single off his My Worlds Acoustic album, which is set for a November 26th release. In a strange twist, “Pray” is not an acoustic song and relies heavily on synths, beats and electronic sounds. The mid-tempo track is inspirational with lines like: “I close my eyes and I can see a better day/ I close my eyes and pray.” My Worlds Acoustic will also feature stripped-down renditions of “U Smile,” “Baby” and “One Less Lonely Girl.”
PERRY, GAGA AND EMINEM DOMINATE THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE NOMINATIONS
The People’s Choice Awards are just around the corner and some big names are ruling the nominations. Eminem, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga lead the way with four nominations each, and they are all up for the Favorite Music Video award. Usher comes in close second with three nominations, while P!nk and Taylor Swift nabbed two. B.o.B. is nominated for Breakout Artist and is also up against heavy hitters Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Usher for Favorite Song. The People’s Choice Awards airs live from Los Angeles on CBS on January 5th.
LADY GAGA’S PERFUME
According to a press release, Lady Gaga has teamed up with global beauty company Coty Inc. to release her fragrance line. As with most Gaga originals, the project will be a collaborative effort between the singer and her Haus of Gaga design family. While it was reported last month that the perfume would be called Monster, the release did not confirm the name.
GAGA DOES SOMETHING COOL FOR HER FANS
Lady Gaga is doing something very cool for her fans. According to GagaDaily.com, the “Bad Romance” singer wants her “Little Monsters” to e-mail in their best Gaga-inspired pictures for a chance to be in an upcoming issue of V magazine. Pics have to be submitted by November 28th, so hurry on over to VMagazine.com for all the details.
NEW BURLESQUE SCENE
A new scene from Burlesque was released on Christina Aguilera’s website. The scene features Aguilera on the Burlesque stage singing “But I Am a Good Girl.” The Burlesque soundtrack arrives in stores on November 22nd and the film struts into theaters two days later.
Check out the scene here: http://goo.gl/MTQ6u
KYLIE TAKES AMERICA BY STORM
Kylie Minogue is taking America by storm. It was already announced that the Aussie pop star would be performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the news was just posted on her Facebook page that Kylie will also be at the annual Christmas tree ceremony in Rockefeller Center in New York City. It airs November 30th at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.
MORE TALK OF P!NK BEING PREGNANT
There’s been some more talk fueling the rumors that P!nk is pregnant with her first child. TV personality Jillian Barberie Reynolds wrote to the pop star on Twitter, wishing her “congrats on baby” and revealing that P!nk’s husband, Corey Hart, “whispered” the news to her at dinner. Reynolds then later recanted her statement, saying that that P!nk actually hasn’t confirmed anything and that Carey actually didn’t say anything like that to her. Seems like we’ll just have to keep waiting for a confirmation from the “Sober” singer herself.
RUSSELL SPEAKS ABOUT HIS WEDDING TO KATY
In his first interview since tying the knot with Katy Perry, Russell Brand is finally speaking a little about what actually happened at their wedding. With rumors of tigers and elephants and more, the comedian told English TV show Loose Women that their nuptials were “just normal. It’s like a normal wedding.” And as for the talk of Russell giving Katy a tiger as a wedding gift, Brand said that he’s a “vegetarian” and that “you don’t give people tigers, it’s stupid, it’s dangerous, and the tigers don’t like it.”
NEW MICHAEL JACKSON SINGLE OUT NOW!
The first official single from the forthcoming Michael Jackson album Michael was released on his website at 12:01 AM Eastern early Monday morning. The song, titled “Hold My Hand,” can be heard at MichaelJackson.com and is now available for digital download. The track is a duet with Akon and the two began recording it in 2007 but never finished it. A version of the uncompleted track leaked in 2008, much to their dismay. Akon recently completed the final version of the song. A handwritten note from Michael belonging to his estate indicated his desire that “Hold My Hand” be the first single on his next project. Michael will be released on December 14th. According to the Billboard, the album could sell upwards of 400-thousand copies in its first week out.
STATEMENT! Akon released the following statement: “The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it. But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”
MICHAEL JACKSON TRACKLIST LEAKS
MTV News has learned Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, Michael, will reportedly include contributions from Akon, Lenny Kravitz and 50 Cent. The 10-track effort boasts unreleased material and will be available to purchase on December 14th.
1. “Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon)
2. “Hollywood Tonight”
3. “Keep Your Head Up”
4. “(I Like) The Way You Love Me”
5. “Monster” (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. “Best of Joy”
7. “Breaking News”
8. “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. “Behind the Mask”
10. “Much Too Soon”
CONGRATS NELLY FURTADO!
Nelly Furtado won the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album for Mi Plan at the ceremony held in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Furtado and jazz-pop fusion musician Alex Cuba, who won Best New Artist, became the first Canadians to take home a Latin GRAMMY Award. It’s not the first GRAMMY for Nelly, who won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her debut single “I’m Like a Bird” at the 2002 GRAMMY Awards.
MATCHBOX TWENTY IS ON TWITTER
If you follow Rob Thomas on Twitter, then you know how much the man loves to tweet. Well he just announced that his band, matchbox twenty, who also happen to be in the process of writing a new album, have just set up their own Twitter account that all the members will be using. Follow the group now at Twitter.com/OfficialMB20.
CIARA GIVES BASIC INSTINCT UPDATE
We caught up with Ciara inside her New York City hotel room to find out more information about her upcoming album, Basic Instinct. Ci Ci told us how many tracks are currently completed (See Related Cut #5). The singer also picked her absolute favorites of the three current singles she’s released for this album (See Related Cut #6). Fans can expect Basic Instinct to hit shelves on December 14th.
CHRISTINA MILIAN TO STAY SINGLE
People.com reports Christina Milian has decided to shy away from dating after her recent divorce from The Dream. The singer stated, “I’m staying single for a long time. There is no man in my life and I’m staying single. No dating, no nothing. I love being single.” Milian admitted that she “jumps from relationship to relationship usually and this is the first time I’m comfortable with myself. I’m learning about myself all over again.” As for her raising her baby girl, Violet, the “Dip It Low” singer feels “life has meaning. Everything I do is for her now… she’s the happiest, most beautiful baby.”