AVRIL AND DERYCK FINALIZE DIVORCE
According to the Associated Press, Avril Lavigne and Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley have finalized their divorce. Court records show a judge approved the terms of the breakup. The agreement calls for each performer to keep the rights to their song catalogues and hold on to their own awards and guitars. Neither side is entitled to spousal support. Lavigne filed for divorce in October 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair married in July 2006 and have no children together.
JANET JACKSON ANNOUNCES BIG TOUR PLANS
Janet Jackson announced through AOL that she’s gearing up to embark on her “largest ever world tour” in 2011. The For Colored Girls actress revealed that fans will be able to request which of the 35 cities the icon will take the stage in. Jackson says she’s very “excited” and explained that the first fan who voted for each of the 35 cities that she selects will get an autographed copy of her upcoming book, True You, and her Number Ones CD. You can now vote for the entertainer to visit your hometown at JanetJackson.com.
GAGA GIVES AN ALBUM UPDATE
Lady Gaga recently wrote a little on Twitter about her highly anticipated forthcoming album, Born This Way. The pop star said that “it won’t be much longer” before we get to hear it, and that “it’s almost perfect,” but that she doesn’t just want “almost.” Born This Way is due out early next year.
WILL.I.AM TALKS THE BEGINNING
Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am is talking about the band’s forthcoming album, The Beginning. According to ContactMusic.com, Will says that the effort will take listeners from the ‘80s until now, and that that particular decade “launched humanity into hyper mode.” The Beginning is due out on November 30th.
BRUNO MARS RELEASES “GRENADE” VIDEO
We recently reported that Bruno Mars was going to be releasing his video for his song “Grenade” and now it’s finally here. Check it out now on the singer-songwriter’s official website, BrunoMars.com.
BRUNO MARS’ COURT DATE PUSHED BACK
Bruno Mars was supposed to be in a Las Vegas courtroom late last week to answer to charges for his September 19th arrest for drug possession at the Hard Rock Hotel, but apparently, the date got pushed back. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the pop star is now due in court on December 14th. Mars’ lawyers refused to comment on why the date was changed.
ADAM LEVINE TO POSE NUDE
Adam Levine is posing nude. The Maroon 5 frontman said that he’s taking it all off for his “first nude photo shoot,” and the only details that he revealed was that it’s for “for a good cause.” Be sure to follow Adam at Twitter.com/AdamLevine.
ROB THOMAS HAPPY FOR P!NK AND DAUGHTRY
Rob Thomas is happy for both P!nk and Chris Daughtry. The matchbox twenty singer took to his Twitter account to wish P!nk good luck with her pregnancy, and to also give a big congratulations to Chris and his wife Deanna for the birth of their twins. Check out what else Rob has at say at Twitter.com/ThisIsRobThomas.
ALANIS MORISSETTE IS HAVING A BOY!
Alanis Morissette and husband Mario Treadway are expecting a baby boy. The “You Oughta Know” singer’s rep confirmed the news to UsMagazine.com late last week.
NEW MUSIC FROM TAIO CRUZ AND KYLIE MINOGUE
Taio Cruz and Kylie Minogue have just released a video together. It’s for their song “Higher” and features the two artists riding around in fancy BMW’s. The clip can be seen on YouTube now.
MORE ON JAMES BLUNT AND HIS PUSSYCAT DOLL
James Blunt was rumored to have been spotted recently making out with former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta, and it appears that this isn’t the first time the two have been linked together. According to DigitalSpy.com, the pair was supposedly hooking up back in 2005, but Jessica later shot down the rumor saying at the time that there was “no way” she would date him. Perhaps she’s finally given the “You’re Beautiful” singer a shot?
TAYLOR SWIFT SHARES AN EMOTIONAL FAN STORY
Taylor Swift is known to have a strong relationship with her fans, and she recently revealed a story to Tiger Beat magazine about what she learned from one of her biggest fans who passed away in a car accident. The fan’s mom came on Taylor’s tour bus one day and told the country star her son was a huge fan and he had accidently crashed his car while listening to one of her albums. Taylor said, “I’ve never felt that kind of sadness before. He got into the car accident while he was listening to my music. My songs were playing when the accident happened and he had my CD cover taped to his dash board.” Taylor said that she cried a lot when she found out, “It’s the saddest thing in the world when you lose a fan.” Taylor took the time to meet his friends and family to show them he had made an impact on her life too.
CHRIS BROWN DOING GREAT PROBATION WORK
Billboard.com has learned Chris Brown has received great feedback for following the terms on his court-ordered domestic violence classes and community service. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg recently told the pop star that he’s “taking responsibility and for actually working diligently to complete all the things the court has required of [him].” Hopefully he’ll steer clear of trouble for the remainder of his five year probation for assaulting his then girlfriend, Rihanna, in February 2009.
ARE YOU READY FOR FLAVOR FLAV FRIED CHICKEN?
Flavor Flav is a genius when it comes to finding ways to stay relevant. According to BallerStatus.com, the rapper turned reality star has launched his own chain of fried chicken restaurants dubbed FFC (Flav’s Fried Chicken). In addition, his recently announced Le Flav Spirits, which will include Le Flav Cognac and Chateaux Le Flav, hits shelves in January. Who knows what else this man will come up with next!
GRO SING BIEBER’S “BABY,” TALK COVERS
Green River Ordinance love to play cover songs live, and usually they’re songs from before the band members were born, such “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac. But sometimes, they play a tune that’s a little more current, and the band just posted a video of them doing their take on Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” Head to YouTube to check it out now.
DIRECT LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsxHYUgq-fM
KEYSHIA COLE DEBUTS NEW VIDEO
According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, Keyshia Cole released the video for her new song, “Long Way Down.” The clip, which is the second single off her forthcoming Calling All Hearts LP, includes a cameo from her fiancÃ©, NBA player Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. Check it out today and look for the disc to drop on December 21st.
T.I. POSTS ANGRY LETTER FROM PRISON
T.I. is currently serving his 11 month sentence for violating the terms of his probation, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. The rapper posted on his official website that he’s “sick and motherf***ing tired of going to jail.” Here’s what Tip wrote in his angry letter:
“This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a n***a who’s been down locked up as many times as I have. I see this as a real ass whoopin’. The kind you don’t just go back outside to play afterwards. You take ya ass to bed and don’t come out of your room until it’s time to go to school. I don’ t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I’m certainly sick and mother f*cking tired of going to jail, juve, prison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it. I’d have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life. Even though it’s been a long road, I’m still standing, barely but nevertheless still standing. At one time I thought my motivation for continuing was for my fans, my partna Philant, my pops, my grandmamma, even for the haters or the people I let down. But nah… I got to do this shit for me!!! I’ll be God damned if I’ve come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*ck that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother f*ckin’ shades cause I’m ready to cash my darkest hours in…ASAP!!! A lot of folks had fathers or father figures in the house to raise them into manhood. I’m not trying to make any excuses for my situation but my father was a hustler that lived in New York. My uncle was a local big time dope boy turned 10 year federal inmate. My mother and grandparents did the best they could but I found my manhood in the trap and in prison systems. But I found it. And nan one of mine will ever have to feel the cold tight grip of a handcuff or grace the presence of a jail cell if I can help it. Over my dead body! So if you can’t respect that you ain’t rocking with my movement then Fuck you dog! I know a bunch of mother f*ckers who are…..”
NOVEMBER 22ND SHOWDOWN!
In case you’ve been living under a rock, today marks one of the biggest music release dates of 2010. Music lovers will be able to purchase the following albums: Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Lloyd Banks’ The Hunger for More 2, Akon’s Stadium, Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale, Jay-Z’s The Hits Collection Volume 1, Jessica Simpson’s Happy Christmas, My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys and Ke$ha’s Cannibal. For hip hop fans, we compiled facts and audio on the most anticipated urban releases below:
FANTASIA PRAISES KANYE WEST
Today Kanye West’s fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, hits stores. Fantasia recently told us how brilliant she thinks the rapper and why she loves everything he puts out (See Related Cut #7). Be sure to pick up My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, available in stores now!
TREY LOVES HOW KANYE HAS BOUNCED BACK
Trey Songz recently gave his take on how Kanye West has matured and evolved since his run in with Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA Music Awards. Mr. Steal Your Girl admires Yeezy in so many ways (See Related Cut #8). In related news, fans can grab the rapper’s highly anticipated album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, now!