THE BLACK EYED PEAS TALK STADIUM TOUR
The Black Eyed Peas are planning on doing a stadium tour to support their new album, The Beginning, which arrives on Tuesday. After a test-run through stadiums in South America earlier this month, will.i.iam told Billboard.com that the Peas are planning on creating a very big show. He said, “South America was a test. We did all our homework… to try to figure out how we can do stadiums in other countries, in America, in Europe.” Will.i.am added that the Peas want to launch a new tour after February. The Peas are rumored to be playing the Super Bowl halftime show in Dallas in early February.
TAIO CRUZ IS CHARITABLE
Taio Cruz has scored huge hits with “Dynamite” and “Break Your Heart,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The U-K crooner is getting into the giving spirit and told us that while he doesn’t have any specific plans, he will do some charity work soon (See Related Cut #4). Taio Cruz will perform at the Nokia Theater at L-A Live on December 5th.
JUSTIN BIEBER’S NEVER SAY NEVER TRAILER
A new trailer has surfaced for Justin Bieber’s upcoming 3-D movie Never Say Never. According to Billboard, the newest clip shows a montage of a baby Bieber explaining just how talented the youngster is and has always been. The trailer also shows the fun and goofy side of the teenager, dancing backstage and playing around with crew members. The closing of the trailer shows Bieber playing with the new 3D technology. Never Say Never will arrive in theaters on February 11th. Super eager fans can by tickets for an exclusive 3D preview event when they go on sale November 29th.
GWYNETH, GLEE AND RIHANNA TOP ITUNES CHART
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Glee cover of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You” tops the iTunes singles chart. Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” Cee-Lo’s original version of “Forget You,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” follow. Rihanna’s Loud is the most-downloaded album on the site, with Glee: The Music — The Christmas Album, Nothing Like This from Rascal Flatts, What Separates Me from You from A Day to Remember and Keith Urban’s Get Closer rounding out the top five. The Beatles’ Abbey Road comes in at number six and The Beatles Box Set is at number ten, after the band’s first week on iTunes.
AMAS SUFFER LOW RATINGS
According to Billboard, ABC’s telecast of the American Music Awards had its worst ratings in the show’s history as NBC’s football coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles beating the New York Giants trumped the show. The AMAs drew 11.6-million viewers and dropped 22 percent in viewership from adults 18 to 49 from last year. Justin Bieber won four awards at the show, including Artist of the Year. It’s not all bad news for the AMAs, ABC pointed out the show was up 12 percent in teens and 19 percent among kids 2-11.
CHRISTINA TALKS PEEING IN A BUCKET
Christina Aguilera has been doing the rounds promoting Burlesque. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan and stopped by the set of Chelsea Lately and told Chelsea Handler an interesting story about touring. Aguilera said during quick breaks during her live performances, she sometimes has to use the bathroom and improvises, explaining, “I have no shame about peeing in a bucket or doing other things in a bucket, if necessary. I am not kidding, sometimes… is it the wrong thing to say that duty calls.” You can see more of Christina in Burlesque, which is in theaters now.
SWIFT NAMED MOST INFLUENTIAL ON TWITTER
Taylor Swift is listed as one of Entertainment Tonight’s most influential celebrities on Twitter. Followers of Taylor know that she is always tweeting to fans, friends and celebrities. Most recently, Taylor and Katy Perry tweeted about sitting with each other’s parents at the American Music Awards. While Lady GaGa has the most number of followers on Twitter, Taylor beats talk-show host Oprah Winfrey by around 65-thousand followers. Other celebs that made ET’s list of influential tweeters: Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and President Barack Obama.
BRUNO MARS MERCH SALE
Still thinking about what to get that Bruno Mars fan in your life for the holidays? Well from now until December 5th, selected merchandise at the singer’s online store is 25-percent off. Head to BrunoMars.com and begin stocking up for the holidays.
ADAM LEVINE’S DREAM COLLABORATION
Adam Levine left an interesting message on his Twitter page on Monday night. The Maroon 5 frontman said that he “just got out of the studio,” and that he’s “not gonna give details,” but that he has a “special feeling about the amazing collaboration that just took place.” Like he said, no further details were given, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out who the collaboration was with.
THE WINNER OF THE BUBLE CRAZY LOVE CONTEST
A little while back, we reported that Michael Buble wanted people to tell him their favorite memories associated with his album, Crazy Love, and the best story would win a prize. Well a winner has been named, and Anne Olson won a trip to Hollywood to see Michael perform live. See what her story was at MichaelBuble.com.
AMY WINEHOUSE BEFRIENDS A MONKEY?
Has Amy Winehouse befriended a monkey? Must be a slow day in England, because according to British paper The Sun, the big news coming from across the pond is that the embattled singer-songwriter has had a monkey following her around for the past week while she’s been on vacation in Barbados. Apparently, Amy is even telling friends that “she loves it and would love to bring it back with her.”
A NEW CHRISTMAS SONG FROM COLBIE CAILLAT
Colbie Caillat is hard at work on her third studio album which is due out next year, but before that, the singer-songwriter has just released a new track called “25 Days of Christmas,” with the video being shown exclusively on ABC Family. According to Billboard.com, Colbie said the tune is “Christmas-y,” but still has her “laid-back, southern California feel to it.” The song will be heard on the TV channel throughout the holidays.
T.I. SELECTS NEXT SINGLE FOR NO MERCY
According to her official fansite, Christina Aguilera’s duet with T.I. for upcoming album, No Mercy, will be his next single. The two artists from different genres created a track called “Castle Walls,” which will be T.I.’s second offering following the rapper’s Chris Brown-assisted “Get Back Up.” Be sure to grab Tip’s No Mercy when it finally lands in stores on December 7th.
TIDBIT “Get Back Up” has peaked at number 22 on the Billboard’s Rap chart.
TALKING POINT: What was the last top ten song T.I. has released?
JAY-Z BIOGRAPHY COMING NEXT SPRING
According to XXLMag.com, the publishing company that handled Jay-Z’s Decoded book has announced that an upcoming biography on the mogul will arrive next year. Fans will be able to purchase Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office on March 17th via the Penguin Group.
TIDBIT: The 206 page biography will include interviews with Damon Dash, Questlove, Fab 5 Freddy and others.
SOULJA AND TREY SONGZ LINK UP AGAIN
We previously reported that Trey Songz and Soulja Boy Tell’em teamed up 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.” You can now listen to the record via his official fansite and be sure to cop Soulja’s third effort, The DeAndre Way, on November 30th.
JAZMINE LEAKS NE-YO DUET
According to HipHop-N-More.com, Jazmine Sullivan has issued a new song featuring Ne-Yo called “U Get On My Nerves.” The track, which was penned and produced by Ne-Yo, will reportedly appear on the songbird’s highly anticipated album, Love Me Back. Get yours on Tuesday.
BUBBA SPARKS READIES NEW ALBUM
We’ve just learned Bubba Sparxxx’s fans don’t have to wait any longer to hear new music from the “Ugly” rapper. His long-awaited third album, Miracle On Gamble Road, is scheduled to drop sometime in the spring of 2011. To help tide you over, Bubba has released a digital EP on iTunes, which includes three new songs from his album. You can purchase the project now!
BONO AND EDGE SAY WRITING FOR A MUSICAL WAS DIFFICULT AND EASY AT THE SAME TIME
Bono and The Edge wrote the music for the upcoming Spider-Man Broadway musical and have talked about the task with Billboard. Bono said writing the music for the show was easy, but that trying stage the production, both financially and technically, was more difficult. The first preview of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, which reportedly cost 60-million dollars to stage, takes place Sunday and is, naturally, sold out.
ARCADE FIRE COVERED BY JOHN LEGEND AND THE ROOTS
Fans of Canadian indie gods Arcade Fire can now hear a new version of their track “Wake Up.” John Legend and The Roots covered the song and fans can buy a studio version of the song for $1.99 at Amazon.com.
KINGS OF LEON BOOK SUMMER FESTIVALS
Kings of Leon will be taking their new album, Come Around Sundown, overseas next summer. The band has booked headlining slots at the Isle of Wight festival in England in June as well as at the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in Germany. Visit KingsOfLeon.com/Tour for details.
KID ROCK MAKES DUFFY UNCOMFORTABLE
Duffy said recently that she seriously considered quitting the music business after her first album, but that those thoughts are now behind her. Well, it seems that Kid Rock has made some comments that might make her consider it all over again. The Detroit rocker told British paper the Daily Star that he crossed paths with the Welsh singer recently and that he told her she had better stay away from him or else she’ll “end up pregnant.” Although the comment was most certainly meant as a joke, Duffy apparently didn’t take it that way, and the Daily Record reports that she took it as a “threat.” Hopefully the two don’t meet up again until this has all blown over.
NICKI MINAJ LAUNCHES LIPSTICK LINE
Nicki Minaj is celebrating the release of her debut effort, Pink Friday, by launching Pink 4 Friday lipstick with MAC. Beginning Friday, the limited-edition gloss will be available online for four days only. Die-hard fans are encouraged to act quickly since supplies won’t last long!
MARIAH FILMS ABC CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Rap-Up.com reports Mariah Carey has taped her ABC special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You. Viewers can expect the singer to perform classics from her holiday albums at the The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Be sure to tune in on December 13th at 9 PM Eastern on ABC.
KANYE BUYS INTO FATBURGER CHAINS
According to XXLMag.com, Kanye West recently purchased ownership of ten Fatburger restaurants in Chicago. Surprisingly, there have been a number of artists who have owned various Fatburger locations including Pharrell Williams, Queen Latifah, and E-40. In related news, ‘Ye has landed a fragrance deal with Parlux. West is becoming quite the business mogul!
KANYE WEST PLAYS SURPRISE SET IN NYC
Last night, Kanye West shut down New York City’s Bowery Ballroom to celebrate the release of his album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Fans packed the inside of 6 Delancey Street for his secret showcase. Tickets for the event sold out in a matter of minutes on Ticketmaster but you can learn more at MTVNews.com.