JUSTIN BIEBER MAKES THE ROUNDS
Justin Bieber is making the rounds with the press, promoting his 3-D movie, Never Say Never, which opens on February 11th. He appeared on The Today Show on Monday, where he sat down with Matt Lauer to talk about the film and how it chronicles his rise to fame. The movie is part concert film, part documentary, and his fans play a big role in it. Bieber said that the part in the flick where he gives away tickets to his fans is his favorite “because everyone gets happy.” Bieber also appeared on Extreme Home Makeover on ABC Sunday night where he talked to teen girls about the dangers on texting and driving.
SEE IT! Justin on Extreme Home Makeover:
SEE IT: Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s Bieber commercial:
DOES JUSTIN BIEBER DIE IN CSI?
Justin Bieber will make his second and likely final appearance on CSI later this month. CSI co-star George Eads told E! Online that Bieber is a “cool kid” and that the two have “a lot of intense scenes together.” He added that Bieber’s character meets his fate at his own hand explaining, “One of my crew guys goes, ‘Man you’re going to split the country down the middle – half of them are going to hate you and half of them are going to love you,'” You will have to wait and see what happens to Beiber on CSI in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can see Bieber in a lighter role, as himself in his new 3-D movie Never Say Never, which opens on February 11th.
BIEBER CALLS GOMEZ “ONE OF HIS BEST FRIENDS”
According to People magazine, Justin Bieber says he and Selena Gomez are just friends. Even after the two were spotted kissing in the Caribbean recently, Bieber is insisting they are not a couple. The young singer appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and did not hesitate when asked about Gomez. He said she is “one of his best friends” and that the two recently went to the movies to see No Strings Attached in Burbank, California.
BUBLE MOVING TO ENGLAND?
Michael Buble could be settling in England with fiancÃ©e Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre. A source told British paper The Sun that the Canadian crooner spent almost five-million dollars on a house in Surrey, and that he “hopes to spend six months a year [there]. He wants it to be a proper home.”
EMINEM TO BE IN NFL SUPERBOWL AD
According to Billboard.com, Eminem has been tapped to participate in an animated commercial that will run during this year’s Super Bowl XLV. A claymation version of Slim Shady will appear in a one-million dollar ad for Lipton Brisk ice tea, which illustrates a typical day for the biggest rap star in the game. Be sure to tune in to the big game on February 6th at 6:30 PM Eastern.
TIDBIT: Lipton previously shot commercials with Danny Trejo and Ozzy Ozbourne.
CHRISTINA PERRI’S SINGLE GOES PLATINUM
Christina Perri’s hit first single, “Jar of Hearts,” has gone platinum! The singer-songwriter announced on her official website that the tune has sold over one-million downloads, and even made a little video thanking her fans. Check it out at ChristinaPerri.com now.
BRUNO MARS FAN CLUB
Bruno Mars is going to be starting an official fan club in the spring, but he needs help thinking of a catchy name. Head to BrunoMars.com to submit your suggestions, and we’ll be sure to let you know when the fan club is up and running a few months from now.
A NEW SONG FROM 3DD
3 Doors Down have just released a new song titled “When You’re Young,” and according to a press release, it’s the first single off of the Mississippi rockers’ forthcoming album, Time of My Life, which is due out this spring. The song was produced by Howard Benson, who has also worked with Daughtry and Creed, and is available for download today on iTunes.
KT TUNSTALL TALKS AWARDS
If you ever get the opportunity to go to KT Tunstall’s home in Scotland, don’t expect to see the awards that she’s won out and about. The singer-songwriter told Q magazine that her honors are all “hidden in a cupboard” because if she showed them off, she’d feel like a “champion w***e.” She added that she’s “proud” of her achievements, but that she doesn’t find that sort of thing inspiring.
Lady A’s “Stars Tonight” Remixed for Super Bowl!
Lady Antebellum’s “Stars Tonight” has been remixed for pre-game radio coverage of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday afternoon. The new version, which includes highlights from the Packers’ and Steelers’ winning seasons, will kick off the official NFL pre-game radio coverage on more than 640 stations in the Westwood One network. In related news, the cast of Glee will perform Lady A’s “Need You Now” in a new episode of the hit FOX series that premieres immediately following the football game.
NICKI PULLS HIGH RATINGS FOR SNL
Rapper Nicki Minaj was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend and appeared in a digital short called “The Creep” as well as a “Bride of Blackenstein” sketch. The episode, which was hosted by The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg, was scored SNL’s second highest ratings this season, only bested by the Jim Carrey-hosted episode. Visit Nicki’s official fansite to relive her “Right Thru Me” and “Moment 4 Life” performances.
CHRIS WANTS RIHANNA RESTRAINING ORDER LIFTED
Over the weekend, Chris Brown requested that the restraining order stemming from his assault on Rihanna be removed. The crooner, who just completed his court-ordered 52-week domestic violence counseling, said in a Los Angeles courtroom that the restraining order “makes it difficult at award shows and such.” RadarOnline.com learned the judge is yet to grant Breezy’s request and is considering a modification for the order.
TALKING POINT: Do you think Chris should be allowed to be near Rihanna for music events?
WIZ KHALIFA TALKS MUSICAL INFLUENCES
Wiz Khalifa recently told us that he’s a student of good music. While telling us about his upcoming debut album, Rolling Papers, the “Black & Yellow” rapper spilled on some of his favorite musical influences (See Related Cut #4). Fans can expect Rolling Papers to hit stores in March.
WAKA’S “NO HANDS” STILL RIDING HIGH
Who knew Waka Flocka Flame’s current single, “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, would get so big? We recently found out that the rapper himself was shocked by the success (See Related Cut #5). The song, which is off Waka’s debut Flockaveli LP, currently holds the number eight position on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart. Be sure to go buy the album if you haven’t done so already!
50 CENT WORKING ON NEW REALITY SHOW?
According to the New York Post, 50 Cent could potentially star in a new reality show that will focus on his “bromance” with boxing champ, Floyd “Money” Mayweather. As previously reported, Mayweather has invested in 50’s production company, Cheetah Vision Films. Details surrounding the reality show are sparse but we’ll keep you posted.
COLDPLAY ANNOUNCE ANOTHER LIVE SHOW
Coldplay have announced yet another live show for 2011. The band will headline the Where The Action Is festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 28th. No word as to when the group will release their new album, which they are currently working on in London.
U2 PLAY FINAL 360 º TOUR SHOW WITH ARCADE FIRE
U2 will play a special show with Arcade Fire this summer. The band will be performing at the Magnetic Music Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick on July 30th. It marks the final date of the U2 360 º tour. Tickets go on sale on February 8th.
ETHERIDGE HAVING A “BLAST” ON BROADWAY
Melissa Etheridge’s Broadway debut is tonight as she takes over for Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong as the lead in the play American Idiot. And apparently, the singer-songwriter is really enjoying herself. The Associated Press reports that Etheridge is having a “blast” rehearsing for the role of “St. Jimmy.” She’ll be starring in American Idiot through Sunday.
MORE X-FACTOR RUMORS
Could Cheryl Cole be going from potentially being a judge on the American version of The X-Factor to just having a guest stint on the show as a mentor? British paper Metro reports that although Simon Cowell “desperately” wants Cheryl to be a judge, if producers decide to go with a more recognizable name like Katy Perry or Rihanna, the English pop star might still be seen in an episode or two as a mentor, testing how she’s “received in America.” Learn more at Metro.co.uk.
ADELE TOPS U-K ALBUM CHART
Adele is on top of the U-K charts. Reuters reports that the singer-songwriter’s new album debuted at number one, moving 208-thousand copies and in the process, “making it the biggest selling January album for five years.” 21 will be released in America and Canada on February 22nd.
WINEHOUSE IN THE HOSPITAL?
Amy Winehouse is rumored to have checked herself in to a hospital, but unlike previous times when it had to do with drug abuse and drinking, this time she may actually just be sick. According to TorontoSun.com, Winehouse’s publicist has confirmed that the embattled singer is simply feeling “a bit ill” after possibly picking up “a bug” while in Brazil for a short tour last month.
TREY SONGZ ON PACE TO BREAK CHART RECORD
If you haven’t noticed, Trey Songz’s latest single, “Can’t B Friends,” has claimed the number one spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart for a while now. And if Tremaine keeps it up, he has a strong chance of breaking the record for longest running number one song, which would top Mary J. Blige’s 15-week title for her smash hit, “Be Without You.” Trey has sat atop the chart for 13 weeks now and is coming close to tying with Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” and Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings.”
ESSENCE TO HONOR JENNIFER HUDSON
Jennifer Hudson is one of four women that will be honored at the fourth annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The event, which takes place on February 24th at the Beverly Hills Hotel, celebrates African-American women who help continue positive images of Black women in films. The red-carpet luncheon will also honor Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis.
CORY GUNZ TO APPEAR ON MTV DOCUMENTARY
A lot of people just learned of Cory Gunz after he delivered impressive vocals on Lil Wayne’s new single, “6 Foot 7 Foot.” MTV has decided to follow the Bronx native for a new docu-series called Son of a Gun. Viewers will learn about Cory’s journey before getting signed to Weezy’s Young Money Entertainment. You can catch the six-part series, produced by Nick Cannon, when it airs on Thursday, April 18th at 11 PM Eastern.
DRAKE HOLDS UP LAUNCH OF T-PAIN’S NEW LP
Wanna know what’s taking T-Pain so long to release his upcoming album? Well, the Auto-Tune King recently explained on Twitter that he’s waiting for Drake to submit his guest vocals for the project. He jokingly advised his followers to “find Drake and tell him to hurry the hell up and finish the verse.” Hopefully, Teddy will announce the launch date for his fourth album, titled rEVOLVEr, within the coming days.
KANYE PLAYS SWEET 16 PARTY
According to PerezHilton.com, Kanye West made a surprise appearance during the 16th birthday party for the daughter of his artist friend, George Condo. The event was held over the weekend at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan and included a performance from Yeezy too! Visit PerezHilton.com for more!