LADY GAGA MAKES HOT 100 HISTORY!
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” makes history as the 1,000th song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 52-year history. The song sold over 448-thousand digital copies, topping this year’s highest sales week, which came four weeks ago when Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” moved 411-thousand copies. It marks the third-largest debut among all digital tracks. Only Flo Rida’s “Right Round” with 636-thousand in February 2009 and the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” with 465-thousand two months later have sold more copies. “Born This Way” is also just the 19th title to debut at number one in the Hot 100’s history and is Lady Gaga’s third chart leader, following her first two singles: “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis and “Poker Face.”
MORE FROM GAGA ON LENO
Earlier in the week, Lady Gaga went on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to speak about her new single, “Born This Way.” But the pop star stayed on the couch when the next guest, Sofia Vergara of Modern Family, came out to speak to Jay, and the two had some pretty funny interactions, including discussions about Sofia’s child’s name and what they should do about the paparazzi. Watch clips from the show now at NBC.com.
GLEE BREAKS ELVIS PRESLEY RECORD!
With six debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 today, Glee surpasses Elvis Presley’s all-time record of most songs on the chart in its 52 year history. Presley logged 108 Hot 100 entries between 1958 and 2003 and Glee has now scored 113 songs on the chart since June of 2009. A remake of Katy Perry’s recent Hot 100 chart topper “Firework” represents the Glee cast’s highest debuting title this week at number 34.
PITBULL AND RICKY MARTIN AT PREMIO LO NUESTRO 2011 TONIGHT!
Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards airs tonight. Pitbull will perform at the show, which also features appearances from Ricky Martin and Juanes. The show airs live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida at 8 PM Eastern on Univision.
BRUNO MARS PLEADS GUILTY
GRAMMY-winner Bruno Mars has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession as part of a deal with Las Vegas prosecutors that could allow the felony conviction to be erased next year. According to Billboard, a Clark County district judge sentenced the 25-year-old singer-songwriter Wednesday to probation, a two-thousand dollar fine, 200 hours of community service and drug counseling. His conviction could be erased if he stays out of trouble for a year. The judge set a January 18th court date next year for Mars to return at the end of his probation.
PARIS HILTON TURNS 30, TALKS NEW ALBUM
Paris Hilton turns 30 years old today! According to The Hollywood Reporter, she is planning to release a new album in the next few months. She is keeping quiet on the details, saying that she wants to keep her collaborators and producers on the album “a surprise.” Hilton released her debut album, Paris, in 2006.
JUSTIN BIEBER ON THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE!
Justin Bieber graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and had some interesting things to say about sex, politics and more in the interview. Bieber was asked about sex before marriage and said, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them. I think you should just wait for the person you’re…in love with.” He also dished on how Canada is the best country in the world because of their free healthcare and weighed in on politics by saying, “I’m not sure about the parties. But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” Read more in Rolling Stone. Justin Bieber kicks off a U-K tour on March 4th in Birmingham, England.
JUSTIN BIEBER TEAMS UP WITH FACEBOOK AND MTV TO STOP CYBER BULLYING
Justin Bieber is partnering with Facebook and MTV’s A Thin Line to help stop digital abuse, including cyber bullying, online stalking and textual harassment. He’s calling on you to join him by posting your action to stop digital abuse on Draw Your Line, MTV’s virtual map tracking actions taken across the country. Every time you post an action, from now until the end of March, you’ll be eligible to enter for a chance to win one of several prizes including: a trip for two and backstage passes to a taping of MTV’s The Seven and a personalized voicemail greeting recorded by Justin Bieber and other prizes.
Check out a video from Justin Bieber and more here: http://act.mtv.com/posts/take-action-get-justin-bieber-to-record-your-v-mail-greeting/
KINGS OF LEON, CEE LO AND MORE FOR VH1 STORYTELLERS
Kings of Leon will be featured on the 15th anniversary season of Vh1 Storytellers, which begins in May. The season will also showcase Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Maxwell and more. Visit Storytellers.Vh1.com for more info.
BEYONCE ALMOST DONE WITH ALBUM?
According to MTV News, Beyonce’s fourth studio album is nearly finished. Australian songstress Sia, who was invited to fly to New York to work on Bey’s album, told MTV that there’s “only one song left for this album, so I probably won’t get on” the follow-up to 2008’s I Am … Sasha Fierce. So far, Jay-Z’s wife has teamed with over 20 different producers including Ne-Yo, S1, Jim Jonsin, Sean “The Pen” Garrett, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. We can’t wait to see the final tracklist!
CEE-LO TO JOIN RIHANNA’S LOUD TOUR
We’ve just learned Rihanna has not only added more dates for her upcoming Loud tour, but Cee Lo Green has been tapped to join her. The highly anticipated 17-city trek kicks off on June 4th in Baltimore and wraps in Boston on July 24th. The pop princess said in a statement, “I’m a huge fan of Cee Lo since his days with Goodie Mob and with Gnarls Barkley. He’s a musical genius, continually reinventing himself and I’m thrilled to have him join me on tour.”
Rihanna’s LOUD North American Tour Dates:
June 4 – Baltimore, Maryland
June 7 – Toronto, Ontario
June 10 – Montreal, Quebec
June 18 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 19 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
June 21- Calgary, Alberta
June 22 – Edmonton, Alberta
June 24 – Vancouver, British Columbia
June 28 – Los Angeles, California
June 30 – Oakland, California
July 4 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 8 – Dallas, Texas
July 9 – Houston, Texas
July 19 – Uniondale, New York
July 21- East Rutherford, New Jersey
July 23 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 24 – Boston, Massachusetts
WIZ KHALIFA ANNOUNCES THE GREEN CARPET TOUR
We’ve just learned Wiz Khalifa is scheduled to embark on his upcoming The Green Carpet Tour. The “Black & Yellow” rapper, who just completed his Waken Baken outing, is expected to begin the trek on April 1st in Raleigh, North Carolina and wrap up at Penn State University on April 26th. While he performs songs off his debut album, Rolling Papers, due out on March 29th, the Pittsburgh native will also promote eco-friendliness and environmental sustainability for his tour bus and backstage at each venue.
Wiz Khalifa’s The Green Carpet tour dates:
April 1 — Raleigh, North Carolina
April 2 — Harrisonburg, Virginia
April 3 — Blacksburg, Virginia
April 4 — Ypsilanti, Michigan
April 6 — Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
April 7 — Kingston, Rhode Island
April 8 — Durham, New Hampshire
April 13 — Dekalb, Illinois
April 14 — West Lafayette, Indiana
April 15 — Bloomington, Indiana
April 16 — Champaign, Illinois
April 19 — Fort Lauderdale, Florida
April 20 — Orlando, Florida
April 21 — Tallahassee, Florida
April 22 — Auburn, Alabama
April 26 — State College, Pennsylvania
SICK PUPPIES SURPRISED BY “MAYBE”
Sick Puppies have a hit on their hands with their song “Maybe,” but according to singer Shimon Moore, the band didn’t realize it would be a popular track (See Related Cut #5). Sick Puppies play Clifton Park, New York on March 16th.
MARK HOPPUS SURPRISED BY PETE AND ASHLEE SPLIT
It seems even Pete Wentz’s friends are surprised he’s getting divorced. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus says he was “caught off guard” by the announcement since Wentz and Ashlee Simpson are friends of his. He said “our families go out and have meals together and our kids play together.”
SNOOP DOGG LEAKS NEW R KELLY-ASSISTED SONG
According to Rap-Up.com, Snoop Dogg has issued a new song from his upcoming album, Doggumentary. R Kelly lends his vocals on the Lex Luger-produced cut. Be sure to look for the Big Homie’s eleventh album on March 29th.
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LAMBERT TALKS SOME MORE WITH PEREZ
Perez Hilton has posted more from his sit-down interview with former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. In part two of the chat, the “Whatya Want From Me” singer discusses his infamous American Music Awards performance, Lady Gaga and much more. Watch now at PerezHilton.com.
KELLY CLARKSON GIVES MORE ALBUM DETAILS
Kelly Clarkson is opening up a bit more about her new album she’s been working on, the follow-up to 2009’s All I Ever Wanted. The original American Idol wrote on Twitter that she’ll be recording the last song for the effort later this month, and that the project is “influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Radiohead.” She also added that we’re going to hear “a little bit of a country vibe/influence on a couple of songs.” No word on when we can expect the finished product.
A FREE SONG FROM MICHELLE BRANCH
Michelle Branch is offering a free download of her song “Take a Chance on Me.” All you have to do to get it is head to MichelleBranch.com and put in your e-mail. The song will then be sent to you. Enjoy!
T-PAIN LAUNCHES THE I AM T-PAIN MIC
T-Pain has launched a new handheld microphone called I Am T-Pain Mic. But unlike other mics, fans will be able to record everything that they sing and use pitch-correcting software to improve their sound using the mic. The Auto-tune king said in a statement, “It’s fun and I know kids, teens and even adults are going to have a great time making music with it.” Be sure to visit IAmTPainMic.com to learn more.
EMII COLLABORATES WITH SNOOP DOGG
Pop newcomer Emii has just premiered her new music video for a song called “Mr. Romeo,” which features Snoop Dogg. You can check out the visual to the follow-up to her “Magic” single on MySpace now.
LEONA LEWIS WORKS WITH RYAN TEDDER
Leona Lewis has been hard at work on her next album. The singer wrote on Twitter that she’s been in Denver working with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and that the Colorado city is just “gorgeous.” Tedder and Lewis collaborated, along with Jesse McCartney, on the biggest hit of her career thus far, “Bleeding Love.”
MADONNA IS HEALTHY
WellAndGoodNYC.com has released their list of the ten healthiest celebrities who reside in the Big Apple, and it’s no surprise who came in at number one. The website has Madonna at the top of their list, and they point out that the pop star is “almost as famous for her fitness as she is her music,” and that “her workouts literally launch fitness trends.” Other celebs in the top ten include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Ripa and Natalie Portman. See the whole list now at WellAndGoodNYC.com.
VH1 STORYTELLERS LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
Vh1 just announced that they are going to have an amazing line-up this season for the 15th anniversary of their Vh1 Storytellers series. Premiering this spring will be episodes featuring Cee-Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Maxwell and Ray LaMontagne. Learn more about it at Storytellers.Vh1.com.
ICE CUBE TO STAR IN 21 JUMP STREET
Variety reports Ice Cube is eyeing a role for an upcoming film adaptation of a 1980’s classic television show, 21 Jump Street. The rapper is hoping to portray “Captain Dickson” in the flick, which will also star Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. No further details are known at this time.