KE$HA PREPS FIRST REMIX ALBUM
Ke$ha will release her first remix album next month. The set, titled I Am The Dance Commander + I Commander You To Dance: The Remix Album features DJs such as Switch, DJ Skeet Skeet and more putting their unique spin on the most popular tracks off of Animal and Animal + Cannibal, including “TiK ToK” and “We R Who We R,” as well as the “Sleazy” remix featuring Andre 3000 and the unreleased live favorite “F**k Him He’s A DJ”. Ke$ha’s recently kicked off her first North American headlining tour, which wraps in Las Vegas on May 7th. I Am The Dance Commander + I Commander You To Dance: The Remix Album will arrive on March 22nd.
GAGA’S “BORN THIS WAY” VIDEO TO PREMIERE MONDAY
The video for Lady Gaga’s new single “Born This Way” has gotten a premiere date. PerezHilton.com reports the clip will be available to be seen online beginning on Monday at 11 AM Eastern. No official word as to where exactly to watch, but it’s probably safe to assume that both PerezHilton.com and LadyGaga.com will be showing the video.
GAGA TALKS TARGET DEAL
Lady Gaga has struck a deal with Target to release her highly anticipated album, Born This Way, with three bonus tracks. But many people are wondering why the pop star would agree to do that with the retail giant, as Target has had conflicts with the gay community, a group that Gaga often speaks for. She told Billboard that part of her deal with Target is that they “start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past.” Read more at Billboard.com.
GAGA WAS TOLD SHE WOULDN’T BE A STAR
Lady Gaga was told that she was never going to be a star. According to ContactMusic.com, while at a performing arts high school when she was growing up in New York City, her teachers told her, “You’ll never be the heroine, the blonde, the star. Your hair’s too dark. You look too ethnic.” She said that she didn’t let it get her down, and she replied, “What about Liza,” of course referencing Liz Minnelli, who was actually in the crowd watching the show.
JENNIFER LOPEZ SOARS ON ITUNES CHART
Jennifer Lopez has managed to revive her music career by scoring a hit single with her newest song, “On The Floor” featuring Pitbull. The American Idol judge has witnessed her club ready song climb to the number three spot in the iTunes chart in less than 24 hours. In addition, the track has claimed the number one spot in Spain, France, Sweden, Finland and Greece! Fans can reportedly expect the video for the song to premiere on March 3rd on Vevo.
CEE-LO TO JUDGE NEW SINGING SHOW?
According to EW.com, Cee-Lo is negotiating the opportunity to judge a new NBC singing show called The Voice. The “Forget You” crooner could possibly join Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on the series, where they will listen with their backs turned to the contestants and judge simply on the vocal abilities of each hopeful. In addition, producers are also considering Mary J. Blige as the female judge for the panel. No further details are known at his time.
KATY PERRY RANTS ON TWITTER
Katy Perry had a pretty big rant on Twitter yesterday. The “Firework” singer went off on “tabloid media a-k-a filth” for what she called their attempts to “pit artists against artist.” It seems that it happened after some people twisted her words about product placement in music videos. Read Katy’s whole rant now at Twitter.com/KatyPerry.
RIHANNA TALKS “S&M” BAN
According to Extra.com, Rihanna is speaking out against her latest music video, “S&M,” being banned in nearly a dozen countries. The 23-year-old singer believed “the ban worked out because I don’t think people would have been that curious if there wasn’t some controversy involved or connected to it.” Ri Ri added that the Melina-directed cut is her “favorite video that I ever ever done and I can’t wait to keep making more incredible videos.”
KELLY OSBOURNE MATERIAL GIRL PICS
Kelly Osbourne is the new face of Madonna’s Material Girl collection, and you can see the first pictures from the ad campaign now. Check them out at EOnline.com now.
TAYLOR SWIFT’S ASIAN ADVENTURES
After closing the Asian leg of her Speak Now World Tour, Taylor Swift posted a new video recapping her adventures from Singapore to Hong Kong. When she wasn’t playing for sold-out crowds, she spent most of her time sight-seeing and taking in the local culture. While shopping in a Singapore market, Taylor came across several waving-cat figurines that she found very intriguing. And on one of their days off, Taylor and her crew got dressed up as Geishas and Samurais for a photo-shoot — wigs and all. She doesn’t keep anything from fans in the video even showing a blonde-moment. You’ll also see Taylor deal with jet-lag and take scissors to two of her band member’s hair! Check it out at TaylorSwift.com.
WEBISODE WEDNESDAYS WITH LADY ANTEBELLUM
Lady Antebellum recently joined Dierks Bentley for his Dierks and Friends Show in California. In their online Webisode Wednesday video series, the trio can be seen rehearsing “It Ain’t Me, Babe” as performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Once at the show, Dierks heard the group warming-up and decided that they should sing their award winning hit “Need You Now” instead. As Dierks said to the audience, it’s not often that you get to hear a song of the year live and in an acoustic setting. Lady Antebellum, joined by Dierks, also performed “Love Don’t Live Here.”
ELLY JACKSON LOOKS LIKE TILDA SWINTON?
La Roux’s Elly Jackson was spotted at London’s Fashion Week recently, sitting next to actress Tilda Swinton. According to British paper the Daily Mirror, this is news because the resemblance between the two is “almost uncanny.” Check out pics at DailyMirror.co.uk.
CHAT LIVE WITH MICHAEL FRANTI
Ever wanted to chat with Michael Franti? Well on Monday, March 1st, you’ll finally have your chance. According to the singer-songwriter’s official website, at 7 PM Eastern, Michael will be answering all your questions about his album, tour plans and much more. Learn more at MichaelFranti.com.
WANNA WIN DIDDY-AUTOGRAPHED FLIP CAM?
Diddy has partnered with Flip to give you the chance to win autographed MinoHD 4GB video cameras. The hand-held recorders usually sell for about 180 dollars each, but all you have to do is come up with the best verses to Diddy’s latest single, “I’m Coming Home,” and the camera could be yours. Visit XXLMag.com to learn more!
NELLY FURTADO TEAMS WITH NAS
Nelly Furtado announced on Twitter that she’s recruited Nas for a new collaboration. The “I’m Like a Bird” singer, who is currently recording her upcoming Lifestyle LP, promises to release the song soon. Follow her on Twitter for updates about her album!
EMINEM PASSES NICKI ON CHARTS
Thanks to the 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards, Eminem’s Recovery album has jumped ahead of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday LP the Billboard Top 200 albums charts. Slim Shady’s disc sold over 60-thousand copies and pushed him to the number six spot. The additional sales bring his overall tally to 3.6-million copies sold. Meanwhile, Nicki has landed at the number nine spot after raking in 45-thousand in sales. In related news, Marsha Ambrosius’ debut solo effort, Late Nights & Early Mornings, arrives next Tuesday.
JUDGE LIFTS CHRIS BROWN’S RESTRAINING ORDER
According to TMZ, Chris Brown’s restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, has just been lifted. The singer, who assaulted the pop songstress two years ago, was granted the ruling after he completed a 52-week domestic violence program. In related news, Breezy just tweeted that he’s putting all his energy into finishing his upcoming F.A.M.E LP, which is due out next month.
CHRIS BROWN ISSUES F.A.M.E TRACKLISTING
UrbanBridgez.com has posted the tracklisting for Chris Brown’s upcoming F.A.M.E. LP. The 13-track disc will reportedly include contributions from Tyga, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Justin Bieber and Ludacris. Be sure to get your copy on March 22nd.
The deluxe edition will include four extra songs.
1. “Deuces” (Explicit Version) featuring Tyga & Kevin McCall
2. “Up 2 You”
3. “No Bullsh**” (Explicit Version)
4. “Look At Me Now” (Explicit Version) featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
5. “She Ain’t You”
6. “Say It With Me”
7. “Yeah 3x” (Explicit Version)
8. “Next 2 You” featuring Justin Bieber
9. “All Back”
10. “Wet The Bed” featuring Ludacris
11. “Oh My Love”
12. “Should’ve Kissed You”
13. “Beautiful People” featuring Benny Benassi
British singer-songwriter Adele told the New York Post that Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn were just two of the artists that influenced her newest music. Adele was only recently introduced to country music by her bus driver, who is from Nashville. She also revealed her adoration for Mumford & Sons, Dolly Parton, June Carter and Johnny Cash. Adele’s new album, 21, is in stores this week.
42nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS AIRING NEXT MONTH!
We’ve just learned who will be attending the 42nd NNACP Image Awards. The event will include appearances from Halle Berry, LL Cool J, Kerry Washington, comedian Affion Crockett and Kimberly Elise. There will also be special performances from Mary Mary and Michael Franti & Spearhead. The Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady-hosted show is scheduled to air on March 4th from 8 to 10 PM Eastern on FOX.
ARTISTS DONATE TO A GOOD CAUSE
Musicares recently launched a new campaign called Be a Part of the Heart, which asks artists, fans and music industry professionals to donate at least a dollar and upload a picture to become a part of the world’s largest photo mosaic, which will eventually consist of one-million tiles. And if you donate, you’re automatically entered to win tickets to next year’s GRAMMY Awards! Artists already involved include Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Taio Cruz, Melissa Etheridge and others. You can donate and learn more now at BeAPartOfTheHeart.com.
U2 TO HEADLINE GLASTONBURY: CONFIRMED
According to BBC 6 Music, U2 is confirmed to headline Glastonbury. The band was set to perform at the event last summer but had to pull out after Bono underwent back surgery. The U-K festival will also feature performances from Coldplay, Beyonce and more and takes place on June 22nd through the 26th.