JUSTIN BIEBER CROSSES EIGHT MILLION FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER
Justin Bieber has over eight million followers on Twitter! He crossed the eight million mark yesterday afternoon and thanked his fans for the achievement. At press time, Bieber had over eight million six-thousand followers on the social networking site.
B.O.B IS IMPRESSED WITH BRUNO MARS
With Bruno Mars gearing up to tour with Janelle Monae, we caught up with B.o.B. to find out how he feels about the success of his “Nothing On You” collaborator. The rapper, who performed with the singer during the GRAMMY Awards, feels responsible for introducing the world to pop’s newest sensation (See Related Cut #1). Bruno and MonÃ¡e have announced plans for a co-headlining North American tour called Hooligans in Wondaland, which is expected to begin in May and hit major cities up until June. As yet, no dates have been announced.
BRITNEY AND MADONNA ARE FRIENDS
They’re two of the biggest stars in music, they shared a kiss together at an MTV Video Music Awards, and apparently, they’re friends. According to Us Weekly, Britney Spears attended Madonna’s Oscar party a couple of weeks back, and the Queen of Pop was apparently thrilled to see her, and even introduced Brit to her ex-husband, Sean Penn.
NO MORE DEAL FOR GAGA AND TARGET
Lady Gaga and Target had a deal in place to sell a special edition of her forthcoming album Born This Way that would include bonus tracks, but apparently, that’s no more. A source told The Advocate that the deal was scrapped because the pop star and Target “didn’t see eye to eye” on how some of the company’s political donations affected the LGBT community. Learn more at Advocate.com.
AVRIL COVERS KE$HA
Avril Lavigne performed a cover of Ke$ha’s breakthrough hit “TiK ToK” at BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge recently. Billboard.com posted the video, which shows Lavigne having fun with the acoustic version of the tune. Avril’s new album, Goodbye Lullaby, is in stores now.
BRITNEY RELEASES ANOTHER SNIPPET!
Britney Spears has released another snippet from her Femme Fatale album called “Inside Out.” Head over to MuuMuse.com to check out the 30 second clip. Britney’s Femme Fatale album arrives in stores on March 29th.
SIMPSON/WENTZ DIVORCE UPDATE
According to TMZ.com, Pete Wentz filed papers earlier this week in response to Ashlee Simpson’s divorce petition. The bassist asked that a judge grant joint physical and legal custody of their son and requested that each spouse pay their own legal fees. The website is reporting that Simpson requested primary physical custody of their two-year-old son, Bronx, as well as for Wentz to pay for all legal fees.
ADELE STAYS AT NUMBER ONE
It was predicted to happen and now it’s official — Adele’s album, 21, is at the top of the Billboard chart for the second week in a row. The singer-songwriter sold almost 170-thousand copies, giving her a total of over 500-thousand albums moved in just two weeks.
RUSSELL HAS NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT KATY
Russell Brand has something very nice to say about two of wife Katy Perry’s body parts. No, not those, get your head out of the gutter — it’s her lips. While on The View, the comedian said that the pop star’s lips are both “a conduit to paradise” and “a tunnel to another world.” Learn more at ContactMusic.com.
STAIND FRONTMAN WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT ROCK AND ROLL
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has the number seven album in the U-S this week, and the number one record on the country charts with his new album, Town Line. Lewis also revealed that Staind is continuing to work on their new album, which will be much, much heavier than previous records.
COLDPLAY TO HEADLINE IRISH FESTIVAL
Coldplay still haven’t revealed a release date for their next album, but it’s likely we’ll be hearing it by summer. That’s because the band keeps announcing new tour dates, the latest being a headlining slot at the Oxegen Festival in Ireland on July 10th. The Strokes are set to play right before Coldplay takes the stage.
SWIFT HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR FRIEND’S SWIM TEAM
Taylor Swift has come through for her B-F-F Abigail Anderson, who appears in her video for the song, “Fifteen.” Abigail is now a student-athlete at Kansas University and recently enlisted Taylor’s help to raise money for the university’s swimming and diving program. Taylor autographed a Jayhawks jersey with her name on it, which was sold at an auction for 1,005 dollars with proceeds going toward Abigail’s swim team.
KID ROCK’S NAACP AWARD PROTESTED
Some members of the NAACP are boycotting the organization’s annual fundraiser in Detroit after it was announced that Kid Rock would be receiving the branch’s Great Expectations award. Many NAACP supporters have an issue with Kid Rock because he flies the Confederate flag during his concerts.
LADY A AND DARIUS RUCKER PERFORM WITH ANIMALS
Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are two of the three headlining acts for the Toledo Zoo Summer Concert Series this year. Steely Dan will also headline one show. Lady A will perform at the zoo on July 15th and Darius will take the stage September 8th. Ticket prices vary according to the acts and go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.com.
LADY A COVER “ROOFTOP” SONGS IN LATEST WEBISODE
In this week’s Lady Antebellum Webisode Wednesday, the trio give fans a peek behind the scenes at a photo shoot on a roof in downtown Los Angeles. Through most of the clip, Charles Kelley is seen singing lines from songs that are roof-related such as Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper,” “You Raise Me Up,” James Taylor’s “Up on the Roof” and the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” Dave Haywood even makes a Charlie Sheen reference, saying that he’s “somewhere winning” in Los Angeles. Check it out at LadyAntebellum.com.
JAY-Z AUCTIONS KNICKS TICKETS
Jay-Z is auctioning off tickets that will allow lucky bidders a chance to sit courtside with him during a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Hov teamed with CharityBuzz.com to raise funds that will directly benefit special needs children at New York’s Stephen Gaynor School. So far, the biding has already soared up to 85-hundred dollars. For those with deep pockets, you have until March 30th to win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
JA RULE HEADS TO PRISON THIS SUMMER
According to The Associated Press, Ja Rule is expected to begin his two year prison sentence this summer. The rapper, who struck a plea agreement for his 2007 gun case, will spend his first day behind bars on June 7th. Meanwhile, fans can expect the rapper to release his new album, The Renaissance Project, before he heads in.
CHRIS BROWN EXPLAINS NEW HAIR COLOR
When we first saw Chris Brown’s new bleached-blond hair style, we weren’t sure what he was going for, but now the singer has explained the change. While promoting his upcoming album, F.A.M.E, he said that “he just wanted to change it up.” SingersRoom.com reports Breezy laughed off Twitter comments that stated he was trying to emulate Amber Rose or Sisqo. Brown said, “I’m being a rock star, if I wanna dye my hair purple tomorrow; it’s just all about how I’m living life and just having fun.” In related news, Chris’s new album hits stores on March 22nd.
CHRIS BROWN LEAKS NEW MUSIC OFF F.A.M.E
With only 12 more days until Chris Brown unleashes his F.A.M.E. LP, the singer has leaked two new songs to get fans more excited. Earlier this week, Brown dropped “Wet the Bed” featuring Ludacris, and an up-tempo tune called “Bomb” featuring Wiz Khalifa. You can pre-order the disc via iTunes and Amazon.com right now.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS STARS IN NEW PLAY
Continuing her hiatus from music, Michelle Williams has announcing her involvement in a new stage play. According to SingersRoom.com, the former Destiny’s Child singer has been given the lead role in David E. Talbert’s traveling show, What My Husband Doesn’t Know. For a full list of show dates, visit TicketMaster.com now.
LUDACRIS ANNOUNCES MC YOUTUBE CONTEST
For the second consecutive year, Ludacris has teamed with Magnum condoms for a nationwide search for the best undiscovered rapper in the U-S. According to XXLMag.com, the contest is being dubbed the Live Large Project 2. You can compete by uploading a video on YouTube in which you showcase your best 16 bar verse. Contestants have until April 13th to submit their entries for the chance to win five-thousand dollars and appear onstage with Luda during the SpringFest 2011 in Miami. Good luck!