BLACK EYED PEAS DEDICATE NEW VID TO THE JAPANESE
Just about a week before the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the Black Eyed Peas were in Tokyo to shoot the video for their new single, “Just Can’t Get Enough.” The group has now dedicated the clip to the people of the country. According to CNN, the Black Eyed Peas included a special message at the beginning of the video to show their support for those afflicted by the natural disaster. The video is set to debut this week. Rap-Up.com is reporting that the Peas will perform “Just Can’t Get Enough” this Thursday on American Idol.
MESSAGE: The text that appears on the video for “Just Can’t Get Enough” reads: “This video was filmed in Japan one week before the earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Japan. We love you,” while providing viewers with a link to donate to the Red Cross.
GOOD CHARLOTTE DO DOUBLE DARE FOR “LAST NIGHT” VIDEO
Good Charlotte are bringing back the ‘90s in their new video for “Last Night.” The guys have resurrected Nickelodeon’s Family Double Dare for the video, which premiered on FunnyOrDie.com on Monday. The clip features the band members participating in a number of the game’s challenges and includes a cameo from former Family Double Dare host Marc Summers, who oversees the proceedings and even lip-synchs some of the song. Good Charlotte are currently on tour in support of their fifth album, Cardiology. They’ll wrap up their road trip on March 27th in Anaheim, California.
VIDEO! Check out Good Charlotte’s video for “Last Night” here: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1659905/good-charlotte-last-night.jhtml
WIZ KHALIFA GETS DEEP ON ROLLING PAPAERS
There are only a few weeks until Wiz Khalifa drops his debut album, Rolling Papers. The “Black And Yellow” rapper told AllHipHop.com that the disc is “all about growth and development.” He said that as long as fans recognize that and hear it in the music, he doesn’t care how much the project sells. Be sure to pick it up March 29th.
RIHANNA UPSET BY HER FATHER
Did you know Rihanna’s dad, Ronald Fenty, recently sold private childhood photos to the tabloids? Did you know he also got paid to comment after she was assaulted by Chris Brown? The singer opened up about her relationship with her father in the April issue of Vogue. Ri Ri stated, “It’s really strange. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it, because you grow up with your father, you know him, you are a part of him, for goodness’ sakes! And then he does something so bizarre that I can’t begin to wrap my mind around it.” She added, “You hear the horror stories about people going behind people’s backs and doing strange things, but you always think, Not my family. My father would never do that to me.”
GAGA RAISES BIG MONEY FOR JAPAN
We reported earlier that Lady Gaga helped design a five-dollar wristband to be sold to help raise money for relief in Japan, and apparently, it’s been a huge success. The pop star wrote on her Twitter that the “We Pray For Japan” bracelets have already raised 250-thousand dollars in just 48 hours. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, order it at LadyGaga.com.
BON JOVI: JOBS IS “KILLING” THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Jon Bon Jovi believes that Steve Jobs is “killing the music business.” The iconic rocker told The Sunday Times Magazine that kids today are missing out on the “magical, magical time” of heading down to their local record store and taking a chance on an album that they know little about. He said that the Apple co-founder is “personally responsible” to putting an end to this because of how easy he’s made downloading. Learn more at TheSundayTimes.co.uk.
TAYLOR SWIFT SEES THE SIGHTS OF ITALY WHILE ON TOUR
Taylor Swift was spotted seeing the sights of Venice, Italy this week as she continued the European leg of her 2011 Speak Now World Tour. Pictures of Taylor hopping into a gondola boat in Venice with her parents, Andrea and Scott, surfaced online Tuesday. Her newest single, “Mean,” hit the airwaves this week, her third release from the multi-Platinum selling album Speak Now.
JANET BOOK SIGNINGS IN NYC AND LOS ANGELES
Janet Jackson is visiting fans in New York City and Los Angeles to conduct book signings for her New York Times best-selling first book, True You. According to her official website, the icon is scheduled to appear at the Barnes & Noble in Manhattan on Saturday from 3 to 4:30. In addition, she’ll also be at Book Soup in West Hollywood on Friday, April 15th from 3 to 4:30. Visit JanetJackson.com for more.
LADY ANTEBELLUM PREVIEWS NEW MUSIC
Lady Antebellum are already giving fans a sneak peek at new music, previewing a brand-new, intimate tune called “Just A Kiss” for the crowd at a recent rodeo show in Houston. The song features Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley singing to each other, while Dave Haywood accompanies them on piano. Though Charles is happily married, and Hillary has a sweetheart of her own in musician Chris Tyrell, she admits the musical chemistry between the two has long sparked rumors of a romance, which still bring the trio laughs (See Related Cut #6). Lady A are currently in the studio working on their third album, a follow-up to the Grammy-winning Need You Now, and will join Keith Urban on his Get Closer World Tour in Australia kicking off April 8th.
SXSW: KANYE CONFIRMS, BIG BOI RECORDS WITH OWL CITY
Things are heating up in Austin, Texas as the city prepares for the South by Southwest music festival to kick off on Wednesday. It’s been confirmed that Kanye West will return to the annual event for a special show at a power plant on the outskirts of town on Saturday night. The gig is sure to attract tons of fans and industry folk alike. MTV Radio chatted with Big Boi at the Pepsi Max and FourSquare party and he told us he recently recorded a track with Owl City! Pretty cool collaboration that’ll be bound to have people talking. MTV Radio be in Austin all week so be sure to check back for more updates from South By Southwest!
NICKI SUBMITS VERSE FOR LIL WAYNE’S ALBUM
Lil Wayne invited his protÃ©gÃ© onto his highly anticipated album, Tha Carter IV. Nicki Minaj recently told MTV News that she has submitted her verses for Weezy’s project. Without giving too much away, she stated what fans can expect (See Related Cut #7). In related news, the fem-cee is looking forward to the kick off of Wayne’s I Am Music II tour this Friday in Buffalo.
CHRIS BROWN BEGINS ANOTHER ALBUM?
Even though his upcoming F.A.M.E. album has not hit stores yet, NeonLimeLight.com reports Chris Brown has already started working on his next project. During a recent listening party held in Los Angeles, the singer told the crowd, “I’m coming out with another album six months later.” Apparently, Breezy recorded over 400 songs while creating F.A.M.E., which is due out next Tuesday. Brown’s follow-up to FA.M.E. is tentatively titled Fortune.
DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY REACT TO IDOL PERFORMANCE
Last week, Diddy-Dirty Money performed their new single, “Coming Home,” with Skylar Grey on American Idol. Puff told us how it felt to be on that stage with so many people watching at home (See Related Cut #8). Up next, the group and Lloyd will invade major cities including New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles beginning April 13th in Minneapolis and wrapping up in St. Louis on May 15th. Visit Ticketmaster.com for more.
Coming Home Tour Dates:
April 13 — Minneapolis, MN
April 14 — Chicago, IL
April 15 — Detroit, MI
April 16 — Providence, RI
April 21 — Boston, MA
April 22 — New York, NY
April 23 — Atlantic City, NJ
April 24 — Norfolk, VA
April 26 — Atlanta, GA
April 28 — Jacksonville, FL
April 29 — Melbourne, FL
April 30 — St. Petersburg, FL
May 1 — Orlando, FL
May 6 — San Francisco, CA
May 7 — Los Angeles, CA
May 8 — Anaheim, CA
May 10 — Phoenix, AZ
May 12 — Houston, TX
May 14 — Kansas City, MO
May 15 — St. Louis, MO
DRINKING WINE INSPIRES ADELE
Adele has given a little insight into what has made her such a fantastic songwriter. Apparently, it’s a whole lot of booze. According to British paper the Daily Star, the “Rolling in the Deep” crooner joked that she most enjoys writing songs when “the curtains are closed” and she’s on her “fifth bottle of red wine.”
A SECOND HONEYMOON FOR KATY & RUSSELL?
Katy Perry and Russell Brand want to go on a second honeymoon. The couple went on their first in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, but according to British paper The Sun, the comedian wants to go on a month-long excursion with his wife to the Far East, and that “even if a great film role” were to come up, he would turn it down so they could spend some quality time together. A source told the paper that Katy also has said she wants some time off after she finishes her Teenage Dream tour.
FREE SONG FROM MICHELLE BRANCH
Michelle Branch is offering a free download of one of her songs. It’s called “Long Goodbye” and was recorded in Nashville with Dwight Yoakam. Get it now at MichelleBranch.com.
DAVID LYNCH TO DIRECT DURAN DURAN SHOW
Duran Duran are teaming up with director David Lynch for an episode of American Express’ Unstaged. According to Billboard, The Elephant Man director will be at the helm as the English rockers perform a concert in L-A on March 23rd, the day after their latest album, All You Need is Now, is released. The show will be streamed live beginning at 10 PM Eastern and will be available to be watched for about a month. Be sure to check it out at YouTube.com/DuranDuranVevo.