BRITNEY TALKS NEW ALBUM WITH ROLLING STONE
Britney Spears’ highly anticipated album, Femme Fatale, is due out on March 29th, and the pop star opened up to Rolling Stone about the recording process and much more. She told the mag that she wanted to make sure her latest effort is “completely different” from anything else she ever recorded, and also added that her kids love the new music. She goes on to speak about her collaboration with will.i.am, working with Dr. Luke and Max Martin, and much more. Read the whole article now at RollingStone.com.
GAGA IS THE DOWNLOAD QUEEN
When it comes to the Internet, Lady Gaga is Queen. According to GagaDaily.com, the RIAA has said that the pop star is the best-selling certified artist in digital sales history, with her songs “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” “Paparazzi” and “LoveGame” combining to move over 20-million downloads in the U-S alone. And this number doesn’t even include her most recent singles, “Telephone,” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way,” which are yet to receive certification.
SHAKIRA MEETS WITH BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT
Shakira had a chance to meet with the president of Brazil in an effort to improve the welfare of children in the country. According to Billboard, the pop star met with Dilma Rousseff for about 20 minutes late last week, during which she also discussed her charity, the Alas Foundation. Read more at Billboard.com.
DRINK RIHANNA AND TAYLOR’S TAP WATER
Rihanna and Taylor Swift have signed on to be a part of UNICEF’s Tap Project, which urges restaurants to charge one-dollar for the tap water that they would usually give for free, in order to waste less. And if you head to CelebrityTap.org and donate, you will be entered to win a bottle of tap water from the home of either singer. Learn more about their involvement and about UNICEF at CelebrityTap.org.
LUPE FIASCO ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES
Following his impressive debut on the Billboard 200, Lupe Fiasco has announced tour dates to further promote his Lasers LP. According to his official website, the rapper’s next stop will be on March 27th in Los Angeles. Visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes today!
Lupe Fiasco tour dates:
March 27 — Los Angeles, California
March 31 — Durham, North Carolina
April 1 — Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 13 — Albany, New York
April 16 — Keene, New Hampshire
April 19 — Oxford, Ohio
April 21 — Phoenix, Arizona
April 24 — New York, New York
April 25 — New York, New York
April 26 — New Haven, Connecticut
April 28 — Bristol, Rhode Island
April 29 — University Park, Pennsylvania
May 1 — Baltimore, Maryland
May 6 — New Orleans, Louisiana
May 7 — Boise, Idaho
May 11 — Lewiston, Maine
JANELLE MONAE JOINS KATY PERRY ON STAGE
Rap-Up.com reports Janelle MonÃ¡e is scheduled to join Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour. On select dates, the “Tightrope” singer will perform hits off her highly acclaimed album, The ArchAndroid. Before then, she’ll kick off her joint outing with Bruno Mars, which is being dubbed the Hooligans in Wondaland tour. Fans can visit her official website for a list of dates.
Katy Perry’s California Dreams Tour:
July 13 — Regina, Saskatchewan
July 14 — Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 16 — Calgary, Alberta
July 17 — Edmonton, Alberta
August 19 — Nashville, Tennessee
August 20 — St. Louis, Missouri
CHRISTINA PUTS BEV HILLS HOUSE UP FOR SALE
According to various outlets like Radar and Daily Mail, Christina Aguilera is looking to sell her Beverly Hills mansion. Christina bought the house for over 11.5-million dollars in 2007 from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. The singer is now asking for 13.5-million dollars for the estate, which was made famous on MTV’s The Osbournes.
HOT NEW MUSIC!
Britney Spears’ new single, “Till The World Ends,” is the most added song at pop radio for the second straight week. Other tracks making waves are Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song,” Jennifer Lopez’s “On The Floor” featuring Pitbull, Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” and Jay Sean’s “Hit The Lights” featuring Lil Wayne. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Shontelle’s “Say Hello to Goodbye” and New Boyz’s “Backseat” featuring the Cataracs are also among the most added songs to radio this week.
NEW MATTHEW MORRISON VIDEOS
Glee’s Matthew Morrison will be posting new videos every Monday on his brand new website, MatthewMorrison.com. Check the site each week for news, updates and to hear from Matthew himself. His debut single, “Summer Rain,” is available now at iTunes and Amazon.
BC JEAN ANNOUNCES NEXT SINGLE
BC Jean has just announced what her next single will be. According to a press release, she’s going with a tune called “I’ll Survive You,” which was produced and co-written by Max Martin. The song hits radio on April 4th. Learn more at BCJean.com.
AN ADELE/CEE-LO MASH-UP
Someone decided to create a pretty cool mash-up for Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Gnarls Barkley’s classic “Crazy.” It’s very creative and definitely makes you want to get up and dance. Check it out on YouTube now.
MADONNA’S STALKER IS UNFIT FOR TRIAL
Grzegorz Matlock, the man arrested earlier in the week for breaking into Madonna London home, was declared unfit for trial and will be held in custody until mid-April so he can have his mental health assessed. According to BangShowbiz.com, Madge and her children were not home at the time as they were in America attending the funeral of her 99-year-old grandmother who recently passed away.
DURAN DURAN PLAY SXSW, ALBUM OUT TOMORROW
Late last week, Duran Duran kicked off their world tour by performing at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. According to Billboard.com, the group played a “crowd-pleasing” set, which included songs like “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Girls on Film.” The trek is in support of their latest album, All You Need Is Now, which is out tomorrow (3/22).
SOLANGE RASIES MONEY FOR JAPAN
With Japan left picking up the pieces after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country, it’s nice to know that celebrities are donating to relief efforts. Solange told the World Entertainment News Network that she plans to raise money by selling artwork by her six-year-old son, Julez, with all proceeds going to Japan. Beyonce’s sister explained, “[Julez] was very affected by it and asked a lot of questions and we decided we wanted to do something together to help…he did a watercolor of the Japanese flag and we’re making shirts and totes [bags] and note cards and we’re gonna sell them locally here.”
COLDPLAY PRODUCE NEW MOVIE
Coldplay are working on a new album, but they are also working on a movie project. NME reports that the band is co-financing a new Ray Winstone film called Ashes. The entire band will serve as executive producers on the project. Still no word as to when we’ll be hearing the new Coldplay album.