NICKI MINAJ JOINS SPEARS’ FEMME FATALE TOUR!
After weeks of speculation, Nicki Minaj has at last been confirmed to join Britney Spears’s upcoming Femme Fatale Tour. The ladies will also be joined by Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo on the all-female lineup. Spears took to her webpage Tuesday morning to make the announcement. She stated she is “thrilled to have the hot Nicki Minaj” join her on tour. The outing kicks off June 16th in Sacramento, California and wraps August 13th in Toronto.
STATEMENT! Spears’s message on her website reads: “This is the Femme Fatale tour, and I’m thrilled to have the hot Nicki Minaj join me and Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo will get everyone on the dance floor. Can’t wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road.”
BIEBER BOMBARDED BY ISRAELI PAPARAZZI
Justin Bieber was being hounded by paparazzi in Israel. The young singer is set to play a concert in Tel Aviv tomorrow night and took some down time to visit some holy sites. Bieber lashed out with some angry messages on Twitter, complaining about aggressive photographers who forced him to return to his hotel room. Following Bieber’s show in Tel Aviv, the pop star heads to Malaysia.
LEONA LEWIS, TAIO CRUZ AND MORE ON PLATINUM HIT
Bravo will launch a music competition series called Platinum Hit next month. According to Billboard, Jewel will host the show that features musicians battling through songwriting challenges centered around various themes. Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will act as head judge, while Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Taio Cruz, Donna Summer, Jermaine Dupri and Ryan Tedder will all guest judge through the season. Platinum Hit debuts May 30th at 10 PM Eastern on Bravo.
SHAKIRA HELPS CONSTRUCT NEW SCHOOL
Shakira went to her native Colombia to help lay the first brick in the construction of a new school as part of her education charity, Barefoot Foundation. According to the ContactMusic.com, the singer took time help place the concrete slabs that marked the beginning of construction for the Cartegena de Indias school, which will accommodate 15-hundred students.
GAGA TAKES A TUMBLE ON STAGE
Even the biggest superstars in the world are prone to taking a tumble now and again. At a concert in Houston on Monday night, Lady Gaga had a pretty nasty fall after unsuccessfully trying to stand on her piano and sing the song “You and I.” But ever the professional, Gaga got right back up and kept on going. Check out the video now on YouTube.
LEONA LEWIS TALKS NEXT ALBUM
Leona Lewis is talking a bit about her forthcoming third album. The singer-songwriter wrote on Twitter that she’s having an “incredible experience” making it, and that she “can’t wait to share it” with everyone. Details about the album are still scarce, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
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GET YOUR BRUNO MARS SNUGGIE
Want to show your love for Bruno Mars while lounging around the house? Well then you need to head to BrunoMars.com and pick up a special edition Bruno Snuggie. Also, you can see a pic of the singer lounging around in one as well. Head to the website now and get yours today.
MARIAH POSES NAKED WITH NICK
On the cover of the U-K edition of OK! magazine, Mariah Carey is showing off her pregnant belly with Nick Cannon. The diva poses fully naked with her husband standing behind her and covering up her breasts with his hands. During the interview, Mi Mi stated, “Nick is really excited about becoming a father and is so nurturing and fun. I wish my babies would get off my bladder!”
COLDPLAY FANS AREN’T SLUTS!
In case you didn’t know, Coldplay fans are seen as boring. A recent survey from British dating site Tastebuds.FM says Coldplay fans are least likely to go all the way on a first date. Prudish people also love Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kings of Leon. People who were most likely to give it up on the first night listen to the likes of Nirvana, Metallica, Linkin Park and Kanye West.
TROY MCLAWHORN BACK IN EVANESCENCE
According to NME, guitarist Troy McLawhorn has rejoined Evanescence. He was with the band Seether till last month, but is now working with Evanescence on their next album. They hope to have their third album out later this year.
MIKE SHINODA SETS THINGS STRAIGHT WITH FANS
Mike Shinoda has taken some time to clear things up on LinkinPark.com. He noticed some discrepancies on his Wikipedia page and decided to set things straight for the fans. In his post, we learn that he is nicknamed “The Glue” because he “held everything together” in the band, that he has no intention of becoming an actor and that he has an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Art Center College of Design. Read more at LinkinPark.com.
KERI HILSON POSES NUDE FOR ALLURE
Keri Hilson has decided to strip down for Allure Magazine’s annual Body Issue. The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer said of the pictures, “We do a lot of things to seek validation: I have to get more expensive handbags or fake lashes or fake boobs. This shoot was about dropping all that. It’s so empowering to embrace my insecurities.” Visit Allure.com to see the images.
NICKI INSPIRED BY MARGE SIMPSON
If you noticed something about different about Nicki Minaj, it’s probably her new larger-than-life hairstyle. The fem-cee told People.com that she’s drawn inspiration from “Marge Simpson” from The Simpsons. Nicki stated, “I realize that she was cutting edge and before her time. So shout out to ‘Marge.’” While on the subject of hair, the rapper’s healthy obsession with wigs help her “feel happy.” She added, “Wearing them makes me feel that I can be a different person every day and that is kind of exciting.”
CELEBS AND THEIR ANIMALS
The website PopDust.com put together a list of celebs and their animals with cool names, and a couple of pretty big artists made the cut. The site has Katy Perry and her cat Kitty Purry at number one, with Kelly Clarkson and her goat Billy Joel coming in second. Rounding out the top five are 50 Cent and his dog Oprah, Mariah Carey and her pup Jackson P. Mutley, and Ke$ha and her five dogs. See the whole list at PopDust.com.
KATY PERRY PORN PARODY
It seems that there’s going to be a new porn movie based on Katy Perry’s unsuccessful attempt at being on Sesame Street last year. It’s called Katy Pervy and in the trailer for the flick, it seems the movie parodies the fact that Katy wore a top that was deemed inappropriate for the children’s show… and that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Check out the trailer at UnratedPerez.com.
THE SCRIPT IN AUSTRALIA
The Script just recently wrapped up a tour of Australia and they posted a video online documenting the time that they spent in the Western city of Perth. Check out some behind the scenes footage, as well as some clips from the show too, on YouTube now.
JENNIFER HUDSON, CHAKA ADDED TO ESSENCE
This year’s Essence Music Festival is featuring some amazing artists. We’ve just learned Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Kem, Miguel, Naughty By Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Marsha Ambrosius, Eric Benet and New Edition have been added to the line-up. The newly added acts join previously confirmed artists including headliner Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Fantasia, Jill Scott, George Clinton, MC Lyte, Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men and many others for the three-day festival. Taking place July 4th weekend inside New Orleans’ Superdome, fans can expect more names to be added to the official line-up. For more information, visit Essence.com/Festival today!
WIZ KHALIFA ROCKS A FRO-HAWK
Wiz Khalifa has unveiled an interesting new hair style via his Twitter page. The rapper has shaped his Afro into a Mohawk and decided to call it a Frohawk. In related news, the man with the number two album in the country recently performed his new single, “Roll Up,” on the Late Show with David Letterman.
EMINEM HEADLINES OSHEAGA FESTIVAL
According to MTV.com, Emimen has just announced that he will headline this year’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. The three-day long event will be held this July in Montreal, Canada. The news comes just a month after Slim Shady revealed that he’s scheduled to perform at the Bonnaroo 2011 Music & Arts festival and then head overseas for the V Festival in the U-K.
ESTELLE READIES NEW SINGLE
Rap-Up.com reports Estelle has teamed with Rick Ross for her new single, “Break My Heart.” The cut is lifted from the singer’s upcoming third studio effort, All Of Me. The lead offering is expected to premiere on Monday.
WAKA FLOCKA DROPS NEW MIXTAPE
We’ve just learned Waka Flocka Flame recently released his new mixtape, Benjamin Flocka. Fans can visit RapRadar.com to download the 20-track project which was hosted by DJ Teknikz.
BEHIND THE SCENES: DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY TOUR
Tonight, Diddy-Dirty Money kicks off their Coming Home tour in Minneapolis. To get more fans excited, the group has posted behind the scenes footage of all that went into preparing for the outing. You can watch it via YouTube now. Be sure to purchase tickets for the tour through Ticketmaster.com today.
SWIFT NOT COMFORTABLE WITH REVEALING ATTIRE, DRINKING
While other stars seem to be baring it all for various magazines and websites, Taylor Swift won’t be stripping down anytime soon. She told London’s The Telegraph, “I don’t feel comfortable taking my clothes off…I wouldn’t wear tiny amounts of clothing in my real life, so I don’t think it’s necessary to wear that stuff in photo shoots.” Taylor said she doesn’t get asked to dress provocatively as much as she used to. The modest country star tries to remain in control as an artist, telling The Telegraph she tries not to raise her voice and doesn’t drink.