LADY GAGA TO PERFORM AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AID JAPAN
Lady Gaga will perform at the MTV Video Music Aid Japan on June 25th. Gaga is the first performer to be announced for the 10th annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan, which are being dubbed the Video Music Aid Japan this year in order to raise awareness about the recent natural disasters that hit the country and to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The international event will be hosted by Japanese pop sensation AKB48 and feature a string of performances from international, regional and Japanese artists. A special one-hour version of the event will air on MTV channels worldwide as an installment of the network’s weekly live music series.
LATINO GROUPS ANGRY AT GAGA
The Catholic League isn’t pleased with Lady Gaga for portraying Mary Magdalene in the video for her song “Judas,” and apparently, neither are a number of Latino groups from Arizona. According to Examiner.com, Jorge Serrano of the group Take Back Aztlan said that Gaga is doing nothing more than copying Madonna, and also “exploiting the Catholic religion, which many Latinos follow.”
A NEW LYRIC FROM BORN THIS WAY
Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way doesn’t come out until late May, but the pop star just revealed a new lyric from a song on the record at a recent show. According to a video on PerezHilton.com, the words are, “You’ve got to earn your leather in this part of town.” See the clip on the gossip site now.
GAGA TALKS ALEXANDER McQUEEN
Lady Gaga thinks that the late designer Alexander McQueen had something to do with writing her latest hit single, “Born This Way.” In her interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Gaga said that she wrote the song right after his death, and she’s sure that “he’s up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away.”
The votes are in and the track listing has been revealed for the NKOTBSB album. The effort will feature New Kids classics like “Step By Step,” “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” and more. It also boasts Backstreet Boys hits like “I Want It That Way,” “Everybody (Backstreets Back),” “Larger Than Life” and others. That’s not all though – NKOTBSB’s new single “Don’t Turn Out The Lights” and another never-before-heard track called “All In My Head” will also be on the effort. NKOTBSB arrives in stores on May 24th.
NKOTBSB – The Album
1. “Step By Step” – New Kids On The Block
2. “I Want It That Way” – Backstreet Boys
3. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” – New Kids On The Block
4. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – Backstreet Boys
5. “Please Don’t Go Girl” – New Kids On The Block
6. “As Long As You Love Me” – Backstreet Boys
7. “Hangin’ Tough” – New Kids On The Block
8. “Larger Than Life” – Backstreet Boys
9. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” – New Kids On The Block
10. “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” – Backstreet Boys
11. “All In My Head” – NKOTBSB
12. “Don’t Turn Out The Lights (D.T.O.T.L.)” – NKOTBSB
13. “NKOTBSB” – Mash Up
KE$HA IS AGAINST CLUBBING SEALS
Ke$ha has joined a PETA campaign against baby seal clubbing in Canada. Us Weekly reports that the singer is helping to raise awareness against the slaughter of young harp seals, which are killed every year for their soft fur. The tag line for the posters and billboards is “Canada’s Club Scene Sucks.”
AN UPDATE FROM CHRISTINA PERRI
Christina Perri is taking care of her fans who just can’t wait for her album, Lovestrong, to hit stores on May 10th. The singer-songwriter has been releasing a song from the record every few days on iTunes that you can buy early, and if you do, once the full album comes out, you won’t be charged for the songs that you already purchased, you’ll just be “completing the album.” Sounds good, right? Learn more at ChristinaPerri.com.
ADELE LOVES RIHANNA, MUMFORD
Lots of people have been in the news recently talking about how much they love Adele, and recently, the singer-songwriter returned the favor, speaking about some artists that she’s fond of. Adele told Entertainment Weekly that over Christmas and New Years’, she was “convinced” that she was possessed by Rihanna because she was enjoying listening to her so much. She also added that she “f***ing loves Mumford & Sons” too. Read more at EW.com.
MAROON 5 IN ISTANBUL
Maroon 5 are in Istanbul and frontman Adam Levine put up a little video on his Twitter page to keep all the band’s fans updated with what they’re doing. Head to Twitter.com/AdamLevine to check it out.
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ADELE TALKS WEIGHT
In the most recent issue of Rolling Stone, Adele is on the cover, and there’s also a feature story inside about her. In it, she speaks about not being interested in other people’s concerns over her weight, and a little while ago, she told us something along those same lines (See Related Cut #2). Be on the lookout for the newest issue of Rolling Stone at a newsstand near you.
BEYONCE PRAISES ADELE’S VOICE
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Adele recalled having a “full-blown anxiety attack” when she met Beyonce. The British singer went on to reveal that her idol had nothing but great things to say about her stellar vocal ability. Adele shared that Bey said to her, “’You’re amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God.’” In other Beyonce news, the diva has released a snippet to her lead single, reportedly titled “Girls (Who Rule The World).” Check it out via ThatGrapeJuice.net now.
JUSTIN BIEBER GETS REVENGE IN ISRAEL
Justin Bieber sure had a busy trip to Israel. The pop star dealt with hounding paparazzi, who followed him everywhere and photographed him checking out holy sites. New York Magazine is reporting that the pop accidentally got revenge when he ran over the foot of a paparazzi member who was standing a bit too close. Bieber announced Wednesday night that he plans to take a break from Twitter to spend time with his family.
COLBIE CAILLAT ON SIGHTSEEING
Colbie Caillat is one of the many artists going on the Vh1 Best Cruise Ever. The ship travels from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico, and hopefully Colbie will get a chance to relax and enjoy it, because she told us that it’s usually hard for her to sightsee when she’s on tour (See Related Cut #3). Be a part of the Best Cruise Ever by booking your ticket for the boat now at Vh1BestCruiseEver.com.
LUPE EARNS ANOTHER PLATINUM SINGLE
According to his official website, Lupe Fiasco announced that his lead single, “The Show Goes On,” has reached platinum status. This is Lupe’s second single to surpass a million in sales — the first was 2007’s “Superstar.” The news comes just a month after his latest album, Lasers, took the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
98 DEGREES’ JEFF TIMMONS BECOMING CHIPPENDALES DANCER
Former 98 Degrees member Jeff Timmons has announced he will temporarily join the staff of male strippers at Chippendales in Las Vegas. According to TMZ, the 37-year-old will be wearing the Chippendale’s bow tie for four weeks, starting in May.
DAVID COOK RETURNS TO IDOL
American Idol season seven winner David Cook will head back to the Idol stage on Thursday. He will premiere his new single, “The Last Goodbye.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cook will use his appearance on the show to kick off the promotion of his second album. He said he is looking forward to meeting the contestants and thinks the new judges on the show are incredible.
MIGUEL REACTS TO BRITNEY, NICKI MINAJ TOUR
There’s been a lot of talk about of Nicki Minaj joining Britney Spears’ upcoming tour, which gets underway on June 17th in Sacramento. Some people think it’s random and others think it’s a match made in heaven. We caught up with Miguel to find out how he feels about their joint outing (See Related Cut #5). Minaj replaces Enrique Iglesias, who pulled out of the tour shortly after it was announced.
GLEE TO COVER REBECCA BLACK?
According to Billboard.com, Glee may be planning on covering Rebecca Black’s viral single “Friday.” Three of the male cast members will reportedly take on the performance of “Friday.” The video for “Friday” surpassed 100-million views this week on YouTube. Black is currently working on a follow-up track to “Friday,” called “LOL.”
CODY SIMPSON DEBUTS CODY CRUNCH CEREAL
Teen sensation Cody Simpson announced today the release of his very own breakfast cereal called Cody Crunch. The avid cereal lover and top-ranked swimmer in his native Australia personally chose the all-natural, organic ingredients and helped design the unique “cereal capsule” packaging. Cody Crunch is a healthier alternative to most breakfast cereals. Each serving of Cody Crunch has only 155 calories, six grams of sugar and provides 17 percent of the daily recommendation of fiber. The blend contains organic dried apples, dark chocolate covered goji berries, healthy hoops and multigrain flakes.
Cody Crunch is available online at CodyCrunch.com.
“I wanted to have my own cereal for as long as I could remember. My Mom used to give me chocolate covered gojis as a snack before my swim meets, so they were the first ingredient I chose for Cody Crunch. I really hope everyone enjoys eating it as much as I enjoyed making it!”
MATCHBOX NOT TOURING THIS YEAR
Bad news for matchbox twenty fans. The guys have been spending much of 2011 meeting up all over the country, working on their next album, so they’ve announced they won’t be touring until next year at the earliest. Band member Paul Doucette wrote on their official Twitter page that they will have “occasional shows here and there,” but nothing more than that. He added, “We suck.” Follow the band at Twitter.com/OfficialMB20.
ONEREPUBLIC ON BIGGEST LOSER
OneRepublic are heading to you television. The band will be performing on The Biggest Loser on Tuesday, May 3rd. The show airs at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.
FAN INJURED DURING A WIZ KHALIFA CONCERT
According to AllHipHop.com, a woman reportedly suffered head injuries following a Wiz Khalifa concert in New Hampshire last week. Authorities are investigating what caused the woman to be found unconscious behind the arena. Apparently, she is believed to have fallen from a retaining wall. In other news, Khalifa recently announced that his upcoming Rolling Papers World Tour will kick off on June 12th in Missouri.
TOM AND KATIE GO SEE AMERICAN IDIOT
Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, took in a performance of Green Day’s American Idiot play on Broadway this week. The couple went backstage to talk with Billie Joe Armstrong and posed for a pic, which fans can see now at GreenDay.com.
WHAT DO HILLARY SCOTT, ADELE, AND JENNIFER HUDSON HAVE IN COMMON?
The May issue of Elle features Hillary Scott naming her one of several women legends in music. ElleTV gets up close and personal with the ladies in an exclusive documentary short-film available on magazine’s homepage. In this tell-all, the women talk about who inspired them, songwriting, their exes, and much more. Hillary speaks about what it’s like to put the “lady” in Lady Antebellum. And when asked how she would define herself, Hillary went back to her roots, simply saying, “My name is Hillary Scott and I am a daughter.” The elite group of women featured in next month’s issue also includes Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson and Adele.
HILLARY SCOTT AND BOYFRIEND WRITING LETTERS
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and her boyfriend, artist Chris Tyrrell, have thought of a neat way to feel connected while Lady A is touring in Australia. They’ve decided to write love letters to one another each day they’re apart and they’ll exchange them when Hillary returns to the U-S. When Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood found out about this, they couldn’t help but poke fun of Hillary and Tyrrell, to which she responded they were simply jealous no one would write them a love letter.
SWIFT BUYS HOUSE FOR HER MOM AND DAD
Taylor Swift recently bought a 1.4-million dollar house in Nashville for her parents, Andrea and Scott Swift. The five-thousand square foot home was built in the 1920’s and was recently renovated. According to US Weekly it features three bedrooms, a blue stone terrace and a huge outdoor fireplace. One source told the magazine that Taylor had also recently purchased a house for herself in L-A to cut down on hotel expenses as she travels around the country.
CHRIS BROWN TALKS FAVORITES OFF F.A.M.E.
We caught up with Chris Brown recently to find out which songs he enjoyed recording and listening to the most from his latest album, F.A.M.E. The “Look At Me Now” crooner weighed in (See Related Cut #6). In related news, Brown has already begun recording his next studio album, Fortune. In fact, an unfinished cut called “Treading Water” has leaked. Check it out via YouTube!
“TREADING WATER” SONG LINK: http://youtu.be/WUapoBekyAY
CHRIS MARTIN COVERS “WONDERWALL”
Oasis has talked a lot of smack about everyone over the years, including fellow Brit band Coldplay. That didn’t stop singer Chris Martin from covering them though at a secret gig in London on Wednesday night. Martin performed “Wonderwall” as well as one of his own unreleased tracks, “Wedding Bells” and a few more Coldplay songs. Simon Pegg curated the event and performed with Martin onstage. Footage is up on YouTube now.
LINKIN PARK CONFIRM SONG FOR TRANSFORMERS 3
Linkin Park are contributing music to the upcoming Transformers film. Mike Shinoda revealed on his blog that he spoke with director Michael Bay about continuing to use Linkin Park music in the franchise and chose the song “Iridescent.” Shinoda said a new, slightly shorter version of the song will appear in the film and explained that they are filming a video for the track this week. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is out on July 1st.