UPDATE ON SEAN KINGSTON’S CONDITION!
Sean Kingston was involved in a bad jet skiing accident in Miami that put him in the trauma ward at a local hospital but now, a rep for the singer tells MTV News that Sean is “sedated but fully conscious.” In addition, Sean has a tube located in his throat, which is connected to a ventilator. He is no longer in critical condition and is currently stabilizing. Sean once told us why he never takes life for granted. At the time of the crash, Kingston was riding with his longtime friend, Cassandra Sanchez. She told TMZ that he was driving “really fast” and she begged him to slow down. As previously reported, the pair crashed into a bridge on Sunday evening.
Kingston’s rep added, “He is aware of what is going on around him. Sean’s family asks for privacy at this time but is thankful to his friends, family, and fans for their outpouring of prayers and well wishes.” Sanchez revealed that he won’t be released from the hospital for “a couple more weeks.”
A man named Jonathan Rivera, who saved Sean, claims the singer was throwing up blood and nearly drowned. Rivera added that Kingston was responsive but if they did not stop to help, he doubts Sean would be with us right now. You can check out the full interview via TMZ.com now!
Before the incident occurred, Sean tweeted, “Pool party at the king mansion ;) Miami is ours!”
BORN THIS WAY SET FOR BIG DEBUT
When the Billboard 200 album chart is released later today (6/1), be prepared to see an extremely high number next to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way at the top. According to Billboard, the pop star could sell right around 1.5-million copies of the record, sales that were helped tremendously by Amazon.com offering Born This Way for just 99-cents on two different days. Country singer Brad Paisley’s latest is supposed to debut in the two spot, meaning Adele’s 21 will drop down to third.
BORN THIS WAY TAKES THE U-K BY STORM
Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way has taken the U-K by storm. According to Billboard.biz, the record sold 215-thousand copies, more than the rest of the top ten albums on the U-K chart combined. And what might be most interesting is that it sold seven-thousand more copies in its first week than Adele’s 21, which had spent 16 of the last 17 weeks at the top of the chart. This seems like a good sign of things to come for Gaga.
FORMER BASEBALL PLAYER ASKS GAGA TO MARRY HIM
A lot of people like Lady Gaga, but former professional baseball player Jose Conseco may like her a little more than most. According to Billboard, Jose recently wrote to the pop star on Twitter, asking for her hand in marriage and calling himself “her knight in baseball armor.” Apparently, Jose has since deleted the tweets.
ADELE FORCED TO CANCEL SHOWS
Adele has been sick with laryngitis, and because of this, the singer-songwriter has been forced to cancel a number of shows. According to the website Exclaim.ca, Adele had to back out of shows in Minnesota and Salt Lake City last week; Vancouver, Canada tonight; and as a precautionary measure, will be skipping gigs in Seattle and Portland later this week. The tour is set to resume on June 4th in San Francisco.
TAYLOR SWIFT TALKS “THE STORY OF US”
Last week, Taylor Swift premiered “The Story of Us” video on MTV First: Taylor Swift. After the debuting the clip, Swift opened up to MTV News about how it felt to watch the video and relive the emotions behind the Speak Now song, which was inspired by an awkward awards show encounter with an ex. You can bounce up and down to Taylor Swift when she plays in Sunrise, Florida tomorrow and Friday.
AVRIL LAVIGNE LOSES IT AT BASEBALL CONCERT
Avril Lavigne took the stage at Tropicana Field outside Tampa Bay, Florida following the baseball game between the Rays and the Cleveland Indians. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Lavigne let loose a string of expletives while she was having microphone issues at the beginning of her performance. She also went off about how things like this happen at live shows, especially at baseball stadiums. The fans booed Lavigne and the Tampa Bay Rays are not happy. Spokesman Rick Vaughn said in a statement that the organization is “disappointed by the language she used” and that they “demand profanity-free performances” for their “family-friendly atmosphere at Tropicana Field.” As of press time, Lavigne has not yet publically commented.
JUSTIN BIEBER SCORES 10-MILLION FOLLOWERS
Justin Bieber may be off tour and relaxing on a beach in Maui, but while doing so, the pop star hit the 10-million followers mark on Twitter. The 17-year-old took to the social networking site to thank his fans for all the love, saying everyday he will make an effort to show his appreciation.
TWEET: “10 Million and growing…and everyday I will make the effort to show appreciation. #neverchanging #ILOVEMYFANS”
JUSTIN BIEBER, SHANIA TWAIN TO PRESENT AT 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS
The list of stars attending the 2011 CMT Music Awards keeps growing with the addition of Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and Dancing With The Stars winner Hines Ward, Sara Evans, Train, Kristin Chenoweth, stars of the CMT original movie To The Mat Laura Bell Bundy and Ricky Schroder, Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews, actress Melissa Peterman and actress Mary Steenburgen. Previously announced performers Luke Bryan and Sheryl Crow will also present, with Crow serving as this year’s spokesperson for CMT One Country. The 2011 CMT Music Awards premieres live on Wednesday, June 8th at 8PM Eastern on CMT and CMT.com.
RIHANNA GETS DEEP WITH “MAN DOWN” VIDEO
Rihanna has tweeted new details about her upcoming video for “Man Down.” The pop star wrote, “[There’s a] very strong underlying message 4 girls like me! #listentoyomama.” The clip premiered yesterday (5/31) on BET’s 106 & Park, but if you missed it, you can check out the profound visual via her official website now!
LEE DeWYZE’S IDOL FEUD
The season nine winner of American Idol, Lee DeWyze, is not pleased with the show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, due to events that happened at the season ten finale last week. According to the L-A Times, Nigel was behind Lee not being asked to perform on Wednesday’s finale, an oddity being that he won last season, and was only asked to present the trophy to winner Scotty McCreery. Lee declined, and told the Hollywood Reporter that now that the dust has settled from the incident, he certainly wouldn’t want to “go have a drink” with Nigel, but he’d be civil if they were to run into each other.
SOULJA BOY WANTS ODD FUTURE COLLABORATION
According to Rap-Up.com, Soulja Boy is itching to get the opportunity to work with Odd Future. The rapper said of Tyler, the Creator that he’s “chill” and adds the rap group is “doin’ they thang and they doin’ it originally from the ground up without the label, so salute.” In addition, SB revealed that the rap rookies have reached out for Soulja to submit guest verses and he’s already agreed to do it.
WINEHOUSE NEEDS TO “QUIT DRIKNING OR DIE”
Last week, Amy Winehouse checked herself in to a drug and alcohol abuse clinic in England at the behest of her father Mitch, and according to British paper The Sun, a source said that the embattled singer needs to “quit drinking or die,” and that “it’s a harsh reality, but she had to hear it.” The source added that Mitch and Amy’s boyfriend, Regg Travis, were by her side when she was told the news.
JAY-Z BREAKS DOWN WHAT MAKES A SONG CLASSIC
To celebrate contributing four songs to Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, Jay-Z penned an introduction to the list and explained the elements of making a “classic song.” Hova wrote, “A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything – it just is.” He added, “When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements – melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production.”
IDOL WINNER, RUNNER-UP ENJOY COUNTRY CHART SUCCESS
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery’s new country single, “I Love You This Big,” is breaking records, earning him the highest chart debut for a country newcomer since 1990. His song debuted at number 32 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart. “I Love You This Big” was written by Ronnie Jackson, Esther Dean and Brett James, who has penned songs for Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift. Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina’s country single, “Like My Mother Does,” entered the charts at number 49.
The Boston Herald reports that Scotty is set to receive a 250-thousand dollar advance for winning Idol and recording his first album. Lauren could earn more than 87-thousand dollars for her second-place finish and more if she records an album. Contracts for both Scotty and Lauren state that Idol producers will deposit 15-percent of their gross earnings into a trust account that the teens won’t have access to until they’re 18-years old.
TWO CHANCES TO ATTEND NEXT YEAR’S COACHELLA
Next year, you will have not one but two chances to attend the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The annual event will be held over two consecutive weekends, on April 13th through the 15th AND April 20th through the 22nd. Both weekends will be identical, featuring the same lineup and in the same location, but give fans two chances to catch the festival. The Coachella Music & Arts Festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California and weekend passes go on sale this Friday.
LIL WAYNE WAS ENGAGED TO LAUREN LONDON?
Okay, so we all know Lil Wayne and Lauren London conceived a child together, but did you know that the rapper wanted to make the actress his wife? During an interview with KathleenCross.com, London revealed that people assume that she got pregnant by Weezy after “some kind of one night stand or groupie encounter,” but the reality is that she’s known the rap star since she was 15 years old. She added, “We were in a relationship that didn’t make it. We tried more than once to revive it, and we were engaged briefly years ago, but we eventually parted ways. People see the ‘Lil’ Wayne’ persona and think they know who he really is. My son’s father is an intelligent, loving and lovable person who will always be a dear friend.”
MAXWELL VH1 STORYTELLERS AIRING SOON
MTV Radio got to experience Maxwell’s taped performance of Vh1 Storytellers in front of an intimate crowd in New York City and we’ve now learned that the show will air later this month. The crooner showcased some of his biggest hits and said to the audience, “Storytellers has been around for 15 years, and it’s been 15 years since I put out my first album… You have this dream as a kid, and the next thing you know you’re at Vh1 Storytellers and the crowd is singing along to your songs. It’s a blessing.” Vh1 Storytellers: Maxwell will premiere on June 17th at 11 PM Eastern.
TWEET OF THE DAY: KELLY ROWLAND
With “Motivation” being the number one song being played on radio right now, Kelly Rowland has proven herself and re-claimed her position in music. We get the feeling that she lives by the quote that she posted on Twitter: “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make – Les Brown.” Follow the singer at Twitter.com/KellyRowland.
COUNTDOWN TO THA CARTER IV!!!
In just 21 days, Lil Wayne’s much anticipated album, Tha Carter IV, will be available in stores and online. To get fans more excited we will be releasing a “Weezy Fact” every day until the project is available. Each tidbit will correspond to the date in June, leading up until the 21st, when the album drops:
June 1st — Lil’ Wayne is the 1st artist since 50 Cent’s The Massacre in 2005 to sell 1 million copies of an album in its 1st week on Billboard’s Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums Chart. Interestingly enough, the album was Tha Carter III.