JUSTIN BIEBER GETS PHISHY
Justin Bieber performed an acoustic show last Saturday night. During the concert, he played the intro riff from the song “The Divided Sky” from Phish’s first album, Junta, which was released back in 1989 — five years before Biebs was born. Bieber’s musical director, Dan Kanter, is a big Phish fan and has been teaching Bieber some of their licks. Kanter saw Phish perform last week in upstate New York.
Check out the video here. The quick Phish tease is at the 4:50 mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scGbNrptwB8.
GAGA’S MEAT DRESS ON DISPLAY AT RRHOF
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will exhibit the hand-sewn meat dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards as part of its Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit. Gaga wore her famous meat dress onstage during her acceptance for Best Video of the Year for “Bad Romance” at the MTV Video Music Awards back on September 12th, 2010. The raw-meat dress was created in collaboration between designer Franc Fernandez and designer Nichola Formichetti and received both criticism and praise from the media and the public.
Lady Gaga explained her decision to wear the dress to Ellen DeGeneres days after the VMAs: “Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations for me this evening. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.”
NKOTBSB TALK GLEE
New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, known collectively as NKOTBSB, might be the next candidate to be featured on FOX’s hit series Glee. New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg told MTV News that a chance to be on the show would be “an honor.” The supergroup is on a North American tour this summer, performing hits by both boy bands. Glee star Matthew Morrison will join the NKOTBSB Tour next month.
CHRISTINA TO PERFORM WITH MAROON 5
Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5 will perform a new song on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday. The track, “Moves like Jagger,” features Aguilera, who is a vocal coach with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine on the show. The song will be available exclusively on iTunes following the broadcast on Tuesday night. The Voice airs Tuesday night at 9 PM Eastern on NBC.
GAGA TO PREMIERE “THE EDGE OF GLORY” VIDEO TONIGHT
Lady Gaga fans are in for a treat tonight (6/16). The pop star just announced on her Twitter page that during a brand new episode of So You Think You Can Dance, she is going to be unveiling the video for her latest single, “The Edge of Glory.” SYTYCD airs at 8 PM Eastern on FOX.
GAGA PERFORMS ON FRENCH X-FACTOR
Earlier in the week, Lady Gaga took to the stage of The X-Factor France to perform two songs off of her latest album, Born This Way — “The Edge of Glory” and “Judas.” See both performances now online.
BEYONCE JOINS MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW
Beyonce has been confirmed as a performer at this year’s Macy’s Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular. The diva will reportedly be joined by country music superstar Brad Paisley. Be sure to tune in when the Nick Lachey-hosted event airs on NBC Monday, July 4th from 9 to 10 PM Eastern.
BEYONCE SAYS SHE FEELS SHY AROUND PEOPLE
According to 411Mania.com, Beyonce revealed that she feels the most uncomfortable in front of small groups of people. The singer, who has performed for millions of fans, explained, “I get really uncomfortable when I’m not performing on the stage or on a photo shoot and have too many people looking at me expecting a performance.” Bey admits that she will “kind of shut down and become shy. I’m better at one-on-one conversations. I do become shy and a bit intimidated when it’s a large group of people, I definitely retreat. At a big dinner I just hope that no one expects anything from me. I wish I’d disappear.” In related news, her upcoming album, 4, arrives on June 28th.
ADELE IS BACK ON TOP OF THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART
Adele’s new album, 21, has reclaimed its place on top of the Billboard 200 chart after getting knocked off for two weeks by Lady Gaga’s latest, Born This Way. But this week, 21 sold 114-thousand copies in comparison to Born This Way’s 100-thousand, putting Adele back at the summit. The British singer’s album has now sold more than 2.2-million copies in the U-S alone.
JOSS STONE KIDNAPPING PLOT FOILED
In what has to be one of the strangest stories of the year, British paper the Daily Telegraph is reporting that two men were arrested outside of Joss Stone’s home in the English countryside with swords, rope, a body bag and a map of exactly where she lives. A source says that police are trying to figure out if the men were after Stone’s money or just harboring resentment over her success, but that it definitely “looks like they were going to do her really nasty harm if they didn’t get what they wanted.” Read more at NME.com.
JAY SEAN PREMIERES NEW SINGLE
Jay Sean released a new video for his single, “Like This, Like That” featuring Cash Money Records founder Birdman. The performance-based clip showcases each artist in a simple background. “Like This, Like That” is the third single off Jay Sean’s forthcoming album, Freeze Time, which will arrive in stores on July 5th.
CHRIS BROWN BEGINS NEW MIXTAPE?
Chris Brown recently announced on Twitter that before he releases his upcoming Fortune LP, he wants to “put put a hip hop mixtape. Well, still debating.” The artist, who flexed his rap skill on “Look At Me Now,” also just released a new video called “Real Hip Hop S**t #2,” which is a follow-up to the “Real Hip Hop S**t” single. Check it out online now.
MARY J, KELLY TO PERFORM AT BET AWARDS
According to BET.com, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Trey Songz have just been added to the list of performers for the 2011 BET Awards. In addition, Cee Lo Green will make a “special appearance” at the show. They join previously confirmed performers Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys. Be sure to tune in on June 26th at 8 PM Eastern when the ceremony airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
CAROLINA LIAR ALBUM GETS RELEASE DATE
Carolina Liar have announced a release date for their next album. It’s titled Wild Blessed Freedom and will be out on September 27th. The record features production from a great group, including Max Martin, and the first single will be a tune titled “Drown.” Learn more at CarolinaLiar.com.
NEW BOYZ ISSUE NEW VIDEO WITH CHRIS BROWN
After recently telling us about their new single, “Better With the Lights Off,” New Boyz have just released the visual for the song. The rap duo told us why they think the Chris Brown-assisted record has potential to be a smash hit (See Related Cut #6). The cut is off their latest album, Too Cool to Care. Be sure to visit Buzzworthy.MTV.com to watch the clip now!
TUPAC SHOOTER REVEALED!
AllHipHop.com reports the man named Dexter Isaac, who shot Tupac, has come forward. While this isn’t the same man who killed the rapper, Isaac has gone on record and revealed that he was hired by Jimmy Henchman to shoot ‘Pac back in 1994. He explained from prison, “I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Jimmy Henchman]. I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie’s] mothers some closure.” Dexter was only paid 25-hundred to shoot Pac, who would have been 40 years old today (6/16).
JULIE TAYMOR ATTENDS SPIDER-MAN MUSICAL OPENING NIGHT
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark has been one of the most cursed productions in Broadway’s long history. The play was originally directed by Julie Taymor, who was later let go from the project. Taymor still turned up to opening night on Tuesday and said she was still glad to be there to celebrate (See Related Cut #18). Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark features music from U2’s Bono and The Edge and its playing on Broadway now.
TWEET OF THE DAY: USHER
With Father’s Day quickly approaching, Usher recently tweeted about his children. The singer wrote, “The boys met the dolphins…Naviyd has no fear.” He attached an adorable photo as well, check it out:
TWEET OF THE DAY: KRIS ALLEN
From former American Idol Kris Allen (@KrisAllen) — “99 problems and this baby behind me on the plane is definitely one.”
MICHAEL BUBLE TO WRITE A BOOK
Michael Buble will soon be releasing his first book. According to ContactMusic.com, it will be titled On Stage, Off Stage and will “give fans an insight into his career experiences and debut exclusive photographs.” It’s due out in October.
FACT OF THE DAY: KELLY ROWLAND
While everyone seems to praise Beyonce for her accomplishments after Destiny’s Child, we bet you didn’t know that it was Kelly Rowland who scored the first hit song from the group. That’s right, the singer’s duet with Nelly for “Dilemma” remained at number one for 10 weeks. The 2002-smash would later be ranked as the eleventh-most successful song of the 2000-2009 decade.