LADY GAGA TO DUET WITH CHER!
According to NME.com, Lady Gaga is set to duet with Cher. The two singers will perform the song “The Greatest Thing” for Cher’s new album. The track was written by Gaga and RedOne and will mark Cher’s first new music since her 2001 record, Living Proof. The two appeared together at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Cher presented Gaga with the Video of the Year trophy for “Bad Romance.”
JUSTIN BIEBER TAKING TIME OFF
Even though Justin Bieber was spotted in a recording studio with Chris Brown this week, the young singer is taking some time off. He told MTV News that he plans on kicking back for the rest of the summer and enjoy some down time.
Bieber added that his favorite thing to do in the summer is barbecue. He said that he is not a great cook but can definitely grill up some good summer food.
SHAKE THAT! LMFAO STILL ON TOP OF HOT 100
LMFAO are number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third straight week with “Party Rock Anthem,” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. The track has sold over 2.2-million copies, since its release back in February. Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer is at number two for a third week, while Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” climbs up a notch to number three. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is down one spot to number four and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” holds at number five.
JENNIFER LOPEZ SAYS SHE’S “HAPPY”
Now that she’s separated from Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez traveled alone to perform for a million dollars at a wedding reception in the Ukraine. During her set, she asked a guest, “Are you happy?” adding, “I am happy, because I am here with you today!” Friends close to the American Idol judge tell Us Weekly, “She is jumping back into work and being a mom with all her energy and she is really excited. She feels like she has grown leaps and bounds and is a new person now, better than ever!” Lopez was married to Anthony for seven years.
R KELLY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
We previously reported that R Kelly checked into a Chicago hospital to undergo emergency throat surgery on Tuesday. The R&B crooner’s rep has just announced that he’s left and is currently recovering at home. Billboard.com reports surgeons actually had to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils. No word yet on when the singer will be able to perform again.
BEYONCE TO HAVE BABIES BY 40?
During an interview with Access Hollywood, Beyonce spilled that she no longer wants to get pregnant with Jay-Z’s child at age 30. Instead, the singer, who just released her fourth album, says that she’d prefer to have a family before she hits 40. In addition to popping out babies, the diva explained, “I would love to direct, continue to learn videos and maybe by then a film, a short film… I love documentaries.”
SHWAYZE AND CISCO ADLER RELEASE NEW SINGLE
Shwayze and Cisco Adler have officially released their new single, “You Could Be My Girl.” The single is available now for digital download and comes with the bonus title track off their new album, Island in the Sun. The record is due later this year.
JAY-Z AND KANYE DROP “OTIS”
Late Wednesday night, Kanye West and Jay-Z unleashed a new song from their much anticipated album, Watch The Throne. The rap stars issued a record called “Otis,” which includes a sample to legendary Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” You have to check out the Yeezy-produced record now! Head over to MTV.com to learn more.
JESSIE J HAS MADE IT IN AMERICA
Jessie J, already a star in the U-K, is doing her best to make it big in America. She told us a bit about the trials and tribulations of crossing the pond (See Related Cut #5). Jessie already has a hit song, the tune “Price Tag,” which features B.o.B.
CHRIS BROWN TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE SOON!
Chris Brown announced on his Twitter page that he’s going to drop a new mixtape titled Boy In Detention. The singer said of his first hip hop project, “And people… Yes I’m a singer so if this mixtape doesn’t reach your quota for hip hop! Simply don’t listen.” The news comes as Breezy leaked two new rap freestyles, “Real Hip-Hop S**t #3” and “Real Hip-Hop S**t #4.”
FOSTER THE PEOPLE HONORED WITH VMA NODS (AUDIO)
Foster the People are one of the hottest bands in the world right now and have just earned their first VMA nominations. The guys are in the running for Best New Artist as well as Best Rock Video for their “Pumped Up Kicks” clip. To see if they win, be sure to tune into the big show when it airs live from Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28th on MTV.
NO DOUBT IN STUDIO WITH MAJOR LAZER
No Doubt are working with production team Major Lazer on their new album. The band posted a pic on Twitter of them with Diplo and Switch of the production team. Major Lazer has collaborated with Beyonce and Nicola Roberts in the past. The band said Major Lazer are helping them on a new song called “Push and Shove.” No Doubt are working on the follow-up to their 2001 album Rock Steady.
AMY WINEHOUSE MAKES APPEARANCE AT iTUNES FEST
According to NME.com, Amy Winehouse made a surprise appearance at the iTunes Festival in London on Wednesday night. The troubled singer showed up during her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield’s, set at the Roundhouse. She gave the 15-year-old a hug and danced with her.
This marked Winehouse’s first public outing since she canceled her European tour after a disastrous show in Belgrade
BET TO HONOR AALIYAH’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
BET announced on Twitter that they have big plans to honor the tenth anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing. Details are sparse but fans can definitely expect a tribute special to air on the network next month. The singer was killed a decade ago in a plane crash on August 24th.
ANDRE 3000 NO LONGER DOING JIMI HENDRIX MOVIE
Bad news for Jimi Hendrix fans out there — the rumored film about the legendary rocker’s life supposedly starring Outkast’s Andre 3000 was apparently never happening at all. Despite rumors that the project would include Captain America star Haley Atwell, the CEO of the Hendrix Experience Estate has publically stated that the movie was never and will never be made. Bummer huh? For all the details on this story and more, visit HipHopDX.com.
KELLY ROWLAND LIVE Q&A SESSION!
Wanna learn more about Kelly Rowland? The former Destiny’s Child member has agreed to appear on live Q&A session where she will talk about her upcoming album, Here I Am, her recent collaborations and much more. Fans can submit questions via Twitter. Be sure to head over to Billboard.com to watch the live chat on Monday at 4:30 PM Eastern.
JA RULE EYES FALL LAUNCH DATE
While Ja Rule continues his prison sentence for weapons possession, MTV News has learned that his upcoming project, Pain Is Love 2, will arrive sometime this fall. The rapper already completed the album, which includes “Real Life Fantasy” and “Black Vodka.” Fans can expect videos for both singles to be released soon.