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Day in Pop Report for 06/02/2011

Rihanna Blasted For Murder Video
(TMZ) The Parents Television Council is blasting Rihanna for hawking a "cold, calculated execution of murder" in her brand new music video for "Man Down."

The council is outraged that Rihanna would suggest that gunning down a rapist in a crowded train station is a proper form of justice.

The council says, "If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass ..." The council is all the more outraged that Rihanna tweeted her fans that the video contained, "a very strong underlying message 4 girls like me." more on this story

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Porn Bidding War For J.Lo Tape
(TMZ) There's an all out war among some big porn studios to snag Jennifer Lopez' honeymoon tape shot back in 1997... a tape featuring some spankin' and some booty.

Red Light District,, and are all trying to top each other, with bids hovering in the $40,000 range. Yeah, it seems kinda low, but there's no real sex in the tape ... which is usually a buzz kill.

J.Lo tried to block her ex Ojani Noa from releasing the tape -- but last week, an L.A. judge ruled she had no case ... opening the door for a sale. more on this story

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Selena Gomez Hosting American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest
Selena Gomez is set to guest host American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest this weekend, June 4 and 5.

In addition to counting down the Top 40 songs, Gomez will answer questions directly from fans, spin music from Selena Gomez & The Scene's upcoming third studio album When The Sun Goes Down, and talk about her latest feature film Monte Carlo, which hits theaters July 1.

Selena Gomez & The Scene's current single, "Who Says," was released on March 14 and is the band's fourth consecutive song to debut inside the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was certified Gold on May 9. As a special countdown to the June 28 release of When The Sun Goes Down, fans can download the following songs from the album on iTunes in the coming weeks: "Bang Bang Bang" (6/7), "Dices" ("Who Says" - Spanish version - 6/14) and "Love You Like A Love Song" (6/21). more on this story

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Lady Gaga Scores Fastest Selling Album of the Year
(Atom) Lady Gaga's Born This Way has become the fastest-selling album of the year around the world!

With 288,000 copies sold its first day (May 23) and 1,108,000 its first week in the U.S., Born This Way (Streamline/Interscope/KonLive) has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, the first Lady Gaga album to debut at the top spot.

Born This Way has also sold over 1,000,000 copies outside the U.S. The album debuted #1 in the U.K., where first-week sales were greater than the rest of the Top 10 combined and the best debut week by a solo American female artist since 2005, and debuting in the top spot in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. more on this story

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X-Men Weed Wacker Assault
(TMZ) Jason Beghe -- one of the stars of "X-Men: First Class" and a veteran actor -- is under criminal investigation for allegedly attacking a man who was whacking weeds on his property, TMZ has learned.

According to the incident report, Daniel Montalvo was using a weed wacker on Beghe's Malibu property last week when the device malfunctioned. Cops tell us ... a frustrated Montalvo "mistreated the device." That pissed off Beghe, who then got into a loud confrontation with Montalvo which became physical.

Montalvo went to the Malibu cop shop and filed a report. The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station investigated the incident and sent the case to the D.A. for possible misdemeanor battery prosecution against Beghe. more on this story

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LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem Goes Top 10
LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" has jumped from no 20 to no 8 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart this week.

The Video for the track, a take on the zombie movie "28 Days Later" where Redfoo and Sky Blu wake from a party induced coma to find the world possessed to dance to "Party Rock Anthem," has seen over 57 million views on Vevo!

The Grammy nominated electro hip-hop duo will release their sophomore set Sorry For Party Rocking June 21st. more on this story

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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Preview To Air on MTV
Twilight stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are going to give the 2011 MTV Movie Awards viewers the very first look at footage from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1".

This exclusive sneak peek marks the beginning of the end as fans worldwide prepare for the concluding chapters of Summit Entertainment's global "Twilight Saga" phenomenon. In theaters November 18, 2011, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is directed by Academy Awardฎwinner Bill Condon and is based on the pop culture literary juggernaut "Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer.

Hosted by Jason Sudeikis, the "2011 MTV Movie Awards" will broadcast LIVE from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 5 at 9p.m./8p.m.CT. more on this story

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Double The Kylie Minogue Next Week
Kylie Minogue has set a June 7th release date for two brand new EPs, "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" and "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" - The Remixes.

One of the most energetic, dancefloor-ready songs from Kylie's globally acclaimed album Aphrodite, "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" is a massive fan favorite and another summer club anthem in the making.

EP1 features the album version, a vibrant live version recorded at the O2 Arena in London, veteran studio maven Pete Hammond's Remix, Basto's Major Mayhem Edit and a huge treat for the Kylie faithful, a brand new unreleased track, "Silence," which was co-written with Aphrodite producer Stuart Price. more on this story

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Charlie Sheen Makes A Deal
(TMZ) Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have hashed out a joint custody agreement ... lawyers for the former couple told an L.A. judge yesterday.

Sources connected with the case tell TMZ ... Brooke's lawyer, Lori Howe, and Charlie's attorney, Mark Gross, went into the chambers of Judge Hank Goldberg this afternoon and presented hizzoner with the agreement. We're told Howe and Gross told Judge Goldberg the only thing left to be done is getting Brooke and Charlie's John Hancock.

Sources tell us ... the agreement calls for joint legal and physical custody of twins Bob and Max. We're told Brooke will get substantially more face time with the kids than Charlie. The signed agreement will not be filed with the court, in order to keep it completely confidential. The case has been taken off the court's calendar. more on this story

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Snoop Dogg Involved in West Coast Block Starz II
Block Starz Music LLC is partnering up with Snoop Dogg's new Dogg Town Music Group to for the second installment of the "West Coast Block Starz II" compilation this fall.

Block Starz Music first connected with Snoop Dogg's newly-formed label after Dogg Town's CEO and head of A&R, Shatto Brown, signed Lebanese-American vocal artist Lynda Sayyah, who is also featured on the "She Got Next 2011" EP available from Block Starz Music on June 21.

"We were talking to Shatto about [Dogg Town artist] Poppa Heat, when the idea came up to collaborate on a 'West Coast Block Starz II'," says Block Starz Music Co-Founder and President Bayer Mack. "Everything we d o at Block Starz Music is designed to raise awareness about exciting new independent artists and music. Snoop Dogg is a West Coast icon with global recognition. It sounded like a match made in Hollywood." more on this story

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Never Got A DNA Test for Love Child
(TMZ) Arnold Schwarzenegger concedes he's Mildred "Patty" Baena's baby daddy, but TMZ has learned there was NEVER a DNA test establishing paternity.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the baby saga tell TMZ ... Arnold never demanded a DNA test. We've also learned Baena never took steps to establish paternity through DNA.

As for why Arnold was so sure he was the father ... our sources say Baena's husband was not even in the United States when the baby was conceived. He returned to the U.S. just days before the boy was born. By the time the boy was a toddler, it became "physically obvious" that Arnold was the dad, one source says. In fact, we're told several members of the Maria Shriver/Arnold Schwarzenegger staff sometimes confused Arnold's youngest son, Christopher, with Baena's child. more on this story

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Party Like It's 1929 With Thomas Dybdahl
Strange Cargo, the new label created by Larry Klein, in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), have announced their first release:

The new album from Thomas Dybdahl, who's work has been compared to that of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, will be released by the new label on July 12th.

To celebrate they are offering a free download of the bonus track "Party Like It's 1929" here.
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Strictly Dirty South
(rephlektor) Strictly Rhythm has announced that superstar Producer/Remixer/DJ Dirty South has been chosen to compile and mix the latest installment of its acclaimed compilation series.

Following efforts by Masters At Work, Todd Terry, Tiefschwarz, Erick Morillo and Bob Sinclar, Strictly Dirty South marries classics from the Strictly Rhythm catalog with the most up front Dirty South favorites currently on the scene.

It's been an amazing twelve months for Dirty South. While already well established on the global scene Dirty South took it up a notch delivering smash original productions, remixes and toured the world non-stop. In 2010, he delivered the anthemic track "Phazing" and branded his beloved "Star Phazing Nights" club concept; his own Phazing Records released David Tort, Thomas Gold & David Gausa's hit "Areena;" & the first release from rising star Jeremy Olander "Airsteala". Dirty South was also nominated for a Grammy for his co-remix (with Axwell) of Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition." Dirty South stormed into 2011 with a fresh rinse of Diddy Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey's Billboard smash single "Coming Home," was featured at Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel and sold out his "Starphazing" event at Mansion during Miami Music Week. Plus his tri-monthly residency at Las Vegas superclub 'Marquee'. more on this story

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Seun Kuti Announces Egypt 80 American Tour
(Big Hassle) Seun Anikulapo Kuti has announced a North American tour in support of his new album, From Africa With Fury: Rise.

On the tour, he'll be heading up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father.

The tour begins in Los Angeles, CA at Grand Performances on July 15th and wraps up on July 30th at Floydfest in Floyd, VA. more on this story

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Blake Lively Says Nude Photos Are Fake
(TMZ) The photos circulating around the Internet purporting to be Blake Lively are fake, phony, Photoshopped, fabricated, fictional, false ... so says Blake and her people.

Sources with intimate knowledge of the actress' physical features tell TMZ ... it's simply NOT Blake's body ... and there are definitive markers proving the pics are fake.

Blake has hired a lawyer who is sending threatening letters to anyone who publishes the pics and implies it's her. more on this story

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The Scene Aesthetic Announce Living Room Tour
(WGM) The Scene Aesthetic have announced the finalized dates for their upcoming Living Room Tour, which will bring the band into the homes of their biggest fans for a special, acoustic set.

Along with getting ready for the tour, the band is currently recording a brand new song and filming a video for a summer release. They had this to say about the song and video concept behind "Everybody":

"This song was inspired by the people who really have changed and affected our lives. Before writing the song I sent out a tweet asking kids to tell me what their favorite qualities and memories are of their best friends. We got almost 100 tweets sent to us and then wrote the song using what they sent us to inspire us. All throughout this video I would love to use randomly flash as many of these tweets as we can whether it be on poster board that we have written on or using motion graphics to put the tweets on the road in front of where we are walking, cars driving by, windows of houses etc etc. The whole video would be shot as one continuous shot. " more on this story

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Tim Robbins To Release Debut Album
Actor Tim Robbins is entering the music biz on July 19th when 429 Records releases Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery debut.

With the help of maverick producer Hal Willner, who introduced him to a group of like-minded musicians including keyboardist Roger Eno, musical saw player David Coulter, multi-instrumentalist Kate St. John (ex-Dream Academy) and vocal contributions by Joan As Policewoman, Robbins embodies the role of singer, guitarist and storyteller on these 9 hauntingly beautiful songs which reside in the American narrative tradition.

The role of storyteller, whether as an actor on a stage or a musician in a band are two sides of the same coin for Robbins. more on this story

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X-Men: First Class Soundtrack CD Coming
Sony Classical has set a June 28th release date for the CD version of the original motion picture soundtrack of X-Men: First Class. The digital version was released on Tuesday (May 31st)

Henry Jackman has composed an exciting accompaniment to the action in this film, the eagerly awaited prequel to the blockbuster X-Men series.

In composing for a movie in a high-profile series – it follows X-Men (2000), X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – Jackman landed his biggest commission to date and has the talent and experience for this task. more on this story

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Jamie Kennedy, Random Girl, Angry Boyfriend and Handcuffs
(TMZ) Jamie Kennedy got a fresh pair of 'cuffs for his birthday this weekend -- after a jealous fellow gambler thought he was hitting on his girlfriend.

Sources close to Jamie tell TMZ ... a random chick came up to Jamie at the Cosmo Casino and asked for comedy career advice ... and her jealous BF came out of nowhere and confronted him.

We're told the guy got in Jamie's face and the comedian pushed him back. Security responded by tackling both of them ... and escorting Jamie out in handcuffs. We're told the two guys eventually sorted out their differences -- and no charges were filed. more on this story

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Snooki Still Licensed To Drive
(TMZ) It doesn't matter that Snooki crashed into a police car on foreign soil ... the guidette's New York driver's license is completely immune from penalties while she's driving around in Italy ... TMZ has learned.

We spoke with a rep for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles ... who tells us, "Any accidents that occur in a foreign country do not affect a person's driver license in New York State."

As we previously reported, Snooki smashed into the side of a polizia squad car in Florence this weekend. She was taken into custody for questioning ... but not arrested. more on this story

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Camp Rock 2 Star in Bone Crushing Accident
(TMZ) Matthew "Mdot" Finley -- star of Disney's "Camp Rock 2" -- is recovering from a bone-crushing Ducati accident last week ... in which he lost control of his bike and plummeted off of a 100-foot cliff in Malibu.

TMZ has learned ... L.A. County Fire trucks and paramedics raced to the scene Thursday afternoon and several responders had to hike down the steep slope to retrieve the 23-year-old actor. We're told Finley was trying to make a turn on Mulholland Drive when he lost control of the bike and went crashing down the side of the cliff.

Finley was transported to UCLA Medical Center ... where he was treated for multiple compound fractures as well as injuries to his face and head. We're told Finley has already undergone several surgeries to repair damage to his leg ... and will require more surgery in the near future. more on this story

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