Day in Pop Report for 06/06/2011
(Billboard) Trace Adkins has lost his Brentwood, Tenn., house to a fire that began early Saturday morning. "Thankfully, Mr. Adkins, his wife Rhonda and their three daughters are unharmed." more
(Billboard) According to Moby's official blog, he was electrocuted during a show this week. He writes: "Yes, I was mildly electrocuted during an acoustic show at the Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam." more
(FMQB) Even though Lil Wayne just released a new single from Tha Carter IV called "How to Love," fans will have to wait a little longer for the album. MTV News reports that Weezy's ninth album is now due on August 29 more
(BBC) Simon Cowell is in talks with US X Factor producers to get Cheryl Cole re-instated as a judge on the show, his publicist tells the BBC. more
(Billboard) Following her stint in rehab, Demi Lovato is back in the studio and focusing on her upcoming album. more
(Jam!) Lady Gaga has further opened up about the bullying hell she experienced at a convent school in New York, revealing mean teens would call her "a slut" and poke fun at her fake tan, overall look and even the way she laughed. more
(FMQB) DJ Khalil has been working with Dr. Dre on the Detox album for over six years, and he says the project is finally reaching the home stretch. "Dre's album is definitely the most important thing right now, because he is definitely in the final stretch," Khalil told Billboard.com. more
(BBC) Music producer Martin Rushent, who worked with bands including the Human League and the Stranglers, dies aged 63 more
(Billboard) Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" dropped their "Hell: The Sequel" track "Lighters," which features the omnipresent Bruno Mars earlier this week. Listen here
(BBC) X-Men: First Class, the fifth film in the comic book franchise, tops the North American box office in its opening weekend, taking $56m more
(Billboard) Legendary actress and singer Doris Day will release a new record on September 5 in the U.K. via Sony Music. here
(FMQB) Amy Winehouse has checked out of a London rehab center and she is "raring to go" with a new album in the can and summer shows on the calendar, according to her representative Chris Goodman. more
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(TMZ) Lloyd's of London has gone to court ... asking a judge to let the company off the financial hook, claiming it doesn't owe the Michael Jackson Estate $17.5 million on grounds MJ was a fraud.
The company issued the muilti-million dollar policy to cover the doomed "This Is It" tour for losses. But Lloyd's claims it doesn't have to honor the policy for 2 primary reasons: 1. Michael Jackson and AEG allegedly lied about Michael's medical history -- specifically, MJ said he had not seen a doctor other than a cosmetic MD since June, 2005.
2. Michael did not disclose he was taking prescription drugs prior to and at the time of his death -- including Propofol. more on this story
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(TMZ) Jennifer Lopez' famous booty is temporarily protected from public consumption ... thanks to an L.A. County Superior Court judge.
J.Lo just scored a restraining order against Claudia Vasquez -- the current girlfriend of her ex-husband Ojani Noa ... the same ex-husband who filmed the honeymoon footage back in 1997 and has been dogging her ever since.
We're told Claudia now owns the tape and was trying to take it to market ... but the judge temporarily blocked her bid, on grounds it can't be released without Jennifer's sign off. Claudia tried arguing there's no proof she's trying to sell the tape, but she's not denying it either. The judge apparently thinks Claudia's motives are more sinister. more on this story
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MTV sent over word that Season Four of "Jersey Shore" is set to premiere on Thursday, August 4 at 10p.m. ET/PT, as the cast goes to Florence, Italy.
This summer will be hotter than ever when America's favorite roommates head overseas to learn all about the culture they love and live by in the birthplace where it all began. As they navigate a new country, they will bring their trademark hilarity, fist-pumping and family dysfunction to "the beautiful country."
Fans will get to see more of the show they love, as MTV also announced today that Season Five begins production in June. Going back to the place where a pop culture phenomenon was born, the cast will return to the surf and sand of Seaside Heights, New Jersey for their fifth season. more on this story
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Vanessa Carlton has changed the release date for her new album, announced an appearance on Leno and also a Livestream today. Here are the details:
The new release date for Vanessa Carlton's upcoming album Rabbits on the Run is now July 26th. Vanessa will hit the road in June to preview the album nationwide and perform three sold-out shows at Joe's Pub in New York City. Carlton will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in July in support of the album as well.
Vanessa Carlton will debut new songs from on Rabbits on the Run on Livestream tomorrow June 7th at 3:30 PM Viewers can tune in and she will perform live and take questions from the audience. Check that out here more on this story
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NOW That's What I Call Country Volume 4 will hit stores next week on June 14th.
Country fans can find many of their recent favorite hits by artists including Sugarland, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert.
The album includes 11 No. 1 smashes and 18 total hits from today's country music superstars and exciting new artists. more on this story
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(TMZ) Wrestling superstar Chyna tells TMZ ... she has been told point blank that if her new XXX porn tape is actually released, she will never be allowed to work for TNA Wrestling ever again.
It's a big deal for Chyna -- because she had recently been in talks with the wrestling organization about working out a long term deal ... and before the XXX tape came into the picture, things were looking optimistic.
But now, with the hardcore tape set to be released later this month, Chyna tells us she got a call from TNA honchos warning her that if she lets the tape hit shelves ... the deal is off for good. Chyna tells us, "The whole thing has been constant drama ... it's all good in the end ... [TNA Wrestling] is missing the boat." more on this story
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(TMZ) Costa Rican pop star Debi Nova is pissed off at "Lost" star Jeremy Davies -- not because of how the show ended -- because she allegedly sliced the hell out of her thumb in a building he owns.
Nova -- who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" last year -- is suing Davies ... claiming he owns her Santa Monica apartment building and could have prevented a MAJOR catastrophe back in February. According to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nova says her shower door came off and shattered -- and in the process, she suffered "numerous internal and external injuries" ... including damage to her thumb.
Nova tweeted about the incident -- posting photos (see above) and saying the injuries were so bad, she needed to be rushed to the ER and required surgery to fix her wounded digit. In the lawsuit, Nova says Davies "should have known" the shower door was a problem and was negligent in keeping the property safe. She's suing for unspecified damages. more on this story
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(TMZ) One of the new drivers featured on the History Channel show "Ice Road Truckers" was arrested in Florida for allegedly beating up his wife ... in front of her 9-year-old son.
According to the police report obtained by TMZ, 28-year-old Gregory Boadwine was having an argument with his wife when he "elbowed the victim in the arm."
Cops say the woman shoved Greg back ... but he retaliated by grabbing her by the throat and shoving her into a door in the kitchen. The report says Greg's wife then slapped him on the left side of the face. The fight finally came to an end when Greg's wife's 9-year-old son screamed at the couple to "Stop fighting" ... and the couple obliged. more on this story
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(TMZ) Jay-Z's personal chef just got one hell of a promotion -- because TMZ has learned the rapper handpicked the guy to take over the kitchen at his revamped 40/40 Club in NYC.
Sources connected to Jay tell us ... Jigga has been VERY hands-on in the $10 million renovation of the first 40/40 Club in Manhattan -- and felt the only way to guarantee the food would be up to his standards was to put personal chef, Mike Shand, in charge of the menu.
Shand -- who's been working for Jay for years -- was appointed Executive Chef of the club and has already packed the menu full of Jay's personal faves ... including a Baja-style catfish. Jay's rep tells TMZ, "[Jay] knew that Mike would be able to improve upon the current menu in ways that had the Jay-Z seal of approval because many are dishes that he eats himself on a daily basis." more on this story
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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell has announced the release of a new digital and limited vinyl album of jazz standards on June 7, 2011 on Scufflin' Records.
The album, titled 'Bernie Worrell: Standards', features Worrell alongside an all star line up of renowned musicians including Smokey Hormel on guitar, Melvin Gibbs on bass, JT Lewis on drums and Darryl Dixon on saxophone in addition to others. more on this story
This is the eighth solo album for Worrell, who was a founding member and musical director of original Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) and has collaborated extensively with Talking Heads. The keyboard maestro said he enjoyed the challenge of putting a different spin on timeless standards such as "Take Five" (originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet) and "You're My Thrill" (famously recorded by artists such as Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Doris Day.) on the album, which was co-produced by Evan Taylor.
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(Biz 3) Tomorrow June 7th, Skrillex will release More Monsters and Sprites on Big Beat/Atlantic.
This seven-track EP features four brand new remixes of the first dubstep track ever to reach #1 on Beatport - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - including all new drum & bass, ambient and dubstep, remixes from The Juggernaut, Phonat, and Dirtyphonics, plus a progressive house peak-timer from Kaskade. The deluxe release will be complimented by two official videos. more on this story
Just that would be enough to cause a stir, but this prolific producer indulges us with two new original tracks called "First of the Year" and "Ruffneck", the latter of which comes with two different versions; a laidback groover (Flex) and an aggressive floorfiller (FULL Flex) to keep the crowds on their toes.
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(TMZ) Joe Montana's son Nathaniel Joseph Montana -- currently a quarterback at the University of Montana -- was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Friday morning ... in Missoula, Montana.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, 21-year-old Nathaniel was arrested shortly before 4 AM -- and released soon after on $685 bond. We're told Nathaniel was originally stopped for speeding -- with several other people in the vehicle -- and after cops pulled him over, he flunked a field sobriety test.
Nathaniel -- who transferred from Notre Dame in February to vie for the starting QB position at U. Montana -- is due back in court this afternoon. more on this story
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(TMZ) Sources close to the "Jersey Shore" cast tell TMZ the cast does NOT know they are scheduled to shoot the next season of the show ASAP -- and it could mean HUGE problems for the future of the show.
According to our sources, the cast hasn't been told the plan is to shoot season five right after they are done shooting four -- even though MTV announced it Friday. Our sources say the cast was originally told the next season of the show would shoot in August. As a result, we're told the cast members booked club appearances for July -- and those are HUGE money makers.
According to our sources, the cast will leave Italy in late June and go straight to Seaside Heights -- which is a problem ... since no one packed enough clothing. We're told the cast would rather take a break and NOT go straight into shooting. If MTV and 495 don't budge ... our sources say the cast could ban together like they did last year and stage a revolt. more on this story
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(TMZ) Ironic ... Burglar Bunch suspect Nick Prugo doesn't like people borrowing from him -- in fact, he tells TMZ he's suing over the new "Bling Ring" movie ... claiming Lifetime STOLE his likeness for profit.
Nick tells us, "I had no prior knowledge of this and am not affiliated in any way. I want to sue if possible. I'm in touch with my attorneys right now."
He adds, "I just read the sides for my supposed part. I had to laugh. It's total fiction. They are filming somewhere this weekend for a club scene in Los Angeles. Maybe I'll drop by and surprise them."
But not everyone's pissed -- fellow BB suspect Tess Taylor tells us, she's best suited to act in the made-for-TV movie ... because she knows the truth ... "Where is the casting? I want to audition for a role." more on this story
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(TMZ) Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child was conspicuously absent from his own middle school graduation on Friday -- and we're told, it's all because his family wanted to protect him.
Sources close to Mildred Baena tell TMZ, she pulled her 14-year-old son out of school last month -- soon after the story broke that Arnold was his real father.
According to sources, photographers had started to camp outside the Bakersfield middle school where Arnold's son was a student -- and Mildred decided to yank him out ... to protect him from the media. more on this story
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(TMZ) The mother of Whitney Purvis -- who was featured on the first season of "16 and Pregnant" -- was arrested early Sunday morning for possession of marijuana and meth.
April Purvis, along with a man named Victor Clement, were busted by Floyd County Police in Georgia. According to the Rome News-Tribune, a traffic stop revealed less than an ounce of marijuana in the car ... and then, upon further inspection, methamphetamines were found in Purvis' purse.
Both were charged with a misdemeanor for the pot ... but Purvis was hit with a felony charge for the meth. The two are still in custody in Floyd County Jail. [as of Sunday] more on this story
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(TMZ) Whitney Houston is voluntarily seeking additional treatment for drug and alcohol addiction ... TMZ has learned -- after completing a 30-day out-patient rehab program last week.
Sources close to Whitney wouldn't elaborate on what the additional treatment entails -- but we're told the singer has hired a round-the-clock life coach to help keep her on track.
We're told Whitney personally decided to seek out treatment over a month ago as part of a longstanding recovery process -- entering the out-patient program completely on her own accord. As one source put it, "She really wants it this time." So far, no word from Whitney's rep. more on this story
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MTV put out their official recap and winner list for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards which took place last night: The LIVE telecast got off to a hilarious and celeb-studded start with host Jason Sudeikis spoofing "The Hangover Part II" as he gets drunk with Justin Bartha, loses Taylor Lautner, wakes up to a tattooed Eva Mendes sleeping in a bathtub and receives some tough love from the straight-shooting Chelsea Handler. Sudeikis then launches a no-holds-barred monologue in which no one and nothing is off limits -- even himself -- riffing on everything from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Justin Bieber to rumors the SNL star may soon be a "baby daddy."
The show celebrated cinema's next generation of talent with first-time winners Justin Bieber, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellen Page, Alexys Nycole Sanchez and Emma Stone, as well as returning favorites Tom Felton, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, among others.
The fantastical set featured lush green landscapes, a glowing hillside and cascading crystals that turned the night into a psychedelic summer night's dream. It was the perfect backdrop for MTV to give viewers "first looks" at some of the year's most highly-anticipated movies, including exclusive footage from the super-secret "Super 8" presented by J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney; never-before-seen footage from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1"; and a sneak peek clip from the concluding chapter of the most successful film franchise in movie history, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2," introduced by the film's leading actress Emma Stone. more on this story
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Lady Gaga will sit down with Gayle King for an exclusive live interview/broadcast event on June 7 from 1:00 2:00 pm ET on SiriusXM's Oprah Radio.
Gayle will interview Gaga in front of an intimate studio audience of listeners, fans and Little Monsters at SiriusXM's New York City studios live on Tuesday on Oprah Radio, XM channel 111 and Sirius channel 204 with Sirius Premier (formerly known as "The Best of XM"). Listeners across the country are invited to call Gayle and Gaga at 888-4-GAYLE-K (888-442-9535) and to post questions online.
The Gayle-Gaga interview will replay on Oprah Radio on June 7 at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm, June 8 at 10:00 am, 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm, June 9 at 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, June 10 at 9:00 am, 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm, June 11 at 5:00 am and June 12 at 2:00 pm (all times ET). more on this story
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(TMZ) Wanna see Octomom in a bikini again? Got a dirty car? If you answered "YES" to either question ... it's time to make some lifestyle changes ... but until you do, Nadya Suleman is having a BIKINI CAR WASH!
It's the Octomom's latest attempt to fix her house problems -- we're told Nadya plans to hold a bikini car wash fundraiser on June 18th in L.A. ... and she's inviting some well-known D-listers to help her out.
Among the bikini-clad ladies -- Charlie Sheen's porn star Capri Anderson, Tila Tequila ... and a whole mess of randoms like Reggie Bush's alleged mistress January Gessert, and Mel Gibson's alleged mistress Violet Kowal.
Car washes are $20 ... $30 if you drive an SUV -- and for a little extra, Octomom might just wax and polish your undercarriage. more on this story
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(Conqueroo) Concord will celebrate Tony Bennett's 85th birthday with the July 12th release of Tony Bennett: The Best Of The Improv Recordings.
The sixteen-track compilation spotlights the singer's recordings on his own label. Here is the background info:
In the decade between the end of World War II and the advent of rock 'n' roll, Tony Bennett emerged as one of the premier pop singers of his generation the heir apparent to figures like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and other iconic balladeers whose versatile and engaging vocal styles had already translated to huge successes in the 1930s and 1940s. more on this story
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(TMZ) Kelsey Grammer is denying it, but TMZ has obtained black and white proof that he wants to split up his kids, taking his son to live with him in Chicago and leaving his 9-year-old daughter behind in California.
TMZ broke the story ... Camille Grammer wanted custody of the former couple's 2 kids because Kelsey wanted to split them up. Kelsey's lawyer told us her story was "inaccurate." But we've obtained a letter Kelsey's lawyer sent to Camille's attorney which says exactly what Camille claims.
The letter, dated April 29, 2011, says "Kelsey proposes ... Kelsey shall have primary physical custody of Jude and Camille shall have primary physical custody of Mason." The letter says Kelsey wants to enroll 6-year-old Jude in a Chicago school. The letter also outlines very specific terms of the custody agreement, including when each parent gets the kids on holidays. more on this story
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Eagle Rock will release the DVD and Blu-Ray of Sheryl Crow's Miles From Memphis: Live At The Pantages Theatre tomorrow (June 6th).
Filmed in the Fall of 2010, the show captures the talented singer/songwritertouring in support of her 100 Miles From Memphis albumfronting a powerhouse 9 piece band that swings through the best tracks from the record, and reinvigorates fan favorites with a soulful Memphis flavor. And there's a little Motown in the mix too, with Crow's 1994 megahit "All I Wanna Do" extended with a jam on Marvin Gaye's classic "Got To Give It Up", and a joyous rendition of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". more on this story
Opened in 1930, the Pantages Theatre is an art-deco masterpiece. Howard Hughes once owned the venue, which hosted the Academy Awards from 1949-1959. This glamorous Hollywood treasure provides a stunning backdrop for Crow and her band, The Thieves. "It was a very special night, playing with this incredible band in this wonderful venue, and I'm so happy to be able to share it with all my fans around the world," said Sheryl Crow.
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