Day in Pop Report for 06/07/2011
(BBC) Take That's Mark Owen and Howard Donald have to be rescued by stage crew after getting stranded in the hands of a mechanical robot used during one of their Manchester shows. more
(Billboard) Snoop Dogg has been pitching TV networks on an "American Idol"-type show to find the next hip hop star, the New York Post reported Monday. more
(FMQB) Adele has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of her sold-out North American tour due to an ongoing illness. She recently postponed five shows due to laryngitis, but while resting in Los Angeles, Adele met with an Otolaryngology specialist who determined that she must take the next few weeks to recover with absolute voice rest. more
(Billboard) "Teach Me How to Dougie" creators Cali Swag District will release their debut album, "The Kickback," on July 12, with "Burn Out (Drive Fast)" announced as the next official single off the album. more
(BBC) US TV bosses confirm that Cheryl Cole will no longer be a judge on the US version of X Factor. more
(Billboard) Soul singer Patti LaBelle is being sued by a West Point cadet, Richard King, who claims that LaBelle's bodyguards physically beat him at a Houston airport in March more
(BBC) US singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, who enjoyed hits in the 1970s with Lonely Boy and Never Let Her Slip Away, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 59. more
(FMQB) Kanye West has finally released the official version of his video for "Monster," after a leaked version of the clip appeared online late last year. more
(NME) Britney Spears announces autumn UK arena tour. Singer will play seven dates in October and November more
(BBC) A man is jailed for six weeks after he admitted stealing a limited first edition Harry Potter book from an art gallery. more
(AP) Dr. Dre won't be behind the microphone at a federal courthouse after all; the rapper settled a lawsuit over damages from unauthorized online sales of his album 'The Chronic' a day before trial. more
(Jam!) Gwen Stefani is convinced her days of solo stardom are over, because her career away from No Doubt was just a "moment in time" which went on too long. more
(Billboard) Paul McDonald, who finished in eighth place on season 10 of "American Idol," is reportedly engaged to "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed more
(FMQB) Lauryn Hill announced during a Detroit concert over the weekend that she's expecting her sixth child with boyfriend Rohan Marley. more
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Next month Bluewater Productions will release a new biography comic book based on his life and career of 50 Cent.
"Fame: 50 Cent" follows the unknown Curtis James Jackson III as he crafted a hip hop persona and began his climb up the music charts with monster rap hits like "In Da Club" and "How We Do."
The issue also addresses his drug-dealing and violent past, his well-documented public feuds with other rap culture figures as well as his lesser known years as a young up and coming boxer, his current title of entrepreneur and the one identity that changed his life-that of doting father. more on this story
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The Show Me Music and Arts Festival will feature Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler, as well as Train and One Republic! and it will also be a joint endeavor with the United Way of the Ozarks to raise support for long term recovery for the community of Joplin, MO.
On May 22nd, the most devastating tornado in US history struck the town of Joplin leaving 134 people dead and causing millions of dollars in damages. Joplin is considered a sister city of Springfield and many families reside within both communities.
Throughout the three day music festival, Show Me Music Fest and United Way will be coordinating four primary activities to raise funds for the relief efforts. There will be a silent auction, a live auction, items for sale such as t-shirts and beach towels, and volunteers at all entrances taking donations and encouraging everyone to "Buck UP for Joplin". more on this story
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Rounder Records have set a September 20 release date for The Jayhawks new album Mockingbird Time.
The 12-track album is the first full-band studio release featuring both founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995's Tomorrow the Green Grass.
In addition to co-writing all the songs with Olson, Louris also produced the record. Mockingbird Time was recorded in Minneapolis at The Terrarium Recording Studios over a month's time during the winter of 2010. Other original band members featured on the record include Karen Grotberg (keyboards, vocals), Tim O'Reagan (drums, vocals) and Marc Perlman (bass). Of returning to the studio as The Jayhawks, Louris notes, "The difference from then and now is that Mark and I have both experienced different kinds of music and expanded our palates. So this record has moments of experimentation and a bit of worldliness. I like a well-crafted, in-and-out kind of song, but with Mark, the lyrics dictate the music, and he'll go off into interesting, asymmetrical compositions. So it's a nice balance. Certain things were meant to belike peanut butter and jellyand Mark and I just work well together. And having done a lot of co-writing during the last six or seven years, I'm more appreciative of the magic that we have together. That doesn't come along very often for anybody." more on this story
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(PR) Nashville's finest have come together again to honor the Moody Blues with Moody Bluegrass Two...Much Love available nationwide on June 21, 2011.
"We have had so many cover versions of our songs over the years, but none have stood out like Moody Bluegrass. Nashville's most outstanding musicians have once again brought a new dimension to our songs, " said Ray Thomas, co-founder of the Moody Blues.
Producer David Harvey returns for this second volume, which perfectly blends the brilliant songwriting of the Moody Blues with the bluegrass sounds of mandolins, banjos and even clogging. The collection of bluegrass covers includes Moody Blues members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge, as well as band co-founders Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas and a wide assortment of Music City's finest including Vince Gill, Sam Bush and Ricky Skaggs. more on this story
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(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan's tongue has been blue, orange, red ... you name it -- while she's been locked down on house arrest. Yes, it's another addiction -- Ice Pops.
Our Ice Pop spies tell us it was like preparing for nuclear war ... Lindsay had so many Ice Pops stocked in the beachfront jail she calls home.
And as long as we're on the subject of frigid ... Lindsay has kept the fridge full of veggies and chicken, She's also ordering out a lot -- her fav is the grilled squid from Gjelina and just about anything from Star of Siam, a local Thai joint. more on this story
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(Big Hassle) Surf Road Records have announced an August 16th release date for Tom Freund's new album, The Edge of Venice.
The album is produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews) and features of some of LA's finest musicians joining Tom in these 9 new songs.
"The Edge Of Venice" comes in the wake of his latest EP "Fit To Screen" whose songs have been featured in this seasons "Parenthood" on NBC; and his latest full length "Collapsible Plans" which was produced by his musical cohort Ben Harper and hosted Jackson Browne as a special guest. The song "Collaspible Plans (Sugar) was seen performed live on "Last Call With Carson Daly" in January of 09. more on this story
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Sander Kleinenberg officially steps into the artist seat with 5K, his debut studio album out June 14, 2011 on his own label This Is Recordings (via INgrooves).
In support of his collection of elegantly entrancing electro that slides from energetic dance floor beats into airy sonic dreamscapes, he returned to North America this month for a 13-date run of live dates. more on this story
Co-produced with Josh Gabriel and mixed by Kleinenberg and Steve "Dub" Jones [Chemical Brothers, UNKLE, Audio Bullys], 5K is quite the ride.
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Skweeky Kleen has scored a hit with his debut music video "Get Mine", directed by Byron Martinez for Empire Lifestyle Productions.
The music video received more than 25,000 views in only 3 days since the start of the promotion campaign by Yo! Promotions.
"My single 'Get Mine' is a track about the struggle. It's about coming from the bottom and trying to grind to the top. Haters are always trying to stand in your way. This track is letting them know that no matter what they do I'm gonna strive to get mine," explained Skweeky Kleen, who got his rap moniker as a youngster because of his ability to not get caught up by the authorities. more on this story
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Heidi Montag and Three 6 Mafia Stars are going into the Restaurant biz for New a Vh1 show called Famous Food this summer.
From Ashton Kutcher's Geisha House to Robert DeNiro's Ago, attaching a celebrity's name to a restaurant is definitely a growing trend in Hollywood
. but is it always a recipe for success?
This fall, VH1 is going to put the concept to the test by partnering with renowned restaurateurs, The Dolce Group, to give seven celebrities the chance to turn one of their West Hollywood, CA properties into a flourishing and fully-operating restaurant. more on this story
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(TMZ) 16 and Pregnant star Whitney Purvis isn't tooooooo broken up over the news of her mom's arrest -- because she told us, "What my mom does, does not effect me." Can you feel the love?
As we previously reported, April Purvis was busted in Georgia this morning for possession of marijuana and possession of meth (that's a felony).
Whitney tells TMZ she is "nothing like her parents" and has no plans on following in their footsteps. She told us, "I do not want my son to grow up how I did." more on this story
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(TMZ) The wife of "Ice Road Truckers" star Gregory Boadwine tells TMZ the incident that led to Gregory's arrest this week was "not as violent" as it was made out to be ... and she stands by him 100%.
As TMZ first reported, Boadwine was arrested early Friday morning in Florida after an alleged altercation with his wife Crystal. According to the report, Boadwine grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into a door.
Crystal tells us she was not the one that called the Sheriff's Department -- her ex-husband did. She says the ex did so because of what her 9-year-old son saw, but says the kid "didn't see the entire incident nor understands completely what was going on." She says very clearly, "I am not in fear of my husband, nor is he in fear of me."
Boadwine himself tells TMZ the argument was heated, but never physical, and that the son was in the next room at the time. more on this story
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(TMZ) One would think Paris Hilton's parents have billions at their disposal ... but for some mysterious reason, Rick and Kathy Hilton just took a $10 million equity line out of their Bel Air mansion.
TMZ has obtained financial documents filed recently at the L.A. County Recorder's Office, which show both Rick and Kathy were approved for the credit line ... and whatever they borrow must be repaid in full by 2021.
It's unclear why the Hiltons have any need for such a substantial credit line -- but as one rich person tells us, "It doesn't mean they're broke ... this thing happens all the time." more on this story
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Katy Perry has announced the final five dates for California Dreams 2011 World Tour. The new North American dates will all take place in November.
These new dates include a stop at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden on November 16 and wrap with a show at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 22.
The North American leg of the tour, which kicks off tonight in Atlanta, features a rotating group of exciting openers, including Robyn, Janelle Monae, Oh Land, Jessie J and Marina & The Diamonds. DJ Skeet Skeet performs on all dates. more on this story
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(Gibson) The iconic black and red leather jacket the late Michael Jackson wore for his classic "Thriller" video in 1983 is up for auction.
The Daily Express reports that the outfit designed by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush is part of the Julien's Auctions Music Icons sale in Beverly Hills on June 25 and 26.
The jacket is expected to bring in over $200,000 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Shambala Preserve, where Jackson's two Bengal tigers have lived since the Neverland Ranch closed in 2006. more on this story
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American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina's first single "Like My Mother Does," hit No. 9 on the Billboard Digital Albums and Country Albums charts and No. 11 on the Digital Songs chart in last week's chart debut.
"Like My Mother Does," which was sent to radio after she performed it on American Idol on May 24, debuted at No. 11 on the Digital Songs chart and No. 20 on the Hot 100 chart for sales of 121,204, making it the highest debut for a second-place finalist in six years. The single also makes a stellar debut at country radio, launching at No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart. This week the song jumps six spots to No. 43.
A compilation album of her performances from American Idol, called American Idol Season 10: Lauren Alaina, is ranked No. 9 on the Digital Albums and Country Albums charts for sales of 10,651. more on this story
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(TMZ) Huge steps in Sean Kingston's recovery -- literally -- because TMZ has learned the injured singer was finally walking on his own yesterday morning!!!!!
A rep for Kingston tells us, "Sean is breathing on his own and walked for the first time this morning."
"Sean Kingston continues to be hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. His condition has been upgraded to serious." more on this story
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(TMZ) Chyna's new XXX video will not be her last .... the former wrestler tells TMZ she wants to keep the ball rolling and make porn into her full time career.
Chyna has already approached Vivid Entertainment honcho Steven Hirsch and informed him that she's interested in a multi-tape deal ... and she's ready to start crankin' em out ASAP.
"I would definitely like to do more, " Chyna says ... "It gives me motivation again. I want to be better and happier than ever ... that's the point, right?" more on this story
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