Day in Pop Report for 06/08/2011
(Jam!) Lady Gaga was left red-faced as she arrived at an awards ceremony on Monday when her corset fell down and exposed her bare breasts. more
(AP) Ja Rule whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap's stars in the early 2000s is set to be sentenced Wednesday to two years in a New York prison. more
(Billboard) After the Black Keys' Patrick Carney offered jokes comparing Lady Gaga to Madonna on two different occasions, Gaga fans turned vitriolic, sending a barrage of nasty tweets Carney's way early this week. more
(BBC) Mad Men delay 'no one's fault' Actor John Hamm puts the delay in filming season five down to TV studio bosses and confirms there will be three more series more
(Billboard) According to AllHipHop News, producer and songwriter, David Kirkwood, filed a lawsuit against Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne's imprint label, Young Money, in New York Southern District Court on Friday, June 3 for $1.5 million in royalties and "production services." more
(FMQB) Ice-T and his wife, Coco, are gearing up for the premiere of their reality show, Ice Loves Coco: Baby Got Backstory, on June 12 on E! But meanwhile, Ice-T also is working on his directorial debut, a documentary film called The Art of Rap. more
(BBC) The fifth X-Men movie tops the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend, taking £5.4m in three days. more
(Jam!) Rap mogul Russell Simmons threatened to fire a writer on his entertainment blog after they defied his orders and posted photos online of a model he's rumoured to be dating. more
(FMQB) Wiz Khalifa will kick off his Rolling Papers tour with a main stage performance at the Bonnaroo festival this Saturday, June 11, and the rapper is also preparing to release "No Sleep" as his next official single more
(Billboard) "The Old Magic" is the title of Nick Lowe's first new studio album in four years. Slated for release Sept. 13 on Yep Roc, the set was co-produced by Lowe, Neil Brockbank and Robert Treherne. more
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(TMZ) A pitbull belonging to Jesse James escaped from the reality star's Texas bike shop this weekend and attacked another dog being walked in the area -- nearly killing the innocent animal ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ spoke with a rep from Animal Control in Austin, TX -- who confirms cops were dispatched to the scene after Jesse's dog -- not Cinnabun -- went after a corgi named Buckley and chomped down on his neck. We're told the person walking Buckley freaked out -- and began punching the pit bull in the face because it wouldn't let go of the corgi.
Eventually, cops arrived to the scene and freed Buckley -- who was rushed to a nearby vet for emergency care. Buckley had to be sedated and stitched up -- and doctors inserted a drainage tube into his neck to prevent infection. After the incident, Buckley's owner got in touch with Jesse's assistant -- who eventually forked over $250 to cover the vet bill. We're told Jesse has also promised to cover any additional medical expenses. more on this story
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(TMZ) Britney Spears is firing back at the perfume company that is suing her -- in the form of her very own lawsuit against the company.
Britney has filed a cross-complaint, claiming Brand Sense was all about radio silence when it came to accounting for how much money she was supposed to get for the sale of a perfume -- Radiance -- she was hocking. And there was a lot of money on the line, Brit claims -- millions of bucks worth of the fragrance were sold.
Brit says Brand Sense withheld Britney's share of the proceeds for months, failing to pay her interest on the delayed payments. Brand Sense is suing Brit, claiming she cut them out of her deal with Elizabeth Arden. But Brit says in the new docs she didn't cut the company out and they are entitled to commissions. more on this story
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(PR) Richard Marx and other award-winning songwriters will perform their hits at The Songs of Our Lives concert to benefit the Fulfillment Fund a nonprofit organization which helps Los Angeles youth overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams of higher education on Monday, June 13 at 7:30 pm at the Wadsworth Theatre.
With actor Tony Danza as emcee, the concert will feature a special performance by the legendary songwriting duo Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox ("Killing Me Softly," "Ready to Take a Chance Again," theme from "Happy Days"), together on stage for the first time in 30 years.
"When I was young, I had opportunities and help in my education that were life-giving to me," said Fox, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the event's producer. "The Songs of Our Lives is my way of paying it forward so that students in Los Angeles get the same opportunity to achieve their dreams." more on this story
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(TMZ) Kim Kardashian is incensed that "In Touch" just ran a cover story which claims she has been cheating on her fiance, Kris Humphries, with NFL player Bret Lockett ... and she's threatening to sue the mag and Lockett.
TMZ has obtained a demand letter, written by Kim's lawyer, threatening "In Touch" that if it ran the cheating story Kim would take legal action. The letter put "In Touch" on notice ... the cheating allegations "are, at a minimum, damaging, defamatory, and an invasion of her privacy."
Kim's reps tell TMZ ... Kim has never even met or spoken with Lockett. Nevertheless, "In Touch" is publishing the story in its new issue. In the story, Lockett is quoted, saying, "I knew this was a game to her, and this is what she does." Lockett adds, "She pursued me."
Kim's rep tells TMZ, Kim will sue both "In Touch" and Lockett." more on this story
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Yesterday 429 Records released Bruce Hornsby's "Bride Of The Noisemakers," a 2 CD collection of 25 handpicked live performances and you can see Bruce live in person on his current tour.
He already had one of his biggest first week sales ever entering the Billboard Top 200 at #125 when the project was sold exclusively on Amazon.com and AmazonMP3.com beginning May 2nd.
"Bride Of The Noisemakers" was recorded live on tour in various venues between 2007 and 2009. The live settings effectively capture the spirit of spontaneous creativity that Bruce and the band are renowned for. In addition, Bruce is in the midst of an extensive U.S. tour with an upcoming visit to Bonnaroo on June 11th and 12th. more on this story
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(Sunshine Sachs) The Apollo Theater have announced the complete lineup for its sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert honoring Stevie Wonder, who will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.
Wyclef Jean, Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Schaffer, and Chick Corea, as well as other surprise guests, will perform during this special evening dedicated to Mr. Wonder's legacy as an artist and philanthropist. The program will be hosted by celebrated comedian and former host of Showtime at the Apollo, Sinbad. more on this story
"I am proud to be hosting this outstanding evening honoring two 'Wonders of the World': the great Stevie Wonder and the legendary Apollo Theater," said Sinbad. "In many ways, hosting this event is like going full circle in my career. There isn't a person in my time up to now that didn't want to be Stevie Wonder. Getting to meet and hang with Stevie over the yearsas well as hosting Showtime at the Apollo for two yearswere milestones in my life."
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Jessie J has announced support dates for Katy Perry on the final leg of her California Dreams Tour this fall.
Playing songs from her debut, Who You Are, Jessie J is set to get crowds on their feet from Madison Square Garden in New York to The Staples Center in Los Angeles. JESSIE J joins the jaunt on November 15 in Hartford, CT at the XL Center.
Jessie J has become a phenomenon everywhere due to songs like the international smash hits "Price Tag (featuring B.o.B)" and "Mamma Knows Best" from Who You Are. Jessie J has received over 170 million views on YouTube, while the album has reached the Top 5 in numerous markets around the world, and the Top 30 in 17 countries. Yet, there's absolutely nothing like hearing and seeing JESSIE J perform live. Her soulful and powerful pipes remain utterly undeniable in any venue. more on this story
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Tony Lucca, Matt Duke and Jay Nash have banded together for TFDI (Totally F*ckin' Doin' It).
The trio have set a July 19th release date for their debut album, "When I Stop Running," via Rock Ridge Music.
The album was co-produced by the group and Rock Ridge Music President Jason Spiewak (Benjy Davis Project, Pat McGee). Recorded at the state-of-the-art studio at SPACE in Evanston, IL, the album sessions were organic: the three musicians sat in a circle and recorded the album live. more on this story
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(Webster) John Berry will perform at The Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas and the Rapids Jam Music Festival in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, both sponsored by renowned children's charity, Compassion International.
"Having had the opportunity to go and see these children and to see the need in their homes makes it possible for me to tell you that these are not just pictures of needy children," says Berry of his involvement with Compassion International. "They are real and they need our help."
These days Berry is known as much for his philanthropy as for his soulful tenor voice. In the 1990s, Berry burned up the Country music charts with top 10 hits like, She's Taken a Shine, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye, and I Think About it All the Time. His chart-topper, Your Love Amazes Me ranks among the most popular love songs of all time. more on this story
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(TMZ) Nic Cage's son, Weston Cage, has been taken to the hospital by ambulance for a mental evaluation and possible 5150 psychiatric hold, sources tell TMZ.
Sources tell TMZ ... Weston was at The Farmer's Kitchen in Hollywood at around 4:00 today, when his trainer told him he couldn't eat something on the menu. For some reason, we're told Westin went off and started pushing the trainer in a violent way, at one point trying to roundhouse the trainer.
The trainer took Weston down, and someone else tried calming Nic's son down, to no avail. Weston got up and continued freaking out. Cops showed up and told Weston if he didn't get on the ground they would tase him. Weston then complied. Cops put Weston in handcuffs but they were so worried he was unstable they strapped him to a gurney. more on this story
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Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP, Akeelah and the Bee, Madea's Family Reunion) has been cast in the Nickelodeon's brand-new original TV movie, Rags.
The modern-day fairy tale, starring Palmer as Kadee Worth and Max Schneider (How to Rock) as Charlie Prince, began production in May in Vancouver. Set to premiere in 2012, Rags is a music-infused, modern twist on the classic Cinderella story set against the backdrop of New York City. Bille Woodruff (Honey, Beauty Shop) will direct, with original music produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (American Idol, Lady Gaga, Beyonce).
"Rags gives a contemporary spin to a classic story, and is told through a relatable filter that speaks to our audience," said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's President, Development and Original Programming. "The project was brought to us by Nick Cannon, as this concept was inspired by his own reverence for The Wiz, one of his favorite movies growing up. This also marks the first collaboration on a television movie between music industry titans Rodney Jerkins and Bille Woodruff, and Keke Palmer and Max Schneider are the perfect young actors to bring this urban fairy tale to life." more on this story
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B. Howard will premiere his latest single and video, "Dancefloor," today as the song makes its US debut on iTunes and across all digital platforms.
"Dancefloor" from 6 Point Entertainment is from Howard's forth-coming album titled "Genesis." Howard is best known for producing platinum selling artists such as Ne-Yo, Ginuwine, Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco and Bow Wow.
The "Dancefloor" video streams live starting Wednesday, June 8th, at 12:01 AM (PST) from VEVO here
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(TMZ) "Camp Rock 2" star Matthew 'Mdot' Finley has finally been released from UCLA Medical Center following a bone-shattering motorcycle crash in Malibu last month ... TMZ has learned.
Finley -- who SNAPPED the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg -- is not walking on his own yet and will use a wheelchair to get around for a while ... but we're told doctors are happy with his progress.
Mdot's rep tells us the actor will undergo daily treatment at home while continuing on an "extensive" physical therapy program. Despite his brutal injuries, we're told Mdot -- who's a bigtime Ducati enthusiast -- is determined to ride again as soon as he's healthy enough to get back on his bike. more on this story
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(Submitted) Cash Cash have released their remix of "Sexin' on the Dance Floor," featuring a cameo from Jeffree Star. The track, which also features guest vocalist ADG, is available on iTunes.
"We've been friends with Jeffree Star for years and always wanted to do something together," tells vocalist Jean Paul Makhlouf. "When we were mixing our record we thought he would be perfect to sing a part on 'Sexin' on the Dance Floor!' The vibe just felt really right."
Jeffree's tongue-in-cheek (and probably elsewhere) vignette mocks online fame. The self-proclaimed "Queen of the Internet" pokes fun at the Internet's ironic princess, Rebecca Black, before launching into his trademark raunchy sing-rap. more on this story
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(Girlie) Tom Vek's new album Leisure Seizure digitally released in the U.S. this week, with the physical release to follow on September 13th.
Vek will be heading to the U.S. for two shows in New York City. He'll be playing on July 12 at Mercury Lounge, and the following night, July 13 at Union Pool in Brooklyn. more on this story
Vek's debut album was spontaneous in both its release and its sound. Leisure Seizure is a distinct development; a more controlled, consistent and elaborated version of the unique, raw sound of We Have Sound that intrigued and captivated its audience.
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Warner Bros Records sent over word that Theophilus London's debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days, will be released on July 19th.
The cover photo was shot by legendary New York photographer Jonathan Mannion. Release week shows have been announced in LA & NY. On release day, July 19th, Theophilus London will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Theophilus will be headlining The Troubadour in LA on July 18th and Bowery Ballroom in NYC on July 21st. more on this story
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(Webster) Yesterday The Grascals released Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin': A Tribute To The Music of The Andy Griffith Show).
Dance finds the band rendering tracks like "Boil Them Cabbage Down," Ol' Joe Clark," and the irrepressible "Mayberry's Finest Theme." The group was so caught up in the spirit of the show that they recorded a brand new, original song, "Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish," based on a favorite line from one of the episodes. more on this story
The music featured on The Andy Griffith Show held a mirror to the folksy, fun stories and characters of the iconic series. Thoughtful, sincere and with a dash of humor, their message always rooted itself in doing the right thing and upholding Mayberry's small-town values. "The Andy Griffith Show had a moral lesson that every human being should live by," vocalist / guitarist Terry Eldredge comments, "It's an honor and privilege to be associated with the best TV show ever made. It was and still is - awesome family entertainment."
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Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will return for the next season of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." Vh1 sent over these details about the upcoming fifth season:
Similar to the first four cycles, the fifth season will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at The Pasadena Recovery Center.
This season will follow Michael Lohan (Celebrity Dad), Sean Young ("Blade Runner"), Dwight 'Doc' Gooden (baseball star), Amy Fisher ("Long Island Lolita"), Steven Adler (Guns 'n Roses), Bai Ling ("The Crow"), Jessica 'Sugar' Kiper (Survivor), and Jeremy Jackson ("Baywatch") on their quest for sobriety. "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" is set to premiere Sunday, June 26th at 9PM on VH1. more on this story
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Lady Antebellum have set a September 13, 2011 release date for their brand new album Own The Night.
The album's lead and record breaking track "Just A Kiss" has quickly become the fastest rising single of the trio's career, climbing into the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Singles chart in just five weeks.
"We took more time to write and record this record than we've ever done before," says Charles Kelley. "I remember looking at Hillary and Dave at the GRAMMYs this year, on the wildest night of our lives, and saying 'this is amazing
we'll never get to experience a moment like this again, but now we have to go home and get to work.'" more on this story
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Bloodshot Records sent over word that Wayne Hancock has canceled his July and August tour dates to enter a comprehensive residential rehabilitation program.
Confirmed through his manager, Hancock is currently in a short-term rehab program and following his two Texas shows next week and a performance at the Rockabilly Rave in the U.K. on June 16, he will then enter an extended-term recovery facility to address his longtime fight with addiction.
We would like to extend our appreciation for your understanding, especially to those who had tickets to the cancelled shows. Wayne will do his best to return to your area in the near future. more on this story
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(Gibson) Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame will perform live in his new Doctor Dee opera. According to NME.com, the production about 16th century scientist John Dee was created by Albarn and director Rufus Norris.
Albarn told BBC Radio 4's Today show that he will perform in the opera but will not be "walking around in a ruff and tights."
As for his inspiration Albarn said, "I've got a really strange emotional connection - it really gets to me, that haunted, magical England. It's something that really stirs me in an irrational way." more on this story
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(TMZ) With only days left in their deal with 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons, the honchos at Chippendales are hunting for a new celebrity MC -- and TMZ has learned they're very interested in one very hunky "Idol" alum.
Sources close to the club tell us -- "Idol" Season 5 finalist Ace Young visited the club recently ... and was SUPER interested in donning the famous bow tie and shirt cuffs.
According to sources, Young paid Chipps a visit to hang out with Timmons -- and to see how the whole guest-hosting thing works. So far, there's no deal in place -- but it looks promising. more on this story
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Miranda Cosgrove has announced the addition of 15 more stops on to her Dancing Crazy Summer Tour.
The trek will now hit New York, Six Flags Great America in Illinois, the Fox Theater and Wild Adventures Theme Park in California, and more through August and September. more on this story
Cosgrove, singer, actress and star of hit Nickelodeon show iCarly, released her new High Maintenance EP (Columbia Records) in March.
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(Gibson) Singer Gwen Stefani has pledged her future to the reunion of No Doubt, declaring that her solo career is over. The ska-pop band went on a long hiatus after 2001's album Rock Steady, since which Stefani released two pop-heavy solo albums, Love Angel Music Baby and The Sweet Escape.
But, talking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer has said she will not be making any more solo records. Stefani said: "That was a moment in time. It went on a little longer than we all thought it would, because it was inspired and you have to do with wherever you're at in that time of your life... [But] everything works out how it should."
It has been two years since No Doubt reunited for a U.S. tour with no news of a new album. However, the singer teased that the band would be announcing their future plans this Friday (June 10). more on this story
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