Day in Pop Report for 06/09/2011
(Jam!) Justin Bieber has become the latest star to suffer the wrath of Eminem after the rapper described him as "evil" in his new song A Kiss which also mocks Lady Gaga and brands her a "male lady". more
(FMQB) Katy Perry has revealed her new "alter ego" for the upcoming video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," the fifth single from Teenage Dream. In the video, Perry plays braces-wearing, 13 year-old "Kathy Beth Terry," who already has her own Facebook and Twitter accounts. The video for "Last Friday Night" debuts on June 14 but a teaser can be seen here
(BBC) Doctor Who star Matt Smith has signed up to appear in 14 new episodes of the sci-fi series, the BBC confirms. more
(Billboard) Two weeks before its scheduled debut, June 28, Beyoncι's fourth studio album, "4," leaked. Today (June 8), Beyoncι took to Facebook to address the leak, read what she had to say here
(FMQB) Britney Spears told Entertainment Tonight she has been working hard to get ready for her summer tour, which kicks off June 16. more
(Billboard) In the latest Rolling Stone cover story, Zach Galifianakis discusses, in addition to his apparent reluctance to fame, his run-ins with and negative feelings toward Kesha. more
(Billboard) Adele's "21" album is headed back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will likely slip to No. 2 after two weeks leading the tally. more
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(TMZ) Rapper Ja Rule turned himself over to authorities to begin his two year prison sentence in New York ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ spoke with Ja's executive producer, Seven, who was with Mr. Rule at the courthouse in NY yesterday. Seven tells us Ja spent some private time with his wife, close friends and family members before he was taken behind closed doors -- and the last thing he said to everyone was, "Real life is a fantasy, f**k fame ... I'm ready for this to get over with. I am focused."
The rapper -- real name Jeffrey Atkins -- was hit with the 2-year sentence in 2010 when he pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon -- stemming from a 2007 incident in which cops found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his sports car. We ran into Ja last week -- where he told us how he planned on passing the time while in the pokey. more on this story
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(TMZ) Playboy Playmate Suzanne Stokes -- Miss February 2000 -- was tossed behind bars in L.A. yesterday morning after cops say the actress was carrying meth in her car ... TMZ has learned.
According to law enforcement sources -- cops initially stopped 31-year-old Stokes around 12:30 AM for blowing through a stop sign in Hollywood.
But during the stop, cops learned there was an active warrant for Stokes' arrest stemming from a previous traffic violation. Cops then performed a search of Stokes' car and found methamphetamines.
Stokes was arrested and taken to a nearby jail -- where she was booked on a felony drug possession charge. Stokes was released after posting the $11,000 bail. more on this story
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Vh1 sent over details about "Behind The Music: Ice Cube" which premieres Wednesday, July 6 at 10 PM ET/PT
This episode of "Behind the Music" follows the three-decade-long career of legendary rapper Ice Cube from his journey as a founding member of the notorious rap group NWA to a blockbuster movie star. The extraordinary career of Ice Cube begins with his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles where he faced gang violence and drug dealers on a daily basis. Finding refuge in music, Ice Cube and his neighborhood friends formed NWA to speak out about the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto.
Years and many hits later, the group dismantled sparking a bitter feud between Ice Cube and his former band members and manager Jerry Heller, which lead to Ice Cube's decision to embark on a solo career. more on this story
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Sargent House sent over word that Good Old War will play ten shows with Alison Krauss in June, beginning with a stop at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on June 23rd. The band will then join Gomez for four east coast dates.
Good Old War has built a considerable following over the past year as support for Joshua Radin, Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Xavier Rudd and Guster. The band, already popular veterans of SXSW and CMJ, became a fan favorite on this year's second stage at Coachella.
The trio's self-titled album debuted at #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart, reaching #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and #1 overall at Amazon. They've now sold over 40,000 albums on their independent label, Sargent House. more on this story
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Mary Magdalan have announced their 30+ date DIGI.N3RV Tour with special guests Young London (formerly And Then There Were None)
Mary Magdalan is touring in support of the upcoming studio album DIGI.N3RV that is due out July 11th.
The tour kicks off on June 23 ending August 6th; please check Mary's Facebook page for pre sale ticket links. www.facebook.com/marymagdalan more on this story
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(Big Hassle) Shwayze and Cisco Adler are previewing a new track with the next installment of "Island Wednesdays."
Get a sneak peak of "Drunk Off Your Love" from their forthcoming LP Island In The Sun (out August 16th) at www.shwayzeandcisco.com.
The clip features the song and video footage of Shwayze, Cisco and collaborator Mark Goodfeather laying down tracks at Bananabeat Studios in Malibu, California. In more news, the duo reveals on the upcoming album that "Drunk Off Your Love" will feature Sky Blu of LMFAO. The dance floor is sure to be poppin' when it drops this summer! more on this story
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Buzznet sent over this bit of news: Tune-in today, Thursday June 9th, for the premiere of the new Gym Class Heroes song featuring Maroon 5 front-man, Adam Levine.
The song premiere will take place on Buzznet.com, PureVolume.com, Absolute[ly-not]Punk.net, and Celebuzz.com.
For a quick refresher on some of the awesome things Gym Class Heroes has brought us go here
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(TMZ) Hulk Hogan is not taking the bashing from The Ultimate Warrior lying down, telling TMZ he plans on filing a lawsuit against the Warrior for "spewing sewage."
The Warrior went crazy on a 7-minute video tirade, saying, among other things, that Hulk is a cocaine user who had an open marriage and encouraged ex-wife Linda Hogan to have sex with other wrestlers.
For starters, Hulk says the allegation of drug use is "a blatant lie." As for claims about Linda, Hulk says, "None of that ever happened. This guy is out of his mind."
Hulk says he's tried ignoring The Ultimate Warrior, to no avail. So now Hulk has gotten his lawyer involved and plans on dropping the hammer -- in court. more on this story
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Eagle Rock have announced a June 21st DVD release date for Miles Davis Live At Montreux Highlights 1973-1991.
The late legend Miles Davis singlehandedly changed the course of jazz history to bring it closer to funk and rock, confounding the critics and all who came before him. He remained a reclusive figure, enigmatic and indefinable both onstage and off. Now, for the first time, Eagle Rock Entertainment has collected the "Highlights" of his numerous headline appearances at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland more on this story
Taken from seven performances over the course of 18 years, it's a mind-bending time-travel that shows the chameleon-like tenacity that Miles brought to his ever-evolving sound. With Miles, the only constant was change. From his debut 1973 performance of "Ife" to his final appearance in 1991 where he looked back unsentimentally at one of his greatest moments, Sketches Of Spain, the 1960 collaboration with producer Gil Evans, each performance is as varied and different as can be.
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(Girlie) Scattered Trees are hitting the road for a summer tour, taking the band to New York, LA, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Austin, and more.
The tour will coincide with the physical release date of its latest record Sympathy on August 9th via Roll Call Record/EMI.
The band's intensely personal live show has been a staple of the Chicago scene. Now, with Scattered Trees hitting the road for their first full U.S. tour, a whole new group of fans will get a chance to experience the band's celebrated live show. more on this story
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(WPR) On September 16th and 17th, the Ponderosa Stomp takes over a new venue, the Howlin' Wolf while moving the music conference, film festival and record hop into a central locale, the Renaissance Arts Hotel.
2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Ponderosa Stomp, which has expanded over the years from a 2-day concert to include a film festival, music conference, record hop and a DJ dance party.
This milestone year will be hailed with tributes to the essential New Orleans producer Cosimo Matassa, Stax Records, Excello Records and Southern music with Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Floyd, Lady Bo, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester, Dave Bartholomew, The Bo-Keys w/ Skip Pitts and Howard Grimes, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou, Warren Storm, The Relatives and more. more on this story
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(Sub) When a family member was diagnosed with Multiples Sclerosis, Salmon Arm, BC based singer songwriter Aimie Laws knew she had to do something to help. On May 25th she kicked off her Rock for MS Tour to help raise awareness and funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
After a nine city tour of Bristish Columbia, Aimie Laws along with contributing artists Columbia, Versus The Nothing, Further More, Immaculate, Sasha Lewis, Grim Hymn and the Horrors, Shannon Beth Ireland, Ian Hill and Nicole Comis, she raised $3,645.57 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
All funds raised was from sales of Aimie's ONLY HUMAN album and merchandise, as well as donations collected between May 25th and June 4th. more on this story
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(TMZ) Miami Heat superstar Chris Bosh desperately wants his 2-year-old daughter to watch him play in the NBA Finals -- but his baby mama won't let her go to the games -- so he's going to court to try to force her hand.
Bosh and his ex-girlfriend, Allison Mathis, are locked in a bitter custody war -- and while they hash out a permanent solution, they are currently abiding by a temporary court-ordered arrangement in which they share custody ... and right now, their daughter is with Mathis.
TMZ obtained an emergency motion Bosh filed with a Maryland court last week -- asking the judge to temporarily alter their agreement so "[Bosh's daughter] is able to share in what, to date, is the pinnacle of Bosh's professional career, and possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity."
In the docs, Bosh also includes an email he sent to Mathis last month in the hopes of striking a deal outside the courtroom. In the letter, Chris states, "I am embarking on a new chapter of my life by making it into the finals for the first time in my professional career and it's very important to me to have the people closest and dear to my heart to be able to share these moments with me." more on this story
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(Girlie) Oscilloscope Laboratories have released the new film Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour on DVD.
The film, which has been championed by the New York Times, RollingStone, BUST Magazine and more premiered at 2011's SXSW Film and Music Festival.
It follows Le Tigre on the This Island tour across four continents and ten countries. Supported by a community of devoted fans and led by outspoken Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre confronts sexism and homophobia in the music industry while tearing up the stage via performance art poetics, no-holds-barred lyrics, punk rock ethos, and whip-smart wit in this edgy and entertaining documentary. more on this story
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Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Darius Rucker performances will be broadcast during the prime-time MDA Labor Day Telethon on Sept. 4.
The special performances were taped during their Grand Ole Opry live performances on Tuesday.
In addition to performing, hit-makers Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Darius Rucker chatted with MDA National Goodwill Ambassador Abbey Umali, the 12-year-old dynamo so instrumental in reminding business and civic leaders why it's important to help MDA speed research seeking treatments and cures for progressive muscle diseases affecting more than a million Americans. more on this story
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(SKH) The Village Voice have announced the final band lineup for the inaugural 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16th at South Street Seaport.
Titus Andronicus, Obits and Eleanor Friedberger will join scheduled headliner The Black Angels and performers Davila 666 and Oberhofer at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
Running between every borough of New York City and culminating near the South Street Seaport, the East River runs at a speed of 4 knots. The Seaport and Pier 17 have a rich and diverse history as profound to New York City as Wall Street, Central Park or even Times Square. Historically, the lower portion of the East River has been one of the busiest and most important channels in the world. This summer, there will be a new reason for people to flock to the area, which was once also known as the banks of the Sound River. more on this story
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(Submitted) Hopscotch Music Festival Announces have announced additional artist, the event's schedule, an additional venue for the event that will take place on Sept. 810, 2011.
The Independent Weekly's second annual Hopscotch Music Festival, North Carolina's biggest and most diverse music festival, has expanded once more. Scheduled for Sept. 810, 2011, in downtown Raleigh, Hopscotch now features 150 bands in 13 venues, an expansion intended to highlight the festival's variety and the public's growing demand for access.
With the additions of Titus Andronicus, Times New Viking, Vivian Girls, Coliseum, White Ring, Pepper Rabbit, Bass Drum of Death, Diamond Rings, Xray Eyeballs, D-Town Brass, The Hairs, Brain Flannel, North Elementary and Temperance League, Hopscotch continues to offer fans even more local, national and international choices in just about every genre imaginable. The Unionlocated at 327 W. Davie St., No. 114becomes the festival's 13th official venue, representing Raleigh's emerging warehouse district. more on this story
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(TMZ) Christina Applegate's ex-husband Johnathon Schaech is now officially the ex-husband of ANOTHER actress -- because his divorce from "One Tree Hill" star Jana Rae Kramer was just finalized.
According to the docs, filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, the split seems pretty amicable -- both Schaech and Kramer (right) waived their rights to spousal support.
Their marriage was a whirlwind failure -- Kramer filed for divorce in August last year, less than two months after they got married. And get this ... the couple was only married for TWELVE DAYS before they separated. Of course, this ain't Schaech's first rodeo -- he went through the whole divorce thing with Christina Applegate back in 2007. more on this story
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CMT have released their official recap and the winner list for the 2011 CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift took top honors at the 2011 CMT Music Awards for Video Of The Year ("Mine"), accepting her award live via satellite from her concert in Milwaukee.
Blake Shelton won two buckles, a first-time category win for Male Video Of The Year ("Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"), and Best Web Video Of The Year ("Kiss My Country Ass"), a new category for 2011.
His better half, Miranda Lambert scored her second CMT Music Award for Female Video Of The Year ("The House That Built Me"), while Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band took home the award for CMT Performance Of The Year ("Margaritaville") from their recent pairing on CMT Crossroads. more on this story
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The Black Eyed Peas Concert 4 NYC in Central Park will be on Livestream today, June 9 at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.
Immersive Media will provide a live 360° on-stage concert experience available as viewers are placed in the driver's seat, with the ability to switch from camera to camera, choosing any angle they want during the portions of the concert that are streamed live. Viewers can even experience the show from members of the Peas perspective, and look out on the 60,000 fans in attendance.
Additionally, online viewers will be able to engage with other fans who are tuned in by checking in live on Facebook and tweeting live to their followers via Twitter. Fans are invited to enjoy this one-of-a-kind concert experience live only on Livestream here
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(TMZ) NFL player Bret Lockett says he's not afraid of Kim Kardashian's legal threats -- telling "TMZ Live" he has CONCRETE PROOF the two hooked up while Kim was dating her fiance' Kris Humphries.
TMZ broke the story, Kim threatened to sue Lockett and In Touch Weekly for defamation -- over a story in which Lockett claimed Kim's been cheating on her fiancee Kris Humphries ... with him.
Lockett claims he has phone records, text messages and very personal cell phone pics of Kim -- and if push comes to shove, he's willing to present the evidence in court. more on this story
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Shania Twain is going Vegas. It was announced yesterday that the country star plans a two-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The music icon will bring all of her biggest hits in her new show Shania: Still The One exclusively to The Colosseum beginning December 1, 2012.
"This past year has been such an amazing journey and to find myself poised to play at The Colosseum is truly magical," said Shania. "The Colosseum is an iconic location with unmatched energy, and I'm excited to bring a pop/country spin to the city. People from all over the world travel to Las Vegas and I'm so thrilled to be able to share my music with a truly global audience." more on this story
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(TMZ) Former Chicago Cubs superstar Mark Grace was arrested for drunk driving in Scottsdale, Arizona on Memorial Day ... and according to the police report, Mark has good taste in scotch.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, cops observed Grace in his 2009 Jaguar weaving in and out of his lane around 1 AM on May 30. Once officers pulled him over, cops say Grace -- who had a female passenger in the car -- admitted to "having a few drinks."
According to the report, Grace said he had consumed two glasses of Macallan scotch earlier that evening -- one of which he finished "5 minutes before the stop." Cops say 46-year-old Grace -- who's now an announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- also had "bloodshot and watery eyes" ... and he did not have his wallet or license with him at the time of the arrest. more on this story
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