Day in Pop Report for 06/13/2011
Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan was arrested this morning in Los Angeles after cops claim the actor was in possession of "a few pills" of the drug ecstasy ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
We're told officers responded to an accident scene around 3:30 AM -- after someone reported that Gary crashed his vehicle into two parked cars.
During the investigation, cops found "a few pills" of ecstasy -- and arrested the actor on a drug possession charge. Dourdan was taken to a nearby station -- where he was booked and bail was set at $10,000.
After spending several hours in custody, Dourdan was released just after 12:00 PM. It's not the first time Dourdan has been arrested for drugs -- back in 2008, Gary pled guilty to possession of cocaine and ecstasy after an incident in Palm Springs. more on this story
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American Idol David Cook will be celebrating the release of his sophomore album This Loud Morning on June 28th, 2011 with a special event at the Paramount Hotel in Times Square, NYC.
Immediately following his performance on the NBC's Today Show, David will head to the Paramount Hotel in Times Square for a special This Loud Morning performance for contest winners, hotel guests, and VIPs. more on this story
David Cook just premiered the music video for his first single "The Last Goodbye" on iTunes on May 23rd. The video was directed by the acclaimed and award winning Nigel Dick (Britney Spears, Oasis, Nickelback, etc.) and shot in Malibu earlier this month.
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(TMZ) "In Plain Sight" star Nichole Hiltz appeared way too intoxicated to care for her child on the night cops arrested the 32-year-old actress on suspicion of child neglect ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Cops responded to the Nichole's home after a woman whose speech was VERY slurred called 911 -- and talked gibberish to the operator on May 31.
Once cops arrived, we're told officers determined Hiltz appeared HAMMERED and was unable to care for the minor child who was in the home.
Hiltz was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor child neglect -- and the child was taken into protective custody. An attorney for the actress tells us the situation was a "misunderstanding" and the child wasn't harmed.
We're told cops are still investigating the incident. more on this story
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(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan hasn't paid her settlement in a lawsuit with a photographer ... according to the photog who's now turning up the heat to get his money.
As TMZ first reported, a photog named Scott Nathan sued Lindsay's clothing line, 6126, claiming he was never paid for his work.
The lawsuit settled for an undisclosed amount back in December -- and according to docs filed last week, 6126 was supposed to making payments beginning in March ... but so far -- zilch. Now Nathan is asking a judge for an order to enforce the settlement -- attaching bank accounts, etc.
A rep for Lindsay tells TMZ, "We don't comment on any pending legal situations with third parties." more on this story
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(Buzznet) Buzznet joins folktronica songstress Ellie Goulding as she discusses her favorite snacks, hypothetical pet unicorn and desire to collaborate with Drake.
The 24-year-old amazed American audiences at Coachella earlier this year, and even performed a cover of Elton John's "Your Song" at the royal wedding reception.
Ellie clearly stands out from the rest of the latest wave of British popstars dominating the charts Adele, Jessie J, Pixie Lott, etc). She's got countless awards under her belt, including a BRIT Award for Critics' Choice, and she was named the number one predicted breakthrough act of the year in BBC's Sound of 2010 poll. Check out the video here
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(Gibson) Chuck Lorre, the producer of Two and a Half Men (and recent target of Charlie Sheen tirades), recently admitted that he once dreamed of pursuing a career as a guitarist, a dream that was scuttled by none other than jazz great Pat Metheny. Speaking on his website's "Vanity Card," Lorre revealed that an episode of his other Top 10 program, The Big Bang Theory, was inspired by an early run-in with the guitar great.
Lorre recalled being a 22-year-old guitarist with "serious chops," or so he thought until one fateful afternoon at a University of Miami guitar class:
"A painfully shy, 16-year-old boy walked into the room," he recalled. "He could barely speak nor make eye contact with anyone, seemed dwarfed by his big jazz guitar, and was ludicrously introduced as a visiting professor to the university. His name was Pat Metheny. I'll never forget how I felt when he began to play. It was an imploding feeling, like the kind you get when your ego is being demolished like an old Vegas casino. Thankfully, the feeling was accompanied by a soft, reassuring voice in my head that whispered, 'Find work in television, nobody's a prodigy there.'" more on this story
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(TMZ) Kim Kardashian's good friend Lauren London says it's just ain't true she help Bret Lockett allegedly hook up with Kim ... in other words, she thinks there's an impostor among us spreading lies!
A story is circulating ... London helped facilitate the alleged Lockett/Kardashian hook-up by scoring Bret's number at Kim request. But an attorney for London fired off a letter to In Touch Friday, claiming London has had an impersonator for a while now, and if the mag spoke to anyone claiming to be her ... they were barking up the wrong tree.
The letter goes on to state emphatically that London "has never spoken to anyone at IN TOUCH WEEKLY, does not know Mr. Lockett and did not introduce him to Ms. Kardashian."
For Kim's part, she's threatened to sue Lockett and In Touch, claiming she's never met or spoken with the dude. Lockett has refused to give any details that would support his claim. more on this story
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(Press Here) The Wombats have released a remix of their track "Techno Fan" alchemically altered by none other than beatmaster/superproducer Diplo.
The Wombats' sophomore album, This Modern Glitch (Bright Antenna/ ILG/Warners), has been the most successful outing from the Liverpool trio to date, delivering 10 tracks that retain the immediacy and hook-filled sensibility of their stunning UK platinum-selling debut, 2007's The Wombats proudly present … Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation, while introducing aggressive dance elements and a heavier, wryer lyrical bent to their infectious alt-pop.
The Wombats are recently completed sold-out tours of the UK and Australia and have confirmed appearances at V Festival, Lovebox, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Hurricane and Southside festivals. Stay tuned for US Tour announcements, including fall 2011 US dates. For now listen to the Techno Fan remix here
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(TMZ) Faizon Love -- who voices Bruce the Bear in the upcoming travesty "Zookeeper" -- was arrested early Friday morning for domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
According to jail records, Love was booked into custody at 9:07 AM PT Friday. What's interesting ... even though jail records indicate he was arrested for fourth degree domestic assault -- the lowest DV charge there is -- bail has been denied and Love is still in custody.
Love is currently on probation for assault and that could by why he's been denied bail. Love's attorney had no comment. more on this story
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(Press Here) Tune in tonight to catch Adam Levine on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC at 11:35 pm EST.
Hot off the success of NBC's hit, "The Voice", Adam talks about what's to come on the show, from live episodes to challenges between the contestants.
On "The Voice", four famous musician coaches select their singers to mentor into artists, with each contestant advancing from blind auditions to battle round, with American ultimately voting on the winning singer. more on this story
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(TMZ) He's been a TV star ... a porn star ... and a convict ... but now Sam Jones is trying his hand in the music industry -- teaming up with his Playboy Playmate GF for the next summer anthem -- "Juice and Vodka."
Sam and Karissa Shannon are both featured on the song -- which includes the hook, "Mix that Juice and vodka ... juice, juice and vodka. Mix that juice and vodka ... juice, juice and vodka."
The twosome is putting the song on iTunes next week. more on this story
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(TMZ) TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed by Dr. Phil last month -- moments after a family friend collapsed at the doc's Beverly Hills mansion ... during a tennis match with Phil's wife.
Dr. Phil made the frantic call on May 19, claiming, "My wife is down on the tennis court. I think someone down there has had a heart attack."
Of course it wasn't as easy as asking for an ambulance -- Phil's house is so big ... the doc had to give the 911 dispatcher special instructions ... just so the ambulance could get inside the Bev Hills compound.
As we first reported, the man was transported to a nearby hospital and released shortly after -- and we're told, thanks to Dr. Phil, he's "doing fine." more on this story
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(TMZ) The Situation's dad was hospitalized last week, TMZ has learned -- after experiencing debilitating side effects from his new diabetes medication.
Sources close to Frank Sorrentino tell TMZ, he recently switched to a new brand of meds because he couldn't afford the old one -- and began to experience side effects ... like extremely high blood pressure.
Frank ended up in the emergency room at Boca Raton hospital Tuesday morning -- and was in and out of the hospital for the next few days.
We're told Frank is feeling a little better -- and is now seeing a specialist for extra help. more on this story
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(TMZ) Camille Grammer believes her divorce with Kelsey Grammer has gotten so ugly, Kelsey may have stooped to making his eldest daughter a spy -- someone who would actually steal confidential divorce documents from Camille.
TMZ obtained the latest docs in the Grammers' epic legal war. Kelsey wanted his eldest daughter, 27-year-old Spencer and her new husband to vacation at the Grammers' posh Hawaii estate, beginning today.
Camille's lawyer, Neal Hersh went to court yesterday to block Spencer from using the house, and now we know why. According to Camille's declaration, she's the one who has been spending a lot of time at the house with their 2 young kids, and Kelsey hasn't been there for a long, long time.
Camille believes if Spencer and her hubby use the house, they would have access to a lot of personal stuff related to the divorce and might just steal it. Camille seems particularly bitter because Kelsey has banned her from their Bridgehampton estate. Such rich people problems. more on this story
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(BBC) Pop star Lily Allen marries Sam Cooper in the village of Cranham in the Cotswolds, as it is revealed she is pregnant. more
(Billboard) In her new video for "Last Friday Night (TGIF)," Katy Perry is having a full-on John Hughes moment. In addition to the video's glorious '80s teen flick feeling, "Last Friday Night" features an onslaught of truly random cameos. Those celebs included: recent butt-of-the-joke Rebecca Black (of "Friday" viral fame) and more
(NME) Jessie J hospitalized after falling offstage at Wembley But the 'Price Tag' singer was still able to perform in London more
(Jam!) A spokesperson for Britney Spears has denied reports the singer is to marry her longtime boyfriend Jason Trawick. more
(FMQB) Drake posted a message on his blog saying that a new single will be coming in July, and his sophomore album, Take Care, will be out on October 24. more
(BBC) US hit show Glee is to be screened on Sky from this autumn, it is confirmed. more
(FMQB) The Black Keys have filed two separate lawsuits against the New York agency Della Femina Rothschild Jeary and Partners for using their hit song, "Tighten Up," in an ad for Valley National Bank without permission. more
(Jam!) Liam Gallagher's business partner has been arrested over allegations of issuing death threats, according to a UK report more
(NME) James Franco to launch musical career with new EP Actor forms duo with performance artist Kalup Linzy more
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(TMZ) Selena Gomez has undergone a number of tests for blood pressure issues since being hospitalized Thursday ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ first reported, Gomez was rushed to the hospital on Thursday after taping an appearance on "The Tonight Show," complaining of nausea and a severe headache.
Sources tell us Gomez has undergone a number of tests for blood pressure issues, but so far ... doctors have not been able to determine what is causing the problem.
Oh ... as for the rumors going around she's pregnant ... totally untrue. more on this story
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(TMZ) The last videos of Michael Jackson were so top secret, they were transported in an unmarked truck, accompanied by armed guards in the dead of the night ... this according to new docs filed in the Conrad Murray manslaughter case.
You ask what Conrad Murray has to do with MJ videos? Well, Dr. Murray wants to see ALL of the rehearsal videos shot for the doomed "This is It" tour. Murray's lawyers believe it could show Michael was in such a frail condition ... there were many reasons for his death other than Propofol.
Murray's lawyers subpoenaed the tapes, but now Sony Pictures -- which has possession of the videos -- is objecting for several reasons. Sony claims there are more than 20 boxes of videos and it would cost $200,000 to log and reproduce all of them.
But in the docs, Sony describes how top secret the videos were to the studio. Sony lawyers say, "When they were transported to the Sony lot in Culver City, the transport in an unmarked truck was accompanied by armed guards in the dead of the night." more on this story
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Mike Epps has been tapped to host the 2pac 40th Birthday Celebration Concert, at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2011.
The star-studded event will feature a headlining appearance by Grammy award-winning artist Erykah Badu, as well as performances by legendary soul artists Roy Ayers and Eric Roberson, and hip-hop heavyweights Too $hort, Bun B, and 8 Ball and MJG. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
"I am deeply honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son's remarkable life," says Badu. "I don't take this distinction for granted." more on this story
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Bob Merlis sent over this big news for Sam Cooke fans: The life and legacy of Sam Cooke will be celebrated with the naming of 36th Street at Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, Illinois as Sam Cooke Way on Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 P.M.
The ceremony and celebration of the late Cooke, who grew up in Chicago, is being headed by Gregg Parker, CEO, historian and founder of the Chicago Blues Museum and Record Row Foundation.
The location of Sam Cooke Way is in the midst of Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, birthplace to some of Chicago's most talented artists in music and the associated arts. It is where the Cooke family settled after migrating from Clarksdale, Mississippi in the early 1930's, initially residing at 3527 Cottage Grove Avenue and later moving to 724 E. 36th Street. Young Sam Cooke attended the neighborhood's Doolittle Elementary School and, in 1948, was a graduate of Phillips High School. more on this story
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(Webster) Ricky Skaggs has set a July 19th release of his new release Country Hits Bluegrass Style on Skaggs Family Records.
The 14-song album is a mix between Skaggs' country and bluegrass roots, something he has been sharing with fans around the country on his current Treasure Chest Tour. more on this story
Both bluegrass and country lovers alike will enjoy the bluegrass instrumentation along with the impeccable tenor voice of Ricky Skaggs, the man who "single-handedly" saved country music in the early 80's, according to renowned guitarist and producer, Chet Atkins. Ricky's 8-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year, Kentucky Thunder, along with some of Ricky's original award-winning country band alumni and special friends add to the magic of this album.
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