Day in Pop Report for 06/15/2011
Lady Gaga's new video for the song "The Edge Of Glory," will premiere in an extended preview tomorrow, Thursday, June 16 during "So You Think You Can Dance?" on FOX (8 p.m. ET). The complete video, directed by Haus of Gaga, will be available online at Vevo.com.
"The Edge Of Glory," the third official single from Lady Gaga's new album "Born This Way", debuted #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Gaga's 10th consecutive Top 10.
The track was written by Lady Gaga and produced by Gaga, Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow. In its review, NME called the song "quite simply a Great Pop Moment."
In the meantime, the audio of "The Edge of Glory" is available to stream here
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(TMZ) Sly Stone -- leader of the legendary band Sly and the Family Stone -- has pled NOT GUILTY to cocaine possession stemming from an arrest back in April.
Stone appeared in an L.A. County Superior Courtroom this morning ... after skipping a scheduled appearance last week due to complications from an existing medical condition.
As TMZ first reported, the 68-year-old musician was arrested on April 1 after cops say Stone was carrying freebase cocaine.
If convicted, Stone could face some serious time behind bars. more on this story
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(TMZ) Atlanta Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens is under investigation in Georgia for allegedly smashing up his baby mama's apartment and dousing her most valuable possessions in bleach ... TMZ has learned.
Cops in Gwinnett County responded to the apartment Sunday night ... after Owens' ex-GF, LaTia Terry, claimed the NFL player entered the pad when she and their 9-month-old kid were out of the home ... and trashed the place. Sources connected to the incident tell us the two had a heated argument over their custody arrangement the night before.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, LaTia says 24-year-old Owens -- a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft -- smashed holes in the wall, destroyed expensive electronics and even broke the baby's crib.
But worst of all, Owens allegedly grabbed handfuls of LaTia's valuable jewelry, designer clothes and pictures of the former couple ... threw it all in a pile ... and drenched it with bleach -- ruining everything. more on this story
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Deluka have announced a July 12th release date for their new remix EP to be released via VEL Records.
The EP, which also includes remixes of their single "OMFG" from artists such as Innerpartysystem and Lauren Flax, comes on the heels of the band's announcement that they've joined the Lollapalooza 2011 line-up.
In addition to the summer festival date, Deluka have announced select dates in their home base of New York City, where they are playing the Northside Festival on June 19th on a bill with Oh Land and Rye Rye. more on this story
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Scarlet Season have released "History of Violence," the second single from the debut CD, "The Taxidermist."
Scarlet Season is the stage name of Aileen Paron, a self-taught pianist whose desire for autonomy and passion for learning all things musical inspired her to take the DIY approach to recording, programming, and composing. Paron produced the Scarlet Season debut album The Taxidermist herself with co-production by Matt Frickelton of The Fading Collection.
Scarlet Season is already being compared to artists such as Bjork, Tori Amos, Goldfrapp, Bat For Lashes and Depeche Mode, both in sound and in lyrics that chronicle themes of anger, loss, betrayal and loneliness. more on this story
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Peelander-Z are releasing a retrospective greatest hits album, Super DX Hitz, on August 9th via Chicken Ranch Records
P-TV-Z will be followed up in the Fall by an all-new album from Peelander-Z which the band recently completed tracking at Ohm Recording in Austin, Texas.
Super DX Hitz is much more than a collection of greatest hits, it's 28 tracks of brain melting Peelander-Z fun! All of the Peelander-Z classics are here: "So Many Mike," "Ninja High School," plus re-recorded versions of "Mad Tiger" and "STEAK". There are also cuts from every Peelander-Z release from 2001-2009, plus selected compilation and 7-inch tracks, along with a couple of rarities. But that's not all also included is a bonus Karaoke DVD with five sing along videos! more on this story
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Vh1 have announce a two episode season finale of "Saddle Ranch," which will be premiering Sunday, June 19th at 9:30PM and 10PM ET/PT,
From wild bull rides to wild romances, the audience's time at Saddle Ranch is drawing to a close. We've seen the talented cast battle fierce competition, juggle demanding shifts, and deal with work place tensions, all while chasing their dreams of stardom. Though this season on the infamous Sunset Strip is ending, the drama at Saddle Ranch is just beginning to reach explosive heights.
In the finale of many life-altering decisions must be made about work and love that will test the determination and decide the direction of these Hollywood hopefuls. more on this story
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Decca have set an August 2nd release date for Justin Hines U.S. debut album, Days to Recall. They sent over the following info:
The Canadian singer/songwriter's collection of heartfelt songs about life and love showcase his considerable talents, and his will to overcome insurmountable obstacles. The CD coincides with a PBS special of Hines in concert -- taped at Toronto's Royal Cinema with special guests Ron Sexsmith, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Sierra Noble and The Canadian Tenors -- slated to air multiple times across the U.S. during Public Television's August pledge drive.
Justin Hines has thrived all his life against odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit. Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair. He admits his condition has provided challenges, but primarily sees the good it has brought him and the inspiration he can provide others. "There have been so many blessings. It's afforded me so many other opportunities. It's a bit of an attention grabber," he says. "But then my job is to keep people interested, and keep their attention with my music." more on this story
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(Sub) Film Forum have announced the U.S. theatrical premiere of Passione, directed by and featuring John Turturro.
This wild, colorful, sexy ode to the music and people of Naples, was "rapturously received" (Variety) and interrupted by "spontaneous outbreaks of applause" (Sight + Sound Magazine) in Italy, where it played for more than four months (its soundtrack on the charts for five).
A brilliant actor in film, theater, and television, Turturro is also the director of three features (including the hilarious, irreverent ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, which premiered in 2007 at Film Forum) and a man whose talents are fueled by an unquenchable zest for life. more on this story
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(TMZ) Hugh Hefner got ditched because his 25-year-old fiancee Crystal Harris wanted two things -- a bigger allowance and a career in the music biz.
Sources close to Crystal tell us she was fed up with the "couple hundred dollar" weekly allowance she got from Playboy -- and wanted to make her own cheese.
We're told Crystal purely focused on launching her music career -- even with the wedding just days away.
Sources involved in planning the massive wedding say Crystal felt like she "couldn't be married to Hef and have a successful music career" -- even though millions and millions of people are married with careers ... and with MUCH less money. more on this story
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We received the following details about The 15th annual music and arts festival Athfest, which will be held in downtown Athens, GA, June 22nd through June 26th, 2011.
For the past 14 years, Athfest has showcased the best in local, regional, and nationally recognized Athens-based talent. The festival includes over 150 bands and artists on 3 outdoor stages and in over a dozen venues; KIDSFest; a juried artisan market; film events; a comedy showcase; Flagpole Music Awards; Wired Dance Festival and more! Everyday with Rachel Ray calls it "
one of the country's great indie music festivals." From 2005-2010, ATHFest has been included in the "TOP 20 Events" by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival will be held rain or shine.
The music on the outdoor stages begins on Friday, June 24th 5:00 P.M and concludes at 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 26th. The "headlining" artists this year are Futurebirds, Centro-Matic, Guadalcanal Diary, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies, Kevn Kinney Band, Nappy Roots, Col. Bruce Hampton And Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. All performances on the outdoor stages are open to all ages and are free of charge to the public. more on this story
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(Webster) This past weekend over 450 riders rallied at the Roundabout Plaza in downtown Nashville, ready to Ride For a Cure in support of the T.J. Martell Foundation and its research for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.
Thanks to the riders and generous donations, the event was a huge success and was able to raise $70,000. more on this story
Riders were entertained throughout the entire day, beginning with registration downtown, as performers Bo Bice, Eric Paslay, Dean Alexander, Kalleigh Bannen, and Cali Rodi took the stage for the morning jam. By 10:30am the riders headed south to Harley-Davidson Columbia where Little Big Town hosted an afternoon jam. Storme Warren of GAC's Headline Country, and WSIX's Big D, co-host of the popular syndicated radio show Big D and Bubba joined the event as emcees, and additional artists appearing included Jake Owen, David Nail, Jarrod Niemann, and Laura Bell Bundy.
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(Billboard) First-year 'American Idol' judge Jennifer Lopez says she's "on the fence" about returning to Fox's competition series for a second season. more
(Jam!) Britney Spears' boyfriend Jason Trawick was in for a special treat when he attended the pop star's Femme Fatale dress rehearsal on Sunday night - she hauled him onstage for a lap dance more
(Jam!) Police in southwest England have arrested and detained two men on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and murder near the home of chart-topping soul singer Joss Stone, they said in a statement on Wednesday. The Sun newspaper reported that the men were involved in a suspected plot to kidnap Stone, 24, who has sold around 11 million albums and has a personal fortune estimated at nine million pounds. more
(Billboard) Madonna's manager Guy Oseary announced on Twitter that the pop star "goes into the recording studio next month to begin work"on the follow-up to 2008's "Hard Candy." more
(BBC) Troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark officially opens on Broadway to mixed reviews. more
(Jam!) Eminem is adamant he did not mean to insult Lady Gaga in his new song, insisting the reference is "a joke". more
(Billboard) Jessica Simpson will make her return to reality TV on NBC's upcoming fashion show "Fashion Star," which will be hosted by Elle Macpherson. more
(Billboard) Shania Twain is back in the spotlight, recording a duet with Lionel Richie on her reality show "Why Not? with Shania Twain." Watch, as Twain and Richie belt out Ritchie's duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love," in what appears to be a hotel room
or possibly her bedroom, see it here
(AP) Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine of NBC's talent show 'The Voice' are putting their voices together on a new Maroon 5 single. more
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(TMZ) Rapper Soulja Boy claims he's the latest victim of an evil hacker -- who broke into his Facebook account and posted a disgusting homophobic, racist rant over the weekend.
The rant -- aimed at "haters" who posted negative comments on the rapper's Facebook page -- included the lines, "IM TIRED OF WHITE PEOPLE DOING US LIKE THIS MAN!! THEY TREAT US SO WRONG!! f**k THEM."
The rant continued, "I'm gonna keep talking sh*t to these white f*ggots until they unlike my page. f**king weirdo stalkers!"
Now, in a statement to TMZ, Soulja says, "I wanted to clear the air and let everyone know that my Facebook got hacked."
He explains, "I had administrators on my account that no longer work with me. The hackers used these old accounts to post hateful messages. This was not done by me or anyone on my team and I'm upset that I am being labeled as a racist and homophobic person." more on this story
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(TMZ) Gary Busey was just fired from a movie he was supposed to star in ... TMZ has learned -- after several members of the production complained about his behavior on set.
Sources connected with the upcoming movie "Mansion of Blood" tell us, Gary had simply become too difficult to work with -- but the nail in the coffin ... we're told a woman on set complained about inappropriate comments Gary made, and production decided enough was enough.
According to sources, Gary had already finished shooting about half of his scenes -- so the script was rewritten ... and another actor filled in to shoot the rest.
Gary's rep confirms the actor is no longer associated with the project -- telling us, "The situation was plagued by contractual issues and misunderstandings from the outset. Gary considers this episode concluded and has no further comment on the matter." more on this story
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Yesterday, Universal released the Deluxe Edition of ABBA's seventh studio album, Super Trouper.
Originally released in 1980, Super Trouper features classic hits such as the title track, "The Winner Takes It All" and "Lay All Your Love On Me," along with the original version of one of the more poignant songs in the musical Mamma Mia!, "Our Last Summer."
Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is a 2-disc release, featuring a CD of the original album and bonus tracks specifically remastered for this release, plus a DVD of rare television performances and interviews from the archives, showing rare and previously unseen footage. more on this story
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(TMZ) Arnold Schwarzenegger's baby mama Mildred Baena claims she did NOT make one single cent for the tell-all interview she gave to Hello! Magazine ... insisting it wasn't about the money.
Mildred's lawyer tells us, "Mildred was tired of people selling their lies to the media or claiming to speak for her when they do not ... She gave the interview in order to set the record straight once and for all."
Her lawyer adds, "All she wanted to do was put the lies and rumors to rest. And we believe that she has done that through this interview."
As for how the interview ended up with Hello! Magazine -- we're told it was delivered to the magazine by a freelance reporter ... who has a personal relationship with Baena's lawyer. more on this story
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Dolly Parton's new album Better Day is set for a June 28th release date through her own Dolly Records.
Her new single "Together You & I" is now available for streaming on her official Facebook page located here. more on this story
To coincide with the album's release, Dolly will launch a world tour bringing her throughout America and then onto the U.K. and Europe in August and September, then Australia in November in support of the new album.
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Vh1 Classic are helping viewers gear up for the return of Pop Up Video with three marathons of the famed series this summer. Here is what they had to say:
This summer, fall in love all over again with one of the most adored series of all time, "Pop Up Video." VH1 Classic will air three marathons of the iconic series Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 PM ET/PT, Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 PM ET/PT and Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 PM ET/PT. The series is set to return to VH1 with new episodes in the Fall of 2011.
Viewers can take a nostalgic look back at the series that has a special place in everyone's heart during VH1 Classic's "Pop Up Video" marathon. "Pop Up Video," is a timeless show that ranks among the most iconic series in television history. During the VH1 Classic marathon, viewers will have the opportunity to sing along and learn about videos from the 80's and 90's and gain insight and details about featured artists including, Madonna, Prince, Elton John, Rod Stewart and more. All marathons will feature a variety of genres of music from movie theme songs and dance songs to hard rock and strictly 80's. more on this story
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Cursive frontman Tim Kasher has announced a new headlining tour in September and August and a limited edition tour EP.
The three and a half week trek will launch on August 18th at Schubas in Chicago, IL, and wrap up September 10th at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE, taking him throughout the midwest, northeast, and southeast.
Kasher, also known as frontman of Cursive and The Good Life, will have an EP, Bigamy: More Songs From The Monogamy Sessions, available exclusively at his upcoming shows and online only via the Saddle Creek webstore. more on this story
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(Conqueroo) Candye Kane's eleventh CD release, Sister Vagabond, will hit the streets on August 16, 2011 on Delta Groove Records.
Produced by Kane and her noted guitarist Laura Chavez, Sister Vagabond is a worthy successor to their 2010 collaboration, Superhero, which was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues CD in the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards. more on this story
The jump-blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles is a five-time nominee for Blues Music Awards, has nabbed ten San Diego Music Awards and starred in a sold-out stage play about her life. She's beat pancreatic cancer in the last two years. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars.
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Today Sander Kleinenberg tells us about "Follow Me" from his brand new album "5K". Here is the story:
"Follow Me" is a funky little jam that was carefully constructed around a vocal I recorded in one of the original sessions for the album. I rented a studio in Amsterdam and filled it with amazing old synths and classic vintage tube things. I spent a few weeks in there playing and fooling around with everything and told myself I could only spend 2 hours on an idea and then had to move on. Basically this resulted in an entire of library of sounds and ideas. I came across the Roland VP 330, a classic disco era type vocoder with amazing strings, (also featured on this album in "Closer") and after plugging it in created the vocoder effects. A little too obsessed with Twitter, I started recording the words "Follow Me" as a plea to get more followers (much to the amusement of some friends in the studio). The heavy funk stabs are a sound from my youth as well as the influence of break-dance movies of the mid eighties ('CRAZY LEGS'!).
At the end of the track, you can hear an old sample recorded at a Northern Soul gig in the 70's somewhere in the North of England that was used by Kelvin Andrews (Robbie Williams producer) on a house record in the early 2000's. I reached out to him and asked if he would mind if I used it because the content of the words is so incredibly spot on. He said it wasn't a problem but could not help me trace the actual man or band that recorded it. With that being said, I actually owe someone some credit here. I, however, vow here to support a musical charity with the proceeds if I can't find the original writer/performer.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
You can pick up the Amazon.com exclusive version of 5K by clicking below:
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