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Tupac Shooter Confesses- Kanye West Pink Floyd Mashup as New Kanye Leaks- Adele Beats Lady Gaga- Junk Food Put Selena Gomez In The Hospital?- more
(MTV) On the eve of what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, an imprisoned man has admitted to shooting the late rapper/actor during a robbery at Manhattan's Quad Studios in November 1994. What's even more startling is that the alleged triggerman, Dexter Isaac, is claiming in a letter that was obtained by that 'Pac's former associate, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, paid him $2,500 to do the deed. more

AP had this follow up: New York City police have begun an investigation into an online posting supposedly from a convicted felon who claims to have shot and robbed slain rapper Tupac Shakur. more

(Submitted) Futant has created its first video mashup by merging Kanye West's new video for Runaway with Pink Floyd's 1970 classic Atom Heart Mother. The video can be viewed here

(Billboard) Although many were excited to finally press play to an aural version of Kanye West's "Mama's Boy," on early Tuesday, June 14, Mr. West wasn't. Today (June 15), Island Def Jam released a statement declaring Ye's sentiments towards the leak. more

(Jam!) Selena Gomez explained her recent hospitalization on Kidd Kraddick's radio show, "I do eat. The problem is I don't eat right. I love everything that's possibly not good for me... I love M&Ms, Kit Kats, Snickers and Goobers at the movies." more

(FMQB) British singer Adele earns her tenth non-consecutive week at #1 while Lady Gaga slips to #2. more

(Antiquiet) Weird Al Yankovic has a new album out next week, and in keeping with tradition it includes a medley of polka versions of recent pop hits. Check out the song here and see if you can name all fourteen songs he's covering before you're driven to smashing your head against the keyboard until your face is a mangled mess of raw hamburger.

(Billboard) "X Factor" judge and former Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid is headed to Sony Music. He will take on the chairman title at the soon-to-be restructured Epic Label Group more

(Billboard) Two members of the New York glam rock group Scissor Sisters have agreed to score the upcoming "Fraggle Rock" movie more

(BBC) West End musical Shrek opens in London, untroubled by a nearby fire that caused a neighbouring theatre to be closed. more

(BBC) James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli accepts undisclosed libel damages from newspapers that suggested she used her position to fund a charity she chaired. more

(FMQB) While at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards to perform his recent single, "Out of My Head," with Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco said to expect the video for the collaboration at the end of June. more

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Joss Stone Murder Plot Arrests
(Gibson) Police in southwest England have arrested two men on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and murder near the home of U.K. singer Joss Stone.

Police were alerted by suspicious locals and arrested the pair in the town of Cullompton on Monday morning. The men, aged 30 and 33, were initially held for possessing an offensive weapon and being equipped for burglary and theft. The BBC today reported the men also had "a bodybag" in their possession.

"As a result of enquiries the two men are now being detained for the further offences of conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to murder," a police statement said. more on this story

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American Idol David Cook To Webcast Album Release Event
American Idol David Cook has announced another special event to celebrate the release of his sophomore album This Loud Morning... and you'll be able watch online if you can't make it to the event.

David Cook will take part in a LIVE @ Best Buy performance at 6pm on June 28th. Starting at 12:01am on Tuesday, June 28th, the first 200 customers who purchase This Loud Morning at Best Buy's Union Square location will receive a wristband for admittance to David Cook's "LIVE @ Best Buy" performance, as well as a guaranteed spot in line to have their copy of This Loud Morning autographed by David following his performance.

The next 100 customers will receive a wristband guaranteeing them admittance to the signing. The performance will also be broadcast live at more on this story

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Tech N9ne Scores Top 5 Hit
Tech N9ne scored a top 5 debut with the new album All 6's & 7's, which enjoyed first week Soundscan total of 55,806 units landed All 6's & 7's at the no. 4 spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart as well as the #1 Independent album chart and #1 Rap album chart, overall.

"Tech will never go mainstream/ Mainstream will go Tech," Tech N9ne promises on the new album's "Love Me Tomorrow." On All 6's & 7's this is a prophecy fulfilled with stunning appearances by Lil' Wayne, T-Pain, B.o.B., E-40, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf, Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition) and others. Standout track "Worldwide Choppers" (co-starring Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes plus an explosive coterie of international MCs) has already been hailed as a classic anthem, pushing hip-hop into new territories.

Check out Tech N9ne live this summer on "All 6's & 7's — The Tour." Dates were not provided in the announcement.

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Charice Wants More Glee
Celebuzz has a new interview with Charice. Here is their intro and some select questions and answers where she talks about her involvement in Glee and her new film role: After being dubbed by Oprah as the "most talented girl in the world," 19-year-old Charice landed a guest spot on Glee as the adorable Sunshine and a major role in the upcoming film, Here Comes the Boom. Celebuzz got a chance to chat with Charice as she prepared for a party in Times Square on Tuesday, June 14.

You just wrapped your first season on Glee – was it a fun experience filming the show?: It was a great experience. Especially when we did the season finale, because it was my birthday when we shot the finale episode. it was a great experience working with them – all the cast, the crew, everybody. I just miss them because they're like family now.

Do you think you'll be joining on for season three?: Actually… [laughs]. It all depends on them. Of course, I would love to come back. Of course – it's Glee! Not only because it's a big TV show, it's also because of the relationship I had with everyone. I got really close with them, so I would love to be a part of it again.

You also just wrapped Here Comes the Boom with Salma Hayek and Kevin James – was it exciting working on a film with such big stars?: I'm still in shock. When I auditioned for the movie, they gave me the script and gave me a role but I didn't realize that my role was one of the main characters. So I was like 'okay,' and spent almost three months in Boston – back and forth LA to Boston to shoot the movie. It was a little emotional when I did the last scene with Kevin James, everybody was there, Selma…they took a picture with me and everybody was like 'Aww, Charice is done with the movie,' and I was like 'Really?!' [Laughs.] The days went by so fast. The great thing is that they gave me my name on one of those director's chairs, and I love it. It's a big remembrance for me. It's been a great experience, and I just want to thank them for trusting me, this whole acting thing is new to me but it's been a great experience. Check out the full feature here

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Graffiti6 Capitol Debut Coming This Month
Capitol Records have announced a June 28th release date for a digital EP from their recently inked artist Graffiti6.

Graffiti6 is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Scott and songwriter-producer TommyD, both London-born multi-instrumentalists who began making music together in 2009 and decided to call the resulting collaboration Graffiti6. (A third member, the British artist and illustrator Jimi Crayon, designs all of Graffiti6's artwork and is responsible for their bold logo and Technicolor visuals.)

Graffiti6 has made a DR. ROSEN remix of its first U.S. single, "Annie You Save Me," available as a free download on its official website, A digital EP, featuring two remixes of the track, plus acoustic versions of two other songs, including a cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity," will be made available through all digital retailers on June 28th, while a 12" vinyl version of "Annie You Save Me" featuring remixes by DR. ROSEN and Lars Stalfors will be released on July 27th. Another Graffiti6 track "Stone In My Heart" is currently available for sale at all digital retailers.
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Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Train, Big & Rich and more For This Weekend's Show Me Festival
Starting tomorrow, Springfield, MO will play host to the first-ever Show Me Music and Arts festival, a three-day event featuring Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Train, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, One Republic, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, REO Speedwagon, Sawyer Brown, Joe Nichols, David Nail, Gloriana, Steve Holy, Love & Theft, The McClymonts, The Cleverlys and more.

Additional attractions throughout the festival include cooking demonstrations in the Chef Pavilion by Food Network chefs Robert Irvine ('Dinner: Impossible'), Aaron McCargo Jr. ('Big Daddy's House'), Ellie Krieger ('Healthy Appetite'), stand-up comedy in the Comedy Tent Stage featuring 'Last Comic Standing' winner Jon Reep, and HBO and Comedy Central stars Jamie Kaler, Jimmy Shubert, Patti Vasquez, Steve Rannazzisi, John Caponera, and over 40 arts and crafts vendors from around the country.

Don't forget to stop by the Show Me Saloon and Stage, the largest outdoor honky-tonk in the state of Missouri, serving your favorite beverages and featuring 15 national and regional acts including Candy Coburn, Louie Michael, Tommy Gallagher Band, Randy Burk and the Prisoners, Mark Chapman, Corybel Country, Liz Moriondo, Big Smith, Machine Gun Symphony, Jason Plummer and more! more on this story

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Roger Miret And The Disasters Debut New Video
(Webster) Taste Of Country have premiered Roger Miret And The Disasters' new music video for the song "JR".

The song comes from The Disaster's latest release "Gotta Get Up Now" which was released earlier this year on People Like You Records. While he may not be known for singing country songs, ROGER belts out this one like a true country crooner. Check out the video for "JR" here

Roger commented on the origins of the song "JR": "I wrote this song when I found out my wife was pregnant with my first son. It's really amazing to know that the one person you love more than anything else in this world, including yourself, is carrying your child. . . a child made out of the love that both you and your wife share for each other. I had some pretty hard times growing up, and fell on some even harder times as an adult. I wanted to write a song that my son could listen to when things got tough and know that there will always be someone there for him when life takes that unexpected turn, as it so often does. I wanted him to know that I will always be proud of him, and always stand behind him no matter what direction he decides to take his life in, the way my family stood behind me." more on this story

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Enemies On Board MTV's The Challenge: Rivals This Summer
Enemies will team up and square off on MTV's summer competition show, "The Challenge: Rivals," which premieres Wednesday, June 22 at 10pm ET/PT.

"Rivals" takes the competition and the drama to a new level this season as each team is comprised of two people who are known enemies. The explosive premiere kicks off with a challenge that sends the rivals flying – right over a waterfall. But the big surprise is who wins day one. And later, as tempers flare, one challenger is sent packing.

This season, with TJ Lavin as returning host, "The Challenge: Rivals" takes 14 men and 14 women out of their comfort zone to the exotic Costa Rica for a brand new game and a brand new team structure. Like every challenge, "RIVALS" will require strength, stamina, and perseverance. But more than ever before it's going to require mental toughness —because in a new twist each two-person team will be made up of a pair of bitter rivals who will have to depend on each other to win the ultimate prize - $300,000 cash. more on this story

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CMT Music Awards Performers Dominate The Top 5 Country Singles Chart
It apparently pays to be asked to perform at the CMT Music Awards, just ask the artists who appeared on the live telecast on Wednesday, June 8.

According to SoundScan, four of the top five Country Singles were performed on the CMT Music Awards with Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" claiming the #1 spot.

Aldean brought down the house during his collaboration with Ludacris, and sales of the track following the show increased 99 percent, while the single reached the #4 spot on the overall Digital Songs chart. more on this story

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Mel Gibson Facing Rubber Trouble
(TMZ) Mel Gibson is being sued by a man who claims Mel cajoled him to put his life savings in a newfangled technology to recycle tires ... the guy lost it all and now claims Mel is swindling him.

Nader Sherif met Mel at a dinner party in 2007. According to the lawsuit, Nader claims Mel started jawboning him about a Malaysian company called Green Rubber, which developed a technology to devulcanize rubber so old tires could be recycled.

Sherif claims Mel tried convincing him to invest $200,000 in the company -- his entire life savings. Sherif says he was resistant, but someone from the company who was present at the dinner assured him the company would re-purchase Sherif's stock for the full face value whenever Sherif wanted.

But Sherif was still uneasy, and he alleges Mel then told him if the company wouldn't make good, Mel would buy the shares from Sherif for the full $200,000.

Short story -- Sherif was going through hard financial times and wanted Green Rubber to buy his stock back. Sherif claims the company repeatedly refused to do so, and he then went to Mel, who allegedly ignored his demand. more on this story

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Matt Duke Premieres Love You Anymore Video
(WMG) Consequence Of Sound's have premiered Matt Duke's new music video for his song "Love You Anymore."

The video is described by Cluster 1 as a "relationship seen through the eyes of modern dance. As Duke sings in the forefront, a male/female couple dances away on a bed and in a living room. Their movements are sensual, representing both the gentle and aggressive sides to any relationship. Each step involves their partner in some way, weaving themselves together throughout the song." Check out the video here

Taken from his newest album One Day Die (Ryko), which debuted at #6 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, "Love You Anymore" has been the song that press advocates and fans alike have consistently gravitated towards upon further listens of the record. Philadelphia's WXPN added the track to their regular rotation, and IGN Music explains how the song is "where Duke's gorgeous, light melodic vocals - apologizing for falling out of love - are matched by Cara Salimando, as the two harmonize beautifully on this excellent duet." As for Matt's overall craftsmanship and writing sensibility on the rest of his album, American Songwriter proclaims "[Duke] possesses a sense of poetic lyricism and an understanding of human nature that indicate anything but the musings of a twenty-something, and the record could ride on his words alone."
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Sonic Bloom Festival Lineup
(TP) Sonic Bloom has announced the final lineup for the 2011 festival including 2 full stages of music and a satellite DJ booth highlighting over 75 of the nation's best nationally touring and up-and-coming electronic performers.

This year's lineup includes Rainbow Wheel of Death, Slim Thugz, Cacheflowe, Ishe, Unlimited Aspect, Coult45, Unlimited Gravity, Servone, Dodger, Zeno, MTHDS, Human Agency, Dayquill, Encanti, The Digital Connection, Shiba, Fugate, Skuzzy, Lost Optical, Perileyes, Hooplaa, Skyless, DocType, Matamorphic and Reddot.

For the last six years the boutique festival has served as a launchpad for some of the most successful electronic artists on the scene including Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, the Glitch Mob and consummate tour dogs, EOTO. more on this story

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MTV Announce Awkward New Show
MTV are launching their new scripted comedy "Awkward." on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network's summer lineup.

This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, played by Ashley Rickards ("Fly Away," "One Tree Hill"), whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion.

The 12-episode half-hour series will air Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. ET/PT following MTV's hit series "Teen Mom.""Awkward." will also air internationally on MTV channels around the world starting in September 2011. more on this story

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Cops Respond To Teen Mom Star's Suicide Threat
(TMZ) Amber Portwood's baby daddy Gary Shirley called 911 yesterday and begged the operator to send cops to the "Teen Mom" star's Indiana home ... warning, "She's going to hang herself"

TMZ obtained a copy of the 911 phone call Gary placed yesterday, in which he says Amber had recently mentioned that she was "having a hard time with her life" and he feared she might commit suicide.

Gary, who sounded very calm on the phone, explained, "I just spoke with my girlfriend and she had said something to me ... said she's having a hard time with her life ... call the police, they can find my body in the garage."

Gary added, "I'm calling you guys because I don't want her to kill herself."

Cops eventually responded to Amber's home -- and though she did not appear to be injured, she was taken to a nearby medical facility for further evaluation. more on this story

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Cops Vs Paparazzi For Royal Visit
(TMZ) Law enforcement from the US State Department and the LAPD are making the rounds in a fancy L.A. neighborhood, warning residents Prince William and Kate Middleton will be guests of honor at a party on their block, and to be on the lookout for paparazzi.

Two LAPD cops and a member of the State Dept. are telling residents in Hancock Park, William and Kate will be attending a bash thrown by BAFTA -- the British Academy of Film and Television Arts -- and law enforcement plans on coming down on paparazzi like a hammer, arresting anyone who trespasses on private property to get a shot.

The trio is going door-to-door in the area surrounding the British Consulate, smack in the middle of Hancock Park. One resident was told the event would be held on July 9. Law enforcement said they wanted residents to contact police immediately if there was any sign of photogs, and the cops would take swift action. more on this story

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Real Housewives Race War of Words
(TMZ) "Real Housewives of NYC" star Cindy Barshop is firing back at an ex-employee, who said she was canned because she's black -- claiming the employee is the REAL racist ... and it's killing business.

Barshop filed the suit today in NY on behalf of her spa company Completely Bare -- claiming ex-employee Altovise Collier wasn't fired because she's black ... she was fired because she sucked at her job.

Barshop then turns the tables on Collier, accusing HER of being the real racist -- "In an effort to mask her own deficient work performance and serial on the job screw-ups, Collier, in a racist fashion, asserts that her race, national origin and skin color were the basis for her termination." Barshop claims Collier only worked for CB for two and a half months -- and was fired over "disciplinary and other work performance problems, including client complaints."

Collier originally sued Barshop last week -- claiming she was the target of racial discrimination in the workplace. But according to Barshop, Collier's suit is nothing more than a "defamatory campaign" to ruin her professional reputation -- and she wants at least $5,000,000 to settle the score. more on this story

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Randy Montana Album Coming in July
Mercury Nashville have set a July 26th digital release date for Randy Montana's self-titled debut album.

Montana's album is produced by famed producer Jay Joyce and includes "Ain't Much Left Of Lovin' You," and his current single "1,000 Faces" which is currently a free download on the iTunes Country Page. Fans can download the video for free here Also on the album is the loved track "Last Horse," which features Emmylou Harris on harmonies.

Randy has spent most of 2010 and 2011 on the road touring. He's opened for hit artists such as Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sugarland and this summer he will open for superstar Taylor Swift with stops in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Foxboro, to name a few.
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