Day in Pop Report for 06/23/2011
(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan pulled the plug on Matt Lauer Tuesday night, just before cameras were supposed to roll for her big sit-down interview.
NBC sources tell TMZ ... Lauer flew to L.A. yesterday, and showed up at Lindsay's Venice loft around 6 PM. We're told Lindsay was actually in the make-up chair when things went south. Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ ... Lauer's team blindsided them by saying the interview would be extremely lengthy because producers were planning to put it on "Dateline" as well as "Today."
Lindsay kicked up her heels, saying she was told it would only be a 15-minute interview, and refused to sit for anything longer. The two sides began arguing -- to no avail -- and then Matt just packed up and left.
Our NBC sources say producers made it clear to Lindsay and her people before Matt even got on the plane that the interview would be lengthy ... because it was servicing two shows. more on this story
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Country Thunder 2011 kicks off on July 21st in Twin Lakes, WI. With a line-up including Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, and more, it is gearing up to be the best year yet.
Recent additions to the line-up include Her & Kings County, who will take the stage on Saturday at 1:00pm, and southern rockers Blackberry Smoke, and gritty songstress Sonia Leigh, who will both be joining the Zac Brown Band on Friday night.
Another option for entertainment this year will be the all-new Frat House, an area featuring live music, karaoke, and game shows where festival attendees can win prizes throughout the weekend. Talent joining the Frat House line-up includes Rio Grand, The Roys, Bella Cain, Jason Jones, Lucy Angel, Ryan Laird, Greg Hanna, Her & Kings County, Savanna Road, Backcountry Roads, Saddlebrook, Lucky Town, and Rocket Club. more on this story
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(CSA) Leading up to the launch of their debut album When Fish Ride Bicycles on Green Label Sound this July, The Cool Kids have released their second single "Swimsuits" featuring Mayer Hawthorne.
Produced by Chuck Inglish himself, the Summer-ready track is available on iTunes now (via Green Label Sound).
"Swimsuits" offers a small taste of what is to be expected from the full-length album, which includes collaborations with Ghostface Killah, Bun B, Asher Roth, Travis Barker, and more. With additional production from Pharrell Williams on "Summer Jam" featuring Maxine Ashley, When Fish Ride Bicycles is the band's most diverse work to date. more on this story
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(TMZ) Flo Rida made a rich boy very happy last Sunday -- because the rapper DOMINATED the kid's Bar Mitzvah ... with an incredibly awesome (and sweaty) performance ... and TMZ has the footage.
According to our chosen sources, Flo played a full hour at the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue in Quebec -- yes, there are Jews in Canada -- and got the pubescent crowd AMPED with a full list of hits ... like "Get Low," "Who Dat Girl," "You Spin Me Round."
He was back in L.A. today -- but he wouldn't comment on how much he got paid at the coming-of-age ritual ... telling us, "Gotta keep that on the low, low, low." more on this story
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This week Audio Fidelity released 24 Karat Gold CD version of Carly Simon's 1972 classic No Secrets.
The disc were issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after their initial runs have sold out, and will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.
First issued in November of 1972, No Secrets was Simon's breakthrough LP and remains her best-selling recording to date, having held the No. 1 position on Billboard's album chart for five weeks and ultimately gone Platinum five times over. more on this story
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Committed, the winners of the second season of a show called The Sing-Off, will release their self-titled debut album on August 30th. Here is what Epic Record had to say about it:
The sextet's debut album features a mix of hand-selected cover songs, including their tear-inducing rendition of Michael Jackson's "Hold My Hand" which helped seal their win on the season finale as well as several originals.
Their first single "Break Free" is an uplifting anthem laced with the group's well-known inspirational lyrics, co-written by the group's own, Therry Thomas. Formed in Huntsville, Alabama in 2003, the group, comprised of Dennis "DJ" Baptiste, Tommy Gervais, Geston Pierre, Robert Pressley, Maurice Staple and Theron "Therry" Thomas, arrange all of their own music using only their vocals as instruments to emulate a full band sound. more on this story
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(2wo One 2wo) Arriving aboard the "Mothership," the godfather of funk, George Clinton will bring Parliament-Funkadelic to lower Manhattan to perform an intimate outdoor concert in New York City at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at the Beekman Beer Garden.
Appropriately dubbed George Clinton's 70th Birthday Funkabration, the show comes a mere five days after Clinton's actual birthday of July 22. "Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay!"
George Clinton's 70th Birthday Funkabration will be staged outdoors on the Beekman Beer Garden's 200-ton sandy beach, with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and East River as Clinton's backdrop. However, if summer rain showers pop up, the show will go on, under the protection of the Beekman Beer Garden's 10,000 square-foot beer garden tent. more on this story
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ON Monday MTV News Launched the Harry Potter World Cup, a month-long tournament that will have fans voting online to lay to rest, once-and-for-all, the question, "Who is the greatest Harry Potter character of all time?"
Will Harry, Ron and Hermione remain fan favorites or will Voldemort, Draco Malfoy or another villain slink through to victory? 64 will compete, but only one will emerge as the Wizarding World's Champion — and it's up to you.
As announced by James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), the Harry Potter World Cup will launch on Monday, June 20th with an intensity and fierceness rivaled only by the most extreme Quidditch matches ever seen. Round by round, the single-elimination event will unfold online with fans championing, fighting and voting for the character they believe is the greatest in J.K. Rowling's epic fantasy series. The two finalists will be announced on Monday, July 11th, kicking off a championship round just days before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. The winner will be revealed during MTV News' livestream coverage of the film's red carpet premiere in New York City. In addition to voting online at MoviesBlog.MTV.com, fans are also encouraged to utilize the official Twitter hashtag #mtvpottercup to spread the word about voting. more on this story
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(TMZ) Foxy Brown received a MAJOR scolding by a NY judge after she showed up two hours late for court -- but the singer's lawyer tells TMZ the timing error was completely his fault.
Salvatore Strazullo says he told Foxy Brown to be at court at 11:30 AM -- two hours after her scheduled 9:30 AM appearance -- insisting he had arranged with the Assistant District Attorney for the late arrival.
Foxy is in court for a 2010 arrest on charges of public lewdness, harassment, and criminal contempt when she was accused of mooning a neighbor ... thereby violating a protective order.
Strazullo feels Foxy should never have been reprimanded in court -- and plans to straighten out the mishap with the judge ASAP.
Foxy's due back in court next month. Hope she's on time. more on this story
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(TMZ) Tobey Maguire once received a $69,200 check from convicted hedge fund manager Brad Ruderman -- after Maguire allegedly STOMPED the guy during an illegal high stakes poker game back in 2007.
Maguire is only one of several high-profile people named in legal docs as a player in the poker games -- along with "Girls Gone Wild" kingpin Joe Francis and Paris Hilton sex tape partner Rick Salomon.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the games took place at fancy establishments and all over town ... including the famous Viper Room on the Sunset Strip.
One game allegedly went down in the club back in 2005 ... AFTER former club owner Johnny Depp sold his shares of the place. more on this story
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(Sub) The Village Voice have announced the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2PM till Midnight with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more. more on this story
The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival with also include live music on South Street Seaport Pier 17 from 1-8pm. The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davila 666, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger and Mr. Dream and are all scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
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CMT sent over this announcement about a new dating series: Bachelors from big cities and small towns are vying for the affections of Devin Grissom, a beautiful southern girl from Alabama, in the new CMT series, Sweet Home Alabama premiering Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.
In order to win her heart, the guys from across the country compete in challenges to win time with this modern day southern belle. In each one-hour episode set in the charming city of Fairhope, Ala., Devin says goodbye to more of her suitors in the hopes of finding her true love and someone her family approves.
Devin Grissom is a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Raised in Cordova, Tenn., Devin considers herself a southern belle who values and respects the traditions of the south. A huge sports fan, Devin spends her Saturdays in the fall watching SEC football games and hopes to pursue a public relations career in professional sports. Devin's parents were high school sweethearts, still married for 34 years, and she aspires to have a relationship like theirs and settle down at a young age. more on this story
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(SBI) Rock Ya Girl Records announces the release of Peter Baldwin In Vodville July 26th 2011. Baldwin's music is a unique cook-up of soul induced-indie rock with folk, jazz and pop overtones, a sound he calls "alternative soul."
With the release of this proper debut EP, Baldwin not only introduces himself as a promising artist, but as a visionary and equally adept producer who aims to push the boundaries of popular soul music. more on this story
In his short career, the 22 year-old Baldwin regularly sells out his own headline club dates and has also opened for legendary acts such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Joss Stone, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Mayer Hawthorne, Theophilus London, K'naan and Aloe Blacc.
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DJ crew A Tribe Called Red are set to release their official debut single, Northern Cree - Red Skin Girl (A Tribe Called Red Remix) on Masalacism Records July 5th 2011.
The single is a dubstep remix of the Northern Cree Singers' Red Skin Girl, done in A Tribe Called Red's unique and hard-hitting Pow Wow Step style.
Internationally recognized native photographer Nadya Kwandibens contributes her photography to the single; her work, like that of A Tribe Called Red, fuses traditional native imagery with contemporary urban surroundings. Listen to the song here
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(TMZ) Octomom is BLASTING the fertility doc who pumped her full of embryos a coupe of years ago -- claiming the medical board should BAN him for LIFE ... for "the best of humanity."
Earlier this week, Dr. Michael Kamrava requested a stay of the Medical Board of California's decision to strip him of his license -- begging for the opportunity to continue practicing medicine while he appeals the ruling.
But Octo tells TMZ ... the doc deserves his fate saying, "I think it was for the best of humanity that his license was revoked as he could have implanted [my stockpiled embryos] in women resulting in lots and lots of bionic hyperactive Octo-babies."
Octo adds, "Talk about breeding for disaster!" more on this story
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The Outdoor Channel has announced the premiere of Mudslingers starring Average Joe's Entertainment's Colt Ford as co-host alongside comedian Marc Ryan. The 13-episode half-hour series will debut on June 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET and is presented by Sta-bil.
"There's an entire culture that consists of 4x4 trucks, camping, music, and pure madness that we're about to blow the lid off of," shares Ford. "Mudslingers showcase's that lifestyle and more, and I'm proud to be one of the hosts sharing this with all the folks at home. You better buckle up because this is one hell of a ride!"
Each Mudslingers episode will feature renowned recreational parks like Redneck Yacht Club and Yankee Lake along with interviews on the campground, demonstrations of the vehicles, and more all while showcasing the non-stop action that takes place on the grounds. more on this story
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(FMQB) The new Eminem collaboration with Royce Da 5'9", under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, was the best selling album in the country this week as it opened at #1 with 171,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. more
(Billboard) On the heels of his announcement that the current cast of Glee will graduate after next season, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy said there will be no guest stars -- a la Gwyneth Paltrow -- in season three. more
(AP) A former general manager for Michael Jackson has pleaded guilty for failing to file tax returns during the time she worked for the late pop star. more
(Billboard) A source close to Mary J. Blige's camp has informed Billboard.com that "Feel Inside" is not a true Mary J. Blige and Nicki Minaj collaboration. The song that leaked online late last night is a studio mashup of two completely different in-progress tracks the divas are working on separately more
(Jam!) Chris Brown insists he never meant to "insult anyone" by using a homophobic slur as he tried to talk his way out of a parking ticket. more
(Reuters) "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin last week fractured the big toe of her left foot on a favorite Jimmy Choo shoe and is now singing her brand of soul music in hospital-issued footwear, her representative said on Tuesday. more
(Jam!) Joss Stone has given her first interview since two men were charged over an alleged plot to rob and assault her, insisting she is glad "they didn't manage it". more
(BBC) George Michael is to stage a charity concert in memory of Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the Royal Opera House, it is announced. more
(MTV) Sean Kingston is well on his way to recovery. The pop singer has been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital, three weeks after he was admitted for injuries stemming from a jet-ski accident in Miami Beach over the Memorial Day weekend. more
(BBC) A Vincent van Gogh painting, which had always been believed to be a self-portrait, is actually a depiction of his brother, experts have concluded. more
(Billboard) Wu-Tang Clan fans have been declared the most promiscuous at this weekend's Glastonbury Festival, according to an online dating site. more
(Billboard) R&B singer Jill Scott looks like she's on the verge of earning her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her just-released "The Light of the Sun" is headed for the top next week. more
(Billboard) Train has been making waves with its wine club, and now, the trio is taking the next step with its own wine. Starting next week, fans will be able to buy Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah wine more more on this story
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(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan tested positive for alcohol earlier this month and has been ordered to appear in front of an L.A. County Superior Court judge this morning ... and the Probation Dept. wants her in jail.
Here's what we know. Lindsay was tested twice last week. Sources tell TMZ ... Lindsay tested positive for alcohol on one of the tests and negative on the other. In both tests, she tested negative for drugs. One of the tests was administered just after Lindsay had a rooftop barbecue party.
Sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Probation Department will ask Judge Stephanie Sautner to yank her out of house arrest and throw her in L.A. County Jail. And, we're told, members of the D.A.'s office -- want to make an appearance as well, to lower the boom on Lindsay. And this is interesting, because the D.A. is out of the case. The L.A. City Attorney has taken it over.
The Probation Department is pissed off because they tried to force Lindsay to take two tests in May but Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, refused to make Lindsay submit, claiming it wasn't part of her probation. Turns out it was, so Lindsay subsequently took the two tests, one of which she failed.
The Probation Dept. is also ticked that Lindsay is having parties while under house arrest. more on this story
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(EMI) David Guetta has set a August 30th, 2011 release date for his 5th studio album Nothing But The Beat.
Guetta has enlisted an all-star cast which includes Flo-Rida, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, Ludacris, will.i.am, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Jennifer Hudson, Sia, Timbaland, Dev and more. This is the Grammy award winning DJ's first album since 2009's global breakthrough smash One Love which has sold over 3 million albums and 12 million singles world-wide.
Guetta released the album's first single "Where Them Girls At" featuring Flo-Rida and Nicki Minaj last month and it has since sold over 800,000 digital tracks and reached the top 10 on the singles charts in more than 15 countries. "Where Them Girls At" is blowing up at radio where is currently #26 at Top 40 and #25 at the Rhythm format. The video will premiere on June 28th. The album's second single "Little Bad Girl" featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris will be released commercially on June 28th. more on this story
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The new rock meets country mashup for CMT Crossroads will feature rockers The Doobie Brothers and country star Luke Bryan.
CMT Crossroads: The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan premieres Friday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT.
Taped before an invitation-only audience in Nashville, The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan will perform their hits including The Doobie Brothers' "Black Water," Long Train Runnin," and "China Grove," and Bryan's "Rain is a Good Thing," "Do I" "and "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)." more on this story
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(Stiletto) Barry Manilow's new original album 15 Minutes entered the Billboard Top 200 at no 7.
15 Minutes is Manilow's 37th charting album, and his 6th Top 10 debut in the last 10 years. The album's single "Bring On Tomorrow" has entered the Top 40 chart making it Manilow's 47th Top 40 hit and is enjoying extensive radio play.
Manilow debuted material from his new album during a special QVC Presents Q Sessions Live broadcast on Thursday, May 26th at 8 PM (ET), followed by a Memorial Day Weekend Manilow Special on SIRIUS/XM. more on this story
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Atlantic Records sent over word that Wiz Khalifa's debut album, "Rolling Papers," has been officially RIAA-certified gold.
What's more, the rapper's second official single, "Roll Up," is now certified platinum after receiving gold certification only a couple of weeks prior.
These two new accolades join the already 3X platinum single, "Black And Yellow," which was released last September and catapulted up the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard's "Hot 100 Singles" chart. Known for his great presence on the road, Wiz recently kicked off his "Rolling Papers Tour" with a much-buzzed-about set at last week's Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN. more on this story
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(TMZ) Five years before Ryan Dunn was killed in a violent car crash, Bam Margera predicted the "Jackass" star's death in eerily specific detail -- claiming, "He's gonna eat it one of these times [in a car accident]."
Bam -- along with several cast members from his MTV show "Viva La Bam" -- made the grim prediction while recording the DVD commentary for Season 5 back in 2006.
According to the commentary, Dunn was involved in SEVERAL car accidents over the years -- but Bam's mom claimed, "He'll never learn his lesson."
Another "Bam" cast member added, "I have [Ryan] in the death pool ... for death by vehicle."
In this specific episode, Ryan races Bam's Lamborghini in a limousine -- and after Ryan loses, Bam claims, "[the limo] blew up just like every other f**king car he has." more on this story
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(conqueroo) Thomas Dolby announced his latest creation: The Floating City is a rich transmedia game with a living world that changes and reacts to player contributions. It uses web browsers, social networks, and even smart phones and iPads as a way for fans to access his latest musical endeavors.
The Floating City is open for registration from today at . Gameplay commenced on June 22nd at 5 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET in the U.S.).
Players from around the world will form tribes and collaborate to earn free music downloads, merchandise and concert tickets. The leading tribe will even win the right to stage a private concert at which Thomas Dolby and his band will perform his forthcoming album in its entirety. more on this story
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