Day in Pop Report for 06/24/2011
(Reuters) Missy Elliott says she has Graves disease, a thyroid problem that caused her hair to fall out and shut down her nervous system. more
(Jam!) Embattled reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to serve 10 years behind bars for allegedly planning a cocaine deal in 2009. more
(Jam!) Sean 'Diddy' Combs has settled a multi-million dollar legal battle with a number of partygoers who were injured in an infamous club shooting in New York in 1999. more
(Billboard) Declaring she can "melt any DJ's face off in the building," Erykah Badu told a crowd at the LA Film Fest last night (June 22) that she will be releasing her first mixtape next month under the moniker DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown. more
(Billboard) Fox revealed its fall rollout for returning shows, with "Glee" returning on Sept. 20 and "The X Factor" premiering one day later. more
(FMQB) On June 25, MTV will hold MTV Video Music Aid Japan (VMAJ), a live music television event to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. Lady Gaga headlines a lineup of performers for the event that also includes Tokio Hotel, Namie Amuro, Girls' Generation, SHINee, Exile, Kana Nishino, One Night Only and Monkey Majik, all performing live more
(Billboard) Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson on 'Glee,' revealed in a recent interview that his life is nothing like that of the fictional character he plays: he dropped out of school at 16, and entered rehab at 19. "I'm not Finn Hudson. I burned a lot of bridges, I was out of control," he says. more
(FMQB) Santigold tells Spin that her long-awaited follow-up to her 2008 solo debut is essentially completed. The eclectic singer tells the magazine that in making the as-yet-untitled new record, "I had to reesetablish a creative confidence. And now I feel stronger than ever." more
(AP) Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to provide a private screening for Dr. Conrad Murray and his defense attorneys to view some 100 hours of raw footage of Michael Jackson's rehearsals for his "This Is It" concert. more
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The Maroon 5 duet with Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger," debuted on "The Voice" this week and has hit no. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart.
The track, which features two of the musician coaches on NBC's hit series "The Voice," made its world premiere on the program on Tuesday, June 21st. The studio version of the song released via A&M/Octone Records is available to purchase and download now exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com).
"Moves Like Jagger" is a quintessential Maroon 5 power pop hit with an upbeat, funky tune and catchy lyrics. In addition to releasing their new song, Maroon 5 is co-headlining a summer North American tour with Train. Kicking off July 22 in Chula Vista, Calif., the 40-plus-city outing will feature an evening of music that will include over 20 charted hit songs from two bands that have sold over 22 million records combined worldwide. more on this story
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(PR) Bluewater have announced that their special comic book project "Female Force: Madonna" will be released in August 2011.
The bio on the pop icon's life will be written by CW Cooke and drawn by Michael Johnson.
Madonna is arguably the most influential figure in the history of American music. This comic book will focus on her humble beginnings and the incredible events that led to her eventually becoming one of the few people in the world recognized by only their first name! more on this story
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Devo have mapped out some additional North American tour dates for their summer trek.
The new dates kick off on July 27th at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO and wrap on August 27th at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA.
Devo are hitting the road this summer in support of their latest album release, Something For Everybody. more on this story
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Colbie Caillat has released a behind the scenes look at the video for her new single "Brighter Than The Sun", shot in LA and produced by Emil Nava.
"Brighter Than The Sun" is the 2nd single from Colbie's new album All of You in stores July 12th and after just two weeks it's climbing up the HOT AC Radio Charts!
Destined to be the song of the summer, "Brighter Than The Sun" is featured in the OWN Network's Summer TV Promo. check out the BTS here
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UMG Nashville sent over this big news for Vince Gill fans: Next year, country music superstar Vince Gill will add a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to his list of honors that includes inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Walk of Fame honorees for 2012 include actors Jennifer Aniston, Richard Burton, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and Adam West, music legends Barry White, Hal David, David Foster and the band Heart and cartoonist Matt Groening.
This will be his family's second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His wife, singer/songwriter/author Amy Grant, received a star in 2006. more on this story
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(Atom) FOX's So You Think You Can Dance? have selected Greyson Chance's debut single "Waiting Outside the Lines," as the exit song for dancers voted off the reality competition all season long.
The single is available now on iTunes as well as "Unfriend You," his latest pop-rock single from his upcoming debut album Hold on 'Til the Night, out August 2nd via eleveneleven/Maverick/Geffen Records. more on this story
Chance was discovered just over a year ago when his stellar Youtube cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" became a viral sensation, catching the attention of Ellen DeGeneres who quickly signed him to her own Geffen Records imprint, eleveneleven.
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(Roger & Cowan) Gavin DeGraw will premiere the music video for his new single "Not Over You" on VH1's live morning show "Big Morning Buzz Live" on Monday June 27th at 9:30 -10:30 am ET
The video will be premiering simultaneously on VH1.com. Gavin will be on set at the VH1 headquarters to introduce and talk about his Diane Martel-directed video. more on this story
"Not Over You" was released on June 7th with the album pre-order for Gavin's brand new studio album SWEETER (RCA Records), set for release August 9th and available now at www.gavindegraw.com and other digital retailers.
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(MH) The Avett Brothers sold-out show on July 9th from Colorado's famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be broadcast live via satellite to the band's hometown of Concord, NC on the planets largest HDTV screen.
AEG Network LIVE is responsible for producing and shooting the entire event in HD and delivering it via iClips to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway, home to the massive 80' x 200' Panasonic HDTV, will host Avett Brothers fans from near and far for a chance to be part of this exciting show as it happens live. Fans who can't make it to Colorado or North Carolina on July 9 will be able stream the show on iclips.net.
The live simulcast will give the Avett Brothers' rabid local fan base the opportunity to view their historical show from Red Rocks on the speedway's massive 80-foot-by-200-foot HD video board. The speedway will supply concert-grade speakers to turn the infield area in front of the video board into a one-of-a-kind concert venue. more on this story
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Legacy have announced a August 20th release date for the double disc 20th Anniversary Edition of Spin Doctors' Pocket Full Of Kryptonite.
Featuring hit after hit, from 'Two Princes' to 'Little Miss Can't Be Wrong' and more, the original album reached #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, made the magazine's Top 100 list of the Best-Selling Albums of The Decade, hit #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia and New Zealand, was certified 3x Platinum in Canada, Gold in Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore, and cemented the group's debut as an international phenomenon.
In fact, 'Two Princes' was the most-played rock song in the world in 1993, and was recently certified by BMI with 3 million international radio plays ('Little Miss' is at the 2 million mark.) If the tracks were 3 minutes long apiece, and spun 5 million times back-to-back, that would amount to 28 years of continuous airplay. more on this story
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(Girlie) Dave Sitek, the producer & one of the masterminds behind TV On the Radio, contributed a remix to Verve Records' L.A. Noire Remixed, with the EP serving as the soundtrack to the video game of the same name, out now via Rockstar Games. Sitek remixed Dinah Washington's jazz classic, "Slick Chick.
LA Noire Remixed was released digitally May 17, 2011, and features six '30s-'40s gems from jazz greats Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, Dinah Washington, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton, remixed by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), DJ Premier (Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Kanye West), Truth & Soul (Amy Winehouse, Aloe Blacc, Adele), Ticklah (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), Midnight Sun (Midnight Magic) and Detroit techno/house innovator Moodymann. more on this story
The latest installment in the Verve Remixed series, the EP was inspired by the timeless songs in the game. L.A. Noire is a crime thriller that follows a young detective in 1947 Los Angeles as solves cases and rises through the ranks of the LAPD in one of the most violent and corrupt years in the city's history. L.A. Noire was released on May 17 for PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
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(RCA) Kidz Bop have launched of its second annual KIDZ Star USA Talent Search, the national talent competition for kids and teens ages 15 and under.
The online talent search is hosted on KIDZBOP.com, and gives aspiring young singers a shot at fame, right from home. Now until August 15th, kids can upload a :90 second performance video to KIDZBOP.com to compete for a chance to win a recording contract with the RCA/JIVE Label Group, a starring role in the next KIDZ BOP TV commercial and music video, and much more.
Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the world, is producing a series of webisodes following the musical journey of the top KIDZ Star USA contestants. more on this story
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(TMZ) A member of Justin Bieber's personal security team was cited for disorderly conduct yesterday after the singer had a frightening run-in with an undercover cop in NYC ... but it was all one MAJOR misunderstanding.
Bieber was signing autographs outside of Macy's when the crowd became unruly ... and a plainclothes police officer rushed to help the singer.
Problem is -- Bieber didn't know the guy was a cop -- so when the cop got close to Justin ... Bieber got defensive thinking he was a crazy fan. A member of Bieber's security team immediately grabbed the cop and tried to pull him away. The cop quickly identified himself -- and cited the security team member for disorderly conduct.
But this story has a happy ending ... sources connected to the situation tell us both sides straightened everything out -- and Bieber went on signing autographs inside the department store. more on this story
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Great news for North American Adele fans, not only has the chart topping singer rescheduled her postponed concert dates, she's added more!
Adele was forced to cancel her tour in early June due to laryngitis. The rescheduled dates will take place during the months of August and October.
The new tour will include stops in 6 additional cities including Las Vegas, NV, Atlantic City, NJ, Durham, NC, Orlando, FL, Miami, FL and Spring, TX. more on this story
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ABC will air the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 8:00-11:00 PM/ET.
This summer will heat up when ABC puts a spotlight on Nashville for the hottest music event of the year "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock."
Filmed June 9-12, today's most exciting Country Music stars hit the stage during a four-day party and celebration of America's music. more on this story
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It was a little late in the week, but yesterday Interscope announced that Eminem has landed at No. 1 for the second time within 12 months with Hell: The Sequel, the debut album from Bad Meets Evil, Eminem's collaboration with fellow Detroit native Royce Da 5'9", having sold 171,000 albums.
This marks the first time in the last five years an artist has scored two No. 1 albums within a 12-month period.
Eminem and Royce Da 5'9," who first teamed up on the 1999 single "Scary Movies," debuted two tracks from Hell: The Sequel "Fast Lane" and "Lighters" (featuring Bruno Mars) during Eminem's critically hailed headlining June 11th performance at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in front of 80,000 fans, during which the crowd "poised on the brink, positively lost their collective minds," during the "hard-hitting, hit-packed" set, as MTV.com reported. The video for "Fast Lane" has racked up more than 6.2 million views on VEVO. more on this story
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(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan is adamant she did NOT drink wine, beer or liquor during her stint on house arrest ... insisting her dirty test was caused by a fermented tea that contains a TEEEENY amount of alcohol.
Lohan has been telling friends she's been drinking her favorite kombucha tea again ... the same tea that caused her probation officer to raise a red flag earlier this year because it contains alcohol. The company behind the drink claims the alcohol content is less than .05%.
Of course, the judge ruled that Lindsay is ALLOWED to consume alcohol during her house arrest sentence ... so the dirty test didn't matter anyway.
TMZ spoke with Lindsay about the situation ... and she told us, "I am responsible, and I'm following the rules and obeying my judge and the Los Angeles judicial system."
She adds, " I'd like to do what I must to get my film career back and the respect of directors, actors, writers, studio heads, fans and so on." more on this story
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BET Awards '11 have expanded their lineup to now include Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Gladys Knight, Nicki Minaj, Taraji P. Henson, Big Sean, Ledisi, and Ne-Yo.
They join previously announced stars Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, [deleted], Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, La La Anthony, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Deitrick Haddon, Faithful Central Choir, Music Matters artists Mali Music and Kimberly Nichole, and host Kevin Hart .
Nick Cannon will join 106 & PARK hosts Terrence and Rocsi for "Live Red and Ready," a LIVE red carpet edition of 106 & PARK. more on this story
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(TMZ) The Jersey Shore cast is on lockdown ... as they wait to start shooting Season 5 in NJ next week -- which means no phones, no Internet, no friends, no family, no nothing.
Sources connected with the show tell TMZ ... producers want to keep the cast "in the zone" after coming back from Italy. Translation: If they started circulating again in New Jersey with friends, family, and the media, they'd lose the chemistry that makes the show work, and it takes time to get it back.
So given that Season 5 starts shooting on Monday, we're told producers felt it was better to just keep them away from everyone.
But there are always exceptions to the rule. Sammi, Deena, and Pauly D had prior engagements they had booked that could not be canceled -- the girls had commercial shoots and Pauly had a DJ gig in Vegas.
So producers gave the trio a weekend pass to show up at their gigs and come back no later than Sunday night. more on this story
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Josh Turner will headline After The Storm: Coming Together Benefit Concert on Thursday, July 14 at the Davis Cattle Company in Ringgold, GA.
The benefit is being staged to help the students and community of Ringgold, GA who were struck by an F-4 tornado on April 27. 100% of the proceeds for the concert will be split evenly between the Ringgold Band and the Ringgold athletic fund.
The EF-4 tornado that ripped through downtown Ringgold, GA destroyed about 50% of the town's businesses and many homes and places of worship. The greatest losses were the nine people that lost their lives as a result of the storm which included two students from Ringgold High School. Ringgold High School and Ringgold Middle School both suffered major damage. more on this story
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