Day in Pop Report for 06/29/2011
TMZ had this report Wednesday morning: It's been thirty-five days since she began her grueling house arrest -- and now, Lindsay Lohan is moments away from sweet, sweet freedom.
The tracking device placed on Lindsay's ankle will be removed -- probably this morning -- and she will be free to roam the streets of Venice -- and beyond -- as she pleases.
Lindsay will then sign a house arrest completion form, which will then be forwarded to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
But Lindsay is not out of the woods. She's on probation for the jewelry heist and must complete her 480 hours of community service. She must also enroll in a "shoplifters alternative class" -- yes, we love that too -- and undergo psychological counseling.
But Lindsay will no longer have to endure the calamari that just doesn't travel well. She's free to eat at Gjelina again, where the calamari is always fresh and crisp.
[Update] Moments before stepping foot into the outside world for the first time in 35 days, Lindsay Lohan tells us, "I'm excited to start community service and focus on my work." Watch video here more on this story
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Natalia Kills has released her brand new single 'Free', featuring will.i.am, who joins her on this track that tells the tongue-in-cheek tale of being broke but feeling fabulous. "Wanna be like Midas, but my bank account is minus"
Hailed for paving the Dark Pop path since 2010, Ms. Kills has had quite the year since entering our radars with her debut hit single Mirrors. Since then, Natalia has sold thousands of singles, received millions of hits on youtube, performed for the former president of the United States at Austria's prestigious Life Ball, collaborated with FrankMusik, LMFAO, Far East Movement and will.i.am, has performed at some of the worlds most respected venues from Radio City Hall to the Stade de France as well as completing her debut album 'Perfectionist' in the studio which boasts collaborations with Kid Cudi, "The Godfather of Chicago hip-hop" Dion Wilson aka No I.D and Akon.
Perfectionist will be released via will.i.am/Cherrytree/Interscope Records on
August, 16th 2011.
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(TMZ) The site where "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn fatally crashed his Porsche has been vandalized with the words "Ritch (sic) Pr*ck" -- and TMZ has obtained photos of the spray-painted desecration.
It's unclear who's responsible -- and according to West Goshen Police Capt. Joseph Gleason, it's difficult to track down any suspects because the roadside memorial is visited by so many people every day ... "At any given time you have 10, 20, 30 people there."
Gleason adds, police are aware of the vandalism and have been trying to remove it. The Westboro Baptist Church has protested at the site -- but denies responsibility for the vandalism. more on this story
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(TMZ) Jonny Fairplay -- the most hated "Survivor" villain of all time -- tells TMZ his super-hot "America's Next Top Model" star wife has walked out on their marriage ... and she took their kid with her.
Fairplay -- real name Jon Dalton -- says Michelle Deighton called it quits a couple of weeks ago ... but she didn't give him a REAL reason for the split ... only that she just doesn't want to be with him anymore.
Jonny tells us, he already filed for legal separation in North Carolina -- and plans to fight for full custody of their daughter.
It's not the first time Jonny's been tossed aside ... back in 2007, Danny Bonaduce launched him into a painful faceplant during an awards show ... and Jonny ended up in the hospital. more on this story
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(GA) The Rapture's third album, In The Grace Of Your Love, is set to be released on September 6th and marks a celebrated return to DFA Records, the label whose first single was the band's landmark "House of Jealous Lovers" 12".
The labels' co-founders James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy produced their debut album Echoes which spawned a whole genre, paving the way for countless acts that have since come after. more on this story
DFA recently debuted the album track "How Deep Is Your Love?" via their White Out Session series which set the internet ablaze. Quickly named Best New Music by Pitchfork, and described by Rolling Stone Magazine as a"piano-sax-and-cowbell-powered disco epic that's just like heaven," the song was available as a limited edition 12". It is currently sold-out and will be reissued in July with a remix from The Emperor Machine.
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(TMZ) Mel Gibson and soon-to-be ex-wife Robyn have settled their divorce case.
Robyn Gibson's lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, appeared before the judge this morning and announced Mel and Robyn have reached full agreement on the terms of their divorce ... in particular, the property settlement.
The lawyers are drafting the final paperwork and the judgment is expected to be entered at the end of August, making the divorce official. more on this story
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B.o.B's "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray," has been officially RIAA-certified gold with sales exceeding 500,000 units.
The album has spawned 3 multi-platinum hits including the lead single "Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars)," which has sold approximately 2.8 million singles to date and "Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo)" which has sold nearly 2 million digital singles.
Adding to all this, the album's second single, "Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore,)" has sold over 4 million singles to date, proving to be one of the album's stand-out tracks. more on this story
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(Fresh Tracks) Call of Duty: Black Ops has unleashed a new onslaught of combat with a fresh delivery of downloadable content, Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation.
Available now worldwide on Xbox LIVE, Annihilation delivers four new multiplayer maps and a mind-blowing Zombies experience for the ultimate online showdown.
Annihilation is the third downloadable content pack release from Activision and Treyarch in support of the worldwide phenomenon and record-setting Call of Duty: Black Ops. more on this story
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Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush will get the comic book treatment in August. Here is the official word: Bluewater is pleased to announce a special graphic novel featuring the Nickelodeon phenomenon that is sweeping the nation's youth. Of course, we're talking about the boy band that includes Kendall, Logan, Carlos and James.
"FAME: Big Time Rush: The Graphic Novel" will be released in August and have a cover price of $7.99. The biography on the ascension of the boy band is written by CW Cooke and drawn by Erick Orlando Baez. more on this story
"We're excited to bring this book to the table," said Publisher Darren G. Davis. "Our 'FAME' line has done extremely well with the tween generation. Parents are getting these biography comic books to help their kids learn about their icons in a different medium. School and libraries love these biography comic books because of reluctant readers are gravitating to them and reading.
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RCA sent over word that they and Bravo Media will be releasing Platinum Hit: The Winning Songs Live (Live Performances from Episodes 1-5) on July 5th.
The five track digital EP features live versions of the winning track from each of the first five episodes of Platinum Hit and will be made available for sale at iTunes and all digital service providers as well as at BravoTV.com.
Platinum Hit , which airs Monday's at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo, gives viewers a front row seat to experience the journey and aspirations of twelve gifted musicians as they battle through innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive. more on this story
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(SBI) George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti and Spearhead and The Neville Brothers are set to headline the third annual Snowy Range Music Festival.
The three-day festival will kick off Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2-4) in Laramie, Wyoming at the Albany County Fairgrounds. more on this story
Snowy Range is a one of a kind music festival that provides the audience with a personal experience. With a capacity of only 5,000 people it is an intimate festival with top-notch artists. There is also no downtime between performances throughout the weekend, which truly adds to this unique festival experience.
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(Chaos) The first single off of Omen's Pre Trial: Opening Statements EP has been released on iTunes; it will also be the first digital release off Elaborate Musik Recordings.
The record is titled "Round Of Applause" and is performed by XV, 4IZE, and Ashton Travis. It is a song for the ladies to show how much their beauty is Applauded. It was produced by Omen for Elaborate Musik Orchestra (EMO) at Stadium Red Studios. The EP is a teaser to Be The Judge, the highly anticipated compilation album from Omen.
Elaborate Musik Orchestra (EMO) is the production company founded by Omen in April 2010 that consists of 7 producers, including him, who each bring their own sound and purpose. As a team, they specialize in creating the music and lyrics of songs for all genres of music. In addition to new artists like the aforesaid, these producers have also worked with established artists, such as Chris Brown, Lily Allen, Freeway and Lil Wayne. more on this story
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(UTG) Johnny O'Donnell O'Donnell headlines a record release party on June 30th at the Echo in Los Angeles. West Coast tour dates follow in September.
O'Donnell issued his double-EP debut, Masquerade / Korean Debutante this week on L.A.'s White Noise Records. Accompanied by backing band Sacramento (who also play on Masquerade), more on this story
O'Donnell writes songs as cleverly restless as himself. Having leapt in recent years from rural Louisiana to Seattle to South Korea to currently settling in Los Angeles, O'Donnell pens brilliantly skewed classic pop songs that likewise shift and morph from one style and sound to the next. His talents as a composer and storyteller echo those of legends like Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson and Elliott Smith.
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[Updated] James Otto is deeply saddened by the tragic loss the town of Minot, ND is experiencing due to the record flooding this week.
In an effort to help those suffering from the devastation, he will host a live streaming benefit concert on StageIt.com on July 7th at 7 p.m. through which all proceeds including ticket sales and tips will be donated to Minot's local Red Cross. [direct link to event page here]
Moreover, a benevolent fan who has chosen to remain anonymous will match up to $5,000 of monetary tips given to James during the show as an additional donation.
The concert is part of the series Otto began in early June called "Thirsty Thursdays" in which he performs via live streaming broadcast from his home studio, giving fans an exclusive front row experience and chance to hear his brand-new music and fan-favorite hits. To register, visit www.StageIt.com, create your profile and then click on James' artist page to purchase tickets for $5 each.
The site also offers a donation feature that works as a 'tip jar,' so that those who feel inclined to show their appreciation can do so with monetary contributions. During the July 7th benefit concert, donations added to the 'tip jar' are what will be matched by Otto's loyal fan and flood victim donor.
"Since I am a former North Dakotan, this is near and dear to my heart. I hope all of you will join me for a very 'Thirsty Thursday' that's more than just fun
it has the ability to make a great impact on those in need," said Otto. "Please spread the word and join me!"
[We have updated this article with a new date and link to the online event. The original date provided to us was incorrect.] more on this story
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(NME) Adele reportedly turned down the chance to join Beyonce onstage at Glastonbury Sunday night (June 26). The singer was apparently approached by the R&B superstar, but rejected her offer because she is currently suffering from acute laryngitis. more
(FMQB) Beyonce finally dropped her brand new album, 4, featuring the singles "Run the World (Girls)" and "Best Thing I Never Had." On Thursday, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of that album in the MTV special, Beyoncι: Year of 4 on Thursday. more
(BBC) Monty Python members reunite to voice a 3D animated film based on the memoirs of the late Graham Chapman more
(Billboard) The Temptations have been many places during the Motown group's 50-or-so years together. Now Broadway beckons. Otis Williams, the Tempts' leader and sole surviving founding member, tells Billboard.com that the group is working with Broadway producer Ira Pittleman on a stage musical more
(BBC) British actor Alan Rickman is returning to Broadway to star in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's new play Seminar more
(NME) Lady Gaga's management have hit back at claims that she pocketed cash from sales of charity wristbands. Representatives for the singer said a lawsuit submitted by Detroit legal network 1-800-Law-Firm over sales of her 'We Pray For Japan' wristbands, was "misguided" and "without merit," reports Reuters. more
(FMQB) Alicia Keys is co-producing the Broadway premiere of the play Stick Fly, an acclaimed comedy written by Lydia R. Diamond that will open on Broadway in December, with previews beginning on November 18. more
(BBC) Singer Annie Lennox collects an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham palace for her charity work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. more
(Jam!) Morrissey has risked enraging huge swathes of supporters after performing at a concert wearing an obscene T-shirt declaring war on a popular fan website. more
(BBC) A 22-year-old from Surrey scoops the top prize in the French X Factor after failing to make it in the UK show.more
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(TMZ) The blood of an adorable 3-year-old Yorkie named Banks is on Rick Ross' hands... according to a lawsuit filed against the rapper.
Banks' owner is suing Ross -- claiming 3 pitbulls escaped from Rick's mansion in Atlanta back in April ... entered her property and ferociously attacked her tiny pet Yorkshire Terrier.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the yorkie suffered "3 large bite wounds on his back " along with a "very large bite wound" around his neck. Cops were called to the scene -- and officials managed to free Banks ... but his wounds were so extreme, that the owner had no choice but to euthanize her beloved companion.
Investigators eventually cited Ross for the incident -- but the owner wasn't satisfied so she filed suit, demanding Ross fork over $15,000 in damages and court costs.
We're told the owner is especially upset because Ross has NOT apologized for the incident.
Calls and emails to Rick's camp have not been returned. more on this story
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We have some big news from Interscope for fans of this past season of American Idol: Four individual American Idol Season 10 highlight EPs are now available only at Walmart and Walmart.com.
The EPs will feature favorite songs from American Idol's top 4 finalists of the 10th season winner Scotty McCreery, runner up Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin.
Each EP will contain an exclusive track from the season; never before available for purchase. Additionally, Scotty and Lauren's EPs will feature their chart topping, never before available on cd debut singles "I Love You This Big" and "Like My Mother Does." The four EPs are being released on the 19 Recordings/Interscope label. Each EP contains five tracks and will sell for $5. more on this story
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(Gibson) After wining rave reviews for her headlining show at Glastonbury, Beyonce launched her new album, 4, at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.
According to the Guardian, the audience was packed with celebrities, including Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Jay-Z, Tinie Tempah, Stella McCartney and Paloma Faith.
"You'll have to forgive me because I'm still high from yesterday," said Beyoncι of her Glastonbury set." She also described her new album, 4, as "the best music I've ever made." She then went on to sing versions of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Prince's "Beautiful Ones" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." more on this story
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The final eight contestants from "The Voice" are set to hit the road for a short summer tour.
The tour has confirmed six shows beginning July 27th at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, with stops in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Boston and Wallingford.
The tour will kick off shortly after today's' Season 1 finale on NBC (check local listings). The tour will feature performances from the show's top contestants including Team Christina's top two artists, finalist Beverly McClellan and runner up Frenchie Davis; Team Blake's top two, finalist Dia Frampton and runner up Xenia; Team Cee Lo's top two, runner up Nakia and finalist Vicci Martinez; and Team Adam's top two, runner up Casey Weston and finalist Javier Colon. more on this story
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(BH) With the enormous success of the inaugural Backstreet Boys Cruise last December, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean are thrilled to announce this year's cruise.
Departing from Miami, Florida on December 2nd, this three-day event is a once in a lifetime experience for fans to hang with the guys in an intimate setting, all while en route to the Bahamas.
Along with non-stop music, special performances, a private beach party, games, Q&A sessions, contests and so much more, this exclusive celebration is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season for both the fans and the Backstreet Boys. more on this story
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Rihanna has added a very special stop to her Loud tour in Birmingham, Alabama on July 11th at the Jefferson Civic Center Arena.
All proceeds from this new date are going to benefit local community relief efforts from the devastating tornadoes that tore through Alabama in early 2011. Three charities will receive donations from the show, Project Team Up, Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund, and the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund.
"Hearing about the hundreds of lives that have been lost and the communities that have been so devastated by this disaster ... I wanted to figure out a way to help," says Rihanna. "I'm hoping that bringing the LOUD tour through Alabama can provide a moment of relief and raise a lot of money for the charities we are working with." more on this story
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(TMZ) Brooke Muelller apparently isn't confident enough that ex-hubby Charlie Sheen will make good on child support, so she got a judge to order Warner Bros. to send $55,000 of Charlie's money her way every month.
Brooke's law firm, Trope and Trope, served legal papers on Warner Bros. last Friday, demanding the studio withhold $55,000 a month from all monies due Charlie to satisfy his child support obligations.
The lawyers are demanding that the studio send the $55 grand a month directly to Brooke.
Sources connected with Brooke concede Charlie is not behind on his child support, but Brooke wants to make sure she gets her support if Charlie begins to run low on cash.
Warner Bros. must comply, because a judge signed the document ordering the studio to divert the money to Brooke.
Garnishment -- tasty on food, bitter on paychecks. more on this story
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(Gibson) Gwen Stefani couldn't contain her glee at the prospect of a new No Doubt album in an interview with Rolling Stone. According to the band, the record is about two months away from being done.
"It's so exciting to have a record coming out," Stefani said. "And we all want the same thing: for it to be modern and catchy and addictive. Once you make music that connects with people, it's like you taste blood you can't go back."
It's been 10 years since the last full-length studio album from No Doubt (2001's Rocksteady), but Stefani explained that the intervening years have been anything but a vacation. "A lot of stuff happened during that time period," she said. "Marriages, babies and, for me, two records and two clothing lines. So if you really worked out the math, you'd be like, 'Wow, you guys are going fast.'" more on this story
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(EBM) Country artist James Otto is deeply saddened by the tragic loss the town of Minot, ND is experiencing due to the record flooding this week.
In an effort to help those suffering from the devastation, he will host a live streaming benefit concert on StageIt.com on July 6th at 7 p.m. through which all proceeds including ticket sales and tips will be donated to Minot's local Red Cross.
Moreover, a benevolent fan who has chosen to remain anonymous will match up to $5,000 of monetary tips given to James during the show as an additional donation. more on this story
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