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    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    LADY GAGA DESIGNS HAT WITH LIVE COCKROACHES


    Lady Gaga is reportedly working on a headpiece that incorporates live cockroaches. After learning of a recent study that suggests the insects respond more to her music than any other artists’, Gaga commissioned the hat, which will feature a netted cage full of the crawling creatures.  The singer made headlines for her infamous meat dress in 2010, but will likely set the bar even higher with the first live-cockroach hat.

    NO DOUBT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM TITLE, RELEASE DATE


    No doubt about it…No Doubt is coming back to music, and have officially announced their new album’s title and release date. The band posted on their official website that their sixth studio album will be called Push and Shove and will come out on September 25th. It’s been nearly 11 years since the group has released a project together, with lead singer Gwen Stefani exploring her solo career and motherhood after the band’s last album in 2001. No doubt also announced that the first single off the new effort is, “Settle Down” and will be available on July 16th.

    FUN. INSPIRED BY HIP-HOP!


    After nearly four months since its release, fun.’s breakthrough record, Some Nights, is still a top-20 album and has sold over 305-thousand copies.  The effort spawned the New York group’s hit, “We Are Young,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks earlier this year.  We caught up with Andrew Dost, who told us the album was heavily inspired by hip-hop.  Fun. are currently out on the road and play in Indianapolis, Indiana tonight (6/13).  They head to their hometown of New York City for two shows at Terminal 5 on Saturday and Sunday. 

    TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS VIDDY & SHARES SPECIAL DUET


    Taylor Swift surely knows how to tease fans when it comes to recording new music! After joining the social media community Viddy, Taylor posted a 15-second video clip of a duet with British singer Ed Sheeran. The two sang Ed’s single, “Lego House,” while sitting on the floor of a kitchen. She encouraged all of her followers to pick up Ed’s new album, which was released yesterday (6/12).

     TAYLOR SWIFT ADDS ANOTHER AWARD TO THE MANTLE 


    Taylor Swift’s good deeds have not gone unnoticed! The nonprofit group Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services awarded the singer with the 2012 Honorary Star of Compassion Award. Rob Adcock, director of the nonprofit group, pointed out that Taylor was recognized for “her uplifting works and music of encouragement.” The organization is known for being dedicated to disaster relief and education.

    JUSTIN BIEBER ON WAITING IN LINE TO SEE CELEBRITIES

    Justin Bieber fans are known to line up for hours just to catch a glimpse of the “Boyfriend” singer. So when asked by a reporter at a Monday press event who he would camp out for, Bieber admitted that he doesn’t admire anyone enough to wait all day. His one exception? Michael Jackson.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD VOICES SUPPORT FOR GAY MARRIAGE

    Add another name to the list of celebrities who have voiced support for gay marriage, as Carrie Underwood recently backed the controversial subject. While being interviewed by The Independent, The former American Idol winner spoke at great lengths about the topic and cited her Christian upbringing as a factor in regard to her attitude towards the issue. The country queen had this to say: “Above all, God wanted us to love others… We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” Underwood is in the same crowd as rapper Jay-Z and radio kingpin Howard Stern, who have both also recently voiced their approval of gay marriage.

    SELENA GOMEZ IS READY TO BEGIN NEW ALBUM


    Selena Gomez has had a busy 2012.  She shot three films, released a new fragrance and now it’s time to start thinking about new music.  The singer and actress told MTV News that she is now ready to start thinking about her fourth album, which will be the follow-up to 2011’s When The Sun Goes Down.  Gomez said the new album will be “very different” from her last and that she really wants to work with fun. and Taylor Swift on the effort.  The 19-year-old doesn’t have a timeframe for the release of the album, but says she would like to have it out around her 21st birthday in July 2013. Selena plans to head into the studio towards the end of this year.  Head to MTV.com/news for more.    

    THE WANTED TALK ONE DIRECTION


    The Wanted and One Direction have ushered in what many are calling a new British Invasion.  Of course, this all comes on the heels of the success of Adele, who is the biggest U-K star to conquer the States in long time.  We caught up with The Wanted, who told us there is plenty of room for other British artists like One Direction. The Wanted’s self-titled EP is out now. 

    THE WHO TO PLAY AT OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY


    We already know that Paul McCartney will be among the performers at the London Olympics’ opening ceremony and now, there’s word on who will be playing the closing ceremony of the games.  It’s The Who.  According to London’s The Mirror, the iconic rockers will perform on August 12th at the city’s Olympic Park.  They’ll be joined by Take That, George Michael and Emeli Sande in what organizers felt was a mix of artists who represent “Britain over the past 50 years.”  Read more at Mirror.co.uk.

    • TIDBIT: Last month, Daltrey revealed that organizers of the Olympics asked whether drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978, would be able to take part in the ceremony.

    USHER SAYS COLDPLAY INSPIRED “CLIMAX”

    Usher revealed to FADER magazine that his sexy single, “Climax,” was actually inspired by Coldplay. The R&B crooner says the idea came to him while writing verses to the Diplo-produced record, which appears on Usher’s latest album, Looking 4 Myself. Catch the full interview in the upcoming issue of FADER magazine, hitting stands this month.

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    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    TAYLOR SWIFT WRITES WITH FOSTER THE PEOPLE FRONTMAN


    Mark Foster of Foster the People tells Fuse magazine that he and Taylor Swift have penned a song together. He describes it as a “cool song” that was born out of a casual jam session. Foster says working with Taylor was “a lot of fun” and calls her “super talented.” It’s not known whether or not the song will make it onto Taylor’s upcoming album, but she is a fan of the group, which is behind the hit pop tune “Pumped Up Kicks.”

    LADY GAGA ABSTRACLY RESPONDS TO MADONNA


    Madonna took a stab at Lady Gaga recently, accusing her of being unoriginal. Well Lady Gaga has responded to those claims, taking the higher ground. During one of her shows in New Zealand, Gaga told the crowd,It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work, And that doesn't make me feel good at all. That just makes me feel like I'm not being a good human being.” Putting even more of a point on it, she continued by saying, “Things are really different than they were 25 years ago…We're socially in a different place and it's OK, we don't have to all slice and hate each other anymore." Both Madonna and Lady Gaga are currently touring the world, playing their music.

    • DIRECT LINK: Hear the speech for yourself by heading here and clicking around the 2:30 mark:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJV1JodhFdQ&feature=player_embedded

    ED SHEERAN RELEASES + TOMORROW


    British singer Ed Sheeran’s debut album, + (pronounced: “plus”), hits U-S shelves today. The album features his hit single “The A Team.” Plus has already been very successful in the United Kingdom, and five songs were released as popular singles. You can pick up Plus in stores and on-line today.

    DAUGHTRY EXCITED TO TEAM UP WITH DC COMICS


    “Batman,” “Superman,” “Flash” and Chris Daughtry are now all part of the same team. The former American Idol star’s band is teaming up with DC Comics in a campaign to help victims of famine in the Horn of Africa. Daughtry recorded “Rescue Me” off their new album, Break the Spell, as part of the campaign, and the proceeds of sales of their acoustic version will go directly to the We Can Be Heroes Campaign. Daughtry told Rolling Stone they “thought [‘Rescue Me’] was the perfect song” for the campaign.

    ALICE COOPER COVERS LADY GAGA


    Alice Cooper surprised fans during his show in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday.  The shock rocker performed a cover of Lady Gaga’s hit “Born This Way.”  Alice has previously said that Gaga reminds him of himself, calling her “the female Alice Cooper” and adding, “She totally gets it.  She created a character named Lady Gaga and wrote songs for Lady Gaga, just as I write songs for Alice.”  Last year, Gaga was photographed backstage at an Alice show in Phoenix.  She posted the photo on Twitter, writing, “I just died and went to hell.” 

    • TIDBIT: Fan-filmed footage of Alice covering Gaga is now online.

    IDAHO PAPER PICKS FIGHT WITH NICKELBACK

    Idaho newspaper The Boise Weekly recently drew the ire of Nickelback when it published a preview for the band’s June 13th show at the Idaho Center.  In an article, writer John Gross said, "You can spend $45 to go see Nickelback this week, or you could buy 45 hammers from the dollar store, hang them from the ceiling at eye level and spend an evening banging the demons out of your dome." Ouch! Nickelback will be playing to thousands of its adoring fans at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah tonight.

    JUSTIN BIEBER ADDS MIAMI SHOW!

    Justin Bieber added a second show in Miami on his Believe Tour.  Now the outing will wind up with a two night stand at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on January 28th and 29th.  Bieber recently added a second show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 29th and a new date in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 10th.  The Believe Tour, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, will kick off September 29th in Glendale, Arizona.  Biebs will release his new album, Believe, on June 19th

    • TICKETS: One dollar from each ticket will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a charity that works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world, with a goal of building 15 schools around the world for needy children.

    MILEY CYRUS SPENDS $25,000 PER MONTH ON PERSONAL TRAINER

    Miley Cyrus has a lot of money to spend, and it seems like she is using it on what is probably the most expensive fitness program imaginable. While most fitness buffs spend about 25 dollars a month for a gym membership, Cyrus is reportedly doling out 25-thousand bucks per month to keep her personal trainer with her at all times. Apparently the burn from her workout is just as good on an airplane. ContactMusic.com reports Miley even flies her trainer first class with her.

    SPRINGSTEEN’S WIFE SPOTTED CRYING


    Bruce Springsteen’s wife and bandmate, Patti Scialfa, was spotted on Saturday crying in Como, Italy as she left a boutique with her husband.  Witnesses told London’s Daily Mail that The Boss looked “lost” at how to handle his upset wife.  You can check out photos of the sad Patti with Bruce at DailyMail.co.uk.

    • TIDBIT: Bruce and Patti are in Europe as part of The Boss’ latest tour with the E Street Band.  The pair took time out to go to Como and shop as part of their 21st anniversary.
    • TIDBIT: Springsteen and Scialfa have three children together.

    ·        TIDBIT: In 2009, a New Jersey man claimed Springsteen was having an affair with his wife.  Bruce’s rep denied the allegation.

  • Police Pull Over a Woman With a Gas Can Strapped to a Car Seat...and Her Child Sitting Next to It

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    Last week, a cop in Aurora, Colorado pulled over a woman for making an illegal left turn.  When he looked in the car, he saw something shocking.

    There was a car seat in the back . . . with a GAS CAN strapped into it using the seatbelt.  Meanwhile a young child was sitting NEXT to the gas can and the car seat in a diaper . . . but he WASN'T in a car seat or wearing a seatbelt.

    The driver wasn't wearing her seatbelt either, and a 14-year-old passenger in the front seat also wasn't wearing hers.

    The cop asked the woman why her child was unrestrained in the back.  She said, quote, "he unbuckles and buckles his seatbelt by himself all the time."  The cop responded, quote, "And then buckles in the gas canister?"  She didn't respond.

     

     

     

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    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    COLDPLAY TO PERFORM AT PARALYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY

    Coldplay is set to perform at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The group will play at the closing ceremony of the annual event in the English capital on September 9th. The show will broadcast to over 750-million people worldwide. Singer Chris Martin says of the honor, “Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is such a great honor for us. Kim Gavin and Misty Buckley are working hard to put on a spectacular Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium, and everyone watching around the world, and we are so happy to be involved.”

    JUSTIN BIEBER IS A METALLICA FAN


    In an interview with GQ, Justin Bieber reveals that he is a fan of Metallica. The pop star says he loves the Black Album, “One” and “Fade to Black” in particular, saying, “Those are my jams.” Bieber is currently working with Kanye West on his new album, Believe, which is due out later this year. Meanwhile, Metallica are out on the road right now and play Oslo, Norway on Wednesday night. Visit Metallica.com for more tour dates.

    BONO SAYS HE IS NOT A BILLIONAIRE

    Bono says he is not the richest musician in the world today. Despite earning tons of money after investing in Facebook, the Irish singer denies being wealthier than Paul McCartney and tells MSNBC, “Contrary to reports, I’m not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle – and not just in the sense of money, by the way, The Beatles are untouchable – those billionaire reports are a joke.” He spoke of his investment firm, Elevation Partners, saying, “In Elevation, we invest other people’s money – endowments, pension funds. We do get paid of course. But you know, I felt rich when I was 20 years old and my wife was paying my bills. Just being in a band, I’ve always felt blessed. I got interested in technology because I’m an artist… Technology is huge, I wanted to learn about it. People might say that’s odd, but I think it’s odd if artists aren’t interested in the world around them. I’m always chasing that. Facebook are an amazing team, a brilliant team, it’s a technology that brings people together.”  Read more at MSNBC.com.

    JUSTIN BIEBER ANNOUNCES TRACK LISTING FOR BELIEVE

    Justin Bieber will release his highly anticipated album, Believe, next month.  The 18-year-old put out the track listing for the effort, which features some impressive collaborations with Ludacris, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean.  Bieber will release Believe on June 19th

    • TRACK LIST: The track list for Believe:

    "All Around the World" (featuring Ludacris)
    "Boyfriend"
    "As Long As You Love Me" (featuring Big Sean)
    "Take You"
    "Right Here" (featuring Drake)
    "Catching Feelings"
    "Fall"
    "Die In Your Arms"
    "Thought Of You"
    "Beauty and a Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
    "One Love"
    "Be Alright"
    "Believe"
    "Out of Town Girl"
    "She Don't Like the Lights"
    "Maria"

    LADY GAGA TO LAUNCH SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE!


    Lady Gaga is the queen of Twitter with almost 25-million followers, so it makes sense that the singer has created her own social network called Little Monsters.  The site, which revolves around Gaga and her fans, is in beta testing right now and is open to users via invitation only.  According to Mashable, the site is similar to Pinterest and allows users to drop pins on locations and things they like.  Little Monsters will focus on fans sharing and creating photos and videos and allowing users to hype content they like. Head to LittleMonsters.com, put in your email address and wait for your invitation.

    KATY PERRY IS WIDE AWAKE


    Katy Perry debuted her new single, “Wide Awake,” on stage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.  The song is being used to launch her upcoming 3D movie Katy Perry: Part of Me, which will arrive later this summer.  You can see a lyric video for the track at KatyPerry.com

    • TIDBIT: Katy Perry: Part of Me, which chronicles her California Dreams Tour, will open in theaters on July 5th.  You can see the trailer for the film on her website, www.KatyPerry.com.

    WHERE McCARTNEY’S SONGWRITING ABILITIES COME FROM

    Today (5/22), Paul McCartney is re-issuing a remastered version of Ram, the 1971 album he did with his late wife, Linda McCartney.  Like all of the singer’s records, it includes a set of amazing songs.  We asked Paul where his ability to pen great tunes comes from and here’s what he told us.

    “I was talking to Keith Richards not so long ago and he was saying, ‘You know, man,’ he was saying, ‘We started off listening to music.  None of this writing it and singing it. What we used to do was listen to it.’  And he was very right, you know, then we started playing it and singing it and then eventually writing it.  I think it comes from this love of listening to what you think is great music so it just gets a beautiful sort of feeling going in you. 

    Ram will be available as a deluxe edition box set that boasts the original album, a disc of bonus tracks, the mono version of Ram, Paul’s 1977 album Thrillington, a t-shirt, a lithograph, a book, photo prints, and a bonus DVD with an 11-minute documentary on the making of Ram, two music videos, tour footage and more.  Get all the details at PaulMcCartney.com.

          TIDBIT: Ram is the only album to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney.

    News ImageTaylor Swift managed to touch the lives of one military family, after receiving news that Sgt. Wade Wilson passed away in Afghanistan, at the beginning of May. His best friend posted a short online video for the singer, where he mentioned that “anybody that knew Willy knew that he worshiped you.”  According to Perez Hilton, Taylor sent flowers and even called Sgt. Wade’s family. She also reportedly promised to wear Sgt. Wilson’s dog tags in her next music video.

    • RELATED VIDEO: Watch the special video made for Taylor regarding Sgt. Wilson here http://bit.ly/KNQWF1.

    News ImageCarrie Underwood will be included in a one-hour Dateline 20th Anniversary Special airing tonight (5/22) at 9PM Eastern on NBC. Carrie chats with Hoda Kotb about her rise to fame and her new music. Hoda and Carrie first sat down together in 2005 after she won American Idol. Also included in the special will be some of the show’s best stories from the past two decades.

  • How Common is Your Birth Day? A New Chart Lays Out All 365 Days by Popularity

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    Ever wondered how many other losers are selfishly sharing YOUR birthday?  Now you can actually figure it out.  Kind of.

    --A statistician put together a chart of all 365 days of the year based on the total births on each of those days between 1973 and 1999.  You'll want to check out your date, but here are some highlights.

    --The least-popular date for birthdays was February 29th, obviously . . . since it only occurs once every four years on a leap year, when there are actually 366 days in a year. 

    --The second least popular day is December 25th.  Apparently that birthday is already TAKEN.

    --The most popular date for births is September 16th.  That's JUST about nine months after the holiday season.  And actually, all ten of the most common birthdates are in September. 

    --September 11th is the 24th most common . . . but that's now dropping.

    (--Check out the interactive chart here where you can click your birthday to find its rank.)

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    KELLY CLARKSON ANNOUNCES UK TOUR


    Kelly Clarkson announced U-K tour dates this week, in support of her latest album, Stronger. The singer will be kicking thinks off in Dublin, Ireland on October 10th. The U-K may have Kelly in the fall, but her U-S fans will get to see her all summer long on the new ABC show Duets.

    THE WANTED WILL SURPRISE YOU


    The Wanted are working on their next album right now and they chatted with MTV News about the follow-up to their 2011 EP, Battleground. Singer Jay McGuiness says fans can expect new, fresh material on this upcoming EP and that the guys are all very excited about the new stuff they’ve been writing and recording.

    BRITNEY SPEARS MAKES FIRST X FACTOR APPEARANCE!

    Britney Spears and Demi Lovato appeared at the FOX upfront this week alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.  The foursome will officially be the judging panel for the upcoming season of The X Factor.  Spears made news last week when she signed on to the show for 15-million dollars.  Lovato was announced as a judge/mentor on Monday.  She is set to make one-million dollars for one season on the show, according to Gossip Cop

    • QUOTE: Britney Spears said, “Just really being able to be there and inspire the other contestants ... they’re so young and they're trying to fulfill their dreams. It’s just a whole beautiful concept. It's just really cool.”

    JENNIFER LOPEZ TOPS FORBESCELEBRITY 100 LIST

    Jennifer Lopez tops ForbesCelebrity 100 list, taking over the top spot that belonged to Lady Gaga last year.  Gaga falls to number five, while Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber hold on to the number two and three spots, respectively and Rihanna debuts on the list at number four.  Within the last year, Lopez divorced from Marc Anthony, celebrated her second year on American Idol, landed endorsement deals with L'Oreal and Gillette, launched a clothing line at Kohl's, scored a top-selling fragrance and currently stars in What to Expect When You’re Expecting

    • TIDBIT: Other notable entries on the Forbes Celebrity 100 include Taylor Swift at number 11, Beyoncé at 16, Jay-Z at 38, Kristen Stewart at 43, Kanye West at 45 and Lil Wayne is at 69.

    RARE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD PHOTO UP FOR BIDS


    When Beatles fans think of the Fab Four’s album Abbey Road, most conjure up the iconic image of the band crossing the street.  Well it turns out that the classic cover shot wasn’t the only photo taken during that shoot and now, a rare photograph of the band walking the other way across Abbey Road is going up for bids and is expected to sell for over 14-thousand dollars.  Along with the band walking right to left, other differences in the photo are that Paul McCartney isn’t barefoot – he’s wearing sandals – and he isn’t holding a cigarette.  The auction takes place in England later this month.

    • TIDBIT: Late photographer Iaian MacMillan took the pictures.  The photo shoot lasted ten minutes and during that time, he took six photos of the band walking backwards and forwards across the street.  MacMillan was on a ladder to take the shots.

    LIVE: GREEN DAY TO HEADLINE VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE


    Green Day are set to headline the Voodoo Music Experience later this year. The event will take place in New Orleans on October 26th through the 28th and is currently Green Day’s only U-S date scheduled for 2012. Over the coming months, the band will release a trilogy of albums called, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!,. Visit GreenDay.com for more.

    RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS JOINED DAMON ALBARN IN AFRICA FOR NEW PROJECT

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and Josh Klinghoffer recently travelled to Africa with Gorillaz mainman Damon Albarn as part of his Africa Express project. Flea told NME, “Josh and I went to Ethiopia as part of Africa Express with Damon, who was so kind to invite us. What an amazing place it is. We meet all kind of people, artists, poets, intellectuals. It's like another world." The bass player goes on to say, “We had such a good time. One time me and Josh went to this orphanage and we took these two little amps and we just started rocking and they left just started laughing. It was righteous man. It was a really profound experience." We’ll be sure to let you know when you can check out more from that project.

    RIHANNA IS FEARLESS!

    Rihanna will make her feature film debut in Battleship, which opens in theaters tomorrow (5/18).  The singer and actress told us she loves taking risks and taking leaps of faith. You can watch Rihanna taking risks opposite Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker when Battleship opens tomorrow

    • TIDBIT: Rihanna will help American Idol close out its 11th season next week.  The big show airs live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8 PM on FOX

    RASCAL FLATTS’ CHANGED ALBUM GETS THE GOLD TREATMENT


    Rascal Flatts are taking in the recent success of their new album, Changed, as it has been certified Gold for selling over 500-thousand copies. The honor is extra special to the group since band member Gary Levox believes they each put everything they had into the record. Rascal Flatts are taking Little Big Town, the Eli Young Band and Edens Edge out on their Changed Tour this summer. The first leg of the trek kicks off on June 15th in Hartford, Connecticut.

    LADY ANTEBELLUM TAKES THE STAGE FOR BENEFIT CONCERT

    Lady Antebellum’s Rebuilding Henryville Charity Ball will take place tonight (5/16), and the trio is excited to change the lives of the community in Henryville, Indiana. Band member Hillary Scott said she us hoping their music will help the area take their mind off of the damage from recent tornadoes. Henryville High School was chosen as the winner of a video contest to have Lady A perform at the school’s prom, but the idea grew bigger than expected. All proceeds from the show’s ticket sales will benefit tornado relief efforts in Henryville.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD SEES MIKE FISHER’S ROMANTIC STREAK

    Carrie Underwood will be the first person to claim that her husband, Mike Fisher, is not big on public displays of affection.  In fact, she told an Australian radio show that “to get him to kiss [her] in public is a really big deal.” Carrie and Mike recently hung out with Oprah at their Nashville cabin. The two will appear on Oprah’s Next Chapter this Sunday at 9 PM Eastern on OWN.

     

     

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    FUN. HAS FUN ON THE ROAD


    Since their name is Fun. do you wonder how much “fun” the band gets up to on the road? In an interview with Rolling Stone, singer Nate Ruess of Fun. explains his drinking habits before he gets up to play a show, “I've turned it into a schedule. I drink one or two shots of whiskey 30 minutes before we go onstage. Then there's a nice break in the set where we play acoustic and I have another shot. After the show, I should stop, but I'm all jacked up, so I usually have one more glass of whiskey. Then I turn into what everybody refers to as ‘Dr. Midnight.’ ‘Dr. Midnight’ has no dietary restrictions. All f**king hell breaks loose.” Fun. plays the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State on May 28th. Visit OurNameisFun.com for more tour dates.

    JOHN MAYER LEARNED HIS LESSON FROM EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEWS


    Back in 2010, it seemed like John Mayer couldn’t keep his mouth shut – talking about having sex with Jessica Simpson and still having a crush on Jennifer Aniston. Well Mayer is talking about that time in his career, saying he looks back at the period as a very strange time in his life and explaining that he lost his head for a little while. Mayer did an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show this week, where he revealed he stepped out of the spotlight for the past year or so to grow up and mature. Mayer’s new album, Born & Raised, comes out on May 22nd.

    ONEREPUBLIC DRUMMER WAS ARRESTED


    OneRepublic’s drummer, Edward Ray Fisher, was arrested in Denver on Tuesday morning and charged with destruction of private property. TMZ reported that details about the 38-year-old rocker’s arrest are scarce, but he was also booked on disturbing the peace. We’ll get you more details when we learn them.

    ALT AND ROCK TOPS THE BILLBOARD SONGS CHARTS


    Alternative acts and rock bands are currently topping the Billboard songs charts. Fun. sits at number one on the Pop Songs chart with their smash single “We Are Young,” while Gotye tops the Alternative chart with his catchy hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Linkin Park sits at the summit of the Rock Songs with their new single “Burn It Down,” off their upcoming new album, which is due out next month.

    FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE ADD SECOND HOLLYWOOD BOWL DATE


    Due to overwhelming demand, Florence and the Machine has announced a second show at the Hollywood Bowl. The British singer will play the venue on October 7th and October 8th and tickets are on sale now. For a full list of Florence and the Machine’s upcoming fall tour dates visit FlorenceAndTheMachine.net now.

    JONAS BROTHERS TALKS NEXT ALBUM


    Joe Jonas is talking about the Jonas Brothers’ next album. Joe told MTV News that the guys are currently recording a bunch of new material, both writing and producing the songs themselves. He also revealed that some of their recording sessions may end up on Kevin Jonas’s new E! reality show, Married to Jonas.

    LADY GAGA CANCELS HER SHOW IN INDONESIA


    Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel her sold-out show in Jakarta, Indonesia. The singer scrapped the gig after conservative lawmakers and Islamic hard-liners refused to grant her a permit for the show. The lawmakers protested the sexy costumes and provocative dance moves that are part of the Born This Way Ball. Gaga had sold out a 52-thousand seat stadium in Jakarta. MTVNews.com has more. 

    KATY PERRY READY FOR A F***ING VACATION


    Katy Perry has been extremely busy over the past two years, scoring five number one hits and touring the world, and it looks like she has one more single left in her before she takes a break.  The singer won the Artist of the Year Award at the NARM Music Awards last week and ther,e she announced her next single will be “Wide Awake,” which was written for her new concert film, Part of Me 3D.  The film arrives in theaters on July 5th

    • QUOTE: Katy Perry said, "I swear, after this song, I'm taking a f***ing vacation."

    DEV LOVES MUSIC VIDEOS


    Dev teamed up with Enrique Iglesias for her latest single and video for “Naked.”  The singer told us she loves making music videosMTV will give viewers an inside look at Dev’s journey to pop stardom in the new documentary DEV, which airs Wednesday, May 23rd at 11 PM Eastern.

    • STATEMENT: Dev released the following statement: “I am so excited to share these very personal and crazy moments from the past year of my life with viewers, I hope I inspire everyone to keep it pushin, and to do YOU, no matter what! The road to the release of my album was F***in insane, but my passion and love for making music made every bump completely worth it."
    • TRAILER!  To view the trailer for DEV click HERE.

    MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS ARE ON SEPTEMBER 6th


    The date of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards has been revealed. The show will beam out live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6th at 8 PM Eastern. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything VMAs when we find out who will host the big show and who’s up for which awards! Stay tuned.

    • TIDBIT: In the meantime, make sure to watch the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, airing live Sunday, June 3rd. Russell Brand will host, so it’s sure to be an entertaining show!
    • TIDBIT: During last year’s VMAs, Beyoncé revealed that she was pregnant.

    ·        TIDBIT: The 2011 Video Music Awards scored MTV’s biggest audience in the network’s history with a record-breaking 12.4-million total viewers.

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    DEMI LOVATO JOINS THE X FACTOR


    Demi Lovato will join Britney Spears on The X Factor.  The announcement was made Monday at FOX’s upfront presentation.  Last week, Spears inked a 15-million dollar deal for one season on the show.  Lovato and Spears will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid for the second season of the series this fall.       

    CARRIE UNDERWOOOD TAKES OVER DANCING WITH THE STARS


    Carrie Underwood plans to blow viewers away with her performance during ABC’s Dancing with the Stars semifinals results show tonight (5/15). She will perform her current single, “Good Girl,” which, as she told us, allows her to transform her personality. Catch Carrie perform “Good Girl” tonight on Dancing with the Stars at 8 PM Eastern on ABC.

    BUY ADAM LAMBERT’S NEW ALBUM, TRESPASSING, TODAY


    Adam Lambert’s new album, Trespassing, is out today (5/15). We caught up with the American Idol finalist recently and he told us about his new disc (See Related Cut #3). Buy or download Trespassing today!

    KATY PERRY TO DEBUT A NEW SONG AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS


    Katy Perry will debut a new song called “Wide Awake” at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. The tune was written specifically for Perry’s upcoming 3D flick, Katy Perry Part of Me, which will come out on July 5th. Tune in to the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday on ABC at 8 PM Eastern. Billboard.com has more.

    THE VOICE COMING BACK IN THE FALL


    The Voice is coming back sooner than you think. The singing competition show just wrapped but Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green will be back on your TVs this fall. Billboard has announced that the show will air on Mondays and Tuesdays. We’ll keep you updated on the exact date of the fall premiere when we know more. 

    ADELE DOESN’T WANT TO BE A CELEBRITY


    According to NME, Adele isn’t interested in fame. The singer told NBC, “I don't want to be a celebrity. I don't want to be in people's faces.” Adele goes on to explain, “I've managed to stay out of the public eye. The other day I walked through Trafalgar Square on a Sunday afternoon, a tourist haven. I was a bit worried. I was in my pajamas as well because I had been working the day before. [But] nobody recognized me. A couple of people looked round, but they were like 'What would she be doing walking through Trafalgar Square in pajamas?'" So how would Adele like to be remembered in 10 years time? She says, “I just want to make music. I mean, I still hope I have a little bit of clout in 10 years. But all I've ever wanted to do was sing."

    TAYLOR SWIFT PUTS A SMILE ON A FAN’S FACE


    Taylor Swift is supporting a fan once again, as the singer lifted the spirits of a 13-year-old girl named Summer. According to CBS Sacramento, Summer and her mother were hit by a drunk driver on their way to Taylor’s concert this past September, forcing the two to be pulled from a smashed SUV instead of attending the show. Officer Mike Lowry, who arrived on the scene was changed by the event, and really wanted to make sure Summer saw her favorite singer. The officer was finally able to get in touch with Taylor’s camp through a local radio station, and they promised Summer would see Taylor if the singer stops in Sacramento on her next tour. Until then, Summer received some Taylor Swift memorabilia.

    • RELATED NEWS: Taylor Swift’s hit “Mean” will be featured as a duet on FOX’s Glee tonight (5/15) at 8 PM Eastern.

    RASCAL FLATTS WILL NOT TOLERATE TEXTING AT DINNER


    Rascal Flatts are venting on one of their biggest pet peeves – texting at dinner! Band member Jay DeMarcus says he can’t stand eating a meal around people who won’t put down their cell phones. Luckily for Rascal Flatts, they have something to take their minds off of their text messaging pet peeve. The band is gearing up to release their new single, “Come Wake Me Up,” off of their album, Changed.

    CMT MUSIC AWARDS BRINGS COUNTRY FANS A STAR STUDDED LINEUP


    The first round of performers have been announced for the 2012 CMT Music Awards. The lineup is full of country music’s favorites as Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. The 11th Annual CMT Music Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6th at 8 PM Eastern on CMT and CMT.com. Tickets for the show will go on sale May 21st at 11AM Eastern.

    • RELATED LINK: Fans can purchase tickets for the 2012 CMT Music Awards starting May 21st at 11 AM Eastern here: http://bit.ly/IUkCyu.

    WILL.I.AM DROPS NEW SINGLE!

    Will.i.am has released a new single titled “This Is Love.” The record was produced by Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and features Eva Simons.  The Black Eyed Peas frontman, who is currently serving as a judge on the U-K version of The Voice, finished the song a couple days ago and premiered it on Capital FM in London.  Will is still working on his solo album, #willpower.  His first single off the effort was “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever),” which features Jennifer Lopez and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

    FLO RIDA TALKS DR. DRE

    Dr. Dre has been working on his Detox album for over 10 years and we still don’t know when it will arrive in stores.  Dre has dropped two singles off the effort, “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor” featuring Skylar Grey and Eminem.  We caught up with Flo Rida, who is just like the rest of us and can’t wait to hear the album.  While we wait for Dre, Flo Rida will release his new album, Wild Ones, on July 3rd.

    • TIDBIT: Dr. Dre was born Andre Romelle Young on February 18th, 1965.   

    SANTANA’S SPIRITUAL SONGS


    Today (5/15), Carlos Santana releases his latest album, Shape Shifter.  The record features 13 instrumental songs that he’s written since the late ‘90s and held on to for a project just like this one.  Here’s what the legendary guitarist told us when we asked him if he tries to make his music spiritual.

    “When you paint with watercolors and you dip the brush into the color, it won’t work unless you dip it in water first.  So I love to play music that is like you dip yourself into this water to be as holy, sacred and divine.  All of us have those essence in us.”

    Pick up Shape Shifter today and be sure to catch Carlos live this summer.  You can see all of his tour dates at Santana.com.

    • TIDBIT: Shape Shifter is Carlos’ 36th album.

    SEE BRUCE CHECK SOUND

    Ever wonder what a Bruce Springsteen soundcheck looks like?  Well now you can find out.  The Boss has released some footage of himself and the E Street Band warming up before their first European date this year in Seville, Spain this weekend.  Check it out at BruceSpringsteen.net.

           TIDBIT: The stadium where the concert took place is called the Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla, however, no Olympics where ever held there.  Seville bid for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games but didn’t win them.

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    ONE DIRECTION SING “MORE THAN THIS” TO THEIR FANS


    One Direction’s live tour DVD comes out on May 29th and it contains some sweet touring footage of the band. This past week, the group released a clip of them singing “More Than This” and it’ll be included on their Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD. The video features close-ups of each band member and b-roll of their teenage girl fans going crazy. Head to OneDirection.com to check out the live video.

    LADY GAGA APPEARS IN THE SIMPSONS’ SEASON FINALE


    Lady Gaga is making a cartoon cameo on The Simpsons’ season finale episode on May 20th. In the episode, Gaga comes to town to cheer up “Lisa,” and in the process, wears her signature meat dress and flame-shooting bra. The Simpsons celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Check out the season finale on FOX at 8 PM Eastern.

    OWL CITY’S NEW SINGLE


    Owl City had a hit single in 2009 with the tune “Fireflies,” and now, the singer is back with more. This summer, Adam Young will release his fourth album, but first he’s dropping a new sampler EP called The Shooting Star. The EP hits stores tomorrow (5/15), and contains four songs, including the title track. The effort is meant to be a preview of the full length disc he’s releasing later in the summer.  Head over to Billboard.com to stream Owl City’s latest song, “Shooting Star,” which is on the EP.

    TV: CEE LO WANTS ADAM LEVINE AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO STOP FIGHTING ON THE VOICE

    Cee Lo is sounding off about his fellow Voice judges Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine and their ongoing feud. Cee Lo tells Us Weekly, “It's getting a little old and a little inconvenient for everyone.” He hopes the arguing will end saying, “It's not something that we should carry over into season three. I want the integrity of the show intact." Host Carson Daly also weighed in, “It's frustrating in the same way when you're just with your family on Thanksgiving and the conversation over Monopoly gets heightened for a second – I'm looking at my sister going, 'Is my blood really boiling over the fact that you have Park Place?' Then it goes away." He added, "It's nothing new for us."

    JUSTIN BIEBER RELEASES NEW SONG!

    Justin Bieber has released a new song off his upcoming album, Believe, called “Turn To You.”  The 18-year-old dropped the song last week in time for Mother’s Day as a tribute to his mom, who worked hard to raise him.  Believe arrives in stores on June 19th.     

    • TWEET: Bieber took to Twitter last week and gave a shout out to all mothers, writing, "Help moms in need. Give them strength. thank u mom. it's on ITUNES. Happy Mother's Day Weekend. this is for my mom and all those moms out there. here is #TurnToYou."

    JOE JONAS JOINS KATY PERRY AND NICKI MINAJ FOR PEPSI!

    Pepsi has tapped Joe Jonas for its new Live for Now campaign.  Jonas, who joins Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj on the campaign, told MTV News that he is happy to work with the soft drink giant.  He added that he relates to the campaign, saying, "It's, I think, a good match. A lot of stuff that I love to do is spontaneous, last minute and living in the moment."  Earlier this month, Pepsi announced that Michael Jackson, who struck a deal with the brand in 1984, will be featured on its soda cans, which will in stores later this month.

    MTV PRESENTS DEV


    MTV will give viewers an inside look at Dev’s journey to pop stardom in the new documentary, DEV, which airs on Wednesday.  The special will follow her rise to fame while balancing family and a high risk pregnancy, all surrounding the release of her debut album, The Night the Sun Came UpDEV airs Wednesday, May 23rd at 11 PM Eastern.

    • TIDBIT: Dev is the voice behind the hits “Like A G6,” “In the Dark” and “Naked,” a duet with Enrique Iglesias.
    • STATEMENT: Dev released the following statement: “I am so excited to share these very personal and crazy moments from the past year of my life with viewers, I hope I inspire everyone to keep it pushin, and to do YOU, no matter what! The road to the release of my album was F***in insane, but my passion and love for making music made every bump completely worth it."
    • TRAILER!  To view the trailer for DEV click here.

    U2 EXHIBIT OPENS IN DUBLIN

    A new U2 exhibition opened up at the Little Museum in Dublin, Ireland this week. The show features rare photos of the Irish band from their early days, which were taken by photographer Patrick Brocklebank. U2: 1978-81 will run at the Little Museum of Dublin until September 2nd. Visit U2.com for details.

    DAVID GUETTA BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER THROUGH MUSIC


    David Guetta is constantly travelling the globe, spinning for fans of dance music.  The French DJ and producer told us he loves to bring people together through music.  David will spin in his home country of France on June 8th

    • TIDBIT: David Guetta’s latest single is “Titanium” featuring Sia.  It has sold over 324-thousand copies in just four weeks.
    • TIDBIT: Guetta will perform the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival, which takes place on June 8th to the 10th at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    SAMBORA WORKING ON NEW BON JOVI AND NEW SOLO ALBUMS


    Bon Jovi might not be touring right now but that doesn’t mean they aren’t keeping busy.  Guitarist Richie Sambora told Rolling Stone that the band is in the studio and he’s working on his first solo album in 14 years.  The rocker revealed that a new Bon Jovi record will be out early next year since they just “started laying down basics a couple of weeks back.”  He added that it “sounds great.”  As for his own album, the self-titled effort comes out this summer and Sambora says it will surprise fans since they probably don’t see him as a vocalist, even though he was the lead singer for every band he was in before Bon Jovi.  Read more at RollingStone.com.

    • TIDBIT: Bon Jovi will play a one-off, hit-filled show at this year’s Bamboozle Festival on May 20th in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    BEASTIE BOYS ALBUMS RE-ENTER THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART

    Sales of Beastie Boys records have skyrocketed since the death of Adam Yauch last Friday. Their Licensed to Ill album currently sits at number 18 on the Billboard album chart. Paul’s Boutique, Check your Head, Ill Communication, Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science and their latest, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, have all also re-entered the top 200. Yauch passed away on Friday at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer.

  • Twins Tickets This Weekend...WHO WANTS THEM?

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    Who wants to spend the weekend with the Twins at Target Field?  WTBX is giving away Twins tickets for this Friday AND Saturday.  2 lucky listeners will each win a pair of tickets to BOTH games at Target Field May 11th and 12th!!!!

    Do you want to go?  We want to send you.  Well, we want to send hardcore fans.  People who are going to don their Twins gear and bring a sign to Target Field and try to get on TV.

    So here is how you get those tickets:

    1. Make a sign for the games.  It could be a “hi mom” sign, a “circle me Bert” sign, a “go Twins” sign, a "shampoo is better" sign…whatever.  Clever and funny will earn big points with the judges.  The only requirement- the sign must include WTBX somewhere.
    2. Put on your Twins gear.  Paint your face.  Whatever you are planning on putting on for the weekend at Target Field.
    3. Take a photo of you and your sign and post it on our Facebook Page.  https://www.facebook.com/wtbx93.9

    Craig and Justin will announce the winners (that’s right, we’ll have TWO winners) Wednesday during the Early Morning Show.

    GET CRACKING!

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    NEW MUSIC: NEW NO DOUBT ALBUM OUT ON SEPTEMBER 25TH


    Good news for No Doubt fans. The band will be release their new studio album, their first since 2001’s Rock Steady, on September 25th. The band writes on their site, “We are incredibly excited to share the new music with you. Ear candy coming your way! Thank you all so much for your support over the last 25 years. We're really proud of our new album and we hope you love it as much as we do. We'll be posting a lot of updates between now and September as we shoot the video and start rehearsing to perform the new songs live for all of you." We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

    WHY BILLY JOEL LOVES HIS JOB


    Today (5/9), Billy Joel turns 63 years old.  The Piano Man is pretty pleased with the career he picked, and he explained to us exactly why.

    “I’ve had worse jobs than this.  This is a nice job.  Everybody knows ya, you get a table anywhere you go, people tell you they love your work.  What’s wrong with that?  Beats working in a factory and I’ve done that too.”

    You can learn more about Billy through the Q&A’s he posts on his website.  Check them out at BillyJoel.com.

    • TIDBIT: Billy has had 33 Top 40 hits and has won six GRAMMYs, been nominated for 23 and sold over 150-million records worldwide.

    MAD MEN PAY BIG BUCKS FOR BEATLES SONG


    If you caught the latest episode of Mad Men, you likely heard The Beatles’ song “Tomorrow Never Knows” closing out the show.  Well if you’re a fan of the band, you know that’s a rare thing.  Few times has a tune written and recorded by the Fab Four been licensed for use on a TV series and Mad Men paid a pretty penny for the rights.  250-thousand dollars in fact, according to sources who revealed the price to the New York TimesMatthew Weiner, the Executive Producer of the series, told the paper, “Whatever people think, this is not about money.  It never is. They are concerned about their legacy and their artistic impact.”  Read more at NYTimes.com.

    • TIDBIT: Most major pop songs can be licensed for under 100-thousand dollars.
    • TIDBIT: Besides tunes on the occasional commercial or the Beatles’ cartoon series from the 1960s, Mad Men using “Tomorrow Never Knows” is likely one of the only times a Beatles track has been used in a TV show.

    WATCH MAROON 5


    Even though The Voice aired its season finale last night, you can still take a look back at the show and check out Adam Levine’s performance with contestant Tony Lucca, as well as a ton of other videos from this past season, starring the Maroon 5 frontman, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo and Blake Shelton. Check out NBC.com/The-Voice to relive the magic.

    ADELE HAS A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY


    Adele celebrated her 24th birthday on May 5th and the singer had a great day. She tweeted thanks to all her fans for their birthday wishes and revealed one of her favorite gifts was getting a blossom tree. She also set the rumor mill right, saying she did not get engaged. Follow Adele at Twitter.com/OfficialAdele.

    FERGIE GETS INTO THE WINE BUSINESS


    According to Forbes, Fergie recently bought a vineyard and plans to release wine this summer.  The Black Eyed Peas singer called the vineyard Ferguson Crest and will have her father run it.  Fergie said it “won’t be a high-volume business,” and she plans on releasing about one-thousand cases of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

    • TIDBIT: Fergie also has three signature fragrances through Avon and a line of shoes plus she's the spokesperson for Wet 'n Wild cosmetics and the face of Voli vodka. 

    FORMER RHCP GUITARIST FEELS “DISHONORED” BY EXCLUSION FROM ROCK HALL.


    Billboard reports that former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman is angry at his ex-bandmates for not inviting him along to their recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sherman played on the group’s first record and contributed material to their second but was not included when the band was inducted back in April. Dave Navarro, who also played with the Peppers, was left out from the ceremony as well. Sherman says, “It’s a politically correct way of omitting Dave Navarro and I for whatever reasons they have – that are probably the band’s and not the Hall’s. It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on, and be excluded.” He goes on further to say, “I’m being dishonored. And it sucks.” The Chili Peppers’ lawyer released a statement saying, “It’s not a decision made by the band. It’s made by the Hall of Fame. They determine which of the members, through their career, get inducted.”

    NELLY FURTADO SAYS THE BIGGER THE BETTER!

    Nelly Furtado has released her new single, “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better).”  The song was produced by Rodney Jerkins and will appear on her fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible, which arrives in stores next month.  Nelly will perform her new single at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20th

    • VIDEO: You can see the video for “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)” at NellyFurtado.com.   

    MIKE D SAYS HE MISSES MCA “SO MUCH”

    Mike D of the Beastie Boys has spoken out about the passing of his bandmate, Adam Yauch. Writing on the band’s Facebook page, Mike Diamond says, “I know, we should have tweeted and Instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much.” Yauch died on Friday at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer.

    AD-ROCK ON THE PASSING OF MCA

    Adam Horovitz, a-k-a Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, has opened up about the passing of his bandmate Adam Yauch, who died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. Ad-Rock wrote on BeastieBoys.com, “As you can imagine, s**t is just fkd up right now. But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you.”

    BIEBER GRADUATES!

    Justin Bieber told England’s Daily Telegraph that he has officially graduated high school.  While recording his platinum albums and touring the world, Bieber kept up with his school work and has finished school after passing his final test. 

    • TIDBIT: Bieber’s latest video for “Boyfriend” racked up eight-million views within 24 hours after it was posted online.  The clip has now been viewed over 20-million times in less than a week. 

    BIEBER TALKS BASKETBALL MOVIE

    Last year it was reported that Justin Bieber was teaming up with Mark Wahlberg for a basketball movie.  The film has run into some delays and it looks like it might not happen anytime soon.  Bieber told MTV News that the two still want to make the flick.  He added that the script is being rewritten.  Wahlberg said in the past that the film will be like Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money, which starred Tom Cruise and Paul Newman, with Bieber playing the rookie to Wahlberg's mentor character.

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    THE FIRST DUETS PREVIEW IS OUT


    The first preview for Kelly Clarkson’s new singing competition show, Duets, aired Monday morning on Good Morning America. It looks like it’s going to be a fun series. The show stars Kelly, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke and John Legend, and follows them as they travel the country looking for the best singers to duet with. The show premieres on Thursday, May 24th on ABC.

    ONEREPUBLIC WANT YOU TO READ


    OneRepublic has a book recommendation for you. The guys did a lot of traveling this weekend, heading to Dubai for a show, and Ryan Tedder recommended the book he was reading to his Twitter followers. It’s called Seal Team Six and is a memoir of an elite navy seal sniper. You can pick up a copy from your local library or buy it in stores or online now. 

    THE SCRIPT ANNOUNCE NYC SHOW


    The Script have announced a New York City show at the iconic Radio City Music Hall. The Irish band will be performing there on October 9th and the guys have promised to keep us all informed on when we can buy tickets. The Script are currently finishing up work on the follow-up to their 2010 album, Science & Faith. For updates on their new disc and for tour dates, check out Twitter.com/TheScript.

     

    BEASTIE BOYS iTUNES SALES SKYROCKET


    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch passed away on Friday and fans flocked to iTunes this weekend to buy the rap groups’ albums in honor of his legacy. The trio’s debut disc, Licensed to Ill, shot up to number three on the album chart on the downloading site, while their 1989 follow-up, Paul’s Boutique, went to number 13. All of their studio albums, including their 1999 anthology, popped onto the iTunes list over the weekend. MTVNews.com has more.

    • TIDBIT: According to MTV News, this surge in sales for the Beastie Boys is similar to what happened after Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Michael Jackson passed away.

    LINKIN PARK & INCUBUS TO PLAY L-A


    Linkin Park and Incubus will be co-headlining the Honda Civic Tour this summer and they’ve just announced a show in Los Angeles on September 8th as part of that trek. The tour kicks off on August 14th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Before then though, on June 26th, Linkin Park’s new disc, Living Things, hits shelves.  If you pre-order the record now on the band’s website, you’ll not only get a free mp3 download of their song “Burn It Down, but you’ll also score early access to buy tickets for the Honda Civic Tour and more.

    JUSTIN BIEBER HAPPY WITH “BOYFRIEND”

    Justin Bieber scored an instant hit with his new single, “Boyfriend,” which debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart five weeks ago.  The 18-year-old told us he is excited by everyone’s feedback about the track.  Bieber will release his new album, Believe, on June 19th.   

    • TIDBIT: “Boyfriend” is currently number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 
    • TIDBIT: You can see Justin’s new video for “Boyfriend” at www.MTV.com

    MADONNA REMEMBERS MCA


    Madonna has released a statement about the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.  The singer said: "The Beastie Boys were one of a kind! And so was Adam! They were all an important part of my musical history. And integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time.  I'm very sad to hear about Adam's passing. G*D bless him and his family."  Madge included The Beastie Boys as an opening act on 1985’s The Virgin Tour. At that point, Madonna had already established herself as a formidable pop act with her first two albums and the Beasties were just getting started. Their iconic debut album, License To Ill, wouldn't come until a year later. 

    • TIDBITS: There were a number of tributes on Friday night. During Coldplay's concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Chris Martin and company performed a slowed down, piano-laden rendition of the Beastie Boys' breakthrough hit "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)."  The Red Hot Chili Peppers also paid their respects during their show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Friday. According to Rolling Stone, HCP frontman Anthony Kiedis said to the crowd, "We're playing this show tonight for Adam Yauch."  
    • TIDBITS: Over the weekend, the New York Mets paid tribute to the fallen Brooklynite by playing the Beastie's music as they each walked up to the plate.

    RIHANNA MISSES DRESS REHEARSAL BUT PERFORMS ON SNL

    Rihanna took to the stage of Saturday Night Live over the weekend and performed "Birthday Cake" and "Talk That Talk." According to TMZ, Ri-Ri upset show producers by failing to perform at the show’s dress rehearsal on Saturday before the live show.  Rihanna was in the building but said she was sick and needed to rest before going live.  TMZ is reporting that producers of the show were upset saying the singer looked just fine and didn’t appear sick.  The website also reports that Rihanna saw a doctor and received a shot of Penicillin before taking the stage.  

    KYLIE MINOGUE PREPS GREATEST HITS ALBUM!


    Kylie Minogue will release a greatest hits album next month.  According to Billboard, the Australian singer, who is celebrating 25 years in the music industry, will put out The Best of Kylie Minogue in June.  The 21-song set includes number one hits like "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," "Love at First Sight" and "Get Outta My Way." The Best of Kylie Minogue arrives on June 19th

    ·        TRACK LIST: The track list for The Best of Kylie Minogue:
    “Can't Get You Out Of My Head”
    “Spinning Around”
    “I Should Be So Lucky”
    “Love At First Sight”
    “In Your Eyes”
    “Kids” (featuring Robbie Williams)
    “Better The Devil You Know”
    “All The Lovers”
    “Give Me Just A Little More Time”
    “Celebration”
    “Slow”
    “Red Blooded Woman”
    “I Believe In You”
    “On A Night Like This”
    “Confide In Me”
    “Get Outta My Way”
    “The Loco-Motion”
    “Tears On My Pillow”
    “Wow”
    “In My Arms”
    “Never Too Late”