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  • Here's Today's Music News!

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    BEASTIE BOY ADAM YAUCH HAS DIED


    TMZ is reporting that Beastie Boy rapper Adam Yauch, has passed away at the age of 47. Back in 2009, Adam, who went by the name MCA in the group, announced that he had cancer and went through surgery and radiation treatment. It’s not clear if his death was related to his battle with cancer, but we’ll keep you updated. Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike and Ad Roc. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

    • TIDBIT: The Beastie Boys have won three GRAMMYS.
    • TIDBIT: Just last month, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Adam was not able to make it to the induction ceremony but no reason was given as to why.
    • TWITTER REACTIONS:
    • Cypress Hill: “deepest condolences 2 the family of Adam yauch & the beastie boys. Adam was the coolest dude ever& will b missed but memory will live on.”
    • Papa Roach: “Rest in Peace to a hip hop pioneer - Adam Yauch aka MCA of Beastie Boys.”
    • Reverend Run: “R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!
    • Kurt Loder: “RIP Adam Yauch: Beastie Boys live at Woodstock 1999: "Sabotage": http://tinyurl.com/2u8c6zg
    • Edgar Wright: “Am heartbroken about Adam Yauch. Met him exactly a year ago in NYC. He was a fine, funny, talented gent. Will miss you Nathanial Hörnblowér.
    • Q-Tip: “sadness....”
    • Fred Durst: “A very sad day indeed. Adam Yauch RIP.”
    • 311: “Much love & respect, Adam Yauch. Our best to the #BeastieBoys family.”
    • Ice-T: “TERRIBLE NEWS: MCA of the Beastie Boys has died at 47. Another very sad day in Hip Hop. #MCARIP.”
    • Chantal Claret: “Paul Revere, my favorite Beastie Boys song off of License to Ill which I played till it broke. RIP MCA.”
    • Hayley Williams: “RIP ADAM MCA YAUCH.”
    • Benji Madden: “This news hits hard. The Beastie Boys are 1of the reasons I do music&MCA was the captain. Thanx for everythin MCA. Rest in Peace #RIPMCA
    • Duff McKagan: “RIP Adam. Your contributions to music and humanity will be remembered forever. Our hearts go out to MCA's family, and fellow Beastie's.”
    • Rob Thomas: “holy s**t. R.I.P. ADAM YAUCH. MCA, you will be missed.”
    • Tom Morello: “Rip dear Adam Yauch. Words can't express the sadness and loss. Ur humor, talent & gentle soul are just irreplacable. Be at peace brother.”
    • One Republic: “R.I.P Adam MCA. Beastie Boys remain untouchable.”
    • Linkin Park: “We're sad to learn about the death of MCA. Our condolences to the Beastie Boys and Adam's family.”
    • Kevin Smith: “RIP Adam Yauch. You made my teenage years more fun and your art made it easier for me to do what I do. For a Beastie, you sure were a beaut.”
    • Travis Barker: “Rest In Peace Adam Yauch /MCA. 4ever somebody i looked up to & had the pleasure of meeting. Damn this bums me out, we lost one of the best.”
    • Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Wow, lost another brother..sail on MCA..”
    • Rainn Wilson: “RIP Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys). He was a super-genius, a visionary and, most importantly, a really good person.”
    • Marlon Wayans:‏ “Rest in peace Adam Yauch. Beastie Boys were always the "coolest whiteboys" when I was growing up. They erased color lines the opposite way”
    • Biz Markie: “A VERY SPECIAL R.I.P. TO ADAM YAUCH FROM THE BEASTIE BOYS MY BROTHER YOU ARE GONNA BE TRULY MISSED MY HEART IS HEAVY.....”
    • Big Daddy Kane: “Rest in peace MCA of the Beastie Boys. A pioneer, legend & OG that will be missed.”
    • Snoop Dogg: “RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life”
    • Common:‏ “God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP
    • Jimmy Eat World: “We're very saddened by the passing of Adam Yauch. RIP MCA. You'll be missed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdJ5e70Q8mw.”
    • Steve Aoki: “ahhh man... rest in peace to the one and only MCA. wow. terrible news”
    • Uncle Kracker: "License to ill" was the soundtrack of my youth and "MCA" was as much a part of my teenage years as any one of my friends.
    • Chromeo: “Devastating. #RIPMCA”
    • Backstreet Boys: “Rip MCA - out thoughts are with you and your family. #BeastieBoys4Life”
    • DonaldGlover: “Adam Yauch was an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I've ever met. His music was some of my favorite. Truly saddened. RIP MCA.”
    • Slash: Sad day. MCA was fucking awesome. RIP man. We'll miss you very much.”
    • Billy Corgan: “Sad news about Adam Yauch's passing,a man of dignity + spiritual conviction. I always had great respect for him in times we met and talked”
    • Bloc Party: “RIP MCA. Bass is a poorer place today.”
    • Krist Novoselic:  “Adam Yauch #RIPMCA. Thank you for Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness.”
    • Flea: “Prayers and all the love I could ever muster for Adam Yauch. What a beautiful man. God bless his beautiful soul. A class act all the way”
    • Far East Movement: Cuz u can't u won't and u don't stop. Always make noise for MCA. RIP to the illest. Dam this can't be real”
    • Danny Masterson: “MCA u will b missed more than most. Thank you for teaching me about hiphop when I was a kid.”
    • Mike Shinoda: “The first record that ever mattered to me. Will be on repeat all day. #RIPMCA http://instagr.am/p/KNyvFpDmdo/
    • Weezer: “We are so sorry to hear about the loss of the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch (MCA) a true legend & inspirational to everyone in weezers generation”
    • Nickelback: “Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of Adam Yauch of @beastieboys. Our best wishes to his family, band mates, friends and fans.”

    COLDPLAY SINGER CHRIS MARTIN HAS TINNITUS


    Coldplay singer Chris Martin has revealed he’s been suffering from the inner ear condition tinnitus for the past 10 years. Tinnitus causes permanent ringing or buzzing in the ears and is often caused by overexposure to loud noises. Martin is speaking out about his condition as part of a new campaign to encourage people to take care of their ears and wear ear plugs when they’re in places full of loud noises. Check out NME.com for more.

    • TIDBIT: Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am also suffers from tinnitus.

    YOUNG THE GIANT SELL OUT SUMMERSTAGE


    Young The Giant have sold out their July 16th Central Park Summerstage Show. The band is also performing two songs on The Today Show on May 22nd. They’ll be performing be performing “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment” on morning staple.

    DOES JUSTIN BIEBER’S “BOYFRIEND” VIDEO PAY TRIBUTE TO ‘NSYNC?

    There are quite a few similarities between Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” video and ‘NSYSC’s “Girlfriend” music video. According to MTV News, both clips contain laid-back parking lot parties filled with fancy cars, good looking girls and hip-hop-influenced dance breaks. After the pop star’s video premiere on MTV First, Sway Calloway asked Bieber whether he had seen the “Girlfriend” video.  The pop star replied, "I haven't seen it," but he also admitted that Justin Timberlake has had a great influence on him, adding, "He was young, and he did it, and he was really amazing and had such amazing music. I can't say that I would be upset when someone compares me to him."

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD UNDERSTANDS THE LIMELIGHT


    Carrie Underwood graces the cover of Glamour magazine’s June issue, and inside she is spilling details on what it’s like to be in a relationship with her husband, Mike Fisher, in the public eye. She says it was a plus that “he knew what to expect” since he’s a big celebrity in Canada. She insists that he “knows what it’s like living under a microscope,” and they’re “both independent people.” Carrie recently performed on the live results show of American Idol and said that after she won season four of the show, it feels as if “you’re like an elected official.” She completely understands though because she knows “they’ve invested in you” and “they’ve sat there and voted for you.” Carrie will be making more appearances this week, as she is promoting her new album, Blown Away. She performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (5/9).

    FAR EAST MOVEMENT TALK DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

    Far East Movement will release their new album, Dirty Bass, later this month.  FM will release Dirty Bass on May 22nd.  That same night, they will help kick off LMFAO’s Sorry For Party Rocking Tour in Columbus, Ohio. 

    SELENA GOMEZ MAKES A WISH COME TRUE

    Selena Gomez has made one girl extremely happy. Her name is Ella and the Houston, Texas native was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Her only wish was to meet Selena Gomez so, with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and X-Box, Selena made Ella’s wish come true. The two were able hang out and even played video games together.

  • Here's Today's Music News!

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADELE!


    Adele turns 24 tomorrow (5/5). The British singer was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins back in 1988 in Tottenham, North London in England.  Wish Adele a happy birthday on Cinco de Mayo using Twitter!  Send your message to @OfficialAdele.

    CHARTS: ADELE’S 21 HAS SOLD MORE THAN THRILLER IN THE U-K


    According to NME.com, Adele has overtaken Michael Jackson on the list of the all-time biggest selling albums in the U-K. Her album, 21, has sold over four-million copies in the U-K and now has sold 500 more than Jackson’s 1982 Thriller record. In her homeland of England, 21 has spent 65 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Official Albums Chart. It has outsold Amy Winehouse's Back To Black to become the biggest-selling album of the 21st Century in the U-K.

    NEW MUSIC: GOTYE TALKS NEXT ALBUM


    Gotye is already talking about the follow-up to his new album Making Mirrors. The “Somebody That I Used To Know” singer tells NME that he wants to make a more “traditional” album next time around and goes on further to say, “I can't put a timeline on it. But I do know that I'd like to do a more traditional record, focusing more on chords and harmonies and things like that. I'd like to collaborate more with people and make more use of my band, rather than just me working on my own." So how much material does Gotye have ready? He says, “I work in stages, I usually need to withdraw for a while and experiment with things before my better ideas start floating to the top. I have a lot of unfinished things and demos from the last record, but I usually like to start afresh when I make a new record, so going by my previous track record, a couple of years wouldn't be out of the question."

    MUMFORD AND SONS FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM

    Mumford and Sons have reportedly finished their second album. The band’s keyboardist Ben Lovett has revealed that the record is done but says they won’t put the album out unless they are completely happy with it after the mixing process. The album, which remains as-yet-untitled, is the follow-up to the British band’s multi-platinum selling debut, Sigh No More. We’ll be sure to let you know when they’ll be releasing their new music.

    FINAL FOUR FOR MTV’S BATTLE OF THE BOY BANDS


    Westlife, The Wanted, Jonas Brothers and Mindless Behavior are the final four boy bands left on MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands. You can still vote for you favorite of that group to help them get one step closer to winning.

    KATY PERRY FINISHES HER NEW MUSIC VIDEO


    Katy Perry has finished shooting a new music video that will be included in her 3-D concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me. In the video, she wears one of the costumes she used during her California Dreams Tour. Perry didn’t tweet about what track she was shooting the video for, but we’ll let you know we when we get more details! Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D hits theaters around July 4th.

    • TIDBIT: Follow Katy on Twitter @KatyPerry.

    RINGO FOR RHINOS


    Ringo Starr once wrote about an “Octopus’s Garden,” but these days, he’s focusing on a different animal. On his official website, the former Beatle posted a photo of a rhinoceros with the caption “Save the Rhinos.”  Ringo told The Hollywood Reporter about his fondness for the horned critters which are on the endangered species list.  He said, “I’ve always loved rhinos.  They were close to my and [late Who drummer] Keith Moon’s heart.  In fact, I had two huge ones made and gave one to Keith.  Mine is still out on the grass here [at his estate] in England.”  Check out Ringo’s message at RingoStarr.com.

    • TIDBIT: Last fall, Ringo helped out Timberland’s Canvas that Cares charity campaign, which benefitted WaterAid, an organization that is dedicated to getting safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.

    JUSTIN BIEBER RAPS ON BELIEVE

    Justin Bieber throws down some rhymes on his new single, “Boyfriend,” which is number four on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart.  The 18-year-old told us that singing is his first love, but that he really enjoys rapping, so fans can expect to hear Bieber rhyming again sometime soon.  Biebs will premiere his video for “Boyfriend” tonight on MTV First: Justin Bieber, live at 7:50 PM Eastern on MTV.  His new album, Believe, will arrive on June 19th.   

    • TIDBIT: Immediately following the premiere, the "Boyfriend" video will be available on MTV.com

    GLEE TAKE ON THEIR RENDITION OF TAYLOR SWIFT


    FOX’s hit series Glee is getting the Taylor Swift treatment! Co-creator Ryan Murphy spilled details at a recent television panel, revealing that during an upcoming episode, two characters, “Puck” and “Coach Bieste,” will turn Taylor’s song “Mean” into a duet. The episode is reportedly set to air May 15th on FOX at 8 PM Eastern.

    JAY DEMARCUS & HIS WIFE REVEAL NAME OF NEW BABY


    Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus and his wife, CMT host Allison DeMarcus, have chosen a name for their second child. According to The Tennessean, their son will be Dylan Jay DeMarcus. He will join big sister Madeline Leigh this summer, and Jay told us he is excited to bring a son into the world. Rascal Flatts have other news to celebrate this week as their current single, “Banjo,” is back at the number one spot on the country charts.

  • Twins Ticket Trivia...DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    We have 4 Twins tickets for you...but to win you'll need to bone up on your Twins Trivia.  During Friday's Early Morning Show we'll be taking a caller...and if that caller can pass our Twins' quiz, they will be going to Target Field for Monday's tilt against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

    But this is an open book quiz...and we are giving you the questions ahead of time.  Do your homework, and be ready to play and win Friday morning.

    Here are your 10 Twins Trivia Questions...find all the answers and you'll have a chance at a family 4-pack of tickets to Monday's game against the Angels at Target Field- good luck!

    1)      Name the 3 Twins currently hitting .300 or better

    2)      Which Twins have played in all 24 games so far this season?

    3)      In high school Matt Capps lettered in 4 sports….what were they?

    4)      Who led the Twins in home runs last year (2011)?

    5)      Which team will the Twins play in the 2012 regular season finale?

    6)      How many triples did Kent Hrbek hit in his career as a Twin?

    7)      What is Ron Gardenhire’s middle name?

    8)      Who is the all-time Twins leader for most games played?

    9)      Who is the all-time Twins leader for highest On Base Percentage?

    10)   How many games did Bert Blyleven lose in his Hall of Fame career?

  • Here's Today's Music News!

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    SINGLE LADY GAGA

    Lady Gaga is single. Us Magazine is reporting that the pop singer has broken things off with her Vampire Diaries boyfriend Taylor Kinney because she’ll be touring the world until 2013. A source told the mag that neither party is really heartbroken about the news, since they both knew they would never head down the aisle together.

    •      TIDBIT: Gaga is going to have her hands full on this 110-show tour – she’s also planning on recording a new album during the trek.

    KINGS OF LEON’S JARED FOLLOWILL IS ENGAGED

    Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill is engaged. The musician wrote on Twitter that he and his aspiring model girlfriend, Martha Patterson, are planning to wed. The 25-year-old and his girlfriend have only been dating for a few months, but Jared is confident in their love, proposing recently in Nashville. E! News has more and you can follow Jared on Twitter @YoungFollowill.

    JUSTIN BIEBER TO PREMIERE “BOYFRIEND” VIDEO ON MTV THURSDAY

    Justin Bieber will sit down with MTV News' Sway Calloway on Thursday to premiere his "Boyfriend" music video during MTV First: Justin Bieber, live at 7:50 PM Eastern on MTV. After the video premieres on air, Bieber will chat with Sway for 30 minutes on MTV.com, opening up about the Director X-directed clip, as well as his June 19th album release, Believe.  If you have a burning question for Bieber, you can get in on the fun by tweeting @MTVNews with the hashtag #MTVFirst or #AskBieber.  Immediately following the premiere, the "Boyfriend" video will be available on MTV.com so Beliebers can watch it over and over and over again.

    DEMI LOVATO ON THE X-FACTOR?

    After Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul exited Simon Cowell's The X Factor, the show appears to be going in a youthful direction. While we are still waiting on word about Britney Spears joining the judging panel, rumors are swirling that Demi Lovato could be joining the show as well.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 19-year-old singer is "closing a deal" to join Cowell as one of the new judges on the show. Both Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne have been mentioned as potential judges as well, though no details or confirmation of those talks have emerged.

    TV: COLDPLAY ON AMERICAN IDOL TONIGHT!

    Coldplay are set to perform on American Idol tonight (5/3) on FOX.  Tune in to see who will be eliminated, and watch Coldplay perform, tonight on American Idol on FOX.

  • Here's Today's Music News!

    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    JESSICA SIMPSON WELCOMES A BABY GIRL!

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    Jessica Simpson is now a mom. The singer and her fiancé, Eric Johnson, welcomed their first child on May 1st, a baby girl named Maxwell Drew Johnson. Maxwell was a healthy nine-pounds, 13 ounces, and 21-and-three-fourths-inches long. Simpson wrote to fans on her website that they are “grateful for all the love, support and prayers… This has been the greatest experience of our lives.” Head to JessicaSimpson.com for more.

    KELLY CLARKSON, USHER AND MORE FOR BILLBOARD AWARDS!


    Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado will perform at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas  The show will beam out live from the MGM Grand Arena on May 20th at 8 PM Eastern on ABCJustin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO and The Wanted will also perform at the show. 

    • TIDBITS: Adele leads the way with 18 Billboard Music Award nominations.  She is up for Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and her breakthrough hit, “Rolling in the Deep,” is up for seven awards.   LMFAO received 17 nods, Rihanna got 13 and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne are up for 10. 

    JENNIFER LOPEZ AND ENRIQUE IGLESIAS ANNOUNCE TOUR!

    As we previously reported, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias will tour together this summer.  The outing will also feature Wisin Y Yandel and kicks off in Montreal, Quebec on July 14th, wrapping on August 31st in Miami.  The huge summer tour will also hit Toronto, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.   

    • TIDBIT: Fans can also get special VIP packages that will include amazing seats, VIP pre-show parties, autographed memorabilia and exclusive merchandise.  Check www.Ticketmaster.com for more information about ticketing and VIP package offers. 
    • STATEMENT: Enrique released the following statement: “I’m so excited to be spending this summer out on the road. There is no better feeling than being out on stage in front of all my fans.” 
    • TIDBIT: Iglesias has sold more than 70-million albums worldwide, released nine studio albums and two greatest hits compilations.   

    SNOW PATROL HEADS TO THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO


    Snow Patrol are playing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The British band will be on the NBC late night talk show on Monday May 7th.

    NEW RYAN TEDDER MUSIC


    Ryan Tedder doesn’t just create music for his band, OneRepublic, he also writes songs with and for some of the most popular artists around today, from Adele to Gavin DeGraw. Fans can now check out some new material Ryan helped write. He worked with Carrie Underwood on her track “Good in Goodbye” on her album Blown Away, and with B.O.B. on three of his new tracks off his latest disc, Strange Clouds, called “So Good,” “Never Let You Go” and “Castles.”

    STARR AND STEWART WORKING ON MUSICAL FILM


    Ringo Starr and former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart are teaming up to create a new musical called Hole in the Fence.  According to Deadline.com, the production is based on an original idea by the rockers, who plan to write songs for it and executive produce it.  The flick will tell a coming-of-age story about kids who form a band in a depressed mining town.  No word yet on when it will hit theaters.

    • TIDBIT: Stewart is in a musical state of mind.  He recently adapted the 1990 film Ghost for the stage and it’s now on Broadway and he’s working on a musical called Zombie Broadway.
    • TIDBIT: In January 2008, Ringo released his album Liverpool 8, which Dave co-produced.

    LIVE: SNOW PATROL, DURAN DURAN FOR OLYMPICS CONCERT


    NME.com reports that Snow Patrol, Duran Duran and more will play a show in London’s Hyde Park this summer to mark the start of the Olympics. The show is set to take place on July 27th, the same day as the sporting event’s opening ceremony. Other bands on the bill include Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini.

    MADONNA’S W.E. OUT ON DVD NOW!

    Madonna’s directorial debut, W.E., is out on DVD now.  The film tells the story of King Edward VIII, who gave up the throne after falling for an American divorcee named Wallis SimpsonW.E. received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Masterpiece,” and a Golden Globe \ for Best Original Score. You can pick up W.E. on DVD and Blu-ray in stores now. 

    LIVE: THE KILLERS TO HEADLINE NORWEGIAN FESTIVAL

    The Killers are on track to release a new album later this year and the Las Vegas band is announcing some more tour dates. The group is set to headline the Sziget festival in Hungary this August. The Killers will be here in the U-S before that though, and play the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware on July 20th. For more tour dates visit TheKillersMusic.com.

    LIVE: FOSTER THE PEOPLE COVER ALABAMA SHAKES WITH THE KOOKS FRONTMAN

    Foster the People brought out The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard on stage in London on Monday night. Pritchard helped out the California band on a cover of Alabama Shakes’ single “Hold On.” Fan footage of the show can now be seen online. Foster the People are still on tour in Europe and are set to rock Berlin, Germany on Wednesday night.

    PJ MORTON TALKS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING WITH MAROON 5 AND OTHER ARTISTS

    Keyboard player for Maroon 5 and GRAMMY Award-winner PJ Morton is celebrating the release of his new EP, Following My First Mind, which is available now. The multi-faceted artist has worked with a lot of artists and even won a GRAMMY for writing and producing for India.Arie.  For more on PJ Morton, check out his website at www.PJMortonOnline.com.

    SELENA GOMEZ PREPS FRAGRANCE

    Selena Gomez will release her new fragrance this month.  The singer looks all grown-up in her ad for the scent, posing in a pool of water, dripping wet, wearing a strapless purple gown.  Gomez told MyStyle that the perfume is, “Yummy, romantic, and simple.”  The 19-year-old will release her fragrance this month exclusively at Macy's, and will debut later in summer at Nordstrom, Dillard's and Ulta.

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    Posted by Justin Henriksen

    JAMES VALENTINE MUSIC


    Maroon 5’s James Valentine is also in a band called JJAMZ and they’re offering a free download of one of their tunes. You can head to JJamzMusic.com to get a free mp3 of their song “Heartbeat.” Their debut album, Suicide Pact, is out on July 10th

    HANG WITH ONEREPUBLIC

    You have a chance to hang out with OneRepublic. 20 lucky fans will get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Ryan Tedder-fronted band in Las Vegas from June 1st to the 3rd. How can you win? Well, head over to HangWithTheBand.com to bid on the auction, which includes two nights in a luxury hotel, a dinner with the band, tickets to their show, a photo with them, an autograph and more. The auction ends Sunday at 4 PM Eastern.

    COLBIE CAILLAT ON AMERICAN IDOL


    Colbie Caillat is on vacation right now and she’s taking that extra free time to catch up with this American Idol season. Caillat is cheering for Jessica Sanchez, and the “Favorite Song” singer posted on Twitter that she thinks Sanchez is “one of the best singers on the planet.”  Follow the Colbie on Twitter @ColbieCaillat and follow Jessica @JSanchezAI11.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S BLOWN AWAY IS HERE!


    Carrie Underwood’s fourth studio album, Blown Away, hits stores today. Her new project has a little something for everyone, and according to Carrie, she was inspired by some of her recent collaborations with artists like rocker Steven Tyler.  Carrie will return to the American Idol stage Thursday night to perform during the live results show, which airs at 8 PM Eastern on FOX.

    SUGARLAND MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE FOR UPCOMING SINGER


    Sugarland introduced their fans to an aspiring 11-year-old country singer named Alana Springsteen during their recent show in Virginia Beach, Virginia. According to WVEC-TV, Alana and her family have been taking trips back and forth from Nashville to meet with music executives, which is how she met the duo’s Kristian Bush. Alana says Kristian told her, “You have the opportunity to sing ‘Baby Girl,’ with us, are you ready?” She said yes with no hesitation, and took over every verse in the song.

    • RELATED LINK: Fans can watch Alana perform “Baby Girl” with Sugarland here http://bit.ly/IL0Aaa.

    AN AEROSMITH ALBUM UPDATE FROM STEVEN TYLER


    Aerosmith have been hard at work on their latest album.  The yet-to-be-titled record was supposed to come out before the band’s North American tour this summer but now will be hitting shelves just after it, in September.  Singer Steven Tyler filled us in on how things are going with the new music and how he wants it to be perfect.

    “We’re doing an album right now and I’m losing my mind… I’m losing my throat because there are songs that I love to sing that I just wrote but are they the just right songs.  I should say I don’t give two you-know-whats, but I do.  I like to write that song that, it’s beautiful, you know, I never know what it’s going to be.  It’s a craps shoot but we’ll see, we’ll see.”

    You can stay up to date with the band at Aerosmith.com and check out Steven weekly on American Idol, Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX

    • TIDBIT: Aerosmith’s last album of all original material was 2001’s Just Push Play.

    GEORGE HARRISON’S MOTHER’S INFLUENCE


    The late great guitarist George Harrison was pretty prolific when it came to recording, so when he passed away, he left a slew of demos and early versions of classic songs.  Today, ten of those recordings come out on the album Early Takes Volume 1.  George told us he has his mother to thank for his career choice.

    “My parents didn’t object to… they both liked music, they used to go out dancing a lot.  And when I first wanted a guitar, my mother bought me this very cheap guitar, it cost three-pounds, ten-shillings, it was probably about six dollars or something and she didn’t mind, I used to stay up until 2 in the morning, polishing my guitar and trying to learn how to play it and later, when I got to know John [Lennon] and Paul [McCartney], she used to love having them around, singing in the back room.  She was very encouraging about that.”

    All of the songs on Early Takes Volume 1 appear in the Martin Scorsese documentary about George, Living in the Material World, which comes out on Blu-ray and DVD today.  Learn more at GeorgeHarrison.com.

    • TIDBIT: Songs on the album include eight demo versions of Harrison’s music and two covers – one of Bob Dylan’s “Mama You’ve Been on My Mind” and one of The Everly Brothers’ “Let It Be Me.” 
    • TALKING POINT: How many volumes of Early Takes do you think will come out?

    CHARTS: JACK WHITE NUMBER ONE IN THE U-K!

    Jack White’s new album Blunderbuss has debuted at number one in the U-K. The debut solo record from the ex-White Stripes singer has beat out Adele’s 21 album for the top spot. Adele lands in the number two, followed by Lana Del Rey at three with her Born To Die record. We’ll know where Jack lands on the Billboard 200 chart when it is released on Wednesday.

    NEW MUSIC: THOM YORKE PLAYS NEW ATOMS FOR PEACE SONGS AT DJ SET

    Thom Yorke debuted new music from his Atoms For Peace band over the weekend. NME reports that the Radiohead frontman played new music from the band during his DJ set over the weekend in L-A. The tracks are thought to appear on the band’s upcoming debut album, which is scheduled to come out later this year. Yorke shares the band with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, longtime Radiohead producer Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.

    GOTYE WITH MORE ON GLEE


    Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” was recently featured in Glee and the singer has voiced his unhappiness with the track being interpreted for the show. He is talking about his music on the show some more and tells NME, “At first I was quite hesitant. One by-product of how quickly I've gone from being an artist who no-one's really heard of to someone who seems fairly mainstream, certainly with that song, is that I'm still quite unsure about things like that." He goes on further, “I wasn't sure whether something so mainstream was right for my music and whether it reflected on my music in my bad way. But I think I realized that the song's so popular, it's kind of out of my hands, so when something like Glee comes along, why would I say no?”

    FUN. ARE THRILLED TO PLAY THE 2012 MTV MOVIE AWARDS!


    New York band Fun. are the first musical act announced for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and the band is honored to be playing the annual event. Singer Nate Ruess tells MTV News, “It's one of the most flattering things that's happened to us on this rollercoaster ride of this song and this album, because I just remember watching all those award shows — like the Video Music Awards and Movie Awards — and you always wonder like how they're doing it, what their big reveal is going to be, all those other type of things.” Ruess goes on, "We've had meetings about how our set's going to be and what it's going to look like, and it's so exciting. It's so exciting how much effort MTV puts into this show, like, we have to show up and play the song, but they build this whole entire world around us, and it's so amazing." The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards air live on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 PM Eastern on MTV.

    JUSTIN BIEBER ACCEPTS 2012 TRIBECA DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARD

    Justin Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun, were at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Friday to accept the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for disrupting "the traditional gatekeepers of the music industry."  The 18-year-old noted that a lot of what he does is a reflection of his relationship with his fans, saying, "I don't think that I would be here without the Internet. The fans feel connected to me."  The award seems fitting, given how much Bieber's rise to fame has changed the way talent can be discovered via the Internet and proved how technology can be used to spread the word.  Bieber will release his album, Believe, on June 19th

    • TIDBIT: Bieber released his album cover on Friday.  It is a black and white photo of his face with “Believe” stamped on yellow caution tape in black letters underneath. 

    LADY GAGA KICKS OFF BORN THIS WAY BALL IN SOUTH KOREA!


    Lady Gaga kicked off her Born This Way Ball at Seoul, South Korea's Olympic Stadium on Friday in front of 45-thousand fans.  Despite protests from Christian groups saying Mother Monster was "obscene" and could "taint" young people with her performance, the concert went on without incident. Gaga's performance featured a lot of material from her Born this Way album, and her huge hits like "Bad Romance," Poker Face" and "Just Dance."

    Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball set list:

    "Highway Unicorn"
    "Government Hooker"
    "Born This Way"
    "Bloody Mary"
    "Bad Romance"
    "Fashion of His Love"
    "The Queen"
    "Just Dance"
    "Love Game"
    "Telephone"
    "Just Dance"
    "Heavy Metal Lover"
    "Bad Kids"
    "Hair"
    "Yoü and I"
    "Electric Chapel"
    "Americano"
    "Poker Face"
    "Scheiße"
    "The Edge of Glory"
    "Marry the Night"

    THE WANTED ARE SORRY THEY CALLED CHRISTINA AGUILERA A “TOTAL B***H!”


    The Wanted recently performed their new single, "Chasing the Sun," on NBC's The Voice, and the members of the boy band said they received a less-than-warm welcome from vocal coach Christina Aguilera.  Group member Tom Parker is now sort of apologizing for calling the singer a “total b****h” during an interview.  MTV News reports that Parker says he shouldn’t have said that, but he still thinks manners are important and that people shouldn’t be rude.

    A.J. McLEAN AND WIFE EXPECTING FIRST CHILD

    Backstreet BoysA.J. McLean and his wife, Rochelle DeAnna Kardis, announced that they are expecting their first child.  The couple posted a video on YouTube Sunday telling fans the good news.  The two got married on December 17th, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. 

    JOHN LEGEND JOINS DUETS!

    John Legend will join Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke on the new ABC music series DuetsThe show is hosted by former MTV VJ Quddus and will feature Legend, Clarkson, Nettles and Thicke in the search for the ultimate duet partner. They all individually set out across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy of being their duet partners. Ultimately, each star will choose two singers to be his/her partners. Together, the superstars and their partners take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience. In the end, only one duet will be at the top of the charts, and the winning partner will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Duets premieres on May 24th on ABC

    • STATEMENT: John Legend released the following statement: “I’m thrilled to be part of Duets and I’m looking forward to finding an undiscovered gem out there.  This is going be a lot of fun.”

     

     

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    RASHIDA JONES SANG WITH MAROON 5


    When Maroon 5 started out in 1994, they were named Kara’s Flowers and actress Rashida Jones actually sang back up with them on their first two records. Both Maroon 5 and Rashida have becomes successes in their own right since then – Jones currently stars on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Maroon 5 will release their fourth studio album, Overexposed, on June 26th, 2012.

    COLBIE CAILLAT IS ON VACATION


    Colbie Caillat is going to be on tour all summer, so she’s taking a break right now. The singer posted a photo of herself and her friends hanging out in Hawaii. Colbie tweeted that she’ll be back to work preparing for her tour soon, she’s just relaxing at the beach right now. Caillat is heading out on a trek with Gavin DeGraw.  They kick things off on May 25th.

    GOTYE GETS “SICK” OF “SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW”

    Are you sick of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”? It seems Gotye even is. The singer tells NME.com, “Sometimes I feel like I'm a bit sick of it. My inbox, on any given day, has at least five covers or parodies or remixes of it and there's only so many times you can listen to the one song." Gotye still enjoys playing the tune live though.  He explained, “I like the fact that people are still discovering it and I don't feel like it's a noose around my neck. But at the same time, I do wonder how many times you can listen to the same piece of music. I can't think of any song that's ever been picked up like this and I do feel like saying to people sometimes 'Come on guys, there are other songs out there.’”

    NEW MUSIC: HEAR NEW FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE TRACK

    Fans of Florence and the Machine can now hear a new song from the British singer. The track is titled “Breath of Life” and it’s streaming at NME.com. The tune is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman. Flo recorded the song with a large orchestra in Los Angeles and says it was inspired by the evil queen in the film explaining, “The queen is just this incredible character; so hungry for life but so dead inside. She's sort of eternal, but inside there's nothing. She's kind of like charcoal or something. She has this thirst for youth and for life, but for what kind of life? This darkness, but she's so beautiful, so it's this kind of juxtaposition between beauty and, ultimately, death." The soundtrack is out officially on May 29th.

    COLDPLAY HEAD TO AMERICAN IDOL!


    On Thursday, Coldplay will perform on American Idol. Coldplay are set to play a song off their new album, Mylo Xyloto, on American Idol so be sure to tune in this Thursday!

    PAUL McCARTNEY IS A RICH MAN


    Marrying Nancy Shevell last year no doubt enriched Paul McCartney’s life, but it also made him richer.  According to England’s The Telegraph, his wealth, combined with Shevell’s 240-million dollar bank account, makes Sir Paul the third richest music millionaire in England with an estimated worth of over one-billion dollars.  The only Englishmen richer than him are music executive Clive Calder ($2.2-billion) and theater producer Cameron Mackintosh ($1.2-billion).

    • TIDBIT: Elsewhere on the English rich musicians list, George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, is at number 13, Ringo Starr sits at the 18 spot and Mick Jagger is at number ten.

    TAYLOR SWIFT WANTED FOR GREASE REMAKE?


    On the heels of the Footloose remake, another classic movie has been rumored to be getting an update soon – Grease! Olivia Newton-John, who starred as “Sandy” in the original film, says she’d like to see Taylor Swift play her part, telling HLN’s Showbiz Tonight that the country star is “very talented.” The actress also mentioned her own daughter, Chloe, as a possible candidate for “Sandy.” A couple of years ago, pop-star Justin Bieber showed interest in doing a remake of Grease and said Miley Cyrus would be his “perfect Sandy.” No official plans for shooting another Grease flick have been announced.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD HAS STANLEY CUP DREAMS


    With the Nashville Predators in the NHL playoffs, several country stars are showing their support for the team. The team’s biggest celebrity fan may be the wife of Preds center Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood. She cheers him on through her Twitter account, and she recently told ESPN that seeing Mike win the Stanley Cup is “on [her] sports bucket list.” Country artist and hockey fanatic Dierks Bentley is torn between the Preds and the Phoenix Coyotes in the playoffs. He told the Tennessean, he’s being “pulled pretty hard” when it comes to showing support for Nashville or cheering on the team from his home state.

    • MORE: Carrie talked about other sports with ESPN, declaring her favorite football team as the Tennessee Titans and her favorite athlete as Troy Aikman, with the exception of Mike, of course.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS ON LETTERMAN TONIGHT


    Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, is in stores tomorrow (5/1), and she’s kicking off her album release week with multiple television appearances and performances. Tonight (4/30), she will perform on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman, and even though Carrie has been in front of the camera many times, she told us she still gets the jitters. Carrie will also perform a special live outdoor concert in Times Square tomorrow, which will be featured on ABC’s Good Morning America.

    ·        RELATED NEWS: Carrie will head to L-A on Thursday (5/3) to perform on the stage where it all began – FOX’s American Idol. She will sing during the live results show, which kicks off at 8 PM Eastern.

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    NEW MUSIC: SNOW PATROL HAVE 12 SONGS “IN THE BAG” FOR NEXT ALBUM


    Although Snow Patrol just released their new album, Fallen Empires, a few months ago, singer Gary Lightbody says the band is already working on new material. Drummer Jonny Quinn told Billboard that the group has 12 songs “in the bag” for their next record and said, "We'll go back and they might or might not make it, but I'm sure there'll be two or three that'll be on the record. We've got a lot to choose from there. When we get off the road we'll write a bit more and make some decisions then." We’ll be sure to keep you posted on their progress.

    DEMI LOVATO ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR!


    Demi Lovato announced a 21-date North American tour which will kick off in Del Mar, California on June 12thHot Chelle Rae and Owl City will join the singer on select dates of the trek.  The outing will hit Boston, Toronto, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Los Angeles and other cities across the country.  The tour wraps September 1st in Salem, Oregon.    

    • TIDBIT: Check out DemiLovato.com for more info and on-sale dates and times.
    • TIDBIT: Lovato’s song “Skyscraper” has sold over one-million copies.  Meanwhile, her latest single, “Give Your Heart a Break,” has sold over 200-thousand copies and the video for the song has been viewed over 10-million times online. 

    MADONNA TO KICK OFF TOUR ON MAY 31ST


    Madonna will kick off her MDNA Tour on Thursday, May 31st at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel, two days later than previously scheduled, due to production delays.  All tickets dated May 29th will be honored at the rescheduled show.  Maddy has announced 76 concert dates throughout Europe and North America.  She has sold out shows in Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Istanbul, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and elsewhere. 

    LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HENRYVILLE BALL TICKETS ON SALE TODAY


    Tickets for Lady Antebellum’s May 16th benefit show in Louisville, Kentucky go on sale today (4/27) through Ticketmaster. The Rebuilding Henryville Charity Ball will help raise money for tornado relief efforts in Henryville, Indiana. The trio has been off the road for a couple of weeks – while Dave Haywood tied the knot and the rest of the band enjoyed a few days of well-earned vacation. They’ll return to their Own The Night 2012 World Tour with a two-night stand in New York City on May 3rd and 4th.

    JOHN RZEZNIK CHARITY SHOW


    John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls is performing a charity show in New York City tomorrow. The frontman will be playing in Staten Island to help raise awareness and money for the Emergency Children’s Help Organization. Check out EchoOrganization.org to learn more and to buy your tickets.

    TV: COLDPLAY TO PERFORM ON AMERICAN IDOL!


    According to EW, Coldplay will perform on American Idol on May 3rd. The British band is set to play a song off their latest album, Mylo Xyloto, during the results show. This marks the first time that Chris Martin and company have played the talent show. Coldplay are on tour right now and play San Jose, California on Friday night.

    THE KILLERS’ SAXOPHONE PLAYER DIES


    The Killers saxophone player, Thomas Marth, has committed suicide. The 33-year-old died Monday night at his Las Vegas home. Thomas toured with the group in 2008 and 2009 and can be heard on the band’s albums Sam’s Town and Day & Age. In a statement from The Killers, the group wrote, “We lost our friend…Our prayers are with his family. There’s a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well. Tommy.” For more, head to HollywoodReporter.com for more.

    NEW MUSIC: MARK TREMONTI TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM THIS SUMMER

    Billboard reports that Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti will release a solo album this summer. The debut solo record is titled All I Was and will be released under the name Tremonti. The album is set to come out on July 10th and features 12 tracks on which Mark takes on vocals. “You Waste Your Time” will be the lead single from All I Was and is due out in a few weeks.

    TLC TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS WITH NEW ALBUM, TOUR AND MORE!

    According to Billboard, in honor of the 20th anniversary of TLC, surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas have a slew of things in the works, including a new album, a VH1 made-for-TV movie series and a reunion tour.  T-Boz and Chilli had announced that in celebration of their anniversary, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes will be gracing the reunion tour stage through image projections on a big screen, but after the recent success of the Tupac digital performance at Coachella, the ladies are hoping to follow suit with a Lopes hologram.  According to TMZ, the major U-S tour, which has already scheduled dates in five major cities, is set to kick off later this year. 

    • STATEMENTS: T-Boz released the following statement: "The word anniversary means a celebration. For us, her death will never be a celebration, it's still something that hurts.” Chilli added, "Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member. We love her and we miss her and that isn't ever going to change."
    • TIDBIT: Lisa Left Eye Lopes died 10 years ago in a tragic car accident on a spiritually-minded trip to Honduras.

    BRINTEY’S FIANCÉ NAMED HER CO-CONSERVATOR


    Britney Spears fiancé, Jason Trawick, has been granted his wish to become her co-conservator. The talent agent's request was approved by a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday.  Trawick petitioned the Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month to become the singer’s co-conservator. He will share the responsibility with Spears' father, Jamie Spears, who has maintained legal control of his daughter since February 2008.  Trawick, who is Spears' former agent and co-star in her "Criminal" video, proposed to her in December on his 40th birthday with a four-carat diamond ring designed by Neil Lane.

    DAVID GUETTA AND USHER MAKE NEW MUSIC

    Fans of the David Guetta and Usher track “Without You” will be excited to know the duo recently logged studio time together.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the French DJ and the R&B crooner have teamed up on some new songs.  Guetta said the records are “really crazy.”  No word yet on when you may hear them.  Usher will drop his new album, Looking For Myself, in June.      

    TAYLOR SWIFT PUTS BAKING SKILLS TO USE WITH SELENA GOMEZ

    Taylor Swift has been spending some time hanging out with her best friend, Selena Gomez. Taylor, who has been spotted around L-A this past week, caught up with her pal and a few others to bake cupcakes. Selena used Instagram to showcase a collage of pictures with the caption, “Because you need a best friend that's sings beautifully, another best friend to dance with you and another to listen. Oh and cupcakes… Cupcakes."

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    FUN. IS HAPPENING AT THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS


    Fun. are performing at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards! Make sure to tune in to MTV on June 3rd to catch the “We Are Young” band perform, and to see which movies take home the golden popcorn statues. Some new categories have been revealed for this year’s awards as well, including Best Music, Best On-Screen Transformation, Best Gut-Wrenching Performance and more. Get all the latest news on the big show at MTV.com.

    • TUNE-IN! The 21st Annual MTV Movie Awards air live Sunday, June 3rd at 9 PM Eastern and Pacific from the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California.  

    GYM CLASS HEROES PERFORM WITH PS 22 CHORUS


    Gym Class Heroes performed their song “The Fighter” with the famous PS 22 Chorus this past weekend in Staten Island. The band posted video of the performance over at GymClassHeroes.com. Check it out now.

    • TIDBIT: Gym Class Heroes released their song, “The Fighter,” back in 2011. They teamed up with Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic for the track, which is on their album, Papercut Chronicles II.

    JESSIE J’S NEW TWITTER NAME!


    Jessie J has changed her Twitter handle. From now on if you’re trying to tweet at the “Domino” singer, make sure you send it to Twitter.com/JessieJ.

    BEATLES’ FIRST CONCERT COMING SOON TO THEATERS

    Back in 1964, The Beatles performed their first ever full concert in America and next month, a new movie featuring that show is coming out.  According to Deadline.com, it’s called The Beatles: The Lost Concert and includes the 12-song performance in Washington DC as well as a documentary on the early rise of Beatlemania in the United States.  The doc features interviews with concert attendees, journalists, historians and rockers like Chuck Berry and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.  The movie will be shown in theaters for a limited engagement on May 17th and 22nd.

    •         TIDBIT: The Beatles performed their first show in front of an overbooked audience of eight-thousand fans.  The band played hits like “She Loves You” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”
    •        TIDBIT: The concert was two days after the group played The Ed Sullivan Show.

    DAVE STEWART WANTS TO SEE A GHOST IN HIGH SCHOOLS

    Ghost: The Musical is currently on Broadway.  Eurhythmics member Dave Stewart co-wrote the music for the production, which is based on the 1990 film.  You’d think being on Broadway is the highest Dave can take the play, but he hopes to see it in more places, as he told us. 

    “It’s already opening in Australia next year, in Holland this year, in various countries and it would be a great one for colleges and high schools to put on because it’s full of emotion, it’s an emotional story, but it’s full of action too.  So I think they’d love doing that.”

    Learn more about the show at GhostTheMusical.com.

    •         TIDBIT: Dave co-wrote the music for the production with famed producer Glen Ballard.

    BEYONCÉ NAMED PEOPLE’S WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

    People magazine has named Beyoncé the World’s Most Beautiful Woman.  The singer and new mother graces the cover of the latest issue of the magazine.  In an interview inside, Beyoncé says being a mom makes her feel more beautiful than ever.  While Bey is focused on her baby, Blue Ivy, she is slated to perform in Atlantic City, New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend. 

    •        QUOTE: Beyonce told People magazine: “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth.  I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”
    •        TIDBIT:  Other women included on the Most Beautiful list are Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, newly pregnant Megan Fox, Lily Collins, Michelle Williams, Adele and Kate Middleton.

    MAROON 5’S “PAYPHONE” SETS GROUP DIGITAL SALES RECORD!


    Maroon 5’s new single, “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa, sold over 493-thousand copies in its first week, shattering the record for most downloads in a week by a group, previously held by the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow,” which sold 465-thousand copies in its first week.  “Payphone” debuts at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, behind Gotye’s "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra, which is at number one for a second straight week, and Fun.’s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae, which holds at number two.  Justin Bieber rises one spot to number four with “Boyfirend” and The Wanted’s "Glad You Came" falls two spots to round out the top five.

    •        TIDBIT: According to Billboard, Flo Rida still holds the record for most downloads in one week for a solo artist, shifting over 636-thousand copies of “Right Round” in one week back in February 2009. 

    TUSKEGEE SPENDS SECOND WEEK AS #1 COUNTRY ALBUM


    Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee remains at number one on both the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Top 200. Lionel told us he was pleasantly surprised that the artists involved in his country duets project each brought something different to the table.  Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Shania Twain and Jennifer Nettles are just a few of the other artists who recorded with Lionel on Tuskegee, which includes 13 of his timeless hits.

          TIDBIT: Lionel serves as a mentor on the new ABC summer show Duets.

    INSIDE CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S NEW ALBUM BLOWN AWAY


    Carrie Underwood is giving fans the chance to stream all 14 tracks on her new album, Blown Away, before its big release on Tuesday by heading to iTunes. Carrie believes the album showcases many different sides of her music, especially on the song “Thank God For Hometowns.” She told us that she actually first listened to a demo of the tune on the way to her 10-year high school reunion.  Fans can stream Carrie’s new album, Blown Away, exclusively on iTunes.

    • LINK: Fans must access the stream through this special link: http://smarturl.it/blownawaystream.
    • RELATED NEWS: On Monday (4/30), Carrie will perform on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, which airs at 11:35 PM Eastern.

    ZAC BROWN BAND ADDS NEW MEMBER, SHARES ALBUM DETAILS