MANAGER CALLS LADY GAGA “200-LB TODDLER”
Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter, jokingly called the singer a “200-lb toddler” during an interview, but then admitted that he refused to accept that she has made it as a global superstar. Carter went on to describe Gaga’s Indonesian show protests and eventual cancellation in March. The Islamic Defenders front claimed that Gaga’s sexy clothing and provocative dancing would “corrupt the youth of their country.” Troy compared the protests to “crucifixion” and said that although Gaga was devastated, they would rather focus their energy on markets that appreciate the showy nature of the Born This Way Ball tour.
- TIDBIT: Lady Gaga is starting the Australian and European legs of her tour on Wednesday. For tour dates and info, check out LadyGaga.com.
FUN SAY THEY AREN’T BEATING DOWN ANYONE’S DOOR TO HAVE THEIR SONGS IN COMMERCIALS AND TV SHOWS
The band fun. owe a large part of their success to having their song “We Are Young” featured in a Super Bowl ad for the Chevy Sonic. From there, the tune became a huge hit and went on to be featured on Glee, Beverly Hills 90210, and even the WWE. We asked fun. what they thought about having their music featured commercials and TV shows and they told us they think it’s great, but they aren’t going around begging people to use it. fun. will be performing at Summerfest 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday.
KATY PERRY OFFERS FOLLOWERS UNIQUE PROMOTION
Advanced screenings of Katy Perry’s upcoming documentary might get a little crowded. The pop star is thanking fans with access to sneak previews of the concert film, and all they have to do is use a hashtag. Anyone who follows Perry on Twitter and helps “K-P-3-D Movie Sneak” trend will be sent a link with info on the promotion. That’s quite a nice offer from the singer, who has more than 21-million followers who could potentially take advantage. Katy Perry: Part of Me will hit theaters July 5th.
ONE DIRECTION ACCUSED OF “PIMPING ISLAM”
One Direction’s Zayn Malik was attacked by U-S right-wing blogger Debbie Schlussel for apparently touting Islam to the band’s young female fans. Debbie went so far as to warn parents to keep their daughters away from the 19-year-old singer. Schlussel wrote regarding Malik’s tweets about Ramadan and Allah: “He knows the power he has over these mindless girls and is using that influence to preach the Islamic faith. It’s dangerous.” Screenwriter Wajahat Ali fired back at her claims, praising Malik for being an artist and following his faith, writing, “A guy like [Malik] can…convey that as a generation we are moving ahead.”
- TIDBIT: Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, with nearly 1.6-billion followers (24% of the world’s population).
LADY ANTEBELLUM TO DEBUT “WANTED YOU MORE”
Get ready Lady Antebellum fans! You can catch the world premiere of the trio’s music video for “Wanted You More” on June 29th. Head to Vevo on Friday to catch the clip.
- DIRECT LINK: http://www.youtube.com/user/LadyAntebellumVEVO
THE WANTED RELEASE THEIR ICE AGE INSPIRED VIDEO
The Wanted released their Ice Age: Continental Drift inspired music video for “Chasing The Sun” late last week. And to the delight of their fans, the video release came hours earlier than it was supposed to. Ice Age: Continental Drift comes out July 13th. Head over to YouTube.com to check out their new official “Chasing The Sun” video.
REMEMBERING MICHAEL JACKSON
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years to the day (6/25) since Michael Jackson passed away. Jackson was one of the most popular entertainers in history, scoring the best-selling album of all-time, 1982’s Thriller, which won eight GRAMMY Awards in 1984 including Album of the Year. Jackson told MTV News that “Thriller” was one of his favorite tracks. While the King of Pop had a strong vision for his music, live shows and films, he said all his endeavors were collaborative efforts. Michael Jackson is still selling records. His Essential Michael Jackson collection currently sits at number 182 on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 1.9-million copies.
- TIDBIT: Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29th, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and died at the age of 50 on June 25th, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
- TIDBIT: Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of manslaughter for Jackson’s death, is currently seven months in to a four-year prison sentence.
LMFAO REMEMBER MJ
LMFAO had a unique tie to Michael Jackson that runs blood deep. The electro hip-hop duo Redfoo and Sky Blu are the son and nephew of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, who first found The Jackson 5 and Michael. The duo is still holding out for a collaboration with their idol. LMFAO bring their Sorry For Party Rocking Tour to Fairfax, Virginia tonight.
GREEN DAY TO RELEASE DANCE TRACK
Green Day are releasing a dance track. That’s right, your eyes are not deceiving you. The Bay area punk band is indeed releasing a dance song. Singer Billie Joe Armstrong told Contact Music that bassist Mike Dirt asked him to write a song with a “four-on-the-floor rhythm.” Billie went on to explain, ''I'd never done it before. It's kind of like [The Clash's] 'Sandinista!'” The track, which is titled “Kill the DJ,” will be released on one of the records in their trilogy of albums coming out later this year.