JESSICA SIMPSON WELCOMES A BABY GIRL!
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 ABC. Justin 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 Simpson. W.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.