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 Times. Matthew 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.”
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.