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 FORBES’ CELEBRITY 100 LIST
Jennifer Lopez tops Forbes’ Celebrity 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.