COLDPLAY TO PERFORM AT PARALYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY
Coldplay is set to perform at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The group will play at the closing ceremony of the annual event in the English capital on September 9th. The show will broadcast to over 750-million people worldwide. Singer Chris Martin says of the honor, “Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is such a great honor for us. Kim Gavin and Misty Buckley are working hard to put on a spectacular Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium, and everyone watching around the world, and we are so happy to be involved.”
JUSTIN BIEBER IS A METALLICA FAN
In an interview with GQ, Justin Bieber reveals that he is a fan of Metallica. The pop star says he loves the Black Album, “One” and “Fade to Black” in particular, saying, “Those are my jams.” Bieber is currently working with Kanye West on his new album, Believe, which is due out later this year. Meanwhile, Metallica are out on the road right now and play Oslo, Norway on Wednesday night. Visit Metallica.com for more tour dates.
BONO SAYS HE IS NOT A BILLIONAIRE
Bono says he is not the richest musician in the world today. Despite earning tons of money after investing in Facebook, the Irish singer denies being wealthier than Paul McCartney and tells MSNBC, “Contrary to reports, I’m not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle – and not just in the sense of money, by the way, The Beatles are untouchable – those billionaire reports are a joke.” He spoke of his investment firm, Elevation Partners, saying, “In Elevation, we invest other people’s money – endowments, pension funds. We do get paid of course. But you know, I felt rich when I was 20 years old and my wife was paying my bills. Just being in a band, I’ve always felt blessed. I got interested in technology because I’m an artist… Technology is huge, I wanted to learn about it. People might say that’s odd, but I think it’s odd if artists aren’t interested in the world around them. I’m always chasing that. Facebook are an amazing team, a brilliant team, it’s a technology that brings people together.” Read more at MSNBC.com.
JUSTIN BIEBER ANNOUNCES TRACK LISTING FOR BELIEVE
Justin Bieber will release his highly anticipated album, Believe, next month. The 18-year-old put out the track listing for the effort, which features some impressive collaborations with Ludacris, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean. Bieber will release Believe on June 19th.
- TRACK LIST: The track list for Believe:
"All Around the World" (featuring Ludacris)
"As Long As You Love Me" (featuring Big Sean)
"Right Here" (featuring Drake)
"Die In Your Arms"
"Thought Of You"
"Beauty and a Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
"Out of Town Girl"
"She Don't Like the Lights"
LADY GAGA TO LAUNCH SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE!
Lady Gaga is the queen of Twitter with almost 25-million followers, so it makes sense that the singer has created her own social network called Little Monsters. The site, which revolves around Gaga and her fans, is in beta testing right now and is open to users via invitation only. According to Mashable, the site is similar to Pinterest and allows users to drop pins on locations and things they like. Little Monsters will focus on fans sharing and creating photos and videos and allowing users to hype content they like. Head to LittleMonsters.com, put in your email address and wait for your invitation.
KATY PERRY IS WIDE AWAKE
Katy Perry debuted her new single, “Wide Awake,” on stage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. The song is being used to launch her upcoming 3D movie Katy Perry: Part of Me, which will arrive later this summer. You can see a lyric video for the track at KatyPerry.com.
- TIDBIT: Katy Perry: Part of Me, which chronicles her California Dreams Tour, will open in theaters on July 5th. You can see the trailer for the film on her website, www.KatyPerry.com.
WHERE McCARTNEY’S SONGWRITING ABILITIES COME FROM
Today (5/22), Paul McCartney is re-issuing a remastered version of Ram, the 1971 album he did with his late wife, Linda McCartney. Like all of the singer’s records, it includes a set of amazing songs. We asked Paul where his ability to pen great tunes comes from and here’s what he told us.
“I was talking to Keith Richards not so long ago and he was saying, ‘You know, man,’ he was saying, ‘We started off listening to music. None of this writing it and singing it. What we used to do was listen to it.’ And he was very right, you know, then we started playing it and singing it and then eventually writing it. I think it comes from this love of listening to what you think is great music so it just gets a beautiful sort of feeling going in you.
Ram will be available as a deluxe edition box set that boasts the original album, a disc of bonus tracks, the mono version of Ram, Paul’s 1977 album Thrillington, a t-shirt, a lithograph, a book, photo prints, and a bonus DVD with an 11-minute documentary on the making of Ram, two music videos, tour footage and more. Get all the details at PaulMcCartney.com.
TIDBIT: Ram is the only album to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney.
Taylor Swift managed to touch the lives of one military family, after receiving news that Sgt. Wade Wilson passed away in Afghanistan, at the beginning of May. His best friend posted a short online video for the singer, where he mentioned that “anybody that knew Willy knew that he worshiped you.” According to Perez Hilton, Taylor sent flowers and even called Sgt. Wade’s family. She also reportedly promised to wear Sgt. Wilson’s dog tags in her next music video.
- RELATED VIDEO: Watch the special video made for Taylor regarding Sgt. Wilson here http://bit.ly/KNQWF1.
Carrie Underwood will be included in a one-hour Dateline 20th Anniversary Special airing tonight (5/22) at 9PM Eastern on NBC. Carrie chats with Hoda Kotb about her rise to fame and her new music. Hoda and Carrie first sat down together in 2005 after she won American Idol. Also included in the special will be some of the show’s best stories from the past two decades.