SEE MICHAEL FRANTI’S STUDIO
Michael Franti is in San Francisco working on his new album, which he hopes to have out by summer, and the singer-songwriter has been posting a series of video blogs online in an effort to keep his fans up to date with what he’s doing. In the latest installment, Franti gives a tour of his studio, The Sugar Shack. See what goes down there at www.MichaelFranti.com.
BE A VIP AT DAUGHTRY/LIFEHOUSE
Were you waiting to learn more information on how you can be a VIP when Daughtry and Lifehouse come to your town? Well wait no more, because the info is up on the band’s official Web site now. The package includes a bunch of great stuff, like a meet-and-greet with the group and getting to watch the band’s soundcheck before the show. Become a VIP now at www.DaughtryVIP.com.
SEND UNCLE KRACKER A TEXT
Ever wished you could send Uncle Kracker a text message to tell him just how you feel? Well now you can through his official Web site. www.UncleKracker.com has a widget that makes it really easy to write to the “Smile” singer, and they say that he’ll read “every single one.” Head there now to start texting!
WIN A SIGNED COLDPLAY PASS
Friday’s Hope For Haiti Now telethon was an unparalleled fundraising event and now, Coldplay are giving fans a chance to have a piece of that special. The band is giving away an artist pass signed by all four members. To win, e-mail your name and address to www.Competitions@Coldplay.com before February 10th. While you’re at your computer, head over to iTunes to buy Coldplay’s performance during Hope For Haiti Now telethon. Proceeds will be donated to the Haiti relief effort.
ALICIA KEYS IS ENGAGED?
www.UsMagazine.com reports things between Alicia Keys and her boyfriend, Swizz Beatz, have apparently escalated quickly. The private couple is rumored to be engaged! The hitmaker reportedly proposed to the singer with a seven-carat diamond on her birthday. A close friend reveals “they are currently in Hawaii celebrating the engagement and her birthday. She feels blessed. She is thrilled. She is with the man who has inspired so much of her music and her new album [The Element of Freedom]." Alicia has denied the claim, however she was spotted rocking new a diamond ring on her left hand.
NO DOUBT TWEET ABOUT NEW ALBUM
No Doubt are in the studio working on their new album. Guitarist Tom Dumont has been updating fans via his Twitter account about how the new album is coming along. In a tweet yesterday, Dumont revealed singer Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal “are rocking the synth” and that their “little studio is warm and candlelit.” Follow the progress of No Doubt’s first studio album since 2001’s Rock Steady, over at www.Twitter.com/NoDoubt.
ROCKERS AS AVATAR’S NA’VI
Avatar has become the highest-grossing film of all time and to mark the occasion, RollingStone.com has shown what some of your favorite rock stars would look like if they belong to the Na’vi tribe that appears in the film. Check out how Bono, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles would look if they lived on Pandora. Head to RollingStone.com to see all the photos.
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GRAMMYS TOP TEN SHOCKING MOMENTS
Billboard.com has listed the top ten most shocking GRAMMY moments. Remember when ODB stormed the stage before Shawn Colvin accepted the Song of the Year award in 1998? How about J.Lo’s green Versace dress with the plunging neck in 2000? Other moments that make the list: Elton John and Eminem’s collaboration on “Stan” back in 2001, Chris Brown’s assault of Rihanna the night before last year’s GRAMMYS and Milli Vanilli having their 1990 Best New Artist GRAMMY revoked after they admitted they did not sing on the track. The number one most shocking moment was in 1998 when Bob Dylan was performing “Love Sick” and a bare-chested man stormed onstage and danced with “Soy Bomb” written on his chest.