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Day in Pop Report for 08/24/2011


Lady Gaga In The Simpsons- MTV VMAs Still Without A Host?- Lil Wayne Releases How to Love Video- Tony Bennet To Tribute Amy Winehouse at VMAs- more
(FMQB) Lady Gaga is set to appear on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Lisa Goes Gaga will air during the show's 23rd season. Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa) told Entertainment Weekly, "She's playing herself" more

(ASB) Lil Wayne's "How to Love" music video has arrived for fans' viewing pleasure. Dealing with the consequence of past choices, it shows one decision could either make everything turn from bad to worst or change it for the better. The story was written by Weezy himself more

(Billboard) As weekend festivities are coming together for the MTV Video Music Awards, the show has three or four more artists to announce in addition to a host. Amy Doyle, the executive producer of the awards show and MTV executive VP for Music and Talent, laughed when asked about the lack of an emcee announcement. "We hope to say who it is before the show," she joked. more

(Billboard) Ross Barbour, who was the last original member of the influential 1950s harmonizing group the Four Freshmen, has died in Southern California at 82. more

(TheWrap.com) Tony Bennett will pay tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse during a special segment of the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards" on August 28, the network announced Tuesday. more

(Reuters) The organizers of a controversial Michael Jackson Tribute concert said on Tuesday they were going ahead with the event, but they offered disgruntled fans the chance to air their concerns in a global conference call. more

(ASB) Alice Cooper's rock-meet-dancepop song which features Ke$ha has been teased in a more-than-one-minute snippet. Called "What Baby Wants", the new track is recorded for the rocker's upcoming studio installment "Welcome 2 My Nightmare". more

(ASB) Demi Lovato has announced two live concerts. The ex-girlfriend of Joe Jonas called Ryan Seacrest on his radio show and took to Twitter to announce the upcoming gigs. more

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Prescription Drugs Not Mentioned By Amy Winehouse's Family
(TMZ) Amy Winehouse's family claims no illegal drugs were present in the singer's system at the time of death ... but there's a gaping hole, because they made no mention of prescription drugs.

A source close to the family would not comment on any prescription drugs, even though he and the rest of the family were categorical on illegal drugs.

The family says they have seen toxicology reports which discount illegal drugs. The family did acknowledge Amy had been drinking at the time of her death.

As for prescription drugs, there are a number that contain the opiates similar to heroin, including OxyContin and morphine.
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The Game Accused of Assault
(TMZ) The Game has been accused of punching a man in the face in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Tuesday morning ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told the rapper has been named in a police report ... filed by a man who claims he was attacked by The Game in front of Colony nightclub.

TMZ obtained footage of the incident -- which shows The Game engaged in a physical altercation ... but it's unclear if the rapper actually threw a punch.

After the initial skirmish, a fired up Game can be seen yelling in frustration -- and was restrained by his friends.

We're told the LAPD is investigating the incident ... but no arrests have been made.

So far, no word from The Game himself -- but people close to the rapper tell us he denies hitting anyone. more on this story

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Deny Split Report
(TMZ) Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith just released a joint statement SHOOTING DOWN a report that they have separated.

The statement reads, "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false."

The two add, "We are still together, and our marriage is intact." more on this story

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Donald Trump Refused To Evacuate During Earthquake
(TMZ) Donald Trump was working away on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in New York when Tuesday's earthquake struck the East Coast -- but we're told, the Donald REFUSED to evacuate.

According to sources close to DT, the earthquake shook the 58-story building -- but Don kept working away like nothing happened ... despite several workers abandoning ship.

Sources tell us, Donald "would never leave his building. He designed these from scratch. If he ever did leave during something disastrous, he'd be the last one out."

Thankfully, no one was hurt. more on this story

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Will Hoge Launches Album Release Countdown
Will Hoge will release his seventh studio album, the aptly titled Number Seven, on September 27th via Ryko.

Kicking off yesterday (Monday 8/22), and recurring every Monday & Friday up until his album release, Hoge will be counting down the days with an official track-by-track webisode series on his Facebook page.

Within this exclusive footage, Will plans to share insight into each new song, discuss recording experiences with his band, reveal personal stories, and much more. He'll talk openly and candidly about his excitement for Number Seven, the journey he's taken through the writing process, and what fans can truly expect from it all. Watch the first video

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Girls Gone Wild Honcho Has Video Proving He's Innocent of Assault
(TMZ) Joe Francis insists he never laid a hand on the chick who claims the "Girls Gone Wild" honcho assaulted her in his Hollywood mansion -- telling TMZ, he even has security footage to PROVE he's innocent.

Joe tells us, he has THREE surveillance cameras that captured the 3-woman altercation at his home back in January -- from several different angles -- and he wasn't involved.

According to Francis, two of the girls were fighting EACH OTHER -- and all three were escorted out of his house for being unruly.

It's a drastically different story from what the girls told police -- that Francis grabbed one of them by the throat and hair, and slammed her head into the tiled floor of his house ... four times.

Francis was charged with one count of assault causing great bodily injury as a result -- in addition to three counts of false imprisonment and one count of dissuading a witness from filing a police report.

But Francis insists it's all BS -- telling us, there wasn't even a tiled floor anywhere near the scene of the fight. TMZ spoke to two other people at Francis' home that night -- and both are prepared to testify in Joe's defense.

Interesting side note: the City Attorney who charged Francis is currently prepping to run for D.A. -- and Joe believes the entire case is politically motivated. more on this story

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Real Housewife of Orange County Denies Money Trouble Reports
(TMZ) Alexis Bellino from "Real Housewives of Orange County" is out for justice -- threatening a legal FIRESTORM ... after a tabloid rag claimed she was going broke.

It's all over an issue of In Touch Weekly that came out earlier this month -- the cover of which shows a picture of Alexis, over the caption "Bankrupt!" ... but it gets worse.

Inside the magazine, the article reads, "Bankrupt! Evicted! Foreclosed! Housewives Are Going Broke" -- continuing, "After selling off her home at a fraction of its cost to avoid foreclosure, Alexis Bellino still refuses to admit she and her husband ... have money troubles."

But Alexis claims it's all BS -- and her lawyer fired off a nasty cease and desist letter on Thursday, demanding In Touch retract its "patent, malicious, and libelous comments."

According to the letter, Alexis is "in great financial health" -- and if In Touch doesn't retract its comments ... she'll sue. So far, no word back from In Touch.
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Honeyhoney Set New Album Release and Announce Ten Dollar Tour
honeyhoney Records/Lost Highway have set a October 24th release date for honeyhoney's new full-length album, Billy Jack.

To support the release of Billy Jack, honeyhoney will take their full band on the road for a 41-date nationwide "Ten Buck Tour," a co-headlining trek with indie folk singer-songwriter Joshua James that begins on September 21st--with all tickets priced at $10 or less (service charge and walk-ups not included).

In advance of the tour, honeyhoney will perform a slot at the Sunset Junction Festival on "The Hotel Cafe Presents" stage in Los Angeles at 6:30 pm on Sunday, August 28th. more on this story

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Outasight Hitting The Road With Gym Class Heroes
(WBR) Outasight will be joining Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads on tour this fall.

Outasight just premiered the video for "Figure 8," the title track from his latest Figure 8 EP. The video features Outasight looking dapper amongst scenes from his native New York City. He also posted a behind the scenes video shot on location in Brooklyn on his Youtube channel.

Yonkers, New York native Outasight is hard at work on his debut full-length. His recently released Figure 8 EP is available for purchase on iTunes. He also just released a brand new song called "Setting Sun" as a thank you to his loyal fans.
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