Day in Pop Report for 12/20/2011
(TMZ) Joe Jonas checked into an emergency room in L.A. while doctors inspected his abs -- for severe stomach pains -- 48 hours after Joe did some late night partying in Chicago.
A rep for Joe confirms he went to the emergency room at Children's Hospital L.A. on Sunday. We're told Joe was only at the hospital briefly ... and it's not clear what was wrong with him.
One potential hint -- on Friday night (into Saturday morning) Joe was out at a Chicago hot spot Board Room Nightclub partying after his concert.
Whatever the problem was ... Joe felt good enough to eat out Sunday night -- we spotted him and his bro Nick leaving Katsuya Sunday night. Sushi after stomach troubles? Risky, Joe. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Lady Gaga's Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked by scammers promising freebies on Monday.
MSNBC reports the pop icon's official Facebook page was hijacked Monday morning offering the chance to receive a free iPad.
The message told Gaga's more than 45 million Facebook fans that her new signature iPad will be coming out in three days. more on this story
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(TMZ) India.Arie's former manager isn't just suing her for money she claims she's owed ... she also believes India sabotaged her own career, which cost her even more money ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
According to a lawsuit filed earlier this year in federal court in Tennessee, Noreen Nalli served as India.Arie's manager from 2005-2009, when she claims Arie dumped her without notice.
The two are now involved in a she-said-she-said battle. Nalli claims India.Arie still owes her money from when they worked together and India.Arie counter-sued ... claiming she overpaid Nalli.
But here's the interesting part ... Nalli claims India.Arie constantly canceled shows, rejected offers to perform, and would be unavailable for weeks at a time ... which hurt record sales and therefore cost Nalli additional money.
A rep for India.Arie tells TMZ that "she remains hopeful that the matter will be resolved amicably." more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Justin Bieber made an appearance on Saturday at Stevie Wonder's annual holiday concert in Los Angeles, joining the legend for "Someday At Christmas."
Justin also performed a set of his own, featuring songs from "Mistletoe," as well as hits like "Baby."
Other guests included Drake, Michael McDonald (formerly of the Doobie Brothers), Faith Evans, Charlie Wilson and Little Anthony & The Imperials. Check out the duet here.
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(TMZ) Turns out every sci-fi nerd on the planet had the idea for "Avatar" before James Cameron -- because the director is now being sued AGAIN for allegedly stealing the concept for the movie ... this time for more than $2 bil.
Bryant Moore -- a science fiction writer not-famous for his screenplays "Aquatica" and "Descendants: The Pollination" -- claims Cameron used the two screenplays as the basis for "Avatar."
In his lawsuit, Moore points out various similarities, including bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable atmospheres, matriarch support of hero vs. heroine, spiritual connections to environment and reincarnation, appearance of mist in scene, sunlight to moonlight, crackling from gargantuan foliage, blue skin/green skin and battle scene on limbs/branches.
Moore is also going after 20th Century Fox and Cameron's production company. He wants more than $1.5 billion in actual damages and more than $1 bil in punitives.
"Avatar" raked in more than $2.78 billion worldwide. more on this story
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Arista/Legacy has set a January 31, 2012 release date for Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998.
The Knew You Were Waiting collection highlights Aretha's years as an Arista Records artist.
The album was compiled and produced by Leo Sacks, known for his work on last year's definitive box set, Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia, as well as scores of historic Soul and R&B projects for Legacy Recordings over the past two decades. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) No record is hotter at the moment than Michael Buble's "Christmas." Released in late October, Buble's album is on pace to become the second biggest-selling US album of the year, behind only Adele's "21."
Naturally, the Canadian crooner is appearing in holiday specials all over the place this time of year, including his UK show, "Michael Buble: Home For Christmas."
One of the highlights of the broadcast is a duet with Kelly Rowland for the holiday classic, "White Christmas," on which the pair are backed up by the doo-wop group Naturally 7. Check out here.
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(popmusiclife) Following their appearance on last week's US version of The X Factor, Florence And The Machine continue to make the rounds in America.
Monday, the band stopped by The View to perform "Shake It Out" from their new album, "Ceremonials."
Given the huge critical and fan reaction to the record, Florence was asked what keeps her grounded. "I think the fact that it hasn't really stopped," she said. "Since the last album, it's been ongoing, and you almost don't quite have time to take stock. But, then when I do go home, I live with my family, and get to go home and be with my mother
and kind of do normal stuff like shout at my little brother." Check out the performance here.
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(TMZ) Chaz Bono and his fiancee, Jennifer Elia, have called off their engagement and "are no longer a couple" ... a rep for Bono tells TMZ.
Bono's rep, Howard Bragman, tells TMZ, "They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection toward one another. No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time."
Bono's proposal to Elia was seen last month on the show, "Being Chaz." The couple had been dating since 1999. more on this story
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(PR) Anthony Kearns, acclaimed as Ireland's Finest Tenor, announced his spring schedule.
The trek will take him across America and back to Ireland singing opera, performing in concerts, and continuing his work "for good."
"Giving back is a strong focus for me. I am grateful for my career and acknowledge that by helping others through my music." Kearns devotes considerable time every year singing for worthy causes worldwide. This spring, he will sing for autism awareness, educational, and veterans' causes. more on this story
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Weeds star Meital has officially launched her music career with the release of her debut single "Yummy Boyz" off her upcoming album "I'm in Hate With Love."
On the new album, Meital teams up with producer Che Pope who's best known for his work with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Lauryn Hill.
Her first single "Yummy Boyz" is currently available on iTunes and is a great introduction to Meital's pop, dance sound. more on this story
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(TMZ) Kim Jong Il has finally been released from his tortured existence -- at least according to one of the stars of the dictator-mocking "Team America."
In the wake of Dear Leader's demise, Masasa Moyo ... who voiced Sarah in "Team America: World Police" ... tells TMZ, "Wherever he is, I hope he is not so 'lonely' anymore."
In case you haven't seen "Team America" .... first off, you should see it ... but first watch the clip to get in on the joke here.
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Kidzbop and Hot Chelle Rae have teamed up for a new video of the HCR's "I Like It Like That."
This special new version of the KIDZ BOP Kids singing along with Hot Chelle Rae on "I Like It Like That" will be available exclusively on iTunes beginning January 17th timed to coincide with the release of KIDZ BOP 21.
In addition, Hot Chelle Rae is inviting kids everywhere to create their own version of the irresistible pop hit by entering the "I Like It Like That" Super Contest by uploading a performance video began December 15th to KIDZBOP.com, the leading safe social network and video sharing site for kids and tweens more on this story
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Sunnyside Records have set a January 31st release date for Alyssa Graham's new studio album Lock Stock & Soul.
Produced by Grammy winner Craig Street, Lock, Stock, & Soul exhibits Graham's return to her pop and folk roots.
The album succeeds The Lock, Stock, & Soul EP that garnered praise from AOL Spinner, Paste, MSN and Direct Current Music who called the recording a "remarkable, gear-changing project." Graham's 2008 debut on Sunnyside Records, Echo, was chosen as one of Elle Magazine's "Music Picks" and acclaimed by the Washington Post, who said, "
it smokes!" more on this story
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(TMZ) Cameron Diaz spent her weekend going full throttle ... or at least as much as one can behind the wheel of a go-kart.
Diaz was spotted in Carson, CA at a place called Go Kart World. We're told Cameron was there serving as a chaperone to a group of about seven boys and girls.
According to our spies, Cam picked up the tab for everyone ($25 a piece) and was quite the skilled racer. She seemed to take it quite seriously ... winning the first race and finishing second in the next.
Perhaps something good came out of those "Charlie's Angels" movies after all. more on this story
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(TMZ) Michelle "Bombshell" McGee is trying to stop the porn company that snatched up her sex tapes ... threatening to sue if the videos go public.
As TMZ first reported, porn giant Red Light District says they are in possession of two separate sex tapes featuring Jesse James' former mistress -- one with a man, one with a woman.
But McGee's manager, Gina Rodriguez, has fired off a letter to RLD ... demanding they return the videos, which she says were stolen from Bombshell.
Rodriguez says McGee will sue if the tapes aren't returned ASAP ... and is asking RLD to return all copies and turn over the names of anyone who's seen it.
RLD has not returned calls for comment. more on this story
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(TMZ) Kobe Bryant should have known his soon-to-be ex-wife would take him to the cleaners in their divorce ... because she learned the wallet-raiding playbook from her mother ... so says Vanessa's ex-step dad.
TMZ spoke with Stephen Laine -- an inventory manager for a food company who was married to Vanessa's mother from 1990 to 2003 ... and helped raise Vanessa from a child into adulthood.
Laine tells us, "Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark [before divorcing]."
He explains, "In California ... it's considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries ... just like her mother is doing to me."
Laine continues, "I have to pay her mom $1,800 every month and clearly they don't need it."
Sources close to Vanessa tell us ... Kobe's soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law is currently living in one of the BBaller's mansions ... and we're told Vanessa is very good to her.
Laine gripes, "I have a six-year-old daughter and that money could be used toward her college fund or something ... you'd think she'd care .. but no, she's spiteful." more on this story
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Lana Del Rey is set to make her U.S. TV debut on Saturday Night Live on January 14th in an episode hosted by Daniel Radcliffe.
The appearance comes in advance of her new album 'Born To Die' (January 31 / Interscope).
Last week, Lana released her new music video for the title track, "Born To Die," and instantly became a Twitter trending topic worldwide. The video's concept was created by Lana and directed by Yoann Lemoine (aka Woodkid). Watch it here
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(TMZ) LAPD officers raced to the home of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" director Kenny Ortega last week ... after an alarm went off in his home ... and TMZ has learned cops called in a chopper to help search for a possible bad guy.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... there was a breach in the garage that triggered the alarm ... and the alarm company notified police.
We're told when cops arrived, they didn't see any signs of a crime -- but just to be safe, they called for the eye in the sky to search for a possible crook ... who may have been scared off when the alarm was triggered.
FYI -- people in the area are on high alert because of a rash of burglaries ... but in this case, cops believe it was probably a false alarm. more on this story
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(RCA) Sammy Adams will debut a new music video for his first single "Blow Up" on VEVO on December 22nd.
Shot in his hometown of Cambridge, MA and directed by Nathan Crooker the video features Adams leading a crew of kids (comprised of Sammy's fans who were recruited via Twitter) to the ultimate house party. more on this story
On January 18th, Adams will make his nationwide television debut, performing "Blow Up" on Conan which airs at 11pm EST/PST on TBS.
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