Day in Pop Report for 06/21/2011
(TMZ) Lil Wayne's baby mama #4 -- R&B singer Nivea -- was busted for DUI in Atlanta this weekend ... after she SLAMMED into a tree, with a kid in the car ... and TMZ has obtained her mug shot.
The drama began after Nivea left a nearby wedding reception for her friend Toya Carter (Lil Wayne baby mama #1) ... where she also hung out with Lauren London (L.W.B.M. #3).
According to law enforcement sources ... Nivea was on the road around 1:30 AM on Sunday when she plowed her '06 Mercedes right into a tree that had fallen into the road during a recent storm.
We're told when cops arrived at the scene, Nivea had "bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled like alcohol." Nivea told police she only had 3 drinks earlier in the evening ... and didn't see the bright yellow crime tape and the traffic cones directing cars away from the downed tree.
Nivea was eventually arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and reckless driving. We're told the child in the car was not injured and was released to Nivea's boyfriend. As for Nivea -- sources close to the family are adamant she was NOT drunk, or speeding, at the time of the accident. more on this story
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RCA sent over word that Imogen Heap will make history by releasing the world's first 3D audio song. Here are the details they sent over:
Imogen Heap announces the release of her next unique musical endeavor, "Heap Song 2" which, as far as we can gather will be the first 3D audio song, ever. "Heap Song 2", is the working title of Heap's second release from her work in progress 4th solo album. more on this story
The first song "Lifeline" was created by Imogen earlier this spring. The song / video and artwork was collaborated on and inspired by her fans over a two week period with Imogen as the creative ringmaster. Day by day Imogen chose her favorite sounds, images, words and video sent in from around the world and played with, molded, edited, mixed and produced "Lifeline". Heapsong1 aka "Lifeline" was then released 2 weeks after the start of the project, with the release party held at her house where all those involved were invited.
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(Kayos) Eagle Rock have announced a July 12 release date for Robin Gibb In Concert With The Danish National Concert Orchestra on DVD in Dolby Digital Stereo.
Beautifully symphonic, this stirring and magnificent evening of song was filmed in the summer of 2009 at Ledreborg Castle in Denmark. The 17-song set is a satisfying blend of Bee Gees classics (including "Stayin' Alive," "Massachusetts," "To Love Somebody," and many others) as well as Robin's solo material performed with his touring band. The DVD also includes the popular song "Alan Freeman Days" which Robin penned about the late DJ who had much to do with the success of the Bee Gees, and so many other British bands. This is the first time the song has been released in a live version. more on this story
The Bee Gees have sold over 200 million albums since forming in Australia in the 1960s. They're the only songwriters in the UK to have enjoyed #1 hits in each of five straight decades, and have charted 60 hit singles. With over 6,500 known cover versions of their extensive songwriting catalog, their immense influence on pop music is immeasurable. The band recently celebrated their 50-year anniversary, which Eagle Rock Entertainment commemorated with the simultaneous DVD/Blu-ray release of the In Our Own Time documentary (November 2010).
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(Gibson) The latest victimerr, participantin Clash Music's often-hilarious "Last Day on Earth" feature was none other than Adam Ant. When asked about how he would spend his final 24 hours on the planet, Ant gave the expected "I'd like to meet my dad in Heaven" and "eat ice cream" answers. Then he unloaded some classic Prince Charming quips.
How would you like to die? Quickly and on the job. And you can interpret that any way you like!
If you could be resurrected the next day, what would you come back as? Either a seagull, because they fly really well they can actually catch food in mid-air or a snail, because they're hermaphrodite and they copulate for six months. more on this story
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(TMZ) The A-list celebrity "of substantial fame internationally" who allegedly gave a Las Vegas visitor herpes has settled the case for just over $5 million ... sources connected with the case tell TMZ.
We broke the story ... the plaintiff in the case claims the celeb -- a male who is referred to as John Doe in the lawsuit -- allegedly lured him/her to a hotel room and gave assurance he was STD free.
The plaintiff claims what followed was "mutual oral copulation, mutual self-gratification, rubbing and massaging each other, play-wrestling, licking and [unprotected] intercourse."
The plaintiff claims the entire affair was videotaped. According to the suit, the celeb knew all along he had herpes, and transmitted it to the plaintiff.
We're told Keith Davidson, the lawyer for the plaintiff, has been negotiating with the plaintiff even before the suit was filed last month. The case settled last week. So we'll never know the identity of the A-list herpes celeb. more on this story
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Ellie Goulding has been added to the first day lineup of the MTK: Music To Know Festival. She's set to perform on Saturday, August 13, 2011.
The two-day lineup is as follows: Saturday August 13: Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, Ellie Goulding, Tame Impala, M. Ward, Tom Tom Club, We Are Scientists, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, and Nicos Gun. more info
Sunday, August 14: Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Ra Ra Riot, Dawes, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Naked and Famous, The Limousines, and Young Empires.
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(TMZ) Peter Fonda just pulled the trigger on his THIRD marriage -- fresh off ending his second ... he tied the knot with his girlfriend in Hawaii ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the legendary "Easy Rider" star tell us he married Margaret 'Parky' Devogelaere yesterday in Hawaii.
Fonda's divorce from second wife, Portia Crockett, was finalized earlier this year. Fonda is 71-years-old ... and 'Parky' is 57. more on this story
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(Atlantic) Grouplove have set a September 13th U.S. release date for their debut album "Never Trust A Happy Song."
"Never Trust A Happy Song" was produced by the band's own Ryan Rabin and comes on the heels of their acclaimed, self-titled EP released earlier this year.
Grouplove's summer schedule is already packed with high profile appearances all over the world, beginning with the UK's Glastonbury Festival this weekend. more on this story
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The Shins, Pretty Lights, Cage The Elephant, and Girl Talk head up the lineup for this year's POPPED! Music Festival.
The festival will take place Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24 and will be held outside on the grounds of FDR Park in Philadelphia, PA.
Additional confirmed artists include Panda Bear, Elbow, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Company of Thieves, Foster The People, Rakim, Cults, Kreayshawn, Black Thought & J.Period Mixtape, Charles Bradley, Titus Andronicus, The Vaccines, The Budos Band, Patty Crash, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, and more more on this story
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Who wants to check out the trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops third content pack? Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation is set for worldwide release on June 28th. Here is the official word following by a link to the trailer.
Black Ops continues to draw millions of gamers online globally, logging billions of gameplay hours since its launch in November. Fueled by the breakthrough First Strike and Escalation content packs, the blockbuster title is also already the highest selling add-on content in Xbox LIVE history, according to Microsoft. In fact, more gamers play Call of Duty on Xbox LIVE than on any other platform. The newest offering,Annihilation, will launch first on Xbox LIVE and features four new multiplayer maps and a Zombie experience that's sure to keep gamers coming back for more.
"With Annihilation, Black Ops fans will get four exciting and unique multiplayer settings with Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo and Hazard," said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. "Players will also enjoy an all-new Zombies experience, Shangri-La, an exotic and mysterious map filled with deadly traps, dark secrets and innovative gameplay that will challenge even the most daring Zombie hunters." Check out the trailer
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(TMZ) The guy who beat the crap out of Nic Cage's son Weston got a restraining order against Weston claiming he's the victim of harassment ... though it seems to us he can take care of the threat on his own.
Kevin Villegas -- who worked for Nic Cage -- punched the living daylights out of Weston in Hollywood earlier this month after Weston allegedly tried to attack him with a roundhouse kick. Cops responded to the scene -- strapped Weston to a gurney and took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.
After the fight, Villegas filed a request for a restraining order against Weston -- calling him "mentally unstable" and claiming Weston issued "threats of violence" against Villegas and his family at the time of the fight.
A judge granted the restraining order -- requiring Weston to stay at least 100 yards away from Villegas and his family at all times. more on this story
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(Submitted) Tonight, June 21st, the world premiere of the oratorio A Melancholy Beauty will be performed by Songs of Life at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Over 300 performers will be on stage, including choirs, soloists, the National Philharmonic Orchestra and a narrator. The performance will commemorate the historic but little-known rescue of Bulgaria's 49,000 Jews from the Holocaust by ordinary citizens who rose up in civil disobedience and demanded of the King and Parliament that Bulgaria's Jews be spared from Nazi extermination. No Bulgarian Jews went to the Concentration Camps.
This concert is a rare example of artists teaching history through classical music and English language song. Tickets are $25- $150 and can be purchased at the Kennedy Center box office, by phone at 202-467-4600, and online at www.kennedy-center.org. Tickets as low as $12.50 through Goldstar.com. More information about the concert and the sponsor, Songs of Life, is available at www.songsoflife.org. more on this story
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(MVD) "The Puppet Monster Massacre," a wild and raucous love letter to the monster films of the 1980s, is coming to DVD on July 26th.
This is The Puppet Monster Massacre, a wild and raucous love letter to the monster films of the glorious 1980's. Heads will roll and felt will fly in this visually rich splatter-fest. more on this story
SYNOPSIS: A group of teens are challenged to spend a night in the Wagner mansion on the edge of town. Little do they know the owner (Dr. Wolfgang Wagner) has concocted a monstrosity in the basement and plans to make the hapless teens the creature's first big meal.
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(TMZ) Brooke Mueller says she still has feelings for her Charlie Sheen ... and got very emotional about him during a recent trip to Aspen ... the same city where their relationship hit rock bottom.
Brooke made the admission to her mother in front of cameras on, "The World According to Paris" ... telling her own mother, "I'm reminiscing about last year and I'm kind of missing Charlie a little bit."
Brooke's assistant reminded Mueller, "I don't understand what you miss ... I mean the last year of your marriage you were miserable."
Of course, it was a Christmas trip to Aspen in 2009 when Charlie was arrested for allegedly holding a switchblade to Brooke's throat. Still, Brooke defended Sheen ... saying, "He's the father of my kids" and "I'm allowed to miss parts of my ex-husband." more on this story
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(Billboard) Glee creator and co-producer Ryan Murphy stopped by Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Friday (June 17) and announced that the current "Glee" cast will "graduate" after this coming season, the show's third. more[Maybe they will replace them with some actors that can actually sing and don't need Auto-tune?... no breath holding.]
(Jam!) Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse has been ordered to take time out from performing by her management following her shambolic tour opener in Serbia, according to U.K. reports. more
(BBC) Mad Men is the big winner at the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles, taking three awards including best drama. more
(Jam!) Former Bikini Kill rocker Kathleen Hanna has taken aim at Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz and James Blunt in a new CNN rant. The outspoken feminist, who is married to Beastie Boys star Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horowitz, was promoting revived band The Julie Ruin when she was asked what she thought about Lady Gaga and Perry, prompting a rant about their modern pop feminism and sing-a-long gay rights messages. more
(Jam!) Former Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell gave beach-goers an eye-popping treat when she slipped off her bikini top during a water skiing trip over the weekend. more
(FMQB) The new album from Selena Gomez, When The Sun Goes Down, is set to be released on June 28, and it will feature the new song "Whiplash" that was co-written by Britney Spears. Gomez, who is a die-hard Britney fan, said she was excited to have the opportunity to sing the upbeat dance track, which reportedly failed to make the cut for Spears' Circus album. more
(Billboard) The latest stop on Shania Twain's multi-media comeback blitz: Billboard's Country Songs chart. The star singer/songwriter ends a six-year hiatus from the survey, as "Today Is Your Day" blasts in as the list's highest debut at No. 40. more
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(TMZ) R. Kelly's ex-manager claims the singer refused to pay him more than $1 million in hard-earned commissions ... insisting Kelly instead used the money to pay off people who accused him of sexual misconduct.
The manager -- Jeff Kwatinetz -- filed a lawsuit against Kelly today in L.A. County Superior Court ... claiming he single-handedly resurrected R. Kelly's career back in 2008 ... when the singer was drowning in child pornography charges.
Jeff claims he "guided Kelly through the recording of two new albums, substantial multi-million dollar tours ... a book deal, and a myriad of other appearances and events" -- and "Kelly reaped millions of dollars" while under his management. But according to Jeff, Kelly left him in the lurch -- and "has failed and refused to pay" the 15% commission rate they allegedly agreed on.
According to the lawsuit, Kelly's business manager regularly told Jeff he couldn't be paid "because the monies were needed for payments to avoid lawsuits and adverse publicity resulting from Kelly's alleged [sexual misconduct]." more on this story
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(Mute) Erasure are official back with the announcement of a brand new album and their first U.S. tour in five years.
Tomorrow's World, the band's first album in more than four years will be out this fall and is produced by one of the UK dance scene's most exciting new talents, Frankmusik, whose remixing credits include Lady Gaga, Pet Shop Boys, Ellie Goulding, and Far East Movement and whose solo album Complete Me debuted at number 13 in the UK Albums Chart. Tomorrow's World was mixed by Rob Orton.
After Erasure's triumphant return to the stage for Short Circuit presents Mute at the Roundhouse, London, a one-off performance which saw Vince Clarke perform with very special guests Alison Moyet and Feargal Sharkey, plus a performance at 2011's Ultra Music festival, Erasure is bringing the new album to the U.S. for their first tour in five years! more on this story
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(TMZ) "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn spent four hours in a Philadelphia-area bar before he got behind the wheel of his Porsche 911 yesterday morning ... drinking at least 3 beers and 3 shots ... TMZ has learned.
Dunn arrived to a bar called Barnaby's of America in West Chester, PA around 10:30 PM ... to hang out with a small group of male friends.
One of the friends tells TMZ ... Dunn had 3 Miller Lites and 3 "girly shots" between 10:30 PM and 2:10 AM -- nearly a 4 hour span -- but he was "not too drunk to drive."
But according to another person who was inside the bar that night, Dunn was "wasted" -- and "had a lot to drink." As TMZ previously reported, Dunn crashed his Porsche soon after -- killing himself and an unidentified passenger. Cops believe speed may have been a factor. more on this story
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(Roadrunner) Young The Giant will debut the video for their second single, "Cough Syrup" on MTV today, June 21st at 6:00am and will play it at the top of every music hour.
The video will debut on MTV during AMTV with subsequent debuts across MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV.com. The band was also picked for MTV's Freshman 5 campaign to run this summer.
The band has also just announced that they will put out a free Remix EP late July though their Facebook page which will feature remixes by Two Door Cinema Club, Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot, and more. They are offering their fans a chance to contribute their own remix as well. Song stems for six tracks were created and can be gotten here
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RCA sent over this bit of news: Jennifer Hudson will premiere her brand new video for her current single "No One Gonna Love You" on VEVO.com and BET's 106 & Park on Friday, June 24th.
VH1 Soul will be adding the Diane Martel-directed video as their "Soul Spotlight" starting Monday, June 27th at 6:00 AM and it will receive over 100 spins during the week. more on this story
Access Hollywood will air their exclusive interview with Hudson along with behind the scenes footage today, Tuesday, June 21st.
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(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan's house arrest is paying off BIG TIME -- because last weekend the actress shot a brand new commercial from inside the confines of her apartment ... TMZ has learned.
Lohan got in front of the camera for an Internet penny auction site called Beezid.com.
A rep for the company tells us Lohan was originally offered $25k for the job ... which the actress turned down ... but the two eventually came to terms for an undisclosed amount.
We're also told Lindsay was also given a $10,000 credit to spend on the website. Celebrity justice at its finest. more on this story
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The Everyday Visuals' frontman Christopher Pappas is releasing the debut album from his Miracle Parade project today. To celebrate the release of "Hark! ...and other lost transmissions" we asked him to tell us about the song "The Dying Physicist". Here you go:
I had always been a fan of physics ever since I was young, but more recently in the last few years, it has turned into somewhat of an obsession. In fact, I've even dabbled in perhaps going back to school to get a degree in the subject. I read whatever books I can get a hold of; currently it is the Richard Feynman QED lectures on the way light behaves.
Light is one of the more fascinating aspects of quantum physics namely the fact that it acts both as a particle and as a wave. Meaning, you can shoot photons of light; little pockets of energy but sometimes these pockets, or marbles of energy can act like probabilistic waves.
What physicists pulled from these observations is that every particle starts out as a wave of 'potential' meaning that you could only make a prediction on where it is going to end up. Its path on where it will land is all chance, circumstance, and probability. However, one can collapse the wave function collapse the 'wave of potential', turning this wave into a point particle, with a definite space, location, and trajectory.
I found these insights into light pretty wild and in a peculiar way, sort of analogous to the human experience. I thought about my potential and the choices I've made, and how each moment moment by moment - we are collapsing our wave function potential into one definitive life. We start out with a nothing but probability, chance, and a world of potential; and as we are pulled forward in time every 'now' moment collapses on us making us lead the one life we lead.
It was then that a story about a physicist who wasn't happy with the way his life had turned out came into my head. He was anxious, depressed, and worried by his heightened awareness of the minutes slipping by him. Each clock tick a reminder that he hasn't married, he hadn't gone outside enough, he hadn't visited enough foreign countries. As the regrets piled up he decided he should use his knowledge of physics to build a machine that would sling him back in time so he could have another go at life this time he'd do it right.
So he begins building. He calculates the numbers, starts drawing up the plans and realizes that if he can use gravity to warp space enough he could tear a hole letting him move back in time. So he spends the better part of his life building this machine. Worrying, obsessing, anxiety stricken over it; he spends his days and nights indoors, alone at his desk.
Then, after years of toiling the thought hit him: I've wasted my life on this machine. I've wasted my life worrying about how I've wasted my life.
So his new mission became pretty clear: he was going to rush to finish the machine so that he can go back in time and stop himself from wasting his life building the machine. He could let his past self in on the thought that struck him too late: Most of us spend time lamenting on the vanishing potential in our lives, however this is in vain. His obsession over the things he hadn't done; his collapsed waves - simply caused him to miss the potential that was right outside his door the whole time.
At its heart, the song is really a cautionary tale; one I needed to write, mostly for myself, as a reminder that I am right here. I am firmly and inextricably plotted in the middle of two constant states: Behind me is finite, but ahead of me is a wave of potential.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
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