Day in Pop Report for 03/02/2011
(Billboard) U2's Bono was expected to attend Tuesday night's performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" as speculation swirls over whether the troubled Broadway show's opening night will be delayed again. more
(Billboard) "There was a time when the music business was incredibly monolithic and there were only two ways to get your music heard: sign to a major label, get your music played on MTV and get it played by big radio stations," Moby continued. "Thank God, that period has come to an end... Signing to a major, for 99.9% of the musicians on the planet, is the worst thing they could do... They've treated musicians badly. They've treated fans badly. They've treated the music badly, most importantly. For that reason, they either need to reinvent themselves or die quietly." more
(FMQB) Colbie Caillat is preparing her third full-length album, All Of You, for a May 3 release via Universal Republic. The 25-year-old singer began recording the new album last summer in California and finished up between tour dates in the fall. more
(FMQB) Sir Elton John will host Saturday Night Live on April 2, and he'll also appear as the musical guest with Leon Russell. It will be his first time back on SNL since 1982. more
(Jam!) Pink has poked fun at her pop peers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in a new tweet, joking that she's the least trouble of the trio. The singer took to Twitter.com hours after Aguilera was released from jail after being arrested in West Hollywood for public intoxication and made the point that she has never spent time behind bars. more
(Jam!) Aretha Franklin knew something was seriously wrong with her health after suffering a pain so bad, it almost brought her to her knees. The Queen of Soul sparked fears for her well-being when a mystery illness prompted her to scrap a series of end-of-year shows in 2010. more
(NME) Snoop Dogg, Scissor Sisters and The Drums are among the acts confirmed to play this summer's Lovebox Festival. more
(Jam!) Rapper Kid Cudi has parted ways with his label after admitting he and his record company bosses have "different visions" of how his music should sound. more
(AP) A New York City law firm says Prince owes more than $700,000 in legal fees for services that included helping to settle financial obligations to his former wife. more
TMZ broke the story ... Brooke's lawyer got a temporary restraining order against Charlie, prohibiting him from going near her. The judge also ordered Charlie to surrender the kids to Brooke while the TRO remains in effect.
According to legal docs, Brooke also claims ... on February 23, Charlie threw a phone inside his house and then with a penknife in hand, threatened to stick it in Brooke's eye. more on this story
Here they come...again...hey, hey, it's The Monkees! 45 years after their groundbreaking show and hit singles first took televisions and record players by storm, original Monkees members Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Torkare proud to announce a new tour to dazzle five decades' worth of fans. An Evening with The Monkees - The 45th Anniversary Tour launches on June 3rd at Atlanta's Chastain Park and rolls through more than 30 cities before concluding July 15th in Los Angeles. These shows mark the first live performances by the band in a full decade, and are sure to draw yet another generation of fans to their one-of-a-kind mix of music and comedy.
"We need to share this music once again as people want to hear music from times that made them happy," said Davy Jones. "The records are being played all the time. And, the fans are still there... So, we're going to do it." Micky Dolenz added, "I'm looking forward to getting back together with my old buddies for some good ol' rock and roll." Peter Tork concludes, "Each one of the tours we do is more fun than the one before." more on this story
TMZ has learned ... Lohan is telling friends she would "never do a sex book" ... despite reports that she signed a multi-million dollar deal to pose with James Franco in a series of "graphic" photos for a Madonna-esque book with photographer Terry Richardson.
However, we've learned Lohan HAS agreed to a milder photo shoot with Richardson ... in a book about the "glamor and history" of Hollywood. No word if Franco is involved in that shoot ... but it's probably a better career move than hosting the Oscars. more on this story
They will perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Monday, April 11 and at (le) poisson rouge in New York City on Thursday, April 14.
Sing it Loud, scheduled for release by Nonesuch Records on April 12, is lang's first record made entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her career more than 20 years ago. more on this story
As one source put it, "Maybe when she was married she was able to keep it under wraps, but it's out in the open now."
And we've learned ... Christina's drinking became an issue in her divorce. Jordan Bratman voiced concern about Christina's drinking when they hashed out their child custody agreement but they ultimately agreed on joint custody. more on this story
McEntire will be inducted in the Modern Era Artist category, while Shepard will be inducted in the Veterans Era Artist category. Braddock is the first inductee in the new Songwriter category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the Recording and/or Touring Musician and Non-Performer categories.
"We are inducting royalty this year," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Jean and Reba are two of Country Music's most revered queens, and Bobby Braddock is a king of songwriting. All three of them refused to follow the crowd; instead, creating their own unique paths." more on this story
How can Justin and Selena both deal with the fan hate surrounding their romance without alienating their fans? Celebuzz spoke with Monica Cost, celebrated columnist for EURWeb and branding expert, who helped map out the next steps for the young couple.
Monica explains that it can be hard for male teen stars to get into relationships with women (famous or not famous) since they are often placed "in a position where the fans feel that they are in a place of ownership" over the celeb. Justin's fans are an important and involved part of his life and he actively pursues an engaged relationship with his Beliebers through Twitter and Facebook, so it is easy to see why many of his fans would feel like they "own" the young star. Monica also explains that Justin and Selena's relationship may prove to problematic for some fans since she is older (18) and he is still viewed a "the young teen heartthrob." As for how they should address the Twitter hate
"Loser Like Me," an ensemble track was co-written by Max Martin (Britney Spears, P!nk) and "Get It Right" a ballad performed by Lea Michele.
These original tracks will air in the "Glee" episode Tuesday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In addition to these new tracks, Glee: The Music, Volume 5 will feature the Glee casts take on Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby." more on this story
The album was produced by Steve Osborne (U2, B-52's, KT Tunstall) and was recorded in the UK at Peter Gabriel's world-renowned Real World Studios.
"It's inspiring to be working with such a vibrant talent like Vanessa Carlton," said Beka Tischker, Razor & Tie's Vice President of A&R and Music Publishing. "Vanessa's latest album harkens back to the art of making records that take you on a journey, it's refreshing and something you don't hear a lot of today. The music showcases her depth as a composer, sensitivity as a lyricist, and her skills as a pianist. At Razor & Tie we pride ourselves with being a home that nurtures artists to grow and explore so that they can reach their full potential." more on this story
Next month, The Felice Brothers will embark on their previously announced six-week spring headlining tour of the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
The band has added two dates to the tour: a second show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, on March 28th to follow the sold out show on March 27th, and a show at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA, on April 27th as part of the Sings Like Hell concert series. more on this story
Recorded at the San Diego stop of the band's tour supporting KT Tunstall this past November, the album features live performances of six tracks from Hurricane Bells' debut album Tonight Is The Ghost, B-side "Monsters" from The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, and new song "Let's Go." Hurricane Bells Live At House Of Blues San Diego is now available via iTunes.
Directed by Gore Verbinski of "The Pirates of the Caribbean," Rango features Johnny Depp in an original animated comedy-adventure set in the Wild West.
With a cast that includes Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant as the Spirit of the West, Rango is an exciting new twist on the classic Western legend of the outsider who saves a town - and himself in the process. more on this story
He'll kick things off on March 16 at the New Zealand Music Showcase at Brush Square Park and wrap up his Austin trip with a performance at the Dickies Sounds/Filter day party at Lustre Pearl on the 18th.
Finn spent much of the past year working on the follow-up to 'I'll Be Lightning,' with Yep Roc expecting a release this spring. more on this story
Before settling into the madness of SXSW, Hooray For Earth will tour w/ A Place To Bury Strangers en route to Austin for a handful of shows.
Hooray for Earth's schedule at SXSW includes Pitchtodorks' #OFFLINE Festival and Under The Radar Party. more on this story
During a Stateside visit, Adele and Lee bumped into one other in Nashville, after which Adele posted two live YouTube clips of Lee on her blog, saying "I've loved [Amos] for ages. Just watched this and I fell a bit more in love with him all over again! Check it out."
Produced by Owl City's Adam Young and recorded at Sky Harbor Studios in Owatonna, MN, All Things Bright And Beautiful features twelve new songs and was mixed by Young along with Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Jack Joseph Puig whose credits include Beck, Mary J. Blige, Green Day and John Mayer to name a few.
The tour kicks off in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, on March 18, with additional dates to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The duo is co-fronted by Shawn Harris, formerly of Oakland, California based-band the Matches, and Jake Grigg of Australian band Something with Numbers.
Founded by Chris Jones, owner of Sole East Hotel in Montauk, and screenwriter Bill Collage, MTK delivers two days of adult contemporary music, as well as new and emerging pop, rock and alt-rock acts. The bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to music, MTK offers ticket holders the opportunity to enjoy local food, wine and beer. They expect more than a dozen local food service providers and restaurants to be represented. A separate wine and beer tent will showcase East End wines and local micro-brews of which there are dozens.
In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, appeared on the popular Italian talent show "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard "O Sole Mio." It was at this moment Il Volo was born! Il Volo's debut album was released in Italy in November 2010 and is already certified platinum.
Piero (17) , Ignazio (16), and Gianluca (16) recorded Il Volo in Los Angeles and Rome, as well as at London's famed Abbey Road Studios with renowned singer/producer Tony Renis, veteran producer Humberto Gatica (Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion) and Geffen Chairman Ron Fair. more on this story
Kicking off on 4/19 in St. Louis, MO and wrapping on 5/7 in Covington, KY, Cady will be performing her live staples and debuting new material.
The single is produced by Dr. Luke's Ammo (Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Katy Perry) and will be released in mid-April 2011.
'I'm Not a Gangsta' is cut from the band's upcoming untitled release which is due out this spring. The album also features producers Kool Kojak (Flo Rida), Matt Squire (3OH3!, Ke$ha, Panic and the Disco, Boys Like Girls) and features singer Dev (Like a G6, Bass Down Low). more on this story
Metal Mother the moniker of the newest musical undertaking of singer-soundmaker, Tara Tati. Bonfire Diaries features nearly a dozen musical madmen, including Tommy Cappell of Beats Antique and Micha Grainger of The Yard Dogs Road Show. The 11 songs on Bonfire Diaries were mixed by Jeremy Black of Apollo Sunshine.
"Belfast's vibrant nightlife and compelling music scene, known for fostering emerging artists and turning out international chart toppers, provides the perfect backdrop for one of the world's biggest nights in music. The spirit of Belfast combined with our expertise is the perfect foundation for an unforgettable event and unique night," commented Antonio Campo Dall'Orto, Executive Vice President of Music Brands, VIMN.
David Lynn, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN UK & Ireland added: "Hosting the 2011 MTV EMAs in the UK is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the UK across a globe spanning portfolio of TV networks and websites serving in excess of 160 countries, while reinforcing our commitment to production in the UK. We greatly appreciate the support of the Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and look forward to delivering an outstanding line up of events that capture the beauty and essence of Belfast." more on this story
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