Day in Pop Report for 05/24/2011
(NME) Snoop Dogg has reportedly been asked by Channel 5 chiefs to appear on the next series of Celebrity Big Brother. Charlie Sheen, who Snoop recently released a single with, and retail/football mogul Mohamed Al Fayed have also reportedly been in talks with TV bosses about appearing on the show. more
(Billboard) Lady Gaga is employing any and every format to promote her just-released album, "Born This Way." The latest? A 90-second commercial for Google's Chrome web browser you may have caught when it aired Sunday night (May 22) during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Watch it here
(Billboard) Following her leading role in "Country Strong" and numerous performances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow was rumored to be in talks with Atlantic regarding a record deal. However, sources have revealed that the deal is likely not still on the table. more
(FMQB) Sean Combs has announced yet another name change. The man known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy says he would now like to be known by the nickname Swag. But...
(Billboard) Over the weekend, R&B singer Keyshia Cole tied the knot with her fiancι, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel "Boobie" Gibson. more
(NME) Lady Gaga has teamed up with Justin Timberlake on a new comedy song, '3 Way'. The song was performed by the pair on Saturday Night Live on May 21, with Timberlake adopting his '90s R&B persona along with The Lonely Island man Andy Samberg. more
(Billboard) The morning after Beyonce hit the stage at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards stage for an epic, first-ever performance of first single, "Run this World (Girls)," a tag-less version of a new single -- "Till the End of Time" -- has surfaced. more
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(TMZ) Lauren Alaina may not get her shot to be the next "American Idol" because she has lost her voice ...spies on the set tell TMZ ... and it could be the break of a lifetime for Haley Reinhart.
We're told during the rehearsal this afternoon, Lauren -- who has been losing her voice -- was supposed to sing three songs. She got through the first, struggled through the second and was unable to perform the third.
Our spies say a doctor on the set has ordered Lauren not to sing or speak, but there is a "real possibility" she will not be able to perform on tonight's show.
We're told if Lauren is unable to perform, producers will reinstate the third place finisher -- Haley Reinhart who will then compete against Scotty McCreery for the title. more on this story
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(TMZ) Actress/model Estella Warren is in jail right now, after allegedly slamming into three cars, kicking a cop and escaping from the police station ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
The crazy incident occurred Monday night just before midnight. Cops say Warren was driving in L.A. when she struck 3 parked cars in her Toyota Prius. Warren drove away but cops spotted her and placed her under arrest for driving under the influence, though not before she resisted and kicked an officer.
Warren was taken to the police station in handcuffs, and during the booking process she managed to get out of her handcuffs and then run out the back door! Warren was quickly recaptured. Warren is being booked for felony escape. We're told she will also be booked for assault, hit and run and DUI. more on this story
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(Legacy) Meat Loaf has joined fellow "Celebrity Apprentice" contestants John Rich, Lil Jon and Mark McGrath to record "Stand In The Storm," a new single benefitting the charities selected by the four members of Team Backbone.
Each of the four artists in Backbone will be donating 100% of his individual proceeds from the worldwide sale of "Stand In The Storm" to the charity of his choice: The Painted Turtle (Meat Loaf), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (John Rich), The United Methodist Children's Home of North Georgia Conference (Lil Jon), and Save The Music Foundation (Mark McGrath).
"Stand In The Storm," a hard-rockin' hybrid of rock, pop, country, and hip-hop, is a tour de force showcasing the individual strengths and styles of the four musicians in the formidable Backbone supergroup. It will give fans a first taste of Meat Loaf's upcoming new studio album, titled Hell In A Handbasket, slated for fall release. more on this story
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Jeff Bridges rocked an Oscar playing a country star in Crazy Heart and now the actor will give his self-titled major-label debut album on August 16th, 2011, on Blue Note Records.
The album is being produced by Bridges' Crazy Heart collaborator, the multiple-Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician, and producer T Bone Burnett. It is an organic extension and culmination of his personal, professional, and now musical friendship with Burnett, whom he has known for more than 30 years. more on this story
Recorded in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, NY, Jeff Bridges features material by a host of world-class songwriters, including Burnett's Crazy Heart collaborators the late Stephen Bruton ("What A Little Bit of Love Can Do," "Nothing Yet") and John Goodwin ("Maybe I Missed The Point," "Everything But Love," "The Quest"), Greg Brown ("Blue Car"), and Bo Ramsay ("Either Way").
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(Gibson) The Oscar-winning composer who penned the song "You Light Up My Life," one of the biggest pop songs of the 20th Century, has committed suicide.
Joseph Brooks was facing a mountain of legal troubles, including awaiting trial on 82 counts of various alleged sex crimes. He was 73.
Joseph Brooks shot to prominence in 1977 thanks to his song, "You Light Up My Life," which was originally recorded by Kasey Cisyk for the romantic comedy, You Light Up My Life, starring Didi Conn. Debbie Boone was hired to record the single, and her version shot to the top of the charts on its way to taking home an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as earning Boone the Grammy for Best New Artist. more on this story
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VH1 have announce the new season for their documentary series "Behind The Music," sadly rock fans are out of luck this go round...
Featured this season are Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin.
Beginning on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 PM ET/PT with "Behind The Music: Missy Elliott," the series will bring viewers never-before-seen footage of these stars and the people who know them best. more on this story
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Barry Manilow will premiere 15 Minutes, his first original album in 10 years, on QVC this Thursday, May 26 at 8 PM (ET).
During this special QVC Presents QSessions Live broadcast, the Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning artist will perform a selection of songs from the all-new album while offering viewers an inside look at the inspiration behind the collection.
Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase 15 MINUTES more than two weeks before street date. Especially for QVC, 15 MINUTES has been packaged with a bonus CD of four previously unreleased tracks. more on this story
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Capitol/EMI are celebrating Peggy Lee's 91st birthday on May 26 by digitally releasing 22 of her classic albums from her Capitol Records catalog for the first time, including several out-of-print titles.
Praised for her distinctive and sophisticated singing style, Peggy Lee is credited as a leading pioneer of the pop-jazz era. Between 1942 and 1972 (with a four-year break from 1952 to 1957), Peggy Lee recorded 592 Capitol masters (of the more than 1,100 total masters she recorded during her lifetime), including singles, album tracks and transcriptions. During that time, she had over 70 chart hits and a string of successful albums and Top 10 hits in three consecutive decades.
The 22 albums making their digital release debuts tomorrow are from Lee's second tenure at Capitol Records, and feature such standout songs as "Fever," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)," "Pass Me By," "Happy Holiday," "Big Spender," "You Was!" (with Dean Martin), "It's A Good Day," "Ridin' High," "When I Rome (I Do As The Romans Do)," "Is That All There Is?," "I Feel It," "So What's New," "Call Me Darling," "Alright, Okay, You Win," "Nice n' Easy," "I'm A Woman," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "The Boy From Ipanema," "My Old Flame," "I'll Be Seeing You," "A Hard Day's Night," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "Just For A Thrill" and "The Shining Sea" (written by Peggy Lee & Johnny Mandel), "I Like Men" (written by Peggy Lee and Jack Marshall, and "Then Was Then and Now Is Now" (written by Peggy Lee & Cy Coleman). more on this story
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(TMZ) Oscar De La Hoya began drinking and using cocaine after experiencing fidelity problems in his marriage ... sources connected with the former boxing champ tell TMZ.
We broke the story ... Oscar voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility in California for substance abuse issues a few weeks ago.
Oscar has told friends he does not believe he hit bottom, but checked himself into rehab before things got totally out of control. As one source put it ... Oscar has had fidelity issues and it seems to correlate with substance abuse ... and that's a matter he's dealing with in rehab. more on this story
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(TMZ) The Arnold Schwarzenegger baby drama story was leaked to the media by Maria Shriver's own people ... and they did it because Maria was so angry at Arnold, she wanted to do it herself.
TMZ has new information from sources connected to Maria. We're told when Maria found out that Arnold was the father of Mildred Patty Baena's son, she was "hysterical" and wanted to hold a news conference blowing the lid off the scandal.
We're told Maria's friends talked her off a ledge and a plan was eventually hatched to leak the details to the L.A. Times and TMZ. And we have new information about when Maria found out about the baby. Now we're told Maria learned about Arnold's love child in late April or very early May. more on this story
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Warner Bros. Records celebrates the 25th anniversary of the ingenious collaboration between renowned composer Danny Elfman and legendary film director Tim Burton, with today's release of the The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box.
This extraordinary, highly collectable limited-edition box set collects expansions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's iconic films; a newly produced library of 16 CDs each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music.
Additionally, the package will contain a bonus DVD of a recent exclusive conversation between Elfman and Burton discussing every film and score in their remarkable quarter century collaboration. more on this story
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(TMZ) Randy "Macho Man" Savage will be cremated and his ashes co-mingled with the ashes of his loyal pooch, Hercules.
Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo, tells TMZ ... the dog's ashes were spread around Randy's favorite tree several years ago, and after Randy is cremated his ashes will be strewn there as well.
Lanny tells us Randy would always say, "If it's good enough for Herc, it's good enough for me!" And ... although the Macho Man was one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time, there won't be a public memorial, because he didn't want one. The service will be small -- for family only. more on this story
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(conqueroo) The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord spans three decades of innovative and brilliant sessions. Collection to be released June 7, 2011 in celebration of Corea's 70th birthday.
Since his earliest recordings in the 1960s, pianist, keyboardist, and composer Chick Corea has consistently taken the creative process to a level that transcends conventional musical doctrines. After spending his formative years with artists as diverse as Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Stan Getz, and Sarah Vaughan, Corea helped redefine the boundaries of jazz as a founding member of the acclaimed Return To Forever, one of the most innovative and daring jazz fusion collectives of the last half-century. In more recent decades, as the leader of numerous projects that have explored various aspects of the musical landscape, he continues to be an influential force in modern jazz. more on this story
In celebration of Corea's 70th birthday this summer, Concord Music Group provides a look back at three decades' worth of brilliant recordings in The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord. The sweeping two-disc collection the latest in CMG's ongoing Definitive series begins with some of Corea's best sessions with Stretch in the early 1980s and follows him through the end of the century to his work on Concord up to 2009. The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord is set for release on June 7, 2011, just days ahead of the artist's 70th birthday on June 12.
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