Day in Pop Report for 10/28/2011
(TMZ) A cast member on MTV's "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" claims male members acted like animals during production, in one case raping her with a toothbrush ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
Tonya Cooley filed the suit against MTV, Kenneth Santucci, Evan Starkman and others ... claiming the two guys "took another male participant's toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff's genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff's vagina." Cooley says it all happened while she was passed out cold ... and cameras were rolling
Cooley says producers not only knew about the rape, they even replaced the toothbrush, but never told her what happened.
The suit also claims female cast members were stripped of their bathing suits and that male cast members were encouraged by producers to "inappropriately touch female cast members' bodies, including in intimate areas."
Cooley alleges she and other cast members reported incidents of sexual abuse, but show honchos turned a blind eye.
Cooley claims she was later booted from the show after slapping a cast member. She says nothing happened to the men who allegedly raped her.
Cooley is suing for unspecified damages. Calls to MTV have not been returned. more on this story
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(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan didn't wuss out for her Playboy shoot -- TMZ has learned, the actress will BARE ALL in her upcoming spread ... i.e. the holy trifecta...
As we previously reported, Lindsay recently locked down a nearly-million-dollar deal with Playboy for a full pictorial -- and Wednesday, she finally wrapped her 4-day shoot.
Reports circulated Lindsay would pull one of those lame semi-nude fiascos -- all sideboob, no fun -- but sources close to Hef & co. tell us, that is NOT the case. Lindsay did insist the photos be "tastefully done," but we're told she's still going the full monty.
It's unclear when Lindsay will grace the cover -- but it could be the life-giving jolt Playboy needs for a comeback. more on this story
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(TMZ) Rapper Big Sean has dodged a serious bullet -- TMZ has learned he will not be charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl back in August ... but he's not entirely in the clear.
23-year-old Sean -- who got a 2011 MTV VMA nomination for best new artist -- was arrested in August during a concert in Buffalo, NY ... after a 17-year-old girl told police the rapper and his friend had sexually assaulted her.
Big Sean -- real name Sean Michael Anderson -- was charged with 3rd degree sex abuse, forcible touching and 2nd degree unlawful imprisonment.
But now, TMZ has learned prosecutors agreed to drop the first two charges on the condition that Big Sean plead guilty to misdemeanor unlawful imprisonment ... which carries a $750 fine.
Sean's lawyer Scott Leemon tells TMZ, the rapper has accepted the terms -- and has paid the fine -- but still insists "he did not engage in any type of sexual misconduct." more on this story
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(TMZ) Marie Osmond made a bee line for the ER Wednesday night after her Vegas show -- and was diagnosed with a bad case of bronchitis ... TMZ has learned.
Osmond's rep Alan Nierob tells TMZ ... Marie has a "bad lung problem" and was released from the hospital after a couple of hours.
She is currently seeing doctors. It's unclear whether her condition will affect her Las Vegas show. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) VH1 Divas returns this December, with an all-star cast that features Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine and Jessie J.
This year, the series will pay tribute to the cities where soul gave birth to music's most powerful classics and inspired today's divas.
"VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul" will bring together some of the best singers across the globe, men and women alike, to honor the soulful cities that inspired these divas and their art. The cities honored include Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. more on this story
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Internet star for all the wrong reasons, Rebecca Black will release her third single next month along with a video for the track.
Here is the official word: It was just about this time last year that Rebecca Black embarked on the journey that would make her one of the best known new artists of 2011. It was in the fall of 2010 that Rebecca would contemplate recording what would become "Friday." Soon after, a music video for the track was filmed and uploaded on YouTube and the result made Rebecca an instant international star and turned the Black family's lives upside down. more on this story
A year later, Ms. Black is preparing her third single, "Person of Interest," a danceable, upbeat track that's sure to be a hit with music fans all over the world. Like Rebecca's highly successful second single "My Moment," which has racked up nearly 30 million views on YouTube since its release in mid-July.
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(popmusiclife) Justin Bieber paid a very special surprise visit to a Children's Hospital on Tuesday to cheer up some of his fans.
Joining Justin was pal Sean Kingston, as the two toured the ward, met with parents and took photos with the kids. Bieber even sang a couple of songs, including his smash hit, "Baby," and his current single, "Mistletoe."
Some of the visit was filmed by Alfredo Flores, who has directed some of Justin's music videos. Watch that here.
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(TMZ) There was a big confrontation at Nicki Minaj's house in Hollywood yesterday ... and it got so bad the cops came ... TMZ has learned.
Here's the backstory. Law enforcement tells us, a couple of weeks ago, Nicki's maid took a photo of the singer out of the trash and then asked Nicki to sign it. Nicki got pissed and fired her.
Cops tell us, the maid did come back today, and Nicki became enraged and ordered her to leave. Now here's where the stories are a bit conflicting. One source says -- contrary to what the cops say -- Nicki actually made a mistake, saw another maid and assumed she was the one Nicki had fired.
Either way, Nicki's boyfriend got in the act and began pushing the maid with his body. The maid's boss called the cops and filed a battery report.
The cops came and the maid asked to make a citizen's arrest, but eventually decided against it so no one was taken into custody. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" became the first song off of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack to premiere a video.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perri's song was to be the second single, with Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" making its debut in the first slot; however, the singer announced on Twitter that he was still working on his video.
So, Perri's video, which was originally planned to debut on November 10, was moved up to this week. Perri, who told The Hollywood Reporter that she's a big fan of the series, says she was inspired to write the song after screening an early version of Breaking Dawn. "I cried the whole time, then I went home and wrote the song about Edward and Bella and their love affair. It's probably the most romantic, lovey-dovey song I've ever written." Watch the video here
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(TMZ) Usher was bull-rushed in the middle of a crowded parking lot in ATL last weekend -- by an angry woman looking to fight the singer for parking in a handicap spot ... and TMZ has the footage.
Eyewitnesses tell us .. Usher had just arrived to the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade (hence the guy in the Elvis costume) when the woman saw U's SUV parked in a handicap spot.
We're told the woman demanded the singer move his car -- but Usher refused and she went ballistic ... screaming, flailing her arms, and grabbing Usher's hoodie.
At one point, she screams, "You don't belong here!"
Sources say the woman's husband eventually dragged her away from the scene -- and Usher drove away not long after. More including the video here
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(popmusiclife) Here's something you don't hear every day: a major artist covering another major artist's hit while it's high on the charts.
Coldplay did just that on Thursday, as they performed a version of Rihanna's current hit single, "We Found Love," on BBC Radio 1.
The song was a part of the "Live Lounge" radio series, hosted by Fearne Cotton, where well-known artists usually perform one song of their own and one by another artist, in an acoustic format. Check it out here
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Lionel Richie will debut songs from his upcoming Country duets album during the broadcast of The 45th Annual CMA Awards, which will be airing live Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.
Richie will release Tuskegee, his Country duets album, in March on Mercury Nashville and during the CMA broadcast he will perform select duets of his runaway hits with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts. Richie is no stranger to the CMA Awards stage. In 1984, Richie performed "Lady" with Kenny Rogers and in 1986, he performed "Deep River Woman" with Alabama.
"Twenty-five years is too long to wait and we are thrilled to have Lionel back on the CMA Awards stage performing alongside our superstar acts," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "This is what the CMA Awards are known for. Those one-of-a-kind collaborations you don't want to miss because everyone will be talking about it the next day." more on this story
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(TMZ) TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed moments before Terrell Owens was rushed to an L.A. hospital for a possible pill overdose on October 6 -- and according to Terrell's assistant, T.O. was trying to kill himself.
During the call, placed at 11:02 PM, the dispatcher asks the assistant on the phone, "Was this a suicide attempt?" -- and she responds, "Yes, I believe so."
While she was on the phone with the dispatcher, the woman claims T.O. was "talking to his girlfriend, ex-girlfriend ... [I]don't really know what you wanna call it." more on this story
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(TMZ) "Teen Mom" star Jenelle Evans was rushed to a hospital in North Carolina yesterday ... after the MTV reality star crashed her SUV into a light pole, while her 2-year-old son was in the car.
TMZ spoke with a rep for the Wilmington Police Dept. ... who tells us Evans, her son and a female passenger were all transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.
We're told Evans was driving the car -- and her son was in a car seat in the back.
Cops tell TMZ ... there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash ... but police are investigating. more on this story
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(TMZ) Michael Lohan was just arrested AGAIN in Florida after allegedly contacting his GF Kate Major -- and law enforcement tells TMZ, he tried to escape by jumping a 3rd-story balcony ... and accidentally fell into a tree.
According to law enforcement sources, Tampa police responded to a call early this morning from Kate, who claimed Michael had been trying to contact her by phone and wouldn't leave her alone.
We're told officers interviewed Kate at her apartment after she made the call -- the same apartment where Michael allegedly bruised her up earlier this week -- and while they were there, Michael allegedly called again.
According to law enforcement, officers believed Michael was a "threat" -- so they rolled up to his hotel to arrest him.
But here's the crazy part -- law enforcement tells TMZ, Michael tried to escape by hopping his 3rd story balcony ... and he ended up falling into a tree.
After officers pulled him down, Michael was placed under arrest for violating a condition of his pretrial release (presumably for contacting Kate) ... and resisting arrest without violence. more on this story
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(TMZ) Bam Margera's brand new Porsche was "smashed" ... in a traffic collision in Pennsylvania.
The "Jackass" star tells us, "A big truck made a wide turn and smashed the whole left side. I just got the damn thing too."
Bam says he just purchased the car 4 months ago. Witnesses at the scene tell us Bam appeared upset following the collision. We're told the driver's side mirror was hanging off the car and the driver's side of the car was all scratched up. more on this story
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Yesterday we told you about Adele's upcoming live DVD and Blu Ray which is being released on November 29th and today we have more details including the tracklisting.
"Live At The Royal Albert Hall" will be available on DVD and Blu Ray and features the full 90 minute performance, plus behind the scenes footage shot throughout that day.
The package also contains an exclusive live CD of the entire show. This is the first time fans will be able to hear all of Adele's hits and best loved songs on one CD plus her covers of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and The Steeldrivers "If It Hadn't Been For Love." more on this story
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We have the official details about the upcoming release of Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2, which is being released on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Here are the details for fans of the auto-tuned Gleeks:
The Glee holiday cheer is spread with the cast's own festive renditions of such Christmas staples as "Little Drummer Boy," "Let It Snow" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
Especially poignant is the Glee cast's interpretation of Band Aid's 1984 hit "Do They Know Its Christmas?," which raised money to benefit famine relief in Ethiopia and sold 1 million copies in it's first week. more on this story
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VH1 sent over word that they are expanding their "wives" franchise with the launch of a new series, "Baseball Wives" which is set to debut on Wednesday, November 30 at 9PM ET/PT.
Here are the details: Set in Scottsdale Arizona, the home of baseball's spring training, the show features the wives and girlfriends of talented baseball players from various teams. No shrinking violets here, these ladies are fiercely protective of their turf and their men and if they have to bring on a little drama then so be it.
These divas of the diamond make their pitch to be the next homerun smash as they prepare for their rookie season this November on VH1. The cast of VH1's "Baseball Wives" includes, Anna Benson (wife of Arizona pitcher Kris Benson), Tanya Grace (ex-wife of retired Chicago's Mark Grace), Chantel Kendall (ex-wife of Kansas City's Jason Kendall) and Brooke Villone (wife of big-league veteran Ron Villone). The inner circle of baseball wives proves to be challenging as the women cope with marriage, gossip and fame. With the baseball season being the longest in professional sports the women count on their friends to be their support system while their husbands are on the road but sometimes a friend can be your worst enemy. Rumors swirl and friendships are tested among the professional athletes' wives as they are forced to make emotional decisions, proving that their lives are often just like everyone else's. This captivating group makes for an adrenaline-charged rush of excitement as they showcase their style, humor and fastball drama. Get ready, because the bases are loaded for this sure-hit new series. "Baseball Wives" premieres Wednesday, November 30 at 9PM ET/PT. more on this story
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Big Time Rush have set a November 21st release date for their sophomore album, Elevate, which the album's first single "Music Sounds Better With You" being released next Tuesday, November 1st.
The songs on the album were produced by top music hit makers including Ryan Tedder, Tricky & The Dream, JR Rotem, and Toby Gad, among others.
Elevate features tracks including "Music Sounds Better With U (featuring Mann)," "Show Me," and "All Over Again," plus brand-new music that will debut on upcoming episodes of Big Time Rush. more on this story
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(Webster) George Jones may have just turned 80-years-old last month but he's not slowing down.
"The Possum" is keeping busy with 35 shows scheduled to date throughout the U.S. and Canada from now through November 2012.
As Jones sings, "I don't need a rocking chair
I do my rockin' on the stage, you can't put this possum in a cage." more on this story
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(MSO) Eurythmics star Dave Stewart is to appear next Wednesday, November 2 on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," where he will be performing with the Roots a song from his new solo album The Blackbird Diaries.
The Blackbird Diaries features a co-write with Bob Dylan ("Worth The Waiting For") as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat, and the Secret Sisters.
In other Dave Stewart news, he wrote, with Glen Ballard, a brand new, original score for "Ghost The Musical." more on this story
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(TMZ) He lost out on $5 mil ... but "X Factor" reject Dexter Haygood got one hell of a parting gift from the show ... a chance at a reunion with his old band -- the first all black rock group ever featured on MTV.
Haygood was the frontman of the funk/rock sextet known as Xavion -- they were huge in the '80s ... for a minute ... even briefly touring with Hall & Oates.
But the guys went their separate ways ... and completely lost touch with Haygood ... unaware that he struggled with substance abuse and wound up on the streets.
So, when Haygood appeared on the show as a contestant ... the other band members were shocked -- and most of the guys instantly reached out to their old friend.
Now, TMZ has learned ... the guys are hoping to get the whole band back together in an effort to put together some reunion shows ... or even perform on "X Factor" ... if producers are up for it.
TMZ spoke with Dexter ... who tell us, "I'm really excited to work with my old band," adding "I'm more than hopeful that 'The X Factor' will invite us to perform on the finale."
Fingers crossed. more on this story
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(TMZ) Michael Lohan's GF Kate Major has been put on notice -- she has until next week to move out of her swanky Florida condo or else ... all thanks to the media firestorm surrounding MiLo's recent arrests.
Sources tell TMZ, Kate currently lives in an exclusive housing complex in Tampa -- home to several rich and famous people, including pro athletes.
After Michael's recent arrests, we're told the entire complex has been swarming with photogs -- and the negative media attention is ruffling some high-profile feathers.
As a result, Kate's landlord has served her with an eviction notice, giving her until November 1st to pack her crap and leave.
We're told Kate is trying to fight the eviction -- but it doesn't look good. more on this story
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Today Cosmo Jarvis tells us about "My Day" from his brand new album "Is the World Strange or Am I Strange?". Here is the story:
The song 'My Day' expresses, in a very opinionated way, many observations I have made of people my age from the first person perspective of an older person. The constant flow of different characteristics I have observed from that perspective about myself and my 'generation' was supposed to create a negative atmosphere of failure in every sense compared to the generations that have preceded it. This is because from what I have witnessed of how the presently acknowledged short comings of past generations have evolved into the increasingly ignorant, naive and detrimentally comfort seeking shortcomings of my own, I am left anticipating with great curiosity the moment where I can describe my time with the contextual distance that hindsight offers.
Although my comments are pointless as firstly, I am as guilty of being involved in what I perceive as failures as those I am commenting on and the comments one makes on ones generation are both relative to and derivative of that generation, so it's a bit of a head fuck and generally a futile exercise.
Although failures and short comings are an inevitable part of the evolution of human kind and the only real purpose that commenting on them can serve is to record the path of it's evolution/devolution, I cannot escape the undeniable knowledge that with every year that passes, so dies another excuse for having the ridiculous deficiencies we do.
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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