Day in Pop Report for 09/23/2011


Simon Cowell Mocks American Idol Scotty McCreery
(Taste of Country) 'X Factor' creator and judge Simon Cowell has made it clear he wants to top 'American Idol,' and it looks like he's willing to play dirty to get there.

When asked if he could do an American accent outside of late night host Jimmy Kimmel's studios, the former 'Idol' judge turned on his faux-southern charm and offered, "Y'all gonna love this," before coming back with: "I love you this big."

TMZ caught the incident on video, and it's clear by his cocky smirk and the broader context of the unspoken competition of the two singing reality shows that Cowell was not trying to flatter Scotty McCreery. Find the offending comment in the video here

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Rihanna Fans Unlock Her New Song
Last night Rihanna premiered her brand new single "We Found Love" feat. Calvin Harris on radio and her Facebook page.

The global launch of "We Found Love" kicks off the new "Rihanna: Unlocked" campaign, leading up to the release of her upcoming sixth Def Jam studio album on November 21st (title to be announced in the weeks ahead).

"We Found Love," sets the stage for Rihanna's forthcoming new album, the follow-up to Loud. Now that the new song is unlocked, check it out here

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Beyonce Wants A Boyband
(PopCrush) Beyonce is starting her own label and hopes to create a boy band, too. Beyonce as music industry boy band Svengali? Yes, it's true.

In an interview with the Associated Press (via That Grape Juice) Beyonce opened up about her career goals, especially since she started to manage herself after splitting with her "dadager" Mathew earlier this year.

"I am still working on balance and still growing," she admitted. "I am starting my company, my label. I want to create a boy band. I want to continue to produce and do documentaries and music videos." She has more to say here

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Pepsi Recycles Michael Jackson, Britney, and Mariah Carey
(PopCrush) We all know how important it is to recycle, and that's exactly what Pepsi has done with their latest commercial, which shows footage from their old television spot starring Britney Spears and other pop stars as a new song 'Tonight is the Night' by Outasight plays on top of them all.

Clips from earlier commercials featuring Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Mariah Carey are also shown, but it's Spears at her limber, not-so-innocent best who commands the most attention via this revisiting of her red, white and blue group dance routine.

As for Outasight, well, shocker: That's not his real name. It's Richard Andrews, and he's a rapper and singer from Yonkers who's been making a good name for himself through a series of mixtapes and the 2010 'Further' EP. See the video here

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John Legend Sitcom
(PopCrush) John Legend is expanding his artistic palette and adding a few new credits to his already impressive resume.

The singer is working on developing a new comedy for NBC called 'Mixed Blessings.'

Many musicians LL Cool J and Reba, to name a few have gone on to enjoy incredible success on the small screen so there is no reason that John Legend can't replicate that model, whether or not he is behind the camera or in front of it! Find out when it might hit the small screen

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Kenny Rogers Announces 2011 Christmas & Hits Tour
(SKH) Kenny Rogers will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his Christmas & Hits Tour in 2011 with a festive show featuring live performances of holiday classics and his biggest hits.

Rogers will perform at venues across America, joined by special guest Billy Dean, beginning on November 25th in Columbus, Ohio and wrapping December 23rd in Westbury, New York.

"Thirty years is a long time to do anything, but a Christmas show seems to get easier every year, especially when I get a chance to work with friends like Billy Dean," says Rogers. "He always brings a great energy and beautiful music to the event. Have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy the show."
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Taylor Swift Does All-American Rejects
(PopCrush) Taylor Swift continued her covers tradition in Tulsa, Okla. on Wednesday when she performed a rendition of the All-American Rejects' 'Swing Swing' during her Speak Now tour.

The country star wore her now-famous lilac dress during the acoustic performance, however, only a portion of the audience was singing along.

Despite being the hit debut single from the Stillwater natives, the tune was released nine years ago when T-Swift fans were presumably too young to care. Watch it here

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Hugh Jackman WWE Injury Story Wasn't Real
(TMZ) Some big media outlets got snookered yesterday by reporting that Dolph Ziggler -- the WWE wrestler whom Hugh Jackman "punched" on Monday Night Raw -- sustained a hairline fracture.

Ziggler tweeted he suffered the injury and got an MRI to confirm the fracture.

But sources close to the wrestler and others in the know tell TMZ .... the whole thing was made up by Ziggler. There is no MRI and no fracture, although we are told Hugh really did pack a punch and Ziggler was in pain.

We're told the WWE wasn't in on the scam.

A scam in wrestling? Get out. more on this story

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Tareq Salahi Escorts Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis
(TMZ) Tareq Salahi is mending his broken heart the old fashioned way -- partying with an infamous madam and her porn star pals in NYC ... TMZ has learned.

Michaele Salahi's estranged hubby not only gave a birthday party last for Manhattan Madam, Kristin Davis -- he's going as her date.

Davis famously setup escorts for former NY Governor Elliot Spitzer -- and says she's really looking forward to having Tareq as her escort.

Madam D tells TMZ, she's well aware Tareq's wife/groupie slut recently ran off with Journey's guitarist ... but adds, "I can assure you there's no better place to meet beautiful women than my birthday party!"

Looks like Tareq's marriage is going out with a bang. more on this story

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NBA Star Marcus Camby Surprised At Weed Bust
(TMZ) Marcus Camby swears he had no idea there was weed in his car when police booked him for marijuana possession Monday, sources close to the NBA star tell TMZ.

According to sources, Camby says the pot wasn't his. In fact, they say Camby doesn't smoke pot... at least not since his last arrest for pot possession in 1997.

So where, pray tell, did the pot come from? Our sources say Camby is dumbfounded ... and was shocked when police pulled the stash out from under the passenger seat. One little problem.

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Air Force Investigating 16 and Pregnant Star
(TMZ) Life is about to get very real for reality star Josh Rendon ... he could be kicked out of the Air Force.

TMZ has learned the "16 and Pregnant" star is currently under investigation by the military for his conduct leading up to his arrest earlier this week on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession.

A rep for Little Rock Air Force Base, where the incident took place, tells TMZ ... Rendon could be court-martialed, or face other administrative action. In other words, he could be discharged.

If he gets kicked out of the military, Rendon and his wife, Ebony Jackson, will lose their home -- because they live on the base.

On Tuesday, police raided Rendon and Ebony's pad, after someone complained about living conditions in the house. Police found the place covered in feces.

The couple's 2-year-old daughter was taken away by the Department of Human Services.

TMZ spoke to Rendon. He had no comment. more on this story

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News Reports
Day in Rock:
Journey's Neal Schon Delivers Early Christmas Gift- Gregg Allman's Birthday Celebrated With Video- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Launches Shelter for Abused Women- more

Recap: John Mayer Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery- Chester Bennington Autopsy And Toxicology Report Revealed- Robert Plant Reacts To Latest Led Zeppelin Reunion Question- more

Surviving Nirvana Members Reunite During Foo Fighters Concert- Avenged Sevenfold Releasing Special Album This Week- Perry Streams New Song With Cheap Trick's Zander- more

Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Songs Coming On New Album- Chester Bennington's Wife Addresses Previous Suicide Attempt Report- Stone Sour Announce More 2018 Tour Dates- more

Page Too:
Liam Payne Streams Acoustic 'Bedroom Floor' Performance- Chris Brown Gives His Daughter A Pet Monkey- Charli XCX Releases New Track 'Out of My Head' with Tove Lo- more

Page Too Rewind: Lil Wayne Releasing 'Dedication 6' On Christmas Day- Nile Rodgers Had Surgery Following Cancer Diagnosis- Randy Travis Addresses Release of DWI Arrest Video- more

Usher and Lil Jon Working On In Studio On New Music- Meek Mill's Bail Request Denied By Superior Court- Carrie Underwood 'What I Never Knew I Always Wanted' Video- more

Lil Wayne Releasing 'Dedication 6' On Christmas Day- Nile Rodgers Had Surgery Following Cancer Diagnosis- Randy Travis Addresses Release of DWI Arrest Video- more

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Reviews

Holiday Gift Guide: Jethro Tull - Songs from the Wood: The Country Set

Holiday Gift Guide: Queen - News of the World: 40th Anniversary Edition

Holiday Gift Guide: George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1/MTV Unplugged

Rock Reads: Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motorhead

Rock Reads: Holiday Gift Guide Edition

Timothy B. Schmit - Leap of Faith

Bob Seger - I Knew You When (5 Star)

Root 66: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix - The Lost Band Tracks

Santa's Jukebox: Tav Falco - A Tav Falco Christmas

Guns N' Roses Week: Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses Week: Our Greatest Arena Band (Live Nov 2017)

Guns N' Roses Week: Use Your Illusion I and II

Guns N' Roses Week: Defiant and Deconstructed

Paul Maged - Light Years Away

Sites and Sounds: Phoenix Concert Calendar For November

San Francisco String Trio - May I Introduce to You

Noise Ratio - Songs on Fire

Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre - 5 Minutes to Live: A Tribute to Johnny Cash

Michael Jackson - Scream

Sites and Sounds: Monster of Rock Cruise 2018

Powerman 5000 - New Wave

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Live In Chicago more

Rock News Stories
Dio Disciples' Guitarist Explains Goal Of Hologram Tour (top story)

Jimi Hendrix Both Sides Of The Sky Album Details Revealed (top story)

Eric Clapton Shares His View On The Future Of Guitar (top story)

Gregg Allman's Birthday Celebrated With 'Song for Adam' Video (top story)

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Launches Shelter for Abused Women (top story)

Dead & Company Reschedule Shows After John Mayer's Surgery (top story)

Royal Blood's Late Night TV Performance Streaming Online (top story)

Surviving Nirvana Members Reunite During Foo Fighters Concert (top story)

Avenged Sevenfold Releasing Special Album This Week (top story)

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Streams New Song With Cheap Trick's Robin Zander (top story)

New Director Hired For Freddie Mercury Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (top story)

Elton John Plays 'Your Song' In Tribute To His Late Mother (top story)

Led Zeppelin Star's Work On R.E.M. Album Recounted (top story)

Beck's 'Up All Night' 'The Tonight Show' Performance Goes Online (top story)

The Script's Mark Sheehan Gives Himself Advice (top story)

Yes Fan Convention Announces For Band's 50th Anniversary (top story)

Towers Of London Follow Comeback Song With Live Shows (top story)

Eagles Add Over A Dozen New North American Dates (top story)

As Cities Burn 'Are Back' Announce Dates With Emery (top story)

Small Town Titans Give A Christmas Classic A Hard Rock Makeover (top story)

Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Songs Coming On New Album (top story)

Chester Bennington's Wife Addresses Previous Suicide Attempt Report (top story)

Stone Sour Announce More 2018 Tour Dates (top story)

John Mayer Checks In With Fans Following Emergency Appendectomy (top story)

Stone Temple Pilots, Def Leppard Supergroup Announce New Album (top story)

Judas Priest Among Rock Hall Fan Vote Winners (top story)

AWOLNATION Have Wild Bar Brawl In 'Seven Sticks of Dynamite' Video (top story)

Blondie Recruit Joan Jett For 'Doom or Destiny' Music Video (top story)

Whitesnake Release The Purple Tour (Live) Promo Video (top story)

Senses Fail, Reggie and the Full Effect Announce Tour (top story)

Linkin Park Refute False Chester Bennington Drug Reports (top story)

Royal Blood To Rock Late Night TV This Week (top story)

Bon Jovi Wins Rock Hall Fan Vote For 2018 Induction (top story)

Ozzy Osbourne Adds Festival Date To Farewell Tour (top story)

The Gardening Club's Debut Album Expanded For Reissue (top story)

John Mayer Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery (top story)

Chester Bennington Autopsy And Toxicology Report Revealed (top story)

Robert Plant Reacts To Latest Led Zeppelin Reunion Question (top story)

Mastodon Streaming Full Length Emperor Of Sand Documentary (top story)

Sleeping With Sirens Release Christmas Single And Announce Tour (top story)

Jeff Lynne's ELO Add Dates To North American Tour (top story)

The National's 'Day I Die' Performance On 'Ellen' Goes Online (top story)

Dean Ween Group Announce New Album Deaner Rock 2 (top story)

Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy Releases Year Of The Tiger Video (top story)

Beach Boys' Mike Love Playing Free In-Store Show (top story)

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Page Too Stories
Liam Payne Streams Acoustic 'Bedroom Floor' Studio Performance

Chris Brown Gives His Daughter A Pet Monkey

Charli XCX Releases New Track 'Out of My Head' with Tove Lo

Fifth Harmony Stars Share Christmas Medley Duet

Trace Adkins Tributes Military With 'Still a Soldier' Video

Migos and Marshmello Release 'Danger' Video

Ed Sheeran Receives MBE Medal From Prince Charles

Camila Cabello Streams New Tracks 'Never Be The Same', 'Real Friends'

Jason Derulo Delivers 'Tip Toe' Video Featuring French Montana

Blake Shelton Invites Young Cancer Survivor To Upcoming Show

Post Malone Shows Off His 'Stay Away' Face Tattoo

Chance the Rapper Gets New Gig From The Chicago Bulls

It's Time For Straight Talk With Midland

Jeezy And Diddy Release 'Bottles Up' Video

Best Songs On Luke Bryan's 'What Makes You Country'

Kehlani Releases 'Honey' Music Video

Cam Reveals Inspiring Message Of Her New Single 'Diane'

Lee Brice Shows Off Multi-Tasking Parenting Skills

Charlie Puth Reveals French Montana and DJ Throttle Remixes

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