Day in Pop Report for 04/03/2012
(popmusiclife) Adele says she'll be releasing new music in 2012. The BBC reports the UK singer has told a French radio station she will have a new single out by the end of the year, but her next album will take "a good two years" to record.
The news will fuel speculation that the artist will record the theme tune to the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall. She has been the bookmakers' favorite since last year, but no official announcement has been made.
Speaking to France's NRJ, the singer added she needed to find time to write the follow-up to her hit record, "21." "If I didn't write my own songs, I'd be out next week with a new album," said Adele. more on this story
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(TMZ) TMZ has learned the mansion the American Idol kids just moved in to was previously used for Playboy TV.
Sources tell TMZ, the new digs currently housing the top 9 finalists on 'Idol' is the same place Playboy TV shot season 2 of its racy sex show "Swing."
For those you who haven't seen it ... "Swing" is a show about couples who move into a house with the sole purpose of "living out their erotic curiosities" through swinging. more on this story
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(TMZ) Hip hop producer Scott Storch is being sued by an aspiring singer ... who claims she paid Storch a ton of money to produce her album ... but he was too drugged out to get the job done.
The woman on the attack is Treena Ruberg ... who claims Storch -- who's worked with superstars like Dr. Dre, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and more -- agreed to produce 6 songs for Treena in exchange for $45,000 back in October 2011 ... $30k of which she paid up front.
According to Treena's lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Storch acknowledged he had a previous drug problem ... but insisted he was now "cured of his past problem" and would be able to deliver the tracks by the end of November.
But Treena says Storch straight up lied ... claiming he "continued to have a drug addiction and other personal problems which rendered him incapable of producing any recordings."
Now, Treena says she wants her $30k back ... plus an additional $70k for all of the out-of-pocket expenses she incurred during the process ... including plane flights, studio time and having to hire another producer.
Calls to Storch's rep have not been returned. more on this story
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(Atlantic) Gym Class Heroes will perform on tonight's episode of The Voice. They are set to play latest hit single, "Ass Back Home (featuring Neon Hitch)" off their current album, "The Papercut Chronicles II."
Accompanying them in this special performance will be the artists from Team Adam. Here is the show synopsis: The competition comes to an end for four artists as "The Voice" Elimination Show premieres, Tuesday, April 3 (9-10 p.m. ET), LIVE on NBC.
In the first of six Elimination Shows, the top three artists from Teams Blake and Christina who receive the most viewer votes from the previous night's Performance Show will be saved. Meanwhile, the bottom three artists on both teams must each perform an additional last chance song. more on this story
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MTV is bringing back their hit Unplugged series and Florence and The Machine will be featured in the premiere episode. We were sent these details:
The episode, which features a 10-song set, will premiere on Sunday, April 8th beginning at 11:00PM ET via MTV's websites in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa at more on this story
http://FlorenceAndTheMachine.mtv.com, with an exclusive 11th song, "Cosmic Love" available online now.
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(TMZ) Earth, Wind & Fire creator Maurice White is being sued for allegedly not forking over thousands of dollars to the guy who produced some of his biggest hits ... but there's a catch -- the producer DIED 36 years ago.
The man at the center of the controversy is Charles Stepney -- who produced a bunch of EWF hits from 1974 until his death in 1976 ... including Shining Star, Mighty Mighty, Devotion and Sing a Song.
But according to a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ ... Stepney's children claim they recently discovered their dad NEVER got any royalty checks for his producer work on the EWF hits ... even while he was alive.
Now, they want Maurice ... along with Sony Music Holdings, Inc ... to fork over a HUGE check for all of the royalties they claim they deserve ... dating all the way back to 1974.
We reached out to Maurice for comment -- so far, no word back. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Katy Perry has offered up a preview of her forthcoming concert film. Billboard reports "Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D" will premiere on the Fourth of July weekend.
"Go and see it and be a firework," Perry told E! News at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, referencing the "Teenage Dream" hit single.
Perry picked up the Kid's Choice Award for Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie, which she ended up winning for her role in "The Smurfs," over stiff competition from Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas and Jack Black. Watch the preview.
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Cracker Barrel have announced an exclusive two-disc DVD and CD release of An Evening with Dolly. Webster PR sent over these details:
Watch from an audience perspective or go behind the scenes to see all the excitement backstage during a Dolly Parton concert. The DVD and CD are packed with some of Dolly's most popular songs, performed live in London during her sold-out O2 arena concert, including "Coat of Many Colors," "9 to 5," and "Jolene." more on this story
Concert goers were treated to Dolly's epic hits "Here You Come Again" and "I Will Always Love You." Both are included on the 15-track DVD and the 13-track CD. The CD also has the previously unreleased live bonus tracks "Shattered Image" and "My Tennessee Mountain Home."
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(Webster) The "Country Thunder Stage" is currently making its way from Las Vegas, Nev., to Florence, Ariz., and it's bringing ACM Award winners and nominees with it!
The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to bringing you the best performances from the brightest stars
and so is Country Thunder.
With a line-up that reads like an ACM Award show performance list, winners Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and Eli Young Band and nominees Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry will take the stage at Country Thunder Arizona on April 12-15 in Florence.
Also appearing at the festival are Alan Jackson and Big & Rich as well as performances by Craig Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, The Roys, The Farm, Neal McCoy, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar and more. http://www.countrythunder.com
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(TMZ) WWE superstar Randy Orton has been 86'd from the lead role in the upcoming movie "Marine: Homefront" ... amidst outrage from several Devil Dogs who claim Randy deserted them during his brief stint in the USMC.
A rep for WWE tells us, "WWE demonstrated poor judgment in signing Randy Orton for the 3rd installment of the film."
The rep adds, "Despite Randy's popularity, the fact that he was dishonorably discharged from the USMC made it inappropriate for him to be cast in this film."
The move will surely satisfy Cpl. Mike Vinn ... one of Randy's former unit members who was FURIOUS the wrestler was ever up for the role in the first place ... since Orton received a bad conduct discharge in 1999 after going AWOL on two separate occasions and disobeying an order from a commanding officer.
Orton was court-martialed and served 38 days in a military prison.
Before Orton was scrapped from the project, Vinn told TMZ, "I am disgusted that his face and the word Marine are being used next to each other -- real or fake -- because of the fact that he quit us, the country, and the Marine Corps. [Randy] in the role of a Marine is a disgrace to those that have worn and are wearing that uniform." more on this story
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(TMZ) Russell Brand is one step closer to severing all ties with Katy Perry -- because he's surrendered his interest in the house they bought together while they were happily married -- if they were ever really happily married.
TMZ got hold of a quitclaim deed that Russell filed in L.A. ... giving Katy all rights to the $6.5 million house -- lock, stock and barrel.
Sources tell us ... it's all part of the property settlement agreement between Russell and Katy.
It's further proof of what Russell said -- that he doesn't want a penny of Katy's money and wants the split to go as amicably as possible ... so far, so good. more on this story
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(TMZ) One of Anna Nicole Smith's doctors is losing her medical license -- temporarily -- over her conviction for writing prescriptions for Anna under false names.
According to court documents, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and the The Medical Board of California reached a settlement ... in which the doc admitted to her conviction of a crime in the Anna Nicole case -- and making false statements in a psychiatric report, unrelated to Anna Nicole.
As a result the Board is suspending Eroshevich's medical license for 90 days and putting her on probation for 5 years.
A jury convicted Eroshevich of a felony in October 2010 -- but in 2011 a judge knocked it down to a misdemeanor ... and she was sentenced to one year probation.
As part of her Medical Board discipline, Eroshevich will also have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and take an ethics course. more on this story
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VH1 have selected K'naan as their "You Oughta Know" artist for April. The network sent over these details:
The VH1 "You Oughta Know" franchise introduces promising artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers. K'NAAN joins the ranks of Adele, Bruno Mars, Foster the People and Amy Winehouse, all of whom were featured by the network.
The exciting news follows the release of his latest EP More Beautiful Than Silence, which debuted earlier this year. The collection features the irresistible single 'Is Anybody Out There' featuring Nelly Furtado, which the duo recently performed on The Late Night Show with David Letterman and The Ellen Degeneres Show. The single is already making waves, having debuted on the Top 40 chart and garnering airplay on some of the country's most recognized pop brands such as Z100, KIIS and Sirius XM Hits 1. more on this story
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(TMZ) 75-year-old Jackie Mason is still in one piece after his 48-year-old GF allegedly attacked him last week in his New York apartment -- telling TMZ, "I'm okay."
As we previously reported, Mason called the cops early Friday morning -- claiming he and his girlfriend Kaoru Suzuki-McMullen had gotten into a heated argument ... and she turned violent, scratching and bruising him.
But yesterday in NYC, Jackie didn't look much worse for wear -- telling us he was okay after the 911 incident ... but he couldn't comment further.
FYI -- the woman in the clip is NOT Jackie's GF. Watch the clip here.
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(TMZ) He's crushed the Celtics ... the Bulls ... and now NBA legend Pat Riley is accused of destroying his neighbor's basement ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
According to the docs, Riley and his wife Christine own a beachfront property in Malibu ... which he overhauled in 2009 with new landscaping, remodeling, terracing and a new irrigation system.
Everything seemed hunky dory ... until Pat's next-door neighbors began to experience some major leakage at their property a short time after the Rileys completed their work.
In the docs, the neighbors allege their special "French drainage" system was collateral damage in the Riley renovation project ... and as a result, their basement flooded. .
Now, the neighbors want the Rileys to pay up for all of the trouble they caused ... and they want no less than $551,000. more on this story
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(TMZ) Chevy Chase is getting support from several staff members at "Community" ... who tell TMZ there are a bunch of people at the show who feel the actor was UNFAIRLY attacked by show creator Dan Harmon.
As we previously reported, Chase recently left a scathing voice mail for Harmon after the producer led a "F**k Chevy" chant at the season wrap party.
Now, sources who work on the show tell us ... "What Dan Harmon did was f**ked up ... Chevy is a pleasure to work with."
We're told ... many people on set feel the "dispute" that took place between the two men during the taping of the season finale was blown out of proportion by Harmon ... because Chevy was "very respectful."
Here's how we're being told it all went down -- Chevy had an issue with one of the scenes and asked for a rewrite. We're told Chevy was very calm and polite ... but told producers he would "respectfully decline" to participate in the scene unless a change was made.
Producers shot down Chevy's request ... and he quietly left the set without incident.
Our sources tell us they felt the issue had been handled privately because Chevy showed up at the wrap party ... and everyone was shocked when Harmon grabbed the mic and unloaded on the actor.
One source tells us, "What Dan did was embarassing and left a sour taste in all of our mouths ... so low class."
The source adds, "The staff was not pissed at Chevy ... we're pissed at Dan. We all hope Chevy comes back next season." more on this story
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(TMZ) The people behind the TruTV reality show "Inside American Jail" are being sued by a former DUI arrestee who was featured on the show ... who claims producers did NOT have the right to put her on the air ... because she was TOO WASTED to sign the waiver form.
The woman behind the lawsuit is Lenette Beall ... who was arrested for DUI by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department on April 10, 2010.
According to the suit, Beall claims an "American Jail" camera crew recorded footage while she was being booked and processed at a Clark County detention center. Beall claims the footage was then edited to portray her in a negative light ... "to embarrass and incriminate [her]."
Here's the rub ... Beall claims she was "extremely intoxicated" at the time ... and does not recall signing a release or waiver which would've given producers or LVMPD permission to use her image.
But even if she DID sign a waiver in her drunken state, Beall says the waiver is invalid because she was "not mentally competent" to enter into an agreement at the time.
Beall says she was labeled as "Naughty Girl" on the show ... and says she's been the subject of "an avalanche of personal ridicule, scorn and unwanted recognition" ever since it aired.
In her suit, Beall also says the Sheriff allowed producers to shoot because the production company, Langley Productions, donated $10,000 to his re-election campaign in 2009.
Beall is suing TBS (which owns TruTV) ... as well as Langley, the LVMPD and Sheriff Douglas Gillespie. She's demanding more than $10,000 in damages.
Calls to TruTV and the LVMPD have not been returned. more on this story
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(TMZ) Octomom tried her best to avoid going on welfare, but she says "becoming totally destitute" forced her hand ... temporarily.
As TMZ first reported, Nadya is getting $2,000 a month from the State of California, which can only be used on food.
We spoke to her at her home today, where the mother of 14 said she's hoping she only needs the assistance for a month of two at the most.
Octo has been receiving death threats since the news of her welfare broke, but she feels people should be directing their anger towards those who are abusing the system and not at her. Watch video here.
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Today Eric Dill, the former frontman for The Click Five, tells us about the song "Wherever You Are" from his brand new solo EP "Wherever You Are". Here is the story:
"Wherever You Are" to me is the most solid of pop rock songs. It was written in NYC and finished in Hollywood with the production of Matt Radosevich and myself and mastered by Eric Valentine at Barefoot Studios. I had this super solid, mid-tempo, pop leaning, ballad-ish rocker vibe for the single.
The song is a simply stated, desperately longing call to be 'wherever you are'. To be where that person is, the one who has your heart. In those moments of heartache where eternity is the forecast state of your pain. The resolution is explicitly to be wherever that person is. That is the feeling. This is the song. We really embraced the pop potential this song had and with just the right production bridged that line between pop and rock in a very satisfying way. "Wherever You Are", with it's concept and musical motion feels like a strong way to introduce listeners to the record. I'm hoping that somewhere, at some time, someone is helped even just a little, knowing they are not alone in those longing moments.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video right here!
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