Day in Pop Report for 04/04/2012
Can you imagine Britney Spears taking on Christina Aguilera in a celebrity bowling tournament? You will be given the change to imagine it with following news we received about a virtual tournament which pits Britney against Xtina.
The third annual Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame competition is looking for a spectacular finish in the fourth week of voting with the final round of celebrities left to battle it out in this bracket-style tournament where fans will decide who will prevail as the winner of this year's tournament by casting votes on www.GoBowling.com. The last contestants standing are fierce female finalists: superstar songstress Britney Spears and fellow pop princess Christina Aguilera.
Throughout the four week competition, the "Legacy" bracket has been focusing on two bowling icons that have popularized bowling on the silver screen. So far, the Legacy face-off has seen an overwhelming amount of votes in favor of the "The Dude" (Jeff Bridges who starred in the cult bowling movie favorite "The Big Lebowski"). However, if "McCracken" fans (supporting Bill Murray of "Kingpin") are rallied, there is still a chance for him to strike into the Celebrity Hall of Fame with a come from behind victory. more on this story
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Katy Perry's 3D film Katy Perry: Part Of Me is set to hit theaters on July 5th and is bill as the first-ever big-screen look at Perry's life both on- and off-stage.
Said Katy, "I am so excited to paint the silver screen in 3D color with help from our friends at Paramount and Imagine. For the last year and a half, I have intimately documented my life both on and off the stage of The California Dreams Tour.
"I want to take you behind the cotton candy clouds and reveal the highs and lows and nuts of bolts of this extraordinary ride. I promise you, after seeing this film, you will truly know me." more on this story
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(popmusiclife) As expected, Madonna's new studio album, "MDNA," has entered the US charts in top spot. Billboard reports Madonna has scored her eighth #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of "MDNA."
Madonna remains in second place among women with the most #1 albums; she now needs only one more to tie Barbra Streisand, the leader among women with nine chart-toppers.
"MDNA" sold 359,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is Madonna's fifth straight studio album to debut at #1. more on this story
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(TMZ) "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly says she's been SET UP by her boyfriend ... who injured HIMSELF in an effort to frame the actress as a domestic abuser.
TMZ spoke with Lisa ... who insists she was wrongfully arrested for allegedly attacking her BF at their L.A. home this weekend ... because she never laid a hand on the guy.
Lisa says she's been having issues with her BF for a while ... and tried to leave him on Friday, but he became angry and "roughed me up."
Lisa says she called police ... but her BF took off before they arrived ... and she decided it wasn't worth her time to press charges.
A short time later, the BF showed up at the police station claiming Lisa had attacked him ... something Lisa insists NEVER happened.
"He must have scratched himself or done something to himself," Lisa says.
She adds, "I am clean and sober and I have made a lot of progress. I am completely innocent. I weigh 105 pounds. I could never hurt him. I just want to start working again." more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Jennifer Lopez will premiere her new video for "Dance Again" during American Idol's elimination episode on Thursday.
The second single from J-Lo's "Love?" album hit iTunes earlier this week. Now, to get fans hyped on the new clip, Jennifer is sharing some still images from the video.
The steamy photos show Lopez getting cozy with – and blindfolded by – dancer and current boyfriend Casper Smart. Check it out here.
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UK boyband One Direction are set to headline Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 3, 2012, as part of their North American tour.
One Direction's May/June 2012 tour of North America sold out within minutes of going on sale and the group wanted to give their fans a further opportunity to see them play live before ending what will have been a monumental year.
"We are so happy to be playing Madison Square Garden. To be headlining our OWN show in a venue that has played host to countless legendary acts that we have grown up listening to and adore is obviously a dream come true for us all. We can't wait to play for our fans on December 3rd." - Niall Horan. more on this story
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Jason Mraz is set to kick off his upcoming "Tour Is A Four Letter Word," world tour in June.
The trek will get underway in early June with a series of Asian dates that includes shows in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.
From there, Mraz will return home for his biggest North American tour to date, which will be supported by Christina Perri and will be kicking off August 9th at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena. more on this story
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LP will release her debut EP for Warner Bros. Records, Into The Wild: Live At EastWest Studios, on April 24th.
The 5-song CD + DVD package, was produced by Rob Cavallo and co-produced by Mike Elizondo and Julian Raymond, contains audio and video of LP performing five songs live at Hollywood's EastWest recording studio, which was transformed into an intimate venue for the occasion. "Into The Wild" will also be included on her full-length album due later this year.
She will also make her network television debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! the following night on April 25th. more on this story
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(Atlantic) T.I. has released his new digital single "Love This Life," which is the first single off his upcoming, eighth studio album titled, "Trouble Man," due later this year.
The single, produced by Mars of 1500 or Nothin', is available for purchase at iTunes and all other DSPS today. Listen to "Love This Life," here.
In other news, T.I. has recently signed on for a role in the critically-acclaimed Starz series, Boss, which stars Kelsey Grammer.
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(popmusiclife) Last Friday, Justin Bieber released his new single, "Boyfriend." The first track from his forthcoming album, "Believe," hit iTunes right away, and then Justin posted a preview tease of the video for the song.
The first music video preview clip featured Justin being surrounded by several girls.
Now, Bieber has offered up a second teaser – this time, he's drifting underwater. Check it out
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Paste Magazine are giving fans an advance listen to Trampled by Turtles' new album Stars and Satellites ahead of next week's release.
Trampled by Turtles will release the new album on April 10 but you can check out the album here
On April 11, the mayors of both Minneapolis and Duluth have declared the day "Trampled by Turtles Day." more on this story
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(TMZ) Steve Wozniak is officially endorsing Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie about the Apple co-founder ... telling TMZ, "I'm glad that he's onboard."
The flick -- which begins filming in May -- will reportedly chronicle Steve's journey from "wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple."
Now, Wozniak tells us, "The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he's 'hot' right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I'm glad that he's onboard. I think he'll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject."
Apple's employee #2 adds, "It's almost too bad that Steve Jobs is gone. His opinions and guidance, as to the story and film crew and cast would have been invaluable." Check out Steve's entire statement
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(TMZ) Infamous "American Idol" bikini girl Katrina Darrell plans to fight all the charges against her stemming from her DUI arrest last week, saying she did not flee the scene of an accident and claiming she wasn't even drunk at the time!
As TMZ first reported, Darrell was busted just after midnight in Los Angeles on Friday for fleeing the scene of an accident and failing a breathalyzer test with blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit. Katrina had told police she was in a rush to get her mother to the hospital.
But Katrina's manager, Michael Blakey, tells TMZ Katrina was indeed taking her mother to the hospital because she had taken a nasty fall at home and was bleeding from the head. more on this story
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(TMZ) WWE honcho Vince McMahon is a HERO for booting Randy Orton out of the upcoming "Marine" movie ... this according to the guys who served in the military unit abandoned by WWE superstar back in 1999.
TMZ spoke with Cpl. Mike Vinn ... who tells us, "On behalf of all the Marines from Aco 1/4 98-02, that were outraged to hear about Randy Orton portraying a Marine in the next movie "Marine: Homefront", I'd like to thank the WWE for pulling Orton from the role when they heard about his disloyal service to the United States Marine Corps."
Vinn adds, "It shows respect for not only the unit I had served in, but for every person that has ever defended this nation.Â Thank you WWE."
TMZ broke the story ... WWE officials made the decision to pull Orton from the flick when they discovered the wrestler had received a bad conduct discharge from the Marines in 1999 after going AWOL on 2 separate occasions. more on this story
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(TMZ) Slade Smiley from "Real Housewives of Orange County" is threatening legal action against his baby mama after he was verbally assaulted on a Hollywood red carpet and accused of being a deadbeat dad.
TMZ posted the video this morning of a man attacking Slade and Gretchen Rossi ... accusing Slade of being $160,000 in arrears on his child support to Michelle Arroyo.
Slade's attorney tells TMZ, "Slade is not a deadbeat dad and is making timely payments. We will be looking into this further and if Miss Arroyo did hire these clowns to harass Slade we will exercise all our rights including a restraining order if necessary."
The attorney also says Arroyo is actually denying Slade time with his son, Grayson ... an 11-year-old diagnosed with cancer. Arroyo says Slade is now paying her $775/month, but claims he remains $95,000 behind.
As for last night's 3 ring circus ... Slade's lawyer says, "It appears this whole thing was staged and created by Miss Arroyo who is obviously looking for attention." more on this story
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(TMZ) Tim Tebow's new teammate wasn't being generous when he willingly gave Tebow his #15 jersey -- Tebow's old number on the Broncos -- because it's CURSED ... at least according to its former owner.
In case you didn't know -- #15 on the Jets was previously worn by wide receiver Scotty McKnight, who was re-signed by the Jets just two days ago.
But Scotty doesn't have fond memories of wearing the jersey -- getting minimal playing time during last year's preseason, and eventually getting bumped to the Jets practice squad where he tore his ACL.
Now, sources close to Scotty tell us, the WR is pumped to start fresh with a new number -- and sees Tebow taking the jersey as a blessing ... relieving him of his bad luck
Good news for Hayden Panettiere too -- because she's dating the guy. more on this story
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(TMZ) Nic Cage is half-way back to solvency ... TMZ has learned the actor just took a $6 MILLION chunk out of his MASSIVE tax bill to the federal government,.
According to official documents obtained by TMZ ... Cage paid off the $6,257,005 he failed to pay in federal income tax for 2007.
It's a huge step ... considering Cage fell around $13 million behind in taxes for 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007. Cage blamed his former business manager for driving him to what he called "financial ruin."
As we previously reported, Cage has been slowly chipping away at the debts from 2002 --2004 ... and if he just knocks out a few more "Ghost Rider" movies, he should be even-steven in no time. more on this story
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(TMZ) Jackie Mason's girlfriend has been charged with assault and harassment -- after allegedly roughing up the comedian in his NYC apartment on Friday.
According to the charging docs, obtained by TMZ, 48-year-old Kaoru Suzuki-McMullen has been charged with two counts of assault in the 3rd degree, and one count of harassment in the second degree.
According to the complaint, Kaoru "scratched and grabbed [Jackie] by the wrist, causing redness, swelling and abrasions to [his] left wrist and substantial pain."
As we previously reported, Jackie called the cops after Kaoru allegedly refused to leave his apartment -- and their argument turned violent. She was placed under arrest and released later that day (above).
If convicted on all charges, Kaoru faces three years in jail. more on this story
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