Day in Pop Report for 04/06/2012


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Dating
(TMZ) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are dating ... for real ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us the relationship is "just starting." The two were photographed on their way out of a movie date to see "Hunger Games" in NYC this week.

Apparently, Kanye has been after Kim for a while -- he just released a new song, "Theraflu" ... in which he says he had feelings for the reality star while she was dating Kris Humphries.

"And I admit I fell in love with Kim ... 'Round the same time she fell in love with him ... That's cool, babygirl, do your thing ... Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team."

Kanye is referring to Jay Z -- who owns the NJ Nets ... the team Humphries plays for. See the photo here.

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Madonna Flirts With Britney Spears
(popmusiclife) Madonna celebrated her eighth #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart by chatting on Twitter Wednesday.

In addition to questions from fans and friends, Madonna also interacted with other musicians, including Katy Perry and Lionel Richie…and a flirty session with Britney Spears.

Madonna and Britney shared a famous kiss (as did Madonna and Christina Aguilera) at the 2003 MTV Music Awards. Looks like Madonna is up for an encore. Read it here.

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Whitney Houston's Sister-In-Law Backs Off Foul Play Suspicion
(TMZ) Whitney Houston's sister-in-law has backed off her insinuation that Whitney died as a result of foul play.

Pat Houston was at LaGuardia Airport yesterday morning when our photog asked her if she believed foul play was involved, and she said no.

You'll recall ... Pat told Oprah she did not know how Whitney ended up in the tub, suggesting her death was something other than an accident. It's unclear if Pat knew if Whitney's body was found face down in the tub and if that's why she had doubts at the time.

The L.A. County Coroner concluded Whitney's death was an accident, and Pat now says she concurs. more on this story

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Jennifer Lopez Delivers Dance Again Video
(popmusiclife) Jennifer Lopez has posted her new video, "Dance Again," online. It's the second single from J-Lo's "Love?" album.

J-Lo debuted a portion of the footage on American Idol Thursday night during its weekly elimination episode.

The clip features Lopez in full dance mode alongside dancer, and current boyfriend, Casper Smart. Watch it here.

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Norah Jones Happy Pills Online
Norah Jones has premiered her new music video for the song "Happy Pills" online at Vh1.com and will the clip will debut on TV this Saturday morning, April 7 on VH1 Top 20 Countdown.

"Happy Pills," is the lead single from Norah Jones's forthcoming album Little Broken Hearts, which will be released May 1 by EMI's Blue Note Records.

Jones will also be making a series of TV appearances this May in support of the album release. The Grammy-winning singer will be performing on CBS Late Show With David Letterman (May 2), ABC Good Morning America (May 3), ABC The View (May 7), and The Rachael Ray Show (May 9). more on this story

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Cut Copy's Ben Browning Releases Solo EP
Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning has just released his 1st solo EP, "Lover Motion," on the band's own Cutters Records.

The EP is available on iTunes everywhere. It is also out on vinyl and CD at all fine shops and online outlets. Take a listen here.

Most of the basic tracks were home spun, and afterward, the talents of Gus Franklin and Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki) were enlisted to add production and shimmer to the finished product.
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Shawn Colvin Releasing New Album In June
(PH) Nonesuch Records have set a June 5th release date for Shawn Colvin's new album, All Fall Down.

A collection of 11 songs, All Fall Down is Colvin's eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Recorded in Nashville, with a group of stellar musicians, All Fall Down features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller, among others.

All Fall Down follows the Grammy Award winner's 2009 Nonesuch solo acoustic set, Shawn Colvin Live, and her acclaimed 2006 studio record, These Four Walls, about which the Washington Post said: "As with Colvin's earlier work, the songs are easy to love, with smooth surfaces to glide along if one merely wishes to skim the top. But the emotions fueling the lyrics are more complex and more mature than anything she's offered previously. The image of a middle-aged woman laid bare in These Four Walls isn't one for the industry. It's one for the ages." more on this story

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Whitney Houston's Mother Devastated By Autopsy Report
(TMZ) Whitney Houston's mother is "devastated" and "inconsolable" over the L.A. County Coroner's Autopsy Report that makes it clear ... Whitney was deep into cocaine when she died.

Cissy Houston is telling close friends ... she cried hysterically when she first heard about the Coroner's findings -- that white powder (which we know tested positive for cocaine), a drug spoon and other trappings of drug use were found in the hotel room.

Cissy says her biggest fear is that people will now remember her daughter as a druggie, and not a talented singer and family woman.

Cissy singled out Whitney's performance of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, saying, "This is the type of thing people should remember Whitney for."

Cissy added, "No one's perfect. Only the Lord can judge." more on this story

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Zach Heckendorf Dates With Mat Kearney, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Michael Franti
Zach Heckendorf is hitting the road for a series of spring tour dates supporting various artists including Mat Kearney, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Michael Franti.

The trek includes an opening slot on Franti's June 8th show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

He will perform songs from his latest full-length release, The Cool Down, produced by Brett Dennen. more on this story

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Texas Women Star Takes Out Man in Street Fight
(TMZ) Don't mess with "Texas Women" -- because one of the female star's of the CMT reality show single-handedly took down a MAN with a nasty flurry of punches ... and the brutal street fight was all caught on tape!!!

Sources tell TMZ ... the fight went down February 18th outside some bar in Fort Worth, after a guy called Brooke Jeter the C-word.

Brooke's husband jumped to defend her ... but she didn't need the help ... and beat the guy down with haymaker after haymaker.

Cops swooped in ... ripped Brooke off her helpless victim and put Brooke in handcuffs. But she didn't go quietly ... so one of the officers shoved her on to his squad car to calm her down.

We're told the fight will most likely be a plot line on the show, which premieres Saturday. more on this story

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Lucy Michelle And The Velvet Lapelles Giving Away New Single
Vevo has premiered Lucy Michelle And The Velvet Lapelles' new music video for their song "Just A Kid".

The video was created by Picture Machine Productions, the same team who produced last year's music video for Bon Iver's "Calgary." Watch the video for "Just A Kid" here

The band have made "Just A Kid" available as a free download on their website. Grab it here. "Just a Kid" is the opening track on the band's newest full length, Heat, scheduled for release on May 29th.


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Bidding War Possible For Britney Spears Home
(TMZ) Britney Spears could get $1.5 million more than the asking price of the house she's selling ... not bad for someone who's been under a conservatorship for 4 years.

TMZ broke the story .. Britney sold her Beverly Hills estate for $4,253,000 ... which is pretty impressive, considering she was asking $2,995,000.

But it gets even better for Brit. Because of the conservatorship, the sale must be approved by the probate court later this month, and during the hearing anyone can go before the judge and overbid the buyer.

We just got our hands on court documents, which show that the minimum bid the judge will accept is $4,466,150.

But here's the bad news. Britney paid $6.8 mil back in 2007. Still, all and all, she's doing better than most in this market.

As we first reported, Britney will be moving into a rental with her 2 kids and her fiance Jason Trawick ... until they find something to buy. more on this story

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NCIS Star Pauley Perrette's Ex Arrested
(TMZ) "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette's ex-husband was busted by LAPD yesterday for allegedly violating the restraining order she has against him ... TMZ has learned.

As we previously reported ... Francis "Coyote" Shivers showed up last week at a Hollywood restaurant where Pauley and her current fiance were having dinner.

Shivers claimed it was all just a coincidence. Apparently, police felt otherwise and arrested the actor today. He's currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Shivers' attorney says, "There is no merit whatsoever in the latest allegations." He has a court date scheduled for April 23. more on this story

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Mark Ballas Gets in Smoking Fight With His Girlfriend
(TMZ) Mark Ballas and his girlfriend got in a 6 minute, alcohol-fueled fight over Mark's unforgivable sin -- smoking a cigarette after promising to quit.

The altercation flared up outside Playhouse nightclub in Hollywood just after midnight Tuesday. We're told Tiffany Dunn was outraged that Mark had broken a deal they had -- she agreed to sell her scooter after injuring herself in an accident, and in return he agreed to quit smoking. But one of Tiffany's friends caught Mark inhaling, blabbed to her and fireworks erupted.

Tiffany screams mid-argument, "You're such a d**k when you drink." For his part, Mark tells Tiff, "You can cry me a river for all I care, and you can swim in it."

Mark tells Tiffany, "You punched me in face 3 times today." She responds, "I was dancing."

Tiffany thinks Mark's fibbing about smoking is a gateway lie: "It makes me wonder what else you lie about. Yeah, exactly, exactly, exactly, what else have you lied to me about?"

At one point ... Mark yanks Tiffany's key chain from her, removes his house key and then hands the chain back. She pushes him and he leaves.

We're told Mark and Tiffany were "hammered," but all ended well. They got a cab together and going home. more on this story

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Michael Stern Conducting Pasadena Symphony
(SP) Pasadena Symphony Artistic Advisor James DePreist is recovering from recent and unanticipated heart bypass surgery and is unable to appear with the orchestra later this month as originally scheduled.

American conductor Michael Stern will step in to conduct the Pasadena Symphony's final concert of its Classics Season featuring Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 and Strauss' poignant Four Last Songs with Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer at Ambassador Auditorium on Saturday April 28 at 2pm & 8pm.

"We never know when life will take us on an unexpected journey," comments Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association. "Our thoughts are with Maestro DePreist and his wife Ginette during his recovery. We look forward to their visit to Pasadena in the very near future. Although not under these circumstances, we are pleased that Michael Stern was available to step in; he is a consummate musician who has successfully partnered with Christine Brewer before." more on this story

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