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Day in Pop Report for 04/24/2012


Carrie Underwood Dominates CMT Music Awards Nominations
Carrie Underwood fans have reason to rejoice as the American Idol turned country superstar dominates the 2012 CMT Music Awards with five nominations.

Miranda Lambert follows closely behind Underwood with four nominations; two for her solo work and two as a member of country trio and first-time nominees Pistol Annies, who are up for Group Video Of The Year and Breakthrough Video Of The Year awards.

Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Thompson Square are next in line tied for three nominations apiece. more including full list of nominees

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Deion Sanders' Wife Pilar Arrested For Domestic Violence
(TMZ) Pilar Sanders has been arrested for domestic violence after allegedly attacking Deion Sanders in their Texas home on Monday afternoon ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Colin County Jail website ... Pilar was booked for "assault family violence." As TMZ reported, NFL Hall of Famer Deion claims his estranged wife, Pilar and her friend jumped him in his bedroom earlier today. Deion says two of his sons witnessed the alleged attack.

Although Pilar and Deion are going through a bitter, BITTER divorce ... they are still living together in their suburban Dallas home.

Deion told TMZ Pilar had been taken to the hospital immediately after the incident -- claiming she needed medical treatment -- but she is now in police custody.

Deion claims he didn't harm Pilar, and only "defended" himself until he was able to call police. See the mug shot here.

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Dick Clark Had Prostate Surgery Day Before He Died
(TMZ) Dick Clark underwent prostate surgery the day before he died from a heart attack ... this according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.

According to the report, doctors performed a transurethral resection of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia on April 17. The procedure is usually performed when the prostate is so enlarged, it makes it extremely difficult to urinate.

TMZ broke the story ... Clark died from a massive heart attack at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica on April 18. He was 82. more on this story

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Prison Break Star's Fight With Ex Caught On Video
(TMZ) Surveillance video shows Lane Garrison slapping Ashley Mattingly square in the face after he waited for her outside her apartment -- a much different story from the one Lane told his attorney after his arrest for domestic violence.

TMZ obtained a copy of the building security camera recordings from Saturday ... and the full video shows the "Prison Break" star sitting outside his ex-gf Ashley's Beverly Hills apartment building until she arrives home. When Ashley drives into the building's garage ... Lane is seen stumbling as he runs after her.

Lane and Ashley are then seen walking into the building together, but clearly arguing as they get into an elevator. Ashley seems to be asking Lane to leave ... but when he refuses, she gets off the elevator -- and then things get physical.

Just outside the elevator -- in the apartment lobby -- Lane is seen grabbing Ashley's arm with his left hand ... and then slapping her face with his right. After a few more seconds of struggling ... Lane runs out of the building.

In the final clip ... Lane is seen chucking what we believe is Ashley's mobile phone into the street, and then stumbling up the front stairs and leaving.

Yesterday, Garrison's attorney Harland Braun said Garrison told him he was in the building to dog sit for a friend, and just happened to run into Ashley in the lobby. Braun says Garrison admitted there was an argument, but claimed he did not harm Ashley.

Garrison was arrested for felony domestic violence -- and has yet to post his $50,000 bail. He is also on a parole hold because of his manslaughter conviction. Watch the video here.

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Rihanna Takes Fans Behind The Scenes of New Video
(popmusiclife) Rihanna is gearing up for the release of "Where Have You Been," the latest single and video from her "Talk That Talk" album.

The pop superstar has been teasing fans online with messages about the upcoming release, as well as issuing some behind the scenes footage of the video's creation.

In part 1 of "The Making Of," Rihanna and choreographer Hi-Hat take you to dance rehearsal for the new video shoot…while part 2 features footage of the wardrobe fitting for the cast. more on this story

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Norah Jones Set For Live On Letterman Webcast
Norah Jones will celebrate the May 1st release of her new album, Little Broken Hearts, with a Live on Letterman webcast.

Live On Letterman, will showcase Jones in a live webcast from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:00pm ET. Fans can watch the webcast live or on-demand here.

In addition, the show will be broadcast on select CBS Radio stations, viewable live on CBS's JumboTron in Times Square, as well as via a live audio stream on Radio.com's mobile applications. Jones's Live On Letterman webcast will follow the taping of her performance on the Late Show With David Letterman, which will be broadcast later that evening on the CBS Television Network. more on this story

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Rufus Wainwright Streaming New Album Online
You do not have to wait until next Tuesday (May 1st) to hear Rufus Wainwright's new album, "Out of the Game".

Fans will be able to listen to the Mark Ronson-produced album in it's entirety through April 30th through NPR's official site here

In addition, Wainwright has announced new North American tour dates which kick off on May 9th in New York City.
more on this story

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IRS Want Ma$e's $
(TMZ) According to documents filed in Florida by the IRS, Ma$e owes a total of 124,774.85 in back taxes ... stemming from the years 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Ma$e retired from the music business in 1999 after saying he got a "calling from God."

After a turn with the ministry, Ma$e returned with an album in (you guessed it) 2004. A call to Ma$e's rep was not returned. more on this story

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Mat Kearney Releases New Video Which Was Shot In 165 Locations
Mat Kearney released his new video for the song "Ships In The Night," from his latest album Young Love.

The Ships In The Night" video was shot in 165 locations spanning over 2,445 miles. You can watch it here.

Mat recently announced that he'll be supporting Train on their upcoming tour this July- September. more on this story

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Lady Gaga Releases Pre Tour Photos
(popmusiclife) Lady Gaga is on site in Seoul, South Korea preparing to launch her Born This Way Ball tour there this Friday.

The Born This Way Ball will be Gaga's first tour since the release of her album "Born This Way," which has sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide since its release in May 2011.

The world tour will feature 110 dates throughout 2012 and 2013. Gaga tweeted some photos of from South Korea, adding "Me at the Seoul Olympic Stadium freaking out!" and "Imagine when it's full. I love that it's raining, so NEW YORK of you Korea!" more on this story

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Tennis Kicking Off Tour Tonight
Tennis will be kicking off their North American spring tour tonight in Salt Lake City.

Tennis are hitting the road in support of their sophomore album Young and Old. The tour is currently set to wrap up on May 12th in Kansas City, MO.

The band has promoted the effort by performing on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Last Call with Carson Daly". more on this story

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Take 6 25th Anniversary Tour Dates
Take 6 are celebrating their 25th anniversary with global tour dates this summer and fall in support of the recently released album, One.

The music video for the album's title-track features cameos by Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Lalah Hathaway and Lil Fizz from B2K. Their camp sent over these details along with the tour dates:

One is Take 6's first project without Cedric Dent, who retired from the group last year. "Cedric had taken a position with MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN) which didn't allow him to go out on the road during the school year and kind of limited him only to the weekends and that's if it worked for the schedule," says Kibble. "So we decided it was best to find a person to step in and cover him when he couldn't be there. We actually had a pool of three people we used over the years. Khristian Dentley was one of those people called on to step in. He did it beautifully and had a lot of energy. In standing in for Cedric, we were able to learn his personality and he was able to learn the music. After seven years, Cedric decided to go full time into academia and when he did, Khristian was already primed to step in behind him." more on this story

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Scarlett Cherry Delivers Fierce Mama Video
Scarlett Cherry has released a new music video for the song, "Fierce Mama," which comes from her Labor of Love album. We were sent over these details:

Labor of Love is a new album release that captures the once in a lifetime experience of first-time Motherhood. It is told through beautifully arranged and radio-friendly songs, driven by the unmistakable voice that is Scarlett Cherry.

Living in Hollywood, CA and creating entertainment with the industry's top talent, Scarlett and her husband, Lee, found that the new journey of parenthood was unlike anything they had ever accomplished. It was the missing piece that not only connected them to their most important creation, but to everyone else who was part of the oldest story ever told: The love of a parent and child. Songs co-written with Alisan Porter (Adam Lambert, The Canyons), Davy Nathan (Tony Braxton, Jason Derulo) and Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), this album takes you on a musically diverse journey, from Lullaby to

They set out to create a soulful, beautiful record that would inspire Mothers and families across the world. The album was conceived, written and recorded all during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of Scarlett's pregnancy.

The latest video, "Fierce Mama", is shot in a live studio setting to compliment the raw vibe of the song and intimate feel of the album.
Watch it here.

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Jennifer Aniston Planning Summer Wedding in Crete?
(TMZ) Jennifer Aniston and boyfriend Justin Theroux are planning a wedding thousands of miles away from Hollywood ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the Elounda Beach Hotel in Crete (where Aniston's dad was born, located about 230 miles south of Greece) tell TMZ

Aniston was there recently, scoping the place out. Our sources say Aniston mentioned a July wedding.

The hotel website boasts a wedding package that includes:

-- A dedicated consultant
-- Legal, License Paperwork Requirements
-- Civil or Religious Ceremony outside of the Hotel's Church
-- Bridal Bouquet, Grooms Boutonniere, decoration of the club car
-- Bottle of champagne & Greek Wedding Sweets after the ceremony for the bride & groom

You get all that, plus a series of other complimentary services, for about $2,300.

Aniston made that for roughly 2 seconds of work on "Friends." more on this story

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Scarface Star Arrested for DUI
(TMZ) "Scarface" actor Angel Salazar -- the guy who played Tony Montana's cocaine-retrieving amigo Chi Chi -- was arrested for DUI in Brooklyn last week ... TMZ has learned.

According to court records ... Chi Chi was behind the wheel of a 1999 Volvo Sedan which was seen swerving all over the road just after midnight on Thursday.

When cops approached the Volvo, officers say Chi Chi appeared hammered and reeked of booze.

Chi Chi eventually took a breathalyzer test ... which showed his blood alcohol level was a .121 ... well above the .08 limit. The actor was arrested on the spot and hauled to a nearby jail ... where he was booked on 3 counts of DUI.

TMZ spoke with Chi Chi ... who admitted he had been drinking earlier that night ... but says he simply didn't believe he was too intoxicated to drive.

Chi Chi says he thought he may have gotten off the hook when one of the officers recognized him from the movie ... and pulled up the actor's photo on his cell phone -- but no cigar.

He is currently out on bail and awaiting his court date. more on this story

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NFL Star Braylon Edwards Settles Slander Lawsuit
(TMZ) NFL star Braylon Edwards just settled a slander lawsuit that he claimed cost him a $15 million NFL contract -- but he's being magnanimous about it ... and donating his settlement money to charity, TMZ has learned.

The former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver filed a $14 million suit against a Detroit restaurant and several employees for slander and extortion back in 2011... claiming their false accusations about him being involved in a bar fight cost him a HUGE contract deal with an NFL team.

Edwards reached a settlement with everyone involved and dropped his suit last month. Sources close to Edwards tell TMZ he was happy to put an end to the matter because he wants to take this time to focus on football instead. Edwards is currently a free agent.

According to our sources, Edwards took the settlement money and established scholarships for 100 kids. more on this story

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Charlie Sheen Stars On Two and A Half Men Billboards
(TMZ) Ashton Kutcher is no Charlie Sheen ... and he never will be ... at least that's the message an L.A. TV network is trying to convey in a new marketing campaign.

KTLA in Los Angeles has plastered billboards all over town promoting the syndicated run of "Two and a Half Men." The billboards feature Charlie's face next to the words, "The Original" ... and if it seems like it's a shot at Kutcher ... that's because it is.

A mole at the station tells us ... the marketing people are playing off the premise that "Men" was simply better with Charlie. They believe fans miss him ... and will be more into the reruns because Charlie "was the show."
more on this story

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Basketball Wives Producers Angry About Face Slap Lawsuit?
(TMZ) "Basketball Wives" producers are reportedly angry about Jennifer Williams "face-slap" lawsuit.

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... Williams was already on thin ice with the show -- even before her slaptastic showdown with Nia Crooks -- but now that she has filed a lawsuit ... that ice is breaking FAST.

We're told producers think the suit is BS ... claiming Jennifer never had a problem with fighting before and insist this is a desperate publicity stunt to keep her storyline interesting -- securing her a place in season 5.

But a source tells us the stunt is not working, adding, "Filing broad lawsuits when you are as much to blame for the drama, is not the way to get your contract extended." more on this story

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