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Day in Pop Report for 12/26/2012


Twilight Star Arrested At LAX After Allegedly Relieving Himself In Public
Video of "Twilight" actor Bronson Pelletier being arrested at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) this week, after he allegedly urinated in public, has been posted online.

Starpulse.com has published video of the star being led away by police and they report that he "bitched and moaned like a schoolgirl when police cuffed him."

Pelletier was arrested on Monday after allegedly urinating in the middle of the airport terminal, according to the report.

The actor was reportedly drunk and police first arrived to remove him from an aircraft and then instructed him to wait in the airplane terminal for a different flight. Apparently until he was sober enough to fly.

Police returned two hours later responding to a public urination complaint. At that point, the actor was arrested for public intoxication. Starpulse reports that he maintains his innocence. Watch the arrest video here.

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Back Together?
It appears that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are romantically involved with each other once again.

The couple were photographed kissing each other during a pre-Christmas ski trip, according to Jam!.

They reportedly broke-up last month but have been spotted together several times and were photographed kissing last week at an airport in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Rihanna Donates $1.75 Million To Barbados Hospital
Pop star Rihanna has donated $1.75 million to a Barbados hospital to "give back" to the country and honor the memory of her grandmother.

"I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them."

The hospital's radiotherapy unit has been renamed the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine in honor of Rihanna's grandmother who died in June after a long fight with cancer, according to BBC.

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Rapper Capital Steez Dead Of Suspected Suicide
Capital Steez, real name Jamal Dewar, a member of the Pro Era collective reportedly died on Christmas Eve.

The news of the death of the up-and-coming rapper came from his friend and collaborator Joey Bada$$ who posted the following message on Twitter, "This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal."

A cause of death has not been announced, however there is speculation that is was suicide as Dewer's last message posted on Twitter read, "The End." See the tweets here.

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Drake Wants Chris Brown Brawl Lawsuit Dropped
Drake is seeking to be dropped from a lawsuit filed by a nightclub over his brawl with Chris Brown earlier this year.

The brawl occurred in June at a New York City nightclub between the two entertainers' entourages after words were reportedly exchanged between Drake and Brown.

Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., investors in a nightclub called Greenhouse in the same building, filed a $16 million lawsuit against Drake and Brown, claiming the brawl damaged their reputation, according to Jam!.

The Canadian news site reports that Drake has filed new legal documents in the case that claim Greenhouse had its liquor license suspended once due to a 'string of violent incidents' and the club was characterized by editors at the New York Times as having 'a history of violence and other problems' prior to the celebrity brawl.

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Psy Rival One Pound Fish Man Deported
Psy can possibly breathe a sigh of relief because the man behind a new viral video that hoped to challenge "Gangnam Style," is being deported from the UK.

Alan Cross reports: Muhammad Nazir, the man behind the One Pound Fish Man viral video, has been told to get out of the UK because his work visa has expired.

This will put a crimp in his dreams of overtaking Psy's "Gangnam Style" as the most watched viral music video ever.

If you have yet to see the O-Fish-Al video, you can watch it here.

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The Voice Champ Cassadee Pope Has Crossover Ambitions
(CBS Local) The Voice may have come to a close earlier this month, but things are only getting started for Season 3 champion Cassadee Pope.

"I feel awesome. I feel exhausted. It's just been a whirlwind since it's happened," Pope told 97.1 AMP Radio.

It was only a few weeks ago when Cassadee visited AMP Radio along with the rest of the top 8. Looking back, Cassadee revealed what she thought was the turning point in the singing competition.

"I think I started to really feel like I had a chance when 'Over You' charted. That was something that I never thought I would accomplish on my own," she said. "So when that happened, I thought to myself not only could I do that with my own music, but I could actually maybe take this thing.

"That's when I started to continue doing country songs because I thought maybe there was something there that I was missing and it turns out that I actually love incorporating a little country in the pop/rock genre." She had a lot more to say.

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Jessica Simpson Tweets Pregnancy Confirmation
Pop singer Jessica Simpson appeared to confirm rumors that she was pregnant with the posting of a new online photo.

Simpson posted a Christmas message to fans via her Twitter account yesterday, (Dec 25) where she wrote "Merry Christmas from my family to yours!"

The message included a photo of her daughter Maxwell with the words "Big Sis" written in sand in front of her.

Simpson gave birth to Maxwell only seven months ago, but there have been rumors that Simpson was expecting another baby for the past few weeks. Until now she has not publicly addressed the rumors. more on this story

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Celine Dion Announces Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Benefit Concert
Celine Dion will be the star of a special one-night-only benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The benefit, "Adding Tomorrows with Celine Dion," will take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

Celine lost her niece Karine to Cystic Fibrosis in 1993 and has been involved in the fight against this disease as the Celebrity Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1982.

The benefit concert will raise funds to support critical research for cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infections and premature death. As the world's leading organization fighting cystic fibrosis, the CF Foundation funds more research than any other organization and is fueling tremendous advances toward a cure and improving the lives of those with the disease. more on this story

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Funk Singer Marva Whitney Dead at 68
The Marva Whitney Facebook page announced that the acclaimed funk singer died on Saturday. She was 68.

Whitney, who had earned the nickname "Soul Sister #1," was known for her solo hits as well as touring and collaborating with James Brown.

The here account posted an update that reads, "She left us with a legacy that will shine forever."

Whitney's biggest hit came in 1969 with her version of "It's My Thing." which landed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her song "Unwind Yourself" has been sampled in songs by The 45 Kings, DJ Kool and Mac Miller and more.

The cause of her death has not been officially confirmed as of Monday, but reports indicate that she died from complications from pneumonia.

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DJ Toure Releases Video From Forthcoming Album
(AT) DJ Toure, the DJ/producer for the Hieroglyphics crew, has set a February 19th release date for his new album, Toure's Theory: Session One.

Tourι's project features a plethora of both Bay Area newcomers and rap veterans like Too $hort, Mistah FAB, and The Jacka. Also appearing on Session One is a number of his Hiero brethren, including long-time friend and collaborator Casual.

The two recently teamed up for Tourι's latest video, a hazy, nebulous visual for the song "Streets Love It."

Directed by Dylan Freitas-D'Louhy, the video looks like something ripped off a broken VHS tape with revolving frames and grainy footage, and shows both Tourι and Casual rhyming in front of glow-in-the-dark hieroglyphic paintings and fine females.

Watch the video for "Streets Love It" here.

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Mike WiLL Made-It Release New Mixtape
(AT) Mike WiLL Made-It has released his new mixtape, Est. In 1989 Pt. 2.5, which serves as the third installment in his ongoing mixtape series, and includes nine exclusive tracks in addition to a collection of Mike WiLL's most recent production hits.

Features on the tape include Gucci Mane, Future, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, Juicy J, Big Sean, B.o.B., French Montana, Young Jeezy, Trinidad Jame$, Chief Keef, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., Will.i.am, Two9, Birdman, Chill Will, Young Scooter, Juvenile, Jim Jones, and more.

In recent weeks, Mike WiLL Made-It has released a string of exclusives from the mixtape, and while the tape will feature nine exclusives in total, fans have already heard three: First came "I Hit That," a collaboration with Gucci Mane and Juicy J; next came "That Turn Up" with Trinidad Jame$, a song that brought Jame$' buzz to its precipice before the announced Def Jam signing; and third came "On It," a track that brought together two of the hottest rising street artists Chief Keef and Young Scooter.

Elsewhere, the tape includes fan-favorites that have dominated the charts, the clubs, and the streets alike - Juicy J's "Bandz A Make Her Dance," Future's "Turn On The Lights" - and also explores the pop and R&B work that Mike WiLL has been doing, with tracks like Rihanna's "Pour It Up" and Brandy's "Do You Know What You Have?," and even rap-R&B hybrids, like Future's "Neva End (Remix)," which features Kelly Rowland.

Perhaps most importantly, Est. In 1989 Pt. 2.5 is a look at what may soon be some of the biggest singles of early 2013. Mike WiLL's previous tape, Est. In 1989 Pt. 2, featured tracks like 2 Chainz' "No Lie," "Bandz A Make Her Dance," Future's "Neva End," and others - all before they became ubiquitous. Continuing that trend, Pt. 2.5 includes an exclusive single from Kelly Rowland, "Number One," in addition to never-before-heard tracks from Gucci Mane, Future, and others. Also featured is Juicy J's recently "Show Out," a track that features Big Sean and Young Jeezy poised to become Juicy's next hit. Download the mixtape here.

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Shriners Hospitals Helping Kids Live their Dreams at Rose Parade
Shriners Hospitals for Children sent over the details about their float titled, "Helping Kids Live their Dreams" that will be in this year's Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.

Riding on the float will be representatives from Shriners International as well as patients who exemplify the hospital's mission and embody the Tournament of Roses' theme, "Oh the Places You'll Go!" The 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children float was decorated by the riders, as well as patients from Shriners Hospital for Children – Los Angeles. Here are details about two of the participants:

Carrie Holmstrom, age 23, had surgery to remove both her feet and all the fingers on her right hand following a car accident six years ago. She awoke from a medically induced coma and within eight months took her first steps on artificial legs she received at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield (Mass.). Carrie, who lives in Houston, recently ran her first 5K.

Hunter Woodhall, age 13, was born with a lower limb deficiency that required surgery to remove both his feet. At just 11 months old, he was fitted with artificial legs at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa and quickly walked on them. Hunter and his family moved to Utah, where he grew to become an accomplished athlete. Specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City offered several orthopaedic options to allow him more flexibility in sports. Hunter excels on the basketball court, football field and wrestling mat, and is an avid runner, skier and swimmer. You can find information about the hospital here.

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Singled Out: Until the Bird...
Today alt folk trio Until the Bird... tell us about the song "Collateral" which comes from their debut EP, "Dwelling". Here is the story:

Collateral is a sort of protest song about protest songs. I may well agree with the message of your standard folky protest song but the didactic way in which it is presented could be off-putting. Things are rarely that simple. In Collateral everything is mixed up: war, sex, tourism, aspiration, entertainment, technology... this is summed up most pointedly by the naked lines: 'now the fireworks are going off, take me in your mouth white phosphorous' (white phosphorous is a horrendous substance used by the Israeli military amongst others). You could argue that this is in extremely bad taste, and you'd be right.

The thrust of Collateral is that we're all complicit in some way in the global situation. This is a pre-apocalyptic post-Wikileaks song, where we should all know what collateral means, in many senses: (link). Collateral damage is what happens on the side, whether you're a direct spectator or just trying to keep your head down. And here I realise that maybe this song is just as didactic at bottom as those over-the-counter obvious songs I rail against.

However, Collateral is really too slippery for that. The main ukulele riff is wild, barely containable, but also very monotonous and repetitive. The trombone gives a jauntiness at odds with a lot of the subject matter, while in the choruses the euphonium adds a tone of the ominous and the martial. The violin screeches between music and noise. We are attempting to contrast the medium and the message by opposing the sometimes almost clownish music with the dark content of the lyrics.

There is a transformation at the end of the song as it slowly marches to dissolution. But although the music has shifted feeling to warmth and resolve the lyrics are a repetition of the first verse: we're right back where we started. And then it all falls apart anyway.

Collateral is the third track on our ep 'Dwelling', and is a really a companion piece to the next track, 'Triage', which is like a reaction to what came before. Where Collateral is mostly frantic and jokey, Triage is exhausted, yet contains a hard-won acceptance – but one that comes at a great cost.

Our friend the film maker Huw PW made this video for Collateral: (watch it here)– it plays on all those themes and complicates the vibe even further! But it also highlights the defiant sense of fun threaded through the whole thing.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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