Day in Pop Report for 12/27/2012
Private investigator Paul Huebl believes that Houston was killed by drug dealers that she reportedly owed approximately $1.5 million to. Huebl claims to have found video surveillance showing the alleged killers sent to kill Houston, reports Radar Online.
"I have evidence that points to Whitney being a victim of a high powered drug dealers who sent thugs to collect a huge debt she owed for drugs," Huebl is quoted as saying in the latest edition of the National Enquirer.
The coroner's report and police ruled that there was no foul play and that her official cause of death was accidental drowning. However, the private investigator claims "Whitney's body shows classic defense wounds that would have occurred while she was battling for her life," he told the Enquirer. more on this story
Brent has been accused of drunk driving on December 8th when he was in an accident in Irving, Texas that resulted in the death of his teammate Jerry Brown.
The NFL star now faces a second-degree felony charge that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to Dallas News.
The paper reports that "police found an unopened bottle of Pierre cognac in or near Brent's white four-door Mercedes S600, which flipped and caught fire as he was headed west on the service road of State Highway 114 near Loop 12."
He remains free on $100,000 bail. You can read the Dallas News report for more details here.
Lopez filed the countersuit against former employee Hakob Manoukian, who had sued the pop star, claiming he was forced to resign after being publicly berated by her manager Benny Medina, reports Starpulse.
Lopez claimed that Hakob demanded $2.8 million from her to not talk to the media about secrets he may have heard while working for her.
A judge dismissed the countersuit by Lopez after Hakob's attorney filed a motion to dismiss where it was claimed Lopez was trying to punish the former employee for filing his lawsuit against her, according to the report. more on this story
According to NME, Marcus Mumford told The Times: Style Magazine that the band plan on changing much on their third album, and revealed that they are considering going in a new electronic direction. He says: "We'll do whatever feels soulful next, whether that's with an electric guitar or a synthesizer."
"It's dangerous for us to talk about what we've been discussing for the third album, but we do have greater ambitions not to just stay within certain sonic confines," added Ben Lovett. "We're not going to be the band that stands for folk music or organic music." more on this story
The new video clip features Lovato performing the 1993 Alabama Christmas song "Angels Among Us" with a pianist and guitarist.
"We can never imagine what the families in Newtown, Conn., are experiencing right now," says the video's opening message, according to Billboard. "And while there is nothing we can do to replace their loss, we can stand together and support them during this difficult time. This song is in honor of those angels we lost on Dec. 14." Watch the video at Billboard.
The pop star posted a series of Christmas messages on Twitter, two referenced her plans to work with long-time collaborator and famed photographer Terry Richardson to make a documentary.
She first wrote: "Thank you for being so patient waiting for my new album ARTPOP I hope this gets u excited for things to come. I love you with all my heart!"
Then she announced: "Merry Christmas little monsters! Terry Richardson @Terry_World is making a #LadyGagaMOVIE documenting my life, the creation of ARTPOP + you!"
A short time later, she added: "i love you @Terry_World thank you for believing in me and my fans, I have looked up to you and your work for so long, its a dream come true!" more on this story
Swift was 12 years old when she first picked up the guitar, and years after she shot to fame her dad Scott managed to track down the instrument and surprised her with it.
She tells People magazine, "The (best gift I ever received was) guitar I learned to play on. It belonged to the guy who fixed my computer he taught me a few chords on it when I was 12. Years later my dad tracked him down and bought it. It was such a touching gift." more on this story
"We knew we had to find something extra special to replace Lady Antebellum when the band canceled their summer dates due to Hilary Scott's pregnancy," said Kim Blevins, director of marketing.
"We are extremely excited that we can offer a taste of country music royalty to the Craven Country Jamboree. And it won't be a regular show - not only will our fans see Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, the three original members, this is a greatest hits package. The Craven date will be one of the only opportunities fans of the band will have to see them live. This is an incredibly special moment for Chicks fans and the Craven Country Jamboree."
The Dixie Chicks join country superstar headliners Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Scotty McCreery, Phil Vassar, Brantley Gilbert, Doc Walker, Sawyer Brown, Chad Brownlee, Gloriana, High Valley, Small Town Pistols, Jason Blaine, and country legends Randy Travis and Bill Anderson. Also returning is the funniest duo in comedy - Williams and Ree. more on this story
Jones wife accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her, according to police records, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Police were called to Jones' home in Duluth, GA at approximately 1:30AM to investigate a domestic dispute, reports Starpulse.
Lohan has paid her outstanding 2009 tax bill for $93,701 in full according to official IRS documents.
The actress reportedly used the check from Sheen to make the payment and then applied the remaining $6,300 to her 2010 tax bill for $140,203, according to sources said to be connected to Lohan.
Sheen sent Lohan the check out of proceeds from his appearance in the latest Scary Movie film. Read the Starpulse report here.
It was Easter, and I had this hook in my head.... "pick me up by my bootstraps."
I found it to be ridiculously "grabby." I started singing some ideas over an older yet in progress track that Lee Miles (my producer) had created.
I got the idea of a guy just oozing with such bodacious sex appeal, that all the girls are just fainting and sighing as he walks through the room!
I loved this picture I was mocking up... so the lyrics came effortlessly. "I'm in love with the boy in the ad." Bam.
This guy was far too slick to be real. But, in reality, based somewhat on my boyfriend, who happens to be on a popular TV show. These young gals are panting "in heat" over him, and the concept that you can be so in love with the "idea" of a person just makes for some real good materiel!! It's so funny, we've all been there, drooling over some too hot to trot actor or what not. I sure had my fantasy... Thanks Brad;) So thats a little background.
But the best part is that I finished the demo on "Garageband" mind you, and sent it to my producer Lee. He happened to be at an Easter party. He jammed the track to the whole party over the speakers, once he heard it.
I went over to the same party a little later, and everyone there was like "OMG I love your Song"!!! So I new it was a goodin!!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
Music news is slow during the holidays, so for the rest of the year in addition to the latest news, we will be looking back at the top 12 stories for each month of 2012. Today we look back at the top stories from February and March.
A rep for Afeni tells TMZ, she was absolutely positively THRILLED with Tupac's virtual performance -- when he appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during the headlining show at Coachella last night ... walking back and forth across the stage like he was actually present.
Afeni didn't attend the performance -- but we're told she watched it unfold live on the Internet ... but while it was thrilling, the entire experience was bittersweet.
The rep says Dr. Dre asked Afeni for approval to incorporate Pac into his performance -- and she said yes. As a thank you, we're told Dre made a donation to the rapper's charity ... The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
TMZ also spoke with Dre's crewmate Daz Dillinger -- who tells us, Nate Dogg was originally supposed to appear as a hologram as well, but the decision was made at the last minute not to use him. Nate got a video tribute instead.
Frances Bean, Love's daughter with Grohl's former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain, issued a statement last week responding to the allegation. She said: "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother."
Grohl himself responded with, "Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful Twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue."
"We had enough for an album at one point, but I just kept going I've got another 12 songs that I haven't finished yet," he said.
White is promoting Blunderbuss with a big tour, which he said is allowing him to perform all sorts of different material. "There's songs that White Stripes never really played live, or Raconteurs never really got that into, or songs that I brought to the table in a band songs like 'Buffalo' and now I can elaborate on them," he said, before clarifying that the tour has nothing to do with nostalgia. "It needs to be alive in the moment. It has to be something new to everybody on stage, it can't be some recreation of something from years ago. I don't wanna waste my time doing that." more on this story
After a guest appearance on the show, the band went on 92.3 NOW in NYC and said, "She's a total b*tch. She might not be a b*tch in real life, but to us she was a b*tch."
Talking outside the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood, the one who calls himself Todd was asked about his Xtina comments ... and in back-to-back sentences he said, "We shouldn't have said it, to be honest with you. We just think manners cost nothing, you know what I mean?"
Thirty Seconds To Mars are currently working on their 4th studio album, the follow-up to 2009's global hit This Is War.
The new album is a "dramatic departure from the past", says singer and songwriter Jared Leto, describing it as being "very orchestral, narrative, interactive and even more electronic than previous projects".
Leto is once again producing the album along with several other talented producers including the return of Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Killers). The trio are working out of their studio in the Hollywood Hills dubbed 'ICAASS' (International Center for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound) or 'The Lab' for short, as well as incorporating site specific recording in locations as far reaching as India, Africa, Yosemite, the California desert and Europe.
On Thursday, the uptight folks at MTV tweeted "Yikes. @Rihanna's marijuana photos from Coachella spark controversy," posting shots from the singer's Instagram feed and drawing a barbed response from Rihanna herself.
"@MTV Yikes @rihanna ran out of f***s to give," she tweeted back. MTV has since deleted its tweet, though the story remains posted.
"I'm crazy, and I don't pretend to be anything else," Rihanna tweeted on Tuesday, in response to fans concerned by the photos. more on this story
The group's rep tells us, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are currently in the planning stages of a massive 2012 reunion tour in the U.S.
So far, we're told 5 major cities have already been booked -- and even more are in the works.
But the big surprise ... we're told the group plans to pull a Tupac -- incorporating their deceased former member Left Eye in the shows, projecting her image on a big screen and working her vocals into the live performances.
The witness tells us ... the incident began after a major misunderstanding between the two sides while they were partying at the Smoke and Mirrors nightclub inside the hotel.
We're told the girl was hanging out at the booth next to Lindsay's ... when Lohan tapped her on the shoulder aggressively and asked, "Did you bump into me?"
The girl denied the bump ... and suggested the real culprit could have been one of the guys in Lindsay's group. She then pointed to one of the men.
Lindsay replied, "That's my dad ... why would he bump me?"
The girl shot back, "You go clubbing with your dad?"
That's when Lindsay snapped ... so says the witness ... who claims Lindsay began cussing at the girl and then threw a drink at her face.
We're told Lindsay's dad realized what was happening .... grabbed his daughter ... and bailed.
Michael Lohan appeared on "TMZ Live" Wed and adamantly denied his daughter chucked any beverage that night ... claiming it was Lindsay who was the real victim and the recipient of the liquid projectile.
Either way, the other girl is currently weighing her legal options.
Jason Mraz's new album, "Love Is A Four Letter Word," has debuted on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at no 2, with sales in excess of 100,000, his biggest sales week and highest debut to date.
Mraz's hit single from the album, "I Won't Give Up," also hit platinum status this week, surpassing one million in sales. more on this story
In the papers, filed April 9 in L.A. County Superior Court, Marc is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's twins, Emme and Max -- who are 4 years old.
Marc wants the judge to shut the door on Jennifer if she asks for spousal support. Marc does not list a specific date of separation, but the couple announced their split back in July.
The "Nookie" band recently signed a deal with Cash Money Records ... and had been planning to put out a new record in the very near future.
But we're told plans came to a grinding halt recent;y ... when original members DJ Lethal and drummer John Otto were informed that Fred had a "new vision" for the group ... and they weren't part of the vision.
Sources tell us ... Fred has been upset with the guys for a while ... claiming their partying habits didn't fit with his lifestyle.
We're told the guys have not been officially 86'd from the group ... but they feel it might be headed in that direction unless they work out their issues, stat.
TMZ reached out to DJ Lethal ... who told us, "We've worked together the last 4 years to bring Limp Bizkit back to where it is today ... and to just be thrown out on the street after the band gets a new deal and a new chance at life isn't cool."
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