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Justin Bieber Goes All Around The World With Ludacris
(popmusiclife) Another new Justin Bieber track has surfaced, ahead of the June 19 release of his new album, "Believe."

"All Around The World" sees Justin teaming up with Ludacris. Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean also make appearances on the new album.

Bieber's first US network television special, "Justin Bieber Believe: All Around the World," will air on NBC on June 21, two days after the new album's release. Listen to the new song here.

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Lady Antebellum Set New Record
Lady Antebellum just set a new band record after they scored the biggest selling night of their 2012 Own The Night 2012 World Tour.

Lady Antebellum were joined by over 62,000 fans this weekend in Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY.

More than 18,600 fans weathered Thursday night's rainy concert with the trio and special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square in Cleveland, becoming the biggest selling night of the tour. more on this story

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Drake Announces 2012 Ovo Fest
Drake is set to stage the 3rd annual Ovo Fest on August 5th at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

The hip-hop summer festival will also feature special guests The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz.

"Bringing together the 3rd Annual OVO Fest is such a milestone for me," said Drake. "A lot has happened over the last three years-a journey that I'm so grateful for-but it's always coming home and performing for my hometown that means the most. This year, we're going to bring it just like we do every year-with high energy and music at its best." more on this story

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Awolnation Plan Fall Tour
Awolnation will be hitting the road this fall for a North American headline tour and they will be joined by Imagine Dragons and Zeale.

Awolnation will kick off the tour September 8th in Philadelphia, before hitting major markets across the country, highlighted by a two-night stand in Denver on September 27 and 28 at Summit Music Hall, a two-night stand in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theatre on October 3 and 4, as well as a round of dates in southern California including a stop in Los Angeles on October 11 at Club Nokia Live.

Awolnation's third single "Kill Your Heroes," the follow up to the two top 5 Alternative hits "Sail" and "Not Your Fault", officially goes for adds at Alternative Radio this week and is already in rotation at numerous stations nationwide. more on this story

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The X Factor's Rachel Crow Sets EP Release
The X Factor's Rachel Crow's self-titled EP is set to be released digitally on June 26 by Columbia Records and Syco Music. Columbia sent over these details:

A fan favorite and darling among judges, fourteen-year old Rachel moved Simon Cowell to predict that audiences would be "hearing a lot more about her." This five-foot wonder is ready to make good on that promise.

The songs on the EP were produced by top music hit makers including Toby Gad (Beyoncθ, Fergie), Matt Squire (One Direction, 3OH!3) and Jonas Jeberg (The Wanted, Pussycat Dolls).The release features the powerful song, "Mean Girls," which Rachel co-wrote along with producer Toby Gad. Written after just three days in the studio, the lyrics of "Mean Girls" speak to rising above social pressures and celebrating individuality. Crow says of the song, "I really want ["Mean Girls"] to not only inspire kids who have been bullied, but I also hope to inspire the kids that do the bullying to stop that behavior." more on this story

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Nelly Furtado Teams Up With Nas For Something
(popmusiclife) Nelly Furtado is making waves with her new single, "Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)."

It's the lead track from her forthcoming album "The Spirit Indestructible," which is due for release in September.

Furtado has offered up another new song from the project: "Something" features a guest appearance by Nas. Listen here.

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Good Will Hunting: 15th Anniversary Edition Coming
Lionsgate will release Good Will Hunting: 15th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray Disc and Digital Download on August 21st.

The inspirational story of a headstrong, working-class genius and his psychologist took home two Academy Awards in 1997 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Robin Williams; Best Original Screenplay for co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck - and was nominated for seven others, including a Best Actor nod for Damon and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Minnie Driver. Launching the careers of Damon (The Bourne Identity, Ocean's Eleven) and Affleck (Shakespeare In Love, The Town), who co-wrote and starred in the film, the Blu-ray is loaded with special features including newly recorded retrospective interviews with cast and crew, a new interview with Damon looking back on his experience of making the film and much more.

Given "Two Big Thumbs Up" by Siskel & Ebert and hailed as "The Best Picture of the Year" by CBS-TV, the film also stars Stellan Skarsgεrd (The Avengers) and Casey Affleck (Ocean's Eleven) and was directed by Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant (Best Achievement in Directing, Milk, 2008). more on this story

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The Walkmen Plan Fall Tour
The Walkmen have mapped out some North American tour plans in support of their new album Heaven.

Following dates with Florence & The Machine this summer, as well as appearances at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands, the tour takes the band from the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles on September 12th to Royale in Boston on October 19th.

Before heading out on tour, the Walkmen will play a rare, intimate hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, June 6th at 9pm EST to celebrate the release of Heaven. The band has partnered with Spotify to provide a worldwide live stream of the concert, filmed by La Blogotheque, creators of the much-lauded "Take Away Show." more on this story

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Alphanaut Goes Back to the Stars
Alphanaut (a.k.a. Mark Alan) has released the "Back to the Stars" Remix EP. The Remix EP features an acoustic version of the original, as well as remixes from It's Gonna Crash (Ted Scarlett) and Mark Alan himself.

"Back to the Stars" is the first single from Alphanaut's upcoming LP Little Sun, out June 26, 2012.

Little Sun is a concept driven work about the full life cycle of Alan's beloved dog Dingo who tragically passed away from Canine Lymphoma in October 2009. Each song on the album is a chapter in the story of Dingo's life, from birth to the ultimate passage back into the realm of the spirit. Of the thirteen songs on Little Sun, eight are stories told from Dingo's perspective, including "Back to the Stars."
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Alt-J To Deliver An Awesome Wave To America
Canvasback Music have set a September 18th North American release date for Alt-J's debut album An Awesome Wave.

In its first week at iTunes, the album has held the number 1 position on the UK Alternative chart. The track "Fitzpleasure" is already receiving airplay at tastemaking radio stations KCRW Los Angeles, KEXP Seattle, KCMP Minneapolis, and WFUV New York. You can listen to and download "Fitzpleasure" right here.

The band will be hitting the road and visiting the US for some tour dates in August, kicking off with the band's return to Los Angeles on August 1. The band will also play shows in Chicago and New York City.
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Cold Blank Team Up With Blake Miller For Deception
Yesterday, electro house production duo Cold Blank released "Deception" featuring Blake Miller of Moving Units.

"Deception" is the second single from Cold Blank's forthcoming debut album The Agenda, out August 6 on their own independent imprint Burn The Fire.

"Deception," which debuted on Tiλsto's Club Life podcast, features the Cold Blank signature electro house sound, complete with bleeping chiptune synths, bouncing bass and beating drums, coupled with Blake Miller's digitally haunting vocals. "I responded to this track immediately the moment I heard it," says Miller about the song. more on this story

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People Like Us Soundtrack Details
Lakeshore Records have set a June 19, 2012 release date for People Like Us - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. We were sent these details:

The recording features original score by Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 HOURS) and the new song "Dotted Line," a collaboration between Rahman and Liz Phair.

"My challenge with People Like Us was to score with less instruments, but still capture the heart the film needed," said Rahman. "I wanted a certain imperfection in the texture and sounds to reflect the characters of the movie."
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Shonen Knife Release New Album and Plan American Tour
Good Charamel Records today released Shonen Knife's 18th studio album, "Pop Tune," in North America.

Check out the music video for the title track to the new album, Pop Tune, right here.

Marking their 30th Anniversary in 2012 the band will follow up this release with their "Pop Tune" Tour of North American in July and August of 2012. more on this story

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Sarah Jaffe Adds Dates With Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper
Sarah Jaffe will follow up her current headline tour a handful of dates with Norah Jones this month.

That will be followed by a month long trek with Blitzen Trapper. These dates come on the heels of nearly two weeks of West Coast headlining dates for Sarah.

The June and July run is her first US tour in support of The Body Wins – her second full-length studio album – out now on Kirtland Records. more on this story

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Maserati Rapper Young Dro Has His Maserati Repo'd
(TMZ) Young Dro once rapped that he's "the kinda person that gonna drive a Maserati" -- but that just ain't true anymore ... because he just had his repossessed ... TMZ has learned.

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Dro leased a $134,000, 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT in January 2008. The docs say Dro agreed to fork over a $7,500 down payment and then pay monthly payments of $1,606.62.

But according to the lawsuit, Dro defaulted on the lease and now owes the leasing company $61,220.37. The company has repo'd the Maserati.

The leasing company wants the money it is owed, plus attorneys' fees. more on this story

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Nas Daughter Ok With Wrong Birthday in Her Birthday Video
(TMZ) Nas should be happy his daughter has a good sense of humor -- because we're told she absolutely LOVED the music video for the song he made for her birthday ... even though he got her birthdate wrong!

The "Daughters" video begins with Destiny Jones' name and birthday -- September 14 -- but that's actually Nas' DOB. The video's been fixed to reflect Destiny's birthday -- June 15 ... and Nas tweeted it was just a mix-up by the editor.

Sources close to Destiny (who has a cameo at the end of the video) tell TMZ she and her pops had a laugh over the snafu and she is "head over heels in love with the video." more on this story

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Penny Marshall Scammed By Fake Lamar Odom Assistant
(TMZ) Attention filthy rich LA Lakers fans -- Lamar Odom does not have a cash-strapped assistant ... something director Penny Marshall learned after getting jacked for several thousand bucks.

Sources tell TMZ the double-cross started at a Lakers game last month ... when a man claiming to be LO's assistant gave Penny a phone number he said was Lamar's.

We're told Penny and the person she thought was Lamar texted back and forth for several days -- when finally "Lamar" asked her to loan his assistant a chunk o' cash. Ever the faithful Lakers fan, Penny forked over more than five grand to the faux "assistant."

Hook. Line. Sinker.

After that, we're told "Lamar" suddenly stopped texting, Penny got suspicious, and contacted the real Lamar ... who told her he doesn't even have an assistant.

Penny has filed a police report with the LAPD, and we're told they've opened a grand theft investigation. more on this story

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Miami Hotels Reject Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco Wedding?
(TMZ) "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada and NFL fiance Chad Ochocinco are now personae non grata at luxurious Miami hotels, TMZ has learned ... since several establishments have rejected the couple's request to tie the knot at their fancy digs because they don't want glasses and fists flying.

The reality TV couple is currently filming their "BB Wives" spin-off show "Ocho and Eve" ... and the big season finale will feature their glamorous wedding -- but the couple hit a snag because none of the best venues want to deal with their TV show drama.

We're told the St. Regis, The Ritz, and Breakers have all turned the couple down so far ... telling producers they didn't want to deal with any fighting or risk having their hotels portrayed in a negative light on camera.

Undeterred, the wedding is set to film next month ... but the duo is still scrambling to find a location that will take them in. more on this story

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Jenna Jameson's Friend Speaks Out On Restraining Order Request
(TMZ) Tito Ortiz went behind Jenna Jameson's back to file for a restraining order against the porn legend's close friend ... telling filthy lies to the judge in the process -- so says the friend.

TMZ broke the story ... Tito filed the restraining order docs last week, asking an O.C. court to protect him and Jenna from Shana Burroughs, claiming Shana is a drug-fueled crazy person who stalks the couple and scares their children.

But Shana tells TMZ, she and Jenna have been close pals for years -- long before Jenna met Tito -- and now, the MMA fighter's gunning to sabotage their friendship.

According to Shana, Tito has it out for her because she refused to back him in 2010 when he went public with Jenna's drug problems.

Shana says Jenna had no idea Tito even filed restraining order docs until she confronted her.

As for Tito's drug allegations ... Shana insists she never brought a single drug (prescription or otherwise) into Jenna's home. Shana tells us, Jenna's DUI was Jenna's fault alone.

A hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for June 15. more on this story

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Paris Hilton Comes To Terms With Lingerie Company
(TMZ) Paris Hilton has figured out a way to settle a nasty lawsuit with a lingerie company -- she's going into business with them ... TMZ has learned.

Le Bonitas -- an Italian lingerie company -- sued Paris last year, claiming the heiress dragged her heels in approving designs, costing them 200k. For her part, Paris countersued for $1.5 mil, which she says she was guaranteed in royalties.

Hilton is in NYC today, and we're told she met with company honchos in court for a mandatory settlement conference. Apparently, it worked, because we're told they struck a new deal for Paris to front the nighties, and the lawsuit will go bye-bye. more on this story

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Halle Berry/Gabriel Aubry Custody Evaluation Submitted To Judge
(TMZ) The all-important custody evaluation has been written and submitted to the judge in the Halle Berry/Gabriel Aubry custody war -- and sources tell TMZ the conclusion is clear -- Halle is the better parent, and that clears the way for her move to Paris.

The custody evaluator -- a psychologist -- wrote the report after extensive interviews with Halle, Gabriel, 4-year-old Nahla and others. Sources tell TMZ ... the report raises issues about Gabriel's ability to care for Nahla, in part because of personal issues. We're told the evaluator did not question Gabriel's love for his daughter or her love for him, but the report does cast doubt on his ability to assume responsibility for the custody and care for the little girl.

Now here's where it gets interesting ... The judge will decide the custody arrangement later this month, and whether Halle gets to move to Paris with Nahla -- something Gabriel vigorously opposes.

Under California law, the judge cannot question the fact that Halle is moving to Paris. He can't tell her she's not allowed to move, nor can he conclude that she's bluffing. The judge must accept AS FACT that Halle is moving to France.

The judge must then decide what is in the "best interest" of Nahla -- being with Halle full time or being with Gabriel. Given the conclusions in the custody evaluation report, it's pretty clear the judge will decide Nahla is best served by being with Halle. So Halle now has a huge advantage in her bid to move to France with the kid.

If Halle is allowed to move, it's almost certain Gabriel would get visitation rights, but that's easier said than done when Nahla is 5,600 miles away. more on this story

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