Day in Pop Report for 06/14/2012
Someone in Kanye's camp who was at Kanye's home called the LAPD this morning to report the break-in. We do not know what, if anything, was taken but people at the scene tell us ... there was evidence the thieves dropped some of Kanye's possessions on the way out.
Kanye was not in L.A. He's currently in Birmingham, England, in the middle of his concert tour.
The LAPD is investigating. more on this story
Sources connected with production tell TMZ, Jennifer Williams and Kesha Nichols also got the chop -- and will be replaced next season. It's unclear who's in line to take their spots.
According to sources, producers will be giving the girls their walking papers any day now to drop what they called "dead weight" from the show.
We're told Royce was cut because she wasn't legally allowed to talk about Dwight due to a 2009 gag order, blocking her from discussing her ex in any way. The other girls on the show had also decided to ostracize her, so Royce couldn't shoot scenes with the rest of the cast.
A rep for VH1 tells TMZ, "We don't comment on casting until everything is final. Thanks for checking in." more on this story
Joe Tacopina, who now reps Myla, tells TMZ ... Kris and his lawyer have been on a search and destroy mission against his client, trying to hide the fact that they have been in a relationship for 5 months.
Tacopina says Kris' lawyer called the hotel manager last week and made the claims. Tacopina believes Kris and his lawyer wanted to get Myla fired, to make a point that she had better shut her mouth about her relationship with Kris ... or else.
By the way, sources connected with Kris confirm his lawyer made the call.
We're told hotel management investigated and quickly determined the allegations were baseless.
Tacopina tells us ... a defamation case against Kris now looms large, and he had better apologize quickly for what he says is shameful, vindictive conduct.
But a source connected with Kris tells TMZ, "He will not be apologizing." more on this story
The most interesting thing about Courteney's papers -- there is no mention of a prenup. Sources connected with the couple have indicated to TMZ, no prenup exists, and if that's the case the money they both earned in the 12 1/2 years they were together would be community property and divided 50/50.
That's especially important because for the last 5 years of "Friends" Courteney was pulling in a fortune -- and David would be entitled to half. She's reportedly worth $75 mil. He's worth $18 mil.
Courteney, like David, is asking for joint physical and legal custody of 8-year-old Coco.
Courteney also wants her name restored to Courteney Cox -- in other words, she wants to 86 Arquette.
Courteney filed the docs last Friday -- the same day David did. And there are signs from the documents that she and David filled them out together. For example, they both say they are represented by "SELF." more on this story
This increases the total amount of money Ride For A Cure has raised since inception to over $310,000.
The event took place this past Sunday, June 10th in Franklin and Columbia, TN. The annual motorcycle ride portion of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather but the pre-ride Jam Session at Mickey Roo's and All-Star Jam Session at the Harley-Davidson Columbia Superstore continued as planned. more on this story
Produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment using a custom Qello application, the Digital Premiere of this new concert film will make it instantly accessible to a global audience.
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album was co-produced by Pet Shop Boys and engineer/producer, Andrew Dawson, who has won three Grammy awards for his work with Kanye West.
Katrina will be performing on 16 U.S. dates beginning July 21 though September 2.
Katrina has been on a U.S. tour behind her debut album In the Blink of an Eye and latest single "So Eden." more on this story
The recordshot to No. 1 on the iTunes Store upon its release last week. Named for the studio where it was recorded - the rustic Bear Creek Studios located outside of Seattle - the album was produced by Brandi, band mates/co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth ("The Twins") and GRAMMY winning engineer/producer/mixer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Queens of the Stone Age).
"I think it's going to take a lot of left turns," Frontman Mark Foster tells Billboard. "It's going to be really celebratory -- a lot like our first record (2011's 'Torches') is, but in a different way. I think there's going to be more grit, and I think it's gonna be extremely percussive. I've been listening to a lot of The Clash lately, and a lot of '60s, The Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily."
Foster says he's "starting writing on the road" with a portable studio. "I've got a lot of ideas," he notes. "I've just been writing down lyrical ideas, writing a lot of poetry and stuff like that." more on this story
VH1 has tapped The Lumineers as a "You Oughta Know" artists alongside Rebecca Ferguson for two months, rather than the typical one artist for one month each.
Launched in 2004, VH1's "You Oughta Know" franchise introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers. Many "You Oughta Know" artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including "Best New Artist" Grammy Awards and nominations. more on this story
When Stone released the album digitally on his own stickystones label last fall, it shot into the Top 10 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and the Top 5 of iTunes' R&B/Soul charts. With the wide release, Allen Stone will be available at physical retailers for the first time.
Frances Preston was the first female executive in Nashville and legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson called her the "songwriter's guardian angel."
Del Bryant, President and CEO of BMI said: "Frances Williams Preston was a force of nature. She was smart, beautiful, tenacious, and generous. She put BMI on the culture map and shaped the careers of many: especially mine. Though we mourn the loss of a great leader and friend, she lives on through a legacy that is literally set in stone. The BMI Nashville building and her wing at Vanderbilt Hospital are two monuments that were erected by her and stand in tribute to her passion and drive for those she loved. God speed, dear friend." more on this story
Schoolboy Records/Interscope sent out these details: The platinum-certified track, which Jepsen co-wrote, is also No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart this week. Jepsen is the first female artist to top the chart with a debut single since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" in January 2010.
"Call Me Maybe" has sold over 3.2 million singles and spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Digital Songs chart. more on this story
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Presents 'Singin' in the Rain' 60th Anniversary Event begins with a Turner Classic Movies original production, featuring TCM host Robert Osborne in an exclusive specially-produced interview with star Debbie Reynolds. In this interview, audiences will be taken behind the scenes of one of the greatest musicals of all time, as Ms. Reynolds shares memories of working with the late great Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.
Tickets for the Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event are available at participating theater box offices and online here.
The EP is just the beginning, both artists will be releasing solo LPs through Black Box in early 2013.
Tennis have also released Vacationer's remix of their track "Petition." And fans are invited to download or stream the remix here.
This is Taylor's first album of new music in four years, following his critically acclaimed 2008 release The Legend Of Kung Folk - Part 1 (the Killing Bite).
Taylor will hit the road this summer to preview new music but you don't have to wait as Ben is offering fans a stream of the album's first single "Oh Brother" here.
Touring in support of her self-titled fifth album out June 26 on Giant Leap/TVX Records, the 20-city tour includes stops in Birmingham, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Knoxville, among others.
"I spent the last several years trying to get my bearings and investing in myself," says Smith, "I think unless you're willing to do that, it's going to be very difficult to convince other people that they should invest in what you're doing. I stepped back and regained control of the things that I could, which were publishingthe current songs that I'm writing I own my publishing onas well as masters and recordings. People don't realize that unless you own those masters, you really don't own anything. You get to own your personality, I suppose, but that doesn't pay the bills necessarily." more on this story
Fans can now listen to the EP tracks "Waiting Game" via an online stream at Soundcloud.com right here.
Distoria will feature five tracks, including "Waiting Game" and the recently released EP opener "Where Do We Go." more on this story
In other news, Haim has released a brand new video directed by Austin Peters for the title track off their Forever EP, available for free download here
The Mumford & Sons dates include shows with St. Vincent, Dawes, Justin Townes Earle and kick off on August 4th in Portland, ME. more on this story
Manny was leaving Kabuki restaurant in Hollywood Tuesday night when we asked if he felt the boxing judges were unfair when they crowned Bradley the new champ ... even though Manny outpunched his opponent by a landslide.
Manny replied, "That's their decision, dude ... hard to change." He added, "I respect that decision, but WE KNOW in our hearts." more on this story
Floyd had begged the court to let him finish out his sentence for domestic violence on house arrest ... because he's dehydrated and malnourished and it's taking a toll on his body and putting his boxing career in jeopardy.
But a judge DENIED Mayweather's request -- ordering him to serve out the remainder of his 3-month sentence behind bars.
According to court docs obtained by TMZ, the judge called B.S. on Mayweather's claim that he's dehydrated behind bars -- saying the boxer's condition is "self-induced as water is made available to [Floyd] twenty-four hours a day."
As for Floyd's gripe that he's only consuming a fraction of the calories he needs -- the judge says it's because "[Floyd] chooses not to eat the food provided."
The judge also balked at Floyd's complaint that he can't train at a world class level while serving his time -- saying, "While the training areas and times provided to Floyd may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses."
The Department of Health and Senior Services in Nutley, NJ announced this week ... it's fining City Tropics Tanning for violations including consumer overexposure and misusing sunlamp equipment.
According to the health department, inspectors discovered the salon's customers were exceeding the legal weekly limit for UV exposure.
But City Tropics owner Anthony Ruccatano tells TMZ he's refusing to pay -- and wants to take the health department to court over the fine.
Ruccatano insists his business never broke the law and wants a judge to dismiss the fine entirely.
Calls to the health department weren't returned. more on this story
Deena was TRYING to shoot a scene for the MTV show while playing a basketball carnival game on the boardwalk on Sunday ... when a couple of hooligans started harassing her from a distance.
Deena flipped out -- stopping production to [respond to the hecklers] and then firing a basketball at them.
Eventually, the hecklers shut their mouths and let Deena do her thing ... and we all know how that turned out ... 'cause she was arrested for disorderly conduct a short time later. more on this story
Miss USA organization sources gave TMZ text messages it claims Sheena sent to a pageant official during the Miss USA competition ... in which Sheena first says the competition was rigged.
In the text exchange, Sheena writes, "Colorado? South Carolina? I'm done. This is ridiculous. It's obviously rigged so the girl they want can shine; they kept several beautiful girls out for that reason."
Miss USA sources believe the text messages show Sheena's conspiracy theory is emotionally-motivated ... NOT based on any facts ... and is therefore [not legitimate].
Sheena has recently claimed she learned another contestant saw a secret Miss USA document which contained the names of the Top 5 finalists before they were announced ... and even though Sheena never personally saw the document, she refuses to admit she could be wrong.
(The Miss Universe organization has filed a defamation claim against Sheena for making the allegation.)
The texts don't exactly disprove Sheena's rigged theory -- but they DO show how shamelessly catty pageants are behind the scenes. more on this story
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