Day in Pop Report for 06/21/2012
(TMZ) "Swamp People" star Trapper Joe has been arrested for domestic violence in California, TMZ has learned.
Joe -- full name Joe LaFont -- was arrested early yesterday morning in Orange County for domestic battery.
Sources close to LaFont tell TMZ, LaFont and his girlfriend had gotten into some kind of argument. The precise details surrounding the arrest are still unclear.
You'll recall ... Joe and his stepson Tommy Chauvin were nearly killed in a nasty 5-car pile-up on a Arkansas-Louisiana highway back in April. The pics were crazy.
Joe is currently being held on $1,500 bond. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Lady Gaga has updated fans on the status of her recent concussion. The pop superstar suffered the injury during a concert in New Zealand two weeks ago, when one of her dancers accidentally hit her on the head with a pole during a performance of "Judas" as part of her Born This Way Ball tour.
Gaga, ever the trooper, didn't miss a note, telling the crowd, "I want to apologize. I did hit my head and I think I may have a concussion but don't you worry, I will finish this show."
On Wednesday, Gaga posted an update on the status of her condition, writing: "Went for an MRI. No harm from the concussion but it appears my brain is just water and a large floating jellyfish." more on this story
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(TMZ) Justin Bieber loves his screaming teenage fans so much, he will literally hand them an extremely limited edition award he just won -- without even realizing it -- at least that's what happened this weekend.
Bieber was in Toronto Sunday for the MuchMusic Video Awards -- and when he left the stage after accepting his trophy for UR Fave Artist ... he was accosted by several fans in the front row.
Bieber pump-faked with the award -- but a girl latched on to it, so Bieber handed it over ... obviously thinking she was an extremely young, extremely loud award show official.
But she wasn't -- and the random girl was later approached by a REAL award official, demanding she return the trophy ... which she did.
But Justin feels bad for getting the girl's hopes up -- his rep tells TMZ, Justin wants to track the fan down and get her a replica of the award. So far, the girl hasn't come forward. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Usher's seventh studio album, "Looking 4 Myself," has become the singer's fourth consecutive #1 studio album.
The album lands at the top of the Billboard 200 albums charts with opening week sales of 128,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Usher held off Canadian rockers Rush, who had their best sales week in 10 years as "Clockwork Angels" debuted at #2 with 103,000 sold. more on this story
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(TMZ) Kris Humphries trashed Kim Kardashian and her family in conversations and text messages to his former girlfriend, Myla Sinanaj.
As TMZ first reported, Kim has subpoenaed Myla in Kim's divorce case, and we've learned Myla has a lot to say about what Kris told her about his relationship with his famous estranged wife.
Sources tell us Myla has numerous text messages in which Kris says she is the love of his life and he wants to get the divorce over with quickly so they can spend the rest of their time on earth together. In several of the messages, we're told Kris says specifically that he's "moved on" from Kim.
The information is extremely damaging to Kris, because he's alleging in his divorce that Kim has destroyed him emotionally by allegedly defrauding him into believing it was a real marriage. more on this story
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Warner Bros Records sent out the actual set times and details The Flaming Lips upcoming quest to break the Guinness World Records title for the Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities). They sent over these details:
As previously reported, June 27th, will begin the kick-off the O Music Awards which will play out across all our screens and linear networks absolutely LIVE as the world's first 24-hour award show unfurls as it happens.
This historic bus ride will traverse the Mississippi Delta, in which two-time O Music Award nominee and multiple Grammy winners The Flaming Lips board a "The Endeavor" tour bus and blaze a path across the region in an attempt to break the world record currently held by Jay-Z. more on this story
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Capitol have set a September 25th release date for Tristan Prettyman's new studio album, Cedar + Gold.
The single, "My Oh My," will be available digitally on July 10th and impact radio a few weeks later.
Prettyman will hit the road for a string of U.S. shows with Joshua Radin on July 12th. more on this story
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Country music stars Lonestar are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with a new single, album and continued tour dates.
The new single, "The Countdown," is set for release on July 17 and their new album--on their own label, 4 Star Records--is expected in October.
The group debuted "The Countdown" for the standing-room-only festival show, as well as another new song, "Pretty Good Day." "It was a blast" says Sams. "Fans were singing along to the new single by the second verse." Mcdonald added, "What a way to start the summer: in the heat, outside, with thousands of fans singing along. Back on the bus!" more on this story
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(TMZ) Attempting to get Priscilla Presley's autograph came at a very high price for one man.
Priscilla was leaving Pantages Theater Wed night in Hollywood when she stopped to sign autographs for a large group of fans -- but one autograph seeker started arguing with Priscilla's bodyguards ... over the positioning of his photo. Seriously.
The guy actually threatened the bodyguards, saying ... "You damage my property, I'm gonna damage something of yours." A few seconds later the autograph seeker learned the true meaning of damage ... as fists start flying!
The bodyguard makes quick work of the dude -- who was already wearing a leg brace -- taking him down to the ground ... and staying on top of him while the autograph seeker threatens to sue.
Gotta say ... the autograph seeker was pretty mouthy, especially considering he was in a leg brace AND much smaller than the beefy bodyguards. But check the video ... for the takedown and Priscilla's reaction here.
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KCRW's World Fest will kick off on Sunday, June 24th with Glen Campbell's "The Goodbye Tour" at the Hollywood Bowl.
Campbell will be joined by a line-up including Dawes (w/special guests), Jenny Lewis, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Lucinda Williams.
The evening will be hosted by KCRW's own Anne Litt. In his final L.A. show, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Country Music Hall of Famer and true icon of American music Glen Campbell brings his country sensibility and classic hits ("Gentle on My Mind," "Wichita Lineman," "Southern Nights") to the Bowl. In the first half, Dawes, with some special guest friends, will tip their hat to the original "Rhinestone Cowboy."
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Comedian, actor and impressionist Craig Gass plans to record his debut comedic album which will be released under a new deal Oglio Records.
Set to be recorded this summer, GASS plans an early fall release in conjunction with a full U.S. tour. We were sent these details: more on this story
The pathway to impressions and stand-up comedy appears to be GASS' destiny from the very beginning. Growing up in a family that was completely deaf, Craig learned to speak from TV and was soon holding conversations with himself, or rather, with the casts of all his favorite shows.
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(Gibson) Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood has been exhibiting some of his stunning wildlife photography.
While talking to the U.K.'s Daily Express, the blues and rock legend also spoke of his admiration for Miley Cyrus.
Fleetwood said: "It may surprise you but I think Miley Cyrus is a great talent. She reminds me of Dolly Parton vocally. I am a big fan and admire her." more on this story
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(TMZ) Some of Halle Berry's "New Year's Eve" money will be going to baby daddy Gabriel Aubry, because a judge has just ordered the actress to shell out nearly a quarter of a million bucks a year in child support.
Lawyers for Halle and Gabriel were in court Monday, and sources connected with Gabriel tell TMZ ... the family law judge ordered Halle to pay Nahla's daddy $20,000 a month.
Although Nahla is 4, until Monday there was never a child support order issued by a judge, but now one is in place.
We're told both sides are still at war, and they will soon be battling in court over whether Halle can take Nahla and move to Paris. more on this story
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(TMZ) NY Jets star Antonio Cromartie was able to cut a deal with the Bank of New York and has officially prevented them from snatching up the pad he bought with his mom, TMZ has learned.
As TMZ previously reported, the bank sued the footballer for not coughing up $105,381 in missed mortgage payments and wanted to foreclose on the tiny 864 sq. ft. house be bought back in Nov. '06 -- which his mother co-signed for -- in his hometown of Tallahassee, Florida.
But according to new court docs, the bank changed its tune and voluntarily dismissed the case ... which means Cromartie either paid off the debt entirely or worked out a deal to restructure the payments.
Saving the house wasn't exactly an Everest sized feat ... the Pro Bowler signed a 4-year $32 million contract with the Jets in 2011. more on this story
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(TMZ) What could go wrong??? Octomom -- the most financially irresponsible person on the planet -- is now hawking a solution to all YOUR money problems ... in the form of dangerously high-interest cash loans.
Sources tell TMZ, Octo recently signed a 5-figure deal to endorse a service called OctoLoan, which connects users to cash lenders -- offering financially desperate people access to as much as $1,000 instantly.
Problem is -- the loans are short-term ... and extremely high-interest ... often exceeding 600% APR ... which means they're usually NOT a good idea for people in dire straits (the target demo).
Octo just shot a commercial for the company this week -- the behind-the-scenes footage is pretty hilarious. Watch it here.
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(TMZ) Salt on the wound for fired "Basketball Wives" star Jennifer Williams -- TMZ has learned her expensive Bentley is on the verge of being repossessed ... by force of law.
The Toyota Motor Credit Corporation in Syosset, NY just filed a lawsuit against Williams, claiming she stopped making payments on her used 2006 white Bentley back in 2009 -- and it wants the car back.
According to the lawsuit, TMCC has made several attempts to peacefully repossess the vehicle ... but was unsuccessful. Now, it wants a court to FORCE Williams to give back the car.
TMCC is also demanding Williams pay the entire outstanding balance on the car -- $92,310.
A rep for Williams tells TMZ, "Jennifer hasn't been served documents in reference to this lawsuit. Anything related to community property acquired during the marriage, such as the car, is an issue that is currently being addressed in her divorce proceedings."
TMZ broke the story ... Williams filed for divorce from her husband Eric in July 2011. more on this story
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(TMZ) Conrad Murray's prayers have been answered -- the good doc got a fresh pair of underwear and a clean jail uniform this week after lodging major complaints about the way he's being treated behind bars.
TMZ broke the story ... Murray believed he was going to die in L.A. County Jail ... claiming he's being treated like filth -- getting fresh air once a month, and fresh underwear once a WEEK.
But after lodging his complaints, we're told Murray saw immediate results. In fact, Connie told his lawyers a swarm of deputies came into his cell Monday morning ... and couldn't have been more accommodating.
Besides the clean clothes, Murray got a new blanket ... and was taken to the roof so he could get some fresh air.
A rep for the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. tells us Murray is receiving the appropriate level of care for the headache he was complaining about. The rep also claims Murray was evaluated by a doctor last week.
Murray's attorneys acknowledge things are better, but "still characterize his living conditions as horrendous." Meanwhile, Connie couldn't be happier -- sources close to the doc tell us, "His spirits are much improved." more on this story
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(TMZ) Meg Ryan has just unloaded her spectacular Bel Air mansion for a huge price ... TMZ has learned.
Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Meg raked in $11,125,000 in the sale -- close to the $11,400,000 asking price.
Meg bought the 6,877 square foot mansion in 2000 in the middle of her divorce from Dennis Quaid. Her neighbors include Jennifer Aniston, Michael Bay, Berry Gordy and Darren Star.
The best news for Meg ... she made a killing. Ryan bought the estate for the very reasonable price of $8.6 million.
As for the lucky buyer -- he's Adam Bernhard, who just sold his clothing company for $270 million, so $11 mil is like a condo in the Valley.
Adam was represented by the Zelig of realtors, celebrity realtor Kurt Rappaport. more on this story
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