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Day in Pop Report for 05/01/2012


Robin Gibb Emerges From Coma
Bee Gees star Robin Gibb emerged from a coma this weekend while his family was playing his latest composition for him in his hospital room.

"He woke up while we were playing the track which is a movement from the Titanic Requiem we have just written," his son Robin-John Gibb told ITV News.

Robin-John said of his father's recovery, "They gave him an under 10% survival chance and he has beaten the odds... he really is something else." Read a lot more at BBC

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Duran Duran Summer Tour and DVD Release
Duran Duran have announced the initial dates for their upcoming North America Summer tour.

The band is currently on the road in support of their latest album, All You Need Is Now. Original members Simon, John, Roger and Nick are joined by Dom Brown on guitar for the last time Stateside before they begin writing and recording their next studio album.

In celebration of the success of the 'All You Need Is Now World Tour,' Duran Duran will release a live DVD, CD and Blu-ray - "A Diamond In The Mind" (Eagle Rock) in July 2012. The performance was filmed and recorded in the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on the band's 11 date UK arena run in December 2011. The Deluxe edition will include all three formats (the DVD, CD, and Blu-ray discs), plus a 20 page booklet and bonus features. more on this story

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Adam Lambert Returning To American Idol
(popmusiclife) Adam Lambert's sophomore album, "Trespassing," is due May 15. Two days later, Lambert will be revisiting a place he knows very well.

"Exciting news!," Adam tweeted on Monday. "I will be returning to American Idol on May 17 to perform my new single "Never Close Our Eyes"!"

Lambert was the runner-up on season 8 of the reality series, placing just behind winner Kris Allen. On the season finale, Adam performed with both KISS and Queen, in addition to other material. more on this story

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Rihanna Delivers Where Have You Been Video
(popmusiclife) After a few weeks of teasing fans with previews, Rihanna has finally issued the video for "Where Have You Been."

The track, produced by Dr. Luke, Calvin Harris and Cirkut is the fifth single from the pop superstar's "Talk That Talk" album.

Released earlier this month, Billboard reports "Where Have You Been" debuted at No. 36 on the Pop Songs chart last week with 152,000 downloads sold to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Callaghan's Best Year (Produced By Shawn Mullins)
Today Callaghan from tells us about "Best Year" from her brand new album "Life in Full Colour," which she recorded with Shawn Mullins and is being released today. Here is the story:

"Best Year" is the first single from my new album, Life in Full Colour. The song is one of a series of "firsts" that have occurred for me over the last year. A year in which I recorded my first full length album, got to collaborate with Grammy-nominee Shawn Mullins, started a new life in the USA, and made music my full-time career.

I wrote "Best Year" about 6 months after moving to the US from London. After contacting Shawn Mullins through MySpace, he had offered to produce my album, an opportunity I thought was just too good to pass up! So I waved goodbye to friends, family and my job, and got on a plane to Atlanta. It was quite a scary time, not knowing what lay ahead. I wasn't sure how my music would be received in the US or whether I would be able to make a living from it. But I figured that you only get one life, and when the opportunity presents itself for you to follow your dreams, you have to grab it with both hands.

That's really what the lyrics of "Best Year" are about: living life to the full and making the most out of every situation. The lines in the chorus, "I feel the good times coming...a blue sky and an endless horizon," are about a sense of optimism and feeling that the best days are still to come. I think that sentiment is one of the really positive aspects of the American outlook on life, which I have enjoyed since moving here.

"Best Year" has definitely become an anthem for me - It's one of my most fun songs to perform live, and each time I sing it I'm reminded of why I moved here. I have received such an amazing welcome and support for my music and what I'm trying to achieve, and I have definitely seen some blue skies (possibly even more than I saw in London... if you can believe that!).

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Blur's Damon Albarn Open To Noel Gallagher Collaboration
(Gibson) Back in the glory days of Britpop, the musical movement was colored by a so-called feud between Blur and Oasis.

Now, in an interview with Shortlist magazine, Blur frontman Damon Albarn has been talking about the two working together by inviting Gallagher to join his upcoming African Express Train tour.

Albarn said: "I never held anything against him, even right in the middle of it. I just kind of admired them in a way; that they were better at handling it all than me. They didn't seem to get too affected by the bulls--t. He should come on the Africa Express train... That'd be a nice chance to collaborate." more on this story

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VHS or Beta Go Dub For New Album
VHS or Beta's have set a May 8th release date for their new album Diamonds & Dub.

Putting a creative spin on their 2011 release Diamonds & Death, VHS duo Mark Palgy & Craig Pfunder called upon renowned DJ/producer Jacques Renault (Holy Ghost, YACHT, Midnight Magic) and engineer/remixer Mark Verbos (Fischerspooner, The Gossip, Gang of Four) to create a dub version for seven of the original album's 9 tracks.

The idea was conceived when Mark Palgy met Jacques Renault, who was spinning boogie and disco records in Brooklyn bar Commodore. Palgy explains, "The idea of dub versions began in the late 70s and early 80s. Artists began seeking extended 12 inch mixes of their songs to be played in nightclubs. And usually one side of the 12 inch had a 'dub version' which was a little less vocal and usually a bit spacier due to echoes made from spring reverbs and cool studio effects. So rather than get people to do more traditional remixes as we know them today -- we decided this time around to try something that hasn't been done in a little while." more on this story

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Joan Osborne Spring Tour Dates
Joan Osborne is headed west this month for the west coast leg of her North American tour.

Osborne is back on the road in support of her newest studio album, Bring It On Home.

Osborne will perform at a number of festivals as well as solo concerts before returning to the east coast for the next leg of the tour. more on this story

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The Roys Host Bluegrass Mountains TV Show
(Submitted) The Roys recently taped seven episodes of the new International television show, Bluegrass Mountains.

Shot at Lee Roy's recording studio, the one-of-a-kind series is a CJM Productions' offering (Inside Music Row, Music Row Profiles, Soundcheck), which debuts May 1 in New Zealand on Country 99 TV.

In June, outlets CMC Australia and Sky TV (U.K.) will follow bringing the count of potential viewers for the 13-episode season to 20 million. more on this story

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Amanda Palmer Calls On Fans To Kickstart Album Release
Amanda Palmer is calling on fans to help her release her first new studio album in four years.

The release is in conjunction with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff.

The album, recently recorded in Melbourne with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Murder By Death, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu), will also include a visual art exhibit featuring 30 visual artists who have created work inspired by the album. more on this story

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Laura Marling Expands North American Tour
Laura Marling has added several west coast tour dates tour her current North American tour.

Marling is touring in support of her third album, A Creature I Don't Know (Ribbon Music). These newly announced summer shows follow her Bonnaroo debut.

The 22-year old BRIT Award winner completed two sold out North American tours before ending 2011 riding high on the critics "Best of Year" lists. more on this story

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First Aid Kit Map Out North American Dates
First Aid Kit will be returning to North American this summer for special festival appearances and again this fall for headlining tour.

First Aid Kit are on the road in support of their sophomore album, The Lion's Roar, which was released in January.

The tour will launch on September 25th at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI and wrap up on October 19th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR, and includes two New York shows on September 29th at Irving Plaza and on September 30th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. more on this story

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Lana Del Rey Performs On The Voice UK
(popmusiclife) Lana Del Rey continues to promote the release of her debut album, "Born To Die," with tv appearances.

Lana sang "Blue Jeans" on the UK edition of The Voice over the weekend on the series' weekly results program.

In June, Del Rey will play a series of concerts in New York and L.A.; she'll hit the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles June 3-5 and New York's Irving Plaza on June 7, 8 and 10. more on this story

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Octomom Goes Bankrupt
(TMZ) Octomom Nadya Suleman filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy yesterday in federal court -- a month after going on welfare -- meaning she's hopelessly buried in a mountain of debt.

Chapter 7 is the most serious form of bankruptcy -- it's basically when you go belly up -- something Octo is well-familiar with.

The legal docs we obtained do not specify her creditors or how much she owes -- but it's pretty clear ... she's dead broke. more on this story

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Lakers Star Charged With Felony Assault For Alleged Choking
(TMZ) Los Angeles Lakers big man Jordan Hill has just been charged with felony assault for allegedly choking a family member during an altercation in Texas earlier this year ... TMZ has learned.

The charge was filed by the Harris County District Attorney in Houston. It's unclear whom Hill is accused of attacking.

The alleged incident took place on February 29. If convicted, Hill faces up to 10 years in prison.

24-year-old Hill was recently traded to the Lakers from Houston in exchange for Derek Fisher ... and has become a key member of the team.

A rep for the Lakers tells TMZ ... "We are aware of the media reports alleging an incident involving Jordan Hill from two months ago when he was a member of the Houston Rockets."

"We do not have any details regarding these reports and therefore, as well as due to the personal and legal aspects, it would not be appropriate for us to comment." more on this story

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Wrestling Legend Scott Hall Sued For Foreclosure
(TMZ) Wrestling legend Scott Hall is in trouble once again -- but it's not with the law (for a change) ... it's with his financier, who claims Hall defaulted on a mortgage and now owes him $75,000.

According to a lawsuit filed in Florida, Hall borrowed $75,000 to buy a house in Seminole County in June 2011. The lawsuit claims Hall missed his final balloon payment due last December and has flat out refused to pay it.

The docs say Hall -- who was arrested this month for allegedly beating his girlfriend -- is not even living in the home in question and it currently vacant.

The lender is looking to foreclose on the house and sell it ... and wants Hall to pay the difference (if there is one). more on this story

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Kris Humphries Aims To Help 16-Year-Old Cancer Patient
(TMZ) Kris Humphries' date with 16-year-old cancer patient Kaely Kwitek has the NBA star smitten ... so much so that he's in it for the long haul.

As TMZ previously reported ... Kaely -- who is battling stage 4 anaplastic large-cell lymphoma -- was invited to be Humphries' guest of honor at a Nets game ... once he found out it was her dream to hang out with the NBA superstar.

Sources close to Kris tell TMZ ... after meeting Kaely following the Nets game on April 23, he is determined use his star power to help raise money for the 16-year-old, in order to help her family with the staggering financial costs.

We're told Humphries is also excited to get the teenager to as many games as possible next season, since Kaely said the unforgettable experience lifted her spirits tremendously.

Kaely's trip wasn't all roses ... the Nets lost by 18. more on this story

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Khloe Kardashian Getting Another Spin-Off Show?
(TMZ) Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom may have pulled the plug on their reality show, but E! wants desperately to stay in business with her, and they're already working on another spin-off ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Khloe and Lamar have notified E! that they will no longer do the 3rd season of their reality show so Lamar can focus on his basketball career.

But sources connected with E! tell TMZ ... the network is talking with Khloe about a spin-off show similar to her other show, "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami."

E! sources say Khloe is a "huge draw," and as one source put it, "We're definitely in the Khloe Kardashian business." more on this story

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Ex-Nickelodeon Star Going After City For Home Drug Raid
(TMZ) Matthew Underwood claims cops had NO RIGHT to bust into his house guns drawn -- and believes local officials are simply trying to scare him out of town before he can open a hookah shop.

TMZ spoke with the 22-year-old ex-Nickelodeon star who tells us he was wrongly arrested for pot possession and contributing to the delinquency to a minor Friday morning ... after the cops stormed his home and uncovered weed and a 17-year-old girl in his bedroom.

"The underage girl has been my girlfriend for the past year" Underwood says ... "I get that she's not exactly 18."

Underwood tells us ... local officials in Port St. Lucie, FL have been on his ass for months ... ever since he got a permit to open a hookah lounge in town.

"I jumped through hoops to get my permit ... they are still bothering me."

Underwood says cops told him they suspected he was selling drugs out of his home ... accusations Matthew adamantly denies. Matthew does admit to smoking pot ... and says he did have a TINY amount of weed in his home at the time of the raid.

Still, Matthew says ..."They took all my hookahs .... and now we have to push our opening back."

"I'm going to be filing a lawsuit against the town ... my lawyer is already aware." more on this story

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Under Age Hunger Games Star Uses Fake ID To Buy Whiskey?
(TMZ) 19-year-old "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson took a not-so-cheap shot at a Ralph's Grocery store -- he posed as over 21 and got the check out clerk to sell him an expensive bottle of whiskey.

We got this pic of Josh leaving the Ralph's in Sherman Oaks on April 18 with a bottle of Macallan whisky in hand -- which, by the way, goes for $170. A source tells TMZ ... Josh used a fake ID to score the bottle.

It's interesting ... a few weeks ago we got Josh on camera, grousing, "I think the age to go to war is 18 ... so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well."

A spokesperson for Ralphs tells TMZ, "We strictly enforce all laws relating to the sale of alcohol to minors. We will investigate these allegations and take any steps necessary."

Josh could be prosecuted and the maximum punishment is 6 months in jail, although in reality he'd spend no time behind bars. Authorities could also go after Ralph's for selling to a minor. See the photo here.

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