Day in Pop Report for 02/25/2010

50 Cent Sued Over Sex Tape- Idol Judges Not Qualified- Clay Aiken Now a Gay Rights Speaker- Sade Still On Top- 10 Billionth iTune Sold- Snoop Dogged by the IRS and more
A Florida woman has sued rapper 50 Cent in New York City, claiming he unlawfully distributed her homemade sex video over the Internet after editing himself into it as a wig-wearing narrator. more

Police charged a man with arson Wednesday in a fire at the music company offices of a Grammy Award-winning songwriting team that produced dozens of best-selling records from R&B stars including Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and the O'Jays. more

Patti LaBelle thinks some people shouldn't be on "American Idol" and she's not talking about the contestants. "Some of the judges, I don't think they're qualified to even judge," she said in an interview Wednesday more

More than a year after disclosing he is gay, Clay Aiken is speaking before a gay-rights event in his hometown. Aiken will deliver a speech about gay rights this weekend at the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas gala in Raleigh more

Apple's iTunes store sold its 10 billionth song on Wednesday (Feb. 24), thanks to massive sales of tracks by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. more

Justin Bieber and Rihanna have been announced as a musical guests for the 23rd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, according to People. The show is scheduled for March 27th. more

Snoop Dogg is in trouble with U.S. tax officials. The rapper had a tax lien filed against him and his wife earlier this year, which accused them of owing $598,309. more

Log on to www.EstelleMusic.com This Friday, February 26 at 4pm EST for the World Premiere of Estelle's new video for "Freak", directed by Nabil Elderkin. "Freak" was produced by David Guetta and is off of Estelle's new album "All of Me", coming soon!

Leif Garrett has pleaded not guilty in a felony drug possession case in Los Angeles. Defense attorney Andrew Flier said authorities illegally searched Garrett before he was arrested more

Sade led the U.S. pop album chart for a second week on Wednesday as overall sales slid in the post-Valentine's day lull. more

The soundtrack to the Tao Ruspoli film FIX, starring Olivia Wilde ("House", Year One) and Shawn Andrews (Dazed And Confused) is available as a FREE download from the FIX movie website. The soundtrack features an eclectic group of artists including Dead Prez, Ima Robot, Brother Reade, and Nico Stai. more

Jay Leno is back as host of the Tonight Show starting Monday, March 1. NBC said Wednesday he'll be joined the first two weeks by Adam Lambert, Robin Thicke, Ben Harper, Ryan Bingham and Lifehouse. Perhaps CBS booked all the really big name music acts already? more

Fabolous' New York concert on Saturday night, February 20 came to a sudden halt after an inebriated club promoter jumped on stage and began rapping with the star. more -

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Nada Surf Offer Free MP3 From Forthcoming Covers Album, Announce Tour Dates
Nada Surf proudly announce that following their spring tour - where if i had a hi-fi will initially only be available for purchase at shows - they will release their forthcoming covers album on CD/LP and digitally June 8th via the bands own label, Mardev Records, with distribution through ADA.

To give fans a preview of the new album Nada Surf are making their take on Bill Fox's "Electrocution" available for free download here. Nada Surf's spring tour kicks off on March 25th with three sold-out New York shows, and concludes in late May with a performance at the 2010 Sasquatch Music Festival.

if i had a hi-fi is full of inspired, unexpected choices: from avant-pop Kate Bush to underground power-pop classicist Dwight Twilley. There are some intriguingly obscure numbers, like Spanish band Mercromina's "Evolution" and under-documented Bill Fox's "Electrocution." The as yet little known Fox, of Cleveland cult band The Mice, inspired local groups like Guided by Voices and Death of Samantha. Doug Gillard, who was in both of them, lends his highly evolved guitar skills to "Electrocution" as well as the Twilley and Go-Betweens songs. - more on this story

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Keane Announce New Album and Plan Spring Tour
Following the worldwide success of their first three albums, the members of Keane announce today the release date of Night Train to be released on Cherrytree/Interscope Records in the U.S. on May 11.

The band who has had three consecutive #1 albums in their native UK and have played sold out shows throughout the US will also soon announce tour dates in North America for this coming Spring.

Night Train features eight powerful new tracks which were written and recorded during the band's Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw them playing to packed arenas in 28 countries. - more on this story

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Jessica Simpson The Focus Of Another Reality Series
No matter where you are in the world, chances are, you know Jessica Simpson is no stranger to the spotlight.

Her music, movies, television shows and eponymous collection of shoes, clothes, bags etc. has kept her in America's eye, all while being followed and scrutinized since she released her first hit single at the age of 19.

In her new VH1 docu-series, "Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty," premiering on Monday, March 15th at 10PM ET/PT, Jessica and her closest friends embark on a worldwide tour, traveling to Thailand, France, Mumbai, Uganda, Morocco, Japan, Brazil, and then back home to the United States on a journey of enlightenment to discover to what constitutes beauty around the globe. -

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Darius Rucker Joins Musicians On Call
Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit dedicated to bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, is thrilled to announce Darius Rucker will join their efforts on Wednesday, February 24th when he visits the latest MOC participating facility, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's VA Hospital.

In addition, Rucker will host an intimate performance on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville kicking off Hard Rock's month-long March On Stage campaign benefiting MOC. The benfit will begin at 8 p.m. and feature special guest Jypsi. Tickets for the event, priced from $25-$125, can be purchased at TicketAlternative.com.

"I think the Musicians On Call initiative is important because it's one-on-one contact with patients whose health and recovery can directly be affected by one person's time and attention," said Rucker. "Hospitals like the VA are so incredible for recognizing this benefit and incorporating it into their treatment to break up the monotony and improve each patient's quality of life." - more on this story

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Country Season Tickets Being Offered for Top Country Music Tours
Live Nation, the world's premier live entertainment company, announced today their Country music summer concert schedule featuring some of the biggest names in Country music and the return of the Country Megaticket season ticket offer.

"With Megaticket fans can buy a country music season ticket enabling them to secure the same seat to every show along with great access or amenities, and an incredible line up of country music artists at the start of the summer concert season," said Brian O'Connell, President of Live Nation Nashville. "We have offered the Megaticket for nearly ten years now and it continues to be a huge success with live country music fans."

This summer's line up of country greats includes: Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker * Brooks & Dunn with Jason Aldean (April 23 thru June 13th but not including 5/4-5/6) & Gary Allan (5/4-5/6 and after June 13th). * Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young * Sugarland with special guests * Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and The Lost Trailers (2/11-4/10) and Love and Theft (4/11-8/15) * Toby Keith with special guests * COUNTRY THROWDOWN 2010 features the best in new country artists with: Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, The Lost Trailers, Heidi Newfield, Ryan Bingham, Jonathan Singleton & The Grove, Emily West. Bluebird Caf Artists: Ashley Ray, Brad Tursi, Cory Branan, Dave Pahanish, Jedd Hughes, Sarah Buxton, Troy Olsen, Walker Hayes - more on this story

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The Year of the Pitbull
Pitbull introduced Calle Ocho in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to the world last year with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," the international smash from his 2009 album Rebelution.

To kick off what he calls "The Year of the Pitbull," the globetrotting artist will return to his native Miami March 12-14 to serve as the King of Carnaval Calle Ocho, a popular street festival that attracts more than 1.5 million to the city every year.

"I remember having some crazy times at Carnaval Calle Ocho growing up. To come back this year to serve as king is an amazing honor and the perfect way to start what's going to be my year," says Pitbull, who was given the key to the City of Miami last August and calls himself Mr. 305 in honor of the city's area code. - more on this story

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Randy Kohrs Band Leader For Children's Charity Telethon
For over fifteen years, renowned resonator guitarist, Grammy-winning producer and rising artist Randy Kohrs has donated his talents and time to the annual telethon put on by Variety, the Children's Charity, in Des Moines, Iowa, by acting as band leader for the house band. On March 6 and 7, he will resume the role again in the 24 hour event near his own hometown of New Virginia, Iowa.

Kohrs began his participation in the fund-raising event in 1993, when his nephew was born premature with extenuating complications. "His lungs weren't fully developed and a very experimental procedure, at that time, was used to keep him alive. I learned so much about what it took to even be able to conduct the research to develop these ideas, the cost of it all, that I wanted to help in whatever way I could," Kohrs explains. "The telethon plays such a huge role in helping fund the children's hospitals in Iowa, so I walked into Stan Reynold's (President of Variety) office and offered to do anything they needed, whether it was answer phones, sweep the floors, anything. They needed help in the music department, so it worked out perfectly!"

On its 36th year, the telethon has raised more than $70 million for over 300 charities throughout Iowa and neighboring regions, and attracts volunteers internationally, from the current reigning Miss World to sports celebrities to Hollywood actors, not to mention the A-list group of Nashville musicians put together by Kohrs every year. - more on this story

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Pretty Lights EP Trilogy and Tour
On March 2, June 15, and October 12, Colorado-based producer Pretty Lights, aka Derek Vincent Smith, is set to release a trilogy of EPs. Now here's the fun part: in an effort to get his music directly to his fans as soon as it's written, Derek will record the EPs only a few weeks before each release.

It's a pretty gutsy move to set release dates without finished material, but for Derek, who's been recording albums and immediately releasing them for free on the internet since 2006, setting deadlines like this isn't a big deal.

Pretty Lights' last three albums, Taking Up Your Precious Time, Filling Up The City Skies, and Passing By Behind Your Eyes have been downloaded over 500,000 times from PrettyLightsMusic.com. These tracks juxtapose beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats. And as Pretty Lights looks ahead to his next three projects, his music could take him anywhere. The future is yet to be written for Pretty Lights. - more on this story

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Laura Izibor Hitting The Road With Chrisette Michele
Acclaimed Irish soul singer/songwriter Laura Izibor will be joining fellow R&B powerhouse Chrisette Michele on tour this month (see dates below).

The past year has been an incredible one for Izibor. In addition to releasing her debut album "Let The Truth Be Told" to critical praise, Izibor spent the year touring with soul music heavy weights Maxwell, John Legend & India Arie. Her first single "From My Heart To Yours" ascended the airplay charts at multi format radio outlets nationwide, including urban mainstream and urban ac, where it bulleted into the top 10.

Songs from her debut album have already been featured on "Grey's Anatomy," "The Hills," "American Idol" and on the soundtracks for the movies "The Nanny Diaries", "P.S. I Love You," "Step Up 2," Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married" and Will Smith's "Seven Pounds." - more on this story

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