December 31, 2010

Katy Perry's 'Part Of Me' Leaks Online

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Just a few weeks ago, Katy Perry confessed that she was ready to take her relationship with Russell Brand to the next level by taking his last name. Despite the amorous stage in her life, the pop star appears strong, bold and just a tad resentful after a breakup on the previously unheard pop-rock song "Part of Me," which surfaced on the Internet on Wednesday.

With reported production by pop mastermind Dr. Luke, the song has Perry declaring herself unbreakable after an ugly breakup, singing, "Days like this I want to drive away/ Pack my bags and watch your shadow fade/ 'Cause you chewed me up and spit me out/ Like I was poison in your mouth/ You took my light, you drink me down/ That was then and this is now, now look at me." Read more>>
Source: MTV News

Michael Jackson Doctor To Claim Singer Killed Himself

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More than 19 months after Michael Jackson's shocking death at the age of 50, the only person charged in the case, the singer's former personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, is due in court next week. And, according to a Reuters report, Murray's lawyers plan to defend Murray against a charge of involuntary manslaughter by claiming that the pop icon killed himself when he self-administered a large dose of propofol, a surgical anesthetic Jackson used as a sleep aid to combat chronic insomnia.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and has admitted to giving Jackson propofol. Murray's lawyers have said the physician did not administer any drugs that "should have" caused Jackson's death. The investigation into his death was lengthy, lasting more than eight months, after which Los Angeles prosecutors charged that Murray gave the King of Pop a lethal combination of propofol and other painkillers and sedatives in the hours before the singer was found dead in his rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25, 2009. Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
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Paramore Move On To New Album

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Rockers Paramore are moving on from the recent departure of the Farro brothers by starting work on a new album.

Josh Farro and his brother Zac, who founded the group with singer Hayley Williams and bassist Jeremy Davis in 2004, left the band earlier this month (Dec10), playing their last their show with the group in Orlando, Florida on 12 December (10).

Josh subsequently spoke out about the siblings' decision to quit, accusing Williams of taking over and causing arguments. He also claimed working with the vocalist on the band's last album, 2009's Brand New Eyes, sparked their departure: "We fought her about how her lyrics misrepresented our band and what we stood for, but, in the end, she got her way."

Williams has now confirmed the band is moving on from the line-up change by getting straight back to work on a new album - bassist Taylor York has been recording demos and the singer is all set to start writing lyrics.

And the frontwoman admits she is feeling positive about the band's future.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, Williams writes, "Tonight (Taylor York) sent me the 1st official demo for me to write lyrics to. And I am so hopeful and motivated for the future!!"
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Eminem's Proof Tribute Surfaces Online

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Eminem pays tribute to his late best friend, rapper Proof, in his new memorial track Difficult, which leaked online on Thursday (Dec 30).

The hip-hop star was left devastated when his D12 bandmate was murdered in 2006 and he has been struggling with the tragedy for the last four years.

The Without Me hitmaker opens up about his ongoing heartbreak in Difficult, revealing he still is haunted by memories of his childhood pal.

He raps, "I continuously stare at pictures of you/ I never got to say 'I love you' as much as I wanted to, but I do/ Yeah, I say it now when you can't hear me/ What the f**k good does that do me now?/ But somehow I know you're near me...

"Everyone else is just trying to pick up the pieces/ Man, how could you touch so many f**king lives and just leave us? They say grievance has its way of affecting everyone different/ If it's true, how the f**k I'm supposed to get over you?"

Eminem also admits to keeping an item of clothing Proof wore, continuing: "And this may sound a little strange, but I'mma tell it/ I found a jacket that you left at my wedding, I picked it up to smell it/ I wrapped it up in plastic until I put it in glass and hang it up in the hallway so I can always look at it."
According to MTV.com, Eminem previously honored Proof - who was gunned down at the age of 32 in his native Detroit, Michigan - in his song You're Never Over.
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December 30, 2010

Britney Spears To Premiere 'Hold It Against Me' On Jan. 7

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Britney Spears is making sure to start the year off right with new music. As speculated, the pop princess is set to premiere her brand-new track called "Hold It Against Me" late next week, according to Entertainment Weekly. In the latest issue of the magazine, Sharon Dastur, program director for New York's Z100, dished a few details about the pop star's anticipated new single.

"It's produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin," Dastur revealed. "And the beat that they give her is really unique compared to other artists — this infectious bass beat beneath the song...." Read more>>
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Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens With The Scotch Plainsmen To Perform

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Pat DiNizio and The Scotch Plainsmen will be performing LET IT BE in its 
entirety this coming Wednesday night, January 5th at the City Winery, 155 Varick 
Street, NYC (for more info, go to citywinery.com)

THE SCOTCH PLAINSMEN are the brainchild of Smithereens frontman Pat Dinizio.

While it's no secret Dinizio has been carrying the Beatle torch his entire lifetime, this ensemble gives him the outlet to continue to perform Fab Four tunes without cluttering the Smithereens calendar. Yes, the Smithereens did two critically acclaimed Beatles tribute albums and are known to throw in some Lennon & McCartney staples into their live sets, but with the Scotch Plainsmen, Dinizio can really indulge himself with this exciting new outlet.

"We wanted to do something to set us apart from the many Beatles copy bands out there. So, we've peeled it down to its essence - just the music. We don't have a "Paul" guy or a "John" guy per se`. Heck, there are seven of us up there. We interchange vocal parts based on who can deliver it best. With even have three guitar players to try and capture that rich texture the Beatles used to get through multi-tracking and other studio techniques. And there are absolutely no tape loops or pre-recorded sounds. Everything you hear is performed 100% live, unlike a lot of the copy bands out there".

And of course, the fake moustaches, over-the-top cockney accents and Sgt. Pepper suits are nowhere to be found," Dinizio adds only half-jokingly.

The Fab Four fabric is indeed an integral part of the band's genesis and DNA. Dinizio met his musical cohort, acoustic guitarist Tommy Frangione, at a chance encounter on a return trip from a Chicago Beatlefest. "I saw this guy wearing a Beatles Apple Records t-shirt, and spotted his Beatle Brunch gig bag. I knew he was a kindred spirit!". So there at O'Hare airport, some 800 miles from home, these two residents of rural Scotch Plains, NJ forged a friendship that has travelled the Merseybeat Road culminating in the formation of this newest entry to the Beatles tribute circuit.

As the Smithereens released their well received interpretation of "Meet The Beatles" (a record Dinizio cites as the single most important album ever released), Frangione introduced them to Joe Johnson, host of the long running nationally syndicated Beatle Brunch radio program. Johnson loved the record so much, he dedicated an entire show to the disc, helping to introduce the band to many of his 2 million weekly listeners.


By popular demand, a followup release was arranged, with the unique concept of covering songs the Fabs buried on the flip-sides of their mega-selling hits, entitled appropriately enough, "B-Sides The Beatles".  An associate producer for Beatle Brunch (as well as writer for Beatlefan magazine, and reigning trivia maven at the long running Fest For Beatles Fans), Frangione was enlisted to write the liner notes. In addition, that's Tom and his older brother donning the Beatles Halloween costumes in the rear sleeve photo.

Adding reverance to the proceedings, Frangione arranged for Andy White (the studio drummer at the Beatles first EMI session) to reprise his role behind the kit for the disc's centerpiece "P.S. I Love You", which was voted one of the top 200 tracks released that year. Coinciding with the album launch, White joined the Smithereens onstage at a benefit concert to perform the song, as well as its chart-topping A-side, "Love Me Do".

Along the way, Pat and Tommy have done some local acoustic shows, but the most memorable gig they did together was at the site of the most famous of all Beatles concerts, Shea Stadium, as part of a VH1 benefit for Autism research. Together with Smithereens guitarist extraordinairre Jim Babjak, the trio included the Fabs' own "Ticket To Ride" in the set. "I guess me, Tommy, Jimmy and John, Paul, George & Ringo are the only seven people ever to play that song at Shea" jokes Dinizio.

Another of Dinizio's pioneering endeavors, the Living Room Concert series proved to be the next buiding block in the Scotch Plainsmen annals. Recruiting friends and fellow musicians from these intimate musical gems, Dinizio hand picked guitarist Sam Fairley (of the NJ based "Altman Brothers") and bassist Bruce Pike (from the venerable "Home At Last"). "I wanted guys who 'get' the idea of soing this for fun, first and foremost. We're all big Beatles fans, so the biggest differences we have involve which songs to play. There's absolutely no ego, infighting, or any other hassle involved". Pike recruited drummer Bill Truluck and lead guitarist Tim Donald from the south Jersey based "Rubber Souls". Hailing from the Bronx, keyboardist David Solomon (the highly in-demand session player from the band Genetic Control) rounds out the group.

So with unabashed Beatlemania firmly anchoring their friendship and musical heritage, the band chooses "themed" sets to perform at select Dinizio shows. They have done shows featuring the White Album top-to-bottom, all 95 minutes of it), as well as those brimming with unbridled Beatle-geekness. One such example was an album based set featuring the Beatles classic "Rubber Soul". Never content to leave well enough alone, the band embellished the now standard British CD lineup with tracks found on the US release (back in the '60's there was a lot of mixing and interchanging of album lineups) and the accompanying non-LP single "We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper".

For tonight's set at the City Winery, the band's fabness is reflected in the "Let It Be Chronicles". In addition to each album track, songs from the "Let It Be" movie and famous rooftop concert finale will be included. Songs lifted from the widely bootlegged early version of the album (then titled "Get Back") will be included as well, including "Teddy Boy" which Paul McCartney later rescued for inclusion on his own debut solo album.

Dinizio defends the setlist vigorously: "'Let It Be' is often dismissed as a loose, non-focused, rough around the edges affair. but it contained no fewer than three #1 singles ("Let It Be", "Get Back" and "The Long & Winding Road" - ed). How many Beatle albums can make that claim?" he challenges. Chiming in as if scripted, Frangione offers up "two - 'Magical Mystery Tour'" and 'Help!".

Like we've said, these guys are pretty hardcore. Give them a listen - we're sure they'll pass the audition.
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Rocker Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Ever

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Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a Musicradar.com poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year (10) - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles/Wings) made up the rest of the top 10.

December 29, 2010

Rockers Bon Jovi Score Top-Selling 2010 Tour

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Rockers Bon Jovi are ending 2010 on a high after scoring the year's (10) top-selling tour.

The band sold a massive $201 million worth of tickets worldwide for The Circle Tour, topping a list of 2010's highest-grossing concert attractions compiled by Pollstar magazine.

AC/DC came in at number two with $177 million, followed by Irish band U2 at three with $161 million .
Lady Gaga is the only pop act in the top five, earning $134 million from her Monster Ball tour, and the list is rounded out by Metallica with $110 million.
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Other acts to feature in the top 10 include Michael Buble, Sir Paul McCartney and the Eagles.

December 28, 2010

Kelly Osbourne Quits Twitter After Worrall Bust Up

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Kelly Osbourne has vowed to quit posting on microblogging website Twitter.com after an online war-of-words with her ex-boyfriend Luke Worrall.

The pop singer-turned-reality TV star dumped model Worrall in July (10), but admits she is still broken-hearted over their split.

She took to her page on Twitter on Tuesday (28Dec10) to launch a furious rant at Worrall, accusing him of sleeping with dozens of women since the break-up.
Worrall hit back, branding Osbourne's claims "lies" and laughing when a fan congratulated him on his womanising ways - and Osbourne has now decided to quit the website as she is still in turmoil over her ex.

She writes, "Don't think I have ever felt so stupid, he made a fool of me, going to be off Twitter for a while, never felt heart brake (sic) like this in my life."

Elton John Becomes A Dad On Christmas Day

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Sir Elton John is holding close a new tiny dancer.

The piano man and husband David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. The news was first reported Monday night by USMagazine.com and confirmed to the Associated Press by John's Los Angeles-based publicist.

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California via a surrogate, whose identity is being protected by the new parents. Read more>> Watch the video below. 
Source:USA Today

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Pop/R&B singer Teena Marie Remembered By Diddy, Mary J. Blige and More

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The music world was stunned to find out that legendary R&B singer Teena Marie died over the weekend. The singer was just 54 and left a lasting influence on many of today's contemporary artists, who immediately reacted to the singer's death. Marie's peers also shared their memories of the singer as the rest of the world was still learning of her death.

Diddy tweeted: "R.I.P Teena Marie. God Bless. Damn I just saw her the other day."

Mary J. Blige also took to Twitter to pay her final respects to the influential artist, who was a friend and protégé of Rick James'. "Rest in peace Teena Marie," Blige wrote. "My Love for u is forever."

Common cited their shared astrological sign as a reason he felt so connected to her music. "Teena and I are both Pisces and we believe that we've been here before," he tweeted. "That's why 'De Ja Vu' is my favorite song."

Fellow music "it" girl, Prince protégé Sheila E, also shared how much she will miss the singer on Twitter. "I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed." Read more>>
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December 27, 2010

Lady Gaga To Make 'Born This Way" Announcement New Year's Eve

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Lady Gaga is kicking 2011 off with a bang. The singer shared with her little monsters that, come New Year's Eve, she will have a special announcement for her loyal fans about her upcoming album, Born This Way.

She tweeted over the weekend: "Merry Christmas little monsters! I love you with all my heart. My gift to you is a BORN THIS WAY announcement Midnight on NEW YEARS EVE. -MM."

The Mother Monster didn't reveal anything else about the announcement but did react to a fan-made video sending Christmas love to the superstar. "This is so darling!" shewrote. "You make me so happy, Im sending you monster kisses!" Read more>>