TODAY'S MUSIC NEWS:
Lady Gaga’s 2014 ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball North American tour gets underway May 4 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The singer tweeted Tuesday: “I am so excited to announce that after abruptly ending my tour for surgery earlier this year, I am back and starting my tour in…USA! ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball will be a full on party combining music, fashion & technology in one explosive performance!” The 25-stop jaunt will stop in Cleveland at The Q May 18. Presale tickets go on sale Friday, while ticket sales for the general public will be available Monday. Pricing will range from $35-$200. SEE LADY GAGA TOUR DATES IN THE LEFT COLUMN.
Carrie Underwood gave producers of the live television production of The Sound of Music quite a fright when she injured herself just three days before the show airs live on NBC tomorrow. Underwood tweeted that she’d hit herself in the head with her own guitar & later fell on her face playing leap frog! Since Carrie’s mishap, the leapfrog scene has been axed from the show.
Frank Ocean's cousin says Chris Brown is responsible for more than $3 million dollars in pain and suffering, stemming from that massive brawl outside a recording studio in West Hollywood last January. Sha'Keir Duarte claims one of Chris' goons brutalized him, but Chris has filed a counter lawsuit, accusing Duarte of provoking the fight and attacking him with kicks and punches.
Native New Yorker Billy Joel held a press conference Tuesday to announce he will perform at the city’s historic Madison Square Garden once a month starting January 27 and continuing with one show per month, “for as long as there’s demand.” So far, Joel is locked into playing the venue on February 3, March 21, April 18 and May 9. Joel said, “Playing Madison Square Garden is an experience that never gets old.”
Planet Hollywood welcomed Britney Spears to town by shutting down a block of the Vegas Strip to allow an eight-car caravan to deliver her to what will be her performance home for the next two years. She was also treated to a variety of very-Vegas performers, including snake charmers, acrobats, contortionists, six-pack-sporting male dancers and showgirls who started off in schoolgirl outfits before stripping down to teeny silver tops and short-shorts. Fans started lining up yesterday morning to get a glimpse of Spears, who rode through the most well-known part of town in a white 1958 Chevy Impala convertible. Onstage rehearsals reportedly kick off next Tuesday, with the show's grand premiere scheduled for December 27. She is currently contracted to do 50 shows apiece in 2014 and 2015.
At the premiere of the Tarzan musical in Germany, Phil Collins said he might be interested in playing some shows again, even with Genesis. He noted, “We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven’t been there yet.” Collins’ last solo studio album was 2002’s Testify, and since, he’s retired from performing, due to nerve damage in his hands from drumming, and a loss of hearing from performing live.
While Miley Cyrus leads an online vote for Time magazine’s annual Person of the Year, the former Disney star came out on top of the list of Yahoo! search terms of 2013, beating out Kim Kardashian, mirroring the Bing search list that we announced yesterday.
The much in-demand producer and songwriter Pharrell has found time in his packed schedule to work on his first solo album since 2006’s In My Mind, and he promises the set will not feature any rap. He told Complex, “That’s the difference between 30 and 40. ‘Cause I was 30, now I’m 40 – and I’m not rapping.” Finally, Pharrell was asked to comment on the crazy year experienced by Miley Cyrus, with whom he collaborated on her Bangerz album. He said, “I’m not worried about Miley. I’ve seen her soul in action. I know her voice, her voice is crazy…she’s 20 years old and enjoying her life. She’s enjoying her freedom.”
New Zealand teen Lorde premiered the video for “Team,” the follow-up single to her chart-topping smash “Royals.” She said the video was borne from a dream she had about teenagers in their own world.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC NEWS:
Beyoncé tops Bing’s list of the most-searched celebrities of 2013 among U.S. internet users. Other pop stars that made the cut include Rihanna (#3), Taylor Swift (#4) and Justin Bieber (#6). The search engine also revealed the year’s most-searched song is “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. SEE THE TOP 10 SEARCHED CELEBS AND SONGS IN THE RIGHT COLUMN.
Elton John’s upcoming concerts in Moscow may be derailed by Russia’s anti-gay laws. If the concerts are found to violate the “gay propaganda” restrictions that exist in several regions of Russia, which make “promoting homosexuality” illegal, they could be called off. Elton is scheduled to perform in Russia this Friday and Saturday.
Joe Jonas tells New York magazine that he lost his virginity at age 20 and smoked weed for the first time at the urging of Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Jonas also insisted he and his brothers never intended to be the poster boys for abstinence and they decided to take their purity rings off a few years ago. He says he’s glad he waited for the right person though. He doesn’t reveal who the “right” girl was, but he does say that actress Ashley Greene was his first serious relationship.
Justin Bieber dropped the piano ballad “Change Me” yesterday as part of his weekly Music Mondays series. The track is a smooth, stripped-down R&B slow jam that the Biebs described on Twitter as “very personal.” The Music Monday series ends next week and will be followed by the December 25 release of his 3D movie Believe.
Lady Gaga unveiled life-size doll versions of herself at an event in Tokyo over the weekend. The so-called Gagadolls were created by Japanese companies in collaboration with Gaga’s label and are being used to promote her new album, Artpop. Unfortunately for superfans, the silicon dolls aren’t available for sale…yet.
In keeping with an annual tradition, The Killers have released a new holiday single and accompanying video for charity. The release of “Christmas in L.A.” is in partnership with the (RED) organization, and all proceeds will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. The video for the song features actor Owen Wilson discussing the meaning of life with the voice of Harry Dean Stanton, and features animation by students at Brigham Young University.
A David Bowie 45 featuring the singles “Starman” and “Suffragette City” has sold on eBay for nearly $2,000. Two dozen bidders battled for the rare, Angola-made disc. The winner ended up dropping $1,996.21 to add it to his or her collection. In another landmark eBay auction, a sealed, mint-condition copy of The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today collection, featuring rare artwork, sold for $15,300. The album cover, which shows the band wearing lab coats and surrounded by raw meat and doll parts, has been out of print for years. Capitol printed about 750,000 copies of the album with the “butcher” image before widespread complaints eventually led to a recall.
Queen guitarist Brian May revealed in a new interview that more previously unreleased Freddie Mercury material has been discovered. It was recently confirmed that May is working on finishing several tracks the late Queen frontman was working on with Michael Jackson, but May told Mojo magazine that in addition, “There's more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive.” May said he’s not sure whether there is a whole album-worth of material though. Meanwhile, May’s environmental group, Save Me, has scored a victory by ending the extermination of badgers in the UK countryside.
Just in time for the holidays, look for a career-spanning John Mellencamp box set next Tuesday, December 10. John Mellencamp 1978-2012 features a total of 223 tracks- including “Jack and Diane” and “Pink Houses.”
MONDAY'S MUSIC NEWS:
For the ninth week running, Lorde’s “Royals” maintained its chokehold on the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, keeping Eminem’s “The Monster” featuring Rihanna at number two for the second week in a row. The rest of last week’s top five saw Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” again stalled at 3, OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” shoot from 6 to 4, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” move down from 4 to 5.
Meanwhile, on the Billboard 200 albums sales chart, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 returned to the top after selling an additional 120,000 copies last week, knocking last week’s number one, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP all the way down to number 8.
Performers for this year’s West Coast edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest were announced last week with Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias set to rock the California party, hosted once again by Fergie. Additional artists will be announced soon for the traditional Times Square affair.
The ongoing legal battle between the family of Marvin Gaye and pop star Robin Thicke over Thicke’s alleged copyright infringement of the Gaye classic “Got to Give It Up” in his hit song “Blurred Lines” took a new turn when the Motown legend’s oldest son, Marvin Gaye III, filed his own separate lawsuit claiming Thicke ripped off four of his late father’s tunes. The adopted eldest of Gaye’s children alleges Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” borrows heavily from “Got to Give It Up,” Thicke’s “Love After War” sounds too similar to “After the Dance,” Thicke’s “Make U Love Me’ copies “I Want You” and Thicke’s “Million Dolla Baby” tends to sound too much like “Trouble Man.”
Miley Cyrus is currently leading an online vote for Time magazine’s annual Person of the Year. By almost a 2-to-1 margin (29.5% to 12.7%), Miley currently holds the lead in a poll which asks participants to decide which person “most influenced the news this year, for better or worse.” Indian politician Narendra Modi is sitting in second place. Ultimately, Time editors will choose the Person of the Year themselves, and the decision will be announced December 11.
The Beastie Boys have won their brief battle with toymaker GoldieBlox over the company’s unauthorized use of the song “Girls” in a cute commercial which has since been replaced with a new tune. Last week, GoldieBlox released a statement that read in part: “We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans…”
Swedish pop duo Icona Pop announced an upcoming headline tour, along with a long run opening for Miley Cyrus and another stretch opening for Katy Perry. The headline trek begins February 15 in San Diego, their opening act duties on Cyrus’ Bangerz tour gets underway February 14 in Vancouver and their stint on Perry’s Prismatic Tour begins May 7 in Ireland.
The Jonas Brothers recently announced they were calling it quits as a group, but last week they released five of their final group songs: “Found,” “What Do I Mean to You,” “Neon,” “Wedding Bells” and “The World.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland opened a new exhibit dedicated to Elvis Presley on Friday. More than 40 artifacts are on loan from Graceland in Memphis, including a 1975 custom-built “SuperTrike” motorcycle and a selection of the singer’s famous jewelry. In addition, a new film produced specifically for the exhibit features performances spanning Presley’s entire career. Presley was part of the first-ever class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their landmark album Living Years and its powerful and popular single “The Living Years,” Mike and the Mechanics have announced two releases on January 20. The Living Years 25th Anniversary Edition will include the original album plus 12 live recordings and a new version of “The Living Years” sung by current singer Andrew Roachford. Meanwhile, the 2-CD set The Singles: 1985-2014 includes hits like the original “The Living Years” featuring Paul Carrack, “All I Need is a Miracle,” plus a new song, “When My Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” and the previously unreleased “One By One” featuring Carrack and Paul Young on vocals.
LADY GAGA ARTRAVE: THE ARTPOP BALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
(Presale tickets on sale this Friday, December 6. Ticket sales for the general public December 9.)
One Direction Tour 2014 Dates:
August 1 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
August 4 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
August 7 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
August 11 Washington, DC Nationals Park
August 13 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
August 16 Detroit, MI Ford Field
August 19 Nashville, TN LP Field
August 22 Houston, TX Reliant Stadium
August 24 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
August 27 St Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
August 29 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
September 12 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl
September 16 Phoenix , AZ University of Phoenix Stadium
September 19 El Paso, TX Sun Bowl Stadium
September 21 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
September 23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
September 25 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
September 27 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
October 01 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome
October 03 Tampa FL Raymond James Stadium
October 05 Miami, FL Sun Life Stadium
Cheap Trick Winter 2013 / 2014 Tour Dates
12/5 – Sarasota, Fla. — Van Wezel PAC
12/6 – Jacksonville, Fla. — Florida Theater
12/7 - Miami, Fla. — Magic City Casino
12/27 – Merrillville, Ind. — Radisson Star Plaza
12/28 – Mt Pleasant, Mich. — Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
12/29 – Seneca, N.Y. — Seneca Allegany Casino
2/7 – St Charles, Ill. — Arcada Theater
2/8 – Orlando, Fla. — SeaWorld Bayside Stadium
2/14 – Ridgefield, Ct. — Ridgefield Playhouse
2/15 - Montclair, N.J. — The Wellmont Theater
2/16 – Lynn, Mass. — Lynn Auditorium
2/21 – Milwaukee, Wis. — BMO Harris Bradley Center
3/3 – New Orleans, La. — New Orleans Convention Center
3/6 – Calgary, AB — Deerfoot Inn & Casino
3/7 – Regina, SK — Casino Regina
3/9 – Thunder Bay, ON — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
3/11 – Hamilton, ON — Hamilton Place
3/12 – Toronto, ON Cana — Massey Hall
3/13 – Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre
3/15 – Montreal, QC — Metropolis
Leona Lewis - Christmas, With Love
Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams (DVD)
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Breakout Artist
Favorite Pop Artist
Favorite Country Artist
The Band Perry
Favorite Country Music Icon
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite R&B Artist
Favorite Alternative Band
Fall Out Boy
Mumford & Sons
"Just Give Me a Reason" (P!nk feat. Nate Ruess)
"Mirrors" (Justin Timberlake)
"Radioactive" (Imagine Dragons)
"Roar" (Katy Perry)
"When I Was Your Man" (Bruno Mars)
The 20/20 Experience (Justin Timberlake)
Bangerz (Miley Cyrus)
Based on a True Story… (Blake Shelton)
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke)
To Be Loved (Michael Bublé)
Favorite Music Video
"Best Song Ever" (One Direction)
"Heart Attack" (Demi Lovato)
"Just Give Me a Reason" (P!nk feat. Nate Ruess)
"Roar" (Katy Perry)
"Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus)
Favorite Music Fan Following
Britney Army (Britney Spears)
Directioners (One Direction)
KatyCats (Katy Perry)
Little Monsters (Lady Gaga)
Lovatics (Demi Lovato)
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is asking fans to help identify a group of teenagers in a photograph he snapped in Miami during the Beatles’ first visit to America in 1964. The image is one of over 200 previously unseen shots found in Starr’s new book, Photograph. The limited edition (2,500 copies) collector’s item is signed by Starr and available at RingoPhotoBook.com.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class Of 2014 nominees:
•The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
•Hall and Oates
•LL Cool J
JUSTIN BIEBER'S BODYGUARDS CARRY HIM UP THE WALL OF CHINA!
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards winners:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR "Mirrors"
BEST MALE VIDEO Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
ARTIST TO WATCH Austin Mahone
SONG OF THE SUMMER One Direction, "Best Song Ever"
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"
BEST FEMALE VIDEO "I Knew You Were Trouble"
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Can't Hold Us"
BEST COLLABORATION P!nk featuring Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"
BEST ROCK VIDEO 30 Seconds to Mars, "Up in the Air"
BEST POP VIDEO Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can’t Hold Us"
BEST ART DIRECTION Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N"
BEST DIRECTION Justin Timberlake, "Suit and Tie"
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Bruno Mars, "Treasure"
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound"
BEST EDITING Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
MADONNA'S GOT GRILLS!
She showed off her distinctive looking grills when she arrived in the south of France accompanied by boyfriend Brahim Zaibat. The bizarre fashion accessory includes 24 diamonds and an open-tooth design that shows her real teeth underneath. (click picture for a larger image)
LADY GAGA WITH TAYLOR KINNEY AT THE CHATEAU MARMONT IN A SEE-THROUGH DRESS
JUSTIN BIEBER NAKED WITH STRATEGIALLY-PLACED GUITAR
Forbes magazine's list of the highest-earning celebs under 30:
1.Lady Gaga, 27: $80 million
2.Justin Bieber, 19: $58 million
3.Taylor Swift, 23: $55 million
4.Calvin Harris, 29, DJ: $46 million
5.Rihanna, 25: $43 million
6.Katy Perry, 28: $39 million
7.Adele, 25: $25 million
8.Jennifer Lawrence, 22: $26 million
9.Kristen Stewart, 23: $22 million
10.Taylor Lautner, 21: $22 million
Top Artist: Taylor Swift
Top New Artist: One Direction
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Touring Artist: Madonna
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist: One Direction
Top R&B Artist: Rihanna
Top Rap Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: fun.
Top Latin Artist: Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist: Madonna
Top EDM Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: tobyMac
Milestone Award: Justin Bieber
Icon Award: Prince
Top Billboard 200 Album: Taylor Swift, "Red"
Top Pop Album: Adele "21"
Top R&B Album: Rihanna "Unapologetic"
Top Rap Album: Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift "Red"
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Son "Babel"
Top Latin Album: Jenni Rivera "Las Misma Gran Senora"
Top Dance Album: Madonna "MDNA"
Top EDM Album: Skrillex "Bangarang"
Top Christian Album: tobyMac "Eye On It"
Top Hot 100 Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Digital Song: Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"
Top Radio Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Streaming Song (Video): PSY "Gangnam Style"
Top Pop Song: Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"
Top R&B Song: Rihanna "Diamonds"
Top Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop"
Top Country Song: Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Top Rock Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Latin Song: Michel Telo "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"
Top Dance Song: Baauer "Harlem Shake"
Top EDM Song: Baauer "Harlem Shake"
Top Christian Song: Matt Redman "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"