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Dolly Parton, the Theme and Mentor on American Idol This Week

March 29, 2008 02:42:13 GMT


After The Beatles week, the finalists of American Idol Season 7 will be singing songs by Dolly Parton and what's special about the week is that Parton will also appear as their mentor. The April 1 show will see the country star personally assisting each of the 9 remaining contestants on her biggest hits.

Beside making an appearance at the performance show, Parton will also return the next day to take the stage. She will sing "Jesus and Gravity" that is taken from her new album "Backwoods Barbie" on the April 2 show which is also the Result Day. Also performing that day is bluegrass band The Clark Brothers, who was declared the winner of The Next Great American Band, a spin off of American Idol.

Akon Switching Lane to Country Under Alias


March 28, 2008 09:33:00 GMT


R'n'B star Akon revealed that he has secretly recorded a country album under an alias. The Senegal singer allegedly wants to be the first black artist to ever conquer the music genre that is commonly not associated to African American people.

Akon self-confessed to be a die hard fan of country and western music but is pretty sure that he won't sell the record under his real name. "I'm about to break into a genre that no black artist, writer or producer has ever broken into," Akon said while appearing on The Hook Up at BBC 1Xtra Live. "The funniest part is I'm going in under an alias and I've already got my first hit record."

Video Premiere: Trina's 'I Got a Thang for You' Ft. Keyshia Cole


March 28, 2008 09:13:33 GMT


The second music video from Trina's forthcoming album "Still Da Baddest" has been released. The video for "I Got a Thang for You" is premiered on Yahoo! featuring the song's collaborator Keyshia Cole as her female friend.

The video was shot earlier this month in Miami but no further details have been released. Produced by J-Roc, "I Got a Thang for You" is the follow up to the first single "Single Again" that was released late last year. Originally the second single slated to be pulled from the album is the Mya-featuring track "Wish I Never Met You" but it has been replaced with "Thang" instead.

Timbaland Called His Work With Chris Cornell His 'Best'


March 28, 2008 06:18:57 GMT


Timbaland is really getting a taste of every flavor available in music. The uber producer is crossing the bridge to rock and roll by teaming up with former Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to work on Cornell's third solo album.

In an interview during Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show, the 'Apologize' remixer revealed that what comes out at the end is indeed his best work yet. "This is the best work I've done in my career," Timbo said, added by Cornell who was also there for the show, "This is the most excited I've been about an album in years. The music is natural, not self-conscious... open."

Johnny Depp Directed Lover's Music Video

March 28, 2008 05:08:33 GMT


Actor Johnny Depp has decided to combine his profession with his long-time partner Vanessa Paradis' job as a singer. The American actor has directed the latest music video from his French singer partner for the single called "L'incendie" aka "The Fire" in English.

The video has been premiered, taking a classic glamor theme and rumor has it that the man portrayed only in shadows is Depp himself. The clip shows Paradis singing in front of both an empty theater as well as packed small club, with her being stalked by a mysterious man. Towards the end of the video Paradis danced on the stage and lit fire on her every step, giving meaning to the song itself.

Britney Spears to Perform at Nick's Kids Choice Awards?

March 28, 2008 04:33:08 GMT


There has been a buzz that Britney Spears will appear at this year's Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and actually perform on the stage. The awards show that is popular within kids and tweens, is approaching its D-day on March 29, and sources spilled that organizers are planning to have Spears entertaining the kids.

"It's supposed to be top secret, but everyone is already buzzing about it," a source told OK! magazine. "Her sister, Jamie Lynn, made such a splash at the event last year, Brit knows that she'll get as much, if not more, attention if she shows up this year."

Rihanna Aiding Under-Privileged Kids With Concerts

March 28, 2008 04:12:33 GMT


Behind her huge success and glamor lifestyle, Rihanna shed some time to give back to the community through her music. The "Umbrella" hitmaker is holding a mini tour that will raise funds for under-privileged children.

The tour that is dubbed "A Girl's Night Out" is aimed to give the kids the chance to have fun. The first date has been done on Wednesday, March 26 in Chicago and she will appear in San Francisco later tonight (March 28) as well as in New York City on April 9. The proceeds from the concert will go to Believe Foundation that she created back in 2006.

After 44 Years, The Rolling Stones Allowed to Return to Blackpool

March 28, 2008 03:49:52 GMT


Blackpool, an English seaside town in England has decided to put the hard feeling towards The Rolling Stones in the past. The town has decided to allow the rock band to perform there again for the first time in 44 years.

The Stones were banned from the town in 1964 after one of their concerts at the Empress Ballroom ended in riots whereby 50 people were taken to hospital. A number of crazed fans tore up seats, threw bottles, and vandalized a number of properties at the venue that the officials decided that the band should not play in the area again. Allegedly, the riot began after one of the audience spat at guitarist Brian Jones.

Madonna Planning Three Live Shows for 'Hard Candy'

March 28, 2008 03:18:05 GMT


There have been words on the streets that Madonna has mapped out a number of special shows in support of her upcoming album "Hard Candy". Three dates have been posted on BrooklynVegan.com, claimed to be the scheduled live performances of the "Like a Virgin" singer.

"Hard Candy" will hit the stores on April 28 in U.K. and Madonna is said to be performing on the exact date in New York. The next two alleged appearances are May 6 gig in Paris and May 10 gig in London. No confirmation for these dates yet but it has been announced that the singer will hold a release party for the release of the album's first single, "4 Minutes to Save the World" today (March 28) in New York.

Lil Wayne's 'Lollipop' Made a Huge Leap on Singles Chart

March 28, 2008 02:44:12 GMT


Lil Wayne makes the greatest leap this year with his new single "Lollipop" that features the late rapper Major Static. The first single off the rapper's upcoming album, "Tha Carter III", made a huge leap from #85 straight to #9 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Lollipop" also takes in #2 on Hot Digital Songs chart by being hit with 143,000 downloads.

On the singles chart this week however, the highlight is focused on British singer Leona Lewis who scores her first U.S. #1 with her hit "Bleeding Love". The single was placed #8 last week but has gone straight to the top place in its sixth week. With the position, Lewis is therefore named the first female artist to have her debut single reaching #1 since Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie did it in 2006 with "London Bridge".

Leona Lewis Facing Throat Operation Scare

March 27, 2008 09:32:08 GMT


Leona Lewis is advised by experts from both Britain and America who said that she will need to get her tonsil cut out if she wants to retain her voice. The top throat surgeons however, convinced Lewis that she may not have to endure a lost of voice that has produced mega-selling single "Bleeding Love".

The X factor winner is juggling numerous duties behind her debut release "Spirit" that will hit U.S. on April 8 but she has suffered from tonsillitis, a kind of throat infection, in the past few weeks. "She needs to try and rest because it tends to flare up when she is tired and run-down," a source said. "But that's really difficult with her current schedule. She suffered throat problems a few times last year and earlier this year. Leona's worried this may become a long-term problem and wants to sort it out."

The Pussycat Dolls Fined for 'Sexually Suggestive' Routine in Malaysia

March 27, 2008 07:56:41 GMT


The ever-energetic The Pussycat Dolls gave more than the Malaysian audience have bargained for. Two of the girls flashed out their private parts for all the audience to see when they performed in the Asian country's capital, Kuala Lumpur during their world tour in 2006.

Carmit Bachar who wore a white tank top and green 'barely there' vest accidentally popped out her left nipple while hot pants-wearing Ashley Roberts squatted as part of the dance routine only to 'open up' what was between her legs. Photos of the mishaps can be seen on TheSun.co.uk. Carmit is no longer part of the group starting this year when she announced her departure to pursue solo career.

Duran Duran Got a Rough Start in Reunion Tour

March 27, 2008 07:24:20 GMT


Duran Duran did not leave a good first impression on their reunion tour on Wednesday, March 26. The rock band who reformed in 2007 to release the album "Red Carpet Massacre", got off an awkward start in New Zealand when a string of mishaps occurred on stage.

Reports said that vocalist Simon Le Bon forgot the lyrics of "Hungry Like the Wolf" which is one of their biggest hits. The vocalist however, managed to pull it through and according to Herald, the audience did not seem to mind.

Axl Rose Responded to Dr. Pepper's 'Democracy' Challenge

March 27, 2008 06:25:51 GMT


Maybe Dr. Pepper is the one who can convince Axl Rose to finally release the long overdue Guns N' Roses album, "Chinese Democracy". The drink company is offering "everyone in America" except for former members Slash and Buckethead, a free can of the soda should the album does hit the shelves within 2008. Axl has responded to this challenge.

Through a press release Jaxie Alt, director of marketing for Dr Pepper said that the company is "encouraging (ok, begging) Axl Rose to finally release his 17-year-in-the-making belabored masterpiece, Chinese Democracy, in 2008... Dr Pepper supports Axl, and fully understands that sometimes you have to make it through the jungle before you get it right." Pepper also reasoned that they understood the meaning of striving for perfection, taking an example of their own drink which takes "a little patience" to brew the "perfect" mix.

Usher's Rep Denied 'Love in This Club' On-Set Feud


March 27, 2008 04:36:45 GMT


Usher's "Love in This Club" music video may be highly-anticipated but there have been a lot of nasty stories behind it. A feud allegedly has occurred on the set, involving the singer's wife slash manager, Tameka Foster, choreographer Jamaica and the on-set love interest, Keri Hilson. Usher's manager, Benny Medina, however, was quick to response on this, saying that the shooting on the contrary went rather smoothly.

Sources were telling New York Post's Gossip Column PageSix that Tameka had messed up with how Keri should look in the video that eventually made her looking like an extra rather the love interest. "It was supposed to be a sexy video shoot, and Tameka was there the entire time guarding like a watchdog. It was ridiculous" the source said.
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