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'Take a Bow', Lead Single From Rihanna's Re-Release


March 15, 2008 02:11:49 GMT


A new single from Rihanna called "Take a Bow" has been played on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM show yesterday (March 14). The mid-tempo pop song is said to be the first single from her 2007 album "Good Girl Gone Bad" re-release.

In the song Rihanna takes the issue of breaking up with a cheating boyfriend but despite all the lies, Rihanna takes this as an "entertaining" and "quite a show" that he himself should "take a bow" for his act. A cut from the lyrics is: "Talking about, 'Girl I love you, you're the one,'/ This just looks like a rerun/ Please, what else is on?/ And don't tell me you're sorry, 'cause you're not/ Baby, when I know you're only sorry 'cause you got caught."

Van Morrison 'Keep It Simple' in His Next Album

March 14, 2008 09:35:46 GMT


Spanning more than 40 years of career in music, Grammy-award winning singer Van Morrison returns to simplicity in his 33rd album, to be aptly named "Keep It Simple". For this effort, the 62-year-old has sought spiritual core in the past five years, which result will be showcased on the album that is due April 1.

On choosing the title to his new effort, Morrison explained, "It's just a song about how everything's gotten now so complex and how things have become so complicated and nothing's easy to do anymore." He elaborated further, taking example of the title track. He said, "So the song's a kind of prayer - or what have you - let's hope we can get back to something simple, otherwise, we're screwed."

Jay-Z Headlines 1st Pemberton Fest With NIN and Coldplay

March 14, 2008 05:13:29 GMT


Pemberton Festival has put an impressive line-up for its first ever event that is set to take place July 25-27 in Pemberton, B.C. Among the numerous acts on the bill Jay-Z, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Serj Tankian and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are announced as the headliners.

According to Billboard.com, the festival is part of Live Nation's production with Good Boy Productions. The latter is the joint venture between Coldplay manager Dave Holmes and Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler. There will be two stages set up to contain more than 50 acts plus a dance stage.

Video Premiere: Damian Marley's 'One Loaf of Bread'


March 14, 2008 04:46:47 GMT


Although he's been off the recording booth for his solo album, Damian Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, is still keen on promoting his contribution in 2007 compilation "Gang War". The Tuff Gong Records release features various artists where Damian contributed in the song "One Loaf of Bread (Something For You)".

A music video has been released, featuring scenes from South Africa and Haiti that were shot using 8mm. The black-and-white part of the video is the one taken in Haiti while the colorful one was taken in South Africa. The video itself was directed by Jason Goldwatch who also penned Jay-Z's "Pray".

Sara Bareilles, Honoree of ASCAP's Vanguard Awards

March 14, 2008 04:14:01 GMT


Sara Bareilles, pop singer known for her hit single "Love Song", will be honored with Vanguard Award by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). She is also set to perform at the ceremony dubbed the 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The particular award is given to artists whose music help shape the future of American music. Previous recipients include Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, The All-American Rejects, Modest Mouse and Beck. The ASCAP Pop Music Awards meanwhile, is part of the association's "I Create Music" week, an entire week of events being held in L.A. to celebrate the voice of the music creator.

Snoop Dogg to Perform and Act on ABC 'One Life to Live'

March 14, 2008 03:56:19 GMT


Snoop Dogg has fulfilled his promise to contribute a song for his favorite soap opera "One Life to Live". The rapper who is a self-confessed fan of the ABC drama in fact will make an appearance to perform two of his songs.

Snoop has chosen two tracks "Sensual Seduction" and "Life of Da Party", two singles from his recently-released album "Ego Trippin'" .The rapper is set to make an extended cameo performing the songs at the Ultra Violet club in the town of Llanview, the network announced.

Video Premiere: Ray J's Second Version of 'Sexy Can I'

March 14, 2008 03:33:52 GMT


Ray J has released the second version of his "Sexy Can I" music video on BET. The song is the first single lifted from "All I Feel", the fourth album of the R'n'B singer who is also known as the younger brother of Brandy.

The new version is made totally different from the first one that was premiered in late January and labeled "Explicit". While the first one was directed by R. Malcolm Jones, the new one is self-directed with additional assistance from RAGE and John Franck.

Actor Terrence Howard Landed a Recording Deal

March 14, 2008 02:43:10 GMT


After previously only contributing tracks to a film, actor Terrence Howard is going full throttle with his music career. The "Crash" star has landed a recording deal with Columbia Records to release his debut album "A Little Bit More Like Me" this Fall.

According to the label's representative the full name of the project is Terrence Howard Presents Me and The Band of Kings. Reports said that Howard would be singing instead of rapping and have musical backing by the live band.

Video Premiere: Kat DeLuna's 'Run the Show' Feat. Busta Rhymes


March 14, 2008 02:25:55 GMT


Teen R'n'B singer Kat DeLuna has premiered the music video for her collaboration with Busta Rhymes. "Run the Show" the second single from her debut album "9 Lives" (2007) reportedly has two different versions of the video, English and Spanish, but the one pulled first is the former.

She shot the video back in January and its premiere date was set for March 13. While the English version features Rhymes, the Spanish one is expected to feature Don Omar. Interestingly, the album version of the song is featuring none of the rappers but includes a vocal appearance from Shaka Dee.

2008 MTV Australia Awards Nominees Announced

March 13, 2008 09:34:44 GMT


Foo Fighters have been named the international leading nominees in the 2008 MTV Australia Awards. Beside put under Live Performer category, the rock band are also vying for the coveted Music Video of the Year.

The Foos who embarked on an Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Tour last year, will have to compete with four other acts to win the former gong. Those who become their competitions will be Pink (I'm Not Dead Tour) and Lupe Fiasco (Snow Jam) among some. Meanwhile, in latter nod, the Foos' video for "The Pretender" will have to compete against 50 Cent, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake's joint video "Ayo Technology" as well as Mika's "Happy Ending".

Muse to Opt Dancey Materials and Revolutionized Release

March 13, 2008 04:32:34 GMT


New details on Muse's upcoming album have been outed by frontman Matt Bellamy. The rock band who are recording their fifth effort will pick dancey kind of materials that pretty much are inspired by their 2006 release "Black Holes & Revelations".

"I think on the next album I'd like to do at least one 15-minute space-rock solo," Bellamy told NME. "Apart from that, 'Supermassive Black Hole' (their 2006 single) opened up a new area for us of dancing, grooving, rhythm section-dominated songs. I'd love to do more stuff like that really."

Rage Against the Machine Added to Lollapalooza?

March 13, 2008 03:58:56 GMT


There have been rumors swirling around that the reunited Rage Against the Machine will also appear at Lollapalooza. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, the rock band will join other rumored acts like Wilco, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails at the festival taking place on August 1 to 3 in Grant Park, Chicago.

The official line-up of the music festival will only be announced next month, but should the four bands really are on the bill, then this would be one of the biggest and most-anticipated events of the year. C3, the Texas-based company that is behind the festival will not confirm any of the act, stating that they cannot confirm or deny anything at the moment.

B.G. Ready to Release 'Too Hood 2 B Hollywood' and 1st Single


March 13, 2008 03:23:28 GMT


Rapper B.G. aka Baby Gangsta is now done with his album release, to be titled "Too Hood 2 B Hollywood" that he has been working on since September last year. This will be his first release under Atlantic Records.

The first single lifted from the album would be "Ya Heard Me" that is produced by Cool & Dre and features three renown rappers, Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Trey Songz. The single is set to take impact this Spring while the album will hit the stores in July via Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records.

Mariah Carey to Replace Sick Janet Jackson on SNL

March 13, 2008 02:54:01 GMT


Mariah Carey is doing a favor for fellow Def Jam artist Janet Jackson by replacing the sick singer on "Saturday Night Live". Jackson pulls out of the gig that supposes to take place this weekend after being admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Monday (March 10) for what was described as shortness of breath.

Organizers confirmed that Carey will appear on the Saturday show which will be guest hosted by Jonah Hill. This would be the first time Carey would appear on the show in nearly a decade for the last time she was on the show was on November 1997. According to Carey's official site, she will perform "Migrate" and "Touch My Body", songs from her upcoming album, "E=MC²".

Video Premiere: Britney Spears' 'Break the Ice'

March 13, 2008 02:27:19 GMT


The new music video from Britney Spears that was previewed yesterday, has been premiered in full length. This would be the animated version of the pop singer for the video of "Break the Ice", the third single off her 2007 album "Blackout".

The Sun held the exclusive right to some frames from the video that revealed for the first time the concept of the video. The site reported that the idea of having Britney in animated character came from the singer herself. She is portrayed as a superheroine in blue suit who broke in a party to confront the enemy.
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