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Full Nominees of 2008 BRIT Awards

January 15, 2008 02:47:31 GMT


BRIT Awards, the so-called Grammys for British music scene have unearthed the names who will potentially win a trophy or two for their work in previous years. In the lead for the British category are Take That, Mika and Leona Lewis. Meanwhile, the International school is dominated by bands like Eagles and Arcade Fire as well as a solo act, Kylie Minogue.

Each of the three British acts receive four nods. Take That whose 2006 comeback album, 'Beautiful World' only comes to full eligibility this year, are competing for British Band, British album for 'Beautiful World', British Live Act and British Single for 'Shine'.

Olivia Newton-John and Anne Murray Classics Revived

January 12, 2008 07:26:50 GMT


EMI will release classic collections from Olivia Newton-John and Anne Murray titled 'Olivia's Live Hits' and 'Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends' respectively. Both albums will be released simultaneously on January 15.

Olivia's album will include the recording of her popular hits such as 'Xanadu', 'You're the One I Want' and many more that were performed at Sydney Opera House back in March 2006. The CD that includes seven #1s, will also be tagged with a DVD titled 'Olivia Newton-John And The Sydney Symphony (Live At The Sydney Opera House) that showcases 27 of her hits and favorites spanning more than four decades.

Soulja Boy Accused of Plagiarism and Barked in Return

January 12, 2008 06:54:03 GMT


Fame apparently takes its toll on Soulja Boy. The rapper who has been accused of stealing a stage name and impregnating a 19-year-old girl is now hit with a plagiarism issue.

A rapper group named The Ohio Boyz claimed that Soulja Boy ripped one of the songs that they posted on their MySpace page called 'Swag' and "changed da beat up a lil". They told Bellerstatus.net that Soulja visited their page and posted a comment saying how he liked the song. "He had basically tweaked the beat and had the exact hook on (his version)," the Ohio Boyz said. "We've had the song on our page for months."

Mariah Carey's First Single to Take Impact in Weeks

January 12, 2008 06:09:50 GMT


As promised, Mariah Carey will drop two new singles before February and one of them has been scheduled. All Access Music Group stated on their site that a single will take impact on Top 40/Mainstream radio stations on Tuesday, January 22.

Regarding which single will be made the first one from her new album, reports are circulating that it is still determined between 'Migrate' which she performed at TAO club on New Year's Eve and another one which is called 'I'm That Chick You Like'. Her fan sites also mentioned other possibilities such as 'Heat' and 'Touch My Body'.

Robbie Williams Threatens to Hold Up His Album

January 12, 2008 05:07:22 GMT


Robbie Williams who earlier this week, has announced his break from touring and producing a new album in 2008, launches another move that will make him stays really low this year. The pop singer has threatened to pull the plug with EMI that suppose to release his new album this September.

"The question is, 'Should Robbie deliver the new album he is due to release to EMI?' We have to say the answer is 'No'," Williams' manager Tim Clark told The Times. "We have no idea how EMI will market and promote the album. They do not have anyone in the digital sphere capable of doing the job required. All we know is they are going to decimate their staff. EMI can sue or pay up his contract. Robbie needs to know what services EMI can provide to an artist of his standing."

Panic! At the Disco Changing Their Name, Slightly

January 12, 2008 04:22:09 GMT


Panic! At the Disco have axed the exclamation mark on their stage name, a rep for the band said. The rock act that now want to be acknowledged as simply Panic at the Disco, confirmed the alteration and explained why during the launch of their sprawling 45 date Honda Civic Tour in Torrance, California.

Telling MTV News, guitarist Ryan Ross said, "At least for me, it got a little bit annoying to try to write that every time you're typing the name. It was never part of the name to us. ... People started writing it, and then it ended up in more and more things like that, so there it was. When we started doing new promo stuff for this album, we just told everyone not to use it anymore."

Itching Usher Ready to Release Album This Year

January 12, 2008 03:53:11 GMT


News on the release of Usher's next album after the highly-acclaimed 'Confessions' have been running up and down in the last three years and the latest update comes from the album's producer, Jermaine Dupri. The record in most probability will come out later this year.

Explaining on the frequent delay Dupri said, "He has been taking a pretty long time to put it out, but I think he's ready now. The last couple times I've been around (him), you could tell he's got the bug to hurry up and put this record out. He wants to get back out here and give the people that. He's got that itch."

Cassie Puts Sophomore Album on Schedule


January 12, 2008 03:30:54 GMT


Previously assumed got stuck in her sophomore effort, model turns singer Cassie finally drops the news on the album which is not yet titled. Billboard.com reported that the album will arrive May 20 via P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records.

On the difference to her debut set, Cassie said of the new album, "I guess I grew up a lot but I'm still in essence the same person. Lots has changed in my life, stuff that has made me think about things differently. I'm more vulnerable and you can hear my vocals better this time around. There's real emotion and a much realer connection with my fans."

Bow Wow and Omarion Performed on Ugly Betty, the Video


January 12, 2008 03:09:50 GMT


ABC hit TV series 'Ugly Betty' tapped Bow Wow and Omarion to make cameos on its January 3, 2008 episode and the part has been brought on-line. Both music icons appeared as themselves in the episode which is called 'Zero Worship'.

In the episode, Bow Wow who appeared longer than Omarion, got stuck in the elevator with the central character Betty, played by America Ferrera, and he had a deep conversation with her before another character, Amanda, opened the stopped lift door. He then, in another frame, performed with Omarion, singing while 'unusual' models including Betty straddling on the runaway.

Wyclef Jean Sampled Song Without Permission and Sued

January 11, 2008 09:52:49 GMT


A copyright infringement case has hit former The Fugees star, Wyclef Jean, after a song from his latest album, 'The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant', is claimed to sample another song without permission.

A track from Jean's sixth studio album called 'Welcome to the East' allegedly samples a 1995 song by Blahzay Blahzy titled 'Danger' but did not credit it. One of the group members, Blahz, filed the lawsuit in Manhattan U.S. District Court. Beside Jean, Sony BMG is also named in the lawsuit and both parties are expected to receive litigation papers this week.

Jonas Brothers Put Finishing Touches on Third Album

January 11, 2008 09:32:00 GMT


Teen heartthrobs Jonas Brothers have wound down from their role as Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana supporting act, and are now channeling their time to their third studio album. The three-piece band stated that they may be darker in this one but still opt their famous pop sound.

Taking last year experience as their inspiration in writing the music, Kevin Jonas described among the things that became their subject. "We're a bit older," he said. "We've had some painful moments in the last year. A lot of friends stab you in the back. And girlfriends break up with you, or you break up with a girl - it's terrible what the road will do to you."

Jay-Z to Headline 2008 Glastonbury Fest With Amy Winehouse?

January 11, 2008 06:14:37 GMT


Putting the jigsaw pieces into their place, it is now assumed that Jay-Z will headline this year's Glastonbury Festival. Organizer Michael Eavis has left some hints on the 2008 line-up saying that the headliner would be "black American".

It was previously thought that Kanye West was the talked subject here. However, it was quickly changed after it was further revealed that it will be a New Yorker, which subsequently eliminated West who hails from Atlanta.

Coldplay Not Leaving EMI, Label Informed

January 11, 2008 04:57:25 GMT


Reports that were buzzing regarding Coldplay's plan to walk away from EMI have been denied by a representative from the label. The label's insider told NME.com that the band are actually "committed".

"In reality Coldplay are signed to a long-term record deal with EMI and are committed to produce a number of studio albums," the source explained. "The band's relationship with EMI is both long-term and very healthy and positive. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect and unfair on both parties."

Grammy-Nominated Tift Merritt Back With New Album

January 11, 2008 04:15:51 GMT


Taking a three-years absence from releasing studio albums, Grammy-nominated singer Tift Merritt is set to release the follow up to the highly acclaimed 'Tambourine'. The alt-country singer signed a new deal with Fantasy Records to release 'Another Country' on February 26.

Post releasing 'Tambourine' in 2004, Merritt took a break in Paris to get more intimate with her piano. She had completed a set of songs including the title track and a song called 'Broken' which will go to the new album. Merritt who was assisted by producer Geroge Drakoulias, received collaborations from guitarists Charlie Sexton and Doug Pettibone and Tift's longtime band; Zeke Hutchins (drums), Jay Brown (bass) and Danny Eisenberg (keyboards).

Confirmed, Led Zeppelin to Consider More Reunion Gigs

January 11, 2008 03:45:58 GMT


Although denials have been repeatedly spurted out, Led Zeppelin never came closer to another reunion concert than this. The band is holding a band meeting on an unspecified date later this month, John Paul Jones can reveal.

The bassist told Rolling Stone magazine of what may be one of the their fans' greatest hopes. He said, "There is a band meeting in January. It could be fun to do more stuff."
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