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Gwen Stefani's Tour Lost Its Sponsor, Blamed It on Akon


May 08, 2007 08:00:13 GMT

Akon who is the prime guest in Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" song has caused a controversy when he danced on stage with a 15-year-old fan in a provocative way. As a result, Verizon Wireless which is the main sponsor of Stefani's "The Sweet Escape Tour" refused to have any further involvement in the jaunt.

Initially the stage 'act' was no issue at all until a video footage of the dance circulated the Internet and triggered Verizon's alarm. The telecommunication network immediately removed behind the scenes footage of the tour in Verizon Sweet Escape Tour page and fired Akon as the supporting act. The company even pulled Akon ringstones and music from its stores. Not only stopping there, Verizon also decided in the end to take its hands off this entire tour.

Kelly Clarkson's "My December" Good to Go This July

May 08, 2007 07:13:16 GMT

After spilling hints on the new album "My December", RCA Records as Kelly Clarkson's recording house announces that the follow up of 2004's "Breakaway" will arrive July 26.

The David Kahne-produced album presents yet another side of Clarkson which hasn't been explored as a theme in her previous records. Clarkson admitted that she gets 'wilder' in this piece and that there's a wider range of tunes throughout the tracks. For a start, first single "Never Again" has won Clarkson's fans through her new 'rocky' sound. It entered Billboard Hot 100 chart at #8 based solely on the airplay.

Snoop Dogg, In Attempt to Preserve Hip-Hop

May 08, 2007 06:16:33 GMT

Snoop Dogg for the sake of rap music longevity in music industry, opens up about his willingness to collaborate with anyone despite race or image. He even encouraged people moving in the hip-hop industry to stay low and be wiser in their choice of language.

"Certain situations are so delicate. I try to play my hand like Martin Luther King, but sometimes I gotta be Malcolm X. So it's like a double-edged sword," Snoop said. "We're musicians. I should be able to work with whoever I wanna work with and not offend anybody. This is a music industry where we should take advantage of our position. Our power is to create music that reflects what you feel is right."

Stevie Wonder's Rare Duet with Ella Fitzgerald Packed in CD

May 08, 2007 05:51:06 GMT

A rare footage of Stevie Wonder's duet with the late Ella Fitzgerald will be included in the diva's revived classics album "We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song".

Grammy award winning song "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" was recorded in a duet version between Wonder and Fitzgerald in 1977. This song is among latest additions for the album that is due June 5 via Verne. Other artists also paying tribute through their covers are Michael Buble, KD Lang, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, Hank Jones, Ledesi, Dianne Reeves, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James and Lizz Wright.

Tori Amos Tastes Musical Writing

May 08, 2007 04:50:26 GMT

Entailing behind musical maestro Andrew Llyod Webber's path of success is singer Tori Amos. Completing "American Doll Posse" and still few months away from world tour, Amos fills in the gap with writing a musical for West End and Broadway project.

"I think I am writing a musical! I'm gushing but I'm under lock and key. I'm trying to be Lloyd Webber and Rice. I'm trying to be both. I'm busy. This is such a big project - a double record, 23 songs and the extras," she revealed in an interview. She refuses to spill any further details regarding this project.

Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Tour Is On

May 08, 2007 04:13:15 GMT

Linkin Park that gain the partnership of My Chemical Romance to headline 2007 Projekt Revolution Tour is set to launch the tour on July 25 in a city waiting to be announced later this month. The tour will crisscross North America, visit Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Camden and many more before winding down on September 3 in Englewood, Colo.

Supporting acts expected in the main stage are Taking Back Sunday, H.I.M., Placebo and Julien-K. Meanwhile, the smaller Revolution Stage will be occupied by Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, The Bled, Styles of Beyond and Madina Lake. Linkin Park as the headliner is conducting this tour to promote new album "Minutes to Midnight" which is due May 15.

Dates for Marilyn Manson & Slayer's Joint Tour Revealed

May 08, 2007 03:31:58 GMT

Marilyn Manson and Slayer's joint tour has revealed the specific dates. As previously reported, the jaunt will kick off July 25 in West Palm Beach, Fla and visit other 25 cities. As a wrap up venue, they have chosen San Antonio which is scheduled for Sept 1.

Metalcore band Bleeding Through will come as the supporting act with another band waiting to be announced. On recent interview with MTV Manson said of the combination, "Satan is alive and well and living on the planet Earth, and now you know exactly where to find him - this tour. Our differences complement each other, and the uniting element in all of it is the darkness that both bands represent."

Three 6 Mafia Push Back "Last 2 Walk" Date

May 08, 2007 03:02:26 GMT

Two tentative dates after, Three 6 Mafia now sets the date of "Last 2 Walk" for July 3. The release date has to be pushed back so that it will receive a better coordination since the group is currently weighing on their new MTV reality show "Adventures in Hollyhood".

"Last 2 Walk" which will be distributed by Columbia Records is the group's eight studio album. It was initially scheduled for April and May 22 but continuously delayed despite the release of first single "Doe Boy Fresh" that has been on iTunes since January 2 and has fallen off the Billboard chart.

Corinne Bailey Rae Came Close to Playing Aretha Franklin

May 07, 2007 07:11:08 GMT

Corinne Bailey Rae was about to take the role as young Aretha Franklin in "From These Roots" musical production when she failed to impress the diva. Rae stumbled down at the last stage when a screen test raised Aretha's 'doubt'.

"I almost cast her as one of the characters in my play and in the movie, but when I saw her on TV... well, her pictures look one way and when I saw her on TV she looked a little different so I don't think so," Aretha said.

Ten Songs Picked for Having Worst Lyrics

May 07, 2007 06:42:04 GMT

Ten pop songs have been listed through BBC 6 Music ballot to reign the worst lyrics chart. Des'ree's "Life" came out the ultimate 'winner' by sitting at the 1st post through a 30 per cent votes.

Announcing the top ten list, the radio presenter Marc Riley says, "Bad lyrics can come in all forms - some acceptable, some less so. Dumb is sometimes OK, but pious and pretentious and pompous are obviously never to be encouraged nor tolerated." In defense to this, Martin Fry from English band ABC who sat at #4 said, "I have been waiting for this kind of accolade for years. The most memorable lyrics are often the stupidest."

Dolly Parton Rekindles Old Times with Porter Wagoner

May 07, 2007 06:06:21 GMT

Country star Dolly Parton will be reunited on one stage with her old time buddy Porter Wagoner. They will be celebrating Porter's 50 years career in music industry by conducting a tribute show on May 19 at Nashville, Tennessee's Grand Ole Opry.

Within the show, there will also be the launching of Martin Issues guitar that is specially constructed in honor of Porter. Honky-tonk singer Marty Stuart will also be present as the host of a one-hour fragment exclusively for Great American Country network.

Arcade Fire Issues Its "Intervention"

May 07, 2007 05:06:40 GMT

One more single is pulled out of Arcade Fire's chart-topping album "Neon Bible". Single "Intervention" stands next in line and will be released May 21 in UK via Rough Trade Records and on July 10 in US under Merge Records.

Like preceding single "Keep the Car Running", the second set will be available in 7" vinyl and as digital download. The second single will feature song "Ocean of Noise" by alt country band Calexico on the B-side.

American Idol's Cycle 6 Hits the Road

May 07, 2007 04:32:11 GMT

In what has become a tradition, the American Idol top 10 finalists this season will visit several states in US for a summer tour. The trek will begin one month after the ultimate winner is announced on May 23.

Still competing runners like Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks will be joined by their eliminated fellow contestants to hit the road for three months. They will be performing individual sets as well as collaborations of the songs made popular during the season.

Evanescence Crumbling Down, LeCompt and Gray Speak Up

May 07, 2007 03:47:02 GMT

Evanescence is going through another line up change as guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray bid their goodbye to the band. Though not obviously showing any clash especially after recent release of "The Open Door" (2006), both LeCompt and Gray speak up about vocalist Amy Lee's management that stands against them.

First statement released by LeCompt on May 4 revealed that he was fired from the band without given any time to defend the situation. He said, "I'm done and I'm pretty upset about it. Amy called and fired me today. There's absolutely no loyalty in this band." He continued by writing on his blog that Amy gave him no chance for negotiations or even early warning.

Ben Harper Adds "Lifelines" in Discography

May 07, 2007 03:00:12 GMT

In just seven days, Ben Harper and his band Innocent Criminals finished the follow up of 2006's "Both Sides of the Gun". Taking Paris as the post to record this eleventh studio album, Harper comprised 11 tracks into an album named "Lifelines".

"I had always wanted to make a record in Paris ... because it's Paris," Harper said. "And I had always wanted to make a record directly coming off of a tour. It just makes sense. You've got all your best equipment and your musical abilities are never as sharp or as heightened as when you've been consistently on the road."
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