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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Girls Aloud

Girls Aloud 
 Kimberley Walsh has spoken about the group's plans for their upcoming 2013 reunion tour, admitting they have so many ideas in the pipeline.Pre-Order
The 'Sound Of The Underground' star told Capital FM that some of their plans may not be physically possible as they look to put on a spectacular live show for fans.
"You know what, we've got so many ideas for the tour but we just need to work out if it's actually going to be physically possibly to do some of them," she admitted. "We're not going to give any of them away now."
The singer added that each member of the group is very much involved and that she expects the next few months to be a lot of hard work.Capfm
"We're all doing everything – it's going to be a lot of work," she confessed.
The band announced their reunion tour alongside a greatest hits album earlier this month at a press conference in London.Their new single 'Something New' will be released on 18th November with the greatest hits record 'Ten' following on 26th November
The singer has also dismissed speculation that the band will never get back together after their arena tour next year, stating the band will "never split-up".

Taylor Swift

 Red is not only the best-selling album of this week, it's the best-selling album of any week since 2002, when Eminem's The Eminem Show made its debut with 1.322 million in sales. 
Red actually beat expectations, selling 1.208 million copies, without any sales tricks such as Lady Gaga's 99-cent Amazon deal or Madonna's bundling of albums and concert tickets. My theory is that today's record industry contains exactly two stars who can sell millions of albums at a time – Taylor Swift and Adele. Which may be the ultimate legacy of the crippling MP3 revolution – that the world can have only a couple of Britney-circa-2000 stars at a time. My alternate theory is that for all the whining about the Internet, maybe there just haven't been that many great, culture-dominating, giant-pop-star records over the past decade.
LOSER OF THE WEEK: Everybody else in the Top 10 who had the misfortune of coming out during Taylor Week. Kendrick Lamar's brilliantly profane Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, the rapper's first major-label album after a robust indie career, has to settle for Number Two with a respectable 241,000 sales. Also growing up on the pop charts is bluesman Gary Clark Jr., whose Blak & Blu sells 35,000 and hits Number Six, his first bona fide major-label studio album after an excellent EP last year. I bet pop stars who waited to release albums until the holiday season will wind up bummed out, destined perhaps beyond the end of this year to settle for Number Two to Swift's undead Red.Rollingstone
A GOLDEN AGE OF INDIES?: Remember the good old days, in the Fifties and Sixties, when mom-and-pop record labels such as Sun, Motown, Stax and Chess regularly put out the best music despite competition with megacorporations such as Columbia and RCA? Could we be in another age like that? The chart statistics would certainly suggest it – the American Association of Independent Music reports the last five Number One albums have been Mumford and Sons' Babel (on tiny Glassnote Records, for three weeks this month), Jason Aldean's Night Train (on Broken Bow) and Swift's Red (on Big Machine, although that's a bit misleading since it has a distribution deal with giant Universal). A2IM calls this a "thrilling moment" and "just the beginning," which may be true, given major-label defections from Madonna to the Eagles in recent years – and don't forget that Adele's 21, the biggest album of the last few years, arrived on indie XL (through Sony).

Katy Perry

Katy Perry
and ex-hubby Russell Brand are said to have had an 'awkward reunion' after sitting face-to-face at a basketball game in the US last night (30th October).Order
According to E!, K-Pez found herself on the opposite side of the court to Russell as they watched the LA Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.It is thought that the Teenage Dream star and Brand did not speak to each and despite being so close, they managed to avoid any eye contact.MTV
Perry was watching the game with her father Keith Hudson, while the Rock Of Ages actor was joined by showbiz pal David Beckham.


has revealed that a fan once sent her a bloody knife in the post. Download

Speaking to NME, she recalls the chilling incident: "It came from one of my fans. He said if I wasn’t his then I would be no one’s and he would come and take me. I’m kind of scared he’s gonna make me into a lamp."

It's just one revelation shared by the outrageous singer in the latest issue of NME, out today (October 31).

Elsewhere, Ke$ha claims she drank blood from a human heart on stage in Sidney. That was real," she says. "I did it on stage in Sydney. I think I was hanging out with Alice Cooper too much. I was just really inspired to do it. There wasn’t a very good reason behind it."

Ke$ha releases her next album, 'Warrior', later this month. She also has an autobiography in the works. According to the star, My Crazy Beautiful Life will show a "not all glamorous" side to her life and go on sale on November 20. Speaking about her 192 page memoir via publishers Simon and Schuster, Ke$ha said: "In less than three years, I've gone from being the worst waitress in LA to living out my childhood dreams of singing my songs to people all over the world. Sometimes, it feels as if the last few years have encompassed a few decades."

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen
 Owl City's Adam Young as well as several publishing companies and performing rights groups are being sued in a new copyright infringement lawsuit filed in California federal court.Download

The claims come from Allyson Nichole Burnett, an Alabama-based singer and songwriter who authored the 2010 song, "Ah, It's a Love Song."

In Burnett's lawsuit, she says that Young, Matt Thiessen and Brian Lee have copied a prominent motif of her song to create the pop hit "Good Time," released by Owl City and Jepsen in June. The disputed song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also played repeatedly during NBC's broadcast of the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to reports, in shows like "90210," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office," and in trailer ads for the film "Hotel Transylvania."

Jepsen is best known for her chart-topping summer smash "Call Me Maybe," while Owl City's "Fireflies" hit the No. 1 spot in late 2009.Billboard

Song theft lawsuits are on the rise, but this one, authored by THR power lawyer Neville Johnson, is filled with details about musicology and contains other idiosyncrasies.

According to the complaint, the hook in Burnett's song is a "unique vocal motif" that is repeated throughout the song and "has a catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in people's heads."

The song, on Burnett's album "The Takeover," has been on sale in record stores and on digital outlets since 2010 and the lawsuit says it has also been licensed to MTV for the shows "The Hills" and "Friendzone."

According to the complaint, "Defendants' extensive access to 'Love Song' is sufficient to trigger the 'inverse ration rule,' whereby a reduced standard of proof of substantial similarity is required when a high degree of access is shown. However, the substantial similarity between the Original Motif and the Copied Motif... is striking under any standard of proof."

The lawsuit then gets granular with respect to the alleged similarities of the two songs.

Burnett's song is in the key of F while "Good Time" is in the key of E flat, but other shared features are noted, including an identical pitch sequence (5-3-5-3-2), melodic contour (down, up, down, down), rhythmic construction (8th rest, 8th note, 8th note, 8th note, 8th note, 8th rest, quarter note), timbre (textless vocals) and so forth.

Here's a copy of the complaint. The two songs can be heard below.

Burnett, who sometimes performs as Ally "Cupcake" Burnett, is alleging copyright infringement and playing up the alleged damage suffered. She says in her complaint that "many consumers may incorrectly assume that Burnett copied her own Original Motif from the Infringing Songwriters due to the widespread popularity and publication of 'Good Time.' Burnett's reputation as an independent artist will be significantly damaged by such incorrect assumptions."

Further, Burnett says she has "suffered emotional and psychological damage" from fans asking why she copied the Jepsen-Owl City hit, although there isn't any specific cause of action pinned to her distress.

Besides the musicians named above, Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing and Schoolboy Records are named as defendants.

Somewhat unusually, the lawsuit also drags ASCAP and SESAC, two entitities that collect performance royalties, into the dispute.

"Plaintiff is entitled to a constructive trust over all profits and royalties collected and held by the Royalty Distributors," says the lawsuit. "Alternatively, the Royalty Distributors should be required to interplead all profits and royalties collected and held by them into the registry of this Court."

Jonny Marr

Johnny Marr
has opened up about his debut solo album, saying that he didn't want to be in anyone else's band anymore. Download

The Smiths guitarist is set to release his debut LP, 'The Messenger' in 2013, following a tour in January. After leaving The Smiths in 1987, Marr played in a number of other bands, including The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

"It is late in the day to be making my debut," Marr says in this week's NME, which will hit newsstands from tomorrow and will also be available digitally. "I didn't want to be in someone else's band at this point. In the past I might have been reluctant to stand up front, and I've been lucky enough to be in bands with great singers, so it wasn't necessary. But this is my band now, and the frontman in my band has to play guitar. I do both."NME

Speaking about the rumours that his former band The Smiths are set to reunite, he said: "Everybody seems to know more about a Smiths reunion than I do. Those rumours are like a sport for everyone involved bar the people who were in the group 30 years ago. But it's not happening."

Marr is also set to join grunge icons Dinosaur Jr for a special performance in New York this December to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the band's 1987 album 'You're Living All Over Me'. 

The Wanted

The Wanted

Siva Kaneswaran has said the group are "really excited" to release their new single 'I Found You'.

The track is released on Sunday (4th November) and the group have been spending the last week on a promotional tour around the UK.

"We're really excited about that," Siva told Capital FM about the song's release this weekend.

"We've been touring the country, getting to see all the fans and getting them involved in all the promotion."

Siva added that he and his bandmates were particularly keen to hear fans' reaction to this forthcoming single because it marked a change of direction for the group.

"We're really excited to see how people react to it and we're really looking forward to the release day," he said.

The Wanted were among a host of stars who attended the Pride Of Britain Awards in London last night.
Tulisa Contostavlos, Lawson and stars of The X Factor also attended the event at the Grosvenor House hotel.
The Wanted talk to Capital FM's Kevin Hughes at the Pride Of Britain Awards in London:

Lady Ga Ga

has teased her forthcoming albumARTPOP, indicating that it could be split into two parts.Download
When speaking to fans on her Little Monsters website, GaGa hinted that her third studio LP may be a double collection, stating: "It's a bit more modern. You never know if radio is ready.
"I can't decide how to tracklist it yet. Sort of thinking that volume one should have all the commercial songs and save the experimental material for volume two."
She also spoke about the innovative app format for her album, claiming: "The app is coming along amazing. I'm flying back to Chicago to work on it.MtV
"The developers on ARTPOP are all like 22 and genius kids. You'd be surprised how many genius little monsters there are."
GaGa's ARTPOP is expected to be released early next year.
The Poker Face star also hit the headlines today (30th October) after confronting DJ Calvin Harris on Twitter, denying claims that he 'turned down' a collaboration with her back in 2008.

Jack White

Jack White
has unveiled his new video for 'I'm Shakin". Download

In it, two Jack Whites – one in a pale blue suit, one in a dark blue suit – duel face-to-face in a rehearsal space, backed up by their correspondingly-dressed bands. The track is the fourth single to be taken from White's debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss'.

The seven-inch vinyl single will be available to pre-order from October 16 and will feature the B-side 'Blues On Two Trees'. It will be released digitally on October 30.

The guitar virtuoso and former White Stripes man will return to the UK and Ireland this month for a string of live dates across October and November.NME 

The run of dates begins at Dublin's O2 Arena on October 31 and runs until November 8 when White headlines Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
says that Yoko Ono isn't at fault for splitting the Beatles or tearing John Lennon away from the group in an upcoming TV interview with David Frost, the BBC reports. "She certainly didn't break the group up,"Download
 McCartney says, countering the commonly held belief that Ono caused the Beatles' dissolution. "I don't think you can blame her for anything," McCartney says, adding that Lennon was "definitely going to leave."
McCartney also says Lennon wouldn't have written "Imagine" without the influence of Ono, a conceptual artist. "When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things," McCartney says. "She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave."Rollingstone

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen
 follows the sun-stroked fun of the "Call Me Maybe" and "Good Times" music videos with the "This Kiss" clip, a night-set and decidedly more adult visual from her "Kiss" album. The flirty video, which features Jepsen rocking a warehouse party and taking a dive with a long-haired hunk, was released on Sunday (Oct. 28). Download

"This Kiss" trades the "Good Time" crew for a gaggle of partygoers, who flank Carly Rae as she breezes past the boys and enters the party she was born to rock. There is some dubious masquerading, an old-time photo setup, a dimly lit rock scene and a mysterious dude (played by Thomas McDonell) who catches the pop singer's eye. As the synth-pop jam winds down, Jepsen and her man leap into a pool for a steamy lip-lock that's charmingly cinematic.

Last week, Jepsen was named Billboard's "Rising Star" , following a year in which the Canadian singer-songwriter scored a massive pop hit with "Call Me Maybe" and joined Justin Bieber on Scooter Braun's Schoolboy Records. The award will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music event on Nov. 30. 

Jepsen is currently on tour with Bieber supporting "Kiss," which was released last month. 

Little Mix

 have revealed they don't see reunited group Girls Aloud as competition, stating they are hugely inspired by Cheryl Cole and CoDownload.
The X Factor winners are gearing up to the release of their debut album DNA on 16th November - a few weeks before GA unleash their greatest hits collection Ten on 26th November.
With a possible chart battle looming, Jesy revealed that Girls Aloud are not their rivals, instead insisting they see comparisons between Little Mix and the Something New hitmakers as a compliment.
Jade agreed: "She’s very talented and working with her was really relaxing. She gave us advice about being in a girlband. We would love to work with her again."MTV
Jesy continued: "She’s got a very similar taste in music to us so it was really easy to work with her. She wrote one of our favourite songs."
Speaking of Going Nowhere, Leigh-Anne revealed: "It’s like an R&B song, it’s cool. It’s got a rap on it and it’s almost going back to how we first started out with rapping and the beat-boxing.
"It was just very raw and it’s like we have sat in a room and just started jamming like we used to do. I think that’s why we like it so much. It reminds us of back in the day."
Little Mix's new single DNA is out on 11th November.

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses
The group will play two nights in London’s Finsbury Park on June 7 and 8 followed by a single show at Glasgow Green on June 15. The supports for the Glasgow show are Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and The View. Supports for London will be announced shortly.Download

The band's only London appearance since reuniting was a secret gig at the tiny Village Underground venue. Glasgow Green was the scene of one of The Stone Roses' best-regarded live appearances, taking place on 9 June 1990. "When we were on stage that day, we all looked at each other, and then just went up another level," bassist Mani has said.

The Stone Roses recently revealed that they will carry on playing together next year, announcing a series of shows at the Future Music Festival in Australia next March. NME

The band recently entered the Guinness World Book Of Records for the fastest selling rock concerts in UK history. The 220,000 tickets for their Heaton Park comeback gigs at the end of June and beginning of July sold out in 68 minutes.

Sunday, 28 October 2012


has scored his first UK No 1 single with his Emeli Sande collaboration Beneath Your Beautiful.Download
The urban music star sold 108,000 copies following the duo's appearance on The X Factor's results show last week - knocking Calvin Harris off the top of the Official UK Singles Chart (and down to No 3).
Swedish House Mafia's Don't You Worry Child (ft. John Martin) was a non-mover at No 2 - as was Diamonds by Rihanna at No 4.
The top five was rounded out by Korean rapper PSY's viral hit Gangnam Style.
Meanwhile, over in the Official UK Albums Chart there was a new entry at the top in the form of Taylor Swift's Red.MTV

Emeli Sande
's Our Version Of Events was up seven places at No 2 and last week's No 1 - Jake Bugg's self-titled LP - was in third spot.

's Chapman Square was a new

The Killers

The Killers 
got their Battle Born world tour underway at Glasgow SECC last night (October 26) with a pyrotechnic-filled set that was amongst the longest they've ever played.Download

Coming onstage against the backdrop of a stormy desert highway, frontman Brandon Flowers - dressed in a black shirt and leather jacket - greeted the crowd by telling them: "It's been too long, Glasgow!" and launching into 'A Matter of Time' from new album 'Battle Born'.

The first half of the set was fairly heavy with new material, including 'Flesh and Bone' and new single 'Miss Atomic Bomb', though there were also big sing-along moments in the shape of 'Smile Like You Mean It' and 'Human', which was accompanied by an impressive lazer show.

Flowers was in a chatty mood throughout the night, introducing 'Dustland Fairytale' by telling the crowd that "We come from Las Vegas, Nevada, and it has a very distinct flavour. Where you come from, you have your own flavour, your own equation that makes you who you are.NME

"There are so many different ingredients that shape us," he added. "For me, it was the way my old man walked, the way he talked. It was the desert, it was the lay of the land. This song is about when something very important was taken out of my equation, and I had to look inside myself to see if there was a void or not."

The band's production was relatively stripped-back - at least compared to Muse, who got their UK tour underway here two nights ago - but fireworks were set off throughout the set, though even that spectacle was secondary to the run of hits that brought the show to a close, with 'Runaways', 'Read My Mind', 'Mr. Brightside' and a confetti-strewn 'All These Things That I've Done' played in rapid-fire succession to the delight of the crowd.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Taylor Swift

 has confirmed details of a new world tour, which will kick off in North America in March 2013.Download
The 'Begin Again' signer admitted she is so "excited" to head back out on the road as she plots 58 US dates across 29 states next year.
"I didn't think I could be any more excited about my 'Red'  album, but then I start thinking about how I'm going to put the new show together for The Red Tour," she said in a statement. "I have so many ideas about how to really bring this musicto life, and I can't wait to share the new show with all my fans!"Capfm
The jaunt will kick off on 13th March in Omaha, Nebraska and travel to the likes of Miami, Washington and finish in the home of country – Nashville on 21stSeptember.
The outing will also see her supported by British star Ed Sheeran, who she recently teamed up with for 'Red' album track 'Everything Has Changed'.

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger
Download has insisted that she and Chris Brown are just good friends, following the publication of photos which appeared to show them kissing.
Speaking to The Sun, she claimed that she was "just talking" to Breezy when the pictures in question were taken.
"You are always going to have people saying something or having a picture," she said.
"But it is complete dross if you and your partner know what the truth is. Chris Brown and I are definitely just mates. I have known him since he was younger than 16.MTV
"We were just talking. Even my mum said, 'I saw a picture of you'. It's the same when Lewis [Hamilton] had some random girls sitting in the lobby."
Nicole turned up at Rylan Clark's birthday party is a sexy fancy dress outfit this week.

Cher Lloyd

Cher Lloyd
 Oath is fast becoming our favourite pop song of the year. And as much as it appropriates her brat-pop sound to something so incredibly, overtly American – so too does the song’s video. Dressing Cher up in a tiny little pink shorts’n'bra combo, the video sees her cavorting on a car bonnet before checking out with all her school pals as they dabble with a Wii and then rock on down to the beach. Cher even finds time to do a bit of none-too-subtle product placement for Simon Cowell’s new range of ‘X headphones’.
Is it too soon to sexualise Cher Lloyd like this? Swagger Jagger now feels comparatively chaste placed up against the all-American Cher of Oath, a Cher with her eyes set firmly on global domination and becoming the next Miley or Taylor. With a pop hook as good as Oath has, plus the added pull of hotly tipped US teen rapper Becky G (yes, the Selena Gomez lookalike), the hearts of a million youngsters are there for the taking, and she’s showing no signs of holding back.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

 Pre-Order The singer, who is also a judge on the US version of television talent show The Voice was speaking about rival show American Idol, on which Cowell was formerly a judge, when she made the comment. She said:has called Simon Cowell a 'dick'.

I've not actually seen a full episode of any of the other music shows. I saw the commercials early on of American Idol of Simon being a dick. I was like, 'Man, that's not what it's about!' I didn't want to treat people like that. I wanted to do The Voice to show that we can be positive. We don't have to knock people down.NME

Cowell is currently a judge on The X Factorin the United States. The judges on the 2013 season of American Idol will be Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Aguilera made the comments at a keynote Q&A session yesterday (October 25), at theBillboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference in Los Angeles.

She also said that she doesn't read tabloid press or blogs, saying: "Now everyone is a critic. I don't read blogs. It's just God-knows-who in Buttfuck wherever writing hate shit. You can't take it seriously. I'm sure you've all been hated on at some point by buttfuck people."

During the interview, Aguilera added that it was "hard" to be a powerful woman in the entertainment industry. "I'm known for not always being warm and fuzzy, because you'll just get bulldozed over," she said. 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Janina Gavankar

 Download rework of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" a couple years ago knows, the actress is as much a shapeshifter as her "True Blood" character Luna Garza. Her new video, "Waiting for Godot," accompanies her genre-jumping track (part choral, part dubstep, part Björk) masterfully, adding a storyline as haunting and complex as the song.

"I always say this: Nobody is just one thing. I wanted to play with the duality within myself and watch the two sides deal with the same problem," she tells Billboard of the concept she created.

Gavankar, who has also appeared on "The League" and "The L Word," produced the video herself. In the director's chair was close friend Caitlin Pashalek, who also helmed the trippy "Love Lockdown" video. "She and I will have a lifetime of making strange things together, I'm sure," Gavankar says. "One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn't going to be a 'regular music video.' I don't give a shit about following any sort of norms. I don't really care if people think I'm hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative."Billboard

The video was shot in a single day. "We moved really quick," she says. "It was a very ambitious shoot, to say the least. We shot it like it was a scene." Gavankar, who grew up studying classical music and eventually percussion, calls it "a very personal song." The title references a Samuel Beckett play about waiting fruitlessly for a friend. Here, love is the friend.

While Gavankar is ostensibly hard at work finishing an EP for Randy Jackson's label Dream Merchant 21, she "can't imagine doing it without also attaching a visual to every single song." Which could sound like a lofty goal to set for oneself, for one's debut release. "But I really feel like it's what I'm supposed to do. It's the way that I think, it's the way that I create. It's all kind of one and the same. I don't know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me," she says.

She's unsure what the rest of her EP's recordings will sound like, but she does have one new project in the bag: A version of Frank Ocean's "nostalgia, ULTRA" mixtape jam "Swim Good." Gavankar says her "flip" of the tune is "very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it."
And do her co-stars know she's musically inclined? "Sometimes. I don't walk around with a big billboard on my head saying, 'Look at me, it's The Janina Show! By the way, also I can tap dance!' I know for a fact that when I was up for 'True Blood' they saw 'Love Lockdown.' I know these things help me explain myself and the level of work that I'm interested in achieving. It's a way of expressing my artistic voice without having to shout it and say 'I promise! I'm really artistic! Just trust me!' I have a creative mind and I will bring something extra to the table when you hire me."