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Justin Bieber Loses ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy To Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

If you’ve been following the career of Justin Bieber you would almost certainly think he was a shoe-in for the “best new artist” Grammy at this years awards show, after all he’s sold millions of albums, has fans around the world and heck even his hairdo has become a pop phenomenon, however that wasn’t enough to keep Esperanza Spalding from robbing the Biebs of the award.

Esperanza took the title at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with her jazzy songs and bass playing abilities, proving that sometimes even the Academy wants “real” musicians to take home top honors.

Kanye West didn’t go all Taylor Swift at this show either, saying of the “Best new artist” nod:

“Damn… I can’t find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award… Don’t wanna say the wrong thing.”

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Van Halen Guitar Donated To Smithsonian

Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Guitar Replica

A guitar played by Eddie Van Halen was donated this week to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The “Frank 2″ guitar was donated to the museum on Monday and was used by Van Halen during the 2007-2008 North American tour with David Lee Roth as lead singer.

The guitar, colored in red, white and black is a replica of the original “Frankenstein” guitar that Van Halen originally used when touring, tours that spanned more than 30 tours.

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Glee Announces Summer Tour Dates For 2011

Glee Cast

Wanna make sure you get your fill of Glee during the summer months? Fox’s popular TV show has announced various cities they will be touring in Summer 2011.

Unlike their massive 5 city tour in 2011, the group of singers has extended their campaign in 2011 to 16 cities throughout the US and Canada.

The tour will kick off May 21 in Las Vegas and then travel throughout several large US locations.

Here’s a full list of the Glee Summer 2011 Tour Dates:

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Lady Gaga “Born This Way” Single To Debut On Friday

Lady Gaga Born This Way Photo

Lady Gaga fans this Friday will have reason to celebrate as pop’s current top female performer will debut her new single Born This Way.

The song, one of the mostly highly anticipated of 2011 was originally set to debut this coming Sunday, however Gaga announced via Tweet on Monday that she would push out the single a few days early.

Gaga was suppose to debut the song at the 2011 Grammy’s but decided that popular demand meant she should push it out earlier to the airwaves.

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Christina Aguilera Messes Up National Anthem Lyrics, Says She’s “Devastated”

Christina Aguilera National Anthem Mess up at Super Bowl

While her singing was great, Christina Aguilera messed up the actual lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner at this years Super Bowl, a fact that she says has left her “devastated.”

Aguilera’s issue came when she sang:

“O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming” where she instead sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming…”

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‘American Idol’ 10th Anniversary Album Drops On March 15

American Idol 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits Album

After 10 years on the air, the team at American Idol are preparing to launch a “greatest hits” CD. The Album, titled American Idol 10th Anniversary – The Hits will reach stores on March 15.

The tracks chosen for the CD include the “best of” from various past winners including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard and nine others.

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Britney Spears “Femme Fatale” Cover Revealed, Album Debuting Soon

Britney Spears Femme Fatale Album Cover

Britney Spears fans should be getting excited right now, the pop queen has announced that her new album, titled Femme Fatale will drop on March 15 and in celebration of that announcement the pop singer has released the cover art (pictured above) for the album.

The album is the 7th Studio for Spears and in celebration of her release Spears tweeted the following message on Wednesday:

“This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way! I love you all!”

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White Stripes Break Up, Rock And Roll Fans Weep

White Stripes Breakup

Jack and Meg White have called it quits. The White Stripes are ending their highly acclaimed run of rock and roll, a career that formed in 1997 when the dynamic duo first started performing together.

In a joint statement Jack and Meg said:

“We will make no further new recordings or perform live.”

Jack White in the last several years has been focusing his energies on bands The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs while building his record label Third Man Records.

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Glee Star Lea Michele and Maroon 5 To Play Super Bowl Pregame Show

Maroon 5 Black and White Group Photo

Glee star Lea Michele and band Maroon 5 have both been tapped to play the Super Bowl XLV pregame show on February 6.

Lea will singer a rendition of America The Beautiful while Maroon 5 will perform a song as well, joining already confirmed singers Keith Urban and Christina Aguilera.  Xtina will close the pregame show by singing the American National Anthem.

The show starts at 6PM at Cowboys Stadium and will air live to the largest sports viewership of the year.

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Black Eyed Peas Hosting Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party

Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Performers For Halftime Show

The Black Eyed Peas will be very busy on Super Bowl Sunday, they will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, arguably the most stressful of musical performances, while also hosting the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party.

The party will also feature producer-DJ David Guetta and various Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models, including: Christine Teigen, Anne V., Julie Henderson, and Genevieve Morton.

The event will take place at The Tower Building in the Fair Park section of Dallas.

According to the Miami Dolphins owner:

“As an NFL owner and a football fan, I cannot be more excited to join forces with Sports Illustrated for the hottest party of the season,” while adding, “It will be the kick-off to an amazing weekend in Dallas and we can’t wait to get it started.”

The Super Bowl this year with a Christina Aguilera pre-game show will kickoff @ 6PM on FOX.


Lyrics For Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’ Song Released

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

When most singers want to tease us with a new song they release 30 seconds of that song and then make us wait. Lady Gaga on the other hand has decided to forgo the music all together and just release the lyric sheet for her new song Born This Way.

Gaga will release her new album this May and in anticipation of that release she decided some lyrical exposure was needed.

Word on the street is that Gaga will debut the new song at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13. In the meantime here are the lyrics:

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Jimmy Buffett Taken To Hospital After Stage Fall

Jimmy Buffet Falls Off Stage

Laid back singer Jimmy Buffett was rushed to an Australian hospital after the singer fell head first off stage during a performance.

According to concertgoers, the singer may have been temporarily blinded by flashing lights, causing him to stumble from the edge of the stage in the middle of a song on Tuesday night.

The fall was described as a “massive face plant” which left Buffett motionless on the ground and bleeding from the head. After an ambulance picked up the singer, fans were told to go home.

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Former American Idol Contestant Is Homeless, But Not Really

Alex Lambert - American Idol Contestant

If you’re a fan of the show American Idol you may recall a Texas native by the name of Alex Lambert who was voted off just before the top 12 elimination round. Lambert was talented enough that a petition eventually surfaced with 19,000 signatures to have him reinstated as the show’s wildcard and now we have come to learn that Lambert is claiming to be a homeless person on the streets of Hollywood.

Lambert’s performances of “Wonderful World” and “Trouble” were good enough for him to gain the fan support of actress Demi Moore, while garnering him a spot on Simon Fuller’s viral reality series If I Can Dream which focuses on struggling musicians, models and actors.

After the show Lambert says he found himself homeless, forcing him to Tweet:

“Ever since “IICD” ended I’ve been kinda homeless!” and “Sleepin on the street and behind buildings. I have a choice to stay and pursue my career or go back to Texas and not do music! I’m usually a strong person but I can’t take it anymore.”

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Lauryn Hill Pisses Off Fans, Let’s Her True Diva Show

Lauryn Hill - White Background - Closeup

Lauryn Hill fans last Friday were so underwhelmed by her long-awaited tour debut that they began to walk out on the singers concert.

It probably didn’t help that according to PopEater, Hill showed up at midnight for her 9pm performance. Concertgoers than say Lauryn claimed to be tired of “playing the same music night after night” and then proceeded to perform remixes of her classics.

One fan told

“Nobody could participate because NOBODY knew the music!” while adding, “Everybody was looking around like ‘WHAT SONG IS THIS???'”

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Black Keys Cancel Tour Over Exhaustion Concerns

Black Keys Cancel Tour Dates

The Black Keys have canceled their Australia tour citing exhaustion as a cause for their break. The Keys were set to tour Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. The Keys have also canceled stops in New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and France, dates extending all the way through March 2011.

The group released a statement apologizing to fans for the sudden cancellations:

“An arduous year of touring and promotion has drained the band and necessitated time off. Dan and Patrick wish to thank all of you who have shown such incredible support since the release of (2010 album) Brothers and have helped make the album a success.”

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Lady Gaga To Perform At Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga Performing

Lady Gaga has been announced as a performer for next months Grammy’s.

Grammy organizers had yet to announce the singers performance, but her own choreographer Laurie-Ann Gibson let the news slip out via Twitter.

Gibson’s Tweet on Jan. 11 read:

“Grammy meeting performance extraordinaire..!!! On its way… ”

A fan then asked Gibson if Gaga would be performing at the Grammy awards show to which she quickly responded with a simple “yes.”

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Spice Girls Will Perform At 2012 Olympics Without Victoria Beckham

Spice Girls

Victoria Beckham has announced that she will not be taking the stage with her former Spice Girls pals when they perform at the 2012 Olympics.

Interestingly enough, husband David Beckham had worked tirelessly to bring the Olympics to his homeland, however Beckham, who reunited with her Spice Girl friends in 2007 has said she’s simply not up to the task of performing. According to a snoop:

“There is no way Victoria will perform with the Spice Girls ever again. She’s not a spoilsport but she doesn’t feel she’s a good enough performer to go back there again all these years on.”

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Hayley Williams Blamed For Paramore Band Split

Paramore Band Split

It’s not a pleasant break-up for the band Paramore and it’s getting more ugly with band members blaming the split on frontwoman Hayley Williams.

Band member Josh Farro, just days after announcing that he and his brother quit the band took to his blog where he called the band a “manufactured product.”

Farro Wrote:

“We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley …” while adding “We toured for two-and-a-half years building our fan base, pretending to be a band that started naturally. In reality, what started as natural somehow morphed into a manufactured product of a major label, riding on the coattails of ‘Hayley’s dream.

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Taylor Swift Concert Sells Out In Just 5 Minutes

Taylor Swift - Speak Now Album

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Tour is the red hot ticket of the year. Swift has managed to sell out two upcoming shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in just two minutes, while also selling out the 68,000 seat Gillette Stadium in just five minutes.

After those first three shows another seven concerts sold out in the same amount of time.

The sellouts shouldn’t surprise anyone, her third album Speak Now sold more than one million copies in it’s first week of release.

According to concert promoters, the Swift tour has generated the most interest in a tour since the Hannah Montana’s Best of Both Worlds Tour which happened in 2007!

Interest is so high that additional concerts have been added to accommodate Swift fans.

When all is said and done Swift will have performed in 19 countries at 90+ shows, the first of which will start in Singapore on Feb. 9.


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