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:: A DNA test has allegedly confirmed that Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s illegitimate son. Conspiracy theorists point out that Brandon’s mom, R&B singer Miki Howard, went by the name Billy in the early ’80s and claim that MJ’s classic hit “Billie Jean” was written about her. [TMZ]
:: Aaron Carter jumped on Twitter to declare his undying love for ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff and expressed his desire to win her back. This is either extremely creepy or romantic. I’m not quite sure. [Gossip Cop]
:: The things we do for family. Dannii Minogue revealed that big sister Kylie Minogue made her sit through the entire season of The Voice UK for feedback. Hopefully the Australian pop legend provided lots of popcorn and wine. [Digital Spy]
:: Pink is being sued by a producer that worked on her 2000 debut LP Can’t Take Me Home. Sony Music puts the dispute down to a clerical error and an address change. This could get complicated. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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Here’s an unexpectedly great shot of electro-pop from Salt Lake City, Utah! Newcomers Oh, Be Clever — a duo consisting of vocalist Brittney Shields and music man Cory Scott Layton — impress with infectious new single “Next To You”, which sounds like a cross between La Roux and Phantogram. (Not exactly a bad thing).
The synth-splattered, ’80s-referencing anthem was born when the pair went through brutal break-ups at the same time. ”[It was] the kind of breakup that makes you question your sanity at all hours of everyday,” explains Brittney. “I had to constantly see pictures of him and his new girlfriend all over social media, and it KILLED me inside.” Been there. Watch there stylish visual up top. More »
Selena Gomez has been laying low since checking into rehab earlier this year but her Instagram game remains as flawless as ever. The most elegant princess in the world regularly updates her account with artistic images — nobody chooses a better filter than Sel! — and happy snaps.
Recent highlights include the Stars Dance diva rocking a bindi, reclining on a couch and smiling in her car. Things are going to get hectic for Selena very soon (she has new music, movies and several live performances looming) but, in the meantime, play “Nobody Does It Like You” and peruse the 21-year-old’s best Insta-updates up top. More »
Katy Perry is all about letting the light in but you can bet she typed her reply to Miley Cyrus‘ explosive tweet with gritted teeth. Earlier today (March 6) the serial twerker caused major social media chaos by responding to a quip the 29-year-old made to Australian media about their concert kiss with a missive basically telling her to be more concerned about where John Mayer‘s mouth has been.
In a measured response, Katy tweeted: “I’m gonna give you the BIGGEST spanking when I see you in the UK bb!” It’s certainly in keeping with the Prism diva’s colorful and fun image but occasionally you have to clap back and this seemed like as good an opportunity as any. To be a fly on the wall the next time they cross paths! See her tweet after the jump. More »
Taylor Henderson came second on X Factor Australia in 2013 but he certainly won the chart battle when his genuinely great debut single “Borrow My Heart” shot to number one and sold double platinum. The Victorian followed that with an album of songs he performed on the show (it also topped the charts) but now returns with new material.
“When You Were Mine” is a country-tinged acoustic pop song in the mold of “Borrow My Heart”. It’s a good sound for Taylor and he will, no doubt, make the ladies swoon with his tale of love lost. Oh and “I’ve got a hand-me-down heart filled with second-hand love” is potentially the best opening line of any song released in 2014. Watch the cute video after the jump. More »
Japanese pop fans always get a special treat when an album is released in their country. Lea Michele continues the tradition by gifting them a special Louder bonus track called “To Find You”. Penned by hitmaker du jour Bonnie McKee, the pretty and obviously rather personal mid-tempo guitar ballad is well worth a listen.
“Lately life is like a dream, watching it through a smoky screen,” Lea sings softly over strummed guitars. “Finding wings to slip away until I can be with you someday.” It always surprises me when something great is relegated to bonus track status but the phenomenon is not exactly rare. A Japanese fan kindly uploaded a very LQ version to YouTube (listen after the jump) but it will do until a better version arrives. More »
Ed Sheeran sat down for a chat with Ryan Seacrest recently and found himself talking about his much-anticipated sophomore LP and new tattoos. The conversation soon turned to the Brit’s penchant for knocking out the odd cover version and “The A Team” singer then treated listeners to a brief snippet of Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love”.
Bey’s meme-spawning anthem has been interpreted by everyone from Future (listen) to Angel Haze (listen) at this point but leave it to Ed transform “Drunk In Love” into a heartfelt acoustic bop. He only sang the intro but promised perform a full version on tour when he has had a chance to properly learn the words. Can’t wait! Watch up top. More »
Hats (or should that be wigs?) off to the inimitable RuPaul. He lands the highest charting album of his career this week with Born Naked debuting at number 85 on the Billboard 200. It becomes the drag legend’s second charting LP along with Supermodel Of The World, which peaked just outside the top 100 way back in 1993.
It’s not easy for an independent artist (without a radio single) to make a dent in the charts but Ru has leveraged his loyal social media following brilliantly, joined forces with other cult icons (Martha Wash, Michelle Visage etc) and even sunk pirates by releasing a hilarious decoy album on torrent sites. In revamped one song he hilariously exclaims: “You done stole my album! Uh uh, no you better don’t, hooker!” More »
In comparison to the leading ladies of R&B, pop divas generally keep it cute on Twitter. The exception to that rule is Miley Cyrus. She just scalped Katy Perry — root and all — for joking about their concert kiss in an Australian radio interview. The Prism diva quipped that her colleague wanted more than she was willing to give during their embrace, exclaiming “who knows where that tongue has been?”
Well, Miley failed to see the humor. The “Adore You” singer jumped on Twitter this morning (March 6) and fired shots. “Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT [tongue] been,” she sniped — a clear reference to that fact that Katy’s ex-boyfriend John Mayer has been around the block several thousand times.
This is unusually mean-spirited from Miley. It was pretty obvious that Katy was joking about Miley’s tongue — she is, after all, famous for poking it out at every available opportunity — and could have thought of a cuter comeback than attacking the “Dark Horse” hitmaker’s ex. Perhaps it’s time for the 21-year-old to let some light in while listening to “Choose Your Battles”. See her scathing tweet after the jump. More »
More rumors of Lady Gaga‘s demise! This time, there are claims across the Web that her artRAVE: ARTPOP Ball Tour is shaping up to be a flop and huge loss for Live Nation, but an executive for the company called the rumors “ridiculous.” Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Live Nation’s Global Touring division, says 80% of tickets in North America and Europe have sold, and that the 29 shows that are on sale in North America have already grossed $26 million in ticket sales.
“The run with Gaga over the last two tours has been incredibly successful, and this one is shaping up no differently,” Fogel told Billboard. He also addressed specific reports that her Milwaukee show was underselling: “When something like Milwaukee specifically comes up, that show has sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it’s at the end of June. I just don’t know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework.” More »