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:: Gwen Stefani wasn’t lying about a No Doubt reunion being just around the corner! The band is headlining BottleRock 2015 along with Robert Plant and Imagine Dragons. The three-day festival kicks off May 29 in California’s Napa Valley. [Billboard]
:: Why wait when you’re in love? Ludacris married his long-time girlfriend Eudoxie on the same day that he proposed. He famously popped the question on a private jet. Her answer? “Hell yes!” [Gossip Cop]
:: Timbaland is moving labels. After almost a decade at Universal’s Interscope, the super-producer is heading over to Sony. He will set up shop at Epic Records and help head honcho L.A. Reid with their register, which includes Meghan Trainor and Tamar Braxton. [Billboard].
:: Congratulations to Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B! The cute couple announced that they were an item via Instagram. The R&B diva met her MC lover while working on tracks for his next album. How romantic! [Necole Bitchie]
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:: Britney Spears celebrated her Las Vegas residency Piece of Me‘s one-year anniversary on December 27. The venue, Planet Hollywood, presented her with a cake and a video looking back at some memorable moments from the production (watch above). [Twitter]
:: Nick Cannon will touch on his marriage with Mariah Carey on a new album due out next year, according to rapper Mally Mal. “There’s going to be a lot of controversy,” he says. Cannon confirmed his separation from Carey last summer. [TMZ]
:: Taylor Swift has sent Fed Ex packages, filled with gifts, to 32 devout Tumblr followers since November. Swift also wrote a personalized note for each gift. For example, for a pair of Ray-Bans, she wrote, “James Dean wore these back in the day. They never go out of style.” [Billboard]
:: Phillip Phillips got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell on Christmas Day. They met in 2009 while volunteering at a women and children’s shelter in 2009, so long before he won American Idol‘s 11th season. [E!]
:: Ludacris also proposed to his girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan that same day, by taking her on a private jet and projecting “Eudoxie Will You Marry Me” on the ground below. [Instagram]
:: Meanwhile, Justin Bieber bought himself a private jet for Christmas. [Business Insider]
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:: The greatest love story of our time is back on. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez partied together earlier this week and there’s video evidence of the on-again/off-again couple getting cozy. Maybe they will finally release that duet now? [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Kesha, Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Josh Groban have opened up about their roles on interactive reality show Rising Star. They also kindly explained how the format works and why it’s different to other talent shows. [Billboard]
:: Never let it be said that Canadians don’t have a great sense of humor. Electro-pop duo Chromeo pranked journalists into believing that they had become major investors in a bogus airline by sending out a fake press release. [Stereogum]
:: Watain surprised fans (in a bad way, we hope) by splattering them with pigs’ blood at a recent concert in New York. As it turns out, the Swedish metal band didn’t technically break the law. Dousing people in animal blood is a legal activity. So there you go. [TMZ]
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Will Rising Star
be a TV hit? While singing competition shows have long flooded the market, ABC hopes to distinguish the new show from others with help from a notable judging panel comprising Kesha
and Brad Paisley
, along with host Josh Groban
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, all four stars will arrive at Rising Star with plenty of TV experience: Kesha had her own reality show, MTV’s Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life. Ludacris is hosting this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Paisley has co-hosted the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood, while Groban was a frontrunner to take over Regis Philbin‘s Live! seat. More »
joins the ranks at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 18). No announcement has been made regarding what song she’ll perform, but she’s been trotting out “Empire”
all over TV in recent weeks, so maybe it’s time to turn up for “Dare (La La La)?”
She joins previously announced performers including Katy Perry (doing “Birthday”)
, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande
, Miley Cyrus
, Jennifer Lopez
, Jason Derulo
, Imagine Dragons
In other BBMA news, Ludacris has been announced as the host for this year’s broadcast. Maybe that means the ATL star made progress on Ludaversal! More »
If Lil Jon
and DJ Snake
‘s “Turn Down For What” wasn’t enough of a mindless party banger for you, fear not! Pitbull
have jumped onto the remix, and of course it’s all a perfect fit. While it’s not as entertaining as watching the bonkers video
, it’s still worth it to hear Pit get so turnt that he trots out an F-bomb, which we had assumed his Bud Light lifetime contract prohibited. As for Luda, he turns out another serviceable guest verse in a long string of cameos to hold everyone over for Ludaversal
But the main takeaway is that Pit and Lil Jon are a match made in some nightmare version of heaven. Is it too late for them to get together for a ridiculously obnoxious Spring Break version of Watch The Throne? It may be like eight years too late, but still, let’s make it happen.
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It feels like Ludacris
has been hyping up Ludaversal
for roughly a decade at this point, but if it leads to songs as gloriously absurd as “Party Girls,” then we’re all for this campaign continuing. Because we never really thought we’d hear a rap song interpolate Aqua
‘s ’90s novelty hit “Barbie Girl,”
but rap is journeying to some weird-ass places these days, so here we are listening to Jeremih
do his best impression of The-Dream
as he sings, “I need party girls in my party world / Titties plastic, ass fantastic / They just brush my hair, and touch me everywhere / I don’t say shit, and they be gettin’ naked.” (Catch the full set of lyrics over at DirectLyrics.com
Luda also enlisted Wiz Khalifa and producer Cashmere Cat on the woozy ode to body parties. Stream it below. More »
, star of the Fast & Furious
movie series, died Nov. 30 in a car crash outside of Los Angeles. News of his death
, at age 40, has sparked a flood of reactions from celebrity friends and fans.
Friends remember Walker for being compassionate, as he was throughout his life. In the moments leading up to the crash, Walker was on his way to attend a charity event benefiting victims of Typhoon Haiyan, on behalf of his organization Reach Out Worldwide. Fans remember him as FBI agent Brian O’Conner, a crucial character in one of the most diverse and successful film franchises in recent history. (Fast & Furious 6 opened on Memorial Day and earned $122 million during its first week.)
Fast & Furious co-stars like Ludacris and Tyrese sounded especially mournful, as the cast was on a break from filming Fast & Furious 7, due out July. See their reactions, plus those from Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and more after the jump. More »
Here’s the latest news in Miley Cyrus
: She’s still turnt, she still can’t stop
. Any questions? Right. Didn’t think so.
The chanteuse revealed some details of her upcoming LP BANGERZ in a new interview — specifically, that there’s a few hip-hop heavyweights joining her in line in the bathroom. “Big Sean and Ludacris and, of course, [Pharrell] has done a bunch of my records, so I’m really excited about that,” she told MTV. “I get to work with Future, who’s like my favorite kind of new artist right now, even though he’s not that new now. All his music is everywhere. But he’s just someone that I really, I love working with. I love writing with him. Him and I wrote a bunch of songs on this record together, and he’s featured on one of them.” More »
Backstage at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on August 10, Ludacris
congratulated Justin Bieber
on the success of “Baby”…and asked the Believe
star for his royalties, as captured on Instagram.
Earlier this summer, Bieber’s 2010 breakthrough was certified Diamond and named the highest-selling digital hit in history. With that news in mind, Ludacris acted as a music journalist: “How does it feel to have 12 million sold of the biggest-selling single in the United States of America, man?”
As he likely would to a music journalist, Bieber offers a slightly canned response. “I gotta say it feels incredible. It feels amazing, and I want to thank you for being on that song,” he says, smiling at the camera before Ludacris catches him off-guard: “Well, thank you man. I didn’t get my check though.” The look on Bieber’s face says it all: For a split second, he wasn’t in on the Atlanta rapper’s joke. More »