Posts tagged "Morning Mix"

Jennifer Lopez Becomes The First Woman To Receive Billboard’s Icon Award: Morning Mix

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:: Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. She is only the fourth recipient and first woman to nab the prize. The stunning diva will also perform new single “First Love” at the event on May 18. [Rap-Up]

:: In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Kylie Minogue would really like to record a duet with Madonna. She said as much in a Reddit Q&A yesterday (May 5), so hopefully someone makes this happen ASAP. [Reddit]

:: Alanis Morissette released new music today but you won’t hear it on the radio. She wrote and released “Today” as the official campaign song for Marianne Williamson‘s run at congress. It’s actually kind of catchy for a political anthem. [MarianneForCongress]

:: Pride events in New York and Los Angeles just got a whole lot more fabulous with news that Demi Lovato will perform at the festivals in June. “I have been an active advocate of the LGBT community and am wholly committed to supporting individuality and being comfortable in one’s own skin,” said the superstar. [Billboard]

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Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” Gets Positive Reviews In Japan: Morning Mix

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:: While Western outlets criticized Avril Lavigne‘s “Hello Kitty” video for being “Japan fetishization,” Lavigne’s Japanese audience responded positively. “The people who are blaming the artist for racism are non-Japanese,” a social media expert says. [Billboard]

:: Hilary Duff is teaming with Ed Sheeran and songwriter Savan Kotecha (Britney Spears, Ariana Grande‘s “Problem”) for her comeback album. Meanwhile, Duff promises that her new music will have an “earthy, indie-pop vibe.” [Popdust]

:: Carrie Underwood, your prayers have been answered. While NBC’s The Sound of Music special aired to negative reviews, Julie Andrews praised it. “You know, it’s 50 years ago since that wonderful film was made – I think it was time someone else took a crack at it,” she said. [Popdust]

:: Katy Perry, Weird Al Yankovic and Tyler, the Creator all cover the same 1892 song for The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell. The record was put together by Mark Ryden, the artist behind Tyler’s Wolf album artwork and a similarly surreal portrait of Perry, titled “Katy Aphrodite.” [THR]

:: Perhaps it’s for good luck: Justin Bieber walked undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather out for his winning May 2 match, after doing so in 2012. This time, Lil Wayne joined them. [Twitter]

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Naya Rivera Has Been Dumped By Columbia Records: Morning Mix

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:: It hasn’t been a great week for Naya Rivera. First, (incorrect) rumors circulated that she had been fired from Glee and now it has been confirmed that she has been dumped by Columbia Records after her debut single “Sorry” flopped. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Mariah Carey might be an elusive chanteuse but she’s a more accessible mom. She celebrated Dem Babies‘ third birthday (and her wedding anniversary with husband Nick Cannon) with friends and family. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: This is a step in the right direction as far as the rehabilitation of Justin Bieber is concerned. He jumped on Twitter to apologize for visiting a controversial war shrine in Japan. Good for him. [Digital Spy]

:: Everyone knows that Craigslist is home to its fair share of weirdos but this guy actually sounds kind of cool. A Beyonce fan gave away a signed poster of his heroine to the person who called him up and sang the best rendition of “Single Ladies”. [Billboard]

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Nick Carter And Jordan Knight Are Starting Their Own Band: Morning Mix

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:: Prepare for a burst of nostalgia. Jordan Knight (of New Kids On The Block fame) and Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter have started their own band called Nick & Knight. Their debut LP is due in September. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Cee-Lo Green must be seething. Pharrell admitted in a recent interview that his blockbuster hit “Happy” was originally given to the R&B crooner but his label turned it down. This has to be one of the worst A&R decisions in recent history. [Rolling Stone]

:: The poor thing must be sicker than we first thought. Miley Cyrus has cancelled more concert dates including a show in Amsterdam. You know she’s going to reschedule that one when she’s feeling better. [MTV]

:: With previous owner Donald Sterling banned from the NBA for life after making racist comments on tape, potential buyers for the LA Clippers are starting to come forward including Dr. Dre, Rick Ross and Diddy. [Hip Hop N More]

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Naya Rivera Has Not Been Fired From ‘Glee’: Morning Mix

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:: Naya Rivera has not been fired from Glee. That’s the firm message her rep had for the media after rumors started to swirl that the budding pop diva had been given the boot. She has, however, been written out of the season five finale for an unspecified reason. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Send healing vibes to country queen LeAnn Rimes. She underwent surgery for a “seriously painful hang nail” yesterday (April 29) but was still well enough to tweet about it. So that’s something. [Just Jared]

:: Rita Ora continues to expand her business portfolio. The British bombshell is the new face of Roberto Cavalli and she has the behind-the-scenes pics to prove it. Maybe she is worth $140 million after all. [Hollywood Life]

:: It looks like Christina Grimmie is the breakout star of The Voice. Her cover of Drake‘s “Hold On We’re Going Home” reached number three on iTunes after she performed it on the show. She’s now odds on to win. [Rickey]

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Lorde Defends Iggy Azalea From Music Critics: Morning Mix

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:: Pop stars from the southern hemisphere stick together! Lorde took umbrage at publications that put Iggy Azalea on the cover and then trashed her debut LP The New Classic in a recent blog post. The Australian femcee then chimed in on Twitter. [Gossip Cop]

:: Lily Allen claims she was simply paying tribute to Beyonce when she performed a drag routine to “Drunk In Love” at a London gay bar over the weekend. Sounds like she just wanted some attention. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Don’t shop under the influence of painkillers. Miley Cyrus learned that lesson the hard way when she went on an online shopping spree while in hospital. Purchases included a pink mini-skirt. [MTV]

:: Rihanna is being sued by a former bodyguard for defamation. He is alleging that RiRi made offensive statements about him in an email and even went as far calling his sister. The matter will be heard by a judge in Ireland. [TMZ]

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Beyonce Takes You Behind The Scenes Of “Pretty Hurts” Video: Morning Mix

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:: Beyonce goes behind the scenes of her “Pretty Hurts” video, with help from director Melina Matsoukas. Fun fact: The childhood photo used for Beyonce’s “Bow Down” artwork directly inspired one of the video’s most heartbreaking moments. Watch above.

:: DJ Snake and Lil Jon nabbed Juicy J, 2 Chainz and French Montana for a posse cut remix of their surprise smash “Turn Down for What.” The line-up is (mostly) fitting – the song’s named after a saying Lil Jon would hear while still based in Atlanta. [Complex]

:: Ricky Martin kicks off the April 28 episode of Dancing With The Stars with a performance of his 2014 World Cup anthem, “Vida.” He will also appear as a guest judge. [ABC]

:: Katy Perry chatted with The Breakfast Club to talk the surprise crossover appeal of “Dark Horse.” What may be more surprising, though, is how she calls Drake “soft” and host Charlamagne Tha God starts singing “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” to greet her. It’s all bonkers. [Power 105.1]

:: Is Justin Bieber guilty of egging his neighbor’s home, amounting to $20,000 in damages? A recently surfaced police affidavit only knows for certain that a “white male” is responsible, but then refers to the culprit throughout as “Suspect Bieber.” Hmm. [MTV]

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American Express Teams Up With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis For Concert Series: Morning Mix

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:: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Florida Georgia Line have teamed up with American Express for an exclusive concert series. Members will be able to see the two very different acts strut their stuff live, starting with the rap duo’s New York gig on May 21. [StupidDope]

:: It’s not easy being Justin Bieber. The Canadian superstar was held up by customs at LAX yesterday (April 24) for over two hours due to his pending criminal cases. [TMZ]

:: Madonna is being criticized by LGBT activists for calling kale “gay”. While I share the diva’s dislike for the leafy vegetable, perhaps she should choose her words more carefully given her large and loyal gay following. [Gossip Cop].

:: Someone had the genius idea of making the cast of animated movie Frozen perform the choreography to Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”. It’s fun and slightly creepy way to waste two minutes of your day. [Pink Is The New Blog]

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Lorde Postponed Her Australian Tour Due To A Chest Infection: Morning Mix

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:: Lorde had to postpone her six-date Australian tour due to a nasty chest infection. She is heading back to New Zealand to recuperate before returning to the road. It was probably the dust at Coachella that made her ill. [The New York Times]

:: There’s something to be said for knowing your limitations. Gisele Bundchen is one of the world’s most beautiful women but she’s not exactly pop star material as her new H&M commercial proves. [BuzzFeed]

:: Willie Nelson‘s daughter was arrested in Texas for marijuana possession on 4.20 — otherwise known as the international day of the pot smoker. She now faces 180 days in jail and a $2000 fine. This is positively un-American! [Rickey]

:: Raise your glass to Ryan Lewis‘ mom. She is celebrating 30 years of surviving the HIV virus, which she contracted from a blood transfusion. The Macklemore producer is helping her launch a new healthcare project. [Billboard]

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The White House Responds To Justin Bieber’s Deportation Petition: Morning Mix

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:: The White House has finally responded to a petition to deport Justin Bieber which attracted 273,968 signatures. In short, they refused to comment to the pop star’s case but waxed lyrical about the need for immigration reform. [E! Online]

:: Robin Thicke has a lot to celebrate. He’s rich, handsome and now has the highest selling download in UK history with iTunes-conquering “Blurred Lines”. It has sold 1.54 million copies to date. [ABC]

:: It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from “Somebody That I Used To Know” songstress Kimbra. Her soon-to-be-released second album features Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on guitar as well as cameos from John Legend and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. [NME]

:: Chance The Rapper cancelled his appearance at Coachella on Sunday (April 20) due to a mystery illness. However, his team assures us that he is expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon. [Rap-Up]

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