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Dolly Parton skeptical about talent shows

Dolly Parton worries talent show stars ‘blow out’ too soon.

The country music star has nothing against artists who get their big break by appearing on shows such as The X Factor or American Idol. However, she is concerned that their careers might not have the longevity of others musicians.

‘The way it used to be you started at the bottom and go up the ladder but I’m not sure that’s better than anything else. I always hope the best for them, I always worry about that. once they’ve done that big glow it kinda just dims and they might not get another chance, it’s almost like blowing out too soon. I think real talent and good people who keep their heads straight will do well,’ Dolly said.

The singer is happy for people grasping opportunities to achieve their dreams, which is why she won’t dismiss televised singing contests.

Dolly is astounded when she thinks about how the industry has changed since she started out in the ’60s.

‘It’s so totally different now, with all the high-tech stuff and everything’s online now… It’s completely different, it’s got its good sides and bad sides,’ she told a UK TV show.

Guillemots to release four albums in six months

Guillemots have never been ones to let the grass grow and sound their return this year with a leviathan task.

They’ve been in lockdown, squirreling away in the name of art for a labour of love which will last six months and which will produce a quartet of sparkling new albums, baked and served straight from the oven, no messing around.

Immersed in the solitary splendour of the Norwegian wilderness,
Fyfe Dangerfield, Magrao, Aristazabal Hawkes and Greig Stewart have taken up this self-imposed challenge with their trademark élan.

The proof is in the pudding ‘ first LP ‘Hello Land!’ ‘ an easy breezy, earthern ode to springtime featuring the Norwegian Flute Ensemble and produced by Jonas Raabe.

Experimental, orchestral, psych-tinged, balladeering tendrils wrap themselves around falsetto and sixties’ girl group melodies for a lush record which adds the first brushstroke to this forthcoming masterpiece.

As the band themselves say; ‘We hope it makes friends with your ears.’

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Chris Brown ‘mesmerised’ by Rihanna

Rihanna is reportedly still ‘obsessed’ with the idea that she’s meant to be with Chris Brown.

The two stars ended their relationship after Chris assaulted Rihanna in 2009. They were seen in the same nightclubs twice over the last few weeks and it is thought that they have grown close again.

It’s been claimed Rihanna engineered both meetings as she is still hung up on her ex.

‘Rihanna has always been obsessed with Chris,’ an insider told the British edition of Grazia. ‘She’s yet to have a proper relationship with anyone since they broke up. She just can’t let go of the idea that they’re meant to be together. It’s like he has some sort of hold over her.’

Chris is still thought to be dating Karrueche Tran, although he is also said to be considering reuniting with Rihanna. Getting over Rihanna fully is struggle for Chris.

‘Chris is in two minds over what to do,’ a source said. ‘He does have feelings for Karrueche but it’s almost like there is some sort of massive pull between him and Rihanna. They have a toxic bond that neither of them seems to be about to let go. He’s absolutely mesmerised every time he sees her.’

Katy Perry: Love is a dream

Katy Perry was ‘trying to keep her marriage alive.’

The singer is currently promoting her fly-on-the-wall documentary Part of Me 3D. It was produced from over 300 hours of film footage shot during her 2011 California Dreams world tour.

Katy’s 14-month marriage with Russell Brand broke down towards the end of her performances. Before the pair split Katy was unwilling to go more than two weeks without seeing Russell.

Striking a balance was important to the singer.

‘Being in love is a dream, but the reality is not like the movies,’ she revealed in the movie. ‘There”s a lot more compromise and sacrifice. I”m trying to keep my marriage alive.’

Later in December when Russell filed for a divorce a make-up free and upset Katy divulged to the camera her thoughts on the life-altering event.

‘The truth is I”m a romantic and I believed in the fairy tale. I did everything I could but it still failed,’ she shared. ‘The dream of being in love is a lot different than the reality of making it work. I”ve got a second chance at a brilliant life.’

Paltrow and Martin buy ‘spectacular’ mansion

Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin have bought a ‘spectacular’ new property in Los Angeles, it has been reported.

The couple are believed to have splashed out close to the $10,450,000 asking price for the six-bedroom mansion, which is situated on the west side of the city.

The beautiful house has been designed by famed architect Windsor Smith and is set in spacious grounds surrounded by Sycamore trees, boasting a guesthouse and stables.

‘Gwyneth Paltrow is in escrow on one of the most spectacular estates on the west side of L.A. and it”s costing her and hubby Chris Martin a pretty penny,’ TMZ reports. ‘The house – courtesy of famed architect Windsor Smith – was listed for $10,450,000. We”re told Gwyneth and Chris paid close to the asking price. The house has six bedrooms and eight baths, which means their two kids will probably each get their own rooms.’

The luxury white abode features a pale grey slate roof and a grand gated entrance. The inside is light and airy thanks to the many floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful wooden floors.

Built in 2011, the property was originally listed at close to $12million but has recently been reduced.

Justin Bieber was child rapper

Justin Bieber could rap by the time he was eight.

The 18-year-old singer is known as a pop star but is trying to make his sound more mature at the moment. He explained moving into hip-hop would be a natural step for him as it’s a genre he has loved for over a decade.

‘I grew up listening to different things. My dad loved Tupac, so he introduced me to Tupac when I was really young. I could spit a Tupac verse when I was like eight years old,’ he explained.

‘I think that guys are starting to like my music more. I think that older ladies are starting to like my music more.’

Justin recently moved into his own home, which he shares with a friend. He’s excited to have space to himself but assures his fans he hasn’t been going too wild.

‘I just got my own place. I’m not going crazy, I am running around naked in the house often. That’s what you have to do when you get your own place, you feel comfortable going to get some cereal butt naked,’ he laughed on radio programme The Angie Martinez Show.

Although Justin cooks occasionally, he never washes his own clothes as he ‘doesn’t have time’ for laundry.

The teenager also spoke about how he goes incognito while out and about. There are certain places he can go where people don’t bother him, although in others he has to take steps not to be bothered.

‘I never put on a disguise. One time I went to Venice Beach [in Los Angeles] and I wanted to skateboard and I put on a mask. There’s a bunch of people who are crazy there so I was just rolling in a masque on a beach and no one bothered me,’ he said.

Cheryl Cole headlines her first ever UK tour ‘A Million Lights’

Cheryl Cole’s career seems to be going from strength to strength and in October she will be headlining her first ever UK tour ‘A Million Lights’!
Her latest track ‘Call My Name’ written and produced by Calvin Harris is the fastest selling single of 2012 and has launched her back into the music spotlight.

Serving up a decent dose of pop, her third album ‘A Million Lights’ has an impressive list of producers and artists on it including Britney hitmaker Jim Beanz and friend and mentor will.i.am. If that wasn’t enough, Lana Del Rey penned her track ‘Ghetto Baby’ and Wretch 32 collaborated with her on my personal favourite ‘Screw You’.

To see her live tickets are on sale now:

6th October – Nottingham Arena
7th October – London – The O2
9th October – Sheffield – Motorpoint Arena
11th October – Liverpool – Echo Arena
12th October – Birmingham – LG Arena
13th October – Manchester Arena
15th October – Glasgow – SECC
17th October – Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena

Justin Bieber ‘feeling sexy’

Justin Bieber has joked that his new record reflects his new “sexy” state of mind.

The Canadian superstar is currently promoting his newest record Believe, which features the hit track Boyfriend. Justin – who is famed for his boyish charm – says his new music mirrors his evolution into maturity.

“You know, I’m 18,” he told ET Online when asked about his sultry new single. “I’m growing as an artist and my fans are growing with me. So I’m just making music that reflects that.

“I think this song is a sexy song. I’m pretty sexy right now,” he quipped, before adding: “No I don’t have those moments!”

Justin is hounded by hordes of female fans. The constant attention surrounding him has led to problems in the past – namely a paternity lawsuit filed against him by a then-20-year-old woman named Mariah Yeater. She alleged that the star fathered her baby boy, but later dropped the lawsuit.

Justin has included a song on the album called Maria.

“We changed her name so we can’t get sued,” he said sheepishly. “I felt like I just wanted to talk about it. I mean it was something that was a pretty significant thing to happen.”

Dwight Howard out for season

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery on Friday morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk, effectively ending his season and eliminating him from participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Howard’s agent said on Thursday night.

“It hurts (emotionally),” Howard told ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard. “That’s the first thing — it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I’m quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse.”

Howard has been complaining of back problems since early March, but it wasn’t until Los Angeles-based spine surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins examined him last week that the herniated disk was discovered.

Howard received an epidural to alleviate the pain at that time, and the plan was that he’d rest and rehabilitate his back for 10-14 days before deciding if he could return to play or if further treatment might be necessary. But his back has worsened and both Watkins and the Magic’s medical staff determined surgery is necessary.

Howard told Broussard he is not worried about any long-term ramifications from the surgery.

“The doctor said it’s a one-inch incision,” Howard told Broussard. “He said I can start rehab right away and be back to full contact in four months. So I’m not really concerned. If anything, I’ll come back stronger.”

Dan Fegan, Howard’s agent, said he hopes this development debunks any thoughts that Howard’s back problem was not serious and that he was utilizing it as an excuse not to play.

Howard vehemently disputed a report that he called Magic owner Rich DeVos and said he would not play for coach Stan Van Gundy again. A report by WKMG in Orlando said Howard called DeVos during last Friday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

“I was getting an epidural during the game,” he said. “I had no idea what was going on with the game until the third quarter. That’s when I woke up. I couldn’t have talked to him, because I was out of it.”

Howard also confirmed that a major reason he opted into the final year of his contract is because the Magic said they’d trade him if he didn’t, and he wasn’t prepared to give up on winning a title with the Magic this year. In fact, he still believes the Magic are capable of a title run without him.

“If the guys come together, we still have a chance,” he said. “I know what we have in that locker room. I’ve seen it in spurts this season. I’ve told them, ‘We don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest, we just have to believe.’”

Howard said he has been told following the surgery he can begin full contact in three to four months and that he should not have any lingering issues.

“That’s why I’m doing the surgery now, so I won’t have any problems with my back again,” Howard said.

The back issues have forced Howard to miss eight games this season, one more than he missed in his first seven seasons combined. His total of 621 games and 22,471 minutes is the most by a center in his first eight seasons in the modern-NBA era.

Dikembe Mutombo is next with 603 games and 22,138 minutes. For comparison, Shaquille O’Neal played 534 games and 20,148 minutes in his first eight seasons.

“Dwight has never laid down once in his entire career,” Fegan said. “It’s absurd that some publicly, and others privately, speculated that Dwight was laying down or quitting. In fact, he was working his hardest to play through an injury which now requires surgery.”

The Magic also have been playing without Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture) since April 5. He’s averaging 10.7 points and is shooting 34.9 percent on 3-pointers.

With Howard and Turkoglu sidelined, Van Gundy has started Glen Davis at center with Jason Richardson and Ryan Anderson at forward. J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson start in the backcourt.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Thursday night he hadn’t been told of Howard’s plans, and it was too early to speculate on the Olympic team.

The final roster of 12 players and six alternates is due June 18, and the U.S. may have to consider increasing its pool of possible candidates with Howard out and fellow big man LaMarcus Aldridge iffy after right hip surgery.

“I understand exactly who’s involved,” Colangelo said. “The only thing I don’t know is the extent of Dwight Howard’s situation, and I really want to find out more about that. But we may have to consider, you know, invitations to a couple (other) players. That’s a possibility. We’ll talk about it.”

FULL LIST: 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and be broadcast live Sunday May 20, 8/7c on ABC.

Adele takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. “Rolling In The Deep,” the lead single from her blockbuster sophomore album “21,” places the U.K. singer as a contender in seven song categories.

Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, More to Perform at the Billboard Music Awards

Meanwhile, LMFAO is a finalist in 17 award categories, although the electro-pop duo actually scored 22 entries compared to Adele’s 20. LMFAO and Adele will square off in the Top Hot 100 Artist category, which also includes Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Speaking of Rihanna, the pop superstar is a finalist in 13 categories this year, after leading the pack with 18 category appearances in 2011. Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne each snagged a spot in 10 categories, and will both compete against Adele, Rihanna and Katy Perry for the prestigious Top Artist prize. And the Top New Artist category features a diverse collection of fresh talent, with Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster The People, Scotty McCreery and Wiz Khalifa serving as the 2012 finalists.

The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
Music fans can also follow news about the show and related events on Twitter at @Billboard or on Facebook.

Tickets for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com and MGMGrand.com. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will be co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions.



See the full list of 2012 Billboard Music Awards finalists below:

ARTIST AWARDS:

Top Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster The People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Drake
Lil Wayne
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:
The Black Eyed Peas
Coldplay
Lady Antebellum
LMFAO
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Michael Buble
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Adele
Katy Perry
Bruno Mars
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna

Top Touring Artist:
Bon Jovi
Taylor Swift
Take That
U2
Roger Waters

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Shakira

Top Streaming Artist:
Lil Wayne
LMFAO
Nicki Minaj
Bruno Mars
Rihanna

Top Digital Media Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Rihanna

Top Pop Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
LMFAO
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top R&B Artist:
Beyonce
Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Miguel
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Lil Wayne
LMFAO
Nicki Minaj
Wiz Khalifa

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:
The Black Keys
Coldplay
Foster The People
Foo Fighters
Mumford & Sons

Top Alternative Artist:
The Black Keys
Coldplay
Foster The People
Foo Fighters
Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:
Mana
Pitbull
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos
Shakira

Top Dance Artist:
David Guetta
Lady Gaga
LMFAO
Rihanna
Britney Spears

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
Laura Story
Chris Tomlin

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