Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado said Monday in a Twitter post that she will donate to charity $1 million she received in 2007 for performing for the Qaddafi family. The 45-minute performance was made in an Italian hotel. Furtado, born in Victoria, did not disclose which charity group would receive the money paid to her by the Libyan dictator’s clan.
Furtado is one of the growing list of celebrities being criticized for receiving large amounts of money after performing for Qaddafi’s family, based on reports of a New York daily and WikiLeaks documents. Other performers who have been paid lavish amounts by the Qaddafis are Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Usher.
Beyonce and Usher performed in parties hosted by the dictator’s son Muatassim on St. Barts, a Caribbean island, while Mariah Caey sang at a New Year’s eve celebration.
Guitarist The Edge revealed the Irish group will top the main stage on the Friday night of the iconic event in June, a year after they were forced to pull out due to a back injury to lead singer Bono.
In a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London shortly after Glastonbury was named Best Festival last night (23.02.11) he said: “Congratulations to [organisers] Michael and Emily Eavis and the rest of the team for the continued success of Glastonbury. It’s more a way of life than a festival.
“U2 will be playing on June 24. And we’re so excited to get to play in front of the world’s greatest festival audience. We’ll see you there!”
The guitarist also talked about his special guest appearance with rockers Muse at the festival last year, where he joined the band on the main Pyramid stage, saying: “I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage. So, we’re all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off.”
2011 will be U2′s first ever time performing at the festival, and the group are expected to play the track ‘Glastonbury’, which they had written especially for their performance last year.
Coldplay and Beyonce have already been confirmed as the other headliners of the event.
Tickets for the festival, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June, have sold out.
Beyonce has been announced as one of the headline acts for Glastonbury 2011. Just a few years ago, her husband Jay-Z did the honors, now Mrs Z will be up there on the same stage. “This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend,” she said in a statement. “I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.”
Beyonce will perform a 90-minute set on Sunday, June 26 on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
This weekend though, look out for her at the Grammy Awards. Beyonce has been nominated for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for ‘Halo’ and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for ‘Telephone’ with Lady Gaga.
Beyonce and Clint Eastwood are in talks to produce a remake of A Star Is Born. Associated Press reports that Warner Bros has confirmed that the two are negotiating to film a version of the oft-remade 1937 film. The film centres around an aspiring Hollywood actress and her relationship with an actor on the wane. It was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The producers of the 1976 version, Billy Gerber, Basil Iwanyk and Jon Peters, are slated to produce Clint Eastwood’s new version. Beyonce has long been attached as the lead but there is no word so far on the male co-star. A Warner Bros spokeswoman said that deals have not been finalised but that negotiations are taking place. In a cute little coincidence, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z had a Kanye West-produced song called ‘A Star Is Born’ on his 2009 album The Blueprint 3.
Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Reportedly Working On Music Together. While the rumors between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were originally romantic, the spotlight has now turned to the two stars making music together. Kim and Kanye were both spotted at a recording studio in Culver City, CA. But when she took to Twitter, she wasn’t able to say much about what exactly she was working on. “OMG u guys have no idea what I’m doing today! You are gonna DIE!!!! OMGGGG I’m nervous!!!!!!” she tweeted that day. Kim is reportedly at work on an album and has already hit the studio with The-Dream, who produced hits for Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Kardashian’s pal Ciara. “Its going down in here!!! Will twitpic soon! I’m turning it ooooonnnn!!!!” she added later in the day. Whatever is going down, it’ll probably pop up on her new reality show, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York.” The new spin-off will feature appearances by Kanye as well as footage of Kim in the recording studio with The-Dream. Let’s see how well Kim’s music career will fare. Her former friend and fellow reality star Paris Hilton earned a top 10 album with “Paris” and two #1 dance singles, “Turn It Up” and “Stars Are Blind.”
Glastonbury 2011- Who’s playing. The last year before Glasto takes a break for the Olympics, Music News takes a look at what’s being lined up for next year’s premier UK festival. Already self confirmed for the bash are The Coral, who confirmed in November through their Twitter account. Fatboy Slim also confirmed an appearance immediately after his 2010 performance too. Other strong rumours include Kylie Minogue on the Pyramid Stage, as she was infamously booked in 2005 to close the Sunday before pulling out. The reformed Pulp seem certainties to make a headline appearance across the weekend. The band played a vintage set in 1995 and their reform is likely to be due to a set booked at Glastonbury. U2 have been rumoured to make a headline appearance this year after missing their 2010 slot due to Bono’s back injury, however a secret slot appears more likely. Whether they do appear as headliners or with a secret appearance, I’d bet my entire treasured back catalogue of Nirvana on U2 making some sort of appearance at Glastonbury next year. Other names that have been thrown into the mix include Prince,Coldplay and The Foo Fighters, however none are likely to appear as headliners across the weekend. The Rolling Stones seem a promising prospect, with Ronnie Wood stating earlier this month that ‘He’d love to do it’. Glastonbury is always welcoming to bands from the yesteryear, so seeing The Stones headlining wouldn’t surprise any fans of the festival. Take That are one band who have confirmed they will not be appearing, with Gary Barlow stating ‘I don’t think it’s possible’ due to the size of the production of their show. Here are some of other names rumoured to be appearing: Beyonce, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, The Libertines, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin (again) and The White Stripes.
Lady Gaga Fragrance On The Way. What do little monsters smell like? We’ll find out soon enough. Lady Gaga will join pop titans like Britney Spears and Beyoncé currently enjoying the sweet smell of success with the release of her very own fragrance. Lady Gaga will team up with global beauty brand Coty Inc. for her first outing in the celebrity perfume business. Coty also helped launch fragrances for Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, and Kylie Minogue, among others. The scent will be developed by the masterminds at Coty along with Gaga, as Creative Director, and the rest of her Haus of Gaga team. The currently untitled fragrance will unveil more details closer to its release date. It’s currently expected to hit stores in the spring of 2012. “The marketing behind Lady Gaga’s fragrance will be unprecedented and groundbreaking,” said Steve Mormoris, Sr. VP of Global Marketing for Coty Beauty. “We are working toward distilling the brilliance of Lady Gaga into a fragrance that delivers a breathtaking olfactory experience and a timeless, enduring packaging design that is part of Lady Gaga’s overall artistic sensibility.”We don’t know what olfactory means, but we can’t wait to see what the bottle looks like! In the meantime, Gaga continues her “Monster Ball” world tour through 2011 and is set to release her new album, tentatively titled “Born This Way,” next year as well.
MTV EMA 2010 is sponsored by the new Suzuki Swift, Calvin Klein Jeans and Dell. MTV Networks International has revealed the contents of the 2010 MTV EMA Goodie Bag, the ultimate in trend-setting luxury and indulgence. MTV EMA 2010 is sponsored by the new Suzuki Swift, Calvin Klein Jeans and Dell. Each of the performers and presenters at the 2010 MTV EMAs including host Eva Longoria will receive a fabulous MTV EMA goodie bag, with contents provided by the world’s top designers and brands. Among the sumptuous contents of this year’s EMA Goodie Bag are the very latest must-have items for the stylish star-about-town including:
•Dell Streak – the much-talked-about tablet hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger screen tablets with its built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, high resolution 5MP camera and VGA front facing camera
•An ultra-chic belt and buckle courtesy of pan-European sponsor Suzuki
•Ultra skinny Calvin Klein Jeans X
•M.A.C make-up boxes
•Hilfiger Loud fragrances
•Fashionable Colour Codes and New Gent Swatch watches
•The very latest FLIP Ultra III and Mino III HD cameras
•Rockband 3 for Xbox
•Dora the Explorer in World School Day Adventure written by Shakira
•MTV Pop And Rock World Records 2011
•SpongeBob SquarePants full-size skateboard
•Limited edition signed artwork by Max Wiedemann
•Sonos S5 Wireless Multi Room music system
•Footwear by Reebok
•Cashmere & silk scarves by Charlotte Sparre
•Vanity X Cell Booster Serum
•Diamond bracelet by Shamballa Jewels
•Mobile phone purses by Deamond
•StriVectin eye serum
•Ole Henriksen skincare products
•Glass Votives by Kosta Boda
•Von Rita hat
•Limited Edition Gemini III Microphone & sE2200a Microphone from SE Electronics
•Trashy Bags bags (range of sports bags, ladies handbags, record bags)
•Thalita Jones Jewellery: handmade necklaces made from Swarovski Crystal and gem stones
•Codello black and grey scarves
•Stella McCartney body lotion and bag
•Watches by Kyboe
•Onora silver jewellery by Mojca Sapla
•Morrocanoil hair products
•Drop Watches by Ritmo Mundo.
Performers and artists at the 2010 MTV EMAs will also be able to luxuriate in the backstage spa provided courtesy of Kiara Kare. Hosted by Eva Longoria, the MTV EMAs will broadcast live from Madrid on MTV platforms across the globe from Sunday, November 7th, 2010, 21:00 CET, and will feature performances by Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kid Rock, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, B.o.B & Hayley Williams, Plan B, Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bon Jovi, Shakira and Rihanna.
MTV EMA 2010 will also stream live on www.mtvema.com and Facebook from 21:00 CET on Sunday 7 November 2010.
About the MTV EMAs
The EMAs, MTV Networks International’s global awards ceremony, celebrate the best in music, youth culture and entertainment. The annual event, now in its 17th year, broadcasts on MTV entertainment platforms around the world reaching more than 600 million households. The show is hosted in a different city each year, taking the culture and ethos of each destination to a world-wide audience. Renowned for attracting global A-list talent from across the music and entertainment spectrum, the MTV EMAs draws nominees, performers and presenters from every corner of the world, delivering groundbreaking and unforgettable performances – from the first ever holographic performance with Gorillaz in Lisbon in 2005, to Beyoncé’s infamous ‘Ring of Fire’ performance in Edinburgh in 2002 and Tokio Hotel’s ‘Wet Monsoon’ set in Munich in 2007.
EMA Voting Notes:
Winner of Best European Act, Best Push Act and Best World Stage Performance will be announced online at www.mtvema.com during the 2010 MTV EMAs on Sunday 7th November 2010
The 2010 MTV EMAs is executive produced by Richard Godfrey and Jane Fraser. Co-executive producer is Bruce Gillmer with Debbie Philips as producer, Raffaele Sangiovanni as executive in charge of production, line producer Sil Mcllveen and director Paul Shyvers. The 2010 MTV EMAs is an MTV Italia S.r.l – 360°Playmaker Production for MTV NETWOKS EUROPE” © MTV NETWORKS EUROPE 2010 – All rights reserved.
About MTV Networks International:
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) includes the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, MTVNHD, Tr3s: MTV, Musicá y Mas, TMF (The Music Factory), VIVA, Comedy Central and Game One. MTV Networks’ brands are seen globally in 645 million households in 161 territories and 34 languages via 165 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 500 digital media properties. The company’s diverse holdings also include interests in television syndication, digital media, publishing, home video, licensing & merchandising and feature films. MTV Networks International is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
The Suzuki Motor Corporation with headquarters in Hamamatsu (Japan) is the leading international manufacturer of small automobiles and the 10th largest car manufacturer of the world. Founded in 1909, Suzuki today employs about 51,500 people around the world and has business activities in 196 countries and regions and production bases in 23 different countries and regions. In the fiscal year 2009/10 Suzuki posted 2.47 trillion Yen (18.8 billion Euro*) net sales and 79.4 billion Yen (605.03 million Euro*) operating income. Its global sales reached 2.35 million automobiles and 3.02 million motorcycles and ATV. With its three lines of business – automobiles, motorcycles and outboard motors – Suzuki embodies a unique “Way of Life!” that stands for the brand values “excitement”, “straightforward”, “value”, “sporty” and “spirit”. (* Exchange rate: 131.18 Yen/Euro)
About Calvin Klein, Inc:
Calvin Klein, Inc. is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Brands/lifestyles include Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein Underwear. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include apparel, accessories, shoes, sleepwear, hosiery, socks, swimwear, belts, eyewear, watches, jewelry, coats, suits, fragrances, and cosmetics, as well as products for the home. For more information, visit www.calvinklein.com.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers worldwide innovative technology, business solutions and services they trust and value. For more information, visit www.dell.com.
Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.
Lady Gaga Dominates MTV VMAs With 8 Wins. It was Lady Gaga’s night at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. The award show’s most nominated artist for a single year in its history made history by winning 8 moon men, the most awards garnered by a female performer. The 24-year-old singer’s “Bad Romance” won 7 categories, including Video and Female Video of the Year, Pop Video, and Dance Video. Her “Telephone” won Collaboration with Beyonce Knowles. She thanked her “little monsters” for the voting. She gave a big “thank you” to all the gays as well.When she took the stage to receive her Video of the Year award from Cher no less, she fulfilled a promise by announcing the name of her new album. “I was so nervous for tonight that I would let my fans down. I promised that if I won tonight, I’d announce the name of my new record.” “It’s called ‘Born This Way,’” she was before she sang a few lines from a track. Eminem is the second biggest winner of the night. His “Not Afraid” won Male Video and Hip-Hop Video at the show. And while he was able to share the stage with Rihanna when they performed their chart-topping track “Love the Way You Lie,” he wasn’t around anymore to receive his trophies. It turned out he had a flight to catch as he was due to perform with Jay-Z in New York the following day. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Taylor Swift kept their feud alive after a year. They separately took the stage and performed personal songs that addressed last year’s row when West crashed Swift’s acceptance speech. Swift performed first with an unnamed son, taking an aim at the rapper with its lyrics that include: “Some things you can’t speak of, but tonight you live it all again” and “You have new Septembers. Everyone one of us has messed up, too.’ West confused audience with “Runaway.” It was not clear if he was self-deprecating or saluting other “douchebags” of the world. “You’ve been putting up with my s*** for way too long,” he sang. “Let’s have a toast for the scumbags. Let’s have a toast for the jerk****. Baby, I got a plan. Runaway fast as you can.”
List of winners:
Video of the Year: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Female Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Male Video: “Not Afraid,” Eminem
•Best New Artist: Justin Bieber, “Baby”
•Rock Video: “Kings and Queens,” 30 Seconds to Mars
•Pop Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Hip-Hop Video: “Not Afraid,” Eminem
•Breakthrough Video: “Tighten Up,” The Black Keys
•Collaboration: “Telephone,” Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
•Dance Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Choreography: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Editing: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Direction: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Special Effects: “Uprising,” Muse
•Art Direction: “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + the Machine
•Cinematography: “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
•Tre3s Latino Artist of the Year: Aventura