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Beyonce explains forthcoming album

Beyonce

Beyonce

Beyonce has revealed the title and heaps of other details about her forthcoming fourth album.

The superstar spoke to Billboard about her fourth album, aptly titled 4.

But the chronology isn’t the only reason it got that name. She says, ‘We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.’

She says that she had more than 60 songs recorded, inspired by everything from Fela Kuti and Earth, Wind And Fire to Adele and Prince.

She said, ‘ also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back: I used a lot of the brassiness and grittiness in my voice that people hear in my live performances, but not necessarily on my records.’

Beyonce also spoke about visiting Disneyland, dropping her father as a manager, her upcoming turn in the A Star Is Born remake, and her ‘risky’ new sound on the ‘Run The World (Girls)’ single.

4 is set to be released later in the year.

Adele’s ex-boyfriend wants share of profits for inspiring hit album

 Adele

Adele

British songstress Adele has the #1 album worldwide with the lovelorn ballad-filled “21.” Now, the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album’s emotional tracks is demanding some of the royalties. Adele, who has said she wrote current hit “Rolling in the Deep” just a day after their break-up, has sold millions of records since the album and its lead single were released at the beginning of the year.

Adele was stunned when her source of inspiration contacted her to claim his cut from the profits. Adele’s unnamed ex had no hand in writing or producing any of the tracks on the album.

“For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it. Finally, I said, ‘Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it,’” Adele told The Sun.

“He really thought he’d had some input into the creative process by being a p–ck,” she added. “I’ll give him this credit – he made me an adult and put me on the road that I’m traveling.”

Adele will keep rolling deep in cash as both of her albums, “21” and “19,” are in the Top 20 on Billboard. She’s also set to kick off a string of sold-out shows around the U.S. beginning Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Bob Dylan performs his first ever concert in China

Bob Dylan performs his first ever concert in China

Bob Dylan performs his first ever concert in China

The 69-year-old musical legend was granted permission to give the concert at the Worker’s Gymnasium in central Beijing after having his music vetted by censors, though some of his more well-known protest songs – including ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” and ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ – were dropped from his set so as not to offend the country’s communist government.

However, the two-hour performance saw the 5,000-strong crowd entertained by the folk singer’s classic tracks, including ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ‘Ballad of a Thin Man’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’.

Audience member Zhang Tian told Billboard.com: “I was a little disappointed that he didn’t sing many of his songs because of the politics. What is the government so afraid of?”

However, the singer’s appearance impressed other fans.

Yin Yang said: “I know his songs from karaoke, but I’m really not that familiar with him. I think this was a historic concert and I’m glad I’ve seen him.”

The performance comes after Bob was refused permission to perform by China’s Culture Ministry – who must approve every concert that takes place in the country -last year.

Dylan will perform in Shanghai and Hong Kong next week as part of a tour marking 50 years since his first major live performance.

Bob Dylan’s China setlist:

‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’
‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’
‘Beyond The Horizon’
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
‘Honest With Me’
‘Simple Twist Of Fate’
‘Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum’
‘Love Sick’
‘Rollin’ And Tumblin’
‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Spirit On The Water’
‘Thunder On The Mountain’
‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’
‘Like A Rolling Stone’
‘All Along The Watchtower’
‘Forever Young’

Lady Gaga scores 1000th US number one top the US charts.

Lady Gaga scores 1000th US number one top the US charts.

Lady Gaga scores 1000th US number one top the US charts.

Lady Gaga’s new single ‘Born This Way’ is the thousandth single to top the US charts. The song marks the thousandth single that has hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 52-year history. Gaga told Billboard, ‘t is a tremendous honour. To be the 1000th no. 1 on Billboard… I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honour of my career.’

She continued, ‘ am so humbled and so honoured and overwhelmed by the reception to ‘Born This Way,’ [It] has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers… I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans that I have.’ The single also scored the largest opening radio airplay audience since Billboard began ranking all radio stations in 1998.

It was also the highest-selling digital single debut for a female artist, accruing 448,000 downloads, and was the third-highest digital debut behind Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ and Black Eyed Peas ‘Boom Boom Pow’.

Other significant artists to hold numerous number ones include: The Beatles with 20 chart-toppers, Mariah Carey with 18, and Michael Jackson with 13.

Britney Spears hits the studio with will.i.am

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

After will.i.am joined the rest of the Black Eyed Peas for an explosive Super Bowl Half-Time Show, he got right back to work, hitting the studio with none other than Britney Spears. Spears is hard at work on her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” and is still recording some last minute tracks for inclusion on the album. She teamed up with will.i.am, who’s not only produced hits for the Peas but for Usher, Fergie, Estelle, and Cheryl Cole.

“In the studio with @iamwill,” Brit tweeted. “You guys are gonna love this one.”

Will.i.am also tweeted his thoughts about hitting the studio with the pop princess for the first time. “She’s such a sweet heart. She’s a perfectionist,” he said.

Other than will.i.am, Brit’s been relatively quiet over just who she’s hit the studio with, but some of the hitmakers that could appear on her latest effort include Bloodshy & Avant (“Toxic”), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, and Billboard.

We’ll see how good of a team Britney and will.i.am make when “Femme Fatale” hits stores on March 29th. The album, executive produced by and featuring additional tracks from previous collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke, will of course feature the #1 single “Hold It Against Me.”

Linkin Park announce new single ‘Burning In The Skies’

Linkin Park announce new single 'Burning In The Skies'

Linkin Park announce new single 'Burning In The Skies'

Linkin Park will release their new single ‘Burning in the Skies’ on March 21st on Warner Bros. Records. The single is produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda and is taken from their critically acclaimed/multi-selling album ‘A Thousands Suns’, which was released in the UK on September 13th giving the band their fourth top five album. Having closed 2010 with a sell-out UK arena tour and being crowned the biggest selling rock/alternative act (with over 50 million sales) by Billboard, Linkin Park have confirmed they will return to the UK in June to headline Europe’s biggest rock festival Download. The band will play a mixture of back catalogue tracks as well as a selection of new songs from their fourth studio album ‘A Thousand Suns.’ As well as headlining Download, Linkin Park have announced they will be headlining the 5th Annual iTunes Festival with a special intimate show at Camden’s Roundhouse on 4th July 2011.

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Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak.

Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak.

Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak.

Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak. Global pop superstar Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak by becoming the first female artist in 11 years to score three No. 1 singles from the same album on Billboard’s Hot 100. ‘Firework,’ the third single from her Grammy-nominated No. 1 album Teenage Dream, claims the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Digital Songs chart this week, following on the heels of Katy’s two previous No. 1 singles ‘California Gurls’ and ‘Teenage Dream.’ Katy also hit No. 1 with ‘ Kissed A Girl,’ which held the top spot for seven weeks in the summer of 2008. On December 2nd, it was announced that Katy had been nominated for four 2011 Grammy Awards: ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Teenage Dream, ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for the single ‘Teenage Dream,’ and ‘Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals’ for ‘California Gurls.’ She was nominated in 2009 for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for ‘ Kissed A Girl’ and in 2010 for ‘Hot N Cold’ from her 2008 debut album One of the Boys. Katy has won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors. Katy recently performed during ABC’s telecast of The American Music Awards (she was nominated for three, including ‘Artist of the Year’) and CBS’sThe Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She will also perform on the CBS special A Home For The Holidays, which airs at 10 PM, ET/PT on December 22nd. Over the past year, Katy has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Seventeen, and Lucky. She appeared on the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar and will be on Maxim’s January cover, which hits stands on December14th. Katy’s California Dreams 2011 World Tour kicks off in Europe in February before hitting Australia and Japan in May, followed by North America in the summer. The tour has also been extended for 12 arena dates in the UK/Ireland in October/November.

Pink Earns Third #1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 With “Raise Your Glass”

Pink Earns Third #1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 With "Raise Your Glass"

Pink Earns Third #1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 With "Raise Your Glass"

Pink Earns Third #1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 With “Raise Your Glass”. Pink really has a reason to raise her glass. She earned her third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single, “Raise Your Glass.” It follows “So What” and “Lady Marmalade,” which included Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim, as her latest #1 on the chart. “Raise Your Glass” rises from #2 last week to #1, selling 209,000 digital singles and crossing the one million mark in sales. The single is one of a handful of new songs featured on her first hits set, “Greatest Hits…So Far!!!,” in stores now.Pink really has a reason to raise her glass. She earned her third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single, “Raise Your Glass.” It follows “So What” and “Lady Marmalade,” which included Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim, as her latest #1 on the chart. Katy Perry moves up four spots from last week to #2 with the latest of her now Grammy-nominated “Teenage Dream” album, “Firework.” The single is #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, selling 232,000 copies this week. Last week’s #1, Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World),” moves down two spots to #3 this week after spending only one week at the top. Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” moves up back in to the top 5 this week, jumping from #7 to #4 this week. Rihanna’s second entry in the top 5 this week, the former #1 “What’s My Name” with Drake,” jumps from #8 to #5 this week. At #6 is Ke$ha with the first single off her “Cannibal” EP, “We R Who We R.” The single sells 185,000 copies this week, pushing her across the one million mark in digital sales this week. It’s her fifth solo single to sell over a million copies. Falling down four spots this week to #7 is Far East Movement, featuring Cataracs & Dev, with “Like a G6,” while Nelly drops three spots from #5 to #8 with “Just a Dream.” The Black Eyed Peas earn their ninth top 10 hit this week on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Time (Dirty Bit),” the first single off their new album “The Beginning.” Bruno Mars enters the top 10 with his second single, “Grenade,” which jumps up from #17 this week. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending December 11th, 2010:

1. “Raise Your Glass,” Pink

2. “Firework,” Katy Perry

3. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna

4. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars

5. “What’s My Name,” Rihanna feat. Drake

6. “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha

7. “Like a G6,” Far East Movement feat. Cataracs & Dev

8. “Just a Dream,” Nelly

9. “The Time (Dirty Bit),” Black Eyed Peas

10. “Grenade,” Bruno Mars

Colbie Caillat To Perform At NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet

Colbie Caillat To Perform At NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet

Colbie Caillat To Perform At NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet

Colbie Caillat To Perform At NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet. This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony and Champion’s Week just got a little glitzier by the addition of yet another Grammy-Award winning act. Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat will perform at the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony Friday at Wynn Las Vegas, a performfance that will be broadcast live on SPEED at 9 p.m. Caillat will join country music’s Rascal Flatts and comedic host Frank Caliendo in filling up the entertainment card. Caillat has produced hit singles include “Bubbly,” “Realize,” and “Falling for You,” and will perform for the top-10 drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. Caillat’s album “COCO’ debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart in 2007, and her Grammy-nominated follow up, BREAKTHROUGH, debuted at No. 1. The Awards Ceremony culminates NASCAR Champion’s Week, a postseason celebration of fan-friendly activities in Sin City.

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