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Nancy And Ann Wilson added to “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops”

Nancy And Ann Wilson added to "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops"

Nancy And Ann Wilson added to "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops"

Nancy And Ann Wilson Of Heart, Snooki Added To “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” Line-Up. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” is going to have even more Heart. The special, which sees female-fronted acts performing for the troops, has added Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart to the line-up, plus appearances by Brandy and Snooki. Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart are set to perform with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who will perform at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. They’ll join previously announced performers Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Sugarland, and Nicki Minaj. Paramore, fronted by “Airplanes” singer Hayley Williams, will head to an undisclosed military base in the Middle East to visit with the Marines, soldiers, airmen, and more. Comedian Jeffrey Ross has been added to the line-up as well, while Brandy, supermodel Marisa Miller, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from “Jersey Shore” will present.  For the first time, VH1 has partnered with the USO to bring the iconic event, which has boasted performances from Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion in the past, and the girls to the troops and their families.    “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops,” hosted by Kathy Griffin, will premiere Sunday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1.

Katy Perry, Paramore To Salute The Troops On “VH1 Divas” Special

VH1 Divas

VH1 Divas

Katy Perry, Paramore To Salute The Troops On “VH1 Divas” Special. This year’s “VH1 Divas” is going military style. Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, and Paramore have all signed on for “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.”
For the first time, VH1 has partnered with the USO to bring the iconic event, which has boasted performances from Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion in the past, and the girls to the troops and their families. Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, and Nicki Minaj will all perform for the troops at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Paramore, fronted by “Airplanes” singer Hayley Williams, will head to an undisclosed military base in the Middle East to visit with the Marines, soldiers, airmen, and more. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” will also be broadcast internationally for the service men and women and their families stationed outside the U.S., courtesy of the Armed Forces Network.   “The USO is thrilled to be partnering with VH1 and honored to be a part of delivering such an uplifting event to our nation’s troops,” said Sloan Gibson, USO President. “The holidays are especially tough for our men and women in uniform and their families, and having the opportunity to touch so many troops stationed around the world at a time of year that matters most lets them know that America still cares about their welfare,” Gibson continued. “There is no better time to celebrate our armed forces and support their efforts than now.” “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” will premiere Sunday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1

Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour

Far East Movement

Far East Movement

Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour. Far East Movement, a band also known by the name of just FM, will kick off their “Up In The Air” tour on September 13th in Anaheim, CA with Mike Posner. The group’s first single “Like A G6″ is currently #12 overall on iTunes Top Songs and #5 on iTunes Top Pop Songs. The song is also still climbing on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart(last placed at #41) and is #25 on the country’s digital song sales chart. FM’s members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J Splif and DJ Virman started the band in Los Angeles where they’ve already had a #1 song at radio with the hit “Girls On The Dance Floor.” Their music bridges the gap between underground club and mainstream hip-hop and pop music. They’ve coined the term ‘Free Wired’ to describe their lifestyle and sound that blends elements of Hip-Hop, Pop, Electro and Dance. “We want people at our shows to feel free to let loose and ‘geek out’ however the feel comfortable. Our music and lifestyle is about making sure everyone is having a good time,” states Kev Nish. Far East Movement have already taken the Los Angeles club scene global; they’ve already done two world tours, including recent stints with Lady Gaga, N*E*R*D, Robyn/Kelis and LMFAO. The ‘Free Wired’ debut album will also feature appearances from Ryan Tedder, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Pitbull and Lil’ Jon.

T.I. Wants To Collaborate With Lady Gaga For New Single

T.I. Wants To Collaborate With Lady Gaga For New Single

T.I. Wants To Collaborate With Lady Gaga For New Single

T.I. Wants To Collaborate With Lady Gaga For New Single. T.I. has previously collaborated with Justin Timberlake and Rihanna on smash hits “Dead and Gone” and “Live Your Life,” and now he has his eyes set on collaborating with Lady Gaga on a new single. In Touch Weekly reports that the rapper wants to collaborate with the “Bad Romance” singer for a new single titled “Lick It!” “I’m still trying to make that manifest,” T.I. told the magazine. “I think it’s an odd enough combination, but I think that both of us are able to diversify.” Gaga is working on her third album while on her sold-out Monster Ball tour. She’s previously collaborated with Beyonce and rapper Wale. Her song “Poker Face” was sampled by Kid Cudi on the track “Make Her Say,” which also featured Kanye West and Common. “I have a lot of respect for her individuality, the daring to be different,” the 29-year-old rapper continued. “And of course, everyone loves ‘Poker Face!’”  The track would appear on T.I.’s upcoming album, “King Uncaged.” The album is led by the first single, “Got Your Back,” a collaboration with Keri Hilson.

Justin Bieber, Chris Brown Featured On “SOS” Haiti Compilation

Justin Bieber, Chris Brown Featured On "SOS" Haiti Compilation

Justin Bieber, Chris Brown Featured On "SOS" Haiti Compilation

Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Robin Thicke were just some of the celebrities who came together for BET’s “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti” benefit concert and telethon at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Friday, February 5th. Live recordings from the concert have been assembled for a new compilation with all proceeds benefitting Haiti Relief. The “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti” compilation is available exclusively on Amazon MP3. The set, which goes for $7.99 or 99cents per track, includes three live cuts from Wyclef Jean, including “Hold On” and “Ima Zoe.”  Mary J. Blige contributes live versions of “One” and “We’re Gonna Make It,” while Chris Brown’s versions of “With You” and “Crawl” are also included. Justin Bieber is featured with his latest single “Baby” and his hit “One Less Lonely Girl.”  Robin Thicke contributes a version of his single “Dreamworld,” as well as his cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me.” Also featured on the album are contributions from Keri Hilson, Monica, Kirk Franklin, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes, and Nas

VH1′s “Fan Jam” To Prep Viewers For Super Bowl Sunday

Justin Bieber at Super Bowl Sunday

Justin Bieber at Super Bowl Sunday

VH1′s “Fan Jam” To Prep Viewers For Super Bowl Sunday. Some viewers of the Super Bowl only watch the first half of the game disinterestedly, waiting for the halftime show. For those spectators, numerous musical names will be providing a stage spectacular that will almost completely take the football game out of the equation. Pepsi, VH1 and the National Football League will host the “Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam,” a performance paying tribute to the sport of football as a whole, as well as the upcoming Super Bowl XLIV, scheduled for February 7. “Fan Jam” is set to broadcast live on VH1 from South Beach in Miami, Florida at 9 p.m. ET/PT today on February 4.  With performances being broadcast from the sunny Florida beaches, singers Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Timbaland and special guest Keri Hilson will entertain the crowd with their musical expertise. Interspersing musical sets with pro football player interviews and commentaries, both pre-taped and live, “Fan Jam” will feature numerous surprise guest appearances throughout the evening, which will be hosted in entirety by Nick Cannon and Nancy O’Dell.All musical performances from the night will be available at the Web site fanjam.vh1.com following the special’s initial broadcast.  The night is not entirely devoted to football and popular music, however.  A portion of “Fan Jam” will be devoted to organizations such as the DoSomething initiative and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The five young adult winners of the latest DoSomething initiative will get the opportunity to demonstrate how they have made a difference in the world through the help of DoSomething.org. Details on the initiative’s next project, the Virtual Battle of the Bands, also will be described during this segment.

2010 Grammy nominees:The Fame (Lady Gaga) up for Album of the Year!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards announced their nominations during a special primetime concert, held at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast live on CBS. In between performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Sugarland, host LL Cool J and Nick Jonas’ new band, the Administration, presenters read off the nominees in all major categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Beyoncé led all nominees with 10 nods, followed by Taylor Swift with eight nominations. The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and Maxwell each received six. (View photos from the Grammy nominations concert.)  Below are the nominees in some of the top categories. For a complete list of nominees, visit GRAMMY.com. And keep checking Metromix.com for predictions, poll and previews of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, taking place Sunday, Jan. 31 in Los Angeles and broadcasting live on CBS.

Album Of The Year:
I Am…Sasha Fierce (Beyoncé)
The E.N.D. (the Black Eyed Peas)
The Fame (Lady Gaga)
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (Dave Matthews Band)
Fearless (Taylor Swift)

Record Of The Year:
“Halo” (Beyoncé)
“I Gotta Feeling” (the Black Eyed Peas)
“Use Somebody” (Kings Of Leon)
“Poker Face” (Lady Gaga)
“You Belong With Me” (Taylor Swift)

Song Of The Year:
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Use Somebody, “Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
“You Belong With Me,” Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Best Rock Album:
Black Ice (AC/DC)
Live From Madison Square Garden (Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood)
21st Century Breakdown (Green Day)
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (Dave Matthews Band)
No Line On The Horizon (U2)

Best Rap Album:
Universal Mind Control (Common)
Relapse (Eminem)
R.O.O.T.S. (Flo Rida)
The Ecstatic (Mos Def)
The Renaissance (Q-Tip)

Best Pop Performance by a Duo Or Group with Vocals:
“I Gotta Feeling” (the Black Eyed Peas)
“We Weren’t Born To Follow” (Bon Jovi)
“Never Say Never” (the Fray)
“Sara Smile” (Daryl Hall and John Oates)
“Kids” (MGMT)

The Album of the Year category hasn’t been totally respectable in a long time–favoring sales and mainstream recognition over quality–but usually a solid act like Radiohead,Dixie Chicks,White Stripes,OutKast,Bob Dylan will slip in there to class up the joint.  This year? Say it ain’t so, Grammy.  When the nominees were revealed last night during a primetime concert in L.A., we learned that album of the year nominees include Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift. No, that is not the list of top 5 artist on your young cousins’ iPod. Those are the nominees for Album of the Year.  In other silliness, not-new-anymore artists like MGMT and Silversun Pickups were nominated for Best New Artist, though I was glad to see Maxwell’s writers pick up a nod for Song of the Year for the gorgeous “Pretty Wings.” Biggest observations during a stroll through the other categories: The Pop Vocal Album category is scary (Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat and The Fray, such brilliance!) while Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance should include the phrase “over 50 years old” when nominating Prince, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. All legends, of course, but still.  Nice lineup for Best Rock Song of U2, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Springsteen. And French pop act Phoenix continues its rise with a Best Alternative Album nod for “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

JLS release their debut album ‘JLS’ through Epic Records

 jlsJLS release their debut album ‘JLS’ on November 9th through Epic Records.  The 13-track album kicks off with the street-savvy pop of Beat Again, their first assault on the charts which ended up as the fastest selling debut of the year. Their forthcoming single Everybody In Love, which is released a week before the album, is already one of the most played songs on radio.  Oritsé, JB, Marvin and Aston have spent most of this year working with some of the biggest names in pop – from Chris Braide to Fraser T Smith and J.R Continue reading →

The Noisettes & Lilly Allen top DMAs

The NoisettesThe Noisettes & chart topper, Lilly Allen grab four nominations this year. Lilly Allen, who counts the worldwide web for her rise to fame, is up for Best Album, Best Music Video, and Best Female Act & Best Single for the 2009 hit ‘Not fair’. Florence & the Machine picked up double nominations for Best Album and Best Music Video whilst long running girl group Sugababes grab three nominations. Newcomers and Continue reading →

Black Eyed Peas Set Billboard Hot 100 Record

black-eyed-peasThe Black Eyed Peas set a record this week for the longest successive No. 1 chart run by a duo or group in the Billboard Hot 100′s history. “I Gotta Feeling” is in its fifth consecutive week at No. 1, following 12 weeks at the top by the Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow.” Boyz II Men reigned on the chart for two 16-week runs in the mid-’90s. Following “I Gotta Feeling” is Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” at No. 2, followed by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne- Yo’s “Knock You Down” at No. 3, and Continue reading →

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