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Lady Gaga announces ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour

Listen up “Little Monsters.” Lady Gaga has just unveiled dates for her “Born This Way Ball” tour in Southeast Asia and Australia. Dates for Europe, Latin American and North America will follow shortly.

Gaga has been tweeting about the tour, revealing some details and photos. On Feb. 7, the singer unveiled a sketch of what the star calls “The Monster Pit,” a general admission area that she says, “Little Monsters unlock when they arrive to the arena or stadium.”

The tour kicks off with 15 shows throughout Southeast Asia and Japan through early June. Then Gaga heads to Australia for 15 more shows ending in July.

After traveling Down Under, Gaga will head to Europe in August. Latin America will follow towards the end of 2012, and then Gaga hits North America in the first quarter of 2013.

On Wednesday, Gaga said “The Born This Way Ball” will perform 110 shows around the world.

The tour will be guided by Live Nation Global Touring CEO Arthur Fogel and his team, who also manned the helm during Gaga’s monster “Monster Ball” tour in 2010-11, which grossed $188 million from 167 shows.

The “Monster Ball” tour landed Gaga at No. 84 on Billboard’s recent “Power 100″ list. It also put her on the map as a major focus in the music arena and as a high-grossing touring artist.

Sinead O’Connor to wed for fourth time

Sinead O’Connor is walking down the aisle for the fourth time Thursday, her 45th birthday.

The Irish singer posted an announcement of her pending nuptials on her official website: ” With enormous joy myself and my boyfriend Barry Herridge will be getting married Dec. 8, 2011, at an un-disclosed location in my absolute dream wedding ceremony.”

O’Connor ended her third marriage to friend and collaborator Steve Cooney in April after just eight months.

The singer has four children from previous relationships. She was previously married to music producer John Reynolds and journalist Nicholas Sommerland.

Taylor Swift wins big at American Music Awards 2011

The American Music Awards is not as prestigious as the Grammy Awards, and it lacks the edginess of the MTV Video Music Awards, but it is a big awards show nonetheless.

This year’s ceremony was broadcast from Los Angeles on Sunday night. Performers included an out-of-breath Jennifer Lopez, a matured Justin Bieber and an over-the-top Nicki Minaj.

Taylor Swift was the night’s big winner. On the heels of her recent win for the coveted Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Swift won for Country Female Artist; Country Album (Speak Easy), and Artist of the Year

Other winner included British artist Adele, who is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Nominated for four awards, the singer/songer went home with three: Adult Contemporary Artist, Pop/Rock Female Artist and  Pop/Rock album for “21.”  The Foo Fighters won for Alternative Rock Artist; Blake Shelton won Country Male Artist; Lady Antebellum won for Country Band, Duo or Group; and Jennifer Lopez received the award for Latin Music Artist.

Bruno Mars won for Pop/Rock male Artist. Maroon 5 took home the award for Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group. And Nicki Minaj won both Rap/Hip-Hop artist and Rap/Hip-Hop album for “Pink Friday.”

Beyonce was named Soul/R&B Female Artist and Usher took the male category. Rihanna won the Soul/R&B Album for “Loud,” and Hot Chelle Rae was named New Artist of the Year.

Black Eyed Peas just taking a break; deny they are breaking up

“I got a feeling” from reports that the Black Eyed deny rumors they are breaking up that “they don’t lie” when they say “they don’t want music” for a while.

At a launch party Monday for their video game “The Black Eyed Peas Experience” members of the group said they are not breaking up, they are simply taking a little break to focus on their own personal things.

Will.i.am told TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview on Wednesday, that the band “always has two cycles of records and then we take a break.”

The rapper said, “When we take breaks you know, we work on side projects and get our personal stuff in order to then come back and make beautiful music.”

The band will perform their final concert in Miami on Wednesday before taking their break. Featured will be Marc Anthony, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Jason Derulo.

The four band members, Taboo, Apl.de.ap, Fergie and Will.i.am, have all embarked into solo projects in addition to their music together as a group, including fragrance and shoe collections, and acting and philanthropic causes. Apl.de.ap., real name Allan Lindo, will be focusing on his duties as ambassador for education in the Philippines.

The band’s new video dance game on the Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii consoles allows gamers to learn the Black Eyed Peas dance moves while seeing their progress captured on screen.

The Black Eyed Peas have sold over 56 million records worldwide. In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously held No.1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

In 2010, the Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on the Billboards’s Decade-End Chart List and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade.

Tessa Kautzman Offering 2 Free Songs.

Kautzman manages to evade the clichés of the singer/songwriter genre despite keeping elements such as the plaintive strumming of a lonely acoustic or vocals that are forcefully and heartrendingly aching. Although drawing from a multitude of influences to create her own sound and atmosphere, Kautzman’s music has been said to flow in a similar vein as that of Feist, Sharon Van Etten and Neko Case.

Shredded Eagle, Sad Tambourine was released earlier this Fall, and is available on:
- her Bandcamp page, http://tessakautzman.bandcamp.com/
- and on iTunes, http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tessa-kautzman/id467961974?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Fans can follow Tessa on Facebook, here: http://www.facebook.com/TessaKautzman

The Saturdays preview new album to fans

The Saturdays are offering fans the chance to unlock previews of tracks from their forthcoming album ‘On Your Radar’ which is out on 21st November.

Fans can go to the girls official website www.thesaturdays.co.uk and access a voting system through their facebook and twitter accounts to promote the song they would most like to be unlocked for preview. Early favourites appear to be the girls track with Travie McCoy ‘The Way You Watch Me’ as well as ‘Faster’ which have both been unlocked for 90 second streams to be heard by all fans. Big ballad ‘Last Call’ looks like the track the fans next most want to hear but it still needs more votes before it will be unlocked.

The Saturdays have instantly made their top 10 smashes ‘Notorious’ and ‘All Fired Up’ available to stream plus forthcoming single ‘My Heart Takes Over’

Beyonce’s Dad may have stole from singer

Beyonce’s firing of her dad as her manager is now believed to be the result of him stealing money from her.

According to legal papers obtained by TMZ, Mathew Knowles is claiming that Live Nation Entertainment made false claims about him to his daughter in the hopes of coming aboard her 2011 world tour.

“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level. He is my father for life, and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me,” Beyonce said in a statement on the termination in March.

“I grew up watching both he and my mother [Tina Knowles] manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps,” she added.

While Mr. Knowles denies claims that he stole any money, Beyonce’s law firm conducted an audit that concluded that Knowles had in fact stolen money.

Mr. Knowles has asked a judge to take depositions from Live Nation employees to determine how they arrived at their conclusions.

Beyonce’s most recent album, “4”, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Rapper Pitbull says he was influenced by 80′s rock bands.

The Miami native, whose current hit “Give Me Everything” has sold over two million copies and is number one on Billboards Hot 100 chart, recently told The Boombox in Hollywood, Calif. that he learned a lot by watching Guns “N Roses and Poison.

“Definitely as part of growing up in the ’80s, I seen a lot of the rock bands and the rock shows, whether it was the big hair spray, Def Leppard and Poison, you had the U2, they didn’t have the hair like that. I think they were the ones really living it up, Guns ‘N’ Roses, so yeah, you seen a lot of that.”

While the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Armando Chrisitian Perez, considers himself a rock star, don’t expect to catch him doing “rock star-type things.”

“Rock stars could get away with a lot before. There wasn’t a Twitter or Facebook, it wasn’t as real time as it is now,” he explained. “Catch one of your rock stars messing up a hotel room or pissing from a balcony or whatever they used to do and watch how quick that hits the world.”

Pitbull also said collaborating with Marc Anthony, Chris Brown T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland and Sean Paul on his sixth studio album “Planet Pit” wasn’t something that was planned.

“As far as the collaborations on the album, I wasn’t looking to work with all these folks to be honest with you. This happened kind of on its own. There was a plan, didn’t pan out, but it did in a weird way,” he said. “But the thing is when you line up an album with all this music, you’re looking for people to jump on it, the people hear the music and go, ‘Oh, man, yeah, definitely want to be involved in this, one way or another.’ A lot of folks just sent me music and I think that with “Planet Pit” we did exactly what we wanted to do, which was put together an album full of hits. And I wanted to tap into everybody’s world to create our own.”

While Pitbull is off promoting his album with Enrique Iglesias on a tour around the world, the rapper said he wants to forget about the big production and stick to giving music to the public _ like the rock bands he looked up to.

“As far as massive production, I’m not a big fan of that; I’m a big fan of giving fans the artist, giving them entertainment,” he said. “The music is what drives this, drives the public and drives the show. But I guarantee you go to a show and you’ll leave going, “Whoa. How does he stay up there an hour and a half doing that?” I’m still an old-school believer of the artist and the band bringing the music to the public.”

Company suing Britney Spears says her conservatorship is a “sham”

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney Spears is being sued by a licensing company for breach of contract and the company is demanding that a judge order Spears to be deposed. Brad Sense is suing Spears and her father Jamie Spears for allegedly stopping payment of royalties from Spears’ successful Elizabeth Arden fragrance line.

“Brand Sense intends to seek immediate relief from the probate court’s order. The notion that Britney Spears is mentally or emotionally unfit to testify under oath is a sham,” a court document on the matter states.

“Ms. Spears currently has the mental, emotional and physical capacity to endure the strain of a months-long international concert tour, make numerous public appearances, engage in interviews with the media, participate in numerous promotional campaigns for her various business enterprises, and maintain custody of her children,” the document continues.

The deal with Arden was licensed by Brad Sense and the company is seeking $10 million dollars in damages.

A hearing has been set for July 11th to see if Britney will be ordered to be deposed.

Peter Frampton files for divorce

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Legendary rocker Peter Frampton has filed for divorce from Christina Elfers, his wife of 15 years.

According to TMZ, Frampton filed in an L.A. County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences.

Frampton wants joint legal custody with primary physical custody going to Elfers. They have one minor daughter together named Mia who is an actress.

Elfers also has an adult daughter named Tiffany from a previous relationship.

Frampton rose to fame with the 1975 hit “Baby I Love You Way,” a song which has been featured in a number of feature films over the years.

The couple has been married since 1996.

This will be Frampton’s third divorce.

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