Though Taylor Swift is busy on her own sold-out tour, the 21-year-old country star just can’t say no to a good cause. She’s hitting the stage with the Black Eyed Peas in New York’s Central Park on Thursday night.
Swift will join the Peas for their Concert 4 NYC benefitting the Robin Hood Foundation, which helps battle poverty in New York City. The show is expected to have over 60,000 fans in attendance.
“We are thrilled to have Taylor on board to benefit two very important causes,” Fergie said in a statement. “Not only will she will be an amazing addition to our lineup, she is an incredible inspiration to people of all ages and her music gives a voice to those who feel left behind.”
Other performers set to appear include Debbie Harry, LL Cool J and Natasha Bedingfield, while Whoopi Goldberg and Zach Braff are among the stars also scheduled to make appearances.
The concert is free but tickets are required and are sold out.
Paris Hilton isn’t just getting ready to return to television with the premiere of her new Oxygen series, “The World According to Paris.” She’s also been working on new music, which she says has much more of a dance sound.
Hilton has steadily been working on the follow-up to 2006’s “Paris,” which entered the top 10 on Billboard’s album chart and yielded the #1 dance single “Stars Are Blind,” for years and she says it’ll be out soon.
“I have a recording studio in my house so anytime I have free time, I’m always in the studio writing and working,” Paris Hilton told CNS. “I’ve been working on this album for a really long time so I want it to be perfect.”
Her debut album featured elements of pop, dance, reggae, and even disco, but Hilton says her new album is going to be even more club-ready than the first.
She even named one artist she’d like to collaborate with: David Guetta, the hitmaker behind #1 hits from The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland, and Flo Rida.
“I recently changed the direction of the album. It was more pop before but now I’m getting rid of a lot of the songs and I’m going into a different direction, which is house music,” Hilton said. “It’s going to be a lot more dance and club. It should be out really soon.”
Out even sooner is her new show, “The World According to Paris,” which premieres on Oxygen Wednesday night at 10/9c.
The Black Eyed Peas star wrote the track ‘Big Fat Bass’ for Britney’s new album ‘Femme Fatale’ and loved working with her because her enthusiasm was infectious.
He said: “I discovered her love for music. I have never seen anyone, like, come alive, full of excitement and giggling and laughing behind the mic.
‘She was like a little kid when she was recording the song and it just brought the whole atmosphere, it changed the whole atmosphere when someone really loves music. So it was great working with her.”
Despite Britney’s enthusiasm, will.i.am said she is also completely professional and didn’t any advice from him.
He added to MTV: “When someone’s excited to go out and just do it, what advice? You don’t need no advice. She is like, ‘When I say on the song, ‘You all better get ready for the kick drum,” she was already anticipating what she was going to do onstage when that beat broke down.
‘Adding that type of perspective, when we were recording it, you don’t need to give nobody like Britney advice.”
Meanwhile, will.i.am and the other members of the Black Eyed Peas ‘ Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap ‘ have announced plans to open a school for New York teenagers to learn video and music production through their charitable organisation, The Peapod Foundation.
will.i.am said: “Our passion for music and media was fuelled by many generous people on our road to success. Expanding the network of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices academies enables us to pay it forward, giving more youth the skills and encouragement they need to realise their dreams.”
Josh Duhamel is ‘excited’ about spending some time with his wife Fergie when she begins her break from music. The ‘Meet Me Halfway’ singer has decided to put plans for a second solo LP ‘ the follow-up to 2006′s ‘The Dutchess’ ‘ on hold and have some time away from the pop world and her band the Black Eyed Peas, and the actor can’t wait.
He said: ‘We do want to take some time together and I’m excited to have more time with her, but we always consider the other person when we’re doing something and make sure we’re scheduling enough time to be together. That’s the only way to make it work.”
But the ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ star insists Fergie isn’t only just taking a break for him, she also wants some time for herself.
He added to E! Online: ‘She’s not doing it just because of me. She wants a little time. They’ve been working her like a rented mule for eight years. She wants a little time off.”
Josh, 38, plans to spend his free time with his 36-year-old wife working up a serious sweat ‘ in the gym.
He revealed: ‘Exercise is the one thing we love to do when we’re home. She pushes me and I push her and I think it’s important.”
Speaking about her decision to have a break in 2011 rather than make new music, Fergie said: ”ve got a lot on my plate and this year is more about simplifying and really paying attention to the projects that I have and spending some time with the hubby, you know?”
After being in the pop music game for 13 years, Christina Aguilera is set to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl for the first time in Texas on Feb 6th. While the five-time Grammy-winner and “Burlesque” star will perform the anthem for the first time, she’s no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. She performed as part of the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2000, alongside Enrique Iglesias and Phil Collins. The Black Eyed Peas will perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Aguilera follows country superstar Carrie Underwood who performed the National Anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl event last year. “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson performed it the year before. Other stars who’ve performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the annual event include Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond.
Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010. Say what you will about the state of the economy, but it was harder to score a ticket to the biggest shows of the year than ever. Selling out arenas and venues all over the US, our readers couldn’t get enough of these music stars on stage. After hundreds of votes, these are the Top 10 Live Acts of 2010.
Top Live Acts of 2010
The Florida rockers performed their farewell tour this Spring, disbanding after eight years and five studio albums, bringing other great bands Deas Vail and Person L along with them for the bittersweet ride.
With a jaw-dropping “Glitter in the Air” performance at the Grammys early in the year, Pink kept up her high-flying stunts during her overseas Funhouse Summer Carnival tour which made her the only female artist selling out stadiums this year.
8. Pretty Reckless
However you see her, foul-mouthed brat or teenage provocateur Taylor Momsen, who flashed her 17-year-old breasts to the audience during a Pretty Reckless show earlier this year, has made her and her band seem like Courtney Love Jr. and Hole-lite.
7. Adam Lambert
The “American Idol” almost-winner set out on his first headlining tour this year, giving fans all the glitter, glam, and throaty wailing they could hope for.
The Hayley Williams-fronted rockers set out on a headlining tour in support of last year’s “Brand New Eyes,” which included plenty of cell phone-lit renditions of their hit “The Only Exception.”
Before she was the “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna was on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, performing hits off last year’s “Rated R” and her mega-hit “Umbrella.”
4. The Black Eyed Peas
Though it was their “E.N.D.” tour, the Black Eyed Peas showed absolutely no signs of slowing down this year. They spent nearly the entire year selling out arenas worldwide while performing their latest #1 hits, including “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
The Colombian pop princess earned one of the biggest international hits this year with the World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (Time For Africa)” and one of its biggest tours, in support of her latest album “Sale El Sol.”
Robyn released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year with “Body Talk” and her North American outings this year, where she performed singles like “Dancing On My Own” and “Hang With Me” to a throng of sing-along crowds, had Billboard calling her “one of the greatest pop performers of this decade.”
1. Lady Gaga
The “Bad Romance” singer kicked off the year with one leg of her “Monster Ball Tour” and is closing out 2010 with yet another. Continuing on through 2011, the tour will finally wrap in May after 200 performances. Performing hits off “The Fame,” “The Fame Monster,” and soon to be amended with material off her upcoming “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga continues to mesmerize her little monsters with one of the biggest tours of the year, enough to be voted as the #1 Live Act of 2010.
Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart. The increasing popularity of music on YouTube, Facebook, and other social network sites has spawned a brand new chart on Billboard debuting this week, the Social 50. Rihanna is the first artist to top the chart, followed closely by Justin Bieber.
Joining charts like the Billboard Hot 100, which currently factors online streaming into its rankings, the Social 50 chart tallies artist popularity using weekly song plays, artist page views, additions fans and followers, and more on sites like Facebook, Twitter, iLike, YouTube, and MySpace. Billboard will use the social music tracking service Next Big Sound. Rihanna enters at #1 on the chart’s debut week, followed by Justin Bieber at #2 and Eminem at #3. Lady Gaga is at #4, while Nicki Minaj, who just released her debut album, rounds out the top 5. “The Social 50 provides a weekly snapshot of the artists that music fans engage with the most in the social arena, which in today’s world is a significant validation of their investment in an act,” says Billboard Chart Director, Silvio Pietroluongo. “We continue to adapt the way we chart the changing landscape of music,” says Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde. “The Social 50 is yet another step in the evolution of Billboard and an important response to our changing times.” “The volume of online activity that top artists now receive is too big to ignore,” says Next Big Sound CEO, Alex White. “We are thrilled that social music activity now receives the same emphasis as the music charts for which Billboard is synonymous.” Elsewhere on the chart, which is available in full on Billboard.com, are Michael Jackson at #12, the cast of “Glee” at #25, Girl Talk at #36, and Demi Lovato at #47.
For the Week Ending December 11th, 2011
2. Justin Bieber
4. Lady Gaga
5. Nicki Minaj
6. The Black Eyed Peas
7. Katy Perry
9. Linkin Park
Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize. Justin Bieber became the youngest person ever to win the Artist of the Year prize at the American Music Awards (AMAs) last sunday. The ‘Pray’ hitmaker was the big winner of the evening, taking home four accolades including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Album and Breakthrough Artist of the Year during the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Accepting the Artist of the Year honour, the 16-year-old star thanked his mentor Usher and invited the ‘OMG’ singer to join him on stage. He said: “I really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. It would be only right if I invited him up here to share it with me.” Usher picked up two gongs himself, Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Album, while rapper Eminem walked away with statuettes for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Other winners at the 38th annual ceremony included country stars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley; British rock band Muse, R&B singer Rihanna and Colombian pop star Shakira. Michael Buble was heard shouted ‘ love winning things” when he picked up the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist award. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kid Rock and Bon Jovi, all performed at the ceremony and boy bands New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and Backstreet Boys joined up for their first collaborative live stage effort before they kick off a joint American tour next year. Pink ‘ who announced last week she is pregnant with her first child ‘ did not allow her pregnancy to slow her down putting on an energetic dance routine to perform new song ‘Raise Your Glass’.
American Music Awards (AMAs) 2010, full list of winners:
Favourite Soul/R&B Album: Usher, ‘Raymond v. Raymond’
Favourite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Latin Music Artist: Shakira
Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favourite Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favourite Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse
Favourite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Buble
Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Favourite Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Album: Carrie Underwood, ‘Play On’
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem
Favourite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, ‘My World 2.0′
Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Favourite Soundtrack Album: ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers’
The Black Eyed Peas reveal details of next album. The Black Eyed Peas spill the beans on the follow-up to their multi-platinum The E.N.D. Curiously enough, it’ll be called The Beginning and will be released in Australia on November 26. Will.I.Am said of the title: ‘The Beginning is symbolic of adopting new technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D, and 360 video. It’s also about being experimental and taking songs we’ve liked from the past and playing around with sick, crazy beats.’ The first single will be ‘The Time (The Dirty Bit)’ is due out on November 9. Much like all of their major hits, it’ll be built around a sample from a previously successful and market-tested hit. Tthis time it’s Bill Medley and Jennifer Warne’s ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, the smash hit from the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. Fergie said of the song, ‘The song is a celebration of this amazing time in our lives. We’ve been on tour all over the world, and looking out at stadiums full of people who came out to see us – that’s as big as it gets. After the shows, we go out to the clubs and meet the fans; those are moments that we have to remember.’ The Beginning will be released as a standard CD, a deluxe edition with three extra songs, vinyl, and a two CD set with 20 songs from The Beginning and The Best Of The E.N.D.
Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead Nominees For “2010 American Music Awards”. Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” taking place this November. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and country crooners both earned 5 nominations each. Eminem earned nods in categories like Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album for “Recovery,” and Artist of the Year. Eminem has previously taken home 7 American Music Awards, including three awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist. Lady Antebellum was nominated for Favorite Band, Duo, or Group, Favorite Country Album for “Need You Now,” and for T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, which fans can vote for online or through T-Mobile texting. It’s their first American Music Awards nominations. Justin Bieber scored the second highest amount of nominations this year. He earned four nods, including Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for “My World 2.0.” Katy Perry, Ke$ha, B.o.B., and Usher all earned three nominations each. Usher, also a Favorite Male Artist nominee, is among the first confirmed performers for the show, as well as “Raise Your Glass” singer P!nk and Bon Jovi, both promoting new hits collections. More performers and presenters are set to be announced closer to the show. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.
2010 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES
POP or ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Justin Bieber/ My World 2.0
Katy Perry/ Teenage Dream
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Jason Aldean/ Wide Open
Lady Antebellum/ Need You Now
Carrie Underwood/ Play On
Favorite Male Artist
B.o.B./ B.o.B. Presents
Drake/ Thank Me Later
SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Alicia Keys/ The Element of Freedom
Sade/ Soldier of Love
Usher/ Raymond v. Raymond
AC/DC / Iron Man 2
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Nominations