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Joe Jonas has revealed his dream line-up for a fantasy band

The singer, who is set to release his debut solo single See No More next week, said he would choose Sting and Kanye West as part of his ideal musical ensemble.

Having found fame with his siblings as part of the hugely successful Jonas Brothers, Joe is now venturing out on his own ‘ and proved his great music taste by picking two legendary artists as his fantasy back-up.

‘ want Sting on bass, for obvious reasons really. He’s a fantastic artist, an incredible guy and I think he would do a really great job,’ Joe told British newspaper The Independent.

‘ really want a hype man for my band, is that allowed? It would be Kanye West because I feel like he just owns it, he’s 100 percent hype and he’s got such a cool vibe to him. Everything he does is so exciting. It would be a pretty interesting group, I reckon. Something different for people to hear anyway! I’m confident it would sound cool.’

Joe also revealed the worst gig he has ever played.

Recalling a performance with The Jonas Brothers, he recalled a particularly awkward experience at a strawberry festival.

‘There was hardly anyone there, and the sound cut out halfway through, and that was a little bit upsetting. We had to perform without any sound equipment,’ he told British newspaper The Guardian. ‘We didn’t get angry and smash the place up, no. But we did get asked to judge the winning strawberry as compensation for the bad sound. The winning strawberry was fantastic.’

Nick Jonas, John Stamos join star-studded “Hairspray” run

“Hairspray” is headed to the Hollywood Bowl this summer and, along with the show’s original Tony Award-winning stars, the hit Broadway musical is featuring a whole slew of familiar faces, including Nick Jonas, John Stamos, and Drew Carey.

According to the L.A. Times, Marissa Janet Winokur and Harvey Fierstein, who originated the roles of Tracy Turnblad and her mother Edna, are set to perform together for the first time since they returned to the Broadway show before its closing in early 2009.

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers will play heartthrob Link Larkin, which has been played on stage by “Glee” star Matthew Morrison and in the film by fellow Disney star Zac Efron.

Drew Carey is set to play Tracy’s dad Wilbur, while John Stamos joins as Corny Collins, host of the dance show Tracy uses as a platform for racial integration in the 1960s.

Darlene Love, who starred as Motormouth Maybelle on Broadway for three years, will reprise her role for the production, while “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu will play her son Seaweed.

“Hairspray” at the Hollywood Bowl will run from August 5th thru August 7th. Jerry Mitchell, choreographor of the original show, will return to choreograph and direct.

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon.  The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon on YouTube to celebrate his 70th birthday. The pop group ‘ consisting of brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick ‘ celebrated the late Beatles star’s 70th birthday last Saturday (09.10.10), with a video message describing how much he influenced them and their career. Nick, 18, said: “We grew up listening to the Beatles in our home, John Lennon specifically. And his words, and his lyrics, and his music spoke to many generations of people and continue to.”The trio went on to praise John ‘ who was shot dead by crazed fan on December 8, 1980 ‘ for being “the man” and for inspiring others to live in peace through his music and life mantras. Nick added: “It’s his birthday, 70th birthday, so happy birthday, John. Thanks for the memories. Thanks for the music. And thanks for showing the world that it’s time to come together and live in peace. You’re the man.” In honour of the late pop star, his first wife Cynthia Lennon and their son Julian marked the occasion by unveiling a peace monument in Liverpool, North West England. The Peace and Harmony Memorial was designed by US artist Lauren Voiers and features a brightly coloured globe with musical notes, a guitar and is topped by a dove holding a white feather. Julian said: “We come here with our hearts to honour dad and pray for peace and say thank you to each and every one of you and everybody involved in the celebrations today.” Meanwhile, John’s widow Yoko Ono and their son Sean performed as the Plastic Ono Band in Reykjavik, Iceland, and were joined on stage by former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, before leading the crowd to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Beyonce, Britney Lady Gaga Best Paid Celebs Under 30

Million Dollar Babes Beyonce, Britney Lady Gaga Lead Best-Paid Celebs

Million Dollar Babes Beyonce, Britney Lady Gaga Lead Best-Paid Celebs

Beyonce, Britney Lead Best-Paid Celebs Under 30 Pack. Beyonce and Britney are the best paid celebrities who are under 30 years old by Forbes. The music heavyweights lead the impressive pack with $87 million and $64 million earned respectively. The Forbes list tallied earnings from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010. Collectively, all 12 superstars, with an average age of 24, pulled in $573.5 million. Beyonce came out on top, but that’s not surprising as she has present on every list since she has gone solo from Destiny’s Child. Her $87 million included gross from her world tour, endorsement deals with Nintendo and L’Oreal, and her expanding fashion line Dereon fashion. Britney is at second place. The once very troubled pop princess has come a long way since being saved by her father on a conservatorship deal. She rakes in $64 million in the past year, thanks to her sold-out tour and her Candies and Elizabeth Arden fragrances deals. The youngest in the list is none other than Miley Cyrus. Although at 17, this Disney princess can’t wait to shed out her wholesome image, it was her “Hannah Montana” past that has helped her career get a head start. Nick Jonas, also 17, is at 11th with his brothers Joe and Kevin. Together, they form the lucrative tween heartthrobs The Jonas Brothers, and averaged $35.5 million. LeBron James and Roger Federer tie at sixth place with $43 million.
Forbes’ 12 Best Paid Celebs Under 30:

1.Beyonce Knowles, 28 – $87 million
2.Britney Spears, 28 – $64 million
3.Lady Gaga, 24 – $62 million
4.Miley Cyrus, 17 – $48 million
5.Taylor Swift, 20 – $45 million
6.LeBron James, 25 – $43 million (tie)
7.Roger Federer, 29 – $43 million (tie)
8.Eli Manning, 29 – $40 million
9.Terrell Suggs, 27 – $38 million
10.Cristiano Ronaldo, 25 – $36 million
11.The Jonas Brothers (Nick, 17; Joe, 20; Kevin, 22) – $35.5 million
12.Philip Rivers, 28 – $32 million

The Jonas Brothers on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

The Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers

Fr 5/14: Donald Trump, the Jonas Brothers on theTHE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. One of the most popular teenaged groups of the 2000s, the Jonas Brothers crafted hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of McFly, Hanson, and the Modern Lovers. The young New Jersey natives (while readying their 2006 debut, brothers Joseph, Kevin, and Nicholas Jonas topped out at 16, 17, and 13, respectively) were reared in the city of Wyckoff under the tutelage of musical parents. Nicholas showed a particular flair for singing; by the age of six, he’d already begun a modest career as a Broadway performer. The young vocalist also took an interest in songwriting, even co-writing a Christmas tune in 2002 alongside his father. Several years later, his soulful voice had wowed enough executives at Daylight/Columbia Records to warrant a solo album, and Nicholas began writing original material with help from his two brothers. The siblings’ songs impressed the president of Columbia, who ultimately signed the trio in 2005. The Jonas Brothers’ full-length debut, It’s About Time, was released in August 2006. Featuring the songwriting talents of Desmond Child and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, the album peaked at number 91 on the Billboard charts and earned the siblings a modest audience, particularly among fans of Radio Disney. Nevertheless, the Jonas Brothers were dropped from Columbia’s roster in early 2007. They bounced back by signing with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label that helped the group exponentially expand its fan base. An eponymous sophomore album, Jonas Brothers, arrived in August 2007, supported by a number of Jonas Brothers appearances on the Disney Channel’s various programs. The band also toured in support of the record, selling out shows coast to coast — including a stop at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, which was the fastest sold-out show in the venue’s history.  The reality television show Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream documented the band’s life on the road, and the band’s TV presence was furthered along by Camp Rock, a 2008 Disney Channel television movie that featured the brothers and up-and-coming star Demi Lovato. The movie was watched by nearly nine million viewers and launched the Jonas Brothers’ next single, “Burnin’ Up,” which helped whet demand for the release of A Little Bit Longer later that year. In 2009, the trio released Music from the 3D Concert Experience, along with a live concert film of the same name. Later that year, they released their fourth studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times

MTV To Host Movie Awards, Video Music Awards From Los Angeles

MTV To Host Movie Awards, Video Music Awards From Los Angeles
MTV To Host Movie Awards, Video Music Awards From Los Angeles

MTV To Host Movie Awards, Video Music Awards From Los Angeles.  Dropping “music television” from their logo doesn’t mean MTV will drop some of their biggest yearly events. After stints in Miami, Las Vegas, and New York, MTV is moving their highly-rated “Video Music Awards” and “MTV Movie Awards” back to Los Angeles this year.  The “2010 MTV Movie Awards” will air live from its previous home at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The 19th annual edition of the awards show airs live on Sunday, June 6th on the network.  The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” will also air live from Los Angeles but at a venue to be announced. The city last hosted the “Video Music Awards” in 2008 at the Paramount Pictures studios, when Pink and the Jonas Brothers performed and Britney Spears picked up three moonmen for her video “Piece of Me.”  “The ‘Movie Awards’ and the ‘VMA’s consistently deliver some of the most talked about moments on TV. Making Los Angeles this year’s location for both shows gives us the perfect hotbed to create the eclectic mix of artists, stars and commotion which embody MTV events,” said Stephen Friedman, General Manager for MTV. “The success of last year’s shows ups the ante on the star power, music and movie madness viewers expect to see and they won’t be disappointed.”  Emmy Award-winning reality show producer Mark Burnett will return for a fourth time to produce the “2010 MTV Movie Awards.” Jesse Ignjatovic also returns for a fourth time to produce the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.”  The “2009 MTV Movie Awards” delivered an average audience of 5.3 million viewers on its premiere night, the show’s most watched telecast in five years. The “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” was watched by 26.9 million viewers on its premiere night.

Celine Dion reaches peak of the decade’s Ultimate Top 10

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

All she had to do was stay in one place instead of touring like other top acts. Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews Band come in close behind in combined album sales and concert revenue for the decade. What’s the formula for success in the rapidly shifting music business? Roll the dice, then stay put.

That combination put Celine Dion atop the ultimate edition of Calendar’s annual Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking that combines artists’ album sales revenue with their take at the box office. Dion earned the title of Ultimate Top 10 champ for the decade that recently ended, thanks in large part to the money she piled up from her five-year engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where audiences are used to paying big bucks for big stars.  Her gamble to perform in one place for an extended period paid off big for the Canadian pop diva.  The Ultimate Top 10 isn’t meant to be the final word on artists’ finances. With merchandising, product endorsements, song placements in movies and TV shows, ring tones, website subscriptions and myriad other income sources, musicians today have seemingly limitless ways to bring in money. But by combining two of the biggest revenue sources, the Ultimate Top 10 is a good indicator of which artists fans are spending the most money on. The overall decade results suggest there’s still considerable long-term value in allowing artists time to build extensive catalogs and encouraging them to support those recordings by touring regularly.

The Ultimate Top 10 of the Decade:
1. Celine Dion, $747.9 million. Dion pulled in $522.2 million in concert-ticket sales for the decade. Adding $225.7 million worth of album sales during those same 10 years, she trumped all comers.

2. Kenny Chesney, $742 million. Close behind Dion was this road warrior, who toured hard and promoted records the old-fashioned way year in and year out. His total includes $455.6 million in concert ticket sales and $286.4 million in album revenue.
3. Dave Matthews Band, $737.4 million. Matthews’ decade concert total of $529.1 million put him first on the list of top North American live music attractions of the decade, as calculated by the concert-tracking publication Pollstar. The band posted $208.3 million in album sales.
4. The Beatles, $627.3 million. Although the quartet disbanded 30 years before the decade began, the Beatles still managed to generate $392.3 million from sales of 30.2 million albums (using an average of $13 per album). We folded in the individual box office figures racked up by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney ($221.4 million) and Ringo Starr ($13.6 million), given that their concert audiences consist in large part of Beatles fans. The Fab Four also logged the single bestselling album of the decade, the “1″ hits collection, with 11.5 million copies. And counting.
5. U2, $609.7 million. The Irish rock quartet brought in $391 million at the box office and $218.7 million in album sales.
6. Toby Keith, $591.9 million. The second of three country acts in the Top 10, the Oklahoma singer and songwriter logged $273.8 million on the concert trail, $318.1 million from album sales.

7. Bruce Springsteen, $588.3 million. On the road, both with the E Street Band and his various non-E Street tours, the Boss brought in $444.3 million. His album take: $144 million.

8. The Rolling Stones, $569.6 million. The Stones also benefited heavily from touring, earning $426.9 million at the box office in addition to $142.7 million in album sales.

9. Tim McGraw, $550.7 million. Strictly as a solo act, the country singer-songwriter ranks No. 14 on the list. But he toured several times with his wife, Faith Hill, during the decade. California being a community property state, we are awarding him half the revenue those outings generated. So his total includes $322 million in album sales, $133.7 million from his own tours and $95 million for his half of the McGraw-Hill shows.

10. Britney Spears, $494.3 million. Despite a rocky decade personally and professionally, Spears pulled in $195.7 million at the box office and sold $298.6 million worth of albums for the 10-year period.

The decade’s top album seller was Eminem, the Detroit rapper who posted $419 million from sales of 32.2 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But because he toured sporadically, he was only able to add $40.8 million to his Ultimate Top 10 total, which places him at No. 14; he is the sole hip-hop artist to land in the Top 20.

Looking at 2009 alone, the 14th annual Ultimate Top 10 title goes to U2. During the year, the band posted $137.3 million ($123 million box office, $14.3 million albums), a bit better than last year’s winner, Madonna, who finished on top with $120.1 million. Springsteen follows U2 with $102 million ($94.5 million box office, $7.5 million in albums).

The year’s biggest album seller finished at No. 3 overall: In the wake of his death, Michael Jackson posted total album sales of just under $100 million, without any revenue from the series of comeback concerts he was scheduled to give in London. (Those dates wouldn’t have counted toward the Ultimate Top 10 since Pollstar data come from North American concert tour figures.)

Spears ended the year at No. 4, with $82.5 million in concert ticket sales and $7 million in album revenue. The joint Elton John/Billy Joel tour tallied $88 million at the box office, with no corresponding revenue from albums that finished among the year’s top 200 sellers from the duo, placing the piano men at No. 5. John generated an additional $14.2 million during the year from solo performances.

The remainder of the 2009 Ultimate Top 10 shakes out as follows: No. 6: AC/DC with $83.8 million ($77.9 million in concert tickets, $5.9 million in album sales); No. 7: Taylor Swift with $83.2 million ($25.5 million at the box office, $57.7 million in album sales); No. 8: Chesney at $81 million ($71.1 million in concert, $9.9 million in album sales); No. 9: the Jonas Brothers with $77.9 million ($69.8 million in concert revenue, $8.1 million in album sales), and No. 10: the Dave Matthews Band with $69.8 million ($56.9 million in concert tickets, $12.9 million in album sales).

Joe Jonas loves being single

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas loves being single .   The Jonas Brothers singer – who has previously dated singer Taylor Swift and actress Camilla Belle – hasn’t been in a relationship for eight months and is enjoying living life without committing to anyone.  He told People magazine: “This is the longest I’ve ever been single actually. I love it. I still date and things like that but just not committed, which is nice.” While Joe is currently single, his brother and bandmate Kevin Jonas recently married Danielle Deleasa . Joe, 20, reportedly joked he tried to date his new sister-in-law first.   In his best man’s speech at the couple’s December wedding, Joe said: “I’m the one responsible for getting them together. I hit on Danielle first.”  Meanwhile, with Kevin focusing on married life and third group member Nick Jonas busy with his side project, Nick Jonas and the Administration, Joe is using his down time from the trio to launch a Hollywood career.  He said: “I love to make people laugh. If I can make people laugh, then I feel good. For me, acting is something you’re able to be eclectic. That’s something that I would really like to be a part of.”

Miley Cyrus finally kissing ‘Hannah Montana’ goodbye

Miley Cyrus finally kissing 'Hannah Montana' goodbye

Miley Cyrus finally kissing 'Hannah Montana' goodbye

Aww, our little girl’s growing up. Miley Cyrus is kicking “Hannah Montana” to the curb once the series’ fourth season is wrapped.  And while “Hannah Montana” may very well be television history, according to a Disney Channel exec, it looks as if it’ll be a long goodbye. The show’s fourth season begins production later this month. The Season 3 finale — “Is Miley Saying Goodbye?” –  will air in March, then the fourth season hits the tube, with episodes airing “at least over a full year,” said Adam Bonnett, a senior VP of programming  Is there any future for Hannah, once Miley is done with her? “You never know in this business,” Bonnett said about the show. A Disney spokeswoman confirmed his comments to the Post on Friday; Cyrus’ rep didn’t immediately respond to an AP request for comment.  Oh well, at least Disney still has the Jonas Brothers.  And Miley will soon be free to live happily ever after as the worst celebrity in the history of the entire world.

Disney promotes holiday fun with new video games

Princess-Tiana-the-princess-and-the-frogThe Epic Hotel on South Biscayne Boulevard in Miami served as a playground last week for video game enthusiasts of all ages.  Participants got a sneak preview of the Wii games that Disney Interactive Studios will release this fall, including one of the most anticipated releases, The Princess and the Frog. The game is inspired by the upcoming premiere of the animated film by the same name. The film hits theaters on Dec. 11.  The film, an ethnic twist on the classic theme of a princess who kisses a frog, begs the question, “Will he turn into a prince?’’  The game, scheduled to be on sale around Thanksgiving, provides Disney fans with a sneak Continue reading →

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