Month: June 2011

Transformers Sequel Sets Single-Day 2011 Sales Record

The new Transformers film has set the North American box office on fire after landing the biggest single-day ticket sales of the year.

The blockbuster sequel, which stars Shia LaBeouf and British model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, hit cinemas at midnight on Tuesday (June 28) and went on to shift a staggering $37.3 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada alone in its first 24 hours.
The figure suggests Transformers: Dark of The Moon is on course to break $100 million over the Independence Day weekend.

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Wrestler Randy Savage Siffered A Heart Attack Behind The Wheel

Wrestler Randy Savage‘s bad heart caused him to crash his car and die, according to a medicalexaminer’s report.

The fighter, dubbed Macho Man, died after losing control of his car in Tampa, Florida in May (11) and smashing it into a tree.
Reports suggested he suffered a heart attack behind the wheel – and this has now been confirmed by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner.
Savage, real name Randall Mario Poffo, was 58 when he died. His wife Lynn, who was a passenger in the car, escaped with minor injuries.
WWE: Macho Madness - The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection

Steven Tyler Duets With Rival TV Judge Scherzinger

Rocker Steven Tyler has teamed up with his rival TV talent show judge Nicole Scherzinger for a new solo single.

The Aerosmith frontman took up a seat on the panel of American Idol for a new-look series of the hit show alongside Jennifer Lopez after the departure of Simon Cowell.
He’s heading back into the studio with his band next month (Jul11) to work on a new album, but Tyler is having one last taste of solo work with his new single (It) Feels So Good.
Former Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger providesvocals on the track – the beauty is also a talent show judge, on Cowell’s American version of his hit series The X Factor.

Justin Timberlake Becomes a Boss at MySpace

Justin Timberlake has another social network in his sights after taking a stake in Facebook’s biggest rival, MySpace.com.The pop superstar/actor played Napster co-founder Sean Parker in The Social Network, a film based on the beginnings of Facebook – and now life is imitating art as Timberlake becomes a shareholder in MySpace.
The site was the most popular social networking forum in 2006, until its users flocked to Facebook.com – but Timberlake is hoping to change that by focusing on music.
After taking a stake of the website, the star will take on a lead role as part of MySpace’s $35 million acquisition by online advertising network Specific Media from News Corporation.
A statement from the pop star/actor reads, “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect.
“Myspace has the potential to be that place. Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalize Myspace by using its socialmedia platform to bring artists and fans together in one community.”
Specific CEO Tim Vanderhook adds, “We look forward to partnering with someone as talented as Justin Timberlake who will lead the business strategy with his creative ideas and vision for transforming MySpace.”
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Matthew Morrison Debuted New Girlfriend at Sir Elton’s Bash

Glee hunk Matthew Morrison introduced his new girlfriend to a star-studded crowd last week (ends24Jun11) by showing her off at Sir Elton John‘s annual White Tie and Tiara Ball.

The TV star has been linked to a series of beauties, including British model/actress Kelly Brook, but he only had eyes for one woman at the Rocket Man’s lavish fundraising party last Thursday (23Jun11) when he took along his new love, model Renee Puente.
A source tells JustJared.com, “They looked really cute together. Matt held Renee’s hand during the event and in the car as they were leaving.”
And the party was an impressive one to take the lucky lady to – George Michael provided the entertainment for the likes of British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley and funnyman David Walliams.

American Idol Season 10 Highlights EPs for Top 4 American Idol Contestants Available Now at Walmart and Walmart.com

Four individual American Idol Season 10 highlight EPs are now available only at Walmart and Walmart.com. The EPs will feature favorite songs from American Idol’s top 4 finalists of the 10 season– winner Scotty McCreery, runner up Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin.  Each EP will contain an exclusive track from the season; never before available for purchase. Additionally, Scotty and Lauren’s EPs will feature their chart topping, never before available on cd debut singles “I Love You This Big” and “Like My Mother Does.” The four EPs are being released on the 19 Recordings/Interscope label. Each EP contains five tracks and will sell for $5.
The “Scott McCreery – American Idol Season 10 Highlights” EP will include the history making single, “I Love You This Big,” from the season 10 American Idol winner.   “I Love You This Big,” had the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades when it debuted at No. 32 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Hot Country Songs chart when it was serviced to radio after Scotty debuted the song on American Idol May 24, 2011. This is the highest debut for a new artist’s first single since the chart began using BDS data the week of Jan. 20, 1990, according to Billboard.  The song, which hit No. 1 on iTunes, also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. 
Additionally, the “Lauren Alaina – American Idol Season 10 Highlights” EP will include “Like My Mother Does” which also had an impressive debut when it hit  No. 11 on the Digital Songs chart and No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1

The Simpsons’ Star Yeardley Smith: "Michael Jackson Hand-Picked Impersonator"

The Simpsons regular Yeardly Smith has revealed Michael Jackson hand-picked the impersonator who would play him on the hit cartoon series 20 years ago.Jackson’s cartoon likeness sang Happy Birthday to Yeardley’s Lisa Simpson character on an episode in 1991, and she tells TMZ.com the late King of Pop was not allowed to perform on the show.

She says, “He literally hand-picked a guy to sing like him.” In the episode, Jackson was supposed to provide the voice for a mentalpatient who thought he was Michael Jackson – but his record label bosses didn’t like the plot and advised the star not to sing.
According to Smith, the singer selected a man named Kipp Lennon.
She insists the guest did an amazing job: “How unnerving would it be to sing like Michael Jackson in front of Michael Jackson?”
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Black Eyed Peas To Launch Video Game

The Black Eyed Peas are launching a computer game which will allow fans to dance and sing along to their hit tracks.

The band has teamed up with French companyUbisoft, whose experts created the popular Just Dance software, to create The Black Eyed Peas Experience on Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
Fans will be able to perform to tracks including I Gotta Feeling and Rock The Party.
Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot says, “The Black Eyed Peas are a worldwide phenomenon and Ubisoft is the worldwide leader in dance games – together we are going to make The Black Eyed Peas Experience a game that fans around the world will love”.
Singer Fergie adds, “It’s a perfect fit for us. The Black Eyed Peas are bringing the party to the people,” while Apl.de.ap describes the game as “like being in our concert or hearing a video in your living room”.
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon In Theaters June 29

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Julie White, Kevin Dunn and Josh Duhamel, opens in theaters Wednesday, June 29. The sci-fi action film follows a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons over a spacecraft hidden on the moon. Sam Witwicky aids his robot friends in the battle.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - MechTech Voyager - Megatron

Audio Fidelity Sets Two 24 Karat Gold CD Releases for June 21

In its ongoing program of reissuing classic rock and pop albums, Audio Fidelity will release 24 Karat Gold CD versions of Carly Simon’s 1972 NO SECRETS and Bad Company’s 1975 STRAIGHT SHOOTER on June 21. The discs will be issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after their initial runs have sold out, and will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

First issued in November of 1972, NO SECRETS was Simon’s breakthrough LP and remains her best-selling recording to date, having held the No. 1 position on Billboard’s album chart for five weeks and ultimately gone Platinum five times over. Her third long-player, NO SECRETS contains Simon’s signature single, the chart-topping “You’re So Vain,” which features Mick Jagger on backing vocals, as well as its follow-up, “The Right Thing to Do.” The album introduced eight new Simon originals, as well as a cover of James Taylor’s “Night Owl,” and enlisted an all-star cast of support players. Taylor joins Simon on vocals for “Waited So Long,” which also boasts contributions from Little Feat’s Lowell George (slide guitar) and Bill Payne (organ), while Paul McCartney, Bonnie Bramlett and Doris Troy (of “Just One Look” fame) lend vocal assists on “Night Owl.” Richard Perry (Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ringo, Tiny Tim) produced NO SECRETS, and Paul Buckmaster, best known for his work with Elton John, provided string and woodwind arrangements on “When You Close Your Eyes” and the choral arrangement on “Embrace Me, You Child.”

STRAIGHT SHOOTER was the sophomore album by British hard-rockers Bad Company. Released in April of 1975, it earned the quartet of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell its third and fourth hit singles: “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” (penned by guitarist Ralphs) and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (a Ralphs co-write with vocalist/guitarist Rodgers). The latter track was a Top 10 hit and has enjoyed a storied pop-culture legacy, having been covered by, among others, Kid Rock, ska-punkers Goldfinger and country singer Philip Claypool, and used on episodes of The Simpsons and South Park. In addition to the singles, the album contained the FM-rock-radio staples “Deal with the Preacher” and “Shooting Star” (which Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs have explained was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison). STRAIGHT SHOOTER climbed to No. 3 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts and was subsequently certified for triple-Platinum status. Bad Company produced the album, which was engineered and mixed by Ron Nevison, whose credits include The Who’s Quadrophenia and the Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll.

Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits