Month: July 2012

VMA Nominees Have Been Announced

The MTV Video Music Awards Nominees have been announced. The 2012 VMA awards will air on September 6th, so be sure to get voting on your favorite video.
Video of the Year
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
The Wanted, “Glad You Came”
Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”
Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Usher, “Climax”
Best Female Video
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Beyoncé, “Love on Top”
Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”
Best Pop Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
Best Rock Video
Coldplay, “Paradise”
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”
Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”
Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”
Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”
Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”
Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”
Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”
Best Cinematography
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Adele, “Someone Like You”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Best Direction
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Watch the Throne, “Otis”
Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”

Neil Diamond Set For Walk of Fame

Neil Diamond will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Hot August Nights album by unveiling a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next month.

The singer will be honored with the 2,475th star on August 10 – in front of the Capitol Records Building.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce officials have been trying to nail Diamond down to a date for years.

Spokeswoman Ana Martinez tells WENN, “We finally were able to pin him down for a date to dedicate his star. This is one busy man and we are thrilled to honor this legendary performer.”

Steven Tyler: ‘American Idol wasn’t all fun"

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler has parted ways with theAmerican Idol producers by revealing the TV talent show wasn’t all fun.

The Love in an Elevator singer quit the show after two seasons earlier this month – a day before fellow judge Jennifer Lopez followed him out the door – and he is now admitting he only agreed to sit alongside J.Lo and Randy Jackson for the cash, and to give his bandmates the chance to calm down after he announced plans for a hiatus.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest… not my cup of tea.

“I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J.Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life.”

But Tyler admits he didn’t like the workload – or the prompting to be meaner, like Simon Cowell, the judge he replaced: “It was just hard work – seven-hour days and then I went and did the (Aerosmith) album for eight hours after that.

“The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the p**s out of (mock) the kids and I don’t have that in me. That’s not what I’m about. That’s more about that other guy (Cowell). Not me.”

Bret Michaels Calls Off Engagement

Rocker Bret Michaels has called off his engagement to the woman who nursed him through a series of medical emergencies in 2010.

Kristi Gibson, the Poison star’s longtime girlfriend and the mother of Michaels’ two daughters, has split from the rock star, ending a 16-year romance.

The 49-year-old singer asked Gibson to be his wife in December, 2010 as part of the finale of his VH1 reality showBret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

A spokesman for Michaels says, “Although the couple have separated, they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters, Raine and Jorja.”

Sheryl Crow Files For Restraining Order

Sheryl Crow has filed for a restraining order against a fan who has allegedly threatened her life.

The rocker claims Phillip Gordon Sparks believes she stole money from him and now is threatening to harm her in a series of angry online posts.

In papers filed in Los Angeles and obtained by TMZ.com, Crow states, “It was clear to me that (Sparks) was deeply disturbed because his posts were delusional, rambling, filled with profanity and laced with angry rants… (He claimed) I had broken into his house because I was looking for his gun.

“Other posts claimed that I was supposedly filming him surreptitiously, tried to have him arrested and that I had stolen money from him… All of these allegations are, of course, categorically false.”

The papers also allege Sparks claims to have told an official at the Screen Actors Guild that he was going to shoot her last week.

Crow says the news was “extremely alarming”, and she now fears for the safety of her family and employees.

Producer Defends Kristen Stewart: "Kristen Stewart did not have any type of sex with Rupert Sanders… "

Kristen Stewart‘s Welcome to the Riley’s producer, Giovanni Agnelli, has jumped to the defense of his former leading lady amid the fallout following her cheating confessions.

The Twilight star stunned fans and Hollywood insiders last week when she revealed a tabloid story about a fling with director Rupert Sanders was true.

It now appears her romance with Robert Pattinson is over after removal vans were spotted outside the Los Angeles home the couple shares – and his fans have turned on Stewart.

But Agnelli feels the vitriol aimed at his young friend is over the top, insisting there’s no way she slept with married Sanders, as has been suggested by some media outlets.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the producer rants, “I’ll say right now what the manipulative media isn’t saying… Kristen Stewart did not have any type of sex with Rupert Sanders… The spin that keeps growing on this story is staggering. There was NO on set affair. Stop printing LIES.

“If one of your friends in real life was hurting, and lots of people were being cruel. Wouldn’t you ask them to please stop? Honestly?”

And, taking aim at Twilight fans who have dubbed Stewart a ‘Trampire’ following her indiscretion, he adds, “If you’ve ever used the word Trampire you’re a mindless pathetic piece of [expletive].”

Agnelli also took a moment to thank fans who have pledged their support to Stewart, revealing she has seen a “twitition” and “support video” and adding, “Thank you.”

The drama began when shots of Stewart and Sanders kissing featured on the cover and inside last week’s Us Weeklymagazine.

Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty Reveal "She’s So Mean"

Matchbox Twenty has announced the world premiere of the companion video to their electrifying new single, “She’s So Mean.” The clip – directed by Rich Lee (Eminem, Norah Jones, will.i.am) –debuts today Monday, July 30th at 1pm EDT/10 am PDT on the music home page of YouTube www.youtube.com/music.

“She’s So Mean” is the first single/video from Matchbox Twenty’s hugely anticipated new album, “NORTH.” The track is already ascending at multi format radio outlets nationwide, coming in this week at #13 on the Hot AC chart. In addition, the “She’s So Mean” video has already been added into large rotation at VH1, with a TV premiere slated for later next week the Top 20 Countdown. As if that weren’t enough, the single’s recently unveiled official lyric video has already drawn over a million views at YouTube.

Matchbox Twenty’s fourth full-length studio recording and first all-new album in a decade, “NORTH” arrives everywhere on September 4th. The album sees the band driving their pop-rock sound further forward, magnifying the indelible melodies, crafty lyricism, and glorious hooks that have defined their multi-platinum body of work. Matchbox Twenty – Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale – lived together last summer in a house in Nashville where they collaborated on the new material before once again joining forces with the Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic at his Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California. The result of their labors stands among the band’s finest, with songs like “Overjoyed” and “Put Your Hands Up” marked by Matchbox Twenty’s instantly identifiable sonic approach and unadulterated high spirits.

Thomas will be seen this fall as a mentor on the upcoming third season of NBC’s smash singing competition, The Voice. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter – who recently co-hosted an installment of ABC’s LIVE! With Kelly – will join Cee Lo Green’s team, working with contestants and giving them tips before their performances. The Voice premieres September 10thon NBC (check local listings).

NYC Rock Report:Larry Stevens Opens For Blood, Sweat & Tears


One of music’s best-kept secrets has been Larry Stevens. Over the course of three, now four, CDs, Stevens has successfully maneuvered between rock, pop, folk and country and created a crowd pleasing, radio-friendly sound that’s been continually embraced by the music community. On his latest release, Mercer Street, he’s joined by some of the best musicians around, including keyboardist George Small (who worked on John & Yoko’s Double Fantasy album) and drummer,Liberty Devito, who made his mark with his extensive work with Billy Joel. Says Stevens, “It’s definitely the best work I’ve done; working with musicians of that caliber brought everything to a nice level; they made me work harder and the results speak for themselves. We named the record for the studio we recorded the album at … Mercer Street.”

Stevens has also played at such diverse clubs as Iridium, the Blue Bird Café, the Bitter End, and, NJ Pac, where this Friday he’ll open for the legendary Blood, Sweat and Tears. “To open for such a successful group (10 Grammy nominations and three wins) is a huge honor. I’ve loved them since I first heard them. It’ll be a tremendous thrill.”

He’s performed there previously, with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Huey Lewis & The News, and Foreigner.Stevens is tentatively set for a major tour in the fall in support of Mercer Street.

Katherine Jackson Agrees to Share Guardianship of Grandchildren

Michael Jackson‘s mother has agreed to share guardianship of the King of Pop’s three children with their cousin TJ Jackson, after she was temporarily stripped of the responsibility on Wednesday.

A Los Angeles judge suspended Katherine Jackson as the prime caregiver of her grandkids Prince, Paris and Blanket, and appointed Tito Jackson’s son as their temporary guardian amidst a family feud, which began when the matriarch was reported missing last weekend.

The 82-year-old returned to the Calabasas, California home she shares with the youngsters on Thursday after a 10-day “vacation” at an Arizona resort, and she vowed to fight the court ruling to have her reinstated as guardian.

However, Katherine has since had a change of heart and on Friday, it was revealed that she had reached a deal with 34-year-old TJ to share guardianship at the request of teenager Prince and his siblings. A joint proposal, which will see TJ deal with administrative details, will be filed in court next week.

A statement released by Katherine’s attorney Perry Sanders reads: “Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael’s children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high-profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael’s children.

“She is eager to simply enjoy her great relationship with these children, while deeding over some of the stressors that go hand in hand with being a guardian.”

Meanwhile, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff has ordered an independent investigation into the three children’s welfare to see how they are dealing with the family drama.

The report will include private interviews with each of the kids and will only be reviewed by the judge.

Cast Of Dancing With the Stars’ First All-Star Season Revealed

ABC has announced the cast of Dancing with the Stars’ first ever all-stars edition. The season will also mark another first for the show – fans will vote for the thirteenth contestant to join the cast.

The celebrities to fill the first 12 spots are: Emmett Smith, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, Gilles Marini, Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft, Helio Castroneves, Drew Lachey, Bristol Palin, Apolo Ohno, Joey Fatone and Kirstie Allie.

Fans will vote for Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey or Sabrina Bryan to fill the final spot. The fan’s choice will be revealed on Good Morning America on August 27.

“We’ve got what we think is a great cast of popular favorites,” ABC president Paul Lee said Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

The All-Star season will kick off on September 24 on ABC.