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Lady Gaga has No. 1 Song Download on iTunes!

Lady Gaga’s duet with R. Kelly has hit the top of the charts.

Her latest single, “Do What U Want,” is the No. 1 download on iTunes this week. It comes off her album, “ARTPOP,” will was released on November 11.

Rounding out the rest of the top 5 was Lorde’s “Royals” at No. 2, Taylor Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” at No. 3, Tyga and Justin Bieber’s “Wait For a Minute” at No. 4, Justin Bieber’s “Hold Tight” at No. 5.

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Preview Katy Perry’s New Album, Prism On iTunes Now!

It may not hit stores for another week, but starting today, you can preview 90 seconds of every song on Katy Perry’s new album, Prism! It’s been three years since Teenage Dream, but having listened to it ourselves, this new album is well worth the wait! Click here to preview (and even pre-order) Prism! And did you know the lead single off Prism, “Roar,” has over 125 million views on YouTube and is currently #1 at Top 40 radio? Selena Gomez is even covering the song at her concerts! Way to go, Katy!

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Jim Carrey’s New Children’s Book How Roland Rolls Enchants, Entertains … Inspires!


  “Through the loving attention of parents, children gain self-worth. Through the innocence of children, parents rediscover the wonders of life.” 

— Jim Carrey


Award-winning actor/artist Jim Carrey is breaking new ground, for himself and his audience. The winner of two Golden Globe awards — Best Actor for Man on the Moon and The Truman Show – he was also nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe for his critically acclaimed performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey will self-publish his first children’s book, How Roland Rolls (Some Kind of Garden Media, 2013) on September 24th, along with a four-song EP. An enhanced e-book will be released on November 19th. They’re available wherever books and e-books are sold, as well as the How Roland Rolls website, http://www.howrolandrolls.com. The EP is also available through iTunes. The book is being enthusiastically embraced by all the major booksellers.

According to Carrey, “It’s a story about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave — he’s the whole big, wide ocean! It shows humanity’s interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean.”

There’s a personal story behind the book ….

“When I was a child,” Carrey shares, “my parents were smokers and I had a deep fear that they would pass … and then what would happen to me? I think that’s a common fear for children – the fear of loss. It’s an early existential crisis, if you will. But when we realize that beneath the surface of things – the activities of our lives — we are all connected, all one energy, that fear of loss gets softened. At times, it disappears entirely. At least that’s been true for me.” How did Roland the Wave emerge as a character for Carrey? “Years ago,” he recalls, “when I first arrived in Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time on the beach in Malibu, watching the waves. I started to think of them as people, all moving in the same direction, and contemplated about where they go once they hit the beach and lose their form. Each wave travels all around the world. The first drop of water ever is still here now! That’s pretty profound stuff. I found that fascinating and comforting, and thought children could find that same comfort.”

As a parent, and now a grandparent, Carrey reflects on the time he spent reading to his daughter, Jane. “I believe the closest we get to heaven in this world is when we get completely involved in something we love. One of those moments is when we read to our children. It’s total freedom from self, from our worries and problems. We always feel terrific afterwards, and so do the kids. For them, it’s an experience of focused, enveloping love.”

Carrey believes that “everything we do that’s hurtful stems from a feeling of not being worthwhile, not feeling loved. Parents help their children feel worthwhile by being completely involved, spending moments together that are only about them. Through the loving attention of parents, children gain self-worth. Through the innocence of children, parents rediscover the wonders of life.”

Why write a story for children? “First,” Carrey notes, “I’ve always been drawn to work geared for children. “That’s what attracted me to the Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Story is important to all of us. It’s how we order life the way we’d like it to be. Stories stimulate faith and hope.

“Through stories we make our children feel secure, and that good conquers evil. All the characters in a story are parts of ourselves, of course, so through stories we gain self-knowledge. We are inspired to embody heroic archetypes. We learn how to not let worries ruin our lives — how to make that brave move into the unknown, then find that we’re usually pleasantly surprised by the outcome.”

Just like Roland, Carrey had big dreams and goals as a child. At a very young age, he wrote poetry and even tried to get his poetry books published. “I learned pretty quickly that, in the publishing business, there was virtually no market for poetry written by an eight-year old. But, hey, I kept ‘rollin’!

“I’m just telling a story,” says Jim. “Kids don’t get credit for their deeper thoughts, beyond simple play … for their efforts to figure out life. I hope Roland will help guide them along their way.”

Carrey has appeared in 33 feature length films, is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood and known for his humanitarian efforts.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR HOW ROLAND ROLLS

“Philosophers and scientists struggle to understand cosmic consciousness, but Jim Carrey explains it with elegant simplicity to the child in all of us. We are the ocean rolling along as Roland the Wave becoming raindrop, river, cloud, and becoming the life throb of ages dancing in us this moment.”

— Deepak Chopra
Author, Teacher, Physician

“Jim Carrey does for children what he does for adults, using humor and light- heartedness to reveal deeper insights. Like all great fairy tales, ‘How Roland Rolls’ addresses ultimate truth in a fanciful package. Bravo.”

— Marianne Williamson
Author, Teacher

“How Roland Rolls” contains profound truths written in simple and moving prose for children. Jim Carrey speaks authentically and authoritatively about courage to challenge limitations and the freedom that ensues. Jim’s success as an artist and humanitarian is an eloquent testament of the truths he reveals in “How Roland Rolls.”

— Jack Healey
Human rights activist and pioneer
Former Director, Amnesty International

Gavin Degraw To Release Brand New Studio Album ‘Make A Move’ On October 14th 2013

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Gavin DeGraw announces that his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, MAKE A MOVE, is set for release on October 144th via Sony Music, available now for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon. Gavin recently released a video for the album’s first single “Best I Ever Had,” directed by acclaimed lens man Shane Drake.

Recorded mainly in Los Angeles, MAKE A MOVE reunites DeGraw with multi-platinum producer Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, P!nk) and multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning producer and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote with Gavin the smash single “Not Over You” from Gavin’s acclaimed 2011 studio release “Sweeter.” Other A-list producers on the album include Busbee (Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk), Martin Johnson (Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo, Boys Like Girls), Benny Blanco (Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Maroon 5) and Kevin Rudolf (Justin Timberlake, The Black-Eyed Peas, Nelly Furtado). The album’s first single “Best I Ever Had” was recently hailed by Billboard as “a refreshingly rhythmic return for a singer who benefits from a change of pace.” Other tracks on the album include “Finest Hour,” co-written with Ryan Tedder, the compelling and powerful “Everything Will Change,” and title track “Make A Move.”

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On The Radio: Lady Gaga BBC Radio Show Interview

Lady Gaga called into BBC Radio 1′s Breakfast show ahead of her iTunes festival performance on Sunday. “This is my first longer performance and I am doing six to seven new songs from the record,’ she said before hitting the stage,” Gaga told Nick Grimshaw. “The album has 15 songs so we’re not giving away too much and I definitely saved a lot of the best stuff.”

She went on: “I haven’t really shown everyone what I can do yet. There is so much that I have to offer that has been hidden for a long time because everyone wanted to clean me up and make me a pop star for the world.”

Take a listen to Gaga’s  interview with the popular BBC radio show host and tell us what you think.

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THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE WILL CONTINUE ITS WORLDWIDE DOMINATION ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

On September 30th Justin Timberlake will continue the journey of his critically acclaimed and worldwide best-selling album of the year, The 20/20 Experience with the release of The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 on RCA Records. The soulful first single, “Take Back The Night” picks up right where he left off and The 20/20 Experience continues.

“Take Back The Night” was written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and James Fauntleroy and produced by Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon.

The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 is available today for pre-order on the iTunes Store (iTunes.com/JT) as well as The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience which features all 21 tracks. In addition, fans who pre-order either version of the album will instantly receive a download of the single “Take Back The Night.” The single is also available on Amazon and all digital service providers.

The album will feature 11 all new tracks as well as a special surprise from Justin. “I originally recorded a massive amount of material and decided on the 20 tracks that I wanted on the album over a year ago. But, when I was mixing and going through all of the songs there were so many that I loved – I couldn’t resist… I had to throw in something extra on the 2nd half.”

Fresh off his outstanding performance at the 2013 BET Awards, Justin will kick off his 12 city Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour with JAY Z on Wednesday in Toronto. He will also perform as a headliner at the iTunes Music Festival in September. Additionally, Justin will head back to the stage this fall on October 31 for The 20/20 Experience World Tour making this his first solo tour in six years.

Video Watch: Steven Tyler Discuss Mind Blowing Duet with Julian Lennon

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Julian Lennon returns with new album Everything Changes, available exclusively via iTunes on Tuesday, June 4th. Everything Changes, his first album in 15 years, is a masterwork of powerfully vulnerable and sophisticatedly accessible adult pop. The album is packaged with an insightful documentary Through The Picture Window. The 40 minute video ventures inside the mind of Julian Lennon and features guest appearances from Bono and Steven Tyler.

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Marvel’s The Avengers" Trailer Sets New Record With Over 13.7 Million Views in First 24 Hours on iTunes

Marvel Studios announced today that its new trailer for this summer’s most highly anticipated movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” has been viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most-viewed trailer on iTunes (http://www.apple.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new trailer, unveiled Wednesday, February 29, exclusively on iTunes, gives fans another quick look at “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the ultimate Super Hero team up—based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

In “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” will be released on May 4, 2012.

Lady Gaga Reaches 10M Monsters on Twitter, New Track "Hair" Coming Today!

No stranger to breaking digital records, Lady Gaga has become the first person to pass 10 MILLION followers on Twitter, where she’s held the #1 spot since August 2010.

Leading up to the 5/23 release of her second album Born This Way, Lady Gaga has been using Twitter to personally announce everything to her millions of monsters first. From the release dates of album and its first single, which she tweeted at midnight on New Year’s Eve, to the album’s cover artwork she unveiled via a Twitpic post in April, to song titles, lyrics and more, followers of Lady Gaga have been privy to the official word on all things BTW before anyone else, straight from Mother Mother’s fingers to their own Twitter feeds!


Lady Gaga’s latest track “Hair” will be released today at 1pm PT / 4pm ET as part of iTunes’ “Countdown to Born This Way” promotion.

In an early review of “Hair” by Rolling Stone, the track is described as an“inspirational song in the mold of ‘Born This Way,’ but it’s a bit weirder, mixing the yearning romantic melodrama of Pat Benetar’s “We Belong” with the hard industrial metal edge of Broken-era Nine Inch Nails.” The track features E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, whose sax appeal on last week’s new single “The Edge of Glory” earned rave reviews.

“Hair” joins the tracks “Born This Way,” “Judas,” and “The Edge of Glory,” which are available now on iTunes. 

Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way" A Cappella & "Edge of Glory"

Lady Gaga is set to release “The Edge of Glory” today at 1pm PT / 4pm ET, kicking off iTunes’ “Countdown to Born This Way” promotion leading up to the album’s 5/23 release.   

“The Edge of Glory,” which features E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, was inspired by the death of Gaga’s grandfather in late 2010.  In her interview for Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga, Gaga explained that the song is “about your last moment on earth, the moment of truth, the moment before you leave earth.”


Rolling Stone writer Matthew Perpetua reviewed the track in February, writing “This one sounds crazy in print — it’s a massive power ballad with heavy club beats that features Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band wailing on his saxophone — but somehow it all seems totally natural when you actually hear it…  The inclusion of Clemons is an inspired touch that amplifies the song’s Eighties stadium rock vibe, but his actual performance is amazing and ranks among the best of his career.
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