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Jan212011

Pink Premieres Controversial Video for New Single

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Pink's video for her latest hit, "F***in' Perfect," is now available for viewing online at VEVO.com, and it's sure to raise some eyebrows.

It tells the story of an alienated young girl who feels she just can't measure up, and features a graphic scene where she carves the word "PERFECT" into her arm with a razor blade while sitting in a bathtub full of water -- water that soon turns red with her blood.

The video has a happy ending, however -- the girl grows into a woman who realizes that she has artistic talent.  She becomes a successful painter, marries and has a daughter of her own.

Pink addresses the video in a note on her website, saying that she expects the clip to "ruffle some feathers," but adds, "My favorite books, art pieces, films, and music, always have something jarring about them.  I want art to make me think.  In order to do that, it may [tick] me off, or make me uncomfortable.  That promotes awareness and change, or at least some discussion.  That is my intention."

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Friday
Jan212011

'Glee' Episode to Feature Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Queen Songs  

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Glee will return for a new round of episodes starting Super Bowl Sunday, and then settle into its regular weekly schedule.  The song list for the show's February 8 episode, which has a Valentine's Day theme, has now been revealed by TV Guide.

Matt Morrison tells the magazine that in that episode, his character, Mr. Schuester, assigns the kids to perform love songs.  Here's a look at who's singing what, according to TV Guide:

-- Rachel sings Katy Perry's "Firework"
-- Puck sings Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls"
-- Artie sings Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
-- Blaine and the Warblers sing Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" and Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone"
-- Tina sings the standard "My Funny Valentine"

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Thursday
Jan202011

‘Idol’ Viewership Drops Big on Season Premiere

Photo Courtesy - Zumobi(NEW YORK) – American Idol saw double-digit drops in viewership for its much-anticipated season 10 premiere in comparison to last year's premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite new, "A"-list judges, the Fox show fell 13 percent among all viewers for the two-hour premiere Wednesday in comparison to the 2010 opening episode, according to preliminary data from Nielsen. 

This year’s premiere, which featured new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, brought in 26.1 million viewers compared to last year’s premiere audience of 29.9 million.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Report: Taylor Swift, Jake Gyllenhaal Spotted Together Again

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- It doesn't look like Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift's relationship is over just yet. People reports the two were spotted eating dinner together Wednesday night at Bound'ry in Nashville, a restaurant across the street from Taylor's condo.

An eyewitness says, "They were cordial to one another, but not affectionate." Taylor and Jake didn't hold hands, but they talked constantly during the meal.

The couple's romance reportedly cooled off last month. Before Wednesday night, they hadn't been spotted together in public since Dec. 9.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Bieber, Usher, Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars Join Grammy Lineup

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber, Usher, B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Lady Antebellum have just been added to the lineup of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.  Justin and his mentor Usher, both nominees this year, will do a special performance with Justin's buddy and duet partner Jaden Smith.  Duet partners B.o.B. and Bruno will perform together, of course, but Janelle Monae, who's also nominated, will join them onstage.  In addition, Lady Antebellum will also take the stage, and so will British alternative rockers Muse.

Previously, Eminem, Katy Perry, Cee-Lo Green, Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert had been announced as performers for the event, which takes place Feb. 13 and will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Lady Gaga Remix Premieres Online

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Get ready for a nice clean version of Lady Gaga's new Born This Way remix, which debuted Wednesday in Paris at Thierry Mugler's men's fashion show.  The song has been used as the soundtrack of a new short film that can now be viewed exclusively at Mugler.com and StyleList.com.  It was created under the auspices of Nicola Formichetti, Mugler's creative director and Gaga's personal stylist.   The black-and-white, slightly disturbing film features a model named Rick Genest, who is tattooed from head to toe look like a zombie skeleton...or is it a skeleton zombie?

As far as the song, it starts with Gaga saying, "I don't speak German but I can if you'd like."  Then, she sing-song chants in German over a heavy electronic dance beat, but at various points, her actual singing voice comes through loud and clear.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Sandra Bullock's Ex Now Engaged to Tattoo Artist Kat Von D

Photo Courtesy - Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jesse James, Sandra Bullock's former husband, is now engaged to tattoo artist Kat Von D, People magazine reports.  

In a statement to People, James says, "You know, sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs." James adds, "I have never met anyone so kind and loving and committed to making the world a better place every day. My love for her is beyond description. So honored that she said 'yes.' Growing old with her is going to be a bleepin' blast!"

James and Von D have been dating since last summer -- his divorce from Bullock was finalized last June.  Their marriage initially collapsed when it came to light in March of 2010 that James had cheated on Bullock with several women.  He issued a statement of apology to Bullock, and entered rehab March 30 to "save his marriage."  She filed for divorce in April.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Steven Tyler Upstages Jennifer Lopez on 'American Idol' Premiere

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Randy Jackson took Simon Cowell's seat at the judges' table, alongside freshman judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, for the 10th season of American Idol, but it was clear that not one of them was out to replace the so-called "mean" judge.

After months of speculation about who would replace Cowell and fellow judges Ellen DeGeneres and Kara Dioguardi, who left at the end of last season, the new judges made their debut in an opening worthy of the American Idol finale.

Following a montage of headlines, host Ryan Seacrest made the announcements on the main stage of the show before hundreds of screaming fans.

"I took this gig because I love music," Tyler said in the opening minutes of Wednesday night's premiere.

"I think I'm going to be compassionate," Lopez said.  "I'm not in the business of crushing spirits."

"It's a different table," Jackson said, "but you know what?  It's hot.  Let's go baby."

As Jackson led the way, showing a more powerful role than before, during opening auditions in New Jersey, it at first appeared that Tyler and Lopez were competing for who could be nicer.  But it was Lopez, who, reminiscent of Paula Abdul, had a hard time saying no and seemed to hold back her harshest criticism.

Tyler, on the other hand, had plenty of them, punctuating the auditions with his signature scream and sometimes singing and tapping along with the contestants.

In the end, the judges gave golden tickets to 51 contestants to proceed to the next round.  But it was the last contestant who brought back the show's main mission -- to find the next superstar.

After sharing his heart-tugging story of spending part of his childhood in a homeless shelter in the Bronx, 16-year-old Travis Orlando performed for the judges.

"I think you sing beautiful," Tyler told him, with the judges giving him a unanimous "yes."

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Thursday
Jan202011

Britney Spears Debuts on Top with New Single; Sets Records

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- As expected, Britney Spears blasted into the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with her new single, "Hold It Against Me."

It became just the 18th song to debut at number one on that chart since it was created 52 years ago.  Spears also became only the second artist in history to have more than one of her singles debut at number one -- the other is Mariah Carey, who did it three times.  Spears did it twice, with this new single and with "3" in 2009.

"Hold It Against Me" is Spears' fourth chart-topper overall, joining "...Baby One More Time" and "Womanizer."

Moreover, the single sold 411,000 copies in a single week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making it the highest first-week sales for a single by a lead female artist.  The previous record was 325,000 set by Taylor Swift's "Today Was a Fairytale" last February.

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Thursday
Jan202011

NBC Shuffles TV Lineup; Premieres New Show 'Perfect Couples'

Photo Courtesy - NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- NBC shuffles its Thursday-night lineup this week, adding two comedies to the schedule.

At 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, the new series Perfect Couples begins its run.  Perfect Couples, which aired a sneak preview episode last month, focuses on three couples and their relationships with one another.  The Daily Show personality Olivia Munn and former Worst Week actor Kyle Bornheimer star.

At 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, Parks and Recreation opens its third season.  Amy Poehler is back as parks and recreation department employee Leslie Knope.  Rob Lowe and former Party Down actor Adam Scott joined the cast late last season, playing a pair of state auditors.

30 Rock moves to 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the freshman comedy Outsourced.

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