Archive for March, 2010

Kids from TV Series ‘Glee’ Sign with Matisyahu!

While the kids from the television series ‘Glee’ may have a collaboration with Olivia Newton-John to look forward to this season, in real life, a group of 5th graders from Staten Island recently became members of Matisyahu’s band for the afternoon. Actually, it’s kind of the other way around. The PS22 Chorus — already somewhat famous for their covers of contemporary songs on YouTube — were joined by Matis, who sang a couple of his songs with the kids, including this particularly rad version of ‘One Day,’ from his latest release, ‘Light.’ Full Story at Spinner

Lady Gaga The First Artist To Have One Billion Online Views!

Lady Gaga videos have been viewed online more than one billion times according to analytics company Visible Measures. Gaga has become the first artist to measure more than one billion views, based on combined stats for her three videos ‘Poker Face’, ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Bad Romance’.

‘Poker Face’ is the big one with 374,606,128 views followed by ‘Bad Romance’ with 360,020,327 views then ‘Just Dance’ with 272,941,674 views.

The combined tally gives Lady Gaga a total of 1,007,556,129 views as of this week for those three clips alone. Full Story at Undercover

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ZZ Top Will Head To Chile To Play For Earthquake Victims!

ZZ Top will perform in Santiago, Chile on May 18 as a benefit for victims of the May 18 earthquake.

The shows will be the first rock concerts since the earthquake of February 27th.

Billy F Gibbons made a video from his home to tell fans they were on their way.

This is what he had to say (English translation)

Hello friends, I’m Billy from the band ZZ Top. T he whole world knows about the effects caused by the earthquake that happened in your beautiful country. We know that the Chilean spirit can never be broken and that right now it is stronger than ever. ZZ will be in Santiago on May 18 at the Movistar arena. We hope that you can join us for a special night. Full Story at Undercover

Smashing Pumpkins Plan Los Angeles Gig for Record Store Day!

Considering Billy Corgan once worked the counter at a Mom-and-Pop record shop, it makes perfect sense that the Smashing Pumpkins’ creative force will perform with the band in a rare intimate Los Angeles show on Record Store Day, April 17. The first 250 fans who pre-order the group’s new, limited-edition EP, ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs for a Sailor,’ at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles that day will be given a wristband providing entry into an exclusive gig later that day at Space 15 Twenty.

“I used to work at an indie record shop so I’ll always have a soft spot for the places where I still go to find the most vital music, whether new or still hidden,” Corgan said in a statement. Pumpkins fans outside of L.A. are also being lured to indie stores across the on April 17 with the promise of a collector’s edition black light poster from the band. Full Story at Spinner

Sony Music Signs $250 Million Contract for Michael Jackson Recordings!

Sony Music Entertainment just signed a $250 million contract  with Michael Jackson’s estate in what is being called the most lucrative contract in the music industry’s history. The deal, which will include DVD rights, video games, and unreleased recordings of the late pop-star, will last seven years.

According to information on MTV.com, Sony Music has obtained the rights to up to ten never-before released projects from the late King of Pop. Rob Stringer, the Chairman of the Sony division which will inherit the recordings, said that the unreleased tracks span across a variety of projects in progress that the King of Pop had yet to complete. He added that some may include film, as well as computer games, but that it will not be revealed fully until 2015. Full Story at MNS

Lady Gaga Fires Back At Music Producer!

Lady Gaga is firing back at a music producer who claims he launched her career and is suing her for $30.5 million.

Her lawyer said in a court filing made public Friday the agreement at the heart of the suit was “unlawful.”

Song writer and music producer Rob Fusari filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan against the Grammy Award-winning performer. He said his protege and former girlfriend, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, ditched him as her career soared.

The lawsuit said they co-wrote songs such as “Paparazzi” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich.” Fusari also said he came up with her stage name and helped get her record deal.

According to the lawsuit, Lady Gaga and Fusari’s relationship turned romantic and then became a business partnership in May 2006, when they created a joint venture called Team Love Child LLC to promote her career. Fusari’s share was 20 percent.

But Lady Gaga lawyer Charles Ortner wrote in his response that the arrangement was “structured in such a way as to mask its true purpose — to provide to the defendants unlawful compensation for their services as unlicensed employment agents.”

Ortner wrote that Fusari and his company violated statutes that prohibited them from “acting as employment agents without a license and charging Lady Gaga an unlawful fee for their purported services.” Full Story at Billboard