Friday, November 28, 2008

Madonna, A-Rod Make Beautiful Music Together

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Madrod has finally made its public debut.

As Madonna completed her second song before a sell-out crowd in Miami's Dolphin Stadium Wednesday night, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez handed her a bottle of water.

"It was easy for him to hand it off because he was sitting in the front row," a witness tells E! News. "He was all excited watching her perform."

And, just like that, Madonna acknowledged in public, less than a week after her quickie divorce from Guy Ritchie, that A-Rod is indeed the superfan (and waterboy) he's reportedly been for most of this year in private.

The two arrived in town together on Monday and spent most of Wednesday hanging around town with pal Ingrid Casares, a prominent Miami party promoter, who introduced the pair.

Madonna, 50, hit the stage of her last Sticky & Sweet American concert two and a half hours after the show was supposed to start. The Material One played from about 10 p.m. to midnight, including a guest appearance by Pharrell Williams during the closing set.

A-Rod, 33, who very publicly spent Tuesday with his family at a local restaurant, stayed throughout the entire performance.

by E!

Lynne Spears: Britney Is a 'Wonderful Mother'

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Lynne Spears: Britney Is a 'Wonderful Mother'
Lynne Spears certainly has plenty to be thankful for.

In the past year, she has watched her famous daughter Britney crawl back from the brink.

Just how did the 27-year-old singer rebound from her pair of forced hospitalizations and a long string of erratic behavior, including her quickly annulled Vegas wedding in 2004 and her infamous head-shaving in 2007?

"With a lot of love and care and help," Lynne said Thursday, speaking to the U.K.'s GMTV via satellite from New Orleans. "Sometimes you have to just settle down. You have to stop, think. And there's a lot of people that care about Britney and love Britney – and Britney's doing great now."

And while the singer still hasn't regained custody of her two sons, Lynne had nothing but praise for her daughter's parenting skills.

"Oh she's a wonderful mother – she's funny, she's extremely affectionate," said the Spears matriarch, who was promoting her memoir, Through the Storm. "[At] home, where there's nobody around, she's very normal."

Britney – fresh off the success of her first single, "Womanizer" – is currently in Europe promoting her new album, Circus. And she's scheduled to go on a worldwide concert our next year.

"I think Britney's just ready to get started again," said her mom. "I think this is when she's most in her element."
by People.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Who Dominated American Music Awards 08?

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Chris Brown Dominates American Music Awards | Chris Brown

Chris Brown!
He was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, surprising himself most of all.

"I don't know what to say. I would have given it to Coldplay," said Brown, who won artist of the year, male pop/rock artist and male soul/R&B artist.

Kanye West, still sore at losing male rap/hip-hop artist last year, won the trophy this time – then said Lil Wayne deserved it more.

"I want to give this award to Wayne," he said. "If it was last year it would have been my award."

It was West's second trophy of the night, following his win for rap/hip-hop album, for Graduation.

"It's our responsibility as musicians to push music to the point it was in the '60s and '70s," he said. "I want to be Elvis."

Host Jimmy Kimmel, who had made West's ego a running joke, quipped: "Elvis died on the toilet with half a jelly doughnut in his mouth. You may want to rethink that."

More Winners

Alicica Keys, who captured two awards for her As I Am album, winning for both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories, let out a loud "Woooooooo" after picking up a trophy, then dedicated her victory "to all the super women who struggle every day to make it through."

The show climaxed with Keys performing "Superwoman" with Queen Latifah and opera star Kathleen Battle, and ending with a large photo projected on a screen of incoming first lady Michelle Obama.

In a big night for American Idol alums, Daughtry – winner of three trophies last year – picked up another this year for pop/rock group, while former Idol champ Jordin Sparks won for adult contemporary music, and Carrie Underwear won for country album for Carnival Ride.

Taylor Swift, uncomfortably sharing L.A.'s Nokia Theatre auditorium with ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas, won for female country artist, and Rih Anna got two awards for pop/rock female artist and female soul R&B artist.

Rascal Flatts picked up their fouth American Music Award – and third in the last three years – for country band, and Brad Paisley won for male country artist, getting a laugh from the audience as he turned over the pyramid-shaped trophy and said, "Made in China?"

Music's A-listers were out in force as the show featured blockbuster performances by Tinaguilera, M. Carey, Beyonce, Rih Anna, West, Smiley Cyprus and Johan Brothers, who also won the breakthrough artist award.

And Justin Timber Lake made a surprise appearance to introduce award of merit recipient Annie Lennox.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Britney Spears Calls Her Life Worse Than a Jail Sentence

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Britney Spears Calls Her Life Worse Than a Jail Sentence | Britney Spears

Britney Spears says that since her breakdown, her life has been worse than a jail sentence – but that she's slowly healing one day at a time.

"I have really good days, and then I have bad days," the singer, 26, admits in a new fly-on-the wall, 90-minute documentary, Britney: For The Record, to air in the U.S. Nov. 30 on MTV and in the U.K. Dec. 1 on Sky1.

Struggling to gain control of her life again after her public meltdown earlier this year, she says candidly: "Even when you go to jail, y'know, there's the time when you're gonna get out. But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like [the Bill Murray movie] Groundhog Day."

She adds, "I'm having to pay for it for a really long time."

Spears was hospitalized for mental evaluation in January, which resulted in her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, being granted sole custody of their sons, Preston and Jayden. Her father, Jamie Spears, also gained legal control over her affairs.

Britney Spears, in Britney: For The Record Photo by: Courtesy MTV
Britney Spears Calls Her Life Worse Than a Jail Sentence| Britney Spears

Not Being Heard
"If I wasn't under the restraints that I'm under right now, I'd feel so liberated," she says in the film, which follows the singer as she records and promotes her new album Circus. "When I tell them the way I feel, it's like they hear me, but they're really not listening."

A camera crew followed the singer for three months as she moved to pull her life back on track. "I wanted to make this film because I started to feel like I wasn't being seen in the light that I wanted to be seen in," Spears said. "This is an opportunity to set the record straight and talk about what I've been through and where I'm headed."

Overall, she says, "I think I've learned my lesson now, and enough is enough."

by People

Natasha Bedingfield Calls Romance 'Female Viagra'

Natasha Bedingfield Calls Romance 'Female Viagra'  | Natasha Bedingfield

When it comes to love, Natasha Bedingfield says skip the little blue pills: romance is even better than a pocketful of sunshine.

"Romance is female Viagra!" Bedingfield beams to PEOPLE, referring to her relationship with fiancé Matt Robinson, who proposed on Sep. 7.

The British pop singer, 26, who is the face of Cosmopolitan magazine's "Star launch: The Search for the Next Female Rockstar," says the couple revels in romance, from love letters to flowers to chocolate. "In reality, relationships have ups and downs. If someone is worth enough to you, then you both fight to stay true through the tough times. Advice to guys: Keep the romance alive. Simple things like giving flowers or remembering special dates may sound cheesy but they do work."

It doesn’t hurt that Bedingfield is absolutely ga-ga over her future husband’s good looks: "My fiancé Matt is hotter to me than David Beckham! He is honest, funny, charming and hot."

On December 5, the three remaining contestants of "StarLaunch" will open for Bedingfield during a December 5th show in New York City. The winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to record a three-track demo with a big music producer.

by People.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Britney, Obama a Big Deal at MTV Europe Awards

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Britney Spears didn't even have to show up to come back in Liverpool.

The again-viable pop star was named Act of 2008 in absentia at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, which were handed out Thursday in the Beatles' hometown.

Fittingly so, considering Paul McCartney was on hand to collect his Ultimate Legend award from a reverent Bono. McCartney thanked his "mum and dad," the people of Liverpool, his former bandmates and Americans, "for voting in Senator McCain."

Spears also snagged a trophy for Album of the Year for Blackout, making her and 30 Seconds to Mars (Rock Out and Video Star) the most winning artists of the night.

But while Spears taped a video thank-you message ahead of time, she was otherwise engaged tonight. Sources tell E! News that the "Womanizer" songstress is headed to Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, where she and Justin Timberlake are supposed to reunite onstage with Madonna, whose Sticky & Sweet tour touched down in SoCal Tuesday.

Other big winners included girl-kisser and the evening's host Katy Perry, who was named Best New Act and sported a dress emblazoned with Barack Obama's face; Artists' Choice Lil Wayne; Best Act Ever Rick Astley; and Pink's "So What," which was named Most Addictive Track.

Also sharing the political love was 30 Seconds frontman Jared Leto, who sported an Obama T-shirt and urged the crowd at Echo Arena to chant the U.S. president-elect's name.

Beyoncé, the Killers, Pink, Kanye West—who didn't try to pilfer the Best Video statue this time—and British singer Estelle all performed.

Details on awards:

Britney reunites with Madonna on stage

Fans turning up for the Britney Spears and Madonna reunion would have been expecting to see the 26-year-old in a typically raunchy outfit.

But instead the 50-year-old Material Girl was the one wearing the more revealing clothes as the pair performed a duet on stage.

The pop megastars looked like they should have swapped outfits as they sang together at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles during Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour.

Britney Spears

Megastars: Britney and Madonna perform a duet together on stage at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles last night

A demure looking Britney, dressed in a simple white blouse and black trousers was invited on stage by Madonna and joined in with one of her songs.

And Madonna was also joined by Justin Timberlake to join in with another of her hits.

Rumours that the former couple, who split in 2002, would perform together with Madonna proved unfounded though as they did not appear together on stage.

Madonna and Justin Timberlake show off some moves during the concert

It's a bit different from the last time Britney and Madonna appeared on stage together.

The pair caused a stir in 2003 when they shared a steamy lesbian kiss live on stage during the opening performance on the MTV Music Awards in New York's Radio City Music Hall.

It's not the first they have collaborated together, with Madonna appearing on Britney's track 'Me Against the Music' on her In The Zone album.

The Material Girl kisses Britney, on the hand this time, during their performance

The comeback Queen was pictured last week dressed up as a witch as she took her two sons Jayden James and Sean Preston trick or treating.

She posted the shots on her website, along with the cover art for her new album Circus, which is due out on her birthday on December 2.

And the 'Womanizer' singer is set to appear on the X Factor show in two weeks' time to meet the contestants and perform her new single.

Back on song: The pop stars put an arm around each other as they perform

Madonna has thrown herself into her 32-concert Sticky and Sweet tour of the Americas after the announcement of her divorce with Guy Ritchie.

She faces a bitter divorce battle with the film director, with Kabbalah leaders demanding a quick out of court settlement.

Flashback: Britney and Madonna share a lesbian kiss during the MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall in 2003

by Mail Online

Britney, Justin To Play With Madonna In L.A.?

Madonna will get a lift from Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at her show tonight (Nov. 6) at Los Angeles' Dodgers Stadium, according to KIIS-FM personality Ryan Seacrest.

Spears and Timberlake have rarely been in the same place, much less seen together, since their messy break up in 2002. But both have collaborated with Madonna; Spears on the song "Me Against the Music" and a short film airing as part of Madonna's stage show, Timberlake on songs from Madonna's most recent album, "Hard Candy."

There was some concern that the concert would be postponed due to technical issues with the stage, but Madonna says the show will go on.

"Even though my stage roof was damaged and some lights and effects aren't working, I want to do the show anyway because I don't want to disappoint my fans," she said in a statement to the Associated Press.

The Americas portion of Madonna's current tour wraps Nov. 30 in Mexico City. It resumes Dec. 3 with the first of four shows in Buenos Aires.
by Billboard.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Britney's Circus Cover, Track List Come to Town

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Spears' Circus

From the looks of it, there's not much clowning around in Britney Spears' Circus...despite the "Come one, come all!" lettering and primary-color palette.

Here lies the cover of the pop princess' sixth studio album, which boasts the No. 1 single "Womanizer" as its first track and will almost certainly help the reinvigorated songstress start her 27th year off right when it drops Dec. 2 amid birthday wishes and intense scrutiny.

And with song titles like "Lace and Leather" and "Kill the Lights," it appears as if the video for "Womanizer" barely scratched the surface of the kind of sexcapades Britney's all up into now.

Coming on the heels of the record-breaking, chart-topping single—which gave Spears the biggest digital debut of any female artist since Nielsen SoundScan started keeping trackZomba Label Group has revealed that Circus' title track will be the next single released to whet your appetite for the main event.

Check out the complete track list and decide whether you're planning to partake in Brit's big-top adventure:

1. "Womanizer"

2. "Circus"

3. "Out From Under"

4. "Kill The Lights"

5. "Shattered Glass"

6. "If U Seek Amy"

7. "Unusual You"

8. "Blur"

9. "Mmm Papi"

10. "Mannequin"

11. "Lace and Leather"

12. "My Baby"

Bonus Track:

13. "Radar"

by E!