The Week In Music
In Touch Weekly broke some astounding and important news early this week when it reported that JoBro Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle Deleasa sleep in separate rooms. Before you start thinking Danielle is "Burnin' Up" over any apparent lack of affection, it turns out Kevin "snores like a freight train" according to the report. An insider source says, "[Danielle] loves her husband, but now she sleeps in a guest room when he gets too noisy. They are still crazy about each other." There, we hope that, unlike Danielle, you can sleep easy now.
In an interview with the UK's The Times, Lady Gaga ran through a series of health concern questions, including the possibility that she has lupus, an eating disorder and a heart condition. When asked about the last time she needed emergency medical services, Gaga responded: "The other day. In Tokyo. I was having trouble breathing. I had a little oxygen, then I went onstage. I was OK. But...I don't want anyone to worry." Okay, now we're worried.
In other medical-related music news, U2 announced the postponement of their summer concert dates, including a performance at the Glastonbury music festival, due to lead singer Bono having to undergo back surgery. Bono's surgeon, Professor Joerg Christian Tonn, offered a positive outlook. "Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit," he said. "The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation." Live Nation announced U2 will reschedule the dates for 2011.
Are you in a cool band, and do you have good credit? Freecreditscore.com launched a talent search in an effort to find a new band to represent the site. Bands can submit a demo video of themselves performing one of the Freescreditscore.com jingles posted on the Web site. Entries will be narrowed down to four finalists and the winner will receive $10,000 and a studio session with music industry veterans, among other prizes. The contest is open to musicians 21 years of age or older, in any genre from country to blues to hip-hop and indie rock. However, no information on a minimum credit score requirement was disclosed.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has dipped further into the music waters with the launch of her new record label, eleveneleven, and the announcement of her first signee, 12-year-old YouTube sensation Greyson Chance. DeGeneres, who became a judge on "American Idol" this past season, said, "Greyson inspired me to start a record label…. He is my first artist and we are making a record together." David Letterman announced a label venture in April. Could Conan O'Brien be next, only to have his label taken over by Jay Leno?
The Journey "Don't Stop Believin'" juggernaut keeps rolling on and on and on. The song, which originally appeared on 1981's Escape and reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, is arguably more popular now. It turned up in the "The Sopranos" finale in 2007, and is catching on with a new generation via the popular sing-along TV show "Glee." It is also iTunes' best-selling song, with more than 2 million downloads, and in January it charted two times over in the UK Top 10 — the original reached No. 6, while the "Glee" cover went to No. 5. But why is it so popular? Guitarist Neal Schon said, "To this day, even my [current] producer Kevin Shirley says it's the oddest arrangement ever. So I think, maybe that's why it's so big. It's a bit unpredictable."
Liza Minnelli has turned in a cover of Beyoncé's GRAMMY-winning "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" for the soundtrack of Sex And The City 2, in theaters May 27. Minnelli also makes a brief cameo in the film. On her cover, Minnelli exclaimed, "It's rock and roll. Everything is moving!" Move over, Sasha Fierce….
Shakira's song "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa/Esto Es África)" was chosen by Univision as the official theme for its exclusive Spanish coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The song will be featured in the network's on-air promotional campaign and as the theme for the opening pre-game segments for all 64 matches to be broadcast. A seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner, Shakira is also a soccer veteran. She performed "Hips Don't Lie" at the 2006 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony in Berlin in July 2006.
Super fan Helena Aguiar traveled all the way from São Paulo, Brazil, to experience a Bon Jovi concert VIP-style in Hershey, Pa., on May 19. The price tag for the VIP experience? $1,750. In addition to front-row tickets, Aguiar received an official Bon Jovi folding chair and a backstage tour including a photo op with Jon Bon Jovi's maracas and mic stand. According to Aguiar, it was undeniably worth it, "It was an amazing experience, even more than I dreamed." Those must have been some pretty cool maracas. Bon Jovi is one of many artists offering their fans VIP concert packages. Read our VIP fan experience feature.
Usher's "OMG," featuring will.i.am, reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 again this week. Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, is currently No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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