The Week In Music: TSA Phunks With Fergie
It's been quite a whirlwind of late for six-time GRAMMY winner Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. First, on Nov. 26 the Peas released their latest album, The Beginning. While the album was released too late for consideration for the 53rd GRAMMYs, it could be a strong contender next year. Second, on Nov. 30 the singer was held up at Los Angeles International Airport before boarding a flight to New York, and was required to remove her scarves and jewelry and pass through the airport's scanner. Under new Travel Security Administration rules, her bags were also sent through a scanner. Thankfully, no traces of "Boom Boom Pow" were found and Fergie was cleared to board the plane. It's a good thing, too, as on Dec. 2 she was feted as Billboard's Woman of the Year at a gala in New York. Fergie received the honor in recognition of her philanthropic efforts and career achievements.
Could Katy Perry's career be slowing down? Perry, who married Russell Brand in October, says she is thinking about starting a family and when the time comes her career will have to go on the backburner. "My singing is really important to me, but when children come along they'll be my main focus…. Russell wants lots of children and I think there's something amazing about tons of kids running around. We probably won't have the talk again for a few years — it's important to enjoy each other before having babies." The good news is before this "talk" comes, we will all have plenty of time to enjoy Katy, starting most immediately with the upcoming 53rd GRAMMY Awards. The songstress is up for four awards, including the coveted Album Of The Year trophy.
In related news, Perry is among the featured performers on VH1's Divas Salute The Troops, scheduled to air Sunday, Dec. 5. Other performers will include 53rd GRAMMY nominee Nicki Minaj, GRAMMY winners Sugarland and past GRAMMY nominees Keri Hilson and Paramore. The show will be hosted by another 53rd GRAMMY nominee, comedienne Kathy Griffin.
Fresh off receiving six nominations for the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, Lady Gaga is looking toward 2011 with great anticipation. During a no-doubt shivering tour stop in Poland on Nov. 26, the head monster dropped some hints on her forthcoming new album, Born This Way. "The album's finished and it's f***king really good," said Gaga during the concert. "I promise to give you the greatest album of this decade, just for you." The album will reportedly feature a collaboration with Sir Elton John, who joined Gaga for a duet at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Gaga added that the album is "so much deeper than a wig or lipstick or an outfit, or a f***ing meat dress...Born This Way is about what keeps us up at night and what makes us afraid." Okay, we're f***ing afraid....
In related Gaga news, the bad romancer is hanging up the telephone on all social network activity as part of the Alicia Keys-helmed campaign Digital Life Sacrifice. Keys, who picked up three GRAMMY nominations this year, has corralled a group of artists, including Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Usher, to embargo their tweets, pokes, status updates, and the like in support of World AIDS Day. Beginning Nov. 30 this quartet of GRAMMY winners vowed to give up using social networking sites until $1 million in funding is raised in support of Keys' Keep A Child Alive foundation, which provides treatment, love and support to families affected by HIV and AIDS. While the artists have still taken to their respective Twitter pages to promote the campaign and solicit donations, they've officially declared their deaths…digital deaths that is.
Looking to add some new spices to your holiday music collection? The slate of new holiday releases in 2010 have included both GRAMMY winners and nominees. Susan Boyle, who is up for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, recently released The Gift, which became her second consecutive No. 1 album. Five-time GRAMMY winner Mariah Carey released her second holiday album, Merry Christmas To You II, including an all-new recording of her hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Sweet holidays are made of four-time GRAMMY winner Annie Lennox's A Christmas Cornucopia. GRAMMY-winning duo Indigo Girls released their first holiday collection, Holly Happy Days, with festive packaging resembling an actual present. Shelby Lynne, who took home Best New Artist in 2000, released Merry Christmas, a collection featuring two originals alongside classics such as "White Christmas," "Silver Bells" and "Silent Night." Finally, are you looking to celebrate with a little bit of soul? Three-time GRAMMY-winning Godfather of Soul James Brown is represented posthumously with a brand-new bag in the form of the double-disc The Complete James Brown Christmas.
The first weekend in December is here and we promise to do our best to provide credible music-related gift ideas up until the stores close on Dec. 24. This week, we have gifts representing a trio of 53rd GRAMMY nominees. For the fierce person in your life, the deluxe-edition Beyoncé tattoo kit is a viable option. The set includes temporary tattoo designs with rocker bolts and chains, monochromatic jewel baubles, and seductive spiders. Know someone who is looking to take up guitar? Though admittedly not cheap, the Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster may be worth looking into, with a design and custom specs overseen by the master axeman himself. Warning: mere ownership of this guitar will not make you sound as amazing as Beck. And for the gleek on your list, how about "Karaoke Revolution: Glee"? Featuring the show's main characters and memorable scenes, the gamer on your list will relish this unique "Glee" experience while singing along with chart-topping songs, including the GRAMMY-nominated "Don't Stop Believin'."
Speaking of "Glee," check out what the no doubt gleeful GRAMMY-nominated artists are saying about their recent nods in our TWIM Twittertable: justinbieber: win or lose...this is #CRAZY!! the GRAMMYS!!! #HOLYCRAP!!! WOOOHOOO...ok ok..need to sleep. ARE U KIDDING ME!!; kathygriffin: I'm nominated for a Grammy!!! For "Best Comedy Recording" Thank u bible belt & beyond! Hell, thank u Bed, Bath & Beyond!; katyperry: It's an AMAZING honor to be nominated & recognized by my other hard working peers tonight. So happy that I trusted my gut w/ this record...; rosannecash: Wow, party in my Twitter stream! Thanks for all the congrats. You all knew I was nominated for a Grammy before I did this morn. #Seriously; MusicFromGLEE: So pumped about our 2 @TheGRAMMYs noms! Couldn't have done it without you Gleeks!; adamlambert: Woah!!! Just got the news! A Grammy nomination?!?! I'm floored and honored. There are no words....; SaraBareilles: I GOT A GRAMMY NOMINATION!!!!!!!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Two-time GRAMMY winner Pink's "Raise A Glass" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Firework" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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