Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz has performed at venues all over the globe but on Feb. 26 he’ll stand before more that 100,000 when he plays a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500.
Kravitz, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza — shown by FOX — leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.
“Lenny Kravitz is an iconic performer and multi-talented musician – he will deliver a rousing performance prior to the start of the 54th Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Race fans will experience a first-class, heart-pounding pre-race show that will serve as the perfect prelude to what will be an historic and thrilling afternoon of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona.”
He has sold more than 35 million albums and is the only musician in history to win the Grammy for best male vocals in rock music four times consecutively.
The world-renown musician will perform three songs prior to the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Kravitz’s ninth album, Black and White America, was released in 2011 and features a mixture of funk and hard rock hits like “Stand,” “Rock Star City Life” and his new single “Push.”
After a European tour, Kravitz recently kicked off his first American outing in five years in January. The 20-city tour will wrap up in Miami on Feb. 25.
Kravitz joins a long list of stars names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show that includes Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Brad Paisley.
The ‘Dreamlover’ singer – who welcomed twins Monroe and Moroccan into the world on April 30 – and her husband Nick Cannon have been disagreeing about whether or not to expand their family further, but the 41-year-old star is adamant two kids is enough.
Asked if he wanted to have more children, Nick told In Touch magazine:
“I do, Mariah doesn’t! She was like, ‘That’s it, I’m done! Two at once!’
“It was an intense pregnancy to carry twins around. She was a trooper.
She’s feeling amazing now. She’s back on her feet doing her thing.”
Despite the showbiz background of both their parents, TV presenter Nick is insistent they should try a different career path when they grow up.
He added: “There are so many other aspiring things to be in life. I always think we put too much emphasis on the entertainment world. I would love it if my children were doctors.”
‘America’s Got Talent’ front-man Nick finds fatherhood easy because he doesn’t need to sleep.
He joked: “I never slept before! I’m kind of cut out for fatherhood because I never sleep. So now, instead of doing other stuff, I’m with my kids. Other than that, definitely more sensitive to my moves because I’m responsible for people now.”
The Child Protection Services investigation against Mariah Carey has been dropped.
The singer and husband Nick Cannon – who became parents to son Moroccan Scott and daughter Monroe on April 30 – were shocked when an anonymous tip to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family (DCFS) accused her of putting the babies at risk by drinking alcohol and taking drugs in her hospital room.
Mariah ‘ who brought the babies home from hospital two weeks ago – admitted to investigators she drank a Guinness but only on the advice of medical staff who informed her a dark beer would help with lactation.
Laura Wasser ‘ a lawyer for the singer ‘ was present during questioning before the DCFS decided not to pursue the matter, website TMZ reports.
Earlier this month, ‘America’s Got Talent’ host Nick explained the couple were shocked at the ‘ridiculous’ allegations.
He said: “Recently, the Child Protective Services were called with allegations that there was some drinking and drugs and all that going on, wild in the hospital, which makes no sense to me – how would a hospital allow that?
“It all started when a nurse suggested to my wife that if you drink Guinness, the dark beer, the yeast improves breastfeeding. I don’t know if someone heard that, but then they were saying my wife was drinking beer. People will do anything to try to conjure up a story.
“I spoke to the person from the Child Protective Services, I was like, ‘This is ridiculous. We’re going to make sure that this isn’t a case.’
“To even have to deal with that, my wife in the state that she’s in, we’re in the hospital, to even have to think about someone possibly wanting to investigate your children. It’s sad at the end of the day.”
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have officially revealed the names of their twin babies born over the weekend. The boy is named Moroccan Scott Cannon and the girl is named Monroe Cannon. Mariah’s rep, Cindi Berger, revealed the news to CNN.
Moroccan Scott is inspired by Carey’s New York City apartment, which features the Moroccan Room. It’s reportedly where Cannon proposed to his wife. Scott meanwhile is both Nick’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name.
Monroe Cannon is said to be taken from one of Mariah’s longtime inspirations, Marilyn Monroe. Monroe Cannon, like Carey, does not have a middle name.
“It has been a long, emotional journey for this family, and I couldn’t be happier for all of them,” Berger told CNN.
Carey gave birth to Moroccan and Monroe on April 30th in Los Angeles. Monroe weighed in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces, while Moroccan Scott weighed in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
The 42-year-old singer and her husband Nick Cannon welcomed their first children into the world at 12.07pm yesterday (30.04.11) ‘ their third wedding anniversary – with their daughter arriving first, weighing 5lb 3oz, and her 5lb 6oz brother arriving shortly afterwards.
Nick later tweeted his excitement about the new arrivals, whose names have not yet been released.
He posted: ‘My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life! I won’t ever be able to top this!’
Mariah’s spokesperson Cindy Berger ‘ who revealed the couple listened to the singer’s hit ‘We Belong Together’ as the babies arrived ‘ said the star is doing ‘really well’ and was completely calm throughout her labour ‘ unlike Nick, who struggled to find his way to the maternity unit at the undisclosed Los Angeles hospital where his wife gave birth.
Cindy said: “Nick was very nervous and Mariah was completely calm. Mariah thought it was another false labour and Nick was driving her to the hospital and she very calm and the music was blasting.
“When they walked into the hospital, Nick was going the wrong way and they nurse redirected them to go the maternity ward, and I said to her, ‘That’s right out of ‘I Love Lucy’,’ and she laughed.”
Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado said Monday in a Twitter post that she will donate to charity $1 million she received in 2007 for performing for the Qaddafi family. The 45-minute performance was made in an Italian hotel. Furtado, born in Victoria, did not disclose which charity group would receive the money paid to her by the Libyan dictator’s clan.
Furtado is one of the growing list of celebrities being criticized for receiving large amounts of money after performing for Qaddafi’s family, based on reports of a New York daily and WikiLeaks documents. Other performers who have been paid lavish amounts by the Qaddafis are Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Usher.
Beyonce and Usher performed in parties hosted by the dictator’s son Muatassim on St. Barts, a Caribbean island, while Mariah Caey sang at a New Year’s eve celebration.
Lady Gaga’s new single ‘Born This Way’ is the thousandth single to top the US charts. The song marks the thousandth single that has hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 52-year history. Gaga told Billboard, ‘t is a tremendous honour. To be the 1000th no. 1 on Billboard… I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honour of my career.’
She continued, ‘ am so humbled and so honoured and overwhelmed by the reception to ‘Born This Way,’ [It] has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers… I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans that I have.’ The single also scored the largest opening radio airplay audience since Billboard began ranking all radio stations in 1998.
It was also the highest-selling digital single debut for a female artist, accruing 448,000 downloads, and was the third-highest digital debut behind Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ and Black Eyed Peas ‘Boom Boom Pow’.
Other significant artists to hold numerous number ones include: The Beatles with 20 chart-toppers, Mariah Carey with 18, and Michael Jackson with 13.
After being in the pop music game for 13 years, Christina Aguilera is set to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl for the first time in Texas on Feb 6th. While the five-time Grammy-winner and “Burlesque” star will perform the anthem for the first time, she’s no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. She performed as part of the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2000, alongside Enrique Iglesias and Phil Collins. The Black Eyed Peas will perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Aguilera follows country superstar Carrie Underwood who performed the National Anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl event last year. “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson performed it the year before. Other stars who’ve performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the annual event include Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond.
Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Reportedly Working On Music Together. While the rumors between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were originally romantic, the spotlight has now turned to the two stars making music together. Kim and Kanye were both spotted at a recording studio in Culver City, CA. But when she took to Twitter, she wasn’t able to say much about what exactly she was working on. “OMG u guys have no idea what I’m doing today! You are gonna DIE!!!! OMGGGG I’m nervous!!!!!!” she tweeted that day. Kim is reportedly at work on an album and has already hit the studio with The-Dream, who produced hits for Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Kardashian’s pal Ciara. “Its going down in here!!! Will twitpic soon! I’m turning it ooooonnnn!!!!” she added later in the day. Whatever is going down, it’ll probably pop up on her new reality show, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York.” The new spin-off will feature appearances by Kanye as well as footage of Kim in the recording studio with The-Dream. Let’s see how well Kim’s music career will fare. Her former friend and fellow reality star Paris Hilton earned a top 10 album with “Paris” and two #1 dance singles, “Turn It Up” and “Stars Are Blind.”
Mariah Carey Officially Pregnant With Twins. Nick Cannon confirmed that his wife, Mariah Carey, is having twins! He shared the news on his 92.3 NOW morning radio show Thursday that it’s official and the first people to hear the news were none other than President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. That’s right. While performing for the First Family on TNT’s “Christmas in Washington,” airing this Friday, the President and his wife asked Mariah what she was having. “Because of the excitement, because of the emotion, she shared with the President and the First Lady that we are having twins,” Cannon said on his radio show. “Saying that we’ll even be able to share that story with our children that the first people that your mother told that you guys would be on this Earth together were the President of the United States and his wife is an awesome story,” Cannon continued. Cannon and Carey have stayed mum on the pregnancy per advice of the doctors. But after having a successful doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, Cannon was happy to reveal the news, though he’s not quite sure if he might get in trouble with Mariah for doing so. “We had another ultrasound last night and everything is A-okay,” Cannon said. “Both babies are healthy, in tip-top shape. The doctors were extremely happy, we’re extremely happy, so there you have it.”
Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez To Perform On Disney Christmas Day Parade Special. Disney has unwrapped the list of performers appearing on the upcoming “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” special. Joining Mickey and friends this year are Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, and Jackie Evancho, among others. Grammy Award-winner Mariah Carey makes her return to the special this year, performing her latest holiday hit “Oh Santa” as well as her modern Christmas classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Husband Nick Cannon serves as host from the Disneyland Resort in California, while Ryan Seacrest and Maria Menounos check in from Walt Disney World in Florida. Selena Gomez will appear to perform “Winter Wonderland,” while fellow Disney Channel star Debby Ryan performs “Deck the Halls” on the parade route. “Glee” star Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on the show, will also appear for a performance. Opera prodigy Jackie Evancho will perform “Pie Jesu” from her debut holiday set, while “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze will appear performing his version of “Little Drummer Boy.” Darius Rucker, Sean Kingston, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will also all appear. The Disney princes and princesses will join in for a dance, as will “Dancing with the Stars” alums Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Louis Van Amstel, and Chelsea Hightower for a jive. Travel Channel star Samantha Brown will appear from Disney’s new resort in Hawaii and as well as their new Disney Dream cruise ship. Also be on the lookout for a whole slew of Disney costumed characters, including Woody and Jesse from this year’s “Toy Story 3” and Phineas and Ferb from the hit Disney Channel show. This year’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” special airs Christmas Day on ABC. Check local listings or here for broadcast times.
Billboard reveal ‘Top Holiday Songs of Last Year’. Billboard magazine has come out with a list to get everyone thinking about their favorite holiday music. Posted on their website today is the 100 Hot Holiday Songs. The songs list was assembled using a formula that combines sales and airplay information from between October 5, 2009 and January 3, 2010. Now you may THINK they are playing Sleigh Ride for every third song on the radio but, in fact, there is quite a variety of music. All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, a song that has become a radio standard even though it was never released as a single, leads the list. It’s followed by the highest charting veteran artist, Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. 72 of the Hot 100 are performed by veteran artists and, in most of the 28 songs by modern artists, they are performing one of the more traditional songs that can still be heard in their original and new versions. Here’s the top ten for the last holiday season followed by all the other charting songs from veteran artists:
•1. All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
•2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
•3. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
•4. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
•5. Felice Navidad – Jose Feliciano
•6. Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
•7. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
•8. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
•9. Last Christmas – Wham!
•10. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
•13. Happy X-Mas (War is Over) – John Lennon
•16. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
•17. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
•18. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
•19. Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles
•21. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autrey
•24. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
•25. I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas – Gayla Peevy
•26. Merry Christmas Darling – Carpenters.
•27. Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
•28. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
•29. Jingle Bell Rock – Hall & Oates
•30. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
•31. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
•32. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
•33. Winter Wonderland – Eurythmics
•35. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
•36. Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
•37. The Chipmunk Song – Chipmunks
•38. This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
•40. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston
•41. The Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone Chorale
•44. Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
•45. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
•46. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
•49. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby
•50. Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season – Andy Williams
•51. Home For the Holidays – Carpenters
•52. Santa Baby – Madonna
•53. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5
•54. Carol of the Bells – David Foster
•55. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Mellencamp
•56. Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder
•57. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin & Martina McBride
•59. Winter Wonderland – Amy Grant
•60. Sleigh Ride – Ronettes
•61. Silent Night – Temptations
•62. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Johnny Mathis
•63. Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autrey
•64. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – James Taylor
•65. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Burl Ives
•66. The Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
•70. Mary, Did You Know – Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd
•71. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow – Dean Martin
•72. O Tannenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio
•74. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow – Aaron Neville
•75. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
•76. Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins
•77. Deck the Halls – Mannheim Steamroller
•79. Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
•82. Frosty the Snowman – Jimmy Durante
•84. Here Comes Santa Claus – Elvis Presley
•86. We Need a Little Christmas – Percy Faith Orchestra
•87. Christmas Wrapping – Waitresses
•88. Christmas in Hollis – Run-D.M.C.
•89. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
•90. Carol of the Bells – Mannheim Steamroller
•92. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Amy Grant
•94. Hawaiian Christmas Song – Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters
•95. Sleigh Ride – Carpenters
•96. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
•98. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Frank Sinatra & Cyndi Lauper
•99. Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
•100. Sleigh Ride – Air Supply
To see the full list and commentary on each track, go to the Billboard website.