Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has been sentenced to two weeks behind bars after being arrested for drunken driving last summer. The rocker pled guilty to DUI in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday as part of a plea deal with the Clark County District Attorney, according to our source. Neil, who owns a vineyard, a tequila company and a rock bar and grill called “Feelgoods,” in Las Vegas and West Palm Beach, Fla., will spend 15 days in jail followed by 15 days under house arrest. Last September, Neil was pulled over in his Lamborghini and found to have a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. But this is not the first time the heavy metal star has been in legal troubles. In late 1984 he was involved in a crash that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley and injured two others. Officials said Neil’s blood alcohol level measured 0.17 after the crash – 0.10 qualifies a driver as intoxicated. Neil was charged with drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter, and received a 30-day jail sentence for that accident. He also paid over $2 million in restitution and performed community service.
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.
Taylor Momsen usually makes headlines for her on-stage antics than her music. But regardless of what reason you’d have to check her out live, she’s heading to your town soon. The “Gossip Girl” star is hitting the road with her band The Pretty Reckless in support of their first full-length album, “Light Me Up.” The album will be released digitally on February 8th. The Pretty Reckless will kick off their tour on February 11th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. It’ll continue on through March 20th, when they wrap in Hartford, CT. Runner Runner will open for the band. 17-year-old Momsen garnered major attention last year when she flashed her breasts to a crowd while performing on-stage with her band on stage. She was also reportedly suspended from “Gossip Girl” for various reasons. Along with being rock band frontwoman and little Jenny Humphrey, Momsen is also the face of Madonna’s “Material Girl” line for Macy’s and John Galliano’s fragrance “parlez-moi d’amour” (Talk to me about love).
2011 Tour Dates
•February 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
•February 12 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
•February 14 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
•February 17 Austin, TX Stubb’s
•February 18 Houston, TX HOB Bronze Peacock
•February 19 Dallas, TX House of Blues Cambridge
•February 20 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
•February 22 St. Louis, MO Firebird
•February 23 Indianapolis, IN Earth House
•February 24 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
•February 25 Niagara Falls, NY Hard Rock Cafe
•February 26 Toronto, ON Tattoo Rock Parlour
•February 27 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
•March 2 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
•March 3 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
•March 4 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
•March 10 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
•March 11 Columbus, OH The Basement
•March 12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
•March 13 Pittsburgh, PA Club AE
•March 16 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
•March 17 Vienna VA Jammin Java
•March 18 Asbury Park, NJ Wonder Bar
•March 20 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
If you thought Jennifer Lopez was going to be fine with just sitting behind a desk on “American Idol,” you don’t know J.Lo. She just released a hot new track featuring Pitbull and is still planning on releasing her highly-anticipated new album. Lopez just released her brand new single, “On the Floor,” to radio, which Ryan Seacrest premiering the single first. The single, which samples the medley of “Lambada,” previously leaked online in an earlier demo version and quickly became a viral hit. “Dance the night away / Live your life / And stay young on the floor,” Lopez sings on the thumping club track, the single for her first new album since 2007’s “Brave.” The track sees her collaborating with RedOne, who produced the hits “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance” for Lady Gaga, and re-teaming with Pitbull, whom she collaborated with on the promo single “Fresh Out the Oven.” Release date information for the single on iTunes and the upcoming album have yet to be announced, but our first glimpse of Lopez on Idol will happen on Wednesday when the new season of “American Idol” premieres on Fox.
UK Music Sales Dip Further In 2010 But Digital Albums Hit The Mainstream. A third successive record year for singles and the emergence of a mainstream market for digital albums failed to halt a further overall decline in UK music sales in a market that remains heavily distorted by still-increasing levels of illegal downloading, new Official Charts Company data released today by the BPI confirmed.
Combined sales of digital and physical albums overall fell by 7.0% to 119.9m in 2010, with growth in digital sales failing to offset the decline in physical CD sales. Despite the encouraging digital albums sales of 21.0m, growing 30.6% on last year’s sales of 16.1m, the market for CD albums declined 12.4% to 98.5m from 112.5m in 2009.
The singles market recorded an all-time sales high of 161.8m, 5.9% up on 2009′s tally of 152.7m, reflecting the unparalleled choice and value on offer from the UK’s burgeoning digital music retail environment. 5.2m tracks were downloaded in the final week of 2010 – the first time weekly sales have surpassed 5m. Sales of digital single tracks represented 98.0% of overall singles sales, with CD singles only accounting for 1.9m sales, down on last year’s total of 2.5m.
Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, said, “2010 showed that the digital singles highs seen in the previous two years were no fluke – music fans continue to embrace the convenience, value and choice offered by legal download stores. The market for digital albums also went mainstream in 2010 with nearly a fifth of sales now coming from online services.
“Yet however encouraging it is to see the digital market grow, this must be seen against the bigger picture. Despite unprecedented demand for music, and strong innovation offering consumers new ways to access music online, legal downloads are unable to offset the decline in CD sales because they are dwarfed by illegal competition.
“We will continue to do everything we can to promote the legal market, but meaningful action to tackle illegal downloading remains absolutely critical if we are to stabilise British music sales, let alone return to growth. Without it, investment in new digital services and in British musical talent will begin to dry up.”
Tony Wadsworth, BPI Chairman, added, “Consumer choice for recorded music has never been greater – both in depth of catalogue and the many ways to buy it. It is now crucial that action to stem illegal downloading, incentivising continued investment in this popular art form, is implemented decisively and urgently.”
It was a solid year for British artists in the 2010 album charts. Take That’s Progress was crowned overall year-end album chart champion, selling more than 1.8m copies during 2010. It was boosted in part by first week sales of almost 520,000, making it the fastest-selling album of this millennium.
Including Take That, The Official Charts Company end-of-year artist album Top 10 boasted five placings from new and established British talent, including Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks (No.5), Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up (No.6), Florence & The Machine’s Lungs (No.8) and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (No.10).
While Pop and Urban titles dominated the bestsellers list, there were also big successes for Classical artist André Rieu – who had two albums in the year-end Top 30 – and Michael Bublé, whose Crazy Love (classified as MOR / Easy) was the second-biggest selling UK album overall.
Eminem featuring Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie sold 854,000 copies to become the UK’s No.1 single of 2010, narrowly seeing off a late challenge from X-Factor winner Matt Cardle’s single When We Collide which ended 2010 as the second biggest-selling single. Tinie Tempah also featured in the year-end Top 10 with his breakout hit Pass Out.
UK record companies and retailers worked hard during 2010 to make CDs available to consumers in record numbers of outlets on the high street. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) confirmed that over 6,600 stores stocked CDs in the run up to Christmas, compared to just over 4,600 at the beginning of 2010 – around 15% more than the 5,750 in 1999, music’s previous boom year.
Kylie Minogue Announces North American Tour Dates.Following her ultra-successful first tour of the States in 2009, Kylie Minogue is heading back to the U.S. for her brand new “Les Folies” Tour, in support of last year’s “Aphrodite” album. Minogue’s “Les Folies” Tour kicks off February 19th, 2011, in Denmark and will move on to dates all over Europe, including dates in Finland, Germany, France, and England before moving on to Asia and then to the highly-anticipated North American leg. She’ll kick off at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 28th and will hit cities like New York, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and Houston before wrapping up in Las Vegas on May 22nd. She’ll perform some of her biggest hits on what’s expected to be one of the most technologically advanced stage spectacles ever, including her two U.S. #1 dance hits off “Aphrodite,” “All the Lovers” and “Get Outta My Way.” “The reaction to ‘Aphrodite’ has been absolutely incredible and has inspired me and my creative team to develop a new show that will take all of us on a euphoric journey of joy, excitement and glamour,” Minogue said about the tour. “I can’t wait to get on the road and see all my fans in 2011.”
Kylie Minogue 2011 North American Tour Dates
•Apr 28 Montreal at Bell Centre
•Apr 29 Boston, MA at Agganis Arena
•Apr 30 Washington, D.C. at GMU Patriot Center
•May 02 New York, NY at Hammerstein Ballroom
•May 03 New York, NY at Hammerstein Ballroom
•May 06 Atlanta, GA at Fox Theatre
•May 07 Fort Lauderdale, FL at BankAtlantic Center
•May 08 Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live Orlando
•May 10 Houston, TX at Verizon Wireless Theatre
•May 18 Dallas, TX at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
•May 20 Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl
•May 21 San Francisco, CA at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
•May 22 Las Vegas, NV at Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace
Green Day release live DVD trailer. Green Day has put together an explosive trailer for their forthcoming live CD/DVD package. The Bay Area punks noted a while back that they’d be releasing a mammoth live DVD from the shows on their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. There are reports that it will also contain a DVD from their two Japan shows and judging by the faces in the crowd and Billy Joe Armstrong yelling ‘Tokyo!’ at the end of the spectacular trailer below, we’ll pretty much confirm that. The shows looked amazing: flames, fireworks confetti cannons, and a monster light show. The DVD, artfully titled Awesome As F**k, will be released March 15 and they’re offering preorders already
New Britney Spears Single “Hold It Against Me” Premieres In January. Don’t hold it against her, but all eyes will be on Britney Spears again when she releases the first single off her upcoming new album next week. The track, “Hold It Against Me,” is the first taste fans of the pop princess will get of her seventh studio album and the first since 2008’s “Circus.” The track will appropriately premiere on January 7th, 2011. “It’s produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin,” Z100 New York program director Sharon Dastur told Entertainment Weekly. “And the beat that they give her is really unique compared to other artists – this infectious bass beat beneath the song. Plus, the hook is just amazing.” Dr. Luke and Max Martin both serve as executive producers on Spears’ latest effort. Dr. Luke also worked on Spears’ “Circus” single, while Martin is responsible for Spears’ first #1 hit, “…Baby One More Time,” and her last, 2009’s “3.” Also confirmed to have worked on material for Spears’ new album are Bloodshy and Avant, who also worked on her hits “Toxic” and “Piece of Me,” Danja, who produced her singles “Gimme More” and “Break the Ice,” and Darkchild, who remixed her single “Overprotected” and produced her cover of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Spears tweeted earlier this month that the album is due in March and she added, “I am in L-O-V-E with it!”
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.”
Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010. Say what you will about the state of the economy, but it was harder to score a ticket to the biggest shows of the year than ever. Selling out arenas and venues all over the US, our readers couldn’t get enough of these music stars on stage. After hundreds of votes, these are the Top 10 Live Acts of 2010.
Top Live Acts of 2010
The Florida rockers performed their farewell tour this Spring, disbanding after eight years and five studio albums, bringing other great bands Deas Vail and Person L along with them for the bittersweet ride.
With a jaw-dropping “Glitter in the Air” performance at the Grammys early in the year, Pink kept up her high-flying stunts during her overseas Funhouse Summer Carnival tour which made her the only female artist selling out stadiums this year.
8. Pretty Reckless
However you see her, foul-mouthed brat or teenage provocateur Taylor Momsen, who flashed her 17-year-old breasts to the audience during a Pretty Reckless show earlier this year, has made her and her band seem like Courtney Love Jr. and Hole-lite.
7. Adam Lambert
The “American Idol” almost-winner set out on his first headlining tour this year, giving fans all the glitter, glam, and throaty wailing they could hope for.
The Hayley Williams-fronted rockers set out on a headlining tour in support of last year’s “Brand New Eyes,” which included plenty of cell phone-lit renditions of their hit “The Only Exception.”
Before she was the “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna was on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, performing hits off last year’s “Rated R” and her mega-hit “Umbrella.”
4. The Black Eyed Peas
Though it was their “E.N.D.” tour, the Black Eyed Peas showed absolutely no signs of slowing down this year. They spent nearly the entire year selling out arenas worldwide while performing their latest #1 hits, including “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
The Colombian pop princess earned one of the biggest international hits this year with the World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (Time For Africa)” and one of its biggest tours, in support of her latest album “Sale El Sol.”
Robyn released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year with “Body Talk” and her North American outings this year, where she performed singles like “Dancing On My Own” and “Hang With Me” to a throng of sing-along crowds, had Billboard calling her “one of the greatest pop performers of this decade.”
1. Lady Gaga
The “Bad Romance” singer kicked off the year with one leg of her “Monster Ball Tour” and is closing out 2010 with yet another. Continuing on through 2011, the tour will finally wrap in May after 200 performances. Performing hits off “The Fame,” “The Fame Monster,” and soon to be amended with material off her upcoming “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga continues to mesmerize her little monsters with one of the biggest tours of the year, enough to be voted as the #1 Live Act of 2010.
Jenny McCarthy Calls It Quits With Boyfriend. Blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy is a single woman again. The former playboy model and television actress has called it quits with her boy toy Jason Toohey. McCarthy, who famously dated actor Jim Carrey for five years, broke up with Toohey after a short, four-month courtship. Rumor has it the Las Vegas-based body builder couldn’t handle McCarthy’s fame and life in the limelight. According to In Touch Weekly, a source close to the star says: “He couldn’t handle her fame and the amount of attention she received, so she ended it.” It’s been said that McCarthy ended the relationship soon after she presented at the American Music Awards on Nov. 21. A rep for the model mom confirms the break up by adding, “They are on good terms and will remain friends.”
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