Britney Spears has a track with a “rock feel” which features Travis Barker on ‘Femme Fatale’. The ‘Hold It Against Me’ hitmaker worked with the heavily tattooed Blink-182 drummer on a track for her forthcoming album, which producer Rodney Jerkins describes as “out of her norm”.
He told MTV: “I’m really excited. I did two songs on her album, and one of the songs I did, I brought in Travis Barker.
“It’s got this rock feel which is out of the box, out of my norm, and I think it’s out of her norm as well. We had a great time making this record.”
Rodney – who has previously worked with artists including Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles and Spice Girls – also told how Britney had a lot of input on the tracks, saying she was “very hands-on” and is “a top-notch veteran pro at this now.”
Britney has herself previously described the album as “moody, edgy pop with a lot of energy.”
Travis has most recently been in the studio working with Blink-182 on their comeback album, their first since their self titled fifth album in 2003.
Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011. Following the news that Dave Grohl has been awarded the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award, NME is excited and proud to announce that Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011 at Wembley Arena on Friday February 25th. Thousands of Foo fans will enjoy a triumphant set, in what will be their first arena gig of 2011. As well as the classics, fans will be treated to previously unheard material from the band’s hotly anticipated new studio album. Commenting on the Godlike Genius Award commemorated by the Foo Fighters’ headline slot on this amazing evening, Dave Grohl said: ‘ don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do… In truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.’ Joining Foo Fighters for this unique one-night-only event will be the greatest voice in American music today, Cee Lo Green. Having set the internet alight in 2010 with ‘F*** You’, one of the year’s most controversial and popular singles, and his critically lauded album ‘Lady Killer’, Cee Lo Green is sure to pull out all the stops for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig. Cee Lo commented: ”m so excited man, any Cee Lo show is good, but Cee Lo and Foo Fighters, it’s going to be off the hook.’ Tickets for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig go on sale exclusively from www.nme.com/tickets on Wednesday 19th January at 9am, before remaining tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st January at 9am. Ticket price is £40 (plus booking fee), which includes a free copy of a 100-page special NME Dave Grohl magazine worth £4.99.
Primal Scream reveal that Kylie Minogue wanted to work with them. The Australian singer ‘ who has previously collaborated with artists including Nick Cave and Manic Street Preachers ‘ approached the ‘Loaded’ hitmakers to write a track for her, but the group were having too many problems to accept. Frontman Bobby Gillespie revealed: ‘We met her twice ‘ at a photoshoot and then she came to a gig in Australia. She was lovely. ‘ think she was looking for us to write a song for her and make a record with her. But we were having problems even writing songs for ourselves at that point. So it never happened.’ Primal Scream ‘ who were previously famed for their drink and drug-fuelled partying ‘ recently marked 25 years since the release of their first single ‘All Fall Down’ but the group are surprised their career has lasted so long. Asked if he ever expected the group to be around 25 years, 48-year-old Bobby admitted to Q magazine: ‘ didn’t think I’d be alive then. I probably didn’t want to be alive. Seriously. ‘So the answer is no. But I always knew we were good. It was always a serious thing. It wasn’t like a part-time thing before you go back to doing a real job.
Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak. Global pop superstar Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak by becoming the first female artist in 11 years to score three No. 1 singles from the same album on Billboard’s Hot 100. ‘Firework,’ the third single from her Grammy-nominated No. 1 album Teenage Dream, claims the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Digital Songs chart this week, following on the heels of Katy’s two previous No. 1 singles ‘California Gurls’ and ‘Teenage Dream.’ Katy also hit No. 1 with ‘ Kissed A Girl,’ which held the top spot for seven weeks in the summer of 2008. On December 2nd, it was announced that Katy had been nominated for four 2011 Grammy Awards: ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Teenage Dream, ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for the single ‘Teenage Dream,’ and ‘Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals’ for ‘California Gurls.’ She was nominated in 2009 for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for ‘ Kissed A Girl’ and in 2010 for ‘Hot N Cold’ from her 2008 debut album One of the Boys. Katy has won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors. Katy recently performed during ABC’s telecast of The American Music Awards (she was nominated for three, including ‘Artist of the Year’) and CBS’sThe Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She will also perform on the CBS special A Home For The Holidays, which airs at 10 PM, ET/PT on December 22nd. Over the past year, Katy has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Seventeen, and Lucky. She appeared on the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar and will be on Maxim’s January cover, which hits stands on December14th. Katy’s California Dreams 2011 World Tour kicks off in Europe in February before hitting Australia and Japan in May, followed by North America in the summer. The tour has also been extended for 12 arena dates in the UK/Ireland in October/November.
Kropp Circle is a super-charged pop-rock band out of Las Vegas and possibly the best new youth band in America. Kropp Circle comprises three over-achieving musical brothers who write their own songs based on their life experiences—and although one could argue that they’ve lived a short slice of life—their songs prove they are paying attention. With their eyes wide open and their minds engaged, displaying skill and pathos beyond their years, Kropp Circle has a voice, has something to say, and says it with conviction. Join the circle and listen. Kropp circle is an American pop band, consisting of the three brothers Sebastian (17)-guitar, Remington-piano (16), and Emerson-drums (13). On November 16th, 2009 they released 3 songs on Amazon: “Feel”, “Who we really are” and “Fade Away”. Kropp Circle are featured on Radio Disney, a nominee for Disney N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) and also known in the UK for being “one of the top 5 Finalists in both the Rock and Pop categories of the prestigious Peoples Music Awards”. The three Brothers were influenced by artists like Stevens, INXS, Coldplay, Hanson, Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz. After attending a Hanson concert the three brothers decided to form a band.
Justin Bieber ‘First Step 2 Forever’ is out this week. Justin Bieber wishes he could go back to having a ‘normal’ life. The teen pop star is one of the most famous people on the planet but he admits it would be fantastic to be able to escape the limelight and spend some time relaxing at home with his mother Pattie in Canada. In his upcoming autobiography ‘First Step 2 Forever’, Justin revealed: ‘Now that I’m here, I sometimes wish I could just go back home and chill. ‘But if I was at home and I wasn’t doing this, I’d wish that I was in this position.’ Justin’s parents Pattie and Jeremy separated before his first birthday and although he always wanted to have a regular upbringing when he was younger, the 16-year-old singer now appreciates his childhood. He explained: ‘When I was little I longed for a ‘normal’ life with a ‘normal’ family. Mom worked her b**t off at whatever job she could get to keep a roof over our heads. There no luxuries but it never occurred to me that we were poor. We had each other, which was everything.’ Justin’s autobiography ‘First Step 2 Forever’ is out this week.
Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour. Far East Movement, a band also known by the name of just FM, will kick off their “Up In The Air” tour on September 13th in Anaheim, CA with Mike Posner. The group’s first single “Like A G6″ is currently #12 overall on iTunes Top Songs and #5 on iTunes Top Pop Songs. The song is also still climbing on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart(last placed at #41) and is #25 on the country’s digital song sales chart. FM’s members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J Splif and DJ Virman started the band in Los Angeles where they’ve already had a #1 song at radio with the hit “Girls On The Dance Floor.” Their music bridges the gap between underground club and mainstream hip-hop and pop music. They’ve coined the term ‘Free Wired’ to describe their lifestyle and sound that blends elements of Hip-Hop, Pop, Electro and Dance. “We want people at our shows to feel free to let loose and ‘geek out’ however the feel comfortable. Our music and lifestyle is about making sure everyone is having a good time,” states Kev Nish. Far East Movement have already taken the Los Angeles club scene global; they’ve already done two world tours, including recent stints with Lady Gaga, N*E*R*D, Robyn/Kelis and LMFAO. The ‘Free Wired’ debut album will also feature appearances from Ryan Tedder, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Pitbull and Lil’ Jon.
Elton John and Leon Russell collaboration first listen. Songs from the upcoming Leon Russell and Elton John collaboration `The Union` have started hitting the web. Two tracks, ‘I Should Have Sent Roses’ and and the first single ‘If It Wasn’t For The Bad’ have been released online via the Elton John Corporation. ‘The Union’ was recorded live in the studio and covers multiple music genres like gospel, soul, country, pop and rock. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album marks a unique collabo ation with the two musicians who met when Leon attended Elton’s show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1970. “In the late ’60s and early ’70s, the one piano player and vocalist who influenced me more than anybody else was Leon Russell,” Elton said in a statement. “He was my idol.” The pair toured together soon after but then lost touch for decades. “Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him,” Russell said. “I’m very happy that he chose me to do this.” The duelling piano players will perform together on November 3, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium. ‘The Union’ album will be released on October 19.
Lady Gaga says being gay is not a choice. The 23-year-old singer, who has previously discussed her own bisexuality at length, believes homosexual men and women are ‘born’ that way. Gaga – who claims her new video ‘Telephone’ is ‘groundbreaking’ because she showcases of different types of sexuality in the nine-minute promo – said: ‘There are transsexual women and transgender women and suddenly it becomes poisonous and something else because there are some people in this world that believe being gay is a choice. It’s not a choice, we’re born this way. ‘That’s why for me this video is groundbreaking because it has one foot in the art community and one foot in the commercial world.’ The ‘Paparazzi’ singer stars in the video with Beyonce Knowles – who also lends her vocals to the track – and prior to recording Gaga promised Beyonce it would be a classic. She added in an interview 2Day FM’s Kyle and Jackie O radio show: ‘I told Beyonce this after it aired, you’ll see this video is not just great now but six months from now what this video will mean. ‘Hearing people say the video is sadomasochistic or that the video promotes murder for young people, it’s my personal belief that the video is getting so much attention, not because of those themes because I’ve done those themes before, haven’t I? ‘I’ve done those themes in many of my videos but it’s because it’s with Beyonce and it’s because there are so many homosexual themes.’ In the video Gaga kisses a female prison warden, is broken out of jail by Beyonce, kills someone and makes a poisoned sandwich for a group of truckers. In the past the eccentric pop star has admitted she could easily fall in love with a woman. She said: ‘Of course. There are no rules or limits when it comes to love. But I see love as separate from sex.’
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Rolling Stone goes behind the scenes—and tags along in a private jet—for its cover story on the U2360° Tour (aka “the biggest rock tour of all time”), which is comprised of a 170-ton stage carted around by 200 trucks, 250 speakers, almost 400 employees—and $750,000 a day in overhead costs. The band is eager to “engage and try and do something different,” says Edge.
But it’s not all about the tour: Bono also discusses rock stardom in 2009, calling Jay-Z “a pioneer” who is helping to create a “porous culture, where there’s much more crosstown traffic.” He goes on to speculate, “In this age of celebrity and pop stardom, maybe it’s a sensible thing to question the values of being a pop star. Radiohead, Pearl Jam, a lot of people, who maybe had more sense than us, rejected it.”