Alicia Keys - who teamed with Jay-Z on “Empire State of Mind” - has named a few other artists she’d like to collaborate with.
“Working with other people is definitely something I want to do more of. I love it a lot. It takes me out of my element into a whole other world. I’d love to collaborate with Kings Of Leon and M.I.A. I think would be crazy,” she said.
Alicia has previously worked with Whitney Houston, co-writing her hit single “Million Dollar Bill,” and Jack White on the James Bond theme “Another Way To Die.”
Susan Boyle may be in the running to record the next James Bond theme song. The Scottish star is said to be thrilled at the prospect of being chosen for the film, which is due out in 2011.
Monty Norman, composer of the classic 007 theme music, thinks Susan would be a “great” choice. “They’ll think seriously because she’s got the right kind of sweeping voice,” he said. Lee Pfeiffer co-author of The Essential James Bond book, described Susan as “a throwback to those great days when the likes of Dame Shirley Bassey would be asked to sing.”
-Def Leppard, the cartoon? The rockers are currently in talks to develop an animated series about themselves. Other branding opportunities, including cell phone apps and videogames, are on the table.
-Want to help out the recovering Rivers Cuomo? Then contribute a demo for Weezer’s new song “Shusui.”
-Guitarist John Frusciante has announced that he has officially left the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He claims his decision was based on different musicals interests, not drama.
-MTV News has just declared Lady Gaga their Woman of the Year. Does Kanye West have anything to say about that?
-A Michael Jackson tribute concert has officially been called off. Organizers, including Jermaine Jackson, were never able to secure headlining acts.
The Black Eyed Peas are about to undertake their first arena tour but band member Taboo said that the group will not be spending excessive time practicing.
“The thing is about our group is we never rehearse. That’s always been our thing. I know it sounds weird and it sounds funny for such a big tour,” he revealed. “I know we have a couple of rehearsals in Vegas, so, hopefully we’ll be able to knock it out in a month.”
Despite their lack of prep time, Taboo is promising fans something special. “There’s a lot of things that we’re putting into this tour that we’re not used to. We’re glad to be stepping up into the world of a big arena tour,” he added.
Discussing the band’s huge success, Taboo said that they had all “come such a long way.” He told LiveDaily.com: “The dreams keep on becoming realities for us. We’re grateful to have our fifth album be our biggest album to date.”
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John Lydon - also known as the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten - has accused two hugely successful bands of lacking “heart and soul.”
“Coldplay and Radiohead bug the hell out of me because it’s so soulless. It just seems pointless. It’s nice but it’s tosh. They don’t care about you. They care about lining their coffers,” he fumed to BBC radio station 6 Music. “There’s nothing about heart and soul, they don’t know about heart and soul, they don’t know about people dying, living and aspiring.”
The punk singer’s offhand opinion may not be entirely founded, as Radiohead famously released their last album, In Rainbows, to fans on a pay-what-you-like basis - with many choosing to pay nothing.
Kelly Clarkson says she has started work on a new LP and is promising a dramatically different direction to her previous efforts.
“We’re already working on it but it’s probably not going to hit until, like, the fourth quarter of next year - around Christmas next year,” she said. “There’s still some like singer/songwriter stuff on the album, but there’s… I don’t know. It’s almost like Garbage-meets-pop-meets-Muse. It’s a little different.”
However, Kelly also said that she is still in the early stages of the recording process. “I don’t know how it’s going to end up. Who knows?” she said. “It always ends up being something completely different,” the singer added to Q100 radio.
In between working on her own album, Kelly is also attempting to pen tracks for other musicians. “So we’ve been writing for other artists but then I end up liking it so much that I can’t give them away,” Clarkson admitted.
“If I’m good, I’ll get my gift. I wanna take a ride with old St. Nick…”
If she’s willing to write songs for Michael Bolton, is a holiday CD really such a ridiculous thought?
In this commercial for her Ra-Ga-Ga Christmas album, you can hear “Lady Gaga” perform several new tracks including “Bad Snowmans,” “Love Sleigh” and “Ho Ho Ho-ker Face.”
Those who pre-order will also get a special Hanukkah offering from “Taylor Swift.”
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Benny Andersson never expected ABBA to make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Swedish foursome will join the prestigious roll of honor much to the surprise of the “Waterloo” hitmakers. The musical group join The Hollies, The Stooges, Genesis and Jimmy Cliff in the upcoming induction.
“I didn’t think this would happen, because we were a pop band, not a rock band. Being a foreigner from the North Pole, this feels really good,” Andersson said.
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There was a time when Stephen Colbert worked alongside Jon Stewart as a correspondent for The Daily Show. Now, he’s got his own show. So what’s next for the funnyman? How about rapping?
On last night’s broadcast of the The Colbert Report, the host joined Alicia Keys for a rendition of “Empire State of Mind.” Does Jay-Z have anything to worry about? Watch for yourself.
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-Apparently retirement didn’t sit with Garth Brooks very well. The country singer began a lengthy stay as the Wynn Hotel’s headliner this weekend.
-Can Jennifer Lopez stay on her feet this time? Find out when the “Louboutins” singer and Mary J. Blige perform on So You Think You Can Dance’s season finale this Wednesday.
-Def Leppard’s former manager, Trudy Green, is suing the band and their accountant for non-payment. Love hurts.
-Billboard recently charted the top One-Hit Wonders of the decade. Somebody out there is having a really “Bad Day.”
-Speaking of the decade, Newsweek chose their Best Albums of the past ten years. Anyone else surprised by the Kelly Clarkson mention?
-Although they already have two children together, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and his girlfriend, Jill McCormick, are finally getting around to that wedding thing. The longtime couple became engaged a week ago.
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