Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Kylie Minogue are to be dropped by their label.
Troubled British record company EMI is undergoing a takeover by Universal Music Group, and the European Commission ruled today it can go ahead on condition it sells off most of its smaller record labels.
Acts who will now find themselves without a parent label include David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Gorillaz, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Duran Duran, who are all signed to Parlophone. Chrysalis - home to Depeche Mode and Moby - will also have to go, as will Mute, home to the Ramones and Jethro Tull.
One act EMI will be keep are The Beatles, a hugely lucrative band, who still sell millions of albums even though they split in 1970.
LMFAO have split up. The duo - made up of Redfoo and Sky Blu - have decided to break up after drifting apart and going in different directions.
"I think that we naturally just started hanging with two different sets of people, two different crowds, but we're always family. He'll always be my nephew, I'll always be his uncle. I feel like we've been doing this for so long, five or six years. And we're kind of like saying, well, let's just do what's natural and just kind of explore that, instead of like forcing it all the time," Redfoo said.
Redfoo will now be focusing on his solo material but insists it will still have a LMFAO-feel to it. "All the music that I'm going to make is always going to be LMFAO-ish... I love all the topics that we talk about. I was really passionate about bringing party music to the world, so I will always be making some kind of party music," Redfoo added.
No Doubt say their music is a series of "accidents and mistakes." The "Just a Girl" hitmakers have never had a specific plan when it comes to recording music and admit their new album Push and Shove was created by trial and error.
"We don't know what we're doing. Everything's basically a series of accidents and mistakes," singer Gwen Stefani jokingly told MTV News. Tony Kanal, the band's bassist, added, "Honestly ... we just make music that we love and we want to play. We get inspired by something, and we kind of go with it."
One Direction was the big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. The X Factor 2010 contestants scooped up three prizes at the ceremony in Los Angeles, California.
Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan won Most Share-Worthy Video, and Best Pop Video for their track "What Makes You Beautiful" and Best New Artist. The boys dedicated their Best Pop Video gong to their fans and joked about their clumsy ways after a mishap. "This one's for our fans, you're amazing. This one's for you," Niall told the audience. Liam joked, "We've had this award two seconds and we've already broken it."
Usher kicked off the iTunes festival in London last night.
The "Yeah!" hitmaker got the party started on the opening night of the month-long free festival at the city's Roundhouse venue with a hit packed set and his trademark super-smooth dance moves. The muscular singer may have slipped up as he performed "You Make Me Wanna," but after a cheeky suggestion from his backing dancers, did 40 push-ups for the crowd to make up for it.
The singer's set featured hits including "Burn," "OMG," "Climax," "Scream" and his collaboration with David Guetta, "Without You."
Lindsay Lohan will appear in Lady Gaga's next video.
The controversial actress is set to star in the promo after with her new friend Gaga, who she spent time with at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood recently. "Lady Gaga and Lindsay caused a stir last month when they had their 'sleepover' at the Chateau. And now it turns out that Lindsay will be starring in Gaga's new video from her upcoming album," a source told The New York Post.
Christina Aguilera is working on a dance music comeback track.
The "Genie in a Bottle" singer is preparing to make her comeback in August, with a song produced by Max Martin, who has previously written hits for Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.
A source told Billboard.com that the unnamed track is based around the chorus line, "All I want to do is what you wanted." Christina's last album, Bionic, was released in 2010 but was only a moderate success by the star's standards. However, she since she has contributed eight tracks to the soundtrack to the film "Burlesque" - which she also starred in - and appeared on Maroon 5's huge single "Moves Like Jagger" last year.
Christina - who is also a mentor on reality show The Voice - has previously told of her plans to release new music before the end of 2012: "I've been in the studio, hard at work. Different producers I'm working with have just excited me so much and have given me amazing tracks and beats and material I've been writing to. It's gonna come out later this year, and I'm very, very excited to share it with my fans, finally."
Black Eyed Peas song "My Humps" has been named as having the worst lyrics in dance music.
The group's 2005 single received more than twenty per cent of votes cast in a poll of clubbers by GlobalGathering festival. The song contains the repetitive line, "My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps." The song reached number three in the UK singles chart when it was released but it seems the public don't look back on it fondly.
In second place clubbers voted "Nassaja" by German outfit Scooter, with its nonsensical line, "It's not a bird, it's not a plane. It must be Dave who's on the train."
The top three was completed by the 90's dance-pop group Vengaboys with their song "Up and Down," which simply repeats the words "up" and "down" over and over again.
Lady Gaga's next album will have a "tremendous lack of maturity."
The "Judas" singer's last record, Born This Way, incorporated grown up lyrical themes - including addressing homosexuality on the title track and her grandfather's death on "The Edge of Glory" - but she is planning her next album to be more lighthearted.
Speaking during a performance in Perth, Australia, yesterday, she told the crowd, "Let's just say I feel that when I wrote Born This Way, I demonstrated a sense of maturity. And I feel that, on the next album, there's a lack of maturity. It's a tremendous lack of maturity or sense of responsibility."
Gaga has already debuted one new track, "Lady Die," which has proved controversial because of its lyrics, which appear to reference Diana, Princess of Wales' tragic death in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Florence and the Machine are working on a dance music side project.
The indie band - fronted by singer Florence Welch - have secretly been making "weird" dance records in their spare time, but she is unsure if it will be released.
"We actually have a dance outfit side project called Side Project. We made this weird house track that sounded quite churchy - to be confirmed! As yet it has never seen the light of day," she said.
Florence also said she was pleased with DJ Calvin Harris' remix of their recent single "Spectrum," as it had caught the perfect balance between happy and sad which she is looking for: "I'm such a huge fan of his. What I enjoy about Calvin's songs is that he has that blend of euphoric and melancholic which as an artist he has managed to perfect. It's that mix of catchy and sad - that feeling of complete joy but something tugging at your insides. That's what makes a great pop song and I really think he's coined that."
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