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Lady Gaga has vowed to perform "alone" if she has to in Jakarta.
The "Judas" hitmaker's Indonesian show - set to be the biggest in her Born This Way Ball tour's Asian leg - is in jeopardy after protests from hard line religious groups led police to refuse a license for it to go ahead, but she has not given up hope of staging a show in the nation.
"The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence. If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone (sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.
Islamic groups have protested against Gaga's sexualized image, provocative dance moves and allegations she could undermine the country's moral fiber. However, fans who have tickets for the show at the 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno stadium on Sunday were given hope when a key religious group, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said it was re-examining its opposition to the concert today after police said they would issue a license if Gaga can get backing from MUI and the Religious Affairs Ministry.
Robin Gibb has died. The Bee Gees singer has passed away after a battle with cancer aged 62. His family, including wife, Dwina, brother, Barry, daughter Melissa, 37, and sons Spencer, 39, and Robin-John, 29, had been keeping a vigil at his bedside at a hospital in London in recent weeks.
"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time," said a statement released by relatives.
Robin had surgery on his bowel last year for an unrelated condition, but a tumor was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and then liver. He was recently thought to be in remission, but his condition worsened when he was diagnosed with pneumonia last month.
In February Robin told how he felt "fantastic" and had made spectacular progress in his cancer battle, and even returned to the stage, receiving a standing ovation when he appeared at a London Palladium charity concert supporting injured servicemen and women with The Soldiers, performing Bee Gees tracks "How Deep Is Your Love" and "I've Gotta Get A Message To You."
Donna Summer has died at the age of 63. The "Last Dance" singer passed away this morning in Florida after a battle with cancer. According to gossip website TMZ, the Queen of Disco had attempted to keep the extent of her illness from fans and was recently trying to finish up her latest album.
Donna was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the Billboard chart. She also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period.
Donna, who was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in 1948, married actor Helmuth Sommer in 1973 before giving birth to the couple's daughter Mimi later that year. Although the marriage crumbled in 1975, she kept an altered version of her ex's surname to use as her stage name. She married Brooklyn Dreams musician Bruce Sudano in 1980 and the couple went on to have two daughters, Brooklyn, born in 1981 and Amanda the following year. In 1994, the family moved from Los Angeles to Nashville where Donna took time out from showbusiness to focus on painting but had recently returned to the recording studio.
Vampire Weekend have "many songs" ready for their third album.
The "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" group are working on their next album and plotting to take their sound into uncharted territory. "The goal is to do something new with each record. I like the idea of being able to do your own thing, and then also coming together and making a band record," said bassist Chris Baio, who is also preparing his first solo release.
However, the group have no definite release date for the record, with Chris adding, "It'll be done when it's done. That's where it is now."
Chris' solo tracks are much more influenced by dance music, and he says he started the project as soon as he got off the road with Vampire Weekend, which also includes Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Tomson.
"I've loved dance music for a long time. When I got off the road, I knew I would have some time off. It affects me badly if I'm just sitting around, so I just started making music straight away," he added to NME magazine.
The Wanted is in talks to tour with Chris Brown this summer. The group revealed that they have spoken to the singer about joining him for the North American leg of his tour in July. Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Max George, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes hope the exposure will introduce them to the urban market.
"Scooter - our manager - told us the other week that they'd spoke. We met Chris Brown - he came in and saw us at the studio when we were rehearsing - and he was actually really sound. He said he liked our music and stuff. He'd spoke to Scooter since then and said he'd love to do a song with us so who knows? If it's the right song then we'll do it," Max told radio station Capital FM.
"There's talk about us, he's got his American tour coming up in July, maybe we'll go on that for a few shows which will be cool. Hitting that urban market - The Wanted go urban," Tom added.
Drake has no interest in making dance music. The 25-year-old rapper insists he would rather make a club track with "integrity and soul" than collaborate with artists such as French producer David Guetta.
"For me, the David Guetta stuff just doesn't work. I don't really wanna go there. There's other artists, that's their sound. They feel in order to thrive internationally that they gotta do straightforward, four on the flour, David Guetta, Pitbull music. For me, I'd rather go to somebody like Jamie xx and tell him, 'Look, I really wanna turn the club upside down, but I wanna do it with integrity, with soul.'"
The Darkness are hoping to collaborate with Lady Gaga. The "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" hitmakers are set to support the pop superstar on her forthcoming Born This Way Ball tour and are hoping it will lead to entering the studio with the star.
"We were chosen by her. She had a shortlist of artists available and she didn't like any of them, so she chose us instead. Will we collaborate? I'm sure there's a cover we could do. It would be quite vaudevillian and spectacular," said the group's frontman Justin Hawkins.
Adele is up for 18 Billboard Music awards.
The "Someone Like You" hitmaker leads the nominations with her huge haul which includes Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist while her single "Rolling In The Deep" is a contender in seven song categories.
LMFAO received 17 nominations, while Rihanna - who was nominated in 18 categories last year - made the shortlist for 13 awards. Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne both received nods in 10 different categories and each will compete against Adele, Rihanna and Katy Perry for the prestigious Top Artist prize. Nominees for the Top New Artist gong include Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster The People, Scotty McCreery and Wiz Khalifa.
The awards - which features many additional categories - celebrate artists who have appeared in the Billboard charts between the end of February 2011 and March this year, with winners determined by album, single and digital sales, touring, streaming and data from social websites such as Facebook and Myspace. The Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20.
Pop star Lady Gaga took home four awards from the MTV EMAs in Belfast, Northern Ireland last night. The eccentric singer, who performed while sitting on a moon sculpture, picked up gongs in four out of the six categories she was nominated for to win Best Female, Best Song and Best Video for "Born This Way," and Biggest Fan, a brand new award that celebrates artists with the most committed fanbase.
Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and 30 Seconds to Mars each won two awards with "Baby" hitmaker Justin winning Best Male and Best Pop, Jared Leto's band picking up Best World Stage and Best Alternative gongs and Bruno taking home awards for Best Push and Best New Artist.
The surprise win of the night went to Korean boyband BigBang, who beat off competition from acts including Britney Spears to take home Best Worldwide Act while Eminem picked up the Best Hip Hop artist. Katy Perry was presented with the award for Best Live Act and Linkin Park were voted as Best Rock, while Jessie J presented a moving video tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.
If you didn't watch American Idol's lengthy, two-hour results show on Thursday, you missed the newest Jennifer Lopez video. Idol's new judge debuted her music video for "On the Floor" sometime after the eliminations and before the wildcard performances, but we cut out all that nonsense to bring you the important part: the J-Lo video. Watch it in its entirety above.
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