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Britney Spears has hired a vocal coach ahead of her "top secret" announcement.
The "Ooh La La" singer has been teasing fans by adding a countdown to her website for a mysterious revelation that will be shared in 15 days time, but just two weeks before she announces her news, the blonde beauty has been having regular sessions with her voice instructor and working with a choreographer.
"Britney has been using a vocal coach and going to regular sessions and has also been working hard with her choreographer in preparation for what's coming up! With album eight on its way and a rumored Las Vegas residency in the pipeline, eagle-eyed fans have spotted that all of Britney's social networks have adopted a blacked-out theme... the mystery continues!" Britney's publicists said.
Meanwhile, Charli XCX - who co-wrote and featured on Icona Pop's number one hit "I Love It" earlier this year - previously said she has written a song for Britney's new album. "I've been doing some writing for the Britney record. I was freaking out. I didn't even want to go to the session I was so excited. I was so worried I would f**k it up. I was doing some stuff for that yesterday actually. Who knows how it will go. We've written one song and it's a great track and if she likes it then amazing. It was just an honour to be asked," she said previously.
Kanye West has reportedly been paid around $3 million for a show in Kazakhstan.
The rapper was invited by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and performed at his grandson's wedding on Saturday night. According to gossip site TMZ, Kanye was given a huge payday - in the region of $3 million - for the concert, which featured big hits like "Can't Tell Me Nothing."
In the past, the star has shown his determination to use his wealth to fund the protection of his partner Kim Kardashian and their daughter North. It was previously revealed he had invested over $1.5 million on anti-kidnap cars to keep his family safe, and it is said caring for the pair is his main "priority." An insider said, "Kanye is fully aware that his new family is so high-profile they attract the attention of weirdos and psychopaths. He aims to leave nothing to chance. His priority is to get delivery of the vehicles, especially Kim's, before he begins his US tour in October."
Katy Perry is featured on John Mayer's new album.
The pop princess has recorded a duet with her on/off boyfriend - whom she got back together with recently after their initial split in March - for his sixth studio album, Paradise Valley. The country-inspired track is called "Who You Love" and is a soulful mid-tempo number, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
The news comes after Katy gave a playful wink and joked, "We're doing a lot of collaborating," when quizzed whether there was any chance of her writing a song with the "Your Body is a Wonderland" hitmaker during her appearance at the Smurfs 2 premiere last month.
John has also teamed up with Frank Ocean for his new LP on a short and poetic song entitled "Wildfire." He previously featured on the hip-hop star's track "Pyramids."
A new tape has surfaced of Kanye West ranting after the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
The "New Slaves" rapper famously interrupted Taylor Swift as she gave her acceptance speech for Best Video for "You Belong With Me" at the event, with a speech on why he felt Beyonce should have won. A recording has now emerged in which Kanye bizarrely seems to explains his actions were because he spent time re-writing his verse in Jay-Z and Rihanna collaboration "Run This Town," which was released earlier that year.
According to Gawkeronline.com, Kanye says, "I wrote my f***ing 'Run This Town' verse for a f***ing month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake s**t, I went back and rewrote my s**t for two days. I cancelled appointments to rewrite! I f***ing care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyonce!"
Robert Pattinson is writing songs to help get over his split from Kristen Stewart.
The 27-year-old actor is not planning on landing a record deal but is penning tracks in a bid to take his mind off his Twilight co-star, after they split for a second time last month. "Rob's always had half a mind on his music, but when his film career and relationship with Kristen both took off at the same time, something else had to give. He's really enjoyed picking up his guitar again properly and it has given him something to focus on during the break-up. Everyone's saying that he's really talented, but he's adamant we'll only be seeing him in films for the time being," a source close to the actor said.
The pair split for a second time after Kristen got back in touch with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, who she confessed to having an affair with last year behind Robert's back.
Ciara is so focused on providing her fans entertainment that she doesn't let anything stop her - not even when she's being served in the middle of her show. Talk about dedication!
While performing a concert in celebration of L.A. Pride, the 27 year-old singer received papers from what she thought was a fan - only to realize that they were legal documents informing her of a lawsuit filed against her. Without hesitating, Ciara quickly threw the papers back at the woman and continued with her performance without having paused for a moment.
The lawsuit - filed by West Hollywood club The Factory - claims that the R&B singer failed to appear for a concert last Friday for which she had signed a $10,000 contract. The club says that Ciara informed them that she couldn't perform due to her obligations with L.A. Pride, but agreed to appearing at the venue - a promise the club claims that she didn't uphold. Ciara's reps say that they had informed The Factory that she would be unable to appear, but they continued to promote her appearance there anyway.
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Could there be an Adam Levine and Katy Perry duet in the making?
Judging by some paparazzi photos, The Voice judge was seen exiting a recording studio soon after the "Part of Me" singer had entered the same building. Pop star Sia and producer Diplo were also spotted during Perry's recoding session, appearing in a photo she posted on Instagram where the pair playfully try to hide the "California Gurls" singer from photographers with umbrellas (seen after the jump).
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Beck is planning to release two new albums this year.
The "Devil's Haircut" musician is working on a follow up to 2008's Modern Guilt as well as an acoustic album, according to Rolling Stone magazine. One completely new track, "Defriended" has already appeared on the internet, but it is unknown if it will appear on either album.
Beck said last year he had gone back to working on some ideas he had started in 2008: "There is music and its coming. I have this one record I started in 2008, it got put aside for a long time, but recently I've been mixing some of the songs. I'm not sure if they'll be singles, EPs or an album, but it will come out in some way and it sounds sonically adventurous."
Beck's last musical project was Song Reader which was a collection of sheet music. Fans from around the world were then encouraged to share their own interpretations and versions of the tracks.
Chris Martin is rumored to be helping U2 with their new album.
The Coldplay frontman reportedly joined the Irish rockers - Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, where they have been working on their 13th album with producer Danger Mouse. According to fan site atu2.com, "Our reporter saw Coldplay's Chris Martin arrive, followed by Larry Mullen Jr. about two minutes later. Shortly after that, a van arrived with three guitars - each with a white label that said 'U2/Edge' - and our reporter actually helped bring the gear into the studio. He saw Larry and Chris Martin together in another room before heading back outside."
The site says when Chris was later approached, he denied he had been in the studio.
The singer is a good friend of Bono and a long time fan of U2, previously saying of the group, "We respect any musician, particularly ones who have kept going and not changed line-up and have always been good."
Wyclef Jean says the "door is always open" to making a new Fugees record.
The singer and producer would like to reunite with former bandmates Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel to follow up their second album The Score, which sold over 10 million copies when released in 1996.
Speaking about a line in his new track, "Hip Hop," where he says he misses currently inactive rap group Outkast, he told Rolling Stone magazine, "What if Outkast did get back together? It's like how people always ask for a new Fugees album. I'm a fan, too. With me, the door is always open to do a Fugees record."
While Wyclef is in the position to reunite the groundbreaking group Lauryn faces difficulties, as she is set to start a three month jail sentence for failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes next month. Despite her issues, Wyclef is confident they won't affect her, adding, "When she gets out, she'll get her stuff straight and put that past her. Everybody has tax problems - it's how you get past it. Lauryn will come back stronger."
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