Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lady Gaga banned from Lebanon 6/7/11

It was a GaGa heavy news week (isn't it always?) and most of it was less than wonderful news. Here's what's going on:

May 23rd Lady Gaga released her second album "Born This Way" and sold over 1 million copies in the first week, which is good; but Amazon has reportedly lost around 3 million U.S dollars. They paying about nine dollars for licensing and selling digital copies for only 99 cents! Lady Gaga however says she applauds them for recognizing the value of a digital copy versus a physical copy. But that's not all; the new album that had already been banned from Malaysia for "promoting homosexuality" has now been banned from Lebanon. The General Secretary Department banned the sale of digital and physical copies saying it's "offensive to Christianity" and officials have impounded thousands of copies.

To top it all off, rap duo Bad Meets Evil (Eminem and Royce Da 5'9) is back and their new song "A Kiss" calls out some popular artists including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Saying "Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office/ she's still a mail lady" in typical Eminem fashion. Is this line funny or mean?

Congratulations to Carey Hart and Pink who welcomed baby girl Willow Sage Hart on June 2nd. Pink tweeted that she was "Beautiful, healthy and happy" and "gorgeous just like her daddy".

Adele, who recently canceled five dates on her North American tour due to laryngitis, has now announced that a weeks rest did not help and she has canceled the whole thing. The singer says she is "really frustrated" and there is nothing she can do but "take the doctors advice and rest some more". She is however planning to reschedule the entire tour later this year when she is healed. Let's hope she has a speedy recovery.

Glee's Naya Rivera got a record deal with Columbia making her the 3rd Glee star to sign with a record label, but they've signed with different labels. Matthew Morrison signed with Mercury Records and Mark Salling with independent label Pipe Dream Records. This makes me wonder if at some point there will be limits on them performing together. Let's hope not.

At the MTV movie awards host Jason Sudeikis brought attention to Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's relationship telling Selena to be careful and adding "she already swallowed like 3 of his baby teeth, I don't want you to choke". Selena laughed and blushed and covered her face. The small joke that seemed to pass instantly for Sel triggered an emotional response from twitter fans of Justin. Most of them tweeting with the hashtag #PoorSelena. She didn't seem to poor while she was laughing and enjoying the show.

Speaking of Selena's oh-so-famous boyfriend, Justin Bieber showed up at the MTV movie awards sporting some new jewelry-- Black stud earrings in both ears. Awesome or awkward?

Joe Jonas released his first solo single "See No More" Friday. The responses have been very mixed between fans who love it and shocked fans who aren't so sure yet. It's definitely a big step away from his previous Jonas Brothers music. He collaborated on this song with Chris Brown. He's going for more of a dance beat focusing on the music. You can listen to the song here.

A rough cut of Justin Bieber and Chris Brown's video for "Next 2 U" was leaked today and it seems to be following the trends of all other music videos recently. It's long and it has a post apocalyptic aspect. It's about 8 minutes and keep in mind that it's a rough cut, but you can check out the leak here.

That's what's happening this week.

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