Will this year's Academy of Country Music Awards be a ladies' night? Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are nominated for album of the year for their albums Fearless and Carnival Ride respectively, the Academy announced Thursday. George Strait (for Troubadour), Jamey Johnson (That Lonesome Song) and Montgomery Gentry (Back When I Knew It All) round out the category. The 44th annual ACM Awards will be hosted – for a record eleventh time – by Reba McEntire on Sunday, April 5, and be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascall Flatts, Sugarland and nominees Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Heidi Newfield are scheduled to perform, the Academy announced. Brad Paisley leads the group of ACM nominees with six nods this year, including for entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. (Other nominations were previously announced.) Other top nominees include Newfield, Strait and Johnson, who each received five nominations. Swift, Kenny Chesney and Underwood have four nominations apiece.
The sexed-up video for Ciara's first single "Love, Sex, Magic" from her third album Fantasy Ride, out May 5th, debuted Monday on her Web site. Last seen grinding against Chris Brown during their performance at the 2008 BET Awards, Ciara now gets a little help from Justin Timberlake in the Diane Martel-directed video. Timberlake, who co-wrote the track, makes a cameo with the R&B diva, who rocks an array of leotards and stilettos.
After three months of laying low in the wake of his felony charges for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, Chris Brown has finally broken his silence. In a short video posted on YouTube.com, the R&B star, 20, speaks to the camera about his upcoming album and makes an apparent allusion to the drama in his personal life. "I just wanna say 'What up?' because I ain't been out there in a minute," explains Brown (whose pal Bow Wow also makes brief appearances in the clip). "New album will be coming soon," he says. "We're working on it right now. Called Graffiti. Got everything on it, know what I'm saying? I'll be ready for that. I'm about to drop a single this summer for y'all. So we ain't going nowhere." Brown, who faced enormous backlash after his arrest in February, concludes, "Everybody that's haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain't a monster." Reps for Brown had no comment. Meanwhile, Brown's case continues to stall in court. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, is seeking access to LAPD records to determine if there was police misconduct in the investigation, which could be grounds for a case dismissal. A hearing is set for Thursday, but Brown is not required to attend.
**Whitney Houston** , Clive Davis and Gayle King were at a listening party for Whitney's highly anticipated new album, I Look to You, in NYC on Tuesday night. "I just think that the songs themselves will speak to you when you hear them, and you'll understand where I am [and] some of the changes I've gone through for the better," Whitney tells ET. "This album is really a very, very special one," Clive adds. "Whitney does find meaning in lyrics and songs that the composers don't even know was there, so she is really an all-time artist."  http://new.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4606/whitney-houston#
Paris Hilton might be having trouble convincing the music industry to buy into her sophomore musical effort, but that hasn't stopped her latest album from blazing a glorious path across the Internet. Snippets of four tracks from the follow-up to Hilton's 2007 masterpiece Paris have made their way onto the Web.
Oprah Winfrey has announced that she'll interview iconic musician Whitney Houston for the premiere episode of her upcoming 24th season. Oprah is calling Whitney's first interview in nearly seven years, which will air on September 14, "the most anticipated music interview of the decade." Whitney's first new album in several years, "I Look to You," drops on August 31.
Whitney Houston debuted at the top of the Billboard charts with her comeback album 'I Look To You'. Despite a much-publicized misstep last week on "Good Morning America," the songstress still sold over 304,000 copies of her first studio disc in seven years. Houston beat back a challenge from teen singing sensation Miley Cyrus, whose new EP, "The Time of Our Lives," moved 153,000 units exclusively at Wal-Mart. Houston has won six Grammys, including the recording academy's two highest honors — best record ("I Will Always Love You") and album ("The Bodyguard") of the year (1993). That soundtrack spent 20 weeks at No. 1 while the single reigned supreme for 14 weeks. That was Houston's last time at the top of the album charts.
Nearly 40 years after breaking up, The Beatles are still breaking records for album sales. EMI Group PLC says consumers in North America, Japan and the U.K. bought more than 2.25 million copies of the Fab Four's re-mastered albums in the first five days after their Sept. 9 release. Most of the records were broken for most simultaneous titles in the top-selling charts by a single artist. On Billboard magazine's pop catalog chart, for example, the band had 16 titles in the top 50, including all 14 re-mastered CDs and two box sets. The Beatles' original U.K. studio albums were re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London over four years and released to coincide with the sale of "The Beatles: Rock Band" on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.
The Fox network says Carrie Underwood will host a two-hour variety special tentatively titled, "Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special," to air Dec. 7. The network says Underwood will perform new music from her upcoming album, previous hits and holiday classics. Musical guests will include Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and David Cook. Underwood won season four of "American Idol." The 26-year-old country singer is a four-time Grammy winner. Her new album will be released Nov. 3.
The last time one of Michael Jackson's tours played the continental United States was 1988. So perhaps it's no surprise that "This Is It," Sony Pictures' film made from rehearsal footage for Jackson's planned London concert series, did more than twice as much business internationally in its first five days as it did domestically. "This Is It" opened to a studio-estimated $68.5 million in 108 foreign territories from Wednesday through Sunday and $32.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, where it started late Tuesday. Its biggest international market was Japan, where "This Is It" sold $10.4 million worth of tickets, the third-biggest opening of the year in the country behind a Japanese film and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Jackson became more popular in many foreign countries than the U.S. as he continued to tour there in the 1990s and controversy surrounding his personal life had less of an effect. The lopsided opening for "This Is It" puts it in a small group of films this year to sell more than twice as many tickets overseas as at home. All told, "This Is It" came in at the low end of expectations domestically but performed solidly overseas, bringing in $101 million worldwide. More important for Sony, however, the movie kept humming after its so-so $20.1-million start Wednesday. It's typical for concert movies to fall rapidly after an initial burst of enthusiasm from fans when they open. But "This Is It" held on well over the weekend, declining less than 10% from Friday to Saturday despite the occurrence of Halloween. That gave Sony hope that the well-reviewed film would fade slowly in the coming weeks. "I don't think it's going to be like a traditional concert movie that burns itself out very quickly," said Rory Bruer, Sony's president of distribution. Partly because of the studio's failure to reach an agreement with theater owners to release a DVD version before Christmas, "This Is It" will have a chance to prove Bruer's conviction. Sony announced Sunday that it was extending the run of "This Is It" beyond the previously planned two weeks. In the U.S., it will now stay in theaters until Thanksgiving. The audience for "This Is It" was somewhat older than expected, with 62% of moviegoers older than 25. That's good news for Sony, since adults are more likely to turn out after a movie's opening weekend than teenagers. "This Is It" will almost certainly gross more than $200 million worldwide, which should make the film at least modestly profitable for the studio and generate substantial returns for Jackson's estate and AEG Live, which was producing the "This Is It" concert. After theater owners take their approximately 50% cut of ticket sales, Sony will recoup the $60 million it spent on movie rights, as well as marketing costs believed to be in the low- to mid-tens of millions. It will also keep a distribution fee that one person close to the deal said is 13% to 20% of revenue, depending on the film's ultimate performance. All other proceeds go to the Jackson estate and AEG Live. The same split applies to home entertainment. The movie will come out on DVD in late January or early February. "This Is It" was the only new movie to open nationwide in the last week, as most studios wanted to avoid competing with trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. Sony was forced to pick the date for "This Is It" because it wanted to rush the film out this fall and every other weekend was crowded with major new releases. Two new movies opened in limited release Friday, however, to varying results. Apparition's "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" started with a decent $461,614 at 68 locations. That's more than 15 times the ticket sales for the ultra-violent original, an infamous flop in 2000 that found renewed life on DVD. Fox Searchlight's "Gentleman Broncos," from "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess, opened to a weak $10,000 at two theaters. Weinstein Co. expanded its August release of "Halloween II" to take advantage of the holiday, but grossed just $475,000 at 1,083 theaters. Overall, the weekend box office was a bit better than expected, as total weekend ticket sales rose 5% from a year earlier, Hollywood.com said.
UNLIKELY singing sensation Susan Boyle has made music history with her debut album entering the ARIA and British charts at Number 1. In Australia, her debut album I Dreamed A Dream has immediately gone platinum with more than 70,000 copies sold. In the UK, Boyle's album has sold more copies in the first week than any other debut album in history. I Dreamed A Dream, the album title and name of the song that captured the world's attention, shifted more than 410,000 copies in the first week - a record for a debut album. The album outsold the rest of the top five albums on the UK charts combined, and appears to be on course for similar success in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Her record has also become the biggest pre-ordered album in the history of online sales Amazon. The 48-year-old church-going spinster who lives in a housing commission home in Scotland captured the world's attention eight months ago when she performed on TV's Britain's Got Talent contest. When she first took to the stage, audiences giggled because of her unkempt frumpy appearance, but then Boyle began to sing and the music clip became the most downloaded in YouTube history and she was dubbed the Hairy Angel. "It's fantastic," was all she would say yesterday of her album sales. Her spokeswoman said the reaction was unbelievable. "In America, Susan is already outselling Rihanna, Lady Gaga and 50 Cent with a projected first week sales figures of around a million, " her spokeswoman said. "In doing so she is set to break Eminem's previous record for highest first week US sales this year." Simon Cowell, the pop mogul who masterminded her rise from obscurity, said he was proud and delighted with her success. "The success could not, not, have happened to a lovelier person," he said. "She did it her way and made a dream come true. In Britain's Got Talent she opened her mouth and the world fell in love with her, which is why her album has been the fastest selling of any woman making her debut. She's amazing."
Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream performance on Britain's Got Talent  was 2009’s most popular YouTube hit, new figures show. The Scottish spinster’s memorable rendition of the Les Miserables hit was watched over 120 million times worldwide – more than the next three most-watched videos combined. Second spot in the chart went to a clip called “David After Dentist” – showing a seven-year-old boy recovering from some work done to his teeth. The video of the little lad appearing disorientated was watched more than 37 million times this year, according to today’s figures. It is the first time YouTube have released the list of most-watched videos since 2005. Third place went to "JK Wedding Entrance Dance," showing an elaborate routine by Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz before their July marriage. The clip has been seen more than 33 million times. Michael Jackson, who was the most searched subject on Google this year, made the list with his 27-year-old video for “Beat It” watched more than 25 million times.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/842367/britains-got-talent
Susan Boyle prevented Alicia Keys from topping the U.S. album chart this week, and now it's likely she will block another R&B star -- Mary J. Blige  -- from the No. 1 slot next week. Industry sources suggest Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" could sell 500,000 copies during the week ended Sunday. That would be enough to fend off Blige's "Stronger With Each Tear," which is on course to open at No. 2 with at least 300,000. Sales data will be issued on Wednesday. Boyle led the latest chart for a third week after "I Dreamed a Dream" sold 661,000 copies. Keys' "The Element of Freedom" followed with 417,000. "Stronger" is Blige's third studio set in a row to be released just before Christmas. "The Breakthrough" started the trend back in 2005, when it launched at No. 1 with 727,000 copies. In 2009, "Growing Pains" bowed at No. 2 with 629,000 copies, and moved to No. 1 the following week. The next best debut will likely be the "We Are Young Money" collaborations album, featuring artists on Lil Wayne's Young Money label. It is projected to move somewhere between 100,000 and 120,000 copies. Also of note is the reissue of Eminem's "Relapse" album with additional tracks. The combined sales of the deluxe package, "Relapse: Refill," along with the original release may be in the range of 85,000 to 100,000. Other albums that will debut on the chart, but with less-impressive figures, include Mudvayne's self-titled set and the "Nine" film soundtrack, each with 15,000 to 20,000 copies.  http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4012/mary-j-blige
The Madonna-themed soundtrack from an episode of hit television series Glee has made its debut at number one in the US album chart. The Power of Madonna, consisting of the pop star's hits performed by the cast, sold 98,000 copies in its first week of release, according to official figures. It is the first Glee soundtrack to top the US chart. Veteran rock act AC/DC were beaten into second spot with their latest album, Iron Man 2. Almost 75% of sales of the Glee Madonna album were via downloads, Nielsen SoundScan added. Two previous releases from the TV show, the music from its first two seasons, made the top five. The two albums have so far sold nearly 1.5 million copies in the US. The new release, based on just one episode of the programme, contains Madonna hits including Like a Prayer and Vogue. It is the first TV soundtrack to top the US album chart since High School Musical 2 in 2007, which spent four weeks in the number one slot.
Alicia Keys  is pregnant and has got engaged to the child's father - music producer Swizz Beatz. Representatives of the singer, 29, and her fiance - real name Kasseem Dean - confirmed the news on Thursday night. Dean, 31, who has two sons from a previous marriage, has written and produced hits for artists including Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z. Keys' album The Element Of Freedom is currently at number eight in the UK albums chart. The couple plan to get married in a private ceremony later this year.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/2984/alicia-keys
Miley Cyrus  won't be told what she should wear or what she should sing about. The 17-year-old is releasing new album, "Can't Be Tamed," and is doing it her way, even though some say she is going to too far for her age. "I'm not trying to be 'slutty,'" said Cyrus  in a recent interview. "I'm not trying to be like, go to the club and get a bunch of guys ... What I'm trying to do is to make a point with my record and look consistent, in the way my record sounds and the way I dress." What she wears has been put under the spotlight recently. Some thought the video for "Can't Be Tamed" was too provocative, and others have criticized her for revealing too much skin in her outfits. Cyrus  admits to being partial to shorts and hot pants. But she sees nothing wrong with flashing her legs. "I'm really comfortable with my body, I work really hard to be fit and to know that I can wear whatever makes me most comfortable. I feel more comfortable dressing with a little less, which is just how I've always been," she said. "Now I'm able to do that a little more freely and, also, I've just grown up to be this way too. It's not like this was me five years ago. It's me now, presently." Maturing is Cyrus' current mission. She'll finally shed the blonde wig of her Disney pop star persona, "Hannah Montana," when it ends this year. Then Cyrus will be free to embrace her solo stardom and sex appeal. "When you're 11, the word you would use to describe someone is definitely not sexy, and as you get older I think you grow into that. And I think I've done that but that's not my schtick. That's not what I'm trying to do to sell records. I want people to buy my record because of my music." "Can't Be Tamed" is out on Monday.  http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4090/miley-cyrus  http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4090/miley-cyrus  http://http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4090/miley-cyrus
It has been three years since Fantasia 's last album, and now she is about to release her highly anticipated third album, Back to Me, on July 27. "I love soulful music. I grew up on soulful music, so I wanted to bring that to this video," says Fantasia , who is stylin' a '20s look in keeping with the theme. In the "Bittersweet" video, Fantasia  has a big show to do, but she makes the audience wait because she has this man in her life who she can't get off her mind. "Bittersweet," which is currently No. 9 on the Urban Adult charts, is the first single, in addition to being the first video, from Back to Me. The album features a sole guest appearance by Cee-Lo Green, and songs written and/or produced by Ne-Yo, Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, KP and Malay. Also available for the first time as a bonus track is "I'm Here," Fantasia 's signature song from her role in the Broadway play The Color Purple. "Steve Harvey suggested the album title and it describes perfectly where I am in my life right now," Fantasia  says. "I've willingly let the world into my life through my book, the Lifetime television movie and now the VH1 reality show. Now, it's time to go back to how things used to be when America first laid their eyes on me on 'American Idol .' I want to focus everyone's attention back to me and back to music that everyone can relate to and enjoy."  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3220/fantasia-barrino  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3220/fantasia-barrino  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3220/fantasia-barrino  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3220/fantasia-barrino  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3220/fantasia-barrino  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/38018/american-idol
Lady Gaga  has said that her forthcoming second album is "finished". Speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine she said the follow-up to her debut, 2009's The Fame, is already complete. The Poker Face singer said: "I've been working on it for months now, and I feel very strongly that it's finished right now. It came so quickly. "Some artists take years; I don't. I write music every day." A release date and title for the album have yet to be confirmed. The 24-year-old New Yorker released The Fame in January 2009 - it has now spent a total of 75 weeks in the UK charts. She released a re-packaged version of the album with eight new tracks, The Fame Monster, later in the year. Gaga  is currently on tour throughout north America. She returns to continue her Monster Ball tour in Europe in October 2010.  http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/5016048/lady-gaga  http://http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/5016048/lady-gaga
Sir Elton John says he is moving on from making singles to concentrate on making "records that fit my age". "In the 70s, 80s and 90s, the record companies said you had to have a single. I think I've fulfilled my brief," the 63-year-old said. He said he was not going to be in the singles chart "very often any more". He was speaking at an event in Notting Hill, London, to promote his new album with keyboardist Leon Russell. "I don't have to make pop records any more," he told veteran writer and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini. "The singles chart is not one I'm going to be in very often any more, so my view is to make records that fit my age. "I don't think I'm going to do Crocodile Rock any more." 'Musical god' A spokesman for Sir Elton said the singer, whose UK number ones include Sacrifice and Are You Ready for Love, was not "going to go out of his way" to release any singles in the future. Sir Elton last had a hit single in the UK in July 2005 with Electricity, from the stage show Billy Elliott, which went to number four. The singer has collaborated with Leon Russell, 68, on their album The Union, due for release in October. The pair, who played together in the early 1970s, composed tracks for the album with Sir Elton's longtime co-writer Bernie Taupin. Sir Elton has said that, when he and Taupin first went to the US in 1970, they were "obsessed by Leon's music and looked up to him as some kind of musical god". Russell has played with artists including John Lennon, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.
Amy Winehouse  has joined Mark Ronson on stage for his first full gig with new band The Business International in London. The 26-year-old sang the pair's 2007 hit Valerie as an encore - but forgot many of her words. Ronson was playing an intimate set at the 100 Club in front of an audience of invited guests and competition winners. Speaking from the stage Ronson said he was "nervous" about debuting his new material. After playing tracks from his forthcoming new album, Ronson was joined by Winehouse for the second half of the gig. However, she only sang on the final number of the night. Earlier, wearing skinny cut off jeans and a black vest top, Winehouse tried to get the crowd to chant Ronson's name and looked annoyed when they failed to play along. Ronson was launching his third solo album, Record Collection, which is due for release in September. Issued under the name Mark Ronson And The Business International, the record features no covers, no brass and a raft of guests including Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Boy George and Q-Tip.  http://shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3028/amy-winehouse