Saturday, November 13, 2010
'I've listened to their music since I was a child,' says the R&B diva, who recorded 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Whole Lotta Love.'
By James Montgomery, with reporting by Larry Carroll
You wouldn't peg Mary J Blige as the black-light-and-tapestry sort, but, as has become readily apparent in recent weeks, she absolutely loves Led Zeppelin.
In early February, reports began circulating that Blige had re-recorded Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven," working with Travis Barker, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson and guitarist Steve Vai on the track, which is slated to appear on the international reissue of her Stronger With Each Tear album, due Monday.
But after she had recorded "Stairway," Blige continued to get the Led out, covering another Zeppelin classic — the thunderous "Whole Lotta Love" — for the album too. And when MTV News caught up with her on the Essence Black Women in Hollywood red carpet, she told us all about channeling her inner Robert Plant for the tracks, a process that came much easier than you'd probably imagine.
"I did Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Whole Lotta Love' — it's crazy," she said. "I am a Led Zeppelin fan. I'm not going to say I've been to their concerts, but I've listened to their music since I was a child, and it's always moved me, especially 'Stairway to Heaven,' and 'Whole Lotta Love' is just fun."
Blige also said she recorded another new song — a "club record" called "I Can't Wait" — for the re-release. And while it's only slated to hit shelves outside the U.S., she hopes her fans will get a chance to hear all the new songs pretty soon.
"I want y'all to hear it," she laughed.Related Artists
Friday, November 12, 2010
Kanye West says there's NO WAY he's returning to the Today show later this month, as he was scheduled to do, after his testy interview with Matt Lauer this week.
A few hours ago, he Tweeted: "I'm not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I'm so happy the world got to see just a small piece of 'the set up.'"
In this week's interview, Kanye's infamous criticism of George W. Bush was rehashed by Lauer, but what ticked the rapper off was video clips aired by Today.
There was no love lost on the Today set this week.
Kanye grew increasingly agitated when the show aired footage of W.'s pained reaction to West's post-Katrina remarks and later of the Taylor Swift VMA incident.
At the end of that interview, Lauer said he still expected Kanye to do their show on Black Friday, as scheduled, but a rep confirms that Kanye's officially out.
What do you think? Should Kanye sack up, or did Matt take things too far, given that West is obviously remorseful? Whose side are you on?
Singer will hit the road beginning on February 15.
By Gil Kaufman
Ke$ha will spend 2011 getting "$leazy" across the U.S. and Canada. Her first North American headlining tour, the Get $leazy Tour, kicks off in Portland on February 15, 2011 and wraps up with a show in Los Angeles on May 6.
The outing will support her upcoming release Cannibal, which drops on November 22. That companion album to her debut Animal has already spawned the huge hit "We R Who We R," which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week.
The singer, still celebrating her MTV EMA win for Best New Act, will also release a deluxe edition combining her first two records, Animal + Cannibal, on November 22. Beginning Wednesday (November 10), fans who pre-order Cannibal or the deluxe package from www.keshasparty.com will be able to buy tickets for the tour ahead of the general public, who will be able to snag their seats on November 19.
Ke$ha spent the summer opening for Rihanna, and she has promised to give fans another dose of her glitter-soaked pop on Cannibal.
"This year has been carnivorous and life-changing. I have my rowdy, gorgeous fans to thank for taking me on the ride of a lifetime," she said in a statement. "My only goal with this record is to keep them dancing. The songs on Cannibal were made to inspire people to ignore any hate or judgment and be themselves unapologetically. It's the perfect companion to Animal and I hope you guys like it. And if you don't like it — bite me."
2011 tour dates: » February 15 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
» February 16 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox SODO
» February 19 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
» February 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
» February 22 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
» February 24 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
» February 26 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
» April 5 - Dayton, OH @ Wright State University
» April 6 -- Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
» April 12 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
» April 13 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
» April 16 - Clarion, PA @ Clarion University
» April 19 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
» April 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
» April 22 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
» April 26 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
» April 29 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
» May 3 - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Grand
» May 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
» May 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Are you excited to see Ke$ha on tour? Let us know in the comments!Related Photos
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are all over each other in Brazil. The two have been spotted making out on the set of Breaking Dawn.
Away from the cameras, though, the couple is also making a point of getting away from the crew.
Hollywood Life reports that movie employees have rented out a $5,000/night residence in Paraty, but “[Rob and Kristen] are staying at [another house] next door... it’s about a five minute boat ride away." And it looks VERY luxurious:
Stewart and Pattinson "have about 20 security guards" around them at all times, this source adds, saying "they don’t leave the house for any reason.”
But that's not because locals are upset that this installment of the Twilight Saga is shooting in the region.
“They are not against it,” says an insider. “In Rio de Janeiro, they arrived around midnight, and they closed some streets and no one could get back to their houses... that was the only problem.”