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    Philadelphia is getting ready to host an estimated 100,000 fans who will be attending Jay-Z's "Made In America" music festival over Labor Day weekend. But that number could get even bigger when word gets out that Beyonce is planning to perform as well.

    "Beyonce will hit the stage in a surprise performance at her hubby's festival next weekend in [Pennsylvania]," one insider told me.

    "The performance is top secret but it will be filmed for Jay's documentary about the event. It's going to be epic."

    Stage construction has already begun on the tree-lined boulevard in the heart of downtown Philly that will stage the event where Jay-Z, Skrillex, Drake, Afrojack, Chris Cornell, Run-DMC and hometown lady Jill Scott are all confirmed to perform.


    SHIIIIIIIIIT! LIFT-OFF LIVE MAYBE? GAHHHH of course this happens when I don't live in Philly anymore dammit D:<<<<<<

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  • 08/27/12--18:41: DEADFALL Trailer

  • Check out the trailer for the upcoming heist thriller "Deadfall," which comes from the acclaimed Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters). The film stars Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde as sibling criminals who are trying desperately to cross over the Canadian border with stolen casino money. However, when a severe snowstorm causes their getaway car to crash, they decide to split up, only to reunite later in a totally different scenario: a Thanksgiving dinner with an ex-sheriff (Kris Kristofferson), his wife (Sissy Spacek) and their estranged son (Charlie Hunnam). "Deadfall" received decent reviews when it premiered earlier this year at Tribeca Film Festival, since then Magnolia Pictures picked up the film's rights and have planned to release the movie on VOD starting November 1st and in theaters on December 7th.

    The MovieBox

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    You often hear that tenacity and perseverance are musts for any model who wants to succeed in the industry. Well, Angela Rockwood has those in spades.

    After breaking into the business, she was in a horrific car accident that left her in a wheelchair. But instead of giving up, Rockwood decided that her injuries (which stripped her of the use of her legs and left her with extremely limited use of her arms) shouldn’t stop her from doing what she loves. And 11 years after that life-changing accident, she has achieved something she dreamed about, but never thought would really happen: Rockwood is modeling again, in a national campaign for Nordstrom.

    Rockwood is one of the stars of Push Girls, a Sundance Channel series about the lives of four women bound to wheelchairs — and her story of breaking back into the business has been one of the most inspiring of the season.

    “After my accident, the thought of modeling didn’t even cross my mind,” the 37-year-old, who identifies as quadriplegic, tells PEOPLE. “But what did occur to me was that I had been transported to the realm of the paralyzed for a reason. I realized I had a huge choice to make: to go down the positive path, be an example for others in similar positions and be a voice.”

    To have her voice heard, Rockwood wanted to do something she knew how to do: model. “There weren’t many models in chairs to make a statement like, ‘Hey we are the consumers too!’ and ‘Who doesn’t want to look sexy or fashionable sitting in a wheelchair?’” she explains.

    Apparently, she wasn’t the only one who felt that way; Nordstrom had been looking for models with disabilities to be featured in an upcoming campaign. So Rockwood submitted her photos to a casting agency. “The rest was history,” she adds, happily.

    Though she’s working under different circumstances than she did prior to the accident, nothing else has changed much, in her opinion. “When I was on set for Nordstrom, I felt like I was at ‘home’ again,” Rockwood says. “It was like throwing a fighter back in the ring to win their belt after a major setback from a recovering injury.”

    To see Rockwood’s Nordstrom campaign shoot, watch the season finale of Push Girls, airing Monday, Aug. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on the Sundance Channel.


    About the show:

    So, I bet only a tiny minority of ONTD has watched/heard of this show; but, I still wanted to make this post bc a] I'm really happy for Angela and b] bc tonight's the season finale, and I wanted to see how many ONTD'ers watch the show

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    Forbes compiled a list of the Top 20 paid celebrities between May 2011 and May 2012.

    20. Britney Spears - $58 million
    Conspicuously absent from our 2011 list due to limited touring, Britney blasts back into the top 20 this year with over 75 shows in the past 12 months. She also earns millions from endorsements and a fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden. Her latest album, Femme Fatale, earned platinum certification in the U.S. The pop princess still attracts plenty of tabloid attention, especially in the wake of her December 2011 engagement.

    19. Ryan Seacrest - $59 million
    After signing on to host American Idol for at least two more years, Seacrest also recently inked a new deal with Comcast that extends his presence within the company from E! to NBC, where he'll cover news, sports and entertainment. Seacrest also produces TV shows like the Keeping up with the Kardashians franchise and his latest, Shahs of Sunset, about Iranian-Americans in Beverly Hills. Seacrest also endorses brands like Bing and Coca-Cola.

    18. Donald Trump - $63 million
    17. Dr. Phil - $64 million

    16. Manny Pacquiao - $67 million
    Pacquiao was on the wrong end of a wildly controversial split decision in his June bout against Tim Bradley, his first loss in seven years. Pacquiao has become a pay-per-view stud, with five fights each generating at least one million PPV buys during the past four years. Pacman has expanded his endorsement reach by signing deals with Monster Energy and Hennessy. His longtime partners include Nike and Hewlett-Packard.

    15. Rush Limbaugh - $69 million
    Think Limbaugh is mellowing after 40 years on the radio? Fat chance. The conservative host demonstrated both his impact on the culture and his intemperance with his attacks on a female law student and birth-control advocate. The resulting boycott by many advertisers didn't have much of an immediate financial impact on Limbaugh, but it may cut into his earnings if sponsors remain skittish. He's on Twitter now, by the way
    14. Dick Wolf - $70 million
    13. Tom Cruise - $75 million
    12. Elton John - $80 million

    11. Glenn Bleck - $80 million
    Who needs Fox News? Beck is his own network now. GBTV, his Internet-only video channel, already has more than 300,000 subscribers, making it the biggest component of his fast-growing multimedia empire, Mercury Radio Arts. The conservative host and "rodeo clown" -- his words -- also has his own book imprint with Simon & Schuster, a news website called The Blaze, a live political comedy act and, of course, "The Glenn Beck Program," syndicated by Premiere Radio.

    10. Simon Cowell - $90 million
    Hits like American Idol don't grow on trees, as Simon Cowell discovered this year. The British music producer and TV impresario made headlines when he promised his new show, The X Factor, would at least match his old talent show in the ratings. It didn't, but the U.K. version of the show minted a breakout act, One Direction, for Cowell's label, Syco Records.

    9. George Lucas - $90 million
    8. James Patterson - $94 million

    7. Howard Stern - $95 million
    Dwelling in the walled garden of satellite radio has been good for Stern's bank account, and it's probably spared him some FCC fines, but you can tell he misses being part of the broader culture. A new role as a judge on America's Got Talent gives him some extra visibility, along with a reported $15 million a year. It also gives him something to do with the free time he gained after signing a new contract that pays him less money in exchange for fewer days on the radio. Stern's relationship with Sirius appears to be cooling, and his defeat in a lawsuit against his employer over unpaid bonuses won't help.

    6. Tyler Perry - $105 million
    Perry continues to be a busy, well-paid director/producer/writer/actor. His low-budget films, like the recent Good Deeds have built-in audiences and don't need to earn a ton of money to become profitable. Perry's most successful film was 2009's Madea Goes to Jail, which earned $90 million. He also has a successful TV empire that includes House of Payne, Meet the Browns and For Better or Worse.

    5. Dr. Dre - $110 million
    The ageless super-producer's latest hit isn't a song, but rather a line of headphones. In August handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in Beats by Dr. Dre, the headphone company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2006. Each owned about a third of the company, pocketing about $100 million apiece, before taxes, from last summer's deal.

    4. Jerry Bruckheimer - $115 million

    3. Steven Spielberg - $130 million
    Spielberg's DreamWorks moved into television in a big way this year with four new shows, including Terra Nova and Smash. On top of that, the prolific producer stepped back into directing with two movies that hit theaters last Christmas, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. Both films were nominated for Oscars.

    2. Michael Bay - $160 million
    Bay nabs the title of top-earning director this year thanks to Transformers:Dark of the Moon. The 3-D film brought in $1.1 billion at the box office. Bay has a great deal on the films, taking a solid chunk of the profits. He also earns big from Transformer toys. Adding to Bay's coffers this year: a Transformers ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Bay has earned the right to finally do a small film. Pain & Gain has a budget well under $50 million.

    1. Oprah Winfrey - $165 million

    The media mogul's earnings fell by a staggering $125 million from last year. However, even with the drop, she remains the highest earner on the list, just inching out director Michael Bay. It's been a challenging year for Winfrey, who signed off from her 25-year syndicated show and immediately turned her attention to struggling cable network OWN. The bulk of the earnings dive comes from lost income on The Oprah Winfrey Show, but her diversified portfolio includes O: The Oprah Magazine, spin-off shows like The Dr. Oz Show and a radio deal with Sirius. She does not earn a salary at OWN, which has faced ratings disappointments and financial issues since it premiered in Jan. 2011. As chairman and CEO of the joint venture with Discovery Communications, she hopes a recent restructuring, new programming and a distribution deal with Comcast will turn the network around.


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    If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past four-plus years while observing the neverending shuffles of judges on shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice, it’s that singing competitions make for strange bedfellows.

    Take, for example, the latest news to come out of the Fox fortress: X Factor's Demi Lovato is being paired up with fellow teen star Nick Jonas for the judges’ house portion of the show, THR has learned. This is the part of the competition where final cuts are made and the Top 16 acts are revealed -- four for each judge (last year, show creator Simon Cowell made a fifth pick in Melanie Amaro, who eventually won the competition).

    In an X Factor twist, each judge is given a group to mentor. Season two’s split has yet to be revealed, but several sites are reporting that the breakdown will look like this: Lovato will take on solo singers ages 12 to 16, Britney Spears will mentor singers 17 to 24, L.A. Reid will handle ages 25 and over and Cowell will guide the groups (a show rep tells THR that there have been changes to the divisions but wouldn’t confirm any details).

    Meanwhile, the Lovato-Jonas connection is a deep and long-lasting one. Not only did the 20-year-old singer get her break with the lead role in the Jonas Brothers 2008 movie Camp Rock, but she’s also toured with the group extensively and dated Joe Jonas for a stint.

    For his part, Nick Jonas has been actively campaigning for the judge's seat on Fox’s other singing show, American Idol, tweeting that “it would be a dream come true.” While appearing on X Factor could give network brass an opportunity to see him doling out criticism on-air, it could just as easily dissuade them.

    We'll know soon enough as Idol auditions in front of the judges typically start in late September. X Factor season 2 is set to premiere on Sept. 12.


    Seems like maybe a consolation prize since he probably didn't get the Idol gig?

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    Sure, The Mindy Project doesn’t premiere on Fox until September 25, but we’re impatient and can’t wait! Luckily, we didn’t have to – and now you don’t, either! Watch the series premiere right here, right now. And because it’s so good you’ll want to watch it again, tune into Fox on Tuesday, September 25 at 930pm!


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    The swimmer’s agent says 50-plus companies have expressed interest. Michael Phelps is close to announcing two new partnerships with companies that are not Olympic sponsors, according to his agent.

    Peter Carlisle, managing director of Olympics and action sports for Octagon, declined to identify the companies, citing confidentiality agreements, but he said the deals were expected to be announced in the next week or so. Louis Vuitton last week unveiled two images featuring Phelps, including one of him with former Russian gymnastic medalist Larisa Latynina, though no deal with that company had been officially announced as of press time.


    Michael Phelps is NOT in hot water as a result of posing in his Speedo for luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton.
     The photo featuring Phelps in a bathtub, snapped by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, was leaked online during the London games earlier this month. A major no-no. According to the Olympics' Rule 40, athletes are prohibited from appearing in unapproved ads in order to protect corporate sponsors before, during and shortly after the games.

    The image was quickly denied as being part of Vuitton's ad campaign. And it was not officially released by the luxury house until Aug. 16, the day after Rule 40 stopped applying.

    Questions followed about whether an un-attributed leakage constituted a violation of the much-talked-about Rule 40; U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky maintains that Phelps remains in compliance because he did not authorize the early release of the photos.

    Phelps’ agent, Peter Carlisle, also dismissed any suggestion that Phelps had violated the rule, tweeting: "Rule 40 applies to athletes who permit use of their name during the Games; it doesn't apply to unauthorized uses (which, unfortunately, are common).”

    Louis Vuitton’s reps have told media outlets the company was not responsible for the leak. Leibovitz’s agent said the same thing.

    But if it wasn't Phelps, which is highly unlikely since he and his camp certainly are familiar with Rule 40, and if it wasn't Vuitton or Leibowitz ... then who was it? Most likely to gain from the early release is LV, whose brand name was linked to the Olympian in traffic-getting headlines such as "Michael Phelps Strips Down for Louis Vuitton" on Aug. 13, while people were still obsessively watching the events in London.

    Rule 40 was also subjected to social media ridicule during the games when track and field competitiors tweeted their displeasure, using the hash tags #rule40 and #wedemandchange.

    Middle distance runner Leo Manzano wrote on his Facebook page that he’d been forced to take down comments on his running shoes because of the rule. Relay Olympian Manteo Mitchell, who became a hero for completing his race with a broken fibula, expressed his opposition via Twitter: "I am PROUD to represent my Country... but at the end of the day... THIS IS MY JOB!!!!!!"

    Both Manzano and Mitchell are sponsored by Nike. But Adidas sponsored the London games.

    You can see more of Phelps' involvement with Vuitton on the label's website. Since Phelps seems to have successfully gotten around Rule 40, we wonder if more athletes will try the "unauthorized" and/or "leaked" product photo route during the next Olympic Games.

    How do you feel about Rule 40? Is it unfair to the athletes? Or is it smart to protect the corporate sponsors who spend millions to make the games possible?


    OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps addressed the Baltimore Ravens on Monday at the team's headquarters, offering encouragement as they wind down the preseason.

    Coach John Harbuagh said the 27-year-old's message was simple: "Go get 'em."

    Phelps, a Maryland native, won six medals in London to become the most-decorated Olympian ever.

    Asked to note comparisons between Phelps' last four years and the Ravens' last four years, in which they have reached the playoffs each season but failed to win the big one, Harbaugh said, "I wish I was smart enough to draw that parallel right now... I'll let you do that."

    Here goes:

    • Phelps left the Beijing Olympics with eight gold medals, but spent the next four years in a sometimes-losing battle with rival Ryan Lochte. The Ravens are a constant AFC favorite, but ever since Harbaugh showed up in 2008, have a 1-3 record vs. the New England Patriots.

    • Michael Phelps once had a pretty awful mustache. So did Joe Flacco.

    • In 2009, a photo emerged of Michael Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong. Ricky Williams took numerous hits playing running back for the Ravens in 2011.

    Okay, maybe we're stretching it. But you get the point. The Ravens are trying to get over the hump and win a title or two, and there are probably few athletes with more experience in that department than Mr. Phelps. Gotta wonder if his pregame speeches would be anything like Ray Lewis delivers.


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    Former Ramsay St babe Holly Valance made sure to celebrate her "final fling" pre-nuptials bash with former co-star Stephanie McIntosh in Los Angeles earlier this month.

    The Aussie Kiss, Kiss singer and billionaire fiance Nick Candy - who refer to themselves as "the Valandys" - are gearing up for their $1.5 million three-day Californian wedding extravaganza next month.

    But first Valance made sure to hit La La Land for a hen's party with her girlfriends.

    Candy needn't have worried though, with the girls spied letting their hair (extensions) down at famous outdoor gay bar The Abbey.

    The September wedding, with guests including Little Britain star David Walliams and Princess Beatrice - will reportedly start with a cocktail party at Beverly Hills and a reception in Malibu.

    Valance and her husband-to-be were among the VIPs at the London Olympic opening ceremony, before they flew to the States.


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  • 08/27/12--19:41: Doctor Who Spoilers!!
  • Today they released the first Doctor who webisode: 'Pond Life Pt. 1'

    SPOILERS, SWEETIE: Asylum of the Daleks BFI SPoilers

    Title says it all.  Many bits and bobs of news has trickled out of the TARDIS since the BFI preview screening of Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks earlier in the week.  After the episode was shown, there was a brief Q and A with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.  Enjoy the new high res “movie poster” for the first episode of Series 7A for a spoiler-buffer and click away if you don’t want to know more!

    The information within has been culled from many sources, to bring the best in Doctor Who “breaking news” to you in a news “omnibus” format.  Here are details that have been swimming around in the Doctor Who Zeitgeist over the last week, following the preview screening.  Most are confirmed, some are highly regarded as “reliable rumors”.

    • Steven Moffat has confirmed that there will be no two-part stories in Series 7.
    • Steven Moffat recently dined with David Tennant.
    • Caro Skinner has revealed that there will be several “live” Who events in 2013.
    • Richard E. Grant (who played an “alternate” Ninth Doctor in the BBCi web series Scream of the Shalka, and an all together “alternate” Ninth Doctor in the Steven Moffat-penned charity skit, The Curse of the Fatal Death) will play the villain in the 2012 Christmas Special.
    • Steven Moffat: “The Doctor has 13 lives. UNLESS I make something up”.
    • Asylum of the Daleks is 45 minutes long.
    • The Radio Times reports that there will be a new opening title sequence, and the Doctor Who logo will change with each episode to reflect the story.  The first logo will be covered in Dalek “bumps”, the Dinosaurs on a Spaceship episode will feature a logo with the texture of scales.  Each episode title will also be presented as a unique “logo”, changing with each story.  This follows on from Moffat’s hint earlier in the year that they were going for “epic blockbusters” and that they were going to “slut up the titles”. (wut?! why?! dnw)
    • The Dalek home planet of Skaro will appear for the first time in the new series.
    • Russell T. Davies’s Dalek replica was shipped to Cardiff to be used for the episode, making it a “proper” Dalek.
    • The candy-colored “New Paradigm Daleks” have received a metallic makeover.
    • The majority of the Daleks in the first episode are of the Russell T. Davies Bronze class.
    • A huge “I can’t believe they kept that a secret” secret is revealed about something else that happened to one of the Ponds at Demon’s Run.
    • The episode titles for Series 7A are: Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three and The Angels Take Manhattan.
    • Steven Moffat has recently also had dinner with Peter Davison.
    • There are four HUGE OMG moments.
    • The Daleks refer to The Doctor as “Doctor Who”.
    • The Last Great Time War is not mentioned.
    • Events from The Wedding of River Song are mentioned.
    • In a recent interview, Matt Smith was asked which former companion he would like to take on a trip in the TARDIS.  He replied that it would probably be Rose Tyler, as he and Billie Piper are “mates”.  Hint for the future?
    • The broadcast date for the first episode is September 1st, in both the UK and America.

    Regarding bringing the Daleks back in a big way, Steven Moffat had this to say:

    “We’ve been off the air for longer than usual, so it was an easy decision to come back with Doctor Who at its most iconic and that means Daleks, lots and lots of scary Daleks.”

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    A Spanish publication, Magazine de Fuera de Serie, released an explosive cover of Michelle Obama's head superimposed on the body of a slave.

    Michelle face tops the body of an African Guadeloupean female slave painted by French artist Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist in 1800, which critics say is a racist interpretation of the modern day politico.

    The first lady is draped in an American flag, wears a headscrarf with her breast out, and is perched beside the the headline — "Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America."

    No word on the article accompanying the art, but we do know the picture is one in a series by artist Karine Percheron-Daniels of famous people's heads — Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Abraham Lincoln, and President Barack Obama — atop nude or partially nude art subjects.

    Meanwhile, Karine says she's sure Michelle would "love" the picture and she hopes the president's wife sees it one day.


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    This past weekend, Erykah Badu performed at the Afro Punk 2012 Festival in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry park. She performed ‘Love Of My Life’, ‘On & On’, ‘The Healer’ and then begins to dance to Nicki Minaj's ‘Beez In The Trap’.

    As Badu breaks into her rendition of Nicki's Beez in the Trap (check towards the end of the video), she starts off her version by saying "Bitch you don't beez in no trap." She then goes on to say "I'm gonna remix this shit up. This is what she shoulda said: cats ain't shit cause they ain't catchin' nothing, they tryna find out how to kill these rodents, there's cheese in the trap, cheese-cheese in the trap..."

    Here are some tweets about the incident:

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    and Ms. Badu herself attempted to clear the air...
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    what the hell...?


    smh Erykah, you are better than this!!! what do you guys think?

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  • 08/27/12--20:06: Noisettes megapost!!

  • Noisettes interview: 'We're not expecting success of last album'
    Noisettes broke through into mainstream music's consciousness back in 2009 with their chart hit 'Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go)'.

    Noisettes broke through into mainstream music's consciousness back in 2009 with their chart hit 'Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go)'.

    Since then, singer Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith have trekked the globe performing at festivals and writing new material for their third studio record Contact.

    Digital Spy caught up with the duo to chat about their new music, mainstream remixes and whether Nicki Minaj should be allowed to wear what she wants.

    How have you found the initial reaction to 'That Girl'
    Shingai: "The reaction to the new music on a whole has been amazing. I don't want to pick and choose or favor a particular song anymore, I just want to be able to play the whole album!"

    Why did you choose it to release as a single?
    Shingai: "We didn't choose it! You never know which songs are going to be embraced by radio during a campaign, so when they want something, you've just got to give it to them!"
    Dan: "It wasn't planned at all. We found out about it when we were doing a soundcheck for a radio awards show and we hadn't included it in our set. We got a text saying, 'The single's changed, can you play it tonight?'"

    Are 'That Girl' and 'Winner' a good indication of what we can expect from the new album?
    Shingai: "Those songs sound very different from each other, so they're a good indication of the variety on the album. The fact that we've had those two songs with different tempos to kickstart the album campaign, shows how diverse it will be."

    How would you describe the album?
    Dan: "It's kind of like a film. If you were asked to pick scenes out of a film, would you be able to judge the movie as a whole? If you picked a love scene and a fight scene, would that make it that kind of film? It could be a comedy! Our album has so many elements in it - it has moments of gravity and moments of lightness."

    Does that mean there's a storyline that runs through it?
    Shingai: "I wouldn't say there's a narrative, but there are common themes in the lyrics that relate to the album title. That was accidental as well - that a lot of our songs seem to involve making contact. Whether that's making contact with people, making contact with the night or going traveling. You only realize that after when you try to work out the tracklisting."

    You traveled far and wide to make this album. Has there been a particular place that has inspired your music?
    Dan: "You kind of immediately switch off a bit when you hear a band singing songs about traveling and being on the road, so it's not about that. It's more to do with our friendship and has the backdrop of us making places our homes. We could make a bench in a park our home easily by thinking positively about it and I think that's because the place is here [places hand on heart]."

    How important do you think it is for an artist to write their own material?
    Shingai: "I think it's really great for your development. But there are also a lot of amazing singers who have had a career of interpreting a lyric - like Whitney Houston or blues and gospel singers. Their originality is putting their own character into that song. I think that's a beautiful art in itself. I wouldn't mind if half the songs on our album were written by somebody because we just really loved those songs."

    Considering your previous success, are you nervous about the release of your new album?
    Shingai: "I don't think the success of our last album was a fluke, but I definitely wasn't expecting it. I was expecting to just enjoy the ride and get some recognition of our contribution to the bandscape. It was nice to get that, so it would be a bit ungrateful to say, 'I won't accept anything less than that'."

    If a big DJ like Calvin Harris approached you to remix one of your tracks for a single, would you be up for it?
    Shingai: "We love remixes - bring it on! You can't really close any doors. Music evolves and there are lots of different hybrid ways it does that. We're not ones to turn our noses up at collaborating or doing things in a different way. If it's just to get the number one single and you don't really like the remix, then that's a shame because it's then about an end goal and not about the musical process. But I suppose that's some people's goal, isn't it? To be famous."

    Image is a big part of your act, but other artists like Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj get criticized over their style for seeking publicity. What are your views on popstar costumes?
    Shingai: "I think it's only fair Nicki Minaj gets to express herself! There are two camps: the music and fashion critics and the actual fans. If the fans get the image and concept first and the music second, it must feel hard for them to get close to that artist.

    "I'm sure if we had more money we'd have bigger concepts and I think if people can do that, then it's great. If you look at Kate Bush and Bowie, they looked like they were genuinely having a lot of fun. But I do think there are some artists who are doing that too hard now and are not having fun."

    Noisettes' new single 'That Girl' is available to download now, while new album Contact follows on August 27.

    Shingai Shoniwa Talks Us Through The Noisettes' New Album, Contact
    Next week sees the release of the Noisettes third album, Contact - and you lucky lot get to hear it first, before anyone else. We’re streaming the entire thing right here on Grazia Daily. Yes! The duo – singer Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith - were behind 2009’s massive smash hit Don’t Upset The Rhythm and have travelled the world for this new album, recording in LA, New York, London, Brighton and Ireland. We caught up with Shingai to talk music, festivals and vintage cars…

    Next week sees the release of the Noisettes third album, Contact - and you lucky lot get to hear it first, before anyone else. We’re streaming the entire thing right here on Grazia Daily. Yes! The duo – singer Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith - were behind 2009’s massive smash hit Don’t Upset The Rhythm and have travelled the world for this new album, recording in LA, New York, London, Brighton and Ireland. We caught up with Shingai to talk music, festivals and vintage cars…

    Grazia Daily: You’ve worked with some amazing people on this new album…
    Shingai Shoniwa: Yeah. I flew out to LA to work with Ne-Yo which was quite amazing. He was quite the gentleman. It was really fun. It was a bit like a dream. In New York we worked with a guy called Jean Baptiste Kouame who works with Will-i.am, who was really cool. We did a session with a producer/writer called Chuck Harmony who has worked with a lot of R’n’B singers like Toni Braxton. I love all the drama of some of those over the top singers.

    Grazia Daily: Do you have any favourite tracks on the new album?
    Shingai Shoniwa: I’d probably say Contact. It’s one of the most enjoyable vocal performances I’ve delivered and it’s my kind of a love song. It’s about how we’re always emailing, texting, bbm-ing, and tweeting each other but nothing beats human contact – the embrace of a lover or a friend. You can’t really high-five someone through a computer screen. That’s definitely the ballad that I’d definitely go for.

    Grazia Daily: You’ve played loads of festivals…what’s your favourite festival memory?
    Shingai Shoniwa: Probably when we played Glastonbury for first time in 2007. I’d just bought this old vintage Mercedes. We managed to put the drum kit, all the guitars, all the amps, the band and a mate of ours inside. It was really muddy but those old Mercs are really powerful and I had to tow someone else out who got stuck. That was the year I met Rosario Dawson, too. She had lost her mates and we had a really good night then made a fry up on the gas stove outside our tent in the morning. It was her first UK festival, and we’ve been friends ever since.

    Grazia Daily: What’s on your iPod at the moment?
    Shingai Shoniwa: I’m listening to a lot of African music at the moment, and I really like the Pnau Vs Elton Jon album. I love the Phenomenal Handclap band too. I drive around a lot in my vintage Merc so I have to listen to fun, weird and wonderful stuff. I can’t put Capital Radio on in that car…the speakers aren’t built for it. They need lots of bass and really warm old school sounds. But when I’m in an Addison Lee I’ll listen to whatever the driver puts on which is usually some kind of bubblegum pop.

    Grazia Daily: What new artists are you excited about?
    Shingai Shoniwa: I really love Jospehine Oniyama. She’s fantastic. She’s from Liberia but she grew up in Manchester and we did quite a lot of shows with her. She’s got this amazing pop-folk sound. It’s really, really nice.

    Grazia Daily: If you could have written one song, what would it be?
    Shingai Shoniwa: Probably something like What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner. She’s someone I would absolutely love to meet. She amazing, absolutely incredible. She’s definitely one of my musical heroes. I love people like Billie Holiday and Kate Bush too, just people will real personality and energy - people who are unique and bring their own unique spin to pop music.

    Grazia Daily: What do you like to read?
    Shingai Shoniwa: I love anything by Ben Okri, who’s a Nigerian writer. I like classic stuff like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell. I like reading things like the Orange prize which introduces you to a lot of new writers. I like Anais Nin if you fancy something cheekier. I’m a really open minded reader.

    Grazia Daily: And what about films?
    Shingai Shoniwa: One of my favourite films of all time is Beyond The Valley of the Dolls. It’s got Dionne Warwick cast as the drummer of this amazing, psychedelic soul rock ‘n’ roll girl band in the late 60s and they go to LA from their small town in search of making it. The music is great too. I love that film.

    Shingai Shoniwa: 'The Noisettes have always been a rainbow tribe'
    The singer on collaborating with Africa Express, which features 80 musicians on one train as it makes a string of stops across the UK

    With guitarist Dan Smith, Shoniwa formed rock band the Noisettes in 2003. Shoniwa is from south London; her mother is from Zimbabwe.

    When did you first get involved with Africa Express?
    First by being a fan and going to shows. The Noisettes did our first collaboration with them last year – a gig in La Coruña in Spain. On the first night there was a big jam session, loads of instruments on stage. I remember jamming with John Paul Jones and Fatoumata [Diawara]. On the second day those who had bonded, or had people that they wanted to work with, worked up material for a show on the third night. Nick Zinner was with Rokia Traoré; Damon was at one point with Amadou and Mariam. We had Afrikan Boy get up with us. It was an amazing musical rainbow.

    Has it opened you up to lots of new music?
    To be honest, I've always grown up in an environment when I've had a lot of musicians coming in and out of my living room. My mum and my uncle used to put on events at the Africa Centre. So before the whole renaissance, Peter Gabriel-endorsed vibe of what people called "world music" in the early 2000s my mum had being doing that since the late 80s. So it was normal for me to come in from school and someone would chuck a shaker in my hand. Someone would ask me: "What's your favourite song?" and I'd say Whitney Houston and they'd say: "Well this is how you play it, zimba style!"

    You're well equipped for the collaborative, genre-fusing of Africa Express then…
    The Noisettes have always been a bit of a rainbow tribe. For us, [the collaboration] feels easy, exciting – natural, not forced.

    The train aspect is fascinating. How do you imagine it will work?
    You'll often find that musicians traveling together will end up jamming and singing and getting out a drum anyway. If I get the last train from Victoria to Brixton, or from London Bridge to Deptford, and there's a few musicians on, that's what they'll end up doing anyway. Or say we bumped into Damon on the Eurostar and there was another musician in that carriage, I'm sure within a couple of seconds we'd start jamming. Put that in a context where the whole train is full of musicians, with instruments; where we're not gonna be told, "Keep the noise down"; where it's properly organised, and we've got gigs at every stop… It's what we already do, but multiplying it, doing it on a national scale.

    Sources: 1, 2, 3
    Who has it? Thoughts?
    I just got home from work so I haven't listened to it yet smh

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  • 08/27/12--20:12: THIS WEEK'S SOAP PROMOS!!!!

  • Rick wants Hope to be with Thomas!

    Haven't these writers figured out yet we're so bored with the same old same old? This triangle of Liam/Hope/Steffy is going nowhere, never was and never will. Look for Thomas and Hope to get closer as does Steffy and Liam, look for Rick to add his two cents in the mix and Caroline gets her feelings hurt.

    Lots of crazy behind the scenes with the departure of Ronn Moss and Susan Flannery, poor Brad his newest phrase is rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, many are hoping that Moss changes his mind at the last minute, but that is not stopping Brad from looking for a recast. I hear Brad is not going to go with any previously known soap actor or even someone semi-famous on any other show, he's wanting a fresh, new face in his late forties because he wants to portray Ridge at his 50 year mark, something he should have done ages ago.

    Susan Flannery was quoted as saying she will stick around a little longer to help with the transition of her leaving if necessary. Hopefully we will get to see more of Hunter and Winsor as well as Lesli Kay.

    From what insiders say no one seems to be all that upset with 2 of the core four leaving, only that there will be more airtime for those who have been left out in the cold.

    Lots going on in Genoa also, looks like Khalil is the first actor to be let go under the new regime of Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith, and you ask why? It's simple, contract contract contract, her's was the first one to expire and she was the first to be let go, no surprise there. Leave it to Jill to clean house. It is nothing new for Ms Phelps.

    How long before we see Genie Francis exit many are asking. Her contract ends in November, wonder how she and Jill are getting along?.

    The big 10,000th episode is coming and narrating it is Jeanne Cooper. We will see a montage of Victor (a funeral perhaps?) narrated by Kay who talks about how Victor was a wonderful father and how he is basically the king of the world. Then we see Victor walk in during the scene described as "standing there, as handsome as ever" and then Kay says, "May I remind you, Victor always has the last laugh." I guess we will have to wait and see about that now that JFP is in charge.

    Michael Damien is apparently coming back to Y&R for the 10,000 episode and maybe beyond as per his twitter.

    Is Phyllis and Kevin about to caught in the death of Tim?

    Lisa Rinna (Billie) is reportedly out the door while Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe) will be returning but did you know it is only a guest role, not a contract nor recurring. They call it a guest shot, what a dig to a character and actress who has created a great role and now is being subjected to being called a guest.

    Sami offers to help Gabi and Brady, offers Kate a promotion.

    Nick's family tries to convince him to seek parole and Melanie is so freaked out about the prospect of Nick getting out of prison that she begins to have nightmares.

    Sami refuses to give in to EJ and instead decides to focus on her kids. Meanwhile, Will resigns from his position with EJ.

    Jennifer agrees to let Nicole stay with her after overhearing Victor and Maggie arguing about Brady's request that Nicole live at the mansion.

    This week Jerry and his infectious toxin will rock Port Charles, but there is more to come, there's a second part to Jerry's plan that goes beyond getting people sick. And if that isn't enough we will soon learn who the mastermind is of this diabolical event - a returning vet whose return has been kept secret.

    The buzz across the boards is whether Steve Burton will stay or leave, as it stands his contract is due to expire 9/26. Word is it has nothing to do with money and more about scheduling. I am hearing the talks have come to a stalemate and we just may be saying goodbye to Jason. But there can always be an 11th hour reprieve, you just never know. At this point stories are being drafted and changed with several scenarios when and "if" Burton leaves.

    We may be seeing an Ethan return but probably with a different face, as Nathan Parsons has no desire to return to daytime. Any actor who never once appeared at a fan event and has no respect for his fans stinks in my book.

    Todd and Jax go head to head, Todd thinks he's meaner than Jax, and much richer. Which he may be, so expect a real good showdown.

    Lucy Coe's name has been mentioned quite often as of late and given the acting range of Herring, she’s no doubt a favorite of Ron and Frank's.

    It's the end of the road for Dr. Keenan but not before he admits Robin is alive, but before he can say who has her he dies, ironically Jason, who for a change is NOT guilty, is blamed.

    Florencia Lozano returns to our screens as Tea the first week of September and we will see baby Victor also, now the question is when will see Daddy Victor?

    Will Sonny and Kate make it down the aisle this time or will the wedding be interrupted by someone surprising?

    Tracy's secret is coming out and its a whopper unfortunately for Tracy its not as secret as she wants it to be.

    Has John McBain found the key to saving everyone in PC?

    What if Robin became a willing participant in her own disappearance?

    What if Duke Lavery was alive and living under an assumed name?...What if Olivia Jerome was alive and well also?

    YouTube, SoapTownUSA

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    Only a week after Examiner's interview with "Glee" star Chris Colfer in July, we told you the star was working on a second novel, later revealed to be “Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal." E! Online on Wednesday exclusively released the book cover.

    On the cover, in front of a lined-notebook-paper background, the star and young author is seen sitting on a stool and holding a journal. Above his head, a broken pencil in the shape of a lightning bolt is place in front of the book's title.

    Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal” is a book adaption of Colfer's first self-written starring role in a feature film. The “Struck by Lightning” novel will hit shelves November 20, approximately one month before the film enters theaters.

    "I got a bunch of stories in me. I feel like I was born with, like, a major to-do list of stories to tell," Colfer told Examiner in July. "I’ll have a new story to tell as long as people want to listen to me."

    The 22-year-old's first novel, the New York Times Bestseller "The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell," hit shelves only two months ago. The second installment in the series will be available next year.

    Colfer is also developing a second self-written movie, which is rumored to have been filmed this summer despite the star's busy schedule.


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    Ah, Wet Seal: the site of so many of our own pre-teen shopping sprees. The retail chain's always had its finger on the MTV generation's collective pulse, so its new partnership with "Call Me Maybe" songstress Carly Rae Jepsen seems a perfect fit.

    Not only will the Canadian singer front Wet Seal's fall and holiday campaigns (which you can see below), but her upcoming album Kiss, which lands on September 18, will be stocked at the chain's many stores at a special marked-down price. And to kick off the campaign, Wet Seal is offering shoppers the opportunity to win a $1,000 shopping spree—to be enjoyed in Carly's company, no less—and to see her perform during Justin Bieber's Believe tour this fall. Simply hit up any Wet Seal store or go to Wetseal.com to enter the contest—and then, uh, try throwing a wish in a well for good measure.

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    During a first listen on its Facebook page, stars Darren Criss, Kevin McHale and Chord Overstreet previewed five songs that will be featured in the first two episodes of the Fox dramedy's upcoming fourth season.

    With Glee returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday.

    In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the Glee gang will take on songs by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, among others.

    The so-called Glee Listening Party, hosted by Kevin McHale (Artie) and Darren Criss (Blaine) offered a look at 5 songs from the first two episodes.

    In the premiere, Kate Hudson will take on a mashup of Lady Gaga's "Americano" and Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again." "It works really well, it's fun," Hudson, who plays Rachel's tough NYADA dance teacher Cassandra July, says of the track. "It's got fun and levity and you see a different side of her. … This character actually has some depth."

    Criss, meanwhile, will take on Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons' "It's Time."

    During each song, a slideshow played that featured a handful of new images from Glee's fourth season as well as the previously released cast photos teasing New Directions' new beginnings as well as new actors joining the series including Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist.

    McHale and Criss will duet on another mashup -- of Jusin Bieber's "Boyfriend" and Britney Spears' "Boys" in the second episode of the season, the Spears tribute "Britney 2.0."  "When you see it on the episode, we were told to make it as cheesy and as boybandy as possible," Criss said of the track, with the duo joking that choreographer Zach Woodlee taught them a "boy band face."

    Chord Overstreet (Sam) previewed Heather Morris' (Brittany) cover of Spears' "Gimmie More," which she'll perform in the second episode with the rest of New Directions dancing to support the track.

    Lastly, McHale introduced "Call Me Maybe," which featured standout vocals from Alex Glee Project season one winner Alex Newell (Unique) and Criss.

    What do you think of the song selections? Hit the comments with your thoughts. Glee's fourth season returns at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, on Fox.


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