Posted 11 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
DEMI LOVATO CRITICIZES LADY GAGA’S VOMIT PERFORMANCE
UNDATED (AP) — Demi Lovato is calling out Lady Gaga for getting vomited on. Lady Gaga performed at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, and part of her show included a performance artist throwing up on her. Lovato tweeted, “As if we didn’t have enough people glamorizing eating disorders already.” Lovato struggled with eating disorders and addiction. She added, “Would you let someone bring a needle and shoot up on you? Addiction is addiction.” Lovato also said, “Putting the word ART in it isn’t a free card to do whatever you want without consequences.” However, Lovato says she’s still a Lady Gaga fan, adding, “I’m still a little monster myself.”
LADY GAGA HAD PLANNED TO QUIT MUSIC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lady Gaga says she was ready to call it quits — rather than bow to the pressures of the music industry. In a wide-ranging chat as part of the keynote session at South By Southwest, Gaga says she refuses to compromise to the point where she wouldn’t want to perform anymore. She says if that were to happen — quote: “I will stop. I will quit, I will retire from the commercial market.” It’s been a rough go of it lately for the singer. She had hip surgery last year — which forced her to take time off the road. She also had a split with her manager — and has been having trouble getting her latest album sold. “ARTPOP” dropped last November — but has only moved 673,773 copies. By comparison, her “Born This Way” album sold 1.1 million copies in its first week.
CHRIS BROWN BEING HELD WITHOUT BAIL ON PROBATION VIOLATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been more than five years since Chris Brown beat up Rihanna the night before the Grammys. Since then, he has not served any time behind bars for that attack. Until now, that is. Brown was arrested Friday and is being held without bail. He was busted on a warrant issued by probation officials after he got kicked out of his latest rehab assignment. Officials at the rehab facility say they booted Brown because he failed to follow the rules. No details were released. But Brown is due in court today — and prosecutors are expected to provide specifics then. Brown’s probation for the Rihanna assault was to end this year. But a judge revoked it last year after Brown was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in Washington. That case is pending.
KISS DOING BATTLE WITH ROCK HALL
NEW YORK (AP) — Kiss is continuing its public spat with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paul Stanley says members of the band are upset because the Hall refused to induct members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer along with the original lineup. Stanley says the Rock Hall is being unfair — and that the organization has tweaked its rules for other acts. For example, Stanley says when the Grateful Dead was inducted, the Rock Hall also included Robert Hunter, who Stanley describes as “a writer who never played an instrument.” Kiss is to be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 10 in New York. But Kiss has declared on its Web site they won’t perform on the induction program.
ZAKK WYLDE’S GUITAR STOLEN FROM TOUR BUS
CHICAGO (AP) — Zakk Wylde’s guitar has been stolen and you’ll know it if you see it, because it’s the distinctive black-and-white bull’s eye guitar that’s his signature instrument. The Chicago Tribune reports Wylde played a set as part of the Experience Hendrix tour in Chicago Friday and put the guitar on his bus, then went back inside to watch the rest of the show. His leather vest and his guitar were gone when he got back. Surveillance footage shows three men entering the bus after Wylde’s tour manager forgot to lock the door. Wylde says his tour manager feels “beyond horrendous (and) beyond embarrassed.” The guitar is one of two with the bull’s eye paint job and Wylde estimates it’s worth $10,000.
TYLER, THE CREATOR ARRESTED
AUSTIN, Texas, (AP) — He’s known as Tyler, The Creator. But authorities in Austin, Texas say the rapper of tried to create unrest at South By Southwest. He’s been arrested and charged with inciting a riot. Police say the rapper tried to urge fans at the music fest to push past workers trying to control access to a show Thursday that was already at capacity. The member of Odd Future was stopped at the Austin airport — and is being held on $3,500 bond. If convicted of the misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
BEN BRILEY OF “AMERICAN IDOL” SEARCHES FOR GOOD FOOD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol” contestant Ben Briley believes one consolation to getting eliminated is that he can get something real to eat. Briley says, “L.A. does not know what food is.” He plans to eat lots of pizza in particular and he hopes someone buys him a steak. Briley says besides food, he misses his bed, his big-screen TV and his XBox. Briley says he’ll probably start his post-“Idol” career by taking a four-day nap.
”E-PRO” VIDEO WAS DEVASTATING TO BECK
NEW YORK (AP) — Beck’s video for “E-Pro” nearly cost him his career. Rolling Stone reports Beck suffered a spinal injury during the 10-hour shoot for that video in 2005. The video shows him running through an animated landscape, and the shoot required him to wear a harness. Beck says after the injury, he stopped touring and didn’t know if he ever would again. He says he couldn’t use his guitar and voice the same way any more. Beck just released a new album, “Morning Phase.”
SPANDAU BALLET RETURNS TO U.S. AFTER 30 YEARS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Spandau Ballet has been away from the U.S. music scene for nearly three decades. And now that they have again played on this side of the pond, the British group best known for the hit “True” wonders why it stayed away so long. The group performed at the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas. Band member Gary Kemp says “the reaction was phenomenal.” He says they didn’t realize how much American fans loved the group and its music — and the group is now thinking of a new album and world tour. Or as band member John Keeble jokingly put it: “the usual world domination stuff.”
NIKKI SIXX MARRIES
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue has gotten married for the third time. People magazine reports Sixx married model Courtney Bingham in Los Angeles on Saturday. He’s 55, she’s 28. They’ve been dating three years. Sixx was previously married to Playboy playmate Brandi Brandt and to actress Donna D’Errico.
SARA BAREILLES WANTS TO HELP WITH A PROPOSAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sara Bareilles is looking for someone who’s about to get engaged. Bareilles says her new song, “I Choose You,” is about celebrating love and she wants to help someone who’s about to propose to one of her fans. She’s promising her creative team will help and the more elaborate and creative the idea, the better. Bareilles says she promises she will look cute in the engagement photos and she’ll even brush her hair. You can tell Bareilles your ideas through her Facebook page.
LYRICIST PETER CALLANDER DIES
NEW YORK (AP) — The man who wrote the words to hits like “The Night Chicago Died” and “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” has died. The New York Times reports lyricist Peter Callander died of a heart attack in Haresfield, Middlesex, England, on February 25. He was 74. Callander’s other hits include “Hitchin’ A Ride” for Vanity Fare, “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” for Wayne Newton and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” for Georgie Fame.
ASHANTI WILL SING FOR MANNY PACQUIAO
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ashanti landed a gig by going to a basketball game. She went to a Knicks game and sat by boxer Manny Pacquiao (PAK’-ee-ow). She was so excited she hit her dad and said, “That is Manny! We need a picture.” They hit it off and Pacquiao asked her to sing the national anthem at his next fight against Timothy Bradley. Ashanti says it’s an honor and she plans to be a ringside cheerleader for Pacquiao. The fight is April 12 in Las Vegas.
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS MARRIES
NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Lynn Spears has gotten married. People magazine reports Spears married businessman Jamie Watson in New Orleans on Friday. She’s 22, he’s 31. Spears has a 5-year-old daughter, Maddie, from a previous relationship.
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY MAKING A COMEBACK
ATLANTA (AP) — Before there was Jennifer Hudson with her Oscar-winning performance as Effie in “Dreamgirls,” there was another Jennifer who blew people away with her heavy-duty voice on the torch song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” That was Jennifer Holliday. But since her Dreamgirls days, little has gone right for the singer. Holliday has dealt with clinical depression, weight issues, multiple sclerosis, bankruptcy, temporary blindness — and tried to commit suicide on her 30th birthday. Holliday is now trying to make her way back. She has dropped her first solo album in two decades. She has also dropped a lot of weight — more than 200 pounds from the high of 400 she once weighed. Holliday says appearing on “American Idol” with finalist Jessica Sanchez two years ago helped get her career back on track — and convinced her than perhaps she should be singing again.
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