Ke$ha Tweets Bizarre Photo from C’mon Video Shoot

Despite the recent controversy surrounding her latest single Die Young, Ke$ha is hard at work on the set of her latest music video for her second single C’mon. As a teaser to her fans, she tweeted a photo of herself on the set of the video shoot.

Ke$ha’s also starring in the upcoming MTV’s Club NYE 2013, along with fellow artists Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard, as well as Snooki, JWoww, and comedian Jeff Dye. The gig will air from Times Square in New York City on Monday, December 31 at 11 p.m. ET, so be sure to save the date!

Brandy Releases New Single How High

You guys remember Brandy, right? The popular R&B princess of the 90s who brought us hits like Sitting Up in My Room and The Boy Is Mine with fellow artist Monica. Well, she’s back with a nice holiday present for her loyal fans and it’s in a form of a fresh new track called How High.

The single is said to be one of the tracks that didn’t make the cut in her latest album, Two Eleven. It is a mid-tempo song about being lovestruck and how far one is willing to go to keep their lover happy. As a couple lines from the song state, “When you say jump, I’ll say how high / I wanna touch the sky.”

The track has a laid-back beat to it which also showcases Brandy’s alter-ego Bran’Nu’s rapping skills at the end with a nice 16 bars on the last verse.

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason Saves London Drum Shop

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When the music store where you bought your first instrument closes down, it can be heartbreaking. When that happened to Foote’s Music Shop in London, one client saved its closure by donating funds needed to keep it in business.

That one client is Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. He got disappointed when he heard the news of the store’s closing down, so he stepped in and bought the store. That’s where he bought his first drum kit for £7.50, which eventually started him off onto his career.

Although he has bought it, the iconic drummer said he won’t be too involved with its day-to-day operation.

Foote’s, founded in 1920 by Charles Ernest Foote, is the most popular music store in London as it boasts the largest selection of drums, percussion, woodwind brass and string instruments. The shop has re-opened in a new location at 41 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Watch Mason’s drum improvisations and solos.

Guess Who Katty Perry Took Back To Her Hometown For Holidays

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Katy Perry and her pop and blues rock musician beau John Mayer spent the holidays with Perry’s family in Santa Barbara, taking their relationship to the next level.

Mayer has already met Katy’s family many times. According to People, a source said, “They’re happy together and with her family for the holidays. John really likes getting to know Katy’s family better. They’ve spent a lot of time together and really enjoy each other’s company. John is entirely focused on Katy.”

the couple paid a visit to the local hospital before heading over to Katy’s family. Katy has been an honored guest of Dream Foundation, a charity that supports and grant wishes for families experiencing life-threatening illness.

Last Christmas, Katy was in a completely different state after her split from husband Russell Brand. Their divorce was settled in July this year. Rumors of her dating Mayer started in the same month before she finally revealed the relationship this month.

It was lately reported that John made a special Christmas present for Katy: a guitar designed with a carved initials of Katy and the date they first met.

Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Collapses on Stage, Dies

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As we celebrate the holiday season, others mourn for the tragic death of Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia.

Scaccia, who was also the lead guitarist for metal band Rigor Mortis, collapsed on stage in a performance at the 50th birthday party of Ministry lead singer Bruce Corbitt at Forth Worth, Texas on Sunday. He died after collapsing. He was 47.

Medical examine shows his death was attributed to a heart attack, but according to Blabbermouth, Scaccia had a seizure after he reportedly requested to turn off the strobe lights at the Rail Club.

It was a great loss for the metal scene as well as in the music industry. May his soul rest in peace.

Backstreet Boys Perform At 2012 Disney Parade

The Backstreet Boys are back again! The group that started the boy band craze back in the 90s performed at the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on Tuesday singing their new holiday track It’s Christmas Time Again, which they released early this November.

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The reunited members were clearly in high spirits as they sang their song and shared some fun moments with Mickey and the rest of the other classic Disney characters in front of the iconic castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

So does this mean that the boys are back for good? Well, as the Huffington Post reported, it could very well be as they announced on GMA this summer that they do have an upcoming record that’s due to be released in 2013.

Aside from the Backstreet Boys, other celebrities also performed for the annual event, which include Lady Antebellum and this year’s American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.

An Afterthought On Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’ Backlash

Last week we posted an article featuring the backlash that Ke$ha’s single Die Young took from the unfortunate shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. After ingesting a few alcoholic beverages, I thought I’d share my thoughts about the decision of the various radio stations to pull Ke$ha’s track off the air.

I don’t think that it was necessary for the radio stations to refrain from playing Ke$ha’s song on the air. I think that anyone who’d think that it is wrong to play or even listen to the song considering what just happened is taking the song totally out of context.

First, the song wasn’t inviting or glorifying death, and second, it wasn’t even referring to little children. And yeah, you can argue that they listen to the song all you want but that’s still beside the point. The point is that the song is about seizing the moment and living one’s life to the fullest, NOT about being happy about one’s death.

If one just takes the moment to listen to the song’s lyrics, they’ll find that there’s completely nothing for anyone to be offended by. Call me optimistically blind but I just don’t think that (majority of the) people can be that narrow-minded to not even consider the song’s context and then go out accusing anyone of playing and listening to the song as insensitive.

And then we have Ke$ha, who by the way thought that she ought to wash her hands off of the controversy a few days after the incident by claiming that she was forced to sing the song. When she did that, I was like, “What?!” Wasn’t the song made days/week earlier and prior to the shooting? It’s not like she could’ve foreseen it happening, so why is it that she’s acting like she wrote or sung the song AFTER the incident?

And then recently she backtracked again when she recanted what she said about being forced to sing the song. “’Force’ is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘Die Young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics… because so many of my fans are young,” she said. “That’s one reason why I wrote so many version of this song. But the point of the song is the important of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are thing I truly believe.”

Frankly, I thought her attempt to get her hands clean was totally unnecessary to begin with. If she hadn’t done that, she would’ve never had to backpedal on anything. She only ended up looking defensive about the whole thing.

OK, that’s it. End of rant.

Review: ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons

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Going strong on the charts is Mumford and Sons’ I Will Wait off the Babel album. Formed in 2007, the English folk rock group has introduced the country-style music in a more pop-oriented way that could easily be appreciated by all listeners.

Featuring uncommonly-used instruments like the violin and banjo, the band has brought us with this type of genre which is more popular in the countryside.

Their single I Will Wait builds up the tempo slowly, with fast fingerpicking and simple but catchy lyrics that easily get stuck in your head. Listening to it at first may not be that appealing but once you hear it again, the melodic hook sticks well. It occurred to me that every time I hear their song, I get to jive my head and enjoy their music.

Watch their live performance on Letterman below.

Review: ‘My Grown Up Christmas List’ Cover by Charice

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My Grown Up Christmas List is a Christmas song written by Linda Thompson Jenner and composed by Canadian musician David Foster. Natalie Cole first sang it for one of David Foster’s albums in 1990, which was a non-holiday album called River of Love.

Now, it’s been covered by several current artists like Kelly Clarkson, Michale Buble, Amy Grant, and Charice, but my favorite is by Charice.

This is one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard. It reminds me of the difficult times I’ve been through and of my dreams for my family and for the people around me. It helps me not to think about all the material things I could have and wish for, but for all the things such as happiness, good health and so many more meaningful things that could help our lives.

Aside from having a really nice tune , the lyrics of this song really touched me, because the song tries to tell everyone that the best Christmas present do not come out from wrappers and boxes, but from the hearts of the people. Watch and listen to the message of this song, which is the true meaning of Christmas!

It’s not only about getting presents. It is also a time to be thankful for what you have and spend time with your family. If everyone felt the same way as this song describes then we would be living in a perfect world.

My thanks goes out to the composer and to Charice, with her heartfelt performance. It is definitely worth downloading. I hope everybody could have the chance of listening to this awesome song.

LostProphets Shocked over Singer’s Child Sex Allegations

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LostProphets frontman Ian Watkins was charged for allegedly conspiring to rape a one-year-old girl which got a big shock from other members of the band Jamie Oliver, Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis and Stuart Richardson.

Watkins and two women are also accused of conspiracy to have sexual activity with another girl whose age is below 13. He denied the charges against him.

Contents on the band’s website were taken down and replaced with their statement.

Watkins has co-founded Lostprophets in 1997 with their 2005 album Liberation Transmission reaching number one spot in the UK. Weapons, their fifth LP, on the other hand hit the ninth spot this year.