MICHAEL JACKSON 'Immortalized' @ Hollywood Handprint Ceremony:
Michael Jackson’s three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, honored their father by immortalizing his handprints and footprints in wet cement during a ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday (Jan. 26).
According to Reuters, Paris imprinted her father’s iconic sequined glove into the cement, while Prince and Blanket placed his shoe into the cement, before all three left their own handprints next to their father’s. A hundred fans attended the event, including Justin Bieber, Chris Tucker, Quincy Jones and Jackson’s brothers Tito and Jackie.
Jackson’s mother Katherine called the ceremony “a very, very solemn occasion for my son.” Bieber, in turn, told the crowd, “Everything I do, I look at Michael and I want to be as good as he was.”
Jackson’s prints will now reside next to Hollywood royalty like Fred Astaire and Marilyn Monroe at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The ceremony comes one day before Cirque du Soleil begins a three-night stay at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as part of their “Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour” run.
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The Giants and the Patriots will meet on the field at Super Bowl XLVI, but when NBC goes to commercial, John Williams will meet dubstep and other modern music styles.
Intending to reflect the epic nature of this NFL championship, a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, NBC commissioned composer Joel Beckerman to create an orchestral-rock hybrid of Williams’ 2006 piece “Wide Receiver” for use during the game. Using a rock rhythm section and a 45-piece orchestra — 90 percent of the musicians were from the New York Philharmonic — Beckerman recorded a new 90-second version of “Wide Receiver” and newly composed music Thursday at New York’s Avatar Studio for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.
Beckerman described one version as dubstep, another as bombastic rock with percussion, and a third simply as “a percolating soundtrack.” It’s titled “Epic Matchup.”
"This year’s game is expected to be the most watched telecast in history so NBC wanted it to be much bigger (than earlier versions)," Beckerman said shortly after the session concluded. "I did (an arrangement) in ‘09 that was much more a fanfare. This is more of an epic soundtrack."
Rihanna has found a unique way of getting some new stage outfits.
The musical superstar from Barbados will be hunting for undiscovered design talent in Britain on a new TV show — currently unnamed — in which she will star and executive produce.
Sky Living HD announced Thursday it has commissioned media company Twenty Twenty to make the series and say Rihanna will be working mainly behind the scenes.
Hosting duties will go to another pop name, Nicola Roberts from the U.K. group Girls Aloud. Together they will challenge fashion newcomers to create stage gear for musicians and celebrities — with the final task to dress Rihanna for her July 8 performance at the Wireless music festival in London’s Hyde Park.
Billboard Power 100 List: Did Your Favorites Rank?
You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation — the world’s largest promoter, ticketing company and artist management group — is the most powerful person in the music industry. Azoff topped the first-ever Billboard Power 100 list, a ranking of where power and influence resides in the music business and the industries that intersect with it. While most of the executives on the list are behind-the-scenes power players like Azoff, there are 11 names that even casual music fans will instantly recognize.
The power couple of Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Beyonce Knowles is ranked collectively at No. 13 on the list. As artists, both have enjoyed remarkable successes: He holds the record for the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, topping that chart with 12 albums and selling 28 million units in the U.S. along the way, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while she has racked up sales of more than 29 million units from sales of her solo albums and as part of Destiny’s Child.
But the Billboard Power 100 list is about more than album and ticket sales; the artists featured are all actively involved in making impactful business decisions for their careers. In the case of Beyonce, she has recently been behind multi-million-dollar branding deals with L’Oreal, Coty and Target, and her clothing line House of Dereon continues to boast an international presence. Meanwhile, Jay-Z is one of the most celebrated artists to make the jump from the stage to the boardroom. He served as CEO of Def Jam Records and, in 2008, brokered a deal with Live Nation (said to be worth $150 million) to create Roc Nation, a management, music and entertainment company with a roster that includes Rihanna, J. Cole, Willow Smith and Ester Dean. His interests outside of music (Rocawear, Translation Advertising and stakes in 40/40 Club and the New Jersey Nets) have also grabbed headlines and helped to feed his bottom line.
Before he embarks on his Anticipation 2our headlining trek next month,Trey Songz hopes to put the finishing touches on “Chapter V,” the full-length follow-up to 2010’s “Passion, Pain & Pleasure.”
"I’m finishing the album now, actually," the R&B author of hits like "Bottoms Up" and "Say Aah" tells Billboard.com. "I’m currently in Miami, and I have one more week until [tour] rehearsals, so that’s when I switch to full ‘tour mode’. The tour’s been very prevalent in my mind, but the record and making sure the album’s complete have been on my mind as well."
Songz started work on “Chapter V” last June and hunkered down in the studio over the past month and a half to focus on his fifth studio album. The singer does not have a time frame for the album’s release, but believes that the finished disc will offer a change of pace.
"I’m definitely trying to leap forward with every album, and with this album, I think it’s a leap forward and a leap into the past," says Songz, who also released a new EP, "Inevitable," last year. "I want to embody in this album — this fifth album, which is very monumental for me — what I am, where I came from and where I’m going. I… just think it’s going to be very fluent, very diverse yet very cohesive album."
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Trial Set for Man Accused in J-Huds Family Slayings:
A judge on Thursday ordered a man charged in the 2008 Chicago slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother and two other family members to stand trial in April, despite the objections of his attorney, who said she was not ready.
After listening to William Balfour’s attorney say she’s still building her case, a clearly exasperated Judge William Charles Burns said it didn’t appear she was making any progress and set a date.
Burns, who suggested he wanted to start the trial next month, instead ordered jury selection to start April 9 and testimony to begin April 23. He said he expected the trial to last about three or four weeks.
Amy Thompson, a deputy public defender, said despite working 12 to 14 hours a day on the case, she could not answer that she was ready for trial, as prosecutors had done.
"We’re not prepared for trial at this time," she said.
Balfour, 30, is the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, Julia Hudson. He is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings of the Hudson sisters’ mother, Darnell Donerson, their brother, Jason Hudson, and Julia Hudson’s 7-year-old son, Julian King.
"New Album Date: April 3rd. Pink Friday: ROMAN RELOADED. But have no fear. Tons of suprises before then ;). Love Always, HB,” Nicki tweeted.
One surprise is what Nicki Minaj has in store for this year’s Super Bowl game. With Madonna scheduled to perform at the game, word on the ‘net is that Minaj will share center stage with the legend. Perhaps even share a “romantic” kiss — as the one they shared while on the video set for Madonna’s “Give Me All of Your Love.”
While the Barbies await for the release of the follow-up to “Pink Friday,” Minaj stays dominating the Billboard charts. The rapstress is featured on three songs on the R&B/hip-Hop Songs top ten, one being Drake's “Make Me Proud,” at No. 2.
Chris Brown is placing the finishing touches on his upcoming album, “Fortune” (March 2012). Although the project already boasts impressive collaborators ( Wiz Khalifa, will.i.am, David Guetta, Asher Roth, and Kid Sister), Brown has confirmed Nas as another noteable feature on the record.
Brown announced, via Twitter, of the collaboration, “NAS ft on the album!!! In studio right now workin!!! Amazing!”
Last week (Jan. 8), Brown announced that he was heading into his last two weeks of working on the record, suggesting “Fortune” will wrap up very soon. Wiz Khalifa also tweeted a photo of Breezy and himself in the studio on Jan. 18.
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Etta James, the singer who turned “At Last” into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted.
James, who was 73, died on Friday (Jan. 20) in Riverside, Calif., after a long period of declining health, including kidney failure, leukemia and dementia. The singer has been hospitalized since mid-December, and on Dec. 23 her longtime manager Lupe De-Leon announced she was placed on a respirator.
James has been inactive since early 2010, when it was announced she was suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. She announced that she was formally retiring from music just before the Oct. 25 release of her final studio album, “The Dreamer;” in a statement James said that, “I wish to thank all my fans who have shown me love and support over all these years. I love you all.”
The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony’s presentation, Justin Timberlake’s cameo at MySpace’s TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot, to DJ sets from Will.i.am and Tiesto. From what we saw at CES, here’s eight cool new gadgets, apps and technology trends sure to be impacting music and entertainment in 2012.