ENTERTAINMENT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
Song Of The Day Diane Warren write song Blur drummer hints at 2011
for Justin Bieber movie
LONDON: DamonAlbarn might have formalised”. But he was also a little coy:
been optimistic when he said Blur could “You can’t really play the festivals or try
be back in studio this January, but Dave and get a big tour together until you re-
Rowntree has further fuelled reunion lease something ... We’re in touch.”
rumours, promising “something is going Something is better than nothing,
to happen” in 2011, according to The and many Blur fans are still basking in
Guardian. “We’ve got nothing concrete,” the glow of the band’s 2009 reunion tour.
said the drummer, after hinting that they But many were also excited by Albarn’s
plan to release new material. comments in November, hinting at a pos-
“[We’re] trying to put something in sible series of 7ins. Blur’s last release was
place,” Rowntree told Gigwise this week. Fool’s Day, a limited-edition single, re-
“Quite when, I don’t know ... [and] who leased in 2010.
knows that it’s going to end up like. What “We’re dipping our toes in the wa-
I do know is that we don’t want to com- ter, which is why we did the single in the
mit ourselves to anything vast at the mo- way we did,” Rowntree said. “We’ve got
ment.” In an interview with NME Rown- all our mates back, and that’s the main
tree retreated from reunion talk, saying thing. That’s the one thing we don’t want
Blur had “nothing concrete and nothing to lose.”
Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York Dec. 10, 2010.
Song: Hold It Against Me (Reuters)
Artist: Britney Spears
Album: Hold It Against Me - Single LOS ANGELES: Believe it. Never Say Nev- Cher and Justin -- 40 years!”
Genre: Pop er, Justin Bieber’s highly anticipated 3D movie, Always a versatile collaborator who’s writ-
In short: Britney Spears’ latest single, ‘Hold It Against Me’, is is coming out on February 11 and will include ten hits for Celine Dion (Because You Loved
the first monster hit of 2011. The lead single off Spears’ sev- a new song written by Diane Warren, THR has Me), Toni Braxton (Unbreak My Heart) and
enth studio album has been breaking records left and right learned. Aerosmith (I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing), War-
since its release. Far from being one of Spears’ best, the song Hours after winning a Golden Globe for You ren said she “just finished” the track, which is
is a harmless fun number that makes up for the lackluster Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, sung by Cher in a good thing considering the film opens wide in
‘3’. That being said, ‘Hold It Against Me’ lacks originality the movie Burlesque, the veteran songwriter re- less than a month.
and feels a little too over-produced at times; the song lacks a vealed her latest surefire smash, called Born to Bieber made a Globes appearance as well on
proper chorus, as the one in the song is nothing but a remi- Be Somebody. Sunday night, presenting the best animated fea-
niscent of the hook on her previous hit ‘Circus’. “It’s a beautiful song,” said Warren at the Fox ture award, with True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld,
To listen to the song visit www.alwatandaily.com
after-party. “That’s a good age difference between to Toy Story 3. -Reuters FILE - an undated file photo from the band Blur. (Agencies)
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Idol embraces kinder, gentler attitude
LOS ANGELES: When a husky, mustached auditioner its permanent judging panel. One year ago, viewers were pre- we’re certainly all guilty of it, we started taking ourselves too
awkwardly snaps his way through Billy Joel’s The Longest paring for chipper talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who ac- seriously. I know the ratings are a serious game, but as far as
Kidman, Urban Time in front of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jack- knowledged she had no music industry experience, to take a I’m concerned, my job and their job is to generate fun.”
have 2nd child through surrogate son, something totally out of the ordinary happens: They don’t
make fun of him.
seat behind the table. She left after one season because she
said it was hard to judge people and hurt their feelings.
Such an attitude adjustment isn’t confined to Idol. Paula
Abdul, the original heart of the Idol panel, has taken her fairy
NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have Instead, the new American Idol judging team encourages The departures of DeGeneres, Cowell and two-term judge godmother routine to the new CBS hip-shaking competition
added a second daughter to their family, born through a sur- him to become a disc jockey instead of a singer. Kara DioGuardi have paved the way for a new kind of Idol, “Live to Dance,” where she’s quick to remind everyone that
rogate mother. The couple announced Monday the arrival of It seems the essence of Simon Cowell has been exorcised one that will either bounce back from a ratings slump or slip she’s now serving as a mentor - not a judge - though she and
Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born on Dec. 28 at a Nash- from the 10th season of. If clips of the first series of auditions farther away from the top spot. American viewers have never her expert team do give gold stars to worthy dancers.
ville, Tenn., hospital. Kidman and Urban released a state- are any indication, Tyler and Lopez will be hugging and kiss- known an Idol that doesn’t feature Cowell’s rolling eyes, one- Live to Dance is already favoring sugar over spice, judg-
ment saying they are “truly blessed” and thanked everyone ing more Idol wannabes in their inaugural season than Cowell liners or antagonistic adjectives. Will they embrace it? ing by last week’s first semifinal lovefest. Abdul, along with
for their support, “our gestational carrier” in particular. The ever did in his nine nasty years on the Fox singing competi- “We’re certainly back to having fun,” said executive pro- Michael Jackson’s This Is It choreographer Travis Payne and
couple also has a 2-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose. Kidman tion. ducer Nigel Lythgoe, who rejoined the singing competition former Pussycat Dolls member Kimberly Wyatt, handed out
credited her first daughter’s unexpected appearance to swim- It’s not the first time Idol has injected such niceness into after a two-year hiatus. “At some point along the way, and 11 gold stars and seven dreaded red ones, with just one act
ming in the waters of a small Australian Outback town during receiving unanimous disapproval from the show’s three ex-
the filming of Australia. She and six other women became
pregnant after swimming in Kununurra. No other details
about Faith Margaret were available. -AP Perhaps the Live to Dance experts are taking a cue from
the Dancing With the Stars judges, who have typically treated
celebrities-turned-dancers with kid gloves. They were particu-
Twilight star talks privacy, money in Vogue larly pleasant last season to Bristol Palin, even though fellow
competitors such as Brandy, Kyle Massey and Jennifer Grey
NEW YORK: Kristen Stewart is living an atypical life for a continually out-danced Sarah Palin’s daughter.
20-year-old. Ever since she took on the role of Bella Swan When lippy Bruno Tonioli dared to deem Michael Bolton’s
in the Twilight films, she’s crossed over into youth-idol sta- jive the worst he’d ever seen, the audience was shocked and
tus where emotions run high and she has zero privacy. The the crooner was outraged, later demanding an apology. It’s a
actress says in the February issue of Vogue magazine that she
can’t go to a shopping mall and that it bothers her she can’t line that all reality TV judges must balance. If they’re too rude,
be outside often. Stewart is working on the final two films in the audience will write them off as being mean for mean’s
the saga and says her wish is for the fans to be happy with sake. If they’re too sweet, they’ll lose viewers’ trust.
the outcome. Now that Twilight has made her a star, Stewart The nice-not-naughty approach isn’t limited to song-and-
tells the magazine, she’s trying to figure out what to do with dance shows. Gordon Ramsay, perhaps the cruelest man in
the money she’s made from her work. -AP reality TV, simmered his Hell’s Kitchen temper last year for
the amateur cooking contest MasterChef, which has been re-
newed for a second season, while the Top Chef judges seem
Aniston: hard pressed to find fault in this season’s dishes.
The Rachel was ‘the ugliest haircut’ That might be because it’s an all-stars edition of Top Chef
- or maybe reality TV judges really have become tamer over
NEWYORK: There was a time in the mid 1990s when women time. Of course, it might just be a phase. That will likely be de-
barraged their hair salons with photos of Jennifer Aniston to termined over the course of this remixed Idol and ultimately
copy her haircut. The layered cut was given the name “The when Cowell returns to the US later this year with his British
Rachel” for Aniston’s character on the “Friends” television star-making competition The X Factor.
series named Rachel Green. She wore the style on the show’s Even a good-natured judge can be pushed to the limit,
first and second season. One person who was not a fan of “The as Tyler proved during a taping of “Hollywood Week” audi-
Rachel,” however, was Aniston herself. Aniston describes it tions.
as “the ugliest haircut” she’s ever seen in the February is- Steven Tyler, left, Jennifer Lopez, center, and Randy Jackson, judges on the FOX show American Idol, take part in a panel “You took a good pop song and you beat it to death,”
sue of Allure magazine. In fact, she can’t understand how the
discussion during the FOX Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., he bluntly told four contestants who’d joined together for a
look caught on. Aniston’s longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan
came up with cut. He still works with Aniston today. -AP Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP) group-performance segment. -AP
The Pretenders, Hill team for live Crossroads
NASHVILLE, Tenn.: The Pretenders and Faith Hill are
teaming up for live episode of CMT Crossroads. The show
will take place during the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam
Kate Bush set Britney Spears’ latest song soars onto pop chart
to release new
on Feb. 5 from Grand Prairie, Texas, the night before the
Super Bowl. This will be just the second live CMT Cross-
roads. Chrissie Hynde formed The Pretenders more than 30 NEW YORK: As forecast after its mas- P!nk’s ‘Raise Your Glass,’ that I put right into Hold It Against Me is likely to make fur-
years ago and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll sive first-day airplay, Britney Spears’ Hold power rotation after one listen. ther historic headlines this week when it’s
Hall of Fame in 2005. Hill is a five-time Grammy-winning It Against Me roars to a record-setting debut “Audience reaction to her new single expected to become just the 18th song to
music in 2011
country singer who is familiar to football fans as the voice on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. has been nothing short of amazing. This is debut at No. 1 since the Billboard Hot 100
of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. This will be her first Cross- The first single from Spears’ forthcom- another pure pop smash from Ms. Spears.” began in 1958. As previously reported, the
roads appearance. -AP ing ninth album storms the survey at No. 16 The cut concurrently debuts on Dance song is projected to exceed 400,000 in first-
with 4,071 plays, the highest detections to- Airplay at No. 24, Rhythmic (No. 37) and week download sales, according to industry
LONDON: After more than five years since tal by a debuting title in the chart’s 18-year Adult Pop Songs (No. 40). sources. -Reuters
Renee Zellweger, Cooper have fire scare her last album, Kate Bush will “likely” release
new music in 2011, according to The Guardian.
Hold It Against Me also ties Madonna’s
LOS ANGELES: Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper had Following a rumor last week that the singer is fin- Frozen (No. 16, March 7, 1998) for second-
to call the fire department Sunday night when a fire broke ishing the follow-up to 2005’s Aerial, her spokes- highest launch in the list’s archives. Only Ma-
out at his mom’s suburban Philadelphia home. Four engines person confirmed a release - but not necessarily riah Carey’s Dreamlover began at a higher
responded to the Jenkington, Penn. house at 10:14 p.m., the an album - is expected later this year. rank, having rocketed in at No. 12 the week
dispatch supervisor tells The Hollywood Reporter. The actors Thirteen exclamation points opened the post of August 14, 1993.
were with several members of their family. “It was not a very by London blog Wotyougot, declaring that Bush The Pop Songs chart lists the most-
major fire,” an official says. “We didn’t have to use hoses. It “will be releasing a new album in 2011” through played songs on 130 mainstream top 40 ra-
was out within a few minutes. Pretty much the fireplace got label EMI. Although bloggers declined to reveal dio stations, according to Nielsen BDS.
a little out of control.” Added the Jenkintown Police Depart- who told them this, they said this week that it Hold It Against Me received airplay
ment supervisor, “No one was hurt. No one was transported came from “phone conversation(s) [with] reliable on all 130 reporting stations in the chart’s
to the hospital.” -Reuters source(s)”. Wotyougot apparently see themselves tracking week (January 10-16). The song’s
as the Wikileaks of pop. first-week airplay translates to 36.4 mil-
Casting announced for Starz’ Spartacus Still, blog rumors are just that - until a spokes- lion listener impressions, the week’s 10th-
person returns your calls. NME received corrobo- highest mainstream top 40 audience total.
NEWYORK: Starz network says Australian actor Liam McIn- ration yesterday that “a release from [Bush] is KHOP (@95-1)/Modesto, Calif., led all pop
tyre will play the title role in the second season of Sparta- likely for 2011”, though “nothing is confirmed reporters with 104 opening-week plays.
cus: Blood and Sand. The network announced Monday that yet”. Bush’s rep also advised that it may not be a “Over the last decade, Britney Spears
McIntyre will take over the role of the legendary Thracian full-length release. has had her ups and downs. But, every time
slave from Andy Whitfield, who starred the first season. Ill- In 1978, Bush released her first two albums she drops new music, it is an event for the
ness forced Whitfield to leave the series. McIntyre has ap- within nine months. Since then, her pace has format,” says KHOP program director Mo-
peared on Australian TV and was seen in HBO’s miniseries gradually decelerated - over the last 20 years, the Joe Roberts.
The Pacific. Production is scheduled to resume in New Zea-
land this spring. A six-part prequel that sets the stage for singer has made just two albums. “We often tend to wait for audience re-
Spartacus’ arrival premieres Friday on Starz. -AP Now 52, her last release was Lyra, a single re- search to come back strong to power up cer-
corded in 2007 for the soundtrack to The Golden tain hits. This, however, is one of those rare FILE - Singer Britney Spears performs on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ in New York
Compass. tracks, like Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ or on Dec. 2, 2008. (Reuters)