Sean Kingston's second single, "Letting Go," from his upcoming third album has been released. The track features Nicki Minaj.
“4th of July (Fireworks),” the new digital single from GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Kelis’ upcoming album, Flesh Tone, is out today. Produced by DJ Ammo, the pulsating club banger mixes R&B soulfulness and techno-dappled electro breaks with a rip-roaring wobbly bass riff. It is available at all digital retailers, including:
The track is the follow-up to Kelis’ international No. 1 hit “Acapella,” which topped both the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart and Music Week’s Pop Club Chart in the U.K. earlier this year. Kelis recently co-directed the video for “4th of July (Fireworks)” with Rankin and Nicole Ehrlich in the desert outside of Los Angeles.
On June 18th, Kelis will perform “4th of July (Fireworks)” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She’ll appear on “TODAY” on July 6th – coinciding with the release of Flesh Tone in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Additional television appearances include “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on July 13th and “Tavis Smiley” (air date to be announced). The pre-order for Flesh Tone, Kelis’ first album for will.i.am Music Group/Interscope Records, begins June 15th on the iTunes Store.
Flesh Tone was singled out by spin.com as one of the “25 Summer Albums That Matter Most” and The New York Times called it “one of her strongest records yet.” Perezhilton.com hailed it as “one of the summer’s best,” adding: “There are soooooo many good songs on Kelis album! Actually, they are ALL good!” Reviews in the U.K. have been stellar also. "Kelis. Genius. Pop Auteur. Credible diva. Welcome back," said NME, giving Flesh Tone an 8 out of 10 rating. The Sunday Times of London called it a “celebratory slice of dancefloor heaven” while Glamour gave it five stars. “She’s still fierce and fabulous, and we’re thrilled to have her back!” said Time Out London.
Kelis, best known for such smash singles as “Caught Out There,” the Top 5, GRAMMY-nominated “Milkshake” and “Bossy,” which became a million-selling ringtone, will kick off a co-headlining North American tour with Robyn on July 23rd. (See below for itinerary with additional dates to be announced.) She’ll also play numerous international dates this summer, including the Glastonbury Festival on June 26th, “The Isle of MTV” live music event with Scissor Sisters in Malta on June 30th and The Big Chill Festival in the U.K. on August 7th.
The actress, now 27, was speaking before a benefit event in aid of the American Institute for Stuttering.
With less than two week to go before the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Univesal Orlando, the Mayor of London is wondering why the park wasn't built in London - a little closer to where the books were originally set. He wrote a lengthy piece in The Telegraph explaining his reasoning:
Because the fact is that Harry Potter is not American. He is British. Where is Diagon Alley, where they buy wands and stuff? It is in London, and if you want to get into the Ministry of Magic you disappear down a London telephone box. The train for Hogwarts goes from King's Cross, not Grand Central Station, and what is Harry Potter all about? It is about the ritual and intrigue and dorm-feast excitement of a British boarding school of a kind that you just don't find in America. Hogwarts is a place where children occasionally get cross with each other – not "mad" – and where the situation is usually saved by a good old British sense of HUMOUR. WITH A U. RIGHT? NOT HUMOR. GOTTIT?
I know that Thierry and everyone at Warner Bros and Universal will do a magnificent job of making it look and feel authentic and faithful to the stories. But I know somewhere that's even better than Orlando at looking like London – and that is London. I want to know why this Kingdom of Potter is not being built in the UK, and I won't be fobbed off with any nonsense about the weather. They built Eurodisney in the Valley of the Marne, where it is at least as cold and drizzly as it is in London – and it has been a triumphant success.
Hey Boris - we certainly wouldn't complain about a SECOND Harry Potter theme park in London as well!
By the way... we don't think Boris was too serious about the 'more likely to be shot in Orlando' comment. We think he was joking a bit.
I'm all for the park being in London and everything but he definitely could have done without the British elitism. That's just ridiculous.
Travel to Iceland this summer
A judge has ordered L.A. prosecutors and Lindsay Lohan’s attorney into court in Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon amid reports that the court-ordered alcohol-monitoring bracelet alarm went off Sunday evening.
The alarm sounded the night Lohan attended MTV's Movie Awards.
The hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m.
A source told The Times it's unclear why the alarm went off. The device alerts a monitoring company if it is tampered with or the person wearing consumes alcohol. The monitoring company reports to the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Superior Court judge in Beverly Hills who is handling Lohan's case.( Collapse )