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Kelly Clarkson: New Single in Early September
Kelly Clarkson's long-awaited fifth album should hit stores this Fall, but fans won't have to wait much longer for the first single. The Idol alumnus told the world that she expects her first single to premiere in August. "Also, just found out my single is hitting radio in August!" she tweeted on Thursday. "Woohoo! It's sounds great as well! Can't wait for y'all to hear it!" But, Clarkson then told fans they might have to wait a little longer to hear the track. An hour later, she wrote, "Okay please do not get angry but it might be September for my single." ( THR)
Bruce Springsteen vs. NJ Governor: Who Wins?
In a new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, New Jersey governor Chris Christie is neck-and-neck with rocker Bruce Springsteen in a hypothetical gubernatorial race. Springsteen -- an outspoken critic of the Republican governor -- ranked higher in favorability in the poll. ( Rolling Stone)
Bon Iver Day Declared in Milwaukee
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett has declared tomorrow, July 22, Bon Iver Day, in honor of the Wisconsin native whose second album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last month. "Bon Iver's music embraces Justin Vernon's Wisconsin heritage, as he has become an international ambassador for both Milwaukee and Wisconsin, while they travel across the world playing music and interact with national media," reads a statement from the mayor. ( Pitchfork)
David Guetta Reveals Star-Studded 'Nothing But the Beat' Track List
After releasing first single "Where Them Girls At," which features Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj, David Guetta has unveiled the full track list for forthcoming album "Nothing But the Beat." The album, out Aug. 29, features guest spots by Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Usher and Will.i.am, among many others.
Roger Taylor Re-Releasing 'Dear Mr. Murdoch' Song
To mark Rupert Murdoch's recent phone-hacking scandal, Queen's Roger Taylor is rereleasing his 1994 song, "Dear Mr. Murdoch," with updated lyrics. Taylor, a longtime opponent of the media mogul, says, "The original lyrics speak for themselves," and that he only had to make "subtle updates." ( The Guardian)
Cody Simpson Announces 'Coast to Coast' Mall Tour
Tween star Cody Simpson will be invading your mall soon: his Coast to Coast mall tour will kick off at a special performance on "The Today Show" on Aug. 5. The tour wraps Sept. 18 in Los Angeles.
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz)