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New Kelly Clarkson Single Expected in July
Always the active Facebooker, Kelly Clarkson took to the social network again this past weekend to clear up a few rumors after another demo of hers leaked. Within her message, the original "American Idol" revealed that the first single off her next album will reach fans this July. "The recording is all done and now we're finishing up with mixing the record and getting ready to release the single in July," she writes. (Facebook.com/KellyClarkson)
'Glee's' Matthew Morrison Joins NKOTBSB Tour
"Glee" star Matthew Morrison will join this summer's Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block tour, canceling or postponing many of the stops on his first solo tour scheduled for June and July in order to accommodate. "This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Morrison said in a statement. Morrison joins the NKOTBSB tour in Anaheim, Calif. on July 6 and completes his run as a "special guest" on Aug. 7 in London, Ontario. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Paul McCartney Working on Album of Pop Standards
Sir Paul McCartney will be trying out a genre on his next album: He's making a disc comprised of cover of pop standards. "They're just songs I admire," he said. "I'm trying to steer away from the obvious ones." He adds: "I've wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days. But then Rod [Stewart] went mad on it. I thought, 'I have to wait so it doesn't look like I'm trying to do a Rod.'" Additionally, the recently-engaged Beatle is also writing a bit of material for what he called a "heavier rock" release. (Rolling Stone)
Scott Weiland: 'Velvet Revolver Was Essentially a Manufactured Product'
In his forthcoming memoir, "Not Dead and Not For Sale," Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland discuses, at length, money and his battle with drugs during his rock'n'roll legacy. In an excerpt from the memoir, published on RollingStone.com, Weiland admits that his reason for joining Velvet Revolver was monetary-based. "The money attracted me," Weiland writes, later saying: "I liked our first record but can't call it the music of my soul. There was a certain commercial calculation behind it." Furthermore, Spin reports Weiland as writing, "Velvet Revolver was essentially a manufactured product… we came out of necessity, not artistic purpose." (Rolling Stone, Spin)
Mindless Behavior to Headline BET's No ID Tour
Mindless Behavior will kick off its first headlining tour this summer, leading the appropriately-titled "No ID" tour from BET, as announced on the network's "106 & Park" yesterday. The tour also includes fellow youngsters Tyga, Lil Twist, Trevante & Jawan Harris. It kicks off July 7 and concludes Aug. 6.
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes)