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Beyonce Previews '4,' 'Run the World (Girls)' Video at Listening Party
At a private listening party on Wednesday (May 11), Beyonce offered a select group of fans a preview of five songs from her forthcoming album, "4," as well as the official video for new single "Run the World (Girls)." "I wanted to do something refreshing and different," Beyonce says of the album. "So I mixed genres and drew inspiration from touring, traveling, watching rock bands, and attending festivals… I was like a mad scientist, putting lots of different songs together." The "Run the World" video, meanwhile, reportedly features a lion walking into a dance number and the singer writhing around in the sand. ( Just Jared)
Kenny Chesney To Donate Alabama Show Profits To Charity
Kenny Chesney has announced that his May 25 concert in Tuscaloosa, Ala. will not only go on as scheduled as planned following the area's devastating tornado, but all profits will be donated to local charity GiveTuscaloosa.com. "When we first heard about this tragedy we were stunned, as we have so many fans in the area and have enjoyed every visit that we've made there over the years," Chesney said in a statement. "But Mayor [Walt] Maddox convinced us that this is a great opportunity to bring the people of Tuscaloosa together in a positive way, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help them in this way."
Big Boi Celebrates Crown Royal Partnership at New York Event
Big Boi celebrated his partnership with Crown Royal, which includes the Outkast rapper putting a spin on the Crown Royal bag and sharing his defining moments in "The Crown Life" video series, at a kickoff party at New York's Room Service last night (May 12). "I'm very proud," Big Boi tells Billboard.com about the partnership. "I have a nice team behind me to make it happen, and we're reshaping history."
Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songz to Perform at MTV Movie Awards
Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz will perform together for the first time at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, which will air live on June 5. The duo will perform their collaboration "Out Of My Head," which Songz calls "such a dope song and easily one of my favorite collaborations to date." ( MTV)
Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes Headlining MTK: Music To Know Festival
Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Chromeo and Matt & Kim are among the groups that will lead the inaugural MTK: Music To Know festival, which will be held Aug. 13 and 14 in East Hampton, N.Y. Two-day general passes are now on sale for $195.
'The Voice' Expands Live Show to Two Hours
With its ratings staying strong after three weeks, NBC's "The Voice" will expand to a two-hour live format beginning June 7, following new episodes of "America's Got Talent." The show's "battle rounds" will continue at one hour through May 31, then switch to two hours through June 28. (EW)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz)