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Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on Piers Morgan
After releasing new single "Run the World (Girls)" last month, Beyonce will debut her version of "God Bless the USA" on Piers Morgan's CNN talk show tonight (May 5) at 9 pm EST. The single will raise money for the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. ( Rolling Stone)
Tori Amos Announces 'Night of Hunters' Album
Tori Amos will return with a new full-length, "Night of Hunters," in September. The song cycle was inspired by classical music pieces and will be released on classical record label Deutshe Grammophon. Amos will support "Hunters" with a Europe and U.S. tour, beginning Sept. 28 in Finland.
Nicole Scherzinger Issues 'Right There' Video
While she is rumored to be hosting the U.S. version of "The X Factor," former Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger released a sultry music video for new single "Right There" with 50 Cent yesterday (May 3). (YouTube)
Soulja Boy to Contribute to Drake's 'Take Care'
Soulja Boy has been tapped to contribute to Drake's in-the-works sophomore album, "Take Care." "Me and Drake got something coming-crazy," says the 20-year-old rapper, who recently released his "Juice" mixtape. "He said he's coming to Atlanta and gon' kick it with me." ( Rap-Up)
Beirut to Release New Album This Summer
Beirut leader Zach Condon has revealed that the group's follow-up to 2007's "The Flying Club Cup" will be out "sometime this summer." The still-untitled album was recorded over the winter in upstate New York. ( HitFix)
Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample
Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the plaintiff has standing to pursue a lawsuit, even if it's grounded upon a quirky bit of Egyptian copyright code. (Full story at Billboard.biz)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter)