Billboard Bits: Wiz Khalifa Denies Kanye Feud, Ellie Goulding Talks Royal Wedding Performance
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Wiz Khalifa Denies Feud With Kanye West
Recent reports pitting Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West against each other -- over an Amber Rose-related feud -- are false, according to Khalifa. Rumors suggested that Wiz confronted West backstage at Coachella following Kanye's set, during which he took a lyrical jab at ex-girlfriend Amber Rose, who is currently dating Khalifa. "It's fun to talk about it and make jokes about, but in all reality, that didn't even exist," Khalifa said recently. (MTV)
Ellie Goulding Calls Royal Wedding Performance 'An Amazing Honor'
Up-and-coming British pop songstress Ellie Goulding was tapped to perform at last Friday's Royal Wedding -- 'an amazing honor' she says she'll "never forget." Goulding, who performed her chill-inducing cover of Elton John's "Your Song" as well as her own hit "Starry-Eyed," was reportedly the only musician invited to perform at the private reception of Kate Middleton and Prince William. (Us Weekly)
Black Eyed Peas Announce Free NYC Concert
The Black Eyed Peas will perform at a free concert in NYC's Central Park on June 9, 2011. Beginning May 11, 54,000 free tickets will be available only through random giveaway by registering at blackeyedpeas.robinhood.org. The concert will raise funds (via donations and VIP tickets) and awareness for Robin Hood, a charity targeting poverty in NYC.
Jordin Sparks Flaunts Weight Loss in Bikini Photo
Jordin Sparks took to her Twitter on Sunday (May 2) to show off a newly-toned body in a bikini photo. She recently said of her weight loss: "It was just a shift in my thinking. Instead of talking about being more active, I just got up and did it." (@TheRealJordin via People)
Black Lips Unveil 'Modern Art' Single
Download "Modern Art," the first single off the Black Lips' upcoming album, "Arabia Mountain." The garage rockers worked with producer Mark Ronson this time, keeping their sound tight and retro pop-driven. (Spin)
Jewel Tapped To Host Third Season of 'The Incurables'
Jewel has signed on as the host of the third season of "The Incurables," Veria TV's series about patients who have become passionate advocates of natural lifestyles after overcoming life-threatening illnesses. The new season of "The Incurables" features 13 episodes and will premiere in late summer 2011.
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes and Phil Gallo)