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Christina Aguilera Congratulates Britney Spears on Twitter
Christina Aguilera -- once pop princess rivals with Britney Spears -- took to Twitter today to congratulate Spears on the release of her seventh album, "Femme Fatale." "Hey @BritneySpears Congrats on Femme Fatale release!" wrote Christina, who makes her premiere as a singing coach on "The Voice" on April 26. "Can't wait to see what you bring in the next video. xo - Xtina." (@TheRealXtina)
Andrea Bocelli Announces Free NYC Concert
World-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli has announced a free concert with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park's Great Lawn on Sept. 15. The event will be recorded, with "Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park" being released as a CD and DVD this November.
Snoop Dogg Hits Studio with Charlie Sheen
Former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has apparently been hitting the studio with Snoop Dogg. The actor posted a picture on Twitter of himself, the rapper (whose new album "The Doggumentary" was released today) and former Korn member Robert Patterson recording music at his house. "Warlock meets his makers-music makers that is @SnoopDogg @robpatterson666 get ready to rock the Sheenius within! http://twitpic.com/4d9cw1," he wrote. ( Pop Eater)
'Glee's' 'Born This Way' Episode Extended to 90 Minutes
The upcoming "Glee" episode that will feature Lady Gaga's latest hit "Born This Way" will be expanded from its usual 60-minute running time to a whopping 90 minutes. The show will air on April 26 and is expected to include two extra musical numbers to fill out the extended running time. ( TV Line)
Shakira Shows off Soccer Star Boyfriend on Twitter
Shakira apparently is showing off her new romance. The Colombian singer's Twitter site carries a photo of her in the arms of Barcelona football star Gerard Pique. It is labeled: "I present my sun to you." That's a play on the name of her latest album, "Sale el Sol," or "The Sun Comes Out." ( Associated Press)
LCD Soundsystem Kicks Off First of Final Shows at Terminal 5
After ticketing woes and general fan dismay over the "retirement" of James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem took over NYC's Terminal 5 last night (Mar. 28) for the beginning of the end (aka, the band's five final shows). Concert-goers can expect to be thoroughly wowed by three acts over the course of three disco-ball-filled hours, and few hiccups at the venue's ticketless entry. Over the three acts, fans experienced all the "hits" ("Daft Punk Is Playing At My House," "North American Scum"), a Reggie Watts cameo, on-stage jams that channeled Prince, and an onslaught of stunning strobes.
Big Sean's "Finally Famous" Pushed Back to June
Big Sean's "Finally Famous: The Album" has been pushed back from its original May 3 release date and is now set to release June 21. The rapper also took to Twitter to discuss the upcoming album and collaboration with Kanye West. "It's kind of like super special. It's something people are going to be able to party to and has a great message at the same time," he wrote. ( Rap Radar)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Jason Lipshutz, Jazmine Gray and Ricardo Gomez)