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Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records
Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to sign a record deal with Atlantic Records for a full-length album. "Gwyneth's agents have been talking to a number of labels about landing her a substantial record deal. Those who have heard the music say it's country pop," a source said. (NY Post)
MTV Denies Banning Kanye West's 'Monster' Video
Recent reports suggesting that MTV has banned Kanye West's "Monster" music video, which depicts a nearly naked model swinging from a noose (among other adult imagery), have been clarified by the network. An MTV spokesperson tells Billboard.com: "MTV has not banned Kaye West's 'Monster' video. We have been in constant communication with the label regarding this matter. However, we are still awaiting the edits we requested in order for the video to be suitable for broadcast."
Willow Smith, Alicia Keys Among Winners at NAACP Image Awards
Willow Smith, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, John Legend and the Roots were among the victors at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards Friday night (Mar. 4). Smith was crowned Outstanding New Artist at the awards, which were held in Los Angeles, while Keys won an award for Outstanding Video for "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)." A full list of winners can be found at the Image Awards' website. (LA Times)
'American Idiot' Ticket Sales Drop with Billie Joe's Departure
Ticket sales for the Green Day Broadway musical "American Idiot" dropped significantly this week in the wake of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's departure. Sales went from $1.3 million to $395,275 for the week's eight performances, following Armstrong's 50-performance run as St. Jimmy in January and February. He was replaced by AFI frontman Davey Havok. "American Idiot" producers declined to comment on the show's future. (NY Times)
The Chemical Brothers To Release Film Score For 'Hanna'
The Chemical Brothers have scored the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Hanna," set to be released Apr. 8. The soundtrack, which will be released digitally on iTunes Mar. 15, features 20 tunes complementing the story of the film's character Hanna (played by Saoirse Ronan) as she is chased across Europe.
(Reporting by Monica Herrera, Jillian Mapes, Kevin Rutherford and Katie Morgan)