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Billboard Bits: Ke$ha to Release New Material, Rihanna Explains Katy Perry Diss
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Ke$ha to Release 'Partner Album' Titled 'Cannibal' Nov. 22
Ke$ha will release a "partner album," titled "Cannibal," to her multi-platinum disc "Animal" on Nov. 22. The new disc will contain eight new songs and will be sold as a stand-alone, as well as part of a deluxe re-issue of "Animal." The first single from the new mini-set, "We R Who We R," is set to hit radio on Thursday (Oct. 14). (MTV)
Rihanna Clarifies Katy Perry Diss
Rihanna has clarified the statement she recently gave in an interview with Radio One that Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga make "generic" music. "I meant all the producers that always give singers like Katy, Gaaa or Ke$ha the same kind of pop songs. They don't realize that everyone of us has their own style," Rihanan told German magazine Bravp. The singer and Perry are currently working on a duet together, which could show up on Rihanna's upcoming album "Loud" (Nov. 16) or on the deluxe edition of Perry's "Teenage Dream." (RihannaDaily.com via PerezHilton.com)
Katy Perry, Akon to play Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Katy Perry and Akon are scheduled to perform at the taping of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" on Tuesday, Nov. 30 on CBS, according to a release. Perry is set to perform her new single "Firework," while Akon will play "Angel" off his upcoming album "Akonic," due out Nov. 29. This is the first time either of the two stars have played the fashion show.
Wyclef Tour Rider Includes 'Shower Flip Flops' and 'Soft Cotton Boxers'
In a recently obtained copy of Wyclef Jean's tour rider, the musician outlines every imaginable detail -- from what specific fruits should be included on a fruit tray to a "nice living room environment" for his dressing room. The venue is also to provide flip flop shower shoes, large soft cotton boxers, table cloths and many other very specific items. (Gawker)
Nicki Minaj Inspired the Drake-Penned Alicia Keys Song "Un-Thinkable"
In a recent interview, Nicki Minaj revealed that Drake told her that while writing the song "Un-Thinkable" for Alicia Keys, he was thinking about her. Drake confirmed Minaj's statement, saying: "The concept came from a conversation that we had, or conversations we have. I wrote it based off two things: number one, based off that, and then two, based off Alicia Keys and Swizz and their situation and it just seemed fitting. It was like the perfect concept." (BET)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Megan Vick and Walter Frazier)