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Bieber Makes $300K Per Concert
Justin Bieber gets paid a minimum of $300,000 per concert, according to recent reports. The lofty sum is double the price of Weezer ($150K) and Drake ($155K), though the teen sensation still doesn't top Rascal Flatts ($475K). Bieber himself gets an unknown percentage of the concert charge, but according to a standard touring contract for the pop star he will close all shows and is not responsible for paying an opening act. (The Smoking Gun)
Kanye West Scraps 'GOOD Friday' Release After Leak
Following yesterday's online leak of "Lost in the World," Kanye West's collaboration with Bon Iver and Gil Scott-Heron, the rapper announced on Twitter last night that he would not be releasing a new song tomorrow as part of his weekly "GOOD Friday" series. "It's messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone," wrote West, who had been releasing a new song every Friday in anticipation of the Nov. 22 release of his fifth album. West later wrote, "In the lab with Soulja Boy and Cudi… Even in my disappointment about the leaks I feel blessed."
Lady Gaga Surprises Crowd at NYC's Oak Room
Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance last night at the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, performing four songs accompanied by the After Dark Jazz Trio and thoroughly shocking the unsuspecting crowd. Gaga wore a fur dress and fishnets for the impromptu set, to which she brought her parents. "She called a few hours before and asked if she could sing," an Oak Room spokesperson told Page Six. (New York Post)
Elton John and Leon Russell Announce U.S. Tour
In anticipation of the Oct. 19 release of their collaborative album "The Union," Elton John and Leon Russell will kick off a joint U.S. on Oct. 16 in Boston. The shows will feature both artists performing their past hits as well as selection from the T-Bone Burnett-produced album.
Michael Bolton Not Getting 'DWTS' Apology
Producers of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" have announced that judge Bruno Tonioli will not be forced to apologize to Michael Bolton after the singer was booted from the show on Tuesday night. After Tonioli called Bolton's jive the worst he had ever seen, Bolton called the judge "inappropriate and disrespectful." However, "DWTS" producers have stated that they "don't feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job." (TMZ)
Pet Shop Boys Release New Single 'Together'
The Pet Shop Boys are slated to release a new single, titled "Together," though no official release it yet known. The song, along with the ther band's hits such as "West End Girls," will be featured on the Pet Shop Boys' greatest hits album, which hits stores Nov. 1. (NME)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes and Megan Vick)