Billboard Bits: Cee-Lo's 'F*** You' Is Viral Hit, Gaga Snuggles Up to KISS
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Cee-Lo Turns 'F*** You' Into Viral Hit
Gnarls Barkley frontman Cee-Lo may have finally found the perfect follow-up to the chart-topping "Crazy." The expletive-laden "Fuck You," which riffs on classic soul while dissing a "gold digger" ex, was posted online last Thursday (Aug. 19) and has already garnered 1.4 million YouTube views. The song, which was co-written and produced by Bruno Mars, is set to be released as a single Oct. 4 as well as appear on the singer's upcoming album "The LadyKiller."
Lady Gaga Snaps Photos with KISS
With their shared love of stage theatrics and wild costumes, it's no surprise that Lady Gaga and KISS hit it off when the singer dropped by the rock legends' Holmdel, NJ show last Friday (Aug. 20), according to PopEater. "They hung out with me and my friends… just shooting the shit backstage like they don't have anything better to do… That's gonna be me in 30 years," said Gaga, who posted two pictures of the gathering, including a shot of herself and the full band, to her Twitter account. (PopEater)
Kara DioGuardi Tried to Quit 'Idol'
"American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has apparently wanted to leave the show for over two months, according to E! "She's ready to move on. She did two years and thinks that's enough," says a source close to the situation. However, DioGuardi may still be contractually obligated to the show, and Fox has not given her a definitive answer on her status. ( E!)
Eminem Added to VMA Performers
Eminem will join Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake and others as a performer at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, set to air live on Sept. 12. The rapper, who has eight nominations for Billboard 200-topping album "Recovery," delivered one of the ceremony's most iconic performances in 2000 when an army of blonde clones backed him for "The Real Slim Shady." (MTV.com)
Passion Pit Prepping Second Album
Indie-pop upstarts Passion Pit are hard at work on the follow-up to 2009 debut "Manners," according to NME. Frontman Michael Angelakos says that the band hopes to have the "fantastic, beautiful, gorgeous record" out sometime next spring, "when the buds start to bloom." (NME)
Brian Eno Shares 'Small Craft' Album Details
After previously announcing a new partnership with Warp Records, art-rock legend Brian Eno has confirmed the Nov. 2 release of "Small Craft On A Milk Sea." Experimental artists Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams also worked on the album, which will be available in regular CD formats as well as two deluxe versions.
Brad Paisley Sells Strong in First Stadium Show
Brad Paisley sold 51,000 tickets for his Saturday (Aug. 21) show at Gillette Stadium, the first headlining stadium gig of his career. Sources tell Billboard.biz that Paisley will play as many as six stadiums in 2011, with potential markets being Dallas, Columbus, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland.
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Ray Waddell)