Billboard Bits: Ke$ha, M.I.A., India.Arie, Beyoncé
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According to MTV, "Blah Blah Blah" singer Ke$ha took to her Twitter to apologize for calling Justin Bieber a "tiny little baby" in her April covershoot interview with Maxim. "Dear Justin B, I am so sorry if my bad joke has hurt your feelings," she tweeted. "U r obviously so talented and I would never mean to offend u. I think u r rad." The "Animal" singer has also been getting some negative publicity since a demo titled "Styrofoam" leaked on which she disses Britney Spears ("Britney Who?"). The lyrics resulted in Perez Hilton, aka "The Queen Of All Media," launching a Twitter campaign to make #Keshawho a trending topic. He succeeded.
Sri Lankan singer and rapper M.I.A. has announced plans for a new album and summer festival performances. According to Pitchfork, The "Paper Planes" vocalist says to look out for a new album to be released as early as June, and announced July and August gigs in L.A., NYC, London and Oslo, Norway.
It seems as though Mariah Carey's "Angel's Advocate" LP has been shelved. While reps at Island Def Jam Records have neither conformed nor denied the rumors, the Target-exclusive album has disappeared from the retail chain's online listings as well as on Amazon.com, where it was to be available for download, reports thegrapejuice.com. The supposition comes on the heels of disappointing sales of Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" LP and a mediocre tour turnout.
India.arie stepped on her Twitter soapbox, offering her opinions on Lady Gaga's provocative image in her latest "Telephone" music video. In a series of tweets, she criticized "the unspoken backstory" and "the language, the message" of Gaga's latest video and deemed it "socially irresponsible." But it's no surprise arie has an issue with the clip. After all, she's "not the average girl from your video."
There are some things you don't talk about: religion, politics, and the new Michael Jackson. As reported by Vibe, the Roots' ?uestlove made the bold statement on his Twitter, noting that Beyoncé had reached a "GOD status," like MJ, in only ten years. (According to ?uest, it took 13 for Jackson.) And while "no one is EVER disputing MJ being the STANDARD," Questlove insisted Beyoncé was well on her way there.