Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Fantasia, Incubus And More
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Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert are going head-to-head for the honor of Outstanding Music Artist in the 21st Annual GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards. According to the GLADD website, "The awards seek to highlight shows, movies, music and other media platforms that provided "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives." Brandi Carlile, the Gossip and Otep are the other nominees in the music category.
The Killers are taking an extended hiatus from recording and touring, as soon as they wrap-up its upcoming Australian trek. According to an interview with guitarist Dave Keuning, the band has been in constant motion for nearly six years and is in urgent need of a break. "I'm not sure if people are aware of it but this is probably our last shows for a while," Keuning told the Sydney Morning Herald. But when asked if the band is breaking up for good, Keuning was less than definitive. "Not as far as I know," he said.
Alt-rock mainstay Incubus has a DJ battle raging within its ranks. According to TMZ, current DJ Chris Kilmore filed for a restraining order against former DJ Gavin Koppel after the jilted turntablist threatened to kill him last month. In fact, this battle has been brewing for a long time -- Kilmore first asked for court protection from Koppel back in 2003.
M.I.A. started her week on Twitter by bashing the New York Times for suggesting that her native Sri Lanka as the No. 1 "Place to Visit in 2010." But she shifted gears yesterday, and instead dropped a link to a brand new song, "Theres Space for Ol Dat I See," which may or may not be a track from her forthcoming album. M.I.A. remains holed up in the studio with producers Diplo and Blaqstarr recording the follow-up to her groundbreaking "Kala."
Former "American Idol" champ Fantasia is looking to give her career a refresh with a new VH1 reality series. Fantasia is looking to "rebuild her dynasty" after a series of missteps and misfortunes, including a failed second album and the near-loss her Atlanta home. "Fantasia For Real" will document the singer's recording process as she lays down the tracks for her comeback.