Billboard Bits: Nicole Scherzinger Rumored to Host 'X Factor', Mariah Teases Baby Names
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Nicole Scherzinger Rumored to Host 'X Factor'
Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is rumored to be joining Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" as the show's host. The 32-year-old singer served as a guest judge on the U.K. version of "X Factor" last year. ( People)
Mariah Carey Teases Baby Names
After giving birth to twins last week, Mariah Carey is teasing fans anxious to know the names of the newborns. The singer revealed on Twitter that both of the twins' names begin with the letter M, but wouldn't go further than that. (@MariahCarey)
Radiohead to Perform 'King of Limbs' on BBC
Three months after the release of eighth album "The King of Limbs," Radiohead has announced that it will perform the entire full-length during a televised concert on BBC. "Radiohead -- The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement" will air on July 1 and include behind-the-scenes footage. ( Spinner)
Jay-Z, U2 Win Sports Emmy Awards
Jay-Z and U2 can add a new trophy on their mantels: the rapper and band have won Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Compositon/Direction/Lyrics. Jay-Z won for having "Run This Town" included in CBS' Super Bowl broadcast, while U2 took home the award for their inclusion in the 2010 World Cup. (RapRadar)
"Weird Al" Yankovic Announces Tour Dates
"Weird Al" Yankovic has announced a string of U.S. tour dates in support of his forthcoming album, "Alpocalypse." The trek kicks off May 19 in New Brunswick, NJ. (Idolator)
'Idol Puerto Rico' Launching in July
Puerto Rico will launch its own version of "American Idol," titled "Idol Puerto Rico," in July. The show, which will be produced locally by television station Wapa TV and FremantleMedia, will feature as judges singer/songwriter Ricardo Montaner, salsa singer Jerry Rivera, singer/songwriter Erika Ender and producer and concert promoter Topy Mamery; the news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by Rivera's publicist. (Full story at Billboard.biz)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Leila Cobo)