Hear Janelle Monae Play Two ‘Electric’ New Songs Live…

Last November, Janelle Monáe told a reporter she’d written “84.799 percent” of the material for two new albums, both of which she hoped to release in 2012. The ArchAndroid artist has been a little busy since then, what with her guest appearance on fun.’s “We Are Young” topping the charts, an Easter gig at the White House, and live appearances spanning Mexico, New Orleans, and Australia. On Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Fest, though, Monáe busted out a couple of previously unreleased songs: the Hendrix-nodding disco-funk strutter “Electric Lady” and the jazz-pop ballad “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” (Listen and More via SPIN…)

Hear Janelle Monae Play Two ‘Electric’ New Songs Live…

Last November, Janelle Monáe told a reporter she’d written “84.799 percent” of the material for two new albums, both of which she hoped to release in 2012. The ArchAndroid artist has been a little busy since then, what with her guest appearance on fun.’s “We Are Young” topping the charts, an Easter gig at the White House, and live appearances spanning Mexico, New Orleans, and Australia. On Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Fest, though, Monáe busted out a couple of previously unreleased songs: the Hendrix-nodding disco-funk strutter “Electric Lady” and the jazz-pop ballad “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” (Listen and More via SPIN…)

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Robin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62Singer Had Been Battling Cancer…

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," reads the statement. "The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a “spectacular recovery,” a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia in April. The singer was hospitalized last month and fell into a coma at one point, although he was later said to have regained consciousness and communicated with family members.

Gibb was born in the Isle of Man in 1949, along with twin brother Maurice. (Maurice died in 2003 of complications from a twisted intestine; eerily, Robin had surgery for the same medical issue in 2010.) Along with their older brother Barry, the brothers began harmonizing as a trio in Australia, where the family moved in 1958. Although the Bee Gees had some success in Australia – they hosted a weekly variety show there – they didn’t truly arrive until they returned to England and signed with manager Robert Stigwood. Robin’s quivering, vulnerable voice was featured prominently on several of the group’s earliest and most Beatles-eque hits, including “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” (More at Rolling Stone…)

Robin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62
Singer Had Been Battling Cancer…

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," reads the statement. "The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a “spectacular recovery,” a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia in April. The singer was hospitalized last month and fell into a coma at one point, although he was later said to have regained consciousness and communicated with family members.

Gibb was born in the Isle of Man in 1949, along with twin brother Maurice. (Maurice died in 2003 of complications from a twisted intestine; eerily, Robin had surgery for the same medical issue in 2010.) Along with their older brother Barry, the brothers began harmonizing as a trio in Australia, where the family moved in 1958. Although the Bee Gees had some success in Australia – they hosted a weekly variety show there – they didn’t truly arrive until they returned to England and signed with manager Robert Stigwood. Robin’s quivering, vulnerable voice was featured prominently on several of the group’s earliest and most Beatles-eque hits, including “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” (More at Rolling Stone…)

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Sade Steps Back Into Spotlight With ‘Bring Me Home’…

After nearly three decades of making music, Sade Adu still has a hard time letting fans in, preferring to limit her press ops and take decade-long stretches between new album releases. But the British-Nigerian singer and her band are inching back towards the spotlight with the May 22nd DVD/CD and Blu-ray release of Bring Me Home - Live 2011, which chronicles their mega-successful Sade Live tour. The 54-date trek touched down in Europe, America, Australia and Asia and celebrated Sade’s platinum-certified 2010 LP, Soldier of Love. (Read More at Rolling Stone…)

Sade Steps Back Into Spotlight With ‘Bring Me Home’…

After nearly three decades of making music, Sade Adu still has a hard time letting fans in, preferring to limit her press ops and take decade-long stretches between new album releases. But the British-Nigerian singer and her band are inching back towards the spotlight with the May 22nd DVD/CD and Blu-ray release of Bring Me Home - Live 2011, which chronicles their mega-successful Sade Live tour. The 54-date trek touched down in Europe, America, Australia and Asia and celebrated Sade’s platinum-certified 2010 LP, Soldier of Love. (Read More at Rolling Stone…)

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Gotye Unhappy About ‘Glee’ Cover…

Speaking to the Courier-Mail in his native Australia, singer-songwriter Gotye expressed some frustration over Glee's recent rendition of his breakout hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

"They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals, but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned, and the rock has no real sense,” said Gotye. “Like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box.” (Read More at Rolling Stone…)
Gotye Unhappy About ‘Glee’ Cover…

Speaking to the Courier-Mail in his native Australia, singer-songwriter Gotye expressed some frustration over Glee's recent rendition of his breakout hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

"They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals, but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned, and the rock has no real sense,” said Gotye. “Like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box.” (Read More at Rolling Stone…)

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Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown & More Hit Supafest In Australia…

On the bill in Brisbane today (and tomorrow in Sydney) is Kelly Rowland (pictured above performing today), Trey Songz, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Naughty By Nature, Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris, Big Sean & Ice Cube. Rick Ross was also on the line-up, but ticket holders were sent a text message yesterday saying he “failed” to enter Australia and his performances have been cancelled.

Supafest’s PR company said:

Rick Ross has been paid in full and contracted, but failed to show up in Brisbane this morning with no reason from management and no official cancellation or word from his management. The promoter has been calling them all morning trying to find out why and to see if he will get on the plane for the final two shows.

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Rihanna Attends Sydney Battleship Photo Call & Red Carpet Premiere…

Every day, all day is a good photo opp when you are as fly as Rihanna.

She was spotted last night having fun for the cameras in a custom tee featuring an old photo of Battleship director Peter Berg and Alexander Wang leather shorts while attending a photo call in Sydney. (Read and See More Photos at Necole Bitchie…)

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Lady Gaga Announces European ‘Born This Way’ Tour Dates…

The European leg of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball is set to kick off August 14 in Bulgaria, following a run of spring and summer dates through Asia and Australia. Tickets for the 21-date trek will go on sale later this month. Opening for Gaga on the European leg are British glamrock band The Darkness (of “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” fame) and DJ Lady Starlight. (Read More at Billboard…)

Lady Gaga Announces European ‘Born This Way’ Tour Dates…

The European leg of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball is set to kick off August 14 in Bulgaria, following a run of spring and summer dates through Asia and Australia. Tickets for the 21-date trek will go on sale later this month. Opening for Gaga on the European leg are British glamrock band The Darkness (of “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” fame) and DJ Lady Starlight. (Read More at Billboard…)

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Are Rihanna and Chris Brown Planning to Reunite on Stage?…

Just when the world finally calmed down about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music” remixes, the two may get the world buzzing for a second time.

Recently booked to headline the upcoming Supafest music festival in Australia on April 14, Chris Brown may reunite with his estranged ex, onstage this time. With appearances from P. Diddy, Ludacris and Lupe Fiasco, the Aussies may be in for an extra-special treat if Rihanna performs as well. She will be in Sydney on April 10 for the premiere of her first feature film, Battleship, and the rumor mill is churning about the two reuniting. (Read More HERE…)
Are Rihanna and Chris Brown Planning to Reunite on Stage?…

Just when the world finally calmed down about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music” remixes, the two may get the world buzzing for a second time.

Recently booked to headline the upcoming Supafest music festival in Australia on April 14, Chris Brown may reunite with his estranged ex, onstage this time. With appearances from P. Diddy, Ludacris and Lupe Fiasco, the Aussies may be in for an extra-special treat if Rihanna performs as well. She will be in Sydney on April 10 for the premiere of her first feature film, Battleship, and the rumor mill is churning about the two reuniting. (Read More HERE…)

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THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

1983, Joni Mitchell played the first night of a 13 date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC…

1983, Joni Mitchell played the first night of a 13 date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

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Imma let you finish Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. edition, but Australia has the best version of the magazine of all time. All time! Why is that? Because in the April issue, Taylor Swift wears a shirt designed by none other than Kanye West, who famously interrupted the country siren’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. (Read More HERE…)

Imma let you finish Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. edition, but Australia has the best version of the magazine of all time. All time! Why is that? Because in the April issue, Taylor Swift wears a shirt designed by none other than Kanye West, who famously interrupted the country siren’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. (Read More HERE…)

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