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Pop Artists Mourn Death Of Robin Williams On Twitter

JoJo wearing jeans

Several pop artists shared their feelings after news broke with actor and comedian Robin Williams had died apparently by suicide Monday morning at his Northern California home. Williams was 63. Among the postings on Twitter:

JoJo (@JoJoistheway): I love you Robin. We all did/do. No one will ever compare to you. May you rest in peace.

Alison Sudol/A Fine Frenzy (@AlisonSudol): I am so sad to hear about Robin Williams passing… It’s like losing someone you knew. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): I’m heartbroken about Robin Williams. There’s nothing else to say.

Olly Murs (@ollyofficial): I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams!! An amazing actor so funny! Good morning Vietnam one of the best ever! #RIPRobinWilliams

Vanessa Carlton in a fieldVanessa Carlton (@VanessaCarlton): I had the pleasure of sitting across from Robin Williams at a dinner. He was such a great guy & a genius in his work. This is so terrible.

Crystal Bowersox (@crystalbowersox): Tears… And prayers for his family. Any hope that the news surrounding Robin Williams is a big hoax?

Jessica Origliasso (@Jessicaveronica): Robin Williams, thank you for raising me/ all of us with your light and talent. May you find your peace now X

Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice): Wow…I’m truly shocked by the news of Robin Williams passing. RIP to a man who made the whole world laugh. My heart goes out to his family.

Elizabeth & The Catapult (@thecatapult): So sad about Robin Williams rip fisher king

Moby (@thelittleidiot): Poor Robin. Such a beautiful soul. To die rather than reach out is so heartbreaking.

Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne): Robin Williams news is just so sad. Shocked.

Toby Lightman (@TobyLightman): So sad to hear of Robin Williams’ passing.. Was one of the best.. I can’t believe it.. #rip

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Floyd Mayweather Reacts To Justin Bieber Racist Joke

Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has come to the support of his famous friend Justin Bieber, stating he supports the Canadian pop singer in wake of footage showing a 15-year-old Bieber saying the N-word while telling a racist joke. Floyd writes:

Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it’s part of growing up. I am proud of what he’s doing as a 20 year old musician and business man. #TMT

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Justin Bieber Apologizes For N-Word Joke

Justin Bieber wearing gold shoes

In wake of The Sun releasing a video of Justin Bieber making a racist joke years ago, reportedly filmed during the 20-year-old pop star’s “Never Say Never” documentary years ago, Bieber has issued an apology. The clip features a smirking Bieber asking: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” before issuing the insensitive punch line: “Run n—–, n—–, n—–, n—–, n—–,” as if imitating the sound of a chainsaw.

Bieber’s apology states:

As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.

Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended.

I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again.

Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right.

Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again….I’m sorry.

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Jenny Lewis Third Album ‘The Voyager’ Out July 29th

Jenny Lewis 'The Voyager' album cover

May 19, 2014 – Burbank, CA – Celebrated
California singer songwriter Jenny Lewis is set to release her new album ‘The Voyager’ via Warner Bros. Records on July 29th. The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman will drop her first album in six years, following 2006′s ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’ (with The Watson Twins) and 2008′s ‘Acid Tongue’.

‘The Voyager’ is Lewis’ most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley.

“Making ‘The Voyager’ got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life,” Lewis explained. “After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on ‘The Voyager’ came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.”

The track-listing for ‘The Voyager’ is as follows:
Head Underwater
She’s Not Me
Just One Of The Guys
Slippery Slopes
Late Bloomer
You Can’t Outrun ‘Em
The New You
Aloha & The Three Johns
Love U Forever
The Voyager

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 21 – Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory SOLD OUT
May 24 – Boston, MA at Boston Calling Festival
June 4 – Portland, ME at State Theatre w/ Kurt Vile
June 6 – New York, NY at Governor’s Ball (Randall’s Island)
June 7 – Washington DC at 930 Club SOLD OUT
July 6 – Toronto, ON at Urban Roots Festival
July 8 – Ottawa, ON at Ottawa Blues Fest
July 10 – Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 11 – Orlando, FL at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 12 – Miami, FL at The Fillmore w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 15 – Jacksonville, FL at Florida Theatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 16 – Charleston, NC at North Charleston Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 18 – Alpharetta, GA at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 19 – Birmingham, AL at BJCC Concert Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 20 – Louisville, KY at Forecastle Festival
July 22 – Interlochen, MI at Kresge Auditorium w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 23 – Grand Rapids, MI at Meijer Gardens w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 25 – Newport, RI at Newport Folk Festival
July 26 – Camden, NJ at XpoNential Music Festival w/Ryan Adams
July 27 – Pittsburgh, PA at Mr. Smalls
July 31 – Indianapolis, IN at Deluxe at Old National Centre
August 2 – Chicago, IL at Lollapalooza SOLD OUT
August 3 – Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue
August 10 – San Francisco, CA at Outside Lands Festival SOLD OUT
October 3-5 – Austin, TX at Austin City Limits
October 10-12 – Austin, TX at Austin City Limits

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Joey Fatone: Just Joking About Backstreet Boys Touring For Money

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Joey Fatone tells Wonderwall that he was just joking when he told the Huffington Post the Backstreet Boys are touring again because “they just need the money.” BSB’s Nick Carter responded to the comment on Twitter, saying, “Just disappointed, I really liked Joey… I’m proud of who we are and love what we stand for. Truthfully its about not letting our fans down. Sorry bro but you have us all wrong.”

Speaking at KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert at the StubHub Center in Carson, California earlier this month, the *NSYNC star clarified, “It was all a joke. It was all nothing but my sense of humor.” As for Carter’s hurt feelings, Joey said, “Nick is awesome. He’s great and the minute it happened, I sent him a text and said, ‘You know I’m joking, right?’ And he said, ‘I actually played into it.’ I didn’t think it was going to come out the way it did.”

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Pop Stars Send Out Happy Easter Tweets

Matt Nathanson Easter bunny ears

Several pop artists checked in with their followers on Twitter today, wishing them a happy Easter Sunday. Among the Tweets:

Savannah Outen (@therealsavannah): Happy Easter!!! You guys are egg-stra special to me

Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice): Happy Easter! I hope you guys have a lovely day with your family & friends. Save some of your chocolate for me ;) xo pic.twitter.com/zsMQDaLUQT

Greyson Chance (@greysonchance): happy Easter <3

Cody Simpson (@CodySimpson): Happy Easter angels and gents. Fill today with love, family, mates, and good music as always!!!!!

Vanessa Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens): Happy Easter loves. Such a special day. We are all so blessed to be loved unconditionally by god. Give… http://instagram.com/p/nBZs8JTChz/

Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale): Happy Easter everyone!!!!! Hope u all have a beautiful and happy day :) xx

Christina Perri (@christinaperri): Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/OglluIkGeg

Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey): Happy Easter!!!! pic.twitter.com/IyoF6XVTO1 … Easter bunny? Are you coming – Love, Ms. Monroe & Ms. Mariah pic.twitter.com/EwCPDUcE9T

Aly & AJ Michalka (@78Violet): Happy Easter to all our lil violet bunnies. let’s remember the true reason to celebrate today. #GodIsGood #HeHasRisen

Moby (@thelittleidiot): Happy Easter! http://instagram.com/p/nBSFHIrEIJ/

JoJo (@JoJoistheway): HAPPY EASTER! Praise God. Thank you for your perfect love and grace. For never leaving nor forsaking us, even at our very worst.

Alyssa Bernal (@alyssabernal): Watching the @spurs game! It’s gonna be a great Easter.

JC Chasez (@JCChasez): Happy Easter everyone! It has certainly provoked new thought in me considering my new adventure @JCSTheMusical playing #PontiusPilate

Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey): Making easter eggs w/ Roc N’ Roe: the “before” picture ?? pic.twitter.com/4g7Fw42lWE

Shakira (@shakira): Happy Easter guys! / ¡Felices Pascuas! Shak pic.twitter.com/2KM0yoq1z0

Nick Lachey (@NickLachey): Happy Easter everyone!!

Colbie Caillat (@ColbieCaillat): Cute boyfriend. Knows how much I love Easter baskets full of candy http://moby.to/13tnri

Aria Crescendo (@ARIAcrescendo): Happy Easter everyone. I’ll post some rabbit pict through the day #easter #fun #losangeles #art. http://instagram.com/p/nBM66zD2LL/

Mandy Jiroux (@MandyJiroux): Happy Easter from me and my baby bunz! pic.twitter.com/OQugScEGWV

Lucie Silvas (@LucieSilvas): I don’t get happier than the Easter bunny! Happy Easter erry’one http://instagram.com/p/nBMQuSJxrN/ … I don’t get happier than the Easter bunny! Happy Easter erry’one http://fb.me/3UpjY42tP

Alanis Morissette (@morissette): The family’s back together! so happy…. Happy Easter to all xoxo #boogs #circus #leelee… http://instagram.com/p/nBMHJDuYNB/

DEV (@devishot): Happy EASTER babyyyyzzzz

Natasha Hamilton ?@NatashaOfficial): Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter Sunday. Me & baba well fed after dinner with my handsome man, now time for a few choccy treats & snooze

Una Foden (@UnaTheSats): Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter Sunday x … My little Easter Bunny is loving her egg! X http://instagram.com/p/nBR7ofCwlr/

Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus): Happy 420/ Easter! I’ll be where I’ve been the passed week. In bed. Crying. NOT stoned. wackkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Melody Thornton (@MelodyThornton): Happy Easter all! #EasterFashion #EasterGram http://instagram.com/p/nBI-gvFPRW/

Jessica Sutta (@IamJessicaSutta): Happy Easter my little Easter bunnies

Natasha Bedingfield (@natashabdnfield): Happy Easter, Lovers!

Mollie King (@MollieTheSats): Omg omg the Easter bunny has come to LA!!!!!! http://instagram.com/p/nBGXyWuv97/ .. Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’ve each had the magical day you deserve.

Kat DeLuna (@KatDeLuna): Happy Easter!!

Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles): Happy Easter from me and my mom. Even I’m surprised how much we look alike. http://instagram.com/p/nBENGNjGOm/

Jordan Pruitt (@JordansBlog): Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a good joke? A: It might crack up! #lol

Lolo (@lolomusic): Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/DWGX5lt68N

Lance Bass (@LanceBass): Happy Easter!!! http://instagram.com/p/nBDC3UxsYk/

To Be One (@tobeone): Happy Easter to you and your families, god bless all of you guys much love, enjoy the day:) Mikey

Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen): Happy Easter !!! pic.twitter.com/g4bWSzY6Bt

Chase Coy (@chasecoy): Working on something a little different this weekend, loving how it’s coming along. Happy Easter! http://instagram.com/p/nBB-f9IAjE/

Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack): yo happy easter 4/20 glaze it for the homie jesus

Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff): Hope the Easter bunny was good to everyone

Matt Nathanson ?@mattnathanson): The easter bunny was so good @ hiding eggs, some are still MIA. #galang http://instagram.com/p/nBA8d7vTrX/

Sophie Ellis-Bextor (@SophieEB): Happy Easter, guys! Hope you enjoy your chocolate. Xx pic.twitter.com/Sq2Zr8swLT

Ayla Brown (@AylaBrown): Happy Easter!

David Cook (@thedavidcook): Happy Easter, everyone!

Austin Mahone (@AustinMahone): HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!! Spend time with your families. I love you

Leona Lewis (@leonalewismusic): How many Easter eggs have you eaten?! xx pic.twitter.com/5JoGgRCFAr

Porcelain (@PorcelainBlack): Happy Easter!

Kevin Jonas (@kevinjonas): Happy Easter!!

Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul): Happy Passover and Happy Easter everyone! Hope you’re spend time w/ family and loved ones xoxoP

Melanie C (@MelanieCmusic): So many lovely comments today. Thank you. Happy Easter everybody xxx

Kian Egan (@KianEganWL): Happy Easter everyone… Hope your all enjoying your chocolate eggs! Xxx

Crystal Bowersox (@crystalbowersox): Hoppy Easter!! Oh yes I did. pic.twitter.com/EWhLt4KOX8

Jessica Mauboy (@jessicamauboy): Happy Easter everyone!! Hope you all had a #beautiful day! xxx http://fb.me/2ZZhUqsbo

Eliza Doolittle (@elizadoolittle): Happy Easter Bunny ! (In my mind is Thumper and Br’er Rabbit) Zippidy Doo Daaaaaah!!!!!

One Direction (@onedirection): Happy Easter – hope it’s a chilled one. If you fancy something to do, @Real_Liam_Payne wants to hear your remixes https://soundcloud.com/groups/you-i-the-remixes …

Sandi Thom (@Sandi_Thom): Happy Easter Sunday everyone!! : ) pic.twitter.com/cfJyO7u0wa

Gareth Gates (@Gareth_Gates): Happy Easter Tweeps! Happy Chocolate eating! X

Jessie J (@JessieJ): Happy Easter Sunday http://instagram.com/p/nAdN9Dw0Sq/

Mika (@mikasounds): On train home to London for Easter barbecue. Happy Easter Sunday everyone. Then onwards to the recording studio in Torino tomorrow :)

Jessie J (@JessieJ): What an amazing start to Easter Sunday! Let’s get it to #1 http://instagram.com/p/nAcUXFQ0SD/

Katy B (@KatyB): Happy Easter peeps!!!! Hope you get lots of eggs ??come hang with me on sundaybrunchc4 ? this morning! http://instagram.com/p/nAX42SFFf6/

Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): Here you go – little Easter Egg for you – Part 2 of ‘Ask Me Anything about my Music’ podcast! http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/2792570

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Zayn Malik Looked For A Good Listener In A Girlfriend

Zayn Malik in Miami

Zayn Malik of One Direction says prior to meeting fiance Perrie Edwards of Little Mix, he was looking for a partner who was a good listener and took time to hear what he had to say. “[I'm looking for] A good listener who takes interest in what you say,” the 21-year-old said, according to Star magazine. “If they take time out to speak to you, it’s attractive.”

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Cody Simpson Is Just Talking Foam & Figerglass In His ‘Surfboard’ Single

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Cody Simpson tells MTV News his new single ‘Surfboard’ doesn’t borrow the innuendo displayed by Beyonce’s use of “Surfboart” in her ‘Drunk In Love’ song. “I think Beyonce kind of made surfboard a sexual innuendo that people wouldn’t necessarily have picked up on if my song had come out without her using that term,” the Australian pop singer explained. “I’ve been writing about surfboards my whole life. All of my albums have been ‘Surfer’s Paradise’ or something like that, so I mean honestly I had the idea. I love Beyonce’s album, I love that song and I was like if there was any time to release that song it was now since this term is a part of pop culture, which is exciting for me being a surfer myself.”

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Demi Lovato Takes High Road After “Fatty” Jibe

Demi Lovato checked in with her Twitter followers (@ddlovato) on Tuesday (April 15), responding to some haters, including a Lana Del Rey fan and anonymous troll who called the singer and actress a “fatty”. Demi suggested to followers that they respond to negativity with positivity, writing:

Dear haters, you don’t have to like me cause I love you. Everyone’s equal, everyone has a soul and everyone deserves to be loved ??

Dear Lovatics, for every hater tweet – don’t respond with hate but love and positivity.. Try love instead of combat

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Michael Jackson ‘XSCAPE’ Out May 13th

Michael Jackson 'XSCAPE' cover art

On May 13th, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release ‘XSCAPE’, an album of new music by Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, ‘XSCAPE’ will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The ‘XSCAPE’ standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1st on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

‘XSCAPE’ is executive produced by L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” remarked Reid. “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

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