Monday, January 31, 2011

Coldplay, Led Zeppelin Album Covers Featured On New British Stamps

Album art from Pink Floyd, Blur and David Bowie also included.
By James Montgomery


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Photo: Royal Mail

On Thursday (January 7), the U.K.'s Royal Mail unveiled a series of 10 new stamps, honoring the most iconic album covers of the past 40 years.

The albums featured in the new series are the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, Led Zeppelin's IV, David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, The Clash's London Calling, New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies, Primal Scream's Screamadelica, Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, Blur's Parklife and — the most recent album on to make the cut — Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head.

Meant to honor "the most potent graphic images of modern times, many of which have provided a visual soundtrack to people's lives," the series is the end result of a lengthy research process by the Royal Mail, who looked through thousands of album covers by British artists before deciding on the final list. And, during a Wednesday night BBC Radio broadcast, it was revealed that the queen herself actually approved each design.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page — who helped design the cover for IV — was on hand to celebrate the release of the stamps and recalled the mysterious nature of the album's iconic imagery.

"Almost 40 years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him," he said. "That sort of sums up what we wanted to achieve with the album cover, which has remained both anonymous and enigmatic at the same time."

Of course, any great honor is befitting of an equally great contest, so, on the same day the stamps were made available to the general public, Coldplay decided to give one of their Rush of Blood stamps away. In a message on their official site, the band held a contest to send one lucky fan "a letter using a Coldplay stamp, postmarked with today's issue date."

"We visited our local post office earlier today and bought some of the Coldplay stamps," the message read. "Very nice they are too."

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Jenna Ushkowitz and Michael Trevino: New Couple Alert!


What happens when the world of singing meets the world of the supernatural? True love!

Or at least a lot of making out.

According to Just Jared source, Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz is dating The Vampire Diaries star Michael Trevino. They attended the SAG Awards and subsequent after-parties last night.

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“They were quite friendly all night and weren’t shy about their relationship,” says a witness. “Michael adores Jenna and it really shows.”

The pair also got cozy earlier this month in Las Vegas for Naya Rivera's 24th birthday.

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Halle Berry is launching a custody battle against her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry

The Oscar-winning actress – who split from the 35-year-old model last April after almost five years together – has “serious concerns” for the welfare of the couple’s two-year-old daughter Nahla when she is under the watch of her father, and is preparing to “seek swift judicial intervention”. A statement released by Halle’s representative said: “Halle [...]

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ShowBiz Minute: SAG Awards, Superman, Box Office

Jan 31 - Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo win Screen Actors prizes; British actor Henry Cavill cast as Superman; Hopkins takes 'The Rite' to top of box office.

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Ke$ha Sued By Former Managers

DAS Communications' lawyer claims producer Dr. Luke convinced her to breach contract.
By Jocelyn Vena


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Ke$ha is being sued by her former managers at DAS Communications for upwards of $14 million, Ken Freundlich, who is representing DAS in the case, confirmed to MTV News.

"DAS was Ke$ha's manager since the beginning of 2006, and there was a written agreement, and they worked closely, and sometime in September 2008 [producer] Dr. Luke, for his own personal gain, somehow induced her to breach that contract," Freundlich said. "And she unceremoniously terminated DAS without justification and then ended up with Luke, basically. So we sued Ke$ha for breach of contract and Luke for interference, and that was last year, and the defense's reaction was to try and delay us. They made motions.

"The judge denied all their motions, and now we're going forward. We're going to have our day in court," he continued. "And we're going to prove that Dr. Luke induced her to breach the contract. She had no right to do so, and we're gonna get damages from her."

Freundlich explained how he and his team came to the $14 million sum, explaining, "We don't know exactly how much, but we assume it's in that range. She's been quite successful. The case is set. It's gonna go on the rest of this year. We're gonna go straight to the trial if we have to."

Ke$ha has filed a suit in California against the management team, but Freundlich is confident nothing will come of her claim that they acted as an "illegal talent agent." "That's pending out in California. Even though that case is still pending, I don't think it has any merit," he said.

Calls to Ke$ha's legal team and rep were not returned to MTV News by press time.

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Natalie Portman, Betty White Win Big at SAG Awards

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The 2011 SAG Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday night, and -- as expected -- Natalie Portman continued her reign as award season queen.

Taking home the award for best actress for her performance in the thriller Black Swan, Portman thanked her parents "who taught me to work the hardest and never to be an a--hole, that wasn't acceptable."

Colin Firth topped the best actor category for his highly acclaimed role in The King's Speech, while The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Christian Bale won for their supporting role in the Mark Wahlberg-produced film. Bale even brought the real-life Dicky Ecklund on stage with him while accepting the award. The King's Speech also picked up the award for best ensemble cast.

Television's golden girl Betty White won her first SAG award at the age of 89, for her role in Hot in Cleveland.

"I cannot believe this," the actress gushed. "I must say this is the biggest surprise I've ever had in this business."

Julianna Marguiles, Steve Buscemi and Alec Baldwin also took home an Actors for their roles in The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire and 30 Rock, respectively.

Buscemi's Empire joined Modern Family in winning top honors for their ensemble casts in the television category.

Get the full list of SAG winners here.

What was your favorite moment of the SAG Awards? Chime in below!

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SAG Award Fashion Face-Off: Christina Hendricks vs. January Jones


The Mad Men cast lost out to the cast of Boardwalk Empire at last night's SAG Awards.

But there's one category in which no show on television can compete with this AMC hit: Most Beautiful Actresses.

That was evident on the red carpet of this event, as Christina Hendricks and January Jones both gave photographers a reason to get excited. The two rarely share scenes on the drama, but they are paired together below. Compare. Contrast. Drool. Vote now.

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Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Muse Added To Grammy Show

Usher, Jaden Smith, B.o.B, Janelle Monae and Lady Antebellum will also perform on February 13.
By Gil Kaufman


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While Willow Smith is the one who made music headlines with "Whip My Hair" last year, it's her brother, "Karate Kid" actor Jaden Smith, who will take the stage at the upcoming 53rd Grammy Awards in a special performance alongside Usher and Justin Bieber, with whom he collaborated on the song "Never Say Never" last summer.

The trio joins a list of new performers added to the show on Thursday (January 20) that will also include another power trifecta made up of B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, according to a press release from the Recording Academy announcing the additions to the February 13 telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Also taking the stage next month will be nominees Muse and Lady Antebellum. They will join a roster of previously announced performers that includes Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green and Miranda Lambert. It will be the first time on the Grammy performance stage for Bieber, B.o.B, Lambert, Mars, Monáe, Muse and Smith. Eminem, Green, Gaga, Perry, Usher and Lady Antebellum will be making return visits for the occasion.

While 11-time Grammy winner Eminem leads the pack in nominations this year (with 10 nods), Mars has seven nominations, and Gaga and Lady Antebellum are not far behind with six nods each. B.o.B has notched five, Perry and Green are each up for four, and Arcade Fire and Lambert are vying for three awards. Bieber, Muse, Usher and Monáe are each nominated for two Grammys.

No details of the collaborative performances were released, but the Grammy announcement promised a rare, never-before-seen event for the Mars, B.o.B and Monáe segment.

With the addition of Antebellum, all five Album of the Year nominees (Eminem, Arcade Fire, Gaga, Perry) are now scheduled to perform on the show. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

Which Grammy performance are you most looking forward to? Talk about it in the comments!

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Chris Brown on Court Hearing: Standard Procedure


Chris Brown caused a bit of a stir late last week with a request to have the restraining order lifted against him. The order bars any contact with Rihanna.

The singer's rep is shooting down speculation that his lawyer made the request for any particular reason - such as a rendezvous with Ri at the Grammys.

Not so, says his camp. It's just the next step in the process of Chris completing the terms of his sentence and moving forward with clearing his name.

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Tammy Brook, a rep for Brown, insists that there was no specific motive, and "the lifting of the restraining order is part of the ongoing legal proceedings."

"The date was scheduled months ago. Chris Brown is thankful for his nominations, but due to scheduling conflicts, [won't] attend the Grammys."

As part of the Rihanna assault case, Brown's attorney asked the judge to reduce the "stay away" order against him to a "do not annoy" order.

While the judge again praised Brown for his progress, the ruling was put off until a later date because Rihanna's attorney couldn't be reached.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Rep: Charlie Sheen Released from Hospital, Not Going to Rehab

Rep: Charlie Sheen Released from Hospital, Not Going to Rehab

It looks like Charlie Sheen is out of the woods -- for now.

The troubled actor was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after complaining of severe abdominal pains. TMZ now reports that the Two and a Half Men star has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Sources say he will return to work on Tuesday and will not be going back to rehab.

Reports said that the actor, 45, spent Wednesday night partying and doing cocaine at his home with a group of porn stars. But Sheen's camp insists that his ailment was not the result of a drug overdose. Instead, the actor reportedly suffered a hernia.

A friend of the actor opened up about Sheen's drama to People. "He definitely did not OD but, yes, he was partying," the source says. "He doesn't think he's going to die. He doesn't want to stop. In his eyes, he thinks, 'I'm having fun, so what? I'm making $2 million a week, the show has the best ratings, I show up for up work. What's the problem?'"

But according to porn star Kacey Jordan (who claims she partied with Sheen on Wednesday), the actor is heading down a slippery slope. TMZ caught Jordan on camera giving a play-by-play of their wild night. "When I first saw him, he was just f***in' wasted out of his mind," she says. Jordan then describes how Sheen had a large amount of cocaine delivered to the party. "We're talking like $20 grand, I swear, of coke." Eventually the porn star had had enough and decided it was time to go home. "If I didn't leave, I'd probably be in the hospital, because I couldn't keep up," she says.

Jordan also admits that she's worried for Sheen's safety. "I hope he's well, but these binges...if he keeps doing this...I just hope he gets better," she says.

Seems like Sheen might want to rethink his decision to pass on rehab.

Do you think Charlie Sheen will ever clean up his act? Chime in below!

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Nicki Minaj Feared Her Dad Would Kill Her Mom

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Nicki Minaj may be the reigning queen of hip-hop, but it hasn't been an easy journey for the fashion-forward MC. In a recent interview with U.K. newspaper The Sun, 26-year-old Minaj opened up about her troubled upbringing.

"All of my young and teenage early years we lived in fear that my mother would be killed by my father," she said. "It was ridiculous. It made me act out to guys and be evil to them when I was growing up."

The Trinidad and Tobago-born singer moved to New York when she was 5 and credits growing up in the city and living in fear of her father for making her so independent. "It made me tough," she admitted. "Of course it did. I am an emotional person, but I am a tough person. It was very tough emotionally for me to have a parent who was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I had a mum with no money."

Minaj said her family "didn't really have many options" and felt "helpless," something she described as "the worst feeling." The wig-wearing, flamboyantly dressed star summed up her father as being "violent -- physically and verbally" and credits her older brother for "(becoming) the man of the house and (standing) up to my father."

"(My mother) didn't cut ties when I felt like she should have done," the perfectly poised rapper said. "That's been my whole thing. I've been able to say, 'This isn't working any more. You need to get out of my life.' I keep it moving and it has worked.'"

Despite her tough childhood, Minaj doesn't take things too seriously. The young MC recently laughed it off when Regis Philbin took his admiration for the rapper's assets a little too far, tapping her on the butt during a live interview. Oh, Reege!

Do you admire Nicki Minaj’s resilience? Chime in below!

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Justin Bieber Addresses Dangers Of Texting And Driving On 'Extreme Makeover'

Bieber will appear on Sunday's episode with the Brown family of Wellman, Texas.
By Jocelyn Vena


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Justin Bieber will make a surprise appearance on the feel-good ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Sunday. In the episode, the singer meets the Brown family of Wellman, Texas, who are helping raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving after their eldest daughter Alex was affected by it.

The episode was shot back in November, according to AceShowbiz.com, and in it, Bieber not only pledges to give back to the cause, but also makes daughter Katrina Brown and her friends' day with some one-on-one time.

"So I'm really glad you guys can come. Every night we have a banner that goes up and it says 'don't text and drive' so every night all these kids see it so it definitely means a lot to me as well," he told the family. "We're gonna give $1 from every ticket sold to your cause. I always do this sound-check party and I wanted to invite you guys to come and hang out."

"I did not know what to do," Katrina admits in the preview clip for the two-hour episode, which also features Emma Roberts and NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. "I did not know how to react."

Bieber also opens up a bit more about joining the cause. "It's been a big part of my life to influence others not to text and drive," he explained. "And every night when I perform, I have a video that comes up and it says 'don't text and drive' and it's me driving. It's just really important to me."

The encounter will also reportedly be featured in Bieber's upcoming 3-D flick, "Never Say Never." In a trailer released earlier this month, Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, opened up about how lucky he feels. "Me and the guy from 'Extreme Home Makeover' have the best jobs in the world," Braun explains in the new clip. "It's actually the most gratifying thing about the job. Little things go a very long way. You get paid to just make other people happy."

Bieber isn't the only pop star who works with the cause. The Jonas Brothers are also avid spokesmen for Allstate's "X the Text" campaign. "We're a part of the X the Text campaign with our sponsor Allstate, which is an amazing thing," Kevin Jonas told MTV News back in August. "So many teen drivers and drivers out there have accidents texting while driving, and it's such a [great] thing to bring awareness to this."

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Terrence Howard Says He Picked Up Acting Tips From 50 Cent

'I actually learned more from watching him,' the 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' ' actor tells Mixtape Daily.
By Jayson Rodriguez, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


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50 Cent has invaded Hollywood with a string of roles alongside Tinseltown royalty like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro ("Righteous Kill") and leading-man-in-the-making Chace Crawford ("Twelve").

We all know that the G-Unit General can make a hit, but after he and producer Randall Emmett inked a reported $200 million deal to launch Cheetah Films, don't be surprised if the rapper's future lies in making fans sit down to watch him on the big screen instead of hitting the dance floor.

He hasn't left New York for the West Coast just yet, but Terrence Howard said 50 is a more than capable actor. The two worked together on Fif's first film, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." And according to the veteran actor ("Hustle & Flow," "Crash," "Ray"), he actually learned more from 50 than the other way around.

"One of the things that I learned, the hardest thing to do is be still," Howard explained. "When you don't know what to do, be still. He mastered that. And therefore, when he jumped forward and has something to say, he spoke the truth with it. That's a genius. That's what makes great film work. He was there from the beginning. I actually learned more from watching him, 'cause he taught me to be still."

In addition to his film ventures and wrapping his next album, 50 Cent recently joined Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the Sundance Film Festival for the launch of the boxer's Mayweather Productions.

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'The Rite' Captures Friday Box Office

Thriller makes $5.3 million.
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It appears that audiences are still down to get freaked out by a creepy performance from Anthony Hopkins.

The Oscar-winning actor's latest skin-crawling, onscreen turn, "The Rite," topped the Friday box office. The film, which is based on real-life events and stars Hopkins as an unconventional exorcist, debuted with $5.3 million. When MTV News sat down with Sir Hopkins recently, the veteran star admitted he has a gift for freaking out fans.

"I know how to do those parts," he said. "Not because I'm scary, but because I know how to scare people. ... It's a question of being quiet and not overplaying it," he explained. "You let the script and the audiences do the work for you. You don't have to play evil."

Behind "The Rite" is last week's box-office winner, "No Strings Attached. Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman's portrayal of "sex friends" who shrug off the possibility of a relationship in favor of casual lovin,' scored $4.3 million. Friday's earnings kick the film's total haul to just over $30 million.

Jason Statham's latest firepower-heavy flick ,"The Mechanic," came in third place. The tale of an assassin looking to avenge the killing of his mentor with the help of his son (Ben Foster), debuted with $3.6 million.

"The Green Hornet" took the fourth-place spot at the Friday box office. Moviegoers coughed up $2.9 million to catch Seth Rogen as the classic masked superhero duke it out with Los Angeles-area baddies. The figure kicks the film's total estimated tally to $70 million.

"The King's Speech," the dramatization of the UK's King George VI's struggle to overcome his stammer with the help of an eccentric speech therapist, rounded out the top five. The film, which recently picked up 12 Academy Award nominations, scored $2.8 million. The movie's total estimated haul now stands at around $63 million.

Check out everything we've got on "The Rite," "No Strings Attached" and "The Mechanic."

For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com.

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Henry Cavill Lands Superman Role

Landing himself quite the high-profile role, Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in an upcoming movie being directed by Zack Snyder.

The "Tudors" stud was confirmed as having nabbed the role of the iconic superhero through a statement released on Sunday (January 30) by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Of the plans, director Zack Snyder said, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen."

Snyder added, "I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and 'S' shield.

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Chris Brown's Order To 'Stay Away' From Rihanna May Be Reduced

Rihanna's lawyer has to OK judge's decision at status hearing to scale the mandate back to a 'do not annoy' order.
By Jayson Rodriguez


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The "stay away" order issued against Chris Brown following his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna is expected to be reduced to a "do not annoy" order, it was revealed Friday (January 28) during a status hearing for Brown.

Judge Patricia Schnegg mandated the protective order back in August 2009 after Brown pleaded guilty to assault. The restriction called for the former couple to not communicate and keep their distance should they attend the same industry event.

Last month, Brown completed a yearlong domestic-violence course. Judge Schnegg once again praised Brown for his progress and congratulated him on his course completion.

The singer's attorney requested that Brown be permitted to skip future status hearings as a result of his completed course work, which the judge granted. Brown still must complete a number of community labor hours.

The "stay away" order being reduced to a "do not annoy" order first needs to be approved by Rihanna's attorney. When Brown reached his plea deal, Rihanna's lawyer notified the court that the pop star did not wish to seek a restraining order against her ex.

During a short recess granted by the judge, Brown's attorney phoned Rihanna's legal rep to OK the motion, but the party was unavailable.

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Oscar Nominee James Franco Set To Direct 'As I Lay Dying'

The '127 Hours' star and Oscar host tells MTV News he'll helm movie based on William Faulkner's novel this summer.
By Aly Semigran, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


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James Franco may very well be Hollywood's ultimate Renaissance man. In addition to his already busy 2011 schedule, which includes attending the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, both as first-time host and Best Actor nominee (for "127 Hours"), the actor/writer/student will also tackle directing duties.

Over the weekend, MTV News managed to catch a minute with Franco at the Sundance Film Festival, where he revealed to us yet another impressive future endeavor. The star spilled, "This summer I'm going to direct a movie based on William Faulkner's novel 'As I Lay Dying.' "

Franco, who has in the past done some work behind the camera, explained, "I shoot a test of the whole movie before I make a movie. So we just shot a test."

Despite working from a lengthy script (160 pages, to be exact), Franco did an entire pre-shoot with actors in North Carolina on New Year's Day. And in keeping with his already unorthodox methods, the 32-year-old noted that the actors he used for the test filming won't necessarily be the ones he works with on the final product.

While Franco says he "might" appear in his adaptation of "As I Lay Dying," he has his sights set on his favorite actor, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Revolutionary Road" star Michael Shannon, whom he has worked with twice before. The cast already includes Paul Dano ("Little Miss Sunshine," "There Will Be Blood") and, if all works out for Franco, Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor," "Six Feet Under") and Joaquin Phoenix will be onboard as well.

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Usher's 'OMG' ' 'Kills It Every Night,' Says Tourmate Miguel

'There's so much anticipation for this song when he comes out,' Miguel says of MTV News' Song of the Year.
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MTV News just named Usher's "OMG" the #1 song of 2010, and clearly we're not alone in our admiration. But what is it like to watch it performed night after night? Miguel, who is currently opening for Usher's OMG Tour gave us a little insight.

"There's so much anticipation for this song when he comes out, and he really gives the fans what they want," Miguel laughs. "He kills it every night."

Before his latest string of hits, Usher was out of the spotlight for a period of time in 2009, when he was dealing with personal issues including a divorce. Miguel finds his 2010 comeback inspiring.

"There was a period of time, when a lot of people didn't believe in Usher and thought he was finished ... just kind of going to ride off into the sunset and disappear," the up-and-coming singer noted.

With the release of Raymond vs. Raymond and its extended, companion EP, Versus, in 2010, Usher proved the skeptics wrong with chart-toppers including "OMG" and "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love."

"He's such a tremendous example of perseverance and determination," Miguel beamed. "I was there throughout this album, so I've seen the adversity that he's had to overcome perception-wise."

MTV News' Top 25 Songs of 2010 have all been counted down. But the fun isn't over yet: We still want to see your picks in the comments below!

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Britney Spears Going 'Harder, More Urgent' On Next LP

Claude Kelly says Brit's upcoming project will sound more like her 2007 album, Blackout.
By Jocelyn Vena


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If edgy is what she's going for, a rumored collaboration with Gucci Mane might be one step Britney Spears is taking to ensure that her March release has the hard-edged pop sound she seems to be working on.

Songwriter Claude Kelly opened up about writing songs for the pop star's still-untitled album, which has already spawned the hit single "Hold It Against Me."

"It's way more edgy than the last album," Kelly told People.

"[It's] more in the vein of the album before." He explained that Brit and her team intend to hark back to the singer's 2007 Blackout.

As for her last album, Circus, Kelly explained that Britney's 2008 LP served a very specific purpose in the singer's pop-star timeline. "The last album was more clean pop. [Its purpose] was to reintroduce Britney to the world as the pop princess," he explained, adding that they're taking an anything-goes approach to the March album and he's still not sure what the "final product is going to be."

Kelly gave props to the production team. "She's always ready," Kelly explained. "Dr. Luke and Max Martin are running the show, and it's all about the beats. It has a heavier bass line and it's much harder, more urgent, more club. She's ready again!"

Fellow songwriter/producer Danja spoke to MTV News recently and shed some more light on the Britney album.

"I just took my track level up. I just wanted to make sure it's still hard-hitting and still that same energy that people heard, but very today's time," he said. "So we'll see. I don't know what the project will end up being, but we'll see. We did have a meeting like a year ago, and they wanted it to sound urban, hard-hitting, not so much dance, but just that similar sound."

What do you hope Britney's album will sound like? Tell us in the comments!

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Britney Spears Is A 'Tigress' In 'Hold It Against Me' Video, Choreographer Says

'I love nudity,' Brian Friedman teases about Jonas Åkerlund-directed clip.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Matt Elias


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Sure, details are limited on what the Jonas Åkerlund-directed video for Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" is going to look like, but when Brit's choreographer, Brian Friedman, sat down with MTV News, he teased some scintillating details about the video.

"I didn't necessarily have pressure with this — it was more excitement," he said of working with the pop diva again. "I haven't been with Britney in five years on a project, so it was excitement to be back with her. It was excitement to get her dancing really hard again 'cause she's had a couple of years where she's been dancing different styles of dance and it hasn't been me.

"It's not necessarily that she hasn't been dancing, it hasn't been what I get from her, and what I seem to get from her is this tigress quality," he continued. "And she prowls. She really dominates when she does my choreography, and that's what I wanted to get back. Excited yes, scared no."

Shot over two days last weekend, the video shows Spears in a look she tweeted from the set. The preview pic, a lo-res photo, shows Spears from the shoulders up, standing with her back to the camera and her face turned toward it. The singer is in a red outfit, surrounded by a wreath of microphones.

While Friedman danced around any specific details about the clip, he did share that the video will have 10 male dancers. He also told us his favorite part: "I love nudity," he teased.

"I can tell you that Britney is wearing a couple of hats in this video — not literal hats, but she's playing roles in this video. That is what I can give you," he explained. "In every role, she is dancing. She is going to be dancing throughout the whole video. Like I said: Dance is the focal point of this video."

He also teased a bit about the costumes: "She's taking fashion risks. Things we've never seen her wear before she's wearing in this video, and I think it's just very sexy and it's a little bit playful," he added. "She's going to be doing something in this video that we've never seen her do. I'm not gonna tell you what that is but she's going to be sweating and she's going to be getting bruised and battered."

What are you expecting from the "Hold It Against Me" video? Share your predictions below!

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