Ke$ha and Tegan And Sara will perform at the Logo’s “Now New Next Awards 2013” on April 15!
+ Mark your calendars: Ke$ha and Tegan And Sara will perform (and are also nominees in the “That’s My Jam” category) at Logo’s “New Now Next Awards 2o13”! You can begin voting now “for everything New, Now and Next in Pop Culture.” Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show airs April 15 at 10 p.m. ET. (NewNowNext)
+ Kid Cudi has parted ways with hip-hop label/collective G.O.O.D. Music. But before he told label boss Kanye West, he sought advice from Jay-Z who reassured him. “I never wanted to offend [Kanye], and I didn’t know how he would take it, and I was like, ’Man, I do not want to make my brother mad,'” Cudi said. His third studio album, Indicud, drops April 23. (MTV News)
+ Check out a nearly naked Avril Lavigne (and a well-placed teddy bear) on her single cover art for “Here’s To Never Growing Up.” The song, which will be released on April 9, hails from her as-of-yet untitled fifth studio album. (Neon Limelight)
+ Speaking of album art, 98 Degrees has unveiled the cover to their upcoming album, 2.0. The artwork features the guys looking dapper in smart suits and ties. The record streets May 7, just before they depart on “The Package Tour” (tee hee!) with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men on May 28. (Billboard)
+ Watch The-Dream’s NSFW video for “Slow It Down,” which features Fabolous and is apparently (guessing from the lyrics and bottom shots) an R&B ode to women’s behinds. The-Dream’s IV Play will be released May 28. Collabos include Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Big Sean. (Pitchfork)
+ Though Nicki Minaj’s “High School” video boasts extra steamy scenes with Lil Wayne, she says he behaved like a gentleman. “He refused to touch me, he’s so respectful,” she said during “MTV First: Nicki Minaj.” She also confessed wanting to get back into her “first love”: acting. (MTV News)
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