China’s popular actress and microblogging queen Yao Chen has more than 10 million followers on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo. She has got more microblog followers than Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter.  With China’s huge population and an ever-increasing broadband penetration, Yao will soon outrank Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber as having the most microblogging followers.

Yao Chen

Sina.com.cn crowned Yao as the “queen of microblog” when her microblog at t.sina.com.cn/yaochen  garnered more than five million followers in January. Her engagement with current world events, addressing social and political issues in Weibo, has won her the huge number of followers.

Yao Chen was born on 5 October 1979 in Shishi City, Quanzhou, Fujian province, China to a middle-class family. She first studied Chinese folk dance at the Beijing Dance Academy from 1993 to 1997, before moving on to study at the Beijing Film Academy from 1999 to 2003.

Yao Chen in Vogue China

The charismatic actress shot to fame in 2006 for her acting debut role as the daughter of a powerful martial artist in popular 1995 sitcom “My Own Swordsmen”.  Following this, in 2008, she played the part of an iconic guerilla leader in the series Undercover. Her first stage appearance was as a white-collar heroine in A Story of Lala’s Promotion (2009). She has since appeared as Mango in Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 (2010), in Chen Yili’s Colour Me Love (2010) and in Shang Jing’s My Own Swordsman (2011). She won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress in 2010.

In 2004 Yao Chen married the Chinese actor Ling Xiao Su, but they divorced in January 2011.

Yao Chen and her ex-hubby Ling Xiaosu

In 2011 Yao Chen visited Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand as UNHCR’s Honorary Patron for China. The number of followers of her microblogging during this visit increased dramatically, won over by her sincere, fearless communication and her honest engagement with current world events. As she left Mae La she said, “I hope to spend part of every year with refugees.”

Yao is the first non-Twitter microblogger among the world’s 10 most followed microbloggers. Sina said, “Her charisma is attributed to the honesty expressed in her postings, which are like text messages sent between old friends.”

Yao Chen...China's microblogging queen

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Christina Victoria Grimmie (born March 12, 1994), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, is a pianist, flautist and singer famed for her reworking of hit songs by artists such as Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

Christina Grimmie

Grimmie, who also dabbles with guitar and drums, popped into national limelight when her videos began notching millions of views on YouTube. And she is currently the veritable queen of YouTube musicians, with 974,000 subscribers, an EP of original songs (called Find Me) available on iTunes, a single (“Advice”) getting airplay on Radio Disney, and a plum opening spot on Selena Gomez’s upcoming summer tour.

A high school senior this fall, the home-schooled Grimmie almost never joined the site at all.

“My friend convinced me to put a video up, when originally I did not want to,” the quirky 17 year-old said. “I did on July 17th, 2009.” That was the day that Grimmie posted a video of herself playing piano and singing “Don’t Wanna Be Torn” by Hannah Montana.

As she frequently posted new cover videos to her channel, zeldaxlove64, Grimmie developed a small online fanbase, and what started as a frivolous hobby quickly became a much bigger project. “More and more, I made it a routine to post videos, and now I’m doing pretty well for myself, I would say.”

She started by solidifying her status on YouTube. Grimmie continued to post videos of herself singing pop songs in her Sonic the Hedgehog-adorned bedroom, and as her pageviews went up, opportunities gradually presented themselves.

It just so happens that some of Christina’s videos ended up on the computer screen of Mandy Teefey, Selena Gomez’s mother. “Selena’s mom, she saw me singing ‘My Heart Will Go On‘ by Celine Dion, and then she saw the Miley Cyrus medley, and that led her to ask her husband Brian her to go out and find me.”

After getting in touch with Christina through her brother’s YouTube channel, Brian Teefey (Selena Gomez's step-father), met with Grimmie in May 2010 and became her manager.

Grimmie is best known for her video with Sam Tsui, covering Nelly's "Just a Dream", which has had over 30 million views. She had over 17 million views on her channel as of June 2011, which made her the 7th most subscribed musician on YouTube of all time at that point. She also was placed within the top 5 of the MyYoutube competition, along with Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber.

She released an EP, entitled Find Me, on June 14, 2011 which debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200. Her first single 'Advice' was released to Radio Disney on June 11.

Christina Grimmie 'Find Me'

She will be touring with Selena Gomez & the Scene beginning July 28, 2011, where she will be promoting Find Me.

A glittering future seems to be awaiting this home-schooled girl!

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13-year-old Rebecca Black, an eight-grader from Anaheim Hills, is currently “taking the internet by storm” with her debut single “Friday” as a result of the backlash of the online commentary. It is hilarious that the song has gotten famous for being mercilessly made fun of on the internet.

Rebecca Black

The song gained immense online notoriety for its lyrics accompanied by heavy use of auto-tune. According to Black’s profile on the Ark Music Factory website, she’s a 13-year-old aspiring entertainer who has “landed the lead role in her school musical, Oklahoma!”

The video clip was originally posted on YouTube in mid-February 2011. The music video gained notoriety during the second weekend in March, when the popular blog The Daily What and a Tosh.0 blog post titled “Songwriting Isn’t for Everyone”, posted the video on March 11th, 2011. From there, it was subsequently reblogged and shared on Tumblr, Twitter and various discussion forums. By March 18, the video had reached over 18 million views in just a week, becoming a true viral hit. And hey, the single reached the top 100 on iTunes.

“Friday” is a song written by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. It was released as a single on iTunes on March 14, 2011. Black’s video was produced by Ark Music Factory, a California-based video company that was also behind similar teen-pop videos like Alana Lee’s “Butterflies” and Kaya’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Mind.”

Since the growth in popularity of the song and video, there have been numerous parody videos and remixes. The notoriety of the song is another sign of the power of social media — specifically Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, in this instance — in the ability to create “overnight sensations”.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Black’s mother, Georgina Kelly, recalls how a classmate of Black informed her of Ark Music Factory, an LA record label that allowed young singers to gain experience in the industry by recording a track for a small fee. Kelly paid Ark Music $2,000 for a package that included a choice of two pre-written songs.

Black herself chose the song ‘Friday’, as “the other song was about adult love – I haven’t experienced that yet.  ’Friday’ is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song.” Ark Music handled the video’s production, and also made heavy use of the pitch-correcting software Auto-Tune. Kelly had some doubts over the quality of the lyrics, but was told by Black that “I sang it as they wrote it, Mom.”

A sweet-looking Rebecca Black

In an interview with ABC News, Black’s mother, Kelly, stated that she was “angry and upset” after Black was brought to tears by comments such as “I hope you go cut yourself and die.” However Black said that she soon got over such comments. She also went on to make a on-camera request for her idol Justin Bieber to perform a duet with her.

In a review for Rolling Stone writer Matthew Perpetua described the vocals as having “a peculiar tonality that inadvertently highlights the absurdity of boilerplate pop lyrics”, adding that the refrain “sounds unlike anything else in pop music.” He noted the sound as being not entirely agreeable to listen to, but states that Black ultimately ends up “sounding like a distinct singer with an alluring sort of anti-charisma.”

The concept for the music video is based on a typical Friday for Rebecca Black. She wakes up and then heads to school, meeting her friends on the way while having a tough time deciding which seat to sit in in her friend’s car. The focus then turns to the evening, as Black and her friends ride in a convertible, before arriving at a party. A guest adult rapper makes an appearance towards the end of the song, delivering a short rap sequence whilst driving a car.

The song has received almost entirely negative reviews. Observers have called it “bizarre”, “inept” and “hilariously dreadful”. The song and singer were “savaged” on social networks across the Internet, while being seen as a “YouTube laughing stock”.

A scathing comment....does Black deserve it?

Kevin Rutherford, a columnist for Billboard magazine, wrote, “Black’s video for ‘Friday’ is one of those rare occurrences where even the most seasoned critics of Internet culture don’t know where to begin. From the singing straight out of Auto-Tuned hell to lyrics such as ‘Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes afterwards / I don’t want this weekend to end’ and a hilariously bad rap about passing school buses, ‘Friday’ is something that simply must be seen and heard to be fully appreciated.”

Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews, some reviewers had positive things to say about the song and video. Entertainment Weekly writer Joseph Lynch noted that there was “something sickeningly catchy about this tune that keeps you coming back for more”. Rolling Stone writer Matthew Perpetua stated, “When you see this video, you immediately notice everything that it does “wrong”, but it actually gets a lot of things about pop music right, if just by accident.” OK! Magazine also noted that “some are calling the 13-year-old signed singer the next Justin Bieber”. Pop star Chris Brown also added his view: “Honest opinion? It was great. I’ll be jammin’ to it on Friday, Friday”.

Another nasty comment that Rebecca Black pronounced Friday as "fried egg"

After reading the harsh reviews of her song, Black said that “those hurtful comments really shocked me”. Ark Music offered to take the video down from YouTube, but Black refused the offer, saying that she did not wish “to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad I gave up”.

Rolling Stone’s Matthew Perpetua said that “she is actually a pretty decent singer… she is a total sweetheart…and Black comes off as a well-adjusted, happy and grateful kid”. He also pointed out Black’s intention to donate most of the profits from the song to relief efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Rebecca Black....she seems like a very nice girl.

“I think that’s an accomplishment. Even a person who doesn’t like it, it’s going to be stuck in their head. That’s the point of it. It’s a catchy song,” said Rebecca, 13.

“I think I have talent on some level. I don’t think I’m the worst singer, but I don’t think I’m the best singer,” she said.

I agree with her. If you don’t like her song, just stay away from it. There are no justifications for comments that tell Black to go cut herself and die. She’s actually a cute lovely girl!

But the same cannot be said of the lyrics for “{Friday.”  Watch her video and see the lyrics below and you will understand why the song has been so critically panned. But hey, it is actually a catchy tune and you may wanna sing along with Black!


(Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)

Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah

Yeah-ah-ah

Yeah-ah-ah

Yeah-ah-ah

Yeah-ah-ah

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Seven a.m., waking up in the morning

Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs

Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal

Seein’ everything, the time is goin’

Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’

Gotta get down to the bus stop

Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

Kickin’ in the front seat

Sittin’ in the back seat

Gotta make my mind up

Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Fun, fun, fun, fun

Lookin’ forward to the weekend

7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway

Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly

Fun, fun, think about fun

You know what it is

I got this, you got this

My friend is by my right, ay

I got this, you got this

Now you know it

Kickin’ in the front seat

Sittin’ in the back seat

Gotta make my mind up

Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Fun, fun, fun, fun

Lookin’ forward to the weekend

Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday

Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)

We-we-we so excited

We so excited

We gonna have a ball today

Tomorrow is Saturday

And Sunday comes after … wards

I don’t want this weekend to end

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R-B, Rebecca Black

So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)

In the back seat (In the back seat)

I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)

Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes

Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)

(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me

Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream

Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend

We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all

End Some Random Rapper

It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Fun, fun, fun, fun

Lookin’ forward to the weekend

It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Fun, fun, fun, fun

Lookin’ forward to the weekend

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On February 15, Maria Aragon posted a video of herself singing Lady Gaga’s latest single “Born This Way”  on YouTube and has literally become an overnight sensation.

Maria Aragon

Lady Gaga has been so wowed by the 10-year-old’s cover of her song that she posted a link to Aragon’s video on her Twitter page, saying: “Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future.”

Lady GaGa Born This Way

Lady Gaga has over 8 million twitter followers and a simple tweet from her is so powerful that Aragon’s video has become viral, notching up over 4 million views though it was only posted a few days ago.  By Friday, her video was in the most popular, top viewed and most viewed categories.

Aragon, a Filipino living in Winnipeg, Canada, is now on a first-name basis with the pop superstar — and has been invited by her idol to sing a duet on stage. She was surprised with a phone call from Lady Gaga on Friday afternoon.

“Hello, my gorgeous Maria,” said Lady Gaga.

The phone call was orchestrated by Toronto’s 99.9 Virgin Radio station.

“It’s actually really just amazing,” Aragon told reporters at local FM station Hot 103 after the phone call. “I even cried over the conversation because I didn’t expect for Lady Gaga to talk to me … It was really overwhelming and crazy.”

The Grade 5 student at Isaac Brock School received even more praise from the superstar on the telephone.

“When I saw you, so young and so beautiful singing those words so purely, it reminded me why I wrote this song in the first place and it reminded me why I make music,” Lady Gaga said.

When Gaga heard Aragon was coming to her concert in Toronto next month, she said they should perform a duet.

“Maybe you’re just gonna have to come on stage with me and sing that song. What do you think?” Lady Gaga said.

“That would be really cool,” Aragon said.

The youngster expressed an interest in singing, and has also covered songs by Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson.

She told the Winnipeg Free Press that she liked Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” because of the message it sent about self-confidence and appreciating an individual’s uniqueness.

Citing Lady Gaga as an example, she said: “She doesn’t bother about hearing what everybody else thinks. She just does what she does and she’s successful with it.”

Ellen Degeneres have also her interest in Aragon by tweeting “Thank Gaga I saw this.”

Maria Aragon….remember her name.  She could be the next Justin Bieber!

Maria Aragon began getting the rock star treatment on Thursday when she was taken by limousine to a downtown Winnipeg radio station.

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Who do you reckon will make it to the top 50 women on the Web? In this age of Google, the more you are searched, the higher you get on the list.

Lady Gaga (real name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) thus reigns supreme as the most popular woman on the web according to COED magazine.

Lady Gaga in her outrageous meat dress that contributed to a tremendous amount of Google search

This list has been compiled taking data and statistics from Google search-engine results, and COED Magazine has ranked them thanks to this data and statiustics.

At number two is Ke$ha (real name: Kesha Rose Sebert). The iconic Madonna (birth name: Louise Veronica Ciccone), age 52, remains a powerhouse in current pop culture at number three.

Ke$ha

Madonna

Every girl’s-crush Justin Bieber is placed at number seven on the list though he is not a woman. I guess his inclusion is part of COED’s sense of humor.

Justin Bieber

The COED Top 50 list of Most Popular Women on the Web:

1 Lady Gaga

2 Ke$ha

3 Madonna

4 Beyonce

5 Rihanna

6 Britney Spears

7 Justin Bieber

8 Miley Cyrus

9 Paris Hilton

10 Avril Lavigne

11 Shakira

12 Taylor Swift

13 Angelina Jolie

14 Oprah Winfrey

15 Megan Cox

16 Jennifer Lopez

17 Mariah Carey

18 Sarah Palin

19 Jessica Simpson

20 Lindsay Lohan

21 Michelle Obama

22 Katy Perry

23 Kim Kardashian

24 Sandra Bullock

25 Christina Aguilera

26 Jessica Alba

27 Fergie

28 Pamela Anderson

29 Betty White

30 Kristen Stewart

31 Ciara

32 Hillary Clinton

33 Jennifer Aniston

34 Demi Moore

35 Heidi Montag

36 Marilyn Monroe

37 Hilary Duff

38 Ashley Tisdale

39 Katy Price

40 Vanessa Hudgens

41 Amy Winehouse

42 Carrie Underwood

43 Kelly Clarkson

44 Sarah Jessica Parker

45 Lily Allen

46: Adriana Lima

47: Tina Fey

48 Carmen Electra

49: Scarlett Johansson

50: Eva Longoria

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A  contestant in one of Germany’s most popular TV shows, “Wetten, dass…?” (“You want a bet?” or “Wanna Bet?”), is in intensive care with serious spine injuries on Sunday after a stunt watched by millions of viewers went horribly wrong.

The prime-time evening show, a national institution, is a variety program on public channel ZDF that often carries crazy things performed by members of the public, interspersed with musical acts and celebrity chat, and regularly attracts some 10 million viewers.

The German prime-time show, which regularly attracts 10 million viewers, is based on ordinary people performing strange things. This contestant said she could hula-hoop with a truck tire.

The show, which is broadcast live, also features world-famous celebrities. In the past, these have included the likes of Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates and Mikhail Gorbachev. The stars also make bets on whether the competitors can do what they say.

Samuel Koch, a 23-year-old drama student and part-time stunt man from the town of Efringen-Kirchen in the state of Baden-Württemberg, attempted to jump lengthways over a moving car wearing spring-loaded stilts when he hit the windshield, flipped over the vehicle, and landed face-down, flat-out on the stage. His own father was driving the Audi vehicle.

Koch with the TV hosts Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker before attempting his stunt

Koch trying to leap lengthways over a moving car driven by his father

Koch was flunged over the car after the failed attempt

Koch landed badly and fell to the floor

German TV hosts Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker look at Samuel Koch after he had landed flat on his face during the German game show "Wetten Dass" in Duesseldorf

Koch receiving medical attention after the accident.

The show's hosts Thomas Gottschalk (L) and Michelle Hunziker (R) after the accident

The show's hosts appearing upset and distressed after the accident.

The show was abandoned for the first time in its 29-year history as Koch was rushed to a hospital in Düsseldorf where Koch was put into a medically-induced coma while doctors operated on him for two and a half hours for a severe spinal injury.

Wanna Bet has come under fire there for safety issues after the incident. Others scheduled to be on that night’s program, Justin Bieber, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz, also did not appear

Commentators blamed the battle for ratings, which has caused television shows to go further and become more dangerous than ever before, they say.

A media policy spokesperson from the Green Party said that the television producers’ sense of responsibility should not be forgotten in the fight for better ratings. Hannelore Kraft, the governor of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, who had been in the studio audience, said she had been shocked and expressed her sympathy for Koch’s family.

Hannelone Kraft (center), the governor of the state of North Rine-Westphalia, was in the live audience

The host of the show, Thomas Gottschalk, denied accusations that Koch’s bet had been too dangerous. “We have always had risky bets, whether they involved motorcycles or ski jumps. It is part of the show,” Gottschalk told the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. “If we had gotten the impression that he was over-reaching himself with his bet, we would have protected him from himself — as we have done with other candidates in the past.” Gottschalk added that it had been the hardest moment he had ever had to face as an entertainer.

German commentators praised the show’s makers for halting the broadcast and contemplated whether the program had a future. Commentators also lamented the fact that the battle for prime-time ratings on the weekend may have been partially responsible for the tragic accident.

The show's producers were praised for halting the broadcast.

The show’s host, Thomas Gottschalk, was interviewed live on the late news on national television, defending the decision to let Koch attempt his stunt.

“In 29 years we have had lots of dangerous bets, young people climbing up walls and one young man who jumped over a house on a skateboard, and the worst we have ever had is a broken leg,” a solemn Gottschalk said.

“I ate with the young man (Koch) and I was reassured to see how much he was looking forward to the show, how motivated he was … I am so sorry that it ended like this.”

He added in another interview: “If I had had the impression that he wanted to do something that he wasn’t capable of I would have forbidden him from taking part.

“But I didn’t have this impression at any time.”

The accident is captured in this YouTube video:

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Lady Gaga’s dominance at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards saw her winning honors for Best Female, Best Song, and Best Pop just a year after taking the best new act prize.

The Sunday ceremony converted two of the Spanish capital’s most iconic landmarks into glittering venues from which to present its 2010 honors.

Tens of thousands of music fans crowded downtown Puerta de Alcala and Caja Magica to hear acts by Jared Leto and Shakira.

Lady Gaga was in Budapest, Hungary, for a concert and so accepted her awards via video link. On the third occasion she appeared to be wearing little more than a folded piece of plastic, enhancing her reputation for outlandish outfits.

Lady Gaga performing during her concert in Budapest on November 7 2010

“I wish so much that I could be there,” she said, before launching into a song for the MTV crowd in the Caja Magica venue in Madrid. “Get off my stage!” she shouted at the end.

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry went into the annual awards ceremony — one of pop music’s biggest nights outside the United States — leading the field with five nominations apiece.

Perry was also recognised, winning the Best Video category for “California Gurls.”

Both Americans, the singers underlined the dominance of U.S. music on the night even though most prizes were decided by a popular vote on MTV’s Europe Awards website.

Of the main winners, only one was not American. That was 16-year-old Canadian chart sensation Justin Bieber, who beat out the likes of Eminem and Kanye West to pick up the coveted Best Male Artist prize.

Colombian singer Shakira opened the show with British rapper Dizzee Rascal, and there were performances by acts including Kings of Leon, Kid Rock and Miley Cyrus.

Among the highlights was Barbadian star Rihanna, who sported red hair, a tiara and a short white wedding-style dress when she sang “Only Girl.”

Bon Jovi were the closing act, after the band picked up the inaugural Global Icon award.

“Thanks for making us icons,” Jon Bon Jovi told the cheering crowd. “I want to thank everyone at MTV for this unbelievable ride over a quarter of a century. We’re still doing what we do and we’re doing it well.”

According to MTV, the group has sold more than 125 million albums, performed over 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries to 35 million fans and were the number one touring act in 2008.

Rounding out the prizes were U.S. performers Ke$ha (Best New Act), Eminem (Best HipHop), Paramore (Best Alternative), Linkin Park (Best Live Act) and 30 Seconds to Mars (Best Rock).

“Hopefully I can inspire you guys to give the finger to the cynics,” Ke$ha told the screaming crowd.

Ke$ha after receiving the award for Best New Act

“Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria hosted the event, and managed eight changes of costume, all designed by Victoria Beckham.

At one point she was joined on stage by last year’s host Perry, who tore at the shoulder straps of her successor’s black dress revealing a tight-fitting bodice.

Winners of the 17th annual MTV Europe Music Awards:

Best Song — Lady Gaga for “Bad Romance”

Best Live Act — Linkin Park

Best European Act — Marco Mengoni

Best New Act — KE$HA

Best Female — Lady Gaga

Best Male — Justin Bieber

Best Push Artist — Justin Beiber

Best Pop — Lady Gaga

Best Rock — Thirty Seconds to Mars

Best Alternative — Paramore

Best Spanish Singer — Enrique Iglesias

Best Video — Katy Perry for “California Gurls”

Best Hip Hop — Eminem

MTV Global Icon — Bon Jovi

World Stage — Tokio Hotel

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Actress/singer Demi Lovato has pulled out of a current world tour as the opening gig for the Jonas Brothers and checked into rehab center to deal with “emotional and physical issues.”

Neither the location of the center nor Lovato’s problems were disclosed. A person familiar with Demi Lovato said that Lovato had dealt with an eating disorder and cutting herself in the past.

Disney star Demi Lovato

In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Lovato said she had to leave middle school at one point because she was bullied so badly.

“It was more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that’s actually more scarring than anything,” she said. “And I had to leave because I just couldn’t deal with it. And I’ve home-schooled ever since.”

The Disney star, 18, was due to wrap up her slot supporting the Jonas Brothers in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 13 November, but she left the trek at the weekend to seek professional help at a treatment centre, following some ugly incidents on the road.

“Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future,” her spokesman said.

It is not known what precipitated her decision to seek help but there are reports that she actually had a physical altercation with a female performer. That incident apparently acted as a ‘catalyst’ for the Demi Lovato rehab stint. She recently also decided to delete her Twitter account and also canceled a show because she was apparently too sick to perform.

Demi Lovato

Lovato has recently been romantically linked to teen pop sensation Justin Bieber and previously dated Jonas Brothers star Joe Jonas.

Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is best known for her roles as Mitchie Torres in the Camp Rock movies and as Sonny Munroe in Sonny With a Chance. She starred in the 2009 movie Princess Protection Program.

Demi Lovato as Mitchie Torres in Camp Rock

Demi Lovato as Sonny Munroe in Sonny With a Chance

Lovato was born in Dallas, Texas to Patrick Lovato and Dianna Hart De La Garza. She is of Mexican descent from her father and Irish and Italian descent from her mother. She has an older sister Dallas Lovato and a younger half sister, Madison De La Garza. Her mother was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and country recording artist; her father moved to New Mexico after their marriage ended in 1994.

Demi's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader mum Dianna Hart De La Garza

She earned a high school diploma through home-schooling in April 2009. She began playing piano at the age of seven and began her acting career at the age of seven on the children’s television series Barney & Friends as Angela, appearing in seasons seven and eight alongside long time friend Selena Gomez.

On September 23, 2008, Lovato released her debut album Don’t Forget. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 89,000 units in its first week of release. It has since sold over 473,000 records in the US. Lovato stated in an interview that the album was recorded in ten days.

In 2009, Lovato recorded “One and the Same” for Princess Protection Program as a duet with Gomez – they both appear in the film.

Lovato released her second studio album, Here We Go Again on July 21, 2009. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 108,000 records sold in its first week. The album was more inspired by acoustic music than her debut's pop rock-influenced sound.

In December 2009, Allmusic ranked Here We Go Again as one of the best pop albums of 2009.

In 2010, the album was nominated for 3 Teen Choice Awards, "Choice Album", "Choice Love Song" and Lovato for "Choice Music Breakout Artist: Female".

Lovato also stated in July 2010 that work on her third album, scheduled to be released in Spring 2011.

In 2010, on her eighteenth birthday, Lovato bought her family a Mediterranean Style house in Los Angeles. She said, "For me to give that to my family on my birthday, that was the best present." then added, "It's got pretty much everything you could possibly imagine in it. It's the most beautiful, homey-feeling house. I love it." Lovato also purchased their previous $1.88 million home in Toluca Lake, LA, when she was 16 years old.

Demi Lovato's house in Toluca Lake

Often times far too much pressure is exerted on these young celebrities by their record companies, management, and all of the people that are part of the machine driving teen stars, leading to the downward spiral many of them.

It’s refreshing to see a young celebrity like Lovato try to take control of her life and own up to her behavior. Maybe she can turn this into a lesson for many of her young, impressionable fans.

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Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has finally released the much anticipated music video for her debut infectious hit single “Whip My Hair.”

Willow Smith 's "Whip My Hair"

“Whip My Hair” will be listed in Willow’s upcoming first studio album as a lead single. The music video, filmed in Sylmar California, is directed by Ray Kay who has also helmed clips for Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Justin Bieber. It features some costume changes which show off Willow’s killer outfits

In the video, the pint-sized singer walks into a plain room full of people dressing in the same white outfit. The music is played, she gets playful with her wardrobe and some paint and joins guest stars ranging in age from 1 to 85 who, you guessed it, whip their hair back and forth for the cameras, spraying paint all over the place in the process.

The 9 year-old pint-sized  singer has so much talent and potential that she has already been compared to a young Michael Jackson. That is probably the biggest compliment for this young star who has already been hailed as a trendsetter.

Ms. Smith has starred in a number of movie roles, such as “I Am Legend,” “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”

Willow said she wants Lady GaGa for a duet. “Somebody I would really want to work with on a song would be Lady GaGa,” she gushed. “She is amazing! She’s just so amazing, she’s a free person. She’s a free girl, baby.”

She whips it – and whips it good!

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Watch your back, Jasmine Villegas. You’re now public enemy number one to a continent of Justin Bieber’s teenage female fans.

Jasmine Villegas

As first reported by TMZ, a Canadian tourist was walking by a Honda car on September 9 in Venice, California when he noticed his country’s most adorable import in the backseat and snapped a few pictures of Justin Bieber and Jasmine Villegas locked in a serious make-out session.

Justin Bieber & Jasmine Villegas

Justin Bieber & Jasmine Villegas

So just who is this Jasmine Villegas who crushed the dreams of millions of Bieber fans?  Jasmine Marie Villegas (born December 7, 1993) is an American teen R&B and pop singer. She is of Filipino and Mexican heritage. Jasmine Villegas was seen earlier this year playing the romantic lead in Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video. She is the opening act for Justin Bieber’s ongoing “My World 2.0” tour.

Jasmine Villegas made a name for herself, following in Justin’s path by singing covers of female pop and R&B songs and posting them to YouTube. The 16-year-old has been making her musical shuffle around to different producers, but finally she has signed with Sony Epic Records.

With her good looks, and obviously good connections, Jasmine V is ready to take over the music and acting world. She has been a part of many principal roles in television commercials as well as television shows, and music videos. In 2006 she finished shooting a pilot for a Disney sitcom House Broken, a spin-off from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, starring Arwin, Brian Stepanek. She is also good friends with Paige Hurd and Small Change.  She was also a former member of School Gyrls.

Jasmine V. has been building a strong fan base over the past few years engaging “The Jasminators” – as the fans call themselves– over the Internet. Her YouTube is updated weekly with new behind the scenes videos, live versions of cover song renditions and more. To date more than 20 million fans have viewed her YouTube page videos.

Prior to her Epic Records signing, Jasmine V. released a song “Serious” with an accompanying video that eventually led to the Sony label to take notice. She also speaks to fans daily via Twitter and has already been a trending topic on the social networking site numerous times.

Her youthful ambition and undeniable talent have taken Jasmine into other creative arenas. She has been featured in print advertisements for Target National, Mary Kate and Ashley, American Girl, Levi’s, Hilary Duff, Robinsons May, Macys, Mervyns, Girl Scouts, Sparklets Drinking Water, Kohls as well as principal roles in television commercials for Chevrolet, The Dog, Kellogs, Zellers, Marshalls, and McDonald’s. Jasmine has also made guest starring appearances on Disney’s “That’s So Raven,” Touchstone Pictures’ “My Wife and Kids” starring Damon Wayans, and she has also gone on to become Ms. Hawaiian Tropic and Ms. Royal Essence. She also has a reoccurring role on the ABC’s prime time show “The Nine”, and a guest role on the television series “Threat Matrix”. She has also been featured in Kanye West’s music video “Jesus Walks” and Frankie J.’s “How To Deal”.

Justin and Villegas are rumored to be dating … but they insist they are just “really cool friends.” But with the widely reported kissing episode, few would really believe them. Hearts of millions of teenage girls worldwide have now been crushed. It thus come as little surprise that a lot of scathing comments have been posted on Villegas’s YouTube videos. The wrath of teenage girls!

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