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Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum & Flo Rida to Perform on The Voice Finale

With the semifinals on tap tonight, some of the biggest stars in music are set to perform on the season two finale of The Voice next Tuesday, May 8.

justin-bieber-voiceYou might not typically expect to see Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, Flo Rida and Hall Oates perform at the same event, but that’s The Voice for you.

Bieber will return to the show for a world premiere performance of his new single, “Boyfriend,” from his upcoming album, Believe, available June 19.

Justin Bieber Album Announcement

Biebs’ made a big announcement about Believe on The Voice a few weeks back (above), when Carson Daly invited him back for the finale. He obliged.

Hip hop star Flo Rida, meanwhile, is set to perform a medley of his hit single, “Wild Ones,” and one additional song that has yet to be determined.

Daryl Hall and John Oates, the number-one selling duo in history (really), will perform their first ever hit single, “Rich Girl.” The first of 29 Top 40 hits.

Finally, pop-country sensations Lady Antebellum will grace The Voice with a performance of “Wanted You More” from their latest hit album, Own the Night.

Article source: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/04/justin-bieber-lady-antebellum-and-flo-rida-to-perform-on-the-voi/

Did Jennifer Lopez’s Chauffeur Get Taken for a Ride?

Jennifer Lopez‘s former driver is claiming that, when the diva was in the backseat, he didn’t eat.

Jennifer LopezA lack of meal breaks is one of the indignities Hakom Manoukian is alleging in a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed today against Lopez, Nuyorican Productions and her manager, Benny Medina.

Manoukian says he had been driving Lopez and Marc Anthony part-time since 2005—but that it all went wrong when he was encouraged to give up his private limo company and go to work for them as their full-time chauffeur last year.

A rep for the increasingly busy Lopez did not immediately return a request for comment.

Manoukian’s suit states that, once he was given the full-time position in April 2011, he was promised a yearly salary of $72,000 plus “production pay” whenever Lopez was filming, performing or busy with professional engagements. Based on her schedule, it was estimated that his actual salary would amount to $200,000, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News.

Article source: http://feeds.eonline.com/~r/eonline/topstories/~3/d88wqupUjds/312760

Honda tech could reduce stop-and-go traffic

Honda’s traffic congestion technology could prevent stop-and-go traffic.

Hitting the brakes on the freeway could cause a chain reaction of braking behind you, creating yet another traffic jam during the evening commute. But the traffic condition commonly referred to as stop-and-go traffic could be eased by new driving monitoring technology from Honda.

honda stop and go trafficHonda, in conjunction with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, developed technology that detects potential traffic congestion caused by a vehicle’s acceleration and deceleration. The system identifies congestion on the road and coaches the driver with alerts and displays to respond to the road conditions in a way that won’t cause a back up. For example, rather than braking when the vehicle ahead brakes, the driver could create more distance between the two vehicles and potentially absorb the slight change in speed.

Test results have demonstrated that such a system could increase the average driving speed by approximately 23 percent. In addition to saving time, the technology can also save drivers gas money. By eliminating the need to start and stop during traffic, the technology improves fuel consumption by approximately 8 percent.

For vehicles equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, the traffic feature could theoretically be connected to a cloud-based system to sync vehicles with each other. That may sound far fetched, but Volvo is already testing out a similar caravan solution with its Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) pilot project. Vehicles in a SARTRE platoon are essentially on autopilot as they follow a lead vehicle, with each
car moving at the same speed.

Honda expects to begin road testing of its new traffic congestion system in Italy and Indonesia in May and July, and hopes to commercialize this feature in vehicles. Of course, the same effect could be had without the fancy networked technology if all drivers simply drove at a constant speed and followed with enough distance to absorb slight changes in speed.

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/mVsG8ptpg3E/

Katy Perry Sells NYC Love Nest She Thought She’d Share With Russell Brand

Katy Perry continues to unload the parts of her that don’t matter anymore.

The pop star has sold the TriBeCa penthouse she bought a month before her ill-fated vow swap with Russell Brand, according to various media reports.

Katy Perry Russell Brand celeb newsPresumably she thought they’d share many happy days of holy matrimony in the 1,500-square-foot duplex on North Moore Street with sweeping views of New York City. But now, the only thing left to figure is whether or not she took a loss.

Happily, she didn’t.

Perry unloaded the place for the same amount she bought it for in September 2010: $2.75 million.

At the time, she and Brand had already bought a four-bedroom home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood. They  last May and moved into a  in the Hollywood Hills.

Brand, who  in December, has  to leave the $6.5 million house in Perry’s hands.

Article source: http://feeds.eonline.com/~r/eonline/topstories/~3/TZ-OosXJNb0/312729

Jordan Hill Charged with Assault

Jordan Hill, a power forward the Los Angeles Lakers acquired from the Houston Rockets about halfway through the season, has been charged with felony assault stemming from an alleged altercation in February.

According to police, Hill faces accusations that he pushed and choked 28-year old Darlene Luna, his girlfriend of two years, on the afternoon of February 29.

Jordan Hill Charged with AssaultIf convicted of the third-degree felony, Hill would face a sentence of two to 10 years in jail, along with a $10,00 fine. He will have to face the charge inside a Houston tomorrow morning, while the team is scheduled to play its second game of the playoffs tomorrow evening.

But Hill practiced with the Lakers today and faced the media afterward. He released a statement that said he’d remain focused on Los Angeles’ drive to a title.

“I’m saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today. At this time I cannot comment further other than to say that my attorneys are working to gather all of the facts and evidence and I plan to cooperate completely with the authorities.

“I’d like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the untimeliness of these accusations. I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship.”

Hill had a very strong opening game in the Lakers defeat of the Nuggets on Sunday, pulling down 10 rebounds to go with 10 points.

Article source: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/04/jordan-hill-charged-with-assault-vows-to-play-on/

Octomom: Bankrupt!

Octomom: Bankrupt!Nadya Suleman is officially insolvent. Like for real broke.

Octomom filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy today in federal court, just one month after going on welfare. Apparently public assistance didn’t go far enough.

The bankruptcy filing confirms what we pretty much already knew – that the mom of 14 is carrying a mountain of debt she has no hope of paying off.

Chapter 7 is the most serious form of bankruptcy, so although it isn’t specified in public records how much Octomom owes and to whom … it’s clearly a lot.

And she’s flat broke. Her house, which was in such horrendous condition last week that police investigated her for child endangerment, will be auctioned off.

Suleman has struggled with her finances for years, which isn’t a big shock if you do the quick math: 14 kids + 0 jobs + 0 partner = deep financial crap.

It’s all very sad, and begs the question …

Article source: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/04/octomom-nadya-suleman-bankrupt/