BACKSTREET BOYS IN NEW CMT CROSSROADS SPECIAL WITH FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE: It’s already been a big summer for Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys. They’re playing stadiums together, and FGL helped BSB score their first No. 1 country hit with “God, Your Mama and Me.” Early next month, they’ll trade lines on each other’s hits as they ready a new edition of CMT Crossroads. The hour-long special will feature new collaborative arrangements of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As You Want Me,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” “H.O.L.Y.,” their No. 1 collaboration “God, Your Mama, and Me” and more. Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet’s episode of CMT Crossroads premieres August 30th.
GOTYE TURNED DOWN MILLIONS IN ROYALTIES: Gotye – who had a Grammy-winning monster hit with 2011’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” – turned down millions of dollars in YouTube royalties. Gotye, born Wally de Backer, decided against pop-up ads on his YouTube channel, which could have made him lots of dough thanks to his “Somebody That I Used to Know” music video, which racked up nearly a billion views. The Korean artist PSY made $10 million in YouTube royalties when “Gangnam Style” went over two billion views. “I’m not interested in selling my music,” Gotye tells News.com.au. “That’s the reason I don’t put ads on my You Tube channel, which seems strange to people in today’s climate, but that is a decision you can make. I’m like that with all my music. I generally never want to synch my music for products [on ads].” Gotye is currently working on finishing his fourth album.
TINASHE STALKED BY A CRAZED FAN: Tinashe is petrified of an obsessed fan who traveled from Boston to Los Angeles, because she says he thinks they’re married and will ultimately end up hurting her. TMZ reports that the singer is so petrified of Martin Murphy that she’s gotten a restraining order against him. Tinashe says she is in fear of her life because he’s working to have his Massachusetts license to carry a firearm reinstated. Murphy’s dad is reportedly helping to keep his son away from Tinashe, stating that Murphy suffered a psychotic break and is unable to distinguish reality from fantasy. Murphy’s father reportedly believes that Tinashe is in clear danger, so a judge has ordered the 25-year-old to stay at least 100 yards away from the performer and her parents.
BLINK-182’S MARK HOPPUS SELLING HIS STUFF TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and his wife Skye met on the set of the music video for Blink’s “All the Small Things.” Now the couple are auctioning off many of the small things – and big things – from their Beverly Hills’ home, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. While their home is undergoing renovations, the Hoppus family is selling pieces that will no longer fit with the new design. Items ranging from watches, vases and chandeliers to a rare “Hi My Name Is Mark” skate deck.