Star Scoop: Kelly Rowland Airs Out ‘Dirty Laundry,’ Mariah Carey Plots World Tour, USC’s Dr. Dre Academy

By  May 15, 2013

Fans of Kelly Rowland‘s charismatic sex appeal were exposed to a darker side of the Destiny’s Child alum with the release of her third single from Talk A Good Game, “Dirty Laundry.” In the candid ballad, Rowland opens up about her past in an abusive relationship and how she struggled with Beyoncé‘s success after their chart-topping girl group went on hiatus. “It took me days to record. I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it,” Rowland revealed to Billboard. “I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me.” [Billboard]

Her future as a judge on American Idol may be bleak, but Mariah Carey is reportedly focusing her attention—and five-octave vocal range—on a world tour. Her Miguel-assisted “#Beautiful” is already number one in 25 countries, and sources say its enough momentum to spark her first tour since her Charmbracelet run in 2004. [Us Magazine]

One of the richest figures in hip-hop, Dr. Dre, announced today that he and legendary music executive Jimmy Iovine are pledging $70 million to open a music academy at USC. “I feel like this is the biggest, most exciting and probably the most important thing that I’ve done in my career,” the Beats by Dre founder declared to the New York Times. The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will boast a four-year undergraduate program to prime emerging music professionals starting fall 2014. [L.A. Times]

Since we’re on the topic of academia, students at New College Nottingham in England can now pursue a Heavy Metal Performance Degree. The four-year track will cover heavy metal history, censorship, genealogy, composition, business, and its relationship with religion. [TIME]

Mobile gamers were obsessed with Angry Birds when it was introduced in December 2009. Nearly two billion downloads and nine books later, the addictive app is heading to the silver screen. Sony Pictures has bought global distribution rights to the sensation with plans to release a 3-D film based on the flying fighters on July 1, 2016.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

For all you Trekkies who are having trouble in Klingon 101, turn to Bing. The search engine partnered with the creator of the intergalactic language to help Star Trek fans translate from English to Klingon and back. [GLAM Inbox]

Our fingers are crossed that Rihanna‘s stateside debut of Styled to Rock will fare much better than her critically-slammed 777 Tour documentary. And with the help of Pharrell, our wish could come true. The Daft Punk collaborator will be a mentor on the Unapologetic singer’s U.S. version of the reality styling competition. “We are delighted to have Pharrell, who is a driving force in both the music industry and fashion world, serve as a mentor on ‘Styled to Rock,” said Salaam Coleman Smith, president of Style Media. “Pharrell’s unique aesthetic and commitment to individuality combined with Rihanna’s vision for this series will enable our aspiring designers to hone their craft and learn from the very people who set the trends.” [GLAM Inbox]

Can’t get enough of Downton Abbey? Well, now you can mark your calendars for January 5, 2014 when the award-winning hit returns for its fourth season. [CNN]

And now, for your regularly scheduled rom-com tease: the official trailer for About Time starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson has arrived. The November film tells a story of Tim (Gleeson), a man who uses his uncanny ability for time travel to make Mary (McAdams) fall in love with him and paint a picture-perfect life. Check it out here. [GLAM Inbox]