Sunday, November 29, 2009
It's a girl for Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins and his wife, singer/actress Joy Enriquez, the music producer tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Daughter Heavenly Joy Jerkins was born Nov. 17 at 9:58 a.m. at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The baby girl weighed in at 8 lbs., and joins big brother Rodney David Jr., 18 months.
"We never find out the sex of our babies," Jerkins, 32, says. "It helps Joy push them out better because she wants to know what it is so bad!"
In regards to their new daughter's unique moniker, the couple began considering the name while Enriquez was expecting Rodney Jr.
"When we found out we were pregnant, Joy said, 'This is heavenly,' " says the producer behind Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone" and Janet Jackson's "Make Me." "I said, 'Hey, there's a name ... Heavenly!' "
Tiger Woods, fiercely protective of his private life, is suddenly at the center of a storm of media speculation after an early morning car crash outside his Florida home on Friday.
At around 2:25 a.m. on Nov. 27, the golf champion steered his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree just feet from his house in the gated community of Islesworth, Fla.
What was Woods doing at the wheel of his car at that hour – and what caused him to crash?
Those questions remain unanswered. "When [officers] got there, he was laying in the street," Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor told PEOPLE. "His wife had broken out the back window with a golf club to get into the vehicle and pull him out."
Woods's wife, Elin Nordegren, reportedly used two golf clubs to shatter the back window of Woods's SUV in an effort to remove him from the vehicle. "She was frantic, upset," Saylor said in a briefing Friday night. "It was her husband laying on the ground."
Woods had lacerations on his lower and upper lips and blood in his mouth, says Saylor, and lapsing in and out of consciousness. Alcohol was reportedly not a factor. When asked at the press briefing whether Woods and Nordegren had been arguing, Saylor said he had no knowledge of that.
Two troopers tried to interview the golfer Friday, but his wife said he was sleeping and the officers agreed to come back Saturday, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said.
The accident came two days after the National Enquirer alleged that Woods has been seeing another woman – New York night club hostess Rachel Uchitel, with whom the golfer reportedly spent time in Melbourne, Australia, where he recently competed in the Australian Masters, according to the tabloid.
Uchitel has since denied an affair with Woods. "I resent my reputation is getting completely blasted in the media," she said, although she added that she has met Woods. "Everyone is assuming I came out and said this. This is not a story I have anything to do with."
911 Tape Under Review
The Florida Highway Patrol said tapes of the 911 call reporting the accident outside Woods's house won't be released until after they have been reviewed. "Right now we believe this is a traffic crash," Sgt. Montes said. "We don't believe it is a domestic issue."
Woods's agent, Mark Steinberg, and spokesman, Glenn Greenspan, said there would be no comment beyond the statement posted Friday afternoon on Woods's Web site, which read: "Tiger Woods was in a minor car accident outside his home last night. He was admitted, treated and released today in good condition. We appreciate very much everyone's thoughts and well wishes."
Woods's father-in-law, Swedish radio journalist Thomas Nordegren, told the Associated Press in Stockholm that he would not discuss the accident. "I haven't spoken to [my daughter], Nordegren said in a phone interview. "I don't want to go into that." He later told the Swedish newspaper Expressen he had not talked to Woods "since he got back from the hospital."
Woods's mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, also refused to discuss the incident. "She doesn't want to comment on private issues like these," said her spokeswoman.
Woods is set to host the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., starting Thursday, and to appear at a press conference Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club.
Chris Brown called in to DJ Whoo Kid’s Shade 45 show on Sirius XM on Saturday (Nov. 28). The upbeat star spoke about putting Cassie in his “Crawl” video (“She’s just super bad”), calling Jay-Z a cornball on Twitter, his “spandex” album cover, enjoying the single life, moving past Rihanna, making a mixtape, and rumors of dating “Bad Girls Club” contestant Natalie Nunn. Listen to part two below.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
After a decade-long hiatus, smooth jazz/R&B legend Sade is back on the scene just in time for Valentine’s Day. The “Goddess of Love” is releasing her first album of new material since 2000’s Lover’s Rock just before the most romantic day of the year. The “Smooth Operator” hitmaker returned to the studio in June and completed work on Soldier of Love last month.
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Friday, November 27, 2009
Okay so Lady GaGa's tour kicks off tonight in Montreal and a highly illegal quick look at GaGa rehearsing. That bitch is going to get arrested for doing that shit, her excitement is too cute!
Here's a look at the set list so far via various Twitter pages:
Dance In The Dark
Beautiful Dirty Rich
Boys Boys Boys
So Happy I Could Die
Poker Face Acoustic/Make Her Say
Poker Face Album Version
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Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga are the latest stars to be confirmed for an appearance on The X Factor.
The two performers will sing live on the results show on December 6, just weeks after Susan Boyle and Mariah Carey appeared on the show but pre-recorded their tracks.
Jackson’s performance will be her only UK TV appearance this year and will follow the hit reality show by singing at Capital Radio’s Jingle Bell Ball on the same night.
Other singers lined up to sing on The X Factor in the next few weeks include Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
Whitney Houston and Michael Buble are among some of the performers who have already appeared.
Champion golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized after crashing his car near his home early Friday, according to reports.
Woods, 33, was leaving his house in Orlando, Fla., around 2:25 a.m. when he ran his 2009 Escalade into a fire hydrant and then into a tree on a neighbor's property. The airbags on his car didn't deploy, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report, an indication that he was traveling at under 33 mph.
He was taken to a nearby hospital. According to Orlando Sentinel, hospital officials said he was no longer a patient by 2 p.m. Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated and released in good condition.
The patrol said alcohol was not involved, but the incident is being investigated by authorities. Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said Woods was alone in the car. The FHP said that charges are pending.
Jennifer Aniston jetted to Morocco Thursday, joining a slew of other high-wattage celebs, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Orlando Bloom, Adrien Brody and Salma Hayek at the lavish gala for the reopening of Marrakesh's famed La Mamounia hotel.
"It's sad to be away from America on Thanksgiving," Aniston, who stopped in London before arriving in Marrakesh, told PEOPLE. "But I actually had my meal last week in L.A. with friends." She added, "I was last here 10 years ago, so I am happy to be back."
As Aniston, who wore a gown by Celine, approached La Mamounia's red carpet, a throng of photographers knocked over a large lamp, giving the actress a bit of a scare. She later joked, "What am I thankful for? After that, I’m happy to be alive!"
Paltrow, who attended the gala without husband Chris Martin, was less sentimental about missing Thanksgiving. "It's fine," she told PEOPLE. "I mean, my mom is in Los Angeles, my brother is in New York, and I am in London, but it's not a holiday there. My kids don't get off from school, so I figured I would take off for a few days, and it's wonderful to be here. It's my first time in Morocco."
Hayek also celebrated the hotel's reopening without her other half, husband François-Henri Pinault, who remained in Paris with their daughter Valentina. But he was close to her heart – literally: She wore a gown from Gucci, part of the French luxury and retail group PPR SA, which owns the designer label, and of which Pinault is the chief executive.
On the other hand, Bloom arrived with girlfriend, model Miranda Kerr. "Miranda and I spend so much time apart, she's working hard, I'm working hard, so we have to grab time together whenever we can," Bloom said. "A weekend here, a weekend there."
As for ongoing engagement rumors, he said, "We are just enjoying our time together now." Bloom, who flew from the U.S. but changed planes in London, where he met up with Kerr, then looked at her, and said, "But doesn't she look lovely tonight."
What does the leader of the free world tuck into on Bird Day?
Anything – and everything – he wants.
But first things first: Thanksgiving Day calls to the troops deployed overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. That morning, President Barack Obama and wife Michelle called 10 members of the armed services – two from each branch, including the Marines and Coast Guard – wishing them a happy holiday and giving his personal thanks for their sacrifices.
Then it was down to business – a gullet-busting Thanksgiving feast that could have satisfied William Howard Taft: turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread and oyster stuffings, greens, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, green-bean casserole, banana cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, huckleberry pie, cherry pie – and the president's favorite, sweet-potato pie.
How much do you want to bet that turkey saviors Sasha and Malia spent the rest of the day napping that meal off?
If you missed Beyoncé’s “I Am… Yours” Thanksgiving Day special on ABC last night, catch it in full here. Bey gives a revealing look behind the scenes of the “sweat, pain, and love” that went into making her I Am… world tour, along with some rare childhood videos and footage from her performance at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
Lady Gaga talked to Ellen DeGeneres about singing live, her fashion choices, wanting to be like Boy George, writing “Speechless” for her father, and the best Christmas gift she received. Plus, she performed “Bad Romance” and “Speechless” on Black Friday’s show.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
In an unprecedented gesture, Tyler Perry has pledged $1 million to the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization, The NAACP.
"I feel so honored and blessed to be in a position where I can give," said Perry. "Had it not been for the perseverance and vision of the thousands who came before me in the 100 years of this legendary organization, I would not be in the position I am in today."
The millionaire and creative force behind the Madea film franchise and plays, as well as executive producer of this season's likely Oscar contender, Precious, represents the mission of the NAACP at work, says Chairman Julian Bond.
"Tyler is a courageous pioneer in bringing positive images of African American culture and struggles to the screen. His remarkable journey from poverty and childhood abuse to become one of the world’s most successful filmmakers and entrepreneurs is an inspiration to us all," Bond said.
The gift, which will be distributed over the next four years, will support advocacy programs on economic equality education, health care and criminal justice.
Adds Maxim Thorne, SVP of the NAACP, "Tyler Perry is setting a high standard for others to follow."
Corinne Bailey Rae has quietly recorded a new album that draws on her grief over losing her husband nearly two years ago. On Monday, the singer notched up another landmark in her low-key comeback by performing an intimate gig in front of 500 people in London.
The young widow showcased some of the tunes she has penned since the death of saxophonist Jason Rae, 31. One, I Would Like to Call It Beauty, was a highlight. But her heartache was hidden by the broad smile she frequently wore as she felt the supportive reaction of those around her.
Clearly enjoying herself, Bailey Rae, 30, scanned the crowd and gave a shout-out to her sister ("Are you having a nice time?"– the answer was a simple "yes") and told the fans at the converted church, The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, "Nice to come back to such a warm crowd."
She ended the hour-long show with an encore that included a triumphant version of her hits Put Your Records On and Till It Happens to You before she said, "Thank you for all your support. I'm looking forward to playing in front of you again."
The gig (which benefited the charity Pump Aid) will be followed by some dates in the U.S. next month.
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Not even a wardrobe malfunction minutes before going on air could stop Rihanna from rocking Times Square. The Rated R diva performed “Wait Your Turn,” “Russian Roulette,” and “Umbrella” on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America” in New York City. Glad Ri-Ri is back hugh Chanson!!!!!!!
Although back from the hospital, Nicole Richie says she's still laid up at home after a bout with pneumonia.
"Right now it's important for me to stay in bed and recover," Richie, 28, wrote on her blog Tuesday. "Reading all of your messages on Twitter and my website has really brightened my spirits and I am so grateful for the support. I look forward to seeing you all very soon and wish you a happy Thanksgiving."
She apologized for missing promotional appearances, saying she was disappointed at not being able to see her business partners and fans, but says, "I’d like to thank you all for the kind words and well wishes over the past few weeks."
Rihanna received love from her fans and her grandfather as she arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday (Nov. 24) for a taping of “The Late Show with David Letterman.” She made a quick change and performed “Russian Roulette” on the late-night talk show.
While Lady Gaga may be known for her totally over-the-top creations these days, she tells PEOPLE that her new Heartbeats jewel-inspired headphones were actually inspired by her favorite jackets she wore growing up. “I wore studded leather jackets, me and my friends in New York,” Gaga said, at a launch event Monday for the headphones at Best Buy in LA. But of course, there are larger issues at play for the pop provocateur as well. “Lifestyle, grit, passion and love for music, freedom. These were the things I thought about when we were designing [the headphones]. So they really reflect a headphone that I just think is really great looking and represents who I am.” The Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones are part of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone collection from Monster, and will be sold at Best Buy’s new Club Beats department. You can also buy them at Amazon for about $100.
It was the perfect ending to “an emotional roller coaster season” Donny Osmond told PEOPLE minutes after he and partner Kym Johnson were awarded the Season Nine mirror ball trophy. The former teen idol, 51, humbly addressed fans and press members after the show, tearing up as he tried to express how he felt to be the winner.
“If you saw the work that went into this season,” Osmond said softly. “Kym is so amazing. Of all the things I’ve done in my career, this is right up there.”
When Osmond heard his name called, he rushed over to his wife, Debbie, and swept her off her feet and onto the ballroom floor.
“That was so special for me to have Kym on my right and Debbie on my left. What a night,” said Osmond, who was surrounded by his family after the show. His sons quipped that a great place to display the trophy would be on top of this year’s Christmas tree.
Osmond beat out runner-up Mya, who had consistently performed well this season, and fan favorite Kelly Osbourne.
“I was so shocked when Kelly was eliminated. I couldn’t believe it,” says Osmond, who joined the crowd in chanting “Kelly! Kelly!” as Osbourne left the dance floor.
Osmond and Johnson had to miss Tuesday night’s wrap party in order to catch an overnight flight to New York to appear on Good Morning America Wednesday. But after that, Osmond said his plans were to reconnect with his family for Thanksgiving. And then, he said giddily, “We’re all going to Hawaii!”
Just moments after Osmond and his partner were announced as champs, a pyrotechnic display on the stage behind them sparked a fire. A tarp covering the orchestra pit and instruments caught on fire while host Tom Bergeron was speaking to the victorious couple live on the air. Two crew members rushed onto the stage with fire extinguishers and put out the flames within a matter of seconds.
“It was crazy,” pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya told DIDNTINVITEME after the show. “They put out the fire fast, so fortunately no one was hurt.”
It was the last of a series of technical difficulties that peppered the two-hour finale, which, all in all, was arguably the most exciting telecast of the season, and kept host Bergeron on his toes.
During the first five minutes of the show a recap video of Monday night’s performances had a glitch and froze. Bergeron jumped in and quipped to viewers, “Did I mention that we’re a live show?” The show went to commercial for 60 seconds before the video recap was repeated, with the affable host joking that the do-over was on purpose because they wanted to make sure viewers were paying attention.
Later in the telecast, Osmond took center stage to sing his 1970s hit “Puppy Love” while Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower danced. For the first several lines of the song, Osmond’s microphone was not working. But he kept on singing and within seconds, sound was restored and all of the soccer moms in the audience, and presumably at home, swooned in stereo.
Mya, the evening’s runner-up, was duly impressed.
“He is such a professional and he is teaching us all how to do it properly,” Mya said. “I have the utmost respect for him.”
Everyone's aflutter about Adam Lambert's racy performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday – except Adam Lambert.
"I'm not a babysitter, I'm a performer," Lambert, 27, tells Ryan Seacrest in an interview on the latter's Web site, adding, "The spirit of rock and roll is alive and well."
Not on ABC, which apparently didn't approve of Lambert's stage show in which he French-kissed a band member and simulated oral sex. The network has made it clear that Lambert won't be performing on its morning program. It cancelled an appearance on Good Morning America slated for Wednesday after receiving over 1,500 complaints about the Sunday broadcast. The network says it doesn't feel he'd be appropriate for a morning audience. After the GMA cancellation, CBS asked Lambert to perform on its Early Show on Wednesday instead.
"I think the adrenaline kind of took me over," Lambert tells Seacrest. "I admit and I'm kind of proud of the fact that I did get a little carried away. I had a good time and I was merely interpreting the lyrics of my song. It wasn't meant to piss anyone off, it wasn't meant to hurt anyone or cause any problems."
But the reaction, he says, is far out of proportion to the offense.
"I don't feel like I owe anyone an apology," he says. "I did something female performers have been doing for years. All of a sudden a guy does it, and it's crazy. I do think there's a slight double standard."
His fans seem to agree. On Twitter, the topic #shameonYouABC has been a hot topic since the GMA cancellation was announced, with many fans accusing the network of homophobia and discrimination.
Though he doesn't hold any grudges against the network, Lambert says that at least people have more realistic expectations since his days on a reality-show competition.
"I'm sexual person, and maybe people didn't see that on American Idol," he says. "But now ... they do."
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Janet Jackson is back in black (and white) in the video for “Make Me,” the Darkchild-produced single from her greatest hits album Number Ones. Director Robert Hales keeps it simple while reinventing Miss Jackson’s signature moves and fashion for 2010.
J.Lo leaps into action while rehearsing for the 2009 American Music Awards at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday (Nov. 19). She will perform “Louboutins,” the first single from her new album love? at Sunday’s show.
Jennifer Lopez introduces her alter-ego Lola in the red-hot video for “Fresh Out the Oven,” the buzz single from her new album love? Mr. 305 Pitbull turns up the heat in the Jonas Åkerlund-directed clip (Lady Gaga, Madonna).
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
As if her singing career doesn’t keep her busy enough, Alicia Keys is taking on jewelry design. The 12-time Grammy award-winning R&B singer is teaming up with The Barber’s Daughters designer Gisele Theriault for a collection of necklaces due out in fall 2010. Alicia first met Gisele while she was touring in Toronto through her bandmates, who happened to be buying the jewelry backstage at her show. “I fell in love with the individuality of the pieces, but more than that, the words that were written on them really resonated with the songwriter in me,” Alicia tells WWD about Gisele’s pieces, which are inscribed with poetry and prayers. “I knew at that moment, for the first time, that through a whole other medium I would be able to spread inspiration, and that’s what got me started.” Alicia’s collection of necklaces for The Barbara’s Daughters will range in price from $85 to $2,500 and feature precious metals and gems inscribed with inspirational messages. And while the collection won’t be available until next year, New Yorkers will get a first look and chance to purchase her baubles next week during a two-day preview at a temporary shop at Collette Blanchard Gallery at 26 Clinton Street. Alicia’s jewelry has already gotten some celebrity love from Halle Berry, who purchased a one-of-a-kind piece for $40,000 at a charity auction
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She won't spell it out for us, but it's pretty obvious that Miley Cyrus and Australian costar Liam Hemsworth have a special relationship that goes beyond mere friendship.
"I've never gotten along with someone so well," the singer and actress, 16, tells Seventeen for its December/January issue, out Nov. 24. "I was a little anxious about making this movie; I wanted everything to be perfect. To go on set and feel insecure was a totally new element for me. But he felt the same way. He admitted his insecurities, and it was really nice to have someone who understands me for once."
The two, who are starring together in The Last Song, have already been spotted making out off the set, but Cyrus, who was last linked to an on-off boyfriend known as Nick Jonas and model Justin Gaston, has refused to divulge the exact nature of her relationship with the 19-year-old actor.
But it's clear Hemsworth has a lot of sway over Cyrus' life, including encouraging her recent and sudden withdrawal from Twitter.
"It sucks when your personal life becomes public," she says. "So I'm finding ways to make my personal and private life more of my life – which is one of the reasons why I deleted my Twitter. We've decided that any type of relationship that we have, we will always just keep it very D.L. First and foremost, we are best friends, so that's what I tell people all the time."
She also thanks Hemsworth for the notable changes she's gone through in recent months, including several statements that have her tween fan base in a confused tizzy – such as letting go of Twitter, deriding popular music, and spurning the Twilight phenomenon.
"Liam has been a big part of that," she says. "All you want is for one person to say, 'You did a really good job today.' Or 'You look really beautiful,' or 'I was really moved by that.' You just want one person to make you feel good about something you're doing."
Nicole Fox, of Louisville, Colo., is the newly crowned winner of America’s Next Top Model after beating out 13 other hopefuls in the show’s first competition for petite models only.
Fox, a self-described dork who is just 5′7″ (diminutive in runway standards), is thrilled with the honor but a little overwhelmed given that Top Model was her first real experience away from home.
“Coming into the competition, it was pretty obvious to everyone that I didn’t have the most self-confidence, the most presence of all the girls out there,” she says. “I never say the right things. I’ve never [ever] had a boyfriend.”
But time and again, the 18-year-old proved in stunning, high-fashion photos that her look and her instincts were spot-on, winning several of the challenges in the show’s 13th cycle.
“It seemed like the judges saw me being able to do [high] fashion as well as commercial modeling,” she said. “But beyond that, I suspect that the fact that I’m a more shy, quiet person helped me in that Tyra Banks and the judges knew that a lot of girls out there could relate to my personality.”
Now, with the possibility of finally moving out on her own to start her career after winning a contract with Wilhelmina Models and
CoverGirl Cosmetics, this small-town girl and A-student is ready for the challenge.
“Moving will be such an adventure waiting for me,” she says. “I can’t wait to see where I end up.”
What about dating?
“I’m ready for the modeling world,” she says. “I’m ready to move all over the world if need be, but I’m not ready for a boyfriend!”
Chris Brown has received "an extremely favorable" report from officials overseeing his probation, a Los Angeles judge said Thursday.
Judge Patricia M. Schnegg acknowledged that Brown has completed more than 100 hours of community labor so far, and seven domestic violence counseling sessions.
"We have a progress report and it's extremely favorable," Judge Schnegg said. "That's excellent."
Brown, 20, who attended the hearing, was sentenced in August to six months of community labor for his felony assault on Rihanna, 21.
That amounts to more than 1,400 hours of washing cars, removing graffiti and cleaning and maintaining grounds in his home state of Virginia.
He was also sentenced to five years probation, a year of domestic violence classes, and ordered not to contact Rihanna for the next five years. He has since publicly apologized for his actions.
Rihanna, who recently broke her silence about the Feb. 8 beating, told Diane Sawyer how she eventually broke things off with Brown, and how she feels about him today.
"Love doesn't go away right away," Rihanna said. "He didn't accept that very well. Obviously he didn't want us to be apart. But I had to make a decision for me."
She added: "I want him to do well, have a great career, have a great life and grow up. And just take this as something you had to go through to grow up and learn."
Another progress review for Brown is set for Feb. 18.
The queen of daytime talk shows, Oprah Winfrey, plans to end her highly rated The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011 after 25 years, her spokesperson said Thursday.
"The last day will be Sept. 9, 2011," the spokesperson says. "She will speak about it on (Friday's) live show."
Winfrey, 55, whose current program reaches about 7 million viewers a day, is preparing to start her own cable channel, and it has been widely rumored that she would bring her program to OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications.
"We have the greatest respect for Oprah and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors," CBS TV Distribution, which distributes the show, says in a statement. "We know that anything she turns her hand to will be a great success. We look forward to working with her for the next several years and hopefully afterwards as well."
Monday, November 16, 2009
Although it was not raining in London, Rihanna still reigned supreme during her concert presented by Nokia at the O2 Academy, Brixton on Monday (Nov. 16). She performed new material from her fourth album Rated R live for the first time, surprising fans with Jay-Z on “Run This Town” and Young Jeezy on her new single “Hard.”
Little Miss Sunshine ran through familiar songs such as “Unfaithful,” “Live Your Life,” “Disturbia,” and her biggest hit to date “Umbrella,” bringing out Jay once more and cementing her position as pop’s new princess.
Superwoman Alicia Keys can heal everything but her broken heart in the Syndrome-directed video for “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,” the second single from her fourth album The Element of Freedom.
Jennifer Lopez’s new album is not due until next year, but the first single is set to kick off next weekend. The A-lister spoke with DJ Skee about her return to music.
J.Lo will debut her fashionable single “Louboutins” on the 2009 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 22. “You’re gonna see me premiere and perform it for the first time,” she told the KIIS FM DJ during his “New Music Show” on Sunday (Nov. 15).
The Tricky Stewart and Dream-helmed song is the lead single from her sixth studio album love?, scheduled for early 2010. She explained the concept. “It’s basically about when you get to that point in a bad relationship and you’re like, ‘Damn, I really have to leave. It’s just not good for me,’” she said. “This song is actually about when you’ve made the decision—I’m out. It’s not the girl who’s like, ‘I’m gonna take my stuff, and I’m gonna put on my sweatpants, and I’m gonna cry, and my girlfriends are gonna pick me up and we’re gonna go eat ice cream.’ It’s not that girl. This girl is like putting on her hottest dress and her sexiest Louboutin shoes, and leaving your ass.”
The mother of two can relate. “I’ve had to do it. Sometimes you just gotta do it! You gotta put on your Louboutins and be like, ‘This is what you’re missing. Bye bye,’” she laughed.
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Chris Brown kicked off his ‘Fan Appreciation Tour’ in a sold-out venue at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas on Saturday. Included in the set list was the very first live performance of the 2nd single from his upcoming album, ‘Graffiti’. The song, entitled ‘Crawl’, has already managed to debut at #99 on the Hip-Hop R&B charts after only 3 days of official release.
Friday, November 13, 2009
While we wait for it to premiere, here are a few screencaps from Beyoncé’s “Video Phone (Extended Remix)” video featuring Lady Gaga. Hype Williams directed the fashionable clip, which is set to debut on Tuesday. The remix can be found on the deluxe edition of I Am… Sasha Fierce (Nov. 23). (Source Rap-Up.com)
Rihanna earns her R rating in the deadly video for “Russian Roulette.” The bloodthirsty clip for the first single off her fourth album has the makings of a movie, complete with drama, suspense, and murder. Actor Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”) plays the pop star’s love interest. Rihanna deploys her lethal weapon, director Anthony Mandler, once more.
It may come down to a tale of the videotape.
A publicist for Mike Tyson says the former boxing champ was merely defending his wife and 10-month-old child after an altercation with an overaggressive photographer at LAX on Wednesday.
"Mike acted in self-defense as a father protecting his child," said Tyson's spokeswoman Tammy Brook.
However, photographer Tony Echevarria, 50, said in video interview posted on TMZ.com that he "wasn't aggressive, I was shooting from a distance, and I was respectful." He indicated that his videotape should back up his story.
LAX police Sgt. Jim Holcomb says Tyson allegedly hit the photographer once in the face with one hand, causing a laceration on the forehead.
Echevarria says he received five stitches and that Tyson, 43, hit him at least four times. "When you're getting hit by Mike Tyson, it's the worst thing in the world you can imagine," he said.
Both men made citizen's arrests on each other, were booked on misdemeanor battery, and were released without bail.
Tyson is currently serving a three-probation term from a drug arrest in Arizona, but it remains to be seen if the airport incident would be considered a violation of those terms.
Chris Brown debuted the Joseph Kahn-directed video for his second single “Crawl” co-starring Cassie on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Friday (Nov. 13). He was also interviewed and offered another apology.
In the latest skirmish in his war with TLC, Jon Gosselin has filed a $5 million claim against the network, saying its representatives damaged his reputation and career by preventing him from working with other media outlets.
In the suit, the reality star dad claims that the network contacted various media outlets he'd been in touch with to persuade them to stop dealing with him.
"Their behavior has caused Jon great anguish and it has caused him financial losses," says his attorney, Mark Heller, who maintains Gosselin did not have an attorney or a manager present when he signed the contract for Jon and Kate Plus Eight with TLC last year.
"They had a cadre of lawyers so they had a one-sided agreement," adds Heller.
Gosselin's lawsuit – a counterclaim against a lawsuit that TLC has filed against him – also claims the network breached its own contract with Gosselin and owes him $175,000 for shows that already aired. The Gosselins' contract, dated April 28, 2008, says he gets $22,500 for each half-hour episode and $45,000 for each one-hour episode, according to the lawsuit.
The counterclaim was filed in District Court in Rockville, Md., where TLC's parent company, Discovery Communications, is based. Earlier, the cable network had filed a lawsuit against Gosselin, claiming he is in violation of his contract with them for making paid and unpaid TV appearances without the network's permission.
The well documented love-hate relationship of The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak is in a state of bliss — for now. But don’t expect it to last.
“We’re trying to be peaceful with each other,” Leakes told DIDNTINVITEME Thursday at Tao Las Vegas. “Kim and I have an up-and-down relationship. Don’t be surprised if we have a falling out again. That’s just how we are.”
Having just finished the second season of their show, the stars have fought over an alleged choking incident, singing on Kim’s song and her engagement to Big Papa.
For now the two remain civil — they even had dinner in Los Angeles recently — though Leakes stopped short of complimenting Kim’s performance of “Tardy For The Party” at the show’s reunion.
“She was alright,” Leakes said.
Despite their history of having fun together over a glass (or two) of wine, Leakes says being civil is about as much as anyone can expect. “We’re not friends and we will probably never be friends,” Leakes said, “but we’re just trying to be respectful.
Vogue’s December issue is getting bewitched– literally– by fierce style star Lady Gaga. Starring in a Hansel and Gretel-inspired spread, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, Lady Gaga channels her naughtier side to play a witch, dressed by her pal Marc Jacobs. The pop sensation tells the magazine, “I’ve always been an outspoken and extreme dresser.” And while her ruffled bloomer shorts and insanely high heels for the Vogue spread were nothing out of the ordinary for Gaga, Vogue staffers were intrigued by what the star wore to visit their office before the shoot! Lady Gaga reportedly showed up to 4 Times Square first wearing a trailing white chiffon Galliano goddess gown with a Philip Treacy headdress that spelled VOGUE in clipped white feathers, only to turn up the next day in a little black dress and flaming-red wig. And if that wasn’t outrageous enough, the singer arrived for the actual shoot “stark naked except for her white rubber raincoat and some very, very high heels!” recounts Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington. So where does she get her crazy fashion from? Her art director, Matthew Williams–”my Jean-Paul Goude”–was “the inspiration that made the connection for me between the art world and the fashion world,” Lady Gaga tells Vogue. “He used to say things like ‘If you want to make a shoulder pad, don’t research jackets—research sculpture, mineral rocks, paintings.’ He thinks in a different way; he is the designer of the future.” Check out the rest of Lady Gaga’s spread and hear more from the pop star at in Vogue’s December Issue, on newsstands November 24, or at Vogue.com.
Joey Lawrence and his wife Chandi Yawn-Nelson are expecting their second child, the actor tells DIDNTINVITEME exclusively.
Due April 3, the baby will be another girl, joining "very excited" big sister Charleston, 3 ½.
"I am Estrogen Man," laughs Lawrence. "I'm from a family of all boys, and when I told my best friend Dave that my wife and I were having a second girl, he said, 'Look at you, my best buddy Estrogen Man!'"
The latest addition to the Lawrence family will be named Liberty Grace, the actor shares. The first name "is something I've always loved," Lawrence, 33, explains, while Grace is in honor of his grandmother, who passed away earlier this year.
Meet T-Pain’s mom Aliyah Najm (left), Lil Wayne’s mom Jocita Carter (middle), and Ne-Yo’s mom Lorraine Smith (right). The ladies are pitching a talk show, which would be hosted by the three of them. Photo via T-Pain.
Usher is rushing his new album into stores just in time for the holidays.
The R&B crooner’s sixth studio album Raymond vs. Raymond is set for release on Monday, December 21, his label LaFace/Jive Records confirms. The revised date is due to the success of his single “Papers,” which has rocketed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in just six weeks.
Rico Love recently spoke to Rap-Up.com about his involvement with the project. “I can say firsthand that the album is amazing,” said the songwriter, who penned six records with him. “It’s going to be one of those classic Usher albums.”
Mariah Carey may have reached stadium status long ago, but her video for “I Want to Know What Love Is” barely gets to first base. The long-delayed clip for the cover of Foreigner’s hit is a black eye on the career of Hype Williams, who’s directed classics such as Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” and TLC’s “No Scrubs.”
DecemBURR is about to get even colder for Gucci Mane. The Southern rapper was arrested and sentenced to one year behind bars on Thursday (Nov. 12) for a probation violation.
The “Wasted” MC was handcuffed and immediately taken into custody, reports MTV News. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, according to a label rep, and could be released in as soon as six months.
This is not Gucci’s first time in jail. He was released from prison in March of this year after serving six months for failing to complete 600 hours of community service.
The arrest comes at the height of his career. His first major album The State vs. Radric Davis is currently scheduled for a December 8 release, while his Usher-assisted single “Spotlight” is climbing the charts.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Chris Brown got a tongue lashing from an unruly bystander during his appearance at Footaction in New York last night. The woman hurled insults such as, “I hope someone f**king beats the crap out of you!” and called him a “f**king beater.”
He acknowledged the situation on Twitter, saying, “omg.. some drunk woman just totally cursed me out and the other 2 thousand poeple took pics wit me.. god bless…”
Former Chicago Cub slugger Sammy Sosa last night batted down rumors that he's lightening his skin to look more white -- blaming his pasty new look on wrinkle-fighting, European skin cream.
"It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed. . . . I use [it] to soften [my skin], but [it] has bleached me some," the ex-baseball star told the TV network Univision.
"I'm not a racist.I live my life happily . . . I don't think I look like Michael Jackson."
Sosa's lighter face first made headlines last week after he was photographed at the Latin Grammy Awards. He also blamed the bright TV lights for making him look lighter than he is.
Sosa made his remarks on the Univision Spanish network. He declined to identify the cream.
Sosa, who turns 41 on Thursday, hit 609 homers over 18 seasons in the majors with the Cubs, White Sox, Rangers and Orioles. He hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2007.
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Finally Capital Records gets it right!!!!!!! The sexy LeToya Luckett is poppin’ bottles at the Blue Velvet lounge in Los Angeles when her ex-boyfriend comes back around. But it’s too late because she has moved on to a new man, played by Ludacris. “Regret” is the third single, clearly shoulda been the 1st, off LeToya’s sophomore album Lady Love. The video was directed by Parris.
Janet Jackson opens up in her first televised interview since the death of her brother Michael. She speaks to ABC News’ Robin Roberts for a one-hour special taped at her Malibu home. “In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts” airs Wednesday, November 18, at 10 p.m. on ABC, the day after her greatest hits album Number Ones goes on sale.
Janet recently shot a video for her new single “Make Me” with director Robert Hales (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears). The Jackson family joined her on set. “Some of my family stopped by to see some of the dancing. It felt good to have them there,” she tweeted.
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You’ve seen the eccentric video, now take a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Director Francis Lawrence explains the clip’s “futuristic Russian bath house” concept and offers a glimpse into the making of Gaga’s latest masterpiece. They don’t make ’em like this anymore.
Rihanna was on late-night German talk show “TV Total” on Wednesday (Nov. 11) where she previewed a clip of her video for “Russian Roulette.” The first single from Rated R jumps from 75-9 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the full video premieres Friday on “20/20.”
Watch her interview below.
Just when you thought the star power at the 2009 American Music Awards couldn’t get any brighter, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston have been announced as performers.
Jackson, who releases her greatest hits album Number Ones on November 17, will open the 37th annual show by performing a medley of hits spanning her illustrious career.
“We’re thrilled about having Janet Jackson open this year’s show,” stated American Music Awards producer Larry Klein. “She is an incredibly dynamic performer, and I think the audience will be excited to see what she has in store.”
Whitney Houston is also set to return to the AMA stage for her first primetime U.S. network performance in five years. She will sing her powerhouse ballad “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” and receive the International Artist Award.
“We’re honored to have Whitney Houston back on the AMA stage after ten years,” said Klein. “She has won the most AMAs of any female artist in history and is without a doubt an international superstar, so it’s only fitting we honor her with the International Artist Award this year at such an important time in her career.”
Other previously announced performers include Shakira with Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Green Day, Daughtry, and Adam Lambert.
The 2009 American Music Awards will air live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 22, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
Omarion has stuck by Chris Brown through the ups and downs, and now the “Crawl” singer is paying back his friend by helping to write a song for his album.
The B2K alum, who turns 25 today, revealed to DIDNTINVITEME.com that he penned a record with Brown for his new album Ollusion (Jan. 12). “Chris and I wrote the song ‘What Do You Say?’,” he said of the Battle Royal production.
O also disclosed that the 253-produced “Speed” will be the follow-up single to “I Get It In.” “The concept of the song is that I’m racing to get to my girl because I love her and I care about her. It has so many meanings too, not just racing time. We’re racing like whether or not we’re gonna be together. We could be on a collision course and we could crash,” he explained. “With ‘Speed,’ we’re trying to get to that focal point, that point where we could just both look at each other and know what it is, and be like, ‘I love you.’”
Akon affiliate Detail produced two records for the R&B crooner’s third solo album along with Tank, who helmed the lead single featuring Gucci Mane.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Forget that the recent wedding reception of Tampa, Fla., couple Tasha Johnson and Markeith Brown was held at a restaurant called the Rusty Pelican -- it was apparently a classy, fairy tale-themed event, complete with a horse and carriage, romantic vows exchanged at an oceanside gazebo and a ballroom reception.
The affair remained classy until around 9 p.m., when Tampa police say Brown began throwing money on the dance floor for children to pick up, which angered one of his guests. When the groom and his brother asked the guest to leave, a fight broke out that escalated and spilled into the parking lot. Cops came -- but it doesn't end there. After guests left, the fight started up again in a hotel parking lot, where the groom's 74-year-old grandmother was put in a choke hold after trying to break up the brawl.
At least one person has been arrested and one was treated in the emergency room as a result of this wedding brawl, but you might be happy to learn that Tasha and Markeith, "the money thrower," are enjoying their honeymoon in the Bahamas right now. They might not be any worse for the wear after their wedding gone wrong, but if you want to avoid making some major mistakes -- as either a bride, a groom or a wedding guest -- pay attention to the following five things you should never do at a wedding.
1) THROWING MONEY AT YOUR GUESTS: It can be a cultural tradition for the bride and groom to do a "money" or "dollar" dance at a wedding, but sprinkling dollar bills on a crowd of people, aka "making it rain," is a totally different story and is never a good idea (see: Jones, Pacman). Also, as generous as it might be, it's pretty gross to give money to your guests in the same manner that you gave out money to the dancers at your bachelor party.
2) GET BOOZY & BELLIGERENT: If treated responsibly, open bars are nice accents to a fun wedding. If treated irresponsibly, well, see above. There's really no better way to ruin what is supposed to be the best day of two peoples' lives than to get drunk and start throwing blows. On days like these, family ties come undone. The bride will call the police on you.
3) SCREW UP THE TOAST: Write notes. Don't have too many drinks beforehand. Remove all thoughts of his or her exes from your mind. Be discreet. Because if you call the bride by the groom's ex-girlfriend's name or let it slip that she's in her first trimester, she'll never let you come to the house again. Ever.
4) HIT ON SOMEONE INAPPROPRIATE: It should go without saying that the groom's grandmother is off limits, right? It's hard to be single at a wedding, but there's no rule that says you have to find someone to hook up with at every wedding celebration you attend. Relax.
5) BE TACKY: Of course, tacky people don't necessarily know they're tacky. But if you don't do any of the things that this family in the UK did for their 16-year-old daughter's wedding last year, then you at least know you won't have the tackiest wedding the world has ever seen.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
When it comes to marriage, Shaquille O'Neal has thrown a brick.
Wife Va'shaundya has filed for legal separation in Los Angeles from the 37-year-old basketball star, court papers show.
In papers filed Monday, Va'shaundya O'Neal cites irreconcilable differences for the break in their seven-year marriage, and is seeking sole custody of their four minor children, ages 3 to 9, with visitation for O'Neal.
She's also asking for an unspecified amount of money for child support. She said she will eventually seek a divorce.
It's the second split for the pair. Shaq filed for divorce in 2007 in Miami-Dade County in Florida, but the two later reconciled, after a bitter dispute over whether or not he was hiding money from her.
There is a prenuptial agreement in place.
Further complicating matters is his wife's claims of residency in California, which has a more generous community-property divorce law than Florida. She reportedly flew out to L.A. recently, and claimed herself a resident of California on Nov. 8, a day before the separation papers were filed.
A lawyer for Va'shaundya and a rep for O'Neal weren't immediately available for comment.