ATLANTA – When Ludacris‘ manager wanted to create buzz for his client’s upcoming CD, he went directly to YouTube. But instead of releasing a flashy video for Ludacris’ song “Let’s Stay Together,” Chaka Zulu just uploaded the track directly to the site with a just picture of the rapper as accompaniment.
NEW YORK – A memoir by Serena Williams will be released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, which beat out a handful of other publishers bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Rapper Webbie was charged with felony eluding, driving under the influence and misdemeanor possession of marijuana after a high-speed police chase.
NEW YORK – After 15 years without a new album in the U.S., Tom Jones will release a disc of almost entirely original material this fall. The 68-year-old singer will release “24 Hours” on Nov. 25 on S-Curve Records. It’s a retro-tinged album much in the style of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” that finds the Welshman’s voice as strong as ever.
CLEVELAND – Prosecutors determined Tuesday that there was no criminal conduct involved in the March death of R&B singer Sean Levert, who was in jail when he became ill.
TRENTON, N.J. – Actor Jack Nicholson, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal are among 30 nominees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
NEW YORK – Ne-Yo knows that people appreciate his music. “Everybody wants me to be the (guy) who’s (sleeping with) every celebrity woman in the industry. Everybody wants me to be this (guy) in the club, popping 17 bottles just because. Everybody wants me to be Diddy, and that’s not me.”
Adrianne Curry, star of “My Fair Brady” and winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” claims she’s been stalked by a woman she fears will do great harm to her. Adrianne Curry, star of “My Fair Brady” and winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” claims she’s been stalked by a woman she fears will do great harm to her.Curry says on one occasion, Gellis sent a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes to her home. In her declaration, Curry says “Only a stalker would know that my favorite colors are gold and garnet. Only a stalker would remember my shoe size. I almost threw up.”
TMZ has learned hip-hop legend Nate Dogg is still hangin’ on after suffering a stroke 11 days ago — his second in the last year. We’re told Nate is in stable condition in a hospital ward, but is using an assisted breathing tube — which is not required but makes breathing easier for him. Despite other reports, Dogg, who is currently sedated, did NOT suffer any brain damage. According to our sources it’s too early to tell how this stroke will impact the use of his limbs (his arm and leg were affected from the first stroke) — but there isn’t much movement below his neck at this time. Nate’s due in court on the 24th to face felony charges after he allegedly made death threats to his estranged wife.
Alec Baldwin doesn’t eviscerate ex-wife Kim Basinger outright in his new book, “A Promise to Ourselves,” but he sure does slice and dice lawyers and the media. The “30 Rock” star makes the unkindest cuts to Harvey Levin, who posted on TMZ Baldwin’s now-infamous voice-mail rant to his daughter Ireland, whom Basinger had taken 3,000 miles away when she left the actor and New York. [Read article]
M Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx got his blond fix in Vegas last weekend. The “Ray” star’s first target was “Dancing With the Stars” beauty Stacy Keibler. “She was bent over his lap, and he had his hands all over her body,” said a spy at the preview of Noah Tepperberg’s Lavo nightclub Friday night. “Jamie couldn’t stop rubbing her.” [Read article]
Meet America’s next top model. Ellen DeGeneres is the new face of CoverGirl, the comedienne announced on her talk show on Tuesday. “You know how I always like to share what’s going on in my life with you all, and I was going to give you some news,” she said. [Read article]
THAT wasn’t the cold shoulder Phillip Bloch gave to fellow stylist Indashio, it was a sore arm. Indashio said Bloch was “rude” for brushing him off at an event, but Bloch says, “I have a pulled muscle in my arm, so when Indashio grabbed me I asked him to please stop.” The judge of “GlamGod” on VH1 denied he was unfair toward Indashio, a contestant. Bloch said, “I’m not picking on him . . . He is desperate for attention.”
FIDEL Castro makes Wilt Chamberlain seem lame. While the NBA legend bragged he’d bedded 20,000 women, the Cuban dictator slept with 35,000, according to an upcoming documentary. “He slept with at least two women a day for more than four decades – one for lunch and one for supper. Sometimes he even ordered one for breakfast,” an ex-Castro official named “Ramon” tells filmmaker Ian Halperin.
SHE won’t be prancing around naked this time, but Howard Stern’s daughter, Emily, is about to get back onstage. She’s starring in “Earth Sucks,” Jonas Oppenheim’s new rock musical about an Earth girl who falls for an alien and helps fight off an evil pop diva. It opens Oct. 4 at Hollywood’s Art/Works Theater. In 2006, Emily appeared nude in the Jewish Theater of New York’s “Kabbalah,” prompting Stern to claim she was being exploited.
THE Crocodile Hunter’s 4-year-old son is looking to get his own wildlife TV show. “He’s a little Steve clone,” says Steve Irwin’s widow, Terri Irwin. [Read article]
Hank Williams Jr. will receive honors as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing rights organization’s 56th annual Country Awards gala in Nashville on Nov. 11. BMI says the chosen artists have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Williams joins past honorees Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.
Country star Kellie Pickler has a date for New Year’s Eve. The American Idol Season 5 contestant will spend the holiday with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest as the Times Square correspondent on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2009 on ABC (Dec. 31, 10 p.m. ET/PT).
Lil Wayne received 12 nominations for the third annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will air on Oct. 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT). Kanye West picked up seven nominations, and Jay-Z got six.
British artist Damien Hirst has smashed Picasso’s record for the highest sale price fetched at an auction dedicated to a single artist. Pickled sharks, an embalmed calf, butterfly paintings and 200 other works by Hirst sold for a total of $198 million after a two-day auction at Sotheby’s in London. The previous record was $20 million, set in 1993 for an auction of 88 works by Picasso.
Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson are featured in print public service announcements encouraging the recycling of cellphones. The campaign, which starts Friday, is sponsored by the Environmental Media Association and Lionsgate studio and coincides with the Dec. 25 release of The Spirit, starring the two actresses. Up to 5 pounds of cellphones may be recycled to raise money for environmental programs by logging on to answer-the-call.net.
IT’S THE rare pop star who believes that mother knows best. But when it comes to good causes, Natasha Bedingfield and her three musical siblings are happy to follow mum’s lead. The London-born songstress, along with brothers Daniel and Joshua and sister Nikola Rachelle, have teamed up with their mother, Molly Bedingfield, to help children in poor countries around the world. In the coming weeks and months, the family will be busy raising funds for Molly Bedingfield’s Global Angels philanthropy, which partners with various grass-roots organizations to fight child slavery, starvation and illness.
A little more than a week after debuting his new single, “Love Lockdown,” on the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West has posted on his blog that a new version of the song has been recorded. The paparazzi-battling West wrote, “Your prayers have been answered!! There’s a new version of Love Lockdown coming. We used new taiko drums and I re-sung it.” Hmmmm? Perhaps West didn’t like some of the criticism the song received?
Users of the Internet Movie Database will now be allowed to watch feature films and TV shows free on its Web site, imdb.com, Reuters reported. The popular site, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, features extensive information about television and film. It will offer more than 6,000 titles, including popular television shows as well as classic films. The content will be provided by Sony Pictures Television, CBS, Hulu and more than 500 independent filmmakers.
Comedian Zach Galifianakis has snagged lead roles in Todd Phillips’ comedy “The Hangover” for Warner Bros. and the HBO pilot “Bored to Death.”
ESPN’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game Monday night drew 18.6 million viewers, a new record for a basic cable telecast.
LOS ANGELES, CA–(MARKET WIRE)–Sep 16, 2008 — An all-star line-up of performers and presenters showed up Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of UNCF’s annual television special, “An Evening of Stars®.” Patti LaBelle, who was presented with the organization’s prestigious Award of Excellence, was praised for her artistry and her longtime commitment to UNCF. “An Evening of Stars® (AEOS) Tribute to Patti LaBelle Presented by Target” was taped before a live audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California and will air nationwide January 24 and 25, 2009 on BET and WGN America and on selected network stations across the country.
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, The Killers and David Spade will headline the 13th annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit concert, presented by Genworth Financial. The event, benefiting underserved children, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Wynn Las Vegas and begins at 6:30 p.m.
NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The platinum-selling Grammy-winning global superstar John Legend and his forthcoming new album, EVOLVER, will be the iTunes Store’s largest international “Complete My Album” campaign to-date. Complete My Album allows music fans to buy albums at a reduced price based on songs they’ve already purchased. Available on iTunes in 20 territories, “Countdown to EVOLVER” offers fans a series of album tracks leading up to the release of John’s eagerly-awaited new studio album on Tuesday, October 28.
Metallica Opens At No. 1 Just Shy Of 500K
In just a three-day sales window, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” skates close to the half million mark and will lead The Billboard 200 when Nielsen SoundScan releases its charts later this morning (Sept. 17).
Langerado Festival Headed To Miami In 2009
The 2009 edition of Florida’s annual Langerado Music Festival will be held at Bicentennial Park in Miami, marking the event’s fifth venue change since launching seven years ago, according to festival co-producer Ethan Schwartz. Next year’s Langerado Festival, to be held March 6-8, will feature approximately 60 artists on four stages. A full lineup will be announced in early November. Last year’s Langerado Festival, held at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades, featured R.E.M., Built To Spill, Of Montreal, the Beastie Boys, the Roots, Gov’t Mule, 311, the National, Phil Lesh and Matisyahu, among others.
Second Lily Allen Album Due In February
U.K. pop upstart Lily Allen has penciled in a Feb. 9, 2009, release date for her as-yet-untitled sophomore album. Last month Allen wrote on her MySpace page that the album was finished but being held up by drama at EMI in the wake of its buyout by private equity firm Terra Firma.
Lil Wayne Re-Ups With Cash Money
Lil Wayne has re-signed his contract with Cash Money Records for an undisclosed number of albums. The rapper has recorded for the Universal-distributed label since he was a teenager. In addition to being its biggest recording artist, Wayne also serves as Cash Money’s president.
Colbert Snags Costello, Feist For Xmas Special
Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert will debut “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” Nov. 23 on the network, featuring performances by Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend and Willie Nelson.
Hagar Inks With New Roadrunner Imprint
Sammy Hagar is the first signing to new Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud, which will focus on established artists. His label debut, “Cosmic Universal Fashion,” will arrive Nov. 18.
Lucinda Williams Plots Protest Songs EP
Alongside her ninth studio record, “Little Honey” (Oct. 14, Lost Highway) and a hefty fall tour, Lucinda Williams will on Oct. 28 release a digital-only EP of protest songs, Billboard.com can reveal.
Ted Leo Unveils Benefit EP, Finishing Album
After releasing a four-song political benefit EP yesterday (Sept. 15), Ted Leo & the Pharmacists are well underway on their next studio album, which could be out by spring.
New Found Glory Signs With Epitaph
New Found Glory has called time on its major-label career and inked a new deal with Epitaph Records. Its label debut, produced by Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, is due next spring.
Wednesday, September 17
David Letterman: Nicolas Cage, Anna Torv, Terrence Howard (R 9/2/08)
Jay Leno: Ed Harris, Meghan McCain, George Clinton & The Gangsters Of Love All-Stars
Late Late Show: Alan Alda, Illeana Douglas
Conan O’Brien: Ray Liotta, Loudon Wainwright III
Last Call: Thom Beers
Daily Show: Charlize Theron
Colbert Report: Bob Lutz
Jimmy Kimmel: Alyssa Milano, Stephen Merchant, Ne-Yo
The View: Charlize Theron, Solange Knowles
Regis and Kelly: Andrew McCarthy, top NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin
Ellen DeGeneres: Meg Ryan, Stephanie Meyer, Ne-Yo
Tavis Smiley: Alan Alda, Bart Gellman
Chelsea Lately: Ashley Jensen, John Caparulo, Ashlan Gorse, Charlie Viracola
George Stroumboulopoulos: Bob Lutz, New Kids on the Block
Bonnie Hunt: David Boreanaz, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Tabatha Coffey, eco-mariners Joel Paschal and Marcus Eriksen
Thursday, September 18
David Letterman: Seth Rogen, Fleet Foxes, dock-diving dogs (R 8/4/08)
Jay Leno: Dane Cook, Kristen Bell, Hawthorne Heights
Late Late Show: Jason Segel, Steve Hofstetter
Conan O’Brien: Willie Nelson, Southside Johnny with La Bamba’s Big Band
Last Call: Meghan McCain, Aushua
Daily Show: Tony Blair
Colbert Report: Bernard-Henri Levy
Jimmy Kimmel: Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, Good Charlotte
The View: Jason Biggs, Dave Stewart
Regis and Kelly: Dana Delany, Dwayne Wade
Ellen DeGeneres: Benjamin Bratt, Nelly with Akon and Ashanti
Tavis Smiley: 1,000th Episode
Chelsea Lately: Daphne Zuniga, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Michael Yo
George Stroumboulopoulos: Russell Peters, Stephane Dion
Bonnie Hunt: Teri Garr, Cesar Millan, the winner of “Big Brother 10″, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones
Friday, September 19
David Letterman: Robin Williams, Shannen Doherty, Duffy (R 9/4/08)
Jay Leno: Brooke Shields, Dolly Parton
Late Late Show: Kristen Bell, Josh Radnor
Conan O’Brien: Ice-T, Dwayne Wade, Shane Mauss
Last Call: TBA
Jimmy Kimmel: Danny Devito, Michelle Monaghan, Cold War Kids
The View: Suzanne Somers
Regis and Kelly: Michael Chiklis, Kristy Lee Cook, guest co-host Kyle MacLachlan
Ellen DeGeneres: Neil Patrick Harris, Betty White, 7-year-old boxer Wayne Lawrence
Tavis Smiley: Neil LaBute, Joseph Stiglitz
Chelsea Lately: Bill Engvall, Brody Stevens, Kim Coles, Heather McDonald
George Stroumboulopoulos: Tim Robbins, Ricky Gervais (R 9/15/08)
Bonnie Hunt: Alyson Hannigan, 11-year-old skateboard designer Jacob Brockhoff, Richard King, Elmo
— Chriss Coats