Rapper’s delight, indeed. In her new book, “Straight From the Source,” Kim Osorio is claiming to have bedded a who’s who of hip-hop stars. But the former Source editor in chief says her dalliance with Nas soured when “it was no longer acceptable to communicate via text messages.” She also says she made sweet music with 50 Cent – despite calling him “greasy convict.” “He gave me the attention I needed,” the editrix writes. “Put your imagination to use.”
So just how serious is the “unspecified illness” that got Janet Jackson rushed to a Montreal hospital Monday night? Not serious enough for her fiance, Jermaine Dupri, to cancel his party plans. The hip-hopper reveled alongside T.I. until 2 a.m. at Patron’s Music in Motion Tour Party at Marquee, even though Ms. Jackson had taken ill at a sound check and canceled her concert less than an hour before showtime. At least Jermaine partied for a purpose: The tour has raised over $75,000 to help rebuild New Orleans.
Will Beyoncé make her deadline today? The singer’s new album was due at her label Wednesday morning in order to make an announced Nov. 18 release date, but insiders tell us there have been problems. “It’s not going to be completed,” said a source close to folks who’ve been working on the CD. “She’s got to get it out early in the fourth quarter, when there’s so much competition among artists.”
Both Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet have impressive credits attached to their names, but M.D. isn’t one of them. But that hasn’t stopped them from raging a war in the press over childhood vaccines.
Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet Tour” touches down in the New York area Saturday for five sold-out dates. The extravagant production has already broken attendance records in Europe and is sure to do the same here. But the Queen of Pop is only as good as her courtiers. A skilled creative team carefully collaborates to match Madonna’s tour theme with costumes, choreography and video clips.
Couldn’t get enough of Paris Hilton’s debut album? You’re in luck. The reality star-turned-singer debuted a single from her upcoming album on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show on Tuesday. “My BFF,” which doubles as the theme song for Hilton’s MTV series, “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF,” is the first tune released from the 27-year-old’s as-yet-untitled sophomore album.
When Lou Reed takes a walk on the wild side, he’d like the New York street he’s strolling on to bear his name. The 66-year-old Brooklyn-born rocker revealed to New York magazine that he hopes a future mayor will recognize his contributions to the city by naming a city street after him. “Lou Reed Way would be nice,” he tells the mag’s Oct. 6 issue.
Howard Stern ain’t misbehaving. The Sirius shock jock’s bachelor party was a small affair that started and ended early and didn’t feature a single stripper, one attendee tells Page Six.
THE Ocean Drive mansion where Gianni Versace was gunned down on the front steps in 1997 now features a 120-seat restaurant. Telecom gazillionaire Peter Loftin, who paid $19 million for the property, opened Loftin’s 1116 Ocean last weekend, and one of his first customers was Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea. Loftin is also renting out 10 rooms in the mansion at $5,000 a night.
IS Kendra Wilkinson trading up? One of Hugh Hefner’s “Girls Next Door” took a break from the Playboy Mansion to hang with “Girls Gone Wild” chief Joe Francis in Miami.
Band from TV, founded by “Heroes” star Greg Grunberg to raise money for the National Epilepsy Foundation, will release its first DVD/ CD, “Hoggin’ all the Covers,” on amazon.com Oct. 26. Grunberg’s fellow bandmembers Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Bob Guiney and Bonnie Somerville are all featured on the CD, which includes live performances of classic rock hits.
Congrats to MTV exec Tanya Giles and husband David on the birth of Malcolm David – who arrived in a Manhattan taxi on the way to the hospital!
NEW YORK – Janet Jackson was released from a Montreal hospital just two hours after she arrived, a spokeswoman for the facility said Tuesday, but it was still not clear why she was admitted.
WASHINGTON – Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are teaming up for their first joint concert to benefit Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Obama plans to attend the concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 16, the day after Obama’s final debate with Republican John McCain at Hofstra University, located several miles outside the city in Hempstead, N.Y.
BAYVILLE, N.Y. – Billy Joel, who has championed the cause of Long Island, New York, fishermen in songs like “The Downeaster Alexa,” is helping with the funeral expenses for a clam-digger whose body was found not far from the singer’s mansion.
MILWAUKEE – Oprah Winfrey’s mother says she shouldn’t have to pay a nearly $156,000 debt to a high-end fashion store because store officials shouldn’t have extended credit to her.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican judge has cleared Grammy-winning musician Beenie Man of tax-evasion charges, saying the government never informed him of his legal rights.
NEW YORK – Two years ago, the biggest question surrounding Jennifer Hudson’s career was whether she could act. “I used to consider my voice a tree with many branches and that’s what to me this album displays, all these different sides of me.”
LOS ANGELES – Kim Kardashian won’t be back on “Dancing With the Stars.”
The Game can put criminal battery charges away forever — if he’ll just learn to put a leash on his temper. TMZ was in court today when a judge agreed to dismiss Game’s battery charges — for allegedly punching a cousin at a family funeral — as long as he does 36 anger-management meetings by February 2009. He could’ve faced clink time if convicted. The tiff was over money, you’ll remember, and Game’s relative dropped the dime on hiat the funeral and made a citizen’s arrest … even before the body was in the ground.
Tina Turner’s explosive Proud Mary duet with Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards was supposed to be a one-shot celebration, not the catalyst for a world tour. But eight years into a cozy retirement, the soulful rocker is returning to the road after a groundswell clamor that began with that knockout appearance. “I was surprised by the reaction because, to be honest, I wasn’t quite ready,” Turner says of her showstopping moment on the February telecast. With little prep time, she was sporting a snug silver ensemble from her 2000 tour and an unsuitable hairstyle, she says. But she couldn’t resist marking the 50th anniversary of both the Grammys and her own stretch in show business.
Juliana Hatfield, the author of the new memoir “When I Grow Up,” was an indie rock star back when that music defined a slacker generation. She palled around with scene hottie Evan Dando (remember the Lemonheads?), wrote great songs about loving Nirvana and going to see the Violent Femmes and, with the band the Blake Babies and her ongoing solo career, helped misfit, thinking girls carve out their own corner of guitar heaven.
It seems there is no artifact connected to the British post-punk band Joy Division too ghoulish for public consumption: the notes and diary entries of the band’s manager, Rob Gretton, are to be published this month, The Guardian reported. Mr. Gretton, who died in 1999 of a heart attack, kept copious notes when he managed Joy Division and its spinoff band, New Order, which was formed after the original lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide in 1980. Mr. Gretton’s widow, Lesley Gilbert, plans to publish them as a book called “1 Top Class Manager.” The notes reveal that Joy Division considered many other names for itself, including Voices Crying, Dharma Bums, the Radical Jesuits and Man Ray. The band also considered giving its 1979 album “Unknown Pleasures” titles like “Kinetic Outtake” and “Convulsive Therapy.”
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning today, Dido’s new album Safe Trip Home is available for digital pre-order from the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com). Customers who pre-order the album from iTunes will instantly receive Dido’s new single, “Don’t Believe In Love.” On November 4, Arista Records will release Safe Trip Home.
NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — The history of rock and roll is fraught with more than its share of unforeseen circumstances. But none so unforeseen as those in the life of Cheap Trick – Rick Nielsen (guitar), Robin Zander (vocals and guitar), Bun E. Carlos (drums), and Tom Petersson (bass). During 1978-79, they jumped from being the biggest band ever to emerge from Rockford, Illinois, to becoming platinum-selling headliners on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
“The Partridge Family” has found a new network home at NBC. The Peacock has picked up a contemporary single-camera take on the classic ABC sitcom to be written by Jeff Rake. A fan of the 1970s series, Rake plans to “turn the premise on its head.”
Paul McCartney Reignites ‘Fireman’ Project
Sir Paul McCartney is returning to his Fireman alias after a decade away from the collaborative project with producer Youth. McCartney releases “Electric Arguments” by the Fireman on Nov. 17 via MPL, an imprint of his own London-based publishing company.
AC/DC Extends Tour, Heads To ‘Rock Band’
AC/DC has extended its Black Ice tour of North America into early 2009. New dates begin Dec. 20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and run through Jan. 31 in Nashville. The group has also struck an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart to carry an AC/DC-themed version of the video game “Rock Band.”
New D’Angelo Single Hits iTunes
D’Angelo has prefaced the spring 2009 release of his third albuwith a new buzz single. “I Found My Smile Again,” a remake of the tune D’Angelo originally recorded for the 1996 “Space Jam” soundtrack, became available exclusively via iTunes today (Sept. 30).
Thursday Signs New Deal With Epitaph
Veteran rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Epitaph, which will release the band’s fifth albuin spring 2009. The news was first reported by Alternative Press and confirmed by reps for the band.
Caribou’s ‘Andorra’ Wins Polaris Music Prize
Caribou’s “Andorra,” an albucreator Dan Snaith said he made “at home in a bedroom,” has won the third Canadian Polaris Music Prize.
The Von Bondies Ink With Majordomo
After months of searching, the Von Bondies have finally found a home. The Detroit rock group has signed to Majordomo Records, a division of Shout Factory, and will release its third album, “Love, Hate, and Then There’s You,” on Feb. 3.
Wednesday, October 1
David Letterman: Kate Walsh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Darius Rucker
Jay Leno: Greg Kinnear, Mindy Kaling, Nikka Costa
Late Late Show: Jennifer Love Hewitt, JiParsons
Conan O’Brien: Robin Wright-Penn, Louis CK, Department of Eagles
Last Call: Wayne Brady
Daily Show: Peggy Noonan
Colbert Report: Dave Levin
Jimmy Kimmel: Rosario Dawson, Jamie Kennedy, Gavin Rossdale
The View: Peter Krause, Diahann Carroll, Miss Piggy
Regis and Kelly: Kate Walsh, Kelly Pickler
Ellen DeGeneres: Suzanne Somers, Demi Lovato
Tavis Smiley: ToMorello, Ron Brownstein
Chelsea Lately: Clark Gregg, Dwayne Perkins, Lavell Crawford, Loni Love
George Stroumboulopoulos: Sean Avery, Tony Campolo
Bonnie Hunt: WilliaBaldwin, Gavin Rossdale
Thursday, October 2
David Letterman: Calista Flockhart, Bill Hader, Lucinda Williams
Jay Leno: Dennis Miller, Boo Weekley, Jack’s Mannequin
Late Late Show: Lauren Graham, “Driving for Donors” creator Patrick Pedraja, Michael Franti & Spearhead
Conan O’Brien: ToArnold, Ben Folds
Last Call: Shirley Manson, Cut Copy
Daily Show: Clint Eastwood
Colbert Report: Naomi Klein
Jimmy Kimmel: Bill Maher, Jennifer Hudson
The View: Greg Kinnear, the latest castoff fro”Dancing With the Stars”
Regis and Kelly: Calista Flockhart, Diane Sawyer, Jo Frost
Ellen DeGeneres: George Lopez, Jack Hanna, Jazmine Sullivan
Tavis Smiley: Kerry Kennedy, Don Hewitt
Chelsea Lately: Candis Cayne, Justin Tranter, Scott Thompson, Guy Branum
George Stroumboulopoulos: Daniel Levitin, Lauren Graham
Bonnie Hunt: Jamie Kennedy, Kathryn Morris
Friday, October 3
David Letterman: Brian Williams, TiRobbins
Jay Leno: Molly Shannon, Warren Sapp, T.I.
Late Late Show: Randy Newman, Margaret Cho
Conan O’Brien: Greg Kinnear, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Last Call: Bear Grylls, Grizzly Bear (R 5/6/08)
Jimmy Kimmel: Lucy Liu, John Slattery, Morgan Murphy
The View: Anne Hathaway, Troy Dunn
Regis and Kelly: Blair Underwood, Robin Thicke, Jon and Kate Gosselin, guest co-host Mark Consuelos
Ellen DeGeneres: Jenny McCarthy, Shemar Moore, Amy Macdonald, “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up Connie Talbot
Tavis Smiley: Zbigniew Brzezinski
Chelsea Lately: Holly Madison, Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf
Bonnie Hunt: Melissa Joan Hart, Erica Durance, bug expert Zack Lemann
Saturday, October 04
Saturday Night Live Anne Hathaway – The Killers (NEW)
— Chriss Coats