Cassandra Sanchez, a passenger on Sean Kingston‘s jet ski when he collided with a bridge in Miami Beach this weekend, tells TMZ that she warned the singer he was driving too fast, yelling at him to stop. “Both jet skis pulled out of the dock at the same time and we were going so fast we just blasted past them. When we turned a corner and crashed…they were so far behind us they didn’t even see us crash.” Sanchez said she believes he tried to turn away from the bridge, but failed. After the crash, Kingston was “coughing up blood, foam and pink stuff” as friends tried to help them, with the singer finally saying “I’m hurting, I’m hurting” when he was able to speak. A Coast Guard rescuer also says Kingston told him “I’m going to be OK.” Authorities do not believe alcohol played a part in the crash.
Sanchez, who only received minor rib injuries, said Kingston, currently in critical but stable condition, “can’t really talk” due to a tube in his throat, “but he is lucid and understands what’s going on.” Kingston’s rep had no update this morning, but said his family was grateful for everyone’s prayers and support. See the gallery below to see the warm thoughts celebrity friends like Justin Bieber have shared about Kingston (pictured above with his mother Janice), following his tragic accident.
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Well, here’s one way to avoid overzealous fans. Lady Gaga ziplined over the crowd in Central Park this morning, on her way to the Rumsey Playfield stage to sing “Bad Romance” for Good Morning America. Seeming tech issues meant she missed most of the song, but it certainly wasn’t any kind of Turn Off The Dark fiasco. Gaga went on to be interviewed by the GMA folks (her dream? “I would want to hang out with my fans and have it not be me”) and perform “Judas” and “Hair.” See video of her grand entrance after the jump and check out her outfits in the gallery below.
It’s like a PG-13 of Green Eggs & Ham: Will he kiss her on a boat? Will he kiss her on a goat? Will he kiss her in the sky? Will he kiss her on the eye? The answer for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez is clearly yes…assuming they can find a goat to ride on during their romantic vacation in Hawaii. The young lovers have been piling on the PDAs, smooching on every mode of transport possible. Guess nobody’s worried about death threats from jealous Bielebers anymore!
Check out the gallery for more of Selena’s bikini body—we know you’re not impressed by Bieber’s muscles—and their puppy love (related bit of trivia: the age of consent in Hawaii is 16).
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Read Bono‘s lips: no new delays! The U2 singer, who performed with Spider-Man: Turn Of The Dark star Reeve Carney and guitarist The Edge on American Idol Wednesday, swears that the revamped musical will be ready for its June 14th premiere date. “We’re opening Spider-Man on the 14th,” he said. “I promise it’s not been canceled, and we’re very excited about it. It’s almost there—it will be there by opening night.” Considering the decade-in-the-making superhero spectacle has been in previews since November 2010, with original script and director Julie Taymor tossed aside after horrible reviews, cast injuries and frequent equipment malfunctions, it would take a promise from the show’s songwriter to make us believe it.
Ironically, considering he was rumored the deciding factor in Taymor’s departure, Bono was playing the innocent when discussing new director Philip McKinley. “He came in to fill impossible shoes—Julie Taymor—she’s a genius and I miss her so much.” Really, dude? Only Bono could get away with saying that after just admitting to Nightline that the press was right about the Taymor-run show sucking.
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A lot of news sources will make sad trombone sounds over Luther Campbell failing to become Mayor of Miami-Dade County yesterday following the area’s recall election, but that’s a pretty kneejerk response. Here’s a guy who first made his name posing between the legs of women and rapping on tracks like “We Want Some P—y” and “The F— Shop” with Tipper Gore‘s least favorite rap group, 2 Live Crew. He continued to share thoughts like “We Want Head” and “Head, Head And More Head” on albums through the 2000’s while dabbling in porn production. Though his Vh1 reality show Luke’s Parental Advisory highlighted the “family man” side of his life, it’s still amazing to think that 11% of the voters in the county—20,652 people—-not only felt that Luke should be the Mayor of Miami, but bothered to express that opinion in the voting booth. Then again, California wound up with Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor when they had a recall election.
“We started off as a joke; I feel like right now people take us seriously,” said Campbell in his concession speech. “And I’d like to say we did it in 45 days with less than $10,000, all volunteers, 100 percent. We had fundraisers where we would raise $50 and fundraisers where we would raise $500 and that was more important than taking any special interest money. I mean, we could have easily taken hundreds of thousands of dollars but we didn’t do that because we wanted to stay true to the people, and that’s what it’s all about: staying true to the people.” Campbell said he’d consider running again in the 2012 election, though he’d be wise to drop his controversial “stripper tax” plan (we’re not kidding)—dude’s alienating a large part of his voting base with that.
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We’re so glad Twitter exists right now. If it wasn’t for the social media platform, fans at tonight’s Prince concert in LA would have to debate whether that weird guy in the hat trying to climb on stage was Charlie Sheen or not. “#winning Heading to House of Blues LA tonight to see a surprise show by PRINCE! should be Epic..!!,” Sheen tweeted this afternoon. “Was this a secret?! too late!!” Prince will actually be playing three shows in different parts of the House Of Blues tonight, the Muisc Hall at 8, the Jazz Cafe at 11, and a charity gig at the private Foundation room at 1 AM, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Charlie hits all three…it’s not like he has to go to work tomorrow.
Tonight’s festivities come after a long stretch of gigs in LA, with Prince already playing 12 shows at the Forum (he’ll be back there for 3 more concerts this weekend). It’s a good thing Whitney Houston‘s probably too busy with rehab to attend tonight…nothing good could possibly come from Whitney being introduced to Tiger Blood.
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Next time, maybe he should say “Do you know that song that goes ‘low low low low…'” instead of “Do you know who I am?” The New York Daily News says that Flo Rida couldn’t get into Hudson Terrance this weekend, and wasn’t too happy about it. The “Right Round” rapper showed up at the Hell’s Kitchen hotspot with about fifteen people around 1am Saturday, only to be denied entry when most of the group refused to show identification. Flo allegedly dropped the standard “do you know who I am?” before leaving, though we’re guessing the bouncer didn’t respond with “yes, you’re a grown man named Flo”…considering no one was arrested.
With Flo’s last album Only One Flo (Part 1) failing to make the Top 100 and his hit singles guaranteed to “feature” someone else on the hook, it doesn’t seem like Flo will get any more immediately recognizable in the future unless he signs up for a reality TV show (it’s not like his unique personality comes through in the tunes). Sorry, dude—the club can’t handle the threat of underage drinking violations!
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Vinnie Vincent, the guitarist who originally replaced Ace Frehley in KISS before starting the group Vinnie Vincent Invasion, was arrested in his Rutherford County, Tennessee home yesterday after his wife Diane accused him of attacking her. Police say the 58-year-old rock allegedly hit and threw his wife to the ground, dragging her through shattered glass on the floor. Diane was eventually able to flee and drove to a police station, and when authorities picked up Vincent, they discovered “four sealed containers containing deceased dogs.”
Vincent, whose brief tenure as Kiss’ Ankh Warrior was discussed in Chuck Klosterman‘s popular book Fargo Rock City, co-wrote the majority of 1983’s Lick It Up, the first album where the legendary rock group did not wear make up, and would later sue Kiss’ Gene Simmons over song royalties and unlawful use of his image. Charged with aggravated domestic assault after last night’s incident, Vincent was reportedly released after posting $10,000 bail. As for the dogs—allegedly killed by one of the Vincents’ “more aggressive dogs”—animal services is investigating.
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Gwyneth Paltrow overrating the world’s interest in her extracurricular activities? No. According to Page Six, a record deal for Paltrow with Atlantic Records has fallen through, possibly over how much money she’d have taken home. “Atlantic bosses were very interested,” said their source. “But then the talks halted and the deal fizzled out. There was a rumor that Paltrow wanted $1 million to sign, but that is a ridiculous figure. Atlantic is still interested in signing her.” Says her rep, “[Gwyneth] still has not decided if she wants to record an album…”it is still something she is considering.”
There’s always the possibility that, with a cookbook, a newsletter, two children and…oh yeah, an acting career, Gwynnie simply didn’t want to bother with recording an album unless she was certain to reap a decent payday. After all, the Country Strong soundtrack failed to go gold despite the Oscar nomination, and Paltrow’s singles only scrapped Billboard’s Country Singles chart (her duet with Tim McGraw only hit #35)…while Sara Evans‘ single from the album hit #1. Looks like hardcore GOOPsters will have to settle for Glee-related collaborations and talk show renditions of “Gangsta Gangsta” for the near future.
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The 2011 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, gave is some pretty awesome moments on air, even though the carpet fashion was lacking. We have to give props to
Senor Chang Ken Jeong for having the ability to humiliate himself on stage for laughs! But everything anyone did at the show—including Beyonce performing a very sexy “Run the World (Girls)”—was overshadowed by Britney Spears. Brit-Brit had some help on stage in creating two incredibly memorable performances. The first was with Rihanna on a remix of S&M which kicked off the awards. The second was with Nicki Minaj on “Till The World Ends,” after Minaj sang “Super Bass.” Badass!
That was just the beginning. The Billboard stage saw the likes of U2, Neil Diamond, Mary J. Blige and cutie Justin Bieber (in a very Vegas-esque golden tux) come on. Bono and gang were on hand to receive the Touring award while Neil accepted the Billboard Icon award (he also sang “Sweet Caroline” and “America” before receiving the trophy). The Biebs won the Billboard.com Fan Favorite Award and the Top New Artist Award but how about that kiss with Selena Gomez, huh?
Ri-Ri took home the Radio Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year while Taylor Swift (in a trademark sparkly gown) accepted the Billboard 200 Artist of the Year and Country Artist of the Year. Beyonce was feted with a video montage that featured Barbra Streisand, Bono, Stevie Wonder and Michelle Obama while receiving the Billboard Millennium Award. Look here for a full list of Billboard award winners. And if you just want to take a look at some fun moments from the show, check out our gallery below.
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