Attention Charm School fans: while we haven’t given you the finale, we did give you a treat Sunday night in the clips show. That hooky beat that’s been stuck in your head since Sunday? That’s R&B siren Emily King‘s first single, "Walk in My Shoes" and it turns out she’s a fan of the show, too. "Mo’Nique‘s the best part of the show," says King. "[But] they all stand out in their own way," she says of the show’s contestants. As for how she’d be? "I’d probably be the quiet one, watching it all go down, not feeding into the drama."
To find out more about Emily King, check out the interview she did when she stopped into the VH1 offices.
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Motley Crue are taking their managers to court for bad career advice. In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Motley Crue Inc. (Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil) are suing their managers for "divert[ing] revenue from [the band] and redirect[ing] it to themselves." The real issue, however, was drummer Tommy Lee’s involvement with reality television. The band call Lee’s ill-fated Tommy Lee Goes to College "a critical disappointment and a ratings disaster" and claim his involvement in Rockstar: Supernova decreased public interest in Lee. The band claim their managers are responsible for damaging blows to reputation the band has sustained, and not their mythic drug habits, public imbroglios, or Lee’s current habit of "drunk blogging." And who, may we ask, is the band holding responsible for Nikki Sixx’s facial hair?
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Kelly Clarkson‘s taking matters into her own hands. In the latest offensive in the war against her record label, Clarkson just fired manager (and former ally) Jeff Kwatinetz, who, according to sources, "excaberbated a thermonuclear situation." With just two weeks til the release of Clarkson’s My December — and extreme resistance from RCA and label head Clive Davis — Clarkson and Kwatinetz fell out over the direction of the album. With Kwatinetz allegedly siding with Davis, Clarkson informed him she’d no longer be requiring his services, as of Monday evening.
This is the latest in a long line of disagreements Clarkson has been outspoken about. Most recently, the singer refused to perform her single "Never Again" (which is currently falling fast at #29 on the airplay chart) at the Idol Gives Back concert, and slammed those who wanted her to: "To promote yourself on a charity event is beyond crass. People are starving and dying and I’m up there singing some bitter pop song? And believe me, everyone wanted me to sing it. Because they are jaded and they have no soul."
So who do you agree with — Kelly or Clive & co.? Check out an alleged leak of the album here, and tell us what you think.
Courtney Love isn’t an equal opportunity employer. Turns out if you resemble her deceased husband Kurt Cobain, you have a good chance at being in her new band. In a blog post on her website, Courtney admitted to hiring on a touring guitarist solely based on looks: "I’ll admit it, I really hired him because he looks like Kurt…He didn’t kill me, but he swore if I gave him a week he’d learn everything. He’s blonde and soooooooo beautiful and his guitar playing is great." Love’s keeping tight-lipped about her long overdue return, but did allude to a secret show in London on her 43rd birthday, as well as shows later this summer in L.A.
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Hinder’s Cody Hanson on what keeps them running: booze, porn stars and the fans.
Diet of Champions
We took most of the food off [our rider] because you can only get so much [alcohol], and if you have food on there, it’s taking up your alcohol money. Now we get a loaf of bread, and peanut butter and jelly. I’ve been on a cottage cheese kick lately. It’s amazing what you’ll eat at the end of the night when you’re all f*cked up.
They can Time Travel to 1986
Ron Jeremy came to Oklahoma City and introduced us — we had two hometown shows back-to-back. One night was Ron Jeremy and the other night was Jesse Jane. So we had two different porn stars introduce us two different nights. That was the second time we’d met Ron Jeremy. He’d introduced us in L.A. We were doing an Eddie Money cover and we invited [Eddie Money] to come sing with us on stage. And Ron Jeremy called up the club and asked if he could introduce us — he’s a big fan. Then we all went out and got sh*t-faced at the Rainbow.
T-Pain‘s music paints him as something of a player, as he falls in love with strippers and partakes in one-night stands (after buying a girl only one drink!). His home life is actually much different — he’s been married for two years. When asked about how his wife feels about his musical persona, the man sometimes known as Teddy Penderazdoun said this:
"My wife doesn’t mind. All the money goes back to her. And that, she don’t mind at all."
Nice that she can be bought so easily. Love don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling. In addition to the divide between his music and his home life, T-Pain also sees a divide between his music and image — he may sound smooth on record, but in reality, he’s chunky. "I’m not trying to be Mr. Six-Pack," he says. And as this recent shot (source) proves…
…it’s a good thing he’s not. [New York Daily News / Top image credit: Getty]
Britney Spears took some time out over the weekend during her Mexican beach vacation to warn her fellow sunbathers of an epidemic facing them: Portuguese men ‘o war. A source told People that she approached an older couple and said, "Be careful, there are lots of man o’ war jellyfish washing up on shore, you don’t want to get stung." OK, Grandma Spears. Why not go all out and tell them to put on their jackets so as not to catch cold?
The source adds that Britney was "sweet" and seemed "happy and carefree" on the beach. It’s nice to see that she’s bouncing back after hitting rock bottom. It’s amazing what peeing in the ocean can do to lift spirits! [People / Image credit: Getty]
Ciara was recently asked whether she was nervous about making the leap to acting in the upcoming film version of the musical Mama I Want To Sing! This was her response:
"I don’t want to claim the word ‘nervous’ at all. I’m thinking, ‘Ciara’s gonna go in, she’s gonna go hard, she?s gonna challenge herself, she?s gonna knock it out.’"
Who has time to be nervous when you’re that narcissistic. Referring to yourself in the third person? Seriously, CiCi? [AP/MSNBC / Image credit: Getty]
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Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that 50 Cent is ringmaster of the rap circus right now, thanks to all of the lunacy swirling around him.
For instance, only a "complex" MC like Fiddy could release album artwork that’s as somber as this, yet simultaneously make the sophomorically sexual "Amusement Park" the album’s first video (watch). Don’t want to watch? Just envision "Cherry Pie" with beats.
His "art" aside, 50 the showman recently put the beef smackdown on a boxer-wearing Cam’ron. Curtis responded to Cam’s recent desperate poolside salvo by saying the Dipset dandy was "delusional" and "shouldn’t be in front of no camera with Daisy Dukes on."
So does 50′s posturing work? Well, a panicky MIMS recently denied saying that 50 should be jealous of him (HIMS?), and went out of his way to kiss Fiddy’s butt from overseas. "I respect (50 Cent’s) work and his ambition and also his business methods," the Zune-peddling MC told SOHH.
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Evidently, there’s only one rapper alive that’s got game over T.I. … and that’s his devilish alter-ego, T.I.P. The first video from the MC’s upcoming album T.I. vs. T.I.P. is all about the trek from the tour bus to the stage, and it offers a few revelations. Here’s what we learned from watching "Big Things Poppin’":
- The secret to T.I.’s ripped physique? Pushup contests with his alter-ego, snitches!
- When T.I. holds his tricked-out cellie just so, the Nokia imprint flashes real bright. Lil’ logos poppin’, and big sponsor bucks droppin’ …
- T.I. likes white people. How do we know? Autograph for a skinny-ass nerd on the way to the stage, snitches! (T.I.P.’s take on white folk? T.B.D.)
- Ben "Starsky" Stiller just might be an uncredited feature on this track. Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!
- The subconscious point of the video? To prove that T.I. can play a show without getting water balloons hucked at him.