Posts By Lauren Harris

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New Tunes & Old Hits from George Michael

It’s been a minute since we heard from Mr. Michael — but he’s back. Yesterday, we told you he’d be going on tour for the first time in fifteen years. Today, we’ve got George’s TwentyFive streaming a full week before it’s release. In addition to the hits, the double disc also has six brand new songs: ?An Easier Affair,? ?This Is Not Real Love,? ?Heal The Pain? (duet with Sir Paul McCartney), ?Understand,? and ?As? (featuring Mary J. Blige).

In honor of George’s return, we’re rolling out a string of videos never before been available on VH1.com. You’ll see one? each day this week. The first selection? “Amazing,” from 2004′s Patience.

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Lindsay in Lesbo Love Triangle?

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Looks like Lindsay Lohan may have swapped an addiction to drugs and alochol for an addiction to the ladies. Lilo, notoriously close with DJ to the stars Samantha Ronson (pictured above right), has added another sapphic pal to the mix, and there’s trouble in post-rehab paradise. Ronson — who was famously photographed attempting to cover up a passed out Lohan in a car just days before her admittance to rehab — has continued to hang out with Lohan, most recently flying to Long Island with the star to visit her ailing grandfather.

But just after rehab, Linz got close to Yahoo! heir Courtenay Semel. The two lived together for a short time before a falling out, but apparently are rekindling their romance. As reported by Star Magazine, Semel “can’t let go of Lindsay, and she’ll do what she can to win her back,” says a source.

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Mimi Strips for Sexy Album Cover

Who better to teach the kids about chart-topping than the chart-toppingest female artist of all time? That’s right — Mariah Carey is set to appear on “American Idol” the day after her E=MC2 drops on April 15.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t caught Mariah’s SNL performance, her hilarious beauty-and-the-geek video for “Touch My Body,” or if you’re a little short on Mariah knowledge, we’ve got you covered — like Mariah on the front of her new record. Take the jump to find out Mimi’s tracklisting for her brand-new album, and read our review of what we got to hear.

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Diddy Denies Involvement In Tupac Death

diddyThe rap war that launched a thousand conspiracy theories underwent an enthralling development yesterday: according to an FBI informant, Sean “Diddy” Combs was involved in Tupac Shakur‘s murder.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported the FBI was working with an informant who named Combs as having been aware of, and possibly involved in, an attack on Shakur at Quad Studios months before his death. In interviews prior to his death, Shakur swore Diddy and his crew were in some way involved in that attack. Two years later, Shakur was shot to death in Las Vegas. In a move many people think was retaliatory, Diddy associate Notorious B.I.G. was murdered seven months later, meaning that inadvertently, Diddy may have sealed his friend’s fate.

In the wake of Los Angeles Times story, Diddy issued a statement calling the report “irresponsible.” “Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened. It is a complete lie to suggest that there was any inolvement by Biggie or myself.”

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K-Fed on Broadway?

kfed-90x.jpgAfter starring in the real-life version of Criminally Insane Blonde, Kevin Federline is in talks to star in Legally Blonde on Broadway. Based on the 2003 Reese Witherspoon girltravaganza, K-Fed is up for “a trio of roles” according to USWeekly, including the UPS guy who falls in love with protagonist Elle’s manicurist.

This isn’t Federline’s first time in the world of song and dance. Before he was Mr. Britney Spears, Federline was a back-up dancer with L.F.O. He also released an ill-fated solo record in 2006 entitled Playing With Fire, which Rolling Stone called a “reprehensible rap debut.”

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Panic In the Studio: Behind the Scenes of Pretty. Odd.

In 2005, a group of teenagers from Las Vegas caught the attention of Pete Wentz, the guylined Fall Out Boy bassist who moonlights as a record executive. With the release of their fantastical first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the band won raves from fans and critics alike.

After dropping an exclamation point and picking up a new band member, Panic At the Disco are back with Pretty. Odd. Check out a behind-the-scenes look of the band recording their brand-new album, and come back on March 18th when VH1 will be streaming the disc an entire week before it’s release!

Watch the video for “Nine In The Afternoon,” the band’s first single off Pretty. Odd

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Rihanna: Leave Umbrella-ella-ellas At Home

rihannaApparently, Rihanna‘s not concerned about cloudy skies at her shows. The superstar face of Totes has banned the presence of umbrellas at her shows, meaning Ri-Ri’s the only one allowed to dance with the waterproof canopies.

But it’s not jealousy that’s motivating the singer to deprive fans of their umbrella-propped routines; apparently she’s doing it as a safety measure. According to security guards at a March 3rd UK show, “We were told that Rihanna?s song features dancing with umbrellas on stage. We didn?t want the crowd following her actions and someone getting their eye poked out.?

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Biggie Biopic Actor Cast

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Way back in August, we told you about the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious that Fox Searchlight was looking to cast. The film, all about the life and times of Christopher Wallace, held an open casting call in October, which hundreds of wanna-Bigs attended.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the role of Big will be played by Jamal Woolard, a widely unknown Brooklyn rapper who attended the open casting call. Apparently, Woolard (also known as Gravy) shares more with the deceased rapper than physical size. Woolard, a former drug dealer, has released a few rap albums, and according to Biggie’s mother, has the same “charming personality, warm spirit, wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile” as Big. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) has been cast as Puffy, while Angela Bassett will play Big’s mom. Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson) will play Big’s rival Tupac.

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Exclusive: Erykah’s Panty-Free Anthem

Could she be talking about Britney? Paris? Lindsay? In a funktastic SoulStage performance, Erykah Badu gets down with her band on “Annie.” The song is a cutaway from “Honey,” the first single off the neo-soul star’s brand new New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War), and it’s all about a girl who ?don?t wear no panties.? Sounds like someone we know. Check the clip. Here’s Rhapsody looking into the Badu’s musical influences.

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Wentz’s Hair House, Lil Jon’s Grape Goblet

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Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz is quite the entrepreneur. After starting his label Fueled by Ramen, he opened his bar Angels and Kings late last year in New York’s East Village. Now, he’s opening a salon in his native Chicago, slated for April, to give the skinny-panted, eye-lined kids there all the asymetrical haircuts they can handle.

Though Lil Jon‘s rap career may have fallen off slightly (It’s been a long time since we heard a “Yeeeeeeaaaaaah” around here, and that’s the way we like it) it would seem he’s still making good use of that pimp cup. Apparently, the rapper (real name Jonathan Smith) is forsaking crunk juice for wine by starting the Little Jonathan Winery. According to LJ’s site, he’ll be offering Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.