Posts By Jim Macnie

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Bono & Penelope Cruz: Just Friends?

Penelope CruzSt Tropez does things to people. The sun, the surf: romance is everywhere. Which is why the gossip world is wondering if it did things to the actress Penelope Cruz and the married man Bono. The pair did the party thing recently (can you say 4 am?), and wound up looking ultra cozy as they bounced to and fro. Maybe he was just holding her hand to protect her from those nasty photogs…maybe. Leave your comment on whether you see sparks flying or hear hearts fluttering.

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Make The Hip-Hop Honors Soundtrack

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Hey beatmeisters, it’s time to show-off your chops. Last year we were looking for MCs with Freestyle 59. This year we’re looking for producers with The Score – the contest that gives you the chance to make the soundtrack to this year’s Hip-Hop Honors show. Got a home studio? Got a computer? Put together a 60-second track that brings plenty of groove to the party. Our listeners will comment on their favorites, our judges will narrow down the field, and a winner will be chosen.

The prize? Studio time with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots. Together you’ll tweak the track so it can be used as the 2007 show’s theme. Some submissions are up already. Go give a listen and see what kind of competition lays ahead.

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Dance Fever, South Pacific Style

For the last couple of days, we’ve been having some good laffs at the way the jailbirds of a certain Phillipines detention center have spent their time recreating Jacko and company’s 1983 video opus. John Landis spent $800K making his dance troupe and camera operators get everything coordinated. Methinks that it wasn’t quite so expensive for the orange-clad scalawags who populate the prison.

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Black & White & Rock & Roll

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Stephen Stills told us that black culture defined American culture, Grandmaster Flash told us that hip-hop was rock ‘n’ roll, and Patti Smith told us that her late mom liked to vacuum the house to "Rock ‘n’ Roll N*gger." It was a beautiful one-world fest at the Hall of Fame ceremonies last night. The Ronettes, R.E.M, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Patti Smith were all inducted. Most poignant performance: R.E.M.’s "Gardening at Night" or Smith’s spin on the Stones’ "Gimme Shelter." Idolator sniped at it in real time. The Times reported on it this morning. Catch the show hightlights this Saturday on VH1.

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Mensa Tunes

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It?s always great javascriptwhen artists are blown away by their latest work. Bruce Springsteen was knocked-out when he finished cutting the track for ?Born To Run,? and you recall how Brandon Flowers crowed about the Killers music on Sam?s Town last year. Well, after writing some songs for the new Coldplay disc (which is said to sound different than old Coldplay discs), Chris Martin proclaims the guys have concocted a tune that?s ?basically genius.? Someone call the MacArthur Foundation, and let’s get Apple?s dad some of that smart-guy grant money.

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