Akon. (Photo: Getty Images)
The last time we watched video of Akon he was getting all grind-y onstage with a 15 year-old girl. In these new clips circulating the web, he is seen performing at the KFEST 2007 concert when a young boy in the audience throws something at the Senegalese superstar. Our hip hop hero then does what anyone would do in that situation. He instructs his bodyguards to bring the boy up onstage, takes off his shirt, hoists the kid over his shoulder, and hurls him into the crowd, to the sound of hyperventilating fans screaming, "We love you!"
Akon, we’ve learned our lesson. Your stage is like a 20-foot chunk of the Wild West and you’re Jesse James. There are no rules, and no one is safe. One wrong move and you’ll be using your super human strength to bust out nasty dances or chuck someone across the country. So we’ll just stay away and dance awkwardly in the back corner. Oh, and keep your shirt on. Please?
The Police‘s reunion tour may have the same lifespan as a common housefly. On day two of the ’80s supergroup’s reunion tour, drummer Stewart Copeland — whose bust-ups with Sting are the stuff of rock mythology — has posted quite the complaint on his blog, titled "OUR FIRST DISASTER GIG!" Within the 700-word post, Copeland bemoans the band’s poor timing, calls the lute-wielding Sting a "petulant pansy" and labels updated versions of their hits "ubeLIEVably lame" [sic].
In other news, the band’s planning on participating in the resurrection of MTV Unplugged (if they make it) — a veritable petri dish for creativity that’s featured stunning acoustic performances by Jay-Z and Nirvana. Other acts confirmed for show include Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige and John Mayer.
Bobby Brown‘s got a lot of things to keep straight. Years of suspected drug use, warrant-dodging and being married to one of the music’s most difficult divas can muddle a man’s mind, which is exactly what happened at his performance in Southampton at Stereo this weekend. Brown began to sing his hit "My Prerogative" only to stop before the second verse and apologize for forgetting the words. Brown might have also been distracted by his new ladyfriend Alicia Etheridge, a longtime friend of ex Whitney‘s, who Brown was reportedly making out with in a car for 30 minutes prior to peforming. When asked whether he was seeing anyone, Brown responded: "I’m dating, so it’s not like I’m single."
Marilyn Manson is channeling his inner teenage girl. After covering pop pin-up Justin Timberlake during a live BBC performance last week, Manson told the venerable radio station that he has "a fascination with Justin Timberlake," and that he carries a picture of the pop star with him wherever he goes. This information goes far in explaining what he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood could possibly have to talk about.
And when he’s not canoodling with gorgeous movie stars or being toted around in creepy rock stars’ wallets? J-Timber’s starting his own record label, to be be distributed through Interscope Records. The label, named Tennman (an abbreviation of Tennessee Man, which he is) expects to announce new signings in the upcoming weeks.
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Marilyn Manson Videos
Dating a teenager can make you do crazy things, as Marilyn Manson can attest to. For instance, Manson recently found himself at the center of a brouhaha over whether he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood simulated the sex scenes in his video for "Heart Shaped Glasses" (fingers crossed). Now, Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed God of F*ck, is covering everybody’s favorite recovering Mousketeer (no, not Britney) — Justin Timberlake. Manson doesn’t quite hit the high ones in this acoustic cut from a live BBC session, but the subject matter (all-consuming jealousy and rage) isn’t exactly a departure. Manson’s no stranger to covers though; his 1995 rendition of the Eurythmics‘ "Sweet Dreams" jump-started his career.
Another report from the department of Bizarre Covers: Rock lads Arctic Monkeys do a faithful cover of Amy Winehouse‘s "You Know I’m No Good," a woman whose buzz is officially bigger than her hair.
Amy Lee‘s back from her honeymoon, and she’s pissed. Writing on her band’s official message board, Evanescence‘s lead singer is finally discussing the departure of her former bandmates. After two weeks away, Lee says she returned home to find "I was unable to defend myself for a week and was taken advantage of quite a bit." Lee then shares with her fans her version of Rocky Gray and John LeCompte‘s departure, claiming they were "miserable" and planning to leave, and that she simply relieved them of their duties a little sooner than they’d anticipated. "I treated both John and Rocky with nothing but kindness and respect, and I got nothing but jealousy and resentment in return…I love this band too much to see it driven into the ground." This is not the first time the band’s had some personnel issues. In 2003 LeCompt took over after co-founder Ben Moody suddenly quit, due to a rift with Lee.
Rumor has it that Avril Lavigne was miffed when she arrived at the same time as her arch-nemeses Hilary and Haylie Duff at last Wednesday’s Maxim Hot 100 Party in New York. Avril has a longstanding rivalry with Hilary, and by extension, her sister. Unfortunately, though, no blows were thrown over the intersection of "talent": Avril is said to have threatened to leave and otherwise could be seen "driving everyone crazy." The Duffs were seemingly less affected.
We expect this sort of behavior from the Sisters Duff. Horses are, after all, docile creatures. But for would-be bad-ass princess Avril to merely steam and stew over girls she didn’t like entering the venue, that’s like sooooo whatever! She could do so much better! She didn’t so much spit or even flip the bird. Not very punk, of her, is it? [MSNBC]
This weekend, Britney Spears performed two shows in Florida, hitting Orlando on Saturday and Miami on Sunday with the same damn 14-minute set she’s been playing since she kicked off her bizarre, overpriced club "tour" earlier this month. Brit’s recent performances have been so cookie-cutter that the smallest variations provide newsworthy details. At the Orlando gig, Brit inadvertently pulled a Milli Vanilli when the CD she was lipping along to had a skip fit. Girl you know it, girl you know it, girl you know it…didn’t matter at all. People ate up her performance anyway. Meanwhile, during the Miami show, Brit’s bejeweled outer bra popped open to expose her sheer, pink inner bra. She ran off stage, saving face and, presumably, breast.
Now, aren’t you sad you missed those shows? That kinda stuff only happens once… [Image credit: Getty]
Extra TV is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed Jessica Simpson and John Mayer have parted ways after nine undoubtedly musical months. Awwww. But they seemed to have so much in common and looked so happy together!
Because of the shocking nature of this story, we have nothing to add. Really: a national tragedy is what this is. [ExtraTV.com / Image credit: Getty]
Two stories from the world of law-enforcement. Cops gotta get their intel somewhere, but it’s still chilling to think that the comings and goings of hip-hop heroes such as Diddy, Jay-Z, and LL Cool J were monitored around the time of the Republican National Convention that was held in NYC. Alicia Keys, too, dude. Now, what could that nice young lady do wrong?
Elsewhere, one man in blue lifted a bunch of pot from mind-altered scalawags, and instead of turning it into the evidence room, baked it up for himself and his honey. Then he called 911 because he thought he was dead. He wasn’t. It’s believed that Pink Floyd’s "Comfortably Numb" was involved as well.
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