After promising initial forays into the world of music (her Pussycat Dolls performance, a non-speaking role in a Justin Timberlake video, recording the work of Tom Waits), Scarlett Johansson is now tackling Brit narco-rock greats The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band, who put out their first album mere months after the starlet was born, are reuniting to play a handful of shows at the end of the month. Their Pomona, California performance show will allegedly feature Johansson on backing vocals. Can’t bear to miss it? $100 gets you a chance to check out Scarlett’s pipes.
How much would you pay to hear Scarlett sing?
In her latest communication from Ironyville, Courtney Love has confessed that she has kicked her addiction to "perfection." In a typo-ridden, 1,000 word blog post on the discussion board of her site Moonwashedrose (short for the typically verbose Love) the singer — who obviously hasn’t kicked her addiction to attention or plastic surgery — discusses her recent weight loss and the criticism she’s received. She also shared with Spinner.com, in her rambling Courtney-speak, the significance of her upcoming album’s title, Nobody’s Daughter. "I’m not pouting. I’m not playing anything up. I don’t have parents that I acknowledge. I’m nobody’s daughter. I’m nobody’s wife. I’m nobody’s bitch. I’m nobody’s daughter. I’m nobody’s widow. I’m somebody’s mother. Other than that, I don’t identify with these other female roles I’m supposed to have."
Photography: Amy V. Cooper/Wind Up Records
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s lead singer Amy Lee on keeping her sanity with video games and tour hygiene.
When Bathing’s Not An Option
Makeup remover wipes and Wet Wipes in general. We’re constantly trying to refresh and get more. The tour is gross and you can only bathe half the time, and when you can’t bathe, you can always use a wet wipe. I always have to wear a lot of makeup on stage, so my face takes a beating.
Look Who’s Talking Now
Kirstie Alley came to a show recently — it was really cool. She said hi and we all took pictures. She was getting an autograph for her son. We all thought that was really, really cool.
Akon put on quite a show at a recent concert in Trinidad. The guest-rapper du jour was allegedly running a dance contest wherein dancers would compete for a trip to Africa. Seven women competed, and immediately following, the winner was asked to compete against the "Africa" representative, who turned out to be Akon himself. The rapper then proceeded to graphically grind up against the girl for several seconds, flipping her around on the ground and onto the monitors.
Do you think Akon was inappropriate?
Bow Wow may be flying up the charts, but his partner-in-beef Romeo is the teen MC who’s truly got game right now.
In a hip-hop first, Percy "Romeo" Miller (nee "Lil’ Romeo") will play college basketball for surging West Coast powerhouse USC next season. The move is unprecedented — while many pro hoopsters have tried to cut it in the rap game, Romeo is out to become the first chart-topping MC to go from mics to Nikes. In fact, the only bigtime rapper to get this far up the sports ladder was none other than Romeo’s father, Master P, who tried out for a handful of NBA teams after playing college ball at the University of Houston.
Congratulations to the Millers for making the sports world say, "Huhhh?"
Ball’s in your court, Bow Wow.
In the movie "The Matrix," Neo saves the world from technology run amok.
In the R&B matrix, Ne-Yo is out to save Whitney Houston. From herself.
The superstar writa ternt sanga has been called in by none other than Clive Davis to rework Whitney’s upcoming comeback album, and according to Ne-Yo, he got there just in time.
"(All the songs) had the one same theme, which was ‘My name is Whitney Houston and this is my triumphant comeback,’" Ne-Yo told The Sun after hearing eight cuts off the record. "I’m sure we all get that (she’s suffered a lot) but I think she needs songs about regular everyday life. So that’s what I’m planning to add to the album — songs about everyday emotions."
Meanwhile, Ne-Yo’s own "everyday emotions" — not to mention those of his female co-stars — are on full display in the video for his sexed-up hit, "Because of You."
AllHipHop.com caught up with Vida Guerra about her ongoing beef with The Game. The Queen of the Laddie Mags goes into extreme detail about how Game didn’t get anywhere with her at his infamous pool party, and how she’d take a lie detector to prove it. She also talks about becoming the next Fergie, why the Game has none, and why she’s still single, but my favorite part of the interview is where she talks about playing pool with rapper Too $hort. I love that the Oaktown legend is still hittin’ the scene at 40. (Random, but here’s a prom photo of Mr. $hort. High school doesn’t get much more hyphy than that, people.)
Meanwhile, MTV News caught up with the Game and asked him about Guerra’s rapping. "She can’t rap worth s**t," Game said about Guerra’s attempt at a diss track. "It’s more comedy than anything." Agreed, Game. Kinda like a bigtime MC picking a mic fight with a swimsuit model.
Radar points to an interesting – if also confusing – Fox News segment about the Eighth Annual Most Foolish American poll, which this year was won by Britney Spears in a landslide. (The winner of the previous four polls? Michael Jackson.) In the Fox segment, however, something?s gone wrong: Britney?s listed at capturing 33% of the vote, while President Bush held onto 40%. Clearly something?s up here, and it?s not just foreign policy or an aversion to underpants. We want to know what you think: Does Bush beat Britney for brainlessness? And will someone at that Fox affiliate been asked to go ?hunting? with Dick Cheney?
You heard it here first — Bam Margera is set to host this year?s VH1?s Rock Honors show in Las Vegas. Airing on May 24th, just in time to buoy you through your long weekend, the Jackass mainstay and star of Bam?s Unholy Union will introduce to the stage this year?s honorees: the lovely ladies of Heart, the sharp-dressed men of ZZ Top, the crazy train that is Ozzy Osbourne and the no-jacket-required stylings of Genesis.
The two-hour extravaganza will also feature contemporary artists paying tribute to these legends of rock, including Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Keane. It?s set to blow the roof off the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. If you don?t believe us, you don?t know Bam. For more info, videos and a chance to win a trip to see the show in-person, go to VH1?s 2007 rock honors page.
A video of Lilith Fair staple Alanis Morissette doing her best Fergie impression showed up on YouTube this morning. The singer, known for her crunchy outlook, morphed the absurdist club banger "My Humps" by ubiquitous quartet Black Eyed Peas into a haunting piano dirge. Then made a video complete with booty shorts, head butts and plenty of ice. For real.