Piano-playing siren Alicia Keys recently opened up to Blender magazine on everything from her conspiracy theories to her sexual side on her latest album, As I Am. Here are a few of the things we learned from Blender‘s cover story.
1. Alicia Keys almost lost her mind to make this record. “I’m the best wall builder that ever lived. These people were coming at me, asking me things, and they really didn’t care about me, but I had to give them everything. What did I have left for myself?” The result was that both Keys and her music got dark and weird. “I was hanging off the edge of a cliff. Something had to give, or I was gonna lose my mind.”
2. Gangsta Rap is a government tool. “Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other,” says Keys.
3. Alicia’s discovered her sexual side. “I’m discovering my sexual side. I recorded this song – it’s supersimple: just piano, Rhodes keyboard and a kick drum. It’s so sensual. It moves you,” she says. Jeff Robinson, her manager, wasn’t exactly a fan: “he popped out of his seat halfway through. He said: ‘we do not record songs like this!’”
Brit?s Ex-Boyfriend Adnan Attacked!
Someone allegedly stabbed Britney’s paparazzi Romeo, Adnan Ghalib, in the arm this weekend. Who would want to hurt this sweet, innocent man?? [DListed]
LiLo Bashes Jessica Simpson for Sexy Mag Cover
Linds was caught mocking JesSimps’ Esquire cover (where she poses as a sexy 60′s pin-up), growling, “I? so already did that.” Er, Linds – you’ve so already done a lot of things. [NYDN]
Cate Blanchett has Baby, Gets No Cash for Pics
The uber-talented actress has popped out another kid, and guess what – there are no million dollar baby pics of her new son! Now that’s how respectable stars do it.? [Us]
Nina Garcia Auffed at Elle
Nina is out at her job as top dog at Elle magazine. Does this mean she’s off the Runway too?? [E Online]
Beyonce and Jay-Z Hide Their Rings
Come on guys! We just want a peek of the bling. Pretty please?? [TMZ]
After spending time helping others, Idol returned to the job of dumping someone from its ranks. Last night?s results episode dilly-dallied with recounting Wednesday?s philanthropy, which clearly unnerved the top eight contestants. Each must have been nervous about getting the axe. During the wait? Hot air from all three presidential hopefuls, and some truly awful performances. By now you know that Michael Johns? is history. After the jump you?ll find out what last night?s five worst moments were.
Last night American Idol took a brief but extravagant hiatus from our usual who-sucks-the-most Wednesday night routine to present the celeb-studded benefit concert portion of the Idol Gives Back campaign. Besides raising money for worthy charities from viewer donations, the night featured more famous and entertaining reasons not to totally hate on producers for the results delay.
Below, a recap of last night’s best arguments for giving.
VH1.com caught up with pop legend and American Idol judge Paula Abdul to speak about her new song and video (see it here), ?Dance Like There?s No Tomorrow,? off of Randy Jackson?s Music Club, Vol. 1. In the final installment of our interview with the pop star, she discusses how hard it is to work with Simon Cowell, how she helped build Virgin records, and why she has the toughest job as an Idol judge — defending her brand against accusations of alcohol abuse.
Paula Abdul on her relationship with Simon Cowell:
?Dance Like There?s No Tomorrow,? that title alone makes me cry. I was told that I?d never dance again, and I was told I?d never sing again. People don?t know. I?m completely misunderstood because I sit next to a guy who gets off on trying to make me look like an idiot. People don?t know that. It?s not a joke. It?s real. We are who we are. For whatever reason, he has fun doing that.
As Whitney Houston works toward a comeback in her career, the men in her life are blabbing about their time with Whit – and each other. Ray J drops a little TMI in his new song “All I Feel” which sends a message to Bobby Brown about what it was like making love to his ex-wife. In it, he sings: “Is that your wife, is that your shorty, well I’m her boyfriend . . . I think the problem is you don’t beat it right . . . Making love is cool, just pull her hair sometimes.”Yep, we definitely didn’t need to know any of that.
Meanwhile, Bobby attempts to define the love triangle in his new autobiography, entitled Being Bobby Brown: The Whole Truth and Nothin’ But. “For those of you who want to know, I’m aware of the fact that Whitney had been seeing Ray J, a very young R&B artist who is most famous for being the little brother of Brandy, the multi-platinum singing artist and TV star,” he writes in the book. “Their relationship doesn’t bother me. She’s open to see whoever she wants to see, just like I can see who I want to see. I know the age difference between her and the little guy is 20 years, but to each his own. The only concern I had was how our daughter felt about the age difference. As long as she’s cool with it, it’s fine by me.”
And there you have it, the whole truth – though we’d argue that Ray J is most famous for getting raunchy with our main girl Kim Kardashian on tape. Now the only person left to hear from is Whitney herself. Think she should weigh in on her love drama or stay silent? [NY Post]
Think they’re celebrating at the Simpson home in Texas? 23-year old Ashlee Simpson is engaged to her sensitive rocker dreamboat, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Yes, that noise you hear is the shattering of 12-year old hearts around the world. Ashlee announced their good news on Pete’s website late last night with this message:
“We know there has been a lot of speculation recently about Pete and I and we wanted our fans to be the first to know, because you guys are the best. Yes, we are thrilled to share that we are happily engaged. Thank you for all of your support and well wishes – it means the world to us. We consider this to be a very private matter, but we wanted you to hear it straight from us.”
The singers are, however, remaining tight-lipped about the rumor that Ashlee is pregnant with a fall out baby, which possibly spurred the speedy engagement. Whatevs – can’t a famous couple just simply be in luv? All engagement presents of eyeliner and black nail polish can be sent directly to the happy pair. Mazel tov!
Katie Couric Kicked Out by CBS?
The news anchor may be parting ways with her network for greener pastures at CNN. Will people like her better as part of the 24-hour news cycle? [People]
Pete Doherty: Friendless in the Clink
Apparently none of the rocker’s buddies – including ex-flame Kate Moss – give a crap that he’s locked up. Maybe he should seek out Blake Incarcerated to be his jailbird BFF? [DListed]
Solange Says Nothing ‘Bout B’s Wedding
In a recent interview this week, the younger Knowles sis revealed no details about Beyonce’s wedding to Jay-Z. Think we’ll ever know the truth or will this be the Jimmy Hoffa of nuptials? [Us Weekly]
Paris’ Bro: No Jail, No License
18-year old Barron Hilton has pleaded no contest to charges of a DUI and using a fake ID, and has been sentenced to two (that’s it?!) alcohol education classes and had his license suspended for a year. Here’s an idea – hitch a ride with your big sis! No, not Paris – NICKY. [WWTDD]
Miley Gets her Teeth Done
Awww, it’s her first cosmetic procedure! Our little pop star is all grown up – and with whiter, straighter teeth too! [Star]
Just like we promised, Stone Temple Pilots are reuniting to hit the road this summer. VH1 was there when the band discussed the decision, and revealed that this is no ordinary jaunt: starting at the end of May, the rockers are embarking on a whopping 65-date tour. Take the jump to find out the city they’re playing near you.
In honor of tonight’s Idol Gives Back charity broadcast, the American Idol contestants were charged with singing ?inspirational songs,? a genre apparently fluid enough to include anything from Judy Garland to Queen. The eight remaining finalists inspired less than they ought. Let?s review: