Always best to get someone a little outrageous to host a party as unpredictable as MTV’s annual VMAs show. Russell Brand is a little outrageous. In fact, he’s a lot outrageous. The British actor-comedian likes to indulge his impulsive side; the last several years have found him earning a rep as a carousing stud, a crazed drug abuser, and a rabid football fan. No wonder the Brit tabs flock to him. Happily, only the outrageous side remains these days (though the stud thing may linger a bit). Without question, that’s the part we’re likely to see when he hosts this year’s VMAs show on MTV (September 7).
Arson investigators in Long Island are complaining that they can’t get an interview with 50 Centabout the “suspicious fire” that destroyed the house his son and ex-girlfriend were living in. The MC was trying to evict them at time of the blaze.
Janet Jacksonbared one of her breasts during the 2004 Super Bowl. Having acknowledged this, we may now discuss the singer’s new lingerie line, The Pleasure Principle. “I’ve always hated when lingerie is uncomfortable…” The Superbowl proved that.
Will Avril Lavigne get to sex up Malaysia? On Thursday concert organizers will meet with ministry officials, who decided the planned date for her performance (August 29th) was too close the country’s independence day. Earlier, politicians complained that Lavigne’s act was “too sexy,” what with all the bare armpits and hopping.
Despite the fact that the Jonas Brothers generate a lot of heat just being themselves, when they showed up yesterday to unveil their newly-sculpted wax alter egos at Madame Tussauds in Washington D.C., the only things melting were the fans.
Sure, it’s debatable whether Madonna still has that same provocative firepower she had back when she was in her prime. But let’s face it, there still lots of zingggg coming from the old girl. “If it’s against the law, arrest me/if you can handle it, undress me,” she coos while writhing and prancing in the recent video for Hard Candy‘s “Give It 2 Me.” Lots of people probably, you know, actually couldn’t handle it. So hats off, Madge. We love you for the scandals you generate, the great poetry you inspire, and the music you make. We even love you because you deny reality. Happy Birthday!
The object of Alanis Morissette‘s angst in her hit song “You Oughta Know” is none other than Joey from Full House. In an interview with the Calgary Herald, Dave Coulier admits he is the muse for theangry break-up song. The actor, best known for his role as the BFF of the father of Michelle Tanner (played by baby Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley) who comes to help raise her on the TV series, said he first heard the song while driving.
If you’re looking for post-grunge melancholy at its most passionate, you need to get with Staind. Aaron Lewis and the guys are all about drilling down into the emotions at hand, and growling their way toward some kind of transcendence. You can hear it all over their new disc, The Illusion of Progress, which we’re streaming in its entirety this week.
And you can even hear it in the acoustic session the band recently did in our New York offices. Above, you can watch ‘em move through the classic “It’s Been Awhile,” as well as new tunes “Believe” and “Pardon Me.”