Are you sick of the 50 Cent vs. Kanye West release-date rivalry yet? 50 Cent isn’t! Intent on milking this marketing tiff for all he can (he and Kanye are set to release their new albums both on Sept. 11), 50 has announced that if Kanye’s Graduation outsells his Curtis, he’s hanging up his mic. “If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer [perform] music. I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out any more solo albums.” Don’t threaten me with a good time! Of course, Fiddy’s words come from his deep-seated arrogance. He goes on to explain why he thinks he has this competition in the bag:
“They would like to see Kanye West give me a problem, because I’ve worked myself into a space where I’ve become the favorite. Everybody roots [for] the underdog when he goes against the favorite.“
Fiddy may want to revise his statement when he realizes that so far he’s thrown five Curtis singles at the wall (count ‘em: “Straight to the Bank,” “Amusement Park,” “I Get Money,” “AYO Technology” and “Follow My Lead”) and nothing has stuck so far. Not very anticipated, now, is he? He’s looking more and more like the underdog. Ironically, I’m still not rooting for him. [New York Daily News / Image credit: Getty]
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Below, catch an exclusive extended preview of the upcoming 10 chapters of R. Kelly‘s “Trapped in the Closet” saga (set to hit DVD on Aug. 21). You may have seen the recap of the first 12 chapters (dubbed “Chapter 12.5″) that hit the Net a few weeks ago — that’s in the video below, but so are first-looks at Chapters 13, 18 and 21. Catch R. Kelly in old-man drag in the character of Randolph — yes, R&B fans, there is a Santa Claus. See our hero lead a gospel revival (bonus points: the “Closet” melodic template gets a choir-led upgrade!). Watch a Sopranos-inspired mob showdown.
It only gets nuttier. The clip below is full of choice dialogue — I can’t decide which is the better insult: “I hope a pigeon fly by here and s*** on your face,” or calling someone, “LL Fool J.” At least there’s no longer a question about R. Kelly’s intent: what’s below is so ridiculous that he’s clearly in on the joke. I mean, he has to be, right? Right?!?!
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Surely Amy Winehouse knew that if she penned a hit song about not going to rehab, she’d end up there eventually, right? It’s almost too easy. British gossip rags are reporting that after a stint at a London hospital on Wednesday for “exhaustion,” Winehouse checked herself into The Priory rehab center on Thursday, and is resting in a private wing. This comes after an alleged 3-day drug binge, in which a “friend” reveals that, “She was downing coke, pills and ketamine, vodka and Jack Daniel?s. Even Amy says she will be dead within one year.”
Or not, we hope. Let’s hope she gets rid of her demons in rehab. Then she can move on to dumping her big-mouthed friends. [DListed, The Sun, The Mirror. Image: Getty]
Whitney & Bobby: Back Together?
The tumultuous ex-couple were spotted dining together this week, but sources close to the couple say they’re just “friends.”? [People]
Jealous Ashlee Possessive of Pete
Ashlee reportedly won’t let female fans near her rocker boyfriend, and whines and drags him away when they get near. Aren’t punk rock chicks supposed to be cool and confident? [NY Post]
Mel B: Eddie?s Behavior is Scary
The Spice Girl sat down with Larry King to continue to bash her baby’s funny daddy. She tried to point out his fatherly flaws, but all Larry wanted to talk about was how hilarious Norbit was. [Us Weekly]
Stopped on the red carpet for Sunday night’s Roast of Flavor Flav on Comedy Central, professional wiseacre and rat-voice star Patton Oswalt wondered what would happen if the Catholic church got all hooked-up in a reality show.
Our coverage of the event gave you a taste of what to expect, but if your life is built around curse-riddled zingers, you’ll want to spend a few seconds with the show’s trailer. Hey, Brigitte Nielsen’s not really a man, is she?
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A hearty congratulations goes to Antoria Gillon. The 20-year-old hairstylist was nine-months pregnant while auditioning for the upcoming season of American Idol. Well, she’s not pregnant anymore! Gillon went into contractions while waiting her turn on line. The labor pains continued as she performed for the judges. She said: ?I gave it my all through the contractions. They were back to back and getting harder and harder but I was more than willing to have my baby right there. I wasn?t leaving without my golden ticket to the next round.? As if that weren’t nutty enough, Gillon proved herself to be a genius by naming her son Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan. Two thoughts: First, if this keeps up, Gillon’s going to give Dina Lohan a run for worst mother of the year; second, Rupert Murdoch, the Australian mogul who controls Fox, American Idol’s parent company, has just found himself a new marketing and PR exec. You’d hire her, wouldn’t you? Thanks, Fox! You’ve made our lives better. Again. [Image via Dlisted]
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