The Kanye West and 50 Cent album-release rivalry has taken a twangy turn: country music’s Kenny Chesney is also set to release an album on Sept. 11. Arrggh! No really: arrggh — the name of Kenny’s disc is Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates. Anyway, Kenny’s following the suit of his release-date counterparts by talking some smack. It’s in his genteel manner, but still: smack. Says Kenny:
“It’s funny how with every record that comes out, we’re aware of the urban [competition], and none of those acts acknowledge that I exist. Until I have that No. 1 debut on the Top 200.“
Awww. Poor maligned and forgotten country-music superstar. So this is why every cowboy sings his sad, sad song! Anyway, another crap-talker in the pot is another crap-talker I’m not rooting for. Ani DiFranco for the win! [Entertainment Weekly / Images: Getty]
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Timberlake Loves the Single Life
Even though he’s been lovey-dovey with Jessica Biel lately, the singer was spotted getting super cozy with a hot brunette this weekend. Get ready to cry a river, Jess. [NY Post]
Lindsay: Ready To Record Album?
Forget movies – Lindsay is ready to revive her singing career with a third album. Expect it to be chock full of great songs for car rides. [NY Daily News]
Brit Goes Bare Without Extensions
Check out these photos of the pop princess without her extensions and you’ll be dreaming of the days she rocked that bad weave. [X17]
Winehouse: Serious About Rehab
Amy skipped out on going to a cushy treatment facility and instead opted for Britain’s more serious Causeway Retreat. Now if only she’d get serious about rehabbing her hair, too. [NY Post]
Nicole and Joel Hear Wedding Bells
Joel Madden apparently proposed to his baby mama Nicole Richie on Thursday. These two are pregnant and engaged after only six months of dating – at the rate they’re going they’ll be retired and living in Florida in a year. [People]
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Come on, you remember Uncle Kracker, right? You know – Kid Rock’s former sidekick/DJ, singer of that annoying “Follow Me” song. I know it’s been a while, but refresh your brain, cuz Uncle Kracker went crazy last night! Apparently the washed up rocker was at a nightclub in North Carolina last night and committed some sort of sexual act on a 26-year old woman. He was later arrested on charges of second-degree forcible sex offense, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what he did. Did her jerk off in front of the woman? Grab a boob? Or was it something way worse? All signs point to it being something pretty awful, as the singer’s currently being held on a $5 million bail. Sounds like Uncle Wacker would make a more fitting name for this loser. [TMZ. People. Image: Getty]
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Put Britney Spears on the set of a photoshoot and she is guaranteed to go nuts. At her latest cover shoot for Allure, Britney avoided the interview four – yes – FOUR times, delaying the chat once to get her nails done (she said she was at the studio), and another time to spend thousands on a shopping spree. The mag’s editor revealed that at the photoshoot, she “was entirely un-self-concious. She took off her wig and then stripped down to the waist, for no apparent reason, before sitting for hair and makeup.”
Wow, if anyone else had done that it would be hot, but Britney was probably covered in Cheeto crumbs. Allure also enlisted a psychotherapist who thinks Brit might have mental issues. ?Her behavior suggests bipolar disorder,” the expert tells the mag. “The manic episodes with impulsivity and loss of control ? the flashing, the head shaving, the hitting the photographer?s car with the umbrella ? are what we see.? Stop trying to encourage Britney to get sane, lady! We like her just the way she is. [Us Weekly]
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Brit and Criss Angel Plot VMA Spot
The singer’s VMA performance is reportedly confirmed, and she’s brought Criss Angel in to help plan her gig. He can get on stage and distract the crowd with card tricks while Brit bombs. [X17]
Nicole?s Got Joel Whipped
Joel had to turn down a photo with a lady fan after Nicole gave him strict instructions to avoid any situation that may get rumors started. Let’s star a rumor about Nicole being controlling instead! [NY Post]
Reece and Ryan?s Secret Dates
The estranged couple have apparently been going on dates to try to rekindle their romance. Nothing like a little divorce to spice things up! [E Online]
Forbes released their list of hip-hop’s 20 biggest money-makers, and, not surprisingly, that list is filled with names you know. What you might not know is how these men — these well-dressed, media-savvy, fully diversified men — made their money. The key, it seems, is to have many different business interests. Like music. And clothing. And lining your bed with thousand-dollar bills.
Take No. 1, for instance: Jay-Z. Not only is he a performer and president of Def Jam records, he also owns the 40/40 Club franchise, has a stake in the New Jersey Nets, and earns cash from endorsement deals with Budweiser, Hewlett Packard and General Motors. That’s to say nothing of his girlfriend, Beyonce, who’s not doing too shabby herself. Jay-Z alone banked $34 million last year. That’s pretty amazing.
What’s not-so-amazing is Forbes‘ use of the word “hip-hopreneurs,” which has to be the ugliest phrase we’ve heard since “vlog.” (Is there nothing decenct about modern diction? Sigh.) To read the full description of hip-hop’s richest, click here. To see the rest of the list, take a peek after the jump.