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.
Over the weekend, Britney Spears delivered what might be the performance of her career: a rant into a paparazzo’s video camera that’s heavy on the Valley Girl accent and even heavier on the sarcasm. Or, uh, something. Watch the video here, but don’t expect to understand it: as Brit says with facetiousness heavier than a five-pound bag of Cheetos, "America believe everything you read. Because, like, you’re smart and I’m stupid." Yo, America, Britney Spears just called you stupid. That’s like a manatee dissing your curves. How does that make you feel?
And since you’re so stupid, we thought we’d help you out with a line-by-line translation of Brit’s speech after the jump. For real: come on, y’all.
Guess Kelly Clarkson’s iPod has more on it than just Avril Lavigne and Martina McBride. "Never Again," a fierce new eff-off track from her forthcoming disc, contains the faintest wisps of — yikes! — Siouxsie and the Banshees. With chiming 80s guitar, pummelling tom-tom thuds, and goth opera vocals that rub her ex’s face in the mude ("I hope the ring you gave her turns her finger green/I hope when you’re in bed with her you think of me"), Clarkson brings her vicious side to the table. Does this mean that Ashlee Simpson‘s next joint will tilt toward PJ Harvey?
Box Set: Kelly Clarkson
In addition to "Lovable TV Dad" and "Prince of F*cking Darkness," Ozzy Osbourne can add "Willy Wonka-Style Concert Promoter" to his job description. While promoting his annual Ozzfest — the metal event of the summer featuring Hatebreed, Lamb of God and Eurovision titans Lordi — Oz announced tickets for the fest are free. As if that itself didn’t merit throwing the devil horns, select copies of his first album of orginal material in six years, Black Rain, will contain a secret code that gives lucky fans the opportunity at priority tickets four days before the public gets their hands on them.
Will you buy Ozzy’s latest for a shot at good seats?
In an effort to seduce visitors, Cumbria Tourism has released a rap video. Officials who work for the bucolic English countryside decided it would be a good idea to give the area?s image a 2007 overhaul. With that in mind, they made this clip, which features a man dressed in a squirrel suit, rapping ?Daffodils,? also known as ?I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud.? ?Daffodils,? as you might remember from your high school English classes, is a poem by William Wordsworth, the Romantic poet who died in 1850. Wordsworth lived in Cumbria, which helps explain this video. A little. But can anyone explain the squirrel?
Fleetwood Mac fox and original California bad girl Stevie Nicks has slammed rumors of Lindsay Lohan playing her in a biopic about the singer’s life. In an interview in this month’s Blender magazine, the Gold Dust Woman addresses a question about La Lohan’s aspirations: "Lindsay Lohan thinks she is going to play me! But what the hell movie does she think she’s talking about? There is no book, there is no screenplay, there is no movie. There is never going to be a movie made without me, because it’s never going to be the story of me….So good luck, Lindsay."
The tartlet has never been shy about her Nicks obsession, covering "Edge of Seventeen" on her A Little More Personal album.
Tough break, Linds. Might we suggest Night of a Thousand Stevies?
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."
Proving that there?s no low baby boomers won?t sink to, a rock ?n? roll theme park is set to open in Myrtle Beach next spring. Called Hard Rock Park (because it?s associated with Hard Rock Caf?, of course), the 150-acre playground will provide opportunities for 30,000 enthusiasts to ride the music, every single day. Though individual attractions have yet to be announced, we?re all aflutter over here, wondering whether the rides will be able to incorporate rock ?n? roll?s all-important sex and drugs elements into their design. We shudder to guess at who will be honored with a roller coaster (John Bonham? Bon Scott? Janis Joplin?). We also loathe to speculate whose name will grace the shooting gallery (Courtney Love? 50 Cent? Phil Spector?). Basically, there?s no end to the bad puns we could make here, which is sort of the point. After all, the park already unveiled Mount Rockmore — a 250-ton sand sculpture that features the faces of Elvis, John Lennon, Hendrix and Bob Marley, as its groundbreaking mascot. Way to respect the artists, Hard Rock Park!
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Rocco Deluca on gold toes and ELO.
Don’t Expect a Foreigner Collaboration
I was opening up for Foreigner, solo acoustic at the Sun Theater. [After I finished] I said "Thanks for having me, and enjoy Journey!" I got fired off the tour, the first show. The saddest part was that they filmed the show, and right behind me is a big kick drum with "Foreigner" written across it. The promoter thought it was kind of funny. He paid me extra, but then he told me I had to leave the tour.
Or ELO For That Matter
In L.A. the most random people will come out. The sitcom people, other musicians that you didn’t even know dig your sh*t. It’s a nice feeling. There’s been people that have come out to shows that I had no idea [knew us]. A friend dragged them, or they heard about our live show. I was at the Viper Room and Jeff Lynne from ELO told me that he thought I was the devil, because of the way I play live.
The line-up for this year’s now-stationary Lollapalooza was announced, and tons of your favorite bands will be there. Chart-toppers Modest Mouse, electro-wizards Daft Punk and critics’ darlings TV on the Radio will share stages and craft services with smaller acts like Cold War Kids and the Fratellis, while over on the Time Warp stage Patti Smith and Pearl Jam, patron saints of downtown and college cool, will play, making it feel like 1975 and 1993 respectively. The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago, where it’s been since 2005, and will be held til 2011. Three-day passes will run you $195, but honestly, can you put a price on standing shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of fellow concertgoers in 100 degree weather?
Which artist are you most excited to see?