Blue-eyed soul crooner Robin Thicke is finally coming into his own. So no wonder he’s got some big-time options. Dude’s writing a score for the forthcoming movie This Wednesday, and he’s got to make it truly evocative. His wife, Paula Patton, in part of the cast, playing a pimp who works the streets of Hot ‘Lanta. That’s a little different than the role his dad, Alan Thicke, played on Growing Pains.
In the modern rap game, you’re only as good as the company you keep. So given T.I.’s studio posse, the Southern rapper is hotter than a sweltering July day in downtown ATL.
According to T.I., his upcoming album T.I. vs. T.I.P. (scheduled for a July release) will have the following "features" on it: Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef Jean, Nelly, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, Ciara, Akon, and Just Blaze, among others. (Whew. Only thing that could make that list more impressive is getting a bald Britney to raise Tupac and Biggie from the dead.)
One person who isn’t likely to visit him in the studio, however, is T.I.’s ex-girlfriend/fianc? Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (left). The two recently announced their amicable split, even though Cottle is due to give birth to T.I.’s fifth child (second with Cottle) in July.
After lots of gossip, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has confirmed Christopher Walken‘s involvement in the extraordinary rock book-turned-movie "The Dirt," which chronicles the bad-ass band’s rise to fame and descent into drugs. In addition to Walken’s role as ant-snorting rocker Ozzy Osbourne, 47-year-old Val Kilmer is slated to play the spandex-strutting David Lee Roth. It’s unclear as to why Kilmer, who in real life is four years Roth’s junior, was selected to play the studly singer as he was twenty years ago.
In related news, Nikki Six has been recording the soundtrack to his book "The Heroin Diaries." Of the recording process, Six says: "It’s like were [sic] standing on a cliff with our eyes shut, arms open and just falling. Extending ourselves in faith that someone will catch us, and relishing the freedom that comes from that place."
It took a while, but Britney Spears finally said "yes, yes, yes" to a bit of clean-up. Those fans looking for an anthem that speaks to that "no, no, no" phase a few weeks ago can still have a giggle, however. Check this mash-up that splices footage of the fallen pop star with the audio of Winehouse?s controversial single, ?Rehab.? If this video is anything to judge by, it would seem Spears?s aunt has the right idea – go home, Britney. Otherwise, you could end up with a tour rider that looks like Winehouse?s.
Tell us a song that best applies to Britney’s latest condition in "comments."
With his new CD Shock Value hitting the streets on April 3, Timbaland posted a video preview of the album online. So based on this label-approved leak, what parts of the new disc sound like they work? Easy. Those moments when Timmy lets his thumpa-thumpa do the talking, like on club-bangers "Bounce" (featuring Dre and Justin Timberlake) and "The Way I Are" (featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E.) Which parts are whack? When the guests make themselves too at home, like on the Fall Out Boy cut (and possibly the M.I.A. track). And what’s weird? The fact that Swedish punks the Hives are guesting. Seeing their collabo sandwiched between Nelly Furtado and Elton John is straight-up surreal, giving me hope that Shock Value just might live up to its name.
Unlikely though it may be, the former Mr. Spears is getting into the online search business: Kevin Federline just launched his own search engine. Like Google or Yahoo (which it?s powered by), Search with Kevin allows users to trawl the Net, looking for news, images, items and the like. Unlike Google or Yahoo, however, if you Search with Kevin, you could win prizes, like, say, tickets to the dude’s private birthday March 24th in Las Vegas. As of yet, there?s no word back on whether certain search terms – do rag, PopoZao, Vanilla Ice – have been doing better than others.
Artist Page: Kevin Federline
Actress Minnie Driver is planning a summer release for her second album, Sea Stories. Getting buzz for her role on FX’s new show "The Riches" (and not for her first album, 2004′s Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket) Driver is recording with prolific singer songwriter Ryan Adams and ’90s indie queen Liz Phair. Singing, she points out, is something she’s always done: "Long before acting, I was singing up a 400-year-old oak tree developers were threatening to cut down. It was a protest; I was 8 and I wore a kilt."
Artist Page: Minnie Driver
Today’s rock ‘n’ roll tour info is all about the letter "S." Follow the bouncing ball.
Billy Corgan is taking it to the stage one more time. Pundits believe this lone date suggest more will follow.
Who says they’re not classicists? The renegades head back to 1988 for a romp through their Daydream Nation.
Finally done teasing Owen Wilson for stealing their songs for films, Fagan & Becker reel in the years in concert.
Iggy evidently went gonzo onstage at SXSW. Here is your chance to see the ancient ones live.
Doorbells will ring and Ickys will be thumped at the duo’s spring dates.
Artist Page: The Smashing Pumpkins
Artist Page: The White Stripes
Couldn?t make it to South by Southwest? Not to worry — we?ve got reports from the year?s premiere music festival. Menomena?s Brent Knopf fills us in.
What?s the inconvenient truth about South by Southwest?
This is the second time we?ve played the festival. Both times we?ve arrived in Austin there?s been these strange, End Times rainstorms. When we came in two years ago, all of a sudden the clouds unleashed their fury. There was flooding in the streets! We were only here for a couple of hours. This time we get to hang out and enjoy, but sure enough, when we arrived, there was massive flooding.
Photos: SXSW ’07
Couldn?t make it to South by Southwest? Not to worry — we?ve got reports from the frontlines of the year?s premiere music festival. Mute Math’s Paul Meany fills us in.
Caution: Rocking is Hazardous to Your Health
They need to start doing some sort of first aid tent. I’m hobbling right now. Of course a Mutemath show is a finely tuned ballet and I pride myself on that, but every now and then something goes wrong, and my God did I smash into something last night. Both my feet are throbbing. The roofs of my feet are killing me.
Photos: SXSW ’07