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Celebrating MLK’s Dream

John Legend
Lots of prep work has gone into the solidification of the Martin Luther King, Jr National Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC. All that’s needed is a final chunk of change to help get the whole thing built. When it’s complete, a tribute to the great man’s ideas regarding equality and peace will be closely situated to those praising other American thinkers, such as Lincoln and Jefferson.

An array of performers have bonded together to help secure these project funds – The Dream Concert is a superstar deal that takes place in New York on Tuesday, September 18. Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Ludacris, John Legend, Babyface, Usher, Garth Brooks, Wycliffe Jean, Joss Stone, Talib Kweli, Robin Thicke, Whoopi Goldberg, Magic Johnson, and several others will take the stage for the cause.

Check back on Wednesday. We’ll have some post-show pics for you. Which artist would you most like to see yourself? Hit “Comments.”

by (@katespencer)

Monday: Lindsay’s Locked Up and Lovin’ It

lindsay0917.jpgMadonna and Pals Invade Israel
The Kabbalah queen headed to Israel for the new year and brought along a slew of lame Hollywood pals. Rosie O’Donnell and the guy from Dawson’s Creek should not be allowed to ruin another country! [A Socialite's Life]

Lindsay: In Rehab for the Long Haul

The starlet’s committed to hangin’ in ‘hab for another 2-3 months. The food must be really damn good for her to want to stink around that long. [X17]

Britney Just Wants her Babies
Her lawyer claims that Britney just wants to be a mother to her two little boys. We’ll believe it when she closes her legs and starts acting like one. [People]

Paris : Having Kids is ?Retarded?
The heiress dispels rumors that she wants to adopt four blond babies, calling the myth “retarded.” Ah yes – people who talk like a dumb kid probably shouldn’t raise one – or four. [People]

Angelina?s Done With Drugs
Brad’s baby-mama claims that she’s done ‘em all (heroin included) and that pot made her feel the most crazy. Funny – we thought four kids would do that. [DListed]

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Rock on TV: Grease

grease.jpgJonesing for music on your television set? You?ve come to the right place, rockers! Check out our shortlist below. For more extensive listings, read VH1?s Rock on TV schedule daily.

Saturday Night Live, Saturday, September 15, 11:30 p.m. (EST), NBC: The long-running show’s 31st season kicks off with musical guest Kanye West, with whom there’s always a 50-50 chance of mega-drama, since he’s a bigger diva than Mariah, Whitney and Diana all thrown together. Ignore the music and tune in for the host, Steve Carell. Why? Because he’s funny, that’s why. Start laughing. Now.

Singles, Sunday, September 16, 6:15 a.m. (EST), HBO 2: Like most of Cameron Crowe‘s films, this paean to Seattle during the idyllic, nu-bohemian, quasi-hippie-punk days of the early ’90s was great the first time we saw it. These days it’s a little tough to take, since it seems like it’s taken a bath in sentimentality and then dried off with a towel made of nostalgia, but maybe that’s just because we’re jaded fools who couldn’t put a metaphor together if we tried. Regardless, the ensemble cast film features a hilarious turn by Pearl Jam as fictional band Citizen Dick, and a number of other Seattle types make appearances, too, including former Soundgardener Chris Cornell, who now owns a restaurant in Paris.

Grease, Monday, September 17, 9 p.m. (EST), VH1 Classic: If you see one musical this fall . . . this one’s not a bad way to go. Olivia Newton-John retains all her cuteness, and it’s so nice to see John Travolta before he became strange. If you haven’t seen this in a while, it’s like a ray of sunshine spun out of sugar the color of pure gold. Smiley faces all around!

by (@katespencer)

The Weekly Wrap Up: Britney Bombs, Kanye Hides & New York Picks Her Guys

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Friday: Britney In Talks To Repeat VMAs Disaster at the Emmys

Britney SpearsBritney Wants to Give Us More; We’re Not So Interested
The aging orange-colored pop tart is allegedly in discussions with Emmy producers about this Sunday’s show. It seems she might want to apologize to the nation for her performance last Sunday at the VMAs. Sidebar: Anyone rent Groundhog Day lately? [Us Weekly]

Embarrassed Vanessa Hudgens Cancels on Leno
After the full-frontal nudie pix of the star circulated the Net, Hudgens decided to lay low and keep out of the spotlight for awhile. That’s understandable, except that it’s a strategy that won’t work. The soundtrack to High School Musical 2 has sold eleventy-billion copies, and for the under 15-set, she’s more famous than anyone, basically. [E Online]

O.J. Arrested After Vegas B&E
Looks like Mr. If I Did It has done it again. The Juice, a once respected football player and mildly comedic actor, was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room. He was released. Then he sort-of-kind-of confessed. It’s all very confusing. [TMZ]

Fred Durst’s Voice Isn’t His Only Deadly Weapon
The Limp Bizkit singer pleaded no-contest to charges that he tried to plow into two people with his car back in October of last year. [Hollywood.com]

Tori Spelling Goes to Broadway
Tori and her husband Dean might co-star in the Broadway production of Chicago. Hey, big spenders, won’t you spend a little time with us? [People]

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Rock on TV – Johnny Cash Back From the Dead

walk_the_lineJonesing for music on your television set? You?ve come to the right place, rockers! Check out our shortlist below. For more extensive listings, read VH1?s Rock on TV schedule daily.

Walk the Line, 11:20 a.m. (EST), HBO Zone: Joaquin Phoenix does an absolutely spooky job channeling the Man in Black in this Oscar-nominated flick about Johnny Cash’s life?that set the bar for biopics. Brilliant performance scenes feature actors doing all their own singing, and singers doing some acting (Shooter Jennings, Tyler Hilton), but not in a Madonna-Swept Away kind of way. We promise.

Pretty in Pink, 8:00 p.m. (EST), AMC: This ’80s teen angst opus pretty much defined what a soundtrack should do — mixing power pop titans like New Order and INXS amongst sh*t you’d never heard before. John Hughes Poster Girl Molly Ringwald stars, and her former boyfriend and Zappa progeny Dweezil gets a SAG card with a line in a club scene.

by (@katespencer)

What the Eff is Diddy Doing?

Check out this video of Diddy allegedly buying some ecstasy in Ibiza. We say allegedly because the f*cking thing is sideways, and you can’t really see anything other a bunch of guys standing around while really craptastic music ruins their ear drums (seriously, the guys in the clown wigs and the police officer dude should consider reevaluating their life choices thus far). But, I mean, of course it’s Diddy buying E! Obvs. Or it’s Diddy buying some pizza, trading Magic cards, or grabbing a baseball bat to swing at those douchebags behind him. Your guess is as good as ours.

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Tori Amos Sings Britney a Song

Tori AmosTim‘s weighed in. Kanye‘s got an opinion. And now? Flame-haired piano humper Tori Amos has spoken out on the Britney debacle. At a September 11th concert in Melbourne, Australia, the singer coyly stated, “I have a comment…We’ve all seen it on the news,” remaining oblique enough that fans might have thought she would address the September 11th tragedies, but Amos had another tragedy in mind. She then launched into a brand new song about Britney Spears and the shambles her life has become. “Britney, they set you up/ But you drank from their cup,” Amos crooned, then sang “Well, maybe you?re a mother/ But you still need your mother.” Who knew Tori had a subscription to UsWeekly? Turns out this isn’t the first time Tori’s turned to celeb events for inspiration — she took a swipe at Lindsay Lohan in her song “I’m Not Stupid.”

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Oops! Britney Disses Timbaland & Justin

britney-913.jpgSo the rumors were true – Britney, her ex Justin Timberlake, and uber-producer Timbaland were set to mix it up in the studio together and make that whole Britney Comeback thing an actual reality – and a success. What could have been “the best thing that ever happened,” according to Tim, is now just a dream. “It’ll never happen,” the producer said recently. “Nah. It could’ve, but it won’t.”

So what went wrong? Apparently BritBrit got “big-headed” (of course) and “[was] like, ‘Screw you, screw you, I don’t need nobody.’” And she’s right – all she needs is an assistant, a couple of babies, an all-night party, a set of crappy extensions, a few lollipops, her ciggies, and a bottle of Southern Comfort, ya’ll. Timbaland claims Brit could still make the magic happen if she just apologized, but we know that this is one stubborn Southern girl. Just ask her estranged parents. Instead, we better just add this to the long list of Britney’s career suicide attempts. We’re scared to see what it’ll look like when she finally succeeds. [MTV. Image: Getty]

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New James Blunt CD: Good As The First?

James Blunt Interview

“It’s a great live song with a dirty, gritty feel that’s about mortality and the magic of life. We sat around the studio and captured it live, and we haven’t edited it in any way. It has a Massive Attack feel.”

That’s James Blunt describing “I’ll Take Everything.” If it seems like a stretch that the “You’re Beautiful” balladeer hears echoes of the ominous synth-soul superheroes in his tune, you don’t have to take him at his word. We’ve been streaming Blunt’s All the Lost Souls for the last few days and will continue to do so through next Tuesday – you can hear the whole CD for yourself on The Leak.

“I’ll Take Everything” isn’t the only song he describes; in Track By Track he tell us that some new tunes are about the “thirst for fame” and people “in real difficulty.” Check out the entire disc and the full interview, and let us know if you think All the Lost Souls is as good as Blunt’s first album.

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