What’s better than a George Michael and Mary J. Blige duet on Stevie Wonder‘s magnificent “As”? How about hundreds of Georges and Marys hanging out in a club, singing Stevie Wonder’s “As.” That’s right — in this duet, never before available in the US, Mary and George are dressed in their best, getting down on the dancefloor. Want to give the tune another listen? Don’t forget we’re streaming George’s brand new TwentyFive an entire week before its release. Enjoy!
Uh oh – all was peaceful after their baby was born, but Mrs. Usher is back and churning up the drama all over again. Tameka Foster, who married Usher this fall, was allegedly very unhappy that her man handpicked singer/songwriter hottie Keri Hilson to play his love interest in the video for his new song “Love in the Club.” A spy on set revealed that “Tameka is very insecure. Even in rehearsals she was weird and clearly not happy that Keri is so gorgeous. Tameka threw a lot of attitude.”
She even went so far as to uglify Keri (and possibly risk the hotness of her hubby’s video) by dressing her down and not allowing her to bring her hairdresser on set. “The day of the shoot, Tameka dressed Keri very badly – she looked like an extra,” revealed the source. Tameka also apparently banned Usher’s longtime choreographer from the video set, and she’s had strained relations with his mom in the past as well. How long is it gonna take for Usher to notice that she might be, uh, isolating him out of her own insecurities?? [NYP]
Last night on American Idol we heard songs written in our top ten contestant?s respective birth years. Despite Paula?s festive sequined and satin gloved ensemble, the tone of the evening was more ?couldn?t care less? than ?party dress.? A cranky Randy was harder on the contestants than ever, matching Simon?s pessimism in response to a string of blas? performances. Thankfully, David Cook was able to save the snoozefest, giving a maybe-pregnant Carly Smithson and a maybe-not-as-talented-as-we-once-thought David Archuleta a run for their money.
Amy Winehouse Off to African Rehab
Detox in the UK didn’t work, so why not try a totally new continent?! [TheSun]
Jamie Lynn Spears: 16, Pregnant & Engaged
Brit’s sis has been showing off her engagement ring given to her by her 18-year old BF Casey. At least she didn’t have to buy it for herself, like some people we/she knows. [People]
Is Ryan Phillipe Jealous of Jake G?
The actor speaks out about his wife’s currently relationship with super-hottie Jake Gyllenhaal. We think he’s probably more jealous of Jake’s career than he is of him dating Reese. [Us]
Paparazzi Breaks up with Brit
Photogs are sick of Brit and have moved on to Miley. We have a hunch that the feeling’s mutual. [NYDN]
Shiloh and Suri ? 2 Years Later
Wow Shiloh and Suri have had more exciting lives in 2 years than we’ve had in 30. Is it too soon to call them jerks? [Ok!]
It seems like Snoop Dogg strolls down every red carpet that is rolled out in every corner of the world, not to mention he just taped a new Storytellers for VH1. (Coming Friday: a sneak peek and exclusive online clip.) How did the rapper/actor become such a pop culture fixture? To answer this question is to lay out a blueprint for struggling artists and actors everywhere.
Some might believe Snoop is so ubiquitous because he’s sold millions of albums. This is not the case. There’s plenty of multi-platinum selling rappers that aren’t household names. Others believe Snoop’s fame comes from hustling. Pimp C hustled. Was he invited to red carpet events around the world?
The answer, I believe, lies in Snoop’s face — his bold, cinematic face. When Snoop scowls, the paparazzi goes crazy. His meanly-contorted face, backed up by run-ins with the law, adds a sense of danger and excitement to otherwise drab events. But in order to emulate Snoop, it’s critical to understand what drives those theatrical expressions.
To this end, I spent hours studying hundreds of Snoop Dogg photographs. At first I was bewildered, reading emotions into his face that simply aren’t there, including self-doubt, happiness and remorsefulness. You see, Snoop has three — and only three — thoughts that drive each and every look on his face. (Although sometimes they cross over with one another, producing facial contortions that are slightly harder to interpret.) If you are a wannabe pop star or actor, then think about one of the following lines whenever you’re in front of a camera. Like Snoop, you might end up with the career of your dreams.
Snoop Dogg’s Three Thoughts:
1. I’m About to F*ck You Up
2. You Gonna Get It, Doggystyle
3. Bitch, Roll Me Another Blunt
To prove my point, I’ve paired 16 images with Snoop’s thoughts at the time of each shot.
“I’m About to F*ck You Up” and “Bitch, Roll Me Another Blunt”
“I’m About to F*ck You Up”
Diddy has added his touch to the English language with his new word, “bitchassness.” Say that a couple of times and it’ll roll off your tongue all nice and easy. Bitchassness apparently grew out of some less than appealing behavior displayed on the mogul’s Making the Band show, and while we’re not totes sure what it means, we’re obsessed (and think we probably have a case of it ourselves). We could simply just Google the word to try to figure out it’s exact Diddy-definition, but we thought it’d be more fun to poll some peeps and see what they come up with. Check out their answers below, and be sure to drop it into every sentence you say. Your mom will love it! [Hollyscoop]
Bitchassness \bitch-aahs-niss\, noun/verb/whatever you want it to be.
- Guess #1: having the nature of being a bitchass punk.
- Guess #2: an ass with a little bit of sass.
- Guess #3: acting exceedingly lame.
- Guess #4 (from huge fan of MTB who’s in the know): not pulling your weight and still acting like you’re hot shit.
It’s been a minute since we heard from Mr. Michael — but he’s back. Yesterday, we told you he’d be going on tour for the first time in fifteen years. Today, we’ve got George’s TwentyFive streaming a full week before it’s release. In addition to the hits, the double disc also has six brand new songs: ?An Easier Affair,? ?This Is Not Real Love,? ?Heal The Pain? (duet with Sir Paul McCartney), ?Understand,? and ?As? (featuring Mary J. Blige).
In honor of George’s return, we’re rolling out a string of videos never before been available on VH1.com. You’ll see one? each day this week. The first selection? “Amazing,” from 2004′s Patience.
From “The Kids Are Alright” to “Who Are You” the British invasion’s most manic outfit has always been one of rock’s cornerstones. Talk about characters: the brainiac songwriter with the flying arms, the sexy singer with the robust stage presence, the silent bassist with the keen chops, and the tornado drummer with the crazed lifestyle – the guys in the Who have a combined chemistry that’s given their every move a daunting impact. That’s why they’ve been chosen to be the centerpiece of VH1′s 2008 Rock Honors presentation. It’s the first time the show has celebrated a single artist at its annual bash. The presentation airs on VH1 and VH1 Classic on July 17. An array of other high-vis artists will help celebrate the foursome – Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle, and Keith Moon – all night long. Yep, both Townsend and Daltrey will perform on the show.
Let’s be honest – we might claim we don’t want to know about what keeps Nicole “CoCo” Austin and Ice-T‘s marriage hot after all these years, but honestly, we’re fascinated. The couple was interviewed at CoCo’s 29th (!!!) b-day party in NYC, and here’s what she had to say about their surely rambunctious sex life. She said, “It’s the Stroke, baby. We have a certain Stroke he does and he surprises every now and then with a different Stroke.”
Of course he does. Ice followed her reveal up with this juicy tidbit: ?Sex is 90 per cent mental. It happens in the brain, so she thinks my Stroke is special ? but it?s the way I?ve got her head believing it?s something special.” Whatever it is, we’re intrigued and horrified at the same time. You can watch a video of the happy couple expanding on their stroke theory here. Or just check out our pics of CoCo below.
Lindsay Mad About Nonexistent Sex Tape
LiLo apparently left her ex angry messages about the sex tape he “leaked,” even though it wasn’t of her. Talk about desperate for attention.? [The Sun]
Paris Hilton?s Terrifically Tacky Shoe Line
P’s new shoe line is more hooker then heiress. But hey, isn’t she?? [DListed]
Don?t Call it a Comeback ? Call it Britney on TV
Her 15 minutes of televised fame may be over, but her 15 minutes of relative sanity are just beginning. The old Brit is back and brand-new!? [TMZ]
Diddy Settles Slugfest Out of Court
The rapper doesn’t do court, but he does pay people off. It’s too bad, cuz we wanted to hear the details of him screaming “I’ll smack flames out your ass!” in court. Yes, he allegedly said that.? [E! Online]
Pamela Anderson Ends her Mini-Marriage
Let’s all pour one out for the inevitable demise of the stupidest idea since K-Fed and Brit made it legal. We’ll miss you, sham marriage. [Us]