After Nas‘ shocking announcement that his next album, purportedly due in December, would be titled Nigga, his record company has hit back, debunking his claims entirely. A source “close to” Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid told Fox News that there’s no new studio album due from Nas at all (though a greatest-hits set is to hit stores in November), and that even if there were, it probably wouldn’t carry such a potentially offensive title. “How would that look at Wal-Mart?” Terrible next to $5 leggings and this T-shirt, no doubt.
Of course, the very hypothesis that Nas would release an album named Nigga sent the usual suspects’ mouths foaming. Jesse Jackson denounced the title, calling it “socially distasteful,” while the NAACP said the name “shows a real lack of creative imagination.” Interestingly, support for the name came from none other than Don Imus‘ camp: Imus lawyer Martin Garbus called Nigga “a good thing.” “Words like that should be deprived of their meanings, and then they can’t hurt.” Clearly, Imus (or at least, his people) can’t wait to get back to work. [FoxNews.com / Image: Getty]
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What do t.A.T.u. have in common with Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan? Until very recently, nothing. But since Mischa Barton signed on to star in the upcoming film Finding t.A.T.u., the Sapphic Russian twosome is the subject of a new film. Based on a true story, the former O.C. starlet plays Lana Starkova, a Russian slaughterhouse worker [Ed: WTF?], who meets lonely American Janie Sawyer on a t.A.T.u. fansite and together enter the seedy Russian underworld of drugs and violence. Hear that kids? t.A.T.u. is a gateway drug. Check out the glorified music video above — you’ll have to suspend disbelief long enough to buy the idea that t.A.T.u. actually warrant a film, as well Barton’s accent.
Mischa Barton Models Metal Goods
Paris Hilton’s Good Deed: Making Out
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Mischa Barton Has a Breast Slip
Ellen?s Pup Problems Escalate
She may have wept openly on her show yesterday, but Ellen’s flack has apparently been playing a little dirty with the dog agency in question, whose president is now receiving death threats. [NYP]
Hills Stars Spencer & Heidi Get Hacked
Hackers allegedly broke into the couple’s respective blogs and posted confessions, claiming that they leaked the sex tape rumors about co-star LC. We smell two idiots orchestrating a super-smart publicity stunt! [People]
Pics: Pam Anderson?s White Wedding
Hurray! It’s the first pic from Pam’s Vegas wedding and – big surprise – she looks like she does all the time. Tiny skirt, big hair and massive boobs say matrimony to us! [Ok!]
Brit Bashes her Custody Judge
The worst mom in LA was overheard ragging on the judge in her court case. That’s the way to get those babies back, girl!? [Us]
Lindsay Drops By Favorite LA Haunts
She’s backkkkkk. Linds did a little shopping yesterday on Robertson Blvd. surrounded by a posse of paparazzi. And here we thought she had kicked her addiction to attention. [DListed]
Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here?s Regina Spektor on honey, belching and her Russian-Jewish immune system.
Code Name: Lady Danger
I always have my favorite red lipstick on before I go onstage — It’s MAC and the color is Lady Danger. It’s awesome because it’s super bright red. It’s very spy-ish. No matter how I feel before every show I put it on and then I?m [ready] ?- it’s my “OK now I?m going to play my show” moment. It really changes everything.
An Army of Squeezy Bears
I could eat a bowl of honey. I drink hot water with honey, tea with honey, eat a teaspoon of honey. It really helps the throat, and it’s delicious. I try not to get the really crappy honey, I try to get organic. But I like all kinds -? the squeezy bears are really fun because they?re so cute. When I come back from tour, because I have so many honey bears from the rider, I have an entire army of them on my refrigerator, with different levels of honey in each one.
50 Cent spoke to high school students in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday and basically told them not to believe things he’s said in the past. Implicit in his presentation, of course, is that they should totally believe him now. Confusing! Anyway here’s a rundown of the myths 50 debunked:
On cops: “I say in one of my songs I hate cops. I don’t hate cops. But I am expressing the feelings of a young boy who sees the cops take his brother away, and hates them for it.”
On drugs: “I don’t do drugs. That was who I was, but I changed direction. My music reflects the early part of my life.”
On his feud with Kanye West: He called it a marketing ploy, explaining, “His label and my label are both owned by Universal Music Group.”
He didn’t address his pre-release claim that he’d quit hip-hop if Kanye outsold him, but we can probably this up to yet another 50 Cent tall tale. In fact, if there’s one thing this talk of his taught us to believe, it’s that he really can’t be believed.
Some tech-savvy student took the video below at the event — in this portion, 50 talks about Britney Spears and why names will never hurt him. Words! Who needs’ em? [The Connecticut Post Online via mtv / Image credit: Getty]
T.I.‘s little gun party has turned into disaster for his whole family – or they were already headed in that direction all along. Follow this:
- His on again-off again gal pal (and baby mama, pictured) Tiny Cottle was arrested alongside her man on Saturday night, for possession of weed and ecstasy.
- What is most alarming is not necessarily the charges against her, but that she is allegedly pregnant with T.I.’s baby! Knocked up and f*cked up?! Oh Shizz!
- The pair already have a kid together, 3-year old King, who was home at the time of the raid (ATF guys stormed the rapper’s house, broke down doors and windows and chucked stun grenades inside) and was apparently traumatized by the ordeal. The little one supposedly has gone with Tiny to visit his daddy in jail, where the first thing he did was apologize. We smell one screwed up kid ready to grow up!
- T.I.P.’s been denied bail and will not be able to request it again until Friday.
So when is Daddy gonna get out, head home, and make it all better? [Getty]
You can add Bruce Springsteen to the lengthy list of rockers (David Byrne, Bono, David Bowie) who love Arcade Fire. At a recent show in Ottawa, the E Street Band took a break from its own material and was joined by AF’s beloved indie couple Regine Chassagne and Win Butler. Win, Regine and Bruce played a stark, accordion-filled rendition of the Boss’ 1984 “State Trooper,” which Bruce and gang apparently haven’t played since their Born To Run tour. With the twosome still on stage, they then covered the Arcade Fire’s “Keep The Car Running” from the acclaimed Neon Bible. So good, even Win Butler cracked a smile.
Need some Springsteen now? We’ve got exclusive live performances you can check out on VH1 Classic — during our “24 Hours of Bruce” block last week, we broadcast the guys playing “Radio Nowhere,” “Night” and “Lonesome Day” live from Jersey. They’re on the site waiting for you.
Our sweet heiress is heading to Rwanda for five days in the near future (not soon enough for us) to visit schools and hospitals in the region with the charity Playing for Good. Wow, Paris Hilton is suddenly a genuinely good person. OMG, we totally like her again! Right? Not so fast. The whole visit is being shot by the organization’s founder as part of a reality tv show he’s pitched called The Philanthropist, which will feature “various selfless celebrities who rescue the world’s poor.” I guess if you consider flaunting your $600 heels around Africa rescuing, than Paris is well on her way to that Nobel peace prize! Paris admits that she’s “scared,” but we trust that she’ll be fine as long as cameras are around. She says, “I love having everything documented.” We know! [Newsweek. Getty]
Britney turned herself in last night to to the LAPD at around 9:30 PM and went through the regular booking routine – photographs, fingerprints, a detailed account of what the eff she was thinking when she hit a car in front of swarms of cameras and then walked away. The starlet was decked out in a typical Brit outfit of designer clothes that somehow, when combined on her bod, look like streetwalker garb. Brit was reportedly “polite and courteous to the officers,” and according to the booking sheet is 5’5 and weighs 125 pounds (so healthy – hurray for Taco Bell!). Check out the clip of her chat with a local LA newscaster as she walks from the jail to her car, especially if you’re dying to know Brit’s answer to “Any plans for Halloween?” That is stellar journalism at work right there! America needs to know! Interestingly enough, Britney was spotted driving around in a pink wig prior to her jail journey. Isn’t every day Halloween for her? [TMZ. Image: Getty]
Diddy?s NYC Street Fight
The rapper threw down outside a Big Apple hot spot over – what else – a chick. [NYP]
Kim Kardashian Teaches 9-Year Old Sis to Strip
This clip from Kim’s new reality show falls somewhere between killing puppies and taking candy from a baby on the ‘wrong scale.’ [DListed]
LiLo Back to Making Movies, Money
Look out LA – Lindsay’s back, and she’s sober. Who knows -she could be scarier clean than when she’s hammered. [People]
Jen Aniston Wants to be Oprah
In a new interview, the Friends star reveals that if she could, she would be Oprah for a day – because Oprah never got married, natch. [JustJared]
Kate Hudson Wants Owen Back?
The starlet’s turn-offs: drugs, smokers, socks with sandals, guys who hate kids. Turn-ons: attempted suicide? Errrr, something seems off here, Katie. [Mollygood]