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.
Want to get a quick glimpse at the band’s storied career? Check out this footage from the Amazing Journey documentary. And sure, here are some cool pics as well.
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]
Diddy got down with a slew of his prodigies at Saturday night’s Making the Band season finale. New bad boys Day 26 were present, obvs, as was Danity Kane, his golden girl group. But the ladies who stole the show are barely able to walk on their own, much less sing. The hip hop mogul flashed his twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James at the taping, and if he hasn’t yet prepped his babies for a career in showbiz, he should. Singing twins would send Jess and Ash and Beyonce and Solange running for the Hollywood Hills.
More pics of the night are below for your viewing pleasure. And if your ears need a little love, you listen to Danity Kane‘s recent hit album on Rhapsody, and can preview the entire Day 26 album – set to drop tomorrow – right here.
Back in the day, arenas full of die-hard fans knew that George Michael was one of the most kinetic performers in pop. So of course they were bummed when he stopped touring for 15 years. Last fall he ended that hiatus by romping around European stages, bringing the hits and the new stuff to life. Now he’s headed to the U.S. After the jump you’ll find a list of the cities that he’ll visit.
And if you want to find out what that “new stuff” sounds like, be back at VH1.com tomorrow. The Leak is streaming his TwentyFive disc in its entirety for a week. While it’s heavy on the classic tracks, it’s also got six new titles: ?An Easier Affair,? ?This Is Not Real Love,? ?Heal The Pain? (duet with Sir Paul McCartney), “Understand,? and ?As? (featuring Mary J. Blige), which was previously unreleased in America. Might be a smart move to put “Freedom” on your fone to prepare for all this GM action. Are you psyched to see Mr. Michael rolling again?
Lauren Conrad Complains About her Rep
Poor LC admits that people don’t take her seriously, even though she spends SO much time on her clothing line. Think it’s her 4-year stint in reality TV that does it? [Us]
Paris Hilton Shows True Self to Africa
The heiress threw herself a big ol’ party in South Africa. Now that’s what we call charity work. [People]
Daddy Spears Lets Brit Beach It Up
Brit’s been on such good behavior, her dad let her spend the weekend at the beach! These stringent rules would’ve worked so much better had they been implemented when she was 16. [TMZ]
Spencer and Heidi Use Jesus for Publicity
Happy Easter, world! With love, the two biggest publicity hogs on earth. [DListed]
Corinne Bailey Rae’s Husband Dies Mysteriously
The British singer’s hubby passed away over the weekend from what police believe is an overdose. Our condolences. [People]
Looks like Lindsay Lohan may have swapped an addiction to drugs and alochol for an addiction to the ladies. Lilo, notoriously close with DJ to the stars Samantha Ronson (pictured above right), has added another sapphic pal to the mix, and there’s trouble in post-rehab paradise. Ronson — who was famously photographed attempting to cover up a passed out Lohan in a car just days before her admittance to rehab — has continued to hang out with Lohan, most recently flying to Long Island with the star to visit her ailing grandfather.
But just after rehab, Linz got close to Yahoo! heir Courtenay Semel. The two lived together for a short time before a falling out, but apparently are rekindling their romance. As reported by Star Magazine, Semel “can’t let go of Lindsay, and she’ll do what she can to win her back,” says a source.
Though it’s a confusing sensation we’ve never quite felt before, we think we actually LIKE Britney Spears in these two clips from her How I Met Your Mother stint! She’s charming, cute, and amazingly, kinda good. How is this possible? This is the same woman who once told a reporter only a few months ago to “eat it, lick it, snort it, f*ck it.” She may not yet have her kids, but look how far Brit’s come! The pop tart is set to take over your TV on Monday night. If she manages to show up with underwear on, it’ll be a step in the right direction. [via DListed]
Paris Peeps Poverty in South Africa
The heiress visited an African orphan while on tour with her BF Benji. Think she showed them her giant diamond ring with his initials? [DListed]
Britney to Open Dance Studio
Brit is ready to turn other little girls into stars (and then trainwrecks) at her new dance studio, oddly named The Basement. [PerezHilton]
Lindsay Visits Dying Grandfather
LiLo hit up Long Island with BFF Sam Ronson to visit her ailing grandpa, who is stricken with colon cancer. [E!]
Michelle Tried to Save Heath?s Life
The drama surrounding Heath Ledger’s life and death continues, with this story about Michelle’s attempt to save her man. [TMZ]
The Girls of The Hills Go to ?Work?
If that’s what you call standing around in cute outfits looking bored. They work hard for their money!? [JustJared]