Maddy Buys Lap Dances ?For Research?

Madonna3 Madonna? In a strip club? Buying lap dances? MSNBC is rather breathlessly reporting this latest information about the Material Girl almost as if they expect her to be chaste or something (here?s a hint: when someone puts out an art book called Sex that features photographs of that person having, uh, group sex, chances are she?s at least thought of hiring a stripper or two in her time). Apparently Madonna’s real goal was to audition dancers for a short film. She was also in disguise and drinking coffee! And, as if that weren?t enough, she asked the nubile hopefuls to read a few lines from a script before getting down and dirty. We can only imagine that conversation:

Madonna: Talk dirty to me.
Anonymous peeler: Lady, exactly how bored are you?


Cyndi Lauper: Why’d I Open My Big Mouth?

Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (May 24) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the silliness that goes down when artists are on tour.

Playing outdoor shows can be a blast, but keep your eyes on the skies. Dangerous poop predators are everywhere, and each one is ready to drop a bomb during your big moment. Cyndi recalls an icky incident.

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Rockosphere: Smiths Break Wind, Kids Sing Tori

- Morrissey + Beans = Smiths Songs of Flatulence
Every tune has some hidden meaning [College Humor]

- Nelly & Tim Want to Rock Out
Ditch the beats and turn those amps up to 11 [Billboard]

- Keep Music In The Schools
Want to hear a kids chorus from Staten Island sing Tori Amos’s "Purple People"? [PS22]

- List of Demands
"Thou Shalt Not" make generic repetitive music [YouTube]

- Blake Gives Back
Idol finalist romps around his hometown, plays original tune with a "reggae" feel [Q13]


The Return of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn_hill_artistphoto Former Fugee and famed recluse Lauryn Hill will play three shows in England this summer, much to the surprise of pretty much everyone. After intermittent rumblings of a Fugees reunion, and the rather disappointing fruits of those rumors, little has been heard from Hill since she released her nearly flawless solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. Between her 2002 Unplugged session and a brief stop at Joss Stone‘s Bahamian recording compound this past year to lend some help (and cred), Lauryn’s been all but disappeared. Which is why we’re so excited about her return from artistic exile!

Lauryn’s Return:
07-08 London, England – Apollo Hammersmith
07-09 Birmingham, England – Carling Academy
07-10 Manchester, England – Apollo

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KRS the Savior?

Hip-hop can’t buy a break right now. Thanks to Imus, Al, Oprah, Cam’ron, Tony Yayo and others, rappers have been cast as foul-mouthed philanderers whose only cares are booty, bling, blunts and beef; order of preference being debatable.

So at a time when hip-hop could use a link to its Golden Age, it’s only fitting that KRS-One should grab the mic again. Watch the freestyle above and you’ll see an old-school teacher who doesn’t need to scream about how bad he is. Rather, you’ll see a master lyricist whose flow is only topped by the pure enjoyment he gets from practicing his craft. I mean, an MC that actually smiles while spitting rhymes? It’s sad that that’s a groundbreaking gesture in today’s rap game.

Listen to the title track of KRS’ upcoming album Hip-Hop Lives. Then weigh in: Do new-school MC’s need to re-evaluate where they’re at? Or is doin’ it dirty what rap is all about?


Ben Folds Fight

Folds The normally sedate audience at Boston Pops in Beantown’s Symphony Hall was treated to more than just guest star Ben Folds last night. A fight broke out in the balcony, apparently between one man arguing with another about the volume of his voice. Way to wreck a good time, buddy. Witnesses report hearing a couple of screams, and then seeing the fight go down — which wound up with one guy shirtless. No injuries were reported, although when the altercation went down, the conductor stopped the performance. Also: No word on whether or not the audience started to chant, "Fight! Fight! Fight!" Wonder about violence in America while watching footage here.


Heart’s “Crazy”: A Moody Piece of Music

Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (May 24) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Clips for "With Honors" usually find the artists spilling some career secrets.

We always knew that Heart’s "Crazy On You" had a great attack. But what we didn’t know is that part of it was clipped from the Moody Blues. If that’s a stretch, just chalk it up to the fact that ideas can come from anywhere. Check out Ann and Nancy Wilson explaining the origins of their hit.

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When Animal Activists Attack J.Lo

Jlo_furJennifer Lopez is said to have added two off-duty cops to her security team, following a string of death threats she’s received over her flagrant fur wearing. The letters, believed to be sent from the same person, threaten to: "kill her in public, just like the slaughtered animals whose fur she wears."

Jen’s rep denies the security beef-up. While animal-rights extremist organization PETA hasn’t admitted to sending the threats, a representative did respond to them: "All violence is wrong. But J.Lo needs to stop the real violence she promotes and subsidizes rather than give herself extra protection she doesn’t need." Way to eliminate suspicion, guys!

The thing is that extreme endeavors like death threats or even throwing paint on fur-wearers do nothing to convert people to your side — if anything, aggressive action just pushes them away and makes them less likely to listen to your stance. Attacking a mega-star is foolish anyway: someone like Jennifer Lopez has more than enough money to protect her hide, as it were. [New York Daily News / Image credit: Getty]


Eau d’Purple: Prince Smells

Prince Ever wonder what Prince smells like? Assuring that "Purple Will Reign," the digit-obsessed singer will release a new fragrance called 3121 — not coincidentally the name of his last album. The perfume, available on the auspicious July 7th, is said to be "a kaleidoscope of rich florals…Xquisite, Mysterious, Xotic."
In addition to his foray into cosmetics, Prince will also play a grueling 21-night residency in London during the month of August, laying to rest any questions as to the 49-year-old’s stamina.

Would you buy Prince’s scent?

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K-Fed Trashes Brit’s Brand New Day

Guess Britney Spears is a little bit hot for her new post-rehab beau, Howie Day. Guess she and Day enjoyed a night together. Guess her former husband didn’t like that very much. "Gotta head to the dump to find trash," K-Fed allegedly muttered about the whole damn romance. Maybe Kevin could get down on his knee and tell Brit how he’d love to be back in baby’s arms.

Have you spun our boy’s <I>Playing With Fire</I> lately? C’mon, give it another chance.

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