Mary J. Blige?s episode of Storytellers airs tonight at 8/7 c, but we were treated to a preview and an exclusive chat with the people?s diva last month when she taped the show at New York?s Hammerstein Ballroom. (Check out the clip above — we even got you a preview of tonight’s show, too.) Touching on major tracks from throughout her career, and paying special attention to her latest album, Growing Pains, Mary chronicled her life in song with personal anecdotes, tales of inspiration and emotional rallying cries. What follows is a list of 10 things we learned from a performance in which Mary seemed intent in proving that a story is only as good as its lesson.
Britney Gets her Babies Back ? For a Few Hours
Her pops came through and got his daughter visitation with her kids – as a lawyer, counselor and K-Fed’s bodyguard watched. A girl’s gotta start somewhere!? [People]
Angelina?s Debuts her Baby Bump
Well hello there, baby bump! Aren’t you lookin’ fine. Smile for the cameras!? [Us]
Lindsay Settles in Car Crash Suit
LiLo finally ends the drama that followed her fender bender with a busboy on Robertson Ave. Pay up!? [TMZ]
X-Tina Fires Manager After Baby Pics Bomb
Christina went on a firing rampage, axing employees after her baby pics in People magazine failed to generate sales for the mag.? [NYDN]
Diddy Readies for New, Serious Career
The rapper – who appears this week in the TV movie version of Raisin in the Sun – is prepping for a new career as a thespian. We can’t wait to learn his stage name.? [NYDN]
Saturday Night Live is finally back after a months-long break due to the writers’ strike, and holy crap, did they deliver. Host Tina Fey and the cast (including new member Casey Wilson) had us laughing for the full 90 minutes (Annuale? Oh hell yes) but the highlight for us at the VH1 Blog was this amazing Rock of Love parody featuring Amber, the girl with one leg. Check it out above – think it bears any resemblance to the real thing?
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- R. Kelly fights with his 21-year old ex-flame
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Yesterday, Island/Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid hosted a few journalists in his office for a special preview of Mariah Carey’s upcoming E=MC? album, tentatively due April 15. While Reid looked on, Mariah’s A&R man and long-rumored beau Mark Sudack played 12 of the album’s cuts from his laptop, often passionately (and adorably!) singing along. On the album, there was drama, there was death, there was disco. What follows is a track-by-track breakdown of our impressions of the album. Note that this isn’t the final track sequence, that L.A. ticked off the producers list to us but it is by no means etched in stone and the tracks that we heard weren’t always mastered.
One final note: so much of this album is sung in Mariah’s chest voice. The vocal gymnastics and whistle notes, while there (’cause, duh, it’s Mariah!), take a backseat to clear, purposeful singing, and Mariah sounds better for it. Oh yeah, Mimi’s back.
Hello, new Lopez-Anthony royalty. We do not know your names yet, little twins, but let us imagine them to be Jennifer 2: The Sequel and Mennifer. You are new to this earth – only 12 hours old – but surely you are already wise. You have seen how sexy and glamorous that woman whose breasts you are not allowed to suckle is, and surely you’ve marveled at the Armani couture birthing garment that she wore for your special day. You’ve been swaddled in diapers made of zebra hair and silk and nestled into your nursery as Diana Ross herself sings you lullabies. You are special. You are spoiled. Enjoy it. Don’t feel bad when you are each driven around in your own Escalade pulled by Clydesdale horses. Do not resist the temptation to carry around that miniature Balenciaga bag. You can do whatever you want – BUT! – whatever you do, do not be seen rolling with those Federline boys. They’re already bad news. [People]
Aaron Carter Jailed in Texas after Drug Arrest
The former teen heartthrob is now a pothead, and was nabbed with two ounces of weed in his car. [People]
Sam Must Stay Away from Brit
Brit’s former friend got served with his restraining order last night and can’t go anywhere near the pop star. But who will crush up her pills and dope her up now?? [TMZ]
Paris Slips Nip, Reminds You She?s Still Hot
We’ve seen her boobs so many times, we can barely remember what we’re staring at. Nipples can’t save you from jumping the shark, P!? [Gawker]
Nicole Richie Skips Mommy-ing for Table Dancing
Girls just want to have fun, even if they’ve got kids at home.? [Us]
OMG! Ashton Kutcher Partied at Tainted Club
NYC hot spot Socialista has come down with a serious hepatitis scare, and a bunch of stars were just there! National emergency!? [NYP]
Who’s ready to get creeped out?! We are! The husband of R. Kelly‘s ex-publicist spoke out last week on the radio about his daughter’s relationship with the controversial crooner and caused quite a stir. His wife, Regina Daniels, quit working for the star late last year amidst whispers that her 21-year old step-daughter had done dirty deeds with her former client. Her hubby George backed this up in his interview and said he was speaking out for “the public” because “it doesn’t have to be a superstar, it could be the guy on the corner.” But Kelly – through his new publicist – released a statement, and had this to say about his accusers: “The fact is that they had no problem with the relationship — indeed, they encouraged it — while Ms. Daniels was on Mr. Kelly’s payroll.”
After all the back and forth, the youngin’ in question, Maxine Daniels, tried to clear things up even further. “I tried to keep it a secret,” she said of her love affair with the singer. “But when my stepmother found out about our relationship, she resigned because she felt that Rob had ‘crossed the line’ by dating a girl that he has known since she was 7 years old.”
Eek. The rest of her statement can be found here, and we are anxiously awaiting a comment from Regina Daniels, the woman who first shed light on this scandal with her resignation. Until then, tell us – who do you believe in this mess??
Congrats are in order to Jessica Simpson! Her movie, Blonde Ambition, which was a total bomb in the US, is the number one movie in the Ukraine this week! The budget flick (which also stars Luke Wilson in the biggest career mistake of his life) opened only in texas theaters and grossed just $1,771 it’s debut weekend. But clearly we Americans don’t know a good film when we see one. Over in the Ukraine, the movie managed to rake in a whopping $253,008 last weekend. Now keep in mind Spider-Man 3 raked in $151,116,516 it’s opening weekend, but whose counting?! What could possibly explain the popularity of this admittedly crappy flick? An expert throws down some knowledge: “The former Soviet nations have a sweet tooth for straight-up comedies,” Conor Bresnan, editor in chief of Box Office Mojo International, reveals.”When these comedies have big name celebrities like Jessica Simpson’s, that’s all that’s needed to sell the movie. Russian and Ukrainian audiences have an even bigger urge for escapism than Americans.”
Jessica Simpson – and her papa – thank you, people of the Ukraine. Now she can afford that Louis Vuitton carrying case for her dog. [People]
Did Sam Lutfi Drug his BFF Britney?
Cops are trying to figure out of Sam doped up Brit to keep her under his control. Um, totally?? [TMZ]
Janet Jackson: Ready to Wed JD
Is the third time down the aisle gonna be a charm for Ms. Jackson? The singer recently started shopping for wedding dresses, which will hopefully be wardrobe malfunction-free.? [NY Post]
Spencer Pratt?s Got Heidi Under his Thumb
The blonde man-diva is reportedly shopping around for a new reality deal (not at MTV!) and doing all the talking for his lady-friend. [NY Post]
Pink Says She & Hubby are Still Pals
Nobody cheated, there’s no anger and the couple is still totally best friends for life. Is there a script floating around Hollywood for this sort of thing?? [People]
Amy Winehouse Sings for Blake at Brits
Wino wailed on a couple of songs at the Brit Awards last night, and did her usual shout out to her incarcerated husband. But hey, and least she’s not slurring her words.? [DListed]