Yep, the time has come. You can blast Madonna‘s new track, “4 Minutes” right now. Timbaland supplies the beats, Timberlake provides the enthusiasm, and as Madge suggests that the clock is ticking for all of us, the grooves mow you down. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” she sings, “but if I die tonight at least I can say I did what I wanted to do.” She always has, right?
Tell us: do you like the song?
Say what? Mariah Carey, wearer of the shortest skirts and the skimpiest bikinis, is claiming she has low self-esteem. We always thought her love of barely-there outfits stemmed from an enormous sense of self-confidence, but perhaps we’ve been mislead by Mimi. She tells Allure magazine this month: “I’ve always had really low self-esteem, and I still do. What’s weird about that is being onstage, and the love that you get, and the adoration that you feel from your real fans. It’s hard for a partner to compete ? just imagine.”
Hear that Mariah fans? You’re better to her than her ex-hubby ever was! Mimi also addresses her reputation as a airhead: “It’s a dichotomy, I understand. I understand that people think I’m a ditzy moron,? as well as her sex life, calling herself a “freakin’ prude.” She may not be rackin’ up the notches on her bed post, but Mariah is about to have her 18th number one hit with her single “Touch My Body,” which ties her with The Beatles – THE BEATLES – for most number one hit songs. Surely that fact alone will help her esteem grow a little bit.? [Us]
The rap war that launched a thousand conspiracy theories underwent an enthralling development yesterday: according to an FBI informant, Sean “Diddy” Combs was involved in Tupac Shakur‘s murder.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported the FBI was working with an informant who named Combs as having been aware of, and possibly involved in, an attack on Shakur at Quad Studios months before his death. In interviews prior to his death, Shakur swore Diddy and his crew were in some way involved in that attack. Two years later, Shakur was shot to death in Las Vegas. In a move many people think was retaliatory, Diddy associate Notorious B.I.G. was murdered seven months later, meaning that inadvertently, Diddy may have sealed his friend’s fate.
In the wake of Los Angeles Times story, Diddy issued a statement calling the report “irresponsible.” “Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened. It is a complete lie to suggest that there was any inolvement by Biggie or myself.”
Leona Lewis, our ultra-talented You Oughta Know artist, made her American TV debut on Oprah‘s show yesterday, and yep, she did some convincing. Remember the background. The young British singer won the UK version of American Idol and Simon Cowell‘s been inching her forward ever since. Listen to the way that Ms. Lewis swoops around the melody of “Bleeding Love.” Watch the video for the song right here. Make sure you’re here on April 1. We’ll be streaming the U.S. release of Lewis’ Spirit disc a week before it hits the racks.
There?s No Kristin Davis Sex Tape
No, that’s NOT Charlotte from Sex and the City in that amateur porn vid, no matter how much the chick looks like her.? [Ok]
Woah! Brit Looks Good on How I Met Your Mother
Either our eyes are deceiving us, or Britney looks, gulp, HOT in these pics!!!? [Star]
Lindsay?s Pal busted for Assaulting Teen Girls
One of LiLo’s friends has been arrested for sexually assaulting two teen girls. Can you say “bad influence,” Linds? [NYP]
Halle Drops $60,000 on Baby Junk
Her daughter will be living in an organic wonderland with a neutral color palette. Even the cool Hollywood moms are crazy.? [NYDN]
Anna Nicole?s Son Daniel Stole her Dope
New testimony from Larry Birkhead revealed that Anna’s son Daniel got caught stealing her methadone.? [Us]
You’ve seen the CD cover to Madge’s new Hard Candy. You’ve seen Justin Timberlake working the sexual innuendos about his MILFy workmate. Now our buds at Rhapsody are going to be streaming the first track from the disc. Come back here tomorrow and you’ll be able to blast “Four Minutes” for zero cost. It’s the track that a French DJ exposed a bit too early just a few weeks ago, and it’ll give you a taste of what you can expect from the full disc when it drops on April 29. Set your alarm: return tomorrow.
What makes a rock star? Normally, that honor is reserved for those who are both famous musicians and possessed of a devil-may-care attitude toward life. In today’s Rock Star Moment, however, Bret Michaels shows a distinctly softer side, pairing loose cannon Kristy Joe (who was slightly more married than she let the Poison front man know) with Eastern Master Healer Satish Dholakia. Noting how distraught she is, the guru attempts to help settle her soul and bring her chakras back into alignment — a pretty hopeless endeavor, considering. He asks her if she’s ever seen a “crazy mountain.” She hasn’t, of course, but she’s shown all of us a mountain of crazy. Bless Bret. He’s such a kind man. It’s a sweet gesture, but is it very rock-star?
We’re not sure this counts as a comeback, but maybe it’s a step in some sort of direction (we hope the right one). Britney Spears was spotted out on the town having dinner with actor/loud-mouth drunk Mel Gibson. Seriously. The pair hit up the Romanov Russian Restaurant and Lounge in Studio City, and sources say Mel and his fam has befriended the troubled singer and that he’s been offering her advice based on his own mishaps. Someone on the inside reveals that, “He understands what she’s going through. And he certainly has advice on how to not let it destroy your life.” We can only imagine…
Mel: Britney, trust me. Your career isn’t ruined just because you made a fool of yourself in public. I mean, I got hammered and went nuts and Apocalypto was still an enormous hit. Bigger than Spider-Man.
Mel: It was a movie I made about the decline of Mayan civilization. It was profound, to say the least. Epic. It was nominated for an Oscar for Sound Mixing – hellooooo!
Brit: Well, I really liked The Man Without a Face. I thought you might look like that in person. I was kinda scared to meet you.
Mel: We should really get the check. C’mon sugar t*ts.
The good news? The new line of Kurt Cobain-inspired Converse sneakers is the first time the late singer’s estate has ever collaborated with a brand. Considering Cobain’s choice of footwear, it’s an appropriate one. The bad news? It’s not in the best of taste. The Nirvana front man was — very famously, in case you’ve forgotten — discovered dead while wearing a pair of Converse sneakers. At the time, the image of Cobain’s splayed feet came to represent the end not only of the singer, but also an era in American music and culture. Now that we fetishize these momentos and totems of rock ‘n’ roll become increasingly untethered from their original contexts (have you been to a Hard Rock Cafe lately?), not to mention musicians who use their celebrity as an opportunity to diversify into different fields to both hedge against their inevitable irrelevance and maximize their media exposure (where are the Kanye West sneakers, we’d like to know), such partnerships are absolutely run-of-the-mill. Thing is, you’d have to be a pretty depressing kid to own a pair of these suckers, we think. And if you’re an adult, clearly there’s a problem. For reference, see Jason Bateman’s character in Juno.
[Via Nirvana Club]
You know how superstardom works – you can’t stay in one spot for more than a few minutes because you’ll get swamped with fans. Keeping the evening’s action moving is the subject of “Migrate,” the lead track from Mariah Carey‘s forthcoming E = MC2. From the the car to the club, from the party to the after-party, from after-party to the hotel – wonder what time Miss Thing goes to bed? She rolled through the tune on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, bringing out T-Pain to help with a little contrast. She wore pants to sing this ditty.
On the show’s other performance, she wore one of those patented Mariah micro minis that reveals all that gorgeous Carey real estate. Actually, there are some thong-lovers who say our girl revealed a bit more than that. She was singing a tune call “Touch My Body.” Mariah would never pull a Britney on TV would she? Watch the “Body” clip after the jump.