Love Sanjaya, Hate Sanjaya


Poor little Ashley Ferl has been on the receiving end of a media blitz since becoming overwrought with emotion and crying giddy tears of joy during Tuesday night’s taping of American Idol. The reason? She loves her some Sanjaya Malakar. When the sobbing stopped, Ashley told the Los Angeles Times that her picks for Idol were actually ?Sanjaya, Melinda, Gina and Jordin.? She loves them all so much, she couldn’t choose just one. Now, on the other end of the spectrum, comes New York woman named J., who has gone on hunger strike until Sanjaya is voted off the show. According to her MySpace page, she hasn?t eaten since March 16th. The reason? She thinks that Sanjaya?s siphoning off votes from the contestants who deserve them. She writes, "I’m really starting to feel sorry for Sanjaya. People keep voting him through because they think it’s funny . . . and I think it’s to the point where this kid is starting to believe his own hype.? She says she’ll eat nothing until the contest is over. Inane publicity stunt or genius example of at-home marketing?

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Modest Mouse Turns Danger Mouse

Brock In addition to songs from the newly-released We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock added a few, uh, cuts the audience didn’t expect to his band’s set on Sunday night. In a bizarre act of self-mutilation at a tour stop at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall show in South Dakota, Brock began hitting himself in the head with the microphone just before "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes," then retreated to his amp, retrieved a pocket knife and made two swift slashes across his chest, leaving his shirt torn and bloodied for the remainder of the show. He was restrained by a roadie, and an eyewitness account claims Brock amazingly, "didn’t miss a song and played through several more of the band’s tunes before breaking for an encore." It’s unclear, but the incident could have been a response to this.

What do you think about knives on stage?


Is Kim Freaky in the Bedroom?

070321_houston_kardashian Marques Houston has a new album out. Marques Houston has a song on the new album called “Kimberly.” Marques Houston has recently been seen jetsetting with sex tape “Superstar” Kimberly Kardashian. So is Marques Houston’s new song about Ray J‘s ex?

“The song was written pretty much for my girlfriend, but the thing behind ‘Kimberly’ is that every woman has (a) ‘Kimberly’ (side),” Houston told “It’s that freaky side, the woman that is so shy and softspoken, I’m pretty sure she has a ‘Kimberly’ side in the bedroom.”

Houston went on to discuss his relationship with Kardashian. “Kim is my girl, we’re doing a lot of business together. We are good friends.”

Yeah, and with friends like Kardashian, who needs marketing departments?

What do you think: is the song about KK?

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Happy Nelly Furtado Day


Victoria, British Columbia, Nelly Furtado‘s hometown, has given the promicuous girl her own day. Sounds just like Jennifer Hudson, doesn?t it? (Actually, sounds more like basketball star Steve Nash – the Victoria-raised Phoenix Suns MVP was similarly honored last year.) Nelly will be present at today’s ceremony, and then, later tonight, will kick off a nine-date Canadian tour. At the celebration, meanwhile, a troupe of high-schoolers from the singer’s alma mater will dance a choreographed routine to her music. Later, everyone will wear pigtails, fly like a bird, eat granola bars, and get funky with Timbaland beats. Just kidding about that last part. Tells us how would YOU would celebrate Nelly Day.

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Robin Thicke: TV Dad, Pimp Wife


Blue-eyed soul crooner Robin Thicke is finally coming into his own. So no wonder he’s got some big-time options. Dude’s writing a score for the forthcoming movie This Wednesday, and he’s got to make it truly evocative. His wife, Paula Patton, in part of the cast, playing a pimp who works the streets of Hot ‘Lanta. That’s a little different than the role his dad, Alan Thicke, played on Growing Pains.




T.I. – Lots of Pals, No Girlfriend

070320_ti In the modern rap game, you’re only as good as the company you keep. So given T.I.’s studio posse, the Southern rapper is hotter than a sweltering July day in downtown ATL.

According to T.I., his upcoming album T.I. vs. T.I.P. (scheduled for a July release) will have the following "features" on it: Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef Jean, Nelly, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, Ciara, Akon, and Just Blaze, among others. (Whew. Only thing that could make that list more impressive is getting a bald Britney to raise Tupac and Biggie from the dead.)

One person who isn’t likely to visit him in the studio, however, is T.I.’s ex-girlfriend/fianc? Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (left). The two recently announced their amicable split, even though Cottle is due to give birth to T.I.’s fifth child (second with Cottle) in July.


Dirt, Heroin & Spandex: Still Motley After All These Years


After lots of gossip, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has confirmed Christopher Walken‘s involvement in the extraordinary rock book-turned-movie "The Dirt," which chronicles the bad-ass band’s rise to fame and descent into drugs. In addition to Walken’s role as ant-snorting rocker Ozzy Osbourne, 47-year-old Val Kilmer is slated to play the spandex-strutting David Lee Roth. It’s unclear as to why Kilmer, who in real life is four years Roth’s junior, was selected to play the studly singer as he was twenty years ago.

In related news, Nikki Six has been recording the soundtrack to his book "The Heroin Diaries." Of the recording process, Six says: "It’s like were [sic] standing on a cliff with our eyes shut, arms open and just falling. Extending ourselves in faith that someone will catch us, and relishing the freedom that comes from that place."


Mash-Up! Spears vs. Winehouse

It took a while, but Britney Spears finally said "yes, yes, yes" to a bit of clean-up. Those fans looking for an anthem that speaks to that "no, no, no" phase a few weeks ago can still have a giggle, however. Check this mash-up that splices footage of the fallen pop star with the audio of Winehouse?s controversial single, ?Rehab.? If this video is anything to judge by, it would seem Spears?s aunt has the right idea – go home, Britney. Otherwise, you could end up with a tour rider that looks like Winehouse?s.

Tell us a song that best applies to Britney’s latest condition in "comments."


Timbaland’s Shock-ing Footage

070319_timbaland_rev With his new CD Shock Value hitting the streets on April 3, Timbaland posted a video preview of the album online. So based on this label-approved leak, what parts of the new disc sound like they work? Easy. Those moments when Timmy lets his thumpa-thumpa do the talking, like on club-bangers "Bounce" (featuring Dre and Justin Timberlake) and "The Way I Are" (featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E.) Which parts are whack? When the guests make themselves too at home, like on the Fall Out Boy cut (and possibly the M.I.A. track). And what’s weird? The fact that Swedish punks the Hives are guesting. Seeing their collabo sandwiched between Nelly Furtado and Elton John is straight-up surreal, giving me hope that Shock Value just might live up to its name.

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