We’re a nation of consumers. We’re a nation of music lovers. We’re a nation of people who need to pay more attention to our kids’ education. How to address all three points in one fell swoop? Tough question. But those in the Hollywood area have a chance to deal with the above subjects at Save The Music’s “Big Shopping Day” bash on April 26. It’s there that STM, the non-profit org dedicated to keeping music programs alive in public schools, will host an array of clothing designers and purveyors of beauty products. Lots of celeb hosts are usually on the prowl. This year the list stretches from Christina Applegate to Lenny Kravitz to Vanessa and Venus Williams. Participating designers include Alex Woo, Friend of Foe, Lisa Kline, Michael Stars, and Clandestine Industries (yep, the shop run by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz).
Perhaps the best part: Our girl Natasha Bedingfield will be performing during the day. You’re aware of how seductive she can be, right? I’m sure you are.
VH1.com caught up with pop legend and American Idol judge Paula Abdul to speak about her new song and video (see it here), “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,” off of Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1 The pop number is Abdul’s first in almost 12 years, and it placed her solidly back on the charts. We’ll be breaking down Abdul’s comments over the next week in a variety posts. In today’s installment, she discusses how the new song came to be, and how she knows longstanding Idol co-host Randy Jackson. She also talks about why you should never let Michael Bolton babysit your kids.
Paula Abdul on how she came to record “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow”:
I?ll tell you how it all started. For the past six seasons [on American Idol], Randy and I toyed with the idea of collaborating. One of the guys will be singing a song, and [Randy and I] will look at each other and go, ?God, that would be a great cover.? But to focus Randy Jackson is like trying to catch a kid who?s at an amusement park and focused on getting cotton candy. It?s like, ?Randy! Yo, Randy! Come on, Randy!? He?s a total politician. He?s always like, ?Yo, we love this! We?re going to do this! We?re going to win! It?s great!? It goes on and on. I know he?s like this, so I?m always like, ?Stop toying with my emotions.?
What goes around (or in the case, gets around) comes around, which is why it seems totally appropriate that Jenna Jameson‘s ex-hubby, some porn dude name Jay Grdina, is now dating Shanna Moakler! Yes, that Shanna, from Miss USA/Meet the Barkers fame. The new couple met at Shanna’s birthday bash in Vegas and have been inseparable ever since. This would be so sweet if it was all so x-rated. Even though their union is new, they’re already connected through all sorts of dirty Hollywood drama. Jenna, who is now with Ultimate Fighter Tito Ortiz, is also BFF with Shanna’s sworn enemy, Paris Hilton. You may recall Paris got it on with Shanna’s now ex-hubby when the two were separated. If the two ladies dislike each other (fingers crossed!) we’ll surely hear about it soon – they’re both avid MySpace journal-ers with a flare for the, uh, dramatic.
The talented, whipsmart Sara Bareilles — who you may know from…oh, pretty much everywhere — let’s us behind the scenes for her brand new video “Bottle It Up.” Shot over two days in 22 locations, our You Oughta Know artist was kind enough to make this visual postcard from the set. “Bottle It Up” premieres online on April 8th, so come back then to watch!
Daddy do-gooder Kevin Federline‘s been super busy this year, spending Brit’s cash like it’s his job. Oh wait – that pretty much IS his job these days. According to documents submitted by his lawyers, Fed’s dropped cash on everything from strippers – $2000 for a $365 bill – and nights out at clubs, where he plunked down over $3000. He even spent almost $1500 for clothes at Versace. Who knew they sold couture jean shorts and white socks! Perhaps most hilariously is this number: $74,102 on music production, even though his music career earned him just $9849 in income. We’re dying to know what else Kev has blown his Britney allowance on. Care to guess?
- $1000 for Mini Britney (a midget impersonator) to come perform at Sean and Jayden’s joint birthday bash.
- $12,756 on suits for court (K-Fed wears them once and tosses them, obvs)
- $650 for yearly subscriptions to Us Weekly, People, Star, OK!, In Touch and Oprah Magazine. To keep up with Britney – and his main girl O.
Menage a yuck? Perez Hilton says that John Mayer is “bi” (we thought he was “buy” – check his Rolex fixation). The guy whose site had the new Madonna video up for an hour or so yesterday told Ryan Seacrest that “He kissed me, and I kissed him back. It was on the mouth with tongue.” The pear-shaped blogger said it happened in a New York club last year, and that the guitarist’s then-paramour Jessica Simpson, started working her honey’s crotch while Hilton smooched away.
Whether fact or fiction, it’s fun. Pop culture needs a good group grope tale once in awhile. If you could add one more horny Hollywood character to this alleged event, who would it be?
Are you super famous and just happen to be wearing all ivory on this fine morning? If so, you might be attending the Knowles-Carter nuptials, allegedly being held today somewhere in NYC! The invite list is supposedly super small, and guests were not informed of a location. The lucky few – including Serena and Venus Williams - were instructed to wear all ivory. Uh, isn’t that the bride’s job? The rumors have only been fueled by this video posted to Kelly Rowland‘s site, of the singer and her Destiny’s Child sister Michelle Williams. The pair revealed that they were in an undisclosed location. OMG, they’re like, at the church! Video is above – please post your speculation below. We’ll gossip about this wedding until we see the pics in the tabloids and know it’s real!? [DListed]
The Rolling Stones‘ live concert film Shine A Light opens at select theaters today. The film premiered earlier this week, and as you can see in the above clip, the AARP rockers can still charm. Working with director Martin Scorsese, the band transferred the energy of their live show to a two-hour experience in the theaters, with none of the astronomical ticket prices!
Not playing at a theater near you? You can still listen to the soundtrack for free on Rhapsody, here.
But it’s not all about the music for the band. In a recent interview, guitarist Ron Wood expressed concern for Hollywood starlets Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. “The poor things. I’d love to help them. You’ve got to go through it to get to it. You have to experience all the lows because life is hard.” And head over to GQ if you’re in the mood to see what Keith Richards has to say about groupies and paparazzi.
Lots of fun live footage is floating around regarding the Shine a Light project. Check the sweet live take of a key Stones hit after the jump.
Anne Hathaway?s Shady BF Booked by Cops
Her Italian lover was busted for bouncing a bad check for $250,000. That’s almost as romantic as a gondola ride through Venice.? [Us]
Brit: Back With a Clothing Line?
Is Britney starting her own clothing line, and if so will it be covered in stains?? [DListed]
J.Lo?s Push Present Cost $2.6 Mill
Marc Anthony gave his J. Lover $2.6 million earrings as a “thank you” for popping out their twins in a luxurious hospital suite.? [DListed]
Meet the Hulk?s New Gal Pal
The Hulk moves on with a hot blond lady-friend who looks exactly like his hot blond ex-wife.? [Socialite's Life]
LaLohan to Star in N.E.R.D Vid About Cocaine
Lindsay is making a cameo about N.E.R.D’s new video for their song Every Nose, which is about LiLo’s fave vice, cocaine. I feel like her rehab friends might not approve.? [PerezHilton]
Yeah, people keep on fronting on the Beantown posse
But it’s time to step up to the stand
‘Cause we ain’t going out like that
Back, huh, stronger than ever, did you think we’d sever?
New Kids on the Block are living up to the lyrics of their 1990 song “Games” by reuniting after nearly 14 years. The jury has yet to assemble on whether the ’80s/’90s boy band that sold more than 70 million records is “stronger than ever.” Either way, you know that NKOTB are braced for some major fronting. In fact, let’s start it off right now by observing that they look more like “Middle-Aged Men on the Block” or even “Wall Street Executives Going to Lunch on the Block” than kids making bubblegum-pop. To the band’s credit, this reunion isn’t just about nostalgia. A brand new album is in the works and NKOTB will embark on a worldwide tour this fall. Hopefully they’ll perform “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” — only this time in their business suits. That would be a hoot!
Before and after pics after the jump.