The merciful end of Beatles Week Two is upon us, and not a moment too soon. Our hardy American Idol contestants have survived the experience, but all — including the judges — are clearly anxious for them to return to the chart-pop of the ’80s and ’90s. Beginning with a second Beatles medley, kicked off by ?While My Guitar Gently Weeps,? Idol reminded us just how unsuited for Beatles songs our boys and girls are. Any guitar would have wept at a rendition like this.
The blaze that swept through the crowded Station nightclub five years ago was devastating: one hundred died and 200 were injured at the infamous Great White gig in Rhode Island. Those who follow the classic rock scene likely know that a month ago, a bunch of artists connected in Providence to generate some cash for the Station Family Fund, a group that helps victims with their medical bills. VH1 filmed the show; it premieres the channel and VH1 Classic this Sunday. Above you’ll find our Rock of Love star offering some background on the tragedy. After the jump it’s Tesla and Aaron Lewis performances. The list of participants stretches from Gretchen Wilson to Tom Scholz. You can watch the whole show here and donate money to victims here.
Coming soon to a television set near you: ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme. The series picks up where The (White) Rapper Show left off, in which 10 women compete to become the next great female MC. The hosts are MCs Serch and Yo-Yo, and the women, at least in the photograph above, look like they’re going to bring plenty of attitude. Actually, we’re expecting the most attitude from Khia, who made a name for herself with the single off her 2002 release, Thug Misses. The song was titled “My Neck, My Back (Lick It),” the chorus of which went, “My neck, my back/ lick my pussy and my crack.” Looks like someone’s begging for a shot at Charm School. Take a look at the cast above, and tune in April 14 for the premiere.
Brit?s Dad Dumps her Caravan of Cars
Jamie Spears – ie: The Genius – is getting rid of Britney’s seven (yes, seven!) cars in order to give his girl a little more cash. [People]
Did Drew Lachey Do His Dancing Co-Star?
There’s something about dancing the tango on national TV that makes D-List celebs bone their dancing co-stars. They’re denying it, we’re buying it. [People]
Lauren Conrad Hates All Her Friends
Audrina betrayed her, Brody moved on. We’re beginning to the think problem is Lauren and not her friends! [Us]
Did Oprah Steal Big Give Idea?
A Massachusetts mom is accusing O of stealing the idea for her show the Big Give. [NYDN]
Kate and Owen Continue Canoodling
Ugh, these two again? Apparently they can’t get enough of their obviously volatile relationship. We await their explosive breakup any day now.? [NYP]
We are addicted to “Barack Obama-sistible,” this amazing parody of all the good, bad and ridiculous campaign music videos haunting the Web these days. The band is Detroit Octane, fronted by longtime Late Night with Conan O’Brien writer and performer Jon Glaser (creator/star of our fave web series, Tiny Hands) The band’s musically mocked Mike Huckabee as well, to the tune of Wham’s “Everything She Wants.” We can only imagine what kind of genius Clinton and McCain will inspire.
We’d suggest DMX collaborate with Detroit Octane, but he doesn’t seem to be following the campaign AT ALL. In an interview with XXL the rapper reveals that he’s not just oblivious to our country’s current political saga, he’s never even heard of Barack Obama.
XXL: Are you following the presidential race?
DMX: Not at all.
XXL: You?re not? You know there?s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there?s Hillary Clinton.
DMX: His name is Barack?!
XXL: Barack Obama, yeah.
DMX: What the f*ck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?
It’s like the democratic primary in Hollywood, but drunk on fancy vodka! Lindsay and Paris’s beef with each other escalated recently, after LiLo stepped into take over hosting duties from BritBrit at an event at the Scandinavian Style Mansion (we’re still not really clear on what this place is). Linds was all chill until she realized that the goods she was hawking at the party included handbags made by her frenemy Paris Hilton. Uh oh! She got pissed and bolted, and guess who stepped in to take over the twice-abandoned hosting gig? None other than Ms. Paris herself. The dude who organized the event had this to say about the feuding females, “I?m grossly disappointed in Lindsay for not fulfilling her contractual duties. But Paris truly saved the night. She was very gracious to everyone – and was the life of the party.?
Last month the girls battled over Timbaland’s affections, this month’s it’s Sweden. Who knows what April will bring!
Last season on American Idol, Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner in the show’s history. The 17-year-old had originally been turned away when she auditioned in Los Angeles, but followed that up by winning Arizona Idol, a Fox affiliate-sponsored competition, which guaranteed her a place at the try-outs in Seattle. The lesson? Never let a little thing like defeat get you down. Sparks went on to win the competition without ever being in the bottom two or three, and released her self-titled debut last November. The record featured a variety of popular songs, including “This Is My Now” and “No Air,” on which she sings alongside nascent R&B heartthrob Chris Brown. We caught up with Sparks over e-mail to ask her about Chris Brown, this season’s Idol contestants and whether or not she had any tips for performing in front of the judges. Interview after the jump.
Beatlemania continued last night on American Idol, a questionable decision on the part of the producers, and one which gave us one of Idol?s most uneven nights yet. Even Simon conceded that the second week of Beatles tunes was ?weird? and perhaps inadvisable. Be that as it may, the 11 remaining contestants tackled the Lennon/McCartney songbook with a heartfelt, if misapplied, vigor. Let?s take a look:
Who better to teach the kids about chart-topping than the chart-toppingest female artist of all time? That’s right — Mariah Carey is set to appear on “American Idol” the day after her E=MC2 drops on April 15.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t caught Mariah’s SNL performance, her hilarious beauty-and-the-geek video for “Touch My Body,” or if you’re a little short on Mariah knowledge, we’ve got you covered — like Mariah on the front of her new record. Take the jump to find out Mimi’s tracklisting for her brand-new album, and read our review of what we got to hear.
Heath?s Family Battles Over His Cash
Everyone wants the dead actor’s money, no one wants to compromise. Sounds like every other f*cked up family. [People]
Is Kirstie Alley the Next Oprah?
O has offered Kirstie a development deal to create new TV projects. Let’s hope they all involve her wearing a bikini. [People]
Shia LaBeouf?s Legal Mess
A warrant has been issued for the actor’s arrest after he was busted for smoking. How appropriately G-Rated. [Us]
Jamie Spears? on Brit Panty Patrol
Brit’s dad alleging checks to make sure his troubled daughter is wearing underwear before she leaves the house. Now those are parenting skills. [DListed]
Simon Cowell Gives Toddler with Cancer $162,000
Believe it – Idol meanie Simon actually did something super nice! Even Paula would approve. [Us]