Usually, when Paul McCartney asks you to do something, you do it (we’re looking at you, Heather Mills). Turns out enigmatic Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke doesn’t feel that way. When one half of the most famous songwriting duo in the history of music asked Yorke to duet with him, Yorke turned him down.
In an interview with the UK’s Channel 4, McCartney shared what happened when he tried to make Yorke Michael Jackson to his, uh, McCartney: “My daughter was putting an album together and she put us in touch. I asked Thom to do a duet, but he said he couldn’t because he only felt happy working on his own and Radiohead’s material.”
Which would have been a completely reasonable excuse, had Yorke not gone on to duet with Bjork (“I’ve Seen It All”), German electro outfit Modeselektor (“The White Flash”) and Beck (“I’m Set Free”). What do you think — is Thom too cool for Macca?
Late last night rapper Kanye West issued a statement regarding the death of his beloved mom, Donda West, over the weekend. In it he thanked fans for their support and kind words, spoke about his mother’s life as an educator, and requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher Training Institute.
Yet the emerging scandal surrounding Donda’s death continues to grab headlines, as more information is revealed about the plastic surgery that took place just hours before her passing. A plastic surgeon, Dr. Andre Aboolian, with whom West had consulted, came forward to state that he had advised that she receive medical clearance before moving forward with the procedures. West did not end up receiving treatment from Dr. Aboolian, and now the doctor who did treat her has come forward to accuse Aboolian of being “sleazy and manipulating.” Dr. Jan Adams (a dude) says that West met with him for four months about the surgery and changed her mind numerous times on whether or not she would move forward with the breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Heres where it gets shady: it turns out that Dr. Adams was almost suspended by the Medical Board of California after three DUI convictions. TMZ has also turned up two “malpractice judgments” against the doctor, and allege that West’s operation lasted 8 hours - twice the time it normally takes. Adams has also appeared on Oprah and co-hosted The Other Half - that short-lived male version of the The View.
Of course, these recent allegations still do not change the simple fact that Kanye lost his mom in a sudden and unexpected manner. Our thoughts remain with the rapper and his family during this difficult time. [Image: Getty]
R.I.P., Kanye?s Mama
The music world was rocked this morning by a JFK-sized conspiracy: someone tried to tape Kid Rock backstage. In a news item posted on his website, Kid Rock reported that his head of security, Little Bear, found a camera in the dressing room at a recent tour stop at the Myth Nightclub in Minneapolis. “Little Bear, who runs SpyOps.net, discovered the device before the show and alerted the authorities who are now investigating,” said Rock.
It’s unclear what someone could be curious to know about Kid Rock, given his life-as-open-book policy with the public. We’ve seen the sex tape, we know about the miscarriage and we’ve giggled at the mugshot(s). It’s possible there’s a far more sinister plot going on, and something Kid Rock doesn’t want us to know. What could the hidden camera have captured? We came up with a few scenarios:
1. Kid Rock, swathed in his waffle-weave cotton robe, settling in after an intensive yoga session with some green tea and observing his vow of pre-show silence.
2. Transforming his backstage dressing room into command center for Hilary Clinton’s 2008 election campaign, Kid is hand-painting signs, taking a break from reading The Economist, then interrupted by a phone call from his good friend Al Gore.
3. Emptying cans of Miller High Life and filling them with imported beer.
Britney Spears and her paparazzi BFF x17 are holding an eBay auction together for the charity Unicef. The item up for bid – a Blackout CD autographed by Ms. Spears herself – currently has 96 bids and is sitting pretty at $7200. The oh-so generous singer told x17 that, “I think it?s important to give back and with the release of Blackout, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the fans a chance to bid on something to help children everywhere.”
That sure is a nice statement (well done, Britney’s new manager!), but we can think of two children who would really benefit from Spears’ help – her own kids. Shouldn’t she be holding an auction to raise money to get them some new teeth and maybe a nanny? Or better yet, she could just put them up for bid! Surely K-Fed’s got enough child support money horded under his bed that he could win that auction hands down. [Image: Getty]
Photog Chasing Britney Hit By Car
A “spotter” who was following the pop star to the Four Seasons was hit by another paparazzo’s car and seriously injured. Welcome to the painful world of Brit Watch. [TMZ]
Lindsay Does Time at Red Cross
LiLo has started her community service working at the organization’s blood services facility. Wouldn’t it be more helpful if she just hid out for ten days? [People]
T.I. Convinced He?ll Go Free
The rapper is convinced he’ll be “exonerated” of the charges against him. That’s the spirit! [Yahoo]
Posh Ready to Pop Out Baby #4?
The Spice Mom is rumored to be pregnant with a daughter who she can prompty ruin with bad outfits and poor eating habits. [OK]
Reese & Jake Sneak Off on Vacation
The new lovers headed to Napa for some private R&R. Someone should tell them that they can cuddle all they want in LA – no one cares! [OK]
We’ve got yet another reason to look forward to 2008 — this February, James Blunt hits the road with Sara Bareilles for an 11-city romp as part of VH1′s You Oughta Know Tour. The UK crooner, an esteemed alum of our You Oughta Know program, will be working the tunes from the recent All the Lost Souls, while the soulful Bareilles, another YOK singer, just put out Little Voice in July.
Find out where they’re playing below, and check back here to purchase tickets starting November 17th. In the meantime, whet your appetite by clicking on the pics below and then watch Blunt’s videos and Bareilles’ sexy “Love Song.”
2/4/08 Seattle, WA The Moore Theater
2/6/08 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
2/7/08 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
2/8/08 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
2/12/08 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
2/22/08 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
2/23/08 Ann Arbor Michigan Theater
2/27/08 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
2/29/08 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
3/1/08 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
3/4/08 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
James Blunt Artist Info
Sara Bareilles Artist Info
Whatever you do, don?t mock the judges on this show ? America will boot your ass to the street. Last week the TNGAB?s three pundits told The Muggs? Danny and Rocket?s Lauren hone their vocals, and each either made a puss or directly snarled at the comments. Friday night both bands were dumped. Rock ?n? roll is supposed to be about attitude to some degree, but pop-rock, especially when it comes to this Fox fodder, needs to wag its tail and woof politely if it wants to hang tight.
We know it’s Monday when we come face-to-face with a story that would be better served as a shady plot to a 70′s porno. Apparently some British girl has come forward to reveal that she has Permanent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (say what?), which is just that: continuous sexual stimulation all day long from regular, mundane everyday things. This is one of those things that dumb guys might think would be “awesome,” but women know otherwise. Her life sounds like one pleasurable hell. 24-year old O-er Sarah Carmen explains, “As a skin care specialist I have to use tools which vibrate a lot of the time for micro-dermabrasion and they sometimes set me off.”
Sarah blames the problem on anti-depressants, and has had up to 200 orgasms in one day. She even had five during the 40-minute interview about her O problem! This sex pic screenplay is just writing itself. Someone call Jenna Jameson! [Image: News of the World]
Meanwhile, in a more wholesome tale of a girl making it big for an honest-to-goodness talent, check out the clip below of 15-year old Charice Pempengco on the Korean show Star King. Even if she sucked, the overall weirdness of Star King and its shocked audience would make it worth watching, but thankfully Charice is kind of amazing. It’s like she has Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey all stuck in her throat and they’re each fighting to climb out. Er, that sounds weird. Just watch.
Shocker of the day: Alicia Keys is just the singer’s stage name. OMG! Her real name is Alicia Augello-Cook, which doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in the same melodic way as her current moniker. But back when she was picking her last name, she revealed to Newsweek that she almost went with Alicia Wild, which her mom told her sounded like “a stripper” name. It seems to us like she was channeling some of the great 80′s vixens (and possibly idols?) like Pebbles, Stacey Q and Samantha Fox. What’s most hilarious about her almost-name is that Alicia is anything but wild. Alicia ‘Everyone Likes Me Because I’m Talented and Sweet’ would have probably been more fitting. Still, it’s cute that she picked Keys because of her piano-love. It’s not a bad idea: Britney Voice Modifier and Ashlee Lip-Syncing Machine both have a nice ring to them.
Another suggestion: Alicia ‘Has an Awesome Album That Drops Tomorrow.’ Give a listen to As I Am in its entirety over on The Leak right now!
Jessica Simpson is our most favoritest actress ever. Someone should create an awards show that’s more prestigious than the Oscars, because that is what Jessica deserves. This award should be named after her, too! Her talent – her glowing, blossoming, raw talent – deserves nothing less. We’ve come to this awed conclusion after viewing the latest notch in Jessica’s acting bed post – the trailer for her upcoming flick Major Movie Star. It looks like another winner; horrible script + bad comedic timing = gold at the box office!
Below the jump we’ve got some other fine selections from the Jessica Simpson Library of Craptastic Films. Take a look at the trailer for her still unreleased movie Blonde Ambition. Did the same stoned monkey write the script for that flick and Major Movie Star? The both seem so similarly awful. Or that could just be Jessica’s acting skills.