Ashlee Milks Baby To Hawk New Album

by (@katespencer)

Blergh. Clearly, we’re going to have to sit through months of Ashlee Simpson awkwardly dancing around the baby issue with vague comments about the status of her uterus. On the Today Show this morning, the singer told Matt Lauer that “only time will tell” if she’s pregnant and that she’s “giving birth” to her album, Bittersweet World. Clearly Papa Simpson has coached Ashlee on the whole “baby buzz means album buzz” thing, because no one was paying attention to what Ashlee was putting out before her baby belly came into question. And while we’re being cranky we want to point out that giant, 100 carat engagement rings don’t exist in a bittersweet world. How about changing the album title to something like Really Effing Lucky? Harumph!

Madonna Makes Housework Fabulous

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Is there anything Madonna can’t do? In the above clip, the Queen of Pop defines the concept of multi-tasking: vacuuming while on the set of her new video, and of course, looking fabulous.

And if you’ve got any interest in seeing the Material Mom look fabulous in person, enter our contest to win tickets to see her perform live in New York. All it takes is four lines…

The E Street Band Loses A Brother

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When you go to see the Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band you always get the feeling that it’s some kind of little family up there on stage. No question, the guy up front is important, but the whomp put down by the collective efforts of everyone flanking him is crucial to delivering that signature sound. Well, the whomp won’t be exactly the same any more. Danny Federici, the group’s organist and keyboard player, has succumbed to the cancer he’s been battling for three years. He was 58. For four decades he’s been at the Boss’ side, adding to the energy, creating an array of great colors and flourishes. His accordion work on “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” is one of rock’s most memorable sounds. He and Springsteen played together their entire adult lives. “He was a pure natural musician. I loved him very much … we grew up together,” writes Springsteen on the band’s Web site. Check our video list of great E Street songs.

There are a couple of nice Federici clips, including “Sandy,” for you after the jump. VH1 Classic celebrates his life with a block of Springsteen programming starting tonight at 8pm/7c. Full listing after the jump.

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Friday: Solange’s Words of Wisdom

by (@katespencer)

solange.jpgSolange Reaches Out to Jamie-Lynn
Beyonce’s little sister/young mother drops some sage advice to mom-to-be Jamie-Lynn. She says, “decide what’s best for you.” Sounds like a Spears-ish trait already.? [Us]

Britney Spears Coughs Up More Cash for Lawyers
B’s gotta pay her lawyers and conservators a whole lotta cash, and owes some guy named Andrew Wallet around $100,000. How appropriate.? [Us]

Nicole Kidman Wants Kids Out of Scientology
So do we, Nic. So do we!? [NYP]

Katie: Robotic Looks, Great Hair!

For someone with dead eyes, she looks really good. Though definitely a bit too skinny. Judging celebs from afar is fun!? [JustJared]

Lindsay?s Dad Can?t Stop the Crazy Talk
LiLo’s a pain in the ass, yet her dad is continuously worse. He won’t shut up about his daughter doing “missionary work” even though her peeps have denied his claim. Parents are so embarrassing!? [NYDN]

Akon’s Shady Past is a Load of Krap

by (@katespencer)

akon.jpgYou know how Akon toiled in a Georgia jail for four years for his illegal work as the head of a car-heist ring? His tales of thievin’ and fighting behind bars after facing up to 75 years for a felony charge are a common theme in his songs and interviews, but it turns out it never really happened! The Smoking Gun did a whole lotta research on the Kon’s shady past, and while the rapper does have a lengthy rap sheet, the only felony he ever received was for a gun possession charge, for which he got just three months probation. In fact, the longest Akon’s ever spent in jail was just a few months, after he was busted for stealing a BMW. His rep as a “ringleader of a notorious car theft operation” – which he loves to boast about – is a total sham, presumably created by the rapper to appear tough to his millions of fans. Turns out that after all his bogus tales of life as a notorious felon, this might be his biggest con job of all. [Smoking Gun]

New Pics: Snoop Hits the Soap

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Everyone know that Snoop Dogg is a fan of night-time dramas. But he digs himself some daytime dramas, too. He’s been written into the script of One Life To Live, and his appearances are scheduled for May 8 & 9. Plus, he’s going to do a remix of the show’s theme song to celebrated his on-screen action. His cameo includes doing a gig at the show’s Ultra Violet club, where he runs into an old pal. You know he did a gig for us, too, right? Watch the best parts here.

More pics from the show after the jump:

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Thursday: Papa Simpson Sells Ash Out

by (@katespencer)

ashleepapa.jpgAsh?s Dad Shoppin? Baby Pics for $1 Mill!
Reporters asking the singer if she’s preggers is “inappropriate,” but her dad trying to milk her for cash is not? Blegh. No wonder Nick Lachey ran away!? [NYP]

Britney Back in the Studio
BritBrit is taking voice lessons and recently played around in the studio for “fun.” Two years too late?? [E Online]

Gwyneth Reveals Post-Partum Depression
Gwynnie has fessed up to suffering from PPD after her second tot was born, and blames it on cutting back on her acupuncture treatments. Just when we were about to sympathize, she adds that?!? [Us]

Cam Diaz Mourns the Passing of her Father
The actress’s dad unexpectedly died this week after a bout with pneumonia. Our condolences.? [People]

Tori Spelling: Gay Icon?
The 90210 star says “I’m a huge fan of gays!” and fancies herself the next Barbara Striesand. Is she serious?? [Reuters]

Bret & Poison Hit the Road: Tour Dates

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Twenty-two years after the cat dragged ‘em in, Poison is heading back out. Led by our own Rock of Love wild man, the guys with the big hair and the hooky metal riffs are spending a big chunk of the fairest season cruising from city to city on a romp they’re calling the “Live, Raw & Uncut Summer Tour.” It’s sync’d up to a product, natch. A CD/DVD set with the same title hits the racks in June; this time ’round it’s all about the concert and the hits. Maybe Bret will be filming some of the action for the alleged big rock road show he’s been mentioning in interviews.

Make the jump to see if he’s stomping near you.

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Ashlee’s Baby Drama – Is She or Isn’t She?

by (@katespencer)

ash.jpgThe Ashlee pregnancy buzz isn’t shutting up, and the pop star hasn’t been much help in stopping it, either. Her future hubby called the rumors a “witch hunt” earlier in the week, and Ash addressed the drama during her appearance on MTV’s TRL, giving the world’s most vague statement ever.? “I just think it’s an inappropriate question to ask any woman,” the singer told MTV News. “For me, that’s something that I didn’t ever want to respond to, because I think it’s an inappropriate question. Some things, you want to keep personal, and I think that when people deny [reports that they're pregnant], it’s probably because it’s something they want to keep personal.”

Ummmm, so basically, she’s pregnant? Even though she’s not offering any concrete info, People magazine joined the ranks of tabloids (including Us and OK!) who have “confirmed” Ash’s pregnancy with an anonymous source. They even go so far as to allege that she and Pete will be married in May at a friend’s house in La Jolla, Cali. So here’s a congratulations to the happy couple – for whatever happens to be true!

Watch Out Tameka! Chili Still Loves Usher

by (@katespencer)

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Oh man. Chili is seriously asking for an ass-whupping from Usher‘s wife Tameka. The TLC singer recently revealed that of all the men she’s loved and lost – including Marlon Wayans – her ex Usher was the one she was meant to be with. Too bad he had all those “confessions” that prevented their relationship from really working out. Even Chili knows Tameka’s not gonna like what she has to say – let’s just hope she’s in hiding somewhere! Check out her revelation below. Think there’s a chance they’d ever get back together?

“Lord, Tameka gonna be trying to fight people. But honestly I will say, although Marlon is the one that got away, Usher is the one that I truly did love. Like that was truly my first adult love. I love him very much and I will always love him. I don?t know how you love someone that deeply and just stop loving them. I?m not in love with him anymore but I can?t say that I don?t love him anymore. And of course I do want him to be happy and all but me and him had what I never had in any of my other relationships, and that was chemistry. Even in that picture that you have up. Any picture that you see with the two of us, you see it. It?s just there! I could be standing next to him til this day and people will be like ?Wow?. It?s not that you are wondering if we are back together again, it?s just that we look like we just go together.”