In an unfortunate turn of events, poor Danny Noriega (whose spin on “Tainted Love” last night was horrid) is appearing all over the Internets in a video (see above). In the 30-second clip, recorded some unspecified time ago, Noriega sings “We wish you a merry Christmas” before lapsing into vulgarity and insults. Specifically, he says he hopes that Santa rapes your mom. And so ends Mr. Noriega’s 14th minute. Tune into American Idol on Thursday night to see whether or not Simon and company will finish Noriega’s chance at stardom permanently.
Rolling Stone tells us that The Stooges are going to be saluting their Motor City sister Madonna at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies next Monday night, March 10. (VH1 Classic is airing the entire show live at 8:30 pm.). Crazy, right? But crazy is good. What Madge track would you like to see Iggy and the boys rip apart? Let’s assume it isn’t “Papa Don’t Preach” and let’s hope it’s “Into The Groove.” And if you really want to be a dreamer, imagine a world where the Material Lady has a bit too much bubbly, heaves her yoga pad in the corner, and jumps on stage to help the boys ramrod through “Real Cool Time.”
Other heroes will celebrate their forebears, too. Damien Rice (read a classic interview here) will salute Leonard Cohen, James Cotton will evoke Little Walter, and Gamble & Huff? will get a tip of the hat from Patti LaBelle. Watch videos by some of the inductees.
Who are you psyched to see?
Damn! K-Fed Got K-Fat
Brit’s ex has gotten big in the belly. Maybe he should take one of her dance classes and get in shape?? [Us]
Scarlett Plays House with Ryan Reynolds
The hot couple are taking things to the next level and shacking up together. Think Woody Allen’s jealous?? [NYDN]
Heidi Montag?s Step-Brother Dies in Freak Accident
It’s the first real thing to happen to the “star” in ages. Our condolences.? [Us]
Jessica Drops Cash on Vegas Condo
Simpson splurged on a fancy Vegas condo, and you can check out the pics. We’ll now be avoiding Sin City at all costs!? [Us]
Did Mary-Kate Try to Fix her Face?
Either the twin’s had surgery, or she’s scrunching her face up in a really weird way. [Cityrag]
What makes a rock star? Rock of Love‘s Bret Michaels attempts to answer that particular age-old question in the clip above. Here, the Poison frontman is entertained by two lovely strippers . . . er, women, who disrobe as they read the constitution of the United States. Then they dance with hula-hoops. And they say that the country suffers from a lack of civic pride. While that might be the case, we’re sure as hell not hurting for rock-star moments.
In today?s installment, Rock of Love?s Bret Michaels takes a few of his ladies out for a romantic, low-lit dinner. Actually, dinner?s totally in the dark. Hidden by the darkness, Bret takes the time to sample a few of the delicacies that aren?t on the menu. Is that very rock star of him? Depends on how you like your rock stars ? slathered in saliva or sitting down politely with good table manners.
There’s been a whole lot of neon in pop culture lately. First, Kanye West collaborated with Daft Punk on “Stronger,” made a video that combined the look of Akira with the narrative of Guns N’ Roses’ “Estranged,” and then showed up to the Grammys wearing a jacket that was literally so flashy it was designed to light up. Then Rihanna – who will appear on Kanye’s Glow in the Dark Tour — played the Brit Awards fronting new-rave darlings the Klaxons. Now comes French DJ duo Justice‘s new video (for “DVNO,” above). It’s the best video we’ve seen since the last time Justice released a video (for “D.A.N.C.E.”). Enjoy the outer-spaciness, kids. After the jump, watch Rihanna playing “Umbrella” at a rave that looks like it was thrown by wayward cast members from Tron.
Sometimes it?s all about helping others. When the call went out regarding participation in “Phoenix Rising,” a benefit concert to assist the Station Family Fund, plenty of artists came running. What?s the SFF? It?s the group that generates and dispenses monies needed to ease the medical bills of those who survived Rhode Island?s infamous Station nightclub fire, a blaze that killed 100 rock fans and injured another 200 on Feb 20, 2003.
Last Monday, at the Dunkin? Donuts Center in Providence, the SFF hosted a multi-artist bash that illustrated the effectiveness of uniting for a cause. Co-organized by the group Tesla, who lost an associate in the tragedy, it was a night full of fun and memories, 5000 fans and 20-plus artists rocking the place silly. VH1 was there, too. An edited version of the four-hour concert will be shown on the channel and VH1 Classic on March 23. It’s entitled Aftermath: The Station Fire Five Years Later.
Twisted Sister, Tesla, Staind?s Aaron Lewis, Winger and several other acts represented the rock side of things. John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Dierks Bentley flew up from Nashville for the evening to put on an acoustic show that stressed their high-flying country slant.
?Wear your tee-shirts proud,? bellowed Sister?s Dee Snider, who acted as the program?s MC. ?Let people know you were here. I learned a lot about bravery, courage and heart tonight. I recognized the strength of the people who survived. There will be sad moments, but this is a party, and people want to rock. So let?s rock!?
Drew Barrymore forked over $1 million to the World Food Programme to help feed children in Africa. Love – and Oprah – makes people so generous! [Us]
Kate Hudson dissed rom-com rival Katherine Heigl. What’ll she do when they’re cast in some trashy flick together? [DListed]
Oprah’s Big Give debuted last night, did you watch? [Jezebel]
Winona Ryder‘s engaged to whichever rocker she’s dating. Congrats. [PerezHilton]
Win a date with Scarlett Johansson! Impress your friends and family! [People]
Could she be talking about Britney? Paris? Lindsay? In a funktastic SoulStage performance, Erykah Badu gets down with her band on “Annie.” The song is a cutaway from “Honey,” the first single off the neo-soul star’s brand new New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War), and it’s all about a girl who ?don?t wear no panties.? Sounds like someone we know. Check the clip. Here’s Rhapsody looking into the Badu’s musical influences.
Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz is quite the entrepreneur. After starting his label Fueled by Ramen, he opened his bar Angels and Kings late last year in New York’s East Village. Now, he’s opening a salon in his native Chicago, slated for April, to give the skinny-panted, eye-lined kids there all the asymetrical haircuts they can handle.
Though Lil Jon‘s rap career may have fallen off slightly (It’s been a long time since we heard a “Yeeeeeeaaaaaah” around here, and that’s the way we like it) it would seem he’s still making good use of that pimp cup. Apparently, the rapper (real name Jonathan Smith) is forsaking crunk juice for wine by starting the Little Jonathan Winery. According to LJ’s site, he’ll be offering Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.