Jermaine Dupri: Moving Out of Janet’s Way

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Jermaine Dupri has revealed that his girlfriend Janet Jackson is following in his footsteps by moving from Virgin Records (where Jermaine was the president of the urban-music department and where Janet has been releasing records since 1993′s janet.) to Island Def Jam. Unlike with Janet’s flop 2006 album 20 Y.O., Jermaine, now the president of Island Records Urban Music, says he’s keeping his hands off her next album:

She’s on Island, but it’s more or less [Def Jam CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid's] project. I let him deal with that on a day-to-day basis…I don’t really know what he’s got in mind at this point. His past record isn’t shabby so I’m going to let him do what he’s going to do. I’m going to do [the new] Mariah [Carey album], and we’re going to make it seem like we’re in competition to see who’s going to have the biggest album of the year.

While the release of Janet’s next disc is as yet unknown, Mariah’s follow-up to The Emancipation of Mimi has been tapped for a Nov. 20 release. The two titan divas going head-to-head is an exciting prospect, however, I get the feeling that this could all be settled with a few rounds of mud wrestling or foxy boxing. They both have the boobs for it.

But really, Jermaine is widely blamed for the failure of 20 Y.O. His lack of involvement could be the best thing for Janet’s career since getting those ribs removed liposuction she became, like, really hot via a sensible diet and strenuous exercise. [Billboard.com / Image credit: Getty]

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Brit and K-Fed: Snoopin’ on Each Other

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There’s no trust left in this crumbled marriage. Both Britney and Kevin have allegedly hired private investigators to dig up dirt to use against each other in their messy custody battle. And though it would be adorable and we’re sure Brit considered it – the snoops are not Jayden James and Sean Preston. So what have they learned? According to Kevin’s spy, Britney has a booze runner who goes out and picks up her bottles so no one spots her at the liquor store. Now this IS something she’s having her kids do, natch. She also reportedly walks around the house naked and doesn’t care who sees her. Come on Kev - is anyone really looking?

The naked pop star got a big pile of dirt on her ex too. Her spy reportedly says K-Fed boozes with pals, smokes mounds of marijuana, and brings home ladies galore for one night stands. How fatherly! This is parenting at its best, folks. The judge in their custody battle should do the right thing and just keep those two kids for himself. It’s doubtful Sean and JJ enjoy being shuttled between CheetoLand and the poor man’s Playboy mansion. Poor little tots. Now go get Mommy some Schnapps! [Splash News]

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Travis and Shanna Keep the Trend Going

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Big surprise – the stars of MTV’s Meet The Barkers are calling it quits for realsies this time. After shooting their reality – "look at us we’re a normal married couple with kids, tattoos and millions of dollars" – show about wedded bliss, the pair split, reconciled, and have now split again, for good. And good riddance to them! They join a slew of other couples who popped upon MTV together and in love only to find themselves bitten by the "We’re so happy together" reality TV show curse. Think we’re lying? Look who else has felt the black magic:

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Kelis Hearts Hate Speech?

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In what appears to be a regular column, Kelis gets her post-Imus discourse on in the latest issue of the newish, hip lass mag Missbehave. The piece titled "Kelis On…Name Calling," finds Mrs. Nas raging against political correctness. "If everyone just said what they thought, maybe we could move on, get past it all and really be free," Kelis writes in one of her more reasoned statements. One to practice what she preaches, Kelis indeed says what she thinks throughout the piece, taking an extreme stance to seemingly prove a point. "How about if a straight man calls another straight man ‘faggot?’" she wonders. "Is it more offensive if the man is gay?" That probably can only be answered on a case-to-case basis: does it hurt more as a gay man to be talked about behind your back or to your face?

Her most outrageous statement, however concerns our very own commander-in-chief.

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Usher’s Confession: I’m Not Whipped!

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He may be one of the sexiest guys in the world, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be controlled by a lady (Right ladies? Boss those men around!). Media outlets galore have reported for a while that Usher is under the thumb of fianc? Tameka Foster, who supposedly got the star to fire his mother as his long time manager.The crooner sent an open letter to People addressing rumors about his relationship, life, and accusations of physical violence against radio host Tom Joyner – which he denies. He writes, "I am happy, excited, completely clear and independent on my direction, feelings, decisions and I am NOT BEING LED. "

Usher also attacked those wedding rumors. He says, "It has already been announced that I plan to marry this year. However,
since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is
information that we would like to keep private." YEAH right! He can’t talk about it cuz that controlling lady of his won’t let him. We know a whipped man when we see one! [People]

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Diddy Wants You (To Get Him Cheesecake)

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Are you unemployed? Looking to try a new line of work? Are you "the best"? Then you just might be Diddy‘s new assistant. The man of many monikers is in search of a new assistant, and all you have to do is upload a three-minute video to the Internet to apply. Though Diddy’s call to apply has a home-made, late-night, north-Jersey-furniture-showroom-commercial feel to it, one has to imagine that the man has money to spend, but there’s no word on compensation. And while you may not have a 401K, chances are you stand to gain a cast-off nickname and all the Sean John clothing you can wear out of the office. Check out some of the applicants here.

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Friday: The Beckhams Take LA by Storm; Paris Lets Someone Else Do The Driving

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The British super family officially arrived in Los Angeles last night to take the city by storm with their soccer moves and skinny jeans. We can’t wait to criticize their every move. [NY Post]

Brit: No Lovin? from Bodyguard?
After reports that the pop star and her bodyguard were getting cozy, a source close to the mysterious Daimon says there’s no love between the two. He’s just there to protect Britney and watch her kids -sounds like the perfect man! [People]

James Blunt Sold Sister on eBay?
Yep, the sensitive rocker claims that he sold his sister on eBay to help her get to a funeral in Ireland. Even weirder – the winner of the auction not only flew his sis to the ceremony, but they started dating and are marrying this summer. Brits be crazy! [People]

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Jessica Simpson: Changing Faces?

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When asked about plastic surgery in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Jessica Simpson replies, "I’ve had none."

Uh, yeah. Not really buying that one. Credit where it’s due, though, she specifically says her boobs are real.

That’s plausible, unless she got them done when she was, like, 20. Although given her father: maybe.

[USA Today / Image credit: Getty]

Don’t Mess with T.I.

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He may have the number one record on this week’s Billboard Top 200, but don’t think that makes T.I. any more relaxed. The hip hop star was in the middle of a performance at an ESPY Awards pre-party in Los Angeles on Tuesday and when a fan got in his way, he struck – literally. After a cup was thrown at the rapper he apparently jumped offstage and barged out into the audience, where he popped the culprit in the face with his mic. Stars such as Hilary and Haylie Duff were in attendance, and it would have been so much more exciting had one of them been the cup thrower. That mic smack could’ve been like a free nose job! Check out the pic on the right taken just a day after the tussle at the awards show. T.I. sure does clean up real good post-brawl. [TMZ]

Courtney Celebrates 43 by Trashing Hotel

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Alterna-mistress and original riot grrrl Courtney Love turned 43 in London this week, and celebrated her birthday by trashing her room at the Covent Garden Hotel. That’s right: She’s 43. And she trashed her hotel room. An "insider" told ITV News: "Staff said the room was left in a right state — like a wild animal had been let loose in there. She has used the place as an ashtray with butts strewn about and burn marks all over the bed, carpet and upholstery. I feel sorry for whoever had to clean it up." Nice going, Court. You’ve certainly become the poster-child for maturity. If you, dear readers, can’t get enough of her, check the disturbingly lucid inteview footage above. It’s fascinating in that plastic-surgery-disaster sort of way.