Bruce Springsteen Hearts Arcade Fire

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You can add Bruce Springsteen to the lengthy list of rockers (David Byrne, Bono, David Bowie) who love Arcade Fire. At a recent show in Ottawa, the E Street Band took a break from its own material and was joined by AF’s beloved indie couple Regine Chassagne and Win Butler. Win, Regine and Bruce played a stark, accordion-filled rendition of the Boss’ 1984 “State Trooper,” which Bruce and gang apparently haven’t played since their Born To Run tour. With the twosome still on stage, they then covered the Arcade Fire’s “Keep The Car Running” from the acclaimed Neon Bible. So good, even Win Butler cracked a smile.

Need some Springsteen now? We’ve got exclusive live performances you can check out on VH1 Classic — during our “24 Hours of Bruce” block last week, we broadcast the guys playing “Radio Nowhere,” “Night” and “Lonesome Day” live from Jersey. They’re on the site waiting for you.

Paris’ Charity Trip Really a Reality Show

by (@katespencer)

paris1016.jpgOur sweet heiress is heading to Rwanda for five days in the near future (not soon enough for us) to visit schools and hospitals in the region with the charity Playing for Good. Wow, Paris Hilton is suddenly a genuinely good person. OMG, we totally like her again! Right? Not so fast. The whole visit is being shot by the organization’s founder as part of a reality tv show he’s pitched called The Philanthropist, which will feature “various selfless celebrities who rescue the world’s poor.” I guess if you consider flaunting your $600 heels around Africa rescuing, than Paris is well on her way to that Nobel peace prize! Paris admits that she’s “scared,” but we trust that she’ll be fine as long as cameras are around. She says, “I love having everything documented.” We know! [Newsweek. Getty]

Britney Booked for Dumb Driving

by (@katespencer)

britney1016.jpgBritney turned herself in last night to to the LAPD at around 9:30 PM and went through the regular booking routine – photographs, fingerprints, a detailed account of what the eff she was thinking when she hit a car in front of swarms of cameras and then walked away. The starlet was decked out in a typical Brit outfit of designer clothes that somehow, when combined on her bod, look like streetwalker garb. Brit was reportedly “polite and courteous to the officers,” and according to the booking sheet is 5’5 and weighs 125 pounds (so healthy – hurray for Taco Bell!). Check out the clip of her chat with a local LA newscaster as she walks from the jail to her car, especially if you’re dying to know Brit’s answer to “Any plans for Halloween?” That is stellar journalism at work right there! America needs to know! Interestingly enough, Britney was spotted driving around in a pink wig prior to her jail journey. Isn’t every day Halloween for her? [TMZ. Image: Getty]

Tuesday: Kim Kardashian’s Family Strips

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kimk1016.jpgDiddy?s NYC Street Fight
The rapper threw down outside a Big Apple hot spot over – what else – a chick. [NYP]

Kim Kardashian Teaches 9-Year Old Sis to Strip
This clip from Kim’s new reality show falls somewhere between killing puppies and taking candy from a baby on the ‘wrong scale.’ [DListed]

LiLo Back to Making Movies, Money
Look out LA – Lindsay’s back, and she’s sober. Who knows -she could be scarier clean than when she’s hammered. [People]

Jen Aniston Wants to be Oprah
In a new interview, the Friends star reveals that if she could, she would be Oprah for a day – because Oprah never got married, natch. [JustJared]

Kate Hudson Wants Owen Back?
The starlet’s turn-offs: drugs, smokers, socks with sandals, guys who hate kids. Turn-ons: attempted suicide? Errrr, something seems off here, Katie. [Mollygood]

Amy Winehouse Pays for Her Hair

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amywinehouse1015.jpgAfter all the bad press Amy Winehouse has been getting this fall, it’s good to know she’s still capable of doing stuff other than drugs. The singer is allegedly donating $100,000 to a Romanian orphanage after she learned that the mound of fake hair she teases into a beehive could possibly come from the heads of the poor kids. Apparently the hair chopped off of orphans is used to make weaves and wigs for rich ladies. A source says, “She had no idea orphans were exploited. She knows where her weave comes from and to be honest, it’s the US where most of the unethically culled hair ends up but she still wanted to help.”

Oh sure, blame us Americans! Eh, that British blabber is probably right – Britney Spears must have like, a whole country of kids on her head. Oops! [Getty]

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Nas Drops ‘N’ Bomb On New CD

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nas10151.jpgHip hop legend Nas is never one to shy away from a controversy, so it comes as no surprise that he’s announced that his next album will simply be called Nigga. The rapper spilled the beans at his NYC concert his past Friday and also revealed that he had wanted to use the title for his previous album, but instead went with Hip Hop is Dead. Why he changed the name is unclear, but one thing is certain: hip hop, and its artists’ ability to challenge cultural standards and stereotypes, is still very much alive. This move comes in the wake of the Don Imus basketball team scandal and Michael Richards‘ racist rant, which spurred a public dialogue about the power of language, varieties of racism, and of course the ubiquity of the infamous ‘N’ word itself (here’s how Ice T feels). New York City even went so far as to pass a symbolic resolution this year banning the word, in an attempt to eliminate the slur.

Whether or not you agree with Nas’ move, he is definitely sustaining the conversation about free speech and racism in America. So we gotta know – what do YOU think about the name of his new album?

[Getty]

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Britney Wants to See Your Moves

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The pop tard is looking for a few brave souls to strut their stuff in her latest music video. Britney will be holding auditions for the gig this afternoon in Los Angeles and anyone can show up – it’s an open call! Maybe she’s secretly on the hunt for a new husband? If you’re comfortable wearing wigs and pleather while riding stripper poles, head on down today! You may get lucky and end up beside Brit in her next video – if you consider that sort of thing a positive. If your skills are lacking, just bring her some Taco Bell or a Frappucino, you’ll be grinding on camera in no time. [TMZ]

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Lindsay Lohan Will Wash Cars for Cash

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lindsay1015.jpgLittle LiLo has apparently squandered all her hard-earned (yeah, right) cash on crap like hotel rooms to do drugs in, fancy pants with drug-laced pockets, rehab to fix her drug problems, lawyers to handle her many DUI charges, and of course, drugs. Rehab alone apparently has cost the actress over $137, 000 – after all, she’s been in and out three times this year. Linds has had to sell her apartments in the Big Apple and Los Angeles in order to put some cash in her pocket, and is shacking up at a producer pal’s house in LA while shooting her latest flick this month because she can’t even afford a stint at a Super 8 Motel. So if acting isn’t a lucrative enough gig to support the $70,000 she likes to spend on tanning, we’ve thought of some other odd jobs Lindsay can do to get that savings account up past the zero mark.

  • Walk Paris Hilton‘s dogs and clean out her monkey’s cage
  • Become Britney’s next assistant
  • Serve as Owen Wilson‘s sober companion
  • Babysit Nicole Richie‘s new baby – or her sunglasses collection
  • Have a bake sale – Linds can sell those pot brownies she surely knows how to make
  • Serve as Al Gore‘s campaign manager if he runs for president – after all, aren’t they like BFF?

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Two Turntables & An Arsenal

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Tell us again why private citizens – even those with good/evil artistic personality splits – need automatic weapons? By now you know that T.I. had to skip the BET Awards show on Saturday because he was answering questions from the ATF in ATL regarding his purchase of machine guns and silencers. He’s looking at federal charges, and he’s looking at a lot more than a slap on the wrist, jail-wise.

What are you thoughts on our man and his gun fetish? Should he wind up behind bars?

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Monday: Jessica’s Million Dollar Zits

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jess1015.jpgLindsay Ditches Hollywood for Utah
The starlet is apparently moving to Utah full-time to escape the LA grind. Let’s hope Paris and Britney follow suit. [People]

Jessica Simpson Gets Rich Off of Acne
The “actress” is reportedly set to make $3 million from her endorsement deal with ProActive skin care. Proof that she should skip acting and stick to what she knows — zits? [NYP]

Rihanna?s Latest Celebrity Crush
RiRi sets herself up to become to new “it” girl (or Britney Spears junior) and hooks up with man whore Josh Hartnett, 10 years her senior. [Us]

Amy Winehouse Back on Stage

The booze-loving prodigy is set to sing at the Woodie Awards next month in NYC. Lock up your liquor stores, Big Apple! [NYDN]

Ashlee: Binging on Botox?
Jessica’s little sis denies using botox on her beat face, but her wrinkle-free mug seems to say otherwise. Maybe she’s just been borrowing her sister’s Proactive?? [Us]