Lily vs. Amy: Catfight Part II

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Smack-talking Britpop princess Lily Allen has lambasted this week?s Britpop princess, Amy Winehouse (much the way Lady Sovereign lambasted Lily a few weeks ago). In this week?s Entertainment Weekly, Allen discusses Winehouse?s hard-partying habits: ?She goes to all those parties . . . and hangs out with Kelly Osbourne and Kate Moss. I don’t understand that need to become famous.? This after Allen says, ?Nobody’s ever had a picture of me rolling out of a nightclub at five in the morning completely out of my head on Ecstasy, and coked out of my brains.? Allen vs. Winehouse? Who?s going to win that one?

[Via Entertainment Weekly]


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Black & White & Rock & Roll

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Stephen Stills told us that black culture defined American culture, Grandmaster Flash told us that hip-hop was rock ‘n’ roll, and Patti Smith told us that her late mom liked to vacuum the house to "Rock ‘n’ Roll N*gger." It was a beautiful one-world fest at the Hall of Fame ceremonies last night. The Ronettes, R.E.M, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Patti Smith were all inducted. Most poignant performance: R.E.M.’s "Gardening at Night" or Smith’s spin on the Stones’ "Gimme Shelter." Idolator sniped at it in real time. The Times reported on it this morning. Catch the show hightlights this Saturday on VH1.

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Stipe in the Studio, Spoon in the Summer

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Stipe R.E.M. return to the studio with Bloc Party producer Jacknife Lee, hoping to capture some of the Brit band’s chart thunder, on their first album in three years.

Pop juggernauts Maroon 5 trade up labels and plan a May release for their latest It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.

Austin’s own Spoon have finished the follow-up to 2005′s Gimme Fiction, and are eyeing a July release for the as-yet-untitled record.



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LSD on Broadway

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The flashback-inducing psychedelia of the Flaming Lips just got an official mainstream seal of approval: Lead art-agitator Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone that he is in talks to turn his band?s last record, a concept album entitled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, into a Broadway musical. (For a band that routinely played with Justin Timberlake in a rabbit costume, this isn’t much of a stretch.) Producer Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) will help adapt the record for the stage. No word yet on whether or not the Playbill will be printed on blotter paper. Would you pay to do acid . . . we mean, see the Lips on the Great White Way?

[Via Rolling Stone]

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Wait for It – Buckley Exhumed, Disney Enlightened

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[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in
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Music

Jeffbuckley_waitSure, it’s emotionally confusing to look forward to the anniversary of the day original emo heartthrob Jeff Buckley died.  But that’s precisely what I’m doing. A collection of the more famous-in-death Buckley’s work, So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley, will be released on May 22, marking a decade since the singer drowned in the Mississippi. This is the third posthumous release of the singer’s work, culling material from his albums Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk and Live at Sine. In addition to the audio component, the hour-long doc on the singer’s career Amazing Grace will be included in the package. [Billboard.com]

–Lauren Harris

Movies

Disney_waitDisney announced at its annual shareholder meeting Thursday that it will produce a hand-drawn movie called The Frog Princess, which will feature "the very first African-American Disney princess." Gee, it only took the company, what, 70 years? Welcome to post-Jim Crow America, Disney! The flick will be set in New Orleans and should be out in 2009. So it’ll still be a while before you can say, in good faith a la Kanye West, "Disney does care about black people." [Hollywood Reporter]

Eddie’s In, Roth’s Out

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They said they were going to tour. That’s not happening. They’re being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame on Monday. They’re saying "don’t expect us." The boss of the outfit is rehabbing, the old singer is in a huff, and the bassist, frozen out by the others, may or may not show. Damn. Van Halen has disintegrated right in front of our very eyes. Hope Vertical Horizon, I mean, Velvet Revolver, has fun covering the guys’ stuff that night.

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Timba and Timber Bringing Britneyback?

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Whether you’re an aspiring chief of staff or a cautionary tale of celebrity excess, Timbaland wants to help.

Hot on the heels of reports that he’s going to drum up some scrilla for Hilla, superstar producer Timbaland recently told Entertainment Weekly that he wants to help troubled pop star Britney Spears. Like, really badly.

”I feel her pain, it really bothers me,” Timba told the magazine, his voice reportedly cracking with emotion. "I just want to take her away, go overseas, and work (it) out.”

The story doesn’t end there. Supposedly, the producer would try to get closely named cohort Justin Timberlake on board to collaborate with Timber’s (not Timba’s) ex. The magazine reports that when ‘Land (not ‘Lake) posed the question to JT, Sexyback told him he was cool with it, but "she’s just gotta be serious."

So with Timba out to help all these damsels in various states of career distress, we have a few suggestions as to who some other worthy projects might be for Timothy. The short list includes:

- Whitney Houston: Is Whit bringing Bobbyback? Best step in, Tim.

- Condi Rice: Ignoring the red states is bad for business, Tim. After years of too much Bush, help this would-be pol "Say It Right." (Hey …)

- Nicole Richie: Feed Lionel Jr. some beats, Tim. Then just feed her, period.

Leave your comments as to who you think Tim should help next. A’ight? A’ight.

Antonella vs Simon: The End is Near

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Ms. Barba took a stab at a Corrine Bailey Rae hit last night, but the results weren?t as spectacular as those ooh-la-la pics of her that have been ruling the InterWeb for the last few days. Maybe ?Put Your Records On? would have sounded better if Antonella sang it while covered with blood red flowers or a wet t-shirt. At any rate, mediocrity was in the air, and there was a consensus from the judges? perch.

  • Randy thought the performance was a "little pitchy."
  • Paula cautioned her to watch out for the "bottom notes."
  • Simon, of course, cut to the chase, telling the Jersey girl ?You’ve gone as far as you can go?the reality is that you’re surrounded by some pretty amazing girl singers. And I don’t know how much more you can do, because I don’t think you’re voice is going to get any better.?
  •  Antonella, with her 15 minutes of fame likely ticking away, stood tall, telling Ryan Seacrest, ?I know  I’m surrounded by really talented people, but I think I have a different style than them. I wish the judges wouldn’t compare me to anyone else.?

Click that comment link and let everyone know if Barba will be here much longer.

Blues Traveler = Gun Runner?

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Popperjohn_1 Blues Traveler frontman John Popper (shown left in a mugshot from a previous arrest) was arrested Wednesday in Washington after his SUV was pulled over for speeding at 111 mph and a cache of weapons was found in "hidden compartments" by some harmonica-loving police dogs. In addition to nine handguns, four rifles, a tazer, a switchblade and night-vision goggles, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphenalia were found in the car. Popper, who was riding shotgun at the time of the arrest, has made no secret of his gun advocacy and is an avid collector of weaponry, with guns, swords and knives in his collection.

Wait for It – Rachel’s War, Swizz’s Choice

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Movies

Rachelmc_waitRachel McAdams has signed on for a role in the Iraq war drama The Return. It’s about time Rachel chose a potentially heavy-hitting project: she’s got major ground to cover if she wants to live up to her reputation as the "next Julia Roberts."  The Return will concern three injured soldiers who are faced with harsh realities upon returning to the U.S. As exciting as Rachel’s involvement is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to co-star Michael Pena‘s plotline, which is set to involve post-war impotence. That is what you call drama on top of drama. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]

Music

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Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz has fashioned a career out of outfitting others with his work, and it seems only appropriate that his upcoming album, One Man Band, will be a multi-guest affair. The disc, which is set to drop May 15, will feature the likes of Kanye West, Just Blaze (both on production) and Coldplay, whose contribution, "Part of the Plan," may be brought to the small screen with a video helmed by Crash director Paul Haggis. All that sounds great, but one question: why does a producer need to enlist other producers for his album? Getting lazy there, Swizz? [Billboard.com]