Lots of pop fans have been loving "Young Folks," the catchy hit by Swedish cool guys Peter, Bjorn & John, and the song that’s made whistling chic again. Fresh from playing the Coachella festival, we challenged the trio to a whistle-off…only to discover that not everyone can get the job done. Take a look, then go spin "Young Folks" one more time.
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Michael Jackson: $10 Million, No Singing
That’s what a wealthy Prince is paying Jacko for appearing at his birthday party — and he doesn’t even have to sing. Pam Anderson, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss will also be in attendance, for free! [MSNBC]
MTV’s Heidi and Spencer Are Engaged
"The World’s Best Boyfriend" popped the question to his 20-year-old honey. Congrats! [TMZ]
Anna Nicole’s Sis Wants a Morph Job
Her half-sister has devised a wild plan to dye her hair, get a boob job, and then approach Hugh Hefner about becoming a Playboy centerfold. No mention of marrying grandpa…
Jordin Sparks, the nicely proportioned 17-year-old who makes Ryan Seacrest look every bit as dainty as he is, was crowned the American Idol last night. Everyone seemed pretty pleased with the results of the votes, including runner-up Blake Lewis, who seemed genuinely happy for the success of his opponent.
The two-hour finale was really entertaining, too; the show finally pulled out all the stops, Check the highlights, like Doug E. Fresh beatboxing with Blake, after the jump.
There were lots of options for Ozzy Osbourne to choose from. The metal wildman has been making music for four decades, and the number of songs he has in his pocket is huge. But for our Rock Honors show tonight, the Blizzard and his band (which includes guitarist Zakk Wylde) chose "I Don’t Wanna Stop" and "Crazy Train." A live version of "Bark At the Moon" will be available on VSPOT as well. And Queens of the Stone Age, one of modern rock’s greatest outfits, will salute their hero with a romp through "Paranoid." Don’t miss: Thursday night on VH1.
Sanjaya made a dent on the red carpet and rocked with Joe Perry, the Beatles and Bennett made it to the show, and Carrie and Kelly did their thing. But the only event that people are going to remember from tonight’s final was that the 17-year-old walked away with the top prize. Jordin Sparks beat Blake Lewis to become this year’s American Idol. More tomorrow. Maybe a whole post about Randy and Paula slow-dancing, or that Sgt Pepper’s medley…
The Shady One is back in the studio. After establishing himself in the pantheon of the singly-named pop stars and selling millions of records, Eminem all but disappeared for two years, popping up only to re-marry (and divorce) his ex-wife and guest on Akon‘s record. But all that’s over now, as Em pal 50 Cent told Blender that Slim is back in the studio, working on new material. "He’s got a new album coming. He’s not gonna tell people that, but he’s making new music. I’ve heard a few songs, and it’s hot. He won’t tell nobody he’s working on a new album, but I’ll tell you: he’s working on new music."
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Arctic Monkeys‘ Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders on Gary Coleman and the perils of Chinese food.
Judging Books by Covers Since 2006
Matt Helders: When we first started, we used to ask for a novel. We didn’t get any good ones. We never read them, but they just looked crap.
Gary Coleman’s a Fan
Nick O’Malley: [On the rider] we used to ask for a cardboard cutout of a different person. We wanted Gary Coleman. They [actually] made one in England — they just got a cardboard cutout of Yoda, and stuck [Gary Coleman]’s face on. We asked for Steve Irwin, but he’s dead now, so it’s not funny.
We knew he could skate – Apolo Anton Ohno earned himself an Olympic gold medal, donchaknow (take that, you Blades of Glory bastards). But we didn’t know he would be a more graceful and energetic mover than a guy from ‘NSync or Norm from Cheers. Last night on Dancing With the Stars, Ohno became the top dawg, leaving Joey Fatone and all the others in the dust.
Is he the contestant you thought would win? What do you think of the victory?
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Pre-Jail Paris: Bible Studies?
A bra-less Hilton picked up the Holy Bible from a Hollywood book shop. What? Did the Hilton Hotels run out of their bibles? [The Superficial]
Is Jay-Z Stealing From His Waiters?
Employees at his NYC club claim the rapper is keeping a cut of their tips and refusing to pay them overtime. Is he writing The Blueprint for how to be sued? [New York Post]
TomKat May Spawn Another Kitten
Rumor has it that Katie Holmes may be getting ready to produce another baby Scientologist. [MSNBC]
Celebrating the Canadian-colored rock duo’s appearance on the cover of their music issue, Nylon posted this rather cute and definitely entertaining workday distraction featuring the White Stripes on their website. Things to know before you watch: 1. Stay with it until the end or risk confusion; 2. the White Stripes and the Raconteurs were both recording in Nashville earlier this year; 3. the White Stripes do not, as a general rule, use bass. In other exciting White Stripes news, check here for stills from the as-yet-unreleased video for the first single off their new record, "Icky Thump."