Bobby Brown was bounced from a three-day jail stint last week for not paying child support by a Washington D.C. radio station that picked up his $19,000+ tab. In exchange, Bobby was to grant the station an interview, but when it came time to talk on Friday, Bobby backed out, claiming on air, "That wasn’t our deal," before hanging up. Bobby has since agreed to give the station back its money. Note to Bobby: if you were just thrown in jail for being a deadbeat, it’s probably not good for your image to spend your first days of freedom being a deadbeat.
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Frenchie Davis was booted from the second season of American Idol when news broke of her past topless modeling. Now that it’s widely known Antonella Barba’s tatas (and more?) are but a click away, Frenchie feels like she’s been shafted. She told the New York Post:
"I couldn’t help but notice the difference between the manner in which she was dealt with and how I was dealt with. I think it’s fantastic if Idol has evolved and I think it’s fantastic she won’t have to go through what I went through four years ago. But if the rules have changed, I believe there should be something to make up for the fact that I was humiliated needlessly."
What that something is, Frenchie won’t say ("It’s open for discussion," she offers). Hmmmm. Could it be that she wants…attention?!? The thing is, there’s a difference between posing for and accepting money from a nudie site (as Frenchie did) and having your not-for-profit, girl-gone-wild past exposed (as has been done to Antonella Barba).
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Psychedelic Brits the Klaxons will release their eminently danceable debut, Myths of the Near Future, at the end of the month. The slavering press the record’s received so far has concentrated on the band’s nu-rave leanings, an acknowledgment, perhaps, of their rather colorful, fashion-forward attire, but songs like "Gravity’s Rainbow" (named after a Thomas Pynchon novel!) and "Atlantis to Interzone" are less about hippie-dippy glow-sticks and more about keeping things dirty on a filthy dance floor. Move your bodies, people. [The Klaxons' MySpace]
Shaquille O’Neal is set to make the jump to reality TV this summer via an as-yet-untitled six-episode series for ABC, in which the baller will mentor grade-school kids that are trying to lose weight. And while the premise may sound like nothing more than The Biggest Little Loser, it’s Shaq’s conviction that could make this thing golden. "Shaq is upset about this issue and he’s going to do whatever it takes to set this cause right," says executive producer Chris Coelen. "Whatever it takes?" We haven’t seen initiative like that from Shaq since Kazaam. This time, though, he’s the one who’s going to be grabbing bellies and making wishes. [Variety.com]
- Sienna Miller claims that drugs are "f*** loads of fun." She’s saying this in public? Is she high or something? [A Socialite's Life]
- Christina Aguilera goes from looking like she’s from the ’50s to looking like she’s in her 50′s. [Dlisted]
- Does a leaked video of Trina simulating sex on stage before she became a rapper really qualify as a skeleton from her closet? Seems more like an early look at her business model. [Rhymes With Snitch]
- Being a celebrity dad means never having to live vicariously through your child’s sporting events, school plays and report cards. [Just Jared]
- Britney Spears reportedly deemed herself "the Antichrist" last week in rehab. Come on Brit, tell us something we don’t already know. [Best Week Ever]
As a result of last year’s phone-throwing tantrum, Naomi Campbell was sentenced to community service. And now we know what she’ll be doing to help society: custodial work inside of a city facility for five days. This is the most humiliating punishment Naomi could possibly face, since she’s going to look so fat next to that slender, graceful broom! Click the picture on the left to see why Naomi will never live up to the standard of beauty set by the cruel, cruel world of janitorial supplies.
Besides, as you can see below in shots from Friday’s NAACP image awards, Naomi tends to surround herself with people who are, ahem, bigger than she is (here’s looking at you, Ty Ty!). [New York Daily News]
The New York Daily News is reporting that Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie‘s capacity to counsel campers on an upcoming season of The Simple Life is being questioned by the Foundation for Jewish Camping. A recent web post from Courtney Love supposedly claims that a "white powder" was present at Paris’ recent birthday party. Apparently when Courtney Love speaks, the Foundation for Jewish Camping listens — Courtney’s suggestion of Paris’ drug use has FJC’s Jerry Silverman skeptical. Not Paris’ DUI arrest. Not her casual tossing of racial epithets. Not even her exhaustively documented chemical romance. But hearsay from Courtney Love, whose perma-haze must make her among the least reputable sources on the planet. I’d believe what Baby Luv had to say before I believed Courtney and Baby Love is a kinkajou. [New York Daily News]
- If you still can’t get enough of White Rapper, check out this VSPOT clip of Serch and the Ego Trip guys debating the man of mystery that is John Brown.
- Anyone hear any good radio this week? [Crunk + Disorderly]
- Plans for a Ron Jeremy Madame Tussaud’s statue are put on ice. There just wasn’t enough wax. [The Post Chronicle]
- There’s a goal behind Dice Undisputed, says its star, Andrew Dice Clay: "My professional aim is to come out of retirement. Although I never really retired." Complex! [New York Post]
It’s down to the King of the ‘Burbs and White Rapper’s ambassador from the South:
Who will reign supreme? The anticipation must be killing you…the show aired days ago!
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Bjork has announced the title of her next album, which means one thing: it’s time to bust out the dictionary. Volta, whose title comes from a musical term for "turn" or "time" (as in "the first time"), is set to drop May 7. Though the Icelandic oddball wrote and produced the record, as usual, she had plenty of help: Timbaland worked on three of the 10 tracks’ beats, Antony and the Johnsons‘ Antony Hegarty sings on two, Lightning Bolt‘s Brian Chippendale and freelance drummer Chris Corsano take turns hitting skins, African musicians Toumani Diabate and Konono No1 dropped by, and a 10-piece female Icelandic brass section rounds out the list of cooks in the kitchen. Maybe most exciting is the contribution from Mark Bell, who helped make Bjork’s Homogenic the classic that it is. We could be looking at the avant-hop-Afro-noise-techno-big-band album of the year here. [bjork.com/unity]
It’s now carved in stone (or, really, etched in forehead) that Daniel Radcliffe will play Harry Potter through the rest of the series’ run. Daniel recently signed on for the final two Potter flicks — the first of which, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, begins shooting in September. By the time the seventh film rolls around, the 17-year-old Daniel will be legal, which begs the question: with his recent racy role in the UK stage production of Equus, can we expect a decidedly grown up Harry? Harry Potter and the Fan-Alienating Nude Scene, anyone? [Reuters]