Yesterday, Island/Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid hosted a few journalists in his office for a special preview of Mariah Carey’s upcoming E=MC² album, tentatively due April 15. While Reid looked on, Mariah’s A&R man and long-rumored beau Mark Sudack played 12 of the album’s cuts from his laptop, often passionately (and adorably!) singing along. On the album, there was drama, there was death, there was disco. What follows is a track-by-track breakdown of our impressions of the album. Note that this isn’t the final track sequence, that L.A. ticked off the producers list to us but it is by no means etched in stone and the tracks that we heard weren’t always mastered.
One final note: so much of this album is sung in Mariah’s chest voice. The vocal gymnastics and whistle notes, while there (’cause, duh, it’s Mariah!), take a backseat to clear, purposeful singing, and Mariah sounds better for it. Oh yeah, Mimi’s back.
ESSENCE hosted its First Annual Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon yesterday, hailing quite the turnout. Guests included Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Paula Patton, Garcelle Beauvais, Layla Ali, Niecy Nash, Rashida Jones, Ruby Dee, Tatyana Ali, Star Jones, Vivica A. Fox, and Raven Symone.
Check out VH1′s exclusive photos and behind the scenes footage from the ESSENCE Commemorative Hollywood issue on sale now.
Hello, new Lopez-Anthony royalty. We do not know your names yet, little twins, but let us imagine them to be Jennifer 2: The Sequel and Mennifer. You are new to this earth – only 12 hours old – but surely you are already wise. You have seen how sexy and glamorous that woman whose breasts you are not allowed to suckle is, and surely you’ve marveled at the Armani couture birthing garment that she wore for your special day. You’ve been swaddled in diapers made of zebra hair and silk and nestled into your nursery as Diana Ross herself sings you lullabies. You are special. You are spoiled. Enjoy it. Don’t feel bad when you are each driven around in your own Escalade pulled by Clydesdale horses. Do not resist the temptation to carry around that miniature Balenciaga bag. You can do whatever you want – BUT! – whatever you do, do not be seen rolling with those Federline boys. They’re already bad news. [People]
Aaron Carter Jailed in Texas after Drug Arrest
The former teen heartthrob is now a pothead, and was nabbed with two ounces of weed in his car. [People]
Sam Must Stay Away from Brit
Brit’s former friend got served with his restraining order last night and can’t go anywhere near the pop star. But who will crush up her pills and dope her up now? [TMZ]
Paris Slips Nip, Reminds You She’s Still Hot
We’ve seen her boobs so many times, we can barely remember what we’re staring at. Nipples can’t save you from jumping the shark, P! [Gawker]
Nicole Richie Skips Mommy-ing for Table Dancing
Girls just want to have fun, even if they’ve got kids at home. [Us]
OMG! Ashton Kutcher Partied at Tainted Club
NYC hot spot Socialista has come down with a serious hepatitis scare, and a bunch of stars were just there! National emergency! [NYP]
Dr. Drew’s weekly commentary on Celebrity Rehab continues! After the jump, the hardest-working doctor in showbiz talks Ricco’s boat-jumping scene, the real reason behind Jeff’s departure, why 12-Step programs aren’t talked about on Rehab and what he thought of that food fight.
MySpace has nothing on FlavorofLoveWorld.com! The site allows fans to rant about cast members, predict who’ll be eliminated next — and, um, upload their hotness in the form of naughty pics and vids. Maybe we’re showing off, but VH1 has the sexiest users on the Internet and we are proving it by highlighting three Flavor of Love World users every day. Be prepared to blush.
MTV’s popular sketch comedy series Human Giant returns for a second season on March 11, and we’re waiting with baited breath. Those guys are funny. In the meantime, the boys have released this clip, in which Rob Huebel cuts off his penis with garden shears. It’s safe for work, if also slightly nauseating. Enjoy, comedy lovers!
Some of the hottest British and American music acts made an appearance at The Brit Awards last night. Attendees included Rihanna, the Osbourne clan, Mika, Leona Lewis, KT Tunstall, Kelly Rowland, James Blunt, Perez Hilton, Sir Paul McCartney, and Mark Ronson. Amy Winehouse performed “Love Is A Losing Game,” (see below) asking the audience to give it up for her incarcerated hubby as they applauded. We’re sure he got the skirt-tugging performance on DVR and is now pawning it off to his prison chums.
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Who’s ready to get creeped out?! We are! The husband of R. Kelly‘s ex-publicist spoke out last week on the radio about his daughter’s relationship with the controversial crooner and caused quite a stir. His wife, Regina Daniels, quit working for the star late last year amidst whispers that her 21-year old step-daughter had done dirty deeds with her former client. Her hubby George backed this up in his interview and said he was speaking out for “the public” because “it doesn’t have to be a superstar, it could be the guy on the corner.” But Kelly – through his new publicist – released a statement, and had this to say about his accusers: “The fact is that they had no problem with the relationship — indeed, they encouraged it — while Ms. Daniels was on Mr. Kelly’s payroll.”
After all the back and forth, the youngin’ in question, Maxine Daniels, tried to clear things up even further. “I tried to keep it a secret,” she said of her love affair with the singer. “But when my stepmother found out about our relationship, she resigned because she felt that Rob had ‘crossed the line’ by dating a girl that he has known since she was 7 years old.”
Eek. The rest of her statement can be found here, and we are anxiously awaiting a comment from Regina Daniels, the woman who first shed light on this scandal with her resignation. Until then, tell us – who do you believe in this mess?
Last night we heard our top 12 female contestants take a stab at songs written before any of them were born. On American Idol ’60s night always leaves something to be desired; most contestants strip the fun and soul from the melodies of their chosen classics and deliver performances worthy only of the soundtrack to a Gap ad. But while confidence flaunted in Hollywood often fades in front of millions of viewers, several contestants held their own and delivered fantastic performances. Let’s take a look: