Remember when you were little and you made the horrible discovery that your parents had crushes on famous people? Surely my mom’s not the only one who bizarrely lusted after Neil Young, right? Well this is just as bad – America’s matriarch, Oprah Winfrey, is having relationship problems with her long term man Stedman. And the reason is her latest favorite thing: Barack Obama. The mono-monikered Stedman is jealous (um, so are we!) of O’s Obama-adoration, and the pair are allegedly seeking couple’s counseling with “a clergyman who has decades of experience dealing with deeply troubled long-term relationships.”
The source – who we think is Oprah’s sassy lil dog Sophie – alleged that “Oprah and Stedman’s relationship had been on very shaky ground for a long time,” and said that during a session, Oprah revealed that she no longer loved him. Maybe it’s time to call Dr. Phil? [MSNBC]
Well this is…weird. High School Musical‘s angel-eyed star Zac Efron is supposedly working with Lil Wayne on a remixed song for the new High School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance Party album, and the unlikely duo are like totally, platonically in love! Weezy’s reason for the pairing? He says, “I’m trying to reach those suburban white kids like Kanye did.”
So he’s now boys with the token suburban white kid Zac, who originally met Lil Wayne in the bathroom of a comic book convention after party. Seriously. Wayne describes their introduction: “To get away from these girls that was chasing him, he ducked into the bathroom and I followed him in there. I was like, ‘What’s crackin’, my brother from another mother?’” So now they’re making music together at Wayne’s home, and on the day one reporter caught the two working, Efron allegedly greeted Weezy with a “What’s up, my nigga?” and a kiss on the lips. Yes, SERIOUSLY. After playing a few songs, Wanye was asked if he ever feels overwhelmed by all his projects, to which he replied, “Hell, no! This is how I live! I get up in the morning, get my dick sucked four times, drink a Molson’s, and then hang out with Zac.”
Zac supported the above with a well placed, “Word.” Yeah, we agree. Word. Also, holy sh*t, is this for real? [OCWeekly via DListed]
Well, how do you like that?
(Like I even need to ask!)
Were you stoked for Sunday’s episode of The Shot? In the last installment, the contestants were surprised with a celebrity photo shoot on an arid desert runway. The celebrity? Joss Stone. The photographs? Complicated, pensive and cluttered. Will they ever learn? And therein lies the core of the show, which pits 10 up-and-coming fashion photographers against each other for the chance to win $100,000, a spread in Marie Claire, and a Victoria’s Secret campaign — all the while being judged by a he-Tyra with an Australian accent, Russell James. Catch up on what you missed. Check the recap below.
As 2007 dwindles down, we’re taking a look back at our favorite tracks. Each Tuesday through the end of the month, we’ll sing the praises of the 20 songs that made our year. See what made the cut, and let us know what you think of our choices. Check out the last two posts to see what else is on our list.
Avril Lavigne, “Girlfriend,” from The Best Damn Thing (RCA)
Take the infectious cheer-squad shout of Toni Basil‘s “Mickey,” add some glean from chart-topping uber-producer Dr. Luke, and write lyrics directed at the most tech-savvy market in the country (14-year-old girls) and you’ll understand why Avril Lavigne‘s “Girlfriend” was her highest ranking single to date. Avril’s fans forgave her her newly wedded status and bought her barbed entreaties to an already attached guy to ditch his girlfriend (never has “She’s like, so whatever,” sounded like such a compelling argument). During the verse she rarely deviates into tune, sticking with her bratty schoolyard chants and marrying mall punk guitars with positively jubilant pop. All handclaps and sass, the video has Avril pulling triple-duty, playing her blonde self, a boyfriend-stealing brunette and a red-headed prude. While the message of the song is far from female empowerment, it seems she’s finally embraced a less abrasive side, making the unabashed pop music she’s faulted others for in the past.
Soulja Boy, “Crank That,” from Souljaboytellem.com (INTERSCOPE)
Ya gots ta be multi-format these days, and there was no better example of video aiding and abetting audio than this ATL kiddo’s uber-ubiquitous, ultra-catchy dance anthem. His MySpace page was thick with how-to clips (please, don’t mess up the Superman section) and messages from trillions of fans. YouTube was loaded with tributes and satires, from yarmulke doo-rags to Santa’s elves gliding to the groove. So, yeah, DeAndre Ramone Way wasn’t fibbing when he said his reach stretched “from the Internet to Main Street.” There’s glory in one-hit-wonderville, and even though one Web commenter rightly declared that Soulja Boy blabbered “on the mic like he just woke up,” the song of the summer (sorry, Rihanna) proved to be a bubblecrunk gem.
Flav got elfed! Click here to watch and get ready for a new batch of honies on Flavor of Love 3!