The Score Heats Up: A Swirl of Styles

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score_logo2.jpgLots of imagination is going into submissions for The Score, our contest to find a track that will become the theme music for this year’s Hip Hop Honors show. Like we figured, there are plenty of beatmeisters out there with cool ideas. Turns out that it’s all about variety.

ARS631, a dude from Queens, NY, has got the evil church organ thingee in “Shut Up.

Danny from Savannah, GA is going dreamy on “What Now.”

Rendaheatmonsta, a NoCal knob-twirler, kicks it electro stylee with “House of Rave.”

DJSAT gets his symphony on with the string-centric vibe of “Classical Beat.”

HeavyComponent (“Brooklyn all day every day”) goes for ominous street stuff on his “Gangsta and Simple.”

Have you been drilling down through the entries? What other producers have got you nodding? What other producers have dropped some odd sounds? Which submissions should we all be listening to?

Blog Best-Of: Robert’s Rap

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rkelly_links3.jpgR. Kelly‘s child-porn case finally is going to trial in September. Is that Chicago’s rainy season? [Dlisted]

- Scarlett Johansson‘s spread as the face of Louis Vuitton debuts. Kanye West is somewhere biting his fist, fuming in jealousy. [Egotastic!]

- Tyra Banks dramatically poses for cameras in Central Park and the look is less America’s Next Top Model, more America’s Next Top Scrapple. That’s to say: hammy. [Crunk+ Disorderly]

- Nicole Richie tells Diane Sawyer that she was shocked to learn that Vicodin and marijuana could impair her driving. In related news, Nicole Richie was shocked to find out that food helps you think. [Jezebel]

- Rihanna goes shopping on crutches. The things people do for attention! [CONCRETELOOP]

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Brit vs. Posh: LA’s Latest Girl Feud

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posh080207.jpgNow here is a fight we’d like to see – crazy ol’ weave-wearing Britney Spears vs. stonefaced stick figure Posh Beckham. Please, Hollywood gods, let it happen! Apparently Posh is making a bad rep for herself in LA, where she recently pissed off the private peeps at the Chateau Marmont by informing the paparazzi of what time she’d be arriving at the celeb-friendly hotel. Last week Britney turned up to hang at the hot spot, but left when she was told the only table available was next to the Spice Girl. Ouch! If you’re getting dissed by Britney Spears, you know something’s up. Maybe she was just worried the couture-clad Posh would call the fashion police on her. Feud on, ladies, feud on! [NY Daily News. Image: Getty]

Baby Bumpin’ Christina Cancels Tour

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xtina080207.jpgThe big-voiced mom-to-be has canceled her New Zealand “Back to Basics” Tour, after a “bad flu virus” has rendered her unable to move, much less perform. The singer apologized in a statement to her fans Down Under, saying she was “not been able to recover in time.” Xtina had already bailed on her shows the week before in Australia due to the same illness. Hopefully it’s just a virus and has nothing to do with her still unconfirmed baby, which according to Celebrity Baby Blog, is not due in December. They say that Christina is due sometime in January and does not yet know the sex of her child, contrary to earlier reports that the star is expecting a girl. Fingers crossed that it’s a lady and we can hold our breath for some sort of torrid love triangle with Sean Preston and Jayden James in twenty years. Scandalous moms make scandalous babies – we hope! [PopCrunch, CBB . Image: Getty]

Ask Doc Ali

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Scott Baio Is 45…and Single may be all about Scott Baio, but his life coach, Doc Ali, isn’t. In addition to helping Scott sort out his love woes on TV, she’s helping our readers sort out their problems online. If you need some advice on love, life and/or work, drop Doc Ali a line here. And check this spot every week to see if Doc has answered your questions.

After the jump, Doc Ali continues doling out the virtual guidance.

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Scarlett Johansson To Rock Out

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ScojoAs if she hadn’t cemented her status as every indie dude’s fantasy, Scarlett Johansson is working on her debut album with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. This news comes on the heels of her reported Tom Waits cover album and her Coachella performance with the Jesus and Mary Chain. As reported by the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Lost in Translation star spent 33 days recording at Dockside Studio. Owner Steve Nails described the album as, “a theater, big screen. Lots of heavy bass tones in it. Without a bass guitar, we used all kind of different instruments to create these sounds. It was a great experiment. Very avant garde. She sounds like Marilyn Monroe.” Which seems like a no-brainer comparison to us. We’re guessing there won’t be any Justin Timberlake duets.[Pitchforkmedia / Image credit: Getty]

The Hills: Lauren + Heidi = Hate

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thehills080207.jpgThe third season of The Hills hasn’t even started yet, and already the girls have their manicured claws out and the cat fights are on! After last season’s friendship ending finale in which Heidi bailed on BFF Lauren to live with sleazy boyfriend Spencer, the pair can barely stand to be in the same room together. Lauren’s new roomie, Audrina, described a run-in with Spencer and Heidi that took place back in May at LA nightclub Les Deux. “They just came right at our table and sat down,” the show’s lone brunette told , “We were like, ‘What are you doing? Get away! This is our table.’ But they said, ‘This is our night, our friends, get out of here.’”
The couple apparently left in a huff (Audrina and Lauren: 1 point!) but the drama didn’t end there, with Heidi refusing to join the girls for a photoshoot for the show’s promo pics. Instead the recently revamped blond (her nose got slimmer and her breasts bigger) took her photos alone, and was then Photoshopped into the group shot.

The drama’s all been caught on tape, natch, and will be available for your viewing pleasure on Monday, August 13th on MTV. For a trailer of the new season, click here and then tell us what YOU think. Who’s wrong, who’s right – and will the girls ever be able to be friends again?

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Heidi Montag and boyfriend Spencer Pratt
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Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag
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Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad
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Whitney Port, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad
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Audrina, Whitney and Lauren

[Us Weekly. All images: Getty]

Kanye Wants To Know More About…Kanye

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kanye_blogs.jpg Apparently, you can tell Kanye West…something. The notoriously arrogant producer-rapper-dandy reveals to Marc Ecko in the August/September issue of Complex that he not only reads blogs, he enjoys them. “I have a pessimist with me all the time,” says Kanye, giving an example of a way he keeps himself in check. But who needs a pessimist in your entourage when you have a laptop? Kanye continues:

Man, it takes a really strong person to read the blogs; it’s just no holds barred. So if you’re feeling good about yourself and you want to feel like s***, go to the blogs. It’s good to have a place for someone to have unabashed opinions. Even if they’re dissing me or I’m the butt of jokes, I respect people giving their real opinion.

How refreshing it is to see a blast of humility from a star like Kanye. But did you notice that he prefaces it all by calling himself “strong?” I’ll spare him my real opinion on this.

Has Britney Gone Mental?

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britneyspears080207.jpgUs Weekly has brought in a bevy of brain shrinks to analyze Ms. Spears, and the diagnosis isn’t pretty. It seems that all the weirdness – the impromptu underwear swim sessions, the strange scarf face mask, the nip slips, the outbursts – could signify that Brit’s got “a mood disorder,” says psychologist Robi Ludwig, based on her “self-destructive, erratic and dramatic” behavior. This can also be “symptomatic of drug and alcohol abuse.” Hm – you mean like Brit’s addiction to bathroom breaks? Ludwig also added that Britney “… strikes me as someone going through a delayed adolescence.” Come on ya’ll! Adults love wearin’ jean shorts and tank tops every day! Adults totally prefer Cheetos over caviar! Adults are always droppin’ their babies! Right? No? Fine, whatever. Time for a tantrum. [Us Weekly. Image: Getty]

Bobby’s Got a Brand New Bag: Paranoia

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After the bitch-slap of Whitney Houston craziness from earlier this week, it seems only fair that we should hear from her former other half, King of R&B Bobby Brown. And hear from him we have! Bobby’s still yapping about Osama Bin Laden‘s supposed jealousy and wish to kill him, despite the fact that the story’s been circulating for over a year and that it refers to events that took place 11 years ago. Whatever. Attention is attention even if it’s from a terrorist. Eleven years ago.

Says Bobbaaaaaaaaaaaaay:

I figure if Bin Laden wants me, and everybody is looking for him, it probably won’t happen. But if he wants to try and find me for something so stupid, he can do what he wants. I have to leave it in the hands of my higher power. Come on, if anybody [else was] threatened by Al Qaeda, they’d take it seriously.

Isn’t it comforting to know that even if they aren’t together, Whitney and Bobby’s craziness is still potent, almost complementary? Even though we know how very far apart they are, it helps to think they might be wishing on the same bright star. It’s like that ’80s animated film An American Tale, except with more hootin’ and hollerin’ and drugs instead of mice. All together now: “Somewhere out there…” [New York Daily News / Image credit: Getty]