Super-producer Timbaland has told GQ that Justin Timberlake’s new album is going to sound like the Rapture. More specifically: The Tim-team has been listening to 2002’s “House of Jealous Lovers” and they like the way it sounds. JT likes it so much, he’s been blasting it while taking the stage recently. So expect the new Justin joint to be rife with cowbell, shrieking and the future sex love sounds of punk funk. In not entirely unrelated news, the Rapture’s “House of Jealous Lovers” was produced by James Murphy, the indie god who also attempted to collaborate with Timberlake’s ex, Britney Spears. Murphy (aka LCD Soundsystem) told New York Magazine about the experience: “It was very strange – we were both lying on the floor, head-to-head, working on lyrics in a notepad. She seemed eager to please, but it went nowhere. She went to dinner and just never came back.”
What do you think, could Justin pull off that kind of sound?
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- On Sunday’s Surreal Life Fame Games season finale, which Lifer will walk away with the $100,000 in winnings and the best prize of all: their dignity?
- When Dice decides to record an album on Sunday’s Dice Undisputed, will he go gold or strike lead?
Catch previews of The Surreal Life, Dice Undisputed and more at VSPOT.
Everyone knows that a little thing like death couldn’t keep Anna Nicole Smith out of the news. Minute details of her death, the paternity case of her daughter Dannielynn and her net worth are like fried chicken to the media’s already clogged arteries. Still, a few recent stories have surfaced that are undeniably finger lickin’ good:
If Angelina Jolie‘s endless barrage of philanthropic endeavors makes you feel like your contribution to society is inadequate, don’t fret. While Ange does plenty of good, she isn’t perfect — this roundup of recent news stories shows that she can run the gamut from saint to sinner:
Cops Hunt Foxy Brown
The rapper failed to appear in court after her beauty shop scuffle. Busted! [Yahoo!]
Jay-Z to Def Jam: More Money!
Have money and ego came between the rap czar and L.A. Reid? [NY Daily News]
Mel Goes Ballistic On Mayans
The hot-tempered actor went off the deep end yet again. Anyone surprised? [TMZ]
Dina Lohan Hates "Party Mom" Moniker
Mama defends Lindsay’s ample alcohol intake and denies she’s a club-hopper. [Yahoo!]
Nicky: Too Grumpy for Fashion?
After a dust-up with socialite Lydia Hearst, Hilton cancelled her own fashion show due to a "personal emergency." [New York Post]
He once owned record label named Apple. Now Paul McCartney is throwing in with frappucino fiends. The cute Beatle and beleagured husband of that Dancing With the Stars contestant is releasing his upcoming disc on a Starbuck’s-centric imprint. It should get plenty of distribution, given this booming news. That’s what happens when you’re a billionaire sweetie-pie.
Can’t say how high Macca’s disc will chart on release in May. But we now know the kind of crazy juice Neil Young still has. An archive release from a 1971 show has clocked in at Number 5 on the charts this week. Young’s going to lay some more stuff from his personal library on us soon, too. Guess calling for the president’s impeachment doesn’t hurt you that much.
He got his start in films by doing his own 8 Mile. Now, he’ll continue his acting career by going 80 miles per hour.
Variety says that, 50 Cent will star in "Live Bet," an action film about illegal car racing. The film will be directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Lozano, whose past projects include Matando Cabos and a string of other Mexican films.
And regardless of what you think of Fitty’s career choices — The Fast and the Furious-type fare probably won’t lead to any little golden statues — at least he isn’t jumping in the ring with these two.
Desperate Housewives boy toy Jesse Metcalfe checked into rehab this week "to deal with alcohol issues," according to his rep. This follows an incident last week of reportedly strange behavior at Los Angeles’ Mondrian hotel…just like Britney Spears before she checked into rehab! Making matters weirder, Jesse was spotted Tuesday rocking blonde locks at a gym, which means his hair underwent a drastic change…again, just like Britney Spears before she checked into rehab! There’s no word yet on whether Jesse plans on drinking 24 cokes a day, buying out a wing of his undisclosed rehab center or pining for K-Fed during his treatment. [New York Post]
- Sarah Jessica Parker unveils a clothing line that manages to be duller than her line reading. Amazing! [MollyGood]
- It looks like Kevin Federline won’t be getting anything near the $20 million divorce settlement that was reported yesterday. All together now: ha haaaa! [Dlisted]
- Sobriety does a body good, or so Lindsay Lohan‘s spread in GQ would indicate. [Egotastic!]
- Bruce Willis and Demi Moore‘s daughter Rumer is doing what with a condom? [!! omg blog !!]
- Diddy‘s a deadbeat dad? Aw, but he seems like such a nice guy! [Sandra Rose]
- Sending love to T.I. and Tiny for their loss. [SOHH Atlanta]
Just in case you had any doubt that Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll is the gnarled, conjoined twin of America’s Next Top Model, this week the girls get made over.
It’s time to get pretty, y’all.