Heart: Tattletale Groupies Are A Bummer

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Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (tonight at 9/8c) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the antics that go down when artists are on tour.

Certain assumptions are made when one decides to get intimate with a new "pal" after a gig. Ann Wilson explains how one night many years ago, those assumptions made an ass out of…well, you know.

Recap: ‘Lost’ Finale Raises Questions

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The two-hour season finale was another Jack (pictured, right) episode. But rather than a flashback, we were given a genuine flash forward. Wild. Confusing, too. (Motorola Krzr phone, anyone?  If it was a flashback prior to 2004, he couldn’t have had one.) But we went along for the ride anyway, and collectively gasped when they confirmed the flash forward.  (You know you did.)

Are they all off the island? Are the writers done with the on-island story except for what are now flashbacks to the island?  We have eight to nine months to wait and see. For now, let’s go back to the beginning …

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P, B & J: Whistle While You Work

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Lots of pop fans have been loving "Young Folks," the catchy hit by Swedish cool guys Peter, Bjorn & John, and the song that’s made whistling chic again. Fresh from playing the Coachella festival, we challenged the trio to a whistle-off…only to discover that not everyone can get the job done. Take a look, then go spin "Young Folks" one more time.

Thursday: Jacko Getting $10 Million in Brunei; Anna Nicole’s Sister Getting Boob Job and Playboy Spread

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Jacko Michael Jackson: $10 Million, No Singing
That’s what a wealthy Prince is paying Jacko for appearing at his birthday party — and he doesn’t even have to sing. Pam Anderson, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss will also be in attendance, for free! [MSNBC]

MTV’s Heidi and Spencer Are Engaged
"The World’s Best Boyfriend" popped the question to his 20-year-old honey. Congrats! [TMZ]

Anna Nicole’s Sis Wants a Morph Job
Her half-sister has devised a wild plan to dye her hair, get a boob job, and then approach Hugh Hefner about becoming a Playboy centerfold. No mention of marrying grandpa…

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Isaiah Washington’s P.S…eh?

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‘s anti-hate PSA is set to officially premiere during ABC’s two-hour block of Grey’s Anatomy tonight. The brief spot is his penance for calling his Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight a "faggot" on set and then again using the epithet at the Golden Globes to deny that he ever said it in the first place. TMZ has obtained an early look at the spot, which you can watch here.

What do we learn from the 20-second spot? Basically that the old "sticks and stones" adage is meaningless in 2007. Isaiah’s just going through the motions here, saying what he’s supposed to say ("When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. A very powerful message."). Talking for the sake of saving face is no way to convince anyone of the power of words.

Isaiah’s message would have been more powerful had it been direct: "I should have never called my gay co-star a ‘faggot.’ That was rude and uncivilized." But then he would have forced people to deal with just how brutal words can be — and a resulting public outcry would have been the likely result. That’s life in our post-Imus, politically correct United States. Ain’t it grand? [TMZ.com / Image credit: Getty]

Manson Goes Pop, Monkeys Are No Good

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Manson Dating a teenager can make you do crazy things, as Marilyn Manson can attest to. For instance, Manson recently found himself at the center of a brouhaha over whether he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood simulated the sex scenes in his video for "Heart Shaped Glasses" (fingers crossed). Now, Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed God of F*ck, is covering everybody’s favorite recovering Mousketeer (no, not Britney) — Justin Timberlake. Manson doesn’t quite hit the high ones in this acoustic cut from a live BBC session, but the subject matter (all-consuming jealousy and rage) isn’t exactly a departure. Manson’s no stranger to covers though; his 1995 rendition of the Eurythmics‘ "Sweet Dreams" jump-started his career.

Another report from the department of Bizarre Covers: Rock lads Arctic Monkeys do a faithful cover of Amy Winehouse‘s "You Know I’m No Good," a woman whose buzz is officially bigger than her hair.

Idol Finale: The Good Parts Were…

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Jordin Sparks, the nicely proportioned 17-year-old who makes Ryan Seacrest look every bit as dainty as he is, was crowned the American Idol last night. Everyone seemed pretty pleased  with the results of the votes, including runner-up Blake Lewis, who seemed genuinely happy for the success of his opponent.

The two-hour finale was really entertaining, too; the show finally pulled out all the stops, Check the highlights, like Doug E. Fresh beatboxing with Blake, after the jump.

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Doc Martens: Come As You Were

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Dead rock stars shilling shoes? That’s the idea behind Saatchi & Saatchi’s U.K. campaign, which features Kurt Cobain, Joey Ramone, Sid Vicious and Joe Strummer as they might appear in the afterlife, wearing Docs (Kurt had a preference for Converse One-Stars, but hey!, Photoshop is amazing). Said the campaign’s writer, Andrew Petch: “We wanted to communicate that Dr. Martens boots are ‘made to last, and we discovered that these idolized musicians wore them. Showing them still wearing their Docs in heaven dramatized the boots’ durability perfectly. And, as images, they feel very iconic." Wondering how such a thing is possible? The images are legally cleared for use in the U.K. Courtney Love‘s not too pleased about it. Her rep told People that she "did not, and would not, approve of such a use of Kurt’s name and likeness." She did, however, license Cobain’s music to CSI: Miami. People in glass houses and all that. See the rest of the campaign after the jump.

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Ozzy, Zakk, and the Queens: Set List

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Ozzy3_2 There were lots of options for Ozzy Osbourne to choose from. The metal wildman has been making music for four decades, and the number of songs he has in his pocket is huge. But for our Rock Honors show tonight, the Blizzard and his band (which includes guitarist Zakk Wylde) chose "I Don’t Wanna Stop" and "Crazy Train." A live version of "Bark At the Moon" will be available on VSPOT as well. And Queens of the Stone Age, one of modern rock’s greatest outfits, will salute their hero with a romp through "Paranoid." Don’t miss: Thursday night on VH1.

IDOL WINNER: JORDIN SPARKS!

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Sanjaya made a dent on the red carpet and rocked with Joe Perry, the Beatles and Bennett made it to the show, and Carrie and Kelly did their thing. But the only event that people are going to remember from tonight’s final was that the 17-year-old walked away with the top prize. Jordin Sparks beat Blake Lewis to become this year’s American Idol. More tomorrow. Maybe a whole post about Randy and Paula slow-dancing, or that Sgt Pepper’s medley…

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