Find yourself missing Ricky Martin in his Menudo heyday? You’re in luck — MTV Tr3s, MTV’s Latin culture channel, is following in the rich tradition of P. Diddy and the Pussycat Dolls by putting together the second coming of the popular late ’80s Puerto Rican boy band. The show will feature seasoned music vet Johnny Wright (Justin Timberlake, New Kids on the Block) and former Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough as judges, and will follow the trials and tribulations of 12 young boys desperately vying for a chance to peform in a band that probably already disbanded by the time they were born.
Will you watch "The Road to Menudo"?
Thanks to Imus, Oprah, Al and others, hip-hop’s never been under more pressure to clean up its act. And one rapper has decided to do just that, even if his "dirty" act was pretty clean in the first place.
Chamillionaire recently told AllHipHop.com that his upcoming album Ultimate Victory won’t have any cussing on it. "On my new album I don’t say the word n***a; I don’t curse nowhere on my whole album," said the Grammy-winner, who has a Muslim father and a Christian mother.
The Houston rapper doesn’t think keeping it clean will hurt his music, however, as he didn’t rely on profanities before. "I was saying n***a, but I wasn’t saying the ‘F’ word or (the) ‘B’ word."
So do you think keeping it PG will hurt or help the Chamillionator’s flow? Listen to the appropriately titled "Not a Criminal" — the first single off the upcoming album, featuring Kelis — to decide for yourself.
Proving that R&B can be just as hazardous as other dangerous occupations — lobster fishing, say, or big game hunting — is T-Pain, whose concert in Miami last Saturday ended in a mess of cops. When the venue cut his performance short, the singer’s manager allegedly tried to storm the DJ booth, but was brought down by police. According to Allhiphop.com, “Several police officers reportedly scrambled backstage trying to cut the sound to T-Pain’s performance and they finally succeeded while the singer was in the midst of his popular song, ‘Buy You a Drank.’” Yikes.
In other police-blotter items, an after-party for Young Buck turned violent on Saturday night. Apparently the rapper invited the crowd at his show back to his hotel for a little late-night soiree. But when a fight broke out in the parking lot between Young Buck’s entourage and some other rappers, guns were fired, hotel guests were terrified and nine people were arrested. On the plus side, Akon hasn’t humped anyone lately, at least not that we’ve heard of.
It had to happen sooner or later. Ms Spears is allegedly penning her life story, spilling the beans on everything from living in Lousisiana to dancing with snake on stage to being married for a weekend to driving pantyless. Only one question: what would be the perfect name of this much-anticipated tome? Tuesdays With K-Fed? Nah, that’s no good. We thought you’d like to leave some possibilities in the comments section.
Box Set: Britney Spears
Idol Finalist Busted For Drugs, Assault
2005 contestant Jessica Sierra bashed a glass over a dude’s head and then cops found cocaine in her purse. [CBS]
Cops Let Speeding Britney Drive On
Spears was let off with a warning Friday after being pulled over by Beverly Hills police. Is she back on the Coca Cola? [People]
Boy George Busted: Handcuffs & Photographs
The singer allegedly handcuffed a man to a hook on his wall after inviting him to his house to pose for photos. Maybe he was filming The Silence of the Gay Lambs. [NME]
The camera loves Lindsay Lohan, and she loves it right back. In a recent interview with Nylon, Lindsay went against the grain of most super-swarmed superstars to declare her love for the paparazzi. She’s either really masochistic or the smartest woman in Hollywood (although they could very well be one in the same, anyway). Says Linds: "I obviously like it…I wouldn’t ever want them to not take my picture…I’d be worried. I’d be like ‘Do people not care for me?’" That’s tragic. She might as well have come out and said, "I’m insecure and maybe hate myself and the only measure of love I have is in camera clicks." At least she’s practical.
Linds also revealed to Nylon that she has "a shopping problem. I love to shop too much." Good for her. This way she can wear pretty things and people will love her more. It might not fill her soul’s void, but at least she’ll, like, look hot. [New York Post/Image credit: Getty]
Here’s some snapshots of Lindsay loving the camera:
The American Idol kids have been coached by country queens, Latin divas, and hollaback superstars. But tomorrow night’s program is going to find out what kind of prayer they’re living on. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are the mentors this week, so expect some rock anthems to come spilling out of the tube. Which contestant is best suited for the snarl and swagger it takes to make a dent? Chris? Phil? Got any ideas about which classic tunes they should ressurect under the trained eye of the Jersey boys? Will they give classic rock a bad name?
In Sweden you can name your kids Axl, Bengta or Gudrun, but you can’t name ‘em Metallica. Tax officials recently told a Scandinavian couple that the metal-centric moniker was "inappropriate" for their newborn. (Maybe those tax officials were privy to what went on backstage before the mighty band’s late ’80s tours). Anyway, we’ve just revitalized our VH1 Classic site and just launched our Rock Honors site (hello Ozzy, Heart, ZZ Top, and Genesis) and to celebrate we’re introducing a new franchise called "Blast From the Past" – each week the blog will feed you a classic clip that still stands tall.
To honor the plight of that beautiful Swedish baby, we’ve chosen a little sumpun sumpun called "Enter Sandman." Hetfield’s growl, Lars’ thump – all the ominous bombast is in place. The fitful footage of the kid in bed brought the band to a whole new audience in 1991. Hit "play" after the jump and have a blast.
Toastee was cut when her team draped a disastrous dress on Like Dat in Charm School’s fashion show. Should she have been the one to go home? Weigh in now and check back soon for our official recap.
60,000 music fans are scheduled to hit the Cali desert this weekend – Coachella 07 has kicked off. Today’s program holds a big batch of new music. Bjork and the Arctic Monkeys are dropping new discs, and Interpol is finalizing their latest. But there will be plenty of classique stuff as well. The reunited Jesus and Mary Chain and graying Sonic Youth have will be pounding stuff from their canons. The L.A. Times has picked a few faves from over the years, and Rolling Stone has Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste providing some on-site perspective. Come on back Monday for pictures from the festival.
Photos: Coachella 2007