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
The Notorious K.I.M.
Sprung from pokey, Lil’ Kim to work with Diddy again (XXL)
No Woman, No Cry
Talib Kweli denies rumors that he teared-up after his girlfriend smacked him at a party at 50 Cent‘s mansion (AllHipHop)
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems
?uestlove stopped by DEA in Buffalo … for having too much cash? (XXL)
The Truth Bytes
Hilarious! Cam’ron‘s rhyme book found, ‘published’ online! (Oh Word)
The Ugly Truth
‘Professional Hater’ lists his top 10 ugliest rappers. WHAT?!?! (Giant)
- Michelle Rodriguez comes out. She was in the closet for so long, she smells like mothballs. [A Socialite's Life]
- Beyoncé rocks a wet T-shirt on the cover of Vibe. What Girls Gone Wild is to real porn, this picture is to Girls Gone Wild. It’s enough to make your hand fall asleep…because it’s bored! [Bossip]
- Hilary Duff is so pale, she reflects light. Seriously, don’t look at the following pictures for too long because homegirl will burn the corneas right out of your head. [I'm Not Obsessed]
- Earth, Wind and…retire. Please. [Crunk + Disorderly]
- But seriously: butts. [CityRag]
- When the girls have to compete in a fashion-show challenge on Charm School, will they get catty on the catwalk or prove to be model citizens?
- When the Fit Club-bers are brought to a mountain, will Dustin Diamond get even more high and mighty?
- When weird couples are trotted on Sunday’s Springer Hustle, will we see more love connections or love infections?
Some major drama goes down on this week’s Fit Club — get a taste of it here:
And check out Dustin’s further adventures in battling with truth and logic here:
Where do broken hearts go? To TMZ.com, of course! Over the past few months, the pap-blog has been documenting Whitney Houston‘s nights on the town (many of which with sex-tape vet Ray J, who’s 17 years her junior). Today, TMZ presents the latest installment in the Whitney Leaves Place cycle, taped Thursday night, as Whit and Ray left the Beverley Hills spot Crustacean. In this one, Whit is as surly as a sidewalk without its crack, telling the paps to move aside and then taking matters into her own hands and moving them herself. Rugged! The cameras then catch up with Ray J, who leaves in a separate car after refusing to answer questions about the nature of his relationship with Whit. Oooh, a cliffhanger. Love it! [TMZ.com]
Note to famous Scientologists: When you talk about other Scientologists, we don’t believe you. We know you have an agenda to seem as normal as possible, to make up for the aliens and niacin and such.
And so, it is with ease that I call bullstuff on Jenna Elfman‘s recent comments on her Scientologist brethren Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. "Honestly, they’re happy. They have a great life and they love each other. For some reason, the media cannot experience that. They must put in things other than the simplicity of it." These "things" include gossip like Tom ordering Katie to mommy school, Tom stalking Katie as she works, Tom’s general tyranny over the relationship, and mass speculation that the entire relationship is a sham (those pesky gay rumors!).
But anyway, as far as Jenna’s words go: Lies!
Baldwin Apologizes on National TV
The actor was welcomed with an applause on "The View" today and gave a heartfelt tale of what drove him over the edge. He probably just has the temper of a warthog. Oink. Oink. [CNN]
Spector’s Ex: I Was Pistol Whipped
The rock producer allegedly bashed his ex-girlfriend in the head while drunk and made her strip at gunpoint. Order in the court! [Reuters]
Fan Tries to Kill Bullock’s Hubby
A woman obsessed with Sandra Bullock tried to run the star’s husband over with her Benz repeatedly. [People]
Are Eve and Sean Penn an Item?
The media speculates as the married actor gave her a shoulder to cry on and offered to bail her out of jail for 30k. Would we give them the moniker of Penn-E or E.S.P.? [NY Daily News]
‘Idol’ Raises $60 Million for Charity
While many say the two-hour special didn’t live up to the hype, it inspired thousands across the world to fight poverty. [Yahoo!]
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