Here’s a great idea: become the world’s most beloved and talented pop/R&B singer, sell millions of albums, attract packs of screaming, adoring fans - and then turn them all against you because of a woman. Sound smart? Because if so, then Usher‘s an effing genius. After sending out an open letter last week defending his career moves as well as his much despised fiancé Tameka Foster, the singer is now reportedly trying to shut down the fan website UsherForever.com, because its creator does not favor his lady.
Usher’s already fired his manager (and mom!) and severed ties with his two longtime reps. But his fans? Need we remind the star that without them, they’ll be no one left to buy his next album. It even looks like he’s gonna miss the August deadline set by his label to deliver his new goods, effectively preventing his album from reaching stores during the holiday season. Maybe if he wasn’t wasting all his time being so defensive, we’d actually have some new Usher tunes to remind us of why we actually loved the man-diva in the first place. [NY Daily News/Image: Getty]
Pete and Ashlee: Wedding Ready?
Contrary to internet rumors that popped up yesterday, the rocker couple did not get engaged at the Live Earth concert a couple weeks ago. Give these two time – Ash is probably trying to learn from her sister’s mistakes! [Us Magazine]
Gwen Accuses Store of Copying Fashions
Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers fashion line is suing cheap chain store Forever 21 for stealing designs. There’s no ‘Sweet Escape’ from the law! [MSNBC]
Did Britney Beat Up Her Mom?
Britney apparently got slap happy after her Mom arrived at her house unannounced to visit Sean and Jayden. When will people learn – you don’t mess with Brit! [MSNBC]
The competition for who would continue their quest for pop-culture glory continued last night as the trivia in the 2007 World Series of Pop Culture heated up. In the first round, Twisted Misters (pictured above) battled Fragilay and took home the glory. In the second, 3 Men and a Little Lazy kicked Westerburg High summarily off the stage. For more in-depth coverage, check the World of Pop blog and test your pop-culture mettle with one of our games. And don’t forget to tune in to VH1 tonight at 9 p.m. to watch the action continue. You’ll be smarter if you do.
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- Tara Reid poses for photogs with her dog on the beach. You know how people pose next to things to make themselves look better? Well, that Yorkie looks freakin’ hot! [IDontLikeYouInThatWay.com]
- Pink changes her hair color, but not her name. For you see, the Old Gray Lady is already taken. [I'm Not Obsessed]
- Rosie O’Donnell unleashes some choice words about Star Jones‘ weight loss. What’s going to be the Rosie’s gestured equivalent of the Trump hair flip this time? Sticking a pin in herself and letting out some hot air? [Bossip]
- Zac Efron dolls are now on sale and Zac looks psyched. He just can’t wait to play with himself! [Just Jared]
It’s been almost nine months since Britney kicked K-Fed to the curb and busted out her short-lived spell of hotness. Since then we’ve been anxiously awaiting her comeback, which has instead been one big letdown made up of rehab, buzzcuts and cheeseball tattoos. But Spears may have an opportunity to put a new face forward on August 31st, when she hosts the Las Vegas opening of the LAX nightclub at the Luxure Hotel.
We can almost see it now (cue dream sequence music): Britney – with set of hair extensions that costs more that $10 – appears in an actual bra and a dress that fits, and spends the night skipping the booze for energy drinks. Her fake nails have been buffed down and her ratty flips flops have been replaced with a nice pair of Louboutins. She discreetly chews Nicorette and only dons a cowboy hat for a few minutes, when the DJ plays "Cotton Eyed Joe". She then gracefully exits the soiree to enjoy a dinner of Cheetos and fine caviar. Make it happen Brit – dreams can come true (specifically, mine)!
Check out that picture of Faith Hill and she’s lookin’ pretty darn fine for a millionaire mom of three who’s about to turn the big 4-0. She’s even on the cover of Redbook this month! Anddddd that’s where her trouble begins. Jezebel got their hands on the original version of Faith’s cover photo prior to it being touched up with the magical tools that only magazines and wizards possess, and holy Hollywood standards are the results horrifying. The more you look at the touched up cover picture, the more you’ll wonder why we as a society like our celebs to look like straight-up aliens. If the difference in her arm’s shape and size isn’t enough to freak you out, check out her eyes, her back, her posture and, oh, her disappearing hand. Faith was way better looking before she went under the digital knife, crow’s feet and all.
It’s not just Redbook – touching up has been a normal practice at mags since, like, forever. Just imagine the work that goes into getting rid of Lindsay Lohan‘s under-eye bags and coke nose! Sure, this practice speaks to a larger problem in our culture of misleading images and unreal body expectations. But you know what – I kind of don’t care. I’ll still hungrily buy my beloved fashion mags every month. Because if I can’t ogle at glossy, perfect pics of celebs and then feel bad about my arm fat, is life really even worth living?
Ladies and gentlemen, guard your eardrums: Paris Hilton is prepping another album. Certainly, this qualifies as threatening us with a good time, right?
She’s revealed that she’s already in discussions with Timbaland foe Scott Storch, who produced much of her first
abomination album. An anonymous source reveals that Paris has been taking voice lessons and is "really serious about her music career." So serious, in fact that she harps on it with the tenacity of a zombie. Here’s what Paris said to E! regarding her sophomore hump:
"I’m already working on my new record. I’ve been in meetings with Scott [Storch] and we’ve been working on it. I’ve been working on it with Scott for a few weeks."
Got that everyone? She’s working on it, she’s working on it, annnnnnd, she’s working on it. It’s comforting that someone with so much to say is making pop music. She’s finally making good on the philanthropy she promised when she was in jail! [E! News]
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s guitarist James Black on how puppies and towels keep Finger Eleven touring.
Video Games Can Be Hazardous to Your Tour
Our other guitar player Rick broke his hand playing video games when we were touring on the last record. He got killed in the game, punched the wall of the bus and broke his hand. It f*cked the tour up for him for a couple weeks. We play four against four usually, and it gets aggressive. Once a year goes by [on the road] you start to put personal touches on everything you do in the game because you’re genuinely angry at the person. But that’s eight months from now.
Bath Towels: The Ultimate Rock Star Extravagance
We ask for seven to nine towels. Sometimes you show up and they give you these little square, face towels. It’s gotta be a nice clean towel — I’d love a bath towel. Usually it’s a hair towel sized-thing. Sometimes [I steal towels from the hotel], if it’s nice and soft, it’s like "I gotta take this." There’s a drawer in our bus for those towels.
All’s fair in love, war and pregnancy – or at least that’s what supermodel Giselle Bundchen is learning. Her boyfriend, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is about to become a father with his ex-girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynihan. As if that’s not enough to tick a lady off, Bridget is set to pop out their son on Giselle’s birthday this Friday. Apparently Giselle’s anger is bubbling over and the way too good looking couple have been spotted having major spats in public. Boo hoo hoo. Stop your crying, you big, perfectly proportioned baby! You make millions of dollars prancing around in underwear and have a track record of only dating super-hot guys. Not everything’s gonna go your way all the time. Oh yeah, we almost forgot – Happy Birthday! [NY Post]
Fights in Hollywood are nothing out of the ordinary, but when it’s two comedians busting heads, something is definitely goin’ down! Take the latest run-in between SNL alum Jon Lovitz and infamous addict and all-around crazy guy Andy Dick at LA comedy club the Laugh Factory. Jamie Masada, owner of the club, described the beatdown: "Jon picked Andy up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose." Wow – it sounds just like a really bad fight in some crappy comedy movie.
Sadly there’s nothing funny about the history behind the battle. Lovitz blames Dick for the death of his BFF, funnyman Phil Hartman,
for it was Andy who hooked up Hartman’s wife Brynn with cocaine after
she had been sober for ten years (a moved that reportedly angered Phil). She then killed Hartman and herself a
few months later. When Lovitz later filled his late friend’s shoes on News Radio,
he "told Andy, ‘I wouldn’t be here now if you hadn’t given Brynn that