Uber-producer Timbaland is throwing in the towel. In a recent interview with Gigwise, Tim (real name Timothy Mosley) bemoaned the state of the music industry, stating: “Music is boring right now. I’m too innovative for the world.” Tim then goes on to explain how he’ll “de-crown” himself and let some of the up-and-comers have a shot. “They won’t be able to be me,” Tim explains. “There’s only one Timbaland.” We here at VH1.com put Tim’s retirement party sometime after he finishes touring with Justin Timberlake, produces Madonna’s album, and quits writing all those songs with Simon LeBon for the new Duran Duran record. Which is pretty much never. We’re also elevating Tim to orange on our “Egomanic Alert” guide, for referring to himself in the third person.
Brit’s Mom: Come To Our Cookout!
She wants her crew-cut daughter to come to the family bash in Louisiana on the Fourth of July. Will the singer make an appearance? [People]
Imus Heading Back To Radio?
The I-man might be back quicker than you think. Rumors are floating that his return to WFAN is just around the corner. Buy or sell? [Post Chronicle]
Spice Girls Bickering Already?
Two days after announcing their tour, there are already rumors of behind-the-scenes cat fights. Will the girls ever make it to the stage? [TMZ]
Clifford Harris, the man best known heretofore as T.I., has been flapping his gums about his new album T.I. vs. T.I.P. (out Tuesday) for almost a year, but it’s just now that he’s really spelling out the record’s complicated concept. He’s given his most succinct words on the subject to the New York Daily News, and yet, what he’s talking about is still anyone’s guess. Try, just try, to wrap your head around this:
"I think T.I.P. thinks T.I. is a little too concerned with fame and stardom. And T.I. thinks T.I.P. is too concerned with the way we used to live rather than the way we need to live right now. Both of these individuals reside within Clifford Harris. He just pretty much sits back and watches the show."
Which is to say: nonsense! The only difference between T.I. and some homeless schizophrenic man feeding pigeons on a park bench, ranting about the voices in his head is that T.I. is being paid to talk about his crazy. The homeless man gives it for free. After listening to T.I.’s album, it’s clear that the homeless man offers the better bargain. [New York Daily News]
In the first episode of Charm School, Saaphyri wondered, "Where is that money?" And now she has an answer:
In her bank account. Boo ya!
"To be in a place where I can be a part of changing someone’s life," said Mo’Nique, "God, thank you, how blessed I am." Did Charm School’s principal really change the lives of these girls, who showed up on the first day of class scantily clad and ready to talk trash and fight? Also, did Saaphyri deserve to take home the $50,000? Weigh in now, and check back soon for our official recap!
Wow. This is a show that got off the ground real quick. So far we’ve seen energetic romps by the ever-dapper Duran Duran, a poignant man + guitar set by James Morrison, some Lily Allen bounce and Fergie footwork, and a big blast of power pop by our You Oughta Know band, the Feeling. "The sun is shining on Wembley today," they announced before launching into one of their power pop gems. Now Pharrell is kicking it (with a little dirty talk).
No surprise that the impact of American Idol stretches "over the pond." Simon LeBon isn’t the only Simon at the show. Mr. Cowell (with Randy and Ryan teasing him along) had some fun introducing Nelly Furtado – who was pretty damn hot.
From the "I’m Like A Bird" singer to "Swan Lake." Hey, there aren’t many events that unite N.E.R.D. and ballet dancers. Diana would have made a heck of mixed tape. Maybe Kanye will use one of the orchestra’s big old kettle drums on his next disc. Think Fergie made the entire viewing audience "rock rock"? She sure was rubbing herself enough.
Joss Stone and her band know how to throw some funk around. In her hands the Bowie cover seems right. Didn’t know Princess Diana was a big Supertramp fan. Wembley’s got its first sing-along of the day.
Didn’t see any ladies undies hitting the stage while Tom Jones was on. What’s up with that? Has the Welshman lost his mojo? Guess Joss revitalized it a bit, though. How did Joe Perry do on guitar?
That old softie Rod Stewart went right for the heart with "Maggie May" and "Sailing." And who would have predicted that Kanye and Andrew Lloyd Webber would both get their string sections on? Anyone got comments on Mr. West’s shades? Anyone predicting how Diddy is going to sound?
Our answer to that last question is: pretty damned good.
Which artists or performances have impressed you so far? Chat it up in the "Comments" section and check out some concert pics after the jump.
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- Paris Walks, Talks
- It’s a Good Thing Lindsay’s in Rehab
- For Those About to Barack, We Salute You
- Anticipating Bobby Brown
Amy, Glass, Blood, Love, Head, Bad
Uncle Jesse is Just Like Your Crazy Uncle
Beyonce to Star in Remake of Tron?
Justin Bringing Nasty Back, Too
Jack White Is the King
Every Friday, we run down a few of the comments this blog has received in the past week. This gives us a chance to respond and that’s what the VH1 Blog is all about: leaving no keen insight behind. That’s how much we love you.
Shelly Says: "Whoa, that doesn’t seem like responsible journalism Kate.
Perhaps, he doesn’t want fights to occur from
jealous boyfriends whom are there, not as fans, but to keep an eye on their ladies.
That’s what I thought.
It does happen too!"
We say: An interesting take, Shelly. Perhaps Tyrese’s female concert attendees should follow the (slightly revised) words of R. Kelly: "cuff your dude ’cause, hey, Ty’s black, handsome, he sings, plus he’s rich and he’s a flirt."
mutieqz Says: "britney balik ma kevin
so what gtu loh???!!!
jangan2 britney lagi mabok lagi yach????
kaya’ wktu ntuch….
uda mreka kan bukan manusia normal
Markita Responds: "mutieqz doesn’t need to comment anymore. Either you can’t spell, you’re talking in another language, or you’re extremely slow. Whatever it is stop writing. Cause nobody knows what the hell you’re tryin’ to say."
We say: You trying to take my job, Markita? Plus, mutieqz isn’t so bad. It’s kinda nice when your blog is the only one that comes up when you Google "napean diuruzin." Makes us feel special, really.
OLIVIA Says: "nice fire,what did you do eat a jelopeno.dumb AS*************************************.WHAT THA HE$$ IS WRONG WITH YOU,YELLING AT OTHER PEPOLE IN EUROPE!!!!!!!,HELLO YOUR IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY,EVEN THOUGH THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU…"
We say: Maybe mutieqz’s true identity is Justin Timberlake?
From Anticipating Bobby Brown :
lashaon Says: "Bobby i think you should do the show.Forget what people say about you.You prove to everyone from your last family show that you are truly a good person.Remember that our father Jesus Christ loves you.Nagitiv people talked about hem and put hem down for no reason at all.People are always trying to put people like your self down,But they just don’t know how much God loves you.Prove to the world that you can be the best you can be.Remember. you have a lot of fans that will go the bat for you.Everyone eles no if you come back out .You are a treat!!!!!!!!!!
We say: Finally an answer to an age-old question. What would Jesus do? A reality show. Duh.
- Michael Jackson taps his spokesman to clear up some "misconceptions." Things that didn’t make the list: plastic surgery, the Elephant Man’s bones and whether or not he and La Toya are the same person. Those you can keep on believing. [A Socialite's Life]
- Katie Holmes‘ hands are alien-esque. Tom is so proud. [Dlisted]
- Angelina Jolie is called out for being good to her fans by a paparazzo. I don’t know what’s more surprising: that Angelina is personable or that a celebrity photog is refraining from biting the hand that feeds him. [CityRag]
- Speaking of Angelina, ex hubby Billy Bob Thornton may soon move into a house that’s close to her pad. Or, as Billy Bob likes to call it, the blood bank. [Just Jared]
- Shar Jackson is photographed with her negative pregnancy test. Not pictured: Shar Jackson’s negative relevancy test. [Crunk + Disorderly]
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