Kanye West doesn’t eat cheap. The flamboyant rapper and producer reportedly spent around $4,000 flying food from Wales to Manhattan for a meeting tomorrow with some music execs. Lavish? Sure. Environmentally friendly? Not a chance. West is one of the artists to perform at Al Gore’s Live Earth festival on July 7th, a series of concerts worldwide to promote awareness of global warming. Burning jet fuel won’t help the environment. Looks like he’s another one of those celebs who claim they’re green but guzzle gas.
Frenchie Davis was booted from the second season of American Idol when news broke of her past topless modeling. Now that it’s widely known Antonella Barba’s tatas (and more?) are but a click away, Frenchie feels like she’s been shafted. She told the New York Post:
"I couldn’t help but notice the difference between the manner in which she was dealt with and how I was dealt with. I think it’s fantastic if Idol has evolved and I think it’s fantastic she won’t have to go through what I went through four years ago. But if the rules have changed, I believe there should be something to make up for the fact that I was humiliated needlessly."
What that something is, Frenchie won’t say ("It’s open for discussion," she offers). Hmmmm. Could it be that she wants…attention?!? The thing is, there’s a difference between posing for and accepting money from a nudie site (as Frenchie did) and having your not-for-profit, girl-gone-wild past exposed (as has been done to Antonella Barba).
Who’s Cameron Kissing?
Diaz has been spotted locking lips with model-actor Tyrese Gibson. [MSN]
Wild Girls Rule: Paris & Pals
Paris, Brit and Lindsay are overshadowing the era of high-achieving female trailblazers. [CNN]
Jay-Z Sells Rocawear for $204M
The mogul is selling his clothing company to the Iconix Brand Group. [All Hip Hop]
Ex-Laguna Beach Star Arrested
Jason Wahler, 20, was charged with underage drinking and resisting a public officer. [Yahoo!]
Rachael Ray Bitten By Dog
TV host was attacked by a dog in Union Square Park while defending her pit bull mix, Isaboo. [New York Post]
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Psychedelic Brits the Klaxons will release their eminently danceable debut, Myths of the Near Future, at the end of the month. The slavering press the record’s received so far has concentrated on the band’s nu-rave leanings, an acknowledgment, perhaps, of their rather colorful, fashion-forward attire, but songs like "Gravity’s Rainbow" (named after a Thomas Pynchon novel!) and "Atlantis to Interzone" are less about hippie-dippy glow-sticks and more about keeping things dirty on a filthy dance floor. Move your bodies, people. [The Klaxons' MySpace]
Shaquille O’Neal is set to make the jump to reality TV this summer via an as-yet-untitled six-episode series for ABC, in which the baller will mentor grade-school kids that are trying to lose weight. And while the premise may sound like nothing more than The Biggest Little Loser, it’s Shaq’s conviction that could make this thing golden. "Shaq is upset about this issue and he’s going to do whatever it takes to set this cause right," says executive producer Chris Coelen. "Whatever it takes?" We haven’t seen initiative like that from Shaq since Kazaam. This time, though, he’s the one who’s going to be grabbing bellies and making wishes. [Variety.com]
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their beloved Air Force One sneakers, Nike has teamed up with hip-hop heavyweights Rakim, Kanye West, Nas and KRS-One for the video "Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been)." The song was originally produced by Rick Rubin, but the track in the clip above is a DJ Premier remix, who also brought Rakim onboard.
As for the video itself? Classic. While the whole concept could’ve easily come across like a sneaker commercial, Nike was wise enough to step back and let the artists run the show. From the opening sequence of Premier assembling the mix, to all four MC’s rhyming wild (special shout-out to Rakim, who flows like it’s ’87, not ’07), it’s must-see footage for hip-hop fans and sneakerheads everywhere.
And while we’re on the "classic" tip, it looks like Hova has found a higher calling: ushering in old-school heroes at the Hall of Fame. Billboard says Jay-Z will induct Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five into the Rock Hall on March 12. Other "ushers" include: Eddie Vedder (R.E.M.), Zach de la Rocha (Patti Smith), and Keith Richards (the Ronettes).
Watch VH1 Classic to see the whole thing live.
- Sienna Miller claims that drugs are "f*** loads of fun." She’s saying this in public? Is she high or something? [A Socialite's Life]
- Christina Aguilera goes from looking like she’s from the ’50s to looking like she’s in her 50′s. [Dlisted]
- Does a leaked video of Trina simulating sex on stage before she became a rapper really qualify as a skeleton from her closet? Seems more like an early look at her business model. [Rhymes With Snitch]
- Being a celebrity dad means never having to live vicariously through your child’s sporting events, school plays and report cards. [Just Jared]
- Britney Spears reportedly deemed herself "the Antichrist" last week in rehab. Come on Brit, tell us something we don’t already know. [Best Week Ever]
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As a result of last year’s phone-throwing tantrum, Naomi Campbell was sentenced to community service. And now we know what she’ll be doing to help society: custodial work inside of a city facility for five days. This is the most humiliating punishment Naomi could possibly face, since she’s going to look so fat next to that slender, graceful broom! Click the picture on the left to see why Naomi will never live up to the standard of beauty set by the cruel, cruel world of janitorial supplies.
Besides, as you can see below in shots from Friday’s NAACP image awards, Naomi tends to surround herself with people who are, ahem, bigger than she is (here’s looking at you, Ty Ty!). [New York Daily News]
He still hasn’t found what he’s looking for – so now he’s looking at publishing. Announcing plans to guest-edit July’s Vanity Fair, U2 front man Bono told The New York Times, “I want this to be a best-selling issue . . . I want to make a hit record.” The magazine content is slated to feature Africa, as the peripatetic Irishman attempts to re-brand the continent in an effort to spotlight debt relief, and discuss poverty, and investigate AIDS. He also recommended changing the magazine’s title to Fair Vanity, which editor Graydon Carter agreed to as long as Bono’s band switched its name to “2U.” So that’s not happening.