Rapper Tony Yayo and R&B star Ne-Yo‘s careers are yo-yoing in two very different directions right now. Yayo turned himself in to New York police over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old kid for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Although Yayo’s bud 50 Cent was reportedly with him at the time of the attack, 50′s lawyers claim he wasn’t in the state at the time.
Ne-Yo, meanwhile, is racking up the hits, not arrests. In an interesting interview with BallerStatus, the 24-year-old with the touch of gold talked about: being named after Keanu, his scary sessions with Jay-Z, and how Beyonce’s "Irreplaceable" could have just as easily wound up a country (!) song.
Would you mess with a kid because he was wearing the wrong T?
Artist Page: Tony Yayo
This June the candy-colored Detroit duo returns with Icky Thump, their sixth full-length. VH1.com was privileged enough to preview the album. It’s Jack and Meg White’s oddest yet, filled with hard-rocking songs accentuated by synthesizer rills (“Icky Thump”), spoken word numbers (“Rag and Bone”), and even one with a mariachi feel (“Conquest”), probably written to match Jack’s old facial scrub. The much anticipated follow-up to the band’s Get Behind Me Satan and last year’s Jack White side-project, The Raconteurs, also features bag pipes, horns and, at times, a lazy blues vibe that recalls the Grateful Dead and would make the perfect soundtrack for driving down the Pacific Coast Highway. And between songs like “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told)” and “Effect and Cause,” it’s some of their strongest material to date — despite the weirdness. The record’s title refers to the phrase “ecky thump,” which, according to the press material, “is an exclamation of surprise or wonderment in northern England.” Full track listing after the jump:
The buzz about Michael Jackson‘s possible long-term, nightly concert series at a Las Vegas casino has been building for months, but it just became a little more exciting: Mike’s residency may coincide with the construction of a 50-foot robotic replica of himself. Yes, that’s right — Michael Jackson’s face will be immortalized in metal, not its usual plastic. A consultant reports that the robot would shoot lasers (!) and be the first thing those flying into Vegas would see. Because nothing says, "Welcome to Vegas!" better than a giant version of MJ’s face. It’ll be the perfect preview for the impending freak show that is any Vegas vacation.
Really, this is exactly what MJ needs to top Celine Dion as the city’s resident spectacle. I hope RoboJacko ends up fighting crime or Mothra or something. Your move, creep. [New York Daily News]
Video: Michael Jackson
Sheryl Crow lashed out at Fox’s American Idol, telling the April issue of Ladies Home Journal that she’s “sad [the American public] love it so much.” Crow, who was the first celebrity spokeswoman for Dell Computers and whose songs have been widely used in car and beauty product commercials, goes on to say “it undermines art in every way and promotes commercialism.” It seems a safe bet that Sheryl won’t be a guest judge anytime soon. And neither will Amy Lee. She thinks it’s “surreal” to see someone else sing one one her tunes, though she did say that Gina Glocksen’s recent romp through Evanescence’s “Sober” wasn’t too bad.
Gwen Stefani, however, will be. The creator of the HP Harajuku Lovers digital camera will be coaching the remaining contestants through their performances tomorrow night.
What songs do you think the final ten should perform?
Photos: Sheryl Crow
Yep, they do it a little different on the Left Coast. This weekend’s reports find the former singer for rockers Mest confessing that he murdered a guy in a condo parking lot, and a hotel chasing after Scott Weiland for beating the hell out of a room he recently stayed in.
What’s the weirdest LA rock moment? Leave a comment.
Artist Page: Mest
Artist Page: Scott Weiland
Anna Nicole’s Autopsy Released
Officials say she died of an accidental drug overdose. There was no foul play. [CNN]
Courtney Love and Bruce Willis Lock Lips
"They were full-on making out" on Bruce’s B-day. Is it love or lust? [NY Daily News]
U.K. Bans Snoop
The rapper won’t be allowed to co-headline a tour with P Diddy after last year’s airport brawl. [MSN]
Piven Leaves Self-Important Tip for Waiter
The actor’s "Entourage" DVD was hurled right back at him. Tip to Piven: Waiters usually like crisp dollar bills! [NY Daily News]
Las Vegas Is Cloning Michael Jackson
Beware: There may soon be a 50-foot robotic replica of Jacko romping around the city. [NY Daily News]
- Mel Gibson lashes out again in public. No anti-Semitism this time, which could only mean one thing: he’s making progress. [Dlisted]
- John Mayer and Jessica Simpson may be headed down the aisle. Whatever. It won’t mean anything unless they do it on reality TV. [Popbytes]
- Gwen Stefani officially achieves MILF status. Congrats on the honor, Gwen! [CityRag]
- Kate Moss‘ nipples come out to play. Wait, that’s news? [Egotastic!]
- Titanic lovebirds Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio to reunite on screen. Maybe this time they’ll both drown! [I'm Not Obsessed]
After the jump, Traci Bingham, the winner of the first Surreal Life Fame Games, talks about the advantages she had over her competitors, rubber-chicken shots and why you should never estimate the power of a Bingham.
Photos: I Love New York
Show Page: I Love New York
We saw what happened when Michael Richards took his hecklers too seriously. Well, you’d think after all that Jews/Wars/Sugart*ts stuff, that Mel Gibson would be Mr. Cool Cucumber regardless of who was pushing his buttons. But you’d be wrong. Evidently he was engaging in a Q&A session about his films, but freaked when a handful of protesters — one a professor, it seems — complained about the way Mayans are portrayed in Apocalypto. Seems they were badgering him. But he shouldn’t have told ‘em to…well, you’ll see.
Be cool, Mel. It’s all good.
Which Hollywood freak-out was most outrageous?
This Is Why He’s Hot
Why is MIMS so hot right now? According to this, it’s because he can backstroke. According to this, it’s because of the lessons his late mother taught him. And according to this, it’s because of some Venn diagrams. [VH1, Billboard, Houston Press]
Son of Czar Violated?
Charges are reportedly being considered against 50 Cent and Tony Yayo for allegedly roughing up the 14-year-old son of music mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond. [AllHipHop]
Slim to Kim: Zip It
Eminem‘s set to go to court in Michigan on Monday in an effort to get his ex-wife to stop talking trash about him. [Detroit News]
Keeping Up With the Joneses (and the Jacksons)
Are Ne-Yo and Jay-Z the new Michael and Quincy? Listen to their new single to find out if they’re for real or if they’re just "Crazy." [SOHH]
El Producto Es Muy Bueno
Trent Reznor and Chan Marshall on a hip-hop record? Might sound indie-sent, but El-P‘s LP is getting rave reviews. [AllHipHop]
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