Watch & Learn: We peep a video and come up with five things nobody knew.
Boasting more "features" than the shelves of Blockbuster, the video for DJ Khaled‘s "We Takin’ Over" passes the mic between some of the hottest names in hip-hop. T.I.? Akon? Lil’ Wayne? Rick Ross? Fat Joe? Birdman? All present; and all apparently wanted by "The Man." So what happens when you cast rap superstars in what looks like an episode of "Miami Vice?" Here’s what we learned:
As if the granny-suing, example-making, Americanidolatry-foisting music industry needed any more bad press, now it seems the RIAA is going after websites that have posted tracks from the forthcoming Nine Inch Nails record, Year Zero. On par, that seems like the sort of thing that the RIAA should be doing. Except, of course, when you consider that the band leaked those tracks intentionally. Speaking to Billboard, an inside source said, “These f*cking idiots are going after a campaign the label signed off on.” To be fair, Trent Reznor’s newest album does feature an intense guerilla marketing campaign. Then again, so did Snakes on a Plane, and that proved to be less than convincing.
Keeping up with Courtney Love’s nose jobs is work in itself. The plasticized rocker recently posted on her site that in order to make her nose less "nose jobby," she recently (get this!) had another nose job. "I just didn’t like that old nose job. I went too far and I fixed it and made it natural again."
Check the moving image on the left for a comparison of the change. Can you even tell them apart? Also, there’s no word on Courtney’s apparent lip job, eye lift and possible cheek reduction. Take ‘em off, put ‘em on. Go, go gadget Courtney.
Some shots of Courtney love’s facial changes through the years are after the jump. Click only if you have a strong constitution and an empty stomach. [TheCelebrityCafe.com]
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Mat Kearney talking fine wine and a certain Motley Crue drummer.
It’s a Good Thing He’s Not Playing Phuket… "Norfolk," in Virginia, is a very tough [city] name to pronounce, without sounding like you’re cursing. So I got myself in trouble in Norfolk a little while ago. It’s a hard name to say properly without offending small children.
Singer, Songwriter, Sommelier… Oregon Pinot Noir — that’s my red M&M item. I’m from Oregon, and it’s maybe the best Pinot country in the world. It’s been competing with France these days. Sometimes [venues] even get wineries that are within 10 miles from the house I grew up in.
Heather Mills: ‘I’m Not a Gold Digger’ Fighting back tears on Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show, the one-legged bandit spat: "If I was a gold digger, I would be a very wealthy woman now … and I’m not." Well, not yet anyway. [TMZ]
Pax’s Birth Mother Speaks Out Pham Thu Dung, who gave up her baby son when he was just two days old, believes her son is in a good place. [News of the World]
On last night’s American Idol, the songs sung by the top nine weren’t necessarily hits of this week’s celebrity mentor Tony Bennett. They weren’t even technically all standards, the genre for which Bennett’s known best. Basically, the song choices could be summed up simply as "old." Considering that Mr. Bennett will turn 81 this year, "old" was sort of the theme for the evening.
Blake Lewis kicked it all off with "Mack the Knife." Maybe it’s because popular versions of this song are sung by Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darrin — who each lent their own smooth, cool, effortless air to it — that its violent lyrics are generally ignored. It was cute when Mr. Bennett told Blake during their mentoring session that although "Mack the Knife" is "pre-rap," it’s still really "gangsta." The assumption was the he was being a cute old man, trying to relate to Blake in language that the younger man would understand. But it turns out that Tony was totally right. That song is straight-up gangsta! It’s about a crazy murderer. And as much as I hate to admit it, Blake killed with it. It was really nice to see a performance in which he wasn’t beat boxing, although he still worked in his stupid RLS dance style.
You heard it here first — Bam Margera is set to host this year’s VH1’s Rock Honors show in Las Vegas. Airing on May 24th, just in time to buoy you through your long weekend, the Jackass mainstay and star of Bam’s Unholy Union will introduce to the stage this year’s honorees: the lovely ladies of Heart, the sharp-dressed men of ZZ Top, the crazy train that is Ozzy Osbourne and the no-jacket-required stylings of Genesis.
The two-hour extravaganza will also feature contemporary artists paying tribute to these legends of rock, including Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Keane. It’s set to blow the roof off the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. If you don’t believe us, you don’t know Bam. For more info, videos and a chance to win a trip to see the show in-person, go to VH1’s 2007 rock honors page.
Just when it looked like the 50 vs. Game beef might’ve been squashed, blood is boiling once more.
The Gameposted the grimly-titled track "Body Bags" online yesterday as a response to Tony Yayo (part of 50 Cent‘s crew) allegedly smacking the 14-year-old son of the owner of Czar Entertainment (the group that manages the Game). AllHipHop did a great recap of the track’s lyrics; suffice it to say that when an MC spits rhymes about how to best silence a pistol with a potato, things ain’t too rosy.