Britney: VMAs? Maybe. New Album? Yes.

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Britney Spears is making a comeback; at least that is what producer Rodney Jerkins is predicting. Jerkins, who is working on Spears’ new album, slated for 2009, told Rap-Up TV, that he and the “Gimme More” singer are working on tracks that are “very dance-y, really up-tempo, in the clubs, aggressive, catchy and real hook-friendly.”

Jerkins revealed, “I’m trying some new things [with Spears]. I’ve always worked with Britney, and I love working with her. I’m trying to reinvent her and reinvent myself with her project.”
Regarding the pop star’s reported chaotic personal life,

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Angelina Birth Watch is Back On!

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French mag Closer is reporting that Angie went into labor with her twins last night and gave birth to the latest perfect Jolie-Pitts this morning. Finally someone has arrived to knock Shiloh off her cutest kid ever throne. Good riddance!

We’ll keep an eye out for further reports, and will be sure to watch if we notice Jennifer Aniston binge drinking at bars while looking depressed. Until then – congrats to the Wanted star and her family if it’s true. [JustJared]

Update! Angelina IS at the hospital, but she’s not given birth. She’s currently under observation and will remain at the hospital until she gives birth, which should happen in the next couple of days. Babies!

Young Jeezy Duels With John McCain

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Young Jeezy took on John McCain recently, drilling the presidential hopeful about his plans to help those in need when they appeared together on Saturday Night Live. He called the Senator a “fraud” and described their tense encounter:

“I told [John McCain] the ‘hood was f**ked up, and he was like, ‘How you doing?’ (It was) real talk. They know entertainers, so they shake your hand (and say), ‘I’m your friend.’ But my mama is about to have surgery that I gotta pay for out of my pocket because she can’t get insurance. “I don’t really feel McCain. It ain’t just because Barack is black; he can make change. Just like Bush equals recession, Barack equals progression. I really feel that.”

Exclusive Preview: Beck’s Modern Guilt

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Next week, sonic journeyman Beck’s latest album Modern Guilt hits stores, actual and virtual. Last night, the VH1 blog was lucky enough to get a listen, and we learned a few things. Though he might be one of the coolest, most talented individuals making music, he’s still worried about the same things we are. Social anxiety, questions of the soul and our current position in world affairs play over heavily ‘60s-influenced rock and producer Danger Mouse’s (Gnarls Barkley) beats. Check out our impressions of Beck’s latest. Listen to Beck on Rhapsody.

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Jay-Z Defends Kanye, Blasts Oasis

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Jay-Z jumped to defend pal Kanye West after Amy Winehouse’s wacky performance at the Glastonberry Festival in London where she called the “Stronger” singer a c—t. Amy improvised the lyrics of her song “Some Unholy War” to say, “At least I’m not opening for a c–t like Kanye.” It’s moments like these that make live performances so fabulous!

Jay-Z told MTV,

“I don’t agree with it. [Kanye’s] my brother and the biggest artist on Roc-A-Fella right now. … I guess I should hook them up, because he’s a great guy, too. I don’t know what the problem is. I don’t know where that came from.”

Of course, never one to let others steal the spotlight, the Jiggaman participated in his own musical feud with Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, by performing his own rendition of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” complete with a guitar strapped to his shoulder. Gallagher had criticized Jay as headliner of the traditionally rock-based festival, telling the BBC,

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music. I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”

Jay told MTV Base of his on-stage response,

“I have a sense of humor like a Brit, so I thought people would appreciate that. Noel Gallagher was one of the biggest detractors, so I figured that was a cool way to start the show.”

Celebrities using the media to blast each other is so out; on-stage disses are the new way to play the celebrity feud game.

This Is What a Crackhead Looks Like

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Or rather, writes like.

Amy Winehouse‘s adoring husband Blake Civil-Fielder is allegedly in the middle of a sexy letter-writing romance with a heroin-addicted lady jailbird. Blakey and Melissa Goldstone have been writing to each other for over seven months, and promises her “the best snog of our lives” and insinuates that Amy not only cheated on him (they are in a open relationship now!) but may be into having a threesome.

Read it all here – it’s kinda gross, innit?

Guy Ritchie Arrives in New York

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Amid rumors that Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s seven year marriage is crumbling, Guy arrived in New York City yesterday and went straight to Madonna’s Upper West Side apartment. Shots of Madonna without her wedding ring, reports of meeting with a high-power divorce lawyer, Guy allegedly turning his back on Kabbalah, and new rumors of a tryst with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez have only fueled speculation that the marriage between the pop star and film director is crumbling. Has Guy flown in from London to save their union?

Guy arrived in New York Monday evening and at approximately 6:30pm entered Madonna’s posh Central Park West apartment, accompanied by two bodyguards.

Yesterday, Guy Ritchie’s mother Lady Amber Leighton called the break-up reports “works of fiction” and told the Daily Mail that, “they are no different to most other couples and we all know that being together can be hard sometimes. But like other couples they work at keeping their relationship happy and fresh.”

Madonna’s spokeswoman released a statement to People denying that Guy’s trip was to save his marriage.

“Madonna’s husband Guy arrived in New York last night to be with his wife and family (not in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage which does not need saving),” Liz Rosenberg told People. “There are no plans for Madonna and Guy to divorce.”

Power Pals: Jaden Smith & Christian Combs

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Watch out world! The sons of Will Smith and Sean Combs have joined forces and plan to take over Tinseltown! The youngsters looked suave-beyond-their-years at the premiere of Hancock, easily owning the spotlight on the star-studded red carpet. See more pics from the premiere below, including Charlize Theron, Queen Latifah, and Daughtry:

Lauren Conrad is “Sweet?” Impossible!

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A writer from Glamour got to hang with The Hills queen bee Lauren Conrad at the launch of her new collection for Mark, and she was surprisingly articulate and kind. Say what? That doesn’t sound like the robot we’ve come to know and loathe on MTV! According to the blogger, LC was:

  • Skinnier and shorter than you’d think.
  • Impeccably dressed (in her own design).
  • Super sweet, even going so far as to walk the reporter to the bathroom.
  • Well-spoken and full of facts about the Mark products she hawks.

Shocking! It’s too bad none of these wonderful things – besides the perfect outfits, obviously – come across on The Hills. Maybe Audrina would like her again if they did!

Madonna: Getting Cozy With A-Rod?

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Red Sox fans who love Madonna are going to find themselves in quite a pickle this morning, after word is leaking that the legendary singer is possibly shacking up with Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. We all know Madge’s marriage is teetering on the brink of divorce, but would she really take up with a married man right now – and a much-younger baseball player at that? Well, this is Madonna. She may be old, but anything still is possible. Both Us and OK! magazines are reporting that the Madge and the superstar b-baller have been getting close since October, when they were spotted working out together in NYC. He attended her concert in May, and she took her family to watch the Yankees play – and sat in A-Rod seats. Even more scandalous – they’ve been spotting having secret meetings at her place late at night.

We wonder what his wife thinks?