September 9, 2009
For weeks, both either denied it was going to happen or ignored the question all together but according to many sources singer Christina Milian has wedded songwriter and singer The-Dream. The dream place? Las Vegas. The blissful time? During Labor Day Weekend. The likelihood that this union will last longer than the time it will take for us to bring out our white garb again? Doubtful.
There is always something rather foreboding when celebrity couples just on a whim up and do the deed. There is something to be said about taking your time not to only get to know someone but to include all of your loved ones in the festivities when you do decide to wed.
Celebs can tout over and over again the virtues of wedding under these shot-gun-esque methods to get away from the peering eyes of the paparazzi but everyone knows you can avert the media thunderstorm in other ways as well. Vegas weddings just always seem so doomed!
Reportedly, the pair will re-wed in Milan soon and may even have a third ceremony for those who were unable to attend the first two.
File under: Overkill? Noooooo! Not at all!
September 4, 2009
Though it’s common place in the world of “plastic”, “hollow” music, I am never not amazed that bopper fans like — crave, even — for the artists they love to continue to spew out the same material over and over again. Change a leading sentiment there or a lyric or two here, regardless of how many years you have been on the scene, and the fans seem content. I have seen fans drop like flies for artists who try to brave that wave of defying expectations when it comes to follow-up albums.
Let’s take one of my forever true loves Tori Amos for example. Her move from that “me, and a gun, and a piano” acoustic flare that made her a cultish following in the early 90s to having a full-on band and incorporating synthetic/computerized beats and electrical outlets in the latter part of the 90s seemed a death sentence for her album sales. Though she still remains the disaffected youth’s queen with very successful tours, it’s her older tunes that get more praise and tour air time than her experimentation since album From the Choir Girl Hotel and on.
Grammy Award-winning Nelly Furtado hasn’t been immune either. Furtado’s magnum ooopus would probably be her sophomore album Folklore, a brilliantly written and produced romp through culture, loves, life and fame’s effects. The album was a brave, bold, and artistic move for Furtado but some critics and fans alike panned it, wanting a more happy-go-lucky Furtado, a la her debut Whoa, Nelly! Furtado’s third release Loose seemed more rally cry of all the tricks that worked for her before and, as expected, was a major success, racking sales that surpassed 10million copies.
In a world of very little grey and way too much black and white, Furtado may have finally found a happy medium with the upcoming release of her 4th studio album, Mi Plan. With a nod to “doing her own thang” she recorded it entirely in Spanish but listen to the first single “Manos Al Aire” and you will definitely hear influences beyond that, incorporating popular beats that will placate her rabid fans. The single is already an international success.
File Under: Good Luck, Furtado. LOVE YOU!
September 3, 2009
Now, I know many wouldn’t have a clue who he is but my gays surely remember American Idol first season contestant Jim Verraros.
Sure, it has nothing to do with his stint on AI and has everything to do with the fact that the out-and-proud and once-portly contestant lost tons of weight and parlayed a career in gay cinema by starring in part of the cult-following-ish Eating Out indie flix series.
Well, Verraros is set to marry his partner of almost four years, Bill Brennan. The couple met on of all places Myspace and have been inseparable since. There seems to be a huge age difference between the pair, not to mention some interesting photos of really nice property amid lavish acreage they probably share. Wonder who is pulling in the dollars? Could it be the B-list, psedu-celeb with an indie-flick under his belt? Or the older gentleman caller with the frosted tips and greying roots? Hmmm… I am kidding. No speculations here. I am happy for the… gold-digger and the hare… I mean couple. I kid, I kid.
File under: Their wedding website is really looking like a Star Jones wedding blitz mishap.
September 3, 2009
Photo Credit: Jeff Eason
TMZ, Perezhilton, MTV and many others are in love with Greg Scarnici, the New York comedian who has been a viral video hit with over seven million hits. His parodies of Britney Spears, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse and others have garnered him a lot of attention and it’s time to capitalize, baby. You go, boy!
Scarnici has 12 inches for his fans and he wants you to put it in your slot. Your CD-rom (to transfer to ITunes) and/or CD player of course! He will release 12 Inch Freak, an album that moves away from ripping apart the celebs and instead parodies dance music genres such as Hip Hop, New Wave, House, Electro, Slow Jam.
Some of the singles featured will be the ode to bisexuality “Curious” (featured on MTV), “Oooh…Yeah…”, “I Wanna…” and “Hater Anthem.” The latter video will debut on September 15th on YouTube.
September 3, 2009
As expected, fans were out in drones during the first day of shooting for the sequel of Sex and the City. While they filmed on the Upper East Side a single scene of Sarah Jessica Parker hailing a cab, the fans couldn’t get enough, lagging around for hours. When shooting was over, the potential of hounding wasn’t over but with SJP’s security in tow there’s no getting close to her. Ostensibly, she told them to be “nice” to the oglers.
Having seen the series shot many times in and around the city, I remember fans hanging around then too but it was much more subdued so much so that you could even hear shady whispers from production as they complained that SJP “takes way too long to get ready.” Oh, the good days!
What’s weird? What’s the hubbub all about really? SJP can be seen walking the streets of NYC (without security I might add) on many given days. I have had several run-ins with her. One of which where she stood literally two feet away from me, in front of my building, juggling a Blackberry, another phone, and a Daffy’s bag. Only SJP could look F-I-E-R-C-E with a Daffy’s bag!
File under: And, yep, everyone is also trying to find out the details of the script as speculations are abound why Carrie does not wear her wedding ring in some scenes shot.
September 3, 2009
Though it very well should be a little too late to be seeking sympathy from the masses, Jon Gosselin of TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus Eight— who has been TOOLing it up everywhere these days — wants it, wants it bad. And he’s not afraid to boo-hoo his way further into tool-dom to get it either.
He will be appearing on ABC’s Primetime September 8th where he too will detail the reasons for the demise of his 10 year relationship to Kate Gosselin. (Kate previously appeared on the Today Show with her side of things.)
He says that he was taking “a lot of abuse” from Kate and complains extensively that while she was out promoting her book and the show (that they both share the bill on mind you) poor little A+-for-no-effort father was at home taking care of the kids. Boo hoo.
He also talks about the manly man incident when the cops were called to their Pennsylvania home. Apparently, he wouldn’t let Kate in the gate because he wanted to ostensibly spend more time with his kids. The cops were called and Jon gloats that Kate’s waterworks didn’t well…work and she had to leave.
File under: Can this guy get any more annoying? Um, I guess. One more Ed Hardy ill-fitting shirt or psedu-celeb trip to Vegas or torrid story of him using his fame from a show about him and his 8 kids to get chicks and I think I will just barf. Why would any woman give this man the time of day!
September 2, 2009
USA Today reports that last season American Idol third-placer, Danny Gokey has inked a deal with 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville. Yes, the Nashville part means he will venture into country musicdom for his album (no producers have been assigned yet).
Though he did sing several country tunes on the show, it still seems a rather peculiar move for someone who seems to possess R&B/soulful stylings more than anything else.
Gokey says during his time on Idol he was “wet behind the ears” and was still trying to figure himself out but found he could “relate most” to country. Boy, you could put that pain and loss into a great Scott Storch remix. Kidding but come on! Doesn’t seem inventive to just switch over to country so unceremoniously! As he was one of the last to ink a deal, I wonder if he has really thought this all out or if desperation was a culprit.
Call me a bitter skeptic but though middle-America and those below the Mason Dixon Line may find this ultra-exciting, I think it is yet another calculated and erroneous move, putting Idol and its winners dangerously close to being even more out-of-touch and blah!
File under: Now, I am much more interested in hearing the upcoming releases from the other three finalists (Chris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta) who have all landed deals and have releases in the fall.