Monthly Archives October 2009

This Is It director Kenny Ortega said Michael Jackson was “excited”

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This Is It director Kenny Ortega said Michael Jackson was “excited” to share his 50 London shows with his children.

The 50-year-old was just weeks away from starting a residency at the O2 Arena in London when he died suddenly at his LA home.

Ortega, who was working with Jackson on the shows, said that he was in great health and was excited for the shows.

Ortega revealed when Jackson first asked him to do the shows, he said to Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM: “In March, just before he made the announcement in London at the O2 [Arena] that he was, in fact, going to be doing the shows. He called me at home.”

Ortega, who directed the new This Is It movie showing Jackson preparing for the shows, also said that Jackson was “building himself” up physically for the residency.

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Jay-Z was a pro at video games

The extremely successful rapper recently brought to light that he would in the past utterly crush his nephews at video games. Sadly, Jay-Z has lost this wonderful talent, as the singer himself admits: “My nephews didn’t beat me their entire lives, until now. They can destroy me now. I would never let them win because that meant they controlled the household, so I would just beat them mercilessly.” Right, control the house, beat them mercilessly? Is Jay-Z trying to transmit something more here… is he trying to get rid of some excess guilt because a few interesting ideas certainly come to mind.

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Fight Breaks Out at Akon Gig

While performing a concert in Melbourne, Australia earlier this week, Akon decided to leap into the crowd to stop a brawl that had broken out between rival gangs. The singer’s promoter talked about his heroic act, saying “One of the things people should take note on is an artist didn’t have too much concern for his own safety to go down and try and make things better. The thing that I saw, and I was standing right next to him … He walked to a girl (involved in a fight) and walked to her and held her face and said, ‘You’re better than that’.” 9 people were taken to the hospital following the fight and 6 have reported being assaulted.

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Alicia Keys Album Pushed Back

Alicia Keys recently took to her Twitter to announce that her upcoming album ‘The Element of Freedom’ is being delayed. The singer tweeted “Luv having the freedom to create beautiful music, so I’m pushing the album back to DEC 15th. So many more amazing songs!!! Pls RT.” Who is she trying to kid? Getting an album pushed back doesn’t exactly scream good news to any music fan or artist for that matter. I guess we will get some hastily put together music two weeks later because we all know what getting pushed back really means – it’s code for your album absolutely sucks!

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X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has said Simon Cowell is “annoying”

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X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has said Simon Cowell is “annoying” and can be “so rude sometimes”.

The 26-year-old is a judge on the hit ITV show along with Simon, 50, and she said that there is tension between the two of them on the live Saturday night shows.

Asked about the friction, she said to BBC News: “There is on the actual Saturday night, when he starts getting annoying and saying nasty things. It gets quite heated backstage, and quite competitive.

“I don’t feel like I’m a competitive person. I feel like the best person should win The X Factor, whether they’re in my category or not.

“But he’s so competitive and so rude sometimes that I find myself getting caught up in it.”

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Lady GaGa spoke about working with Beyonce

Among many other interesting details she shared with the rest of the world about her fabulous life as a star, Lady GaGa also said a few words about working with Beyonce. This is what she said: “When we were doing the video, I said I want to do you. I wanna do my version of Beyonce. I called myself GEYonce.” Well, apart from the fact that “GEYonce” would probably sound so utterly insulting, especially for Beyonce, that “I said I want to do you” really sounds dubious. Does Lady GaGa really want to? Jay-Z probably wouldn’t mind… there’s a good formula for a new “3” video clip right there.

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50 Cent and a Destiny’s Child

Sources are saying that while 50 Cent was filming his new music video for ‘Baby By Me’, the rapper was getting a little too friendly with former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. It’s being said that things got pretty steamy on the set of the video and that it may have led to a bit of a fling. I don’t think either of them could do better than the other anyway. At the very least, they haven’t stooped to anything lower. It shows that the entertainers still have some sort of dignity left in them – however little it may be.

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Foxy Brown Makes Officers Quit

Apparently, Foxy Brown was getting some preferential treatment in the slammer as three prison officials at Rikers Island jail have stepped down from their positions after reportedly allowing a promotional photo shoot for the rapper’s new album while she was in jail. Two other workers have already previously left their jobs because of the so-called scandal. Foxy has denied the claims though, saying “It was incarceration, not vacation. I only wore the designer clothing I was allowed to have. There were certain gang colors my sneakers couldn’t be… I didn’t have any special visitation rights.” That can’t even be counted as denial!

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Nas Faces Tax Lien

Kelis isn’t the only person trying to get her hands inside Nas’ wallet as it turns out that Uncle Sam is after the rapper too! A federal tax lien was filed last month against Nas for a whopping $2,584,206.31! It looks like he failed to pay his taxes from way back in 2006 and 2007. The rapper is still currently involved in a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife, singer Kelis. But with that tax lien, it looks like she is going to have to wait in line to get her money. At the rate he’s going, Nas will be broke before we get to ring in 2010.

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U2 Concert to Stream Live on YouTube

U2 have confirmed via video blog that their sold-out concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California, Sunday 25th October 2009 will be streamed free, in full and live on YouTube. It’s the first time a show of this size will be streamed live.

The Rose Bowl show is the penultimate U2 show this year – with more to come in 2010 – and already is set to host the venue’s biggest ever audience of over 96, 000 fans. The 360˚ Tour, which has been critically acclaimed and “re-invents rock’n’roll”*, will now boast unique access for fans worldwide – as fans in territories yet to be visited by the tour, or not at all, will be able to enjoy the whole show online...

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