According to The Nest com, these are the top pop culture costumes for 2011:
1. Lady Gaga and Jo Calderone
Looking to dress up like the pop diva and her male alter-ego? Look no further than a homemade Lady Gaga and Jo Calderone costume. Because Gaga’s always rocking the extreme looks and this year was no different - just get creative!
2. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Oh, the Kardashians - the media mogul family we love to love (and hate). After “America’s Royal Wedding,” couples will definitely be dressing up like Kim and Kris this year.
3. Kate Middleton and Prince William
The future King and Queen of England entered our hearts this year and probably became more famous on our side of the pond than on their own. While getting their wedding look may be a bit difficult, their engagement shoot should be a breeze.
4. Kat Von D and Jesse James
This rocker duo has been in the news quite a bit this year and we predict that many replicate Jesse and Kats will be running around this Halloween.
5. Anthony Weiner and Cell Phone
This year’s favorite political scandal involved cell phone pictures and while this technically isn’t a couple’s costume – Weiner couldn’t have gotten where he is today without the phone. Don a suit and head to the local party store for a cell phone costume.
A fitness trainer for the American Council on Exercise said the average amount of popular candy -- one Almond Joy Snack Size Bar, one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or six Tootsie Rolls -- is about 100 calories.
To burn off the calories of one Halloween treat:
-- Dance for 20 minutes.
-- Jog in place for 12 minutes.
-- 15 minutes of intense weight training burns approximately 100 calories. These "tuned up" muscles will keep burning more calories even after the workout is over.
-- Bike for 10 minutes at 12-14 mph.
-- Play a virtual sport or exercise games.
-- Walk for about 15 minutes.
-- Bounce on a trampoline for 27 minutes to tone legs, butt and abs.
-- Wax your car for 20 minutes.
-- Shop at the mall for 41 minutes.
-- Dig, rake, plant and weed in the garden for 15 minutes.
NICKI MINAJ IS THE MOST SEARCHED PERSON FOR HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR
Nicki Minaj has become the person people most want to be for Halloween this year. Nicki is Google's top searched Halloween costume.
Nicki is known for her colorful wigs and over-the-top outfits. She's near the top of the list of most-searched Halloween costumes, with "Playboy Bunny", "Black Swan", and "Angry Birds" being the only costumes above her.
There aren't many actual Nicki Minaj costumes but there are websites and online video tutorials on how to become her.
7 PHRASES YOU SHOULD NEVER USE AT WORK, OR ANYWHERE ELSE
1. When--This is a filthy word when it comes to improving your life. It sounds like this: âWhen I lose 10 pounds Iâll start dating again. When Iâm a little older Iâll go for that promotion. When I complete my degree Iâll start that side-business.â Most of the time, âwhensâ just donât happen, or if they do, they take so long that you've forgotten what it was you wanted in the first place. âWhenâ is rarely necessary, but just to be sure ask yourself: âWould it be illegal, unethical or immoral to start now?â If the answer is no, donât wait for when.
2. Someday--Thereâs nothing wrong with having a âsomedayâ list of things you want to do and places you want to go, but when you find that your âtodayâ list is empty, youâd best start moving some of your future goals into the present. Someday is such a deceptive word. It makes you feel good by thinking youâll someday achieve something, but months, years, and even decades can pass and you might find that your someday is still a long way away.
3. Willpower--Imagine willpower doesnât exist. Thatâs step number one to a better future. The problem with willpower is that most people think they have it or they donât. Theyâll say: âWell, of course I ordered the double-fudge sundae. What did you expect from someone who doesnât have any willpower?â Your genes determine the color of your eyes, NOT whether you order dessert.
4. Want/Wish/Hope--Stop wanting, wishing, and hoping to do something or for something to happen. If you want more control over your fate, you need to take more responsibility for your actions and their outcomes. Donât sit around expecting change to arrive in your mailbox. It takes a decision and it takes action, not wishful thinking.
5. Not good enough--How can a phrase with âgoodâ in it be so bad? These three simple words will keep you from hitting the publish button, making that important phone call, or trying out for the audition. Flip it around. Instead of âThis isnât good enough", change it to âItâs not perfect but itâs good enough.â Donât wait for everything to be perfect. Just put it out there and see what happens.
6. I donât have the time--The same guy who doesnât have time to go to the gym with you after work will always be able to free up an entire evening if you give him free basketball tickets. It might feel like you donât have time, but with some focus, you can free up 20 minutes to two hours every night to work on those actions that will help you create a better life.
7. Itâs not the right time--If not now, when? If you are waiting for the stars to align, itâs not going to happen. Instead of waiting for the right time, shift your thinking and look for the least worst time to get started.
According to a survey of 2,000 women and men, conducted by Fitness mag and omg! from Yahoo!, the most admired bodies belong to Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith.
Most women want a body like Aniston's and most men want their mates to have her shape. Smith's physique is the type that 37% of guys want most, and 37% of women wish their husbands or boyfriends had Will's build.
The results appear in the November/December 2011 issue of Fitness, on newsstands today.
What body party do most women want?
1. Jennifer Aniston's abs 65 %
2. Cameron Diaz's arms 12 %
3. Blake Lively's legs 11 %
4. Pippa Middleton's butt 7 %
5. Christina Hendricks's chest 5 %
Hottest Celeb Couple
1. David & Victoria Beckham 34%
2. Cameron Diaz & Alex Rodriquez 24%
3. Gisele & Tom Brady 15%
4. Fergie & Josh Duhamel 15%
5. Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries 13%
Best Female Celebrity Body Over 40
1. Jennifer Aniston 25% 2. Halle Berry 24%
3. Jennifer Lopez 22%
4. Demi Moore 19%
5. Gwen Stefani 6%
6. Courteney Cox 4 %
Best Male Celebrity Body Over 40
1. Brad Pitt 29% 2. Will Smith 24%
3. Hugh Jackman 23%
4. George Clooney 17%
5. Tom Hanks 4 %
6. Jon Hamm 3 %
Hottest comedian body
Tina Fey 28%
Chelsea Handler 23%
Kathy Griffin 15%
Russell Brand 14%
Jimmy Fallon 11%
Jon Stewart 9%
JUSTIN BIEBER AND SELENA GOMEZÂ PDAÂ DURING A HOCKEY GAME!
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were in a VIP box for the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game in Montreal over the weekend.
They wore jerseys and were caught making out during the game.
Besides Justin scoring, Montreal also beat Toronto 5-4 in overtime.
MARIAH CAREY REVEALED HER TWINS, OPENED UP ABOUT HER "TROUBLED" PREGNANCY
Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon revealed their twins and talked about their trying pregnancy to Barbara Walters on Friday's "20/20".
Moroccan and Monroeâor Roc and Roe for shortâare six months old.
Mariah thinks they already have their parents' genes, saying: "I will say that they really respond to music."
For their world debut, Mariah dressed Moroccan in an oversize camel-colored suit. Monroe was in white gown and matching hair bow.
Mariah and Nick admitted the road to their kids wasnât an easy one. After a miscarriage early in their marriage she Mariah started fertility treatments. Then she struggled with a tough pregnancy that became harder towards the end.
She said: "I had serious back problems. I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to walk properly again. It was a huge strain."
The twins were born through C-section on Nick and Mariah's three-year anniversary. Nick Cannon was playing DJ in the delivery room by playing a live version of Mariah's own "Fantasy."
Mariah said: "The only reason I wanted it to be the live version is because I wanted them to hear the applause upon entering the world."
The couple has also launched a website called DemBabies.com, which is an online photo album of the twins. Highlights include a shot of Mariah cradling one in the swimming pool, Moroccan wearing a pair of shades and another pic of the four of them dressed up as the superhero family from "The Incredibles."
As for the future, Nick wants to have more kids but Mariah says she's done.
INTRODUCING... "PEPSI PINK", A STRAWBERRY-MILK FLAVORED COLA
Here comes Pepsi Pink, a strawberry-milk flavored soda.
The new Pepsi drink is being rolled out in Japan on November 8th.
According to Pepsi, the new Pepsi Pink is âbursting with the rich aroma and refreshing taste of strawberry milkâ.
No word on whether it will be released around the globe.
Workers have called in sick with some pretty wild excuses.
Some of the funnier excuses (from CareerBuilder.com):
One worker said he couldn’t make into the office because his brother had been kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico.
A worker claimed he was unable to get to work because his 12-year-old daughter stole his car.
Another employee said a truck dumped flour into her convertible while she was in line at a coffee shop.
Others said they had injuries from a falling refrigerator, a bite from a deer while hunting, a back injury from chasing a beaver, a broken nose from falling out of bed and accidentally drinking antifreeze.
KATY PERRY, LADY GAGA AND BEYONCE LEAD THE 2012 PEOPLE'S CHOICE NOMINEES
The 2012 Peopleâs Choice Awards polls are officially open. Official nominees wonât be named until November 8th, but Katy Perry is already leading with six nominations to her name.
Coming in behind her are Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Pitbull with five.
The 38th Annual Peopleâs Choice Awards will air live on CBS January 11th.
INTRODUCING... PIZZA... IN A CONE
An amateur chef wanted to invent a portable pizza that wouldn't drip and he found that the cone-shape was the best method.
He wrote on his web site, "Using an empty aluminum drink can as a cone-form and a standard pizza recipe, you can make your own pizza cones and take a new twist on a classic Italian dish."
He makes his own dough, then he takes an aluminium soda or beer can, trims off the top with a sharp hobby knife or heavy-duty scissors, and cuts downwards to create 10 to 12 vertical ribbons. These 'fingers' are then folded out to create a conical shape for the dough to wrap into.
You put the sauce, and whatever other toppings you want, in the cone.
Just a cheese and sauce one has about 250 calories while ones with toppings will come out to about 355 calories.
'DANCING WITH THE STARS': FASHION GURU GETS THE BOOT
Carson Kressley was booted off "Dancing With the Stars" last night, leaving seven other contestants.
The fahsion guru came in with the lowest scores for his 1980s-themed routine on Minday night.
Singer Kelly Clarkson performed on Tuesday's results show.
The remaining contestants are actors David Arquette, J.R. Martinez, reality TV personality Rob Kardashian, activist Chaz Bono, TV hosts Ricki Lake and Nancy Grace, and soccer star Hope Solo.
CHORD OVERSTREET RETURNING TO "GLEE"
Three months after leaving "Glee", Chord Overstreet is in final talks to return to the show on a recurring basis.
Overstreet will reprise his role as Sam beginning with this seasonâs eighth episode (tentatively scheduled to air in early December).
"Glee" made headlines over the summer when word leaked that the show did not pick up Overstreetâs series regular option for Season 3. Producers invited him back on a recurring basis, but he declined.
Itâs unclear how Sam will be reintroducedâ or what his return will mean for exes Quinn and Mercedes.
JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST EXPANDING THEIR WATCH THE THRONE
Jay-Z and Kanye West are expanded their upcoming Watch The Throne tour.
The tour had to be "modified" because of the overwhelming demand for more dates.
New tour stops include a pair of shows in New York City at Madison Square Garden on November 7th and 8th, Chicago's United Center on November 30th and an additional Staples Center in LA on December 13th.Â
BRITNEY SPEARS IS PART OF THE TWITTER ELITEâSHE HAS REACHED 10 MILLION FOLLOWERS
Britney Spears Twitter page (@britneyspears) has put her in a very special list. As of last week, she's one of six people on Twitter to have 10 million followers.
She joined Lady Gaga (@ladygaga, 14,381,470 followers), Justin Bieber (@justinbieber,13,309,185 followers) President Barack Obama (@barackobama, 10,675,468 followers), Katy Perry (@katyperry, 10,481,994 followers) and Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian, 10,307,959 followers).
Of those six, Brit's timeline is the one with the most fan feedback. Most of her 1,095 tweets are greetings and "thank yous" to her fans for their support. She also follows more than 400,000 Twitter users herself.
Shakira (@shakira) is set to be the next to 10 million followers. She's currently at a little more than 9 million. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13, 8,415,223 followers) and
Rihanna (@rihanna, 8,223,280 followers) are close behind. Selena Gomez'sÂ (@selenagomez) numbers are also growing. She's now at around 7,654,843 followers.
50% OF AMERICANS ARE CELL PHONE SPIES
50 percent of Americans said they'd use their smartphone to take secret video of others doing silly, sexy or gross things.
The Harris Interactive poll questioned more than 2,000 people, 18 and older. Researchers asked "who and what" people would record secretly if given the chance.
Here's what they said:
23 percent: "People in embarrassing outfits"
20 percent: "Athletes at a sporting event"
15 percent: "Someone tripping/falling" â of course, this wouldn't happen to you.
10Â percent: "Sexy waitress at a restaurant"
9 percent: "Shirtless hunk mowing the neighborâs lawn"
7 percent:Â Cheerleaders
7 percent: "Boss or coworker sneaking a second doughnut." What about the third doughnut?
6 percent: "Disgusting grooming habits" â Yes, you know what those are.
LIST OF HIGHEST-EARNING WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT: OPRAH, GAGA, SWIFT IN TOP 10
Forbes has released its list of the Top 10 highest-earning women in the entertainment industry.
Once again, Oprah Winfrey tops the list of leading ladies, earning $290 million. According to Forbes' estimation, the talk show host and OWN Network founder is worth $2.7 billion.
Top 10 Highest-Earning Women in Entertainment:
Oprah Winfrey -$290 million Lady Gaga - $90 million
Bethenny Frankel - $55 million
Gisele Bundchen - $45 million Ellen DeGeneres - $45 million
Judge Judy Sheindlin - $45 million Taylor Swift - $45 million Katy Perry - $44 million Beyonce - $35 million
Danielle Steel - $35 million
JUSTIN BIEBER UNVEILED HIS "UNDER THE MISTLETOE" TRACK LIST…MARIAH CAREY IS HAPPY TO BE RECORDING WITH BIEBS
Usher, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and others will help Justin Bieber on "Under The Mistletoe," his Christmas album that drops November 1st. The 15-song track list was revealed yesterday.
"Under The Mistletoe" includes a duet with Carey on an updated version of her holiday hit "All I Want For Christmas is You";"Fa La La," is a new track with Boyz II Men; "Home This Christmas," features country group the Band Perry; there's the Busta Rhymes collaboration "Drummer Boy"; and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)," featuring Usher. Justin is also solo on tracks like "Christmas Love," "Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas," and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
The first single "Mistletoe," drops October 18th.
Here is the track list to "Under The Mistletoe":
1. Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas
3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) feat. Usher
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
5. Fa La La feat. Boyz II Men
6. Christmas Love
7. All I Want For Christmas Is You Duet Mariah Carey
8. Drummer Boy feat. Busta Rhymes
9. All I Want Is You
10. Fa La La (acapella) feat. Boyz II Men (Deluxe Edition)
Taylor Swift said her next album will be out in 2012.
Talking about her new songs, Taylor said: "They're sad, if I'm being honest. One track is about moving on. I write songs, and my voice is just a way to get those lyrics across."
Until the new music, Taylor Swift fans can pick up a concert album and DVD special called "Speak Now World Tour - Live". It drops November 21st and includes live versions of "Mine," "Story of Us," "Mean" and Back to December."
JAY-Z CALLS THE BACK-AND-FORTH WITH LIL WAYNE "JUST SPORT"
Jay-Z responded to the alleged beef between him and Lil Wayne. Last month, Wayne's song "It's Good" dropped and it included a few choice words for Jay and his wife, Beyonce.
The lyrics were: "Talkin' bout Baby money? I got your baby money/ Kidnap your***, get that how-much-you-love-your-lady money."
To a lot of people, the lyrics were a direct response to Jay's jab at Young Money head Bryan "Baby" Williams, on the Watch The Throne track, "H.A.M."
Jay-Z Â didn't want to dwell on the topic and he didn't have much to say about Wayne's track, other than that it was to be expected in hip-hop.
Jay said: "That's sport, that's rap music. Nothing is going to change but the participants. I don't even see why that's news."
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
1. Stop Talking--A lot of people have a habit of sharing useless information during a first meeting. You'll notice the person listening will smile, nod politely, and ask questions, so the lecturer keeps on talking. He goes away from the experience thinking it went really well. But for the listener, it was a bust because they didnât feel affirmed or appreciated. It's natural when you're nervous to focus on whether the conversation is going well for you. But make sure you're also thinking of ways to make the other person feel good.
2. Show Your FlawsâWhen you go to a first meeting, be raw, vulnerable and honest. The listener will do the same. It'll happen because you both let your guard down. The fact is we are all walking around trying not to be human. We want to be these perfect little machines. But if you're putting up a front, what kind of conversation are you really having?
3. Use a Person's Name. Repeat--People love to hear their own names. It makes them feel special. But don't stop there. Learn the names of their spouses, children, and pets, too, then mention them in a follow-up e-mail or conversation. It'll go a long way toward making a positive impression.
4. Don't Take All the CreditâIn an interview, the interviewer will always look to see if they are too self-serving. Do they seem to exaggerate their own contributions or blame colleagues for things that went wrong? The advice here is to just be humble and let people know that you hold yourself to the same standards to which you hold others.
5. Look Interested--When your face is neutral, it shows you're not engaged. Just a head tilt gives the message you're listening. A quick eyebrow is another small but effective gesture. You always hear that you should mirror the body language of the person you're talking to, and that's true, to a point. For example, if someone is talking quietly, respond in a soft voice. But don't go overboard. You don't want to seem like you're mimicking.
LinkedIn asked more than 17,000 professionals around the globe to name their biggest workplace pet peeve.
The top five:
Â Â Â Those who donât take ownership of their actions. Â Â Â Co-workers who complain too much.
Â Â Â Gross common areas.
Â Â Â Meetings that start late or go long. Â Â Â Colleagues who never respond to email.
The latest fashion trend in hip-hop is causing the men in the game to raid the women's clothing department for inspiration.
Lil Wayne jumped around in skinny women's pants during his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye West wore a multiprint shirt designed for women at the Coachella music festival. Kid Cudi has been seen in a plaid skirt, Snoop Dogg wears jewelry designed for women and Pharrell Williams is a fan of the Hermes-made Birkin bag.
The style has also led huge pop star Justin Bieber to wear women's jeans.
He said: "I think I've worn women's jeans before because they fit me better. I just think that whatever works, works. When Kanye wore a woman's shirt, it wasn't like it looked like a woman's sweater. It was just a regular sweater that just happened to be a woman's."
THE BEST COUNTRIES FOR WOMEN?
A ranking by Newsweek/Daily Beast reveals which countries are the best and worst places for women to live. Using data from 165 countries, they based their rankings on five categories: "treatment under the law, workforce participation, political power, and access to education and health care."
Here are the world's best places for ladies:
7. Norway 8. United States
1. The Ticker isn't actually revealing any new information. But it is showing users a lot of information they probably wouldn't have bothered to look for in the past. They can see any activity from friends that they let you see. If a friend is commenting on another friend's wall (even one that you're not connected to) and that wall is set to be publicly viewable, you'll see that post in your Ticker.
2. Every post you make on a public fan page will show up in all of your friends' Tickers. Fan pages are public, so this information will be accessible to anyone.
3. Check a post's security level before commenting. There is a small icon under each item in your news feed. Hover over that to see who can see the post. The globe icon means the update is public and anyone can see it. There's also an icon for updates that only friends can see. You can also set a custom list of people.
4. Be extra mindful when commenting on a public post. Any comment you leave on a status update will be sent to the Tickers of every person on your friend list. All posts from fan pages are public.
5. Your own activity won't show up in your real-time Ticker. This can make it hard to troubleshoot exactly which parts of your activity are being published. Facebook must be assuming that you already know what activity you're doing and don't need to see it.
6. Facebook says Timeline will be available in a few weeks, but you can enable it now.
7. Once you've enabled Timeline, you'll have some time to clean it up if you'd like. Even those of us who have always been very careful about what we post on Facebook will be surprised by some content on our Timeline. Any post on the Timeline can be hidden from view, deleted from Facebook or changed to be viewable to just some of your friends. Once you've cleaned it up, you can then choose to publish your Timeline so that it's viewable to other Facebook users.
8.With its new class of apps, Facebook is looking for "frictionless" experiences. This means that you'll see fewer dialog boxes asking if you'd like to publish a certain kind of activity to your newsfeed. When you first set up an app, like Spotify, it will ask for your permission to access your information and let you set that behavior to public or friends-only. You can also define a more specific list of friends to have access to that information. But then you won't be asked again. It will become much easier to forget which apps are broadcasting your activity. After you give Spotify permission, each song you listen to will be broadcast to Facebook.
9. Subscribers are people who sign up to receive your public posts in their news feed. If you've enabled this, anyone who adds you as a friend will automatically become a subscriber. If you confirm the friend request, the person will be elevated to "friend." If you turn down the friend request by clicking "Not now," that person will still remain subscribed to your public posts.
10.When you defriend someone, they will still be subscribed to your public posts. If you want to defriend someone and prevent them from seeing what you post, you'll have to also block them.
LADY GAGA WILL DEBUT A SHORT FILM AT PARIS FASHION WEEK
Lady Gaga is joining forces once again with French fashion house Thierry Mugler to debut a never-before-seen film during Mugler's show at Paris Fashion Week tomorrow.
An unreleased remix of a Gaga track will be featured in the film, which was created by the "You and I" directors Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Gaga also edited a special version of the film that will be available online the following day.
JORDIN SPARKS IS DATING JASON DERULO!
Jason Derulo celebrated his 22nd birthday by cuddling up to his new girl, Jordin Sparks!
Derulo's rep said: "Jordin would sing to him occasionally through the night in his ear if her head was nested on his shoulder. He was excited to spend some quality time with Jordin. The two left together and continued the celebration."
Katy Perry and her pink hair pose for InStyle magazine. Some interview highlights:
On her fiery side: "I'm not going to sit and be steamrolled; I'm going to stand up against things that are unjust," she said. "I am full of unicorns and Care Bears 99 percent of the time, but don't open Pandora's Box of that other 1 percentâbecause it's there!"
Her secret to getting her makeup done on tour: "I ordered a special chair from the dentist so I can lie back and wake up looking like a million bucksâI call it my Sleeping Beauty makeup."
On having children: "Not yet. I think if you're married, it's often in your future." As for her approach to raising kids: "I think in the futureâthe very far futureâwhen I have children, I'll have a more open approach, setting boundaries and showing them what their decisions and choices will breed."
Her latest obsession: "I'm a design-blog junkie. Cozycozy is my favorite. Architects, landscapers and designers are my drugs of the moment." http://www.instyle.com/instyle/
The Complete '15 Hottest Toys' list
1. Air Hogs Hyper Actives by Spin Master, $49.99: Radio controlled miniature racing cars.
2. Air Swimmers Extreme by Animal Planet, $49.99: Inflatable fish and shark balloons that are radio controlled and seem to swim through the air. Helium tank sold separately.
3. Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls by MGA Entertainment, $34.99: Rag dolls with button eyes and bendable hair. They come with an accompanying pet with a bendable tail.
4. LeapPad Explorer by Leapfrog, $99.99: A tablet-like device which children can use to read books, play educational games and take pictures.
5. Monster High Fearleading 3-Pack by Mattel, $42.99: Three dolls which are offspring of famous monsters, dressed in "Fear Squad" cheerleading outfits.
6. Moshi Monsters Moshling Mini-Figures 3-pack by Spin Master, $5.99: Tiny collectible monsters related to a hit online game.
7. My Keepon by Wow! Stuff, $39.99: A bright yellow blob-like robot that dances to music.
8. Nerf Vortex Vigilon by Hasbro, $24.99: A foam dart gun that launches foam discs up to 50 feet.
9. Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle by Lego Systems Inc., $79.99: A 645-piece construction set offered exclusively at Toys R Us with characters from Lego's popular Ninjago line.
10. Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper by Hasbro's Playskool, $29.99: A colorful elephant that can launch plastic balls and plays music.
11. Power Wheels Dune Racer by Mattel's Fisher-Price: $279.99. A child-size dune buggy that can ride over grass, gravel and mud.
12. Radica Fijit Friends by Mattel, $49.99: Robotic toys that dance and respond to squeezes and spoken words.
13. Sesame Street Let's Rock! Elmo by Hasbro, $69.99: An Elmo doll that sings and comes with a drum, tambourine and microphone.
14. "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure," by Activision, $69.99: A video game that includes action figures that can be placed in a portal and then appear in the game.
15. The Trash Pack Garbage Truck by Moose Toys, $19.99: A garbage truck that can hold 10 collectible Trashies, which are tiny collectible characters. It comes with two special edition Trashies and is a Toys R Us exclusive.
ADELE BROKE THREE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS WITH HER "21" ALBUM
Adele broke three Guinness World Records for her album "21".
The records include becoming the first solo female to have 11 consecutive weeks at number one in the UK, and most cumulative weeks there with 21.
She has became the first woman to have two albums and two singles in the UK top-five at the same time.
AMERICANS SPEND 53.5 BILLION MINUTES ON FACEBOOK
Americans spend 53 billion minutes a month on Facebook.
A new Nielsen study looked at 110 million computer users and found they spent more time on Facebook than on any other website. Yahoo was second with 17.2 billion minutes and Google ranked third at 12.5 billion minutes.
Almost four of every five active Internet users went to social-networking and blogging sites. That makes up for 22.5 percent of the total amount of minutes people spent online.
The majority of social-network users are women and the profile of the most active social-network user is of a woman of Asian/Pacific Islander descent between the ages of 18 and 34.
LIL WAYNE RACKED UP 18 BET HIP-HOP AWARD NOMINATIONS
Lil Wayne led all nominees for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards by getting a record-breaking 18 nominations!
He'll compete against Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa for the "MVP of the Year" award. Weezy will also compete in categories like Hustler of the Year, Lyricist of the Year and Track of the Year.
Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa got nine nominations each, while Rick Ross got eight. The Rookie of the Year award will be between Khalifa, Big Sean, Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Diggy Simmons and Big K.R.I.T.
10 MOST POPULAR JOBS AND WHAT THEY PAY
(from FOX Business)
Operating Room Registered Nurse
Median annual salary: $61,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 81%
Median annual salary: $69,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 80%
Median annual salary: $63,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 80%
Median annual salary: $39,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 79%
Median annual salary: $49,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 78%
Intelligence Analyst (they research, collect and analyze data to assist clients such as the police or armed forces to protect the homeland.)
Median annual salary: $69,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 76%
Computer Networking/IT Systems Engineer
Median annual salary: $70,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 75%
Median annual salary: $68,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 74%
Median annual salary: $56,000
Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 71%
KE$HA WILL NOW HELP ANIMALS, INSTEAD OF JUST WEAR THEM
Ke$ha was honored as the Humane Societyâs first-ever global ambassador to help promote respect and compassion of animals all around the world.
She said: âOne of the main underlying sentiments of my music is to respect all living creatures just as they are. I believe that together, we can change laws that allow innocent animals to be unjustly mistreated and abused all over the world.â
ROLLING STONE'S LIST OF THE WORST SONGS OF THE '90S
Jennifer Aniston was escorted by boyfriend Justin Theroux on a visit to a medical building in Beverly Hills Wednesday and was spotted holding her belly as she left!
GOSSIP:Â Jen was sucking on a lollipop and it's common practice in gynecology offices to give candy to a woman having blood work early in her first trimester so when a nurse draws blood, the patient's blood sugar level is high enough that she doesn't pass out.
ALSO:Â Jen has been abstaining from alcoholic drinks for the past two weeks.
THE TOP 25 COLLEGES RANKED BY... STUDENT HOTNESS... (ALLEGEDLY)
(from The Daily Beast)
1.University of Mississippi 2.University of Wisconsin-Madison
3.University of Alabama
4.Florida State University
5.University of Florida 6.Arizona State University
7.Lewis & Clark College
8.University of Georgia
9.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
11.Loyola Marymount University
12.University of Kentucky
13.University of California-Santa Barbara
14.University of Virginia
15.Auburn University Main Campus
16.Texas Tech University
18.The University of Texas at Austin
19.University of Arizona
20.University of Central Florida
21.Texas Christian University
22.Ohio State University
25.College of William and Mary
According to Twitter's official global PR feed, the baby news broke a site record at 10:35 PM EST, with 8,868 tweets per second (TPS). The most TPS ever recorded for a single event.
The previous record (7,196 TPS) was made in July during the final moments of the Women's World Cup final in which the U.S. women's soccer team lost toÂ Japan during the last seconds of the game in a penalty shootout.
THE MOST DANGEROUS JOBS IN AMERICA
Here are the occupations with the highest rate of fatal work injuries (deaths per 100,000 workers):
1. Fishers and related fishing workers: 116
2. Logging workers: 91.9
3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 70.6
4. Farmers and ranchers: 41.4
5. Mining machine operators: 38.7
6. Roofers: 32.4
7. Refuse and recyclable materials collectors: 29.8
8. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 21.8
9. Industrial machinery installation, repair and maintenance workers: 20.3
KATY PERRY WON VIDEO OF THE YEAR AT THE MTV VMAS, ADELE WON MOST MOONMEN
It was all about the women at the MTV Video Music Award.
Katy Perry won Video of the Year, Adele won the most awards with four and Lady GaGa won Best Female Video.
Katy Perry's Video Of The Year trophy was for her "Firework". She beat out Adele, Beastie Boys, Bruno Mars and Best New Artist winner Tyler, the Creator. Katy also won for Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for her "E.T." featuring Kanye West.
Adele's four awards were for Best Art Direction, Editing, Cinematography and Direction, for her "Rolling in the Deep" video.
Lady GaGa won Best Video with a Message and Best Female Video for "Born This Way".
The other winners included Justin Bieber (Best Male Video), Beyonce Knowles (Best Choreography), Britney Spears (Best Pop Video), Nicki Minaj (Best Hip-Hop), and Foo Fighters (Best Rock Video).
Here's the full list of winners:
Video of the Year: Katy Perry - "Firework"
Best Male Video: Justin Bieber - "U Smile"
Best Female Video: Lady GaGa - "Born This Way"
Best New Artist: Tyler, the Creator - "Yonkers"
Best Pop Video: Britney Spears - "Till the World Ends"
Best Rock Video: Foo Fighters - "Walk"
Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"
Best Collaboration: Katy Perry ft. Kanye West - "E.T."
Best Direction in a Video: Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
Best Choreography in a Video: Beyonce Knowles - "Run the World (Girls)"
Best Special Effects in a Video: Katy Perry ft. Kanye West - "E.T."
Best Art Direction in a Video: Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
Best Editing in a Video: Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
Best Cinematography in a Video: Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
Best Video with a Message: Lady GaGa - "Born This Way"
Vanguard Award: Britney Spears
TAYLOR SWIFT AND JUSTIN BIEBER HAVE WRITTEN A SONG TOGETHER!
Justin Bieber has written a song with his good friend Taylor Swift.
Producer Kuk Harrell (who has worked with Beyonce and Rihanna) spilled the beans about the collaboration.
He Tweeted: "Wow!! Got to see @justinbieber and @taylorswift13 write a song together last night! SMASH! SMASH! SMASH! Let's do it again Yall!"
Justin the re-tweeted the post, which is kind of like a confirmation.
On Friday, Justin even posted a short, cryptic tweet that said: "#writing."
SO, THIS IS BRAD PITTâS ASSISTANT... (YA THINK ANGELINA'S JEALOUS?)
Â Brad Pitt's young assistant, Lara Marsden, was spotted on the set of "World War Z".
THE NEW SWIFT CRIB
Taylor Swift has purchased a $2.5 million dollar historic home in Nashville.
The stately 5,601 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home was formerly owned by U.S. ambassador to Denmark Guilford Dudley Jr. and is in the same general posh area as Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's home.
LADY GAGA TO GUEST STAR AS HERSELF ON "THE SIMPSONS"
Lady Gaga is set for a guest gig on TV's "The Simpsons".
Show Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) entered to a Los Angeles studio to record the episode with Gaga.
Smith said, "This is extraordinary! I'm stunned that she has time in her schedule that she's coming to our studio to record."
As for Gaga's storyline, the actress said, "She's playing herself, and [The Simpsons writers] describe her as the happiest, most optimistic person in the world. She comes to Springfield to try to cheer up Lisa, but she can't."
Lady Gaga's appearance will air during "The Simpsons" upcoming 23rd season.
In a previous episode, an animated version of the singer (not voiced by Gaga) appeared on the show as Tony winner Elton John's date to the Golden Globe Awards.
SOME LADY CORNERED KATY PERRY ... THE "UNCOMPASSIONATE CARNIVORE"
Katy Perry got called an "uncompassionate carnivore" by a woman who saw her eating a turkey drumstick.
During a day out in Canada, Katy was eating a hunk of smoked meat when a woman and her daughter walked by. When the daughter thought Katy was vegetarian, her mother spoke up.
According to the National Enquirer, she told Katy: "What a hypocrite! You should be ashamed of yourself! You're a traitor and an uncompassionate carnivore! Wasn't your husband named Sexiest Vegetarian recently? Does he even know about this?"
Katy tried to calm things down by telling the woman: "Well, I guess you could say I'm cheating on my husband."
JAY-Z AND BEYONCE ARE THE MOST POWERFUL COUPLE IN MUSIC
Jay-Z and Beyonce are music's most powerful couple. According to Forbes, Hov and B took in $72 million over the past year.
Beyonce made $35 million, thanks to her clothing line with Dereon and endorsement deals with L'Oreal, DirecTV, General Mills and others. Jay-Z's cash came from his 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal and for being a shareholder in the New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club chain and Translation ad firm.
Hov and Beyonce may be music's biggest moneymaking couple, but they're not No. 1 overall. They are second to New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and his model wife Giselle Bundchen. They made a combined $76 million.
LINDSAY LOHAN SUING PITBULL OVER A LINE IN HIS TRACK, "GIVE ME EVERYTHING"
Lindsay Lohan is suing the people that created Pitbull's No. 1 hit "Give Me Everything" because of a lyric she claims is "in breach of New York civil rights laws."
According to TMZ, Lindsay is suing "Give Me Everything" writers Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Pitbull for the lyric: "Hustlers move aside, so I'm tiptoeing, to keep flowing/I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan."
The lawsuit claims the lyrics are "disparaging" and "defamatory statements" that could "do irreparable harm."
Lindsay described herself in the lawsuit as "a professional actor of good repute and standing in the Screen Actors Guild." She's suing under the New York civil rights laws, which protects people from having their name exploited for commercial purposes. Lindsay is asking for an injunction to stop broadcasting the song.
The track is on Pitbull's latest album, "Planet Pit." "Give Me Everything" gave Pitbull his biggest hit yet. It landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold almost 3 million copies. No comment from Pitbull, Ne-Yo or their camps.
did not respond to queries about the lawsuit at press time.
WHAT YOUR BRA SAYS ABOUT YOU (ON A DATE)
Â In honor of Bra Recycling Month: If you hook up on a date, what can a guy tell about you from your choice in bra?
Bandeau Bra: Youâre confident.
Underwire Bra: You understand compromise.
Built-In Bra: You value convenience.
Convertible Bra: Itâs important to you to keep your options open.
Padded Bra: Youâre pragmatic.
Sheer Bra: People fall in love with you too easily.
Push-Up Bra: Youâre very, very tricky.
Hanes Racerback Bra: You didnât expect to hook up tonight.
Victoriaâs Secret Racerback Bra: You wanted it to look like you didnât expect to hook up tonight.
Demi Bra: Youâre hot.
Front Hook Bra: The ease with which another person can take it off might have crossed your mind.
Minimizer Bra: Youâre modest.
T-Shirt Bra: Youâre just, like, casually chillinâ. Itâs whatevs. (Except not really, because then you would have just worn a regular bra and not cared that the seams showed.)
No Bra: No one's going to tell you what to do. .
Corset: Youâre a biter. And kind of a nerd.
The Playtex 18 Hour Bra: Youâre one of the pretty ladies who works at the bank. Itâs also 1986.
Bullet Bra: There is such a thing as being way too into Mad Men.
Maternity Bra: Youâre, um, pregnant?
Shelf Bra: Youâre kinky. Or you just didnât know they were supposed to cover your whole thing.
Water Bra: You donât really know about... stuff.
Seashell Bra: If itâs Halloween, youâre dressed up as the Little Mermaid. Hot! If itâs not Halloween, you had terrible parents.
Adhesive Bra: You live your life like youâre on the red carpet -- ridiculously.
LADY GAGA WILL PERFORM AT THE MTV VMAS
Lady Gaga will be performing at the MTV VMAs.
No word on what she'll wear or sing, but you know it's going to be worth watching.
She's the latest performer announced for the show. Other on the bill include Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Adele, Bruno Mars and Young The Giant.
Gaga is also nominated for four moon men.
Today, Gaga will appear live on MTV and LOGO for "MTV First: Lady Gaga," where she'll officially make her VMA announcement and tease her promo for the awards show.
TOP TEN CHEAPEST CELEBRITY TIPPERS
10. Rachael Ray shows up on quite a few lists of measly tippers. One one (List of the Day), a tipster says she, "Tipped $1 on a $10 tab".Â Â
9. Bill Cosby is ranked #6 on Glamorati's list of 34 notoriously bad tippers. He is said to have once left a $3 tip on a $350 order. This from a man who preaches about the importance of setting a good example.
8. Sean Penn and three others had "New Orleans waiters waiting on them hand and foot. The tip left on a $450 tab? Absolutely nothing. There are lots of instances of Sean Penn stiffing waitstaff". He takes the number three spot on the Frisky's compilation of measly stars as well.Â
7. Mariah Carey is said to have kept a restaurant open late with a very large party.Â "Mariah and crew were very diva-ish with their demands. Despite keeping staffers jumping and a high tab, no one left a tip."
6. Usher is consistently cited as one of the worst tippers, including the Stained Apron's 44 tipping "sinners".Â The R&B singer, "Always tries to get someone else to pick up the bill". More than one tipster reports Usher having once left his autograph as a tip.
5. Jeremy Piven, according to Zimbio, showed up at Nobu in Aspen with a party of 12 -- without a reservation. After being seated and served, Piven reportedly told the manager: "Thanks for nothing," and left a signed Entourage DVD as the tip. According to the story, a Nobu employee hurled the box at Piven as he was leaving, and Piven was banned from ever returning to Nobu.Â The act earned Piven the number one "worst tipper" on Zimbio's list of ten worst tippers.
4. LeBron James comes in at number four on thefriskycom's list, and perhaps for good reason. Seems he once made a Cleveland steak house stay open until 4 in the morning so he could finish his feast. The bill: $800. The tip: $10.Â
3. Barbra Streisand is mentioned again and again for being a cheap tipper as well as a rude and demanding customer. Glamorati says, "Doesn't always tip." Thefriskycom notes that at a New York restaurant, Babs once "left a $10 tip for a $457 tab."Â
2. Madonna comes in number one on chart after chart. Glamorati in 2008 named Madonna numero uno in its list of the 34 stingiest celebs. "Doesn't always leave a tip, and when she does it's a cheap one." A year later, List of the Day put her atop its cheapster listing and reported that Madonna and then-husband Guy Ritchie left an $18 tip on a $400 tab (Madonna's worth, incidentally, is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions).Â Â
1. Tiger Woods came in number four on Zimbio's scrooge compilation and was cited on every single list. The reason he doesn't tip: The man worth more than $500 million says it's because he never carries cash. The Frisky reports Tiger dated "a gal in Las Vegas who had to tip for him whenever they went out." And according to List of the Day ,Tiger once "pulled a mulligan on a $5 tip, repocketing the money meant for a waitress after realizing he had tipped her earlier in the evening. He was possibly distracted by the $10,000 hand of blackjack he was playing."
11-YEAR-OLD MAYOR FOR A DAY RENAMED A STREET FOR JUSTIN BIEBER
An 11-year-old "mayor for a day" in Texas knew what her first major act in office would be when she took over yesterday. She renamed part of Main Street for Justin Bieber.
A temporary sign for "Justin Bieber Way" went up during a ceremony in Forney, Texas.
11-year-old Caroline Gonzalez won a contest meant to get young people interested in municipal government. She's active in student council, recycling and community service projects.
No word on if Justin got the message,
HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND
1. Stop giving advice--If you always tell your friend how to fix their problems, the relationship will be unbalanced. You become the One Who Knows All and they become the One Who Is Troubled. Eventually you're both going to get tired of those roles. Instead, let your friend bounce ideas off you and just give a supportive comment. Give your opinion only if they ask for it. Remember, if you're not having a dialogue, you're giving a lecture.
2. Show a different side of yourself--One great way to do that is to mix friends from different areas of your life. You can throw a get-together with your college buddies and your friends from work. You'll find yourself opening up more and your friends will learn new things about you. Friendships benefit from a breath of fresh air.
3. Be (genuinely) happy for your friend's success--Friends want you to celebrate with them when good things happen. Sometimes that's harder than it sounds, especially if you're a little jealous of their success. Swallow that emotion because they don't just need a shoulder to cry, they also need someone to cheer them on, too.
4. Make small gestures--You don't have to go all-out to show your friends you love them. If you don't use social media, reach out in other ways. Leave your friend a nice voice message or stop by their office if they had a tough day. It will mean a lot.
LADY GAGA'S "YOU AND I" VIDEO PREMIERING THURSDAY
Lady Gaga tweeted another still from her "You And I". yesterday. That led to news that the clip will premiere this Thursday at 7:50pm Eastern Time on MTV.
Fan site Gaga Daily also reported that after the premiere, Lady Gaga will make a special announcement from New York City.
As for what fans can expect from the clip, Gaga said: "The premise of the video is that I've walked all the way from New York City to Nebraska to get my boyfriend back. I'm walking with no luggage, no nothin'. It's just me, and my ankles are kind of bleeding a little bit and there's grass stuck in my shoes."Â
NEW FACEBOOK FEATURE SHOWS YOUR OLD STATUS UPDATES.... FROM 2010 AND 2009
Facebook quietly launched a new feature that shows status updates you posted exactly one or two years ago.
The feature showed up as a small box in the right-hand column above the advertising. It's titled either "On This Day in 2010â³ or "On This Day in 2009."
The "On This Day" box tends to show up the most while you're browsing a photo album. You can also click the "Show More" button to see more status updates from exactly one or two years ago-- that is, if you posted multiple status updates on those days.
The feature only seems to go back to 2009 but that makes sense because Facebook didn't have a lot of users in 2008 or 2007.
No word on why Facebook decided to have the new feature.
Rumor has it that programmers were just feeling nostalgic.
A columnist for the Chicago Examiner(Peter Buchanan) says he recently attended a secret meeting at the Hilton in Downtown Chicago.
There were seven people at this meeting and he "was basically strip searched" so he couldn't record any information. An audio recording, which took place on April 2, 2010, was played and featured a bunch of people in a room talking about ways to destroy Christina Aguilera's upcoming "atomic disaster" Bionic.
A man with a thick Middle Eastern accent said: "I have already emailed Perez Hilton". Another suggested that they "work the phones," which sounded like he meant to have people call radio stations and tell them to not play the the album's first single "Not Myself Tonight."
A voice that belonged to a guy named Roger added, "Nobody cares about the phones; it's all about the blogs!"
The next part of the tape featured the group playing "Not Myself Tonight" and laughing over it. After the record stopped, insults were made about Christina Aguilera that are too offensive to talk about here.
The guy who led the present meeting at the Hilton was a former record executive who now teaches at Columbia University. He believes the April 2, 2010 meeting was held by Interscope executives.
However, the name Lady Gaga wasn't mentioned once in the recording.
WOMEN SPEND FIVE HOURS EVERY DAY GOSSIPING
A study shows that women spend about five hours a day gossiping.
Other people's problems, who's dating who, and other people's children are the main topics of discussion.
Women also spend 24 minutes a day discussing their weight. Thirty six percent of women say they cannot be trusted to keep their friend's secret.
Husbands usually get to hear about what annoyed their wife that day and the boring stuff at work while her girlfriend gets the juicy gossip.
KANYE WEST IS GIVING FANS A LOOK AT HIS PRIVATE LIFE, FOR A PRICE
Kanye West teamed up with an ad agency to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at his life--for the right price.
For $5/month, fans will get a steady stream of behind-the-scenes Kanye-oriented media, including his daily schedule, workout regimen and diet.
The service is set to launch September 15th. Fans will also be able to follow Kanye and Jay-Z's "Watch the Throne" tour through via webcasts, all for $3.99, but the normal subscription rate will be $4.99 per month.
Other stuff that will be available on his channel will include: his exercise routine; what he eats on tour and instructional videos about how to prepare those items by his personal chef; a "720-degree" concert experience; rehearsals for the show; a documentary about Kanye called "Me"; and his animated series called "Runaway."
LADY GAGA AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE NAMED BEST DRESSED IN THE WORLD
Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga have topped Vanity Fair's "International Best Dressed List".
Other winners included Johnny Depp, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Obama, and Kate Middleton.
AMERICA'S NO. 1 COLLEGE: WILLIAMS
Forbes is out with its annual rankings of the top US colleges, and Williams College of Massachusetts is in the No. 1 spot for the second straight year.
At $55,000, "a Williams education is certainly not cheap, but the 2,000 undergraduates here have among the highest four-year graduation rates in the country, win loads of prestigious national awards like Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, and are often rewarded with high-paying careers".
Â Â Â Top five: Williams College, Princeton, West Point, Amherst College, and Stanford. Â Â Â Ivy League: Only Princeton and Harvard (6) crack the top 10. The others: Yale (14), Brown (21), Dartmouth (30), Columbia (42), Cornell (51), and Penn (52). Â Â Â Top public schools: University of Virginia (46), College of William and Mary (49), and UCLA (55).
DONE DEAL: JENNIFER LOPEZ & "AMERICAN IDOL" ... IT ONLY TOOK $20 MIL
Jennifer Lopez is returning to "American Idol" to judge for at least another year.
Sources say the deal with Fox Broadcasting Network is "a smidge over" $20 million.
The deal is complete but has not yet been signed.
The $20 million is HUGE raise from the $12 million she reportedly raked in for handling judge duties last season.
'THE BACHELORETTE' FINALE: ASHLEY HEBERT CHOSE HER MAN, GETS ENGAGED
Who received Ashley Hebert's last rose on "The Bachelorette" seventh season finale?
Was it J.P. Rosenbaum, a construction manager from Roslyn, N.Y. or Ben Flajnik, a winemaker from Sonoma, Calif.?
Both of the men met Herbert's family during the finale.
Rosenbaum and Flajnik both proposed to the dental student.... but in the end, Ashley offered her final rose to J.P.
She told him, "Today is the reason why I went through all the good times and the bad times, and I've been wanting to tell you how much I loved you for so long now. You mean the world to me and I do not want to be with anyone else forever."
Ashley was well dressed in a $16,790 Randi Rahm gown for the occasion.
NOTE: So far, only two couples from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" franchise have made it down the aisle.
Sources say Jay-Z and Kanye West have a new album, "Watch the Throne", and a new feud.
The rappers are barely speaking to each other as they iron out the details of their upcoming tour.
Live Nation's presale event on Thursday was delayed, but tickets for the tour are slated to go on sale today.
The sources say Kanye wants flashy concerts with "next-level production," which would cost more than $400,000 per show. Jay-Z is said to be meticulous about costs and already has a larger, long-term advance from Live Nation that he has to pay back.
An insider tells the NY Post, "Jay-Z can't deal with Kanye.
"Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn't care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows."
Kanye is expected to agree to the conditions of the tour next week, but the beef might have affected their backstage relationship.
Industry insiders were shocked to see Kanye and Jay-Z perform separately with Young Jeezy last Monday night at the Highline Ballroom. One said,Â "We were expecting them to come out together to perform a track from the album. They didn't even go out together after the show."
Another added, "Jay-Z is fed up with West's antics. He doesn't even want to be around him."
However, the two are expected to perform together at a listening party tonight at The Rose Planetarium in Central Park.
FACEBOOK PAGE MAY HURT JOB OPPORTUNITIES
A company called Social Intelligence digs up what you post on Facebook and shows it to potential employers.
Students say they are cleaning up their pages so that they don't pose a threat to future employers, but even the little things can hurt. One executive found that a candidate smoked cigars which could be a potential insurance liability.
Facebook profiles can say a lot about a person, but is it legal for companies to hold this information against you?
There are questions you can't ask on applications like race, marital status, gender, but on Facebook, you are willingly giving that information.
If you're looking for a job, you should probably check your Facebook page and make sure that you aren't ashamed of anything on there.
TAYLOR SWIFT NAMED "ULTIMATE CHOICE" FOR THE 2011 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
Taylor Swift will be honored with the "Ultimate Choice" prize at next month's 2011 Teen Choice Awards.
Taylor will follow in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears when she accepts the award for her "extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry".
Other past winners include Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mike Myers and Serena and Venus Williams.
Taylor is also nominated for a bunch of awards at this year's Teen Choice 2011, including Choice Music: Female Artist and Choice Music: Female Country Artist.
The awards air Sunday, August 7th on Fox.
20 WAYS YOU'RE GETTING RIPPED OFF
1 Graduation Caps and Gowns-They can cost up to $100. Didn't you already pay enough for your education? Get them used online and save big.
2 Travel sized products-Example: Buy a travel sized bottle of Listerine for $1.99 or get a full 16.8 ounce bottle for $4.99. Your best bet is to buy travel sized containers and fill them from the big bottle.
3 Wedding dresses-When you buy them you need to get them altered, which can end up costing an extra $200. Cut out the middleman and just order from the manufacturer and have it altered yourself.
4 Broadband speeds-You can pay more for faster speed, but most people won't need it. If there's a trial run....try it and see if the slower Mbps meets your needs.
5 Many mutual funds-If you're paying a fee of 1% or higher, you're probably getting ripped off. There are plenty with fees of .25% or less. Find them and save.
6 Extra frequent Flyer miles-Airlines routinely claim to be sold out of tickets that require fewer miles only to sell you more miles to make up the difference. Don't get sucked in.
7 Face cleansers-Buying face cream filled with gold or fish eggs has no proven benefit. Avoid it...try soap.
8 Inefficient charities-If you're going to donate, make sure that the charity uses at least 60% of the donations for program services.
9 Credit reports-You can get charged almost $200 annually to have your credit checked...or you can go with the 3 free ones and stagger them out every 4 months so you're covered all year. Get details at Annualcreditreport.com
10 Banking fees-Find an online bank without thousands of branches to maintain.
11 Airline Club Memberships-For about $500 a year you get cushy chairs, shorter lines, and peace and quiet at the airport. But you're getting screwed.
12 College textbooks-They cost the average college student $900 a year. Get better deals online or rent them from chegg.com which is kind of like Netflix for books.
13 Credit card gift cards-They usually charge fees and a lot of times a couple bucks are left on the card and never used. Man up and give cash instead.
14 Reproductive testing-Sure it would be nice to know if you may pass something horrible onto your kid, but a lot of doctors get kickbacks from the testing companies for sending people who don't need tests their way. Do your homework first.
15 Auto dealer repair services-They may put out donuts and coffee, but they charge way more for their parts and services. Go to a local mechanic and save big.
16 Electronics warranties-A 2 year warranty on a $450 laptop from Best Buy costs about $130...about 29% of the purchase price. Go through a third party and get a longer warranty for less money.
17 Car rentals-Shop around, because sometimes heading out of town and away from the airport can save you over half on a car rental.
18 Caskets-They take advantage of the emotional state at funeral homes and can charge you 4 times the amount you should be paying for a box. Plan ahead and save, even though it's morbid you'll save big.
19 Cable TV-You just want basic cable but they want you paying more, so they bundle all kinds of crap with it you don't want and channels you'll never watch just to make a buck. Save big with Hulu or Netflix.
20 Prepackaged deli meat-Walk over to the deli counter and have them slice it for you and you could save 43 cents on your lunch meat.
"BIG BANG THEORY'S" KALEY CUOCO TO HOST TEEN CHOICE
Kaley Cuoco, the blonde beauty on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," will host "Teen Choice 2011", the awards ceremony airing live on August 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
"Wizards of Waverly Place" star Selena Gomez will perform with her band The Scene. (Yes, Justin Bieber will appear at the bash.)
OneRepublic will also perform.
Cuoco will assume hosting duties from Katy Perry, who handled the task last year.
Fox also revealed the nominees for the category of Choice Vampire. They are "Twilight Saga" stars Robert Pattinson and Nikki Reed; "True Blood" favorite Alexander Skarsgard; and Nina Dobrev, Paul Weslay and Ian Somerhalder from the CW series "Vampire Diaries."
7 THINGS WOMEN DO ON FACEBOOK THAT GUYS HATE
1. Getting All CIA On A Guy--Men hate it when women turn into spies and go digging into their older posts/pictures trying to find dirt. Then, they'll ask about the women they don't know. It's as if they're trying to catch the guy in some secret affair! Look, if it's out there for all too see, he's obviously not hiding anything!
2. Making That Duck Face-Guys cannot stand when women post thousands of goofy faced pictures, especially that fake puckered lips pose. It's sooooo fake.
3. Opening The Vault--No one wants to know how closely your life resembles the Jerry Springer show. Keep those ugly details to yourself!
4. Writing Man-Hating Status Updates--It's a huge downer when women vent about men in their status updates, how we're all liars and cheaters. It's just not true!
5. Posting Self-Portrait Albums--Men find it really lame when a girl has nothing but pictures of herself on her profile. It makes them think she has no friends. It also seems kind of pathetic and seriously vain.
6. Doing Premature Relationship Publicity-Guys don't like it when they just start dating someone and she changes her main profile picture to a picture of the two of them together. It's way too soon.
7. Showing "Artsy" Pictures--What's with girls posting pictures of their feet these days? Who wants to see gross toes in a picture of a nice pool or an ocean? It makes zero sense.
Justin Bieber got a matching tattoo with his dad. Pictures show Biebs holding his dad's hand during the whole painful process.
The pics also show the matching tattoo of Jesus' name written in Hebrew.
Of course, this isn't Biebs' first tattoo. He also has a tattoo of a small bird on his waist.
20 HABITS THAT MAKE YOU FAT
FYI... Eating fat won't make you fat, any more than eating money will make you rich. Calories make you fat, and most "low-fat" or "fat-free" foods actually have just as many calories as their full-fat versions.
Here are the 20 habits you can replace right now:
FAT HABIT #1: Eating "low-fat" It sounds crazy, but I want you to stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in doing so, they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly-causing a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger.
FAT HABIT #3: Sleeping too little or too much According to Wake Forest researchers, dieters who sleep five hours or less put on 2Â½ times more belly fat, while those who sleep more than eight hours pack on only slightly less than that. Shoot for an average of six to seven hours of sleep per night-the optimal amount for weight control.
FAT HABIT #4: Eating free restaurant foods Breadsticks, biscuits, and chips and salsa may be complimentary at some restaurants, but that doesn't mean you won't pay for them. Every time you eat one of Olive Garden's free breadsticks or Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits, you're adding an additional 150 calories to your meal. Eat three over the course of dinner and that's 450 calories.
FAT HABIT #5: Drinking soda-even diet! A 2005 study found that drinking one to two sodas per day increases your chances of being overweight or obese by nearly 33 percent. And diet soda is no better. Researchers theorize that the artificial sweeteners trigger appetite cues, causing you to unconsciously eat more at subsequent meals.
FAT HABIT #6: Skipping meals 17 percent of Americans admit to skipping meals to lose weight. The problem is, skipping meals actually increases your odds of obesity, especially when it comes to breakfast. A study found that people who cut out the morning meal were 4.5 times more likely to be obese. Why? Skipping meals slows your metabolism and boosts your hunger.
FAT HABIT #7: Eating too quickly If your body has one major flaw, this is it: It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it's had enough. Slow eaters take in 66 fewer calories per meal. If you can do that at every meal, you'll lose more than 20 pounds a year!
FAT HABIT #8: Watching too much TV A University of Vermont study found that overweight participants who reduced their TV time by just 50 percent burned an additional 119 calories a day on average. That's an automatic 12-pound annual loss!
FAT HABIT #9: Ordering the combo meal A study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing shows that compared to ordering a la carte, you pick up a hundred or more extra calories by opting for the "combo" or "value meal."
FAT HABIT #10: Facing the buffet Cornell researchers found that when eating at a buffet-style restaurant, obese diners were 15 percent more likely to choose seats with a clear view of the food. Your move: Choose a seat that places your back toward the spread. It will help you avoid fixating on the food.
FAT HABIT #11: Eating off larger plates One study found that when given an option, a whopping 98.6 percent of obese individuals opt for larger plates. Translation: More food, more calories, and more body fat. Keep your portions in check by choosing smaller serving dishes. If need be, you can always go back for seconds.
FAT HABIT #12: Putting serving dishes on the table A study in the journal Obesity found that when food is served from the dinner table, people consume 35 percent more over the course of the meal.
FAT HABIT #13: Choosing white bread A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when obese subjects incorporated whole grains into their diets, they lost more abdominal fat over the course of 12 weeks.
FAT HABIT #14: Taking big bites The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who took large bites of food consumed 52 percent more calories in one sitting than those who took small bites and chewed longer.
FAT HABIT #15: Not drinking enough water Adequate water intake is essential for all your body's functions, and the more you drink, the better your chances of staying thin.
FAT HABIT #16: Having overweight friends Research shows that when a friend becomes obese, it ups your chance of obesity by 57 percent.
FAT HABIT #17: Eating too late Your body can burn flab while you sleep, but only if it isn't too busy processing a full stomach. A new study found that those who ate after 8 p.m. took in the most daily calories and had the highest BMIs.
FAT HABIT #18: Not using a scale Looking at your body weight reinforces weight-loss goals and makes it difficult to cheat your diet.
FAT HABIT #19: Drinking fruity beverages Most restaurants and bars have ditched their fresh-fruit recipes in favor of viscous syrups. As a general rule, the more garnishes a drink has hanging from its rim, the worse it is for your waistline.
FAT HABIT #20: Eating when emotional A study from the University of Alabama found that emotional eaters were 13 times more likely to be overweight or obese.
JUSTIN BIEBER GAVE FANS DETAILS OF HIS SUMMER VACATION
Justin Bieber has plans to take some time off this summer. After spending the last few years touring and recording, he plans to spend the summer like any other 17-year-old.
He said: "I've been working so hard, I'm taking a month off. It's been great to just think and enjoy hanging out with my friends. I'm still growing up, and when you're working every day, you don't really get a chance to figure out who you are. So with the time off, I'm able to think, pray and just kind of grow up. For sure I'll be resting. I've been sleeping in a lot."
As for his favorite thing to do in the summer, Justin said: "Have barbecues. I can barbecue. I mean, I don't make the sauce very well, but I can grill. No, I can't cook. I can just grill and stuff."
KATY PERRY LEADS THE MTV VMA AWARD NOMINATIONS WITH 9
Katy Perry's "Firework" helped her score a leading nine MTV Video Music Award nominations, including video of the year.
Katy hosted last night's nomination special that saw her also get nominated for best female video for "Firework," and best pop video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."
Adele tied Kanye West with seven nominations.
Adele will compete with Katy Perry for video of the year with "Rolling in the Deep." Others in the category include the Beastie Boys for "Make Some Noise"; Tyler, the Creator for "Yonkers"; and Bruno Mars for "Grenade."
Bruno was also nominated for four awards. Other multiple nominees include Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Eminem.
The VMAs air live from Los Angeles on August 28th.
JENNIFER ANISTON AND THE NEW GUY ARE "PRE-ENGAGED"
Friends of Jennifer Aniston and new beau Justin Theroux said they are "pre-engaged".
No one is quite sure what that means, but they have been spotted wearing matching gold rings. And when asked about the rings "after only a few weeks!", Aniston "says it feels right.”
Friends say Justin "has always been somewhat cynical and pessimistic. But he has a happy, upbeat vibe now, like he’s a better version of himself …
"Justin shaved his scruffy beard; he’s gone from looking like a dirty biker to a leading man. The motorcycle boots have been replaced by Gucci shoes. Jen has been spoiling him with facials and pedicures.”
A supposed 'wedding' might happen at Justin’s favorite secret getaway — the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
“It’s the place Justin’s always dreams of getting married — it’s the perfect place to tie the knot.”
Rihanna may have beat out Lady Gaga for having more fans on Facebook, but that doesn't mean she's the queen of all social media. Gaga still comes out on top when it comes to that.
According to a social media tracking site called FameCount.com, Lady Gaga is the single most popular person in social media across all categories, from music and actors to brands and professional athletes.
The site collects stats across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Lady Gaga has the top spot ahead of Justin Bieber (No. 2), Rihanna (No. 3), Eminem (No. 4) and Shakira (No. 5). Gaga has 40.8 million Facebook fans, 11.7 million Twitter followers and 1.67 billion YouTube views.
Lady Gaga is the most popular person in social media in the US, but Justin Bieber is No. 1 in Canada and Coldplay is the best in the UK.
ARERIHANNA AND DRAKE LIVING TOGETHER?
There are rumors that Rihanna is planning to live with her alleged new boyfriend Drake.
According to the National Enquirer, the couple are planning to take their relationship to the next level by setting up a home together.
JAY-Z, KANYE ANNOUNCE AN OFFICIAL DROP DATE FOR "WATCH THE THRONE"
There is finally an official drop date for "Watch the Throne", the joint set from Jay-Z and Kanye West. The digital version of the set drops August 1st, while the physical CD won't hit stores until August 5th.
Ashley Hebert got a chance to meet the guys' families in the "The Bachelorette".
Constantine's family threw a bash in Georgia while Ben's hosted a low key picnic in California wine country.
Ashley's road trip started out down South with Constantine, who Ashley called "exactly" what she's been looking for physically.
Things started to heat up when Constantine took Ashley into the kitchen of his Italian restaurant to make a pizza. Before long, the two headed to meet Constantine's immediate and extended family in a night that ended with a crazy dance party.
Next up was Ames, the 31-year-old portfolio manager from New York. Ashley admitted that her relationship with Ames has moved slower than her relationship with the other men of the house.
Ashley had the "perfect date" in Sonoma, California, when she stopped by to see Ben. The 28-year-old winemaker opened up to Ashley about the loss of his father and his feelings for her, even telling his mother that he has "no problem proposing" to Ashley.
The state-hopping tour finally ended in New York where JP revisited his childhood, taking Ashley on a romantic date at a neighborhood roller skating rink.
Ultimately, Ames was left without a rose.
Next Monday, "The Bachelorette" cast travels to Fiji.
LEA, CHRIS AND CORY TO LEAVE 'GLEE' AFTER SEASON 3
Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith will leave FOX's "Glee" at the end of the third season.
Creator Ryan Murphy has hinted that he planned to let those who would be seniors at McKinley High this fall graduate in May. He didnât want the show to be populated with characters that âwere in high school for eight years.â
The producers are already working on adding fresh voices to the mix, casting for two new female parts; plus, the winner of Oxygenâs reality competition "The Glee Project" will join the ensemble for at least several episodes.
"Glee"âs third season debuts Sept. 20.
FINAL 'HARRY POTTER' FILM NABS RECORD $32 MIL IN ADVANCE SALES
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" has sold more tickets in advance than any movie in history, with sales already reaching $32 million.
The film opens in 3,800 midnight runs at 12:01 a.m. Friday, with many shows already sold out.
1. Speak Up During the Ceremony--If you have information on either the bride or groom that could be a relationship game changer, the ceremony isn't the time to reveal it. Any reservations about the relationship should be brought up in private long before the ceremony.
2. Stick Your Finger in the Cake--Believe it or not, guests do this. There's nothing cute or okay about it. Besides the sanitary factor, wedding cakes are expensive and should only be handled by three people: the bride, the groom and the caterer. If you can't get close to a wedding cake without touching it, don't go near it.
3. Wear White--Do not, repeat, do not wear white to someone else's wedding. Most brides have been looking forward to their moment in the spotlight as the only one in white. It's considered the ultimate guest dress no-no. The other color to avoid wearing at a wedding is bright red. Colorful tones like pinks, yellows and purples are all fair game. Just stay away from anything in the white and ivory color family.
4. Use the Wedding to Hook Up-A wedding is a great place to meet other singles but refrain from using the reception like a club. In other words, no making out on the dance floor with the bride's cousin or the groom's brother. Do you really want to be that guest? If sparks are really flying, feel free to ask for a number and make a date.
5. Give a Roast Toast--Just because you have a microphone in your hand that doesn't give you free rein to tell the most outrageous college drinking story or reveal what happened in Vegas. It's also not the time to talk about old boyfriends or reveal the groom's most embarrassing habits. Give your speech the grandma test. If it's not PG-rated and something you'd be comfortable telling her, it's not wedding reception toast material.
6. Drink Too Much--It's not a fraternity party. Know your limit and don't go over it. Making a fool of yourself in front of everyone, falling all over the place or leaving the party early because you couldn't handle your liquor isn't the way you want your best friend's new wife to remember you.
7. Let the Kids Run Wild--Confirm that there's child care available at the reception and make arrangements, or leave the kiddies at home for the evening.
8. Spill Anything on the Bride-A drink spilled on the wedding dress still ranks as one of the worst mistakes a guest could make. You can't be too careful holding a beverage near the bride. If you have a glass of red wine or Coke in your hand, put it down.
9. Hit on the Waitstaff--Not only is it completely inappropriate, it'll be really embarrassing when the catering manager pulls you aside to file a formal harassment complaint.
10. Tell the DJ to Change the Music--At your wedding, you get to choose the music. Otherwise, the tunes aren't in your control. You could end up requesting a song that was on the couple's do-not-play list. Unless the bride or groom asks you to talk to the band or DJ about a song request, keep your song suggestions to yourself.
NEW FACEBOOK SCAM PRETENDS TO CONNECT YOU WITH VIDEO CALLING
Last week, Facebook and Skype teamed up to have video calling.
Soon after, scammers began tricking users into spamming all their Facebook friends with a new video calling feature.
There's a way to sign up for Facebook Video Calling where you're asked to download a program, then a window asks you to configure a few Flash settings. The scam comes in the form of a wall post asking you to "Enable video calls."
Don't click that link. If you do, it asks for access to your basic information, wants to post to your wall, to access your posts in your newsfeed and access your info at any time. But it doesn't let you video chat at all. It tries to get you to fill out surveys so the scammers can collect referral fees.
Then, it sends the scam to your friends.
JUSTIN BIEBER, KATY PERRY, CHRIS BROWN SLAMMED...FOR PLANKING?
Xzibit slammed Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry for posting pictures of them "planking".
Music stars have been posting pictures of themselves planking on Twitter, which involves posing for a photo while lying face down in an unusual public place.
But Xzibit is upset about "planking", calling it the "dumbest s*it ever.''
He Tweeted: ''Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, it's not funny. Educate yourselves.''
Facebook is launching a video chat feature for its website. It's part of a collaboration with Internet phone giant, Skype.
Facebook is also rolling out a group chat feature where users can create instant group chats if they want to message a small group of their friends.
ALSO:Â CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that Facebook now has 750 million users.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JESSICA BIEL BACK TOGETHER?
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are apparently spending time together -- just four months after they "amicably" ended their four-year relationship,.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Justin was in Toronto, where Jessica was shooting the "Total Recall" remake. They were spotted all over, including a taco place.
A source told Us Weekly: They are "quietly seeing each other again. They have been talking the whole time and decided to give it another shot. Jessica really wanted to get back together with him and Justin realized single life is not what it's cracked up to be."
Just last month, Biel enjoyed a motorcycle ride with Gerard Butler, who is her co-star on the upcoming "Playing the Field".
Justin has been linked to Ashley Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and just about every other woman with a pulse.
THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR CARS, ARE...(From CNBC)
1. Chevrolet Cruz-It's known as the Holden Cruze and the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere, depending on the country where it's sold. It's the first true global compact car for GM after it went bankrupt in 2009. It's already become popular in the US.
2. Ford Fiesta--Ford has been on the global car map since the 70s with the Fiesta, which only recently came to the US last year.
3. Honda Accord-The Accord is an prime example of what Honda does globally by taking a brand and using it everywhere.
4. Honda Civic-Like the Honda Accord, everybody recognizes the Civic. A civic everywhere is the same size and has pretty much the same kind of engine. Engines that work here don't work anywhere else because of fuel economy and power level. In Europe, you have to offer a diesel in just about everything you sell because diesel is cheaper. In Europe around 50% of cars have diesel engines.
5. Toyota Camry-Toyotas have the same success as Hondas, only Toyota does it in higher numbers. That's because Toyota is a much larger company.
6. Toyota Corolla-The Corolla has been the world's best-selling car for a very long time. Both the Camry and the Corolla are a sign of what Toyota has done over the years. They sell a lot in most countries across the world.
7. Toyota Yaris--The Yaris is known as the Vitz in Europe. It's Toyota's very small subcompact car. It's never been big in the US, but they are especially popular in Europe and in Japan because of fuel economy and it deals better in traffic.
8. Volkswagen Golf-The Golf is the prototypical modern compact car. VW has shown the rest of the world how to do it with the Golf by adding style to a car that looks like a box.
9. Volkswagen Polo--The Polo isn't in the US, but VW is talking about bringing it here.
RIHANNA OPENS UP ON INTIMIDATING MEN, WHAT SHE WANTS IN A MAN
On the fact she can play the same games men can: "Men are like hunters; they like the chase. So you have to keep 'em guessing. Actually, I'm like that too. I get bored quickly. So if someone can make me laugh, that's the best."Â
On why she dates celebrities: "It can definitely be intimidating to guys to date someone in this industry. And it's really hard to find a guy who doesn't care about that stuff."
What she looks for in a man: "I'm turned on to a guy by different things. It could be the way he looks. It could be his intelligence. It's really a spontaneous thing."From Cosmo.
NEW/OLD COUPLE ALERT: PETE WENTZ AND MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG?
Pete Wentz and Michelle Trachtenberg were spotted going out for a coffee together in Los Angeles.Â
The rocker was dating the âGossip Girlâ actress before he got married to Ashlee Simpson.
But now that Simpson and Wentz are getting divorced, there is speculation that Wentz and Trachtenberg are dating again.Â
From PEOPLE MAGAZINE.
DUST STORM.... 50-MILES WIDE!
A massive dust storm swept into the Phoenix area and drastically reduced visibility across the valley.
The wall of dust moved descended on the valley by nightfall. A local TV station reported the storm appeared to be roughly 50 miles wide.
The Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that because of low visibility in the area, no Phoenix-bound flights were allowed to leave Las Vegas or Los Angeles airports until 9 p.m.
Images from the area show a mountain-sized cloud of gray dust overtaking swaths of residential and business neighborhoods.
According to a hazardous weather advisory in effect for the area, strong winds are likely to continue in coming days, although the chance of thunderstorms was expected to diminish.
U2 BROUGHT A BLIND FAN ONSTAGE, PERFORMED "ALL I WANT IS YOU"
Before the end of their show in Nashville, Tennessee, U2 frontman Bono saw a blind fan holding up a sign saying he wanted to play a song for his wife.
Bono asked: "What do you want to play? Get a guitar for this dude. Gents, we have a surprise guest."
The man said he was really nervous, but once he got Bono's acoustic guitar he started playing "All I Want Is You." It started with just Bono on vocals, but soon enough the entire band joined in. When it was all done, Bono gave him the guitar.
Business is picking up for pet-product firms that offer seatbelts for your dog, with one company pulling in $5 million in revenue last year.
Police and lawmakers are beginning to get on board, too: It's illegal in Hawaii to drive with an animal in your lap, and California, Virginia, and Oregon are considering similar laws.
Kurgo sells a $23 harness for dogs in the car that loops around the dog and connects to the nearest safety belt, and sales have doubled annually since 2007. Another company offers booster seats for dogs to keep them off your lap.
Meanwhile, Volvo has a $345 station-wagon barrier that keeps dogs in the cargo section of the car.
Beyonce' confirmed the casting, saying: "Clint Eastwood? Can you believe that? I can't believe it still. When I met with him I was just in awe. I'm so, so honoured that he believes in me. And I can't wait to do this film".
"I represent this generation's talent and for me to be the chosen person, as an African American woman, is incredible."
LADY GAGA NAMED "QUEEN OF POP" OVER TAYLOR SWIFT, RIHANNA
Lady GaGa has been named the new Queen of Pop by Rolling Stone magazine.
The magazine ranked 16 female artists who released solo albums between 2009 and 2011. Factors included album and digital song sales, Billboard Hot 100 rankings, radio airplay, views on YouTube, social media, revenue from live shows, award wins and reviews from critics.
THE BACHELOR'S EMILY MAYNARD AND BRAD WOMACK ARE OVAH!
Last season's "Bachelor" couple Emily Maynard and Brad Womack have called it quits.
Emily tells PEOPLE mag, "We're no longer engaged".
She decided to break her silence about the status of their relationship, so, she can put an end to "all the media speculation"... and so that she and her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki, "can move on and get back to normal."
Brad tells PEOPLE... "the demise of our relationship was completely my fault."
But Emily disagrees, saying that while there's still an immense amount of love between the pair, "just because we love each other doesn't mean we're right for each other."
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 'CO-OWNS' MYSPACE
MySpace was sold, Justin Timberlake has a stake in it.
Justin is determined to help MySpace become a music-centric site for up-and-coming and established artists to showcase their material and attract new fans.
He said: "There's a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect.MySpace has the potential to be that place.
"Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there's a natural social component to entertainment. I'm excited to help revitalize MySpace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community."
Specific Media bought MySpace off of News Corp for $35 million in stock and cash. 500 employees are getting laid off.
JUSTIN BIEBER TOLD FANS TO SUPPORT JAVIER ON "THE VOICE"
Justin Bieber wanted his fans to pull for Javier Colon on last night's episode of "The Voice".
The Beebs used his Facebook page to tell his 32 million fans to support Javier and Team Adam.
He wrote: "WATCH! Javier from TEAM ADAM is a BEAST! support him on THE VOICE! got to support friends and this dude knows Ernie Halter too."Â
In just 21 hours, more than 21,000 people clicked "like" on Justin's post and more than 4,000 commented.
GOOGLE+ VS. FACEBOOK... WHO YA GOT?
Google has finally unveiled Google+ (Google Plus), their top secret social network that turns the search engine into one giant social network.
At its core, Google+ is a social network. The first thing users are introduced to is the Stream. It's much like the Facebook News Feed, allowing users to share photos, videos, links or their location with friends.
You can also create various Circles and put friends or co-workers into those Circles.
Google+ is rolling out a very limited field test this week.
JUSTIN BIEBER WON'T "LIMIT" HIMSELF ON HIS NEXT ALBUM
Justin Bieber is in the planning and recording stages for his next album but he's not setting any deadlines for himself. At the moment, he's still creating.
Justin said: "I want to work a lot with myself and write a lot myself. I will be working with a lot of other producers and stuff like that, but I'm just writing a lot, writing on tour. I'm writing about how I feel and producing. I've been producing on my laptop and on my computer. I've been really into it and, hopefully, this next album will be huge."Â
"I've done a lot on my acoustic guitar, so it's gonna have that vibe. I'm not gonna really limit myself. I think music is music, and genre. I know there's country music, there's rock music, but my music is different. My voice is not meant for any style. I just want to make music."
WILL SMITH AND JAZZY JEFF PLANNING "POP-UP" CONCERTS
Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff are in talks to hit the stage together for a series of "pop-up" shows.
Will Smith first made a name for himself with Jazzy Jeff as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Will went on to have a successful solo music career and we all know about the acting thing.
Will and Jeff have remained close over the years and Jeff recently visited Will on the set of his movie, "Men in Black III". The conversation turned into potential performance opportunities.
Jeff said that if they do plan some shows this year, they will be short, surprise appearances.
He said: "We actually had a conversation about doing some pop-up performances on people. We might do Brand New Funk and Summertime and walk off. It's just crazy him being the number one movie star in the world. I tease him all the time and we are trying to find the time to do it."
A 14-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua from Hanford, California named Yoda won the World's Ugliest Dog title.Â
Yoda won the honors at the annual competition at a fair in Petaluma, California.Â
She beat out last year's winner, a one-eyed Chihuahua called Princess Abby, a hairless little Chihuahua called Handsome Hector, and a one-eyed pug.Â
THE BLACK EYED PEAS BECOMING A VIDEO GAME
The Black Eyed Peas are becoming the subject of a video game. "The Black Eyed Peas Experience" is in the works for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
Will.I.Am said: "We are thrilled to be working with Ubisoft to create The Black Eyed Peas Experience video game. Ubisoft has both redefined and dominated the dance category in the video game industry and we can't wait to be part of taking that to the next level by infusing an experience that's 100 percent authentic to The Black Eyed Peas."
The Peas will be the second game in the "Experience" franchise. Michael Jackson: The Experience has sold more than three million copies. Ubisoft's Just Dance games have about 14 million copies.
The Black Eyed Peas Experience for Wii will be like Just Dance games with players holding a Wii Remote and following the moves of the The Black Eyed Peas' on-screen The Xbox 360 version will let players control an on-screen avatar using the Kinect controller to follow the moves of the Peas.
Players will be able to dance to all of the Peas' hits, as well as new dance routines arranged by the group's creative director and choreographer, Fatima Robinson. The game is a dance game, but players also have the option to sing along to lyrics scrolling on-screen.
Apl.de.ap, Fergie, Taboo and will.i.am will have realistic avatars in the game and they are doing motion capture for it as well.
Â List Of Music Winners At the 2011 BET Awards:
Viewer's Choice--Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"Â
Best Female R&B Artist--Jennifer Hudson
Best Male R&B Artist-- Chris Brown
Best Group--Diddy Dirty Money
Best Female Hip Hop Artist--Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip Hop Artist--Kanye West
Best Collaboration--Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, "Look At Me Now"
A cop in West Palm Beach, Florida said he created a cell phone app that will help cheaters hide phone call records and text messages.
He created the CATE app, or Call And Text Eraser.
The app can intercept calls and text messages from certain contacts and store those records within the application.
The app is, of course, password-protected so that only the user can unlock the hidden messages.
In its first week, CATE was downloaded mostly by women.
SEAN KINGSTON RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL
Sean Kingston was finally released from a hospital in Miami after his near-fatal jet ski accident last month. He's now recovering at home.
Kingston looked a lot trimmer after shedding quite a bit of weight. He was helped out of the hospital by his mother.
Sean was in critical condition after the crash on May 29th, where he lost control of his watercraft and hit a bridge. He suffered a broken jaw, broken wrist and water in his lungs, but doctors were able to save him.
He stayed in the hospital for a few weeks before he was given the all-clear to leave.
JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ, BRUNO MARS ADDED TO BET AWARDS LINEUP
Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Gladys Knight, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj will appear at this weekend's BET Awards.
The show airs Sunday from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The artists join a lineup that already includes performances by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Jill Scott, Drake and Mary J. Blige.
Chris Brown leads the nominations with six, followed by Lil Wayne with five. Kanye West, Drake and Rihanna are up for four awards. Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Trey Songz, Cee Lo Green and B.o.B. also got nominations.
"THE VOICE" FINAL FOUR
"The Voice" has its Final Four.
After the top eight contestants performed Tuesday night, the results were announced last night.
Cee Lo gave Nakia a slight edge with 51 points compared to 49 for Vicci Martinez. Once America's vote had been added in, Vicci was the winner, and moved on to the final round.Â
Adam Levine's contestants, Javier Colon and Casey Weston, were next to take the stage.Â Adam gave Casey just 35 points and Javier 65.Â The voters agreed â and put Javier through.
Blake Shelton coached Dia Frampton and Xenia to the semi-finals, and gave each contestant 50 points. The country singer said: "I love 'em. You can't put a score on that." Once the votes were counted, their scores were still the closest of the night â 106 to 94 â with Dia pulling slightly ahead.
Finally, Christina Aguilera said her contestants, Frenchie Davis and Beverly McClellan, were like "apples and oranges," and so she gave them each 50 points. But America put through Beverly.
The final round of "The Voice" kicks off next Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Mix together: 2 Cups of Milk, 2 Beaten Eggs. Sift together: 2 Cups of Flour, 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder, 1/2 teaspoon of Salt. Pour milk mixture into flour. Mix thoroughly. Test mixture to see if it flows easily through funnel. If too thick, add milk until consistency is right. If too thin, add more flour. Heat deep fat (we just use vegetable oil) in heavy iron skillet or pan. Pour batter through funnel into oil. Spiral and other shaped cakes can be made by manipulation of funnel and control of outlet by finger. Fry. Drain and sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot. Serve hot. Good with ice cream or with sausage and syrup.
SMILING DOG: FAKE, OR NOT?
This smiling dog's human-like smile has made him an internet sensation, with thousands of users sharing the photograph on Facebook and Twitter.
Just like any high school class, the "Glee" kids are set to graduate next year.
The creator of the show (Ryan Murphy) said that he wanted the show to reflect the true high school experience, not a show where the kids are in high school for eight years.
The only characters that will stay will be "Mr. Schuester" (Matt Morrison) and "Sue Sylvester" (Jane Lynch). This year, two new students were introduced and the audience received them well, so the creator is hoping that will be the case with the new class.
That means Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) will move on and be replaced by some new freshmen talent.
'THE BACHELORETTE' SENDS 3 GUYS PACKING, ONE RETURNS
"The Bachelorette", Ashley Hebert, enjoyed a one-on-one date in Thailand complete with fire-breathing dancers, and a group date in which several of her suitors literally fought for her attention in a boxing ring, with one even being sent to the hospital.
Ben F. and Ashley finally kiss, and he gets a rose.
Blake ends up getting a rose during the group date.
The next day was the two-on-one date with Ben C. and William. The threesome go on a river ride with Ben and Will rowing Queen Ashley on the raft to their final destination: a picnic.
Ben C.was sent home... As was, William.
And later, Nick rounds out the kicked-out trio.
Ashley sobs about Bentley again, saying she needs to find some closure with him, and although some people (us) might think she's acting stupid for being stuck on a guy who left her, all she knows is what she felt for that short period of time.
When the group goes to Hong Kong on next week's episode, so does Bentley.
REBECCA BLACK MADE SIX FIGURES FROM POSTING "FRIDAY" ON YOUTUBE
Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" isn't up on YouTube anymore because the clip is at the center of a three-way legal battle between Rebecca's lawyers, the producers who say they wrote the song, and the studio Rebecca's parents hired to record it.
The YouTube revenue, song downloads, and fees for personal appearances and television licensing for "Friday" has made somewhere in the high six figures.
YouTube gets around $1 per every million views from advertisers and shares 68 percent of that with content creators. With 137 million views since March, the revenue should be about $115,000.
The 160,000 downloads of "Friday" in April would equal about $200,000. That number has doubled since then.
Rebecca Black has also been able to make money off the hit by appearing in Katy Perry's video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". Her song has also been performed on shows like "Glee" and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
A trial is expected anytime.
1 IN 3 PEOPLE REGRET THEIR PAST TWEETS, POSTS
One in three Americans say they have tweeted or posted something online that they regretted.
That number hits 54 percent for people under 25 years old.
Owners of smartphones are more than twice as likely to post something they wish they hadn't.They find out, later, the infor people post to Twitter and Facebook can go on to have a life of its own.
Fifteen percent of people with so-called "poster's remorse" said problems came from their postings, but they were able to remove them. 11 percent had no problems.
About 51 percent of iPhone owners have posted something they regretted, followed by 43 percent of Android owners, and 45 percent of BlackBerry users.
Apparently, things aren't so friendly backstage on NBC's "The Voice".
Sources says judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have formed an alliance against Christina Aguilera, whose much bigger paycheck, attention-stealing diva stunts and makeup "team" have rubbed the guys the wrong way.
According to the NY Post, Maroon 5 singer Levine can't grasp why Aguilera is being paid $225,000 per episode, in comparison to their $75,000 rate. And she has a huge entourage, including two hair and makeup people, a producer and an assistant.
A source claims, "They are all so annoyed by her. Every time she walks away with her entourage, they talk about her behind her back. She holds people up and never apologizes."
While Aguilera is the most vocal on the show, sources say she won't speak to the other judges during commercial breaks.
"When the cameras are rolling, she literally won't shut up. It is all about her."
The production team is also playing into the rift -- Aguilera's supporters wear "Team Christina" T-shirts on the set.
Despite the differences, another source said the judges seem to be getting along after the show Tuesday night at a bash thrown by Shelton and Miranda Lambert, at which Aguilera was still wearing her "Team Christina" shirt.
We hear that despite the disagreements, Aguilera and Levine are working together and recently recorded a track that will be released Tuesday.
Levine's rep said, "This is absolutely false. Adam loves Christina, and they just recorded a song together. All the judges had a party at Blake's house the other night after the show."
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RIHANNA DENIES DATING DRAKE
Rihanna and Drake have been spotted spending a lot of time together in Canada over the last week, so of course people are wondering if they are hooking up.
When a fan asked Rihanna on Twitter if the two were dating, she simply responded by saying: "Nah, Boo."
And there you have it.
LADY GAGA, KRISTIN CHENOWETH TO GUEST JUDGE ON 'SYTYCD'
"So You Think You Can Dance" will feature Lady GaGa as guest judge sometime this season.
According to executive producer and head judge Nigel Lythgoe, Gaga's date has not been set yet, because "she is on tour so they said it would probably be later in the season. She is an amazing dancer and performer."
Kristin Chenoweth will also appear on the judge panel. And....Â Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are other potential judges as they are in talks.
'BACHELORETTE' ASHLEY HEBERT IS ENGAGED
"Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert IS engaged to the man she chose to receive her final rose.
On a secluded Fiji island on May 13, the winning bachelor got down on one knee and proposed with a stunning Neil Lane diamond ring. According to an insider, "Ashley's elated."
Now, weeks after filming has wrapped, the insider says "she's definitely still in the relationship. She says she's really happy."
JENNIFER LOPEZ 'ON THE FENCE' WHEN IT COMES TO 'AMERICAN IDOL'
Jennifer Lopez is "on the fence" about whether to return as a judge on "American Idol" for another season because she may have a new film role in the pipeline.
The singer/actress is also working on her own Latin TV talent show.
Lopez tells Britain's Radio 1, "I don't know, I don't know (whether to go back). I haven't been forced to make a decision (yet) and I'm glad about that because, honestly, I'm very on the fence about it. I had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening. It's going to come down to making a choice of what I want to do for the next year. We're not really at the breaking point of like, 'You have to make a decision right now!' - so I'm not. I'm enjoying the time of just waiting."
However, Lopez admits she could be heading back to the big screen - as she is in talks to take on a new film role, which begins filming later this year.
LADY GAGA TOPS FORBES 'HIGHEST PAID UNDER 30' LIST
Lady Gaga topped Forbes “Highest Paid Celebrities Under 30” list, taking home $90 million dollars.
2. Justin Bieber, 17, who earned $53 million.
3. Miami Heat’s LeBron James, 26, who earned $48 million.
4. Tennis Star Roger Federer, 29, earned $47 million.
5. Taylor Swift, 21, earned $45 million.
6. Katy Perry, 26, $44 million.
7. Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, 26, earned $38 million.
8. Beyonce, 29, $35 million.
9. Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi, 23, earned $32 million.
10. Tennis Star Rafael Nadal, 25, earned $31 million.
Rounding out the list are Rihanna, 23, at the number eleven spot, with $29 million and at #12 Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, 25, with $28 million; #13 Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, 29, with $26 million; #14 New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, 27, with $25 million; and #20 Lil Wayne, 28, with $15 million.
Last year Beyonce was number one on the list earning $87 million.
Taylor Swiftwon the night's biggest award, Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" was a winner again, and Sheryl Crow's underwear stole the show at the fan-voted 2011 CMT Music Awards.
Taylor won video of the year, for her song "Mine", thanks to her fans. Miranda Lambert took female video of the year for the life-changing song that's earned her a Grammy and the major country awards already and her new husband, Blake Shelton, was the night's only multiple winner.
Taylor Swift joined the show via live video uplink from Wisconsin where she's on tour.
Shelton and Lambert also weren't able to make it.
Sheryl Crow wore a short, white skirt and sat on a stool to sing "Collide" alongside host Kid Rock. She briefly flashed the camera as she stood up.
It happened in a blink of the eye, butthe moment went viral on Twitter, something Crow acknowledged about an hour later when she and Sara Evans presented an award.
Sara told her, "Well, at least you were wearing underwear."
As expected, Taylor Swift joined Shania Twain for their pre-recorded faux movie trailer recreating "Thelma & Louise" that included guest appearances by Donald Trump and Kenny Rogers.
Justin Bieber took home best collaboration with Rascal Flatts for "That Should Be Me."
Lady A opened their performance with its record-setting single "Just a Kiss" before singer Charles Kelley jumped on the drums as the band morphed into Prince's "Kiss."
Wynonna Judd put Kid Rock in his place and taught him a little something about country on a duet of his "Hell, Yes, I'm Country." And near the end of the show, fans gasped as Shania Twain slipped and fell on her way to the stage to make an introduction.
Jason Aldean was shut out after earning a leading four nominations, but he topped off the night with a surprise version of his hip hop-infused hit "Dirt Road Anthem" with rapper Ludacris.Â
Blake Shelton appeared via video uplink from the set of his reality contest show "The Voice". He won male video of the year for "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" and best Web video for "Kiss My Country Ass."
Sugarland kicked off the night with the first win, taking duo video of the year for "Stuck Like Glue."
Lady Antebellum won group video of the year for "Hello World." The Band Perry won breakthrough video for "If I Die Young." Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown won best CMT performance of the year for "Margaritaville."
Complete list of winners at the 2011 CMT Music Awards:
Video of the Year: Taylor Swift, "Mine"
Male Video of the Year: "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," Blake Shelton
Female Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Group Video of the Year: Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Duo Video of the Year: Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year: The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Collaborative Video of the Year: Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts, "That Should Be Me"
CMT Performance of the Year: Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville" from CMT Crossroads: Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band
Best Web Video of the Year: Blake Shelton, "Kiss My Country Ass"
Video Director of the Year: Trey Fanjoy
2011 Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award: The Band Perry
Â 'HANGOVER' MIGHT LOSE THE TATTOO
Warner Bros. Pics will digitally erase the tattoo from Ed Helms' face in the DVD and Blu-ray versions of "The Hangover Part II" if it can resolve its legal dispute with an artist claiming copyright infringement.
The studio was sued by a Missouri tattoo artist who claims he owns a copyright on the unique tattoo worn by former boxer Mike Tyson and Ed Helms in "Hangover II". The tattoo's owner tried to stop the film's release but was denied a preliminary injunction.
("Hangover II" has since grossed $350 million worldwide and counting.)
The case has continued and a U.S. District Judge has set a jury trial date for Feb. 21, 2012. At issue is whether to award the artist a permanent injunction against the film's distribution and/or damages for copyright infringement.
Warners plans to whitewash the tatt from the movie after its theatrical run, if a deal isn't reached.
Justin Timberlake is planning to quit touring for good after one last world trek.
Justin last hit the road for his FutureSex/LoveShow in 2007. Since then, he's taken a step back from his music to concentrate on his acting career.
JT hasn't started working on a new album yet and even though he hasn't given up just yet, he admitted he can't imagine touring for much longer.
He said: "I really don't know. I wouldn't say I'm not going to put out another one. I would say that would be a bad bet, if you were betting. But I could see myself only doing one more big tour. Right now, I'm not in the mood to work. I want to not have a schedule. I want to go to the Dodgers game if I feel like it. 'Hey, do you guys want to play basketball today? Cool, let's do that.' I've never really given myself the opportunity to be spontaneous." Â
"I figure I can go on like this until the end of the year. I don't have anything I have to do. The only job I have to do is promote the films that are coming out, and I'm really looking forward to that. It will be fun. I'll get to go to a bunch of countries, hang out."
"BACHELORETTE" ASHLEY ENGAGED!
Even though Ashley Hebert recently had her heart broken by Bentley Williams on "The Bachelor", a source confirms that she is engaged to the man who proposes at the end of the show-- and is very happy.
Bentley sent himself home because (quoting): "I don't care about Ashley. I had the opportunity and I played everyone, Emily Maynard is such a standout, and...Ashley looks like an ugly duckling."
At the end of the day/show, Ashley is engaged... to one of the men.
MARK WAHLBERG AND JUSTIN BIEBER IN A BASKETBALL MOVIE... (WE CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP)
Two months ago, Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber were said to be working on a new film together.Â
Wahlberg says it's about basketball.
He tells MTV:Â "Think of like 'The Color of Money'"Â And he's the OLDER guy.
Wahlberg says:Â "So I get this call from Paramount [where they tell me about the story about] an old guy and a young guy. I'm like, 'Cool, let's get Jack [Nicholson]. Let's get Robert De Niro. Let's get Robert Duvall.' And they go, 'What about Garrett Hedlund?'
"I'm like, 'For what?'
"They're like, 'For the young guy.'"
Justin Bieber added, "You'll have to see. I can't really reveal too much about it."
CAMERON DIAZ & A-ROD STILL DATING...
Â Cameron Diaz and baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez are still dating.
They were very affectionate, holding hands and kissing at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards after-party at SoHo House in Los Angeles.
LADY GAGA ADMITS THAT THE "BORN THIS WAY" DOWNLOAD ISN'T WORTH MORE THAN 99 CENTS
Lady Gaga surprised fans and the media by claiming that digital copies of her "Born This Way" album aren't worth more than 99 cents, which is the price that Amazon sold them on two days last week.
When asked if the album was worth more, she said: "No. I absolutely do not, especially for MP3s and digital music. It's invisible, it's in space. If anything, I applaud a company like Amazon for equating the value of digital versus the physical copy, and giving the opportunity to everyone to buy music."
She then changed her statement a bit and thanked Amazon for selling the album at a price that cost the company millions but promoted its new cloud-music services.
She said: "It also wasn't really 99 cents, because Amazon paid the difference on all of those purchases as part of their promotional campaign for one of their new services. I think it's amazing and it was a really nice surprise and I felt honored that they chose my record to be part of it."
LIL WAYNE'S "THA CARTER IV" PUSHED BACK AGAIN, TO AUGUST
Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" album has been pushed back again.
The set will now hit stores on August 29th, over two months after its last announced drop date of June 21st.
"Tha Carter IV" has been rescheduled multiple times now. Lil Wayne first announced the album would drop on May 16th, before delaying it two more times.
Pop star/actor Justin Timberlake and former child star Ashley Olsen are (allegedly) hooking up.Â
The two have been spotted hanging out several times around New York City, and one source says they are definitely an item.Â Â
Another source says they're really trying to keep it on the down-low.Â
Justinâs rep says the two are just friends.Â
SOLD!... KIM KARDASHIAN'S ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS ... FOR $300,000
Sources (at The Hollywood Reporter) say Kim Kardashian and New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries sold exclusive pics of her engagement party to People mag for a $300,000.
And the issue has "underperformed on newsstands", selling below its average.
The $300,000 payday is par for the course for the Kardashian family, which earned $65 million last year.
News of Kourtney's 2009 pregnancy was sold in a package deal for $300,000 to Life & Style magazine. That included multiple stories: the pregnancy announcement, sex of the baby, birth announcement, first baby photos and body-after-baby reveal.
When it came to Khloe's marriage to Los Angeles Lakers forward Odom, she did even better. OK! Magazine received the official photos and announcement for just shy of $300,000.
WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE ARE SO IN LOVE, THEY'RE CALLING EACH OTHER WEIRD NAMES
Wiz Khalifa and his girlfriend Amber Rose are very much in love.
Wiz even tweeted how grateful he is to have Amber by writing: "I feel like the luckiest man alive every time I get to wake up next to my little munchy wunchy crumb cake."
Amber Tweeted back: "Aww baby I wanna kiss ur cute lil face Scruncher Muncher. Ur my King and I'm ur Queen sweetheart."
A Montana woman noticed a dead dear and her fawn along the road one night, but the fawn wasn't dead. So, she brought the baby deer home and nursed it back to health.
At first, she fed it warm milk with an egg through a bottle.
For the next couple of days, the deer followed the woman around as if she were it's mom. It met the woman's pets, like her German Shepherd, but the deer was most interested in the woman's rabbit who has a resemblance to Thumper, from the Disney movie "Bambi".
They are inseparable, it is the real life Bambi and Thumper.
PATRICK DEMPSEY SAYS SEASON EIGHT OF "GREY'S ANATOMY" IS HIS LAST... OR DID HE?
Media reports had Patrick Dempsey quitting "Greyâs Anatomy", but the actorâs publicist released a statement suggesting he was taken out of context during a recent interview.
Dempsey told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair that he wonât return to "Greyâs Anatomy" after next season. He said, âIt will be my last. I donât know what will happen with the other characters, but for me, itâs done.â
But Dempseyâs rep says he was only referring to his contract being up after next season and itâs uncertain what he will do next:Â âHe was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds.â
WILL.I.AM COMES TO CHERYL COLE'S DEFENSE AFTER SHE'S FIRED FROM "X FACTOR" UK AND US!
Cheryl Cole's American manager Will.i.am promised she's going to come back "bigger and stronger" than ever after being dumped from the US and UK versions of "X Factor".
Will insisted that 27-year-old Cheryl isn't letting the situation get her down and is already making plans for the future. He also told fans not to blame Simon Cowell because his "hands were tied" when it came to making a decision about the judging panel for the show.
Will said: "Cheryl always comes back stronger, and she always comes back bigger. Cheryl has been through rougher things than this, so this is going to be no problem for her."
Cheryl had been given the chance to return as a judge on the UK version of the show after she was suddenly dumped from the American version last week. But both Cheryl and Will.I.Am refused to take phone calls from show executives, including Simon Cowell.
Selena Gomez is once again under attack by Justin Bieber fans after pictures of them on vacation in Hawaii leaked online.
The cute couple had tried to keep their romance a secret, but they said "whatevs" and jetted off on vacation to Maui.
Paparazzi caught them playing in the ocean and kissing on a jet ski, while another picture showed them kissing as Selena wrapped her legs around Biebs. And another pic caught Justin grabbing Selena's booty.
One angry fan Tweeted: "Dear Selena Gomez. I hate you more than life. Go jump off a cliff. K?"
Another fan tweeted: "Selena Gomez is dangerously close to a long, slow painful death."
No comment from Selena or Justin.
FIRST THING WOMEN NOTICE ABOUT OTHER WOMEN, IS....... HOW FAT THEY ARE
Ladies: Skip the new clothes and make-up: if you care what other women think, the priority should be squeezing in your waistline.
That is the first thing other gals will be looking at when they size you up.
2,000 women aged between 18 and 45 were questioned about how they formed first impressions.
The majority admit to reaching an opinion on another woman in a matter of seconds by judging their appearance.
Eight in ten admitted they judged other women when they met them for the first time, although one in six claimed they didnât mean to.
While 54 per cent said they first looked at the size of a womanâs waist, 45 per cent said they checked whether they wore too much make-up.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: WHAT WOMEN NOTICE ABOUT EACH OTHER
Â Â Â * How fat the other is
Â Â Â * Whether they are wearing too much make up Â Â Â * Each other's fashion sense
Â Â Â * How they have styled their hair
Â Â Â * Their smile
Â Â Â * Skin and spots
Â Â Â * How tall they are Â Â Â * If they have noticeable hair roots Â Â Â * If they have over done the fake tan
Â Â Â * How they have done their eye make up
Â Â Â * Their shoes Â Â Â * How big their boobs are
Â Â Â * If she has tattoos Â Â Â * How short their skirt is
Â Â Â * How straight their teeth are
Â Â Â * Jewelry Â Â Â * What man they're with
Â Â Â * Whether or not they have white teeth
Â Â Â * Whether they have manicured nails
JUSTIN BIEBER AND SELENA GOMEZ WENT ON A DOUBLE DATE WITH...CHRIS BROWN AND DEMI LOVATO?!
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez decided to head out and see "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and invited Chris Brown and Demi Lovato to make it a double date!
It seemed that they enjoyed the movie, but one of them had a curfew because they left the theater before it ended.
A source told hollywoodlife: "They left the movie before it ended, and were so amped up to be hanging out they kept jumping up and down. They didn't buy any concessions they just went straight to the movie at midnight. Two hours later they all walked out of the theater before the film even ended."
No comment from any of the foursome.
They Grow Up So Fast....
ARE 'IDOL'S LAUREN AND SCOTTY DATING? LAUREN HINTS YES, HE SAYS 'JUST FRIENDS'...
"American Idol"'s top 2, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, were asked if they're dating.
Alaina hinted at it at the 'Idol' post party. She told Entertainment Tonight, "I kissed him on the lips, he might be my boyfriend, he might not be my boyfriend."
Scotty called her a sweetheart and said that they are just really good friends.
They will be on tour together this summer, so who knows, the friendship could blossom into something more.
They also hope to 'make music together' some time in the future.
Your "American Idol" for Season 10 is Scotty McCreery.
The 17 year-old country boy won the title over 16 year-old southern belle Lauren Alaina.
A record 122.4 million votes were cast, bringing the total votes for Season 10 up to more than 730 million -- the highest number of votes for any Idol season.
The two-hour 'American Idol' finale was packed with all-star performances and duets, including Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood (dueting with Alaina on "Before He Cheats"), U2's Bono and the Edge, Lil Jon with the surviving members of TLC, Steven Tyler, Marc Anthony with Jennifer Lopez, Tony Bennett, Judas Priest and Tom Jones.
Scotty sang with Tim McGraw on "Live Like You Were Dying."
And, Beyonce performed her ballad "1+1," a new song from her forthcoming album, 4. Source
SIMON COWELL WANTS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LIMO
It may have recently bottomed out in London, but for Simon Cowell, 'The Beast' has the X-Factor.
The reality mogul is obsessed with President Barack Obama's bomb-proof Cadillac.
(Allegedly) Simon has ordered his staff to get him his own version of the sleek, black limo.
His spokesman Max Clifford said Simon had been in touch about the car, shipped over for the President's trip to Britain and Ireland.
The rep said, "Simon Cowell phoned me ... and said he wants the same car as Obama."
The limo's long list of security features include an armor-plated fuel tank, puncture-resistant tires and bullet-proof glass.
Simon usually drives a Rolls-Royce -- he owns one in the US and another in London. His security was stepped up three years ago after a tracking device was found on his London Roller.
A source said, "Simon's love of cars is borderline obsessional. He took one look at Obama's Beast and his first thought was, 'I need one.' Obviously, it is not as simple as walking into a Cadillac showroom and getting one. A beast would take months, if not years, to complete."
Justin Bieber was blocked by security when he tried to talk to Rihanna at the Billboard Music Awards.
Just was left red-faced after he was kept from talking to Rihanna, even though he approached her five times.
A source said: "Justin thinks Rihanna is the most beautiful woman and supremely talented. He is in awe of her. Justin is just a red-blooded teenager, he can't help acting like a love-sick puppy dog when he's around her. The pair were chatting as Justin's girlfriend Selena looked on, scowling. Then Rihanna got dragged away by a couple of her friends. The pair resumed their chat later but when Justin went to talk to her at the show's climax her security blocked his path, telling him to âleave it'. Justin looked mortified. He thought they were buddies."
JERSEY SHORE'S RONNIE BEATS UP THE SITUATION
Ronnie and The Situation got into a major fight in Italy-- and it looks like Ronnie won.Â
The two arrived separately back to their apartment after a night outâ¦ the Situation had red marks covering his face around his left eye, while Ronnie's knuckles were torn up and bleeding.
Details around the fight are still unclear but sources say it began with a blowout between Ronnie and Sammi.
MTV release a statement that said: "Monday evening, Mike received medical attention after an accidental injury in the house."
Lady Gaga visited the ladies of The View yesterday to promote "Born This Way". She was escorted out by two men wearing shades.
She opened up more about the bullying she suffered in school, saying: "When I was in school I wanted to wear a mask every day, but now I wear my mask, and I wear it proudly."
For the first time, Gaga also introduced her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to the world.
She also explained her album art for "Born This Way", saying: "I'm half-woman, half-motorcycle. I wanted to create this idea of fusing flesh with metal, but to show that I am also a vehicle. Not just the vehicle for myself anymore, but the vehicle for the voice of my fans."
Gaga also dropped some breaking news that she she's already been talking with NBC about hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live.
EMILY MAYNARD GIVES BACK BRAD WOMACK'S ENGAGEMENT RING
Emily Maynard and Brad Womack are officially over.
She handed back the engagement ring he gave her on the âBachelorâ finale.Â
A source says the couple ended their relationship two weeks ago shortly after Emily flew to Brad's home in Austin, Texas, in a last-ditch attempt to smooth things over.
Another source says Emily ended it because the long-distance relationship wasnât working.Â
TEEN GOES TO HER PROM IN A $25,000 DRESS
A girl in Waterford, Michigan wore a $25,000 Versace dress to her prom.
The dress was originally worn to an Oscars ceremony by actress Christina Ricci.
Her father entered his daughter's name into a contest to rent the dress for free. She won.
She was allowed to try the dress on one day before the prom and it fit perfectly.
2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS & FULL LIST OF WINNERS..
Eminem and Justin Bieber dominated the 2011Billboard Music Awards by winning six awards each.
There was a six-way tie for second place between Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and Taio Cruz, who won three trophies each. Katy Perry, Shakira, Chris Tomlin and Train won two.
Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum, Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, Nelly, Neon Trees, Skillet, U2 and Will.I.Am all got one Billboard Music Award each.
Eminem won awards for: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song and Top Rap Album.
Justin Bieber won awards for: the Billboard.com Fan Favorite Award, Top New Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Streaming Song (video).
Beyonce Knowles won the Millennium award and Neil Diamond won the Icon Award for their career achievements. U2 won the Touring trophy.
Beyonce got an all-star tribute from First Lady Michelle Obama; Barbra Streisand; Lady Gaga; Bono and Stevie Wonder.
The ceremony also included performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Taio Cruz, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Far*East Movement, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige with Lil Wayne, OneRepublic, and a special performance by Neil Diamond.
Full List Of Winners:
Top Artist: Eminem
Top New Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Male Artist: Eminem
Top Female Artist: Rihanna
Top Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Katy Perry
Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry
Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Digital Media Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga
Top R&B Artist: Usher
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: Train
Top Alternative Artist: Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Artist: Shakira
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Millennium Award: Beyonce
Touring Award: U2
Icon Award: Neil Diamond
Top Billboard 200 Album: Eminem -- "Recovery"
Top Pop Album (Tie): Justin Bieber -- "My World 2.0"/Katy Perry -- "Teenage Dream"
Top R&B Album: Usher -- "Raymond v. Raymond"
Top Rap Album: Eminem -- "Recovery"
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift -- "Speak Now"
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Sons -- "Sigh No More"
Top Alternative Album: Mumford & Sons -- "Sigh No More"
Top Latin Album: Enrique Iglesias -- "Euphoria"
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga -- "The Fame"
Top Hot 100 Song: Taio Cruz -- "Dynamite"
Top Digital Song: Taio Cruz -- "Dynamite"
Top Radio Song: Bruno Mars -- "Just The Way You Are"
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Nelly -- "Just A Dream"
Top Streaming Song (Video): Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris -- "Baby"
Top Pop Song: Taio Cruz -- "Dynamite"
Top R&B Song: Usher Feat. will.i.am -- "OMG"
Top Rap Song: Eminem Feat. Rihanna -- "Love The Way You Lie"
Top Country Song: Lady Antebellum -- "Need You Now"
Top Rock Song: Train -- "Hey, Soul Sister"
Top Alternative Song: Neon Trees -- "Animal"
Top Latin Song: Shakira Feat. Freshleyground -- "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)"
Top Dance Song: Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina -- "Stereo Love"
KATY PERRY'S CONCERT RIDER LEAKS-SHE HATES CARNATIONS, FORBIDS HER CHAUFFEUR FROM LOOKING AT HER!?
The Smoking Gun got its hands on Katy Perry's 45-page concert rider and man, does she have some demands. One includes that her driver not try to talk to her, and no carnations--ever!
Katy has very specific requirements about how her dressing room should be decorated and even lists the style of the table ("perspex modern style"), chairs (white egg, one with a footstool), and wall colorings (cream or soft pink).
But what she really has opinions about are the flower arrangements. As for the dressing room's flower arrangement, she wants "White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies." If those aren't available, she'll settle for a "selection of seasonal white flowers to include white orchids." But "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS." Katy also has some requirements of her driver and offers 22 instruction points on how he should behave, including no talking to her, her guests, or her fans, and no looking at her or asking for autographs.
Also, Katy's personal manager reserves the right to withhold a block of tickets and pocket the proceeds once they've been sold by resellers on the "secondary market."
Inside, she tells the magazine that she has no regrets and is ready love again.
Quoting: Â âThere are no rules when it comes to love. I just try to let love surprise me because you never know who youâre going to fall in love with. You never know whoâs going to come into your lifeâand for me, when I picture the person I want to end up with, I donât think about what their career is, or what they look like. I picture the feeling I get when Iâm with them.â
But when asked about having been attracted to bad boys like John Mayer, Taylor defends her choices, saying,
âWell, they start out nice!â
Pick up a copy of June InStyle, on sale this Friday, May 20.
JOE JONAS' SOLO SINGLE DROPS JUNE 3RD
Joe Jonas will release his debut solo single "See No More" on June 3rd. It drops digitally June 13th. The track was written by Joe and Chris Brown.
"See No More" is Joe's first song from his upcoming debut album, which comes out September 6th.
He said: "Working on this album has been a rewarding but intense experience. 'See No More' especially carries a lot of personal emotions with it and I am hoping people listening to it will get a sense of where I'm coming from with this new sound. I've had an awesome team working with me on the music and I am excited, anxious, but more importantly ready to share it all with my fans. It's as much for them as it is for me."
Nicki Minaj has parted ways with managers Diddy and James Cruz, and is now being managed by Gee Roberson and Kyambo âHip Hopâ Joshua over at Hip-Hop Since 1978.
HHS1978 also has Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and Just Blaze on its roster.
A sourcesays Nicki was under the impression that Diddy would be more hands-on with her career, but was disappointed when she realized it wasnât the case.
But, there are no hard feelings between Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Cruz.
ADELE TELLS FANS AND CRITICS: "I'M NOT GOING TO STOP EATING"
Adele confessed she continue to pile on the pounds because she won't eat healthy or work out.
She said: "I don't know these people who don't like me so why would I care? If I was affected by my weight, I could easily lose some now. I've got enough money for a personal trainer or nutritionist; I just can't be a**. I'm not going to stop eating the food I like just because I can't be bothered to exercise. If I lost loads of weight, myÂ *** would go saggy and then that would be the main issue."
Lady Gaga Is Related To Madonna!...They Are Ninth Cousins Once Removed
No wonder Lady Gaga's music sounds like Madonna's greatest hits. They're related!
According to celebrity genealogist Chris Child, they are ninth cousins once removed.
Child found their common ancestors, a farming couple who moved from France to Canada in the 1600s.
No comment from Madonna or Lady Gaga.
NEW COUPLE ALERT: KANYE WEST AND MISS UNIVERSE
RUMOR HAS IT:
Kanye West has been dating Miss Universe Albania Angela Martini for a few months.
One source says, "They are dating. I just don't know if it's exclusive."
Another says Martini "really likes" the rapper and is "hoping they'll announce a relationship soon."
THE CORN KERNELER
The Corn Kerneler is an invention by the folks at Plow and Hearth.
Â Enjoy fresh corn without the mess of eating from the cob. With our Corn Kerneler, you can easily remove corn kernels from the cob in one quick motion. Just place the Kerneler at the narrow end of the cob and push straight down. Stainless steel blades quickly and easily remove the kernels, which then collect neatly in the basin of the Kerneler. Pour kernels out and start again. Corn Kerneler basin holds about two earsâ worth of kernels.
Former âThat 70s Showâ star Ashton Kutcher is going to replace Charlie Sheen next season on âTwo and a Half Men.â
Sources say âa deal is all but signed.â
Kutcher is a well-known comedy name, a Twitter-universe star, a tabloid darling and business executive and TV producer (âPunkâd,â âTrue Beautyâ and âBeauty and the Geek, to name a few).
And the former male model has been married to actress Demi Moore since September 2005.
Last night, Ashton tweeted: "What's the square root of 6.25?"Â
The answer is 2-1/2.
As for the financial details?
Sources say the deal is likely to be close to $1 MIL per episode. (Charlie Sheen was paid $1.25 million per episode.)
WILL SMITH'S MEGATRAILER GETS TOWED
Will Smithâs enormous trailer in New York City was towed off the street after residents and businesses complained.
Several residents complained that the 53-foot double-decker luxury trailer was blocking traffic, giving off fumes, and screwing up local businesses.
So the studio towed it to a nearby parking lot while the actor films âMen in Black IIIâ in the city.
STUDY REVEALS EXACT AGE YOU MUST 'STOP' WEARING A BIKINI
The Daily Mail published the results of a survey on when women should stop wearing certain items.
2,000 women between the ages of 18 and 65 were polled for this highly-scientific study commissioned by something called Diet Chef.
The results: Miniskirts are inappropriate once you hit 35, and you should immediately throw out all of your high heels on your 51st birthday.
Here's a handy chart on when you must give up various styles:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Bikini, 47
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Miniskirt, 35
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Stilettos, 51
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Belly button piercing, 35
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Knee high boots, 47
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Trainers, 44
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Leather pants, 34
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Leggings, 45
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Ugg boots, 45
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Swimsuit, 61
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Tight vest, 44
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * See-through chiffon blouse, 40
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Long hair, 53
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â * Ponytail, 51
Next week, Lady Gaga will drop "Hair", the fourth single from her upcoming "Born This Way" album.
There are 14 tracks on the standard version of the album. By the time it comes out, we'll have heard four them.
BRUNO MARS LAUNCHING A NEW IPHONE APP
Fans of Bruno Mars can now own Bruno's new iPhone and iPod game, "Bruno Mars Revenge".
The game was inspired by tracks and artwork from his debut album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans." The app challenges users to tap along to 10 tracks from the album, including "Grenade," "Just the Way You Are," "The Lazy Song" and "Marry You."
The app also features lyrics to his tracks, a downloadable photo gallery, biography, Twitter feed and chat rooms. It costs $4.99.
MAKE-UP WOMEN LOVE.... BUT MEN HATE
1. Heavy foundation and powders: The inch-thick powder is a huge turn-off. No guy wants to kiss a girl on the cheek and then find he's wearing foundation himself. A flaking face is one thing, but when your cheek is a "palette of skin-tone colors", men pay attention, but not the good kind.
2. "Bumps": No guy really likes the Gwen Stefani "bumpit" look". Be wary of anything that makes your head look unnaturally large.
3. Neon lipstick: Orange lips are a departure from what guys are used to and it's not necessarily something a lot of guys respond to.
4. Too-thin brows: Overly plucked eyebrows are truly unimpressive. It's basically an advertisement that you're hairier than Robin Williams. If it looks natural, a guy will never have to wonder.
5. Bold eye-shadow: Bright blue eyeshadow looks tacky to a guy, no matter how you wear it.Â Smoky eyes--when done right are great, sexy and attractive. But when done wrong they look like a total mess.
6. Rosy cheeks: Rouge is for old ladies. Guys generally prefer the kind of make-up you don't notice is there.
7. Two-toned lips: When guys see thin lines drawn around a pair of lips, they think you're a part of some gang initiation.
8. Glitter: Women should be "judicious" with it. You shouldn't shake it all over. And a guy is never opposed to a heavy sprinkle of cleavage glitter.
Miley Cyrus has been spotted around town with Patrick Schwarzenegger, and sources say the two are now dating.
Tabloid sources say the actress is over bad boys and when she heard the 17 year- old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver was interested, she jumped into action.Â
The source adds that Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish think Patrick is the kind of stable guy Miley needs-- but Arnold and Maria worry that Miley might lure Patrick into the Hollywood party scene.
RYAN SEACREST: FUTURE MAYOR OF L.A.
Reality show mogul Ryan Seacrest is said to be planning for life after "American Idol"--Â and what he's interested in is politics.
Ryan was having dinner at Ago in West Hollywood with some politicians and he was overheard chatting about his ambitions. Another diner listened while Ryan talked about his desire to run for office. Ryan joked, "The only thing shocking in my past is my school yearbook photo!"
He admitted he wants to become mayor of Los Angeles one day.
5 THINGS YOUR AUTO MECHANIC WON'T TELL YOU
.... the experts you trust with your most expensive and important machine won't tell you everything.
To better educate you about an industry that's such a mystery to so many consumers, here are the five things (and a few others) your auto mechanic won't tell you:
1) Fluid flushes are one of the easiest ways to run up the bill.
"A lot of mechanics...work on commission. So they're going to sell you on whatever you'll buy...the machine does the work and he gets paid a commission for it."
Mechanics will recommend a flush of brake fluid or transmission fluid even if your car doesn't need it. One expert suggests sticking to the recommended maintenance in your car's manual and if you have questions about a mechanic's advice, get a second opinion.
"Just say no" to any service you've got questions about. "You can go back and get it next week."
2) A blind second opinion may be in your best interest.
Even the most scrupulous mechanics would rather make a small profit on your business than no profit. And you make the estimate challenge job easier for him or her by showing your first quote.
"He's going to do his best job to beat that price (by) just enough to where it's worth it for you to bring your vehicle to him".
"You (should) probably not tell them anything and see what (the mechanic) tells you":Â Keep your first opinion secret.
However, if the second quote was for the same service as the first but at a higher price, feel free to give the mechanic a chance to beat the first price.
3) Discount oil changes or tire rotations almost always lead to additional services.
Cheap oil changes or free rotations are big garages' way of finding other things wrong with your car.
"It gives them a chance to take your tires off and look for something wrong with your brakes. They'll lose money on a promotion for an opportunity to checklist your car."
If you don't have a good relationship with a trusted mechanic, it may be hard to tell if that suggestion for new brake pads or new tires is truly necessary.
Just remember: a courtesy check from an experienced mechanic can be a life-saver if you've got a problem developing. But also, you're never committed to performing any service at any time - you can always drive away.
4) Lifetime warranties are nice insurance for you...and the garage.
Lifetime warranties give the consumer protection against poorly-performing parts, but they also give the garage insurance you'll come back to them for service.
"The parts are guaranteed for life, but not the labor".
Labor charges often dwarf parts charges and - much like a free rotation - your return visit gives the garage an opportunity to discover more problems to fix.
5) Some of the best shops don't advertise at all.
"Advertising is just a way to get people in the door".
Word-of-mouth is the best way to find a trusted mechanic. And there's a good chance one who has a healthy customer base without advertising keeps everyone happy.
More things your auto mechanic won't tell you:
- If you don't ask for synthetic motor oil (lasts a lot longer), you could get stock oil during an oil change.
- You should ask for the original part back so you know the mechanic actually replaced it - and there was actually something wrong with it.
- Air filters are the one thing you can always change yourself. You'll save $7-$10 per change and it's virtually fool-proof.
ACCORDING TO CAMERON DIAZ, MARRIAGE IS A DYING INSTITUTION
Cameron Diaz isnât a big fan of marriage.Â
In a new interview with Maxim the actress says marriage is a dying institution ... and everyone should make their own rules instead of following old traditions that donât work anymore.Â
'GLEE' THE MOVIE... IN 3D
20th Century Fox TV and film divisions have partnered to produce GLEE LIVE! 3D!, a feature film based on the Glee Live! In Concert! North American tour. The studio plans to release the film for a two-week engagement starting Aug. 12.
Gleeks who can't get tickets will be able to catch the concert in 3D. The tour starred 14 members of the TV show, and the film will also feature behind-the-scenes moments.
But Diaz says that she still believes in love and her relationship with Alex Rodriguez is awesome.Â
It hasn't been officially announced, but a source told People Magazine that former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will host the US edition of The X Factor.
Two of the three judges for Simon Cowell's show have yet to be named, but it looks like Nicole will get one of the spots since she had a successful stint as a guest judge on the British X Factor last year.
MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS: 5 THINGS MOMS REALLY WANT
Â While the typical offerings may please some, itâs the extra special thought that goes a long way. And every mom is different so the key is finding what the mom in your life values.
Hint: Itâs not flowers.
Hereâs a list of 5 things that mothers want and need, and not just on Motherâs Day:
1. Sleep. Ask any mom and depending on the age(s) of her children, she can fill you in on exactly her amount of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep often starts somewhere in pregnancy.
2. NOT Flowers. Unless the mom in your life really, really loves flowers, skip this one.
3. Something that uniquely says mom, and your particular wife, girlfriend, partner, mother, etcâ¦, not what is mass marketed to stores for the droves of women who are mothers. Every mom wants something that says you know her, you get her taste, you understand her likes and dislikes, and didnât merely settle for a gift at a stand in the mall.
4. Jewelry almost always works. But again, know her taste. Does she like silver, gold, or white gold? Does she prefer earrings or a necklace? Try combining a remembrance of her child, in the form of a locket or charm in the piece of jewelry. There is nothing sweeter than being given a symbol of your baby that you can keep with you and wear.
5. Words. OK, this might seem too easy but really it can be more meaningful than you may think. Every mom likes to hear and needs to know that you think she is doing a good job, you appreciate everything she does day in and day out, and you value her as a partner and a mother.Â You can write it in a letter or a card. If you are creative, you can pen a poem.
THE 10 MOST STOLEN CARS AND TRUCKS IN AMERICA, ARE...
Between 800,000 to one million cars are stolen every single year in America. Most of the same models are on the list every year but it's not just because they're the most popular.
It's because they have parts that don't change much from year to year and most cars are stolen for the parts, not to drive around. So thieves who steal a 1994 model could sell the parts to use in models for 1995, 1996, etc.
The National Crime Bureau's list of the 10 most stolen cars in America:
LADY GAGA "JUDAS" VIDEO PREMIERES THURSDAY, IN TWO VERSIONS
Lady Gaga will premiere two versions of her "Judas" music video Thursday. An abridged clip will premiere on "American Idol", while the uncut version will premiere on E! News.
The long-form "Judas" video will premiere on E! at 7:00 pm Eastern Time, while the second version will air during the top 5 elimination episode of "American Idol."
"Judas" is the second single off Gaga's album "Born This Way".
JUSTIN BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR HIS "NAUGHTY" BEHAVIORÂ
Justin Bieber got in trouble with an airline stewardess on a flight to Australia over the weekend because he was misbehaving as the plane was preparing for take-off.
Justin boarded a plane in Sydney to fly to his next stop in Melbourne. But he got in trouble with cabin crew when he ignored requests to sit down as the plane was taxiing out on the runway. That's when a female flight attendant put him in his place.
WAS PRINCE HARRY HITTIN' ON KATE'S HOT SISTER...??
Taboids claim: During the Royal Wedding, best man Prince Harry was eyeing Maid of Honor Pippa Middleton: Kate Middleton's sister.
Sources say Harry told her at the ceremony that she looked beautiful and joked with her as he escorted her down the aisle after the ceremony.
27-year-old Pippa wore an ivory dress with a plunging neck-line, which is against tradition. She then changed into another low cut dress for the reception, but it was green.
Harry seemed smitten with Pippa and even competed with his 90-year-old grandfather, who jokingly flirted with Pippa at the reception.
'IDOL' REJECT PIA TOSCANO OFFERED $100G'S TO SING AT PRIVATE EVENT
"American Idol" reject Pia Toscano will be paid $100,000 to sing a couple of songs at a private event.
She has agreed to perform at a private birthday party on May 8th.
TMZ reports Pia was initially offered $50,000 for the gig and she turned it down.Â The people throwing the party wanted Pia so badly, they doubled their offer, and she signed.
THE MOST USELESS COLLEGE DEGREE IS ...
The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the 20 most useless college degrees, based on salaries, number of jobs available, and general trend of crappiness.
1. Journalism: Median starting salary is $35,800; percentage change in number of jobs from 2008 to 2018 is -6.32%.
2. Horticulture: $35,000; -1.74%
3. Agriculture: $42,300; -0.88%
4. Advertising: $37,800; -1.71%
5. Fashion design: $37,700; +0.81%
J.LO: WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN ON THE SET OF 'IDOL', SHE'S J. HELL-NO
Sources say "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez is already getting a reputation on the set.
Observers describe her as a âguyâs girl.â
She is sweet and cuddly and adorable whenever thereâs a man around. But if thereâs not a guy in sight and sheâs in the presence of women, Jennifer instantly becomes grouchy and curt and she has no time for pleasantries.
Is it any wonder why sheâs the only female judge on the show...??
Â LISTEN: JAMES DESBOROUGH US. EDITOR OF NEWS OF THE WORLD ONÂ THE ROYAL WEDDING
'AMERICAN IDOL' RECAP: CAROLE KING TUNES
Scotty McCreery, the deep-voiced 17-year-old country crooner, won over the panel with his rendition of "You've Got a Friend" on 'American Idol's evening of Carole King tunes.
But it was 22-year-old rocker James Durbin who was labed a front-runner.
Randy Jackson predicted that Durbin "just might win the whole thing" after his reworking of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." Steven Tyler claimed he "saw God" after Haley Reinhart's upbeat rendition of "Beautiful."
Jacob Lusk and Lauren Alaina were praised for going outside their comfort zones. Jacob performed "Oh No Not My Baby," while Lauren reached for the high notes on "Where You Lead" (the 'Gimore Girls' theme). Miley Cyrus showed up to give Lauren some advice.
Casey Abrams gave jazzy performance of "Hi-De-Ho," (by Blood, Sweat and Tears).Â
The top six finalists were also paired for duets of Carol King classics. Abrams and Reinhart sang "I Feel the Earth Move," while McCreery backed up Alaina during "Up on the Roof." Durbin and Lusk's asttempt at "I'm Into Something Good" didn't go over well.
One of the six finalists will be eliminated tonight.
THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE
The White House released President Obama's long form birth certificate to try and put a stop to the "birther" questions.
The White House Communications Director said, "The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country. It may have been good politics and good T.V., but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country."
Not shocking: Donald Trump took full credit for the release.
NICKI MINAJ TALKS TO ALLURE MAGAZINE ABOUT HER WIG COLLECTION, BEING A BEAUTY ICON AND MORE
How many wigs do you have?
Nicki: "Right before I walk out the door, I grab one. Today, I wore a beige jacket and brown boots and I wanted to keep the whole earth-tone color scheme, so I did blonde. But it all depends on my mood. I just like to feel euphoric and free, so I'm going for more of the pink and the crazy, weird stuff now."
Do your alter egos have their own styles?
Nicki: "They definitely do. Martha's an older lady in her 60s or 50s. The nerdy look I did in my Saturday Night Live sketch was Dexter. I haven't unveiled Roman yet. I can't wait to show everyone what he looks like! I think that my more flamboyant stuff is definitely not Nicki-it's basically Roman in drag."
Do you have any beauty icons?
Nicki: "I love Cyndi Lauper's style. I remember watching her as a kid and thinking, I don't know who this is, but I want to hang out with her. Her style looked like a piece of art to me."
What beauty task do you hate?
Nicki: "You know what's so messed up? I used to love getting my nails done; it was a time of relaxation. Now, I want to choke myself because I can't pause my life. In LA the nail technicians take 18 hours for a freakin' fill-in. My phone goes off a billion times."
WOMEN HAVE PASSED MEN IN ADVANCED DEGREES
For the first time in history, American women have passed men in advanced college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees.
It's part of a trend that is redefining who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.
Among adults 25 and older, 10.6 million US women have master's degrees or higher, compared to 10.5 million men. That's about 10.2 percent of women with advanced degrees compared to 10.9 percent of men.
Women still trail men in professional subcategories such as business, science and engineering.
When it comes to finishing college, about 20 million women have bachelor's degrees, compared to nearly almost 19 million men. Women first passed men in bachelor's degrees in 1996.
Some researchers have called the economic slump a "man-cession" because of the huge job losses in the male-dominated construction and manufacturing industries. Women with full-time jobs now make over 78 percent of what men earn, up from about 64 percent in 2000. Women also now make up half of the US work force.
The number of stay-at-home moms dropped for a fourth year in a row to 5 million, or one in four married-couple households. That's down from almost half of those households in 1969.
Stay-at-home mothers are more likely to be young, foreign-born Hispanics who lack college degrees.Â
PREGNANT MARIAH CAREY PAINTED AN EASTER EGG ON HER BELLY!
On Sunday, Mariah Carey Tweeted: "HAPPY EASTER! Ummm. READY!!!!! Done and done", and linked to a photo of her belly, with a large sky-blue Easter egg painted across it.
On the left side of her stomach there was a blue heart, and on the right side, a pink one--presumably for her future son and daughter.
REBECCA BLACK DOESN'T WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE "FRIDAY GIRL"
"Friday" singer Rebecca Black really hopes that her hit doesn't make her a one hit wonder.
The 13-year-old said: "I don't want to be known as the 'Friday' girl. Hopefully, I can be known as Rebecca Black and not the 'Friday' girl. I want to be a performing artist. That's what I've always wanted to do."
"Friday" has gotten more than 120 million views on YouTube views and made Rebecca famous.
Jennifer Aniston reportedly hates her new haircut.
Her stylist said it would make her look younger-- but she feels it makes her look older.
Aniston always had an issue with her nose, and now she feels her nose looks bigger, her face looks rounder, and in general, "zapped her sexiness".
Her hair was her security blanket.
SIMON SAYS HIS 'X FACTOR' JUDGES, ARE...
Simon Cowell is talking about how he's been assembling his judge's panel for his U.S. version of "The X Factor" which debuts this fall on Fox.
He saysÂ "it's like casting a dinner party. You've got to have people on the panel you get on well with."
And it sounds like Paula Abdul will return for said 'dinner party'.
Cowell tells DeadlineHollywood that in addition to himself and Antonio "L.A." Reid, the chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, he has made up his mind to bring back Paula beside him-- and to add Brit singer Cheryl Cole.
An insider says Cole is "pretty much a shoo-in for the show" and will be announced as a judge within less than a week.
Simon says when he "hired her initially, I'd only met her literally once when I offered her the job on [British] X Factor. I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about, ambitious. And you meet someone special a few times in your life.. And this girl is special. She's just got a great ability to communicate. Shes a great judge. She's smart. It's just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she's going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her."
AS FOR PAULA:
Simon says, "I've always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I've been consistent about this. I don't know what it is about her, but I've always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she's right. I've never found anyone better than her. I think there's a good chance it will be her. We've agreed that we would meet as many people as possible, and now we're reaching the deadline we've got to make the decision soon. But I think she's got a really good shot."
"I keep reading about all these people we've approached and have turned us down for the show. And I thought this would be as good a place as any to say who we've approached, what's true, what's not true, so it's like more official." For instance,
"I've read an interview where he said if he was approached for X Factor, that's what he'd want. But there was no way that would ever happen. Not only that .... but we don't have that kind of budget to pay these kind of salaries. So we didn't even approach him."
"I've read that he's turned us down. Honest to God, I've met him before, but I've never once spoken to him about the doing the show."
"I met him and his manager for 30 minutes. He told me he was doing "The Voice". I said maybe we should set up a meeting with your producers. And then I started thinking about that afterwards and decided it's sort of pointless doing that since he's going to be committed to that show. And I already knew at that point that L.A. Reid was pretty much a done deal. So I just didn't follow it up. But, again, we never offered him the show, and he didn't meet our producers, and he certainly didn't call me to say he turned us down.
Simon offered a similar explanation: that he'd talked to her but when she told him she was also talking to "American Idol", he withdrew consideration of her immediately -- and never offered her the job.
Simon reiterated that the singer just unexpectedly "turned up" in early April at the X Factor Miami auditions but that there were no discussions with her about the judge's job.
Simon admitted he'd "love" to have her but that it was clear she won't be available for some time and will be focusing on her personal life because of the imminent birth of her twins.
CHARLIE SHEEN BEGS FANS 'HELP ME GET MY JOB BACK'
Charlie Sheen begged fans to help him get his âTwo and a Half Menâ job back at his live tour stop in Tampa.Â
The arena was about half empty.Â Â During the performance Sheen said "With your support, with a room filled with love, we are going to get my job back."
He also made fun of Roger Ebert's cancer and was flashed by a drunk woman.Â
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman made a brief guest appearance on stage, as did comedian Jeff Ross.
Outside the Tampa arena, there was a small group of women protesting. They carried signs with messages like "Stop degrading women" and "Go home Charlie Sheen."
NICK CANNON GAVE OUT HIS PHONE NUMBER, LIVE ON THE AIR!
Nick Cannon dropped his actual home phone number on the radio airwaves while he had his pregnant wife Mariah Carey on the line. And she wasn't too happy about it!
Nick was talking about going on paternity leave soon, but he loves his fans and listeners so much, he gave out his actual home phone number on his radio show so everyone could keep in touch.
'TWILIGHT' CO-STARS, AND NEW COUPLE? ASHLEY GREENE & JACKSON RATHBONE
Ashley Greene was spotted with her "Twlight"Â boyfriend, Jackson Rathbone, in Vancouver, Canada, the other day.Â The two grabbed lunch together at Cactus Club and walked arm-in-arm together.
Last weekend Ashley was spotted hanging out with Kings of Leonâs Jared Followill before his band performed for the crowd in Indio, Calif., at the Coachella festival. Her rep has denied reports they are dating.
Taylor Swift and 'Country Strong's Garrett Hedlund.
They were snapped walking near her Nashville home.
In realted news, Taylor Swift has bought a "beautiful and cozy" home in Beverly Hills for seven figures.
Sources tells the NY Post the house is "small, charming and very secluded. She is really excited about having her own place in Beverly Hills."
Swift closed last week on the property for between $3 million and $4 million. Another source said the singer "bought the house so she doesn't have to stay in hotels when she is in LA. Her main home will still be in Nashville."
'AMERICAN IDOL' RECAP: STEVEN TYLER DROPS -BOMB, AND THERE WAS SOME SINGING... ATTEMPTED
'American Idol' singers performed 21st century songs, last night.
Â Casey Abrams planted a kiss on "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez after his rendition of Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe".
Steven Tyler dropped the--word after Casey's, telling him, "You're so ---ing great."
The audience, which included its share of preteen kids, was shocked, but Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and Fox head of alternative programming Mike Darnell laughed it off.
Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old high school student of Garner, N.C., kicked off the show with his take on LeAnn Rimes' version of "Swingin'." Judge Steven Tyler wished that Scotty "boot-scooted" more during his routine, while Randy Jackson told him, his song choice as "safe." Lopez warned McCreery that it's time "to pull out the big guns."
Lauren Alania and Jacob Lusk were also advised to push themselves further after taking on Sara Evans' "Born to Fly" and Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father." (Lusk pulled out his in-ear monitor while singing, and later complained of technical difficulties.)
Haley Reinhart received a lukewarm reception for diving into Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."
Stefano Langone had better luck with Ne-Yo's "Closer."
Early on, James Durbin wore an outlandish military-inspired ensemble and was accompanied by four marching drummers for Muse's "Uprising." Jackson and Lopez said it would be the best performance of the evening.
One of the top seven finalists will be eliminated tonight, after performances by David Cook and Katy Perry.
New York based Electro Pop Artist Loli Lux is surprised by Lady Gaga's new single "Judas" because she thinks it's an exact copy of her own track, "WannaBE".
Â "WannaBE" was written back in 2009 and later released in 2010 by LoliLand Inc.
Loli Lux comes from the same New York music scene as Lady Gaga and is known from her tours with Tommy Lee.
Loli claims she contacted producer RedOne and forwarded her "WannaBE" music video. Then came the rude awakening that Gaga's single, "Judas" used the exact same hook as "WannaBE".
She said: "I have always crossed paths with Gaga through having mutual friends, it's not the first time she has borrowed ideas from me. It was previously my DJ trademark to wear military hats but I had to stop that after Gaga started doing the same."
"It's sad when my work ripped off like that but I have more new and really great unreleased material that I will keep safely guarded for now."
REBECCA BLACK'S FRIDAY VIDEO HIT 100 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
Rebecca Black's "Friday" video passed 100 million views on YouTube.
That made the clip the 23rd most watched music video of all time on the site.
The most viewed video of all time on YouTube is "Baby" by Justin Bieber. But "Friday" hit the 100 Million mark after just 63 days, while Justin's song took 67.
Adele Â admitted she has stage fright but that Beyonce helped her overcome it when she starts singing.
She said: "I'm scared of audiences. One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot."
A FACEBOOK DATING APP PROMISES REJECTION-FREE ROMANCE
There is a new Facebook dating app -- called iWould-- which allows you to go through your friend list and select anywhere from one to ten people you'd be interested in romantically. The application cross-references your list with those of your friends also using the app. If someone you selected put you on their list, you'll both get a notice of the match.
The app was launched last month by Columbia University MBA graduates. They are "trying to help people connect with someone they're having a hard time connecting with, someone in your life".
The app aims to rule out rejection with its provision that if the interest isn't mutual, your crush will never know: Lists are kept private to the users. Downloading or "liking" the app is public though, so your friends will know you're using iWould.
Though the app is open to anyone on Facebook, its team is currently targeting marketing efforts to eight colleges and universities, including Cornell, Duke and Columbia. Currently, the app has more than 3,000 monthly users and it has been responsible for 163 matches.
The company recently received a valuation of $750,000 from a private investor.
NEW (ODD) COUPLE ALERT: 'GLEE'S DIANNA AGRON AND ... (EEK) MARILYN MANSON
Dianna Agron and (shock-rocker) Marilyn Manson were both at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood the other night.
One eyewitness account said they were within 20 feet of each other and you could cut the sexual tension with a knife.
FACEBOOK'S NEW FEATURE BRINGS BACK BAD MEMORIES
Facebooks new "memorable status updates" feature is upsetting some people by bringing up painful memories about past deaths and breakups.
The new feature rehashes previous status updates in the right sidebar with some of the text and a link to the old updates.
Some of them may be years old and could even be ones you deleted... but now they're back for you to see, and cry about.
Some users have organized a group against the old updates, but until Facebook does away with them, you can get the "Better Facebook browser add-on" to get them out of your face.
'AMERICAN IDOL' RECAP: MOVIE TUNES
"American Idol" finalists sang film tunes last night.
Haley Reinhart, the bluesy 20-year-old college student from Wheeling, Ill., didn't deliver her best performance with Blondie's "Call Me" from "American Gigolo".
The show's other remaining female singer, 16-year-old high school student Lauren Alaina of Rossville, Ga., fared better with Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" from "Hannah Montana: The Movie."
Paul McDonald, the 26-year-old performer from Nashville, Tenn., kicked off the show with Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" from "Risky Buisness." Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old high school student from Garner, N.C., kept it mellow with George Strait's "I Cross My Heart" from "Pure Country."
Stefano Langone's take on Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" from "Boomerang" won over Jennifer Lopez.Â Jacob Lusk sang Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from "The Pursuit of Happyness" was 'blessed' by judge Stephen Tyler. (He told Jacob, "God bless you and your voice".)
The judgesÂ gave a standing ovation to Casey Abrams after his jazzy rendition of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" from "The Boy with Green Hair."
James Durbin chose Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" from the film of the same name. He was accompanied by guitarist Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. Afterwards, Randy Jackson chanted, "Durbin rocks!"
One of the eight finalists will be eliminated tonight.
Diddy admitted that taking Diddy-Dirty Money on the road was part of his plan.
He said: "I always said people will really start to get the album once they see it live. I think that's the mentality of any performer, or even just taking a page out of any rock 'n' roll band or group; in order to sell your vision, you've got to get it out on the road and really work it."
"It's definitely an opportunity to establish this as a group. I can't wait for people to see how strong the girls are, just in general. That's the new revelation that's being brought to the situation."
Diddy also said that the group is planning a "visually engaging" show that will feature "a representation of the guests, visually" from the "Last Train to Paris" album, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Skylar Grey, Rick Ross, Trey Songz and others.
Diddy said: "God has blessed me with so many hits that the place is gonna be rockin'. You get it all. You get the introduction to Dirty Money. You also get the respect of the years of hits I've been people out. You get your money's worth."
The 20-date tour starts tomorrow.
CHARLIE SHEEN CONFIRMS 'TWO AND A HALF MEN' TALKS
Charlie Sheen admitted last night he's been talking to his former bosses about returning to CBS' 'Two and a Half Men'.
During a radio interview, Sheen said, "There's been discussions, but I was asked not to divulge anything".
He would have changed his behavior if his former bosses had said something.
Sheen said, "Had they told me at the end of Season 8 that that behavior wasn't going to be cool, I would have adjusted it".
He also said he's not getting paid his portion of the syndication profits from the show.
Quoting Charlie:Â "I'm supposed to [be receiving the money], but that's -- what's the term? -- being withheld."
Asked about "Major League 3", Sheen said: "We're definitely doing that. It's just a question of when. The script's fabulous."
He added that "pretty much everyone" in the cast will reprise their roles with the exception of James Gammon, who died last year.
Justin Bieber has taken in at least $100 million at just 17 years of age.
He makes $300,000 a concert, as well as cash from record sales, merchandising, personal appearances and celebrity endorsements.
He was paid $1 million for wearing a space suit in a 30 second ad for Best Buy and he signed a $3 million two-year deal to endorse the ProActiv acne treatment. He also put his name on a bed linen range, headphones, scented children's jewelry and a brand of nail polish called One Less Lonely Girl.
BRITISH BEEEAUTY CHERYL COLE SET TO JOIN SIMON ON 'X FACTOR'
Variety reports, Cheryl Cole is closing in on her deal to being named a judge on Fox's "The X Factor."
The British singer-songwriter has been a judge on the U.K. version of the reality competition since 2008, but is a new face to American audiences.
She would join Simon Cowell and producer L.A. Reid as judges for the series that is set to debut in September.
Sources say the contract is currently being written for Cole and her announcement as the third judge should be coming soon after.
A THIRD OF WORKERS ARE READY TO QUIT THEIR JOB
As the unemployment numbers drop nationwide, more and more workers want to quit their jobs.
According to a study, one in three workers are ready to jump ship for a better opportunity.
The study found that 36% hope to leave their job in the next 12 months. Only 47% feel a strong loyalty to their job, down from 59% in 2008.
When employees aren't getting raises, and other companies are hiring, some employees feel this is the perfect time to jump ship.
Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is set to debut this fall on Fox, and he says that Fergie is one of several names being considered for a spot on the judges' panel that, so far, only includes Cowell and former Def Jam exec L.A. Reid.
Simon told reporters in Los Angeles: "We are still having nightly arguments with everyone, trying to get everyone to agree. If you asked everyone involved on this show who they would like on the panel, you would have 25 different opinions.
"It does show publicly our complete and utter indecisiveness."
As for Fergie specifically, he confirmed that the Black Eyed Peas singer is definitely in the running.
Simon says, "Her name was put forward. But like with a lot of other people we have spoken to, we have to check out everyone's availability. There is lot of time you have to put into this show. It is not a 2 or 3 day a week job."
Also a possibility? Gloria Estefan, who showed up unannounced at the Miami auditions Thursday and mentored contestants. Simon said she "apparently did a fantastic job" coaching the more than 20,000 hopefuls who lined up in Miami.
The winner of "X Factor" will receive a $5 million record contract.
PIA FROM 'IDOL' DATING MARK FROM 'DWTS'
Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas went on a date on Friday, set up by wrestling star Chris Jericho.
Sources say the âAmerican Idolâ star had her eye on the âDancing with The Starsâ dancer for several weeks.Â
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Pia has a friend who is friends with Chris Jericho who is also on the ABC dancing show. She gave her number to her friend who gave it to the wrestler who passed it on to Ballas.Â
7 SIGNS YOUR 'FRIEND' IS A FACEBOOK STALKER
1. They occupy the No. 1 slot: This is a "dead giveaway." Go to your profile and check out who tops your list of friends. Typically, they should be the friends you interact with most, or have the most friends-overlap with. If a random person is near the top ... you might have a stalker.
2. Constant comments: It's one thing for your family and BFFs to console you after a bad day or get excited about status updates like "OMG ONLY 2 more days til vacation!!!" But if you noticing someone you barely know always commenting ... you might have a stalker.
3. Comments on your vacation photosâfrom last summer: There's sort of an unspoken time limit on when it's appropriate to leave comments on photos. If you start getting comments on photos from last yearâor 2007âsomeone is spending too much time in your archives, and ... you might have a stalker.
4. You Always Receive Notifications From Them:Â You may never play Cityville, but for some reason you keep getting requests from someone you barely know who asking you to help them with their City. Not only is it annoying that your phone vibrates everytime you get a game request, but when you donât even know the person, it doesnât make much sense.
5. They Send You Weird, Creepy Messages: If youâre sent a message multiple times from someone and you still arenât responding, you can deem that individual and official âFacebook stalkerâ. Stalkers have little to no way of actually connecting with you but they have a desire to do so anyways despite not interacting with you in 5 or more years, if ever. However messages are only the beginning.
6. They Send You Strange Instant Messages: IMs are truly the primary tool for aggressive Facebook stalkers. You see, a true Facebook stalker does not only stalk one person. Instead they attempt to prey on multiple subjects until they get a response. A single IM response from you is enough motivation to keep a Facebook stalker messaging you for the next 3 months. If youâve had this experience, then you definitely have a real-life, Facebook stalker.
7. You Blocked Them:Â Your Facebook stalker has now crossed the line into real-life stalker and itâs time to call the police before you get hurt. This creeper may now be standing outside your windows, watching you as your proceed through your day. You should also go fix your privacy settings so that this individual is now on your blocked list. If you have ever put someone on your blocked list, whoever that person was, can most definitely be classified as a real âFacebook stalkerâ. They just donât know the limits of personal communication.
LISTEN: LAURIEANN GIBSON FROM E! "THE DANCE SCENE"
ROBERT PATTINSON AND KRISTIN STEWART ARE ON A BREAK
Tabloid sources claim "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have split, or in Hollywood terms, are "on a break".
The two have been on the rocks since February. Their schedules are hectic; Pattinson is on a promotional tour, promoting his latest film with Reese Witherspoon.
They are currently filming the last installment of the 'Twilight' saga in Vancouver. There have been a few tears, but they remain friends. (They were supposed to go to the CMA awards in Las Vegas this last Sunday, but Pattinson showed up alone.)
They first split in October of 2009, then again last year.
LADY GAGA LEADS MTV'S O MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS
Lady Gaga and Odd Future's Tyler the Creator lead MTV's new O Music Awards with three nominations each. The Web-based awards show is a celebration of digital music. Categories include best fan cover, most viral dance and best music hashtag meme.
Lady Gaga and Tyler the Creator are among the nominees for most innovative artist and must-follow artist on Twitter.
Gaga is also nominated for favorite animated GIF.
Other nominated artists include Kanye West, the Flaming Lips, Nicki Minaj, Arcade Fire and Justin Bieber.
Winners will be decided by fan voting in social media. Results will be shown in real-time. The awards will be presented in a live hour-long webcast April 28th on MTV websites and mobile apps.
MILEY CYRUS, CHARLIE SHEEN SWAP "EPIC" COMPLIMENTS ON TWITTER
Miley Cyrus and Charlie Sheen swapped compliments on Twitter.Â
The singer/actress is back on the social website after taking 17-months off.
She tweeted 'Do not fear...the Sheenius is here!' I'm not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow Charlie Sheen."
Sheen then tweeted "Dear Miley, Welcome back to Twitter! Always felt you were epic! Now you proved it! Thanks for the love."
When Ke$ha was asked how she and Britney Spears should celebrate the success of their singles "Blow" and "Till the World Ends", she had an interesting idea.
She said: "Skinny dipping. It would be a dress-up-like-Ke$ha-or-Britney party. Either her place or my place, it doesn't matter. I have a small, salt-water pool that has laser beams in it and a stereo so you can be under water listening to music. It's really magical." Â
MATTHEW MORRISON AND GWYNETH PALTROW SNEAK OUT FOR DINNER
British tabloid News of The World reports Gwyneth Paltrow was snapped her leaving a quiet dinner with "Glee" star Matthew Morrison.
They met up on Tuesday at an Italian restaurant in London, before moving to the five star Grosvenor House Hotel, where they drank and chatted until 2am.
Gwyneth played a substitute teacher and a love interest for Morrison's character Will on 'Glee'.
As they left the hotel, Gwyneth wrapped a scarf around her face in an attempt to disguise herself, while Morrison lay flat on the backseat of his limo.Â
Gwyneth is married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and they have two children together.Â Matthew split from his girlfriend Olivia Munn last month.
LADY GAGA GOT THE ORIGINAL "WIZARD OF OZ" RUBY SLIPPERS FOR HER 25TH BIRTHDAY
Lady Gaga got a very special present for her 25th birthday. She was given Judy Garland's ruby slippers from the "The Wizard Of Oz"!
Gaga said: "I wanted to be Dorothy so bad. I was in 8th grade and she was a senior. I definitely deserved to get it, but I didn't get it. I was one of the people in the chorus, the worst role. On behalf of myself and all of those bullied around the world, now these ruby slippers are mine."
"When you don't feel like Dorothy today, maybe you feel like someone on the chorus or the Scarecrow - just know you will have opportunities in your real life to change things and maybe someone will hand you a pair of ruby slippers."
REBECCA BLACK IS FIGHTING HER LABEL OVER "FRIDAY"
Rebecca Black and her mother are accusing Ark Music Factory of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity rights.
The label produced Rebecca's huge hit, "Friday,"
A letter from Black's lawyer said that Ark has "failed to provide Black with the master recordings of her song and video; has been exploiting her likeness and her song on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon and Ark's website; created an unauthorized 'Friday' ringtone; and has been advertising Black as an exclusive Ark recording artist on its website.
Ark Music Factory has denied the accusations.
Rebecca's mom paid Ark $4,000 to produce the song, which she claims was an agreement that she had 100 percent ownership and control of "Friday," including the master recording and the music video.
Ark Music Factor released a statement saying: "Rebecca Black is not our exclusive artist. Once an artist meets with us and once they blow up, they have a choice to retain us or move on if they can. Rebecca is now signed with someone else." Â
The company is also removing Rebecca from the Ark Music Factory website.
LADY GAGA KICKED ADAM LAMBERT OUT OF HER BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Adam Lambert made quite the impression at Lady Gaga's surprise twenty-fifth birthday party, but not in a good way. Gaga kicked him out!
Adam wasn't even invited to the party, but attended as a guest of the Scissor Sisters.
He started fist-pumping and beating on the walls until he punched a hole in one. He also kept jumping up on the tables and chairs and screaming. When they brought the cake out he tried to smear it in Gaga's face and put a doll from the cake in her mouth!
Then he tried to serenade Gaga. Eventually, Gaga asked security to kick him out.
The next day, Lambert Tweeted: "My hand still hurts. LoL. Was trying for celebratory gesture 4 gaga's B- piÃ±ata style. Instead my fist is all bruised and there's a hole in the ceiling. Sloppy."
KANYE WEST CHOOSES HIS NEXT CRUSH
Kanye West was seen flirting with gorgeous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Upton.
The rapper was spotted sneaking in the back door at the Victoria's Secret VIP Swim event at Club L in Los Angeles and sitting with Upton.
A spy says they left hand-in-hand through the back door to avoid paparazzi, an hour later.
A study found that Facebook friends may not be all that friendly.
85% of women admitted they have been annoyed by their Facebook friends' postings.
The survey of more than 400 women (from Eversave )found 79% of women use Facebook to keep their friends informed of their lives. 64% do it to share information.
But 85% said their Facebook buddies use the site to brag or overshare.
They feel too many people complain all the time, share political views or brag "about seemingly perfect lives."
'JERSEY SHORE' IN CONTRACT DISPUTE
It looks like there is another contract battle brewing between MTV and the cast of âJersey Shore.âÂ
Sources say Snooki, The Situation, J-Woww and Pauly D have not finalized their contracts because they canât agree on the amount.
As of last week, Deena hadnât signed her contract either but Ronnie, Sammi, and Vinny were done.
Last year the cast refused to sign a contract until they were offered a better deal.Â
'AMERICAN IDOL' FINALISTS SING ELTON JOHN CLASSICS
Elton John songs were performed by the "American Idol" finalists.
James Durbin, the 22-year-old rocker from Santa Cruz, Calif., was accompanied by a flaming piano for "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting".Â
Casey Abrams, the 20-year-old film camp counselor from Idyllwild, Calif., impressed the judges with a tender rendition of "Your Song."
Judge Randy Jackson told Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old high school student from Garner, N.C., he was "in the zone" while performng "Country Comfort," and Haley Reinhart, the 20-year-old college student from Wheeling, Ill., had the night's best performance after closing with "Bennie and the Jets."
Jacob Lusk, the 23-year-old spa concierge from Compton, Calif., and Pia Toscano, the 22-year-old make-up artist from Howard Beach, N.Y., both received positive feedback from the judges. Jacob sang "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," and Pia delivered "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Naima Adedapo, the 26-year-old dance instructor from Milwaukee, didn't impress Jennifer Lopez or Randy Jackson on with her reggae rendition of "I'm Still Standing." Lopez said she wasn't sure if that was the right song for Naima, while Jackson called it "kinda corny."Â
Randy Jackson also wasn't raving about 16-year-old high school student Thia Megia of Mountain House, Calif., or 26-year-old singer-songwriter Paul McDonald of Nashville, Tenn. He felt Thia's take on "Daniel" was "once again very safe," and warned Paul to "allow yourself to go all the way" after he performed a mellow "Rocket Man."
Stefano Langone, the 21-year-old crooner from Kent, Wash., was praised by the panel for connecting with the crowd on "Tiny Dancer".
Judge Stephen Tyler told Lauren Alaina, the 16-year-old high school student from Rossville, Ga., she was on fire with "Candle in the Wind."
Two of the 11 finalists are scheduled to be eliminated tonight. Source
Taylor Swift is being recognized for her.... tweets.
The 21-year old was recently named by Time as one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds.
Taylor has 5.7 million Twitter followers, and studies show that the country music superstar joins a small list of celebrities, including Sara Bareilles and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, whose tweets influence what music their followers purchase.
For example, relatively unknown duo, the Civil Wars, saw their sales skyrocket after Taylor tweeted about their new album, 'Barton Hollow.'
Taylor joins an eclectic list of celebs on Time's list, including Neil Patrick Harris, Alyssa Milano, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, comedian Stephen Colbert, Chelsea Handler and Olympian Dara Torres.
Justin Bieber's Hair Has Its Own Personal Bodyguard!
Justin Bieber's hair has its own personal bodyguard!
According to TMZ, the hair sits inside of a glass case. The hair is what Justin recently chopped off during a recent haircut.
The hair sold for more than $40,000 during a special charity auction on eBay. Now, the hair is making special appearances around the country.
KATY PERRY'S "E.T." VIDEO PREMIERES THURSDAY ON MTV!
Katy Perry's "E.T." video will premiere Thursday at noon on MTV.com and VH1.com .The clip features Kanye West.
After the clip, the network will air "MTV First: Katy Perry's 'E.T.' ", which will feature MTV News correspondent Sway's exclusive interview with Katy Perry.
Starting Thursday morning, MTV and MTV Hits will feature blocks of Katy's best videos. MTV's "The Seven" will feature an interview with Katy and just before the on-air premiere of "E.T.," fans will get an exclusive introduction from Katy herself.
On Friday TeenNick, Logo and Tr3s will show the video as part of TeenNick's "Obsess This" music block, Logo's "NewNowNext" and Tr3s' "Fresca Video."
MARIAH CAREY SHOWS OFF HER PAINTED BABY BELLY ON TWITTER
Mariah Carey showed her fans how close she is to popping after posting a pic of her belly on Twitter.
The belly was painted with her signature symbol - a butterfly - with one wing painted blue for the boy she is carrying, and the other wing pink for her daughter-to-be.
Above the butterfly it said "dem babies," which is a phrase Mariah has been using on Twitter to reference her twins.
She wrote: "My attempt @ festiveness on 327! For ATLITL thank u + Iâ¥U! Comin soon #dembabies! LYMA+thanx 4 making me happy:)"
3 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH JEALOUSY
1. Be honest with yourself-- It's better to acknowledge the little bit of jealousy you do feel, rather than letting it sit for weeks or months only to explode. Sometimes, just sitting down and writing in a journal will help you get your feelings together.
2. Express your feelings appropriately-- If you do decide to unload, keep in mind that expressing jealousy is a double-edged sword. It says "I care about you enough to be jealous," but it also says "I don't trust you." I think it's more important to talk about the experiences that lead to jealousy rather than the jealousy itself. So instead of saying "I'm really jealous of the time you're spending with your friends," you might say, "I have to admit, I'm a little jealous that you and your friends went out."
3. If you're not feeling it, don't be afraid to fake it-- Faking jealousy and expressing it can have consequences. Some women worry that if a guy isn't jealous, he might not care enough about her. She might use jealousy to get the man to pay more attention. If he's not interested, she'll go off and talk to someone else and get a more "valuable" partner because other people are attracted to her. The trouble is that if a woman is used to seeing jealousy as proof of attraction, she might worry when the jealousy disappears. That will just lead to a vicious cycle of jealousy and jealous behavior.
Â Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton chat in the April issue of Interview Magazine.
The rapper and hotel heiress bonded over their love for music, Miami clubs, and freedom (both served time behind bars in recent years).
Hilton interviewed Wayne in Miami, via phone.
They chatted about jail:
Wayne spoke of his one-month stint in solitary confinement, after being caught with an iPod at Rikers Island last year. He said, "For me it was okay because it just meant that I was alone with my thoughts."
The 28-year-old rapper was serving an eight-month sentence after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon.
Wayne added, "There were times when it was pretty tough to be by yourself, and to have no television, no sort of nothing...I was okay. I did fine."
Hilton served 23 days in prison in 2007 after violating her probation for repeatedly driving on a suspended license and ignoring court orders.
She told Wayne, "I know how you feel. It's the best feeling in the world when you come out."
Hilton and Wayne are currently each working on their music careers. They even exchanged phone numbers for a future collaboration.
Hilton hopes to release her second album this summer.
As for Wayne, he wants money!
He said, "At the end of this year, I want to be able to say that I banked $50 million. Not generated $50 million, but actually banked $50 million.''
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT REBECCA BLACK
1. She's into musical theater --"I got the lead this year for 'Oklahoma!' I've always been in our school's shows, ever since first grade."
2. Her bedroom is Bieber-ed out --"I am so dorky when it comes to Justin Bieber. I have a little mini shrine in my room. If we ever worked together, I would scream at the top of my lungs and possibly not be able to sing again."
3. She's s-m-a-r-t-Besides singing, Rebecca is also an honors student. She's even won spelling bees.
4. She digs Selena Gomez --"I totally admire her. I think it's awesome that she hasn't taken that downward spiral that other child stars have taken. And I really love Katy Perry, too."
5. Those are her real friends in the video-Rebecca had the choice of including her friends in her "Friday" video, so she did!
LISTEN: Zachary Gordon & Robert Capron from Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules
'IDOL' FINALISTS COVER MOTOWN TUNES
Casey Abrams, Thia Megia and James Durbin shined on last night's 'American Idol', which featured a Motown theme.
Casey Abrams, the 20-year-old film camp counselor of Idyllwild, Calif. delivered Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
Thia Megia, the 16-year-old high school student from Mountain House, Calif., sang Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave".
22-year-old rocker James Durbin of Santa Cruz, Calif. performed Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City,"
Naima Adedapo, the 26-year-old dance instructor from Milwaukee added African dance choreography into her rendition of Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street".
23-year-old spa concierge Jacob Lusk of Compton, Calif. belted out Marvin Gaye's "You're All I Need to Get By."
Scotty McCreery of Garner, N.C., offered a Western take on Stevie Wonder's version of "For Once in My Life" and 26-year-old singer-songwriter Paul McDonald of Nashville, Tenn., performed a Rod Stewart-like rendition of The Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears."
Stefano Langone, the unemployed 21-year-old singer from Kent, Wash., did NOT impress judges with Lionel Ritchie's "Hello," and Pia Toscano, the 22-year-old make-up artist from Howard Beach, N.Y., missed with Stevie Wonder's "All in Love is Fair."
Tonight, one of the top 11 singers will face elimination. MORE HERE
CHRIS BROWN HAD A MELTDOWN ON "GOOD MORNING AMERICA", SHATTERED A DRESSING ROOM WINDOW...DIDN'T VIOLATE PROBATION...POSTED A TWEET COMPARING HIM TO CHARLIE SHEEN!
Chris Brown flipped out during an interview on Good Morning America after being bombarded by questions regarding his fight with Rihanna.
Chris had the off-camera meltdown after his performance and interview with Robin Roberts. He smashed a window in his dressing room with a chair that sent glass falling onto the streets in Manhattan. He was shouting so loudly that he scared hair and makeup people and security had to be called.
Roberts started out asking Chris about his restraining order from Rihanna being "softened". Chris tried to bring the conversation back to his new album, "F.A.M.E.", which dropped yesterday. But Roberts used the acronym behind F.A.M.E. -- Forgive All My Enemies to ask another Rihanna question.
Chris answered: "Definitely this album is what I want people to talk about and not this stuff that happened two years ago."
Roberts later said that everything she asked Chris on camera was pre-approved by him before the interview.
Chris waiting until after the interview to really explode, and when he did, it was physical. While he left the building, Chris confronted the producer of his segment and they had to be separated. Also on Chris' way out, he ripped off his shirt and walked onto the street.
Chris later Tweeted: "I'm so over people bringing this past s--- up! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs." The tweet was deleted almost immediately.
ABC News released a statement saying: "As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown."
RUSSELL BRAND BORED WITH MARRIAGE
Russell Brand has calmed down since meeting Katy Perry.
The British funnyman says he used to have sex "20 times a week", and now that heâs married, he's "a bloody good gardener."
The couple tied the know five months ago.
Brand said: "It's difficult getting used to one person and being in the same house every day.
"See, if she leaves stuff lying around I have to deal with it.
"And if I leave stuff on the floor I have to pick it up. That confuses me.
"And she takes ages to get ready. It's unbelievable. I had no idea what went on, I was never normally around for that bit."
Russell was interviewed by Piers Morgan for Morgan's "Life Stories" ITV show.Â It airs next month (in England).
Morgan asked Brand if he thought he could manage not to sleep with another woman for the rest of his life. - like with drugs, like with alcohol.
Brand replied: "I take it one step at a time
"Don't look at things as in 'rest of life'. Of course marriage is for life and that's what I wanted but anything for the rest of life can be daunting."
Russell denied rumours he and Katy were getting professional help to save their relationship.
He said: "It's not true we see a marriage counselor. I don't know where that story came from. We don't pay any attention."
He says life with Katy is "normal", adding: "We do spend quite a lot of time together.
"I see her a lot, that's what marriage is, you like it or lump it. She's always around."
"I've never been in love before Katy, as now I rate love as being willing to change for someone.
"What it boils down to is us two in a room somewhere, we chit chat, and it's normal, with love and support."
Russell also revealed he and Katy would like to start a family in the future, saying: "Yeah children, that'd be good, wouldn't it?
"We haven't been married very long, we're both working very hard and I'm still excited and enchanted by her but when we do I'm going to focus on it."
WHAT'S THE SECRET TO JUSTIN BIEBER'S STYLE?...A $220 HAIR DRYER!
Even though Justin's new haircut isn't what it used to be, it's still important that he has a good hair dryer. So he uses the $220 Solano 3700Moda.
The dryer features a compact design for increased control as well as infrared heat, tourmaline, ceramic and ionic technologies.
LISTEN: ALEXIS BELLINO FROM THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC
LADY GAGA GETTING A NEW EGG BED
Lady Gaga is getting an "egg" bed.
She's spending over $2 million on renovating her New York condo as a shrine to her onstage persona. It will include a version of the "egg vessel" she arrived in at the recent Grammy Awards.
Her home will also include costumes, props and keepsakes she collected on her travels, including bones and masks.
A source said: "This house project is GaGa's new baby. The egg vessel is being made especially for her. She'll be able to sleep in it, in place of a double bed. She felt so a home in the egg on stage. She spent hours in it meditating and says when she's in it she feels at peace."
RIHANNA TICKET SALES SLOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW
Just like last year, Rihanna is having as tough a time selling concert tickets.
Her 2010 "Last Girl on Earth" tour hit problems with cancellations in Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver and Indianapolis because of low ticket sales.
And sources say after poor US concert pre-sales last month, Rihanna has been advised by her day-to-day manager, Jay Brown, to cancel domestic dates on her "Loud" tour.
A source tells the NY Post, "It has been a big disappointment".
"The ticket sales in big US cities like Boston are so bad, they will barely cover basics like the lighting and other arena costs. Tour managers are begging local radio stations to do giveaways."
Rihanna is scheduled to perform at T.D. Garden arena in Boston on July 24 with Cee Lo Green. Only 3,700 tickets have been sold, and sources on the tour say she needs to sell at least 15,000 to break even. They expect more than a half-million dollars in losses from the Boston concert alone.
Rihanna split from her first manager, Marc Jordan, who launched her career, over a disagreement after her 2010 tour.
Her new manager is part of Roc Nation, and about to make changes. The tour starts in June 4 in Baltimore and heads to Canada and then around the US before moving to England in August.
But an insider said, "She should've been doing theaters and smaller venues. She's not ready to headline an arena tour."
Lady Gaga admitted that she has dyed her hair so much, it's falling out!
Gaga has spent years dyeing her brunette hair peroxide blonde.
Now, she has to get a "chemical haircut" because her blonde hair is falling out.
NICKI MINAJ: 'X FACTOR' JUDGE...???
Nicki Minaj is in talks with Simon Cowell to be a judge on his upcoming Fox talent show "The X Factor".
Nicki met with Simon in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. A source told the NY Post, "Simon thinks Nicki is fantastic. She's sassy, she looks great and she has bags of personality.
"Nicki has a large following and she fits well with the ethos of the show, which plans to usher in a new generation of musical talent. 'X Factor' is aiming for a younger audience. Those aged 12 and over can audition, and [the English version has] launched successful artists from other genres of music than pop.
"This isn't a done deal yet, but Nicki would be great for the show. She fits the ideal that 'X Factor' will be exciting, vibrant and different. And the show would also be great for her career."
Former Island Def Jam Music Group chairman L.A. Reid is one of the stars on the judging panel.
Other names being considered to join Cowell on the panel include Tommy Mottola, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and British pop star Cheryl Cole.
Sources said Cowell is still deciding on the right mix of judges, and Minaj could be a good complement to the more experienced Reid and Mottola.
TIGER WOODS HAS NEW GIRLFRIEND.. YES, SHE'S BLONDE
Tiger Woods has a new girlfriend, and she looks a lot like his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.
Her name is Alyse Lahti Johnston. She is 22-year-oldâ¦ 13 years younger than the golfer.Â
Alyse was recently spotted on Tiger's yacht and sources say that the two have been seeing each other for a few months.
And she was busted for DUI in Orlando in October of last year, but she took a DUI awareness course and the charges were dropped to a simple traffic infraction.
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE "DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX" MOVIE
Taylor Swift has joined the voicecast for "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax".
It's a CGI adaptation of the classic children's book.
Taylor will be featured alongside Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White.
It's the story of a boy who searches for a way to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. He comes across the story of the Lorax, the creature who fights to protect his world. Taylor will play the dream girl.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS TO HOST US 'X FACTOR'
Sources say Enrique Iglesias has been approached to HOST Simon Cowell's US version of "The X Factor".
Enrique has no previous experience as a lead presenter, but has been developing an acting career.
He has appeared in TV commercials and network shows including "Two and a Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother" over the past few years.
Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid has signed up as the show's first judge.
Simon Cowell is planning to reveal the judges this week, and has promised "the best judging panel so far".
LADIES: FIVE SIGNS HE THINKS YOU'RE THE ONE
1. He wants to spend the holidays with you, wherever that takes him--If he's willing skip his childhood traditions and go to your parents' place, that means he's been thinking about creating new traditions and memories with you.Â
2. He invites you to his best friend's wedding without being pushed--Watching a buddy walk down the aisle is a big deal. He wouldn't want to share that with just any girl, especially since there are plenty at the wedding. If your man invited you, chances are he sees the possibility of you two walking down the aisle in the future.
3. He drops the phrase "our kids"--Most guys have a hard time even thinking about starting a family until they meet the right girl. Saying something as minor as "We wouldn't let our kids be that rude" means he's not only imagining it, he's expecting it to happen. And the thought doesn't send him running off.
4. He's cried in front of you--Whether he's shed tears while watching a movie or because his dog died, he feels like he can be vulnerable around you. Taking off his macho uniform shows that he's not afraid of being himself. If he doesn't try to hide it or act embarrassed, that could mean he sees himself going through a lot of ups and downs with you by his side. He wants to be sure you're cool with seeing him that way.
5. He's suddenly very responsible about finances--Men tend to feel like they should be in a good place, money-wise before settling down with a woman. So if he seems more concerned with getting a promotion, contributing to his savings account and opening a 401k, that's a sign he wants to be able to support someone in the future.
BUSTED!.... RIHANNA AND COLIN FARRELL LEAVING THE SAME RESTURANT
Rihanna and Irish actor Colin Farrell may have enjoyed a romantic dinner together-- they were snapped leaving the same restaurant.
Rumour has it, they've been secretly seeing more of each other.
The singer and actor did not want to be photographed together so came out of Santa Monica eatery Giorgio Baldi separately.
Sources say Farrell will be introducing the 23-year-old Rihanna to his two sons while she is in LA.
FACEBOOK KILLS THE COMMENT BUTTON, ADDS AN EDIT FEATURE
The next time you reply to someone's Facebook post, you don't have to look for the "comment" button.
From now on, all you have to do is type in your reply and hit "enter".
That'll cause some frustration when you want to add a paragraph break, but to make up for that, Facebook's finally letting users edit their comments after posting them.
People are already upset that they have to hold down the SHIFT key when pressing ENTER if they want to add a paragraph break. If they forget to hold down the second button, they'll wind up posting the comment.
That's where the new editing feature would come in.
Before the new change, if you posted a comment and realized you had misspelled a word, you would have to delete your message and then type it out again. With the new feature, you can click the "X", the same as you would have done before, but this time the message you posted remains in the input box.
Instead, it lets fix it and repost it, ignore it, or have it deleted permanently.
'IDOL' FINALISTS PERFORM BIRTH-YEAR TUNES
"American Idol" finalists chose birth-year songs to perform last night.
And Thia Megia could be gone tonight.
The 16-year-old high school student from Mountain House, Calif., didn't impress the judges with her rendition of Vanessa Williams' "Colors of the Wind" from Walt Disney's "Pocahontas."
Other 'Idol' wannabes who were less-than-impressive:
Haley Reinhart, the 20-year-old college student from Wheeling, Ill., tried to do her best Whitney Houston, for the song "I'm Your Baby Tonight."Â
21-year-old college student Karen Rodriguez of New York performed Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back" in English and Spanish.
And Naima Adedapo, the 26-year-old dance instructor from Milwaukee, sang Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It".
Plus,Â Casey Abrams, the 20-year-old film camp counselor from Idyllwild, Calif., tackled Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Casey has been battling ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, and was in the hospital last week.
Lauren Alaina, the 16-year-old high school student from Rossville, Ga., battled through the flu to infuse Melissa Etheridge's "I'm The Only One" with her country twang. Paul McDonald, the quirky 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tenn., sang Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues."
Other performers were consistent. James Durbin, the unemployed 22-year-old rocker from Santa Cruz, Calif., rocked his signature wail at the end of Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You," and Pia Toscano, the 22-year-old make-up artist from Howard Beach, N.Y., delievered an up-tempo take on Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."
Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old high school student from Garner, N.C., gave his take on Travis Tritt's "Can I Trust You With My Heart," while Jacob Lusk, the 23-year-old spa concierge from Compton, Calif., pumped his gospel style into Heart's "Alone."
Stefano Langone, the unemployed 21-year-old crooner from Kent, Wash., powered through "If You Don't Know Me by Now". (Randy Jackson said Stefano he "took a song with the highest degree of difficulty and slayed it.")
One of the top 12 singers will be sent home, tonight. Source/VIDEO
The couple released a statement saying that they are madly in love but it has been a bumpy couple of months and they are working on their relationship.
âBachelorâ host Chris Harrison admits that they are already having trouble.... and that it doesnât look good.Â
He also says since Maynard has a daughter it could complicate things because she just canât pack up and move in with Womack like a single woman could.
SIMON COWELL IS PLANNING JAPAN RELIEF SINGLE WITH JUSTIN BIEBER, BRITNEY SPEARS, KATY PERRY, MORE
Simon Cowell announced on Twitter that he is putting together a Japan relief single that will include contributions from Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry.
Yesterday, he added more names including Jessie J and X Factor alumni JLS, Olly Murs, One Direction, and Cher Lloyd.
(After last year's Haiti earthquake, Simon Cowell spearheaded the charity single "Everybody Hurts" which sold nearly 500,000 copies in its first week of release.)
1 IN 4 BRIDES HATED THEIR GUY'S MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
Men's Health magazine and TheKnot.com just released a surprising survey about marriage proposals.
(Jason Feifer from Men's Health and Anja Winikka from TheKnot.com had some insight on the survey's results.)
Thirty-three percent of women said proposing without a ring is a mistake. This actually seems kind of low, no?
JF: Because a lot of women want input into the ring, getting proposed to without a ring beats getting proposed to with a ring you hate.
AK: Couples are a bit older now when they're getting engaged (the average age for a woman is 27 and the average age for a man is 29), so in many ways the proposal is not so formal. Many couples have been together a long time and are already living together. And for many, they've gone ring shopping together. More than 50 percent of brides had something to do with their proposal.
One in four brides didn't like their proposal ... if you are a guy, how can you avoid this?
AK: The proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, so there's a lot of pressure. For women, the fantasy factor definitely plays into it. If the couple hasn't talked about it, the girl could be disappointed. Guys, make sure she is a) ready and b) it's the proposal she wants. If you have to have a blatant conversation about it, so be it.
What did brides who liked their proposals say about the moment?
JF: They seemed to have more of a personal touch.
Getting down on one knee: Seventy-six percent of men thought this was necessary, while only 49 percent of women did ... that seems odd ...
AK: It's all about expectations for men. Guys know the conventional rules: they're supposed to ask for permission; they're supposed to get down on one knee; they're supposed to buy a ring. For women who have been thinking about this day a little longer than men have, they don't see it as a number-one mistake.
JF: Men try to anticipate what they think a woman wants for a proposal. They want it to be special, so they'll ere on the side of tradition because they'll expect that women will want that.
What about asking the father?
JF: The old tradition of asking the father has already broken. You don't see it as much anymore.
AK: There still is that expectation to ask dad. Forty-one percent of women said definitely ask their father and 21 percent wanted their boyfriend to ask both their father and mother. Mom is new to the scene, but she's important, too.
Lady Gaga's feud with Beyonce is really starting to look bad. They've both been crowned Forbes Magazine's two "Most Powerful Women in Music" and even shared the spotlight on "Telephone." But rumors are buzzing that their success has messed up their once solid friendship.
Beyonce apparently got frustrated with Gaga stealing the spotlight at public events. First, there was the "Beef Dress" at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Then, there was Gaga showing up as a hard-boiled egg ahead at the Grammys.
A source said: "The bad blood between Beyonce and Gaga has been brewing for months, but it really exploded after the Grammy Awards in February. Beyonce believes that musicians should let their talent do the talking and she finds it really tacky that Gaga constantly tries to one-up everyone with her ridiculous fashion statements."
SO... HOW MUCH DID THE RICHEST CELEBRITIES EARN IN 2010...???
Parade magazine just released its annual "What People Earn" issue, and (yes!) Oprah Winfrey came in at number one with a whopping $315 million salary in 2010.
Here are the rest of the top 10 money makers last year:
The estate of Michael Jackson $275 million AC/DC $114 million
Johnny Depp $100 million Beyonce $87 million Jay-Z $63 million
Lady Gaga $62 million
Sandra Bullock $56 million
Ellen DeGeneres $55 million Ryan Seacrest $51 million
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LADY GAGA HAS LAUNCHED A BRACELET FOR THE JAPAN RELIEF FUND
Lady Gaga has asked her fans to buy a special bracelet she created to raise funds for people affected by the Japanese tsunami.
Gaga wants fans to donate $5 or more to the relief effort by buying the bracelet on her website.
A post on the site says: "Lady Gaga designed a 'We Pray For Japan' prayer bracelet, buy yours now for $5 in the web store and all proceeds go to Japan tsunami relief."
PEOPLE REALLY WANNA SEE CHARLIE SHEEN... TOUR SOLD OUT IN 18 MINUTES!
Charlie Sheenâs upcoming mini-tour sold out in just 18 minutes-- and that's a Ticketmaster record.Â
The "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" tour is set for Chicago and Detroit, though Sheen plans on adding more dates at other cities.Â
The actor says $1 from every ticket sold will go to the Red Cross to help victims from the earthquake in Japan.
18 COMMON PHRASES TO AVOID IN A CONVERSATION, AND WHAT TO REALLY SAY
1. Don't say: "You look tired."
Why: It implies she doesn't look good.
Instead say: "Is everything OK?"
2. Don't say: "Wow, you've lost a ton of weight!"
Why: To a newly trim person, it might give the impression that she used to look unattractive.
Instead say: "You look fantastic."
3. Don't say: "You look good for your age."
Why: Anything with a caveat like this is rude. It's saying, "You look great-compared with other old people. It's amazing you have all your own teeth."
Instead say: "You look great."
4. Don't say: "I could never wear that."
Why: It can be misunderstood as a criticism. ("I could never wear that because it's so ugly.")
Instead say: "You look so good in skinny jeans."
5. Don't say: "That's not my job."
Why: If your superior asks you to do something, it is your job.
Instead say: "I'm not sure that should be my priority right now." Then have a conversation with your boss about your responsibilities.
6. Don't say: "This might sound stupid, but..."
Why: Never undermine your ideas by prefacing your remarks with wishy-washy language.
Instead say: What's on your mind. It reinforces your credibility to present your ideas with confidence.
7. Don't say: "I don't have time to talk to you."
Why: It's plain rude, in person or on the phone.
Instead say: "I'm just finishing something up right now. Can I come by when I'm done?"
8. Don't say: "My current boss is horrendous."
Why: It's unprofessional. Your interviewer might wonder when you'd start bad-mouthing her. For all you know, she and your current boss are old pals.
Instead say: "I'm ready for a new challenge" or a similarly positive remark.
9. Don't say: "Do you think I'd fit in here?"
Why: You're the interviewee, not the interviewer.
Instead say: "What do you enjoy about working here?" By all means ask questions, but prepare ones that demonstrate your genuine interest in the company.
10. Don't say: "What are the hours like?" or "What's the vacation policy?"
Why: You want to be seen as someone who focuses on getting the job done.
Instead say: "What's the day-to-day like here?" Then, if you've really jumped through every hoop and time off still hasn't been mentioned, say, "Can you tell me about the compensation and benefits package?"
11. Don't say: "Are you pregnant?"
Why: You ask, she's not, and you feel totally embarrassed for essentially pointing out that she's overweight.
Instead say: "Hello" or "Great to see you" or "You look great."
12. Don't say: "Do you plan on breast-feeding?"
Why: The issue can be controversial, and she may not want to discuss her decision publicly.
Instead say: Nothing. Unless you're very close, don't ask. If you slip, make up it by adding, "And do you feel comfortable telling me?"
13. Don't say: "Were your twins natural?" or "It must have been hard for your child's birth parent to give him up."
Why: You're suggesting that natural conception is better than in vitro fertilization (IVF) or adoption.
Instead say: To a parent of multiples, try a light "Wow, you have your hands full!" To an adoptive parent, say the same stuff you would to any other parent: "She's adorable!" or "How old is he?"
14. Don't say: "You were too good for him."
Why: You are basically saying she has bad taste. And you'll be embarrassed if they ever patch it up.
Instead say: "His loss!"
15. Don't say: "I'm glad you got rid of him. I never liked him anyway."
Why: She'll wonder about your fake adoration for him while they were together.
Instead say: "I'm confident you'll find someone who will give you exactly what you want."
16. Don't say: "How could someone as perfect as you still be single?"
Why: A statement like this comes off as a backhanded compliment. What she hears is "What's wrong with you?"
Instead say:"Seeing anyone?" If she's tight-lipped about her love life, move on to other topics.
17. Don't say: "You always" or "You never" or "You're a [slob, jerk]" or "You're wrong."
Why: Speaking in absolutes like "you always" and "you're wrong" is playing the blame game, and resorting to name calling makes your partner feel helpless, which puts him on the defensive and makes a bad fight worse.
Instead say:"I'm upset that you left the dishes in the sink again. What can we do so that this stops happening?"
18. Don't say: "If you really loved me, you would..."
Why: The more you treat your partner as if he'll never satisfy you, the less satisfied you'll be. Controlling your partner by imploring him to do something isn't a good way to build intimacy.
Instead say: "I feel taken for granted when you don't help around the house. I would feel better if we could..."
My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option Show is coming for you.
I'm going on the road. LIVE.
Will there be surprises? Will there be guests? Will there be mayhem? Will you ask questions? Will you laugh? Will you scream? Will you know the truth?Â
WILL THERE BE MORE?!?!
This IS where you will hear the REAL story from the Warlock.Â
Bring it. I dare you to keep up with me.
Apr 2: Fox Theatre Detroit, MI
Tix on sale: Sat, 03/12/11 10:00 AM
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MILEY CYRUS CONFRONTS THE PAPARAZZI-- AGAIN!
Miley Cyrus confronted the paparazzi, for a second day in a row.
The male pap was taking her picture without her permission.
This latest incident happened in West Hollywood, CA. as Miley left the gym after a workout. In one shot, we see a visibly upset Miley actually grabbing for the pap's camera!
The day before, Miley gave paps a piece of her mind after came too close to her mom outside the California Chicken Cafe in Los Angeles.
HOW TO BEAT 'FACEBOOK ENVY'
A recent Stanford study introduced the phrase "Facebook envy".
Essentially, people tend to think everyone else is way happier than themselves, (a notion particularly reinforced by the site). Spend enough time cruising through all those joyful photos and announcements posted by others, and it's bound to make your own life feel a little grim.
But before getting too depressed, check out your own Facebook persona.
One columnist says:Â "Is it an accurate portrayal of the bleak loserdom that's unavoidable in every life? Or do all the photos make you look thin and are all the tidbits only scintillating?
"If you didn't know better, would you be writhing in envy at yourself?
"If the answer is yes, you've got nothing to worry about."
Charlie Sheen has recorded a skit for funnyordie, hosting a new cooking show called "Winning Recipes," where he prepares his meals by willing them into existence.
A source says: "The skit was produced as a way to remind people he knows what everyone is thinking and he's in on it too".
The clip pokes fun at his recent firing from "Two and a Half Men", and references several of his former films, including "Wall Street" and "Apocalypse Now".
The script was written by former "Saturday Night Live" writer and producer Adam McKay, who runs Funny or Die with Chris Henchy and Mike Farah.
Sheen's cooking skit premieres today on funnyordie.Source
'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 13: SINGERS TAKE ON THEIR OWN IDOLS
'American Idol' judges loved Casey Abrams' take on Joe Cocker's rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends" during the competition's first round of finals last night.(He's the 20-year-old film camp counselor from Idyllwild, Calif.)
The judges were also pleased with Pia Toscano, the 22-year-old make-up artist from Howard Beach, N.Y., who delivered Celine Dion's "All By Myself," as well as Jacob Lusk, the 23-year-old spa concierge from Compton, Calif., who belted out R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" with his own gospel style.
Stefano Langone, the 21-year-old unemployed singer from Kent, Wash., put a new spin on Stevie Wonder's "Lately," while Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old high school student from Garner, N.C., stayed true to his country roots with Garth Brooks' "The River."Â
In the middle of the pack was Ashthon Jones, the 24-year-old retail manager from Nashville, Tenn., who was called "safe" by Randy Jackson for choosing Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me." Jennifer Lopez wanted more energy from Lauren Alaina, the 16-year-old high school student from Rossville, Ga., who sang Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine."
Randy Jackson felt that 20-year-old college student Haley Reinhart of Wheeling, Ill., gave a sleepy performance of LeAnn Rimes' "Blue" , as did 21-year-old college student Karen Rodriguez of New York, with her version of Selena's "I Could Fall In Love" from.Â
Paul McDonald, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tenn., trotted around the stage during Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up," and Naima Adedapo, the 26-year-old dance instructor from Milwaukee, broke out into choreography for her take on Rihanna's "Umbrella."
Thia Megia, the 16-year-old high school student from Mountain House, Calif., didn't impress the judges with her jazzy version of Michael Jackson's "Smile," but James Durbin, the unemployed 22-year-old wailer from Santa Cruz, Calif., amazed the panel with his softer side on Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed."
The field will be cut to 12 on tonight's results show.Â
A scientific study claims to answer WHY some girls post more photos on Facebook than others: Women who base their self worth on their appearance share more pictures online.
And those photos are likely seen by more friends, as these females maintain larger social networks, too.
According to a researcher (from the University of Buffalo) "The results suggest persistent differences in the behavior of men and women that result from a cultural focus on female image and appearance".
And while the results are not surprising, "It is disappointing that in the year 2011 so many young women continue to assert their self worth via their physical appearanceâin this case, by posting photos of themselves on Facebook as a form of advertisement."Â
Ke$ha gave one of her biggest fans a dollar sign tattoo with a needle and ballpoint pen.
Ke$ha warned the fan it might hurt before she drew the symbol on his ankle, then stabbed his flesh. The whole thing was caught on video.
Ke$ha has five tattoos.
CHARLIE SHEEN AXED FROM "TWO AND A HALF MEN"
Charlie Sheen was finally fired from the CBS show "Two and a Half Men", but he says his war with producer Warner Bros. TV is far from finished. He plans to sue.
The studio released the a statement saying: "After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately."
Warner Bros. stopped short of announcing the end of the series, meaning that producers might still be looking for a new actor for next season.
A document from Warners Bros. to Sheen's lawyers explained his firing: "Your client has been engaged in a dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."
It also describes Sheen's recent personal troubles, including the hotel room incident in November, the Las Vegas weekend in January and the 36-hour bender at his house that led to him going to the hospital. It also claims that Sheen went back on a promise he made as part of signing a new deal that required him to continue rehab.
The letter aclaims that in a meeting at his house with CBS and Warner Bros. top executives, Sheen agreed to enter rehab. But, with an airplane waiting for him the next day, he refused to leave his house, which he went on to call "Sober Valley Lodge".
The letter went on to say....Â Sheen's "inability to perform the essential duties of his position, including his physical appearance, inability to deliver lines, inability to collaborate creatively with staff and crew, inability to work with the executive producers, which subsequently escalated toÂ inflammatory comments poisoning key working relationships, and frustration of the show's creative environment by the public spectacle of his self-inflicted disintegration. Your client was let go for violating a clause in his contract by committing a felony offense involving moral turpitude."
Sheen responded to the firing, saying: "This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshis again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
"I put 5 bil in their cheap suit pockets and another half a bil in what's-his-cheese's pockets and this is theÂ respect I get? It's just deplorable, and they should be ashamed of themselves!"
BRITNEY SPEARS LEAKS FINISHED VERSION OF HER "TILL THE WORLD ENDS" SINGLE, CONFIRMS SUMMER TOUR
Britney Spears' leaked the full finished version of "Till The World Ends" from her "Femme fatale" album and also took the time to announce that she's going on tour.
She said: "It's, I think, my best work yet. I actually listened to it on the way over here. It's definitely something that you want to work out to. It's definitely upbeat."Â
Britney also confirmed that she will be following up her 2009 Circus tour with a tour to support "Femme Fatale." It should kick off in early summer.
RELATED: (Love!)...Britney Spears Raves About Her Boyfriend Jason Trawick And His "Ripped Abs"
Britney Spears said that when it comes to her relationship with boyfriend Jason Trawick, the couple are just like everyone else.
She said: "We're really normal.
KATY PERRY BEEFING WITH PRODUCER DR. LUKE?
Katy Perry and her hit-making producer, Dr. Luke had a falling out just before the Grammys. Since then, Luke hasn't been promoting Katy or even speaking to her.
Dr. Luke has 21 No. 1 singles with artists like Ke$ha and Britney Spears. He produced Katy's biggest hits, including "Hot n Cold," "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream."
But an associate of Dr. Luke's said: "He's stopped the hype with her. She got tired of his records, the same familiar sound, but mostly his attitude. Katy's a star now, and she's not going to be told what to do. It's a red flag if a producer goes completely silent before the Grammys."
"It's a battle of the egos. A lot of people think that without Dr. Luke, Katy's going to have a big problem. She's not much of a songwriter or vocalist, and she's gonna have to start from scratch. You can't just bring in any producer to make magic. The label is really pushing her to work on another album while she's hot."
Dr. Luke's rep said: "This is ridiculous. They just put the finishing touches on Katy's newest single, which they created together, in February. They had a great time, and the single is amazing. He wishes Katy nothing but continued success and looks forward to working with her again soon."
No comment from Katy or her camp.
TODAY'S RECALL: SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER, FOR SALMONELLA
There has been a recall of certain batches of Skippy peanut butter for possible Salmonella contamination.
The recall is for Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. It was announced after a sample of the batch came up positive for salmonella bacteria.
The recall applies to Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
People who bought the peanut butter should throw out the recalled products and call for a replacement coupon at 1-800-453-3432.
JUSTIN BIEBER HOLDS AT NO. 1 ON THE BILLBOARD SOCIAL 50 CHART
Justin Bieber stayed on top of Billboard's Social 50 chart.
The Social 50 ranks the most active artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and iLike.
Lady Gaga and Rihanna held at Nos. 2 and 3.
Eminem is up one place to No. 4 and Katy Perry climbed two spots to No. 5.
COURTENEY'S CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO MEN!
Courteney Cox is caught in a bit of a love triangle. According to the National Enquirer, her romance with her Cougar Town co-star Brian Van Holt is heating up, yet her ex-husband David Arquette is living with her, which is causing a bit of a strain. "While she's trying to be supportive of vulnerable David, her romance with Brian has shifted into high gear," claims a source. "And it's become the most uncomfortable situation possible for Courteney. Her nerves are shot." David, who is fresh out of rehab, began staying in Courteney's guest room after she underwent knee surgery in order to help her around the house and take care of their daughter Coco. At first things were going great, but now Courteney's boyfriend is having issues with the living arrangements. But Courteney doesn't want to kick David out because she's worried he'll "self destruct again." Insiders believe David is hoping to worm his way back into his estranged wife's life, but she's not so eager to take him back. "She doesn't think David's dealt with all his demons and she doesn't want to stop seeing Brian," said the source. "Although she dearly loves David, Courteney feels she may have outgrown him."
'AMERICAN IDOL''S TOP 10...ERR... 13
"American Idol" is down to 13 contestants.
Last night, the judges added three wild-card picks -- Stefano Langone, Ashton Jones and Naima Adedapo -- to the 10 finalists chosen by voters at home.
Here is the American Idol top 13 of Season 10:
JUSTIN BIEBER IS SORRY FOR FLIPPING OFF THE PAPARAZZI
Justin Bieber apologized for putting up his middle finger at paparazzi after they swarmed around him and Selena Gomez at his birthday dinner in Los Angeles.
The whole thing happened on Tuesday night when Biebs and Selena left an Italian restaurant where they had celebrated his 17th birthday. Justin made the gesture after he took the wheel of their car and Selena shielded her face.
Justin Tweeted: "I'm sorry. It's not always easy but I know better than to react in anger. Life has its ups and downs and I will make mistakes, but I will learn from them and try to do the right thing."Â
'AMERICAN IDOL': THE GIRLS
"American Idol" will go straight from a Top 24 to a Top 12 this year, and last night it was ladies' turn.
Haley Reinhart, Julie Zorrilla and Kendra Chantelle took on Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera songs, respectively.
All three delivered flat performances.
15 year-old Thia Megia won over the judges with her rendition of Irene Cara's "Out Here on My Own." Randy Jackson compared her tone to the "late, great Michael Jackson".
Pia Toscano scored a standing-O with the Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You."
Tonight, five guys and five gals will move into the Top 10 based on the public's votes, and the judges will pick two wild cards to join them.
The site will have exclusive photos, features, videos and links. It "will be the first place to view details of Miss Middleton's wedding dress.
It may also feature a live stream of the wedding.
25 WAYS TO WASTE YOUR MONEY
Nearly everyone has spending holes, but a small leak can quickly add up to big bucks. The trick is to find the holes and plug them so you can keep more money in your pocket. Here are 25 common ways people waste money:
1. Carrying a balance. Debt is a shackle that holds you back. For instance, if you have a $1,000 balance on a credit card that charges an 18% rate, you blow $180 every year on interest. Get in the habit of paying off your balance in full each month.
3. Keeping unhealthy habits. Smoking costs a lot more than just what you pay for a pack of cigarettes. Adding in the increases in the cost of life and health insurance, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, and various other expenses, the true cost of smoking adds up: $86,000 for a 24-year-old woman over a lifetime and $183,000 for a 24-year-old man over a lifetime.
4. Using a cell phone that doesn't fit. How many people do you know who have spent hundreds of dollars on fancy phones, and then pay hundreds of dollars every month for the privilege of using them? Lots of people pay too much for cell phone contracts and don't use all their minutes. Go to BillShrink.com or Validas.com to evaluate your usage and see if you can find a plan that fits you better.
5. Buying brand-name instead of generic. From groceries to clothing to prescription drugs, you could save money by choosing the off-brand over the fancy label.
6. Keeping your mouth shut. Many stores will match or beat their competitors' prices if you speak up. It doesn't hurt to ask.
7. Buying beverages one at a time. If you're in the habit of buying bottled water, coffee-by-the-cup or vending-machine soda, your budget has sprung a leak. Instead, drink tap water or use a water filter, brew a homemade coffee, or buy your soda in bulk and bring it to work.
10. Being disorganized. It pays to get your financial house in order. Lost bills and receipts, forgotten tax deductions, and clueless spending can cost you hundreds of dollars each year. Start by setting up automatic bill payment online for your monthly bills to eliminate late fees and postage costs. Then get a handful of files to organize important receipts, insurance policies, tax documents and other statements.
12. Paying late fees and missing deadlines. Return those library books and movie rentals on time. Mail in those rebates. Submit expense reports on time for reimbursement.
14. Shopping at the grocery store without a calculator. Check how much an item costs per ounce, pound or other unit of measurement. When you comparison-shop by unit price, you save. For example, if a pack of 40 diapers costs $13, that's 33 cents per diaper. But if you buy a box of 144 diapers for $35, that's 24 cents per diaper. You save 27%! (Of course, buying more of something only saves money if you use it all. If you end up throwing much out, you wasted money.)
15. Paying for things you don't use. Do you watch all those cable channels? Do you need those extra features on your phone? Are you getting your money's worth out of your gym membership? Are you taking full advantage of your Netflix, TiVo and magazine subscriptions? Take a look at what your family actually uses, then trim accordingly.
20. Making impulse purchases. When you buy before you think, you don't give yourself time to shop around for the best price. Take the time to compare prices online, read product reviews and look for coupons when appropriate.
Make it a policy to give yourself a cooling-off period in case you're ever tempted to make an impulse purchase. Go home and sleep on the decision. More often than not, you'll decide you don't need the item after all.
21. Dining out frequently. Spending $10, $20, $30 per person for dinner can be a huge drain on your wallet. Throw in a $6 sandwich for lunch every day and you've got quite a leak. Learning to cook and bringing your lunch from home can save a couple hundred bucks each month.
24. Buying new instead of used. Talk about a spending leak -- or, rather, a gush. Cars lose 20% of their value the moment they're driven off the lot and 65% in the first five years. Used models can be a real value because you can get a car that's still in fine working order for a fraction of the new-car price. And you'll pay less in collision insurance and taxes, too.
25. Procrastinating. Time is an asset money can't buy. Start investing for retirement as soon as possible. For instance, if a 40-year-old saves $300 a month with an 8% return per year, he'll have $287,000 by age 65. If he had started saving 15 years earlier at age 25, he'd have more than $1 million.
UPDATE: CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND HER MAN WERE "POPPIN' BOTTLES" BEFORE GETTING ARRESTED...PLUS, HAVE YOU SEEN HER MUGSHOT?
Christina Aguilera and her boyfriend Matt Rutler drank at least one, maybe two, bottles of expensive wine at a famous LA restaurant just before they were arrested.
According to TMZ, Christina and Matt Rutler had a late-night dinner at Mario Batali's restaurant Osteria Mozza where they hung out in the private dining room past midnight.
One of the restaurant customers recognized Christina and asked the server to send her a drink but the server told the customer that she was "already drinking a bottle of wine, or two." Â The customer sent over a dessert instead.
No word on when Christina and Matt left the restaurant, but it was sometime after midnight when the place was closing down to the public. They were arrested around 2:45 AM. Matt was driving drunk and Christina was too drunk to take care of herself.
Police also announced that they don't plan to press any charges against Christina.
Kanye West performed at a special concert in New York and gave a shout out to music exec Steve Stoute, who took a full-page ad in the New York Times calling out the Grammy Awards for snubbing major rap acts and using them to draw ratings without guaranteeing them awards in return.
Kanye rhymed when he made his comments and said: "Now I'm scared of the Grammys /'cause everybody know that Dark Fantasy/was the highest rated album in history, get me?/So I just avoid it /not to be exploited /not be recorded."
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SAYS HE MIGHT HIT THE STUDIO "THIS SUMMER"
Justin Timberlake has been so busy with acting, he has said that he wasn't ready to return to music. But now, he doesn't have any film gigs on his plate, so is JT on his way into the recording booth?
He said: "I think I may spend some time in the studio this summer.I'm unemployed right now. I haven't been hired for anything so I may hire myself to write some music. It's right around the corner."
YOUR NEXT BATCH OF COMPETITORS FOR 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'
ABC has announced the cast for the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars".
Those who will be competing for the sparkly disco-ball trophy are.....Â actress Kirstie Alley (Cheers), reality star Kendra Wilkinson (Kendra, The Girls Next Door) and Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio.
The cast also includes former professional wrestler Chris Jericho, talk show host Wendy Williams, Loveline co-host and L.A. radio personality Mike Catherwood (also known as Psycho Mike), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, rapper/actor Romeo, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, supermodel Petra Nemcova and young Disney actress Chelsea Kane (formerly Staub). (Her credits include Disney Channel's Jonas Brothers series Jonas.)
ABC made the announcement during Monday night's episode of The Bachelor.
The 12th season of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres March 21.
TMZ claims to have confirmed 6 of the 11 celebritiy/partner pairings:
-- Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke
-- Lil' Romeo & Chelsie Hightower
-- Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel
-- Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
-- Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani
-- Disney star Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas
NOW AVAILABLE... A BRA FOR YOUR BUTT
Get ready to tone and shape your but without doing anything... just wear the "Butt Bra."
It's got straps that go around your waist and under the butt that will shape and add tone to your backside.
A female Psychologist came up with the idea after losing a bunch of weight and then noticing her butt was a bit saggy.
The "Butt Bra" has been patented and sells for about $25.
RIHANNA & RYAN PHILLIPPE??.... HOOKING UP FOR MONTHS??
Quietly, Rihanna and Ryan Phillippe have been hooking up..... for months.
There were reports that the singer blew the actor off at a Gucci/Roc Nation brunch on February 12, but a source says the two actually hooked up that night.Â
The source says they initially hooked up when things were strained with [Rihanna's ex] Matt Kemp back in early December.
The source adds Rihanna thinks heâs hot, while another source says they are keeping the relationship on the downlow.Â
Phillippe has also been hooking up Amanda Seyfried.Â
Â KE$HA DROPPING A REMIX ALBUM ON MARCH 22ND
Ke$ha Â is dropping a new set called "I Am the Dance Commander + I Commander You To Dance: The Remix Album". The album drops March 22nd.
The album will feature remixes of hits from Ke$ha's first two albums, including "TiK Tok", "We R Who We R", "Blah Blah Blah,""Your Love Is My Drug" and "Take It Off".
There's also a much talked about version of "Sleazy," featuring OutKast's Andre 3000.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND ANNOUNCES SUMMER "MINI-FESTIVALS"
Dave Matthews Band said they were going to take the year off from touring, but nobody said the band wouldn't be playing live. DMB will put on four "mini-festivals" they're calling the Dave Matthews Band Caravan.
A statement from the band said: "2011 is our 20th anniversary as a band and we want to celebrate by playing music together. While we are still taking the year off from touring, we have decided to plan four multi-day, multi-artist music events that will take place this summer. We will be sending out save the date emails and announcing more information soon but we wanted to share the news with our fans first."
So far the band has only announced the regions and dates for the first two events: June 24-26 in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region; July 8-10 in the Midwest. Other dates will be announced for shows in August and September. Exact locations, lineups, ticketing and other details will be announced soon.
What we do know is that DMB will perform a headlining set each night.
NIGEL LYTHGOE PLANS ON ONLINE VOTING; BEATLES TUNES
Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of "American Idol" said that they are going to be introducing online voting to the show.
And tonight's two-hour show will consist of one hour of the Idol contestants covering Beatles tunes in Las Vegas and another hour of eliminations. TheÂ judges will narrow the field to a couple dozen by the end of tomorrow's episode.
Nigel admitted in a tweet that Jennivfer Lopez has a breakdown.
Rumor has it, one of the contestants who gets cut had a real heartfelt story.
"GLEE" CAST WILL SING ORIGINAL SONGS ON UPCOMING ALBUM
The upcoming "Glee: The Music, Volume 5," album will feature the cast singing two original songs. The set drops March 8th.
It will include the new singles "Loser Like Me," and "Get It Right," which is led by Lea Michele.Â
The album will also feature the "Glee" cast's take on Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby." It also includes Gwyneth Paltrow's cover of Prince's "Kiss," Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" and Joan Jett's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)."
The original tracks will also appear in the "Glee" episode on March 15th.
CELEBS COME OUT FOR GAGA'S MONSTER BALL AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!
Word has it, last night's Lady Gaga show at Madison Square Garden was to be filmed and aired on HBO May 7!
Paul McCartney was there, Michelle Pfieffer was there...
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and The Edge (U2) were there...
'Jersey's Shore' The Situation and Snooki were fist pumping.
Because of technical difficulties, Gaga performed "Born This Way" ACCAPELLA!
DIRECTOR'S "FAN CUT" OF JUSTIN BIEBER'S "NEVER SAY NEVER" INCLUDES NEW FOOTAGE, DROPS FRIDAY...PLUS, BIEBS BOUGHT OUT A FLOWER SHOP FOR SELENA GOMEZ!
A special "Director's Fan Cut" of Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" is dropping Friday in 3D theaters across the US and Canada. The movie will be shown in an exclusive one-week run.
Director Jon M. Chu started to develop an idea for a second, more fan-centric, edition of the movie, while the first one was being made. He spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook with fans to learn more about what they wanted to see. Some scenes in the new cut include more of Justin's friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and special footage shot at premieres across the country.
RELATED: Justin Bieber Bought Out A Flower Shop, For Selena Gomez!
Justin Bieber scored major points with Selena Gomez when he phoned in a huge flower order--and it wasn't even Valentine's Day!!!!
Justin called up the florist wanting to fill Selena's house with flowers just because he felt like it. Â The florist needed every single flower in the shop to complete the order.
Selena LOVED the surprise!
TIPS FOR SHARING AND NOT SHARING ON FACEBOOK
1. Schedule your status updates--Have news to share, but don't want it to get lost in the overnight shuffle? Or do you want to send an update when you know ahead of time that something special is about to happen? You can have a third-party app like TweetDeck, HootSuite, or CoTweet do it for you. Download one of the free apps to the desktop or your mobile device, write your update, and schedule it for a future posting.
2. Share meaningful links with personalized descriptions--To share a must-read link with your friends, copy and paste the URL into the status window. This automatically creates a thumbnail image, headline, and description of the site you're sharing. By clicking on the text, you can customize what it says or delete it altogether. Then you can delete the link and add your two cents as a status update.
3. Change your news feed preferences--Your news feed is separated into Top News, which ranks the posts that are currently most popular, and Most Recent. The latter is also known as the live feed, and it is based on who they think you want to hear from the most. You can control who appears in your feed and who doesn't. In the Most Recent view, click Edit Options on the bottom right of your feed; you have the option to show more or less friends. You can hide a specific annoying friend's updates or request to see some friends more often.
4. Control which alerts you receive--Facebook can alert you on a text message or e-mail if someone has poked you, commented on a post you were tagged in, or tagged you at a place. Go to Account Settings and click on the Notifications tab. Then check off which items are important and uncheck those that are not.
5. Download your data -If you're notconvinced that the cloud is a safe place to store your Facebook memories, you can keep a copy on your hard drive by going to Account > Account Settings > Download Your Information. When you click the Download button, you are warned that it may take a bit to gather all your data and you get another Download button. Clicking that tells you that an e-mail will be sent to you when your information is ready. Clicking the link in the e-mail will send you to a page to download and save your data.
6. Download a friend's photo album--Get the FacePAD Facebook Photo Album Downloader. The free add-on allows you to download a friend's entire album. Start by getting the app from addons.mozilla.org. Then go to one of the pics in the album you want to download. Put your cursor over the top of the name of the album on the bottom right, then right-click and select Download Album With FacePAD.
7. Like or unlike a page--By clicking the Like button on a site, you're announcing to your friends that you enjoy the content there. This can give you access to a business that might offer you unique content, deals, or news. Or it can just be a way of sharing your likes with the world. Just because you liked something yesterday doesn't mean you can't change your mind. To unlike a page, find the post in your profile that states you like that page. Or find a post from that page in your News Feed. Click the "x" on the top right portion of the page. Then, click "Unlike Page" from the drop-down menu.
8. Create an event--Now that all your real friends are Facebook friends, it's easy to set up a birthday party or a night out by clicking on the Events tab below your profile picture. From there, click Create an Event. This will take you to a page where you can add the details like date, time, and place and choose guests from your friends list.
You can also send an invitation to non-Facebook users through their e-mail address. You're also given the option to make the event public, meaning it will show up in your news feed, or you can keep the news to just the people you invited.
9. Cancel an event--As the administrator of an event, you can change your personal RSVP status to cancel. You can also cancel the event: On the Event page, click Edit Event > Cancel This Event. When you cancel, a note will be sent to all of your friends who were invited. You are offered the option to send a personal note as well.
10. Turn your profile photo into an avatar--You can become a 1960s ad exec by going to AMC's site. Or pretend you live in Springfield with "The Simpsons" by going to the movie's site. When you're done, save your avatar to your computer and upload it to Facebook by clicking on your profile picture and selecting Change Picture > Upload a Picture.
11. Buy Facebook credits--There is an addictive quality to Facebook apps like Farmville and Mafia Wars. And there comes a point where you have to buy credits to make the experience even better. Facebook is making it easier to get those credits by letting you exchange dollars for credits. You can even redeem American Express Rewards points for credits.
12. Memorialize a friend's account--When a Facebook friend passes away, you can help Facebook memorialize his or her account by going to a Facebook page and filling out a form. It will ask for the person's name, birthday, e-mail account, your relationship to that person and a link to an obituary or news article about the friend's death. You can then request that Facebook remove the friend's account completely, or memorialize it. That means Facebook removes their status updates and contact information and adjusts the privacy settings so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in a search. You'll also still be able to leave Wall posts in remembrance.
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR WANTS TO EVICT "JERSEY SHORE" CAST MEMBERS
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to get rid of Snooki and The Situation.
Christie has been honest about how much he dislikes MTV's "Jersey Shore". He has said that the show and its cast give a bad and inaccurate impression of the state.
At a town hall meeting, Christie promised that he has plans to tell his "good friend" New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take back the native New York cast members because they are "out of control" in his state.
Christie said: "Remember, Snooki is from Poughkeepsie and the Situation is from Staten Island. That's not New Jersey! Take them back. We don't want them."Â
'AMERICAN IDOL' RECAP: BRUNO MARS RULES, JACEE BADEAUX CRIES
Bruno Mars music ruled on "American Idol"'s Hollywood group round episode last night.Â
Nearly half of the contestants performed the pop star's melodies.
Â New York natives Pia Toscano, Alessandra Guercio and Brielle Von Hugel sailed through with their rendition of "Grenade," while a "Just the Way You Are" cover by a group of Latino contestants saved only two of them: Miami native Jovanny Barreto and MySpace auditioner Karen Rodriguez.
Â Other early favorites who were cut by judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson included New York waitress Devyn Rush, country singer Janelle Arthur and Aaron Gutierrez, whose twin brother made it to the next round.
The night's most emotional moment came when 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux was booted from his original group by Clint Jun Gamboa, a 26-year-old faux-hipster who felt Badeaux was a weak link. Both contestants made it through to the next round.
"American Idol"'s Hollywood round continues tonight. VIDEO LINKS
DO YOU HAVE A WORK SPOUSE?
Lots of people say they have a work spouse.
That's someone that you have a close platonic relationship with at work.
A certified career coach says you may have a work spouse if:
â¢ You and a co-worker share information you would only tell a spouse, like personal details about yourself that you don't share with other colleagues.
â¢ You confide in them more than anyone else at your office about work issues.
â¢ You spend a lot of time with them, almost as much time as you do with your spouse.
Work spouses are often labeled as close work friends of the opposite sex, but that's not always the case.
Researchers say some heterosexual people have work spouses who are of the same sex - and sometimes one is straight and the other is gay, lesbian or bisexual.
A CareerBuilder.com survey found 11 percent of workers felt they had a work spouse. 20 percent of people surveyed said their spouse was jealous of their "counterpart" at work.
LISTEN: MICHAEL KELLY FROM CRIMINAL MINDS : SUSPECT BEHAVIOR
BEYONCE AND JAY-Z SEPARATING?
BeyonceÂ hung outÂ with Gwyneth Paltrow at the Grammys, but Beyâs husband, Jay-Z, was nowhere to be found.Â Now, Media Take Out is reporting exclusively that hip hopâs power couple is splitting up!Â A source says that after a year of marital problems, Jay-Z and Beyonce have agreed to a trial separation.Â Hov has supposedly become more and more frustrated in the marriage because he really wants to be a dad, but Beyonce isnât ready to have kids.Â The snitch said: "The biggest thing is about kids. [Jay Z] wants them and Beyonce doesn't. It's all about her career, and she doesn't want to slow down."
Jay is reportedly moving into a leased mansion in Cali while Beyonce plans to remain in New York.Â The spy says: "For now [Jay Z's] going to be staying in LA and Beyonce will be in NY. . . The hope is that with the time apart, the couple will decide to either have kids, or go their separate ways."
FYI:Â Beyonce and Jay-Z had dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow last week at Lure Fishbar in New York City.Â But Gwynethâs husband, Chris Martin from Coldplay, was absent â as he apparently was at the Grammys.
KEN HAS WON BACK HIS EX, BARBIE!
After a long period of wooing, Barbie is taking her man Ken back.
Barbie said: "I'm in awe of the lengths Ken went to profess his love. He knows how to sweep a doll off her feet! Every doll dreams of romance and being swept off her feet. Ken's made that dream come true!"
Ken professed his love for Barbie on billboards and on the Times Square Jumbotron. He wrote things like: "Barbie, I want you back," "Barbie, you're the only doll for me," "Barbie, we were made for each other," and "Barbie, we may be plastic but our love is real."
The couple has a long history. They've been together 43 years. They broke up in 2004 after Barbie left Ken for Blaine, an Australian surfer dude.
In honor of their reunion, Mattel is releasing a bathing-suited Barbie and Ken "She Said Yes" set for $5.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance--Bad Romance/Lady Gaga
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance--Just The Way You Are/Bruno Mars
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals--Hey, Soul Sister (Live)/Train
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals-Imagine/Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
Best Pop Vocal Album--The Fame Monster/Lady Gaga
Best Dance Recording--Only Girl (In The World)/Rihanna
Best Electronic/Dance Album--La Roux/La Roux
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance--Helter Skelter/Paul McCartney
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals--Tighten Up/The Black Keys
Best Hard Rock Performance--New Fang/Them Crooked Vultures
Best Rock Song--Angry World/Neil Young
Best Rock Album--The Resistance/Muse
Best Alternative Music Album-Brothers/The Black Keys
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance-Bittersweet/Fantasia
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance--There Goes My Baby/Usher
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals--Soldier Of Love/Sade
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance--Hang On In There/John Legend & The Roots
Best Urban/Alternative Performance--F*** You/Cee Lo Green
Best R&B Song-Shine/John Legend & The Roots
Best R&B Album--Wake Up!/John Legend & The Roots
Best Contemporary R&B Album--Raymond V Raymond/Usher
Best Rap Solo Performance--Not Afraid/Eminem
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group--On To The Next One/Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration--Empire State Of Mind/Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Best Rap Song--Empire State Of Mind/Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Best Rap Album-Recovery/Eminem
Best Musical Show Album--American Idiot (Featuring Green Day)
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media--Crazy Heart
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media--Toy Story 3
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media--The Weary Kind (From Crazy Heart)
Producer Of The Year--Danger Mouse
Best Short Form Music Video--Bad Romance/Lady Gaga
LADY GAGA ARRIVED TO THE GRAMMYS-INSIDE AN EGG?!
Lady Gaga arrived to the Grammys but nobody saw her!
That's because she was allegedly inside a cocoon-like egg that was being carried by Greek God-looking characters.
BTW: According to USA TODAY, Gaga was supposed to hatch out of that silver egg as she passed in front of the paparazzi, but she got trapped inside when the hatch wouldn't pop open.
LADIES: 5 SIGNS HE'S ABOUT TO PROPOSE
1. He's extra helpful--If he shows a sudden interest in doing dishes or picking out sheets, he might be trying to prove he's husband material. Before he pops the question, he'll look for ways to show off his domestic side. He wants to make sure you see him as a partner who can handle the couple thing.
2. He talks himself up--Most men want to be on solid financial ground before getting engaged. It's instinctual for men to want to provide for their partner. So they'll point out their ability to take care of you in the weeks leading up to an engagement. That means he might brag a little about an accomplishment at work or hint that he's getting a larger than usual bonus.
3. He acts like you just started dating--Has your guy been unusually attentive? Maybe he brought you just-because flowers or took you out on really nice dates. He's basically pulling out all the stops to make sure that when the time comes, you say yes. He's also doing it because he's really excited about the possibility of marrying you. Planning a proposal reignites the love for a lot of men.
4. He quizzes you--Most guys want the proposal to be as personal and meaningful as possible. That might require digging up some little-known facts about you. If your boyfriend has been asking random questions about things like your favorite flower or a childhood memory, he might be getting info that will help him plan. Not only does he want it to be special for you, but he knows all of your friends will ask, 'How did he do it?', and he wants you to have an amazing story to tell.
5. He's really concerned about the details--On the big day, you can bet your guy will be really nervous. Even if he knows you'll say yes, he's still anxious about whether or not he'll be able to pull off whatever he planned. If he's usually laid-back but freaks out about being on time to dinner, or if he's aggressive when he insists you order the chocolate cake for dessert, it's possible he's got something up his sleeve.
KATY PERRY AND RUSSELL BRAND.... ALREADY SEEKING COUPLES THERAPY
Katy Perry and Russell Brand are seeking couples therapy after only 3 months of marriage.
It may have something to do with their totally separate lives. Brand is based in LA and New York filming his latest film, "Arthur" while Perry is getting ready to kick off a world-wide tour for the next 10 months.
The singer used to be at his shoots all the time, but she hasn't been around lately.
Friends say, the fact that they are going to couples therapy shows that they aren't ready to give up yet.
MILEY CYRUS OPENS UP ABOUT "BAD" BONG SCANDAL
Miley Cyrus is speaking about her bong scandal in an interview in the new issue of Marie Claire-- she admits it was a bad decision.Â
The interviewer said a lot of young people have been experimenting with substances both legal and not. But the singer/actress replied: âThey're not Miley Cyrus.Â They're not role models. So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for."
Miley also admits that the impending divorce of parents Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus has been rough, but she adds that the family is going to stay strong.
"AMERICAN IDOL": SAN FRANCISCO
"American Idol" auditions were in San Francisco last night.
Stefano Langone survived a car accident in 2009 that had doctors telling him he would never walk, write or be "right" again.
He was out of a wheelchair and playing piano again after three months. He impressed judges with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."Â
Julie Zorilla grew up in Colombia until she was 8 and the country's ongoing civil war forced her family to leave their dream home and head for the states. She auditioned on her 20th birthday, and made it through.
21-year-old James Durbin from Santa Cruz never really knew his musician father, who died of a drug overdose when James was 9. As a kid he was on medication for sleep deprivation and was later diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome and Asperger's syndrome.
Now, he and his girlfriend are raising a son together.
He not only impressed the judges, but he brought himself to tears wailing Aerosmith's "Dream On."
Clint Jun "Junebug" Gamboa, a karaoke host in real life, blew 'em away with an impressively polished take on "Billionaire" that Steven Tyler called "brilliant."Â
Coverage of Hollywood week begins on tonight's episode.
JUSTIN BIEBER HAS WILL SMITH CHECKIN' FOR FILM ROLES
Justin Bieber has found a mentor in Will Smith.
Biebs says, "The Smith family's been really amazing to me and really supportive in everything I'm doing."
Bieber denied reports that he and Smith are already collaborating on a specific film project but said the two are "looking at stuff" together.
Justin said Will is "definitely looking at different scripts for me and trying to develop stuff."
GWYNETH ON 'GLEE', WILL SING....
Gwyneth Paltrow will sing Prince's "Kiss" on "Glee" March 8.
She'll reprise her role as Holly Holiday, but this time sub in for a Sex-ed teacher instead of a Spanish teacher.
And she'll smooch......Â Paltrow and Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) will kiss during the episode as well.
She covered Cee-Lo Green's "F--- You" (in a family-friendly "Forget You" version) and Rihanna's "Umbrella" mashed with "Singing on the Rain" during her last guest appearance.
20 NEW USES FOR-SHAMPOO!
1. Donate your old shampoo to Clean the World to help fight acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease due to lack of hygiene supplies.
2. For a stuck zipper, put a drop of shampoo on a Q-tip and dab it onto the zipper. The shampoo will help the zipper to slide easily.
3. Buff your shoes. In a pinch, you can revitalize leather shoes and purses by using a small amount of shampoo on a clean cloth. Rub into worn areas as you would shoe polish, and give it a buff. This also offers some protection from salt stains.
4. Skip expensive soapsfor hand-washing laundry, use just a drop or two of shampoo instead.
5. Shampoo works well on laundry stains--treat the stain with a few drops of shampoo, rub them in, let soak, and then launder as usual.
6. Help take off a sticky bandage. Let a few drops of shampoo soak through the adhesive part and the bandage should peel off without pain and sticking.
7. In a pinch, shampoo can be used as a substitute for bubble bath.
8. Shampoo (conditioner, too) works as a great substitute shaving cream. Lather up, shave away. Shampoo is much more nourishing/less drying than soap, which is what many women use on their legs.
9. Harsh soap can dry out hands, but sometimes you need something strong for extra grime. Next time, try using shampoo as a hand cleanser. It tackles messes without drying out your skin. You can also just put it in your liquid soap dispenser for everyday use.
10. Shampoo works well to remove body oil and gunk from combs and hairbrushes; comb out any loose hair and swish the comb/brush in some warm water and shampoo. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse well.
11. You can clean houseplantleaves using a few drops of shampoo in a bowl of water; dip a towel in the solution, wring it out, and wipe away dust.
12. For a quick touch up cleanse of tub, shower or sink, use some shampoo as a liquid cleaner. It rinses clean and makes chrome shine as well.
13. To clean paint brushes use a few drops of shampoo and massage it through the bristles, then rinse well. (Never use extra hot water when washing paint brushes, it loosens the glue resulting in bristle loss!)
14. Try shampoo on rug and carpet spills, dab a few drops on with some water and blot with a towel. Repeat until spill is gone.
15. A few drops of shampoo rubbed onto the inside surface of a swimming mask (then rinsed) will prevent the mask from fogging up.
16. Diluted shampoo can take the place of bubble soap for bubble-blowing wands.
17. Car-washing suds! Add 1/4 cup shampoo to a pail of warm water and lather up the car as usual.
18. Shampoo mixed with baking soda into a paste can be used to clean chrome on cars; rinse thoroughly and buff to shine.
19. Loosen stuck nuts and bolts with a drop of shampoo. Let it seep into the threads and the bolt should loosen easily.
SIMON COWELL'S "X FACTOR" WILL GIVE OUT A $5 MILLION RECORD DEAL TO THE WINNER
There are new details for Simon Cowell's "X Factor" show. The big prize will be a $5 million Sony Music record deal.
Contestants as young as12 can compete.
Simon said: "I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group. I've never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract. I'm doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar."
New judges will be announced in the coming weeks and auditions start March 27th in Los Angeles.
KEN AND BARBIE'S FATE IS UP TO FACEBOOK MEMBERS
Facebook users are being asked to vote on whether Ken and Barbie should reunite after a seven-year split.
Barbie and Ken are the two 50-year-old dolls made by the world's biggest toy company, Mattel.
They split on Valentine's Day 2004 after 43 years together, but now the public is being asked to weigh in on their future.After the big break-up, Barbie started seeing an Australian surfer doll named Blaine.Â
Ken went on to win critical acclaim for his role in "Toy Story 3" and also made appearances at Fashion Week in New York. But Ken always wanted to win back Barbie.
Now, fans of the dolls can vote whether they should get back together on either of their Facebook pages or at barbieandken.com.
Ken hopes to win Barbie back by Valentine's Day.
LADIES: 10 VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS, DECODED
1. He got you: A heart-shaped box of chocolates from the supermarket.
He's saying: "I forgot it's Valentine's Day."
2. He got you: Jewelry or a watch.
He's saying: "I'm not super-creative, but hey, I tried. Don't worry, I probably won't notice if you exchange it for something that's more your style."
3. He got you: A surprise weekend getaway to a quaint little bed-and-breakfast.
He's saying: "I'm hoping you like me enough to deal with being in the same room as my snoring - I know I like you enough to put up with yours."
4. He got you: Every season of your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show.
He's saying: "I like you more than I hate Ross and Rachel."
5. He got you: Anything homemade.
He's saying: "I'm crazy about you and I've got the Krazy Glue-splattered furniture and staple scars on my hands to prove it."
6. He got you: A greeting card.
He's saying: "I don't think it's worth spending money on a Hallmark holiday, but, ironically, this Hallmark card is the cheapest thing I could find."
7. He got you: A relationship scrapbook, complete with photos of you together and ticket stubs from all the shows you've seen.
He's saying: "I'm a cheesy romantic."
8. He got you: A pet for the two of you.
He's saying: "Let's pick a name together - I want to make sure you don't choose one that I've reserved for our future children."
9. He got you: Kitchen appliances you didn't request.
He's saying: "These spatulas are as close to a bouquet of flowers as you'll ever get from me."
10. He got you: A voicemail on Feb. 15, apologizing for forgetting about Valentine's Day.
He's saying: "When you're done bad-mouthing me to all your friends, please give me a call back so I can grovel."
FANS WILL RECALL:Â Miley said the following on smoking in her book, 'Miles to Go':
'I guess my idea of a good party is someone getting their face smashed in cake, not getting smashed. I don't drink & I would never smoke. I always say that for me, smoking would be like smashing my guitar and expecting it to play. I'd never do that to my voice, not to mention the rest of my body.'
PUPPY LOVE.... SELENA AND BIEBS
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez held hands on Sunday as they walked the Santa Monica Pier.
A TEXT MESSAGE THAT WILL SELF-DESTRUCT IN 60 SECONDS... (SHOCKER! CHEATING CELEBS LOVE IT!)
The creators of a text message auto-delete service say celebrities trying to keep their lives private are among its half-million users.
TigerTextâno connection to the golferâsends texts that disappear from both a user and sender's phone after a set periodâanywhere between a minute and a month.
Several other companies offer similar services, and business is also booming among corporate clients and doctors.
TV producer Michael Duggan plans to use TigerText's document feature to prevent his new script from spreading all over Hollywood. He says, "In this digital age, scripts immediately get blasted all over town even if you send it to one person. That can really hurt a project."
Usher and Slash will make surprise appearances this weekend during the Super Bowl halftime show.
A source confirmed the news to the AP on condition of anonymity because Usher and Slash's performances weren't going to be announced.
Usher and Slash are supposed to join the Black Eyed Peas, who are the main halftime act. will.i.am is featured on Usher's "O.M.G."
Slash performed the Guns 'N Roses song "Sweet Child o' Mine" with the Black Eyed Peas and also collaborated with Fergie on the song "Beautiful Dangerous".
BRITNEY SPEARS HAS NAMED HER NEW ALBUM: "FEMME FATALE"
Britney Spears' new album has a name: "Femme Fatale."
Britney announced the title of her seventh studio on Twitter and also posted the cover art.
The album drops March 15th. The first single, "Hold It Against Me" hit No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart last month.
Britney Tweeted: "I've poured my heart and soul into this album over the last 2 years. I've put everything I have into it. This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way! I love you all!"
Jive Records also released a statement saying: "The iconic global superstar's title Femme Fatale is a tribute to bold, empowered, confident, elusive, fun, flirty women and men. It's not a conceptual album, Spears is letting the music speak for itself. She's worked hard on it for two years and she considers it to be her 'best album to date,' true to where she is now personally and professionally."
MARIAH CAREY, LADY GAGA AND PINK TEAM UP FOR PETA BILLBOARD
Lady Gaga, Pink and Mariah Carey teamed up for a new PETA billboard that comes out today.
The ad features all three singers together and will be put over the corner of Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.
MARIAH CAREY AND NICK CANNON ARE EXPECTING A BABY BOY AND GIRL!
Nick Cannon and his wife Mariah Carey are expecting twins, and now Life & Style is reporting that they will have a boy and a girl.
A friend of the couple told the magazine: "It's all about pink and blue these days. It's truly going to be a dream come true for them. They get a son and daughter."
There's also a quote from Mariah herself. She said: "Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything genderneutral because I didn't want to impose an identity on them too soon. There were fan contests on Twitter about what gender they are and rumors about them being two boys or two girls - but nobody guessed this!"
ITâS OFFICIAL: BRITNEY SPEARSâ NEW ALBUM DROPS MARCH 15TH!
Britney Spearsâ new album will drop March 15th. Thatâs according to a leaked one-sheet from her label Jive Records. Jive confirmed that the date on the sheet is correct.
The sheet also revealed producers on the album, which still doesnât have a title. Along with Dr. Luke and Max Martin, the set will also feature Rodney Jerkins, R&B singer Avant, Stargate, Fraser T. Smith and Bloodshy.
T-Pain posted a picture on Twitter of an arm tattoo that gives props to a popular feature on Facebook.
The tat says: âYou donât have to like me,â with the âLikeâ surrounded by a box and next to a thumbs-up, just like Facebook.
T-Pain said: âI get a tat every time I come to Hawaii. I think this oneâs pretty sweet, unless Facebook shuts down soon.â
The album will be available in both standard and deluxe versions, with the deluxe including additional liner booklet pages and three or four extra tracks. Fans can also expect âa major TV eventâ to launch the album and worldwide online contests.
GENERATION Y WOMEN: WHY COOK, IRON AND SEW?
Basic âfemaleâ skills are so, 1990?
A study found fewer young women are able to iron a shirt, cook a roast chicken or hem a skirt.
Generation Y women canât do the chores their mothers and grandmothers did daily.
In the survey (out of Australia), only 51 per cent of women aged under 30 can cook a roast compared with 82 per cent of baby boomers.
According to a social researcher: âWomen of today tend to be busier, juggling more roles, and are quite prepared to compromise a bit of the homemade just to save some time.
âThey also have a lot more disposable income compared with their moms and their grandmothers so buyingâ food that is âready-made is not a big deal.â
Kyle Lorenz is the Snow Mural Contest Winner! He is going to Miami to see Enrique Iglesias!Â
'AMERICAN IDOL': NASHVILLE AUDITIONS
Last night's "American Idol" was in Music City.
There was a chirping dental assistant Christine McCafferey, who butchered Lee Ann Womackâs âI Hope You Danceâ. She didn't get a pass to Hollywood.
First to be sent through were a pair of exes, Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks, who performed a duet of the Bee Geesâ classic âTo Love Somebody.âÂ
Â Stormi Henley was a Miss Teen USA winner who was handed the golden ticket.
Â Jackie Wilson and Adrienne Beasley also made it through-- as did Danny Pate, Jimmie Allen and Matt Dillard.
Â 15-year-old Lauren Alaina delivered an impressive rendition of Faith Hillâs âLike We Never Loved at Allâ that had the judges floored.
Next week, "Idol" heads to Austin, Texas, as the contestants inch one step closer to Hollywood week.
The new list rated 100 US cities in 41 categories, including cancer rates, cost of living, and residents who tend to have healthy eating and workout habits.
FIND A GREAT GUY: Plano, Texas
There are 139 single men for every 100 available women, so it's a great town for women's hearts. Studies show social interaction cuts the risk of cardiac issues because companionship reduces stress levels, which then lowers your chances of developing heart disease.
GET A MOVE ON: Santa Ana, California
When it comes to being in shape, the women of Santa Ana kick the rest of the country's butt. They're out swimming and jogging and taking advantage of year-round sunshine. The key to their commitment to fitness is variety. Changing up the workout puts new demands on different muscle groups. That helps you burn more calories and increase your total-body strength. Santa Ana residents also rank low in heart disease, obesity, and cancer.
LAND A COOL GIG (AND A LONG LIFE): Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo added 57,000 jobs in the past two years. That could be giving local women a reason to live longer. Employed people suffer less stress, which means a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. The city's average life expectancy is 80 years.
EAT UP, SLIM DOWN: Boise, Idaho
The state is famous for one particular carb (potatoes), but its capital scored huge produce points. Almost a third of Boiseans eat five or more servings of fresh fruits and veggies every day. That will keep you thin and also help keep away disease. Boise also has one of the lowest diabetes rates in the country.