I think Rihanna may have missed with the announcement of the Diamonds World Tour. Sure, the pop ballad single for which these performances are named has been a hit in every Euro-trash and respectable night club since hitting the radio waves in September, but the album is a much more appropriate name. Unapologetic is an inspired album name from the pop-dancehall-R&B diva and would have just the right kind of attitude to announce her return to the live stage.
She took a year off to make a blockbuster movie and record the new album. Rihanna certainly deserved the rest. Since she arrived as a reggae princess and feature vocals and eye candy seven years ago, she has released six studio albums and trekked the globe on four world tours (that is a lot of Rihanna tickets). Along the way she made actual bad decisions when it came to love, as opposed to a singer like Lady Gaga who only pretends to have such a fierce personal life. Rihanna has had a fling with Jay-Z, a major beef with Beyonce, sent Chris Brown to court, taken him back into her court, and now has inspired the trouble R&B crooner to break poor Karreuche Tran’s heart.
Rihanna may have had an intimate conversation with the Vietnamese-American model (who says all models have to be tall she comes up to Rihanna’s hip and is super-hot!), but the Barbados babe has not removed herself from Chris Brown and it appears she has absolutely no intention of doing so (of course she is still with Def Jam despite the torrid affair and simmering controversy inspiring an anthem for all the single ladies). She is unapologetic in her personal choices and should own this as the image for her return to the touring.
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Game On…Shaquille O’Neal is getting his own sporting competition reality show on ABC this summer. Starting on August 18th Shaq is taking on some of the world’s favorite athletes at their own game. Here are a few examples of who and what this Cleveland Cavalier is going to be doing. First up on the debut show, called “Shaq VS.”, Shaq is going to swim against Michael Phelps the Olympic Gold medal superstar. You will also be able to see him box against the legendary Oscar De LaHoya, play a little tennis with Serena Williams and bat against St. Louis Cardinals favorite Albert Pujols. What is he thinking? Here is his plan though…he is going to train hard for a week prior to each competition and by that time he will have a pre-negotiated handicap again each opponent to give him a fair shot. The 37 year old hopes that all this training will help him in his upcoming basketball season. O’Neal has won an NBA championship 4 times in his basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat and he hopes to help his new team achieve the same.
Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer. A tumor was found on his salivary gland and he will be having surgery to remove it as well as some treatments after the surgery. Luckily the cancer was caught early and is treatable. He is going to be taking some time off to recover and then he promises to be back on the road again. The band has a new album coming out that will be pushed back as well, but as soon as he gets the go ahead he will be back. The new album is called “Hot Sauce Committee Part 1”.
It seems that Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest are out doing damage control on this whole Paula Abdul not coming back to “American Idol” next season story that broke this weekend. Simon tells “Extra” that, “She’ll be fine. She’ll be on the show. I don’t get a lot of say. I’ve just make it clear that I want Paula on the show.” Awww…how sweet Simon. Ryan says, “I think as far as I know, you’ll see everybody back. I hope so.” Idol fans are in an uproar at the thought and are going crazy on Twitter showing their support for Paula. Some Idol favorites as well are giving their support. You can find Danny Gokey, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud, who are all on the American Idol Live Tour, leading the pack. Paula responded to all the support by writing on her Twitter page that, “I’m actually moved 2 tears upon reading the enormous amount of tweets showing me your kindness, love & undying support. God bless all you! If it weren’t’ for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse! XoP”. I agree I think she will be back and that “American Idol” and FOX are loving all the hubbub!
IT’s a funny world we live in….I just watched the Chris Brown public apology video. He definitely said all the right things and he probably means what he said, it was just so weird to hear this kid apologizing to the world on a taped video statement. I am not quite sure what I think about it, just that it was strange. Again, you can tell he rehearsed it and he tried to come through sincere and it was probably something he was advised to do and may have really wanted to do, but I guess it was strange to hear an apology from this person who we do not even know and it is not really our business. It is something between him and Rihanna, not all of ours. That is just what I think.
Here comes another new reality TV show and this one is being spear headed by Jessica Simpson. After the ordeal she went through personally when she wore those high waited unflattering jeans and the “body bullying” she experienced she has come up with the idea for her new show. At the moment the title is “The Price of Beauty. The plan is that she would travel around the world in order to find out “what people find beautiful and why”. She would take a friend and they would head out on this great road trip and find the answers to these questions. They would also delve into taking a look at some of the outrageous things women go through and do to themselves to look beautiful. Jessica would be taking a very active role in the show and feels that this is a very important topic to learn more about and make people more aware. At this time that is about all the details that are out there.
Big congratulations go out to Mr. George Strait who has been named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music. You can watch the show on CBS this Wednesday. It is an all star country music event with performances by all your favorites. Faith Hill and hubby Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride are just a few of the greats that you can see perform. This is quite a big award, since only 4 other people have been recipients, including, Marty Robbins, Alabama and Brooks and Loretta Lynn.
Well if you have been waiting to hear first hand from Chris Brown, the time has finally come. Chris who has a new album, “Graffiti”, coming out soon, has made a short video along with his friend Bow Wow. Chris is excited about his album and is ready to get back out there and put all the bad stuff behind him. Chris says “Everybody that’s haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain’t a monster.”Hmmm…doesn’t sound like an apology of any kind to me? You can see it for yourself and be the judge. It sounds like he wants to sell some albums and hopes he still has a few fans out there. The investigation to his case with Rihanna is still ongoing and could even be dismissed. That would be a shame, but it seems that police misconduct could have played a role and if that was the case the whole thing could just go away. There is another hearing today so we will just have to wait and hear what comes out of that.
Sad sad news on the story I told you about yesterday that involved Mike Tyson’s 4 year old daughter. After somehow getting tangled up and strangled by a cord on the family’s treadmill, the little girl did pass away after being on life support. In a statement from Tyson, he says”We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and prayers from all over the world. There are no words to describe this tragic loss or our beloved Exodus. We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal”. The mother’s name has not been released and she had been doing some house cleaning at the time of the accident.
Green Day is taking issue with the worlds largest retailer, Wal-Mart. IT seems that even though Green Day currently has the most popular CD, the retailer has refused to carry it because of its parental advisory sticker, which is their policy. Wal–Mart feels that the bands can issue different versions of their CD’s and Wal–Mart chooses to sell CDs that have been edited for appropriate language and content. Green Day feels that there is nothing “dirty” in their CD and have refused to censor it. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says, he feels like he is back “in 1953 or something” So even though their new album “21st Century Breakdown” sold over 215,000 copies in less than a week and is at the top of the charts, they are standing strong in regards to censorship. So if you want their album you will have to find it somewhere else. The band, although disappointed in the message that Wal-Mart is sending to others and being able to express themselves, Green Day will not let it get them down. The group begins their summer tour in Seattle on July 3.
Just days ago I wrote about the impending divorce of Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn…well it seems that the case has been dismissed yet again. This is the second time the couple has been on their way to divorce court but have decided to call it off. The couple has been married for 13 years and has two children, daughter Dylan Frances who is 18, and Hopper Jack who is 15. Penn is currently in Cannes as a juror for the film festival. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens this time.
Fact or fiction…it seems that Rihanna has been spotted kissing a new man, rapper Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The rapper has said that the two are friends and have been hanging out but that they are not dating. Ok, but how do you explain all the kissing that was going on between the two who were honored at Island Def Jam’s Spring Collection music preview on Wednesday night? Maybe it is just too early to say what is going on here, but it looks like maybe the start of something beautiful.
Kelly Clarkson is making news again about her weight gain. She is definitely up and down, and at the moment she seems to be up…a lot. The star is saying she is happy with her curves and thinks that being curvy is also being a good role model for her fans. Clarkson is starting to worry about her health though, a fitness expert says she seems to be about 35 pounds overweight for her frame. So Kelly is starting to think about making some changes for that reason.
It is baby season on the Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”. Two of the housewives are pregnant and you know that has to be good for ratings. Teresa Guidice is expecting baby # 4. She already has 3 girls, ages 3, 4, and 8, and she spends thousands of dollars to have all 3 girls in matching clothes not only with each other but mommy as well. Jacqueline Laurita, is the other housewife, who dealt with a fertility specialist all last season and now she is also pregnant and is due in June. She has 2 children, a daughter 17 and son age 6.
It is ironic that Ryan O’Neal came to fame in the 1970 film, “Love Story”, where he loses the love of his life, and now he is living the story in real life. Friday night NBC will be airing the Farrah Fawcett documentary that chronicles her battle with cancer, called “Farrah’s Story”. This morning on the “Today Show”, Meredith Vieira talked to Ryan O’Neal, Farrah’s long time love and her best friend, Alana Stewart, who has been filming the documentary for Farrah. Time does seem to be running out for Farrah, and as I watched what has become of my favorite angel from “Charlie’s Angels”, it was hard not to well up this morning while watching this very candid interview. Why document this you might be asking yourself…I know I did. Farrah felt she wanted to share her story and hoped in some way she could help others with her strength and bravery and give them a reason to keep fighting. IN the beginning they thought she would recover, but it has been a hard year for her. Farrah was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006 and it had gone into remission for a while, but came back in 2007. At the moment, O’Neal is not very optimistic about the future. Alana though is not ready to let her friend go and feels there is still hope for recovery. Alana says it has been very difficult to film but she has done it all for her friend. Farrah has had an amazing support team and you will be able to see all this in the 2 hour special which shows it all. Ryan O’Neal himself was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2001 and says he has had to just “put it in a drawer” while helping Farrah. The actor is 68 years old and feels that he himself is on borrowed time”. To watch him talk about Farrah is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Farrah’s Story will air Friday night at 9:00 (ET/PT).
Well let’s move onto some happier news. Beyonce and T.I are happy this morning. Both have 5 nominations for this year’s BET Awards, which are scheduled to be handed out June 28th. Beyonce has been nominated for female R&B artist, best actress for her role in “Obsessed”, video of the year as well as viewer’s choice award. Beyonce is definitely having a great year. T.I is up for best male hip hop artist, as well as video of the year and viewer choice award. He also is up for his collaborations on the songs “Live Your Life” that he did with Rihanna and “Ain’t I” which he did with Yung L.A and Young Dro. Jamie Foxx is going to be this year’s host and he is also up for several awards including best male R&B, video of the year and best collaboration with T-Pain for his hit song “Blame It”.
More good news, comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife welcomed twins, a boy Lucas and daughter Olivia on April 27th. Sykes was married to a man for 7 years and just recently came out in November although did marry her partner in October of 2008. And finally some good news for Lindsay Lohan…she got a job!! She is going to be playing a grad student in the film “The Other Side”. She will be starring alongside some other big names including Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Alanis Morissette and Dave Mathews. Shooting doesn’t begin until October so it would be nice for everyone involved if Lindsay can hold it together until then and hopefully she will be on her best behavior once shooting actually begins. Should be interesting.
Good news “Project Runway” fans…..the legal battles are been resolved and the show will finally return and will air this summer on Lifetime. I don’t really care about the details of the legal battle, I am just glad they have resolved their issues and Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn will all be back together again. This season the show has moved from New York to Los Angeles to have more of a Hollywood feel. Some celebrities that will appear on the show this year include, Rebecca Romijn, Christina Aguilera and Evan Longoria Parker. I wonder if she will bring husband Tony Parker, of the San Antonio Spurs, to meet the designers. At this point that is about all we know. There is no information out about the new cast members or even an air date, but at least we know it is coming. Bravo though is fighting back. Having lost “Project Runway” to Lifetime, they are launching a new design competition called “The Fashion Show” that will be hosted by Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny’s Child) and designer, Isaac Mizrahi. They have already announced the cast and the show will air May 7th.
A new anti -domestic abuse PSA will be begin airing on April 6th in theatres, but you can see it now on the internet. A British organization, called Women’s Aid, has put together this 2 minute very disturbing clip. The clip shows Kiera Knightley being beaten up by her boyfriend. “The clip is part of the ACT campaign – to Admit domestic abuse is a problem, Call it by its name and Talk to someone.” In light of the Chris Brown – Rihanna situation, people are starting to talk more openly about it. Oprah has dedicated several shows to it and the DoSomething.org also put out their own PSA. Everyone who worked on the PSA donated their time including director Joe Wright, who directed Knightly in “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice”. One in four women are affected by domestic violence at some point in their life and 2 women die every week from domestic abuse.
Remember super model Kathy Ireland who was a cover girl for the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit addtion? Well you have to check out her before and after photos of her recent weight gain and spectacular weight loss. Kathy is a mom of 3 as well as CEO of her billion dollar company, Kathy Ireland World Wide, and before she knew it, like many other moms who are so focused on everyone but themselves, she gained 25 pounds. One of her kids even told her she looked pregnant and that was that. She said, “She didn’t even recognize the person that I saw. I saw someone who looked overwhelmed, overstressed, overweight and over – everything.” So with the help of a friend, who just happened to be a personal trainer and nutritionist, Kathy got her act together and lost her weight and got back in shape, the old fashioned way. She cut calories, made better food choices and worked out 3 times a week. She looks great and feels great and has a new book coming out called “Real Solutions for Busy Moms”. At 46 will she be the next bikini clad woman on the cover of People Magazine? Ireland says absolutely not, she just “wants to be healthy, to be there for my husband and kids.”
Ellen DeGeneres is just the nicest person ever! Her most recent act of kindness involved Jennifer Hudson. While visiting the show this week, Ellen presented Jennifer with an engagement gift – a tandem bike. How thoughtful. Jennifer told Ellen that her and her fiancée love to ride bikes together and they enjoy taking Jennifer’s 3 Pomeranians to dog park. After the tragedy in her life, Hudson is getting her life back on track. She is planning her wedding and even has even set a date, although she is not sharing. She also has taped a performance that will air at a later date for “American Idol” and she is getting ready to go on tour with Robin Thicke to promote her new album. Good for you Jennifer you deserve happiness in your life.
Miley Cyrus fans will have a chance to see their favorite girl perform solo at the Country Music Awards next month. Miley will be singing her Hannah Montana hit, “The Climb”. Miley will be in good company with all of country’s favorite like Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and John Rich performing as well. You can catch the show live from Las Vegas on April 5th on CBS.
Are you ready to hear what Rihanna has done now?? She has added a new tattoo to her collection and this one will make you take pause. The 21 year olds newest tattoo is on her ribcage and is of a gun. Is it me or is that just a bit disturbing? I guess in lieu of her current situation it is not that odd but still – a gun across her ribs? She wanted to put them on her arms but since she is a Cover Girl model you can imagine they would not have liked that very much. Guns are not exactly the image Cover Girl is trying to portray. In addition to the gun tattoo, Rihanna is sporting stars down her back, a Pisces sign behind her right ear, a star inside her left ear, a music note on her ankle and the word “shhh” on her index finger. Ok Rihanna stop before you mess up that beautiful body of yours.
And last but not least…Matt is back! After avoiding hitting a deer and surgery earlier this week Matt Lauer was back on the “Today Show” this morning. His arm was in a sling and will remain that way for about 6 weeks. Welcome back Matt, mornings just aren’t the same without you.
Finally some good news in the Chris Brown and Rihanna story. The two have decided to take a break. They have not officially broken up by Rihanna has decided to take some time and focus on herself and her career. It sounds like she is finally coming to her senses. Rihanna is back in LA after spending some time with her good friends Beyonce, Jay – Z, Brandy and her manager. Maybe all the input from friends, as well as Oprah, who talked to the couple on her show and has also been focusing on domestic violence, finally got through to her. Whatever, it is a good start to getting her life back on track.
Justin Timberlake has something to celebrate as well as something to celebrate with. He is launching a brand new brand of tequila called 901, which just happens to be his old area code from where he grew up in Memphis. The project has been in the works for more than 2 years and will be available in select markets in May. The lucky markets are St. Louis, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Justin is keeping his plate full; he also has his fashion line as well.
Make sure you turn into The Tonight Show tonight to catch President Barrack Obama chat it up with Jay Leno. This will be Obama’s first live talk show appearance since he became President. HE plans on making a grand entrance and will of course talk about the economy and his economic plan.
I am still so saddened and shocked as we all are about the death of Natasha Richardson. Every time I see a picture of her it just does not seem real. The autopsy has come back and shows the cause of death was an “epidural hematoma, due to blunt impact to the head, which led to profound bleeding between the skull and the brain’s covering”. My heart just goes out to her family and the people who knew her. It makes you realize how precious every day needs to be.
Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor after reading the latest news…Chris Brown and Rihanna are back together (with her father’s support).Here is the latest scoop, The two are hanging out at pal Diddy’s Miami estate working out their issues. Those issues seems pretty easily solved if you ask me…”you beat me up, I am done with you.” But I guess the issues go deeper than that and for some reason she is open to being him. Rihanna is 21 years old with the world at her finger tips and she wants to stay with someone who hits her? Although I was surprised, it seems the professionals say that her response is typical. The director of a domestic violence program at Manhattans Urban Justice Center says that ”the reality is that when you’re in an intimate relationship with anyone you tend to give people chances”. While Rihanna has remained indoors during the Miami reconciliation, Brown has been out jet skiing and having a grand old time. Rihanna is a role model for so many young girls it is just hard to watch her send the message that it is ok for someone to beat you up as long as they apologize.
And here is one more appalling celebrity story for you. The divorce between Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons is final and all of the financial needs of his two girls Ming, age 9 and Aoki, age 6 are well taken care of. Each girl will be paid $20,000 PER MONTH until they reach 19. The girls will also be provided with a car for their use until they reach 16 that is worth at least $60,000 and that will be replaced every 3 years. Honestly, what could the girls use all that money for every single month? What kind of message is that sending these girls and what kind of spoiled brats are they going to grow up to be? I guess there are some who are not affected by the economy. Now get this daddy is forking over all this cash every month yet he gets to see the girls only every 8th week during the school year and on selected holidays. During all of his visits the girls will be accompanied by a security guard as well as a nanny. That’s Hollywood for you huh?
In other happier news, Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, and the beautiful Gisele Bundchen officially tied the knot in California this weekend. It was a small private affair for the couple.
Ok, I know I promised no Rihanna Chris Brown talk this week but I can’t keep silent any longer. There has been a very unfortunate situation this week with the Los Angeles police department and the case. Someone leaked the official police photo of Rihanna taken right after the attack. Because of the nature of the photo the police had no plans to not release the photo but someone got a hold of it and did release it. Poor Rihanna cannot get a break from all this. The photo is pretty heart wrenching to look at and shows the beating that Rihanna endured. She has big bruises on the side of her forehead, blood around the sides of her mouth and darkened areas around her eyes. She looks like she is in a lot of pain. Chris Brown’s court date is set for March 5th
Ok now onto happier news. Donald Trump is a Grandpa again but don’t let him hear you call him that. Donald Trump Jr. has a new son and you will never guess his name….yup, Donald Trump the 3rd.
And how about a little Jolie- Pitt news. Papa Pitt took the boys to Las Vegas this week, while Angie hung out with the girls in New York. It must be nice to be one of their kids. Daddy and the boys spent some time at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as well as the boys got to go to the MGM Mansion to see the lions. The boys also took some time to check out a show and got to see the 200 show of the Cirque du Soleil KA show. Glad everyone took some time to relax before the big Oscar’s event this Sunday. Both Brad and Angie have been nominated for awards this year. Brad is nominated for Best Actor for his film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and Angie is nominated for Best Actress for her work in the “Changeling”. There is also speculation that this could be the first time that Angie and Jennifer Aniston actually come face to face. It is hard to believe it hasn’t happened before but both women are planning to attend this year. Jennifer says she is ready for it and it was bound to happen. She will be there with boyfriend Jon Mayer at her side. She insists there will be no cat fight but you have to admit it won’t be easy especially in front of so many people. You have come a long way Jen; don’t let Angie bother you in the least.
And lastly John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have started a foundation in honor of their son Jett who died unexpectedly earlier this year. The Jett Travolta Foundation will be there to “assist and provide relief to children with vision, hearing, mobility, communication, behavioral learning impairments or other special medical, environmental, health or educational needs.” I am sure a lot of children will benefit and we can only hope during this difficult time that can bring the family some comfort.