A crazy concert rider and domestic partner kicked out of the country later and Katy Perry has arrived, embodying both the denotation and connotation of that wonderful term diva. Yes, the weekend began with a buzz in Japan as the first Katy Perry tickets of her brief Asian tour leg were about to be good for a concert in Nagoya at the Zepp Nagoya.
Then things on the Katy Perry front began to get weird. It began with Smoking Gun’s release of Perry’s 45-page tour rider that included demands for flowers (absolutely sans carnations), a no contact policy for her driver, and the right to resell a block of her concert tickets on the secondary ticket market.
OK, so the seemingly relatable singer has a secret list of demands. This is nothing new, nor nothing too terrible. She is still far from Mariah Carey territory. Some of her demands extended the lavish gifts and meals to her tour staff, so her PR team has something to work with to turn this into a non-story.
Well, just a day later her husband Russell Brand is deported from the isle nation of Japan. Reportedly, he was kicked out of the country for an incident that occurred over a decade ago when he embodied teh term diva in every sense of the word. Still, all this can hardly have made this the best weekend for the pop star. She still has three more concert dates in Japan but luckily she will get to put this leg of the world tour behind her by Friday, when she gets to return to the U.S. and take a break before her first North American concert date on June 7, 2011 in Duluth, Georgia at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
The media savvy will be expecting to see the singer and her hubby embarking on an extensive PR tour, hitting the late night talk shows and allowing MTV an insider look, all the while Perry and Brand should be making little jokes and maybe even posting a Funny or Die video to ensure her fans that she is as down to Earth as anyone, anyone with a mutl-platinum album and a world tour under her belt, or her black and white checkered suspender skirt.
Conan O’Brien welcomed his first cast from a Broadway musical to perform on his show last night. The cast from “Hair”, all 50 members flew from New York to L.A. to perform on their day off. The performance was choreographed special just for Conan’s shows and new set. They looked like they were having a great time and if you haven’t seen the show, just watching the cast made you want to run out and do so. There is something about all the peace and love of the 60’s that is just magical, not to mention those clothes. “Hair” actually won a Tony Award this year for Best Revival of a Musical. Watch the cast sing the title song, “Hair” and “Let the Sunshine In” from Conan last night.
Kenny Chesney says he is in a relationship, but this time he is with a regular person not a celebrity and that is making a huge difference. He is also keeping this relationship more private, which he says is hard to do. All he will say is that she is a nurse and “levelheaded”. He also says that,” She’s a real normal girl. Which is what I need, because my life isn’t normal.” Chesney is currently on tour and has some pretty crazy stuff going on during the tour. One thing he does is”soar over the audience in a flying chair” which was inspired by Van Halen, who in the day did something similar but on a surfboard. A tiki bar is also a staple backstage and was inspired by Sammy Hagar (formerly with Van Halen) and his Cabo Wabo bar. Life is going just find these days for the superstar. Other country news that should excite many country fans, Big & Rich the country duo are back together for a summer tour. The two promise plenty of their old hits but will also include songs from each of their solo careers as well.
No one knows better than Jon Gosselin how harsh the media and the public can be and his new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, is finding this out the hard way. After being spotted in France with Jon Gosselin the internet and media immediately went into a frenzy to find out about this new woman in Jon’s life and what they found and had to say was anything but kind. Not only is she being called a wild party girl, there are actually pictures on line to prove it along with a mug shot from 2005 when she was arrested for possession of marijuana, hashish and hashish oil. In 2007 she was also in some trouble for drinking underage. Both cases were dropped and she ended up on probation for the drug charges. IT’s not exactly a pretty picture in general but especially for someone hanging out with the famous father of 8. It is also being said that she is just with Jon to become famous. Hailey was so upset by all the media bashing that she laid low during her last night in France and left Jon to go out partying by himself. Jon also arrived solo at JFK airport today. Can you even imagine what Kate has to say about all this?
It is almost time for the “MTV Video Music Awards”. The show is scheduled for September 13 in New York and the host this year will be comic Russell Brand for the second year in a row. He is a very controversial choice and really stirred things up last year with some comments about the Jonas Brothers, which he even ended up apologizing for afterwards. So as always it should be an interesting evening with a little bit of unexpected to go with it. The show is also starting to line up its talent for the evening and Taylor Swift is the first to sign on to perform during the show. At this point it is being said she will sing a “never before heard version” of her song, “You Belong With Me”.