James Gandolfini Passes Away in Italy from Heart Attack
(TMZ) - James Gandolfini -- who famously played Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" -- died earlier today in Italy ... TMZ has learned. Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily -- and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino. Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit "True Romance" ... and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999. He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show's 6 season run. Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including "Get Shorty," "The Mexican" and "Zero Dark Thirty." We last spoke to Gandolfini in May in L.A. -- he was in great spirits, making funny faces and joking about a "Sopranos" movie.
These celebrities Wanna ‘Channing All Over Your Tatum’…
Rihanna Hits Fan With a Microphone
Drake Wants to End Chris Brown Feud Drizzy, who doesn’t care that other rappers be hatin’ on him since “they don’t criticize the music itself,” revealed he doesn’t want to be forever linked to Breezy and wishes they could man up to shut it down. “I hear he has everything he could want now,” Drizzy said in what feels like it could have been a loose reference to Rihanna, who was their bone of contention. ”I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man.” Still, the rapper is realistic. “But that’s not going to happen,” he admitted. “I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”
Bieber's "Friend" Files Restraining Order Against Him An aspiring rapper and supposed "friend" of Justin Bieber has filed a request for a restraining order against the superstar, claiming he is to blame for the thousands of death threats he has allegedly received from angry Beliebers Kevin Pederson, a 20-year-old wannabe rap star known as "King Kevi," has filed a restraining order against Bieber after the 19-year-old tweeted out Pederson's phone number and opened the flood gates of Belieber wrath, according to TMZ. He alleges the tweet was vengeance for media reports about their fake friendship. "Forty million crazy fans from all over the world are saying they want to stab me, come to my house and are giving out my address," he told E! News. "Thankfully, I have a guard at the gate. It doesn't make me feel safe when you have 40 million people against me and all know my number and address... [Bieber] is trying to disown me just to protect his image." Bieber's camp told TMZ the singer never even posted the tweet in the first place. But Pederson still wants Bieber to stay 150 yards away from him at all times.
Crazed Fan Blackmails J. Cole via Twitter
(TMZ) - Rapper J. Cole was basically extorted by a sick fan who tweeted a photo of a little girl with a gun to her head ... and claimed he would shoot her if Cole did not respond to his message. The fan tweeted last night "@JColeNC retweet me and I'll buy Born Sinner. Don't retweet me and I'll kill my lil sister." Shortly after the threatening tweet, which refers to Cole's new album ... Cole did indeed retweet the message. It's unclear if the gun is real or where the twisted bastard behind the tweet actually lives. The account, which we're not revealing, claims to be out of Saudi Arabia -- but the truth is it could be anywhere in the world. We reached out to police in North Carolina -- where J. Cole lives -- to see if they were investigating ... but they hadn't heard anything about it. We also contacted Twitter headquarters ... a rep said the company doesn't comment on individual accounts to protect privacy. This morning J. Cole commented about the incident, saying ... "Wildest s**t I ever seen on twitter."/p>
Bieber Involved in a Hit-and-Run! Justin Bieber has been accused of a hit-and-run crash involving a paparazzo in Los Angeles, but police are reportedly now saying that the singer is in the clear. TMZ reported the 19-year-old and Lil Twist hopped into the superstar's Ferrari after leaving the Laugh Factory late Monday night when a swarm of paparazzi surrounded them to take photos. Bieber began driving away, motioning for them to clear out, when he reportedly appeared to pin one photographer between his Ferrari and another car. He did not stop and the paparazzo was later taken to the hospital. The website later reported that the Los Angeles Police Department interviewed Bieber, his reps and witnesses and have determined that this wasn't a hit and run. The teen didn't know he had hit anyone and police are clearing him of any wrongdoing. CBS' KCAL reported that the LAPD confirmed there was an incident involving Bieber that occurred Monday night in Hollywood, but wouldn't provide any further details. No charges have been filed, according to KTLA.
Jay-Z's Dropping a New Album July 4th!Jigga Man is coming back, and it sounds like he’s going to be better than ever! Keeping with the religious theme that seems oh-so popular these days (hello, ‘Yeezus’!), Jay-Z announced (with a commercial) during last night’s NBA Finals game that he would be releasing his 12th studio album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ on July 4. HOV has assembled quite the rag tag group of collaborators for this album, and by rag tag we mean totally awesome. The preview video shows production genius Rick Rubin, along with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell all slaving away on Jay’s tunes in the studio.
Paris Jackson Can't Stand Justin BieberParis Jackson isn’t a Belieber at all — and it has nothing to do with Justin Bieber wanting to be the new Michael Jackson. Jackson lives in the same gated community in Calabasas, Calif. as Bieber, and TMZ sources say she hates the ‘Beauty and a Beat’ singer with a passion. However, while a few of Biebs’ neighbors aren’t fans of the star because of his reckless driving habits, Jackson’s issues cut a lot deeper: she’s mad at him for not raising awareness of self-harm and cutting. Incidentally, Jackson is currently being hospitalized for a suicide attempt and long-time self-harm. If you’ll recall, a horrible hoax among faux Beliebers emerged called “Cutting for Bieber” back in January. Jackson reportedly was furious with Bieber for not drawing more attention to the problem and thinks he’s a “disgrace” for not being a better role model for his impressionable, sizable fan base. At the time of the hoax, Bieber remained silent on the issue, and Jackson thinks he should have spoken out about it instead.
Kim & Kanye Welcome a Baby Girl! Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to KK tell TMZ the baby and Kim are both in good health. We're told Kim delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning ... 5 weeks sooner than originally planned. Our sources say BF Kanye West was there for the entire thing. We're told Kanye cancelled his appearance at his own record release party last night when Kim told him she was feeling "a little off." It is the first child for Kim and Kanye.
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Selena Gomez Ready to Get Nude
The singer and actress, who was largely bikini-clad in the raunchy, March-released flick ‘Spring Breakers,’ is ready to take the next step in her film career; and if that means she has to strip down for movie roles, then so be it. She is not opposed to getting nakey nakes to advance her career.
Miley Cyrus' Parents Are Divorcing Miley Cyrus’ parents, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, are headed for splitsville, a source reports. Married for 19 years, the couple has decided to file for divorce on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” “This is a personal matter and we are doing what is in the best interest of our family. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time,” said a rep for the couple. “As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family,” the couple told ET. “We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.” Miley – who has suffered through her own fair share of relationship woes this year – has yet to reveal her thoughts on the matter, but the young pop star took to Twitter earlier today (June 13) to send her dad the following message:
@billyraycyrus since your text and email obviously aren't working would you like to talk like this?— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 13, 2013
Robin Thicke Scores 1st #1 Hit with 'Blurred Lines'
(The Boom Box) - Robin Thicke just scored his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for "Blurred Lines." This comes six albums into his decade-long career, surprising given how successful he has been thus far. "Blurred Lines," which was produced by Pharrell Williams and also features him and T.I., has received some unorthodox publicity thanks in part to a NSFW version of the accompanying music video, which was originally taken down due to the use of nudity. The song has also been used in a prominent (albeit fairly bizarre) commercial for the Beats Pill speaker line. "Blurred Lines" usurps Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' single "Can't Hold Us" atop the charts. Thicke's sixth album, also titled Blurred Lines, is slated for a July 6 release.
Katy Perry & The Popcats
Duck Dynasty Boys to Release a Christmas Album & a DD Cruise Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas hits stores Oct. 29. It will feature Robertson family vocals, humor… and maybe a few well-placed duck calls if we’ve been nice? Robertson’s wife, Korie, added, “The whole family is going to be involved. It’ll be kind of a variety show-style music CD, and we’ve got some surprises for you. So it’s going to be a lot of fun.” The ideal Family Vacation with America’s FAVORITE Family, The Robertsons! Join Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep and of course Si on a four night cruise to the Caribbean. You will get up close and personal with the entire cast of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”. Find out from Korie, Missy and Jessica what it’s really like to be married to the Robertson boys, and pull up a chair to Miss Kay’s kitchen table for a cooking class.
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Kanye West: "I DID NOT CHEAT ON KIM!"
(TMZ) - Kanye West insists he did NOT cheat on Kim Kardashian with a Canadian model/bartender -- telling TMZ, the woman accusing him of being unfaithful is just out for some easy publicity. 24-year-old Leyla Ghobadi recently did an interview claiming she met Kanye at one of his concerts in July 2012 -- three months after Kim and Kanye began dating. She says Kanye had his security pick her out of the crowd and they went for drinks after. She claims they later engaged in two sexual encounters -- one while Kim was pregnant -- and that Kanye confessed his relationship to Kim was a sham in order to increase his fan base. But a rep for Kanye says it's all BS -- telling us, "This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit. It's a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible 'news' sources." The rep adds, "This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives."
The Wanted and Justin Bieber Are Working Together Since the Wanted and Justin Bieber share a manager in Scooter Braun, it’s no shock that the boy band and pop music’s Boy Wonder have collaborated on a track for the group’s forthcoming new album. Rita Ora also appears on the platter. Max George, the shaved headed member who had a dalliance with Lindsay Lohan at one point, confirmed to The Sun that they’ve worked with producer Dr. Luke, a favorite hitmaker for Katy Perry. George also said they worked with “Nasri who does a lot of Bieber’s stuff and Justin himself.”
2 Chainz Arrested for Drugs [Old picture] 2 Chainz, who was robbed at gunpoint just a few days ago, apparently thought it was a good idea to try and bring pot/San Francisco's "best smoke in the world" on a plane at the LAX airport. When the pot was found in his bag, just hanging out in his checked luggage along with promethazine, which is part of the recipe for sizzurp, he was quickly arrested for a felony narcotics possession, TMZ reports.
Chris Brown "I Like Being the Person Everyone Hates..."After suiting up to attend his court appearance in Los Angeles yesterday (June 10), the 24-year-old singer posted on Twitter, "I like being the person everyone hates. Makes life exciting." Brown's court order was part of his probation review hearing that resulted from the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office's dissatisfaction with his court-ordered community service. And potential probation violation isn't the only offense facing Brown at the moment -- he could also be potentially prosecuted for criminal battery if his January fight with Frank Ocean resurfaces. The preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for July 15, and it looks highly likely that Brown will keep boasting about his bad-boy ways until then.
2 Chainz Robbed at Gunpoint
(The Boom Box via TMZ) - 2 Chainz was being watched this weekend, and it wasn't by the Feds. The rapper, who recently released his Pharrell-assisted new song, "Feds Watching," was robbed at gunpoint Sunday (June 9). TMZ reports that Deuce was in San Francisco at the time of the incident. At 4:30PM, police responded to a "shots-fired call." When they arrived at the scene, they found the rhymer, who was apparently uncooperative with the investigation -- he wanted to deal with the matter on his own. He claimed that his wallet was stolen and nothing else. Surveillance video of the area where the robbery took place showed 2 Chainz was the intended target. Also in the video were members of his entourage fleeing, most likely due to the gunshots being fired. The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the crime.
Miley Cyrus 'Twerks' away at Juicy J show...
Rihanna treats male fan to sexy lap dance!
Bieber Snaps Pic of Fan's Bra..."Guess Everyone Grows Up" Justin Bieber revealed he is getting naughtier tokens of affection from fans these days -- namely bras -- in a possible ongoing effort to prove he is more a man than a teenybopper. Over the weekend Bieber posted a photo of a lone bra resting on a concert stage to his Instagram account, writing, "I guess everyone grows up." It is unclear where or when the 19-year-old, who is on a break from his Believe Tour until June 22, received the lingerie, but it is clear the singer's fans are developing alongside him.
J.Lo Might Be Returning to American Idol Jennifer Hudson reportedly signed on to judge the somewhat struggling Fox juggernaut, and now former judge Jennifer Lopez may be rejoining the judges’ table. Radar Online reports that Lopez and her management have been in talks with ‘Idol’ producers since before Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj even announced their exits from the show — and she was spotted with Ryan Seacrest this week, adding fuel to the rumors of a return. “Benny [Medina, Lopez's manager] told Fox that she does indeed want to return,” a source revealed. “They’re talking. Negotiations are in their infant stages, but they’re underway to get her back to the judges’ table.” Sources say that Lopez is eager to join the ‘Idol’ panel because of the stability it would provide for her twins, Max and Emme. “The twins will enter kindergarten in the Fall and stability is important for them –- and J. Lo -– at this time,” an insider said. “She’s looking for possible schools for the kids in Los Angeles at the moment.” The source added, “If she’s living in L.A. full-time she will be able to focus on her film career and other ventures, including her fashion business.”
Breezy Drama: D.A. Could Still File Charges In Frank Ocean FightChris Brown is under criminal battery investigation ... TMZ has learned. Remember that brawl between Chris and Frank Ocean last January outside a recording studio? Law enforcement told us shortly after the incident the case was closed, but we found out that's not the case. We've learned the L.A. County D.A.'s Office has an active file and is deciding whether to prosecute Brown for battery. It's interesting ... because Ocean never formally pressed charges. Nonetheless ... the case is under review. It's possible the Brown/Ocean incident could come up today at Brown's probation review hearing. Brown is supposed to be in court, and the judge could raise the issue because Chris was ordered to obey all laws. BTW ... Brown is also being investigated for an alleged hit-and-run.
Busta Rhymes Adss Nicki Minaj to 'Twerk It' Remix
(The Boom Box) - Busta Rhymes calls on one woman who can actually perform the act celebrated in the remix to his new song, "Twerk It": Nicki Minaj. The Young Money star, who showed the world how she could twerk for Lil Wayne at the Billboard Music Awards last month, throws on her best patios and serves adlibs while Bussa Bus gets close with his lady. "Come her gyal, we a do/ Hmm, what a gwan, done with that/ Dutty wine, Tony Matterhorn/ Base'll lick you/ Make it clap while I take it off," he raps. Minaj serves boastful lines, informing those around her to treat her like the queen she is. "Dutty gyal, when you see me, and what you fi do/ Bow down, big chain and it heavy too/ Respect," she delivers. A video for the song was filmed earlier this week in New York.
JT, Nas, Jay-Z and Timbaland Are In The Studio Together Justin Timberlake, who successfully resurrected his music career after ditching it for films for a half-decade, will drop his next single from the best-selling ‘The 20/20 Experience’ in the form of ‘Tunnel Vision.’ JT co-wrote ‘Tunnel Vision’ with Jerome ‘J-Roc’ Harmon. The album’s current single ‘Mirrors’ is parked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It followed the comeback track ‘Suit & Tie.’ And it’s been a very good musical year for Timberlake. Even better news is the fact that JT was featured in a photo on the Kodaklens Instagram page alongside Jay-Z, rapper Nas and Timbaland. These four luminaries were in the studio. The caption read: “JAY x JT x NAS x TIMBO Rat Pack s—. For some this is “Work”… For us it’s just Fun. #RocNation.”
Kendrick Lamar Spotted with Eminem at Studio, New Music Maybe?
(MTV) - Kendrick Lamar sure made the most of his time in Detroit Wednesday night: Not only did he perform for thousands of fans on a scheduled stop on his good kid, m.A.A.d city tour, K-Dot also hooked up with Eminem in the studio. Last night, longtime Shady producer Mr. Porter posted a picture of himself, Eminem, Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Royce da 5'9" together. Then a second pic of Eminem and Kendrick hit the Web. Neither the Compton MC nor Em made any mention of the meeting on their social networking sites, though. And the posted pics don't actually mean that the crews have recorded anything.
Justin Bieber's Going to Space Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to sign up to head to space following the NASA cuts over the last few years. He will be joining Richard Branson's Virgin A-list space team of Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio in what will probably be a mission to explore the galaxy and help us find out more about the universe around us. Or maybe they'll just find this slice of pizza. Justin Bieber paid $250,000 to be a modern-day Ferdinand Magellan but that's only .2% of his estimated $110 million net worth so it's kind of like when you splurge on getting some ice cream. At least Bieber will only get that gross space ice cream. Now all we need is a kickstarter to make Bowie in Space a reality.
Justin Timberlake & Pharrell Williams Are Recording Together!Pharrell Williams posted a photo of himself and his boy — that’s how he captioned it – Justin Timberlake in the studio. That leaves us to wonder if and hope that he and JT are working on the second volume of the latter’s ‘The 20/20 Experience.’ Pharrell worked on JT’s amazeballs solo debut ‘Justified’ so hopefully this means they are reuniting. JT is currently putting together the companion to his best-selling ‘The 20/20 Experience,’ so this appears to be all the proof we need that somethin’ is up and that Pharrell and his knob twiddling self will be involved.
Jaden Smith's Simple Life...Weekends at Cartier (HP) Oh, to be 14 again. It was a simpler time. Remember, the junior high dances, your first love, and hitting up the Cartier store every weekend? When asked by New York Magazine if he enjoys spending the money he makes, "After Earth" star Jaden Smith looks back at his early years during his long, 14 revolutions around the Sun. "There was a time in my life when I’d go to Cartier, like, every weekend for like a month," Smith said. We hear you, buddy. Life moves fast. One day you're hanging at Cartier and the next you're studying to get your temps.
Kanye West Star of Fan-Made Video Game "Kanye West 3030 Alpha"
(XXLMag) - Kanye West has become the subject of a new video game—a JRPG, to be exact. Kotaku reports that Mr. West has become the star of a fan-made Japanese role playing game Kanye Quest 3030. The game—whose title is also derived from Del The Funkee Homosapien and Dan The Automator’s Deltron 3030 project—finds the G.O.O.D. Music impresario duking it out with the clone of 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and even Lil B. This isn’t the first fan-made Yeezy video game floating around the Internet. Last year, a fan produced a Flash game called Kanye Zone, in which the player attempts to block Kanye from, “getting into his zone.” Check out the trailer at the top.
Paris Jackson Rushed to Hospital: Possible Suicide Attempt (TMZ) Paris Jackson was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning, and sources tell us it was a suicide attempt. Paris was taken out of her Calabasas family house on a stretcher at around 2 AM and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The 911 call came in at 1:27 AM. We're told the caller reported a possible overdose, although a source connected to the emergency response said there were multiple cuts on one of her wrists. On Tuesday night ... Paris posted some cryptic tweets, including, "I wonder why tears are salty?" ... and "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay." We're told she's doing ok.
Jay-Z in Talks for $20 Million Deal with Samsung
(XXL Mag) - If the New York Post‘s network of sources is to be believed, Jay-Z may be lining up a deal with Samsung Mobile that would be worth $20 million. The Post‘s source was quoted as saying that Jay was interested in creating a “new music-streaming service to promote his acts and music on mobile devices.” Samsung launched its Music Hub last August, which operated as a catch-all of a number of different mobile listening services, offering cloud storage, scan-and-match technology, a digital download store, and Internet Radio. The company also doubled its Music Hub staff in March, reportedly to double down on its status as a media platform in the mobile sphere, according to Billboard.
It’s happening… Kris Jenner's talk show premieres next month
It's called "Kris". Don't worry… it's only in select markets, so you probably won't have to see it.
Miguel's Leg Drop Victim Might Have Brain Damage The girl who took Miguel's leg drop to the head at the Billboard Music Awards may have suffered brain damage ... the victim's lawyer tells TMZ. As you'll recall ... Miguel took a flying, theatrical leap across the stage and landed with thunderous force on Khyati Shah's head. Vip Bhola, Shah's lawyer, says, "Some of the difficulties she's experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury." Bhola says BMA responded to the accident with a pathetic gesture -- an ice pack designed to soothe a bruised elbow. The attorney insists his client should have been rushed to the hospital. Bhola tells us his client is waiting for test results from a neurologist. When the results are in -- sometime next week -- Khyati will decide if a lawsuit is in the cards. Calls to Miguel and the BMA producers were not returned.
Will Smith's "After Earth" Bombs at The Box Office The day a new M. Night Shyamalan movie hits theaters might as well be labeled Critics’ Christmas. Ever since 2004′s The Village — and, even worse, 2006′s Lady in the Water — each successive film from the Academy Award-nominated writer/director has given writers a golden opportunity to one-up each other with jabs at Shyamalan’s oeuvre. And even though it’s more of a Smith-Smith joint than a Shyamalan picture — notice the absence of the director’s name from all of the movie’s promotional material – After Earth has been no exception. So far, the film has earned a paltry score of 32 on Metacritic and a horrendous 12 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes (EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave it a C+), which makes it just slightly more popular than recent misfires like The Host and The Big Wedding.
Keyshawn Johnson Says It Was Bieber Driving NOT Tyler
Tyler, The Creator claims he was drivng Bieber's Car
(MTV) - As it turns out, Keyshawn Johnson was chasing the wrong guy. After the former NFL star got heated last week and accused Justin Bieber of tearing around their Calabasas, California, gated community in his white Ferrari, Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator, stepped up over the weekend to clear the air. "That was me behind the wheel of Justin's vehicle," wrote Tyler, confirming multiple reports that he was driving JB's souped-up sports car. Johnson chased the vehicle after spotting it ripping through the community, eventually chasing the car down to Bieber's house and trying to confront the singer about his need for speed.
Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
Kanye & Kim Are Having a Baby Girl Kim Kardashian revealed via "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" Sunday night (June 2) that she and boyfriend Kanye West are expecting a baby girl. After her physician told the expectant mother that the Kardashian clan would have yet another female addition, Kim said, "I'm so excited we're having a girl. Who doesn't want a girl? They are the best and I know that's really what Kanye has always wanted. He wanted a little girl." Kardashian and West's baby's sex has been kept under wraps until now
Bruce Jenner Calls Out Kanye "He's Never Around" Bruce Jenner just proved what we've all been thinking for the past eight months ... Kanye West is MIA when it comes to Kim Kardashian's pregnancy. “Actually, I have only met him once," Bruce told Maria Menounos, who was shocked by his confession. "He's never ... he's not around," he laughed, adding, "He was in Paris the whole time writing, and he just hasn't been around.” And believe it or not, Brody's revelation was more surprising than Bruce's. “I’ve never met him," the new cast member admitted. "But Kim says great things about him," he continued, "And so does the entire family." "It's girls, but Kanye will come at the end," Khloe told Ryan Seacrest on his morning show, noting, "I think Scott [Disick] and Lamar [Odom] might bring Kanye at the end, because Kanye feels it's a little weird if he's the only guy."
Bruno Mars' Mother Dead at 55The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii. Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars' label, Atlantic Records, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the record. Hernandez was 55 years old. She died in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given.
Rihanna Tops Complex Magazine's "100 Hottest Women Right Now" Rihanna, Alison Brie, Jennifer Lawrence and Beyonce top Complex’s annual “100 Hottest Women Right Now” list. Also featured on the mag’s list are Kerry Washington, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Emilia Clarke, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian.
Taylor Swift's Ticking Off Her Rhode Island NeighborsTaylor Swift may be having a blast in her new Narragansett, Rhode Island beach house … but the locals are wishing she’d blast off somewhere else. Tons of Swift’s new neighbors are furious with her and her security team for apparently blocking access to a public beach by roping off her property, which is right near a public path to the shore. “Now that summer has come and people are getting ready to use the beach, people are really grumbling about having Taylor in town,” a source griped to Radar Online. “Her property line is at the path to the public beach and she always has guards patrolling the area. It’s making it such a hassle.” Check out some of the angry tweets here
Woman Sues MAC, Claiming Herpes Came from Rihanna Lipstick
(The Boom Box) - A 28-year-old woman from Harlem, N.Y., claims she contracted herpes after using a Rihanna-endorsed lipstick at a MAC pop-up shop earlier this month. Starkeema Greenidge filed a lawsuit against MAC, in which she alleges that a MAC representative used RiRi Woo on her lips, which, in turn, caused her to subsequently contract the virus because a new lipstick tube wasn't used. "(MAC) didn't use a fresh or new lipstick tube, but rather one that had been used for other patrons," information in the suit reveals.
Nicki Minaj Is Quitting American Idol Too
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 30, 2013
Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" Tops ChartsAfter an eight year hiatus, Daft Punk is back and for the first time in their lengthy career, their album has debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Good things certainly come to those who wait, and both fans and the French duo are reaping the benefits of this philosophy. Fans got an instantly classic album with ‘Random Access Memories,’ while Daft Punk are boasting record sales — moving 339,000 copies in the release’s first week on sale. The only other album to sell more in its first week was Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience,’ — the singer’s first album in seven years. ‘Random Access Memories’ was released to high critical acclaim and is certainly turning both pop and EDM music on it’s head. Their lead-off single ‘Get Lucky’ is a disco anthem that seems to be setting up pop music to go in a vastly different direction than it’s been headed.
Mariah's Officially Done With American IdolIn news that we all saw coming, Mariah Carey has officially announced that she will not be returning as a judge on ‘American Idol‘ for Season 13. The FOX network issued a joint statement with FremantleMedia (the production company behind ‘Idol) that read (via E! News), “Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come.” Only the fate of Keith Urban remains a mystery. Nicki Minaj is most likely out as a judge as well with sources saying she would not be returning due to her busy touring and recording schedules. Veteran panelist Randy Jackson also quit the show after his 12th (very drama-filled!) season.
Beyonce Peeved H&M Digitally Altered Her Bikini Ads Beyonce is miffed at H&M bosses. What did the execs at the discount retailer do to ruffle the feathers of the queen and their spokesmodel for the summer 2013 collection, which is full of bikinis aka “beykinis” and swimsuits? They tried to Photoshop her, that’s what.“When Beyonce found out they had edited the way her body really looked, she hit the roof,” the source shared. “She’s a true diva and was furious that she had been given such a snubbing. Her people refused to give the pictures the green light so H&M were forced to use the originals.” A rep for H&M confirmed that there were “discussions” about the photos, but that the final published images were not edited. The rep said, “As with all campaigns there are discussions on which images should be used. Both H&M and Beyonce are very happy with the final result.”
Is M. Night Shyamalan getting into the Reality TV Business?
(TMZ) - Looking like the latest Kardashian TV show spin-off, movie director M. Night Shyamalan brought along his gorgeous brunette wife and three daughters to the premiere of "After Earth" in New York City on Wednesday. While the 42-year-old "The Sixth Sense" filmmaker has not revealed any plans to exploit his beautiful brood by having a bunch of cameras follow them around documenting every single scripted scenario, you never know what kind of last minute twist M. Night might have up his sleeve. I see reality show people.
Kanye's "Yeezus" Might Not Be Available for Pre-Order Sorry, Kanye West fans, but if you’re looking to get your mitts on ‘Yeezus’ as soon as it hits stores on June 18, you’re totally out of luck. It seems as though Yeezy is barring his sixth solo studio album from pre-order. West’s friend and fashion designer, Jean Touitou, posted a picture of the album with a caption that reads, “No pre-order. Please purchase June 18.” Uh, what? Why? We get that Kanye is trying to be mysterious and all, but not allowing fans to pre-order an album is honestly just a stupid business move. Kanye is pretty much saying to fans, “Nah, I don’t want your money. Just pirate my album instead.” It seems like Kanye is following through on this asinine tactic seeing as ‘Yeezus’ is nowhere to be found in the iTunes store.
Jelena Back On! Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are “officially” back on. However, there is a “but.” (There’s always a but!) Sources say they are said to be in a trial relationship so they can test the waters and take it slow to avoid a repeat of past mistakes. An insider revealed the status of the pair to Hollywood Life, saying that they have fully reunited but that they are treading lightly, one step at a time, to make sure that being together is what each of them truly wants. “Justin and Selena are dating but they are taking things slow,” the source shared. “Selena is keeping her heart from being broken, so she is definitely looking at this as a trial period in their relationship. She’s definitely taking [baby] steps back.”
Tiesto & Daft Punk Are The Richest EDM ArtistsTiesto’s net worth is a whopping $65 million with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo both worth around $60 million. How are these guys worth so much? Well, Tiesto earns around $250,000 for every performance and hauled in $20 million alone last year, and that’s AFTER the Netherlands 52% income taxation. The guys of Daft Punk owe their monetary success to music sales, royalties, merchandise and more. Just goes to show all those aspiring artists out there that the key to success and longevity is making amazing music! Skrillex has made a name for himself in the past couple years and his net worth is certainly reflecting that! He’s doubled his worth from $8 million to $16 million — making $15 million in the past 12 months. Other artists making appearances on the list are David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Afrojack, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Avicii, and (suprisingly) former ‘Jersey Shore’ cast member, DJ Pauly D.
Drake's Dad Uploads Tracklisting for New Album on Instagram
(The Smoking Section) - Drake might want to yank his father – born Dennis Graham – off of Instagram. The rapper’s dad uploaded an image of, what appears to be, the tracklisting for his baby boy’s forthcoming album Nothing Was The Same on the social media website today, along with the caption “nwts.” The image has, of course, since been removed from his account, but, as we all know, nothing gets deleted from the Internet. This isn’t the first time Crown Royal Papa has spilled the beans on Drake’s project. Earlier this month, he revealed to a fan on Instagram that Nothing… had an August 27th release date. If the tracklisting is legit, as it appears, it’s going to be one helluva summer.
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth are Dunzo! Looks like Liam Hemsworth's brothers got their wish. A few weeks after Chris and Luke Hemsworth staged an intervention with their younger sibling to voice their concerns about his engagement to fiancee Miley Cyrus, the Hunger Games actor has called it quits with the former Disney star, multiple sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly. "They are definitely over," one insider tells Us of the ex-lovebirds, who met on the set of The Last Song in 2009 and got engaged in June 2012. (Hemsworth, 23, proposed with a 3.5-carat diamond ring, which Cyrus, 20, has worn on and off ever since.) The split comes after months of back and forth between the two, including a recent public display of affection at a party at the "Can't Be Tamed" singer's L.A. home. Prior to that, the couple of nearly four years took some time apart and put their wedding plans on hold while Hemsworth regrouped in his native Australia.
Adam Levine on The Voice "I Hate This Country"
It's a case of a hot mic that's gotten Adam Levine in some hot water! On Tuesday's elimination round of "The Voice," Levine was heard muttering "I hate this country" when his contestants, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, were sent packing. Fans of the singing show took to Twitter after Adam's statement -- some agreeing with the Maroon 5 crooner and others clearly ticked off over his controversial comment. Levine defended himself online after the fan backlash, tweeting definitions of words like "misunderstand," "lighthearted" and "joke."
Beyonce let a Male Fan have it for Smacking Her Ass During a ConcertBEYONCÉ performed in Denmark on Monday . . . and while she was singing "Irreplaceable", a male fan got a little FRISKY with her. He reached over and smacked her backside. Naturally, Beyoncé did NOT like that. She glared at him . . . and said, quote, "I'm going to have you escorted out of here now!" It's unclear if she followed through on that threat, but some reports say he was allowed to stay. Just before the fan made his move, it looks like Beyoncé pointed the mic at him so he could sing along. He already had his hand up and ready at that point.
Ludacris Talks about his "Elite" Status in Hip Hop
Bieber Under Investigation For Reckless Driving Justin Bieber is under police investigation for ANOTHER reckless driving incident -- allegedly driving his Ferrari at breakneck speeds in his gated community. The incident occurred at around 8 PM Sunday night. L.A. County Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore tells TMZ ... cops received 2 separate calls in different locations in the Calabasas community. Sources say one of the callers was Keyshawn Johnson. Whitmore says the callers reported Bieber was driving at a "startling high rate of speed." At least one child was playing in the area where Bieber was allegedly driving. We're told cops responded but Bieber refused to speak with them.
Miguel's Twitter Rant Miguel, who made TIME magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and is of both African-American and Mexican-American decent, is not one to shy away from controversy. The singer took to Twitter this weekend to express quite a few thoughts:
the problem can not be fixed until the problem is recognized. Not everyone is the same thank goodness. And obviously, I love all my fans— Miguel (@MiguelUnlimited) May 27, 2013
Of course EVERYONE is judgemental. I just PERSONALLY believe WE are the most critical of our own— Miguel (@MiguelUnlimited) May 27, 2013
Amanda Bynes Goes After Rihanna on Twitter The troubled former actress took aim at Rihanna via Twitter, saying that Chris Brown beat her because she’s not pretty enough. Bynes, who retired from acting and has since gone nuclear with arrests, apparent substance abuse issues and more wigs than Nicki Minaj, threatens to sue publications via tweets all the time. Bynes tweeted: “@rihanna Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.” She quickly deleted the post, but nothing dies on the Internet. Bynes also tweeted disgust at RiRi often referring to people as her “lover,” which made Bynes want to name her new dog Rihanna. No one is sure why Rihanna was Bynes’ target, but the onetime actress is a hotly watched and discussed media topic right now, which is why her tweets grab headlines. Ri saw the tirade and did offer a brilliant reply, which is below.
Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 26, 2013
Chris Brown's in BIG Trouble(TMZ) TMZ has learned the LAPD is investigating the singer, and it could trigger a probation violation that could land him in prison. What could have been a simple fender bender earlier this week is now a full-blown hit-and-run investigation ... after Chris Brown allegedly refused to give the driver he rear-ended his driver's license #. We're told he also gave the woman incorrect insurance info. What's more ... we're now told Chris copped an attitude when the woman pressed him for his ID, before refusing to ante up his DL. Brown is on probation for the Rihanna beating, and one of the conditions is that he obey all laws. If there's probable cause to believe he broke the law by leaving the scene without fully disclosing information required by law, his probation could be violated and Chris could go to prison for up to 4 years. We're told LAPD would like to chit chat with Chris ... STAT. Calls to Chris' camp weren't returned.
Blackstreet Bandmates in Legal War Chauncey Black, one of the founding members of the group Blackstreet, does not like the way Teddy Riley works it ... so he's taking him to court. Black claims in a new lawsuit he owns the name, but Teddy's been using it illegally. It's actually a bit more complicated. Black says originally Teddy owned the name but his trademark expired and Black then snapped it up. Black claims Riley has flagrantly violated his rights by performing with another band and passing themselves off as Blackstreet. As for why they're not performing together, Black claims he can't work with Riley because of his "uncooperation." A rep for Riley tells TMZ, "At this time we have no comment on ANY of the ridiculous and frivolous claims APPARENTLY being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka'Black.'"
Charlie Sheen Changes Name for new 'MACHETE' Film
(TMZ) - Charlie Sheen used his birth name Carlos Estevez in the new Robert Rodriguez film Machete Kills, according to TMZ. It is the first time in the actor's career he was not billed as Charlie Sheen. Director Rodriguez' films, such as El Mariachi, Desperado and Machete, often celebrate Latino pride. Martin Sheen, Charlie's father, was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez from his Spanish father's side. He made up "Martin Sheen" to get acting jobs but never changed his name legally. He passed his last name by birth, Estevez, to all four of his children. Martin has said he regrets not using his real name as an actor.