Saturday, April 16, 2011
'I will be donating all of my personal proceeds...to various human rights organizations,' singer says of concert linked to Libyan dictator.
By Shawn Adler
R&B superstar Usher announced Friday (March 4) that he was donating to various charities proceeds from appearing at a private event at St. Barts linked to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to a statement made to the Associated Press.
The Grammy award winner's renouncement comes after similar announcements from singers Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, and Beyoncé, all of whom were revealed to have performed at private concerts linked to the Middle Eastern leader, who has faced open revolt and major political uprisings since February.
"I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Bart's event that took place on New Year's Eve 2009," Usher said of the concert, at which he appeared alongside Beyoncé but did not perform. "I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations."
Usher has already begun the process, having made a donation to Amnesty International, the AP reports. The exact size of the donation is not known.
The New Year's Eve gig was reportedly for Moammar's fourth son Muastassim, who an unnamed music industry source told MTV News has a history of throwing lavish parties "jammed" with supermodels.
Beyoncé, who sang at the event, donated all proceeds from her performance to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, established in the wake of the Haitian earthquake.
"All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year's Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts for Haiti over a year ago," the "Halo" singer's publicist said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "Once it became known that the third-party promoter was linked to the Qaddafi family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause."
Singer Nelly Furtado tweeted February 28 that she plans to make similar amends.
"In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Gadhafi clan to perform a 45 min. show for guests at a hotel in Italy," she tweeted. "I am going to donate the $."
The leader of Libya since a successful military coup in 1969, Gadhafi has reportedly lost control of much of his country as a result of widespread uprisings. The United Nations voted unanimously to refer the dictator to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.Related Artists
Friday, April 15, 2011
New Orleans Hornets baller Chris Paul's fiancee/baby moms Jada got a sneak peek at what his bachelor party would be like last night. Nicki Minaj pulled him on stage for her nightly lap dance. Watch Nicki make Chris blush inside.....
The I Am Music Tour II rolled into New Orleans--Lil Wayne's hometown--for one of their largest tour stops. And, of course, NBA baller Chris Paul was at the New Orleans arena to support Young Money.
Peep the vid.
In a recent interview, Da Brat applauds Nicki Minaj for her talent and warns others not to hate on her because there are so few women in the game.
She says we need to support the ones who are opening doors for others.
Though Courteney Cox and David Arquette's split has been surprisingly friendly, it's also been as public as it gets. Now, the couple has revealed even more about both their married life and their lives since their split to shock jock Howard Stern.
In an interview with both parties, Stern uncovered that sex was a big part of the reason that the couple, who's been married for 11 years, is no longer together. Cox said her husband has a constant desire for sex -- and that she's just not that into it. But Arquette countered that it's much more complicated than that.
"I know I'm more in touch with what she needs now," he said Thursday. "She takes one sort of thing or a couple times and she clumps it and that's what happens all the time in our relationship. It's not really true."
"That was like the worst – I can't even tell you," the actress, 46, told Stern. "I had just woken up, he'd been up – you know he doesn't sleep."
Courteney says, when it comes down to it, she and Arquette just have a lot of conflicting personality traits.
"The truth of the matter is that we love each other so much. We have such affection for each other, but we are very different," she said. "I'm a homebody. I like to have people over, but I'm a little socially not ... I don't love it. David --he doesn't drink anymore, he's completely sober -- but he likes to go out and dance. He really is a very gregarious guy. He's very outgoing. I'm much more of an introvert."
Recent rumors say Cox is getting close to her Cougar Town costar Josh Hopkins, whom she recently vacationed with. Though her rep says they are just friends, Cox didn't come right out and deny the romance. But she did say that her costars "really don't want to get involved in this mess."
When bluntly asked by Stern if she has had sex with anyone else since her split from Arquette in October, she said, "I have not had sex."
The radio host went on to suggest that Hopkins may want to be more than just friends with Cox, but she insists that none of her costars have those feelings for her.
"If they do, they're not letting me know," she insists. "I mean I think they like David too much and it's too weird of a situation."
Being one of Hollywood's hottest young actors undoubtedly comes with a loss of privacy, but Taylor Lautner knows that it's part of the job and says that he wouldn't change a thing.
In a sit down with MTV, the 19-year-old told, "Obviously there's the loss of privacy and the paparazzi and the media. It comes with the territory, and I know that, and I wouldn't trade it. It just comes with it. But I'm so thankful for everything, I'll take that stuff."
Taylor, who is about to wrap up filming on "Breaking Dawn," also revealed that the thought of having free time freaks him out a bit, as he said, "To be honest, I'm pretty scared because whenever I finish filming a movie and I go home and just have time to relax, I wake up and I'm like, 'What am I going to do today?"
Of the change in schedule, Lautner continued, "It's so weird not having to wake up at 5 a.m., go to work, come back. It's a weird feeling, so I'm excited but also a little nervous. I might go a little crazy. Got to start getting into that art and stamp collecting."
If you click the flower pot, a flower pot appears and the seed is planted inside. You're then presented with two further choices -- a water can or a bottle of fertilizer. Each choice you make causes your creation to morph, and presents you with two other choices.
There's no winning or losing, really. Each "game" usually lasts around four or five choices, at which point the plant/animal dies in some creative (but not too gruesome) way. At this point you instantly start over with a new seed.
The graphics are captivating; the whole thing has a cinematic feel to it, with a bit of artificial camera shake added for style.
All in all, it's a fun, peaceful way to spend a few minutes, and it might even make you think a little bit while you're at it.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Singer confirms the rumors about her Femme Fatale lineup on her website Tuesday.
By Jocelyn Vena
After weeks of speculation, Nicki Minaj has at last been confirmed as the replacement for Enrique Iglesias on Britney Spears' upcoming Femme Fatale tour.
The ladies will also be joined by Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo on the all-female lineup. "This is the Femme Fatale tour, and I'm thrilled to have the hot Nicki Minaj join me and Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo will get everyone on the dance floor," Spears said on her website. "Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road."
Minaj will join Spears after she wraps up touring with Lil Wayne on his I Am Still Music tour, which finishes up May 1 in New Jersey. Last week, Minaj told to MTV News that she was in talks to join the tour, after rumors began swirling that the sassy Queens MC would be hitting the road with the veteran pop superstar.
The tour kicks off on June 16 in Sacramento, California, and will run for 26 dates through North America, winding up on August 13 in Toronto. Select tickets go on sale on April 30.
Spears manager Larry Rudolph, told MTV News that Britney's tour will have the post-apocalyptic vibe that's been present in her recent live sets and the video for "Till the World Ends."
"The way we come up with a concept for a show like this is we sit with Britney, she talks to us about what she's interested in and what excites her," Rudolph explained. "We start with the songs on the album; we start with coming up with general, broad concepts. She tells us what interests her and excites her, and from there, we have [the input of music tour director] Jamie King and [choreographer] Brian Friedman."
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