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Adam Lambert Shocks Crowd, Viewers at American Music Awards

November 23, 2009

Adam Lambert did his best impression of Britney Spears and Madonna as he stunned the audience and the millions watching the American Music Awards live on ABC last night with his version of “For Your Entertainment.”

I didn’t watch, but apparently Lambert simulated oral sex with a male dancer, kissed keyboardist Tommy Ratliff, grabbed his crotch and finally, flipped off the crowd.

Sounds like I didn’t miss much :)

So…ABC…I wonder how “Disney Friendly” this performance was!

From the New York Daily News:

A hip-thrusting Lambert continued to raise eyebrows by grasping the head of a male backup dancer and pulling him into his gyrating crotch, a move the ABC network choose to cut audio from for some unknown reason.

The shock-and-awe continued with the singer getting his privates grabbed by a tutu-wearing female dancer, as well as him snapping the bikini area of another female’s costume.

If viewer’s mouths weren’t open in shock yet, Lambert had more to come.

Following a quick recovery from a tumble across some scaffolding, Lambert took a break from singing to forcefully play tonsil hockey with a male keyboardist from his band.

With a look of defiance on his face, the singer proceeded to end his jaw-dropping set with the high-pitched wail he became most known for during his “Idol” days.

Marking his satisfaction from his performance, Lambert tweeted after the show, “All hail freedom of expression and artistic integrity. :) fans: I adore u.”

From Reuters:

Millions of viewers saw Lambert simulate oral sex with a back-up dancer, plant a passionate kiss on the mouth of a male keyboard player and gesture to the audience with his middle finger during the closing act of the live music awards show.

Broadcaster ABC cut away from one moment in which Lambert rubbed his crotch for its U.S. West Coast version that aired later on Sunday evening. But by then, the singer’s racy rendition of his debut single “For Your Entertainment” was already on its way to becoming the talking point of the show.

“Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out,” said Lambert, who publicly declared he was gay after “American Idol” ended in May.

“We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom,” the singer, 27, told Rolling Stone magazine after Sunday’s show.

New Zebrahead Album Due Out December 8

November 11, 2009

The latest album, Panty Raid, is a cover album featuring some of the best “girl” songs out there. Should be a great one!

You can buy an advance copy here for just $10 plus shipping.

Here’s their first video from the album: “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

Here’s the list of songs on the album:

01. Survivor (Destiny’s Child)
02. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
03. Underneath It All (No Doubt)
04. Trouble (Shampoo)
05. London Bridge (Fergie)
06. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
07. Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne)
08. Sweet Escape (Gwen Stefani)
09. (Introduction)
10. Jenny From The Block (Jennifer Lopez)
11. Rehab (Amy Winehouse)
12. Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls)
13. Introduction
14. Oops!… I Did It Again (Britney Spears)
15. Get The Party Started (P!NK)
16. Mickey (Toni Basil)

Britney Spears Ticks Off Australian Fans

November 8, 2009

Oh Britney…that lip-synching has got to stop!

In her latest outing to Australia, Britney Spears lip-synched most of her songs, singing only on ballads.

From The Daily Telegraph:

Fans walked out after only three songs at Perth’s Burswood Dome on Friday, upset by her lacklustre performance.

Many claimed her show was not worth the $200 they had paid.

The lip-synch controversy has dogged Spears since she arrived in Australia and made headlines around the world, including on US TV’s CNN.

Adding to Spears’ woes, media companies, including News Limited, refused to photograph the concert after being asked to signrestrictive agreements by her management. None were imposed on video journalists.

From E! Online:

The promoter of this tour leg refuted claims of fans fleeing the Circus, telling The Australian newspaper “Britney is aware of all this and she’s extremely upset by it.”

Also issuing a nuanced response were reps for the Burswood Entertainment Complex where the Perth concert was held, who announced, “From Burswood’s perspective, the event was a huge success.”

Not sure how well that response will go over with the woman who told the Telegraph, “It was a waste of $200—I could have got four pairs of shoes for that.”

Spears’ manager, Adam Leber, also came to the superstar’s defense via Twitter, claiming that it was the work of a sole Australian journalist that sparked the lip-synch debate.

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs New Anti-Paparazzi Law

October 14, 2009

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, of California, has signed a new bill into law that will fine paparazzi for taking photos that invade a celebrity’s right to privacy and also targets media outlets who purchase the photos.

Good! I have to agree with this one. Although I believe that public figures and celebrities have “somewhat” given up their right to privacy, the paparazzi has gotten too far out of hand.

The question is: where does is the line between following celebrity gossip, and the paparazzi, drawn. Should we punish Web sites such as TMZ? Should Perez Hilton not be allowed to speak his views? I think it’s pretty obvious that this law is being put in place to stop the “over the top” incidents that seem to make the news every so often (or every day if you watch the news sometimes).

From CNN:

Throngs of photographers often jockey to get the perfect shot of a celebrity, but that doesn’t mean it’s welcomed. Britney Spears famously had enough one night, taking an umbrella to a photographer’s SUV.

In 1998, Schwarzenegger himself had his car swarmed by paparazzi while he was picking up his child from school.

Jennifer Aniston received $550,000 and an apology from a photographer who used a high-powered telephoto lens to shoot her in the backyard wearing only panties.

While paparazzi may get a bad rap for their methods, celebrity columnist Ben Widdicombe said things are not always what they seem.

“A lot of times the shot you see in the magazine is actually orchestrated by the celebrity themselves,” said celebrity columnist Ben Widdicombe. “Celebrities like Britney Spears, for example, are infamous in the industry for letting their assistants tell the paparazzi when they’ll be leaving the gates.”

Celebrity photos can be big business, especially when it comes to major milestones. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher reportedly pocketed $3 million from OK for their 2005 union. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker received $2 million from OK for photos of their lavish Paris, France, wedding.

Ashton Kutcher Takes On CNN

April 16, 2009

Let’s get ready to ruuuummmmmble! Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a popularity contest on the social media site Twitter. This should be good!

From CNN:

The celebrity and the news network are racing to get 1 million followers on the micro-blogging site, where users post 140-character messages.

Kutcher challenged CNN to the race with a Web video posted on Tuesday. If he wins, Kutcher says he will “ding-dong ditch” CNN founder Ted Turner’s house.

“I found it astonishing that one person can actually have as big of a voice online as what an entire media company can on Twitter,” Kutcher says in a video, which was shot from inside a car and was posted on Qik.com.

“So I just thought that was just kind of an amazing comment on the state of our media, and I said that, if I beat CNN to 1 million viewers, then I would ding-dong ditch Ted Turner — because I don’t think it’s gonna happen.”

From CNET:

CNN gained nearly a million Twitter followers on Wednesday when it acquired the @cnnbrk Twitter account.

The account, the largest on Twitter with more than 947,000 followers, had been maintained and nurtured by James Cox. CNN did not disclose financial details of the acquisition, probably because rules at the microblogging site prohibit the selling of Twitter accounts.

The acquisition comes as the race to 1 million Twitter followers heats up. As of Wednesday afternoon, Ashton Kutcher was in second place with 917,000 followers, followed closely by Britney Spears, who has about 913,000 followers.

Kutcher publicly challenged CNN to a race to 1 million users on Tuesday in a video posted to Qik.com.

“I found it astonishing that one person can actually have as big of a voice online as what an entire media company can on Twitter,” Kutcher said. “And so I just thought that was just kind of an amazing comment on the state of our media, and I said that, if I beat CNN to 1 million viewers, then I would ding-dong ditch Ted Turner–because I don’t think it’s gonna happen.”

How a Twitter Hack Can Hurt You

January 6, 2009

Interesting piece today about the Twitter attack which took place over the weekend.

As most of you know,  many Twitter users received scam tweets, or direct messages this weekend, to visit certain sites or blogs.

The URL which was found in the message redirected to a fake login page so that the hackers could steal the users login credentials.

Yesterday, Twitter officials revealed several high profile accounts, such as those of Rick Sanchez, Britney Spears and Barack Obama had been hacked.

Funny, my account wasn’t hacked?? What gives :)

From Network World:

“It appears someone gained access to the tools Twitter uses to control its millions of accounts,” explained Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos PLC. “Internal tools used by the tech support team were compromised. It’s not clear if it was an inside job, or outside hacker. Twitter does say they think it was an individual.”

The hack, according to Cluley, is much more serious than the earlier phishing attack because it was compromise of the system that potentially exposed all Twitter users to the following dangers.

Fraudulent password use If you gain access to someone’s Twitter account, you might be able to gain access to their password, said Cluley.

“We know that 41 percent of people admit to using the same password on every web site and account that they access,” he said.

Hackers, while gaining access to something seemingly simply like a username and password to one account may very well be able to use the information to gain access to more important information, such as your bank account.

Malware Infection Twitter officials said 33 accounts had been attacked in the latest hack, including high-profile users such as Britney Spears and Barack Obama. The hackers used their temporary access to send offensive messages. CNN journalist Rick Sanchez found his account had been hacked with a message that read “i am high on crack right now might not be coming to work today.”

The damage could have been much worse, said Cluley, if the hacker had decided to take a different approach.

“Imagine if instead, in the case of Britney Spears account for example, that the hacker had posted a link that said: ‘Here’s my new video. Click on this link.’ Imagine how many people would have clicked on that and it could have pointed to malware? And Barack Obama is one of the most followed people on Twitter. If he said: ‘I’ve just made a new speech. Check it out.’ a lot of people would click on that link and get infected.”

Twitter Accounts Hacked

January 5, 2009

The Twitter accounts of President-elect Barack Obama, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, Britney Spears, Fox News and 29 others were hacked Monday according to the microblog site, leading to false and inappropriate messages being posted on their accounts.

From CNET:

Clarification: Twitter has clarified that this incident was the work of a hacker and separate from the phishing scheme.

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is one of the most popular users on microblogging service Twitter, with nearly 40,000 followers and a Twitterholic rank in the top 20. Unfortunately for Sanchez, it looks like he fell victim to the phishing scam that has been plaguing the popular service for several days now.

In a “tweet” that has since been deleted, Sanchez’s account displayed the message “i am high on crack right now might not be coming into work today”–and we’re pretty sure that did not come from Sanchez himself. He has now posted a response tweet explaining that his account was hacked.

Over the weekend, reports began to surface that there was a password-stealing phishing scam making the rounds on Twitter. Disguising itself as a private message that led to a fake Twitter log-in screen, the scam was widespread enough for Twitter to put a warning message on all members’ home pages alerting them of the issue.

Why did so many people fall for it? Well, the fake Twitter log-in screen looked pretty darn authentic. And because there are so many third-party applications based on Twitter’s application program interface (API), tons of avid users are used to throwing their Twitter passwords around left and right. That is, it goes without saying, probably not the safest habit to get into.

It looks as if the aim of the phishing scam may have been to take over the accounts of some of the service’s most popular users: the account for Fox News, as well as pop singer Britney Spears, also had their passwords stolen and offensive tweets sent out. The Fox News tweet, for the record, concerned the sexual orientation of pundit Bill O’Reilly; the Spears tweet made some tawdry allegations about her naughty bits.

UPDATE: Twitter has posted an official blog entry explaining that this is different from the phishing issue. Rather, it was a hacker’s doing:

The issue with these 33 accounts is different from the Phishing scam aimed at Twitter users this weekend. These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the email address associated with their Twitter account when they can’t remember or get stuck. We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline. We’ll put them back only when they’re safe and secure.

Props to marketing blogger Ian Schafer for grabbing this screenshot.

From ClickZ News:

A number of big name Twitter accounts were hacked this morning, a day after Twitter users were targeted in a large-scale phishing attack.

In all, 33 accounts were briefly commandeered by a person or persons who got their hands on editing tools used by Twitter’s support team. Among the victims were some of the best-known Twitterers, including Barack Obama, CNN’s Rick Sanchez and Britney Spears. The Obama hijackers, who had control of the Prez-Elect’s account for just a few minutes, took the opportunity to post an affiliate link to a page with a survey and promotion.

From CNN:

First Fox News Twitter followers read a false message about Bill O’Reilly’s sexuality Monday morning after hackers launched several attacks.

Then came the attack on pop princess Britney Spears private parts.

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, who uses Twitter on his TV show to interact with the audience, also fell victim to the scam, when a hacker posted about drugs on his account.

Twitter is a social-networking blog site that allows users to send status updates, or “tweets,” from cell phones, instant messaging services and Facebook in less than 140 characters.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote on the site’s blog that the accounts were compromised after a hacker accessed tools the support team uses when a Twitter user can’t remember or wants to reset their login info.

“We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline,” Stone said in the blog post. “We’ll put them back only when they’re safe and secure.”

Jennifer Dargan, Director of Public Relations for CNN confirmed Sanchez’s account was compromised.

“As a result, some Twitter users may have received offensive messages attributed to Rick when the breach occurred,” she said. “This is annoying, though such breaches are not uncommon when using social networking sites.”

“Rick has notified Twitter of his account’s breach and taken some basic steps to secure his account’s access. Rick enjoys communicating with viewers via Twitter and he and many others at CNN find social networking a valuable tool in their shows. Rick will continue to use Twitter — along with MySpace and Facebook — to engage CNN’s audience.”

The attacks came after Twitter suffered a vicious phishing scam over the weekend, during which everyday Twitter users may have been tricked into logging on to a page masquerading as the Twitter front page, according to the site.

Instead, users were actually giving out their login information. The fake link was then passed along to anyone following that user.

Twitter posted a small notice on the page of each user warning them about the attacks.

Britney Spears’ Dad Gets a Raise

December 23, 2008

Congratulations! A Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner gave Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father, a $6,000-a-month raise to look after Britney’s finances.

From Fox News:

Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears had been making about $10,000 a month since February to look after Britney’s finances.

But, apparently, that wasn’t enough.

A Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner gave Jamie a $6,000-a-month raise on Monday.

A nice Christmas bonus! But that’s not all.

Jamie Spears also gets an additional $1,200-a-month expense accoung to keep up an office to deal with his daughter’s affairs.

Doesn’t she have a few houses where he could just set up in the den?

Without the expense account, Britney’s dad’s hourly wage comes to about $75/hour.

But from the looks of things, it is money well spent. Britney’s new CD Circus debuted at No.1 on the Billboard charts, and the singer and mother-of-two has curbed her previous, panty-free ways.

Goodbye TRL…Does This Mean No More Music on MTV?

November 17, 2008

After ten years, thousands of videos and squealing young girls, MTV has said goodbye to “Total Request Live”. Was this the only show which still showed music videos on MTV? I haven’t watched in so long that I wasn’t sure.

MTV

Credit: MTV

From the Associated Press:

Carson Daly chatted with Eminem, Beyonce gave a show-stopping performance, girls shrieked at the sight of Justin Timberlake and hundreds of fans lined up outside in Times Square for a glimpse at superstars.

For few hours, it seemed like old times at MTV’s “Total Request Live” — back when the show was not only music’s most powerful force but a dominant part of pop culture. Unfortunately, it took the show’s demise to make it relevant again.

MTV pulled the plug on its most influential franchise Sunday night following years of declining ratings, but not before marking the occasion with celebration and nostalgia, as some of pop’s biggest stars paid respects to the show that helped launch their careers.

“I feel like they’re kinda tearin’ down my home,” Eminem said via phone as he and Daly, “TRL’s” first and most famous host, commiserated during the live, three-hour broadcast from the show’s headquarters.

“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Diddy, the show’s most frequent guest, said as he cried mock tears and gave one of the final waves to the Times Square audience from “TRL’s” glass-encased studios above.

MTV has had other shows that will be remembered for changing the musical landscape, including “Yo! MTV Raps,” but perhaps none greater than “TRL.” It made its debut in 1998, just as the teen pop phenomenon was about to explode, when the rap-rock hybrid was bubbling over, and groups like Destiny’s Child were considered emerging acts.

While its concept of a video countdown show wasn’t new, its model — which included a live show, an audience full of enthusiastic kids and viewer feedback — helped energize the teen fan base and made them music’s tastemakers. Soon, “TRL” would become an integral part of boosting the careers of superstars like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Eminem and Christina Aguilera. It’s no coincidence that their biggest sales, and pop’s huge sales boom in the new millennium, came during the show’s most potent era.

“If it wasn’t for ‘TRL,’ I don’t think I would have this launching pad for my career,” said a cigar-smoking Kid Rock, who came to prominence as a raucous rap-rocker on “TRL” with his baudy hit “Bawitdaba” but has since morphed into a country-rock career that is more CMT than MTV.

“It’s a big loss, not having this as a platform to promote our music,” said 50 Cent in the show’s waning moments.

In its prime, “TRL” had “American Idol”-like power to influence sales on the pop charts, and became a required stop, not only for those on the road to pop stardom, but those in TV, movies and even sports superstars. Tom Cruise and Will Smith made stops before a new movie; all-star athletes like Derek Jeter mingled with the teens; even legends like Madonna and Michael Jackson made sure they got “TRL” face-time.

From the New York Times:

“TRL,” the afternoon video show that has been an MTV flagship for 10 years, came to an end on Sunday night with the network’s version of a New Orleans funeral. For three hours, a party of pop stars, former hosts and thousands of ecstatic young fans celebrated its legacy with shouts, hits, bling and tears.

For the 2,247th and last episode of “TRL,” Beyoncé sang and danced in the studio, Fall Out Boy played on a temporary stage on Broadway, 50 Cent apparently arrived just in time for his performance (although he made sure to swing by the press room earlier), and Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Nelly shared a stage like a chummy hip-hop brat pack.

“This is like a big high school reunion in a way,” Mr. Timberlake told Carson Daly, the show’s former host, who had returned for the finale. “We kind of all grew up together.”

Not all guests had such wholesome toasts. Kid Rock entered the studio with a glass of beer, a fragrant cigar and a big grin. “I used to come here and they would say, ‘Hey, man, you’ve got to put the cigar out,’” he said. “Well, guess what? It’s over; I ain’t putting the cigar out.”

It would not be “TRL” without Diddy, the hip-hop producer and indefatigable self-promoter who has been the show’s most frequent guest. Making his 38th appearance, he watched a montage of his previous visits and had just begun to speak when Mr. Daly noticed that his eyes were watering behind his dark shades.

“Are you crying?” Mr. Daly asked. “You’re a good actor — I can’t tell.”

Diddy expressed his love for everyone on the show, down to the crew and cameramen, and later managed to plug his new fragrance and a forthcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic in 15 seconds.

“TRL,” which began as “Total Request Live” but has long since been known by its initials, was an old-fashioned video variety show, with viewers voting on the most popular songs of the day. At its peak, in 1999 and 2000, when it was in perfect symbiosis with the teenage pop of Britney Spears, ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, the show had an average of more than 700,000 viewers a day, according to Nielsen.

Britney Spears Son Rushed to Hospital

November 10, 2008

According to sources, Britney Spears son Jayden was rushed to a local Louisiana hospital yesterday afternoon after he appeared “vague and unresponsive”. No word yet on his condition.

From United Press International:

The 2-year-old son of pop star Britney Spears has been hospitalized in Louisiana, a source told “Entertainment Tonight.”

Jayden James was taken to the emergency room after he fell ill during a visit to his mother’s family home in Kentwood. “ET” didn’t offer details about the nature of the child’s illness or his condition but other media reports claim the boy suffered a seizure.

Spears has two children — Jayden and Sean Preston, 3, — with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Federline has legal and physical custody of the toddlers and Spears has visitation rights with the boys.

From Fox News:

After Jayden fell ill, the Spears family opted not to wait for an ambulance and instead rushed him to the hospital. Sister Jamie-Lynn Spears blocked the paparazzi from following the cars by driving alongside another vehicle to keep them back while Spears sped away, the Mail said.

The family was staying at their home in Kentwood, La. It was the first time Spears has been permitted to leave California with the boys, Jayden James, 2 and Sean Preston, 3, since father Kevin Federline was granted full custody in July.

Spears, 26, refused to leave her son’s bedside, the Mail said.

Update

A Reuters story has confirmed that Jayden James suffered from a reaction to something that he ate.

From the article:

“Jayden James Federline was admitted to the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center on Sunday, November 9th. Doctors concluded he had a reaction to something he ingested. He is expected to be discharged tomorrow (Tuesday),” said the statement from the Spears family posted on the official http://www.britneyspears.com Web site.


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