Archive for December, 1969

Lil Wayne Talks New Single, Ja Rule’s Sentence, New Year’s TV Special

December 31st, 1969
In a wide- ranging interview on Sirius' Shade 45 radio show this morning, Lil Wayne talked about the first single off his forthcoming album Tha Carter IV, "6'7"", which hit the internet this afternoon. "It's a monster," said Wayne. "But hopefully, it shows people where I'm at lyrically — Better ...

NBC Launching ‘Idol’ Competitor Next Spring

December 31st, 1969
NBC is taking on American Idol and Simon Cowell's upcoming X Factor with a new singing competition called The Voice of America, based on a Dutch TV show called The Voice of Holland. and its new show will be a collaboration with that show's creator, John de Mol, and reality-TV ...

Akon, Teddy Riley Could Release Additional Michael Jackson Songs

December 31st, 1969
Producer Teddy Riley — who worked with Michael Jackson in the 1990s and produced three songs on Michael — said today he has more songs "in my computer, waiting for [Jackson's estate] to push the button." One of those is "Blue Gangsta," which leaked recently and is probably the funkiest ...

Alice Cooper, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Was ‘Elated’ When He Got the News

December 31st, 1969
Tell me your first reaction to the news. I was elated and I called the original band guys immediately, and said, 'Well, remember when we started in high school?' [Laughs] 'Here we are. Only took 45 years.' What does this mean to you? The big difference between the Hall of ...

Dr. John, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Was ‘Surprised’ By the News

December 31st, 1969
First off, congratulations. Thanks. I feel great. So does this mean that I'm going to get duct-taped to the walls of the Hall of Fame? Tell me your first reaction to the news. I was very surprised. I couldn't imagine who could possibly be in this year, but I was ...

‘New York Times’: Jay-Z Had Tougher Upbringing Than Sinatra

December 31st, 1969
In "Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z declared that he's "the new Sinatra." And in a New York Times op-ed, writer James Kaplan argues that Jay's assertion that Sinatra had "a little tougher [upbringing] than mine" is wrong. Kaplan, author of the recent Sinatra biography The Voice, writes: "In fact, Jay-Z, ...

Ja Rule Gets Two Years on Gun Charge

December 31st, 1969
Rapper Ja Rule pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in a New York courtroom on Monday morning. He is expected to receive a two-year sentence that will likely see him serving 16 months in prison, followed by a year and a half of post-prison supervision. The charge ...

Video: Duffy Plays Acoustic Set at Rolling Stone

December 31st, 1969
British singer Duffy recently played an intimate acoustic set at the Rolling Stone's office, showcasing songs from her just-released second album Endlessly. During the session, she talks about how she wrote nearly all of the songs on the album with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s 66-year-old father Albert Sr., who ...

Gwyneth Paltrow Returning to Glee

December 31st, 1969
More Glee for Gwyneth! On the heels of her successful Nov. 16 stint on Fox's Glee, Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she has a second episode in the works. "I'm going to do one more," Paltrow, 38, told Access Hollywood 's Maria Menounos Sunday. "I signed up for two...so I'm excited!" ...

Chelsea Handler Snuggles in Bed With 50 Cent

December 31st, 1969
Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent aren't afraid of a little virtual PDA. On Monday, the 35-year-old Chelsea Lately host tweeted a photo of herself planting a kiss on the rapper's cheek as the two cuddled in bed. PHOTOS: Can you believe these stars dated? "I don't know why anyone thinks ...