Proving she's still a magnet for controversy, Madonna has been busy expressing herself lately, namely in labeling Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" as "reductive" in a new interview with ABC. But this adjective pales in comparison to the hullabaloo that has escalated courtesy of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15. Madonna ended up taking home the Best Original Song — Motion Picture Golden Globe for "Masterpiece" from her self-directed film W.E. Usually Madonna might be considered a category favorite, but not if you would have asked fellow nominee Elton John. "Mary J [Blige] might win it for The Help. Madonna doesn't have a f***ing chance," predicted John during an interview on the red carpet. When asked if those were "fighting words," John offered, "No, those are accurate words." Not only were John's words ultimately inaccurate, but his hubby David Furnish took to Facebook to fire off a postmortem blast: "Madonna. Best song???? F*** off!!! Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit." Madge is currently prepping for her Super Bowl halftime concert and has yet to respond publically to John's camp. Meanwhile, it seems some of the sting is abating, given Furnish's latest Facebook post: "My passion for our film Gnomeo & Juliet and belief in Elton's song really got my emotional juices going. But I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week's premiere of the film W.E." In the end, maybe Madonna would simply say Elton and David were just expressing themselves.
It may be hard to believe, but as an adolescent Taylor Swift struggled with … well, the typical issues many teens grapple with. "Having a hobby that's different from everyone else's? Awkward," Swift told Vogue magazine. "Singing the national anthem on weekends instead of going to sleepovers? More awkward. Gain a lot of weight before you hit the growth spurt? Awkward. Frizzy hair, don't embrace the curls yet? Awkward. Try to straighten it? Awkward!" When the subject turned to love, the current 54th GRAMMY nominee confessed: "I think I am smart unless I am really, really in love, and then I am ridiculously stupid." If Swift can be taken at her word, it would seem she's gotten "stupid" a few times over, having dated celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, and John Mayer. Of course, some will live on forever in song, as evidenced by Swift's musical dart thrown at Mayer, "Dear John." As for her forthcoming album, fans can expect more songs relating to Swift's "stupidity." "There's just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak," she said, "and that will turn out to be what the next album is about."
Jay-Z is dusting the dirt off his shoulders again, but this time in a big way. Following the recent birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, the rapper is vowing to axe the word "b****" from his vocabulary. Jay-Z made this promise to his newborn daughter via a poem:
Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich
I didn't think hard about using the word b****
I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it
Now with my daughter in this world, I curse those that give it
What could this mean for future tracks from Jay-Z? And what will become of "99 Problems," in which the rapper says, "I got 99 problems, but a b**** ain't one"? And will other rappers follow suit? While that remains to be seen, one thing is certain — when it comes to his daughter, he just wants to love her. "No man will degrade her, or call her name," wrote Jay-Z. "I'm so focused on your future, the degradation has passed. I wish you wealth, health and insight. Forever young you may pass. Blue Ivy Carter, my angel." Very sweet, but other reports suggest this may not be the whole truth. Celebrity gossip news source TMZ took to Twitter and wrote, "We just spoke with Jay-Z's rep … the story that he wont' use the word b****es anymore since having the baby is B.S. He never said that." It looks like the jury is still out on this one.
If you think lifestyles of luxury are reserved for the rich and famous, think twice. And if you think access to London's Abbey Road Studios is reserved for people like Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, think three times. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the famed studio, where classics such as the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here were recorded, to give music fans a "once-in-a-lifetime" lodging and music experience. According to a report, guests staying at local Fairmont hotels will have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the studio, including the potential opportunity to record their own songs. Though details on pricing for the experience were not disclosed, we bet you could make it happen … maybe with a little help from your friends.
Three weeks into 2012, what are some of our favorite stars up to? Let's check the TWIM Twittertable. justinbieber: gotta just Kill em with Kindness. I know my responsibility. but sometimes i just gotta hurry up and take a piss though. Lol. katyperry: Madge looks goooooood. I'd tap that. rihanna: Swimming with Sharks is one of my favorite things I've ever done. BrunoMars: urf yeur urver lurve mera bur bur, Lurve some murphine urt mur duura.
Rihanna's "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and David Guetta's "Turn Me On" featuring Nicki Minaj is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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