The Week In Music: Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Steal Christmas
Nick Cannon, Grinch? It seems Cannon, possibly setting real-world expectations for his and Mariah Carey's unborn child, has been whispering not-so-sweet nothings to Carey's pregnant belly, including that there is no Santa Claus, according to an Us Weekly report. This must be especially disconcerting for Carey, who is quickly becoming the modern-day queen of Christmas music with the recent release of her second holiday collection, Merry Christmas II You, featuring an "extra festive" version of "All I Want For Christmas (Is You)." But she can relax as it seems it's all good-natured fun: "We love the holidays," Cannon recently told Us. He had us scared for a minute that Mariah was facing a lump of coal in her stocking.
They're alive! There's been a digital resurrection of sorts for Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Usher, who last week chose to embargo every tweet, status update, etc., until $1 million in funding was raised to support Key's Keep A Child Alive foundation. Thanks to donations from fans and one generous philanthropist, the goals has been met and the artists were resuscitated. What did 53rd GRAMMY Awards nominee Keys have to say to all her Twitter fans upon her revival? aliciakeys: Weeee diddddddd itttttt!!!!! thank you sooooooo much for your support and for CARING about whats going on in the world!!!!
Here's a new category for the awards shows: PopSugar's Most Memorable Shirtless Guys Of The Year. Sadly, it was apparently a bad year for shirtless musicians. Only John Legend, John Mayer and one-time musician-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg rank on the list, which is rounded out by such hard bodies as actors Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Phillippe. It might cause today's male pop stars to reflect longingly on Jermaine Stewart's 1988 hit, in which he sang, "We don't have to take our clothes off/To have a good time."
In related body-image news, Fitness magazine has selected the female-specific Best Celebrity Bodies of 2010. Here, the ladies of pop don't fare too much better, but singer Jennifer Hudson gets kudos in the Best Celebrity Slim Down category, Carrie Underwood gets Best Bridal Body, and Lady Gaga earns Best Moves. There was no recognition for the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie as it seems there was no Best Lovely Lady Lumps category this year.
Though Billy Joel might have told her "Don't go changing…," we may soon not recognize the Katy Perry we know and love, at least by name. During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Perry acknowledged she was in the process of changing her name to match her status as Mrs. Russell Brand. It won't be the first name change for the soon-to-be (we're guessing) Katy Perry-Brand. She began her career as a Christian artist under the name Katy Hudson. Still, we know it's not our teenage dream to be spending time re-alphabetizing our iTunes collections.
Forty years after his indecent exposure conviction, it is truly the end for the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison, who was posthumously pardoned by the Florida Clemency Board on Thursday. The singer was first accused following a Miami show on March 1, 1969; though members of the Doors have contended Morrison was only teasing the crowd, and didn't really do the deed. "There were 100 photos offered in evidence at the trial," said keyboardist Ray Manzarek. "Photos of everything…not one of Jim's magnificent member." On what Morrison (or his magnificent member) would think of the pardon if he were alive and with us today, guitarist Robby Krieger said, "He wouldn't give a [expletive] about a pardon. He would think it was old news." While the incident caused the band some strife in the late-60s and early-70s, it didn't stop them from garnering several No. 1 hits and three inducted recordings into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
What do you get the person who has everything for the holidays this year? If you judge by celeb couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, it's the $2 million Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that Sasha Fierce is buying for her hubby. The Veyron Grand Sport is powered by a 16.4-liter engine that produces 1,000 horsepower with a top speed of 253 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 2.7 seconds. According to Bugatti, the Veyron is a street car equivalent of a Formula 1 race car. Look what Jay-Z gets for putting a ring on it.
Speaking of celebrity purchases, the iconic sparkling silver glove that was once worn by the late Michael Jackson during his Bad tour has sold for a steep $330,000 at a celebrity memorabilia auction. A fedora Jackson wore onstage was also sold for $72,000 and a Jackson-signed jacket was purchased for $96,000, completing the perfect outfit for any P.Y.T.
With just three weeks of holiday shopping left, we have yet another Bieber-related holiday gift idea — the Justin Bieber trading card and sticker set. Expected to hit Target, Toys "R" Us and Walmart stores this week, the collection will include 150 cards and 30 stickers featuring the teen pop sensation. As an added bonus, the package includes four nine-card puzzles that let fans create their very own Bieber posters. Between Bieber dolls, Bieber nail polish and his recently released memoir, First Step 2 Forever: My Story, how could anyone get lonely this holiday season?
Katy Perry's "Firework" holds the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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