The Week In Music: The Most Dangerous Celebs
The Web's most wanted? Or maybe least wanted. Computer security firm McAfee has named the Web's most dangerous celebrities, and actress Cameron Diaz tops the list. Most dangerous in this study means those celebrities for whom Internet searches lead to sites containing malware and computer viruses. Actors and models accounted for the entire top 10. It's good news/bad news for musicians. This study suggests that fans can feel a little safer searching their favorite artists, but since cyber criminals tap into the hottest search topics, it also may indicate that music people don't quite rise to the level of actors and models in Internet search volume. But musicians can take heart: pulling up the rear are politicians, including President Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. And since we know you're wondering, top-ranked music artists include The Week In Music favorites Lady Gaga (37), Miley Cyrus (44) and Justin Bieber (46).
Speaking of Gaga, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), the nation's oldest senator, will hold a fundraiser at the bad romancer's Monster Ball tour stop at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7. The Washington Post has reported seats in the senator's private suite will go for a cool $2,500 per person for political action committees and $2,400 for individuals. Monster balls, bad romancing, dancing, and poker faces are old hat for Lautenberg, who spent his 86th birthday with his wife at a Lady Gaga show in New York in January.
Welcome to the Twitter jungle. Fresh off Guns N' Roses' appearance at the biker-laden Rock 'N Rev Festival in Sturgis, S.D., this past weekend, someone allegedly hacked Axl Rose's personal Twitter account and posted a tweet announcing all upcoming GNR concerts had been cancelled. Guns N' Roses' management quickly surfaced to squash the rumor and clarify that the dates were still on. But was it really a hack job, or has the enigmatic Axl finally run out of "Patience"?
Looks like there's one less lonely girl. "Snapshots from behind the scenes of my @ellemagazine shoot with Biebs!" Kim Kardashian tweeted on Aug. 13, referring to a photo shoot she and Justin Bieber posed for at the beach. This followed the White House Correspondents' Association dinner earlier in the year where, after posing for pix together, the Bieb referred to Kardashian as his girlfriend. Of course, the rumors could be true: Kim remains one of the few Kardashian sisters not already taken by a major sports star.
These days, it seems everyone wants to be an "American Idol" judge. First, it was J-Lo, though that deal has apparently fallen through. Next up is Shania Twain, who's as good as in according to a Rolling Stone report. Now, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler tells a "source" close to him that he's confirmed as an Idol judge, though there has been no official announcement. At this rate, the Fox show may need to look for a bigger table with room for more Cokes. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone is handicapping the judge race.
Britney, Gaga, Journey, and Macca are all down with "Glee," but pigeon target Kings Of Leon want no part of the hit Fox TV show. Frontman Caleb Followill said that he rejected the show's request to use his band's music, adding that he also declined a similar request from "Ugly Betty." It looks like there will be no film music in the Kings' future either. "We had some people call us up wanting to know if we'd allow 'Use Somebody' to appear in the trailer for their next movie, and we turned them down," said Followill. "Next day, they called back and tried to put us through to the star of the movie — I won't name names, but he's an incredibly famous actor — to let him try to convince us to agree to do it. I was like, 'Man, don't even waste your energy.'" Note to music supervisors and incredibly famous actors: delete Kings Of Leon from your smart phone contacts.
One of hip-hop's ongoing wars, courtesy of 50 Cent and Diddy protégé Shyne, has picked up where it left off. Following Shyne's release from prison last week, his label, Def Jam, hosted a live conference call/webcast to discuss his comeback. Fiddy took the opportunity to call in (listen at your own risk) under a fake name and disrupt the proceedings. But Shyne didn't take too kindly to Fiddy's shenanigans, saying, "The fact that he's sitting in New York, selling his Vitamin Water, listening to my Ustream. What the f***? You're stalking me."
"Let the a**-kissing begin," joked Chelsea Handler upon announcing she would assume hosting duties for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12. Why did the late-night comedienne land the gig? "Everyone knows that when you think of rap music and hip-hop you think of 'Chelsea Lately.' And that's why I will be hosting [the show]," Handler said.
Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, reclaims the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, while Lil Wayne's "Right Above It," featuring Drake, is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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