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We heard WHAT?

2007-07-25 16:13

South Africa’s very own Billboard chart busting hard rock party boys are representing for the nation. They’ve got seething crowds from all corners of the globe swarming into their concerts, and banging their brains out to their Proudly South African post-grunge melodies. And now, coming soon to a music store near you: their new album, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. It’s due to be released on the October 22. For all those fans who are tired of watching these rockers on MTV, you can look forward to catching them at home in December.

Rihanna’s sultry single “Umbrella” had us all singing along despite the rather arb lyrical content of the song. We even kept her at the top of the charts for a solid ten weeks. Some of her more fanatic fans, however, may have led this Caribbean cutie astray as there were reports of people actually bringing their brollies to the club in anticipation of the booty ballad being played! Never one to miss a brand-building exercise, Rihanna has brought out a range of umbrellas, including the pink and black brolly she sported in the video. True story.

The Beckhams have landed in LA and set up house right next door to their BFF, Tom and Katie. In the true BFF spirit, Tom and Katie together with Will and Jada, took it upon themselves to welcome the Brits to the land of America. And boy was it a welcome. Held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (how fitting), everyone who’s any kind of blip on the radar was there. The star-studded guest list included Jim Carrey, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Ashton K., Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and Lil Kim to name a few A-listers. Even Scary Spice joined the party.

What is it about celebs and sex tapes? Don’t they learn from the many mistakes of our favourite jail bird Miss Hilton? Kate Moss certainly didn’t. She was obviously too busy breaking down in Paris. Now she’s really freaking out because two of the eight steamy tapes she made with ex-lover Pete Doherty are missing. She’s afraid he may sell the tapes for drug money. We have two things to say here: 1. That’s a whole lot of drugs and 2. Coming soon to an Adult World near you: The Adventures of Pete and Kate.

Beeld reports that kwaito star Snotkop has openly confessed to having had a drug addiction. It’s cool – he’s recovered by the wheezy – ‘cos he now wants to use his harrowing experience to change the lives of others by launching an anti-drug campaign in September this year. “I don't want to preach or sound like a pastor. It's going to be a normal show and in between I will talk to the kids about my experiences on a level I would like people to talk to me” shared the phlegmatic punk-rocker. What about the rumours that he had to sell his house and car to pay off his drug debt? Well, Snotkop denies all allegations. "While I was using drugs I wasted too much money on the wrong friends and I easily spent R2 000 a night. But there were no drug debts." Well, that’s nice to know.

With his tail still firmly between his legs, the former King of Pop, Michael Jackson just won’t give up on his career. Earlier this year he approached a number of artists - including Eminem and Prince – to help him make a comeback. No one was interested. Naturally, Wacko wasn’t taking no for answer. He reportedly went back to his former rival, Prince for advice on how to revive his career. What was the artist formerly known as symbol’s solution? Well, according to a source at the New York Post: “Prince has been suggesting that Michael play a sequence of unplugged concerts in Las Vegas – just Michael and the microphone. No gimmicks, no costume changes, no smoke or mirrors, just his voice.” Um, unplugged in other words? Nope, doesn’t sound thrilling at all. When will Michael accept that he’s just plain ‘bad’ and we’re over it?

Natalie Sineke De Freitas
In this week's We heard WHAT? Snotkop cleans up, Rihanna goes too far and Jacko really is making a Wacko out of himself.

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