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2008-06-26 17:57
A baby for Janet and Jermaine?
Janet Jackson will soon swap music for baby-making after her current tour, reports Bang Showbiz. The singer and her long-time producer boyfriend Jermaine Dupri are apparently eager to start a family once Janet’s run of shows finishes later this year. Jermaine - who has a daughter, Shaniah, from a previous relationship - believes Janet, 42, will make a fantastic mother and he can’t wait to start trying for a family. He told People magazine: "It really doesn't matter if we have a boy or a girl. Janet would be a great mom. She was around so many brothers and sisters all her life, so she's got to know what that is like. And her mom is a great mother." Jermaine also revealed Janet is a good listener and offers him her full support whenever he needs it. He explained: "The greatest thing in life is just to have a friend. When I have problems in life, I share them with her. When she has a problem, she comes to me." It has been claimed the couple are planning to secretly marry in an intimate ceremony in France early next year. A source revealed that the star couple want a secret, simple ceremony in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.

CrashCarBurn get their big US break
Punk popsters CrashCarBurn have landed a major, star-making slot on the 14th Vans Warped Tour in the US. The up and coming four-piece has been confirmed for 18 shows in July (where those lucky northerners will be enjoying summer), visiting cities across the US and Canada. The energetic performers will be sharing a stage with the likes of Paramore, Angels and Airwaves, Gym Class Heroes and punk rock veterans, Pennywise. The Vans Warped Tour is a legendary annual undertaking that has become America's longest running festival concert tour, responsible for introducing music fans to such artists as No Doubt, Blink 182, Eminem, Papa Roach, Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit. CrashCarBurn can look forward to huge audiences on the tour as the festival enjoys an average attendance of approximately 14 000 fans per show and organisers are looking forward to catering to a staggering 625 000 fans this year. For CrashCarBurn, this is an absolute fairytale, says frontman Garth Barnes. “We will be the first ever South African band to play on the festival which has defined our genre internationally for over a decade.” The Vans Warped Tour is commonly regarded as the worldwide benchmark for cutting edge alternative rock music. “We all grew up following and listening to bands that got their break from being on Warped,” reveals guitarist Ian B. “To now find ourselves on the same bill as some of our heroes is a dream come true.”

UK fans boycott SA artists
Three top SA artists have become the latest victims of xenophobia, reports Sunday World. L’Vovo Derrango, DJ C’ndo and DJ Sox of award-winning Durban’s Finest claim their pre-June 16 celebration gig in the UK was boycotted because of the xenophobic attacks back home. They were supposed to have performed at the Mzansi Rocks South African Youth Celebration show at Batley Taverners Club in Leeds, England last week, but the show was called off. The trio claims the show – the same one Arthur Mafokate pulled out of because of a payment dispute – was called off because fans snubbed it in protest against the recent xenophobic attacks. L’Vovo told Sunday World the show was cancelled because less than 20 people pitched up. “We learnt that some people circulated SMSes urging everyone not to attend because South African artists were not doing enough to help our government stop xenophobia,” he says. L’Vovo’s sentiments were echoed by his buddy, musician DJ Sox. “We always perform for black people from South Africa and the African diaspora. So because of xenophobia, some people think we South African musicians aren’t doing enough to stop xenophobia,” says DJ Sox. But a Zimbabwean website reports that the three artists pulled out of the show because the promoter, Arthur Janjawa, went AWOL and couldn’t pay them the R60 000 fee he promised. The website also reports that the artists’ were forced to spend the night in the lobby of their London hotel because the bill hadn’t been paid. This version of the story begins to hold more water when one considers that Malaika and Bongo Maffin were able to put on successful shows in London and Ireland a few days after L’Vovo, DJ C’ndo and DJ Sox were forced to abandon ship.

Are Madonna and Guy not getting by?
Madonna is planning to split from husband Guy Ritchie at the end of her forthcoming world tour, reports Bang Showbiz. The Material Girl and her director hubby have reportedly decided to end their seven-year marriage but will not make an announcement until her ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour finishes in Mexico in late November. A source close to the couple – who have three children together, Lourdes, 11, Rocco, seven, and two-year-old David – told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “Although the marriage is coming to an end, they don’t want to say anything until the tour is over. They live like brother and sister rather than husband and wife and thought it best to call it a day. There’s been speculation about them having furious rows, but they have just grown apart. They’ve decided they’re better off as friends. It’s sad, but they’re determined to keep it amicable.” What a caring, yet somewhat indiscreet friend Madonna has. Madonna is said to be planning to split her time between her properties in London, New York and Los Angeles after the separation. Not helping matters is Madonna’s brother Christopher who is writing an explosive book on the singer’s sex and drug-fuelled past, something which he blames the breakdown of her marriage on. We know that Madonna is a legendary control freak, but actually planning when you’re going to leave your husband? That’s taking it a bit far, isn’t it?

The darker side of Arno Carstens
Arno Carstens has a deeper, darker psyche than he lets on, if his new project Bhelltower is anything to go by. The new electronic project has been in development over the past two years and is a collaboration between the Springbok Nude Girls frontman and electro producer Urbatro. In their own words, “Bhelltower represents a series of emotional influences from depraved misery, loneliness and rejection to energetic uplifting simplicity.” Sample some of their misery, with titles such as "Vampires" and "Space Loser", here. This, from the same guy whose biggest issue was that he had bubblegum on his boots? Colour us intrigued… The Bhelltower sound is an energetic mash-up of gothic electro ghoulish tub-thumping. They count Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, David Bowie, The Prodigy and Battery 9 as influences. Their debut, self-titled album will be released via SonyBMG and includes a dark cover of Phil Collins “Wish It Would Rain Down” to a gothified remake of Clout’s classic song ”Substitute” featuring original Clout vocalist Cindy Alter. Listen out for their first radio single “Monster” (featuring Spaceman). The song is a pretty hyped affair, we can assure you (and featuring an impressive falsetto from Arno) but Bhelltower assure us that they are NOT a dance band. So sit still when listening to their album, OK?

- Shaheema Barodien

Sources: Bang Showbiz, Sunday World

This week: Janet Jackson gets broody, SA musos snubbed abroad over xenophobia, Arno Carstens goes goth, and are Maddy and Guy headed for splitsville?

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