Yo, African American! Don't steal my Life Partner

2007-04-25 16:24

Elvis returns

Elvis Presley is to perform from beyond the grave with Celine Dion at the 'Idol Gives Back' charity event.

Celine Dion will team up with a 'virtual' Elvis to sing “If I Can Dream”. Celine performed the song with an Elvis impersonator during rehearsals last week, but a hologram of 'The King' - who died nearly 30 years ago - will allegedly be used for the final performance. The remaining American Idol contestants will join Celine and Elvis as backing singers.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest teased, "Two of the biggest stars in musical history will come together. This duet will have to be seen to be believed."

The special two-hour show, which will raise money to fight poverty in the US and Africa, will also feature former American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Other performers include Gwen Stefani, Pink, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Jack Black, Helen Mirren, Annie Lennox and Wind and Fire. Ellen DeGeneres will host the event.

Scary Spice baby even scarier

Former Spice Girl, Mel B (Scary Spice) says her baby looks just like Eddie Murphy. The former Spice Girl has named Eddie as the father of three-week-old girl Angel Iris Murphy on the birth certificate even though the DNA test have not yet been concluded.

She said in an interview with Britain's OK! magazine, "I look at the baby and she has his big smile and dimples. She's gorgeous, she has taken the best bits of both of us."

Mel, 31, admits she was devastated by the way Eddie publicly ended their seven-month relationship and demanded a DNA test, but insists she still has "nothing but love" for him. She said, "I couldn't hate Eddie. I fell so in love with him. We had a dream life together and I'm thankful that I experienced it." ’Napping the Rascal

English rapper, Dizzee Rascal revealed he was the target of a kidnap plot by a London gang.

Former friends of the London-born rapper, who’s real name is Dylan Mills, attempted to kidnap him when he became famous because they believed his record label would pay a hefty ransom.

Dizzee told Britain's Observer Music Monthly magazine, "They were meant to be my friends as well. When you start to make a bit of money, people switch on you. They get the wrong end of the stick. They think you're this or that, but really it's just that they miss you. And because of the kind of people they are, they don't deal with it properly - they can only respond with violence."

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Rhymes with "trigger"

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has called for the ban of the words "bitch", "ho" and "nigger" from all rap songs.

Simmons, of Def Jam records - who signed the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J - says the derogatory terms should be considered "extreme curse words" and excluded from all 'clean' versions.

He has now called for a lyrical standardisation throughout the broadcasting industry to clearly define which words should be cut in broadcast versions of songs.

The record boss said, "We recommend they're always out. This is a first step. It's a clear message and a consistency that we want the industry to accept for more corporate social responsibility. Our discussions are about the corporate social responsibility of the industry to voluntarily show respect to African-Americans and other people of colour, African-American women and to all women in lyrics and images."

Can't you just hear the new lyrics? "I'm driving with my African American brothers / and my Uzi in the hood / Gonna smack my life partner up cause she doin' no good"

- Compiled by Annel Malan, Source: Bang Showbiz,

Elvis, a kidnapping, a small bit of spice, and an attempt to clean up rap. Yes, really - we got it all in music's news wrap-up.

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