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New Fiona Apple Album Could Be Coming In “Next Few Weeks”

Album In Limbo
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Fiona Apple can't remember to play her new, unreleased songs. Read More »
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Style blogger Tavi Gevinson stars in a music video for Wilco. Read More »
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Stop toying with us, music industry. Fiona Apple is too incredible a musician to keep dicking her fans around! Alas, that’s what record companies have always done with Fiona, from her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine to her latest album, which has been sitting in limbo for one-year-plus. But over the weekend, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid gave us hope: on Sunday he tweeted, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona!” In the next few weeks? Be still my heart! I don’t understand why backed-up albums keep happening to Fiona Apple, especially since she has a solid and ardent fan base. Is it a bad string of luck? Is she difficult to work with? Can the music industry make more money off Nicki Minaj singing about a “stupid hoe”? It’s probably some combination of all three. Release Fiona’s new album, Epic Records, and I promise I’ll buy the shit out of it. [Twitter.com/LA_ReidRolling Stone

Morning Quickies: Seal Says “The Breakup Will Not Be Nasty”

Seal & Heidi Split
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Yup, it's over. Read More »
Why The Breakup?
We imagine reasons Seal and Heidi are throwing in the towel. Read More »
What Happened?
Friends say "something major" must have happened to the couple. Read More »
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  • Seal opened up to journalist Tavis Smiley about his split from Heidi Klum and said “the break-up will not be nasty” as “we just not those kind of people.” He added, “What one has to do in this situation is to remain civil, to retain one’s dignity . . . we are not the only people on this planet that are going through this.” I’m happy to hear their split is as amicable as possible, but a little confused Seal’s first post-breakup interview is with a PBS reporter. The interview airs on Friday. [Stupid Celebrities, Page Six]
  • Blind Gossip is claiming Kris Jenner plans to reveal Khloe’s biological father on a “very special episode” of a Kardashian show. I can’t even with these people. [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • Paula Deen’s publicists interrupted a filmed interview with Dr. Oz last week after he confronted her about her high blood pressure, which she hasn’t opened up about. She recently confessed she suffers from diabetes and has been hired as a spokeswoman for a diabetes medication. [The Daily]
  • Michael C. Hall and his “Dexter” co-star Jennifer Carpenter finalized their divorce in April but were spotted on a date last week. [Page Six] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Heidi & Seal’s Split Must Be Over “Something Major,” Say Friends

Heidi & Seal Splitting?
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Rumors are swirling the couple is on the outs. Read More »
Morning Quickies
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Yup, it's over. Read More »
Why The Split?
We imagine reasons Seal and Heidi are throwing in the towel. Read More »
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  • Friends of Heidi Klum and Seal tell People magazine they’re shocked by the separation, with one friend calling them “the couple everyone loves” because they are “super passionate and in love.” One friend of Heidi’s ominously suggested, “It has to be something major. They have four kids together and they’ve always been very committed to making it work.” (I stand by my she’s-running-off-with-Tim-Gunn theory.)  [People]
  • Aretha Franklin has called off her engagement to her “forever friend” William Wilkerson and released a statement saying they decided they were “moving a little too fast” and “there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly.” Hollywood stars and starlets, take note: Aretha’s crazy hats are giving her wisdom. [Starpulse]
  • Important new details on Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s pet kitten (!): she likes to eat paper but doesn’t like to watch the television. [Styleite]
  • How to give a dirty gift in a classy way. [Em & Lo] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Suggests Pregnant Rape Victims “Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation”

Remembering Roe
An author reminds us why legal abortion is still a valued right. Read More »
Obama On Abortion
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  • Rick Santorum visited Piers Morgan on Friday night and got to talking about abortion and everything he wants to do with your uterus. His cruel comments about how women who are pregnant as a result of rape — it’s a “gift” from God, y’all — are presented without comment (emphasis mine): “… [Y]ou can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.” [Think Progress]

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Cynthia Nixon On How Being Gay Is A Choice For Her

Lesbian Or Not?
This writer seriously thought she was a lesbian. Read More »
9 Signs He's Gay
Are you always making the first move? Maybe he's gay. Read More »
Lesbianism Adventures
This author is a lesbian, but also enjoys having sex with men. Read More »
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“I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay and gay is better.’ They tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people, it’s not, but for me, it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not. … Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and I didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

– Cynthia Nixon from “Sex and the City” explained her midlife change to lesbianism in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. Cynthia had been in a relationship with a man for years, with whom she had two children, and after they split, she got into a relationship with a woman, with whom she has had another child through the help of a sperm donor. I guess I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with putting labels on other people’s sex lives (and yes, I am thinking back to the Girl Talk essay we ran recently about a lesbian who enjoys sex with men). Sexuality is a spectrum and it’s complicated and it’s never going to fit into neat and tidy little boxes; people who obsess about who gets to call themselves what are just wasting everyone’s time. I also love what Cynthia said about not letting other people try to “define my gayness for me.” She’s so smart, strong, kickass and awesome. Cynthia Nixon is the kind of celebrity that you wish celebrities in general were more like. [NY Times Magazine]

Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” Video Plumbs New Depths Of Ugh

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Maybe I am just old, finally. That would be the most reassuring explanation for Nicki Minaj’s seizure-inducing music video for “Stupid Hoe,” a song about … uh … some stupid hoe?

It’s a catchy, poppy rap that’s mostly titillating for being denigrating to women. (Although I’ll admit, “I’m Angelina / you Jennifer / come on, bitch, you see where Brad at” is really clever.) But it’s really the video that’s worth paying attention to: Nicki Minaj’s crazy-colored hair and lipstick schtick is trotted out again and in this video, she takes a Britney-esque turn by writhing inside a cage wearing fishnets. Oh, and there’s a lot of butts.

Lots to look at, at least. It’s visually interesting, but kind of the same way the inside of a Forever 21 is visually interesting: sensory overload, then forgettable. What say you? [FlavorWire]

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