“…As I made my way to the audience through the plastic smiles and plastic cups I heard the rolling, wondrous resonance of a female vocal. Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie [Holiday] and Ella [Fitzgerald], from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse! That twerp, all eyeliner and lager dithering up Chalk Farm Road under a back-combed barnet, the lips that I’d only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses now a portal for this holy sound. So now I knew. She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a f**king genius.”
– Russell Brand, a former drug addict who’s been sober since 2002, penned an absolutely beautiful tribute to his friend Amy Winehouse, who passed away this weekend at age 27. Read more, after the jump… Keep reading »
“I did ‘Ice Ice Baby’ when I was 16. So I can kind of relate a bit … Sold over a hundred million records. And I had a weekend that lasted about three years, and I didn’t know who I was, what’s my purpose in life … So my prediction about Bieber is that he’s going to go through one of those weekends that lasts a few years because he’s had such success as a child act. You know, then something else new will come along and he’ll be forgotten and he can try to put all the pieces back together, so it’s going to be entertaining to watch.”
– Mr. Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice talks about his rise/fall to/from fame. But then Ice tweeted something about this quote being fabricated by the Huffington Post. It does seem like a rather bitter comment. But really, the important question is: will the Biebs also boff Madonna? [Popdust] Keep reading »
Celebrity actress train wreck Lindsay Lohan recently appeared in court to have her probation progress reviewed. Having completed a grueling (I meant pathetic) 33 of 480 community service hours, Lohan wasn’t showing much effort in getting back on track.
She did however put some effort into dressing up. Striding atop what are probably (high end, expensive) Christian Louboutin high heels, she claimed she couldn’t afford to pay for the court mandated counseling right now.
Is that why you stole that necklace, LiLo? Too broke? Then don’t come to court dressed like a wealthy French woman who would probably pay $30 for a glass of wine. Lindsey…what are you going to do? Read more… Keep reading »
This is not one of those posts that’s going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about mankind. And by mankind, I mean … men
. Apparently, Lauryn Hill
‘s long-term partner since 1996—Rohan Marley (yes, a son of Bob)—has left her. While she’s pregnant. With their sixth child. He has apparently left her for a model. A Brazilian model. By the name of Isabeli Fontana. Whom he is now living with. And while Rohan is allegedly denying paternity of this baby, 28-year-old Isabeli apparently has a son named Zion—which just happens to be what Rohan and Lauryn named one of their kids, too. Yowch. We wish Lauryn much healing in what is most likely a rough time. We also hope she’ll be back in the studio soon—we can’t help but notice that her time with Rohan corresponds with her time away from the limelight post The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
After the jump, other jerky guys who left their pregnant girlfriends and wives.
On Wednesday night, Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter and protege Dionne Bromfield performed at the iTunes Festival and Amy accompanied her to the show. She also danced alongside Bromfield as she performed, though she didn’t sing, making this Amy’s last time on stage before her untimely death today at age 27.
Our thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends. [Buzzfeed
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Extremely sad news out of the UK today: singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. Though the cause of her death is unknown at this time, Winehouse had a well-documented history of alcohol and drug abuse, going to treatment as recently as May. Last month, she canceled her European tour after a breakdown on stage in Serbia, and a statement on her website read: “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” Earlier this week, she attended an event with her goddaughter, but sources had told various media outlets that Winehouse was “drinking herself to death.”
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