Friday, February 19, 2010

LMFAO Star Has a Run-In with Mitt Romney


L-M-F-A-O is right because this is too funny.

Sky Blu, one half of hip-hop group LMFAO, was trying to get some sleep on a plane from Vancouver to Los Angeles and the ride got a little bumpy, thanks to an enraged Mitt Romney!!

Romney allegedly grabbed Blu after he became upset that the hip-hop star reclined his seat back, according to a video released yesterday by the Party Rock duo.



The brief incident occurred on Monday as both were coming from the winter Olympics in Vancouver. The plane hadn't even taken off, which means Blu's seat really shouldn't have been reclined YET. You know the rules when you fly. C'mon son!

Romney, who served one term as the governor of Massachusetts and attempted to run for president in the last election, was allowed to remain on the plane following the altercation.

However, Blu was escorted off by air marshals and shipped off to Los Angeles on another flight.

His group member, Redfoo, was also on the plane, but was not seated near the incident.

Redfoo is the son of Motown founder, Berry Gordy, and Blu is his nephew.

LMFAO is known for their crunk and drunk hits, "I'm in Miami Bitch," "Shots" and "La La La."

Romney is believed to be a front-runner for the Republican ticket in the 2012 election. Maybe if his political career doesn't work out he can become a wrestler in the WWE.

I think Vince McMahon could repackage him as Rowdy Roddy Romney.

What do you think? Maybe Rowdy Roddy Romney against Blu of LMFAO at Wrestlemania XXVI in Phoenix? I'd love to see it.

Tiger Woods: "I Am Deeply Sorry"

The world's greatest golfer broke his silence this morning saying the words we've all been waiting to hear -- "I am so sorry."

Tiger Woods didn't take questions from the media at the controlled press conference. But he answered most of the questions the media would have asked anyway.

"I had affairs, I cheated," he said. "What I did is not acceptable. And I am the only person blame."

If you weren't keeping count, he said the word "sorry" only three times during his prepared speech. But does it really matter? Not really. One time was enough for me because he seemed like he meant it.

The only thing this speech lacked was a few "Tiger tears." I thought he might start crying when he hugged his mother at the end, but no luck.

Woods said he plans to return to golf, but couldn't say when that would be. I guess we'll have to wait for another press conference.

If you missed his apology, watch it here:




Below is the transcript:

Good morning, and thank you for joining me. Many of you in this room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me, have worked with me, always supported me. Now, every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each on of you simply and directly I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behaviour I engaged in.

I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how i could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while i have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.

Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behaviour. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behaviour over time. We have a lot to discuss. However, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.

I am also aware of the pain my behaviour has caused those of you in this room. I have let you down. I have let down my fans. For many of you, especially friends, my behaviour has been a personal disappointment. To those of you who work for me, I have let you down personally and professionally.

My behaviour has caused considerable worry to my business partners, to every one involved in my foundation, including my staff, board of directors, sponsors -- and most importantly the young students we've reached. Our work is more important than ever. Thirteen years ago my dad and I envisioned helping young children achieve their dreams through education. This work remains unchanged and will continue to grow. From the Learning Centre kids in Southern California to the Earlwood scholars in Washington D.C., millions of kids have changed their lives, and i am dedicated to making sure that continues.

But still, I know that I have bitterly disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I have done the things I did I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position. For all that I have done, I am so sorry.

I have a lot to atone for, but there is one issue I really want to discuss. Some people have speculated that Elin either hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage. Ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame.

The issue here was my repeated irresponsible behaviour. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did was not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in.

I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting; instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that married people should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.

I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me.

I've had a lot of time to think about what I've done. My failures have made me look at myself in a way i never wanted to before. It's now up to me to make amends, and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I've made. It's up to me to start living a life of integrity.

I once heard, and I believe it's true, it's not what you achieve in life that matters; it's what you overcome. Achievements on the golf course are only part of setting an example. Character and decency are what really count.

Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them that I am truly sorry.

It's hard to admit that I need help, but I do. For 45 days from the end of December to early February, I was in in-patient therapy, receiving guidance for the issues I'm facing. I have a long way to go. But I've taken my first steps in the right direction.

As I proceed, I understand people have questions. I understand the press want to ask me for the details, the times I was unfaithful. I understand people want to know whether Elin and I will remain together. Please know that as far as I'm concerned, every one of these questions and answers is between Elin and me. These are issues between a husband and a wife.

Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false. Some have written things about my family. Despite the damage I have done, I still believe that it is right to shield my family from the public spotlight. They did not do these things; I did.

I have always tried to maintain a private space for my wife and children. They have been kept separate from my sponsors, my commercial endorsements. When my children were born, we only released photographs so that the paparazzi could not chase them. However, my behaviour doesn't make it right for the media to follow my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to school and report the school's location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.

I recognize I have brought this on myself. And I know, above all, I am the one who needs to change.

I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those closest to me to become a better man. That's where my focus will be. I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it.

Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and I actively practised my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.

Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes and unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.

As I move forward, I will continue to receive help, because I've learned that's how people really do change.

Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and more therapy. I would like to thank my friends at Accenture and the players in the field this week for understanding why I'm making these remarks today.

In therapy, I've learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping it in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me — my marriage and my children. That also means relying on others for help. I've learned to seek support from my peers in therapy, and I hope someday to return that support to others who are seeking help.

I do plan to return to gold one day; I just don't know when that day will be. I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behaviour more respectful of the game.

In recent weeks I have received many thousands of emaisl, letters and phone calls from people expressing good wishes. To everyone who has reached out to me and my family, I thank you. Your encouragement means the world to Elin and me.

I want to thank the PGA Tour, Commissioner Finchem, and the players for their patience adn understanding while I work on my private life.

I look forward to seeing my fellow players on the course.

Finally, there are many people in this room and there are many people at home who believed in me. Today, I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.

Thank you.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Chris Brown Getting Naughty with V-Day Mixtape



Chris Brown gave his fans a Valentine's Day gift in the form of a mixtape featuring 21 new songs.

The album, specifically targeted at his female listeners, features some awfully suggestive and sexually explicit tracks such as "Invented Head," "Too Freaky" and "No Bullshit."

"I use my tongue / Yeah, I'm the Cookie Monster / You a Amazon so can you take this Anaconda," he sings on "Invented Head."

It's probably the most "grown up" lyrics we've heard from the 20-year-old from Virginia. I think he's stolen a page or two from the book of Trey Songz, another Virginia R&B bad boy.

"You gon' black out when I throw your back out," C-Breezy sings on "Back Out."

"Your kitty is like a lullaby, I'm so glad that I'm in it," he continues on the track filled with sexual innuendoes.

The raunchy content on the In the Zone mixtape is just a little surprising, considering his young teenage fan base. I'm sure his mama didn't approve these tracks. But I guess none of that matters these days. I digress.

Nonetheless, the mixtape is a nice treat and quite the improvement from his latest release, Graffiti, which seems to have fizzled out.

The mixtape also features Soulja Boy on "Bad" and Rich Girl on "Perfume."

To download the mixtape, click here.

You won't be disappointed. After all, it's free!!


Favorite tracks: Don't Lie, Twitter, Turnt Up

Magic Missing From 'We Are the World' Remake



The lesson that should have been learned here is that every idea that sounds good, isn't always good.

Twenty-five years ago something magical happened when many of the greatest singers gathered in a Los Angeles studio to record "We Are the World."

The song, penned by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was a masterpiece targeted at raising money for Africa. It was an instant success.

Fast forward to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, where more than 200,000 people were killed.

It seemed like a no brainer to try to recreate the magic of "We Are the World," but with a different cause.

Quincy Jones, who co-produced the original, joined with Richie and Haitian-rapper Wyclef Jean to bring together more than 80 artists for a remake of the 1985 hit.



Let's just say that the same magic from the original, which featured more than 40 artists, just was not there.

Where did this song go wrong?

Well, for one reason or another many of the biggest singers of the present time missed the recording. Okay, so there are tons of singers. Problem solved, right? Wrong!

Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift ruled the Grammy Awards, but none were on the remake for whatever reason. That's like not having Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner on the original.

And although hip-hop is very much a part of today's music, I don't think this song was the appropriate place for many of the biggest rappers. The rap segment of the song, featuring LL Cool J, Will.i.am, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes, was just doing entirely too much. Nice idea, but no thanks! Save that rap for a whole different song and don't forget to take the Autotune! I just cannot believe that voice-enhancement was even allowed on the remake.

I can't completely blame organizers for wanting to show respect to the older generation, but I thought this remake was about the new school? Why did Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand get solo spots on the new version? I think they missed the bus on the first go around. But that doesn't give them a free pass on the remake. We could have pulled up Trey Songz and Brandy, who were in the chorus, for those precious solo spots.




Now, the song wasn't a complete disaster. I think the 15-year-old pop heartthrob, Justin Bieber, was a great start for the modern-day version. He took on the role that Lionel Richie had of kicking off the original version. He did a nice job of capturing the emotion of the song in the opening moments.

It continued with artists like Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger, Josh Groban, P!nk, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Mary Mary and Lil' Wayne, who were excellent selections for solo spots on the song. Lil' Wayne is no singer, but he nailed his part just as good as Bob Dylan did in the original. Big ups to Weezy!!

However, I'm afraid the bad outweighed the good on this one. I think the organizers were just trying to do more than was necessary. Sometimes less is more. There's no reason why people like the Farnsworth Bentley (best known for carrying a fashionable umbrella) and Randy Jackson (of American Idol fame) were singing on the chorus.

And if you look close enough you'll spot Tito Jackson's three sons singing in the chorus as well. I guess they got a free pass because the Jackson family was heavily represented in the first version.

I think it was a good idea to leave Michael Jackson's part in the remake. But having Janet Jackson's vocals put along with his vocals was pointless. She wasn't even at the studio for the recording and therefore, she should have been omitted. The saddest part is the video when she pops up on the screen like a bubble on VH1's Pop Up Video.

In any event, while this version may lack the magic from the original, the positive message remains.

Take a moment and visit World25.org for your chance to donate to Haiti relief.


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Check out the original "We Are the World"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

P!nk sets the record straight on lip-synching



P!nk delivered one of the greatest Grammy Awards performances of all-time, but there is debate over whether she actually sang while hanging upside down hundreds of feet in the air.

Many viewers and critics have accused her of lip-synching to "Glitter in the Air." During the show-stopping performance, she was hoisted in the air covered in water as she spun around over the Grammy audience.

I guess it was a little hard to believe she could have pulled that off.

Well, yesterday P!nk took to Twitter to set the record straight.

"I hear there's a debate over whether or not I sang live on grammies. I have never lip synched in my entire life. I'm 100% against it," the singer wrote.

So I guess that clears it up!! I have to admit I found it hard to believe that she was really singing. But you have to give her credit for pulling off the daredevil performance.

In fairness, she's had a lot of practice with the acrobatic show.

Like Beyonce, P!nk has also performed the same routine during her tour over the last year.

But unlike Beyonce, P!nk's performance was mind-blowing. No matter how many times she's done it.

"Glitter in the Air," released on the Funhouse album in October 2008, is currently the no. 5 single on iTunes. I would say this performance has a WHOLE lot to do with that.

::Note: Beyonce performed "If I Were a Boy / You Oughta Know" at the Grammy Awards. She did the same performance on her recent tour.::
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Pink performing "Glitter in the Air" on tour in Australia:



Pink performing "Glitter in the Air" at the Grammy Awards:


Monday, February 1, 2010

Oh, Beyonce: Haven't we seen this before?


From her outfit to the head-banging performance, we've seen it all before.

Beyonce didn't give us much to talk about, except when she picked up her Grammy and thanked her husband, Jay-Z.

But she certainly didn't blow anyone away with her performance of "If I Were a Boy" mixed with Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." (video: below)



She did the same exact lame performance on her tour.

I saw her in June at Madison Square Garden in New York. Imagine how many times she's done this? Give it a break, Bey! And she still almost slipped down the steps. Yeah, we saw that!

Check out the video from the tour below.



Lastly, her outfit from last night's performance was also something we've seen before.

Coincidentally, Rihanna, who sat just feet away from the stage, wore the same thing in ad from last year. Check out the pics at StyleMyFashion.net.

Ughhhh -- awkward!!

Jackson family not welcomed at Grammy Awards, says Randy



We were all stunned by the eloquent manner in which Prince Michael and Paris Jackson accepted their late father's Lifetime Achievement Award at last night's Grammy's.

But apparently all of the Jackson family wasn't invited for the tribute to the King of Pop.

"So proud, my brother being honored 2nite w/the Lifetime Achievement Award. My family would love to be there but truth is, we weren't invited," Randy Jackson wrote on his Twitter page last night.

"Let me be clear, when I said "My family" I meant my brothers, sisters & parents," he later Tweeted.

Always some drama with the Jacksons. Save it for reality TV, Randy. Oh wait, I forgot you aren't on that show.

Nonetheless, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, were amazing as they spoke just feet away from their big cousins, Taj, Taryll and TJ (collectively known as 3T - they are Tito Jackson's children) and presenter Lionel Richie.

It was a touching moment as both kids showed little fear and spoke straight from their hearts. Clearly, Michael did a great job with these kids, despite the silly masks he made them wear for protection from the media.

Just watch, Prince Michael was absolutely unbelievable.....

Jamie Foxx sister is the life of the Grammys!


The award for best dance performance of the Grammy Awards goes to the half-sister of Jamie Foxx for her impromptu moves on "Blame It."

Foxx, who performed "Blame It" with a much "healthier" T-Pain, rap legend Doug E. Fresh and rocker Slash, added extra punch to the high-energy set when his sister, Deidra Dixon, hit the stage.



Dixon is no stranger to the spotlight as she's performed in the video for "Blame It," one of the biggest songs of 2009. The song also won an award last night for best R&B performance by a duo or group.

Dixon, who has down syndrome, even did her signature matrix move at last night's Grammy Awards!!! She did her thing and if you blinked, you probably missed it. (Watch the video above)

Also, check out the dancin' diva -- who was swinging that ponytail like Beyonce -- in the "Blame It" video. See makes her first appearance at the 2:25 mark. Her matrix is mean!! (Watch the video below)

Big ups to Jamie Foxx for sharing the spotlight.


Ladies' night at the Grammy Awards: Bey, Taylor and Gaga



Someone cue the Kool and the Gang because last night's Grammy Awards was certainly ladies' night.

Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga ruled the biggest award show in music, walking away with a combined 12 trophies, while also delivering unbelievable performances.

Beyonce snagged six awards, a record for any female artist, while Swift scored four and Gaga picked up two.

All three divas were nominated for the big award -- album of the year -- but it was Swift who came out on top for her breakthrough country recording appropriately entitled, Fearless.



Swift won her first Grammy in the ceremony before the nationally televised show. The curly-haired singer ran on stage hugging both presenters and composed herself to give her first Grammy acceptance speech.

"This is my first Grammy, you guys," said the overwhelmed singer, who scooped up the award for best female country vocal performance for "White Horse."

"I mean, this is a Grammy," she beamed. "Thank you to anyone who was a Grammy voter and decided that it might be a good idea to vote for me for this because I'm so happy. Thank you so much."



All three singers were given an opportunity to showcase what got them to the Grammy Awards in separate performances.

Swift and Gaga called on legends to accompany them during their performances, Stevie Nicks and Elton John, respectively. Both were pretty mediocre performances, but were boosted by the special guests.



Beyonce didn't share the stage with anyone, but she gave it her all on "If I Were a Boy" mixed with a head-banging cover of Alanis Morissette's 1995 hit, "You Oughta Know." Although Beyonce put on a solid showing, like she always does, the performance was sub-par for me because she's done the same set on her tour. C'mon Bey, let's change it up a bit.

Nonetheless, the ladies reigned supreme. We'll see if they can continue to lead the pack next year.

P!nk in one word: AMAZING!


Amazing is the only word that can best describe P!nk's performance on last night's Grammy Awards. She was without a doubt the show-stopper.

The singer, performing "Glitter in the Air," took to the air as if she was a part of Ringling Brothers Circus and spun around in a cloth like she was making a cocoon. She would later get mysteriously dunked in water and proceed to spin upside down as if she was figure skater Christie Yamaguchi.

It was hands down the best performance of the night, even better than the powerhouse songstress, Beyonce and the always unpredictable, Lady Gaga.


Maxwell scores well-deserved first Grammy


It took 14 years, but Maxwell can finally say he is a Grammy Award-winning artist.

The 36-year-old singer picked up two trophies last night in what was long-overdue recognition for the Brooklyn-bred artist.

"Oh my goodness. I'm trying to keep it together," he said, excepting his award for best male vocal performance for "Pretty Wings."

"I'm a little bit choked up right now so please excuse my emotional craziness right now. This is my first Grammy and it means a lot to me," he said at the ceremony held prior to the nationally televised show.




The soulful singer had some pretty stiff competition for his first Grammy. He beat out veteran Charlie Wilson, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton and former Pretty Ricky front man, Pleasure P.

Maxwell would later win for best R&B album for BLACKsummers' Night, topping heavyweights Wilson, Hamilton, India.Arie and newcomer Ledisi.

BLACKsummers' Night, released after an eight year hiatus from music, was without question a masterful album and a reminder of how talented Maxwell truly is.

He has had a successful career since bursting on the scene in 1996 with his album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite. He had hits like "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" and "Sumthin' Sumthin.'"

And who could forget songs like "This Woman's Work," "Lifetime" or his most popular recording, "Fortunate."

While Maxwell didn't accept any awards during the national televised portion of the Grammy's, but he did take the stage.

The Grammy Award-winning singing performed his latest hit "Pretty Wings."