Last Night an MBA DJ Saved My Life; Weezy Hearts Kobe; Robert Pattinson Wants to Be Jeff Buckley
Headlines: The recession has been good for business at DJ schools. And some of the students might surprise you. Key passage from the Time magazine report: "After she lost her hedge fund job in December, [Koma] Gandy, a Harvard undergrad who also has an MBA from Georgetown, made a list of the things she's always wanted to do, if a lifetime of work and achievement and climbing up the corporate ladder don't get in the way. Near the top of the list: learn to rock a party with a turntable. 'I figured, now is better time than any to do this,' says Gandy. 'It might be my last chance. And I don't want to be one of those people, at the end of life, who says, "I wish I had gone for it."' More: "I never thought I'd lose my job, and I did. All these people out there are now reinventing themselves. Why not reinvent yourself as a deejay?" ... When Jay-Z performed "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" at Hot 97's annual Summer Jam blowout yesterday, he was joined onstage by T-Pain, the king of auto-tune. Show up for your own wake much? But Hova has insisted that the song isn't intended as a diss to T-Pain or Kanye West (who actually produced "D.O.A."), et al. In a phone call to Hot 97, he explained: "The guys who did it, did it great. T-Pain, he does great melodies. If you listen to Kanye, great melodies. If you listen to [West's] 'Say You Will' or 'Heartless,' great melodies. [Lil Wayne's] 'Lollipop' was a fantastic melody. Everybody can't do it. Let them guys do it. They got their little niche, let's move on. That's just my opinion. I don't know if everybody feels the same way." ... Lil Wayne is on the Kobe Bryant bandwagon. So of course he had to do a song in tribute to the Lakers star: "Kobe doin' work/ 2-4 on my shirt/He's the greatest on the court/And I'm the greatest on the verse." ... John Fogerty's "Blue Ridge Rangers" are riding yet again. Fogerty has recorded a follow-up to his 1973 post-Credence solo debut, with a backing band that includes Kenny Aronoff and Buddy Miller and special guests Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit. ... It's a shame about Evan Dando's timing. The Lemonheads founder sued General Motors over a 2008 TV campaign for Chevrolet and Buick, claiming that the automaker copied one of his songs. The lawsuit, which centers on the copyright for "It's a Shame About Ray," was filed the same week that GM sought federal bankruptcy protection. Maybe Dando can get a nice floor mat out of the deal. ... Remember those naked photos of Cassie that leaked online last month? (Don't lie; you know you looked.) She's blaming Gmail. Email programs don't leak nekkid photos, Cassie; people leak nekkid photos. ... Hollywood stars are lining up to play Jeff Buckley in an upcoming biopic, with Jared Leto, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and James Marsden said to be interested in the part. ... Who will play Jeff Hanson in his biopic? The indie singer-songwriter was found dead at his St. Paul apartment on Friday. ... Kim Gordon wasn't a fan of Radiohead's set-your-own-price plan for "In Rainbows." Says the Sonic Youth singer-musician: "It seemed really community-oriented, but it wasn't catered towards their musician brothers and sisters, who don't sell as many records as them. It makes everyone else look bad for not offering their music for whatever. It was a good marketing ploy and I wish I'd thought of it! But we're not in that position either. We might not have been able to put out a record for another couple of years if we'd done it ourselves: it's a lot of work. And it takes away from the actual making music." ... Hey, Bo Diddley (bomp-ba-bomp-bomp/bomp bomp) you now have a plaza named in your honor in Gainesville, Fla. City officials renamed the downtown space the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday. The late rock-and-roll legend lived in Archer, near Gainesville, and played at the plaza in 2006. ... 50 Cent has settled his lawsuit over repairs to the mansion he bought from Mike Tyson. Terms not disclosed.
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In which Bret Michaels is floored by the opening number at last night's Tony Awards. Michaels and Poison were onstage to perform with the "Rock of Ages" cast when he apparently missed his mark and got nailed in the head by a descending piece of scenery.
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