Prince Hips the World to His Jehovah's Witness Ways; Phil Spector's Streamlined Prison Look
Headlines: Prince reportedly needs double-hip-replacement surgery but won't undergo the operation because Jehovah's Witnesses can't accept blood transfusions. ... Trent Reznor, a real rock star in the Twittering class, has decided to end his micro-blogging experiment. Too many haters. ... You wanna battle? Mos Def has challenged Jay-Z to a rap-off to determine whether Hova is, in fact, the greatest rapper alive. The battle royale would by a five-on-five affair, with Mos Def, Black Thought, Nas, MF Doom and Jay Electronica squaring off against Jay-Z's crew. (For the record, Mos Def thinks Rakim and Slick Rick are the best rappers alive.) ... Kanye West, who probably thinks Kanye West is the best rapper alive, is touring with the pop tart Lady Gaga. Huh. Maybe Wale was onto something after all. Also, interviewing Kanye about his book, "Thank You and You're Welcome," can be something of a challenge. ... Black Lips dude Jared Swilley has joined the dogpile forming atop Wavves/Nathan Williams. ... Per state prison regulations, Phil Spector was not allowed to wig out for his California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation mug shot. (But, you know, bald is beautiful, etc.) ... The brilliant George Jones weeper "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was among the 25 sound recordings added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Recording Registry. Among the others: Link Wray's "Rumble," Etta James' "At Last," the Who's "My Generation" and John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." ... More legal troubles for Michael Jackson. Yawn. ... The Dave Matthews Band has this week's best-seller. ... Van Morrison says he would have quit the music biz if "Astral Weeks" had been a hit upon release, noting: "I am not one who has ever taken well to fame and what that attracts. It's a drag. I just wanted to be a songwriter and a singer. I did not bargain for all the rest of it." ... Selena's killer lost an appeal because it was filed in the wrong court. ... Queen Latifah says she was sexually abused as a child. ... Chris Brown lost a bid to delay his preliminary hearing. ... Best fake news story of the week? "Country singer Rodney Atkins became embroiled in controversy on Monday when a photograph of him exiting the Nashville location of popular organic/health food chain Trader Joe's found its way onto country gossip website Nashville Gab. The post, unassumingly titled Who knew Rodney Atkins had a little hippie in him?, began exciting comment within minutes of its publication." More: "The first comment came from cntryfan93, who wondered: 'OMG, what was Rodney Atkins doing at Trader Joe's? I thought he was a Christian?'" And: "One Michigan radio station sponsored an It's America Smashathon, encouraging listeners to bring their copies of Atkins' latest album to be destroyed."
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