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Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana destroyed my family'

Billy-Ray-Cyrus_240.jpg Image Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesIt’s a Disney story without a happy ending: In the latest issue of GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus says that the fourth and final season of Hannah Montana, the show that made his daughter Miley a superstar, was “a disaster.”

“I was going to work every single day knowing that my family had fallen apart, but yet I had to sit in front of that camera,” he tells the magazine. “The damn show destroyed my family. And I sit there and go, ‘Yeah, you know what? Some gave all.’ It is my motto, and guess what? I have to eat that one. I some-gave-all’d it all right. I some-gave-all’d it while everybody else was going to the bank. It’s all sad.”

As for his daughter, he says, “I’m scared for her. She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger. I know she’s 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I’d like to try to help. Take care of her just a little bit, to at least get her out of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity just for a minute.” READ FULL STORY

Pink's 'F–––in' Perfect' video takes a dark look at depression

Pink’s new video for her song “F—in’ Perfect” wades into some pretty dark waters: attempted suicide, gruesome self-mutilation, an implied eating disorder, and an overarching theme of soul-crushing social alienation. But…hey, it’s Tina Majorino! I can’t believe Mac from Veronica Mars (hell, Toni from Andre) is grown-up enough to play a mom. Anyway, warning: The video contains strong language and some disturbing, NSFW imagery: READ FULL STORY

Josh Farro on Paramore departure: 'We've always been treated as less important than Hayley.'

ParamoreImage Credit: RD/Kirkland/Retna LtdSeems being part of Paramore was “Misery Business” for recently departed band members Josh and Zac Farro. A few days after Paramore confirmed that their guitarist and drummer had quit the band via its official site, Josh took to his blog to share why the two members had decided that they belonged to Paramore no more. And they seemed to have settled on a scapegoat: Frontwoman Hayley Williams.

The long post, which chronicles how Williams’ manager and family have controlled the band since its formation, claims Paramore’s band members were always forced to play second banana to the singer. “Her dad would constantly threaten to ‘pull the plug’ on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band,” Farro writes. “We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley … We toured for two-and-a-half years building our fan base, pretending to be a band that started naturally. In reality, what started as natural somehow morphed into a manufactured product of a major label, riding on the coattails of ‘Hayley’s dream.'”

Farro also shared grievances regarding the band’s songwriting process: READ FULL STORY attacked online for 'blackface' makeup at VMAs pre-show, hits Twitter to defend himself

will-i-amImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comKanye and Taylor weren’t the only talking pieces after last night’s VMAs. Black Eyed Peas leading man also sparked up a bit of controversy when he performed alongside rapper Nicki Minaj during the pre-show. Though not purposefully, the eccentric rapper and producer known for his futuristic costumes ticked off some of his fans after wearing an all black leather outfit and matching black makeup all over his face.

Instantly the Twitterverse hopped on their computers and smartphones to cry foul, comparing his makeup to the racist 19th century blackface minstrel shows. When Will caught wind of the criticism, he responded through his Twitter account to defend his costume choice.

“1st. just because I where all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn’t be looked at as racial…,” he tweeted. “Let go of the past. there are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything,” he followed. Then after noticing that people were still attacking him, he asked, “Are you guys serious? my outfit set “black people back 100 yrs” choose your twits wisely. no education sets people back, no jobs, bad health.”

Personally, I think these accusations are nuts. In the past Will has participated in various causes for uplifting black people–really, all people. He was one of the first artists to campaign, promote, and support Barack Obama’s presidential run years ago and frequently returns the impoverished East Los Angeles neighborhood he grew up in to speak to its children. And let me not forget to mention that he does all of this philanthropic work during breaks from making huge pop records that boast positive messages.

If there’s anything that Will’s guilty of, it’s giving people the benefit of the doubt and hoping that his costume would be seen simply as interesting, fun, and artsy. I, for one, knew the peanut gallery would think otherwise. I can’t say I loved his makeup. Will probably should have known that more than a few people would be peeved and nixed it. But I’m pretty sure that there was nothing malicious behind the concept.

What do you think? Was Will’s makeup a slap in the face to African Americans or just an eccentric’s mistake? Sound off in the comments below.

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Eminem's 'Love the Way You Lie' video: Is this depiction of domestic violence too much?

eminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicEminem premiered his new video for “Love the Way You Lie” tonight, and it features Rihanna standing in her underpants in front of a flaming house where Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox are intermittently beating the crap out of each other and playing intense, Stanley Cup levels of tonsil hockey. Meanwhile, Em is standing in a field of pure and innocent tall grass, rapping about how he is sorry. All the rage and beatings are lit in a very dramatic and sexy way, because the people doing the raging and beating are very lithe and muscular and gorgeous. As far as one can tell, it is still not Penny’s boat.

Watch the video after the jump and weigh in, Mixers. It’s a great track, and a star-powered video. The moral of the story is, clearly, that stealing vodka is wrong. But does it take responsibility for its dramatization of domestic violence? And knowing all we know about Rihanna’s personal life (and Em’s), is this collision of reality and fame-world cleansing or just awkward? READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' season 9 tour: Newark, we have a problem

american-idol-concertImage Credit: Robert E. Klein/AP ImagesFor an American Idol junkie like myself, the annual “Idols Live!” concert tour is typically a perfectly timed dessert soufflé; served a good month or two after the overwhelming smorgasbord of the preceding Idol season, it provides a chance to see how the top 10 finishers fare when they’re out from under the pressure of Simon Cowell’s critiques, that notoriously grueling weekly TV schedule, and the inscrutable voting whims of the public. Last night’s season 9 showcase from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, however, failed to follow that sweet script. To be fair, a few contestants achieved frothy new heights, but the bulk of the show had the distinctive whiff of a piece of cake that’s been lingering in the back of the fridge since late May.

The current crop of touring Idols could take a few cues from Aaron Kelly, one of the few performers who seemed to understand that when your set lasts all of three songs, you’d best kick things off with something that’s high octane and stylistically comfortable. READ FULL STORY

The-Dream addresses marriage woes in open letter: 'I've tried to take my own life'

the-dreamImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmmagicR&B romantics the world over were dealt a blow when singer-songwriter The-Dream announced his separation from singer Christina Milian this week. The power couple wed just last September and welcomed a daughter this March. Now The-Dream has addressed the rampant speculation about what caused the split in an open letter on his official site.

The most explosive headline from the letter comes near the end, when The-Dream reveals that he’s considered suicide: “I’ve cried about this for months, after interviews, after prayer and I’ve tried to take my own life at a point because of the failure that was looming.” Thankfully, he seems to have moved past that point now.

Despite recent paparazzi photos of The-Dream and an assistant frolicking on a beach, he firmly denies that cheating was an issue. “I would love to tell the truth as to why my relationship wasn’t successful, but today that is between me and Christina,” he writes. “It’s easy to say that it’s because of another woman or a new relationship but truthfully, IT’S NOT.” He also takes “FULL RESPONSIBILITY” for concealing problems in the marriage from the public. “If there’s anyone to blame and you can’t fathom this happening, please blame me and me alone for not being upfront! Even though we were trying to overcome personal things between us, I was just simply scared and embarrassed to let everyone know we WERE FAILING and HAVE NOW FAILED!”

The-Dream’s reps did not immediately reply to a request for further comment. Read the full letter at his website and let us know what you think.

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Pink taken to the hospital after concert fall, but says 'full steam ahead'

pinkImage Credit: Marc Broussely/Redferns/Getty ImagesWhile performing her hit “So What” at a concert in Germany last night, pop star Pink fell from the elaborate trapeze set-up she was hanging from over the stage. In a YouTube video captured by a fan, Pink appears to start ascending in the trapeze hoist, then falls down, before yelling into her mic, “Oh God. Oh f— that hurt.” According to reports, Pink fell out of the harness she was in and was dragged into a barricade.

The singer later dispatched several missives about the incident on her Twitter feed. First she wrote: “To all my nurnberg fans- I am so so so sorry to end the show that way.I am embarassed and very sorry. I’m in ambulance now but I will b fine.” Then, about an hour later, she assured fans she was alright: “Ok all my lovers out there- nothings broken, no fluid in the lungs, just seriously sore. I made that barricade my b*tch!!!! Thanx nurnberg:(”

Then, about 8:30 a.m. this morning, she wrote: “okay. full steam ahead pain, no gain. or is it no brain, no pain? either way, i will be on that stage, even if i have to crawl:)” And followed that up with a thank you to fans: “and a HUMONGOUS thank you to everyone who sent their love and concern, nikki is also doing fine. i will buy her an ice cream later.” Hark: It does indeed sound like she’s fine. Whew! Calls to her representatives for further comment have not yet been returned.

You can watch the YouTube clip of what happened here:


'American Idol' season 9 Top 10 perform on 'GMA': Perhaps not the best tour advertisement ever

You know when you’re cooking, and you need a pot or pan that’s in the back of the cupboard, and you know it’s going to make a horrible, clanging racket? But, hey, you’re cooking…this is a necessity, so you grit your teeth, you soldier on. A similar sense of grim, cacophonous duty pervaded this morning’s performance of “It’s My Life”/”My Life Would Suck Without You” by the American Idol season 9 Top 10 as part of Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series today. Billed not-quite-accurately as a “mashup” by hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopolous, the number proved to be more of a clumsy welding together of two songs with the word “Life” in the title. As someone who’s planning to catch a show on the Idols Live tour later this summer — a tour that canceled selected dates earlier this week — I’m dismayed to discover the closing number simply does not work. I mean, I could wax cruelly about the way the voices of Siobhan Magnus and Michael Lynche, in particular, collided in New York City’s Central Park like a lively sparrow and a hawk’s talon. But instead I will ask: Is it too late to call an audible and make “It’s My/Suck” go the way of “No Boundaries”? Distract yourselves by watching in the clip below how reigning champ Lee DeWyze sheepishly keeps the mic at least a foot away from his mouth at all times. Dude is onto something. READ FULL STORY

Anita Baker drops the ball singing national anthem at NBA finals

anita-bakerImage Credit: Elsa/Getty ImagesFolks at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden last night (June 10) to watch the Boston Celtics play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA finals must have been delighted to know that repeat Grammy award winner Anita Baker would be singing the “Star Spangled Banner” before the game. And why shouldn’t they have? She’s a R&B legend whose vocal skills have wowed many for decades. Then she sang. And boy, was it bad.

Mind you, Baker is regularly invited to sing the national anthem at sporting events. That wasn’t her first time around a court or stadium. I doubt Baker will be getting many invites after last night, though. Check out her woeful performance here. The off-key showing soon propelled her to Trending Topic status on Twitter, as thousands of disappointed viewers sounded off on how much they didn’t enjoy it.

Funny thing is, Baker appeared not to even notice how bad she was. What do you think? Was her performance that bad? Or are people just overreacting? Let us know.

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