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Pussycat Doll Hits Back at Nicole Scherzinger

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Pop,

Pussycat DollsNicole Scherzinger refused to share the spotlight with the rest of the Pussycat Dolls, according to her ex-bandmate.

Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones has hit back at the “Don't Hold Your Breath” singer for claiming in her upcoming VH1 Behind the Music special that she did 95% of the singing herself and the rest of the group did not record any vocals for their albums. Kaya did not deny Nicole's claims, but insisted the other members of the band were heavily involved.

“There was a lot more going on behind the scenes. Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it. To call the other girls in the Pussycat Dolls 'window dressings' is a bit far-fetched ... every girl in the group was talented,” she told TMZ.


Nicole Scherzinger: I Did All the Pussycat Dolls Singing

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Pop,

Pussycat DollsNicole Scherzinger did all the singing in Pussycat Dolls.

The star - who fronted an earlier line up of the girl band, and now has a solo career - insisted she did “probably 95 per cent” of the vocals on the six-member group's debut album, PCD.

Speaking on a Behind The Music special for TV channel VH1, Nicole said, “I hope I don't get in trouble for the stuff that I say but I'll never forget I finished the album, PCD, and [executive producer] Ron [Fair] and I brought the girls into the studio and we played it for them. It was the first time they'd ever heard the music. Do you understand what I'm saying? We played the album for the Pussycat Dolls. It was the first time they'd ever heard the songs.”

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Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning talk digital music at SXSW

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Music, Software,

SXSW 2012 Downloaded Sean Parker Shawn Fanning

The revolutionary promise of digital music became reality with the rise of Napster. The file sharing network pioneered a functional and comprehensive catalog of music with its enthusiastic users. Developed by then-teenaged Shawn Fanning in 1998, Napster became a worldwide phenomenon in less than a year. Co-founder Sean Parker helped develop Napster into a company. Mass acceptance came quickly, but legal challenges ultimately doomed the original service. Despite the controversy and lawsuits, Napster changed the music business and paved the way for iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, and other music services. The divide between the cultural establishment and technology innovators was defined by the disputes raised by Napster. After more than a decade of declining sales of recorded music and imperfect attempts to present a licensed alternative, the influence of Napster continues to be felt.

At SXSW, I listened in on a discussion with Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning where they discussed these issues in an effort to promote their film Downloaded. The panel opened with a montage of clips from the VH1 rockDocs Downloaded film. The trailer touched on the start of Napster, the revelation of how easy it was to get music based on a search term, how quick the results were in the age of dial-up, and the growth of Napster as a company. There are a couple of gems there as well, such as when Fanning said back in 1999 that he believed the future was instant music access from multiple devices, including stereos and smartphones (well, he said “cell phones,” but still.) this is a movie about kids revolutionizing an industry they knew nothing about.


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Amazon signs Viacom for Prime instant streaming

Good news for everyone owning a Kindle Fire and subscribed to Amazon Prime (as well as owners of any other media streaming device with Prime compatibility,) as Amazon has announced that it will now offer its subscribers increased instant streaming of videos to supported devices. The press release states that users will be able to stream TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo.

All of this is made possible due to Amazon recently making a deal with Viacom, bringing the total number of available streaming offerings to over 15,000, all of which are supported on over 300 devices. Between Netflix, the Redbox-Verizon deal, and Amazon Prime, the streaming video subscription space is heating up!


Lance Bass Joins Ex-Boy Band Members for Reality TV Contest

Lance Bass and Joey FatoneLance Bass is wrangling up former NSYNC member Joey Fatone in addition to A.J. Mclean of Backstreet Boys, Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, and possibly Bobby Brown of New Edition for a reality television competition.

The VH1 contest is expected to rival NBC's The Voice, with the boy band alumni choosing which singers would comprise the perfect boy band.

Bobby Brown isn't confirmed just yet, but Lance says that he “thinks Bobby will do it. I think he'd love it.”

Will you tune in to watch Lance and company attempt to resurrect the boy band?


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White House Crasher, Real Housewife Kicked out of Celebrity Rehab

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Drama, Reality, Cable, Gossip, Rumors,

Michaele Salahi

Michaele Salahi, one of the Real Housewives of D. C. and one of the alleged White House gate crashers who showed up at a Presidential party sans invitation, has just been kicked out of Celebrity Rehab.

TMZ reports that Michaele was booted from the treatment facility for one simple reason: she’s not an addict. It’s unknown whether or not she’ll appear in any scenes of the fifth season of the show, which is currently in production. Other rumored cast mates for Celebrity Rehab 5 include Lindsay’s father Michael Lohan, Baywatch’s Jeremy Jackson and Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi.


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Mike Starr, Alice in Chains Bassist, Found Dead

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Television, Drugs, Obituaries,

Mike Starr, Celebrity Rehab 3Former Alice in Chains bassist and reality TV star Mike Starr, 44, was found dead on Tuesday in Utah.

Mike Starr became a fan favorite during his Celebrity Rehab stint, wherein he openly talked about the substance abuse problems that got him ejected from the band Alice in Chains. The musician often referred to the late Layne Staley as his best friend. He was ejected from Alice in Chains in 1993 due to his drug problems. Staley died of an overdose in 2002. Starr made an appearance on Celebrity Rehab 4 as a survivor of drug problems, inspiring others with his message of hope for the future.


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John Lennon’s Death to Be Commemorated on Television

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Artist News, Rock,

The life of John Lennon will be remembered on Wednesday, December 8—the 30th anniversary of his death.

Throughout the day, BBC America will air several specials related to the late artist and his former band. In addition to repeated showings of the film Backbeat, starring Stephen Dorff, the network will broadcast three documentaries: The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco, Imagine: John Lennon and The Beatles Biggest Secrets.

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Mario Lopez Saved By VH1

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Cable, Gossip,

Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza

We’ve seen in a number of projects since his Saved By the Bell years, most notably as the host of Extra and as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Now, he’ll return to reality TV in his own regular series courtesy of VH1.

Lopez’s Saved By the Baby will detail the life of Mario as a new parent (with girlfriend Courtney Mazza), as a quasi-celebrity and as an entertainer. VH1 hypes that the show goes “from the hottest parties to the dirtiest diapers.”

The series premieres on November 1 at 10:30 p.m.

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Fantasia Talks Sadness and Suicide Attempt…on Her Reality Show

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: D-List, Music, Television, Meltdowns, Videos,

Fantasia Barrino became a hot topic last month when she was hospitalized following a well-publicized affair with a married man. The American Idol 3 winner was , wherein she overdosed on aspirin and sleep aids.

The event is detailed in Barrino’s VH1 reality show, … and we can’t decide if that’s bold or tacky. At the end of the clip above, Fantasia does seem to be looking at the world with a positive, stable outlook. “Let them talk and let them say what they want to say,” she tells the camera. “But I’m still here.”

Fantasia seems ready to take on the world as gives the camera a smile. “I’m back. Tasia’s back.”

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