A young Idol jumps into work
At 17, Jordin Sparks
is the youngest ever to win the American Idol
title. So it's sad to hear that after an exhausting ordeal dominating the sixth edition of the show, Lil' Jordin is already being used as a workhorse: The singer has signed a deal to make her first record for Simon Fuller
's 19Recordings label.
Jordin's album is due out in November, but a first single, "Tattoo," will be released Aug. 27.
Jordin's statement is, like: "I can't wait to share this next chapter of my story with all the fans." (Do fans' lives have chapters, too? Or just verses?)
'Closer' to the King
CNN interviewer Larry King
, who has perfected the art of kissing up to celebs by pitching them inane, softball questions, will appear on the season finale of cable TV's top show, TNT's The Closer
King will portray "Larry King," and will be shown in convo with a real congresswoman (Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat) and a real author (Dominick Dunne).
The two-parter, to be televised Sept. 3 and 10, will be about a high-profile case that seems to have stumped super cop Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).
HBO's act of faith
HBO, which just pulled the plug on its new show, John From Cincinnati
, has shown a happier face to its other newbie, Flight of the Conchords
, and to its awesome hit, Entourage
, about a really cool pair of New Zealander geek losers who have pathetic musical aspirations, will return for a second season, and Entourage
, which stars Kevin Connolly
, Adrian Grenier
and Kevin Dillon
, will be back for its fifth.
Forbes' hip-hop count Jay-Z
is the greatest man on earth. So says Forbes.com, which has listed Beyoncé
's man on top of its list of rap's top earners. Jay-Z, 37, who is prez and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, made $34 mil last year. Street-thug-turned-star 50 Cent
made $32 mil, earning second place on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, while Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
sits at No. 3, with $28 mil.
Hot for Van Halen
A second Van Halen
show has been added at the Wachovia Center after the Oct. 1 concert sold out yesterday morning, when tickets when on sale. Tickets for the new Oct. 3 date, with singer David Lee Roth
touring with the band for the first time in 23 years, are available at 1-800-298-4200, www.ComcastTIX.com
, and the Wachovia Center box office. Prices are $49.50, $79.50 and $149.50.
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