‘SideShow': Aretha's tops, says Rolling Stone; Kardashian dishes on Kanye; Bieber and Michelangelo

Rolling Stone put the Queen of Soul atop its list of albums by female artists. Earlier this month, Aretha picked up an honorary doctorate from Princeton. MEL EVANS / AP
Rolling Stone put the Queen of Soul atop its list of albums by female artists. Earlier this month, Aretha picked up an honorary doctorate from Princeton. MEL EVANS / AP
Posted: June 23, 2012

Forget Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears or that Aguilera girl. The rockingest album by a woman is an old-school classic, 1967's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin. So proclaims the Delphic Oracle of rock, Rolling Stone mag. (Not even Madonna makes the top 10.)

Joni Mitchell's Blue and Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis round out the top three.

Oprah and Kim, Round XC

Oprah Winfrey has released tidbits from her 90-part epic interview with Kim Kardashian, which will air on OWN until the end of time.

Sunday's forthcoming segment has Kim explain why she so digs Kanye West, the man she's allowed the world to believe she's dating.

"It's very comforting to have someone that knows everything about you, that respects you, understands, has gone through similar things," she says of her handsome publicity stunt, er, boyfriend.

"I don't know why it took, you know, so long for us to kind of get together."

Kim's wedding to Kris Humphries, which reportedly netted them an $18 mil payday, comes up yet again. "I mean, at the time it was honest," Kim says, "it was love, it was exact, I mean, I was all in, you know?"

Ribisi, Deyn elope

Columbus Circle and Ted star Giovanni Ribisi, 37, is one sly cat: He apparently has been dating British model Agyness Deyn, 29, for some time. So sly: The couple just announced that they wed in secret last weekend. Ribisi has a daughter, Lucia, with ex-wife Mariah O'Brien.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Grey's Anatomy's Jessica Capshaw, 35, and husband Christopher Gavigan have welcomed daughter Poppy James Gavigan, says Us Weekly. The newborn joins older brother Luke, 4, and 20-month-old sister Eve. … Us also says Victoria's Secret angel Lily Aldridge and hub, Kings of Leon front man Caleb Followill, have welcomed their first baby, Dixie Pearl Followill, in Nashville. … Radiohead is postponing a series of European shows after the June 16 stage collapse in Toronto that led to the death of drum technician Scott Johnson.

Cheney, Poe wed

Mary Cheney, 43, announced on Facebook Friday that she and partner Heather Poe have married. "Very happy to announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally married (at least in DC). 20 years to the day after our first date," writes former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter. The couple have two kids, Samuel, 5, and Sarah, 2.

Ann Curry: Not good enough?

Ann Curry, who is about to be booted as Today show cohost, has been angsting about the show for a good month. Weeks before NBC's decision to replace her after a year at the wheel with cohost Matt Lauer, she told Ladies Home Journal in a May 9 chat that she was saddened this spring when, in a shocking turn of events, rival ABC show Good Morning America beat Today in the ratings for the first time since dinosaurs walked the earth. "It's hard not to take it personally," she says. "You worry, ‘Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need?'?"

TV insiders tell Reuters that NBC wants to move Curry to one of its other news shows.

Michelangelo who?

Justin Bieber's decision to get yet another tattoo upset David Letterman Thursday night. "Do me a favor," DL said, "don't go nuts, you know what I mean? Because more and more, you see the ‘mural' and like the Sistine Chapel … it's too much."

Bieber, 18, came back with the sophisticated retort, "I'm not going for the Sixteenth Chapel look." He was oblivious as the audience exploded in laughter. Said Letterman, "Canadian high school!"

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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