Paisley: LL Cool J dug it
Paisley says LL Cool J embraced "Accidental Racist" and joined him on the song with enthusiasm, telling him, "This is important. . . . It just feels like it's something we need to do."
The rapper's rhymes on the song include, "If you don't judge my do-rag/I won't judge your red flag," and "If you don't judge my gold chains/I'll forget the iron chains."
He bashed her after a pre-Grammy Awards party in '09 and paid the price with an assault conviction.
Not three years had passed before they reconciled and she faced doubts from the public. She faced anger and derision from feminists. She faced them all down. Now E! News says Rihanna and her perennial bad boy Chris Brown have broken up again.
Roots to stay with Fallon
?uestlove of homegrown act the Roots tells Fuse music mag the band will stay with Jimmy Fallon when he takes over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno. "It's going to be the same show," he said. "We're staying."
Touching the 'Touch' theme
Many folks have been admiring the brief, wild theme music for that Fox show Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Starts with a bold piano theme, then lurches to this mechanistic churn that suggests the mind of a numerical genius. So who wrote it?
None other than Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, also known as the band Wendy & Lisa. They were the singers for Prince's band the Revolution back in his heady 1980s days. Good, surprising work, L&S.
Rolling Stones tix on sale
Tickets for the June 18 Rolling Stones show at the Wells Fargo Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Info: 1-800-298-4200 or www.ComcastTix.com.
Tom Cruise is famous
So famous, that even his least significant verbal expectorations get full coverage. According to E!, Cruise made this startling revelation on German TV about Katie Holmes' decision to leave him: "I did not expect that." Added Cruise, "To be 50 and have experiences and think you have everything under control, and then it hits you - that's what life is . . . . Life is tragicomic."
Thatcher's death on Twitter
Monday on Twitter, somebody started a hashtag, #nowthatchersdead ("Now Thatcher's Dead") to gather remembrances of departed British leader Margaret Thatcher.
With stupendous idiocy, thousands read it as "Now That Cher's Dead," whereupon they issued wails of shocked grief.
Yet others read the hashtag as "Now T. Hatcher's Dead," referring to Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher. More wailing. Let's be clear: Cher is not dead. Teri Hatcher is not dead.
- John Timpane
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