Sideshow: Kimye baby name? It's wild

Rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian before daughter arrived.
Rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian before daughter arrived. (CHARLES SYKES / Invision)
Posted: June 23, 2013

Is this a joke? A prank to see how many headlines they'll get? We're talking, of course, about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's announcement that they have named their first born, an allegedly gorgeous baby girl, North. (Why not East? It seems more feminine. Or in homage to Alfred Hitchcock, call her North by North.)

In a day or two, they'll tell us we've been punked and give up the real name - Rosemary, Ariadne, Primrose or Edith. Or Kirstine! Kould any girl born into that dread Kardashian Kartel of Konsumerist Propaganda not be given a K name?

 Now, we all know Jay-Z and Beyoncé trademarked the name of their new girl, Blue Ivy Carter®, for marketing ventures. Will K&K do the same, and would that mean every time you drive north you'll have to pay a toll? One word: Sheesh!

Autopsy: Gandolfini clean

Sopranos legend James Gandolfini was not on illicit substances when he died in Rome of a heart attack this week, Gandolfini family friend and designated spokesman Michael Kobold said Friday. An autopsy has shown "nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "There was no foul play. There was no substance abuse." Kobold said Gandolfini didn't feel ill during his last day, which he spent with his son Michael, 13. "He had a wonderful day. He visited the Vatican and had dinner at the hotel with his son," Kobold said. Plans are being finalized for a funeral late next week in New York, Kobold said.

Deen dumped

The Food Network announced Friday that it would not renew the contract of Southern home-cookin' queen Paula Deen after she admitted under oath that she had used a racial slur. The Savannah celeb acknowledged in court documents filed this week in Georgia that she had used the N-word. "Yes, of course," she said in answer to a lawyer's question, but added, "It's been a very long time." Deen's admission came during depositions last month in a discrimination lawsuit that a former employee filed against Deen, 66, and her brother, Bubba Hiers. Deen posted a 45-second clip on YouTube asking for forgiveness from "my children, my team, my fans, my partners."

No chart count for Jay-Z

Music chart meister Billboard said Friday that the one million copies of Jay-Z's LP Magna Carta Holy Grail bought by Samsung would be subtracted from the artist's total sales tally. That's because the electronics giant is giving 'em away for free to its customers. Billboard's decision has inspired Jay-Z to raise a metaphysical question, tweeting: "If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen?"


This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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