Sideshow: Bride got back

Posted: May 29, 2014

Kim's dress, the blessed reveal

The modern world was beaten to a pulp by the flouncy, bouncy, and, most important, pricey wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Italy over the weekend. Of all the photos from the event, Kim's pal Jonathan Cheban's may be getting the most interest. It is of the bride from, you guessed it, the back, showing the massive Givenchy Haute Couture gown, fancifully white, the massive train, and the bride inside.

New Billboard charts

The music industry has been looking for a way to gauge social-media-driven music interest. How to track iTunes, Spotify, Vevo? All those hashtags? Now Billboard gives us two new lists of tunes and artists - gauged by how much they've been shared on Twitter in the last 24 hours. It's updated to the minute, in real time. We checked out the Trending 140 list (, which, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, was: (1) "XO," by John Mayer; (2) "Sexxx Dreams," by Lady Gaga; (3) "Venus," by Lady Gaga; (4) "Really Don't Care," by Demi Lovato; (5) "Gypsy," by Lady Gaga; (6) "Artpop," by Lady Gaga (7) "Game 2," by Curren$y; (8) "John Doe," by B.o.B.; (9) "Love," by Jana Kramer; and (10) "Miss Movin' On," by Fifth Harmony. Hmm. The Little Monsters use Twitter a lot. The other list is Emerging Artists (, which tracks activity around songs by new folks: (1) "Dying Breed," by Ransom; (2) "Cut Her Off," by K Camp; (3) "All I Ever Wanted," by Teedra Moses; (4) "Trap," by Rich the Kid; (5) "Money Baby," by K Camp; (6) "Sound of Change," by Dirty Heads (7) "Goddess," by Banks; (8) "Beware the Dog," by the Griswolds; (9) "On It," by Slava; and (10) "Cut Your Teeth," by Kyla La Grange. A different way of looking at music. . . .

Caps, gowns

  Several A-listers were graduated from institutions of higher learning recently. You know about Emma Watson, B.A., English, Brown University. But did you know about Eva Longoria, M.A., Chicano Studies, California State University at Northridge? Puff Daddy got an honorary doctorate from Howard University, from which he dropped out after two years in the early 1990s, back when he was Sean Combs. . . . And self-taught Jimmy Page got one from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

We don't understand it, either

Sunday morning, at Fatburger in Las Vegas, a melee erupted between rapper T.I. and boxing champ Floyd Mayweather. The latter was eating, the former barged up and started yelling. A punch is said to have been thrown. T.I.'s spouse Tameka"Tiny" Cottle posted an Instagram image of herself and Floyd's daughter Lyanna, whom she captioned as her "new boo." T.I. found that disrespectful to him and went to yell at Floyd. Rumors ricochet of myriad infidelities in all directions. Floyd could pound T.I. into pemmican in a real altercation. Meanwhile T.I. is talking big.

Brava and brava again . . .

. . . to Massachusetts author Annie Cardi, who started the #YesAllWomen hashtag over the weekend, in response to the horrific multiple killings in Isla Vista, Calif. It had been used more than 1 million times by Monday night. "It's not 'all men are dangerous' but 'all women live with some element of threat,' " Cardi wrote. Celebs such as Lena Dunham, Sophia Bush, and Gabourey Sidibe have joined in. Yes, there's a #NotAllMen reaction.

Bite-size & nutritious

Colombia's finest, Sofía Vergara, said Saturday on the social site WhoSay that she and fiance Nick Loeb have called off their engagement. . . . Geezer-rock news: The Rolling Stones, after canceled gigs in Australia and New Zealand following the death of Mick Jagger's love, L'Wren Scott, have resumed touring. Also, Paul McCartney, who also canceled shows after being felled by Beatle-hating flu in Tokyo, took a charter jet outta there and is better. . . . CeeLo Green was supposed to play 75 minutes down at Riverfest in Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday but could think of only 40 minutes of music. The promoters are withholding half his pay. . . . Rocker Neko Case handed Playboy its rabbit ears on Twitter, after an article saying she "is breaking the mold of what women in the music industry should be." She scream-tweeted she is "not a woman in music" but rather a musician in music.   

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