December 16, 2013 |
The biggest-selling albums of 2013 were by Justin Timberlake, country star Luke Bryan, and rappers Jay-Z, Drake, and Eminem. Timberlake topped the list with more than 2.3 million copies sold of the first part of his two-part The 20/20 Experience , according to Nielsen SoundScan. But when looking back on the year in music in 2013, will you immediately think of any of those dudes? Not likely. More likely, the mind will fix on Miley Cyrus' icky encounter with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, or the former Disney girl swinging naked on her "Wrecking Ball" video.
November 21, 2013 |
Michael Douglas, GQ diva GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake , has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas . The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra , which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood...
November 19, 2013 |
Kanye West stood on the Wells Fargo Center stage Saturday night, his face covered by a stylish executioner's mask that made him look like a high-couture Mexican wrestler, and attempted to explain himself. In so doing about two-thirds of the way through his grueling, boldly unorthodox 2-hour-and-20-minute Yeezus tour show, the proudly provocative rapper, producer and fast-food eater - he had dinner at Wendy's at 15th and Chestnut with fiancee Kim Kardashian on Friday - talked about "the Willie Lynch theory" of keeping African Americans in order by punishing them in public.
November 19, 2013 |
FORMER FLYER Max Talbot is officially leaving Philly behind, putting his Bella Vista home on the market. Talbot was traded from the Flyers to the Colorado Avalanche last month for Steve Downie . Located on 9th Street, right below South, Talbot's former abode was a three bedroom/four bath beaut complete with a tricked-out kitchen, Jacuzzi and a walk-in closet that is bigger than some of the apartments I've lived in. Too bad Talbot and...
November 15, 2013 |
"I THINK WHAT Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed, and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years . . . I got the answers. I understand culture.
October 26, 2013 |
Piano-playing soul man John Legend has just released Love in the Future , his first recording since Wake Up! , the 2010 cover song collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. These are busy days for the 34-year-old University of Pennsylvania alumnus, Class of 1999, who grew up as John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to letting loose Love in the Future , which was artfully produced with the assistance of old friend Kanye West, the singer married swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen in September in Lake Como in Italy.
October 24, 2013 |
TODAY'S COLUMN is being written through a cascade of joyful tears. Kim and Kanye are engaged. This is such epochal news that we are afraid to let ourselves believe such a monumental event could possibly happen. But it did. Kim Kardashian is poised to spend the rest of her life (can't believe we wrote that with a straight face) with rap deity and all-around gift-to-the-universe Kanye West . We're not sure if today's sighting of unicorns flying beneath multiple rainbows was just a coincidence, but we do know this: Yeezy popped the question Monday night - with the help of a 15-carat diamond ring - during Kimmy's 33rd-birthday bash at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, which he'd rented out for the occasion.
October 12, 2013 |
In a rare interview about her late boyfriend and Glee costar, Lea Michele says she not only misses Cory Monteith the man, but also the character he played on the TV musical. "I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn," Lea, 27, tells TV Week Australia. "There was no greater man than Cory. " Monteith, who was 31 when he died of a drug overdose in July, was set to be memorialized on Glee on Thursday night. Titled "The Quarterback," the tribute episode took an emotional toll on Lea, but she says she has no plans to leave Glee . "Everyone is asking: 'Is it hard to do this?
August 25, 2013 |
Their love burns with ardor. And don't try to say otherwise. Kanye West says his liaison with Kim Kardashian isn't a sham, a publicity stunt. Au contraire, their love is so strong, each embrace has the potential to disrupt the space-time continuum. So Kanye said in an hour-long sit-down with Kim's mom, Kris Jenner , which aired Friday on the season finale of her gabfest Kris . The whole chat was something to behold. It was a work of art. Kanye said falling for Kim, his "dream girl," was so amazing that he didn't care if his association with the reality TV star would tarnish his rep as the greatest composer since Beethoven . "I could have people saying, 'This is going to damage your credibility' . . . and I say, 'I don't care.
August 16, 2013
THESE HAVE been fallow, bitter times for those who chronicle the comings and goings of the glitterati. After all, The Most Important Woman in the World, Kim Kardashian , has been in self-imposed exile since she presented baby daddy Kanye West with a daughter they named North West . (This kid will never lack direction in her life!) Yesterday, mommy, daddy and baby were spotted at an El Lay medical center. Presumably, they were there so North could have a checkup. As for what North looks like, no news yet. Borrowing a classic move from Michael Jackson , TMIWIW covered her spawn with a blanket.