Late night talk show host Chelsea Handler is finally coming clean about her romance with rapper 50 Cent. While promoting her new book “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me,” the 36-year-old comedienne told Piers Morgan on CNN Tuesday that the two were indeed an item, reports The Daily Mail.
“We dated, very casually,” she admitted. “ He’s a very sweet, nice guy. I was sampling, kind of, the atmosphere, seeing what was out there, and I was satiated.”
Though Handler and 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson II, never confirmed their relationship, the comedienne posted several comments and flirtatious pictures of the two on her Twitter account.
Handler once tweeted: “I don’t know why anyone thinks I would ever date a rapper,” while posting a photo of the two in bed.
‘He’s a great guy,” Handler added. “He’s the complete antithesis of what you’d imagine. He’s a sweetheart, he’s great, he’s funny, he has a great sense of humor.”
But it seems the rapper wasn’t enough for the “Chealsea Lately” host, because insiders claimed the short-lived relationship ended late last year.
Handler, who is reported to have been dating hotelier Andre Balazs for four months, also revealed she was turned off when the rapper was trying to win her back with gifts.
“I don’t like when men buy me ridiculous gifts and I don’t know them well, I can buy my own gifts.”
Centric TV And Smirnoff Have TV Contest “Master Of The Mix” Centric TV and Smirnoff have a new original contest TV series: “Master of the Mix.” Hosted by award-winning producer Just Blaze, the show will take the world’s most popular DJs and challenge them to compete for the title of Master of the Mix. The winner will receive $250,000 in cash and prizes, including a custom-made Smirnoff bottle. The judges for the show will include some DJ heavyweights: Kid Capri, who deejayed for Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam” and has produced sessions for Heavy D, Boogie Down Productions and Quincy Jones; and hip hop legend Biz Markie will make several guest appearances. “’Master of the Mix’ has the perfect recipe of fresh and original content for our audience and puts a new spin on the reality competition genre,” stated Paxton Baker, Centric’s General Manager and Executive Vice President. “Our viewers love music, urban lifestyle, the culture surrounding it, and this type of show will appeal to their interests.” “We are thrilled to partner with Smirnoff to present ‘Master fo the Mix,’” said Alvin Bowles, BET Networks’ SVP of Brand Solutions. “This show takes our relationship with this brand to the next level, and allows us to be even more innovative and creative in the branded entertainment category.” The contestants competing for the title of Master of the Mix include DJ Jazzy Joyce, the only female in the Funkmaster Flex elite DJ Crew DJ Mars, the DJ for Keri Hilson, Monica, Kelis, and Ne-Yo and founder of World Famous Super Friends DJ Rap; tech and owner and operator of the Millennia Music label Rich Medina, host of Jump ‘N Funk at the prestigious Martinez Gallery; and DJ at Little Ricky’s Rib ShackDJ Scratch, the official DJ on Erick Sermon and PMD’s second album “Unfinished Business,” who has produced for Busta Rhymes and Flipmode Squad, 50 Cent, LL Cool J, DMX, and Q-Tip DJ Vikter Duplaix, an Emmy-nominated DJ who has released several solo records and has appeared on the releases of Erykah Badu, Jazzanova, and Jamiroquai.
VH1 Reveals “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time” Starting today September 6. VH1 will be hosting a 4-night special that will feature the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” The new special will be hosted by Jim Shearer, the host of VH1’s “Top 20 Video Countdown,” and will feature some of the greatest musicians of all time. Shearer will take fans on a trip back in time from 1998 to see how much the list has changed in the new age of iPods and online videos. Various musicians helped decide on the list and included stars such as Alicia Keys, Ozzy Osbourne, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Iggy Pop, Nas, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geddy Lee (Rush), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys), Daryl Hall, John Oates and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). Gene Simmons (KISS), Adam Levine (Maroon Five), 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Mandy Moore, Carrie Underwood, Adam Clayton (U2) and others also voted on who they thought deserved the highly coveted title. VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” will kick off on today, September 6.
Diddy Owes New York City $1 Million For Illegal Posters. Diddy loves New York City, but this time around New York City isn’t showing him the love back. The famed rapper and entrepreneur owes his hometown almost $1 million for illegally putting up promotional posters throughout Manhattan. Better known as Sean Combs, the hip hop star isn’t alone in his legal mess with the Big Apple. The New York Daily News reports that celebrities such as Doug E. Fresh, Mickey Rourke’s plastic surgeon and rapper Remy Ma’s defense lawyer are all in deep trouble as well for advertising their promotional work illegally in the city. According to Digital Spy, the city’s finance commissioner David Frankel says: “We are going to find these people. We’re going to turn them upside down by their ankles and we’re going to shake them until the money comes out of their pockets.” Combs has so far not commented over the fine.
‘We want to make the Netherlands a better place and that is what we will give the Netherlands,’ Geert Wilders said. His party the PVV has a major say in local government that Snoop Dogg banned from a free Dutch festival. Organizers were forced to find a replacement act for Parkpop in The Hague after PVV authorities thought that the rapper was inappropriate for the festival on June 27. The festival drops the news on its website, saying that they are abiding by the decision of the ministry officials and the police force. The remaining part of the program is left unchanged. According to Radio Netherlands, Mayor Jozias van Aartsen considered Snoop’s appearance at odds with “the open and friendly character” of the free festival. The city council of the Dutch city expressed surprise at the ban. Councilors were said to be unconvinced that the rapper posed any threat. Snoop was just granted a U.K. visa to perform at summer events around the country after previously being on the blacklist.
Nena, Nick Lowe and Juliette Lewis are performing on this festival.
Jennifer Lopez is getting ready for another major awards show performance. But this time, let’s hope she doesn’t fall on her rear. Lopez is set to accept an award and perform a medley of her hits at this year’s World Music Awards.
The 40-year-old will perform a brand new medley of her greatest hits (she performed one recently at the San Remo Song Festival in Italy). She will also receive an award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts. Lopez previously received the World Music Award for World’s Best-Selling Latin Female Artist in 2002. Also set to perform at the event are Kelly Rowland with David Guetta, 50 Cent, and Akon. Michelle Rodriguez of “Avatar” will host the event, while presenters include names like Mel B, Kim Kardashian, and Bar Rafaeli. This year’s nominees include Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David Guetta, Kings of Leon, and more. The 2010 World Music Awards will take place on May 18th in Monte Carlo.
Nirvana, Eminem, Guns n’ Roses and 50 Cent, what do they all have in common? They were all winners of MTV Video Music Awards’ Best New Artist trophies, and now Lady Gaga, Drake, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth and 3OH!3 will look to join those names as they compete in the same category at the 2009 VMAs, taking place on September 13th at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Lady Gaga has had the biggest year of the five nominees, as her The Fame spawned blockbuster hits like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” as well as a a Rolling Stone cover story. But the buzz around Drake — and the huge sigh of anguish surrounding his leg injury, which yanks him from Lil Wayne’s Young Money tour — make him a worthy opponent. Asher Roth and 3OH!3 have had big years on the radio and on the road, and Kid Cudi’s remixes have had him on critics’ lists for the past 12 months, too. As Rock Continue reading →
Kelly Clarkson will replace U2 at the top of the Billboard 200 next week with her second chart-topper, according to preliminary estimates on Thursday. “All I Ever Wanted,” the fourth release from the inaugural “American Idol” champ, should sell as many as 200,000 copies in the six days ended March 15. But industry prognosticators caution the number could increase depending on how her assorted TV performances this week will affect the album’s start.
More about Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarksonis a pop singer whose career blasted off in 2002 when she won the talent competition in the American Idol television series (hosted by Ryan Seacrest). With a recording contract and a hit single (“A Moment Like This”), Clarkson was suddenly an international star. Her debut album, Thankful, was released in March of 2003 and immediately rose to the top of the charts, right alongside established stars such as Madonna, 50 Cent and Linkin Park. Her second album, Breakaway, was another hit, and one of the best selling albums of 2005. Clarkson won a Grammy award as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the album’s single, “Since You Been Gone,” and the album was nominated as Best Pop Vocal Album. Her third record, My December (2007), was released amid news reports of a feud with her record label, the firing of her longtime manager and the cancellation of big shows for a summer tour. The record was characterized by the press as a darker, rock-oriented record — Clarkson breaking free from the constraints of professional songwriters, it was said — and sold respectably, despite a lack of top hit singles.
Along with her American Idol runner-up, Justin Guarini, she starred in the 2003 film From Justin to Kelly… Other American Idol personalities include Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Simon Cowell and Carrie Underwood.