FATHER OF MADONNA’S CHILD WANTS DAUGHTER BACK
Madonna has been enjoying her time on her most recent trip to Malawi, but not everyone is pleased that she’s in the country. The biological father of her adopted daughter Mercy recently spoke his mind to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. James Kambewa said, “Perhaps one day I can employ a lawyer who will take this to court. I'd like to challenge Madonna's right to have my baby. I'm still her father.” Learn more at www.DailyMirror.co.uk.
LENNY KRAVITZ THE DESIGNER
Lenny Kravitz opened his own design firm in 2003, and he may have a new project on the horizon. According to the New York Post, the singer-songwriter met with the owner of a Miami hotel over the weekend about designing a bar and lounge. Kravitz’s company also recently made a deal to produce a line of Brazilian-inspired wallpaper. Learn more at www.NYPost.com.
GAGA SHIRT GETS KID IN TROUBLE
A teenager in White House, Tennessee was sent home from school for wearing a shirt inspired by Lady Gaga. According to WSMV TV in Nashville, Cole Goforth was sent home on Monday for wearing a shirt that said “I Heart Lady Gay Gay,” which he says he picked up at the local mall. Goforth’s mother said that the school is violating her son’s freedom of speech, and that they don’t get upset when kids wear shirts with religious connotations or with rebel flags on them. The school responded, claiming that Cole’s mother is allowed to appeal the dress code, and that the student isn’t in trouble, he just had to change his shirt. Learn more at www.WSMV.com.
Gaga commented on the situation on Twitter, saying that she’s been hard at work in the studio, and this situation makes her want to make music to “liberate you from prejudice.” She then said that Cole wearing that shirt at school made her “so proud.”
IS GAGA RIPPING OFF M.I.A.?
Is Lady Gaga ripping off M.I.A? The “Paper Planes” singer had some pretty harsh words to say about the pop star, telling NME that Gaga is “not progressive,” and that she’s “a good mimic.” M.I.A. went on, saying that “she sounds more like me than I f***ing do!”
KATY PERRY SHOWS OFF “BRIDEZILLA”
Katy Perry recently referred to her fiancé Russell Brand as “bridezilla,” and now the pop star has a photo to prove it. The “I Kissed a Girl” singer posted a picture of the comedian wearing a wedding dress on her Twitter account, with the caption “bridezilla much?” See it now at www.Twitter.com/KatyPerry.
PCD SINGER ADDRESSES RUMORS
Rumors are flying around that Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and her Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough are an item, and the PCD frontwoman is none too pleased. She took to her Twitter account to clear the air, saying that Derek is “like a little brother” to her and that everyone should know that she’s in “love” and “committed” to racecar driver boyfriend Lewis Hamilton.
TIMBERLAKE GETS A NEW ACTING GIG
Justin Timberlake has gotten himself a new acting role. According to www.Deadline.com, the pop star is going to be in a film titled Friends with Benefits, which is about two people who are too busy to find love and agree to sleep with each other with no strings attached. No word yet on when filming is set to begin.
THE KILLERS TAKE HOME AWARD
Rolling Stone reports that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor The Killers this month by giving them the Vanguard Award. The Las Vegas band will be honored at the 27th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 21st in Los Angeles. All-American Rejects, Jason Mraz, Patti Smith and others are set to perform at the invite-only show.
MILEY CYRUS BILLBOARD COMES DOWN
On Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, there are tall buildings that are used as canvases to promote movies, album releases and other products. On Tuesday, six days after The Last Song opened in theaters, a huge ten story poster for the film was being torn down and replaced with a Toy Story 3 poster. The film debuted at number four at the weekend box office and has raked in just over 25-million dollars.
SEE THE BILLBOARD: http://twitpic.com/1dodlm/full
MICHAEL JACKSON PORTRAIT ON EBAY
A portrait of Michael Jackson is going up for auction online. The 50 by 40-inch painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong is up for auction on eBay now. According to the Associated Press, the portrait – titled The Book – is reportedly the only painting for which the King of Pop ever posed. It depicts Jackson in a red velvet jacket, clutching a journal at his Neverland Ranch. The painting originally sold for 2.1-million dollars in 1990 and was appraised by Belgo Fine Art Appraisal and Restoration at 5.3-million dollars in 2000. The minimum eBay bid is 2.75-million dollars. The auction ends on April 17th.