Looks like "Cinderella Story's" Hilary Duff lived out her own fairytale this weekend, when she tied the knot in an intimate (but tres romantic!) ceremony with beau, 29-year-old Canadian hockey playerMike Comrie in Montecito, California.
According to US Weekly, Hilary (who btw is only 22!), rocked a strapless Vera Wang gown down a candle lit aisle with sister Haylie as her maid of honor.
"Mike held his arm around Hilary for most of the romantic, candlelit ceremony, and they both looked extremely happy," an eyewitness told People magazine. Cute!
The pair dated for about two years before making it official in front of about 100 guests. In fact, when we caught up with Hilary in the months leading up to the wedding she said that the couple was hoping to have a small wedding — even though Mike was pretty much up for everything. She said he was far from a groomzilla.
"I think that If I had it all figured out tomorrow, he'd be like 'Great! Let's go!'" Hilary told Hollywood Crush in April. You never know! I could always turn into a bridezilla later on!"Well, even if that was the case, all the zilla-ing tactics definitely paid off because the wedding sounds gorg!
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'American Idol' Ratings Are At Their Lowest Since 2004, And Simon Cowell Is Moving On. As The Season-Nine Finale Approaches, Can TV's Talent Show Behemoth Stay Dominant And Turn Its Winners Into Stars Again?
"Alright, so listen, man. I don't know what's quite going on...it was just alright for me. It didn't really take off, ever, and it started kind of rough. I don't know."
Randy Jackson said this on the May 11 episode of "American Idol," after Michael Lynche -- the hulking, 26-year-old singer known as "Big Mike" -- performed a serviceable but charm-devoid take on Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There." (Voters sent Lynche packing a day later.) He could've been referring to any recent night of "American Idol," though -- or its entire run this year.
Since its Jan. 12 premiere on Fox, the ninth season of "Idol" has been plagued with chatter about the show's decline. The pool of contestants was widely considered to be the weakest in the show's vaunted history, with the top 10 finalists, who will perform together on this summer's American Idol Live! tour, comprising a bizarre mix of pop/R&B singers with identity crises and guitar-strumming "street busker" types, as Simon Cowell likes to call them. The remaining two hopefuls -- Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox -- are both of the latter strain, and one will emerge as the winner on the May 26 season finale.
The fractured chemistry among the judges has also dominated water-cooler talk. Paula Abdul -- the show's centripetal force of schmaltz and drama -- left the show, ostensibly replaced by Ellen DeGeneres. Moreover, two days before the season premiere, Cowell announced he'd be leaving "Idol" after the conclusion of season nine, and many onlookers have observed that he has appeared disinterested this year, even bored. (Cowell stands to make millions more next fall when "The X Factor," the fork-tongued U.K. counterpart to "Idol" that he executive-produces, hits U.S. shores on Fox.)
"Everyone is trying, but it's just not connecting," says Maura Johnston, who writes about "Idol" for Fancast.com. "And Simon Cowell is so linked with the whole franchise. He is 'American Idol,' more than [host Ryan] Seacrest, more than anyone. The fact that he's leaving, I think, has affected the perception of the show."
The once sheltered children of the late Michael Jackson have become Internet sensations after home-made videos of two of his three children playing up for web cameras were leaked and appeared on YouTube.
Jackson, who died aged 50 last June of an overdose of powerful medications, went to great lengths to keep Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and Prince Michael II, 8, out of the public eye, even making them cover their faces when out.
But less than a year after his death, two of the youngsters -- last seen in public at the Grammy awards in January -- have hit the spotlight with up to nine video clips of Paris and Prince Michael II appearing on the Internet.
Their grandfather Joe Jackson told celebrity website Popeater that the family was upset by the leak, having adhered to Michael Jackson's wish to keep them out of the spotlight and did not want these videos out in public.
He confirmed that it was not the children who posted the clips. The account owner of French-language fansite KingofPop-Kids.com, which posted many of the clips, said Jackson fans were responsible for hacking into family web accounts.
"We don't know who (the hacker) was but we're trying to find out," Joe Jackson told Popeater.
CNN said the videos were on the Internet for two weeks in April before older members of the Jackson family realized and had them removed but by then other YouTube users had made copies and have republished them, drawing hundreds of thousands of views.
Calls to representatives of the Jackson family went unanswered.
The video clips show the two youngsters messing around like another other children.
In one clip on YouTube, Paris raps for the camera while in another short clip she comes up close to the camera and just says: "Monkey, please help."
Prince Michael II, who is also known as Blanket, is shown with his cousin Donte in several videos, reenacting scenes from "Star Wars" with a pretend lightsabre, and singing.
The videos were welcomed by some fans.
"I just think it's nice to see (Prince Michael II) happy. He's playing normal games that normal kids play," said one Internet comment posted by "Judyr."
- Reuters 2010
Charice has already won over the mom market.
The teen wunderkind from the Philippines has been wowing audiences with her big voice and Celine Dion covers on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and other shows for the last two years. This week, she appeared on Winfrey's show for the fourth time.
But as she releases her self-titled debut album this week, Charice finds herself with a serious challenge as she tries to translate her success with an adult audience to her peers.
"I've been singing big songs, and this is the actually the first time they are going to hear me sing Justin Bieber-type of songs, Miley Cyrus-type of songs," the 18-year-old said recently in her heavily accented English. "I'm just excited for all the teenagers to hear my album."
Had Charice come along around the era of Dion or Whitney Houston, two of her idols, it would have been easier to make that move. Back then, big-ballad singers with towering voices dominated pop radio.
These days, it's the grooves behind the big voice that matter.
David Foster, the Grammy-winning mentor behind Charice, probably knows that better than anyone. A legendary producer who has made hits for Houston, Dion, Barbra Streisand, Toni Braxton and dozens of other top names, Foster understands his sound isn't what makes hits on pop radio anymore (though he still makes hits - he's the producer behind multiplatinum stars Josh Groban and Michael Buble).
"I knew if I produced the album, it would be adult-oriented. It would skew older. It would be maybe a quick, easy sale, but ultimately, it's very, very hard to skew younger after you start older, so we made a conscious decision to skew young first," he said. "I don't want to say that we crumbled under the pressure of having to go youthful, but I think we hit it square on."
Though Foster and his sister Jaymes are the album's executive producers, they left most of the music-making to younger writers and producers like Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, whose hits include Beyonce's "Halo" and Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love."
The album's first single is "Pyramid," featuring singer Iyaz.
"I just thought like, teenagers are falling in love ... they love this very catchy and very romantic words from all these young artists," Charice said. "That's why I thought that this album ... they are gonna love it, all the lyrics, all the melody and all the music."
So far, "Pyramid" is No. 2 on the dance charts, but it hasn't yet translated to pop radio. Foster is aware of the challenge it takes to make a hit, but he thinks Charice has a lot to add to the scene.
"There is a lack of organicmusic right now, and it's fine - it's just the phase that we're in," he explains. "I think there is room for some more musicality."
There's no denying Charice has that. During a recent interview, the diminutive singer belted out "Pyramid" on request, performed a stirring rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You" for an audience of four, then continued to sing - even on her way out the door.
Singing has consumed Charice - born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco - since she was a child growing up in the Philippines. Raised with her brother by a single mother, she sang in local contests and appeared on TV talent shows in the Philippines and in South Korea.
Fans posted clips of her on YouTube, and she became a sensation. Soon, she was invited to sing on "Ellen," then on "Oprah Winfrey," and linked up with Foster.
So far, her rise has unfolded like a fairy tale. But Charice knows there are hurdles, like trying to capture U.S. audiences.
"It's really, really hard ... there's a lot of great pop stars here. ... They're all talented," she said. "I don't know if Americans are going to love me because I'm from other country."
But Foster said it's only a matter of time befoe there's an Asian superstar in the U.S., and he believes Charice might be the one.
"Being a great singer is not enough, and she has the entire package," he said.
He adds: "She's a little bit like Michael Jackson in the head ... Michael Jackson was very soft-spoken and quiet and all that, but he was genius inside his head. He knew exactly where he was going, and she truly is the master of her own destiny."
Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz told a German newspaper on Friday he fell ill after taking too many Viagra tablets and could not see straight for days.
Kaulitz, 20, told Bild newspaper that someone offered him a Viagra tablet during a concert tour of Asia. After first turning down the offer, Kaulitz said he decided to try one. He said a little later he took a second one and fell ill.
"I first asked the seller 'Do I look like someone who needs help with that?'" said Kaulitz, whose brother Bill is the group's lead singer. "He said 'no' -- but that I should nevertheless try it out. I popped one in."
Kaulitz, a member of the German rock band that has sold millions of albums around the world, said he took a few more tablets used to treat impotence when he got back to his hotel.
"I popped a few more pills, probably too many," he said. "The next morning my head was pounding and everything in front of my eyes was blurry. It wasn't fun any more. It was pretty bad."
Kaulitz said it took two days for the effects to wear off. "Unfortunately there were situations where it just wasn't appropriate," Kaulitz said.
In the late, great 2Pac's tribute to his mama, Afeni Shakur -- who gave birth to him a month after being released from jail -- the late rap icon says the words that every mother wants to hear: "You are appreciated."
Christina Aguilera, "Oh Mother"
Christina Aguilera is celebrating her second Mother's Day as a Mom with two-year-old Max, but this 2006 single addresses her own early childhood, as she thanks her mother for leaving her abusive father.
Kanye West, "Hey Mama"
Kanye West owes a lot to his mother Donda West, who retired from her job as an English professor to manage her son's career. This performance, filmed before Donda passed away unexpectedly in 2007, is a testament to their close bond.
Ozzy Osbourne, "Mama I'm Coming Home"
This 1991 track was actually written for Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, whom the hard-rocker refers to as "Mama."
This Rolling Stones classic seems harmless, but a deeper listen actually reveals that the title is a reference to prescription drugs used by lonely housewives.
Crystal Bowersox, "Mama"
Dubbed "Mama Sox" by her fellow season 9 "American Idol" contestants, Bowersox recorded this original song before her time on TV.
The Jackson 5, "Mama's Pearl"
Recorded by the Jackson 5 in 1971, "Mama's Pearl" was reportedly called "Guess Who's Making Woopie (With Your Girlfriend)" until the lyrics and title were changed to fit 13-year-old Michael.
John Lennon, "Mother"
John Lennon's song "Mother" is actually a song written for
both his parents -- his father left when Lennon was only an
infant, and his mother was killed in a car crash when he was
Elvis Presley, "Mama Liked The Roses"
Released in 1970 as a B-side to his classic single "The Wonder of You," Presley's song is in memory of mothers who can't be with their children on the holiday.
Spice Girls, "Mama"
The idea for this Spice Girls ballad arose in 1997, when Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown thought it would be a good idea to write a tribute for the mamas of the group.
Lohan started working on her third album in 2007 after signing with Universal Motown, but revealed in November 2008 that work on the album had stalled. The leak of "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" (and another song, "Stuck," which was released exclusively to Perez Hilton for airplay earlier in the year) suggests that the actress/singer could be returning her focus to a music career.
In recent years, Lohan's career has been overshadowed by constant media attention focused on the alleged issues in her personal life. She has not confirmed that work on her third album has resumed.
Why, New Zealand? Why'd you have to go and mess up the world's love affair with Justin Bieber by mentioning the word German? "I don't know what that means," Bieber says, glancing at the word on a sheet of paper. He's since tweeted that he thought the interviewer was saying "Jewman," but it's too late. German tweens are crying now.
Miley Cyrus will release her new album "Can't Be Tamed" on June 22.
The title track will be released as a download on May 18. MySpace Music will host the global premier on April 30 at 12 noon EST, and the track goes to radio May 3.
A deluxe version of the album will include a DVD with tour footage from 2009. The album is released as a day earlier in the U.K.
The single is described in a Hollywood Records statement as being about "self-empowerment where Miley asserts her need to stay true to herself in her relationships and it's sure to become an anthem among her legions of fans around the world."
Cyrus worked with producers including John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi) and long-time song-writing collaborators Tim James and Antonina Armato on the set. James and Armato produced and co-wrote "Can't Be Tamed" with Cyrus, and the video was directed by Robert Hales (Justin Timberlake, Gnarls Barkley, Kings of Leon).
Concert appearances this summer include Rock in Rio festival dates in Lisbon (May 29) and Madrid (June 6), as well as the "Good Morning America" Summer Concert Series in Central Park.
Cyrus will co-host and perform at the Much Music Video Awards June 20.
Eminem announced the lead song title to his upcoming "Recovery" album, due June 22nd on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, via Twitter today (April 27). "Not Afraid" will be the first single, and the rapper's manager, Paul Rosenberg, says its "an uplifting song."
"It's not a dark song, it's an uplifting song," Rosenberg tells Billboard.com about the Boi-1da-produced track, which is scheduled to be released this week.
About the album's new direction -- reflected in the album's recent title change -- Rosenberg says the set will be "more accessible to more fans. He [Eminem] had pretty much completed a whole second album worth of material but at some point he took a step back, looked at it and said, 'I think I want to record some more,'" he says. "But in recording, the album started to sound so different and was going in such a different direction that he decided to keep it going and turn it into a whole new album. The last album was really for the core Eminem fans. I think this record will open that up a bit."
Producers confirmed on the album include Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Mr. Porter.