Lady Gaga / InterscopeDespite all the pretentious talk of 'putting art culture into pop music,' the majority of Lady Gaga's third studio album, ARTPOP, sticks to the same kind of EDM-lite blueprint that has defined the charts during her two-year absence. However, there are at least a handful of occasions where the 27-year-old offers something more in keeping with her self-hyped creative vision. Here's a look at five of the most leftfield moments from the 'reverse Warholian expedition.'"Aura"Recently used in the trailer for her big-screen debut Machete Kills, album opener "Aura" begins with an intriguing Spaghetti Western-style intro and an even more intriguing murder confession before disappointingly veering off into generic dubstep territory."Jewels N' Drugs"Gaga has flirted with rap before on hook-ups with Kid Cudi and Wall-E, but she's never approached it with as much gusto as on "Jewels N' Drugs," a trap-hop collaboration with Too Short, T.I. and a warp speed-breaking Twista which will no doubt utterly bewilder most of her Little Monsters."My ARTPOP could mean anything"After clubbing everyone over the head with her artistic intentions, Gaga now claims that the real message behind ARTPOP is entirely open to interpretation on the album's slightly contradictory title track."Mary Jane Holland"Gaga certainly hasn't been afraid to admit to her experiences with illicit substances in the past but she takes it to new levels on a rave-pop pro-weed anthem which almost makes Snoop Dogg appear anti-drug."Dope"Despite vowing to give up her vices in order to save her relationship, Gaga sounds suspiciously inebriated as she bizarrely slurs her way through the album's obligatory Broadway-style ballad.
Rapper T.I. was forced to miss out on sharing the stage with Lady Gaga at her concert comeback in London on Sunday (01Sep13) because U.K. immigration officials reportedly refused him entry into the country. The pop superstar kicked off the month-long iTunes music festival at the Roundhouse venue over the weekend with her first full stage show since calling off her world tour earlier this year (13) to undergo hip surgery.
Instead of playing hits like Born This Way, Paparazzi and Bad Romance, Gaga debuted eight new songs from her forthcoming album ARTPOP, including Jewels & Drugs, her new track with T.I., Too $hort and Twista.
However, the Live Your Life hitmaker, who completed his latest prison stint for a probation violation in 2011, was unable to join his collaborators onstage, with Gaga suggesting his previous legal issues were to blame for the travel restriction.
Introducing the song, Gaga said, "From across the pond, T.I.! They wouldn't let him into the country, poor thing."
She then played a video of T.I. performing his verse, before continuing the tune with personal appearances from Too $hort and Twista.
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P. Diddy says he's being fleeced in child support
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs thinks he is being fleeced by the mother of his 10-year-old son and is hurt by her demands to increase his child support payments, which currently stand at $35,000 per month. "We've had a great relationship, and then all of the sudden I got hit with a lawsuit for more money," Combs told The Associated Press Thursday. Combs is currently appealing the $35,000 per month ruling brought on by Misa Hylton-Brim, a fashion stylist for Lil' Kim and other stars. "My son goes to the best schools, he has full-time tutors," the mogul said. "I wouldn't know what else to do to give my son." Combs claims Hylton-Brim wants more money because she's in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, with whom she has children. "It's not about child support, it's about adult support," he said. "I love the mother of my first child. I would never want to do anything to hurt her, but I have to defend the kind of father that I am." Combs, who also pays roughly the same amount in child support payments to model Kim Porter, the mother of his second child, Christian, added: "The fact is that the mother of my first child gets more money than the mother of my second child." Combs and Porter are currently together. But Combs said he had no bad feelings towards Hylton-Brim. "I'm always going to respect her for being the mother of my child … but at the same time, that don't mean she has to be right."
Disney chief Michael Eisner to step down in 2006
Disney chief Michael Eisner plans to step down when his contract expires in September 2006, Reuters reports. Eisner, who headed the Burbank, California-based company for two decades, told the board of his decision in a letter dated Sept. 9, released by Disney on Friday. Eisner became Disney's chief executive in 1984 and presided over one of the world's best-known brands, whose businesses range from theme parks to films to the ABC television network. But in April, the 62-year-old Eisner just narrowly survived an attempt led by dissident shareholders Stanley Gold and Roy Disney, a nephew of founder Walt Disney, to oust him from his post at Disney. Eisner was subsequently stripped of his role as Disney chairman.
Gwyneth Paltrow to take time off
Gwyneth Paltrow, who gave birth to daughter Apple in May, says she is not going back to work any time soon. "I don't imagine that I'm going to take on something very big in the next 6, 8, 10, 12 months," the actress reveals in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits newsstands Friday. Paltrow said she could fill her leisure time attending Pilates class or watching reality TV fare like MTV's Newlyweds, staring Jessica Simpson--Paltrow's favorite singer. "I'm just glad that there's one super-popular girl in America who's not drunk, sleeping with tons of people, and wearing incredibly revealing, inappropriate outfits," Paltrow told EW. "She's a postmodern Donna Reed."
Naomi Campbell discusses drug addiction
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who won a legal battle against the Daily Mirror tabloid over revelations about her drug addiction, will talk about her battle with drugs in an interview with British talk show host Michael Parkinson, Reuters reports. According to excerpts from the show released Friday, Campbell admitted to doing cocaine. "No one forced me to do it. I did it because I wanted to. I don't have any blame for anyone but myself," Campbell, 34, said. "I go to (rehabilitation) meetings in every country I'm in. When you stop drugs, you have to stop everything."
Theron's injury could have been worse
Charlize Theron's recent injury on the Berlin set of Aeon Flux could have been much worse. The actress' boyfriend, actor Stuart Townsend, told AP Radio that Theron was doing a back-flip somersault while wearing platform shoes when she slipped and hurt her neck. "The slipped disc went almost into the spinal cord," he explained. "She's fine, but could've been in a lot of trouble." Townsend says he expects Theron, 29, to be laid up for six weeks. When asked why she was performing the stunt, Townsend replied: "She's just that kind of girl. She's like, 'Yeah, I'll do anything.' But I said, 'The stunt girl is going to start working and not you.'"
Kanye West leads Source noms
Rapper-producer Kanye West received a leading seven Source Hip-Hop Music Awards nominations Thursday, including nods for best album, video, lyricist and producer of the year, the AP reports. Ludacris followed close behind with six nods. The rapper will battle for male artist of the year against Jay-Z, Lil Flip, Twista and Juvenile. Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, 8Ball and MJG, Westside Connection and OutKast, meanwhile, will compete for group of the year. The Source Awards, which will be handed in out in Miami Oct. 10, and will air on BET Nov. 30.
Legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas dies
Frank Thomas, one of Disney Studios' pioneering animators whose credits include Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter Pan and 101 Dalmatians, died yesterday at his home in Flintridge, Calif., the AP reports. He was 92. Thomas had been in declining health following a cerebral hemorrhage earlier this year, according to the studio. Thomas was a member of Walt Disney's elite "Nine Old Men," who worked on many classic shorts and features during a career that spanned more than four decades. He was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and went to college at Stanford University, where he met his lifelong friend and another of the "nine old men," Ollie Johnston--the last of those original animators still alive. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanette, their children and grandchildren.