Day in Pop Report for 08/22/2012
Sources connected with "Idol" tell TMZ ... Mariah was led to believe she would be the only woman on the judge's panel. Choosing Nicki would not only crush that expectation, it would add insult to injury because Nicki (29) is a lot younger than Mariah (42).
As for the composition of the judge's panel, we're told by no means is it a done deal. There are 2 scenarios being played out. First, it's unclear if Randy Jackson will come back as a judge or a mentor. If he leaves the judge's panel, there will be another spot to fill.
The second scenario ... we're told some of the honchos believe it's a mistake to have 2 women and a man on the panel, and a 4th male judge would be necessary.
As for who's still in the running, we're told Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are leading the pack. more on this story
The track debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart after selling 623,000 units last week according to according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Those sales give Swift the record for the biggest digital sales week for a song by a woman and second-largest sales week overall, according to Billboard. You can read their report here.
Hollyscoop spoke with a J.Lo's rep, Mark Young, who confirmed that the "Dance Again" singer may be considering setting up a semi-permanent performance. "It could very well be possible," said Young.
Though the rep could not reveal any other details about the potential show, Hollyscoop has since learned that Live Nation approached J.Lo to produce the Diva style show. more on this story
TMZ has learned ... Scott's wife told investigators the rumor that Tony had inoperable brain cancer is "absolutely false."
Although the autopsy results have been deferred pending more tests, our sources say there is no evidence of brain cancer.
What's more ... we're told Scott's wife says Tony did not have any other severe medical issues that would have caused him to take his own life. more on this story
Hollyscoop spoke with source close to the Latin pop star who confirmed that he is still among the choices for a new talent judge on the show. "We can confirm they are discussing," the source said. "Yes, Idol has expressed a lot of interest but no final word on either side yet."
On the verge of confirmation as a new judge is New York City rapper Nicki Minaj, who some sources are reporting has already singed a deal with FOX.
But, due to new rumors that "Idol" might be adding a fourth judge to its 13th season, even if Nicki is an official choice, it doesn't mean that she is the only choice. more on this story
"VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift" Airs Sunday, November 11 at 11pm ET/PT: Taylor Swift has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million downloads. Twenty-two year-old Taylor is a six-time Grammy winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for Fearless, released in 2008). Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboard's Woman of the Year, the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year, and both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music's current Entertainer of the Year.
"Triumphant" is the first single from Carey's forthcoming new album, due out next year. The song was co-produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri.
Mariah was recently named as a new judge on American Idol, which returns for its new season in January. Watch the new video here.
"I'm looking forward to taking the show directly to college kids this fall" says Matisyahu. "I've played a lot of these markets in past summers. To be able to return when school is in session and kids are on campus is something I've wanted to do for a while."
In other news, Matisyahu makes his film debut later this month, starring alongside Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Sam Raimi's Lionsgate horror film, The Possession, in theaters on August 31st. Matisyahu plays the role of Tzadok, a Jewish exorcist attempting to save the fate of a young girl possessed by an evil spirit trapped in a dibbuk. more on this story
He will be taking his band on the road again to several cities in North American, including the Austin City Limits Festival, Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, and a recently announced hometown show at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland.
Ward is performing in support of of his seventh solo album, A Wasteland Companion. more on this story
"Phyllis has been a dear friend for many years. She was a pioneer for women stand-up comedians. I was with her a few weeks ago, and she had me on the floor with a few choice jokes. Funny, charming and loving... I'll miss her." -- Carol Burnett
"Phyllis Diller came through a mine field of male comedians when she arrived on the comedy scene and she defused them all. She won her place in the Hall of Comedy as the First Lady. I will miss her." Tim Conway
"95 years old. Pretty damned incredible! She was one of the original pioneers in a truly male dominated industry. And yet, she was one of the nicest, kindest, funniest, sincerest women I have ever known. She is, and forever will be, a genuine, pivotal piece of comedy history. She had such a gentle, hysterical way of laughing at herself without ever making us feel uncomfortable about laughing with her. Study up youngsters! She was one of a kind!" Vicki Lawrence
Bynes was driving in the San Fernando Valley at around 8 PM when a car rear-ended her rental. The driver of the other car claims Amanda made a reckless maneuver that triggered the collision. Cops showed up but no one was ticketed.
BTW, Amanda is in a rental because her Beemer is in the body shop. In the last 6 months, Amanda has been arrested for DUI, and accused of 3 hit-and-runs. Cops also say she skipped out on them last March when they were writing her up for driving while yakking on her cell phone. more on this story
The incident occurred Sunday night at a multi-million dollar mansion. The owner invited Lindsay, who brought her brother Cody, her assistant and the 2 guys.
The party lasted all night. Lindsay left at around noon Monday, but before she took off ... the owner realized several expensive watches and some sunglasses were missing. He told everyone to stay and then called the cops.
The cops approached Lindsay and began asking questions. Lindsay then asked, "Am I a suspect?" A cop answered, "No." Lindsay -- who knows a thing or 2 about her legal rights -- blew them off and left.
The owner of the house told cops ... he believes the 2 men Lindsay brought to the party stole the goods.
The case is under investigation. more on this story
Countdown to Trey Songz captures the days leading up to the release of Trey Songz's new album, CHAPTER V.
Trey Songz talks about how much he appreciates his fans and angels on Countdown to Trey Songz: Episode 3. Check it out here.
"Its finally here- MUSIC VIDEO shoot day!!!!!!!!! Get ready guys!!!!!!!!!" tweeted the singer Monday, along with a photo (above) featuring her fishnet-stockinged leg propped up on a suitcase by the side of a road, hitchhiker-style.
Aguilera has not revealed much about the project, although she has been tweeting photos recently that include shots taken at the album's cover shoot last week. more on this story
The shows will be his first US live dates in support of his forthcoming album, The Origin of Love, due out on October 16.
He just released the video for the album's lead single "Celebrate" (watch it here) which was written by Mika and produced by Nick Littlemore from Empire of the Sun and features Pharrell Williams on vocals. more on this story
The dentist Craig Gordon -- who obtained a judgment against Kim and her ex-husband Damon Thomas back in 2002 ... for procedures totaling $1,675.73.
According to Gordon, the bill went unpaid ever since -- swelling to $3,320.48 -- and now, he's filed a lien on anything Kim recovers from her divorce from Kris Humphries in order to satisfy the debt.
It's a pretty weird move -- considering Kim makes way more than Kris, and is extremely unlikely to make a cent off the divorce ... so the guy's probably wasting his time.
What's more -- sources close to Kim tell us, she has nothing to do with the bill ... and has never even used Gordon's services. It was all her ex-husband's doing.
We're told Kim has no intention of paying Gordon a dime. Calls to Kim's ex were not returned. more on this story
A Virginia judge signed the divorce decree Monday, making Michaele and Tareq's split official in the eyes of the law. According to the decree, there is a pre-nup and a post-nup, which takes care of dividing all their assets.
You'll recall, it was a nasty split -- Michaele ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon last year and Tareq subsequently sued the guy for $50 million, claiming Neal bogarted his wife ... and ruined his life.
The lawsuit was settled just last week. It's all smooth sailing now.
Tareq tells TMZ, "I do wish Michaele the best and now I can focus on my race for governor of Virginia."
Yeah, he's serious. more on this story
As we reported, Halle and Gabriel are embroiled in a court battle over whether Halle should be allowed to move to France with the ex-couple's daughter Nahla. Halle believes the kid will be better protected from aggressive paparazzi in France ... thanks to the country's strict anti-pap laws.
But Gabriel's attorney argued Halle and Nahla would be walking right into the lion's den -- because France is the same country where Princess Diana was killed in a wild paparazzi car chase back in 1997.
Halle's lawyer called several French lawyers -- who testified that French judges will nail any photog who goes after a celeb.
Under French laws, paparazzi can't photograph celebrities who don't want their pictures taken -- even if they're out in public.
Photogs who violate the law can be sued for big bucks, and if they harass the celeb they can be criminally prosecuted.
The trial should last for several weeks. more on this story
Several staffers told TMZ ... the talk in the building is that Strahan -- who played in the NFL and won a Super Bowl ring -- will be announced as the co-host.
Strahan's rep was seen outside the building on 67th and Columbus a short time ago grinning from ear to ear.
Strahan tried out for the gig in June and apparently impressed the suits. more on this story
Marcil -- also known for her role as Brenda on "General Hospital" -- filed the docs against her husband "CSI:NY" actor Carmine Giovinazzo in L.A. County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." The couple was married in 2010. They have no children.
Marcil wants Carmine to pay her attorney's fees. She's also asking the court to award her spousal support.
FYI -- Marcil famously dated her "90210" co-star Brian Austin Green from 1999-2003. They had a son named Kassius together in 2002. more on this story
Sources tell TMZ ... Evelyn had several gigs lined up -- including the second half of her book tour for "The Wives Association: Inner Circle," as well as various club gigs and a book expo in September where she was supposed to appear alongside "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice.
But we're told Evelyn is not ready to deal with the questions the public will ask regarding the domestic violence incident and divorce ... so she pulled the plug on all the engagements.
As TMZ first reported, Evelyn filed for divorce just days after Chad was arrested for allegedly head-butting her during a argument. more on this story
According to documents filed in Minnesota, Kris' mom Debra filed for divorce from husband William earlier this month. The couple has three adult children -- Kris and his two older sisters, Krystal and Kaela.
There will be some serious burger money up for grabs in the split -- William owns several Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants throughout Minnesota.
It's pretty ironice ... Kris is fighting a divorce from Kim because he says it goes against his religious beliefs. Perhaps it's time to take a cue from mom?
It's unclear how long the couple was married ... but it was definitely longer than 72 days. more on this story
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