Welcome to the Daily Gossip: your daily stop-off to find out what the stars of the music world have been up to in the tabloids and beyond, with the help of plenty of “anonymous sources”.
Today’s top gossip:
The controversy surrounding Rihanna’s ‘S&M’ continues with a new twist today (February 8).
The singer expressed her outrage yesterday over BBC Radio 1 supposedly renaming the track ‘Come On’ and playing a cleaned up version of the smutty tune. Writing on her Twitter page, Twitter.com/rihanna after she was informed of this, she wrote: “Are you fucking kidding me? ‘S&M’ called ‘Come On’ now? That’s BS [bullshit]!”. She added that she was “absolutely not” OK with the new version.
However, it emerged last night via a Radio 1 statement that the new edited version of the song was actually distributed by Rihanna‘s record label, Def Jam. We think you can call that a breakdown in communication (Metro).
From the papers and beyond:
Fergie has defended Christina Aguilera‘s lyrical malfunction during her rendition of the US national anthem at the Super Bowl. The Black Eyed Peas singer said: “I completely understand. She’s one of the best singers of our time. Nobody can take that away from you… but you get nervous at these things. We’re human.” She added that her own vocal performance was “a bit pitchy” (USA Today).
B.O.B has a novel approach to in-flight entertainment, we read. During a recent flight to Atlanta the rapper surprised passengers by performing his hit single ‘Airplanes’. A spokesperson for Delta airlines said: “He got a kick out of it.” Watch video footage of the skyward performance by scrolling down and clicking below (USA Today).
Simon Pegg apparently wants to form a folk band with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. Speaking at the premiere of his new film Paul, he said: “I want to play tiny gigs in a folk band with Chris. Gwyneth [Paltrow] has a great little voice so she could join too” (The Sun).
Dubsteppers Magnetic Man have dismissed claims they’ve sold out by taking a major label deal. The band, currently on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, have slammed online critics, with band member Skream saying he “blames the internet generation which comments about everything” for the sniping (Daily Star).
P Diddy now plans to become an academic institution chief, we read. The rap mogul told the tabs during his post-Super Bowl party that he “is putting together a business school in New York“. He won’t be attending himself, though, as he already has a degree of sorts. “I got a masters in making money,” he quipped. (Daily Mirror).
Finally, as festival season draws nearer, one person you won’t see on outdoor stages this summer is Adele. The singer, whose album ’21’ is currently top of the UK albums chart, has said she “doesn’t do festivals” (Daily Star).
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