We're not much of a mystic, but we sometimes catch ourselves making a wish at 11:11. Well, today is 11/11 and at 11:11 AM
the world will end we think it can't hurt to make a wish because, depending on who you ask, the time and date are significant.
Some people think it's a bad thing because the number 11 was tied to "pure evil" by numerologists in medieval times. Of course, they also thought the earth was flat, so, you know, grain of salt.
Others think 11/11/11 is representative of a new spiritual awakening, some sort of brief window into the spiritual world. Behave accordingly!
Of course, scientists can always be counted on to come on in and rain on the parade, saying that the only reason any special significance is attributed to 11/11 or 11:11 is because of the human tendency to find meaning or patterns in randomly occurring data, a phenomenon called apophenia.
Whatever. We think it probably can't hurt to make a wish for something big and maybe listen to Rufus Wainwright's cool song "11:11," which you'll find after the jump. Regardless of what happens in a few hours, have a happy Friday. Read More...
Batten down the hatches … if you thought Piers Morgan was a meanie you ain't seen nothin' yet!
Morgan could be a real prig on "America's Got Talent," which is kind his whole deal, so now that he's leaving the show to focus on his work at CNN, execs at NBC are looking for a fitting replacement and the Wall Street Journal reports they think they've found one in the form of shock jock Howard Stern.
That's right! Stern is reportedly in talks to become a judge on the talent competition and would earn a hefty $15 million a year to join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the show.
Think he's a good choice? Vote in our poll below!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that a 20-year-old Mariah Yeater filed suit in San Diego on Halloween claiming she had a sexual encounter with Justin Bieber following his Oct. 25, 2010, concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center that resulted in her becoming pregnant with his child. Bieber vehemently denies that Yeater's 3-month-old son is his (or that he has ever even met her) and has agreed to take a paternity test in the case.
"We are encouraged that Justin Bieber will voluntarily take the paternity test," Yeater's attorneys Lance Rogers and Matt Pare told TMZ earlier this week. For her part, Yeater is busily making the interview rounds, most recently talking about her alleged affair with Bieber to "The Insider."
Bieber's lawyer has said he will "vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations." But what exactly does that entail? Beyond disproving his paternity in the case, what other legal options are available to Bieber should he decide to pursue them in hopes of warning others that making allegations like these, if they are false, is not a smart move?
According to family law attorney Vikki Ziegler, whose new book " The Premarital Planner: Your Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage" hits stores in January, if Yeater's accusation that the "Mistletoe" singer fathered her child is proven false, there could be potential legal repercussions for Yeater should Bieber chose to pursue them. Read More...
By fixer upper, we mean mess.
The house isn't in the best shape and Rihanna is looking to take a (gulp!) $2.4 million loss on her one-time crib. (She bought the 8,520-square foot Beverly Hills residence for $6.9 million.)
The listing, as reported by The Real Estalker, notes that that property has "EXTENSIVE water intrusion from (but not limited to) roof, windows, doors and balconies," is "subject to a short-sale" and "WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR BANK FINANCING" (caps courtesy of the actual listing). Wonder why Rihanna is looking to unload the joint?
With the No. 1 single in the country and a hot, hot, HOT new album about to drop, we can see why RiRi would rather just ditch the house despite the ritzy zip code and look for a new West coast jam. The bathroom is super cool-looking at least.
Check out a few more pics after the jump. Read More...
Taylor Swift, Instagram
Too adorable to fail Taylor Swift won the top prize at the County Music Association Awards and as usual seemed positively shocked that anyone would give her an award despite a trophy case that already contains four Grammys, seven American Music Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards and five previous CMAs.
After claiming her Entertainer of the Year prize, she took to Twitter to thank her fans and do other adorable things, most notably thanking the many superstars who've joined her on stage during her guest-heavy Speak Now world tour, including Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jason Mraz, Haley Williams of Paramore, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, by listing them on her arm and taking a picture with her new kitten. (Seriously, could she have found any other way to make this showing of gratitude more Taylor Swift than include a kitten?)
In another true-to-form moment she also somehow managed to find a Christmas tree backstage. Of course she did.
Read on for more Twitter love from the queen of pop-country after the jump. Read More...
Oh no, you guys, the Queen is pissed!
Yesterday, a demo version of what was widely assumed to be the lead single from Madonna's forthcoming record leaked online and everyone lost their minds about it for a hot second. The song, "Give Me All Your Love" featuring Nicki Minaj, received a standing ovation from the Internet, even in its unfinished form. "Give Me" is like a hybrid of early-80s Madonna and early aughts Madonna – think "Jimmy Jimmy" from True Blue meets "Beautiful Stranger" – and yeah, it's pretty great.
Except Madonna is all, "Why'd you guys blow my spot?" Actually, what she said, according to her manager Guy Oseary, is much worse – in that sad way where you feel bad about something even though you had nothing to do with it. Earlier today, Oseary took to Twitter to lament the demo leak, saying, "Madonna told me this morning 'my true fans wouldn't do this.'"
He went on to admit that he, and presumably Madonna, were happy with the positive reaction to the song, but asked that whoever leaked "Give Me All your Love" stop. He even requested that Her Madgesty's fans "police any more leaks."
Earlier today, a few audio snippets of Madonna's "Give Me All Your Love" leaked and it sure didn't take long for the whole track to find its way online.
And the verdict around the MTV Newsroom: Thumbs up, Madge. Thumbs WAY up. In fact, one gentlemanly MTV News boss man perhaps said it best: "I like this so much more than I should."
This track falls squarely in Madonna's cannon; it's pure dance pop. It opens with Nicki Minaj cheering, "L-U-V, MADONNA / Y-O-U, you wanna?" before Madonna jumps in with the first verse:
I see you coming and I don’t wanna know your name
L-U-V, Madonna (Nicki)
I see you coming and you’re gonna have to change the game
Y-O-U, You wanna (Nicki)
Would you like to try?
Give me a reason why
Give me all that you got
Maybe you’ll do fine
As long as you don’t lie to me
And pretend to be what you’re not
There is, however, one big surprise – M.I.A. is nowhere to be found on the giddy song, despite rumors that she would appear. In her place, glittery synths, marching band drums, claps and a catchy-as-hell chorus. Actually, the whole thing, start to finish, is undeniably catchy. We already have big plans to listen to it on repeat while spinning around our bedroom in circles. Yeah, it's like that!
Want to listen? Check it out (while it lasts!) after the jump and tell us what you think in the comments. Read More...
So everyone's been talking about Madonna lately. From her upcoming movie "W.E." and her recently announced clothing line to the rumors she'll be playing the Super Bowl halftime show and the details of her much-anticipated upcoming album, there's a lot going on in the Queen of Pop's court.
With respect to the music side of things, however, all we really have is a lot of speculation but very few confirmed facts. We think she's playing the Super Bowl. We hear that the first single from her new album will feature Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. Are those demos that keep popping up online really demos for her new album? Who the hell knows for sure.
But we now have something a little more concrete to carry us through – a snippet of the first single from Madonna's upcoming album. The song is called "Give Me All Your Love," and unlike those demos that keep leaking, this one actually features Her Madgesty's vocals.
What can we glean from 24-second clip? Well, she's certainly keeping her word that this will be a dancey affair. It's pure power pop and it almost feels more like a throwback, old school Madonna song than anything she's done in recent years.
Listen after the jump and tell us your thoughts in the comments. Read More...
Get ready to smile.
We're still not 100 percent sure what we think of the upcoming "Muppets" movie. Well, that's not entirely true – we're about 99 percent sure it's going to be tears-of-joy awesome and might just fix everything that is wrong with the world, but there's always a chance it could go off the rails despite the best efforts of funny guy Jason Segel, multiple Oscar nominee Amy Adams and, well, all those hilarious Muppets.
But a very encouraging sign that this chilly November is about to get a nice injection of heartwarming adorableness has just emerged from the film in the form of "Life Is a Happy Song," written by "Flight of the Conchords'" Bret McKenzie and featuring vocals from Feist, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Mickey Rooney, and a (new) Muppet named Walter. If we see people skipping down the street later, at least now we'll know why.
Listen below and check out the full soundtrack track listing after the jump.
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At about 6:28PM EST a 400-meter long asteroid will
strike … wait, it's not going to hit the earth. Oh, thank goodness! It's going to be 201,700 miles away? Well, that doesn't seem very close. Will we even be able to see it?
It's going to be closer than the moon, which is 238,864 miles away! So Asteroid 2005 YU55 (that's it's pet name, by the way), a four-football-fields-across object, will pass between the earth and the moon this evening. The largest object to get this close to earth since 1976, you say?
YIKES! RUN! HIDE!
And while you're sitting in your bunker (we know you have one) just in case listen to these spacey songs to get you through. Here's our Close Call Playlist! Read More...