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Lil Wayne Bonds With Paris Hilton Over Jail Time
In the latest issue of Interview magazine, Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton discuss their respective jail sentences, among other topics such as fame, "Googling yourself" and listening exclusively to their own music. Weezy called prison "one big humbling experience," while Hilton said being released is "the best feeling in the world." (Interview)
Death Cab For Cutie Debuts First Single From 'Codes and Keys'
As Death Cab for Cutie prepares for the May 31 of its seventh album, "Codes and Keys," the rockers offered up the album's first single today (Mar. 28). The upbeat, pop-leaning song, titled "You Are A Tourist," premiered on Seattle radio station 107.7 The End. Listen to it below. ( The End via Spin)
Katy Perry's Mother Reportedly Shopping Revealing Book
According to New York Post's Page Six, Katy Perry's evangelist mother Mary Perry Hudson is reportedly shopping a book proposal, in which she discusses how her daughter's suggestive lyrics, skimpy outfits and "foul-mouthed fiance" have tried her faith. A reported excerpt for the proposal: ""Katy stepped out from behind the changing doors in a tiny risqué costume. No mother wants to see the top of her daughter's boobs…" Hudson also proclaims her hopes for Katy to someday become some sort of a worship leader -- "a Kathryn Kuhlman type of healer." (NYP/Page Six)
Lea Michele Involved In Car Accident
Lea Michele's vehicle was hit by car on Melrose Ave. around 2 a.m. Friday morning, according to a representative for the "Glee" star. "Lea was hit and notified the police," said her rep. "She was not injured and is fine." A source close to Michele revealed: "A couple of drunk girls hit her, got out of the car, giggled that she was famous, said something like 'are you drunk, too?' Then they drove off." ( Us Weekly)
My Chemical Romance To Release Charity Version Of 'Smile'
Joining the group of artists supporting the Japan earthquake/tsunami relief, My Chemical Romance announced through its website the release of a charity version of "Sing." The band encouraged fans to contribute by submitting videos, photos or drawings through Twitter. The material will be compiled into a video and synced with the song. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. ( MTV News)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Katie Morgan and Ricardo Gomez)