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Christina Aguilera Crashes Jeremy Renner's Party -- and His Bed
At his 40th birthday party Jan. 8, actor Jeremy Renner got an unexpected surprise in his bed -- Christina Aguilera. The popstar reportedly showed up uninvited to Renner's party, and according to Renner and other sources at the party, proceeded to get drunk and pass out in Renner's bed. "I run up and open the door and I'm like, 'Um, hi. What are you doing?' She just starts slurring. Her boyfriend was rubbing her back. Who comes to someone's birthday party that they don't know and gets in their bed?! My parents were there!" ( Us Weekly)
Lil Wayne Reveals How He Spent His Time in Prison
In his first post-jail interview, Lil Wayne opened up about his eight-month stay at Rikers Island, discussing how he spent his time and his job as a suicide prevention aide. Apparently Weezy spent much time listening to the radio (Hot 97, oldies) and reading biographies of musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Anthony Kiedis and Marvin Gaye, as well as the Bible. But one of his favorite ways to pass the time was playing Uno with his cellmates, which he was quite good at. "I'd bust a nigga's ass at Uno," he said. "We gamble for phone time. I'd take nigga's commissary: Lemme get them cookies, lemme get them chips, get that soup." Who knows, Weezy could go family-friendly for an Uno endorsement deal. ( Rolling Stone)
Russell Simmons: 'I Should Sue BusinessWeek"
Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons is still sore over a June article in BusinessWeek that he claims had falsified information. The article, about Simmons's RushCard -- a prepaid Visa card -- erred on the card's fee structure, according to Simmons. When asked recently about the article, Simmons said that he should "sue BusinessWeek. I should sue the Washington Post." ( Media Bistro)
Chris Cornell Announces Solo Tour
Following the success of two acoustic shows in Los Angeles in December of 2009, Chris Cornell has announced his first solo acoustic tour. The "Songbook" tour will run from April to May, beginning in Austin, Texas and ending in San Diego, California. The Soundgarden frontman will perform songs taken from multiple different spots in his career, as well as a surprise cover here and there.
Bloodshot Records Joins Forces With Misra
Chicago alt-country and roots-rock label Bloodshot Records announced today that it will join forces with fellow indie label Misra, specifically in the ways of distribution. Bloodshot will now exclusively distribute the catalog of Misra, which relaunched today as an artist-run label helmed in Durham, N.C. by Southeast Engine drummer Leo DeLuca. Misra has released an artist-curated compilation spanning the label's history, titled the"Misra Legacy Compilation Volume I," which is now available for free at misrarecords.com. (Misra Records)
Boy George Returns Stolen Christ Icon to Church in Cyprus
Boy George recently returned a Christ icon he purchased 26 years ago from a London art dealer without really knowing its origins. It turns out the sacred piece of art, which Boy George said was his favorite, was stolen from a church in New Chorio-Kythrea, Cyprus after the island country's 1974 Turkish invasion. "I have always been a friend of Cyprus and have looked after the icon for 26 years," the former Culture Club singer said. (BBC)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Kevin Rutherford and Ricardo Gomez)