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Fantasia 911 Call Released
The audio of the 911 call prior to Fantasia Barrino's hospitalization has been obtained by Entertainment Tonight. On the call a man says, "An individual took a bottle of aspirin and she's slowly losing consciousness." Barrino was hospitalized on Monday night (Aug. 9) after overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid. (ETOnline)
Simon Cowell Using SEO To Boost Image?
Simon Cowell may be using search engine optimization (SEO) to improve his image online. Cowell's U.K. spokeswoman Ann-Marie Thompson good-naturedly said she smells a 'conspiracy theory,' but plug Cowell's name into Google and you have to wade through a good 20 pages of positive and innocuous links such as 'Wayne Newton writes fan letter to Simon Cowell,' according to the NY Daily News. Companies use SEO to assure their websites are listed high on a list of search results. (NY Daily News)
Eminem Crosses 10 Million Facebook Friends
Eminem has surpassed ten million Facebook friends, with an official count of 10,203,750 on Wednesday (Aug. 11). Instead of offering personalized messages, however, the rapper's Facebook friends get a steady flow of run-of-the-mill marketing messages about album deals and new videos. Comparatively, Lady Gaga has over 15 million Facebook followers, while Justin Bieber has almost 9.3 million and Taylor Swift has nearly 8.8 million. (Billboard.biz)
Katy Perry Flushes Ex Down The 'Drain'
A day after the video to her "Teenage Dream" title track premiered yesterday (Aug. 10), Katy Perry has released another new song, "Circle the Drain," on iTunes. In last month's cover story, Perry told Billboard that the darker track was inspired by ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy and described the song as "my 'You Oughta Know' Alanis Morrissette moment." Meanwhile, Perry's "Not Like The Movies" debuts at No. 53 on this week's Hot 100.
Belle and Sebastian 'Love' New Album Title
Scottish indie-pop group Belle and Sebastian has revealed the title and cover art of its forthcoming album, "Belle and Sebastian Write About Love." Although the follow-up to 2006's "The Life Pursuit" does not have a release date yet, the band will kick off a North American tour on Sept. 30 in Brooklyn, NY. ( Pitchfork)
Young Jeezy Clarifies Rick Ross 'Dis'
After releasing the "Death B4 Honor" track, on which he raps over Rick Ross' "(B.M.F.) Blowin' Money Fast" song, from his "1,000 Grams, Vol. 1" mixtape, rumors began swirling that Young Jeezy was dissing Ross. But Jeezy took to MTV News to clarify the speculation. "It's not a dis," said Jeezy. "I think sometimes people can read into things too deep... if homie takes that as a dis, he's insecure." (MTV News)
(Reporting by Monica Herrera, Jason Lipshutz, Mariel Concepcion and Glenn Peoples)