Billboard Bits: Lily Allen Gets Engaged, Eminem Impersonates Dr. Dre
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Lily Allen Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend
If LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Portman and Hugh Hefner were not enough celebrities to get engaged over the Christmas weekend, Lily Allen has decided to tie the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Sam Cooper. The British singer and her beau reportedly got engaged on Christmas Day while vacationing in Bali. The happy news arrives nearly two months after Allen suffered a miscarriage and was subsequently hospitalized for a blood-poisoning condition. ( E!)
Eminem Impersonates Dr. Dre on 'Topless'
"Topless," a new Dr. Dre track that might show up on the long-delayed "Detox," has leaked online, and features Dre's one-time protege Eminem riffing on his mentor's rapping cadence. "Started back with the black Raiders Starter cap/Gangsta rap, we practically fuckin' started that," Eminem raps, impersonating Dr. Dre's rhyming style brilliantly. ( NY Mag)
Amy Winehouse's Early Lyrics Found in Trash
A collection of Amy Winehouse's earliest song lyrics, which she scribbled in a diary at the age of 17, has been found in a pile of garbage on a street in London. Amid schoolwork for an English class, the British singer wrote about "sexual tension" and the desire to "find someone with whom I can come undone." ( The Sun)
Owen Wilson Wants Lady Gaga in 'Zoolander 2'
With "Zoolander 2," the follow-up to Ben Stiller's 2001 fashion-world parody, expected to hit theaters sometime in 2012, co-star Owen Wilson says that he hopes the ultra-stylish Lady Gaga makes an appearance in the sequel. "She has to be [in it]," says Wilson, who played Zoolander's nemesis-turned-friend Hansel in the original. While Gaga hasn't been added to the script yet, the actor says that "she definitely could be... maybe she makes a good foil for Hansel." ( MTV)
Disco Biscuits Replacing Drummer for New York Shows
Veteran jam band the Disco Biscuits have opted to replace drummer Allen Aucoin for three New York dates this week after the drummer suffered an asthma attack and was hospitalized. In a message on the band's website, the group writes that Aucoin will rejoin the band for their Philadelphia shows on Dec. 30 and 31. ( BrooklynVegan)
Britney Spears, Rihanna Top iLeaks' 2010 Lists
iLeaks, a music site that tracks leaked songs and albums, has released their lists of the most sought-after song and album leaks in 2010, with Britney Spears' take on Lady Gaga's "Telephone" the top track and Rihanna's "Loud" the top full-length. Gaga was named the top artist of the year by the website. (iLeaks)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz)