Billboard Bits: Susan Boyle Stalked, Eminem Challenged to Fight by Nick Cannon
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Susan Boyle Pestered By Stalker
Susan Boyle has been hounded by a stalker who managed to get the singer's personal phone number. According to Boyle's brother Gerry, the crazed fan is "calling Susan and pretending to be me or other relatives." Although her brother is concerned for the "Britain's Got Talent" star's well-being, Boyle is not expected to increase her security following the incident. (News of the World)
Nick Cannon Challenges Eminem to Boxing Match
A Facebook petition was created recently to get Eminem and Nick Cannon in the ring together -- and put their words into action. Cannon challenged Eminem to fight as a response to Eminem's controversial song "Bagpipes from Baghdad," which berates Cannon's wife, Mariah Carey. In the 24 hours the Facebook page has been up, there are more than 1,000 dans who are petitioning for the fight, which Cannon wants to double as a charity event.
Jay-Z Shares Forbes Cover with Waren Buffett
The latest issue of Forbes finds Jay-Z sharing the cover with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whom the rapper recently met alongside Steve Forbes. The "Richest People in America" issue ranks Buffett at No. 2 and describes Jay-Z as "On His Way There."
Daft Punk's 'Tron' Soundtrack Gets Release Date
Daft Punk's highly anticipated soundtrack to Disney's upcoming film "Tron: Legacy" will be released Nov. 22. The group recorded the disc for the film, which will be released Dec. 17, with "a symphony of one hundred world class musicians in London." (Pitchfork)
'Idol's' Crystal Bowersox Engaged
"American Idol" season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox is engaged to her boyfriend Brian Walker and is looking to get hitched next month. The marriage will be the first for the 25-year-old singer, who is currently recording her debut album. (People)
MC Hammer 'So Appalled' By Jay-Z Diss
On Kanye West's latest song "So Appalled," Jay-Z drops the verse, "I lost 30 mil, so I spent another 30 / Cause unlike Hammer, 30 million can't hurt me." Now MC Hammer has responded to the diss via multiple Twitter updates, including (in response to Jay-Z): "Stop talking about money when you know you can't put 50 thousand dollars together at a Family Reunion." Hammer also linked to a video he posted on his blog, which shows Hammer pounding a punching bag, as a response toward Jay-Z.
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes and Walter Frazier)