Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Justin Bieber Sports Lakers Championship Ring…But Why?
Don’t be fooled by Justin Bieber‘s latest piece of bling — the 16-year-old may have game on the basketball court, but he most definitely did not help Kobe Bryant and co. defeat the Boston Celtics last year. Instead Bieber, who is a self-proclaimed Los Angeles Lakers fan, got to borrow his favorite basketball team’s championship ring for its season opener against the Houston Rockets this week. Said team exec Jeannie Buss to TNT, “I couldn’t say no to Justin Bieber.” While sitting courtside with his pal Jaden Smith, Bieber also mingled with such A-listers as David Beckham and Denzel Washington (photos below). Ah, the perks of pop superstardom.
Janet Jackson Opens Up About Breast Binding
Janet Jackson revealed in an interview Oct. 26 that she had her breasts bound as a child when filming the TV sitcom “Good Times.” Jackson was 11 years old when the show began shooting and had to bind her breasts because producers thought they were too large. The singer revealed that the experience made her feel that her body wasn’t good enough and was the inspiration for titling her upcoming book, “True You.” (ABC News via Daily Swarm)
Rihanna Reveals Why She Missed Katy Perry Wedding
Rihanna missed girl-pal Katy Perry‘s wedding to Russell Brand in India this past Saturday (Oct. 23) because of the location’s lack of cell phone reception and Internet service. Rihanna’s new album “Loud” comes out in two weeks so the singer needed to be in immediate contact to give last minute approvals before the release, which would have been impossible in the tiger sanctuary location for Perry’s wedding. “I was crushed,” Rihanna said. “I was really looking forward to it, but she understood.” (Extra)
Celine Dion’s Twins Released from Hospital
Celine Dion and her new twin boys have been released from the hospital, after her sons spent the past week in an incubator. The boys were born last Saturday (Oct. 23) and weighed approximately five pounds. The doctors at St. Mary’s Hospital in Miami gave Dion the okay last night to care for the newborns at home, and the family was released. (TMZ)
Taylor Swift Wax Figure Unveiled
Taylor Swift joined the wax-filled ranks of Madame Tussauds in New York City Oct. 27. A wax figure made to her likeness was unveiled Wednesday night, with Swift — who sported the same dress and shoes as the figure — in attendance. The figure, which is accompanied by a replica of Swift’s signature bejeweled acoustic guitar, appears to have lighter and straighter hair than Swift. (CNN)
Eminem Collaborates with Nicki Minaj on ‘Pink Friday’
Eminem is just one of many guest stars on Nicki Minaj‘s highly-anticipated debut album, “Pink Friday,” which will drop Nov. 22. Recent reports confirm that Minaj and Slim Shady himself collaborated on a track titled “Roman’s Revenge,” in which Minaj’s altered Roman Zolanski comes out. (Rap-Up)
Nitzer Ebb Reforms, Announces New Album
After a 15-year hiatus, pioneering industrial-electro band Nitzer Ebb announced its return today. The band will release a new album, titled “Industrial Complex,” on Nov. 9, and tour North America in the month following the album’s release. The reformation comes after the some touring engagements earlier this year with Depeche Mode. Hear “Promises” off “Industrial Complex” here.