Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff’s bizarre mutual wish — to work together — is coming true. Lanette Phillips, the executive producer of Bieber and Cody Simpson‘s tentatively titled music video “Home to Muma,” tells Overheard that Bieber had his heart set on recruiting the former Knight Rider star for the Emil Nava-directed clip. “David and Justin had been wanting to work with each other,” says Phillips. “They love each other.” So, Nava’s camp contacted Darren Grant, the director of the new black comedy Killing Hasselhoff, and a deal was struck. The Hoff agreed to star in “Home to Muma” and, in return, Bieber will play the voice of KITT, the talking car from Knight Rider, in the film, which is about a man who attempts to win a celebrity death pool by hiring a hitman to take out Hasselhoff.
Cat Power Pregnant?
Chan Marshall, who performs as Cat Power, has fans buzzing that she might be pregnant after recent social media dispatches. In mid-September, the singer-songwriter, 42, posted on her personal Instagram page, @afasm, “Having the blues when you’re pregnant can change the baby’s brain chemistry, and I didn’t know that.” Then, on Sept. 26, artist James Concannon gushed on his Instagram feed, “looks like I’m gonna be a dad!,” adding: “Blessed be the mother @catpowerofficial.” (His post has since been removed.) A spokesman for Power’s label declined to comment.
A couple of songs into South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord‘s electric set at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, frontman Ninja told the crowd he had turned 40 a day earlier, but added, “It’s still my birthday” because he hadn’t slept since then. This prompted bandmate Yo-Landi Visser and the audience to sing “Happy Birthday.” Buoyed by the adulation, Ninja launched himself into the crowd near the end of the group’s set and crowd-surfed atop hundreds of fans.
Tears for Jimi
On Monday, September 22nd, a private screening of the new Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side took place at the ArcLight Cinemas on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Before the screening began, director and writer John Ridley began to tear up during a heartfelt speech about the journey of making the film. The filmmaker, who also wrote 12 Years A Slave, paid homage to the musical expertise of guitarist Waddy Wachtel and thanked André “3000” Benjamin of Outkast for his dedication to his role as Hendrix. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Gary Clark Jr., actor Adam Sandler and Wiz Khalifa were also in attendance.
Larry King may know who singer Steve Lawrence is, but Steve Aoki, not so much. A source close to the Ora.TV web series Larry King Now says that the show’s host admitted that he’s not too familiar with the sought-after DJ and producer’s work while preparing for the interview he did with Aoki for the show, which debuted on Sept. 30. The source says that the usually hyperactive, green tea-guzzling Aoki was relatively calm during the taping and spoke honestly and openly about the death of his father, Benihana restaurant chain founder Rocky Aoki.
Additional reporting by Nick Williams.
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An edited version of this story originally appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of Billboard.