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How about this? Lady Soul and Diddy are hooking up! No, not that way, but to launch a new “American Idol” style show. That’s right, according to WENN, Aretha Franklin and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs are combining forces to find talented R&B and hip-hop stars. But, unlike “AI,” the winner of their new venture will be decided by them – not the public. “The country will not vote. It will just be me and Diddy voting for who the next star will be,” says Franklin. Look for the show sometime in 2009.
*Mariah Carey reportedly is not happy with hubby Nick Cannon’s candid comments about the couple’s no-sex-before-marriage pact. The older Mariah, who wed the younger Cannon in April, feels he went too far when he told the world the pair waited until their wedding night to have sex for the first time, reports Starpulse. She says, “Why did he tell that story? I didn’t want him to let everybody know that.”
*Talking to Giant magazine, Beyonce said she prepared for the potential challenges in her marriage to Jay-Z after watching her mother Tina and father Matthew struggle and overcome their differences as husband and wife. “My parents are tighter now than ever, but they’ve been through it all,” she said. “There were times when they were together, times when they were apart. I learned that it’s a lot of hard work, that it’s more than a dress.”
As previously reported, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker is hearing that Whitney Houston and her ex-husband Bobby Brown may be getting back together.
The official word from Camp Houston sticks to the old line about the divorced couple remaining separate, ‘but good friends whose primary interest is the well-being of their daughter.’
Yet, several Georgia sightings of Houston and Brown in recent days — clearly looking very romantic while dining together — seem to boost the reliability of what I’m hearing. I’m also hearing that the divorced couple’s daughter Bobbi Kristina is eager for her parents to remarry.
Ellen Degeneres decided she would try and settle the Mariah Carey pregnancy rumors once and for all during the singer’s appearance on her talk show this week.
After Carey nervously laughed and told Ellen “Don’t discuss that” when asked about the pregnancy talk, the host stood up and got a bottle of champagne and two flutes.
“You don’t’ have to answer it, let’s just toast with Champagne and decide…,” said Ellen, before her voice was drowned out by audience laugher and applause.
“It’s just fattening,” demurred Carey – who married Nick Cannon in May – adding, “This is peer pressure!”
“No, let’s toast to you not being pregnant, if you’re not pregnant,” Ellen persisted.
The two clinked glasses – but Carey only pretended to drink the wine.
“You’re pregnant!” DeGeneres declared.
“No, no, no,” Carey insisted. “We will let you know when we’re going to have a family.”
So why refuse the bubbly?
“It’s too early for me,” explained the Grammy-winner. “I only drink after 3 p.m.”
Beyonce’s new double-disc “I Am … Sasha Fierce” has entered the Billboard 200 this week at No. 1, shifting a healthy 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The set’s grand opening, fueled by first singles “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” were higher than the 317,000 first week sales of her 2003 solo debut, “Dangerously in Love,” but lower than 2006’s “B-Day,” which moved 541,000 in its initial week.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, former 112 member Slim’s solo debut, “Love’s Crazy” (M3 Productions/Asylum) starts at No. 32 with 27,000.
At 9.45 million, sales this week are up 6% from last week but down 32% from the same week last year (13.96 million).
E! Online is reporting that Ne-Yo has been added to the lineup of artists scheduled to perform for the Barbara Streisand tribute next month at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Beyoncé recently confirmed that she’ll be singing Streisand’s signature tune “The Way We Were” during the segment, and Queen Latifah is reportedly in talks to join the Streisand bill as well.
Knowles and Latifah performed at the Kennedy Centers Honors three years ago for honoree Tina Turner.
Streisand, Morgan Freeman, choreographer Twyla Tharp and Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey of the Who will be honored at the 31st annual gala in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7.
The star-studded affair, hosted by Caroline Kennedy, airs on CBS on Dec. 30.
A jury has delivered a guilty verdict to the Cincinnati man who was accused of shooting the friend of Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I.
Hosea Thomas, 34, was on trial for shooting Johnson as he fired into T.I.’s entourage following a May 2006 concert in Cincinnati. During testimony last week, T.I. told jurors he believed the bullets were meant for him.
In addition to murder, Thomas was also convicted of felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction.
He faces up to life in prison at his sentencing on Dec. 23.