Triple J caught up with Perth artist Jodie Tes recently and asked the singer about ‘Tonite’, the first single off her upcoming EP due out next month. “The song is basically a love song from someone who is looking for love wherever they can get it,” she said. “I used old roller-skating terms like ‘snowball’ and ‘speed-skating’ from when I was a kid, which seemed weird when I was writing it. But they make perfect sense within the song!” Check out the entire interview and download ‘Tonite’ here.
According to Ju-Ju of The Beatnuts during the interview of MuchMoreMusic(missess+kissess+dissess), the beat of Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Jenny From The Block’ is rigged from their rap song ‘Watch Out Now’ (1999). He said, “They are whack! That beat was ours. They did not took the original sample, they took ours! That is our beat! They are so whack!” Listen for yourself on the instrumental version here.
Jennifer Lopez On A Crash Diet
December 28, 2002 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday, “In National Enquirer, Jennifer Lopez is now on a starvation diet, and she wants to lose some weight before she gets married to Ben Affleck. She looks great, but she said she’s put on a few pounds the last couple of years, ironically mostly from eating wedding cake.”
Billboard’s Hot 100 Ft. Aguilera, J.Lo, Timbelake
December 27, 2002 – This week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, Eminem still reigns at #1 and Missy Elliot still clings to #2. Nelly climbs to #3, “Jenny From the Block,” falls to #5, and Christina Aguilera’s, “Beautiful,” is at #6. All the songs mentioned above, with exception of Nelly are losing steam, with decreasing airplay. Avril Lavigne climbs to #12, Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J’s, “All I Have,” climbs 10 spots to #15, and Justin Timberlake’s, “Cry Me a River,” comes in at #17. Ja Rule and Ashanti’s, “Mesmerize,” makes the biggest jump on the chart 67-25. Elsewhere, Christina’s, “Dirrty,” continues to fall and lands at #74, Mariah climbs to #83 with, “Through the Rain,” and Kylie Minogue climbs to #91 with, “Come Into My World.” Other big debuts come from, t.A.T.u at #85, and JC Chasez with, “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)”, at #94.
Jennifer Lopez’s Scheduling Problem
December 27, 2002 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday, “According to the British tabloids, Jennifer may put her Valentine’s Day wedding to Ben Affleck on hold. It turns out she already has two other weddings scheduled for the same day. [Laughter] She still loves him, it’s just a scheduling problem.”
Skip ‘Maid In Manhattan’
December 26, 2002 – Popdirt.com’s last poll asking what you thought of Jennifer Lopez’s new movie ‘Maid in Manhattan’ had 47.7% say skip it, while only 16.6% said to see it. The remainder of voters either hadn’t seen the film or advised to watch it when it comes out on video. Our latest poll asks what you think was the best album released in 2002 (in America).
Gossip Guru Liz Smith On Big Celeb Events Of ’02
December 26, 2002 – Paula Zahn of CNN spoke with Liz Smith about the celeb events of 2002, including the breakup of Britney Spears and *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake. “I guess if — you know — you’re sort of a professional virgin and you’re really beautiful and voluptuous from the moment you’re 16 years old you’re a big deal, and the inevitable is that then you aren’t a virgin and then somebody blows the whistle,” Smith explained. Read more, including her thoughts on Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Michael Jackson, and more at CNN.com.
Jennifer Lopez Doesn’t Mind Liz Taylor Comparisons
December 26, 2002 – Jennifer tells InStyle magazine that she doesn’t mind comparisons to Elizabeth Taylor, who has been married eight times. “I’m not mad if people call me the modern-day Liz Taylor,” J.Lo said. “We’ve all had a love of our life and failed love affairs. I’m just the biggest romantic it’s really sad,” Lopez says. “I tell people that but nobody listens. They’re too busy writing about the thread count they think I demand.”
Ben And Jen Will Last Over A Year Says Robin Williams
December 24, 2002 – The New York Post reports when the subject turned to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez during a recent taping of Last Call with Carson Daly, Robin Williams predicted, “Ben goes the distance. I’m giving him odds one year beyond. Most people don’t last two rounds. I’m saying he goes 12 technical.”
Jennifer Lopez Has Diva Perfume Demands
December 24, 2002 – The Sunday People reports there is more diva-like behavior coming from Jennifer. She insists that lackeys spray her hotel rooms with her own J.Lo-endorsed perfume before she arrives.
Contributed by missangel:
A Mariah Carey fan found an old demo she made with producer Ken Cedar. Mariah recorded the demo, ‘Weakness of the Body’ for Brenda K. Starr, whom she was singing back up for at the time. To hear the song, visit YouTube.
Contributed by elgato:
BackstreetNews Group at Yahoo has an audio file of BJ Carter, Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter’s sister, telling her side of the story on Y100 today. She was involved in a brawl which got her arrested on battery charges. Angel Carter, Aaron Carter’s twin sister, allegedly dissed a group of teenage girls who then attacked her. That’s when BJ got involved. The cops say it was all BJ’s fault, she repeatedly banged her head against the police car window, and that she wasn’t cooperating. BJ called in to Y100 today to tell what really happened. She was talking about how the girls in their neighborhood hate on each other. She said Angel got out of their car, and ten neighborhood girls bum rushed her. Protecting her little sister, BJ got out the car and said “If you want a piece of her, you have to get through me first.”
A transcript to Christina Aguilera’s interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show has been posted (since removed but watch the interview instead below). The singer talked about her new album ‘Stripped’, her new single ‘Beautiful’, the reports of her hanging out at strip clubs and drinking, and a lengthy discussion about schmootz.
“I’m 21, so in case anybody didn’t know, so I do what any normal 21-year-old would do, so I hang out. We go out and do things,” Aguilera said about reports of her going to a strip club. “But I’ve been resting too. I need to rest my voice for everything. The reason it’s called ‘Stripped’ also is I wrote, I co-produced. It’s all me for the first time. I’m stripping down from all the hype and the gloss and kind of what the last imagery was to be emotionally stripped down, lyrically.”
On the first single ‘Dirrty’, she said, “It’s a party single. Again, it’s misconstrued or whatever. It’s a street term, to me it’s a street term, it’s to be able to go out, have fun and party and not be too prissy about it or whatever.”
On whether she always had vocal chops growing up, Aguilera said, “I was known as the little girl with the big voice. I started when I was 6 or 7 doing this, local block parties, pool parties, little things.”
Mariah Carey left a message for fans on her official website. Mariah said, “Hi… hey lambs, I know it’s been a long time since I left a nice message ’cause I’ve been working hard to finish the album and… it’s done and my credits are done and I’m so happy and… hum… I wanted to say that… hum… everybody I have been meeting at all the fan events around the country, you guys are stellar, I love you… and you gave me the best books and… you know toys and Hello Kitty stuffs, lambs and everything has been really really great and I just enjoyed you much, alrighty? And I love you much and I can’t wait for you guys to hear the whole album ’cause it’s my favorite definitely since ‘Butterfly’ and… hum… I just want to say thanks again to everybody for being here, for your support and for being here for… hum… ‘Through The Rain’ and everything else, so… I… will talk to you soon and I hope you like the nice… video and… hum… I will be leaving you another message shortly, bah-byyye!”
ShockYourMind.org has the video for Christina Aguilera’s performance of ‘Beautiful’ on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday. Dave intro’d her saying, “Please welcome the always provocative, Christina Aguilera.” After her performance, Dave said, “You look fantastic, by the way.”
Contributed by elgato:
Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter’s solo debut album ‘Now or Never’ is, as promised, now available for streaming on the MTV website in its entirety. MTV opens with a short summary of Nick’s motivations for the album and what to expect.
KIIS FM in Los Angeles has a Kelly Clarkson Anaheim Angels montage to celebrate the baseball team’s trip to the World Series. The clip features highlights of the ALCS and the American Idol winner’s hit ‘A Moment Like This’. Download and listen at kiisfm.com.
Kelly Clarkson ”A Moment Like This”
October 17, 2002 – Contributed by KrazyFlip: MTV’s Total Request Live World Premiered Kelly Clarkson’s new video ‘A Moment Like This’ on Wednesday. This video will most likely be replacing ‘Before Your Love’ because TRL have done this before a few times.
The ‘Idol’ Bunch
October 13, 2002 – Darla Atlas of The Dallas Morning News says ‘The Brady Bunch’ comes to mind when watching recent performances of ‘American Idol’ singers. Atlas compares Kelly Clarkson to Marcia Brady, Tamyra Gray to Carol Brady, Justin Guarini to Greg Brady, and judge Paula Abdul to Alice and Simon Cowell to Sam the Butcher.
Kelly Clarkson’s New Video Premieres On Wednesday
October 13, 2002 – MTV’s Total Request Live will premiere the new video by Kelly, ‘A Moment Like This’, on Wednesday (October 16). Tune in 3:30 PM ET/PT.
Kelly Clarkson Is A ‘Total Mosh Girl’
October 10, 2002 – Kelly tells CDNow.com that she’s a big alternative rock fan, especially of fellow native Texans the Toadies. “My favorite band of all time is the Toadies,” she revealed. “I was at their last concert. I went to everything. I love going to concerts. I’m a total mosh girl.” The group’s final album, ‘Best of the Toadies — Live from Paradise’, comes out November 19th.
Kelly Clarkson’s First Single Certified Gold
October 7, 2002 – Contributed by dum_BLONDE: The first single released by Kelly featuring ‘A Moment Like This’ and ‘Before Your Love’ has been certified gold. Kelly was awarded a plaque for the achievement.
Radio 1 chatted with Appleton sisters Nicole and Natalie from the One Big Sunday event. The pair say this is the biggest live show they will play, Natalie swore and apologized on radio, how their name sounds impersonal but it’s different, they talked about their boyfriends words of encouragement, and more. Check out the interview, pictures, and watch performances of ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Don’t Worry’ here.