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  • Kanye West + Raekwon +...Justin Bieber?!

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Thanks, Twitter: Justin Bieber Will Record With Kanye West

    Justin Bieber and Kanye West spent part of last weekend in a Twittery lovefest, complimenting each other's work and eventually waxing about a potential collaboration between themselves and Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon.

    Now, the speculation is a reality. "It's definitely gonna happen," Raekwon tells XXLMag.com. "When you got these kinda talents merging together to do something exciting, I think it's something that's gonna make the fans check it out. I'm big fans of both of these guys. I think, at the end of the day, shorty is a sensation."

    He added, "For them to even just have a conversation and just put my name in it it feels good. For him to acknowledge me it makes me feel good that the young generation is checking me out like that."

    This....is happening, like it or not. How epic will it be? Guess time will tell when it's released. I can promise this song will dominate the charts though when it's released.

     

  • Biebers Revenge!

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    "Thanks for giving out my # @justinbieber," Kevin Krisopik tweeted from a since-deleted account. So what did Kevin do to merit Justin's vicious prank? It seems the unsuspecting teen had it coming after attempting to hack into an account belonging to Ryan Butler, a friend of Bieber's, to retrieve the pop star's phone number. 

     

    Score one for the Biebs!

     

  • Old Man + Gaga= ???

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    Sen. Frank Lautenberg is going gaga. Lady Gaga, that is. The nation's oldest senator will hold a fundraiser at the pop singer's Monster Ball Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington on Sept 7.

    The Washington Post reports the 86-year-old New Jersey Democrat is offering seats in a private suite for $2,500 a person for political action committees and $2,400 for individuals.

  • Bieber Adds Samaritan to Resume

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    Justin Bieber

    Teen pop star Justin Bieber might be young, but he knows a thing or two about giving back. He brought his 'My World' tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Wednesday and donated a portion of every ticket sale to Middle Tennessee flood relief. Concert promoter AEG Live matched the donation. Together with proceeds from last month's show featuring Miranda Cosgrove and Kris Allen at a smaller venue, Bieber presented a check for nearly $33,000 to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

  • West vs. Swift Round 2?

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    Kanye West and Taylor Swift

    MTV announced today that Kanye West will perform at the VMAs in September -- one year after his Taylor Swift-mic-grab sent him into self-exile.

    The rapper, along with Drake and Florence and the Machine, will provide entertainment during the ceremony.

    A new Twitter convert, Kanye posted the news to his site. "Just met with MTV and it's about to go down! VMA's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" he wrote.

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    VMA brainstorming the performance now," he added

  • New Commercial Alarming

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    world's thinnest waist

    This is NOT a photshopped image. This is real. The girl who's skinny enough to have hands wrapped around her touching is Ann, a new contestant on America's Next Top Model.  And to make matters even better? This will be showed in the latest promo commercial for the hit show that's developed and hosted by Tyra Banks. Banks later apologized for the stunt, but this is surely to grab headlines and make views of the show go up. The new season premiers September 8th.

  • Michael Buble Engaged, Wears Ring?

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    Michael Buble Engagement RingMichael Buble has been engaged since November to his Argentinian girlfriend Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre. That's fantastic! But the male engagement ring? Hmmmmmm. I always thought that guys weren't supposed to wear a ring until marriage. I've always learned that a guy goes out, buys a ring, proposes, and he doesn't wear one till the wedding day. Buble claims it's tradition in his fiance's family. Whatever makes her happy is all that matters though. Congrats!

  • Justin Bieber to Collab?

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    Mark Wahlberg Would Rap on a Justin Bieber Song

    TIME magazine just interviewed Mark Wahlberg, as he has the new movie "The Other Guys" in theaters. He was asked an assortment of questions, including would he come of of rap retirement to do a collab with an artist. This is what he had to say: 

    "No. Not a chance. Actually, I'll take that back. If Justin Bieber asked me, I'd do that for my daughter. She loves me to death, but she doesn't think I'm very cool, so that might turn it around."

    Be on the look out for Marky Mark and Justin Bieber coming to a radio near you! 

  • Beach Boys Love Katy Perry, Company: Not So Much

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    "California Gurls" may be intended to evoke images of the cool Pacific Ocean surf, but Katy Perry may be in a hotter kind of water over her smash hit's homage to the Beach Boys' "California Girls." The latter song's writers, Brian Wilson and Mike Love, have both gone on record as being big fans of Perry's tune. But the company that owns the copyright on behalf of Love and Wilson, Rondor Music, is more interested in compensation than flattery.

    Roncor has reportedly threatened to sue if Perry doesn't hand over royalties on her single, which has sold more than 3 million digital downloads, and tied a record by reaching that figure in just 11 short weeks. If Wilson and Love do end up getting a piece of that action, needless to say, they'll be able to buy themselves and their grandchildren a lifetime supply of Hawaiian shirts.

    Perry has borrowed song titles before and not gotten in trouble for it. Her breakthrough hit was "I Kissed a Girl," which bore thematic as well as titular similarity to the Jill Sobule single of the same name. If anything, Perry would have seemed to be in less danger with "California Gurls," which bears no similarity to the Beach Boys' oldie beyond the title. Well, except for the line "I wish they all could be California girls," uttered late in the song as part of a seeming improv by guest rapper Snoop Dogg. As far as Rondor Music is concerned, that one borrowed lyric crosses the line from tribute to plagiarism.

    The dispute went public in a big way today after a report in the New York Post publicized Rondor's threat to sue Perry. But any attentive Rolling Stonereaders already knew that trouble was brewing, if they got past her barely-lingerie-clad cover shoot to the accompanying story. In the article, Perry seems to be saying she's taking Snoop Dogg's line off the album version of the track, due to a demand that Wilson and Love should get credit and compensation.

    "As much as I want a Beach Boys credit on my album, we have to take it out," Perry says in the Rolling Stone article.

    That's right: When Perry's sophomore album, Teenage Dream, comes out August 24, Snoop will no longer be heard wishing they all could be California girls. Which may make the copies of the song that have already been sold collectors' items--all 3 million of them.

    One of her managers is quoted in the Rolling Stone piece as saying: "You want a Brian Wilson credit, not a Mike Love credit." She responds: "Well, you said it, not me."

    It's possible those remarks put an end to Love's sense of being flattered. Just a few weeks ago, Love was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying: "I think she's really clever. We have a lot in common now: We both have done songs called 'California Girls' and we've both kissed girls and liked it...[It] obviously brings to mind our 'California Girls,' it's just in a different vernacular, a different way of appreciating the same things. The Beach Boys have always accentuated the positive, and hers is a positive message about California Girls, so what's not to like?" In Billboard magazine, Love even referenced the rap portion of the song, saying, "I think it's probably a stroke of genius to have the king of canine cool, Mr. Dogg, do his thing."

    Wilson, for his part, also waxed appreciative to the L.A. Times, at the time. "I love her vocal," he told the paper. "She sounds very clear and energetic...The melody is infectious, and I'm flattered that Snoop Dogg used our lyric on the tag. I wish them well with this cut."

    Rondor has reportedly said that it's taking the action on behalf of Wilson and Love, but the two Beach Boys (who continue to be professionally estranged from one another) both said through their reps that they have not initiated any of this action themselves.

    Odds are that this will all be settled out of court, though we can amuse ourselves considered the possibilities for followup lawsuits. Maybe Perry could sue Snoop for bringing on this trouble with his overly referential lyric. Maybe Snoop could sue the marijuana industry for impairing his judgment.


  • Lucky Kid Doesn't Want Fame

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    British teen Steven Holmes was initially thrilled when Kanye West chose him to be the first (and so far only) person Kanye would "follow" on Twitter. The student from Coventry, England -- who goes by the Twitter handle "ste_101" -- responded to Kanye's unexpected "follow" by excitedly Tweeting: "Holy *&$% bro thx for following!". Kanye replied: "You are the chosen one dun dun dun dun." But then the phone calls started.

    In an exclusive interview with his hometown paper, the Coventry Telegraph, Holmes says he was immediately barraged through Twitter and his phone with requests from media organizations. He says he turned down interviews with the BBC, CNN, and New York Magazine, among others.

    Since Saturday night, when the rap star chose to follow him on Twitter, Holmes began receiving messages from people desperate to get West's attention. People tried to send him film trailers and music demos, hoping to reach 33-year-old Kanye and his 400,000-plus followers. "I didn't want to talk to any of them," Holmes told the Telegraph. "Fame has never appealed to me. It's vacuous."

    [Photos: Kanye's onstage fashion statements

    Now Holmes, who says he likes West's music but is "not his biggest fan" wants no part of the fame machine and has for now removed his Twitter application from his mobile phone (though he hasn't gone so far as to delete his account.) "Before this weekend I thought it would be cool to have a celebrity following me on Twitter but now I think it's really not worth it."

    [See Kanye's impromptu concert on cafeteria tabletop

    On Monday, Holmes announced his semi-retirement decision to his 4,000-plus followers (most of whom no doubt came by way of Kanye's implicit endorsement), Tweeting: "I won't be speaking to anybody else, surprisingly not everyone wants to be famous. That's all I'm saying - peace out x."

    The incident calls to mind the brouhaha from earlier this year when Conan O'Brien chose to follow an otherwise-unfamous young woman from Michigan. Sarah Killen, who goes by the Twitter moniker "LovelyButton," now has more than 29,000 followers. The 19-year-old woman reacted to her newfound celebrity more positively than "ste_101" did: she used the spotlight to raise money for breast-cancer research.

  • 5 Tricks to Manager Your Manager

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    Worker. (iStockPhoto)

    I'm glad I came across these, considering that I just flubbed up yesterday. (Sorry Natalie!). But these are 5 tricks that you can use to manage your manger: 

    1. Understand your boss 
    "Managing upward requires empathy," says Aaron Nurick, professor of management and psychology at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Nurick believes that the key to success is being able to see the world from your manager's perspective.

    Instead of becoming frustrated by the boss, observe her work style and communication preferences, and then adapt. You may be flooding the boss with emails while she finds it easier to speak via phone. Subtle adjustments on your part will make her job easier--which makes you look better.

    You should also read your manager's reactions to the way you present information, says Nurick. For example, you may work for someone who loves numbers and has little patience for more abstract thinking. In that case, try presenting your boss with a quantitative analysis first, and then succinctly explain its impact. Notice, too, if your boss prefers being asked questions or given answers. Decide if you should cut to the chase or soften your opinion by adding, "Would you agree?"

    2. Stay three steps ahead
    Staffing expert Chen says that dealing with a boss can be like a game of chess. "Always stay three steps ahead of your opponent, and take the lead," she advises. Employees who anticipate their boss's needs before they arise will be seen as leaders and problem solvers.

    Once you understand and start to think like your boss, you'll be in a better position to take initiative. Let's say, says Chen, you're asked to find a person's contact information because your boss is working on an insurance policy renewal. Respond by saying, "Yes I have his information, and would you like me to follow up with him regarding the renewal?"

    "For every action there's a reaction and then another action to follow," Chen explains. In other words, anticipate additional questions or requests and handle them before you're asked.

    3. Be the better half
    Become indispensable by learning your manager's weaknesses and complimenting them with your strengths. Perhaps your boss is a brilliant visionary but impossibly disorganized. Rather than griping about how difficult she is to work with, make up for what she lacks by taking on the role of organizer. Suggest deadlines, remind her of appointments, and follow up on items she's forgotten. Not only will you have gained your boss's trust, you'll become the most valued member of her team.

    4. Don't be afraid to speak up
    Career expert and coauthor of Crucial Conversations Kerry Patterson says most employees are afraid to approach their managers about issues with their work style. In a survey he conducted, 50 percent of employees said they'd left a company because of a disagreeable boss, but only one in five had spoken with the boss about their concerns.

    Patterson says the most common frustrations that employees face are micromanaging bosses and absentee bosses. Yet they rarely speak up. "People think it's risky to address these problems, but if it's handled professionally, it increases your boss's opinion of you," he says.

    When initiating a tough conversation, Patterson suggests that you offer an example of a specific behavior, explain how it made you feel, and then ask for the manager's perspective.

    Here's an example of what you might say: "Last week you checked in three times on a routine project. It made me feel as if you didn't trust my ability to handle it. Is that the case?" This formula opens the door to an honest conversation without the manager feeling attacked. Patterson emphasizes that it's important to point out specific behaviors and not characteristics of your manager, so that he doesn't take offense.

    5. Ask for more responsibility
    If you want to ensure a path to the top, Chen says you should make an impression with the even higher-ups--your manager's managers. Allow yourself to shine but don't overstep your boundaries, she warns. Your immediate boss controls your projects and promotions, so you need to maintain his trust.

    A great way to gain an audience with company leaders is to ask for more responsibility. Identify a big project that you're confident you can handle, and then pour yourself into it to show what you can do. Another handy trick: Offer to head up an initiative. Maybe you become the resident expert on new software or organize a company event. Suddenly, people come to you with questions and view you as a leader.

    Ultimately, make yourself valuable. Not only will you receive respect, but you may be in line for a raise.

  • Kanye Joins Twitter

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    As if Twitter wasn't loud enough already! Kanye finally joined Twitter today, around 12pm EST. This was his first tweet: "Up early in the morning taking meetings in Silicone Valley."

    I don't know about you, but I've found that when I follow some of my favorite celebs that they either don't tweet often (Jay-Z, Twitter name @S_C_), they tweet too much (Katy Perry, Twitter name @katyperry) or they don't even follow anyone but the Ubertwitter Blackberry Application that MAKES you follow it (Lebron James, Twitter name @KingJames). I hope Kanye is one of those celebs you enjoy following and doesn't get in Twitter beefs. 

    I started following him this morning. You should too! @kanyewest

    P.S. Follow me too! @mixfmjoeshow