Courtney Love has finished a book of memoirs, photos, journal entries and other such insights, called "Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love." Included will be her recollection of her last happy day with late husband Kurt Cobain.
For some reason, it doesn't surprise us that a featured item is her rejection letter from the Mickey Mouse Club.
Michael Hutchence And The Chocolate Factory
There's some buzz out there citing that Johnny Depp has been tapped to play Michael Hutchence in an upcoming biopic on the doomed INXS singer, who died in 1997. And who to play his former girlfriend? Depp's former girlfriend, Kate Moss.
Rappers V. Oprah
Ice Cube has joined the rising voices of rappers who feel dissed by Oprah because they haven't been invited on to her show.
"I've been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I've never been asked to participate," he told FHM magazine.
Heck, we've asked to be on Oprah dozens of times. We even went to Oprah's house with a couple dozen red roses and started screaming in her hedges at 4 a.m. What did we get for it? Nothin', but we lost two fingers to the dogs.
Here's a thought, guys: you're some of the thuggest dudes in the business, or at least you used to be. Isn't it kind of a weanie move to wage a war on Oprah? Do you even know what her demographic is?
Danger Danger! Hot Lava!
A radio station mistakenly warned some Washington residents at the base of Mt. Rainier that they should evacuate because some hot lava action was on the way. This ended up not being true and everybody's ok.
In the spirit of the non-eruption eruption, we have compiled a playlist from this week's Hot 100 chart appropriate for the non-event:
1. "Bad Day" Daniel Powter
2. "SOS" Rihanna
3. "Temperature" Sean Paul
4. "Where'd You Go" Fort Minor
5. "Savin' Me" Nickelback
6. "It's Goin' Down" Yung Joc
7. "Who Says You Can't Go Home," Bon Jovi
8. Our personal favorite, "Tell Me When to Go" by E-40.
Some Thoughts, From Sin City
Attending the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas...
- Uber guitar player and super nice guy Vince Gill is working on a new non-genre album that will include Dianna Krall, John Anderson and Del McCoury, among others.
- How can you not love the Vinster? First, he gives his Humanitarian of the Year award to a Make-A-Wish child, then we find out he recently played Nashville’s Station Inn with western swing band the Time Jumpers because “they needed a guitar player.” Vince’s take for the gig? “I made 26 bucks. I got enough money to take me and Amy to Waffle House.”
- Celebrity watcher Robin Leach was our neighbor in the press room and we taught him how to spell “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” Get out!?! Get back in.
- Speaking of celebrity watchers . . . there was a cadre of foreign press here. Their contribution? Asking Keith Urban where Nicole Kidman was. He handled it well though ("she's not here"), even when someone suggested that the Divine Miss M was going to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” at their wedding. ("Really? That will be great.")
- We felt a little bad for Carrie Underwood. She’s selling millions of records, just won two ACM awards and yet most of the questions backstage were about “American Idol.” We get it, but we don’t get it. She just won two frickin’ awards people!
- "The Late, Late Show"'s Craig Ferguson is one funny S.O.B. And he genuinely seemed to be a country fan, in spite of the cowboy hat and kilt.
- After a “wild and crazy ride” with Bon Jovi on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles might consider other collaborations. And she doesn’t feel that it would take away from the band. “The boat rises with the tide,” Nettles told Jaded Insider, “if we get out there, however we get out there, that’s important.”
- NASCAR’s Tony Stewart will have a new talk show on Sirius in January. It won’t be just for motorheads though: He’s buds with rock and country stars, who'll be invited to hit the airwaves too.
- Am I dreaming? Dwight Yoakam, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Brad Paisley, Chris Hillman (the Byrds, the Desert Rose Band) Travis Barker (Blink 182, Plus 44) and Buddy Alan Owens all in the same room after their tribute to Buck Owens. Barker learned the set very quickly. “They used to make those records in one day, I even learned some of the mistakes,” Gibbons said Barker told him.
- No ego. Gibbons and Paisley both made it clear that they were happy to be relieved of singing duties, Yoakam said.