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Is Steven Tyler right fit for “American Idol”?


steventyler Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler looks to be on his way to join “American Idol” in what would be the first bona fide rock star judge on the show’s panel.

But is Tyler, 62, the right fit for a show aimed squarely at middle America? And if Tyler is in place, as widely reported, can the “Idol” judging panel carry a second major artist if rumors about country star Shania Twain, or Jennifer Lopez, or even Jessica Simpson turn out to be correct?

Tyler may be a rock god, but does he have anything useful, or witty, or coherent, to say to the aspiring “American Idols”?

And rock stars usually bring plenty of baggage after decades on the road — in Tyler’s case a history of prescription drug addiction,  drama, and an uncanny ability to fall off the stage.

Billy Corgan smashes John Mayer, describes a career burnout in progress


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan knows about dropping out of the limelight, or as he says it, how to “burn” down a career. The 1990s superstar faded from view in recent years, coincidentally just as “Gravity” singer John Mayer was seeing his own career gain steam.Billy Corgan

Now, in light of Mayer’s recent misstep in his Playboy magazine interview, Corgan is warning that his fellow rock singer is on a bad path.

John Mayer apologizes again. But is it enough?


Some people may have heard enough from “Gravity” singer John Mayer this week after his expletive-filled Playboy johnmayermagazine interview and  his (too much information! )  musings on black women, pornography,  ex-lovers Jessica Simpson and  Jennifer Aniston,  as well as  dropping the “N” word bomb.

It seems Mayer agrees with them.  After issuing an apology via Twitter, Mayer broke down on stage towards the end of his concert in Nashville on Wednesday telling fans he had fallen into a “wormhole of selfishness, greediness and arrogance”  in his quest to “be clever” and that he now wanted to get back to just being a musician.

Jessica Simpson wants dog back from wily coyote


Singer and actress Jessica Simpson  wants to see her dog again, and she doesn’t care what people think about her campaign to get the pjessica-simpsonooch back, after she saw a coyote make off with the animal.

This star-search drama comes courtesy of social networking website Twitter, where Simpson posted a missing poster on Monday with a picture of the small, caramel-colored dog.

Jessica Simpson’s country foray is over


jess1Nashville is saying “No” to Jessica Simpson, the tabloid starlet who evinced a few snickers by releasing a country album last year.

“Do You Know” sold just 178,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, lower than the pop singer’s previous release, the 2006 disappointment “A Public Affair,” which stalled at 300,000 copies.

Jessica Alba: It’s a girdle thing


alba(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

When “The Love Guru” star Jessica Alba looked slim and attractive shortly after giving birth to her first child in June, the celebrity news world took note. Now it will have to take note again, because Alba has revealed the secret: a girdle.
In a world where average women feel at pains to compete with the killer workout regimens of celebrities, Alba has lifted the curtain on body-image in a way that few celebrities have.
“I wore a girdle,” Alba told Elle magazine for its March issue, when asked about how she looked slim after childbirth. 
“Eight weeks after my girlfriend had her baby, you could see her six-pack,” Alba said. “She told me to put an elastic band around my waist — any kind of band or girdle works. She was like, ‘I slept in it.’ I didn’t recover as fast as she did. I don’t have a six-pack — that’s just not my body at all.” 
Alba, 27, also talked about working out for a photo shoot for Club Campari’s annual calendar.
The workouts “were horrible,” she told Elle. “I cried. And I haven’t worked out since.”
And in other celebrity diet news (ahem, if one could call it that), last week, singer Jessica Simpson, was the subject of cruel talk on the Web when she was photographed with new “curves” while singing in high-waisted jeans. On Wednesday, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said everyone should get off Simpson’s back.
“Whether or not Jessica chooses to gain or lose weight, is not a guage of her talent,” the group told celebrity news site “Our nation is really obsessed with weight and it’s time to move past that.”
That may seem like a far-off day, but if a sex symbol star like Jessica Alba has given up on workouts and is/was wearing a girdle, anything is possible.

Bummer of a week for Jessica Simpson


 simpson1No doubt about it. It’s been a tough week for country singer Jessica Simpson after pictures of her new “curves” while wearing high-waisted jeans sparked some cruel headlines.

But friends and relatives have rallied round, including a vote of support from Simpson’s ex-husband Nick Lachey, who was married to the singer from 2002-2005.

Jessica Simpson goes back to religious roots?


(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Singer Jessica Simpson is going back to her roots, in more ways than one.

Having recently re-invented herself as a country music, rather than a pop, star,  the blond, Texas-born daughter of a church minister says she now wants to study religion.
“I’ve been contemplating taking a college course in religion,” Simpson told Marie Claire magazine in an interview.  “I love religion. I remember whenever the book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ came out, the Discovery Channel did this three-night piece on it that I TiVoed and then watched eight times.”
Simpson, 28, started singing in the choir of her Baptist church but later became a teen pop star  in the mode of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.  A strong Christian, she wore a purity ring and said she had remained a virgin until her short-lived marriage in 2002 to boyband singer Nick Lachey.

Simpson later branched out into acting, appearing in the 2005 movie “The Dukes of Hazard”.  But in September she released a country music album that went to the top of the Billboard country music charts, giving Simpson her first No 1album.

Jessica Simpson: Y’all want some beer?


jessica.jpgShe has scored top-selling albums, conquered reality TV, and played Daisy Duke in big-budget movie “The Dukes of Hazzard,” so blonde beauty Jessica Simpson is doing what any native Texan might do when a hot career needs a cool break. She’s grabbin’ a beer, and she wants y’all to grab one, too — as long as it’s a Stampede.

Dallas-based Stampede Brewing Co Inc on Wednesday revealed that Simpson, 28, would appear in a print advertisement for its new  Stampede Light Plus brand that is infused with B vitamins, folic acid, and folate.