"Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son. Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time," Dre's rep Lori Earl announced in a statement Monday. Given the magnitude of this tragedy, we're going to heed Lori's request, refrain from speculating about the cause of this extremely young man's suspicious death, and simply send Dre and his family our condolences at this difficult time.
Wow...a bitter divorce...a jailed father...maybe Hilary and her frenemy Lindsay Lohan have more in common than just both dating Aaron Carter...
Speaking of arrests, Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page was charged with cocaine possession last month. And this week BNL's bad-luck streak continued, when the band's other singer, Ed Robertson, was involved in a small plane crash near Bancroft, Ontario. Man, this just isn't BNL's year, is it? But then again, we can look at this story in a glass-half-full sort of way, and theorize that Ed has good luck, because Ed and his three fellow passengers walked away from the Cessna 206 crash shockingly unscathed. "They're all really lucky to get out of there. I think there was somebody on their side," fire chief Brian Sears told Ontario paper The Intelligencer. "They could smell the fuel, so they didn't waste any time getting out."
However, readers, it wasn't all deaths, near-deaths, and arrests this week. But there was some arresting news for American Idol fans--news that may, some fans fear, spell death for the show. 19 Management reps announced that for season 8 of American Idol, they're going to mess with the show's tried-and-true triple-judge formula and add a fourth panelist, pro songwriter Kara DioGuardi, to the mix. Now, television history has proven time and time again that the inclusion of a new cast member almost always results in sharkjumping--note Oliver on The Brady Bunch, Bo on Welcome Back Kotter, Ted McGinley on every show he's ever done. Compound this fact with rumors that Paula Abdul--until now the lone female Idol judge--is unhappy with this casting, and this seems to be a bad idea on 19's part. But we here at That's Really Week plan to give Kara a fair chance when season 8 starts airing in January '09. She certainly knows her stuff--having penned tunes for the likes of many pop stars, including Idols Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, as well as singing briefly for her own band, Platinum Weird--and if her past mouthy interviews are any indication, she's feisty enough to give even surly Simon Cowell some stiff(lipped) competition.
OK, so before That's Really Week jumps the shark, we'll wrap things up on that note. Come back next week for more headlines, and until then, goodnight and good music. And have a great Labor Day weekend.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES:
1) Doctor Shocker - Dr. Dre's 20-year-old son is found dead.
2) Diddy Stops Traffic - Cops pull over, then pull a gun on, Puffy's posse.
3) The Dark Knight - Suge Knight is arrested for allegedly abusing his girlftriend.
4) Hilary's Dad Lands His Duff In Jail - Bob Duff gets 10 days in the slammer.
5) Axl Gunning For Blogger - The web writer who allegedly leaked unreleased Guns N' Roses tracks is arrested.
6) Here Come Da Judge - American Idol adds a fourth judge to its season 8 panel.
7) Political Party - Musical acts of all genres flock to Denver for the Democratic National Convention.
8) Diamond In The Rough - Neil Diamond gives concertgoers a refund after his throat gives out.
9) Ed Robertson's Flight Fright - The Barenaked Ladies member escapes a plane crash with his life.
10) He's Available, Ladies! - Aging heartthrob Michael Bolton is back on the market after splitting again with off/on girlfriend Nicollette Sheridan.
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