Kanye West is no stranger to issuingloose-cannon quotes himself (remember his furious blog after the Bonnaroo debacle?),but this week the famously and infamously mouthy rapper tried a more genteeland humble approach with the press. He reportedly told the U.K.'s Mirrorthat he's "going to go and take an internship and just do something that'slike completely normal, and just rap at the weekends or something." Um,yeah, RIGHT. And Axl's going to put out the Chinese Democracyfollow-up in 2009. too. We'll believe it when we see it.Akon, also made headlines this week when he finally 'fessed up incourt that he did indeed throw a teenager offstage at an upstate New York concert lastyear. Wow, that's really big of him to admit to doing something that THE ENTIREWORLD SAW ON YOUTUBE ABOUT 2 MILLION TIMES. Guess it was hard for him to plead"not guilty" with evidence like that floating around on the interweb,huh? Akon's honesty will be rewarded by a complete lack of jail time; instead hewill just perform 65 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine in this asault case.
Another troubled music star unfortunately making news thisweek was country singer Mindy McCready,who topped off what's been a very difficult year--and, come to think of it,a very difficult life--by seemingly attempting suicide.
Another musical celeb who reportedly recently landed in the hospitalwas Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman andrecovering drug addict Anthony Kiedis.Although the 46-year-old rocker looks amazing fit, especially after all thehard living he's done, the New York Daily Newsjust revealed that he had a big health scare earlier this year, when years ofexcess caught up with him and his kidneys supposedly came close to failing. The paperreported this week that Anthony underwent kidney treatment several times at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerover the summer, with one anonymous source revealing: "Anthony's healthwas pretty bleak. Organ failure was a possibility. There was talk of how to gethim on a transplant list, to cover all the bases, but that opened up a wholenew can of worms because people with histories of drug and alcohol abuse areless likely to receive the organs they need."
And finally, in other medical news of particular interest torockers of all types, a team of Australian research doctors has warned that over-enthusiasticappreciation of heavy metal can result in head and neck injuries. Dr. Andrew McIntosh, biomedical and injury expert at the University Of New South Wales, sternly declared thisweek: "We identified a definite risk of mild traumatic brain injury fromheadbanging. We would suggest a proper public health warning, as forsmoking." He also suggested that, as a preventive measure, concertgoingmetalheads wear (get this) neckbraces to concerts if they plan to bang theirheads. Wow, this could be a GREAT merchandising opportunity! After all, whathard rock fan wouldn't want to get a Metallica- or AC/DC-logo'dneckbrace for Christmas this year?
And with that handy gift suggestion, so concludes thepre-Christmas edition of That's Really Week.Happy holidays, and have a not-so-silent night.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES:
1) The Material Girl Pays Up - Madonna will pay her ex-guy, Guy, at least$75 million.
2) McCready Gets Needy - Mindy is hospitalized after yetanother suicidal cry for help.
3) Sweet Blog O' Mine - Axl Rose rants and rambles on the GNRwebsite.
4) Konvicted! - Akon pleads guilty to assaultchanges stemming from last year's fan-tossing concert incident.
5) Kanye Cools Down? - West claims he wants to just be a normalperson with a normal job.
6) Kiedis Not Feeling So Hot - Chili Pepper Anthony isreportedly suffering from kidney problems.
7) Taylor Swift Chases Chace - The newly single country cutiehas her eye on Crawford.
8) The Big Bang Theory - Doctors' research indicates thatheadbanging can lead to head and neck trauma.
9) Miley Lays Down The Law - Cyrus is hired to perform at a lawfirm's swanky holiday party.
10) Soulja Boy Cleans Up His Act - The young rapper apologizes forhis potty mouth.
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