But then, on Friday, tragedy struck.
At 2:44pm Friday afternoon, Jennifer Hudson's brother, Jason Hudson, and her mother, Darnell Donerson, were found dead by shotgun blast in Jennifer's mother's Chicago home. The bodies were discovered by Jennifer's cousin, who lived nearby. Additionally, Darnell's 7-year-old grandson, Julian King, was reportedly abducted from the scene--possibly by the suspect in this tragic double murder.
This news comes at a time when Jennifer should be enjoying the happiest time of her life--she just released her debut album, she's about to hit the silver screen again in the highly anticipated The Secret Life Of Bees, and she just got engaged to her lawyer/reality-star boyfriend, David "Punk" Otunga. But now, just as the dreamgirl is about to have all her dreams come true, she is instead facing this ultimate nightmare.
We here at That's Really Week send our deepest condolences to Jennifer and the entire Hudson family at this extremely tragic time.
But it wasn't all babies and BETs in Wayne's world, as the People's Champ unfortunately found himself in the People's Court this week.
Apparently, the manufacturers of Dr Pepper soda were among the many doubters who never thought this record would ever, ever come out, because back in March they pledged to give every single American citizen a free soft drink if Chinese Democracy was released any time in 2008. So now the good Dr must make good on its bubbly promise.http://drpepper.com/, starting at 12:01am Eastern Time this November 23, to obtain their free 20-ounce soda coupons. This is, of course, assuming that Chinese Democracy really DOES come out that day...we still don't quite believe it.
On a related story, there's one Guns N' Roses fan who needs free legal counsel more than he needs free soda these days. Blogger Kevin Cogill, who was charged with violating federal copyright law after allegedly leaking unreleased Chinese Democracy songs on the Internet earlier this year, pleaded innocent on Monday in federal court. No date has been set for the trial, but we have a feeling Axl Rose will have a thirst for justice in this case.
Aside from Lil' Wayne and Kevin Cogill, a few other music-biz types found themselves dealing with legal issue this week. Former Soul Train host Don Cornelius was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and released on $50,000 bail; a new jury was selected for the murder retrial of legendary music producer Phil Spector; and, according to various gossip rags,
Yes, this week the (fingerless black lace) gloves were definitely off between Madonna and her newly estranged hubby, at least according to several incendiary tabloid articles. Us Weekly reported that Guy used to call Madonna "old, fat, ugly, and wrinkled" and "said that she was stupid and couldn't sing"; Us also alleged that Madonna conversely used to taunt, slap, and poke her beleaguered future-ex-husband. OK! magazine reported that Madonna has "instructed her team to start a hate campaign" against Guy. British tabloid News Of The World claimed that Guy once described martial relations with Madge as being like "cuddling up to a piece of gristle." And several other gossip outlets reported that while Madonna is now getting cozy with her new Kabbalah buddy Alex Rodriguez, Guy has already started dating presumably un-gristle-like actress Kelly Reilly, star of his upcoming Sherlock Holmes film.
Yikes. Guess Madge knew what she was talking about when she once sang "Love Don't Live Here Anymore."
Aforementioned Fiona Shackleton star client Paul McCartney, who's certainly dealt with his unfair share of emotional problems lately, literally lost his head this week, when a wax replica of his famous cranium was accidentally left on a London train. The paraffin skull-sculpture, which was molded in the 1960s, was expected to sell for between $10,000 and $20,000 at Carters Entertainment auctioneers before it went missing; its embarrassed owner, Joby Carter, therefore offered a cash reward for the Macca head's safe return. Happily, homeless man Anthony Silva found the head in a trashcan at train station innearby Reading, and after initially mistaking it fora Halloween mask, he returned the head and claimed the $4,000 reward from Joby. "It's just what I need, and I hope my luck has changed for the better," Anthony told the press.
Well, that concludes another weird, wild, and woeful week. We once again send our thoughts and prayers to Jennifer Hudson (feel free to do the same on the message board below), and invite you to come back next Friday for more, hopefully cheerier, music news.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES:
1) A Dreamgirl's Nightmare - The mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson are found shot to death.
2) Democracy At Last! - Guns N' Roses' long-delayed Chinese Democracy album is finally set for a November 2008 release.
3) Wayne's Wild Week - Lil' Wayne wins four BET Awards, has a baby, stands trial.
4) Marshall Mathers, Author - Eminem is publishing his memoirs.
5) Don't Justify Their Love - Madonna and Guy Ritchie's divorce battle gets ugly.
6) Don Cornelius On A Soul Train To Jail? - The TV host is arrested for domestic violence.
7) Spector Court Spectacle To Begin Again - A new jury is selected for Phil Spector's murder retrial.
8) A Soul Sister Dies - Dee Dee Warwick, sibling of Dionne, passes away.
9) The Artist Formerly Known As Beyonce - Ms. Knowles now wants to go my the stage name Sasha Fierce.
10) Paul McCartney Loses His Head - A wax replica of the Beatle's skull is accidentally left on a train.
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