I would personally like to thank Kanye West for making thisweek in news truly one of the most entertaining. I anticipated this year's MTVVideo Music Awards because of the planned Michael Jackson tribute.
I was anxious to see what MTV had in store, and was excitedthat Janet would be participating. I enjoyed the opening eulogy from Madonna, andI appreciated the MJ dance sequence that wrapped with Janet. It was cool seeingher in sync with her late brother, who was present on the big screen, as theyperformed their 1995 collab "Scream." Itis horrible that that incredible moment was eclipsed by yet another typical selfishoutburst from Kanye West.
As 19-year-old Taylor Swift
was making her acceptance speechfor receiving the night's first honor, Best Female Video award, Kanye took themicrophone from her and proclaimed, "Beyonce
had one of the best videos of alltime." When he handed the mic back to a stunned Taylor, the country starlet stood still, seeminglyconfused. The crowd erupted with a combination of boos for Kanye and applausefor Taylor.Though Beyonce helped clean things up a bit at the end of the night when shereceived the Best Video Moon Man and invited Taylor back on stage to "have her moment,"the ruckus had only just begun.
Kanye posted an apology on his website later that night. Hewas close to tears the next day when speaking about the incident on the debutof The Jay Leno Show.
By Tuesday, he finally got to talk to Taylor via phone to ask for her forgivenessfor which she obliged. That Taylor Swift is some sweetheart.
However, the best part of the entire ordeal is that PresidentObama's off-the-record opinion hit the 'net
. The President summed up inthree words, the 700-word response blog I wrote Sunday night. The Presidentoffered a succinct, "He's a jackass." The President's remarks made during theset up for a CNBC News taping were not intended for broadcast. However, ABC'sTerry Moran
shared the President's comment over Twitter when he heard about thecontroversial statement. Later, the audio, and video surfaced. I wish I couldhave been with former President George W. Bush
when he received this news. Hemust have felt some vindication. He is, by the way, the one Kanye said, "doesnot like Black people" on a nationally televised Hurricane Katrina benefitprogram. I can't wait to see how Saturday Night Live parodies this fiasco.
Kanye West is not the only one served up a good dose ofpayback this week. R&B pop star Chris Brown
started his new temp job Wednesday.No, it wasn't a new Doublemint Gum commercial, or feature film appearance, butsomething a bit more labor intensive, labor being the keyword here. Chris Brownstarted his 180day community labor gig
that he was formally assigned in August afterstriking a plea deal for felony assault against his former girlfriend Rihanna.Chris Brown was captured on video raking weeds at the Richmond police horse stables. Chris workedup a sweat in his fluorescent orange vest, red cap, and baggy pants. One of hisbodyguards modeled a Stop Teen Violence t-shirts that Chris is rumored to be selling.Chris waved to onlookers, and even graced his female fans by appearingshirtless. His sentence also includes 5 years probation, an order to stay awayfrom Rihanna, and a 52-week course on domestic violence. Hopefully, thesemeasures will help him reform.
does not have any legal matters at hand, but itlooks like they could use some intervention. Last month the group's tour withZZ Top
had to be cancelled due to injuries lead singer Steve Tyler
off a stage in Sturgis, SD, and broke his left shoulder, requiring20 stitches in his head. Honestly, when I read the press release in August thatthe tourwas cancelled
, I found it interesting that the quotes from the bandemphasized their disappointment for letting down the fans. The references toSteven and his recovery were minimal. Now, I know why. In an interview with APthis week, member Joe Perry
explained his frustration with Steven Tyler forderailing their tour. "The tour was building up to be a great tour, and I waspretty (upset) you know," Perry said. He added that he did not know what wasgoing on with Steven, who he had not spoken to in five weeks. Joe blamed Stevenfor the cancellation of other dates, and said his bandmate needed to "get hisact together." Wow. Therein lies an idea for a new line of Hallmark cards. Icould see the "Get Your Act Together Soon" line totally taking the place of thesimple, "Get Well Soon" series.
I wonder if Kenny Chesney
's band relates to Joe Perry. Kennyhas announced that he won'ttour next summer
because he does not want to burn himself out. Country'stop party boy has been a mainstay for the summer tour circuit, so this newscomes as a big surprise. Maybe this will give him more time to develop his newclothing line
and other projects in the works.
has not announced any tour plans, but he did make newsthis week when he debuted with the No.1 selling album in the country
. His album, "The Blueprint 3," sold 476,000copies, making it the third highest selling debut of this year. Eminem
's"Relapse," and U2
's "No Line On The Horizon," respectively, hold the No. 1 andNo. 2 spots. Even cooler, "BP3" marked his eleventh No. 1 album, which breaks arecord previously set by Elvis.
However, the Beatles
celebrated even biggersales news. The re-release of their catalog surpassed record posthumous chartpositions for Michael Jackson. The Beatles sold 626,000 albums last week, andhad nine albums in the top 20, and 12 in the top 30.
is expected to make a nice chart showing next week,thanks to her two day appearance on Oprah
this week. On Monday, Whitney satdown with Oprah and addressed all of therumors about her drug use, tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown, and the impactof her voice
. The following day, she performed live. Her album, "I Look ToYou" debuted at No. 1 when it debuted last week. It sold more than 300,000copies. Jay-Z is expected to resume the No. 1 spot next week, but Whitneyshould do just fine.
That's it for this week folks. Who would have thought thatso many salacious news stories could hit all during one week? Let's hope MotherNature affords us another week of zaniness. It makes our lives at That's ReallyWeek so much easier. Have a good one. See you next week.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 NEWS STORIES:
1) PresidentObama To Kanye: You're A Jerk - President Obama's off-the-record reactionto Kanye's Taylordiss hits the internet.
2) KanyeDoesn't Let Taylor Finish - Kanye's VMA outburst steals thunder from MJTribute, Taylor Swift win, etc.
3) MichaelJackson's Mom Gets $86k Per Month - Judge awards $86,000 per month to KatherineJackson and Michael's children.
4) TheBeatles & Jay-Z Set Chart Records - One surpassed Michael, the othersurpasses Elvis.
5) WhitneyHouston Gets "So Emotional" On Oprah - Mary J. Blige gives the play-by-playof the big tell-all interview.
6) ChrisBrown Faces The Music - Chris Brown cleans up police horse stable groundsas part of community labor sentence.
7) AerosmithMembers At Odds Over Tour Cancellation - Member Joe Perry says injuredSteven Tyler is at fault.
8) America'sGot Talent Names New Winner - Chicken framer Kevin Skinner just won $1million.
9) ChesneyVows No Concert, Next Summer, No Problem - Country superstar says he needsa break.
10) Peter,Paul & Mary Singer Dies - Mary Travers of 1960s folk anthem trio diesat 72.
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