Daily Gossip: Monday July 27, 2009

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Brooke White Covers “Use Somebody”
Ever since I attended the Sasquatch Music Festival a couple of months ago, I’ve become a huge Kings of Leon fan. Their hit “Use Somebody” was probably played a hundred times during Brian and my road trip to San Francisco. Yesterday, I came across a cover by one of my favorite American Idol Season 6 contestants, Brooke White. During Season 6, Brooke won me over with her acoustic style performances of Let it Be, Love is a Battlefield and You’re So Vain. She was a breath of fresh air from all the oversinging divas that usually dominate Idol. I love her folky Carole King-ish interpretation of this track. What do you think?

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Kelly Clarkson Gets Screwed Again
No wonder she’s gained weight- she’s been eating her feelings. Kelly Clarkson has once again lost a battle with her record label. This time it was over the release of her third single, “Already Gone” from her “All Ever I Wanted” album. If you’ve heard the single and can’t figure out why it sounds so similar here’s the reason. The track, though co-written by Clarkson, was produced by Ryan Tedder who unbeknownst to her, had given the same track to Beyonce. Eeks. When Kelly finally caught wind of this and heard Halo, her album had already been shipped out to stores. Since it was out of her control now, Kelly pleaded with her label to not release the single. A plea that went unheard apparently as the single was released and a video was made. Here is an excerpt from an interview Kelly Clarkson did with the CBC.

“No one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyoncé and Kelly the same track to write to.’ ” she said. “No, they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off…

“I fought and fought” to stop it, she said, but couldn’t. “In the end, they’re releasing it without my consent,” says a frustrated Clarkson. “It sucks, but it’s one of those things I have no control over. I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It’s kind of a shitty situation, but . . . you know, you learn.”

Poor Kelly, she always seems to get a raw deal from her record label. On a side note, doesn’t Kelly look pretty in this video? Video after the jump.


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Lauren Conrad Goes Brunette
For a “social experiment”, Lauren donned a brunette wig for a Harper’s Bazaar shoot. Harper’s thought that if Conrad was disguised in a completely different hairstyle but still dressed like a celebrity and sent her to known paparazzi hangout that she might be able to find “a little peace and quiet, if not complete anonymity”. After the experiment, Lauren commented

“I think initially the wig threw people off, but they figured it out,” Lauren reported back. “I felt like it only disguised me for a moment, and then it made me feel like I was hiding, which made me feel silly.”

“Day to day, I can only do blonde. Everything else makes me look sort of plain-Jane.”

Though I prefer brunettes to blonds (when it comes to the ladies), I personally think some blonde girls should never go dark- Lauren Conrad being one of them. Her beauty totally gets lost in translation when she loses her trademark braided blond locks.

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Paulagate 2009 Update
Recently after being spotted having dinner with Ryan Seacrest at Madeo in Los Angeles, Jennifer Lopez has been fighting off rumors that she’s vying for a spot on the judging panel for Season 8. A rep for Lopez tells People.com exclusively that

“The rumor of Jennifer Lopez throwing herself in the ring to take over for Paula Abdul is completely false. Jennifer loves Idol but just as a fan. She just wrapped the feature film The Back-Up Plan, due out January 2010, and will release an album then as well.”

How funny would it be if the rumors were true. Both “singers” started their respective career out as dancers and used post-production techniques to launch their very successful “singing” careers. I say keep Paula and hire J.Lo and get rid of Randy. That would be music to my ears.

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Thirty-Five is Middle Aged? WTF
The Spelling ladies are at it again. Candy has decided to take the lower road and used TMZ.com to communicate with her estranged daughter rather than using a phone. The two have been going at it long before Aaron Spelling kicked the bucket and many thought the two would reconcile after his death. I guess everyone was wrong. Here’s the open letter she sent to TMZ.com

EXCLUSIVE TO: TMZ.COM
TO: MIDDLE-AGED REALITY SHOW STARS (LIKE MY DAUGHTER)
FROM: CANDY SPELLING

I Know many middle-aged people have issues about their parents and their upbringing. I did. My memories didn’t match all those of my mother, and, funny thing, it’s the same way with my daughter.

Life has consequences. What you say is on the record. Other people have feelings.

I have a vested interest in this subject. My daughter, Tori’s, two-part season finale revolves around my granddaughter’s first birthday party and how she has made what seems like an agonizing decision to invite me.

Cue music. Cue sideways glances. Cue Lights.

I did get an invitation just in time for the RSVP deadline. I’m sure its delivery will be on next week’s episode with some comment about my house or driveway or street or something they won’t like. I wonder if that will be spread out over one part or two. Sigh.

A big party wasn’t how I envisioned meeting my granddaughter for the first time; but, hey, this is Hollywood, and my grandchildren have become reality show props, too. At the time I emailed “yes,” I didn’t realize I was being set up for a two-parter, even though it was clear I was being invited to be part of a segment for my daughter’s reality show.

Spoiler alert. Don’t read this if you plan to sit through an hour of people looking at their watches and saying “she’s late.” I decided my first meeting with my granddaughter should be on home video, not primetime cable; so I emailed that I would not be attending.

Back to other reality stars. My husband taught me that the plots have to be fresh and updated. The same old whining gets tired after a while. Enough complaining about what may or may not have happened during first grade or YMCA camp, or what vegetable you were forced to endure, especially when you are privileged enough to be on TV and get paid for it.

For all the reality show personalities, please remember that real life doesn’t get edited to make things better or worse or get better ratings. You’re responsible for what you do. Life isn’t just a show. And your families can’t just be props. Make your own season finale without creating conflicts you will regret later.

Though it’s not any of my business, I’m totally siding with Tori on this one. Seriously. Who does that? Sending a bitchy open to a tabloid site is no way to try to mend fences with your daughter. If Tori is middle-aged at 35, what does that make Candy (born Carole Gene Marer) at the age of 63? TEAM TORI all the way.

  • Dan

    Yo Dono – great post but the Kelly Clarkson video isn’t viewable with Canadian ISPs.

    The following link worked for me, but it isn’t the best quality:

  • Thanks for the heads up Dan. I’ve changed it so that hopefully everyone can see it now.

  • Allan

    I also fully vote Team Tori! Anyone who knows Brenda and Brandon Walsh is a star in my eyes! 😉

  • Kevin

    Good cover of Use Somebody by Brooke White, but for something different check out the ultimate redo by the amazing RAC. Atmospheric, synths – love it. You can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMdPgJWKa6c
    And download it free here: http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Kings_of_Leon/track/Use_Somebody_RAC_Remix

  • Love, Love, Love that remake of Use Somebody! – it’s so totally my kind of music. Thanks for finding and sharing Donovan!