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F1 Racing's Powerful Draw: Big-Name Musicians

Entertainers have embraced the Formula One series

(Newser) - Beyond the engineering, the athleticism, the speed, the luxury—fans love the sound of Formula One. The fierce rhythms of a V6 turbocharged hybrid engine; the sticky staccato of a rushed downshift; sexy, loud zooms. There's a real musical appreciation for the elite motorsport, per the AP . Engines are...

Airline Backs Flight Attendant Will.i.am Accused of Racism

Qantas says it was a 'misunderstanding'

(Newser) - Will.i.am says he was singled out by an "overly aggressive" Qantas flight attendant because he is black. The Australian airline says it was all a "misunderstanding"—and it will support the attendant if she wants to take legal action against him. The Black Eyed Peas...

Cousteau Grandson Spending October Underwater

Fabien Cousteau looks to break grandfather's record

(Newser) - While you're spending October planning what candy you'll hand out on Halloween, Fabien Cousteau will be spending the month underwater. He's aiming to spend a record-breaking 31 days in the deep blue, surfacing on October 31, on the 50th anniversary of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau's record-setting...

Will.i.am Debuting New Song on Mars

Curiosity broadcasting live to red planet

(Newser) - The biggest musical event in Martian history is set to take place today when rapper Will.i.am premieres his new song on the red planet. "Reach For The Stars," described as a composition about the Black Eyed Peas co-founder's "passion for science, technology, and space...

11 Insane Celebrity Shopping Sprees

$100K on handbags ... and that's only 7 handbags

(Newser) - Jennifer Aniston ended up denying that she spends $8,000 per month on her health and beauty regimen, but she did spend $20,000 on lights for her mansion earlier this month. The Frisky rounds up 10 more insane celebrity shopping sprees:
  • Kim Kardashian: In Paris, spent $100,000 on

23 Celebs Looking to Make It Big in Tech

Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian have tech interests

(Newser) - Celebrities are increasingly getting their fingers in tech companies, including such well-known ones as Facebook and Foursquare. Huffington Post rounds up 23 Hollywood VIPs who dabble in tech on the side:
  • Leonardo DiCaprio: He invested $4 million in Mobli, a real-time visual media platform, last October.
  • Selena Gomez: The singer/actress

Danger Mouse Producing Next U2 Album

Group has three in the works after Bono's surgery

(Newser) - Instead of shutting him down, Bono’s recent emergency surgery has prompted a creative burst: U2 is planning three new albums, including one produced by pop guru Danger Mouse, reports Australia's the Age . “We have about 12 songs with him," the singer says. "At the moment that...

Will.i.am Defends MTV Blackface Performance

'It's not a racial thing,' he tweets

(Newser) - Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am blasted critics who skewered his blackface performance before the MTV Music Video Awards presentation. "It shouldn't be looked at as racial," he tweeted, explaining that he painted his face black "as expression and to emphasize my outfit." To those...

Stars Remake 'We Are the World'

(Newser) - One hundred stars of stage and screen converged on Henson Studios in Los Angeles yesterday to record a new version of iconic 1985 hit "We Are the World." The all-new recording is designed to raise money for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Once again produced by Quincy Jones, the song features...

Get to Know Rachel Uchitel

 Get to Know 
 Rachel Uchitel 

Get to Know Rachel Uchitel

Tiger Woods' rumored galpal has famous exes, likes to party

(Newser) - Who is Rachel Uchitel, other than Tiger Woods' possible tigress? Check out need-to-know facts about the party girl, courtesy of the New York Daily News , New York magazine, E! Online , and in her own words to the New York Post :
  • Though she now denies any involvement with Tiger, sources say

Perez Puncher Apologizes; Charges Dropped

Black Eyed Peas manager writes letter, accepts conditions

(Newser) - The Black Eyed Peas manager who slugged Perez Hilton had assault charges dropped in court today after he wrote a (qualified) letter of apology. Juan Molina also agreed to steer clear of Hilton and donate $500 to a women's shelter. He punched Hilton in June after the gossip blogger got...

Perez Admits 'Mistakes,' Not Sorry
 Perez Admits 
 'Mistakes,' Not Sorry 

Perez Admits 'Mistakes,' Not Sorry

Admits 'mistakes' in Will.i.am debacle

(Newser) - Perez Hilton has gone from “celebrity watcher” to “quasi-celebrity.” Public scuffles with Carrie Prejean, Dustin Lance Black, and Will.i.am have thrown the bitchy blogger into the spotlight—but who is he really? He’s happier than ever, on a quest to get healthy, and “...

Will.i.am Reveals Jacko's Last Album: Dance Music

Singer kept demos extremely private

(Newser) - Michael Jackson plotted his comeback album with Will.i.am, and the Black Eyed Peas frontman now tells the Mirror it was going to be “something Michael has never done before—a dance music album.” The King of Pop kept the demos “under lock and key,”...

Perez Sorry for Gay 'F Word'
 Perez Sorry for Gay 'F Word' 

Perez Sorry for Gay 'F Word'

(Newser) - Celeb blogger Perez Hilton has apologized for using the "F word" gay slur in his dust-up with the Black Eyed Peas. Band manager Polo Molino has been charged with assault for allegedly punching Hilton after the gossip maven dissed Will.i.am after a video awards show in Toronto....

Perez Eyes Lawsuit in Will.i.am Melee

Manager charged with assault after awards show

(Newser) - The scuffle between Perez Hilton and the Black Eyed Peas has only just begun. Polo Molina, the band’s manager, “is being prosecuted for assault in Toronto” after Sunday’s alleged assault on Hilton, Hilton’s lawyer tells the New York Daily News. Hilton “intends to take immediate...

GLAAD to Perez: Apologize for Calling Will.i.am Gay Slur

(Newser) - The manager of the Black Eyed Peas punched Perez Hilton after the gossip blogger called Will.i.am a faggot during a heated argument, reports the Los Angeles Times. Now the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is demanding that Hilton apologize for using the gay slur. "I made...

Black Eyed Peas: Sellouts in Post-Sellout World

(Newser) - It is still possible for a musician to “sell out” in this hyper-commercialized world, says Seth Stevenson, who hangs on to the concept partly because of the pain he feels when a favorite song is co-opted—it’s like finding out a smart, cute girl “spends her weekends...

Will.i.am Assaulted Me: Perez Hilton

Singer denies attack; Twitter activity flurries

(Newser) - The Twitterati are aflutter with reports that Perez Hilton was allegedly assaulted early this morning by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, the Huffington Post reports. But the Peas’ general manager is the one who turned himself in to police, according to TMZ. Celebrity gossip blogger Hilton tweeted...

Whitney's Comeback Album Out Sept. 1

Akon, will.i.am are helping out

(Newser) - Whitney Houston is releasing an album Sept. 1, and she's getting a little comeback help from today's R&B/hip-hop kings. The untitled Arista record is rumored to include collaborations with will.i.am, Sean Garett, and Akon, Billboard reports. During the run-up to the big release—her last effort was...

Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. Pure, Shameless, Awesome

(Newser) - The Black Eyed Peas' new album, The E.N.D., isn’t of much consequence, but that’s just as well. Reviewers generally appreciate the party-hardy attitude.
  • “Ever true to their defining characteristic, the Peas have no shame,” Ann Powers writes in the Los Angeles Times. “Fergie

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