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PAUL HAD A BALL
Sean Paul’s collaboration with Beyonce on the chart topping single “Baby Boy” sent the rumor mill into a frenzy back in 2003 that the two were dating.
What made the rumors even more believable was the fact that Jay-Z put the breaks on the dancehall superstar, preventing him from performing the single with Beyonce on the MTV Video Music Awards.
Speaking with Sway on MTV Rapfix, Sean Paul said the rumors were blown out of proportion.
“It was not a big deal to me, but it really blew up into crazy stuff,” Sean Paul told RapFix. “That’s a rumor that started. I’ve known Jay-Z from before I knew her. The general public blew it up in certain things.”
Sean Paul also revealed the reasons he has remain quiet about the rumors all these years.
“I just remained quiet about it for years because it was doing its work. There was just a lot of controversy,” the dancehall star confessed. “She’s an amazing artist, the song was at number one for like nine weeks, so that was a very special time for me and for dancehall.”
Chris Brown and Justin Beiber, the current “it” boys in pop music, can do no wrong when they are on stage.
But in the eyes of the general public (teenaged girls not included), both singers are beyond reproach and severely disliked.
According to a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, the two stars have the lowest favorability rating among all musicians.
57% of those polled do not favor Brown, while 52% do not favor Bieber. Taylor Swift (53%), Adele (54%), Beyonce (51%) and Justin Timberlake (52%) had relatively high favorability ratings. Strangely, Justin Bieber is the only artist who has fallen out of favor with Democrats, Republicans and independents (all reported having negative views of the singer.)
When asked who they’d most like to see as President when given the choices of Adele, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, or Rihanna, 34% chose Timberlake, with Adele (19%) and Beyonce (14%) also receiving double digits, followed by Jay-Z (9%), Lady Gaga (9%), Bieber (8%), Chris Brown (5%) and Rihanna (2%).
DEMO FOR LENO
Former Chicago bartender and his fitness instructor wife – Will and Monifa Sims – blew up YouTube, with 5 million hits and counting, after getting their 15 seconds of fame on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’
The couple did their thing when they nailed a skit called “Pumpcast News,” where Will killed his rendition of Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’ The musical accompaniment was provided by the Tonight Show band. The bigger surprise about the couple was not that they’re avid karaoke singers, however, but they’re also trained thespians and are the founders of Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre company.
As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the premise of “Pumpcast News” is this: actor Tim Stack, as faux newscaster Jack Rafferty, breaks from reading the day’s headlines to mess with unwitting customers via a small pump-mounted TV monitor.
Here’s how it unfolded: After Stack hears Will quietly crooning while preparing to fill up, and subsequently learns of his love for karaoke, Stack requests a sample. Readily obliging, Will belts out the aforementioned Bon Jovi’s anthem. An initially seemingly embarrassed Monifa ultimately emerges from their vehicle to do a fine version of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” by the Eurythmics. Will chimes in for the high parts.
When Jay bragged about the couple and invited them to the show for the skit, he omitted all this wonderful info to prevent any confusion on the part of the audience.
“[The producers] didn’t want [people] to think we were actors and it was a ‘plant’,” Will says. “They were like, ‘You’re a bartender and she’s a fitness [trainer].’”