The Awful Truth: Rihanna and Chris Brown Are Making Music Together

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In case you missed it, we now know that Chris Brown was for sure at Rihanna's pre-birthday party the other night — because he asked workers and some guests to sign confidentiality agreements. [TMZ]
What's more: Chris Brown is singing and rapping a new Rihanna track, "Birthday Cake." No matter how good this song is, it's going to make our stomach hurt, we can just tell. [Vulture]
Hip-hop insider Miss Info says: "Clearly Rihanna and Chris have been getting closer and working together for a little while now. You don't record a song, shoot a video, and decide to show up together at a party over night…What about Rihanna's mentors who have made it very clear that they aren't letting Chris live that 2009 assault down? What were the conversations like to greenlight recording and video production?" [Miss Info]
In related news, Chris says he's not making domestic violence jokes in a wacky bid to pick up women. Good to know. [TMZ]


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Let's hope that Nick Cannon has great medical coverage because he's been in and out of hospital like it was a dessert buffet table of late – hospitalized for two blood clots on his lungs and an enlarged ventricle on Friday. This is in addition to his recent flirtation with kidney failure. "It was quite serious. I was trying to downplay it a lot, even in my own mind," he said. "My doctor was saying that my work is going to kill me – and he's not joking. I think part of the reason why my health did kind of deteriorate was because I wasn't resting a lot and I was doing too much. I was overworking myself, working out too much." He's 31. [NYDN]

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It's been almost a full week of praise and sorrow for Whitney Houston so, naturally, it's time to start the demonizing part of the grieving process – with X Factor finalist Stacy Francis saying she got into a fight with the late singer and pregnant Keke Wyatt was pushed in the process. "She was out of control," said Francis "She put her hand in my face. She was screaming at me and called me a bitch. She just went crazy – like Jekyll and Hyde. I turned to look at her and she pushed my forehead and turned my face away. I grabbed her hand and said, ‘Please don't do this. You're everything to me. You're my idol, you're a legend.'" [Radar]
Whitney's make-up artist confirms what everyone probably already assumes – that she didn't want to die. [Radar]
Shock jocks might be super classy guys but sometimes they step out of line — like this asshole, calling Whitney a "crack ho." [The Grio]

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Just when you thought Jennifer Aniston would be playing the perpetual bridesmaid love interest/best friend love interest/ex-wife love interest/ex-girlfriend love interest/loyal assistant love interest/hotel florist love interest – I could go on for days – until she is put into the cold, hard ground, it appears she's looking to beef up her CV by playing the lead in action movie Switch alongside Dennis Quaid. Though they're still in talks, it would be pretty good career move — Die Hard 6: The Rachel? I'd watch that. [Deadline]

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It's unclear as to whether he was defending Barack Obama, gay folk, or both, but Soundgarden's Chris Cornell acted like a bit of a legend by stepping in when he overhead some homophobic Republican call "another man a queer when he overheard him make a pro-Obama statement" at Seattle Airport. "You're a [bleep]," an onlooker reported him saying. "You deliberately called him a queer to make him feel uncomfortable in front of a lot of people." Though I want to know what the [bleep] was, the offending dick was asked to leave the airport and everyone gave Cornell three cheers for being an appropriately concerned citizen. [Page Six]

  • We've heard about it before but John Hamm has revealed more details about working on porn films in his pre-Mad Men days. Though I don't want to crush your spirits so early on a Friday morning, it's probably best to add that he was only a set designer before you wear your fingers down to nubs frantically searching for video evidence. "Let me just say, there was no penetration - it was soft-core porn," he said. "Essentially, I had to move furniture around sweaty, naked people. It wasn't a great job but the money was useful. I had to get by - I wanted to be an actor." [The Sun]
  • It looks like someone is showing a bit of talent in their introductory black-and-white glamor photography course, with Jennifer Lopez posting this "sensual" photo of herself – looking very 1997, I might add – with boyfriend Casper Smart on Twitter before ripping it back down. [Page Six]
  • Now, I normally find post-"Let's Get Loud" Jennifer Lopez irritating, but she redeems herself when she refers to her kids as "coconuts." Adorable and vaguely insulting. [US]
  • The people over at Page Six seem tremendously worried about Kris Humphries' penis, yet again citing concern that he hasn't been picking up random women in what seems like forever. [Page Six]
  • Harvey Weinstein is happy to have settled a lawsuit with Michael Moore over Fahrenheit 9/11 because now the pair can make movies again. No hard feelings, obviously. [Page Six]
  • Marcia Gay Harden is nothing short of amazing, so it sucks to hear that she's getting a divorce from her husband. Unless she's desperate to get out. In which case, divorce party! [E!]
  • Oh, Gary Busey, you magnificent, crazy bastard! The sometime actor has filed for bankruptcy and listed 300 VHS tapes, five pairs of "old moccasins" and two decorative teepees among his assets. [E!]
  • Whoopsie daisy, Jon Stewart may have ensured an absence from future episodes of The Late Show after he inadvertently joked about David Letterman's 2009 cheating extravaganza. [E!]
  • Everyone is chuffed that Matt Bomer came out and admitted that he's into dudes. [E!]
  • Simon Cowell is acting more and more like an eccentric old dowager every day. But has approximately 100 per cent less sass and appeal. [US]
  • OMG! Dianna Agron and Sebastian Stan are totally back on!! Full disclosure: I don't really care but you might and I don't want to shit all over your Glee-related glee. [US]
  • Despite the family clutching pearls when people first questioned whether or not Robert Kardashian is her dad, Khloe admits she has no idea who fathered her. [The Superficial]
  • Working mom Beyonce may have her hands full with Blue Ivy but that doesn't mean she can't also pop out two new albums/projects this year. [Ministry Of Gossip]
  • Granted, we all love ourselves a bit of Eve, but do we have to see her on Whitney? [The Grio]
  • Move over Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Stodden is now throwing her hat into the highly original Marilyn Monroe-themed photo shoot ring. [Daily Mail]



1. For the longest time, folks were acting as if Rihanna was the epitome of a strong and confident woman and shouted me down whenever I'd speak the truth about her being a puppet that was easily led by the parasites around her.

Not that I'm happy to say that I told you so, but this latest move indicates what I've been saying for a while - that that girl is not going to be able to handle it when the industry tires of her and spits her out - something that I am definitely not looking forward to seeing.

2. Yikes, Nick Cannon is only five months older than me, so to see him go through all these health problems is jarring. I wish him the best in getting better.

3. Not that I agree with the usage of the 'crack ho', but those assholes aren't saying anything that a lot of us didn't already know. I'm more upset about the fact that said assholes (and others like them) think that we're stupid/naive enough to not know that Whitney had a drug addiction for decades and that her illness doesn't justify being paid tribute to.

For that, they can go kick rocks.

4. I'm not sure why you're unclear as to what Chris Cornell did, as it was rather clear to me that he was calling that jackass out for attempting to bully another person via homophobic language - something that I applaud him for.

5. Hey, now... I refer to my aunt as coconut (actually, coconut head) because of the perfect shape of her head. I've got a thing about nicely-shaped heads, so she knows that I am playing her the highest of compliments.

6. I can't figure out whether Sebastian Stan is a good actor dying to come out or is just coasting on charisma that hasn't been fully tapped into...

7. Evie-E, I know things have been rough since Interscope deep-sixed your album five years ago, but guest-starring on a sitcom that was worse than your own is not the way to go...