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Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on May 19, 2008

A Quick Serving of News and Gossip from the Music Biz

First, it was Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Then, it was Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. Now, add Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz to the list of rock ’n‘ roll couples, as the expectant parents tied the not on Saturday in San Diego. (Perhaps Jay and B, and Mimi and Nick should be added to the list of expectant parents, as rumors are circulating that Ms. Knowles and Ms. Carey are both pregnant … and that Nick is a gold digger … and that Mariah knew she would marry him within five minutes of meeting him. Is anyone else as confused as That’s My Jam is by the “Nick Carey” pairing?) Good luck to the newlyweds. Hopefully their relationships lasts longer than Shania Twain’s, whose marriage to producer Robert “Mutt” Lange is coming to an end after 14 years for undisclosed reasons.

Back to baby news, T.I. and Xscape’s Tameka “Tiny” Cottle welcomed their second child together on Friday, whose name is Major Harris. Madonna, who has been in the process of trying to adopt David Banda from Malawi, has apparently been given the OK to do so by the child’s father and the country’s Human Rights Consultative Committee. Additionally, she’s produced a documentary called I Am Because We Are, which showcases citizens’ ability to find hope and happiness despite the country being hard hit by the AIDS epidemic. (She’s also had an “Oprah” moment and is reportedly planning to open a school in Malawi, kind of like how Winfrey did in South Africa.)

Madge recently announced dates for her Sticky & Sweet Tour. Word has it that Janet Jackson will be joining her on a few dates of the jaunt, though if it happens, it’s not known how the headlining duties would be divvied up. Jackson is supposedly doing the same thing with Tina Turner.

Possibly taking to a different stage are the Bee Gees, as Robin Gibb announced plans to pack the group’s greatest hits into a musical à la ABBA’s Mamma Mia and the Bee Gees’ own Saturday Night Fever. Perhaps American Idol alum Taylor Hicks will be done with his upcoming run as Teen Angel in Grease and will be able to join the fun. (Speaking of Idol, it’s that time of year where America will crown its next champion. The battle between 17-year-old crooner David Archuleta and rocker David Cook takes place on Tuesday, with the winner ― Simon Cowell is apparently rooting for Cook ― announced on Wednesday.)

(Oh yeah, FOX execs are a little disappointed with Idol’s ratings this year, so the torturous one-hour results shows will be cut to 30 minutes in 2009.)

Around the same time, RuPaul will debut RuPaul’s Drag Race on the Logo network. In an idea that That’s My Jam had years ago (honest), RuPaul will host a six-episode reality show in which contestants compete to be the top drag queen, with the “Supermodel” singer serving as a mentor. Equally entertaining would be Michael Jackson, who recently received financial help in saving his Neverland Ranch from being sold. Apparently, though, the generous benefactor, Tom Barrack Jr., owns the Las Vegas Hilton. Since nothing in life is ever free, That’s My Jam would like to remind readers of those rumors from last year about the Jacksons or Michael himself headlining a show in Sin City. Coincidence this donor lent his hand? Well, if nothing else, Jackson can take pride in the fact his best-selling Thriller album has been added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, an honor bestowed upon audio deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Back to reality, Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B was recently recognized as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, one of the country’s highest civil honors. (It’s a safe bet he’ll be exempt from consideration as a potential participant on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, though Aaron Carter will be taking part in the train wreck’s next season. Taylor Dayne may also be eligible, too, based on her recent DUI arrest.) Fellow Brit Amy Winehouse will also be absent since, after being arrested for a crack “incident” that was caught on tape, authorities have chosen not to press any charges. Winehouse will now be free to pursue singing the theme for the next James Bond flick, as she’s been highly endorsed by the film’s star, Daniel Craig. Perhaps R. Kelly should get air time on Celebrity Rehab. Well, that depends on what the 12 recently selected jurors for his “is this ever going to happen?” trial have to say about his alleged actions with an underage girl that were caught on tape.

Being caught on CD is Ne-Yo, whose next album, Year of the Gentleman, has been postponed from June to August. Ciara is also working on her next project, Fantasy Ride, which will be divided into three separate sections to showcase her attempt at diversity. Sections include “Groove City” (the sexy stuff), “Crunktown” (that crunk & B we’ve all come to love) and “Kingdom of Dance” (upbeat records that allow her more “creative freedom”). New Kids on the Block, whose members are now all in their 30s, will also return to the studio for a reunion album and an accompanying tour. The group performed on the Today Show on Friday, debuting their new single, “Summertime,” to fans who camped out for two days just to see the boys (men?) perform.

And finally, That’s My Jam officially turned a year old on May 18. Thanks to all the supporters who have kept the momentum going and growing!

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