Daily Buzz 4.14.11

    Jennifer Hudson gets on the list

    Jennifer Hudson has snagged a spot on People magazine’s “25 Most Beautiful People” list. J.Hud has undergone a huge transformation right in front of the public’s eyes as she shed pounds for Weight Watchers. That coupled with her amazing new album, I Remember Me, must have made her a shoe-in for a slot in the lineup.

    There’s no word on where J.Hud landed on the list, but she joins Beyoncé, Ciara and J.Lo.

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    Lauryn Hill extends tour

    Some Lauryn Hill fans who haven’t gotten a chance to catch her current tour are in luck!  Reps for the singer told AllHipHop.com that L-Boogie has just added 12 dates to the Moving Target: Extended Intimate Playdate Series.

    The new leg of the tour kicks off tomorrow at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. She’ll also do a Bob Marley tribute show in Los Angeles on April 18 at the El Rey Theatre.

    Check out the full list of extra dates below.

    Date                 City                           Venues
    4/15                 Indio, CA                   Coachella Music and Arts Festival

    4/18                 Los Angeles, CA        Club Nokia

    4/20                 Los Angeles, CA        El Rey Theatre**Bob Marley Tribute Show 

    4/23                 Denver, CO                The Fillmore

    4/24                 Ft. Collins, CO           Aggie Theatre**Bob Marley Tribute Show  

    4/27                 Dallas, TX                  House of Blues

    4/29                 San Antonio, TX         Josabi’s

    5/1                   Austin, TX                  Stubb’s

    5/4                   Houston, TX               House of Blues

    5/7                   New Orleans, LA         Jazz and Heritage Festival

    5/10                 San Diego, CA             Humphrey’s

    5/13                 Las Vegas, NV             The Boulevard Pool

    5/14                 Santa Barbara, CA       Santa Barbara Bowl

    5/17                 Pomona, CA                The Fox Theatre

    5/20                 Eugene, OR                 Cuthbert Amphitheatre

    5/22                 Seattle, WA                  Showbox SoDo

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    Montel William’s charges dropped

    Montel Williams is in the clear after his January run-in with the TSA. The New York Daily News reported that a judge has dismissed the drug paraphernalia possession charge.

    The former talk show host was detained at a Milwaukee Airport after airport security found a marijuana pipe in his luggage. Montel has said that he uses pot to treat the pain he suffers as a result of his multiple sclerosis.

    “We concluded that this case was not provable,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said.

    Montell’s just happy to be done with the whole issue. “This isn’t about somebody trying to do something illicit. I’m really just trying to take my medication,” he said. “Hopefully this issue and this incident will spark some conversations that will help more rational minds find a way to solve the problem and take the patients off the battlefield.”

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    Prince jams on ‘Lopez Tonight’

    Prince performed not one, not two, but three songs on Wednesday night’s “Lopez Tonight.”

    In addition to singing “Beautiful Ones” from his Purple Rain album, Prince also treated the audience to two new songs, including one featuring Sheila E., who made a surprise appearance.

    Prince, wearing bright burgundy from head-to-toe, said he chose to appear on “Lopez Tonight” because the show represents all people.

    The soft-spoken artist talked about his upcoming show at Madison Square Garden and his $2 million donation to arts education and auctioning off his guitar.

    What else did he say? Watch the whole interview here.

     

    Watch Prince perform “Beautiful Ones” below.

     

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    Rihanna talks Britney

     

    Rihanna called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to talk about how she and Britney came to collaborate together on the remix of “S&M.”

     

    Rihanna said she and Britney put it all together in less than a week. She relied on Twitter to find out who her fans would most want to see her collaborate with. “Britney was one of the most popular names to come back. Then we had to see whether Britney would even be into it,” said Rihanna, who said Britney worked hard to got it done.

     

    She also talked about collaborating with a similar artist and the video being banned.

     

    Listen to the interview.
     

     

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    Salt-N-Pepa shoop with Oprah

    The legendary rap artists Salt and Pepa performed on “Oprah” Wednesday for her Rock Goddesses show.

    The ladies opened with “What a Man” and closed with “Push It” while the audience waved their hands in the air like they just didn’t care.

    Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Deidra “Spinderella” Roper talked to Oprah about how they first met and how they persuaded Spin’s father to let her join the group. Plus, find out what Oprah has in common with the group.

    Click here to watch.
     

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    Natalie is back!

    The “Bad Girls Club” love-search spinoff “Love Games” is returning for a second season.

    This season favorites Amber Buell, Lea Beaulieu and Natalie Nunn are competing for love. “Bad Girl” alum Tanisha hosts.

    The three ladies will have 15 men to choose from. According to the site, “Each week, Natalie, Amber B. and Lea have bachelors competing for their attention in a series of quirky challenges and entertaining group dates. This time, the girls battle one another hoping to be crowned “HBIC” – Head Bad Girl In Charge.”

    The show premieres Monday on Oxygen.

    Check out the trailer.

     

     

    -Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

     

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