● David and Victoria Beckham had their fourth child and first daughter, Harper Seven. Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy also welcomed another this weekend, a “healthy baby boy.” [People/People] ● Betty Ford, former FLOTUS and co-founder of the eponymous celeb-favored recovery center, passed away on Friday at the age of 93. [NYT] ● Derek Jeter made his 3000th hit over the weekend and a really excited Jay-Z was there with his camera-phone to catch it on tape. Speaking of phones we wouldn’t mind hacking… [HipHopUpdate]
● Oh, you haven’t forgotten yet, have you? Because Rececca Black says she’s debuting her second single, “My Moment,” next week on YouTube — and finishing up a five-song EP for August. [THR] ● Rihanna brought heat to Dallas, literally setting the stage at American Airlines Arena on fire with a prop, forcing the entire place to evacuate. [RapRadar] ● Bow Wow’s name isn’t on his daughter, “the illest gift of [his] life”‘s, birth certificate because his baby mama was mad at him that day. [TMZ]
All Hip Hop is reporting that rapper Bow Wow has responded to the recent charges that he accidentally asked 400,000 plus fans for oral sex by Twitter Direct Message. The rapper claims that the message, which read “how much for some dome how far are you from richmond,” is a Photoshopped forgery created to besmirch his good name. “I have damn near have 500,000 followers on Twitter. If I were to tweet such foolishness it would have been all over Twitter in a matter of seconds. I don’t know why people feel the need to try to shit on my name or what I represent.” I’m sort of unclear on what Bow Wow represents exactly (a love for bas-ket-ball?) and, I would personally be more concerned about the allegations of terrible grammar/punctuation, but at least we can now put this long national nightmare behind us (the oral sex allegations, not the continued career of Bow Wow).
This isn’t the first time Bow Wow has caught flack for a tweet. Back in January, he tweeted that he had been driving drunk after a New Year’s Eve party with Chris Brown. In response to protests, Wow issued an apology: “It was stupid and immature. not a way i want to kick my #2010 year off. i got too much good stuff lined up. my bad.” I can only presume that he was referring to hanging out with Chris Brown.
● Remember 18,000 years ago (OK, it was 6), when Phil Spector allegedly killed somebody? Well, allege no more: Spector was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder . Here’s his booking shot, where his bouffant is looking a tad depressed. [TMZ] ● Hot off the heels of the unreleased Terminator: Salvation, director McG will be taking a sharp left turn by bringing the Broadway smash rock musical Spring Awakening to the screen. [/Film] ● Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-a-Fella records, just designed a Range Rover with diamond accents. Too bad he can’t buy the car himself, since he owes $2 million to the IRS. [AnimalNewYork]
● Former girl next door Kendra Wilkinson says she’s the smartest she’s ever been, you know, with taxes and stuff. [People] ● Jonas Brother Joe is most definitely with his music video co-star Camilla Belle, as they were seen spending some quality time at a Dodgers game. [JustJared] ● Rapper Bow Wow says he’ll be retiring from music; after 17 years, he’s done everything he’s wanted to do. Note that he’s only 22. [RealTalkNY]
Today, the hip-hop world loses a tweenage idol, and the movie world gains an aspiring next-Will Smith. Shad Moss, the artist formerly known as Bow Wow, is throwing all his eggs into one doggy bag, because he “wants to be the next Will Smith.” Bow Wow was just cast in a recurring role in season five of “Entourage” as Eric’s newest client, a stand-up comic named Charlie, as well as in Patriots, a sports movie set in post-Katrina New Orleans, opposite Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington.
Like Big Willie, Bow Wow got his start as a rapper, but while Smith began his movie career with Six Degrees of Separation, Bad Boys, and Independence Day, Bow Wow has throwaways like Roll Bounce, Like Mike, and Johnson Family Vacation on his rap sheet. The next Cuba Gooding Jr. sounds more like it.