Star: Brandi Glanville approached by Bravo execs about getting a spin-off show

Star Magazine has a lengthy and unnecessarily detailed story on Brandi Glanville’s completely blitzed antics last week, which is not really worth recapping. We all saw the photos. Brandi was a total mess. But Star used the recap to launch into an interesting story which may or may not be true – Brandi’s drunken antics may be paying the bills, because she’s proven to be such a controversial figure, enough so Bravo might be giving her a spin-off?

A friend of Brandi’s tells Star, “Brandi is thrilled to get her own show. She can’t believe this is happening. She knew she’d built up her fan base, but she had no idea Bravo was giving her a spin-off.”

According to the friend, Brandi is currently in top-secret meetings with Bravo execs as they determine what direction the new show will take. But one thing is already known: it won’t be G-rated. Unlike Lisa Vanderpump’s spin-off, Brandi’s show will center around her colorful personal life as she navigates the dating circuit, faces off against Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes and tries to get though nights out with her dignity intact.

“She’s struck a real chord with viewers,” says the friend of Brandi, “Bravo loves ratings, and they think Brandi is a big reason for the success of the Beverly Hills show. Her controversial comments and stunts are reality TV gold.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

The “source” goes on to say that everything is being kept hush-hush (which is why it’s in Star, naturally) because Kyle Richards is bound to throw a major hissy fit. It’s thought that Kyle believed she would be the next Housewife offered her own show. Blah. As for the idea that Brandi could get her own spin-off… that should be interesting. My guess is that the idea of a spin-off is being considered, but that no one has actually signed up for it or anything.

Also: Brandi was spotted on a date with football player Drew Carter. You can see the pics here. He’s cute. He looks a little bit young for her. He’s 31 years old. Huh.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.


Star: Brandi Glanville approached by Bravo execs about getting a spin-off show


Prince Harry & Duchess Kate have become ‘especially tight’ since her pregnancy

Here are some photos of Prince William and Prince Harry playing polo over the weekend (for charity). There was a minor kerfuffle about William agreeing to play polo on his wife’s due date, but at the end of the day… she didn’t go into labor and all was well. Nobody gave birth and no one had to take an emergency helicopter to the hospital. William and Harry played against each other in the Kent & Curwen Royal Polo Cup on Saturday in Sydmonton, England, and then at The Jerudong Polo Trophy in Cirencester on Sunday. Harry’s team won on Saturday. Of course. I have to say, both princes look especially attractive when they’re all overheated and flushed. I mean, of course I love a flushed ginger (unf), but William looks so much better with a little color in his cheeks too.

Speaking of how hot Harry is and how all of the girls (even his sister-in-law) like him more than William, Us Weekly had a “fascinating” article about Kate and Harry which basically made it sound like the heir is going to be a ginger:

Kate Middleton officially became a part of the royal family when she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey on Apr. 29, 2011. Though she was given a warm welcome by everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cambridge has become especially tight with her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, since announcing her pregnancy in December 2012.

“The baby has brought them closer,” a palace insider reveals in Us Weekly’s Raising a Royal Baby. “He told her not to be afraid to call, no matter the time of day.” As it happens, Harry’s flat is a mere 150 feet away from Middleton’s two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds.

Middleton, 31, was due to give birth on Thursday, July 11. Harry, 28, returned to the United Kingdom just one day earlier after spending three days training with the Walking With The Wounded South Pole team in Iceland.

[From Us Weekly]

I’m not really going to criticize either of them for whatever this is. I do think Harry really likes Kate, and that he brings out her playful side. I also think Harry seems more willing and more capable of showing Kate affection, moreso than William ever does with her. But even though William might ignore her sometimes, it’s good that Kate has Harry. And of course, she always goes home to her mom’s house.

Pregnant in the heat! With scorching summer temperatures in effect, Kate Middleton left London’s Kensington Palace for some R&R at her parent’s house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, on Friday, July 12, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

“It was just too warm in Nott Cott,” the insider tells Us, referring to the couple’s Nottingham Cottage residency, which lacks air conditioning. (On Saturday, July 13, Wales’ highest 2013 temperature of 86.2 degrees was recorded). “She decided to spend the weekend with mum and dad. Much more comfortable.”

Indeed, her parents’ residence boasts a pool, BBQ patio, and many cool rooms to relax in. While the 31-year-old mom-to-be waits to go into labor (her due date was July 11), the insider tells Us that “protection officers are visible from the street.”

While Middleton cools off in Bucklebury, Prince William and Prince Harry are competing t the Cirencester Polo Club charity game on Sunday, July 14. The doting Duke of Cambridge will play on the same team alongside his brother and is prepared in case his wife needs him immediately.

“William is relaxed,” an aide tells Us, adding that a helicopter is not on standby. “Should Kate go in to labor he will go straight to London with a police escort.”

And if she doesn’t? “He will drive to Bucklebury and stay the night at the Middleton’s house with Kate,” the source explains.

[From Us Weekly]

Why not just put air conditioning in the little cottage? I mean, I understand how it’s a little bit late for that now, but surely someone thought, “Hey, we should put AC in all of these properties!” months ago. Maybe that’s just me. I live in the South. I wouldn’t be able to function without air conditioning.

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Katy Perry spends 90 minutes on hair & makeup before leaving home: excessive?

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Katy Perry has a new interview with Women’s Wear Daily to promote her latest fragrance, Killer Queen, with Coty. Katy made the shift to Coty after growing frustrated that many of her fans complained that they couldn’t access her last fragrance, Meow. Surprisingly, Katy appears fairly business savvy in this piece, and she seems self-aware enough to realize that she’s been packaged and marketed as a pop star. Yet she claims that she can get away with her excessive costuming because of raw talent. Okay, I’ll admit that she’s got a pretty good voice, but her lyrics are … juvenile and hilarious. Oh well. She’s not building bridges — she’s a pop star.

Yet I’m getting ahead of myself and have neglected thus far to discuss the top photo, which shows Katy on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden. As you can see, she’s is hustling towards the building’s entrance while hiding her visage, and Katy’s often photographed this way whenever she’s neglected to “put on her face.” In this interview, Katy talks about just how long it takes her to properly get ready for the cameras — 90 full minutes, which explains why she usually looks like her makeup has been applied with a palette knife. Damn, 90 minutes? That’s some seriously high maintenance stuff:

Katy Perry

She’s not worried about longevity: “This is how I view my career: not as a ticking bomb. A lot of people do things out of fear. A lot of people make choices [based on thinking] they won’t have a career in five years. I know where I am, I know what I do is worth something and does not have an expiration date on it. I’m not making choices — in any capacity of my life, with any kind of endorsement, with any kind of product — out of fear.”

Her new Coty fragrance, Killer Queen: “Killer Queen has been in my vocabulary since I was 15, because of the song ‘Killer Queen’ by Queen. Freddie Mercury painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in. I named my company Killer Queen after those lyrics. I feel like, after all this time, it was appropriate to use that name in association with something I did. I feel like I’m falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted. Killer Queen is powerful, edgy, sophisticated — and that’s exactly where I’m trying to be now with my music. There were two different aspects in creating the fragrance. It’s almost like [using] two different parts of your brain — the packaging and bottle and marketing, but essentially all that doesn’t matter unless you have the juice.”

Likewise about her own “packaging” & “marketing”: “I spoke one time at a songwriting thing and the kids were asking me questions about being an artist. [I told them] all of the costumes and the glitter and the glitz and glam is great, but if you don’t have the talent, you just look like a freak.”

Her own beauty routine: “I’m a product wh-re. I have a [beauty] regimen that spans an hour and a half, and nothing goes out of order.” She chuckles and admits that’s hard to do ‘if you’re sleeping over at a new boyfriend’s house.”

She keeps social media in perspective: “I’m very particular about my Twitter. I like Facebook, and I use it and I appreciate it, but it’s mostly just to let everyone know what’s going on, what’s coming up. My Twitter is like a smorgasbord of things I like, things I don’t like, what I want to say, what I want people to hear, if I want to be funny or retweet, talk to my fans and have impromptu Q&As. It’s also a way for me to announce things, to share things. It’s like picking up the phone to your closest friend, because it’s so easy and so direct.”

Will she ever design clothes? “I would like to [branch into fashion], but this circus act can only juggle so many balls. It’s to be determined, but we’ll see how it goes. It’s a long process, and I want to find the right place for me. There are a lot of people I really look up to in fashion — [like] Alice + Olivia and The Row — and I like that price range, too. I love what Victoria Beckham did, but I also have to figure out with myself what actually is the market I want to be in. Is it a high fashion market or is it an accessible market? Nothing is [currently] being created; there aren’t even sketches on the table, nor a contract.”

Her 2013 Met Gala gown: “That was true punk. And when I woke up really hung over the next day, I saw I was on WWD’s cover.”

[From WWD]

LOL at Katy declaring her Dolce & Gabbana “Joan of Arc” dress to be “true punk.” I am actually quite surprised that Katy hasn’t designed her own clothing line for tweens with a cotton-candy theme. Kids would eat that crap up, and their parents would buy it if Katy kept things G-rated. Or Katy could design her own line of sports bras. I’d probably try one out and then get angry about spending so much money for something with a huge bounce factor.

Anyway, I still can’t believe Katy wastes 90 minutes doing her hair and makeup. If she did this every day, that would be 547 hours per year. In a lifetime … I don’t want to even think about it. Seriously, I feel like a troll now with my air-dried bedhead and 5-10 minutes per week of makeup. But hey, that’s a lot of saved time!

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Katy Perry

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Kanye West freaks out on a TMZ paparazzo at LAX: justifiable or ridiculous?

I’m sorry, but I still kind of love Kanye West. I know these days I’m supposed to be all “He’s awful, he’s an egomaniac, he’s crazy, he’s full of himself, he impregnated a famewhore!” And while all of that is true to varying degrees, I still like Kanye. I still find him funny, I still think he’s an interesting person, and I still enjoy reading and writing about him.

Anyway, with that caveat in place, you should really watch this video of Kanye’s freak-out on a paparazzo at LAX:

I’m sorry, but that made me laugh. I guess we’re supposed to be like “Oh, Kanye is so high and mighty, he doesn’t want peasants talking to him!” And that might be true, but isn’t it also true that many paparazzi are really annoying people? Isn’t this particular paparazzo really annoying? I’ll give the photographer some credit – he wasn’t saying anything nasty, and he really was just tossing out a compliment to Kanye, hoping that just the sheer fact of saying ANYTHING to Kanye is going to elicit some kind of freakout, and that’s exactly what happened. But what I love is that Kanye is all “Don’t talk to me, don’t talk to the people I’m with” and then he walks away and the pap IS STILL TALKING TO HIM. And Kanye goes back to hit him or whatever. It’s just a funny video.

TMZ is pushing the story like Kanye hates the first amendment of something, and that’s mostly because this annoying paparazzo is one of their people. And Kanye did grab this guy’s camera, but I don’t think he smashed it (although he has smashed other pap cameras in the past). “Sources” (Kris Jenner) also told TMZ that Kanye has been losing his temper with the paps more and more since he got together with Kim, because he feels like the paps are “crossing the line” and asking “inappropriate questions” and even “heckling” him.

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‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith has died at the age of 31

Some very sad news. Glee’s Cory Monteith was found dead in Vancouver on Saturday. Cory was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, which may explain why he was in the area. He was seen at his hotel room with guests on Friday, but police claim that when he returned to his room on Saturday morning he was alone. Hotel staff found him deceased on Saturday afternoon. He was just 31 years old. Cory quietly attended rehab three months ago and completed 30 days of treatment. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Here’s some of The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage of this tragic story:

Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 31.

The actor was found at noon Saturday on the hotel’s 21st floor, Vancouver police said in a news conference. He checked into the hotel July 6, and was expected to check out Saturday. When Monteith missed his checkout time at noon, hotel staff went to his room and discovered his body.

Police said Monteith was with other people Friday night. An examination of hotel video footage showed him returning to his room alone early Saturday morning. Police believe he was alone when he died. No cause of death was given and no foul play is suspected, police said. Police are questioning the people he was with Friday night. It was unclear if he was with any Glee castmates or his longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele.

In March, Monteith voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. He previously checked into rehab when he was 19. It was unclear why the Calgary native had checked into the Vancouver hotel. He was a frequent visitor to Vancouver during hiatus.

Family, Vancouver police said, have just been informed. He had been deceased for several hours when his body was discovered.

“We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss,” representatives for the actor told THR in a statement.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

I’ve never heard a bad word about Corey and he was lauded by his co-workers and friends as an all-around great guy. I’m thinking of Corey’s girlfriend, Lea Michele, and what she must be going though. Lea recently got back from a vacation in Mexico with friends. It is not known at this time if she was in Vancouver when he passed. Our thoughts go out to Cory’s friends and family at this difficult time.

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Oprah will interview Lindsay Lohan post-rehab & LL’s getting her OWN reality show

Lindsay Lohan is supposed to get out of rehab in early August. I think it’s the first week of August, unless the court decides that she’s “cured” and decides to let her out early (which is a possibility because… it’s California). Immediately after Lindsay is released, she will begin promoting The Canyons, which should be a special treat for all of us. This is how I’m picturing it: Lindsay “works so hard” doing interviews and promotion and why shouldn’t she go out to a club to celebrate her new movie? And then she drunk drives over a baby. That’s my prediction. Anyway, it seems that Lindsay doesn’t just have drinking and talking about herself in interviews to look forward to. She’s also scored a mini-reality series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Oh, God.

Oprah has done it again: EW can exclusively report the entertainment mogul has landed Lindsay Lohan for an exclusive sit-down after the actress emerges from rehab later this summer.

Moreover: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network has signed Lohan to an eight-episode docu-series that will follow the actress as she works to rebuild her career and stay healthy. The interview will tape and air in August, with the series to air in 2014.

“OWN will air an exclusive interview with Oprah and Lindsay Lohan that will tape and air in August and an eight-part documentary series with Lindsay for 2014,” an OWN spokesperson confirmed.

The 27-year-old Lohan is currently serving a 90-day court-ordered stint in a rehabilitation facility that is expected to conclude on July 31. Getting her first post-rehab interview is considered a big scoop, while the series is arguably even bigger — Lohan has turned down unscripted project offers for years, preferring to focus on scripted acting roles (though her family participated in an E! docu-series titled Living Lohan in 2008). Lohan recently had guest-star appearances on Fox’s Glee and FX’s Anger Management, as well as starred as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s biopic Liz & Dick. She also co-stars in Paul Schrader’s upcoming film The Canyons.

Over the last year on her Oprah’s Next Chapter program, Oprah has scored a string of coveted celebrity interviews, including Lance Armstrong’s doping-admission interview, Rihanna talking about her turbulent relationship with Chris Brown and an interview with Whitney Houston’s family after the singer’s death. Her network, which got off to a rocky ratings start, is coming off its strongest quarter yet, up 32 percent from the first quarter.

[From Entertainment Weekly]

OWN really shows the cracks in Oprah’s once-invincible armor. She used to be so high and mighty, completely white-washing her more sordid, Jerry Springer-like talk show past. But now that OWN is a downward spiral of lost money and ego, Oprah is returning to her sordid roots and going full-on tabloid. That’s how I’m reading it. As in, this is less about Oprah giving her blessing to the mess that is the Family Cracken and more about a naked money grab and an attempt at some kind of pop-culture relevancy by Oprah. I’ll wait and judge the interview whenever it airs – it didn’t feel like Oprah pulled her punches with Lance Armstrong, but it didn’t feel like she really went as hard as she could have either. And I suspect that it will be the same with Lindsay – Oprah will be harder on her than, say, Matt Lauer would be. But it’s still not hard enough.

Oh, and the first real trailer for The Canyons was released last week. It’s much better than the stupid teaser trailer that came out a few months ago, but I know it’s going to be a total disaster of a film.

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Brandi Glanville allegedly caused a scene at Nobu when LeAnn, Eddie came over

I guess some of you were discussing this story/situation in the LeAnn Rimes post from a few days ago. Let me start out by saying: I don’t know what really happened. I’m not hyper-involved in the back-and-forth drama of Brandi Glanville and LeAnn Rimes. For the most part, I only decide to cover either of them when I see Radar or The Daily Mail’s coverage, or when we have new photos of one of them. Which is to say that I’m merely working off of Radar’s coverage today, and I’m sure that many people will tell me that Radar’s coverage is supremely flawed. So, with that in mind, Radar claims that Brandi made a scene at Nobu over the weekend when LeAnn and Eddie were trying to have a “romantic dinner” at the same time Brandi and some friends (and Mason and Jake) were eating:

Talk about an awkward moment: Brandi Glanville turned up to the same Malibu, Calif., restaurant where her ex-husband Eddie Cibrian was enjoying a romantic dinner with his wife LeAnn Rimes on Saturday.

According to multiple diners who spoke to, you could have cut the tension with a knife at the upmarket beachfront eatery Nobu. And the chance encounter was not without incident when Eddie and LeAnn crossed paths with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality star, who was dining with pals and the triumvirate’s two children, Mason and Jake.

After managing to avoid each other for most of the night, the new Mr. and Mrs. Cibrian stopped by Brandi’s table on their way out of the restaurant to apparently say goodbye to the kids, who had been criss-crossing from table to table during dinner.

But instead of pleasantries being exchanged, Eddie and LeAnn were “confronted by Brandi who raised her voice and glass of wine at them,” one eyewitness told Radar.

“It was so obnoxious that other people at the restaurant turned their heads to see what all the commotion was about.”

“Is that a hi or a bye,” Brandi yelled at Eddie, 40, and LeAnn, 30, according to another source.

Said the onlooker: “Brandi was holding Jake in her lap when LeAnn and Eddie walked by. It was a very awkward moment and she appeared to cause quite the scene.”

Soon after the incident, the 40-year-old took to Twitter and downplayed the confrontation.

“Just left Nobu Malibu with boys and friends, ran into boy’s dad,” Brandi wrote. “The kids love us all together so lets just stop all the BS.”

[From Radar]

I checked Brandi’s Twitter and that really was all she said about the night. LeAnn also had to tweet something about it too: “Nobu was amazing! Such a romantic night w/ our favorite couple friends.” So… yeah, I don’t know what happened. My guess is that Brandi did say something bitchy or harsh but that it probably wasn’t some major drama or whatever.

But! LeAnn had a message for all of those blogs who published her Twitter photos from the Fourth of July. She tweeted, “I love bloggers who confuse themselves as journalist. Lol….just because you have an opinion doesn’t make it true #alwaysagoodlaugh”. She also retweeted this link, which accuses Celebrity Dirty Laundry of trying to start something between Brandi and LeAnn. I have a brilliant idea for LeAnn: how about you just stop posting photos of your step-sons on your Twitter? How about that? That will give “blogger/journalists” nothing to work with.

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Kaley Cuoco always remembers to pick up an extra coffee for Henry Cavill

Clearly, this is what was missing from Henry Cavill’s love life. Henry needs to be with a girl who loves horses. Henry needs to be with a girl who always remembers to pick up coffee for him. These are some assorted photos of Kaley Cuoco from the long holiday weekend. Kaley was spotted picking up TWO coffees several times, and she was photographed at an LA riding club again as well. All of this comes after Kaley and Henry’s big, splashy public debut as a couple last week – first they were spotted “on a hike” (exclusive photos), then they were photographed looking dorky and obvious at a grocery store. Henry was giving me awkward Tom Cruise vibes in those photos. But sure. They’re a real couple. Of course.

In the current issue of Us Weekly, there’s a funny/weird story about how Kaley and Henry met and got together in late May. Keep in mind, the Us Weekly story was written before Kaley and Henry stepped out for such obvious pap-shots. Apparently, when Kaley and Henry crossed paths at a Hollywood party in late May, Henry was “completely flustered” and “he was nervous. He’s always wanted to date her.” Us Weekly stresses that Henry and Gina were already over because Henry “asked if Kaley was single because he was.” And Kaley had just come out of a relationship with Bret Bollinger, so she agreed to go out with Henry and they’ve been together ever since and “they are totally hot for each other.”

Then Us Weekly hilariously goes on and on about how “discreet” they are together and a source actually says “they are keeping it private and they will wait before we see them out together.” A source also tells Us Weekly that “he’s a massive Big Bang Theory fan!” Of course. Jesus, I still don’t know if this is coming from Team Cavill, Team Cuoco and a combination of both. But someone is leaking this crap and it’s ridiculous.

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Twihards think Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart could be back together

Sparkles and I buy the same brand of paper towels. Yay! That means we belong together, obviously. These are some photos of Rob in LA, picking up some groceries with a dude friend. They needed paper towels! And detergent too, I think. I hope this means Rob washed all of his clothes. Especially the clothes that still have Kristen Stewart’s stank on them.

Speaking of her stank, there are some Twihards who believe that Kristen and Rob are back together. Um. Sure. I would make fun of those people, but seriously, you never know. I thought Rob was going to dump Kristen for good last year around this time, when she was Mini Coopering her married director in front of a paparazzo’s camera. But Sparkles took her back then, and sure, that means it’s possible he took her back again. The conspiracy theory seems to be that it was Kristen with Sparkles in his truck, not Riley Keough. But I have a real question for the Twihards: isn’t it possible that it was another girl entirely? Like, Riley-or-Kristen aren’t the only options.

For what it’s worth, Hollywood Life is still running with the “Sparkles is bangin’ Riley” angle, and their Twihard sources have some additional “dirt” on why Rob and Kristen are never, ever getting back together. A source tells HL:

“It all comes down to when she cheated on him, he couldn’t let it go and would always make remarks to her saying things like, ‘How do I know you are there?’ ‘How do I know you are telling the truth?’ ‘What else have you lied about?’ It just consumed him to such a point that they would have occasional banter back and forth where they weren’t nice to each other. Her cheating basically opened other doors in their relationship of what they didn’t like of each other. There conversations where more bickering then loving, and in front of friends Kristen made jokes of the incident making it look like they were above it but he was actually hurt by her bringing it up in front of friends. She got a little cocky with it and he decided to end it after it all built up to one final argument. They had a conversation about taking a vacation together where they started fighting about the location of where they should go and that spiraled out into the issues they had with each other and he decided it was time to move on. And as you know, he did.

[From Hollywood Life]

“She got a little cocky” – I believe that. I think Kristen “learned” that she could publicly cheat on Sparkles and he would still take her back and that made her cocky. And for that, I hope Rob and Kristen stay broken up because that’s a horrible way to have a relationship. The source goes on to say that Rob likes Riley because he knows she won’t cheat on him and because Riley is more lady-like that grumpy tomboy Kristen. Ouch, that one burns, doesn’t it?

PS… Dear Sparkles: instead of buying the mother lode of bottled water, why not just invest in a re-usable water bottle and a nice water filter?

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Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ album art displayed alongside the real Magna Carta, really

As we discussed a few weeks ago, Jay-Z is releasing a new album too, despite his on-and-off “retirement”. The album is called Magna Carta… Holy Grail, and the header image is the newly released album cover. Is this “art”? Eh. It’s an interesting, bold album image, and if this was just a stand-alone thing, I would probably like it. Unfortunately, Jay-Z managed to have this album cover displayed at the Salisbury Cathedral… just beside THE REAL MAGNA CARTA.

Located in the United Kingdom, The Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta documents, has become the site which debuted JAY Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail album cover art.

The installation will be on display at the Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House through the month of July.

JAY Z’s new album Magna Carta… Holy Grail will be available early to eligible Samsung users who have downloaded the #magnacarta app at 12:01 am EST on Thursday, July 4th. The album will be released globally on July 9th.

[From Life & Times]

So, is it that Jay-Z thinks his album (or worse yet, his album cover ART) is equal to the Magna Carta, considered to be one of the most important documents in the history of democracy? I’m still mystified as to how Jay-Z got permission to display his cover art in the Salisbury Cathedral? Did the Salisbury Cathedral want some additional tourists maybe? Or is this some kind of Banksy-esque art stunt?

Here’s a video Jay-Z posted on Life & Times called “Welcome to the Future”. It’s got a nice hook.

Here’s another preview video for the album:

Photos courtesy of Life & Times, Beyonce’s Tumblr.

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