Chris Brown: I’ve Got to Stop Messing Up!

You may want to sit down and re-examine everything you thought you knew about life: here comes a Chris Brown story in which he actually seems rational, self-aware, and – dare we say it? – sane!

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Yes, apparently even Young Breezy has to grow up some time, and the world may have to get used to the idea of a kinder, gentler Chris Brown.

Last week, Chris gave advice to Ray Rice (Sadly, they didn’t go on to form a musical duo known as Brown-Rice.).

This week, he’s taking his newfound maturity a step further and actually admitting that he’s a violent d-bag with no one to blame for his problems but himself.

“Instead of going haywire, I felt like I needed to be more of a role model,” Chris said in a recent interview. “I want to be known for legendary music and being one of the best dancers and stuff like that.”

“I don’t want to be known for the mishaps in my life, so it’s time to make a change, and I feel like I could do that, if I do it all positive.”

Granted, those “mishaps” include Brown violently beating Rihanna, throwing up gang signs while on probation, and a whole host of other things that aren’t really mishaps at all, but just cases in which Brown proved that he’s one of the worst people ever.

So it’s all the sort of self-justifying BS Breezy has spat out before, but Chris’ final comment during the interview actually gives real reason to have hope for his future:

“He’s got it,” Brown said about himself. “But he’s got to stop messing up.”

We’ll second that.

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Chris Brown smoking weed – 3 joints at the same time no less. What a class act as always.

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Rihanna NFL – CBS Drop Her Song Altogether

Rihanna At The Edun Fashion Show In NYCSo, to recap this saga: CBS dropped Rihanna’s taped performance of ‘Run This Down’ as part of their NFL pregame show last week after the Ray Rice fiasco blew up in the media. Rihanna stayed mum at the time, but yesterday, when she heard that CBS planned to start playing her song as part of the pregame show this week, she tweeted some pretty strong words to CBS. RELATED: Rihanna rips CBS Sports for pulling her song in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal.

Well, CBS clearly got wind of Rihanna’s tweets and are respecting her wishes. They’ve pulled her taped performance of ‘Run This Town’ from their pregame show permanently (it would’ve been a regular part of the pregame show for every NFL game this season). CBS issued a statement, saying they were moving “in a different direction” with different music.

Roc Nation, Rihanna’s record label, claims they never GAVE the NFL – CBS permission to use the song in the first place, so they had withdrawn their permission. Rihanna’s rep told TMZ:

Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna’s name and participation in connection to CBS TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song ‘Run This Town.’ Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage.”

That seems kind of odd: surely CBS wouldn’t have used the song without permission in the first place, right? Surely CBS’s legal department is better than that! Well, regardless of the “who dropped whom first” debate, one thing is clear: Rihanna and CBS – NFL have parted ways.

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Rihanna At The Edun Fashion Show In NYC
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Who Made ELLE’s 2014 Personal Style Awards List?

ELLE Oct 14 Cover LordeThe October 2014 issue of ELLE is all about Personal Style. Lorde graces the cover, and she definitely has a strong sense of personal style. From the runway to the red carpet and beyond, ELLE rounded up the year’s biggest trendsetters in the 2014 Personal Style Awards. The best-dressed awards are part of the annual October Personal Style Issue. RELATED: Lorde covers Elle’s October 2014 Personal Style issue.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s winners:

The Beat Goes On: Solange and Rita Ora – Queen Bey and her bodysuits have some competition in Solange’s bold new ’70s (Diana Ross–inspired?) look. Fellow musician Rita Ora is making music offstage with her own high-voltage, sporty style and a collaboration with Adidas.

Separated at Birth: Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss – No, you’re not seeing double. Ever since leggy pop darling Taylor Swift made her runway debut in December’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, she and her doppelgänger/bestie, supermodel Karlie Kloss have been inseparable—so too have their clean-and-casual off-duty wardrobes.

Hippies Who Clean Up Nicely: Shailene Woodley and Dakota Johnson – Her clay-eating, herb-foraging proclivities aside, self-proclaimed hippie Shailene Woodley’s style couldn’t be less bohemian. The Divergent star, who recently wowed in midriff-baring Balmain, isn’t the only flower child on the block. Dakota Johnson has a green streak as well, frequently favoring vintage frocks that cut against her Fifty Shades of Grey casting.

Star-Making Stars: Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna – Who needs critical acclaim? The fastest way to fashion world fame is to dress one of these trendsetters. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and pop princess Rihanna have proven track records of making young designers household names.

Model Mommy: Stephanie Seymour and Natalia Vodianova – You’ll be hard-pressed to find any ripped denim in mother of four Stephanie Seymour’s Alaïa-filled wardrobe (though there is the matter of that thorny rose-vine tattoo that still encircles her right ankle). And Natalia Vodianova has been playing the polished Parisian alongside new partner (and father of her five-month-old son, Maxim) LVMH scion Antoine Arnault. Bring on the Dior!

Sibling Rivalry: Kendall Jenner and Lottie Moss – Kendall Jenner’s high-fashion turn—and relatively covered-up look—has helped the budding model outshine her big sisters Kim and Khloé. And while Lottie Moss has decidedly larger shoes to fill, she’s off to a running start with a CK Jeans campaign of her own and a pared-down personal style—after all, the Moss family cheekbones are statement accessories unto themselves.

Red-Carpet Prim: Zoe Kazan and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey – Actresses Zoe Kazan and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey are proving to be the old souls of red-carpet style—in the best possible way. ELLE finds their timelessly elegant looks from Honor and Chanel refreshing in a sea of starlets in desperate need of proper underpinnings.

To find out who else is on the list, visit ELLE.com at www.elle.com/life-love/personal-style/elle-personal-style-awards-2014 and pick up ELLE’s October issue, available digitally and on newsstands in select cities now, and nationwide on September 23.

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Taylor Swift is People Mag’s Best Dressed of 2014: good call or bad pick?

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People Magazine has released their Best Dressed List for 2014, and OMG is it bland. Really, ridiculously bland. Taylor Swift is this year’s best dressed lady. YES, that Taylor Swift. To be honest, I think Swifty’s style has greatly improved over the past year, especially since she moved to New York and she’s been doing the millennial Sex & the City thing, with lots of leggy photo-ops in short skirts and good shoes. She’s moved away from J.Mendel princess frocks in pastel colors for EVERY appearance, but let’s not pretend that “most improved” is the same as “best dressed.”

When the Style team gathered to choose the Best Dressed Star of the Year, one name kept coming up: Taylor Swift. She seems to have truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months, nailing every off-duty and red carpet look, whether it’s sweet separates or dazzling designer gowns like this Gucci Première design at the Grammys. And we’re not the only ones giving fashion props to the singer; model BFF Karlie Kloss tells PEOPLE, “She’s got great style. I need to take some notes from her!”

[From People]

You can see People’s Best Dressed package here. The list also includes Blake Lively (ugh), Diane Kruger (word, she’s got awesome style), Jennifer Lopez (she’s glam but there are issues), Emma Stone (I’m okay with that), Lupita Nyong’o (YES), Jessica Alba (basic), Rihanna (??), Emma Watson (???), Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiernan Shipka (she’s fab). I’m sorry, NO CATE BLANCHETT? Any best-dressed list that does not include La Blanchett is null and void. I also wonder why there’s only ONE woman in her 40s on this list. And what about the over-50 stylish ladies? You know who has great older-lady style? Helen Mirren.

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Florida Teens Break Into House to Have Sex, Get Arrested While Getting It In

This Florida couple gives new meaning to the term breaking and entering.

Allison Riddle and Evan Jones, both 18-year-old high school students, are accused of forcing their way into in Bradenton, Fla., home for sexual purposes.

The hornball teenagers needed a place to fornicate, in other words.

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Their plan to get it in involved a calculated move to get in. Jones’ friend, who cuts the homeowner’s lawn, gave him the garage security code Saturday night.

The owner lives in Michigan (classic snowbird) and wasn’t there, but a neighbor called the cops after spotting the two teens allegedly going into the house.

When local police showed up, the duo was doing each other on a bed.

“All right, we’re coming out!” Jones called from behind a closed door.

Riddle and Jones told cops they didn’t intend on stealing or damaging anything, but had just gone into what they believed was an empty residence to bone.

Perhaps next time, they’ll stick to the tried-and-true clandestine sex spots we all know and love, such as the back seat of the car or Burger King bathroom.

The teens were each charged with burglary and taken into custody.

Both have since been released … no doubt to thrilled parents.

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Rihanna Enjoying NYFW After CBS Cancels Her Scheduled Performance

Rihanna Spotted Out And About In New YorkHere’s Rihanna hitting the town after leaving one of the shows at NYFW. I like her “pop art” look with the bright pink jacket over the yellow dress. Rihanna may not be a fashion model, but she’s got the body to dress like them! She got to enjoy a little more time at NYFW: CBS cancelled her planned performance for the Ravens/Steelers game last night. RELATED: Rihanna chats with ELLE about her beauty secrets and celebrity crushes.

Rihanna was scheduled to perform her song ‘Run This Town’ while actor Don Cheadle introduced the teams and asks the crowd who’s going to “run this town” by the end of the game, according to TMZ. However, with the Ray Rice scandal still dominating the headlines, CBS nixed the plan. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus explained:

We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage.”

Instead CBS had a discussion about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments about the Ray Rice domestic violence case. On one hand, I understand the line of thinking. Yet, it feels like Rihanna’s being punished for her own past involvement in a domestic violence case. She was the VICTIM, not the perpetrator, and, as far as I know, Don Cheadle’s never been involved in any kind of domestic violence incident. Should she be punished for that? Well, I guess if CBS paid her her fee anyway, then she’s probably okay with it.

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Taylor Swift & Katy Perry’s Mean Girl feud was/is all about John Mayer

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Complete this sentence: Fighting over John Mayer’s love is like fighting over _______.

As we discussed yesterday, in her Rolling Stone interview, Taylor Swift gifted us with a blind item about a music industry Mean Girl. Given the specifications of the blind, I thought it was someone like Demi Lovato or Rihanna, but most people thought it was Katy Perry and those people were probably right. Shortly after Swifty’s RS interview dropped, Katy tweeted this:

Which seems to imply that Swifty is the real Mean Girl, in Katy’s opinion. Personally, I think they’re both probably Mean Girls and neither of them has the higher moral ground in this particular situation, but whatever. Page Six breaks down the feud and sources claim that this is all about John Mayer. Ugh.

Taylor Swift’s feud with Katy Perry did start over a guy — and sources tell Page Six it was John Mayer. After Swift mentioned a “straight-up enemy” about whom she’s written a new song, “Bad Blood,” in an interview with Rolling Stone, Perry tweeted to call out a mystery mean girl, “Watch out for Regina George in sheep’s clothing.”

Swift said in the interview, “Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies. And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me . . . I don’t think there would be any personal problem if she weren’t competitive.”

Taylor and Mayer had a love affair in 2010 before he dumped her. She released the song “Dear John” with lyrics, “Don’t you think 19’s too young to be played by/Your dark twisted games.”

In 2012, Perry started dating Mayer, who said he was “really humiliated” by Swift’s song. Music sources told Page Six, “Perry started making digs at Taylor from then on.”

While it was reported that several dancers left Swift’s tour for Perry’s last year, Swift appeared to confirm earlier tensions between them, telling Rolling Stone, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’ ”

Reps for the two singers, who were seated in different sections at the recent VMAs, didn’t get back to us.

[From Page Six]

For a little backstory (and I’m pulling this just from memory), John Mayer was dating Taylor Swift undercover soon after he and Jennifer Aniston were broken up. Swifty was still a teenager (she was like 19, I think). Mayer didn’t talk Taylor into anything and I remember hearing rumors that she was the one going after him. I also heard that he dumped her because he felt squeamish about the age difference and just how YOUNG Taylor seemed. Then, at some point later, he began dating Katy Perry and their relationship was screwed up in its own unique way. Around this time, Taylor wrote “Dear John” about him and everyone was like, “God, this girl and her stupid blind-item songs.”

What I’m saying is that Mayer is probably part of this but both women should be deeply ashamed with themselves because of it.

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Chris Brown: ‘I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me’

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Chris Brown covers the new issue of Billboard, and they’re trying to make it sound like we never, ever hear about or from him, like he’s this elusive butterfly that has never done an interview. I guess it’s a big deal because this is his first major interview since he was in jail, but…? I don’t know, who really cares about that? Anyway, if you’d like to read the full piece, go here. Chris Brown is pretty much the same guy he’s always been. He puts in the effort to say all of the soundbytes written by a publicist, but I’m not sure who’s buying it at this point. Some highlights:

On the reports that he was the target of a shooter & they got Suge Knight by mistake: “I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure. I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”

His daily routine in jail: “A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day. Maybe on Mondays you go to the roof inside of a cage and have a phone call. It’s isolation. You have time to focus on what matters, on what to do and what not to do.”

The lessons he’s learned from jail: “My maturity level has risen as far as my realizing what’s important. Realizing that I’m human like everyone else. At the end of the day, it’s just a humbling experience. You’re more appreciative of everything else that’s on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you’re out.”

What kept him motivated in jail: “Like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn’t look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it.”

Whether he thinks he’ll ever shake off the Rihanna assault: “When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case. As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level or elevate. But as long as you have your head on straight, it shouldn’t matter what people want to say.”

Whether he considers himself a role model: “As far as my mistakes in life, that’s being a role model, because people can see my mistakes and learn from them. I’ve gone through more stuff than most 35- or 40-year-olds, and I’ve dealt with it.”

[From Billboard]

He actually utters these words as well: “I’m not walking around angry about anything.” Your past says otherwise, dude. I’m always sort of amazed by how well Chris can tow a company/PR line that is obviously such utter BS to who he really is. Like, you’d think he was in jail because of a minor traffic violation or something, he just comes across so “Zen” about it. It’s hard to reconcile this version of Breezy with the guy who does walk around angry, who throws chairs at windows and beats up random people on the street and almost killed his girlfriend.

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Katy Perry homages Britney Spears in Versace at the VMAs: trashy or cute?

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My first thought when I saw Katy Perry last night was, “Gross, she brought Riff Raff as her date.” Then I realized Katy was working a version of 2001 Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, and everything fell into place. Are Katy and Riff dating? I don’t know. Katy and Riff bragged about a date in March. This feels like a stunt. These two wanted trashy, and they got it.

Katy’s dress is Versace. She admitted she was dressed as Britney: “I must admit my outfit is a result of my love for nostalgia and my tumblr addiction.” Riff is hysterically awful, but he’s a bit less douchey than JT these days. Katy won the Best Female Video for “Dark Horse” (the video where she insulted Islam). Katy is annoying, but she looked good last night. She brought classic Britney with extra cleavage and some cowboy-themed jewelry to boot. A heavy-banged wig completed the look.

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Iggy Azalea wore a skin-tight, embellished Versace gown. Iggy said that Versace asked her to wear one of their designs. They flew in the dress, but it didn’t fit. So there was a dramatic tailoring session, and the rest is history. Iggy looks good. I would have preferred a jewel tone because the silver washes her out. Iggy performed “Black Widow” with Rita Ora. The performance was rumored to involve Iggy and Rita beating up men. ACK. Thankfully, it only included a bunch of ballet dancers and the two leads walking around like badasses. Iggy also won “Best Pop Video” with Ariana Grande for “Problem.”

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Rita Ora went for vampy glamour in Donna Karan Atelier. Rita always walks into an event like she’s just arrived. Considering that the villainous Calvin Harris was nowhere to be seen, this was a good night for Rita. I loved her red dress, which was very slinky. It reminds me of something Rihanna would wear.

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Should musicians pay the NFL to be part of the Super Bowl Halftime show?

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Did you guys know that the NFL is a tax-exempt non-profit? I’m sure some of you knew that, although in polls conducted earlier this year, most Americans do not realize that the NFL is tax-exempt, and that more often than not, individual teams and stadiums are the recipients of huge taxpayer-funded subsidies. NFL commissioners can rake in $30 million-plus compensations and the entire NFL is worth something like $9 billion or more – it’s growing so rapidly that many say it will be worth $27 billion in the next twelve years. All of it tax-exempt. You can read more about it here.

I bring up that issue because the NFL’s non-profit status means that they don’t come out and pay their Super Bowl Half-time acts directly. Instead, the sponsors pay the Halftime acts for the most part. When Beyonce did the Half-time show, I believe Pepsi paid her. So, the 2015 Halftime show is being organized now, which is around the time it usually happens. The NFL has allegedly approached Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay about maybe doing it, according to the Wall Street Journal. Out of that group… Coldplay would be the least controversial and Rihanna would be the one most likely to flash her boobs, but I bet Katy would be the most offensive. Anyway, there’s an interesting wrinkle – this year, the NFL wants their musical act to PAY THE NFL for the honor of playing the Halftime show.

The NFL reportedly asked Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay, their top choices to play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, if they would be willing to pay the league in order to secure one of the biggest gigs in the world, according to The Wall Street Journal.

When reaching out to artists, league representatives asked some acts if they would exchange a headlining slot for a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour earnings, or make another type of financial contribution to the NFL. Sources told the Journal that the suggestion, perhaps unsurprisingly, “got a chilly reception from the candidates’ representatives.”

While the NFL doesn’t typically pay artists who perform during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, they do tend to cover travel and production expenses, which can be upwards of a million dollars. Considering the Halftime Show has only grown more popular in recent years — this year’s performance with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drew 115.3 million viewers, compared to the 112.2 million who watched the game — it makes sense they’d want a piece of the pie.

The artists themselves do tend to capitalize on the exposure of such a performance as well: Beyoncé announced her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour right after her performance in 2013, while tickets to Mars’ “Moonshine Jungle” tour went on sale the Monday after his Super Bowl set. But quantifying Super Bowl exposure, specifically in the form of ticket sales, is tricky, especially for established artists like Rihanna, Perry and Coldplay who have been grossing millions on the road for years.

No decisions have been made about this year’s Super Bowl Halftime performer, and as NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter noted, the league’s contracts with artists are confidential. Super Bowl XLIX will take place outside of Phoenix on February 1st, 2015.

[From Rolling Stone]

How g—damn greedy of the NFL. It’s not enough that they make billions of tax-free income, enough to line their commissioners’ offices with $100 bills, but now they’re trying to force musical acts to pay them for the privilege? What a scam. If the NFL keeps insisting, I hope Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry all shut them down.

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