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News: Britney Spears, The Queen, Cyber-Stalking, Zune

road.jpg Microsoft Zune a "non-event" this holiday season: "Visits to the iTunes website on Christmas Day outnumbered those to Zune.net by 30-to-1, market researcher Hitwise says."

Queenroad.jpg Christians beg Queen of England to put a stop to gay rights laws: "The plea to the Queen is being made by the Christian Concern for Our Nation, an offshoot of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, a group which lists more than 2,000 barristers and solicitors among its members. The petition warns the Queen the rules are a ‘serious affront’ to the Gospel. It reads: ‘The regulations purport to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, but have the consequence of discriminating heavily against Christians of all backgrounds and denominations who hold firm to the very Faith which you pledged to uphold in your coronation oath.’"

road.jpg I've heard both good and bad reviews of Jennifer Hudson's December 30 performance at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. In any case, here's how she looked...

road.jpg Social networking site Out Everywhere axes members due to fears of cyber-stalking: "Over the past two years the popularity of sites such as MySpace has rocketed. The stratospheric valuations of many of them has been largely predicated on the numbers of members they boast, but the dash to build up membership may mean some are becoming easy targets for scam artists, experts believe."

road.jpg Britney Spears reportedly collapsed in Vegas over New Year's. Her handlers said otherwise: "By about one o'clock, she was just done, so we took her out. She was not drunk. She was just tired and falling asleep." What else after a year like this!

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  1. The problems with Jennifer Hudson's performance were mostly out of her control... The event organizers totally mismanaged the will call & ticket holders lines & entrance. There was poor communication between the event staff & the venue which caused additional confusion on the already overpriced ticketing situation.

    The sound in the venue was HORRIBLE. It was totally muddled EVERYWHERE in the venue unless you were right up against the stage. You could barely make out her in-between song banter.

    The dancers & choreography were a hot mess.

    The only thing Jennifer could control was her bad weave & her too-tight dress. Has she packed on weight since the premiere or just in desperate need of a new stylist?

    Her set list included:

    Only 1 acapella line of "And I Am Telling You"
    "Dreamgirls"
    "Move"
    Aretha Franklin's "Respect"
    "Love You I Do"
    Barry Manilow's "Weekend in New England"
    "I Am Changing"
    "One Night Only"
    "One Night Only" (disco version - which she BARELY sang over Beyonce's vocals - weird.)
    Donna Summers' "Last Dance"

    She did NOT perform "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" which left most of the audience quite perplexed.

    Ludicrous rumours circulated that she is contractually forbidden to perform the song until the Oscars or Grammys -- but I find this very hard to believe as the song is ineligible for the Oscars and the soundtrack isn't eligible until next year's Grammys.

    So what's up? Does anyone know why she didn't perform THE BIG SONG from the musical?

    Posted by: Feces | Jan 2, 2007 1:30:27 PM


  2. I don't know which I am more over. Anything Dreamgirls or anything Britney.

    Posted by: Marco | Jan 2, 2007 1:49:52 PM


  3. Marco, just assume both. As am I.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 2, 2007 1:56:06 PM


  4. I have faith that Her Madge the Queen won't pander to Christians and start being mean to gay people. Mostly because that would involve her doing something other than waving at people and scowling whilst walking her dogs.

    Gawd bless yer, ma'am.

    Posted by: Ren B. | Jan 2, 2007 2:26:54 PM


  5. After reading the article on the British petitions geared toward the Queen, I am not quite sure why gay rights in England seem to be tied in with forcing churches and other religious institutions to partake in the process of commencing gay unions. If Christians don't want to perform gay marriages in their churches, they shouldn't have to. And this comes from a gay man. Much like our civil rights as gay people should not be infringed upon by the beliefs of the religious right, their places of worship should not be made to perform ceremonies for marriages they don't believe are right. Let us do our thing and let them do theirs. No one's sense of morality and ethics should encroach upon those of another. I don't understand why the advancement of gay rights has to be intertwined with Christian establishments. We can easily get married at a Unitarian church or a justice of the peace or wherever else without involving groups who don't want to be involved.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 2, 2007 3:40:45 PM


  6. Andy, there is no such person as the Queen of England. Just as there is no President of Texas or California. She is the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. England is one part of the United Kingdom see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

    Posted by: Alec | Jan 2, 2007 6:49:12 PM


  7. It's ok Britney. I was "falling asleep" a lot New Year's Eve too. *wink*

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 2, 2007 9:40:15 PM


  8. I have faith that Her Madge the Queen won't pander to Christians and start being mean to gay people. Mostly because that would involve her doing something other than waving at people and scowling whilst walking her dogs.

    Gawd bless yer, ma'am.

    Posted by: Ren B. | Jan 2, 2007 2:26:54 PM

    LOL... exactly. God save the Queen.

    Posted by: Dex | Jan 3, 2007 3:37:06 AM


  9. The Saint at Large/JVM Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls event was a mess all around and all parties involved should be embarrased.

    The entry/ticket line/will call was a mess and a clusterfuck.

    She starts the show a half hour late, and then has so many hiccups and false starts during her performance. The dancers and whatnot were just really not what you would expect when paying 80-120$ a person for an event like this.

    She has a wonderful voice, but really no stage presence yet. She barely mumbled between songs and there were so many moments of dead silence that people wondered what was going on.

    She didn't perform the one song that 99% of the crowd was there to hear. If i were one of the straight couples from NJ that paid 120$ for mezzanine seats for this, I would have been steaming. I was pissed enough having paid 80$.

    She then ends her performance with a horrid rendition of "Last Dance" where she hands the mic off to the crowd and is standing off the stage. Um, I didn't just pay 80$ to watch her hand the mic off to some queen in the crowd for the whole song. Uggh.

    Then Junior Vasquez comes on around 12:30, and we are all hoping that he will just play some happy upbeat anthems to try and pull the event up from the mess that it had been. Nope. Ms Vasquez just drags along and begins clearing the dancefloor.

    Our group of friends left around 2:15 as Kevin Aviance began his hideous voguing robot dreamgirls performance.

    Honestly, if Jennifer Hudson has some contractual obligation to not sing "And I am telling you" then she shouldn't have been booked for an event like this where every single person there was there to hear her sing it.

    Posted by: adam | Jan 3, 2007 11:44:59 AM


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