August 16, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 8/16WHEN "PEROXIDE BOY" ATTACKS
MARIAH Carey is angry and hurt that Eminem has been playing private voice-mail messages she left for him in 2001 to audiences of his "Anger Management" tour.
During one "scene" in his concerts, Eminem is talking to the audience when Carey's song, "We Belong Together," comes on.
Eminem berates the deejay and then Carey's messages start to play. "I heard you were getting back with your ex-wife," she says. "Why won't you see me? Why won't you call me? You're not calling me . . ."
As the messages play, Eminem pretends to vomit into a prop toilet and then launches into his song, "Puke," which has lines like, "You make me sick."
Pals of Carey say Eminem's anger toward the beautiful diva stems from the winter of 2001, when she asked for his help on her "Charmbracelet" album. Eminem claims they had an affair, which she denies.
Eminem was annoyed when Carey wrote a song about their relationship on the album which noted: "You should have never intimated we were lovers. I gotta break it to you delicately — who's gonna love you when it's over? Who's gonna care?"
Eminem hit back in 2002, telling Rolling Stone the two had a brief affair and added: "On the whole personal level, I'm not really feeling it. I just don't like her as a person." A friend of the diva fumed to the Post yesterday: "First of all, that is not her voice on the 'messages' played in the concert — it is an imposter! She is considering suing him for defamation. They did hang out, but it was Eminem who followed her around.
"He became obsessed with her," Carey's pal continued, "showing up everywhere . . . She thought he was a friend. She thought hanging out with him was fun, but then he wanted to take it further, and she said no. She never slept with him and he felt rejected and scorned and got very angry."
Carey's manager, Benny Medina, said: "While we appreciate Eminem as an artist, lately his work has seemed tasteless and unnecessarily mean-spirited. The public seems to agree — just look at his declining record and concert ticket sales."
Eminem's rep declined comment, but we won't be surprised if he makes his own statement at the Video Music Awards on Aug. 28.
IT'S not possible for Martha Stewart to keep everyone happy. A woman claiming to be a disgruntled worker at Stewart's Bedford estate called yesterday to claim that "morale is extremely low" among the two dozen cooks, maids, gardeners and maintenance men working there. "There's no health insurance and no retirement benefits, and now she has canceled the Poland Spring contract, so we don't even get free water," said our source. "All this while she bought herself an Aston Martin and a French bulldog." Stewart's spokeswoman declined to comment.
NEVER TOO MUCH LOVE FOR LUTHER
More details are trickling out of the J. Records camp regarding its anticipated project, “So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross." Due Sept. 20, the album celebrates the music of the late R&B icon through covers of his classic hits from such artists as Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Fantasia and Usher.
"No one had ever heard of anyone that sounded like Luther," says Mary J. Blige, who puts her spin on the Vandross classic "Never Too Much." "No one heard anyone that brought that much soul," she tells Billboard.
In a posthumous duet, Elton John sings the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "Anyone Who Had a Heart" alongside the original vocals Vandross recorded for his 1986 Epic Records album "Give Me the Reason." In an intriguing choice, Wyclef Jean puts his stamp on Luther’s "Always and Forever."
Keys and Jermaine Paul tackle "If This World Was Mine," while Dion reworks Luther’s "Dance With My Father," the title track of the album released in 2003, shortly after he suffered a debilitating stroke. Vandross died on July 1, 2005 of complications from the stroke. He was 54.
The J Records tribute also features Aretha Franklin singing "A House Is Not a Home," Patti LaBelle belting "Here and Now" and Beyoncé covering the title track.
Others featured on the tribute include Jamie Foxx ("Creepin"), Donna Summer ("Power of Love"), Fantasia ("Till My Baby Comes Home"), John Legend ("Love Won’t Let Me Wait") Usher (“Superstar”) and Babyface ("If Only For One Night").
KARRINE GOES TO COLLEGE
Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has prepared his curriculum for Creative Writing and African American Non-Fiction at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and among the required reading assignments for his students is 'Confessions of a Video Vixen' by KARRINE STEFFANS.
"I will be teaching Karrine's book because I think it's a cautionary tale that my students will relate to," Harris told me. "I always like to pick books that young people are reading because I have a lot of student athletes and try to make them realize how much fun reading is."
Harris will likely land on the bestseller's list again when his newest book, 'I Say A Little Prayer,' is released in February 2006. In the meantime, the sought-after author is developing his tome 'Invisible Life' into a stage play and readying a film adaptation of the book.
WHO IS HE??
What newly crowned A-list actor faked a public romance at the recommendation of his mega-movie star pal? Sources say the black beauty on the arm of said actor was set up to give the impression that he was "really into black women," when in reality he was sleeping with his steady "Orange County Special." What's an "Orange County Special?" That's apparently his term for the blonde white woman from Orange County, Calif. he really likes to date.
THE NEW TOMMY LEE SHOW
I am so looking forward to that new Tommy Lee show Tommy Goes to the Clinic,I think it's bold, it's neccessary,it's..oh shit..it's called Tommy Lee Goes to College? Oh that's corny.