Monday, July 16, 2012

Madonna Facing Lawsuit Over Swastika Use in France

  •  Madonna took her shock antics to Paris over the weekend, flashing a nipple and a crack for her French fans and seriously offending one far-right politician. Despite threats of legal action, the singer performed her song "Nobody Knows Me" before a video-montage that included a shot of Front National party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika emblazoned on her forehead. Also featured in the visual slambook were Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Pope Benedict, and Sarah Palin.

  •  Madonna's ample bosom is the star of the show in her new music video for "Turn Up the Radio." There's really nothing memorable about the latest video, which features breakdance challenges and convertible parties with hot men.

  •  The chestiest couple in the entertainment business is officially kaput. Katy Perry and Russell Brand's 14-month marriage was officially dissolved on Monday, six months after the pair reached an agreement as per California law. Katy has since been spotted with male model Baptiste Giabiconi and guitarist Robert Ackroyd, while Russell has been macking on ladies in his yoga classes and maybe throwing phones at photographers.

  •  What would have been a legendary night in rock 'n' roll was cut short by the organizers of the Hard Rock Calling Festival. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were joined by Paul McCartney for a few tunes during their headlining gig on Saturday night, but organizers cut the power to the stars' microphones just as they launched into a rendition of the Beatles classic "Twist and Shout."

  •  Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have been spending a lot of time together for two superstars who are supposedly on the rocks. Hollywood Life reports that the two shared a PDA-heavy dinner date at Melbourne, Australia hotspot Stokehouse. Perhaps more interesting: The squeaky-clean teens enjoyed some alcohol! But before you clutch your pearls, remember the drinking age in Australia is 18.

  •  Marilyn Manson is thinking about becoming someone's dad. The rocker told the UK's Observer, "I've started to think that maybe I wouldn't mind passing my demented genius on to some small thing who can set fire and breathe profanity.

  •  The most beautiful song you'll hear today is The xx's new single "Angels," the first off their upcoming album Coexist.

A lawyer for the Front National party told the Associated Press that they will file a complaint in the French court over the "insults."

Marine Le Pen has been accused of anti-Semitism and racism, particularly over comments she made in 2010 likening the blocking of public streets and squares for Muslim prayer to an occupation of French territory.

In May, when Madonna debuted the controversial video montage in Tel Aviv, Marine Le Pen sniped, "We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes."

Madonna's still working overtime to shock everyone's socks off, but she might have to pay for it soon. She's going to get hit with a lawsuit, or so says a controversial French politician. Also in music news, Katy Perry is officially a single lady, Bruce Springsteen is not the boss of Live Nation, and you can go on believing in love since Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are still going strong.

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