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News Update: August 5th

by Lady Glock

Hello and welcome once again to the Couch Sessions News Update.

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Chrysler Corp. has brought in some interesting faces for its new employee pricing campaign. They include former Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca and pimptastic rapper Snoop Dogg. The 80-year old Iacocca is playing golf with Snoop and there is an exchange that goes something like this.

Snoop: “If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.”
Iacocca: “That's what I hear.”

Iacocca has already filmed a few other ads, including one with former Seinfeld star, Jason Alexander.

This is old news, but still interesting nevertheless.

Karrine Steffans, a former “video ho”, released a book that is on the Los Angeles top sellers list. It's entitled Confessions of a Video Vixen. She basically renounces the hip hop music video world and also discloses numerous affairs with various rap stars. Think Janice Dickenson's tell all book, but with hip hop. Yet another good end of summer read. Oh yeah…Steffans is currently dating Bill Maher. Go figure.

Our favorite vanilla rapper, Eminem is having his August Madison Square Garden performance taped so it can be aired on Showtime.

The man who brought you U2 and Bob Marley is trying to also bring you World Music. Record business guru Chris Blackwell is trying to get Universal Music to get more in touch with the rest of the music scene. I.e. the rest of the world. His movie production company, Palm Pictures, has teamed up with the music industry mega-company to create box sets of CDs, DVDs, books, photograhs and even National Geographic maps. Sounds interesting. Mad expensive, but interesting nevertheless.

Finally, USAToday has an article on reggaeton. You know. In case you didn't know what it was. They even tell you how to pronounce it.

That's it for the news today. It's a slow day at the Associated Press' Entertainment department. But stay tuned! Hipstah OUT!


  • http://thecouchsessions.com Stone

    Whoa. I did NOT see that coming.

    Interesting, because Ford backed out of an Eminem deal

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/01/news/newsmakers/ford_eminem/

    Ford Motor Co. is ending a newly formed relationship with rapper Eminem, according to a published report.

    The Detroit News reported that the split comes because of concerns of Ford executives over the title and lyrics of the artist's newest song. The three-word title includes a vulgarity.

    The paper reports that Ford officials were initially thrilled when Detroit-native Eminem asked the nation's No. 2 automaker for a hot vehicle, not yet on the market, to use in the disputed song's music video. Ford gave the rapper a Ford Fusion midsize sedan, according to the report.

    The video was seen as giving the Fusion credibility with younger hip-hop fans, an important lift for the new vehicle. But Ford officials said the vulgarity in the song did not allow them to continue the relationship.

    “”It was just that the song was over the top. It just wasn't Ford,” Ford spokesman Jon Harmon told the paper.