June 26, 2008

People – Obama’s iPod Features Diverse Musical Taste

Bob Dylan . Yo-Yo Ma . Sheryl Crow . Jay-Z . These aren't musical acts in a summer concert series: They're artists featured on Barack Obama's iPod.

"I have pretty eclectic tastes," the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview to be published in Friday's issue of Rolling Stone.

Elton John , Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen , as well as jazz legends Miles Davis , John Coltrane and Charlie Parker , are also in the mix.

Asked what he thought of rap, Obama said the genre has broken down barriers within the music world, though he's concerned about his daughters - Malia , 9, and Sasha , 7 - listening to it.

"I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics," he said, "but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music."

Humble Green a highlight at awards

T-Pain transformed the BET Awards into a circus Tuesday with a multi-artist medley that showed the rapper and singer's wide- ranging influence on urban music, while best-selling rapper Lil Wayne and songstress Alicia Keys gave rousing performances of their own.

T-Pain - nominated for a leading five BET Awards - shared the stage with fellow nominees Flo Rida , Rick Ross , Ludacris and Big Boi , along with a bevy of big-top freaks, including fire eaters and acrobats.

Kanye West , who won awards for best male hip-hop artist and best collaboration for his song with T-Pain, "Good Life," used his victories to praise both T-Pain and Lil Wayne.

"We're blessed to be in this man's presence," West said of T- Pain, whom he called "a genius.""I'll let y'all know because I'm one of the kings of this game. My opinion counts."

After tributes by Jill Scott and Maxwell , Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rev. Al Green delivered a smash performance of his own, hitting all the high notes on his hits "Let's Stay Together" and "Love and Happiness."

Diddy , Ludacris and the rest of the awards-show audience sang along as the 62-year-old Reverend Green performed.

"I'm sorry I didn't sing as well as I could. I got scared," a modest Green confessed backstage.

Justin says OCD, ADD create problems

Pop star Justin Timberlake suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - and the anxiety-based condition is taking over his life, reports collider.com.

And Timberlake insists that he also is a victim of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), a condition that often begins in childhood, with sufferers experiencing distractibility and hyperactivity.

The singer claims he has managed to get his condition under control, but it still creates everyday challenges for him.

He says, "I have OCD mixed with ADD. You try living with that. It's complicated.

- From Our Press Services


Today's birthdays

Musician Mick Jones of the Clash , 53; actor Gedde Watanabe , 53; singer Chris Isaak , 52; Colin Greenwood of Radiohead, 39; writer- director Paul Thomas Anderson , 38; actor Sean Hayes ("Will and Grace"), 38; actor Chris O'Donnell , 38; country singer Gretchen Wilson , 34 .

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