Katy Perry was named the global ambassador for ghd – the haircare company that makes expensive, bomb ass straighteners (I have one and love it!) – a couple of years back and has appeared in several ad campaigns for the company like the one above for their European consumers. Katy’s clothing choices might not be so great, but her hair always looks nice (thanks, extensions!) so I can see why they signed a deal with her.
However, things have gone awry and Katy is close to suing ghd for $2 million, claiming that they agreed to extend her contract and are now reneging on the deal – something ghd is calling bullshit on.
According to the suit … Perry had a $4.5 million written contract to promote “ghd” (stands for “good hair day”) products for two years starting in 2011. Her agent claims Katy’s owed an additional $2 mil based on an oral agreement to extend her contract.
But in the docs … the company behind “ghd”, Jemella Group, insists there was never an oral agreement — and they decided not to renew Perry’s deal because market research shows Europeans just aren’t that into her anymore.
Jemella says Perry’s agent has been threatening to sue for the $2 mil … so it struck first, asking the court to block team Perry from filing a lawsuit.
Katy’s rep tells TMZ, “Jemella’s attempt to embarrass Ms. Perry by including defamatory statements about her in a public filing is shameful.” The rep says they plan to sue over the money Katy’s owed if Jemella doesn’t pay up.
Katy tells us, “They’re backing out of the deal because of an ownership change, and just throwing shade to hide their bad faith.”
Damn, way to play her, ghd. I don’t think it’s that Europeans don’t really like her any more, I think it’s that the Teenage Dream wave has been ridden from here to eternity she’s been taking a break. As soon as she releases new music, her popularity will go back up. It doesn’t take rocket science, people.
Not sure who to believe on this one, but time will tell… In the meantime, more of Katy’s ghd shots are below. That ’20s-era flapper one gets a side eye, though.
April 17, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Amanda Bynes, Twitter guru, is branching out from Twitter to bring us a vaguely disturbing video posted on Telly, “the web’s TV.” It’s described as a site for “today’s funniest, craziest and most popular online videos.” I’m not laughing.
Her video, captioned “I’m Sucking On A Sour Patch Kid Listening To Music Getting Ready For Tonight :D”, is sort of an accurate description. With DJ Encore’s “I See Right Through You” blaring, Ms. Bynes, iPhone in hand in front of the mirror (of course), looks absolutely bizarre as she blinks her eyes rapidly and makes all kind of facial expressions. It’s just so odd. She looks kind of out of it and she doesn’t even look like herself anymore. She’s got a mass of bleach blonde hair, heavy makeup, those cheek piercings and really big Lohan-esque lips. The way she keeps winking and arching an eyebrow looks a lot like Lohan. I’m pretty sure this is a comparison Lohan would not be thrilled with.
Is this the most disturbing video ever made? No and duh. I just find this Amanda Bynes one really unsettling. How far down the rabbit hole is she going to go? Is she doing all of this on purpose to get media attention, or is she really having a very public breakdown?
April 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Selena Gomez pulled a bit of a 90s No Doubt era Gwen Stefani when she wore a bindi at her MTV Movie Awards performance but in the eyes of some Hindus, what she (and Stefani before her) did was culturally insensitive. Rajan Zed, an official at the Universal Society of Hinduism released a statement.
From WENN via ONTD:
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol … It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions.”
Ms. Gomez wore the bindi while performing her new single, “Come And Get it.”
This reminds me a little bit of when Katy Perry called out Lady Gaga for using religious symbolism in her music videos. Remember that whole Twitter explosion? That was already 2 years ago. lol my life
As of now, Ms. Gomez hasn’t released any sort of apology statement or even referred to it. Maybe she’s running away from it the same as she ran away from Jennifer Aniston. Oh, burn!
Do you think she should apologize?
April 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Kat Von D and Deadmau5 announced their engagement in December when he proposed on Twitter (what is this world?) after roughly 4 months of dating (and a break-up inbetween). Aw, true love. Of course, you can’t expect two freaks to walk down the aisle in any traditional way, so cue the HP Lovecraft references and the “underwater-themed” shindig!
On Aug. 10, the couple will marry in an “underwater-themed” ceremony before 200 friends and family in Los Angeles, the tattoo artist tells PEOPLE.
Drawing from their mutual love for H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Call of Cthulhu,” about a character that is half-man, half-octopus, Von D assures PEOPLE that she and the electronic musician’s ceremony will be “the furthest thing from traditional.”
Previously engaged to Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James, who married drag racer Alexis DeJoria in March, Von D will have a big day that will include everything from various blue- and green-colored food to performers dressed as mermaids.
And her dress will fit the part too!
“It will have a sleek silhouette and include hints of iridescent teals, blues and deep violet ombré gradients,” explains Von D, who has called upon Falguni and Shane Peacock to make the gown, which Deadmau5 is helping design. “I didn’t know the dress was supposed to be a surprise,” she adds.
Kat also said that being with Deadmau5 (I’m sorry, “Joel”) is the only thing that “feels more natural than tattooing”. LOL! She said something similar when she was f-cking Jesse James, as well, but whatever. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at this freak fest.
April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are sick of your bullshit cell phones. At their latest concert, they posted signs asking you not to, “WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA” and to “PUT THAT SHIT AWAY.” They mention that it’s really annoying to the people sitting behind you.
I hadn’t thought of that, but it’s true. In a very dark amphitheater it’s pretty annoying to try to enjoy a show when the jerk(s) in front of you are holding up iPhones/Androids/any smart phone/cameras/even IPADS! The screen is distracting, all bright and glowy, and sometimes blocks your view. The iPads are the worst. Idiots. Who the hell holds up an iPad to take photos and video? A surprising amount of people. I would bet this happens a lot at Justin Bieber concerts, but that was before I learned that a lot of his Twitter followers aren’t even real. But anyway, constant photo taking and video recording at concerts is really damn annoying.
It’s almost as annoying as my goddamn neighbors who are playing music so loudly that my windows are shaking. Yeah, “Thrift Shop” is a great song, I like it too, it’s really fun, BUT TURN IT THE F-CK DOWN.
According to Laughing Squid, the notice worked pretty well.
My favorite thing is that you just know this sign was Instagrammed and tweeted thousands of times.
April 11, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Lana Del Rey, Jack White, and Florence + The Machine are some of the artists included on Baz Luhrmmann‘s The Great Gatsby film soundtrack. I think the soundtrack is going to be better than the film. I wish Beyonce and Andre 3000 weren’t covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” and I wish will.i.am and Fergie weren’t on it, but WHATEVER. Ms. Del Rey alluded to working on the film many tweets ago, and it’s true, it’s all true.
On contributing to the film’s soundtrack my lovely polarizing Lana told Digital Spy,
It was an honor to work with Baz Luhrmann on his amazing adaptation of one of the most extraordinary books ever written. The movie is highly glamorous and exciting; Rick Nowels and I were thrilled to write the song for the film.
Jay-Z produced the album, so you have him to blame or thank for all of this. On using contemporary artists for a film set in the 1920′s, he said,
The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion.
It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to Moulin Rouge! made it a masterpiece, and Romeo + Juliet’s score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character.
This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are busy pissing off Congress, so here’s hoping the album goes over better than their vacation.
Here’s the full tracklisting:
1. ’100$ Bill’ – Jay-Z
2. ‘Back To Black’ – Beyoncé x André 3000
3. ‘Bang Bang’ – will.i.am
4. ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)’ – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. ‘Young And Beautiful’ – Lana Del Rey
6. ‘Love Is The Drug’ – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. ‘Over The Love’ – Florence + The Machine
8. ‘Where The Wind Blows’ – Coco O of Quadron
9. ‘Crazy in Love’ – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. ‘Together’ – The xx
11. ‘Hearts A Mess’ – Gotye
12. ‘Love Is Blindness’ – Jack White
13. ‘Into the Past’ – Nero
14. ‘Kill and Run’ – Sia