Whitney Houston will talk, but no substance


Whitney Houston is ready to talk about her seven-year exile from recording — but nobody better bring up drugs!

With her new album due out Sept. 1, Houston's handlers are getting requests from everybody in the entertainment media for interviews with the reclusive 45-year-old diva.

So who will get the first sit-downs? Apparently, the people who play ball.

“They only want to let her talk to journalists who'll agree not to ask about her substance abuse,” an insider tells us.

A rep for Houston calls speculation on any PR plans “premature. Nothing has been set.” But we hear the edict goes for the TV morning shows, which are all angling to get her to perform live. “The deal is, if they want her, then Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer or whoever isn't supposed to ask her tough questions,” says the source. Good luck with that.

Elsewhere in the biz:

Shakira's rep is dismissing talk that she's ready to jump from Epic. Members of her camp are said to have been quietly letting rival execs know “she's feeling neglected” by Epic management, according to a source. Last year, the multiplatinum Colombian siren signed a tour deal with Live Nation reportedly worth $70 million. But her recording rights would be available after she delivers two albums to Epic. “Not true,” says Shakira's publicist. “She's very happy at Epic.”

Axl Rose has been having mood swings. The Guns N' Roses front man, an admitted manic-depressive, has fired and rehired famed manager Irving Azoff at least three times in the last five weeks, according to a source. The reclusive rocker is said to be resisting Azoff's pleas to try to revive sales of the band's recent album, “Chinese Democracy.” “Axl doesn't want anything to do with it,” says the insider. “He won't come out of his house.”

A source close to Azoff admits, “Axl is Axl. People get hired and fired all the time in this business.”

But Azoff's rep says that, as of last week, he and Rose are talking again: “We're in daily contact with Axl, and we look forward to continuing to support him and Guns N' Roses.”

Marc Anthony wants to give himself a musical makeover. While he remains a huge star in Latin music, friends say he's tired of American audiences thinking of him as Mr. Jennifer Lopez. Word is he wants to cross over and reinvent himself as a crooner in the style of Michael Bublé or Harry Connick.

Anthony's rep says he has been talking about cutting a disk of American standards, but he’s currently working on a Spanish pop/ballad album called “Iconos.”

Source:New York Daily News

為了即將發行的新專輯,惠妮已經開始著手準備上白天時段的訪談性節目做宣傳及現場演唱。惠妮的公關人員表示,如果Matt Lauer,Diane Sawyer希望安排惠妮上節目的話,訪談的內容希望能夠避免觸及過去惠妮沉迷毒海的部份。


Guns N' Roses主唱Axl Rose因為躁鬱症的關係,已經在五個星期的時間裡,開除及聘用原經紀人Irving Azoff至少三次。
最近Axl Rose又有意聘請Irving Azoff回鍋主導去年發行的新專輯『Chinese Democracy』的宣傳工作,但Irving Azoff尚未點頭同意這項請求。

Marc Anthony有意在音樂工作上做改變,這位曾經是拉丁一哥的著名歌手,已經厭倦了人們把他定位為Jennifer Lopez的先生。Marc Anthony希望未來自己的音樂風格能夠有所改變,偏向Michael Bublé或是Harry Connick的曲風。

Marc Anthony希望有一天他的專輯會是美國樂壇的指標。Marc Anthony目前著手進行的拉丁專輯名稱為『Iconos』。


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