“I had some fried Oreos and fried velvet cake. I treated myself. You wake up in the morning, you might regret it. But you got to get back to work.” – Rick Ross, discussing his diet. Despite the occasional indulgences, the rapper shed 100 pounds over the past seven months through diet and exercise. He also credits a Reebok CrossFit program that he has dubbed “RossFit.”
“During his appearance, Rudd winked at reporters, drummed a rhythm on the dock and then sped away from the courthouse in a black sports car.” –The New Zealand Herald, on AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s behavior in court today. Though he could face a 7-year sentence for threatening to kill, he reportedly showed up late for the hearing and “clowned around,” jumping on his security guard’s back outside the courthouse.
“It’s not the headphones. It’s how people use them.” – Dr. Brian Fligor, who has published a hearing loss study specifically about earbuds. In a recent interview, he recommended that listeners follow the 80/90 rule (80% volume for no more than 90 minutes) to protect themselves from damage.
“Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead.” – Bette Midler on Ariana Grande. The 68-year-old icon disapproved of Grande’s AMA performance and criticized the way she was “slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous.”
“Songwriting is a very solitary existence, so it’s wonderful to meet people who are as lonely and isolated as I am.” – Ray Davies on the PRS For Music centennial celebration, which was hosted by their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall late last week. Guests in attendance included Sir Paul McCartney, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ray Davies, Brian May, Lily Allen, Laura Mvula, and Gary Kemp.
“As many of you are aware, there is a very trashy book out there full of lies and more lies about me.” – Aretha Franklin, on past collaborator David Ritz’s new book, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin. Although they worked together on her 1999 biography, Aretha: From These Roots, Franklin says that his new account is full of “crazy statements” that she edited out of the previous one.
“I don’t have anything in common with her anymore, and I wish her all the best.” – Demi Lovato on her former friend and fellow Disney Channel alum, Miley Cyrus. While Cyrus has pursued a new path influenced by sex and drugs, Lovato is publicly sober, and an outspoken advocate for bipolar awareness.