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Guinness World Records

A 32-year-old woman is attempting to become the heaviest woman ever, but her nearest competitor, a woman who holds the record of “World’s Fattest Mom,” is having a hard time letting go of her heavyweight claim to fame, even as she says she’sgoing on a diet.

Susanne Eman, a 728-pound woman in Casa Grande, Ariz., is attempting to get into Guinness World Records as the “World’s Heaviest Woman,” and hopes to reach her goal by the time she’s 41. The 2012 edition of the book will be released later this month.

The last woman to hold the title, 1,200-pound Rosalie Bradford, died in 2006.

“The category is currently open,” a Guinness representative told HuffPost Weird News. “We’ve got several claims that we’re researching, and we may have a new title holder very soon.”

Eman has told reporters that she wants to shatter the record by packing on 1,600 pounds. Her ultimate goal: weighing in at one ton.

One of Eman’s high profile rivals, Donna Simpson, of Akron, Ohio, holds the Guinness record for heaviest woman ever to bear children. She won the title by weighing a whopping 532 pounds when she gave birth to her daughter, Jacqueline, in February 2007 — an event that required 30 doctors.

Simpson just announced to the world via HuffPost Weird News that she’s decided to go on a diet, but she’s having a hard time letting go of the “prestige” that goes along with the honor of being America‘s heaviest woman — and said she views Eman as an upstart trying to usurp her hard-earned

“She’s Lady Goo Goo to my Lady Gaga,” Simpson laughed, adding that no one in the “feeder” community — a subculture of men who love large women — knows who Eman is.

“If she was a serious gainer, the community would know about her,” Simpson said.

Simpson said she suspects that Eman is in cahoots with her ex-manager and is trying to get publicity in order to compete for her fan base. Even worse: She accuses Eman of trying to take away her “World’s Fattest Mom” title.

“She says she’s surpassed me as the world’s fattest mom, but she doesn’t understand that Guinness gave me the record because I was 532 pounds when I gave birth,” Simpson said. “She wasn’t that large when she gave birth to her kids.”

Simpson also feels Eman is irresponsible for having her teenage kids feed her, as opposed to the adult “feeder/gainer” relationship she had with her former fiance, Philippe Gouamba, with whom she broke up a few weeks ago.

Eman is chowing down on nearly 22,000 calories daily, including six eggs scrambled in butter, a half-pound of bacon, four potatoes, six pieces of buttered toast and a 32-ounce shake — and that’s just for breakfast.

Eman is under an exclusive contract to Barcroft Media, a British-based news agency, and was unavailable to be interviewed. However, a source close to her camp considers Simpson’s comments to be “a load of crap” designed to make Simpson money and get her a reality show.

The source added that while there is a push among the media to get the two into a cat fight, Eman prefers to stay focused on her own career, including a potential appearance on “Dr. Oz,” where she will prove she’s healthy by submitting to a physical.

Shhhh! Do not rustle this bizarre creature.

Behold! In what could be her boldest image shift to date (no, not really), Lady Gaga appears in Harper’s Bazaarwith NO MAKEUP.


What is going on? Who is this person? Is she Swedish? Is she iamamiwhoami? Is this going to presage an acoustic album? Will all her outfits be fashioned out of natural fibers on manual looms?

Perhaps the answers lie below.

“Don’t you think that what’s on the cover of a magazine is quite artificial?” she asks. “There’s this idea that it’s all natural, but everything’s been staged to look natural. It is also an invention. It’s just that my inventions are different. I often get asked about my artifice, but isn’t fashion based on the idea that we can create a fantasy?”

She may have lost me at “magazine.”

I love this new look but am not really buying the no-makeup thing. How many different swipes of very subtle makeup in similar shades to the features they are covering (can you tell I have no idea how to write about makeup…or anything) do you think this Bazaar effort took? I would guess 47.


It is hoped a Bob Marley song will help bring awareness to the thousands suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa.

It is hoped a Bob Marley song will help bring awareness to the thousands suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa.

A new social media campaign hopes to harness the power of celebrities and a Bob Marley song to help bring awareness to the thousands suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa.

The “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend” campaign, which kicks off Tuesday, is named for a line in Marley’s 1973 song “High Tide Or Low Tide.”

It uses the song as the soundtrack to a short film on the East African crisis directed by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald.

Among MacDonald’s movies is the critically acclaimed “Last King of Scotland.”

Prominent celebrities — such as Eminem, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears — have pledged to promote the film by posting it on their Facebook pages or offering links on their Twitter feeds.

The video is also on sale, with proceeds going to Save The Children.

“With over 150 global stars already signed up and more joining by the hour, the combined total of their fans and followers on the social networks is over 700 hundred million people,” the campaign said. “This huge number will not only help raise awareness of the scale of the crisis but also vital funds for those suffering in the region.”

Twelve million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Somalia has been hardest hit.

“Not one child should be denied food nor water. Not one child should suffer. Along with Save the Children, we must stand up together as friends to put a stop to this, to feed our children and to save their lives,” said Rita Marley, Marley’s wife.

In December 2010, the last time Yoko Ono was at Billboard, she was being honored for a whopping five consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. With her just-released single “Talking To The Universe” climbing the same chart, the iconoclastic veteran artist took time out to chat about the DJ community’s affinity for her music, sharing a stage with Lady Gaga (“one of the most awesome pied pipers the world ever had”), Twitter, and her continuing work protecting and curating her late husband John Lennon‘s music and legacy.

Billboard.com: “Talking To The Universe” is vying to be your next hit on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart. You already have a slew of No. 1s on that chart. Were you surprised when your music was embraced by the DJ community? How has that, in turn, influenced how you make music?

Yoko Ono: Many of my songs were dance orientated from way back. That’s because I LOVE DANCE! When I hear a dance number, just hearing the first eight bars, it immediately makes my bod start moving and dancing. That’s how I was from a long, long time ago. I can’t help it. But now that I am very involved with making dance tracks, I feel I finally came home!


One thing I didn’t know, and now I know: DJs are in incredible competition, musically. And they are the most musically creative and sensitive people in all the music charts. I am amazed how they are. Without their creativity, my songs could never have become No. 1. I have so much respect and love for the DJs on the dance chart, you just don’t know. One day, the dance charts will be the biggest chart in the music world. Because we all need to dance. This planet will be a fun planet when the judges in court will end the day with a dance!


Is there someone you would especially like to have remix your work?

I would love to see a repeat performance of Chairman Mao and Nixon… with John [Lennon] mixing [his] song “We’re All Water.”


What are your plans for new music? Is there a new album in the works? Are there any collaborations with artists from the dance or rock worlds that are afoot?
Yes. You hit the spot. There is something in the works. But I’m not telling.


You performed with Lady Gaga last fall. How did that come about and what was performing with her like?

It was really exciting to perform with a lady who just made herself into a legend in two weeks… or was it two years? I think everything about her is worthy of being mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.


Video:Yoko Ono And Lady Gaga Perform Together


What did you think of Gaga after meeting her? What do you think of her music and career trajectory?
She is just being herself. She can’t help it! But the other side of the story is that she is one of the most awesome pied pipers the world ever had. Being close to her amazing energy is waking yourself up to the future of the Universe.  Bless her.

When you spoke with Billboard last fall you said your role in terms of John’s catalog and legacy was as “protector.” What are your thoughts on the warm reception to the reissues of his solo work that you oversaw last fall in time for his 70th birthday?
Humbly, with all my heart, I’d like to say thank you to the Universe. Thank you, Universe.
You have been in the music industry for almost 40 years. In this age of digital distribution and social media, where the labels have a far different role than they used to, what advice can you give to artists about having a career that is creative, long and lucrative?


Nothing is written in stone. So don’t prepare yourself for a long and lucrative career. You might die tomorrow. Your gold holdings might become dust. Just make the music you want to make now and enjoy it. That’s what music can give you: the kind of fun moment that will be good for your health. Maybe nobody else will hear it. Well, too bad for them!


Your tweets  (@yokoono) are often almost like Fluxus cards from the 60s art movement. Do you see that medium as an art as well?


Tweets? Of course, it’s art! It’s the latest most exciting art we have now. I am thrilled to bits! I hope you are not questioning it.


You’ve helped The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame put together an upcoming Beatles exhibit. What item in it is the most special to you?


I totally enjoyed all of it. Everything in it is so special, you just can’t pick one out of it.


Is there any aspect of art — music, visual arts, performing arts, film, writing — that you haven’t delved into that you want to get onto your long list of accomplishments?


Eulogy. How about that? Lately, I am asked to write a eulogy quite often for my friends who passed away. I like to think that I make them smile with what I remember about them. I have one for myself.  I want it carved on stone saying: Here lies a woman who was in love with the Planet Earth and she still is.




Lady Gaga To Judge “So You Think You Can Dance” This Week
“Gaga is coming to dance,” shouts the intro of a new “So You Think You Can Dance” promo, announcing that the superstar will be appearing on the upcoming episodes of the hit Fox series. Gaga will be judging the final eight contestants on Wednesday (July 27) and will perform on Thursday (July 28), both at 8 p.m. EST. On Thursday, Gaga will also perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and the entire block behind Kimmel’s Hollywood studio will be shut down for the show, which will include her latest song, “You And I.” Watch the promo for Gaga’s “So You Think You Can Dance” spot below. (THR)



Court Date Set In Lawsuit Against Rihanna
Rihanna will be heading to court in New York City on Aug. 10 for the first hearing in the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her by photographer David LaChapelle. His claims that Rihanna’s “S&M” video plagiarizes the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colours, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his photographs. LaChapelle said that he is a fan of the pop star’s and that the suit is “not personal, it’s strictly busienss.” (Jezebel)


Hot Snakes To Reunite at ATP in December
Beloved underground rock act Hot Snakes will reunite later this year for a performance at All Tomorrow Parties’ Nightmare Before Christmas event, set to take place Dec. 9-11 in Minehead, England. The event is being jointly curated by Battles, Les Savy Fav and Caribou and will also feature performances by Archers Of Loaf, Gary Numan, No Age, Wild Flag, the reunited Bitch Magnet, the Dodos, Pharoah Sanders and the Sun Ra Arkestra, among many others.

Hot Snakes, which were led by former Drive Like Jehu principals Rick Froberg and John Reis, split in 1995 after three acclaimed studio albums. Froberg moved on to the band Obits, while Reis has since fronted the Night Marchers. Reis confirmed the reunion in a post on the message board for his Swami Records label, saying, “So far just ATP is confirmed,” but that the band is “talking about maybe doing a couple more shows beforehand” on the East Coast.


Anthony Kiedis Cried Over Justin Bieber
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis admitted to crying while watching Justin Bieber’s documentary “Never Say Never.” “I sat on an airplane recently, coming from Hawaii to Los Angeles, with Rick Rubin just across the aisle, watching the Justin Bieber movie, ‘Never Say Never.’ I cried twice during that film and I want the world to know that!” the rocker told UK magazine Q. (Spinner)


Justin Timberlake Spends Comic-Con as Sesame Street Character
While he played the new art director of GQ in his latest flick “Friends with Benefits,” Justin Timberlake collaborated last week with an actual magazine writer, Chris Jones of Esquire. The writer and singer played a practical joke on Comic-Con this past weekend by spending July 21 in Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie costumes, respectively — a secret that was safe until Jones revealed it on Twitter. (Huffington Post)


Robyn Covers Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’
Swedish dance-pop queen Robyn made a stop at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge earlier today to record two songs: The first, “Call Your Girlfriend,” the stellar single from 2010’s “Body Talk,” and second, a cover of Coldplay’s latest release “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.” Adding a twinkling synth riff and driving drum beat to the latter, Robyn makes the song her own. Listen below. (BBC)

The Who to Perform ‘Quadrophenia’ On Tour
Pete Townsend has revealed in a blog post that The Who will, yet again, perform its classic sixth album, “Quadrophenia,” in its entirety on tour next year. The Who guitarist is not on the group’s current “Tommy” tour, writing in the same blog post that the current tour “is entirely Roger’s adventure… I look forward to playing with Roger again doing ‘Quadrophenia’ next year.” The Who played “Quadrophenia” in its entirely last year for charity at the Royal Albert Hall, and Townsend confirmed that he is working on a re-mastered edition of the album. (Rolling Stone)

In a new interview with PlayboyJustin Timberlake opened up about his marijuana use, Lady Gaga and his lengthy hiatus from music following his 2006 sophomore disc, “FutureSex/Lovesounds.”


When asked if he was a pot smoker, the pop singer replies, “Absolutely,” and adds, “The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking. Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.”


Timberlake, who stars in the upcoming comedies “Bad Teacher” and “Friends With Benefits” after earning raves for his supporting role in “The Social Network,” also admits that he is not focused on creating new music right now. “I don’t have a single song ready to go,” he says. “People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year, but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.”


Billboard Bits: Justin Timberlake On Britney Spears


In the meantime, JT says that he’s been enjoying the latest efforts from the Strokes and Radiohead, and is “ready to buy” anything Jack Whitecomes out with. Timberlake also admires Lady Gaga — who joined him on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” last month — and says that he hopes she changes up her sound a bit on her next full-length.


“I’d love to see her come out with another record a couple of years from now that’s completely different, maybe something Tori Amos could do,” says Timberlake. “If I were Lady Gaga, I’d do whatever I wanted, which it looks like she’s doing. She’s just plain old good. But I don’t know what the future holds for her. Her sound is so big. She’s got the outfits and she shocks you, but you kind of wonder how an act that big stays around forever. That’s why I’m curious to see her mix it up a little. I think she’ll continue to make interesting music.”


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