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Ashlee Simpson is dating ‘Boardwalk Empire’ star Vincent Piazza

The 26-year-old singer-and-actress ‘ who split up with husband Pete Wentz after just over two years of marriage in February ‘ has been spotted kissing and holding hands with the actor in New York.

It is not the first time Ashlee, who has two-year-old son Bronx Mowgli with former ‘Fall Out Boy’ star Pete, has spent time with another man since her break-up ‘ she has also enjoyed the company of D.R.U.G.S. front-man Craig Owens, who is a good friend of her ex’s.

However, in March Ashlee was seen holding hands with her 32-year-old estranged husband, sparking speculation the pair had reconciled as she ‘lovingly leaned’ on him while out.

A source said: ‘Ashlee and Pete held hands, and Pete especially looked very happy. While waiting for their drinks, Pete had his arm around Ashlee and they definitely looked like a couple again.

“Ashlee kept smiling and lovingly leaned on Pete.”

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher.

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher.

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher.

The two singers enjoyed spending time with one another at the Coachella music festival in Los Angeles last weekend and decided to see each other again in New York a few days later.

A source close to Usher said the pair have been friendly for a long time and have shared some “passionate kisses”.

They told The Sun newspaper: “They had a really good time together last weekend and wanted to see each other again somewhere private straight after. They’ve known each other for a long time but it’s always been bad timing.

“They’ve had a few long, passionate kisses. There’s definitely a spark between them.

“It would have been too obvious to go somewhere in LA and they were both going back to New York for work commitments.”

Earlier this year the ‘OMG’ hitmaker declared his musical interest in the ‘S&M’ star, revealing he wanted to record a duet with her.

He said: “Of course I’d do a track with her – hold on! We’ve been friends and our teams work together and we’ve talked about working together in the past, but it could potentially happen.

“I would love to work with her – I think she’s an incredible artist.”

Justin Bieber immortalised in wax

Justin Bieber immortalised in wax

Justin Bieber immortalised in wax

The 17-year-old singer is the latest star to be honoured with his own replica figure by famous museum Madame Tussauds and he unveiled his double in London today (15.03.11) in front of a few lucky fans while thousands more watched via a live web stream.

The ‘Baby’ hitmaker seemed impressed by his likeness although he commented that he had grown in height since he posed for it.

He told museum staff: “It’s pretty incredible to see. I’m taller but this was a point in time.

“It looks awesome, thanks very much.”

Fan Grace Magraff, 14, said: “I cannot believe I am in the same room as Justin and his figure is amazing. I don’t want to leave; I just want to stay by his figure forever! It’s brilliant, just like him. I love it!”

The waxwork was created with the help of the teenager’s personal hair stylist to ensure it had his signature sweeping cut – which he recently ditched – and is dressed in a fashionable black and red shirt with jeans.

Justin gave sculptors in New York a sitting late last year, where hundreds of precise measurements were taken. The figure then took four months to complete at a cost of £150,000.

Liz Edwards, PR manager at the attraction, said: “The interest in Justin’s figure has been truly phenomenal. We were absolutely inundated with requests from young fans to include him and since we announced that we were indeed making his figure we’ve been besieged by ‘Beliebers’ wanting to know when they can come and see him here.

“We’re sure they will be as pleased with the final results as Justin seems to be today.”

Figures of Justin were also revealed at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and Madame Tussauds New York today.

Lady Gaga says wearing flesh-coloured spikes on her forehead is ‘just another day at the office’

Lady Gaga says wearing flesh-coloured spikes

Lady Gaga says wearing flesh-coloured spikes

The ‘Born This Way’ singer says her glamorous look is her normal state and she would dress in one of her outrageous outfits no matter what she had planned that day. Speaking to US TV host Gayle King – while wearing spikes on her face and shoulders, huge platform shoes and a leather dress – she said: ‘ live a glamorous, stylish life. It’s nothing to do with money or anything. It’s just the way I choose to live.

‘ just woke up in my New York apartment and just wanted to be myself today, so I wore my vintage mute glare catsuit and these are my favourite shoes right now.

‘They’re creepers and they’re made into platforms. I’m very excited about that. It’s just another day at the office.’

She also tried to convince Gayle the spikes in her face were natural, adding: ‘They’ve been there this whole time but I waited until I’d put ‘Born This Way’ out for you to see them.’

Gaga, 24, also said claimed she does not take herself too seriously, and doesn’t worry about criticism.

She added: ‘ always like to say people take me too seriously and not seriously enough at the same time. I think there’s an incredible amount of scrutiny on young women and I think there’s a tremendous amount of analysis that goes into everything, but I just don’t care what people think of me to be perfectly blunt.

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions.

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions.

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,900 retail banking offices and approximately 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 29 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Kanye West Voluntarily Wraps Gifts For Foster Kids

Kanye West Voluntarily Wraps Gifts For Foster Kids

Kanye West Voluntarily Wraps Gifts For Foster Kids

Kanye West Voluntarily Wraps Gifts For Foster Kids. Kanye West may be all about his ego most of the time, but for 90 minutes, he made it all about the kids. The controversial rapper/singer spent an hour and a half gift wrapping presents for foster kids at a charity event in New York. The great thing about the deed is that Kanye wasn’t even asked to wrap the gifts. He just happened to be in the area where the New Yorkers for Children’s 8th annual “Wrap to Rap” event was taking place so he decided to help out.   According to TMZ sources, he was not scheduled to attend the event on Tuesday, but he still strolled right in at 6 p.m. and asked if he could help out. When some people at the event asked why he wanted to help, he apparently said that he simply felt compelled to lend a hand because it was a good cause. The insiders said Kanye “cheerfully” wrapped some of the 2,000 gifts donated by Wal-Mart before quietly slipping out the back.

Justin Bieber has a vocal coach Jan Smith,to help him through puberty

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has a vocal coach to help him through puberty. Justin Bieber has a vocal coach with him constantly to help him through his voice breaking. The 16-year-old ‘Baby’ Singer is currently struggling as puberty alters his vocal chords, but has a voice expert watching over him and ensure he can still perform his hits live. A source told the News Of The World newspaper: ‘Justin is physically developing at a slower rate than most guys so his voice is only breaking now. ‘He’s working with the best in the business, a specialist called Jan Smith, to make sure he gets s much vocal rest as humanly possible for a working pop star. ‘t’s the same people who worked with Usher when his voice broke.’ Despite his voice breaking, Justin is still appearing on stage, and will perform on British TV show ‘The X Factor’. He also stayed on to sign copies of his autobiography ‘First Step 2 Forever’ for an extra 1,000 fans at a New York bookstore on Friday (26.11.10). During the marathon signing – which saw him autograph 2,000 copies of the book ‘ Justin tweeted: “Sorry we are late. My fans are the most loyal passionate people ever. Super grateful. thank u. We got a lot more people to see. I’m not leaving until I keep my promise. Thanks for everyone being so cool about this.  He later added: “Finished the signing in the New York. Had to show love. We let 1,000 more people in. Love y’all. wish I could let the whole world in.”

American Express Goes Big on Small-Business Push

American Express Goes Big on Small-Business Push

American Express Goes Big on Small-Business Push

American Express Goes Big on Small-Business Push. American Express, which is shunned by some small businesses looking to avoid high fees, has crafted an extensive program to promote those same businesses this holiday season. Kenneth Chenault, American Express chairman-CEO, speaks at a press conference in New York to announce Small Business Saturday as Mayor Bloomberg looks on. Typically, American Express charges higher fees for acceptance of its cards than rivals Visa or MasterCard. That not only makes it hard for some small businesses to accept, but has led at least one major retailer, H&M, to discontinue acceptance of the card. Still, that hasn’t stopped American Express, which has long promoted its cards to small business owners, from promoting Small Business Saturday this holiday season. Slated for the busy weekend after Thanksgiving, American Express is promoting Saturday, Nov. 27, as a day to support local businesses. That day is expected to be the sixth-biggest sales day for retailers this holiday season and the eighth-busiest day, in terms of traffic, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. American Express did not respond to requests for comment, and it’s not clear exactly how many small businesses across the country accept the cards. Ed Gilligan, vice chairman at the company, said that small businesses use American Express cards more than any other card in the country, during an interview with CNBC earlier this month. He did not clarify whether those merchants using the cards also accepted the cards, however. To promote the program,American Express is running a national advertising campaign, as well as encouraging small business owners to register for free Facebook ads. The first 10,000 business owners to sign up will receive $100 of free Facebook advertising in the days leading up to Nov. 27. Those businesses do not necessarily have to accept American Express, Mr. Gilligan told CNBC. Facebook has also donated $500,000 in credits for those businesses to use in the future. The movement has taken off on Facebook, where nearly 875,000 people “like” the program. American Express had committed to donating $1 to the nonprofit Girls Inc. for each like, up to $500,000. American Express is also offering consumers a monetary incentive to shop at small businesses. The first 100,000 to register their American Express card will receive a $25 statement credit for spending more than $25 at a locally-owned, independent small business that accepts American Express on Nov. 27.”Small business is the engine of job creation in the U.S. economy,” Kenneth Chenault, American Express chairman-CEO, said in a statement. “It is also among the sectors hardest hit by the recession. By spreading the word about Small Business Saturday, we can help raise awareness about the critical role small businesses play in cities and towns across the country at a time when they need support the most.” According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there were nearly 28 million small businesses in the U.S. last year. And, according to The 3/50 Project, a small-business advocacy group, for every $100 spent in locally-owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become a part of the holiday shopping lexicon, but other themed days have fallen flat. Mobile Tuesday, promoted in 2008, never got off the ground. And Super Saturday, the last Saturday before Christmas, is most often referred to by industry insiders, not consumers.

Kim Kardashian Opens Times Square Restrooms

Kim Kardashian Opens Times Square Restrooms

Kim Kardashian Opens Times Square Restrooms

Kim Kardashian Opens Times Square Restrooms. We all know Kim Kardashian would show up to the opening of an envelope if she’s getting paid. But now she’s lending her star power to open a bathroom. Yes, a bathroom. Party girl turned potty girl Kim Kardashian was on hand for the unveiling of the Charmin Restrooms in Times Square for a fifth year, cutting the toilet paper ribbon and posing for pictures with the Charmin bears. Charmin called on Kardashian, the ultimate girl-on-the-go who might have to go while in the city, for the occasion. The new New York resident even released a statement about the new bathroom locations. “With my recent transition to New York, I’ve been checking out all the gifts the City has to offer visitors and New Yorkers alike,” says Kardashian. “During the holiday shopping season, I’m happy to join Charmin as they give the gift of the Restrooms near Times Square.” The new location of the Charmin Restrooms are at 142 West 42nd Street. Before making the trip, it has not been confirmed if Kim actually used the facilities. Kim Kardashian has previously lent her face and brand to tanning products, Skechers shoes, and even her own pre-paid debit card from Mastercard.

Janet Jackson To Tour In 2011

Janet Jackson To Tour In 2011

Janet Jackson To Tour In 2011

Janet Jackson To Tour In 2011.   Janet Jackson has announced what she describes as her “largest ever world tour” to take place in 2011, where she’ll perform all of her hits off last year’s “Number Ones” collection. “Many of asked, ‘When will I tour again?’ Well, today I’m really excited to answer that question and to announce my largest ever world tour, celebrating 35 #1’s,” Janet said. The cities have yet to be announced because the fans get to demand the cities she performs in. She’ll perform in for 35 dates across the globe next year. A list of cities is available for voting at www.janetjackson.com. Among the cities eligible for voting are New York, Los Angeles, Miami in the States, and even Hong Kong, Singapore, and Milan, Italy overseas. “Number Ones” features over 30 of Janet’s biggest hits, including “Rhythm Nation,” “If,” “Nasty,” and her latest #1 dance hit “Make Me.” Her upcoming world tour is Janet’s first since 2008’s “Rock Witchu” Tour, which featured Janet performing songs from her latest album “Discipline.”

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