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While his music industry cohorts were patting each other on the back at the Grammy Awards last night, Kanye West spent the weekend in Brazil with Kim Kardashian and Will Smith.
If you can forgive us for being, like, a week behind on finding this video, then please enjoy yet another instance of a mini in-flight "flashmob." Actually, they're calling it a "Fly Mob," but under 20 people on a flight of 200 isn't exactly a "mob" in traditional definition.
Anyway, the dance crew for Kanye West's Australian tour hopped a Virgin Australia flight to reach their next performance and managed to squeeze in a show onboard.
Set to the music of West's song "Runaway," the group's choreography includes arms and legs in the aisle, which is typically a big no-no when it's done by anyone other than pretty blonde dancers from Prague. Was Kanye himself on the flight to see this? Nope, but that "regular passenger" stuck in the aisle sure makes enough of a cameo to count as a special guest.
Part of the fun of South By Southwest is that you never know what's coming next. The annual Austin, TX film/music/interactive conference is known for its secret concerts and events, and since this year is the 25th Anniversary of SXSW, attendees have pretty high expectations.
So far, this year's big rumor is that Kanye West will likely make a special appearance at SXSW on March 19th, and we've got no reason to doubt it, especially when there's to back it up:
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You know who's having a really great day today? Zappos, that's who. The online shoe-selling company, along with Amtrak, has had their ads greeting air travelers from the bottom of airport security bins for over a year now, and a simple boasting tweet from Kanye West may be the highlight of the whole ad campaign.
Kanye, who's apparently flying somewhere this morning, was going through airport security when he was instructed to remove things on his person that would set off the metal detectors. Of course he naturally unloaded the contents of an entire Alaskan gold mine into the bin, and then just had to brag by tweeting a photo.
Let's see, he definitely wears more bracelets on a daily basis than we even own...but where's the blingy watch? You've disappointed us and the TSA, Kanye.
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We’ve mentioned before what a diamond Kanye West is on Twitter and although he may not have talked about “BabyMamaJets” in a while (having abandoned them for more newsworthy discussion about phoenixes and album covers), he’s still one of the most compelling travel tweeters around.
Just on Saturday night, for example, he started musing on the travails of flying. Nothing to do with leg room or having to pay for food you wouldn’t feed your dog in the first place, so we assume it wasn’t economy.
No, the worst thing about traveling (presumably) First, according to Kanye, are those pesky errant water bottles:
I hate when I'm on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.
It's like someone leaving a child at your door... you gotta make sure it stays put ... you gotta hold it when the plane is landing...
Around 12 noon EST yesterday, Kanye West joined Twitter. And by midnightonly twelve hours laterthe man had already tweeted 37 times and gained 180,000 followers. So what's he talking about? Well, it's pretty much all about his travels thus far, with such highlights as visiting "Silicone Valley" [sic], hitting up the Lanvin store in Paris with "Jay & B" (that'd be Jay-Z and Beyonce), and working the famous restaurant Nobu into one of his songs.
Our personal favorites however, were a series of tweets about a private jet he boarded yesterday evening. They went something like this:
Even though Kanye West hasn't been making many public appearances lately, that doesn't mean he's been keeping quiet. He has been taking to his blog, defending himself against the haters and setting the record straight.
Has Kanye West been reading Eat, Pray, Love lately? It's been reported that the megalomaniacal star is considering going on retreat in India, to an ashram in Pondicherry to "reassess life."
After his famous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV video music awards last month, and the open liquor-swilling and outlandish behavior he exhibited in the front row and on the red carpet at the same event, it seems like Kanye is overdue for such a calming vacation. Ashrams are however designed for lengthy stays, without contact with most of the outside world and devoid of all the luxurious comforts that Kanye enjoys.
'Tis the season for skinny dipping! Yesterday, rapper Kanye West caused quite a stir on both Miami Beach and the internet as his model girlfriend Amber Rose stepped just short of nude.
For most of last night, it was believed that the mini peep-show occurred on a beach just outside of Barcelona, Spain, when actually the couple was just underneath our own American noses, turning their hotel beach into a skin show straight out of Europe.
While Kanye seemed upset with the paparazzi as usual, Amber however smiled and bared more and more skin, eventually going full topless and making search engines go crazy with terms like "amber rose bikini beach pics" and "barcelona kanye girlfriend nude." It only came out this morning that they were in fact in Miami, and had just as quickly returned to New York. This is what happens when you become famous, people; you get to take quick mid-week trips to the beach and frolic with your nude girlfriend. We need to start getting famous.
· Kanye upstaged by cheeky girlfriend as she frolics in orange bikini [Daily Mail]
· Celeb Travel Coverage [Jaunted]
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With so much travel news raining down on us, we don't always have time to give every story its own forecast. Now here are some of today's more celeb-centric travel stories in brief.
· The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Will "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" be able to fill the void left by Carmela Soprano? More importantly, will it make people hop on the ACES on NJ Transit trains to visit the state? We're not sure. But do expect a lot of "Jerziness" to come out like: mall-hopping, nasal accents, an inside look at the "construction" business, the start-up of a strip club, trips to the Jersey Shore and we can only hope, some Taylor Ham. Yeah, Taylor Ham not Pork Roll. We hope the NJ Tourism board is ok with all this. [Bravo TV]
· Graydon Carter is Monkeying Around: The Vanity Fair editor is working on a new restaurant. The Monkey Bar is expected to open soon on East 54th Street in New York. Remember, Carter is already one of the folks behind the Waverly Inn. [Page Six]
· Could This Be the End of The Hills?: Looks like Audrina Patridge won't be returning for a sixth season either (LC is out too.) But she won't be leaving your TV sets anytime soon. There are talks she will get her own show. Oh great. [EW]
· Southwest's CEO Really Plays Guitar: In case you were ever curious about CEO Gary Kelly's musical skills you can check 'em out here. [Southwest Blog]
· Kanye West Will Be Charged: Remember when Kanye went batshit on a photog at American Airlines at LAX? He's going to be charged with three misdemeanors. [TMZ]
It's been years that Kanye West has been threatening to unleash his talents on the world of fashion. He finally made good this week when kicks he designed for Louis Vuitton hit the runway at Paris Fashion Week.
While on his blog, Mr. West seemed more concerned with dispelling rumors that he wants to do porn, the Louis Vuitton Don was all smiles with Marc Jacobs, who designed the collection featuring West's bright high-tops and loafer-style sneakers. Nor is he stopping there: West also designed a collection for Nike called Air Yeezy, expected to hit stores this spring.
The KWLV's won't be available till June, but if you've got the connections, you still have one more day to catch Paris Fashion Week: Today's remaining shows include Christian Lacroix (3:30 local time at the Centre Georges Pompidou) and Givenchy (7PM at 15 rue de l'Ecole de Médecine). Tomorrow, Fashion Week closes out with Elie Saab (12:30PM, 13 avenue du Président Wilson) and Jean Paul Gaultier (2:30PM, 325 rue Saint-Martin).
Dieters have the cookie jar. Spendthrifts have the Target sale. And this weekend, Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan proved they can't go to clubs in Europe without triggering an incident. In Lindsay's case, it wasn't her fault, but it still got ugly.
Lohan was accompanying girlfriend Samantha Ronson to the VIP Room Theater where she was DJing when animal rights activists flourbombed her on the red carpet. Lohan wasn't too shaken up, but Ronson later wrote on her MySpace page criticizing the, er, broad view of free speech the perpetrators demonstrated with Lindsay.
Meanwhile in Newcastle, England, Kanye West was arrested for hitting a paparazzo... again. Apparently upset at being caught outside the Tup Tup Club with four lovely ladies; West claims he held up his hand to keep a cameraman from shooting him, but the photographer says otherwise. On his blog, West cites Princess Diana and warns that the media who chase him are out of control. Oh Kanye, you go on with your bad self.