A monster year appears to be shaping up for Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss and his show producer, Robin Antin, founder of the Pussycat Dolls.
Goss' new album, a collaboration with heavyweight music producer Ron Fair, is about four weeks from completion.
"He says it's the best album he's ever done, and so do I," Goss told me Saturday at Nevada Ballet Theatre's Woman of the Year Black & White Ball at Aria.
Antin is in the news this week with her announcement that she has created a new Pussycat Dolls recording group. Tens of millions of TV viewers will see the new quintet in their world debut in a GoDaddy.com commercial during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
"My brother, Steve, who directed 'Burlesque' the movie, directed the commercial," said Antin, who raved about her new lead singer, Lauren Bennett.
The 22-year-old Brit stunner could be in line to be one of music's next breakout stars. Bennett was featured in LMFAO's international hit "Party Rock Anthem" and on Cee Lo Green's album "The Lady Killer" on the track "Love Gun."
"She was born to be a Pussycat Doll," said Antin, who launched the PCD brand as a burlesque troupe in 1995 before forming a recording group.
She brought a spinoff group to Las Vegas in the form of a burlesque revue at Pure at Caesars Palace, featuring Eva Longoria on opening night April 9, 2005. They moved to Gallery nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort in November.
In addition to working with Fair, Goss has brought Britney Spears' longtime manager Larry Rudolph on board his team. A documentary is in the works about Goss, who has sold more than 20 million albums.
Fair, former chairman of Geffen Records, is a six-time Grammy-winning producer with more than 20 Grammy nominations. His chart-topping artists include The Black Eyed Peas, U2, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige.
Actress and furniture designer Jane Seymour, dining at Mundo (Las Vegas Design Center) on Tuesday. ... Music industry exec Tommy Mottola, at Gregory Popovich's "Comedy Pet Theater" at V Theater (Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood) on Tuesday with his wife, Thalia. ... In the Palms' N9NE Steakhouse kitchen on Sunday: baseball greats Reggie Jackson, Frank Thomas, Bo Jackson, John Smoltz, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Gary Sheffield, David Wells, Trevor Hoffman, Joe Carter, Rob Dibble and Harold Reynolds. With the exception of Reggie Jackson, they were in town shooting a CBS skills competition series titled "The Players Club" set to air in May. They competed at Pole Position Go-Kart on Tuesday. Segments also were shot in the Palms' Hardwood Suite and the poker room. Retired UFC champ Brock Lesnar and NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, at Rao's (Caesars Palace) with a large group. Food Channel star Guy Fieri, after winning about $1,200 on video poker during a "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" shoot at Naked City Pizza last week, took the film crew to dinner. Longoria, with boyfriend Eduardo Cruz, a Spanish composer and younger brother of actress Penelope Cruz, at Julian Serrano's tapas restaurant (Aria) late Saturday with a group that included Bill McBeath, president and COO of Aria, and Serrano. Katy Perry, made a hasty exit from a charity event Friday at I OAK (Mirage) when tempers flared between Brandon Davis and Justin Murdock, the Dole fruit heir, according to PageSix.com
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