Las Vegas racked up headlines in gossip magazines, thanks to this weekend’s star-studded iHeartRadio Music Festival. Gossip’s top billing:
■ Jennifer Lopez flashed her famous booty onstage at iHeartRadio. She then went to club Pure at Caesars, drank Dom Perignon Rose, danced on a couch and (according to People magazine’s Mark Gray) enjoyed a lap dance from one of her shirtless male dancers.
Interpretation: J Lo stuck it to Marc Anthony post-breakup, proving she got her groove back, yada yada. And you know what “yada yada” means.
■ Radio industry observers at Radio-Info.com insinuated that Clear Channel, backing iHeartRadio, was none too pleased that some performers uttered “four s-words and one mf-word.” Can you believe pop stars curse? Shocker.
But seriously, G-rated radio laws have not helped radio stay relevant in the past decade. The Internet is the Wild West of language and visuals, but radio was forced to regress into the 16th-century church.
If you didn’t know: iHeartRadio tossed these concerts here to promote its phone app. As Radio-Info and Billboard magazine reported, singers onstage “got the memo” to promote the app in a bid to compete against Pandora.com.
■ US magazine’s splashy headline was a thriller: “Carrie Underwood Debuts Bangs At iHeartRadio Music Fest.”
■ But here’s my favorite coverage. JustJared.com reported that Fergie isn’t pregnant — despite her belt:
“The 36-year-old singer, who is married to Josh Duhamel, sparked rumors that she is pregnant because of the low slung belt that she wore on stage.
“UPDATE: Fergie’s rep confirmed to JustJared.com that she’s NOT pregnant. Maybe next time!”
My God, that’s precious.
CLUBBED TO DEATH
Club Nikki didn’t make it to its four-month anniversary before it and the Tropicana began parting ways this weekend. From the outside looking in, there seemed to be several problems despite the fact that a lot of people who went there were quite pretty.
It didn’t seem as if enough VIPs were buying expensive bottle tables, but what do I know?
Nikki was paying many thousands to bring in big names, from Britney to Halle Berry. And yet, the club rarely opened its best feature at night — the Nikki Beach pool.
Instead, Nikki tried to shoehorn everyone inside when they would have preferred to be in the sexier outside on cool summer nights, as clubbers do at Wynn clubs.
I hope the Trop stops trying to make that a nightclub space. There are, like, 19 clubs and dayclubs on the Strip, also known as “a glut.”
The Nikki Beach area could be an ultralounge pool-club with sexy ambient music played at moderate lounge volumes, so people can talk, hook up and check into a Trop room for shenanigans. There’s a promotion for you.
Duhamel’s 2006 Shelby Cobra re-creation Roadster, signed by wife Fergie and the other Black Eyed Peas, sold for $100,000 at Mandalay Bay’s Barrett-Jackson auction Saturday to raise money for flood relief in North Dakota.
Bellagio pianist David Osborne is heading to Georgia to perform at Jimmy Carter’s 87th birthday tributes at several churches, with fundraising for the Plains Better Hometown Program. Osborne and Carter go way back.
Eva Longoria cooked a big lasagna at Buca di Beppo on Saturday night, and I don’t know why. She and boyfriend Eduardo Cruz then went partying at club Marquee at The Cosmopolitan. She also saw “O” on Saturday. She’s a whirling dervish.
Doug Elfman’s column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.