Mick denies the ‘hit’
In her teenage dream? Mick Jagger says he never hit on Katy Perry when she was 18. During an interview with an Australian radio show, the pop star said she sang backing vocals for “Old Habits Die Hard.” Perry said she had dinner with the veteran rocker and that “he hit on me when I was 18.”
In a statement Thursday, a representative for Jagger says he “categorically denies that he has ever made a pass at Katy Perry.” The rep adds: “Perhaps she is confusing him with someone else.”
Perry was one of the singers to make a guest appearance on the Rolling Stones’ tour this year. The 29-year-old singer also said in the interview that the 70-year-old Jagger has been “very kind” to her.
New Fey comedy on NBC
NBC says it’s ordering 13 episodes of a new comedy created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper of “The Office.”
The network says Kemper will play a woman who flees a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York city. The actress had joined “The Office” as Erin the receptionist in the show’s 2009 season.
NBC says Fey created the new series with Robert Carlock, who was an executive producer on her Emmy-winning series “30 Rock.” The pair will join in writing the new comedy and serve as executive producers along with David Miner.
Aretha back in concert
After recovering from an undisclosed illness, Aretha Franklin is returning to the concert stage with a December performance in her hometown of Detroit.
The Detroit News says the Queen of Soul will sing Dec. 21 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board.
Franklin is involved in recording an album for Clive Davis and Sony Music in November, produced by Don Was and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
All together now
Well, one thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along.
At an audition stop in Atlanta Wednesday, Jennifer Lopez said she’s excited for people to see how funny Harry Connick Jr. is and how much he knows about music. “He’s incredibly funny. His music education is so far beyond the normal person I think,” said the singer. “What he has to offer to America ... is the art of singing, the art of playing, all of that ... It’s gonna be something new for the show.”
When Connick Jr. was asked about Lopez, he returned the pleasantries. “No one really has any idea what it takes to be Jennifer Lopez. I mean people say, ‘Oh, I want that.’ Well, if they wanted it, they would do what it takes to get there and they don’t even have a 10th of a percentage of an understanding to do what it takes. These people that are auditioning for this show are so lucky to have a minute of (Lopez’s) time, whether they make it through or not because the essence of ‘American Idol’ is looking for a new superstar and Jennifer embodies superstar.”
Lopez also said she has been surprised by how emotional Keith Urban is. “I find that I’m like that and women are like that but to see a man so kind of in touch with that place it was really a pleasant surprise.”