People: Carly Rae Jepsen, The Rolling Stones, Kelly Clarkson, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson
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Carly Rae Jepsen has had a breakout year, and now she's being rewarded by Billboard, which has named her its Rising Star of 2012.
The "Call Me Maybe" singer will be honored at Billboard's annual Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Nov. 30. She'll join Katy Perry, who has been named Woman of the Year.
In a statement Thursday, Jepsen says she was influenced by many female artists and hopes to inspire budding musicians the way her heroes inspired her. Jepsen says she is truly honored by the award.
Previous recipients include Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga.
The Rolling Stones announced a surprise "warm-up gig" in Paris, and within an hour the Champs Elysees was swarming with fans hoping to get satisfaction with one of the 350 tickets for the Thursday night show, the Associated Press reports.
The 15-euro ($19.50) tickets, announced on the Rolling Stones Twitter account, came with strings attached: No more than two per person, names printed on them and IDs required at the door at the show intended as a prep for the band's 50th anniversary arena shows in London and Newark, N.J.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood had said in an interview with NME this week that the Stones could play several small clubs, possibly under the name the Cockroaches, an alias they've used before.
The group has not played together live in five years.
Pop star Kelly Clarkson will ride as celebrity grand marshal when the Krewe of Endymion parade rolls on the Saturday before Mardi Gras in 2013, the AP reports.
Clarkson was the first winner of the Fox reality show "American Idol" in 2002. Her hits include "A Moment Like This" and "Because of You."
Organizers say she'll perform at Endymion's ball at the Superdome after the parade.
Clarkson may be upstaged at the Feb. 9 parade by a float that organizers say will be the largest and most elaborate in Carnival history.
The super float will be 250 feet long and carry more than 200 riders. Its design focuses on Pontchartrain Beach, the amusement park that entertained generations on the New Orleans lakefront before closing in 1983.
Mardi Gras is Feb. 12.
Even loyal supporters have their breaking point.
And Lindsay Lohan's besieged publicist, apparently, has finally reached his.
Steve Honig, who has steered his beleaguered client through one scandal after another after another, has quit as LiLo's trusty flack, E! News has exclusively learned.
"He's resigned as Lindsay's publicist Wednesday night," a source tells E! News exclusively.
Honig, however, declined to elaborate on why he's decided throw in the towel, telling E! News, "I'm not discussing this out of respect for my client."
No doubt the publicist, who's been employed by LiLo for about a year and a half, has had his work cut out for him. During his time under LiLo's dime, he's racked up enough crisis-management victories to fill up a bushel's worth of resumes.
Under Honig's watch, the star passed out in a hotel room, landed in the hospital after a frightening car crash, allegedly trashed her trailer, got tangled up in a jewelry heist, was reportedly banned from a hotel for unpaid bills, got arrested for an alleged hit-and-run, was embroiled in a 911-worthy spat with mom Dina Lohan, unleashed a war of words with pop Michael Lohan and, most recently, was faced with a failed intervention attempt by Michael, supposedly with the support of her handlers.
Good luck to LiLo's next flack.
Jessica Simpson's parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, have filed for divorce, People reports. But that is where the headline-worthy news about the Simpson clan ends.
Their statement Wednesday came the same day that buzz built around a story in the National Enquirer reporting that Joe had come out to his family.
"It is an amicable split, and there is no third party involved," says the rep. "Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time."
Tina, 52, filed for divorce in Texas last month, and cited "discord or conflict of personalities" as grounds in the court papers obtained by People. She and 54-year-old Joe - a manager and former minister who is often referred to as "Papa Joe" - were married in Texas in 1978 and are also parents to Ashlee Simpson. They have two grandchildren between their daughters.
In Joe's response to Tina's divorce petition, he requests Tina not get anything in the split.
None of the Simpsons has spoken out further about the split - or the rumors.
First Published October 26, 2012 12:00 am