Do you know who has had the most number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100? Sure, the Beatles. Do you know who is second on that list and could match them this year? See the above photo. Mariah Carey, who has been on fire since she first broke out in the 1990s, just turned up the heat by striking a pose before the lens of famed photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani for our cover. In 200 Carey welcomes you into her bedroom. "It was cool. She scheduled me for late at night, and we didn't get on the phone until 10 o'clock," interviewer Jason Buhrmester says. "She went up to her penthouse, shut the door and climbed into bed with a glass of warm milk and Frangelico. We talked for hours. It reminded me of being in high school and staying on the phone with a girl all night. I think the interview has a very intimate feel."
The Apprentice is known for rewarding its contestants with lavish novelty trips when a team wins a given challenge. For the sixth season of Donald Trump's show, set this time in LA., the contenders were awarded the most fantastic surprise yet, a visit to the Playboy Mansion.
How's this for patriotic spirit? November cover girl Mercedes McNab stopped by the Fort Lewis Army base in Washington to visit the troops and sign issues containing her delectable pictorial. We couldn't be any prouder.
Not for the squeamish: Kendra, Holly and Bridget joined Laguna Beach's Talan Torriero to present the prize for best femme fatale at the Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, which honor the goriest in movies, television and music.
Thank you for featuring Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd (December). Wow! 1 hope pageant officials don't dethrone her. Is it me, or does she resemble Lisa Marie Presley? Marc Flores Santa Teresa, New Mexico
I enjoy reading (lore Vidal, but the views and impiovised history lesson provided by Three Senators (lore (December) greatly skew the current political climate. While the struggle between patriotism and nationalism may be a war between our republic and a form of tyranny, the specific examples Vidal provides of the downfall of our revered electoral system are Hawed, (ieorge W. Bush has been outlandish in his
By turning down the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the 10% to 15% cut of worldwide box office receipts New Line Cinema offered him up front, Sean Connery passed up between $290 million and $435 million.
A study in the Review of General Psychology reports that 91% of young women and 84% of young men approve of premarital sex. In the 1950s just 12% of women and 40% of men approved of sex before marriage.
(Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake) Craig Brewer's provocative drama features Jackson as a God-fearing Tennessee bluesman who rescues a sex addict (Ricci) after she's attacked. Sexual tension simmers once Jackson tries to force redemption on Ricci by chaining her up in his shack.
(Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro) Another of Frank Miller's graphic novels inspired this hyperviolent epic. Based on history's ultimate suicide mission, the 480 b.c. battle of Thermopylae, the film follows the Spartan king and 300 heroic soldiers as they fight a Persian army of millions.
(Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Peter Fonda) In this newest Marvel superhero flick, Cage plays the stunt motorcyclist who, years after selling his soul to Mephisto, is damned to morph nightly into a demon with a fiery skull. His mission is to trounce Blackheart, the son of the devil.
(Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Danny Glover) Disaster looms when former associates of master marksman Wahlberg lure the shooter out of self-imposed exile and persuade him to try to prevent a presidential assassination. Wahlberg is framed and attempts to unmask the real assassin while on the run.
Christina Ricci's impressive resume covers almost every genre. Rarely has she bared all on camera, as she does in this scene from Prozac Nation. That may change with Black Snake Moan, in which she plays an insatiable nympho.
This is a collection of Kraftwerk songs by artists from the global 8-bit scene—basically music geeks who use antiquated computer technology. You know: Commodore 64, Game Boy and Atari blips. But this album transcends nostalgia to show the beauty of both the songs and the machines. (Astralwerks) vw —Tim Mohr
JOSTLING, BUMPING, shoving: Urban commutes are a twice-daily death match. That's why Dunhill's City-fighter ($3,550, dunhill.com) comes with a snap-on stainless steel face mask that protects the beveled sapphire crystal. In a limited run of 2,000, this automatic mechanical with a brown dial also hangs tough in water up to 30 meters deep. Now kindly get out of the fucking way.
GONE ARE THE days when you traveled by thumb and luggage consisted of a sandwich bag. A weekend getaway today means indulgence—luggage in the backseat, a beautiful companion sitting shotgun. Morgan Grays modeled the Hustler Overnighter ($1,150, morgangrays.com) after 1930s U.S. Olympic team bags. It's made of full-grain leather, lined in suede and finished in brass. Wallets are also available.
IF YOU'RE BLOWING the dough for a schmancy plasma screen, don't skimp on where you hang it. Though its name is as retro as it gets, this TV Hi-Fi Stand ($2,440, anorahome.com) is all about Tomorrowland chic. Made from dark wenge wood, it swivels to your viewing spot du jour and has storage in its sides for CDs, DVDs, video games and whatever other types of media we may consume in the jet-packed, protein-pill-fueled future.
NEW WHISKEYS due at a store near you (from left): Woodford Reserve will release only 750 cases of its fantastic Master's Collection Four Grain bourbon ($80); Ardbeg 1990 Airigh Nam Beist (Gaelic for "shelter of the beast," $88) is a must-taste for Islay single-malt fans; Balvenie's NewWood 17-year-old single malt ($118) is so silky, it's like pajamas for your tongue; Evan Williams's delicious and affordable Single Barrel 1997 bourbon ($25)—in a glass by itself.
Alter foreplay and sometimes immediately upon penetration, my girlfriend will shoot a hot spray of"fluid, soaking my erection and the sheets and towels I put on the bed. It can"t be normal, but it is great. Have you ever heard of it?—G.J., Cathedral City, California
I want to let you know that 1 am the federal air marshal who exposed the memos that were forcing air marshals to file bogus intelligence reports about innocent passengers ("Newsfront," November). I was originally charged
In December's "Marginalia" you refer to congressional bill HR 5528, which contains a passage stating that its contents are not subject to any form of judicial review. I assume you quoted this because you find the prospect horrifying—and for what it's worth, I agree. However, the Constitution grants Congress very broad authority to define those areas over which the judicial branch has review power. Parrish S. Knight Silver Spring, Maryland
Gerry Garibaldi's "Conspiracy of Dunces" (December) can be taken seriously only if you pretend that education hasn't been an entirely male affair for the majority of the history of civilization and that discipline, usually very
In "Tough Love" (December) Ishmael Reed claims William Bennett and other white commentators are wrong and are not giving all the facts. While Reed may be right that 70 percent of all people arrested are white, he is the one who doesn't give the facts: Whites make up approximately 80 percent of the population. Maybe Bennett has a point.
In "They Were Right" (December), you include a picture of a helicopter and the caption "Special ops fly Pave Low helicopters—painted black—for low-altitude infiltration." Actually, the gold line along the helicopter's sideshows it's a U.S. Customs Black Hawk, which means it falls under the Department ol Homeland Security.
Washington. D.c.-With a new Congress installed and talk of bipartisanship in the air, it's easy to forget the significance of executive-branch officials whose appointments require no congressional approval. But late last year we got an unfortunate reminder when President Bush appointed Eric Keroack (pictured, inset) as deputy assistant secretary of population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Keroack will oversee federal family-planning programs, which besides providing tests for pregnancy, STDs and cervical and breast cancer are supposed to offer education about and access to contraceptives. Here's the kicker: Keroack is a hard-core advocate of abstinence-only programs, routinely trots out bogus science to downplay the efficacy of condoms and conflates birth control drugs and devices with abortifacients.
austin. TEXAS-The Texas Ethics Commission ruled that officials can satisfy state disclosure laws by identifying any monetary gift of more than $250 simply as "currency" without specifying the amount. The decision follows a similar ruling a year ago when the commission said a gift of two checks for $100,000 could be declared as "checks." Both rulings stem from Republican donor Bob Perry's controversial 2005 payment of $50,000 to Bill Ceverha, a board member of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, who declared it simply as a check. "What the Ethics Commission has done is legalize bribery in the state of Texas," says Tom Smith, head of Texas Citizen, a campaign-finance-reform advocacy group.
riverside. California—Golden State Fence Company, one of the firms contracted to build new barrier sections along the Mexican border in the late 1990s, was fined $5 million for using illegal-immigrant workers. Two executives at the firm, which bills itself as "the home of the American dream," could also serve jail time. "Mistakes were made," says Golden State Fence attorney Richard Hirsch.
new YORK-An opinion by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of New York's U.S. District Court revealed an innovative kind of snooping being conducted by the FBI. The mike on a cell phone can be remotely activated as a listening device—even
Washington. D.c.-A new nonlethal weapon system has been certified for use in Iraq and could be coming to a police force near you. The Air Force's Active Denial System shoots a beam similar to a microwave; within seconds it heats the skin of those targeted, making them feel as if they are being burned. The radiation device was developed secretly at a cost of $40 million.
ooking back, Adam Koroli was not surprised when he heard the news that Jacob Burgoyne had stabbed a fellow soldier to death. Private Burgoyne predicted he would do something like that during their very first meeting at the Army hospital in Kuwait. Koroll, a medic, listened intently as Burgoyne. his patient, explained himself: After what he had seen and done in Iraq, he had little to lose and even less control over his reactions. He already felt, he said, like "a murderer in his heart." Why not kill again?
Tyrese Gibson, a.k.a. Tyrese. a.k.a. Black Ty. had three gold and platinum discs by 2003. But like a lot of successful R&B and hip-hop artists these days, he kept getting offers for movie roles. The trend goes back at least as far as Ice Cube, who used Boyz n the Hood to transition to Hollywood and realized there was gold in them thar hills. In December Tyrese released a double album called Alter Ego. This summer he'll star in the blockbuster Transformers, which opens on the Fourth of July.
"in the end, a lot of the music i'd played was replayed by session musicians. that's where i took a step back and said, 'good luck. you're on your own: you take Hollywood's money, you eat holly-wood's shit." -paul westerberc, frontman of legendary band the replacements and composer of the score for last year's kid flick open season
With their honors for "Believe." Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have now won more Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards than anyone. They have opened for the Rolling Stones, been presented with four-wheelers by the Coors twins, graced a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box and rmgmastered the Neon Circus and Wild West Show. They make great big honky-tonk with huge guitar licks, crashing cymbals and jumbo bass grooves. The duo is now into its second decade of making full-tilt, no-prisoners country, and Brooks's dervish-like stage presence and Dunns kerosene vocals have pretty much stolen the heart of Saturday night. Cold beer, hot girls (their "Play Something Country" video features a gaggle of glamazons roping and riding a randy bar patron) and good times. No wonder their Hillbilly Deluxe has kept up their run of megaselling IPs.
Nirvana s Kurt Cobain topped Elvis Presley on Forbes's 2006 list of top-earning dead celebrities, raking in some $50 mil-" lion. Sales of albums and such merchandise as the Cobain action figure (pictured) certainly helped, but most of the money came in one huge chunk when Courtney Love sold a 25 percent share of her husband's song catalog to Primary Wave.
Hip-hop and country can seem like diametrically opposed genres: urban versus rural, samples versus fingerpicking, one traditionally black, the other white. Then again, Rick Rubin followed up producing the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. with a best-selling Johnny Cash record. Here's more evidence that suggests country and hip-hop are related after all.
"My dick don't fit down the chimney/Yo' dick look like a kid from the Philippines." Meet the MC behind these lines from "My Dick." the most hilarious put-down rap of the year. Think of him as the male Peaches.
JAZZ HAS CHANCED dramatically since we first covered it in playboy more than 5OJJ years ago. That's what good jazz does: It! changes. This year's Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year, saxophonist Branford Mar-i salis, is one of the more protean musij dans working the bandstand today. One of six brothers in an illustrious family,1! Branford was born in New Orleans in 1960 and now lives in North Carolina. Hej has come a long way from his days as| bandleader for The Tonight Show. After leaving Jay Leno, in 1995, Marsalis made* a serious commitment to pursue seri-l ous music. Yet his subsequent work has never been pretentious or scholastic. Leading his powerhouse quartet (with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts), Marsalis is always probing, always looking for new directions, always challenging our assumptions about music. A1 times he blows a robust tenor, but he can just as easily play a lyrical soprano His latest album, Braggtown (Marsalis Music), contrasts high-energy burners with intricate ballads. Perhaps more than anyone else today, Marsalis can be| relied on to be interesting. His uncom-1 promising dedication to music gives us hope for the future of jazz in America, j
Along with Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis has helped build 81 houses for musicians who lost their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In recognition of his efforts, Playboy will make a donation to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village. I
Hey, postpunkers: Stick around long enough and you'll be the world's biggest rock band. It worked for U2, which flirts with irrelevance but rocks your nuts off every time. With Stadium Arcadium, the Peppers reach the same plane.
THIS YEAR MARKS a milestone in the Hall of Fame. Please help us welcome and anoint the first Generation X act, Depeche Mode. Formed during the experimental days of postpunk England, Depeche helped launch the New Romantic movement. Melodic synth pop and foppish clothing, however, didn't seem like a formula for longevity. So despite the group1! huge single, "Just Can't Get Enough," am hit first album, the future looked bleak when songwriter Vince Clarke departed in 1981. Funny thing happened, though: With Martin Gore assuming songwriting duties, the band (Gore, Dave Gahan am Andy Fletcher) veered into darker territory and came out the other side as one of the biggest acts on the planet. A series of brilliant singles—"Everything Counts," "People Are People," "Strangelove"—set the stage for world domination, achieved with the Violator album in 1990. The 1990s were very kind to the Mode. Despite the trio's total disregard for the tidal change in guitar rock, the edge on its own music stayed sharp as the band remained at the forefront of electronic innovation. This past year Depeche headlined Coachella, continued to tour behind the excellent Playing the Angel LP and released a well-earned best-of compilation. Nice one.
Some consider these items luxuries. We consider them office essentials. Clockwise from top left: • The first rule of office life is to get wood whenever possible. Swedx's 19-inch LCD monitor ($550, swedx.com), made of sapele wood, will class up your spreadsheets • Odyssey Black Series putters (S310, odysseygolf.com), fresh this season, work as well indoors as out. • Colibri's handsome crystal table lighter (S45, davidoffmadison.com) can handle all your smoking needs. • Bentley Motors' new limited-edition fountain pen ($6,750, tibaldi.it) celebrates the 60th anniversary of the company's historic factory in Crewe, U.K. It's made by Tibaldi and takes its design cues from the inimitable Bentley Continental GT Diamond Series. • Ever since the movie Wall Street came out, every two-bit business major has been quoting from The Art of War. We prefer to cite the Bard's more refined insights, every one of which is contained in this leather-bound edition of The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works ($75, amazon.com). • JVC's EX-A10 system ($ 1,100, jvc.com) comes with the company's fantastic wood-cone speakers and is a stealth DVD player if you hook it up to a TV.
I believe in lust at first sight. Within the first 10 minutes either there's chemistry or there isn't. Don't get me wrong: Marrying your best friend is great, but one day you may want something more. I tend to notice the guys with crazy hair and lots of tattoos. I don't need to know who made his shoes or shirt. I don't need to know how much money he has or how much he can spend on me. Basically, I love people who don't care what other people think, who live for what they want and do what they want. It reminds me of something I once read: "Don't take i too seriously; you'll never get out alive."
They figured out how to bring people back to life—not everybody, just some people—and this is what happened to our friend Dan Larsen. He had died falling off a yacht, and six months later, there he was, driving around in his car, nodding, licking his pale, thin lips, wearing his artfully distressed sports jackets and brown leather shoes.
Below is a list of retailers and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month's merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 32, 35-36. 74-76, 96-101 and 146-141, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.
Although Playmate worship is not generally a recognized faith, a visit to the Glam-ourcon convention may have you believing otherwise. The 40th Glamourcon, held in L.A. in November, offered adoring fans a rare opportunity to get up close and per-
Though Playmates would make for fantastic USO events, religious sensitivities have kept these lovely emissaries out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Still, our Centerfolds continue to make appearances stateside. Here Serria Tawan, Ava Fabian, Lauren Anderson, Athena Lundberg and Market a Janska pose with Sergeant Gode of the U.S. Army while visiting an L.A.-area veterans hospital.
Ice-T, you motorboatin' sun of a bitch. You old sea captain. Flaunting your wife, COCO, all over town and on your latest album cover. Tell us, are they built for speed or comfort? (What does that question even mean, anyway?)
In the ego-laden entertainment world, BEYONCE is a true dream girl, an antidiva. The shy Houstonian recently admitted she had to invent an alter ego named Sasha to make her stage show suitably hot. Hey, whatever it takes to make that jelly shake....
Ultimate Ears' UE-10 Pro earphones are a im.-wbov staff favorite, and it's no secret why. Custom molded to your ear canal with three individual speakers in each earpiece, they're damn near perfect. They also cost $900. Now, however, Ultimate Ears has released the Triple.fi 10 Pro, which packs the same speaker technology into universal-fit earpieces. The kicker? They cost $400 and sound almost as good as their custom-molded cousins. Think of them as your personal portable listening room. Info at ultimateears.com.
We all have a Sunday afternoon painter in us, but no one wants to spend Sunday-evening cleaning brushes. Wacom's Cinuq21UX(S2."i()(). wacom.com) marries all the precision of the company's renowned drawing tablets with a brilliant display, so you can draw, paint and scribble directly on the screen. It's as intuitive as digital artistry gets, with more than 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. It comes with powerful painting software and works seamlessly with both Macs and PCs.
.Scll-suHiciency is a virtue. But as prepared as you leel. those jumper cables in your trunk won't do you much good when you get stuck on the side of a remote mountain. In those situations (or if, like us, you just hate asking strangers for favors), the Freeplay 1'YeeCharge W'eza ($250, freeplayenergy.com) is invaluable. You can plug it in at home to charge the battery and use it to jump-start a dead vehicle. Kven better, if the We/a itself runs out of juice, you can use the attached loot pump to charge it up again no matter where you are. In a pinch you can even use it to charge a GPS device or cell phone. Just remember, under no circumstances should it be used as all-weather nipple clamps.
If you've ever had a cull-link emergency, you know it's the kind of floppy-armed mess you'll never want to face again. To ensure it never happens to you, pack a set of Kmergency Cuff Links (SI6, touchofginger.com) at all times. Slide them into your wallet and you won't even realize you're carrying them—until disaster strikes, at which point you'll fall in love with yourself all over again.
In case you haven't heard, the parlor game du jour among urban sophisticates is Food or Grooming Product? It's not always easy to tell. The people at Molton Brown are good at turning the stuff of salad dressing into the stuff of showering. Among their latest: the Re-charge Black Pepper Body-wash ($25, www.moltonbrown .co.uk), made with real black-pepper oil. The scent and feel on your skin make for an invigorating experience in the morning. Add a little of your girl's salt scrub and cucumber shamp and you're Captain Appetizer for the day.
We at playboy are an admittedly open-minded bunch. Still, as accepting as we can be, we draw the line at grown men playing with dolls—unless, that is, they're limited-edition bobbleheads of the Girls Next Door. Bridget comes in a lovely pink polka-dot outfit. Holly in a cheerleader number and Kendra in a football getup. All are holding flutes of champagne. They stand eight inches tall and are $29 each at playboystore.com. Knock yourself out.
What you see here is dessert and cofiee rolled into one. Pocket Cofiee is real Italian espresso enclosed in a praline shell, then coated in chocolate. A mainstay in Italy and with a cull like following in America, this delicious candy was created in 19()8 by Ferrero, the same company that invented Nutella. It's famously hard to buy in the States, but w-e found it at caprillavors.com (box of 18, SI.'5). Pop one in your mouth, close your eyes, and you're standing at a cafe on Rome's Piazza Vene/.ia, watching the scooters swerve by. Seconds later the caffeine buzz kicks in.