Got Nothing but Love for Ya, Condi

Protest singer Steve Earle has never minced words when it comes to the Bush administration.

But according to the New York Daily News, Earle has taken an amorous right turn on his forthcoming album, professing his desires for none other than national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

"Oh, she loves me; oops, she loves me not / People say you're cold but I say you're hot," Earle sings on "Condi, Condi."

One might wonder if the singer's words are discernable, given that his tongue seems to be planted firmly in cheek. But Earle says his affections are no joke. He recently asked a writer at Ice magazine, "Well, don't you think she's kind of hot?"

A White House spokesperson demurred about Earle's advances, according to the Daily News, saying, "I don't think we'll be commenting on that."

Earle's new album, titled "The Revolution Starts . . . Now," drops Aug. 24, and along with "Condi, Condi" it will include songs such as "Rich Man's War" and "F the CC."

The PG-Rated Prince

Prince knows a thing or two about lusty lyrics, but (thankfully) he doesn't have the hots for anyone in the Bush Cabinet. In fact, the pop legend has decided to tone down his sexually charged image.

"I have a responsibility to [young fans] to perform in a manner that I would like my children to be performed in front of," the singer said in an interview to air Tuesday on CBS News's "The Early Show."

"I just want to be the best human being I can be . . . onstage and off," he said.

Editors at Spin think he's doing a fine job. The magazine's August issue ordains the 46-year-old singer-songwriter as the "greatest rock frontman" of all time.

The Travel Diary of Alicia Keys

The New York Daily News has hired an interesting new travel columnist: R&B star Alicia Keys. The singer will recount experiences from her recent world tour.

"Being on a world tour, I have been blessed to see some amazing places," Keys said in a statement. "It's exciting to be able to internalize all I've seen and report back to my hometown, New York City."

Keys's first column, about a visit to Dubai, is scheduled to run tomorrow.

One Day at a Time

Movie star Mary-Kate Olsen has extended her stay at a rehab center in Utah for an extra two weeks, according to E! Online. She checked into the facility last month to tackle an eating disorder. The young actress thinks an extended stay will ensure that she's ready to cope with the pressures of college life this fall. She and sister Ashley have enrolled at New York University.

Noted. . .

Actor Robert Blake yesterday won a postponement of his trial on murder charges. The trial had been set to begin Sept. 9, but a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge agreed to a defense request for more time to prepare for the case, ruling that jury selection should begin by Nov. 1. The 70-year-old actor has pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot to death in their car outside a restaurant in May 2001 . . . Clay Aiken wannabes, take note: Auditions for the fourth season of "American Idol" are scheduled to take place in Washington on Aug. 18. The audition site has not been announced, but forthcoming details can be found on www.idolonfox.com.

. . . and Quoted

"I'm devastated that I didn't get nominated for best hair and makeup."

-- Donald Trump, after his reality show, "The Apprentice," received an Emmy nomination.

-- Compiled by Chris Richards

from staff and wire reports

Steve Earle is professing his affection for national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.Prince, shown in Cincinnati on his current tour, says he's shedding his sexy image.