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Dave Grohl was in the parking lot of a studio he was using to record the new Foo Fighters record when he ran into a familiar face: Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman.

But besides the fact that Stockman is a part of a group who has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, there was another reason why Grohl recognized the Philadelphia-native.

“I met him before, at a really rock-and-roll spot,” Stockman told me, before dropping the punch line. “The flower shop.”

At the time, both men were buying flowers for their significant others. They’ve crossed paths a few times since, but it was the latest run-in that yielded a musical collaboration.

“(Grohl) said, ‘Hey man, I’m doing a song and it’d be great if you could put some vocals on it,’” recalled Stockman. “It was cool.”

The final product is the title track from the Foo’s forthcoming LP “Concrete and Gold,” due out this September. Stockman, along with Nathan and Wanya Morris, will be touring in Africa that month. Before then, the trio will wrap up its run on “The Total Package Tour” with New Kids On The Block and Paula Abdul then return to Las Vegas to continue its residency at The Mirage.

I caught up with the GRAMMY Award winners in their dressing room at Mohegan Sun Arena before the group took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd. The interview, produced for Mohegan Sun’s Facebook page, included a segment where Nathan drew a card and the three artists had to answer the question on it. Asked, “Which celebrity would make you starstruck?” Stockman responded by referencing another big-name collaboration.

“Mine was Michael Jackson; we actually got to work with him,” he said. “We did some vocals on his ‘HIStory’ album.”

“He turned them down really low though,” Nathan quipped. The guys laughed, and agreed.

“We ended up being really cool (with him),” Stockman continued. “I could actually say that we were friends with Michael Jackson.”

And Stockman may go down as the only artist to work with both the King of Pop and the Foo Fighters front man. Ironically, Grohl was once asked by Lenny Kravitz to play on a Jackson track released posthumously, however his drum line wasn’t used in the final recording.

It’s funny how a number one album can change your whole perspective on things.

The trials and tribulations between Lupe Fiasco and Atlantic Records are well documented, specifically over the release of Lupe’s latest LP, Lasers. Atlantic tried to give Lupe the songs “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes” – aiming to bring him to a mainstream audience. Fiasco wanted none of it. Back and forth the two sides argued until Lupe conceded and released some of the tracks his label wanted on the album. Fiasco says in the end, he wanted to make sure the project saw the light of day for his fans who so highly anticipated it.

Lasers debuted at number one, and the first single, “The Show Goes On” recently topped the charts. So can bygones just be bygones?

“We’ll see,” Lupe said to me on the red carpet of the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Fiasco performed with Trey Songz on the awards show Sunday evening in Los Angeles. “All of that’s kind of in the past now, but we’ll see.”

Despite his dismissal of past tensions with Atlantic and the LP’s success, Fiasco still feels he didn’t receive enough freedom with the final track listing. Nonetheless, the Chicago-emcee is already working on Food and Liquor 2.

While speaking to a group of reporters, Tyrese Gibson had quite the Freudian-slip. Dennis Pastorizo of asked the actor what his “Best Kiss” on camera was. Gibson misspoke and responded with Megan Fox before quickly blurting out Good – as in actress Meagan Good. The “Transformers” star laughed off his gaffe before leaving the carpet altogether. Tyrese and Good co-starred in a music video together – and Good took home the “Best Kiss” award for another piece of work at the ’07 MTV Movie Awards.

Selena Gomez wasted no time getting down the carpet – escorted by a flurry of bodyguards and publicists. She did not walk with boyfriend Justin Bieber. My guess is that Gomez’s people want the focus to move away from her relationship with the pop star and on to the new movie she’s in, “Monte Carlo.” Bieber did arrive at the awards show later, showing up backstage after his documentary “Never Say Never” won a canister of gold popcorn.

The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was also in a rush down the carpet – but at least he had a legit reason. The lead singer revealed to me that his band was opening the show, so he couldn’t stop for interviews.

We’ll see how Paul McDonald manages his engagement to Nikki Reed this summer while he’s on tour. The “American Idol” finalist and the “Twlight” actress met in March and showed off their new bling on the red carpet on Sunday. McDonald told me that he’s looking forward to “Idols Live” which kicks off this July and runs through September.

How are things going for Tila Tequila these days? She was about five spots away from me on the carpet… no, not walking it. The former reality TV star was hosting a live video stream for a website. I’ll let you be the judge.