Looks like that June altercation could cost Drake and Chris Brown their dignity and then some. Entertainment Enterprises, the company that owns the nightclub where the now infamous late night brawl went down, has filed a lawsuit against the dueling rappers, alleging “gross negligence,” “ultrahazardous activity,” and “illegal acts,” and seeking a not-so-cool $16 million in damages. And were that not enough to get the boys sweating, the suit goes on to suggest that defendant Brown and defendant Drake’s fight was a violent escalation of a “shared grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman.” That woman, of course, being Rihanna. Yikes!
Not much more has come of the fight since June — both continue to deny that they took part in the fight and neither seems to have the bait on that boxing match. Will they put their differences aside and come together to fight the case and maintain their innocence? Or will they take the strike, pay up, and continue to duke it out on the low — on themic, over Moon Men, etc.?
This week, Flo Rida‘s “Whistle” song shakes “Call Me Maybe” from its comfy perch atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It took sixteen weeks to rise in the charts, but it was evident to all from first listen that Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit would be a smash. And so what, maybe she’s never actually given a guy her number. After sixteen weeks of rise and nine at number one, it seemed possible that “Call Me Maybe” beamed with a sort of pop magic that could never be dampened. But alas, here it has, and we now are forced to reckon: is the reign of “Call Me” over, maybe? Read more…
Canadian synth-pop singer Grimes made a splash in the last year, her standout album Visions and her distinctive fashion — both on show in the weird and wonderful “Oblivion” video — earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and W Magazine the New York Times alike. Already a darling of the fringe, she made her American television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and we have to imagine she earned herself a few more fans with her performance. Draped in a long red robe and standing in a pile of flower petals, she sang “Genesis” while two women danced behind her in jets of stream. If her etheral-coo of a voice isn’t enough to charm you, then her impressive managing of the keyboard, mixer, and mic all at the same time is sure to get you.
KELLY CLARKSON WANTS TO BE A COWBOY
Kelly Clarkson took a break from all her touring and cover song singing to rep her team, the Dallas Cowboys, with a new anthem called “Get Up.” Silver, blue, white, away or home — you don’t have to be a Cowboys fan or even a football fan to get into this one. [Mix965Houston]
Spiting injury and early hour, Nicki Minaj got up early this morning to “Pound The Alarm” in Rockefeller Center for the Today Show’s Summer Concert. Late last night, Nicki sent out a worrying series of tweets that suggested she was “out for the count” with a bruised vocal chord. “The doctor asked me to take 2 wks of voice rest… But…,” she wrote. But what? Nicki’s never been much for the rules, and with Jordin Sparks backstage also with a bruised vocal chord praying for her, she prevailed. Hitting the stage in a red leather-and-lace body suit and with a troupe of shirtless male dancers for backup for an excited, Nicki opened the morning with “Starships,” and then performed “I Am Your Leader” and “Beez In The Trap” for her “gritty Barbz in the audience.” She sent the hometown audience out into day with the upbeat, island flavored “Pound The Alarm.” If she was feeling less than her best, we couldn’t have known.
Meet 18-year-old George Dennehy. Dennehy plays a mean guitar, but he plays it with his feet because he was born without either arm. Last month, he affection when he uploaded this video of his impressive cover of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” to YouTube with hopes that it might “inspire people that they can do whatever they want when their mind is set to the task.” The video went viral, earning the affections of the internet and then the attention of the Dolls themselves, who subsequently invited Dennehy to join them onstage at Musikfest in Pennsylvania. As you can see in the above video, he killed it. “I think he knows it better than we do,” joked drummer Mike Malinin after the show.
What’s up next for Dennehy? According to his Facebook page, he’s headed to Romania — where he was born and adopted from — to perform on a television show and to meed his biological family. The mind is indeed a powerful thing.
Oh, Taylor Swift – she never changes, she only gets better at doing her. Last night the pop-country darling held a fireside chat, live in Nashville and worldwide via YouTube, to talk about her much anticipated Speak Now follow-up and to preview her new single. “I have wanted to tell you so many things for so long, so I figured I’d just tell you them all, right now,” she gushed, before spilling the good news and answering questions from fans. Here is what we now know: Read more…
Jay Leno was in good company last night on his Tonight Show, with First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas on as guests, and then the always lovely Norah Jones to play “Say Goodbye” as FLOTUS flitted away. The stage was warm lit like a swanky retro lounge, and the slinky Little Broken Hearts cut went down like a night cap. “It’s all right, it’s okay, I don’t need you anyways,” she sasses over the woozy guitar line. We like this new Norah.
The biggest mover and shaker on this week’s chart was Justin Bieber, whose “As Long As You Love Me” tore up seven spots to land at #5. Might we call this the Madsen bump? David Guetta‘s “Titanium” (#8 up to #7), Owl City‘s all-fun-everything anthem “Good Time” (#14 to #11) and P!nk‘s no hold’s barred “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (#17 to #13) also saw some upward momentum this week.
You might think that “Somebody That I Used To Know” is just a song that Gotye used to know. That at this point it has been surrounded on all sides by cover after parody after mash-up after cover, that it is but a thing of the internet, that it has taken on a life all its own. But Gotye has been watching all the while, and today he presents this most comprehensive super-cut of the internet’s worth of “Somebodies” into one great mobius strip of “Used To Knows.”
On his website, he writes of the project: “Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seeming taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.” And, like the good internet citizen that he is, he links to each of the videos he used. So maybe he missed a few! But who’s to blame him for wanting to reclaim what was his, and for doing it so thoughtfully, too. Read more…