From the Department of Odd Pairings: King of Mope Robert Smith has teamed up with pop singer Ashlee Simpson to work on her next record, according to Ash’s not-at-all over-bearing dad/manager Joe. Excited? You’re not alone — rumored Ashlee paramour (and Cure fan boy) Pete Wentz told EW, "I doubt I had anything to do with it…But I definitely only have good things to say about Ash ? I think the collaboration could be great!" Could "Pictures of You [In Us Weekly]" be far off?
Which is the better collab: Ash and Pete or Ash and Robert Smith?
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Enviably pelted woodland creatures, PETA and Diddy’s babymama — J. Lo can now add Spanish-language record company Ritmo Latin to her list of sworn enemies. Ritmo has announced that its 50 stores in the New York area are boycotting Lopez’s latest, the Spanish-language Como Ama Una Mujer. Jenny from the Block recently returned to her Bronx hood to promote it offering select fans the opportunity to meet her at FYE. The fact that Lopez chose an "Anglo" store at which to promote her record enraged Ritmo President David Massry. "This is a Spanish-language CD, and if she wants to discriminate against the Latin community, then we will not sell her product," said Massry.
As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to with the upcoming Spiderman 3 — Topher Grace, a more realistically complex Spiderman character — Record Collector has announced the soundtrack, a smorgasbord of indie fare. In addition to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolfmother and the Walkmen, there’s the awesomely titled "Spiderman vs. Muhammad Ali" by the Flaming Lips. All songs are "new and exclusive" to the soundtrack according to the Record Collector site, though Chubby Checker’s 1960 hit "The Twist" is included. In keeping with the indie-fying of the soundtrack, maybe Checker’s song underwent a DFA remix, available only on 180 gram vinyl.
This isn’t the first time the indie cognoscenti have rallied around Spiderman — punk forefathers the Ramones‘ recorded a version of the theme song.
It was a one-two punch for the global warming bandwagon at the Oscars show last night. An Inconvenient Truth strolled away with the ?Best Documentary? prize, and Melissa Etheridge’s ?I Need to Wake Up? claimed the ?Best Song? category. It?s an okay tune, and Etheridge performed it in her typically heated manner. But maybe the ozone layer crisis could use a catchier anthem. There?s the Nelly hit referenced above of course, but what about Young Jeezy?s ?Burnin? Up,? the Chili Peppers? ?Skinny Sweaty Man,? Modern English?s "I Melt With You," Buster Poindexter?s ?Hot Hot Hot,? Bob Dylan?s ?High Water Everywhere,? Johnny Cash?s ?Three Feet High and Rising,? the Beatles? ?Here Comes the Sun,? or?okay, I?ll shut up, as long as you promise to spin the Roots? ?Stay Cool.?
Photos: Melissa Etheridge