Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that former American Idol mainstay Simon Cowell has chosen his fellow judges for the United States launch of the British musical competition The X Factor: Paula Abdul, music exec L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole.
So, you’re probably asking yourself, just who the heck is Cheryl Cole, anyway?
Even when she actively beefed with her fellow TLC members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was always the lifeblood and the lynchpin of their trio, so when Lopes was killed in a car accident nine years ago today, the group, after wrapping production on work-in-progress album, effectively ceased to exist.
Left Eye was always the most flamboyant of the three, brash and unembarrassed. From the Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip days, when, as the Philly-transplant in Atlanta, she rocked the b-girl look ten times harder than T-Boz or Chilli but somehow still sold it better, to the prosperity-gospel-with-a-spiritual-twist of her “No Scrubs” verse: “If you can’t spatially expand my horizons, then that leaves you in a class with scrubs, never rising,” and beyond, Left Eye was always fighting to be seen and heard.
This weekend, Prince‘s “Welcome 2 America” tour took over the L.A. Forum for the first full weekend of the artist’s planned 21 night residency. The kickoff show, which was held back on April 14, wasn’t exactly hailed by the LA Times as quite the barnstorming success of his New York stint, but entertaining, nonetheless. Recently, he stopped by Lopez Tonight for an entertaining (and somewhat revealing) interview which was notable for one particularly weird request from the purple one to the world at large: Don’t cover his songs.
VH1’s NYC offices welcomed singer/guitarist Lissie and her band earlier this afternoon. Lissie is an upcoming You Oughta Know artist, so we were happy to host her amid what’s apparently been a busy schedule for the band. They left our offices already packed for their Australian tour that starts Wednesday, debating whether Lissie would have time to go home to Ojai during their extended layover in Los Angeles tomorrow (they decided no) but thankful that they at least had time for a trip to In ‘N’ Out.
Despite numerous tour dates and side projects (especially for in-demand free-jazz guitarist Nels Cline), Wilco have nonetheless managed to carve out studio time and are nearly finished recording a new album, Spin reports. Read more…
The Railroad Revival Tour kicked off in Oakland, CA last night, with Mumford & Sons, fresh from Coachella, teaming with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. But friends, family, and a handful of lucky fans were treated to a private “pre-game” performance the night before in San Francisco. The bands took the low-stakes opportunity to get back into the groove of jamming together before the tour started in earnest. Above, watch the three bands perform “Wagon Wheel” from 2004’s self-titled Old Crow Medicine Show.
After being together for almost fifteen years, indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie have seen their fair share of shows, festivals and venues. But until last night, frontman Ben Gibbard never felt it ?appropriate? to talk about their songs? inspiration, or more specifically, his intricate writing process. ?I?m still figuring it out for myself,? admitted the lead singer, figuratively scratching his head as he explained the varied characters and scenarios that have occupied Death Cab?s lyrics over the years. However, in front of our VH1 Storytellers production crew and a slew of psyched-up fans in a Los Angeles studio last night, Ben opened up and finally shared the band’s story in his own way, painting pictures with words, allowing us all to be transported back in time to shake hands with his vision.
Hailing from Bellingham, Washington, we learned that Death Cab For Cutie?s Ben, Nick, Chris and (then-drummer) Nathan moved to Seattle early in their career, and were initially frustrated by the hungry artist lifestyle. According to the stories he shared with us, eating humble pie was a ongoing fixture in Ben?s creative process: Being laughed at by a car full of girls on the highway for driving his 1992 ?couch on wheels? Buick Regal was part of Gibbard?s impetus for writing ?Title and Registration,? and the modesty the band faced in the Seattle transition — what they then considered to be ?the big city? — he found to be specifically trying. ?There are few things more demoralizing than groveling for a job that you don?t even want,? Ben stated plainly when articulating the origins for ?The Employment Pages,? a track off their second LP, We Have The Facts and We?re Voting Yes.
If you’re ever asked, “Hey, name me two great tastes that taste great together!”, chances are you’ll say something like “chocolate and peanut butter” or, if you’re a traditionalist, “peanut butter and jelly.” Well, it’s a little known fact that there’s another appropriate response to that line of questioning: headbangers and porn stars!
Both were on full display in Los Angeles last night, where hard rock’s elite and some of the finest denizens of the San Fernando Valley converged for the 3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards, which will air in the coming weeks on VH1 Classic. Host Chris Jericho, who you’ll recognize as a familiar talking head on VH1 (in addition to being a singer and wrestler), presided over the raucous affair, which hosted performances by recent RRHOF inductee Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach, former Guns N’ Roses bassist (and Playboy’s current financial columnist!) Duff McKagan, and more. Meanwhile, the red carpet was a metalhead’s dream come true: Celebrity Rehab 2 alum Steven Adler, Motley Crue, Dave Navarro and more crossed paths with adult film stars like Jenna Haze and Sasha Grey. And yes, as promised in the headline, William Shatner made an appearance, too!
If you?re a fan of music, you know very well that the music industry can sometimes serve up one-dimensional talent. Vocalists. Songwriters. Producers. Entertainers. The ?flavor-of-the-week.? They excel at one thing very well, and God bless ‘em, they make an exceptional living doing so. However, as Cee Lo Green soared through his body of musical work during last night?s VH1 Storytellers taping at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, it became clear to us (as well as a room full of diehard fans) that his talents are much more multi-faceted than your run-of-the-mill chart-topper. Donning a white shirt covered in sparkles, and surrounded by a kick-ass, all-female band, the man of the hour actively did what he does best: connect with his audience.
Visibly excited, Cee Lo?s carefully-planned set allowed him to present his stories with true richness and delicate authenticity. And it makes sense; since the inception of his career, Green?s song-writing has been deeply rooted in his personal life, reflecting everything from his spiritual beliefs to whimsical sexual quips to torturous anguish. Starting his narrative somewhat chronologically, Cee Lo journeyed back to his Dungeon Family roots, bringing out Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo — fellow members of his early career group, Goodie Mob — to perform. Together, they disclosed detailed and passionate song inspirations, nodded at their career?s humble beginnings, and (ZOMG!) announced the group?s forthcoming reunion.