With American Idol and The Voice running concurrently, we’re finding it increasingly difficult to find enough hours in the week to watch both programs. However, when we heard that Nicki Minaj was going to be performing* on American Idol last night, we made sure to flip the dial to catch her first live TV appearance since the controversial “Exorcism Of Roman” number on the Grammys.
Well, nobody got exorcised last night, but it did appear to us like Idol judge J. Lo was throwing some shade in Minaj’s general direction after Nicki suggested that she’d like to join the judging panel. [pic via Mr. Worldwide]
TO HELL WITH WINE, SOMEBODY GIVE THE BOSS A BEER!
Proving for the bazillionth time that he is a true man of the people, Bruce Springsteen downed a cup of beer that a fan handed him during a concert in Philadelphia last night. True Springsteen disciples will recognize that this very moment was prophesized nearly 30 years ago in his song “Sherry Darling,” when he sang “Well I got some beer and the highway’s free / And I got you, and baby you’ve got me.” [Spinner]
RARE FOOTAGE OF NINE INCH NAILS PERFORMING ON DANCE PARTY U.S.A. SURFACES Skrillex, you have some explaining to do! It seems that Trent Reznor had your haircut 20 years before you did. [Gawker]
Katy Perry’s video for “Part Of Me” is a stark departure from the candy-coated fluff of “California Gurls” and the Eighties-tastic silliness of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” There are no scenes of whipped cream or fireworks or ANYTHING shooting out of her boobs; instead, a break-up leads our heroine to enroll for active duty as a Marine, and she spends the rest of the video training for battle. The last shot of the video is a semi-harrowing one, as Katy peers directly into the camera with what seems to be a thousand-yard stare, generally associated with people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders.
Now, Katy is taking some guff from people who feel like her video was done in poor taste. Feminist author/theorist Naomi Wolf (pictured above, lower right) took Perry to task on her Facebook page for creating what she feels like is little more than a 4-minute recruitment video. “Have you all seen the Katy Perry Marines video?” Wolf wrote. “It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines … I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it … I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked — if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.”
F****d Up lead singer Damian Abraham (pictured above, lower left) then decided to pile on using Twitter, writing that “Seeing Katy Perry as a soldier in ‘Part Of Me’ really makes me think that we need to start a war so she can go die,” which he followed up with “Yes I’m aware my last tweet was kinda dumb but so is glamorizing war to sell records to idiots. Katy Perry Still Sucks.”
Everyone knows that the years 2000-2010 were not very good for the music industry. Thanks to a perfect storm of rapid technological shifts, widespread piracy, consumer apathy, and executive ineptitude, the industry suffered through a slump that nearly killed off the entire business model. That is, until Adele came along!
We’re being slightly facetious, but Adele is credited by many as having (temporarily) saved the music business. Her landmark album, 21, just sold its 8 millionth copy here in the United States, making it the 4th most successful album to be released on these shores in the last 10 years. Care to venture any guesses as to the two artists who have sold more copies of their respective albums than her? If you find yourself either stumped or looking for validation, we’ve got the Top 10 Selling Albums of the Last 10 Years for you below.
We’ve got good news and bad news for Queen fans. The bad? It appears that this summer’s Sonisphere Festival, where Queen was supposed to perform with Adam Lambert, has fallen apart. The good news? We may have found a full-time replacement singer for the band!
You have GOT to watch the video we have for you above. In it, some drunk Canuck is shown in the back of a cop cruiser, presumably on his way back to wherever Royal Mounties keep people that they’ve been arrested (we never really watched Dudley Do-Right, nor have we ever been arrested in Canada, so we’re not sure whether Canadian authorities keep their prisoners in jails or penalty boxes or what). But instead of going quietly, this inebriated fella decides to turn the back seat of the police car into his personal Rockford Studios, belting out Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” —IN ITS ENTIRETY(!!!)— only minutes after getting gaffled. He’s no Freddie Mercury, vocally, but then again, who is?
Between announcing a new summer tour earlier this week and Steven Tyler turning 64 on Monday, it’s already been a busy week for the guys in Aerosmith. However, it seems like they saved the best news for last. All that time they spent in the studio recording on Tyler’s days off from American Idol looks like it paid off, as the band announced last night that they’re finishing up a brand-new album, one that they hope to release this summer!
The new album does not have a name yet, but we have reason to believe it will be a classic return-to-form for the band. (By the way, can you believe that this is the band’s first album of original material since 2001′s Just Push Play?) Word on the street is that the band teamed up with an old friend to help produce their new album. Just how old is this friend, you ask? Well, producer Jack Douglas, the man that the band themselves dubbed as “The Sixth Member,” has been friends with the band since the ’70s and produced many of Aerosmith’s classic albums like Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, and Draw the Line. It seems like the guys have taken a page out of the Van Halen playbook and are building at least a portion of this new album around guitar riffs that the band wrote many years ago, but never formally released.
“We have a lot of songs that are very dear to us that we’ve written over the years,” Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamiltontold the AP. “And we can feel it when it’s the perfect time to whip them out. And we’re having that kind of experience now.”
The-Dream‘s highly anticipated Love IV LP was originally scheduled to come out last fall, but thanks to some beef with his label Def Jam, the record’s release has been significantly delayed. The Radio Killa’s passionate (and exceedingly patient) fanbase was temporarily satiated when The-Dream released his 1977 mixtape last fall using his birthname, Terius Nash. And now, there’s seemingly more evidence to suggest that Love IV is on the way, as an official video for “Kill The Lights,” presumably the first single off the album, has just dropped.
In it, The-Dream teams up with his new(ish) protégé Casha (not to be confused with Ke$ha) for a video treatment that takes the song’s title quite literally. For the video’s four-minute-and-seven-second run time, we see dozens of light bulbs explode, filaments flying around the screen like shrapnel. However, when paired with The-Dream’s falsetto and luxurious synths, it certainly succeeds in its mission — By the end of the video, even the most Green-conscious eco-warriors won’t find that their panties are in a bunch; rather, they’ll be dropping to the floor.
Phew! Our buddy Gavin DeGraw survived another week on Dancing With The Stars, which means that we’ll be getting more backstage reports from one of our favorite singer-songwriters next week. And since he’ll be making his home on the West Coast for the time-being, it only made sense that he stopped by the Tonight Show set last night to perform a rollicking version of his hot new single, “Sweeter.”
The title track from his new album makes the case that Gavin, not Trey Songz, should be the one with the title of Mr. Steal Yo’ Girl. It’s rare that studio audiences on late night talk shows hoot and holler during the musical portion of show, but you can clearly hear a cadre of females squealing at various points while Gavin is up on stage. His ode to the carnal pleasures of creepin’ has clearly struck a vein with his audience, and combined with his exposure on DWTS, look for this song to make a big dent on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown chart soon!
TENACIOUS D HAS RISEN AGAIN (JUST LIKE THE FENIX) The D has been silent since The Pick Of Destiny bombed at the box office back in 2006, but the band just released a brand new video that includes the most kickass training montage since Rocky IV. Oh, and btw, R.I.P. Val Kilmer; your sacrifice will never be forgotten. [TenaciousD.com]
PAUL SIMON CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF GRACELAND WITH DELUXE BOX SET
You’ll have to sell the diamonds on the soles of your shoes to be able to afford the $249.99 price point, but for that scratch, you’ll get 2 DVDs, 2 CDs, an copy of the vinyl LP, a deluxe book featuring unreleased photos, new liner notes, a replica of Paul Simon’s handwritten lyrics pad and a limited edition, numbered Graceland poster autographed by Rhymin’ Simon himself. [PaulSimon.com]
Somehow, we had missed the January release of First Aid Kit‘s new album, The Lion’s Roar. The Swedish folk duo made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg (age 21 and 18, respectively) have scored great reviews for their sophomore LP, including a 7.6 from the notoriously persnickety folks at Pitchfork. That album’s lead single, “Emmylou”, is a bittersweet, slide-guitar driven slice of Americana, one that envelops you upon your first listen and feels instantly familiar. The song’s refrain of “I’ll be your Emmylou/And I’ll be your June/And you’ll be my Gram/And my Johnny, too” evokes a particularly warm sense of romance and nostalgia with its references to timeless American musical couples, and also features the most exquisite harmonizing that we’ve heard in some time. And the video, which was shot during magic hour conditions in California’s famed Joshua Tree national park and is steeped with Native American mysticism, is quite perfect, too. Try this song on for size and let us know if it doesn’t make you feel like you just curled up on the couch underneath your favorite warm blanket.