Last Lap: There’s Speculation That The Spice Girls Will Reunite For The 2012 Olympics

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There’s Speculation That The Spice Girls Will Reunite For The 2012 Olympics
Rumors are flying that the Spice Girls might reunite (again) for the 2012 Olympics. This is what we want, what we really, really want! [Idolator]

Famous Fashion Photographer Cancels On Lady Gaga
Famous fashion photographer David Bailey cancelled a recent shoot with Lady Gaga saying, “There were too many rumors about her storming out and being silly. And I can’t be bothered. If she can sing, why wear funny clothes? Ella Fitzgerald never wore funny clothes.” SNAP! [The Cut]

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Did Black Sabbath Cancel Coachella Due To Tony Iommi’s Illness?

by (@kat_george)

It’s Coachella madness! Latest on the rumor mill comes from reports that the recently reunited Black Sabbath were planned to headline the festival, but that they cancelled last minute because of Tony Iommi’s sudden illness. Following the announcement of Iommi’s lymphoma, it seemed like the band would continue with their promised 2012 reunion tour and album — but if it is true that they cancelled Coachella it might throw all of Black Sabbath’s plans for 2012 into question. Iommi’s recovery is the clear priority, and our best wishes are with him and the band no matter what they decide for their 2012 tour.

Meanwhile, the rumor also casts speculation as to who filled the headlining spot in the wake of the last minute cancellation. Our money is on The Black Keys, who seemed like a less obvious choice for the top billing spot before we heard the rumor. We figure The Black Keys filled the hole reportedly left by Black Sabbath because the other headliners — Dr. Dre, Snopp Dogg and Radiohead — are such huge acts it’s incredibly unlikely any of them would have started off any lower on the bill.

Was Black Sabbath Confirmed For Coachella? [Billboard]

A Reunited Van Halen Debuts Their New Single, “Tattoo”

by (@unclegrambo)

After last week’s blistering Van Halen reunion show at Cafe Wha?, the band confirmed a number of details about their 2012 plans that had, up to that point, simply been rumors: The band would release their new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, on February 7; the band would be embarking on a four-month, 45 date North American tour; and, amazingly, Kool & The Gang would be their opening act (!!!). Cellll-ebrate good times, C’MON!

Thanks to last week’s uniformly praised comeback set, anticipation levels for Van Halen‘s first tour with David Lee Roth since 2007 are off the charts. However, as we all know, when a “classic” band decides it’s that time of the concert for them to play their “new” material, a lot of fans decide that’s the time to visit the, um, facilities. Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman wrote about this dilemna last week, stating “I will never understand why classic rock bands feel a moral obligation to write new songs that nobody wants. That’s like working at McDonald’s when you’re 80 instead of cashing in your war bonds. Van Halen has nothing to prove to anyone. Just blow us away.”

It remains to be seen how fans will react to Van Halen’s first studio album with David Lee Roth singing lead vox since 1984, but today the group released their first single off A Different Kind Of Truth, a song called “Tattoo” (which also comes with an accompanying music video). And you know what? It’s a real grower! Not only does it feature a blistering, 35-second guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen, but David Lee Roth scatting and squealing his way through some non-sequitur come-ons (“Best believe that needle hurt you”) to characters like Swap Meet Sally and the Tramp Stamp Cat, as well as a hilarious description of MILF-y groupies who get inked late in life (“Mousewife to Momshell”). And thanks to Dave’s repeated screams of “Sexy dragon magic!”, we have a feeling that this is the kind of song that both Van Halen fans AND the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will surely approve of.

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Rumor Has It: Adele Might Be Performing At The Grammys Next Month

by (@kat_george)

It’s being reported that superstar Adele is getting her larynx ready for a return to the stage following her vocal cord surgery late last year. Now, Radar Online is reporting that Adele will not only be attending next month’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles — for which she has 6 nominations — but also that there’s a chance that she will perform for the first time since the surgery that forced her to cancel her remaining 2011 commitments. According to the report, Adele won’t confirm the performance until the beginning of February, until which point we’ll be eagerly biting our nails. Either way, it’s great to see the young star making a speedy recovery, and we’ve got an inkling that performance or not, she’s going to clean up at the Grammys.

Adele Planning To Attend & Perform At The Grammys Next Month [Radar Online]

Who Deserves The Headliner Spot At Coachella More, The Black Keys or Pulp?

by (@kat_george)

Everyone is talking about this year’s Coachella line up, and we’ve had our own share of thoughts and questions about the highly anticipated festival and its diverse set of chosen artists. We’re rapt with the headliners, with veterans Radiohead and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg taking to the stage for what are sure to be momentous performances. And while we’re excited about first night headliner The Black Keys, we can’t help but be a little bit skeptical about the choice, given that super Britpop band Pulp were snubbed for the top spot.

In some respects, The Black Keys make an obvious choice for a headlining act. For starters, their number one album from 2011, El Camino, propelled them to the top of the pack and made them arguably the biggest rock band in America today. Their singles “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling” have seen a healthy run on the airwaves, Internet and television, not to mention their viral video for “Lonely Boy” being the talk of fans and industry alike in late 2011. But while The Black Keys have enjoyed a huge cult following for many years, it was only between the release of Brothers and El Camino that The Keys found mainstream fame, making them fledglings to the spotlight. Moreover, being a two piece band might not make for the exciting set that a full band could bring at prime time Coachella, rendering their music possibly more suited to a festival like Lollapalooza.

Pulp on the other hand, are a timeless, legendary UK band. Vanguards of Britpop, Pulp, alongside their contemporaries like Oasis, were seminal in shaping the genre and have enjoyed an ongoing popularity as such. Pulp reformed last year after a 9 year hiatus to hit the European tour circuit and played a roaring special guest set at Glastonbury. With allusions that this might be their last tour as a full band, it seems like somewhat of a misstep to not have them headlining Coachella given their veteran status and the importance of their reunion. However, it’s arguable that because they aren’t as well known in America as The Black Keys, or as “of the moment,” their second tier billing is justified.

We’re not exactly sure how we feel (as you can probably tell by our mixed emotions and adoration of both bands), so tell us what you think in our poll below and in the comments section.

[Photos: Getty Images]

Coachella 2012 Line Up Analysis: Who’s In, Who’s Out And What’s What

by (@kat_george)

We’ve been plagued with all sort of thoughts since the official 2012 Coachella lineup was unveiled last night. Mostly, we’ve just been wetting our pants with excitement (which isn’t doing much for our social lives), but between all the puppy dog-like urination we’ve been able to take some time to reflect on the line up — what we like and what we’re not so fond of, and how it all fits together with the 2011-12 music landscape.

Coachella 2012: Now Starring Every Buzz Band From 2011…
If it buzzed in 2011, you’ll find it on a stage at Coachella 2012: Girls, Yuck, EMA, Kendrick Lamar, SBTRKT, Azealia Banka, A$AP Rocky, tUnE-YarDs, Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Wild Flag, Real Estate, Gotye, Wild Beasts, Gardens & Villas etc. Oh and FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN.

… But Where’s Lana Del Rey?
Noticeably missing from the lineup is THE buzz artist of 2011, Lana Del Rey. We’re assuming this would have been a conscious choice on the part of either Coachella organizers or Lana’s team, but given that her debut album, Born To Die, is about to drop it doesn’t seem likely that Lana Del Rey would pass up the opportunity to promote it at Coachella, which leaves us wondering why her name isn’t on that poster.

Our You Oughta Know Friends
We called these ones in 2011, and now some of our favorite You Oughta Know artists are set to tear up Coachella which only makes us swell with pride. Our You Oughta Know friends in the lineup include Dawes, Ximena Sarinana, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

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Tuned In: Snow Patrol Go To “New York” On Letterman

by (@kat_george)

It isn’t much of a surprise that a band with a song called “New York” should chose to play said song while in New York. What is a surprise is just how lovely that song is. Last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, Snow Patrol played the deeply melancholic “New York” to a reverent silence. Without all the excesses of grand instrumentals and layered melody, Snow Patrol played simply with voice and piano to evoke true emotion. Warning: Don’t watch this video if someone you love/miss/are heartbroken by has recently moved to New York without you — it will definitely make you cry, and we can’t have that!

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The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre And Snoop Dogg To Headline Coachella 2012

by (@unclegrambo)

Just moments ago, the official Coachella Twitter feed (@coachella) posted their 2012 lineup, which will feature headlining performances from The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (!!!). Regarding the latter, this year marks the 20th anniversary of The Chronic‘s release, so we’re guessing that the pair might perform the classic album from front-to-back?

Also of note: It looks like Coachella organizer Paul Tollett is NOT a fan of indie chanteuse du jour, Lana Del Rey. At first glance, she seems to be the most obvious snub on this year’s lineup. More analysis to follow tomorrow!

Coachella 2012 Lineup [Stereogum]

Last Lap: Lana Del Rey Releases Official Album Track List

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Lana Del Rey Releases Official Album Track List
The day everyone spent the second half of 2011 pining for is almost here — Lana Del Rey‘s Born To Die album release. The Princess Of Buzz has released the track listing, but don’t get too excited, you’ve already heard most of it before. [NME]

Paul McCartney Reveals The Inspiration Behind Kisses On The Bottom
Did anyone else get some seriously vivid imagery of Paul McCartney kissing someone on the butt when they heard the name of his new album? Luckily, McCartney revealed the titled of the album, Kisses On The Bottom, is a lyric from Fats Waller‘s 1935 song, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter,” which has cleared our minds of foul thoughts. Phew. [Billboard]

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Music Seen: Scars On 45′s Beauty Runs Wild At VH1 Headquarters [PHOTOS]

by (@kat_george)

Scars of 45 let their beauty run wild at VH1 headquarters when they came to our offices late last year and played a short set for us. Our featured You Oughta Know artist this month, Scars on 45 dropped by to share their unassuming, sentimental, guitar-driven music with us. One of our favorite numbers was “Beauty’s Running Wild” (watch the video below), which got the band some much deserved attention when it was featured on an episode of CSI: New York last year. Our photographer, Colin Gray, followed the band around while they were visiting and managed to grab some candid moments on film for us…

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