The End of Music As We Know It (And We Feel Fine)

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madonna4.jpgThis just might be the week the music industry changes forever. Fresh on the heels of Radiohead digitally releasing their seventh album, In Rainbows, and offering fans the chance to pay whatever they want for the download, Madonna is reportedly close to leaving her long-time home, Warner Brothers, to sign with Live Nation. If you’ve been to a stadium show any time recently, you’ll probably recognize Live Nation’s name — they’re a concert-promoting business, and they’re betting $100 million on Madonna’s power as a performer (the Material Girl gets half up front). It’s a solid bet: Her tour last year grossed about $195 million. Even if she’s pushing the big Five-O, Madonna’s still money in the bank. This will make her only the latest in a long string of artists to have bucked tradition in favor of something weirder and more dynamic. We refer you to:

  • The Eagles (yes, we actually just wrote the words The Eagles in a VH1 blog) are selling their new album directly to Wal-Mart.
  • Not only did Starbucks release Paul McCartney’s latest, the coffee conglomerate also seduced Sonic Youth. The New York art rockers, whose contract is up with Geffen, will release Hits Are For Squares exclusively through the beanery.
  • Dissatisfied with simply forgiving Third World debt and editing Vanity Fair, Bono really is writing the Broadway musical version of Spider-Man.
  • Rufus Wainwright wants to be Judy Garland, and he’s hellbent on making it happen.
  • Gina Gershon released an album. Crazy times!

Help Britney Design Blackout

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With news that Britney Spears‘ label has moved up the release of her much-anticipated fifth album Blackout, the Internets are ablaze with suspected album covers. Given the amount of speculation and Britney?s recent struggles, we put together a few of our own suggestions and invite you to do the same. E-mail creations to vh1blog@vh1.com, and we’ll add submissions to this post as they are received.

From the Internet:
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None of these take into consideration that her album title (which refers to “blocking out negativity and embracing life fully” according to her record label) may go down as the most ironic in the history of recorded music, given the star’s stints in rehab and her rumored drug and alcohol addiction.

We’re thinking the album title has more to do with what she does each evening, or what she’s done to the unburned photographs in the family album. Regardless of the title, we’re still thinking it’ll do better than “Popozao.”

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From our readers:
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Brit Wants a Slumber Party with her Babies

by (@katespencer)

britneypinkeeye.jpgPillow fights! Popcorn! Watching Pretty Woman together and giggling! Brit wants her babies to sleep over, and her lawyers are going to court this morning (yes, Britney skipped the hearing again) to beg the judge for some baby time. Brit currently is only allowed monitored daytime visits, but she’s apparently passed a few drug tests and has now decided that she’s a fit mom. Her request seems pretty reasonable to us. Her worst offense is really this horrible fur coat she rocked last night, when she went out and only drank water. So adult! You go girl!

K-Fed’s lawyer is obviously not having Brit’s request for more sleepovers, and used some seriously mean legal language to tell her so. Yet even though the court case has divided the family, they are all still connected through one thing. Nooooo, not their love of Happy Meals. Britney, Kevin, Sean P and Jayden J all have PINK EYE! Maybe that parenting coach can advise this family to wash their hands more. [Getty]

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Thursday: Rihanna Wants to Party

by (@katespencer)

rihanna1011.jpgRihanna Hunts for NYC Hot Spot
The singer was spotted asking around for a good club to go to in the Big Apple. How about just going to bed – aren’t you only 18, RiRi? [NYP]

Angelina Still Has No Love for Dad
Despite rumors of a reunion, Angie’s rep confirms that the estranged father-daughter pair are not in contact.? [Us Weekly]

Nicole Fills Out Old Bikini
Hilariously, Nicole is wearing the same bikini as when she weighed ninety pounds, but now it actually fits. Isn’t weight gain magical?![TMZ]

Reese Is Finally Free of Ryan
The once-perfect pair have officially split. Snooze. Even their divorce was dull and boring. [IDLYITW]

Lost Star Gets Six Month Jail Term
Michelle Rodriguez must six months in jail for violating her probation. She deserves it for shooting Sayid’s girlfriend! [Yahoo! News]

Kanye West & Common Go Viral

by (@katespencer)

We love this hilarious video featuring hip hop “hit maker” Lil Royce on his quest to persuade Common and Kanye West to collaborate with him on his new album. The only problem – the tracks are all skits of him getting shot by major stars. As he explains in the video, “Lil Royce has collaborated with over 500 rappers since the mid 1980s. On many rap albums, rappers have “skits” where they shoot someone to prove how tough they are. He’s the guy they shoot.”

Check out the above clip to see if he succeeds at getting the emcees to go to town on him with a loaded gun. Be warned – there’s lots of NSFW language in this piece. But what do you expect – Lil Royce is gangsta! [FunnyorDie]

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Lou Loves It When You Call Him “Big Poppa”

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lou_pearlman.jpgIf you aren’t feeling infuriated enough over the state of the world, you’d be wise to check out “Mad About the Boys,” a story in the new issue of Vanity Fair that details Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync Svengali Lou Pearlman’s all-around inappropriate behavior as a liar, fraud, philanderer, thief and creepy old dude who gets off touching the young boys he mentors. Among the story’s many allegations is that Lou molested an underage Nick Carter, a story Nick’s own mother stops just short of confirming. In its brutal character assault of an already shady character (Lou’s in jail for extorting around $500 million from various investors), the story comes off as nothing but sound, citing that various sources (many anonymous and ranging from his right-hand men to his next door neighbor’s gardener) have independently confirmed writer Bryan Burrough’s allegations.

But now, Lou has hit back, talking exclusively to Radar Online…

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Britney Pops K-Fed, Drops Album Early

by (@katespencer)

britney1010.jpgYou ready for Brit’s 1-2-3 punch? Here it is!

1. She’s been accused of being physically violent against her ex-hubby, which may account for the “no corporal punishment” clause in their custody agreement. Did all his tank tops make her throw fisticuffs?

2. Britney’s been ordered by a judge to be booked for that ‘Whoops! I just hit a parked car, ya’ll!’ moment she had in August. Seeing as Brit just walked away from the scene the incident is technically a hit and run, and she is trying to settle with the ‘victim’ out of court. We just want a Britney mugshot!

3. The album of the year is about to hit stores early! Britney’s latest attempt at a comeback, her new album Blackout (yes, that’s the real name), is dropping two weeks early on October 30th. This means you can actually buy all the songs you’ve already heard leaked all over the internet! [Image: Getty]

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OMG! J. Lo is Just Like Every Other Woman!

by (@katespencer)

jlous.jpgHoly crap everyone! Jennifer Lopez can have BABIES! Maybe even – get this – TWO of them! We are FREAKING OUT! I mean seriously, can you imagine – a woman having a baby!? Much less, a super famous woman who makes bad movies and sing mediocre songs that are fun to dance to after two mojitos! Here we were thinking all Jennifer Lopez could do was look hot in revealing Versace dresses and ruin Ben Affleck‘s career. But we were wrong. Dead wrong. She can – gasp! – reproduce. Who cares if millions of other women do this every year. This is J. effing LO we are talking about! We should get a day off from work when her child (children?) is born! Let’s face it – we will be too in awe to even look at the computer screen. Most of all, we can’t wait to hear how she accomplished this amazing feat. We hope that her husband Marc Anthony had something to do with it! Whee! [Us Weekly]

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Springsteen Live Tonight on VH1!!!

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The BossWhere’s the best place to see Bruce Springsteen? Don’t make me actually write down the answer – you know it’s Jersey. Those fans without tickets to this evening’s E Street Band bash at Continental Arena in East Rutherford (which is most of the people on the planet) can get a fix. At 8 pm EST, we’re cutting into the show and pulling out a couple performances for you. One tune is definitely “Radio Nowhere,” the blistering firebomb from the singer’s new Magic. The other is a Springsteen classic that the guys are keeping us guessing about. We’ll find out when they tear into it.

And don’t forget: Tivo fiends need to set their controls for the all-Bruce marathon that’s taking place today on VH1 Classic. The channel is awash in documentaries, live performances, “Storytellers” footage, and other great stuff.

If you’re looking to get tickets to some of the E Street shows, the tour rolls on at these stops.

What classic song do you think the band will play tonight on VH1?

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Wednesday: Is Pamela Preggers?

by (@katespencer)

pam10102.jpgPam Anderson Pregnancy Rumors Heat Up
Pam and her new hubby Rick Soloman have apparently come together to create a baby. We hope they taped the conception – it’ll make a great 21st b-day gift!? [DListed]

Britney Spears Passes Her Drug Test
Gasp! She couldn’t possibly have – but she did! Is Brit a better mom than we thought? [Us Weekly]

Kiefer?s Going to Jail for DUI
They’re locking him up for a total of 48 days. Surely his Jack Bauer skills can get him out of the clink, right? [TMZ]

Kid Rock?s Got Love for Pam
The guy offers up some choice words about his ex-wife to David Letterman. Think he’s bitter? [People]

Lindsay?s Cuddly Shopping Trip
The starlet drags her new boyfriend on a shopping spree. Does this poor kid know what he’s getting into? [X17]