A$AP ROCKY WILL PLAY JFK IN LANA DEL REY AKA A$AP JACKIE O’S “NATIONAL ANTHEM” VIDEO
Not so sure about this plan? “People are going to get it in three years, and that’s the whole purpose of it,” he assures. [HipHopDX]
BET AWARDS GET G.O.O.D.
Kicking off their Cruel Summer, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew will join Usher, Nicki Minaj, and Chris Brown (not an award show does he miss!) as performers at the 2012 BET Awards on July 1st. [RapFix]
27,000 CARLY RAE JEPSEN FANS HAVE DOWNLOADED A SONG CALLED “HERE’S MY NUMBER SO”
Do the knock-off versions of songs that float around on iTunes mess with sales? Clearly the answer is yes! [Billboard]
KANYE WEST BRINGS BACK HIS G.O.O.D. FRIDAYS, DROPS “MERCY”
Swerve! Less than 24 hours after “Theraflu” found its way onto the Internet, Kanye’s back with another new track, “Mercy.” It features verses from Big Sean (tight), Pusha T (typically awesome), Yeezy (kinda weak, truth be told), and in a star-making turn, 2 Chainz (off the chains!). [Soundcloud]
WHAT IF MARY J. BLIGE REWROTE “FAMILY AFFAIR” SPECIFICALLY FOR BURGER KING?
Vulture writer (and old co-worker of mine!) Kyle Buchanan was curious how it would sound, so instead of just tweeting that out as a question, he went and WROTE ALL THE LYRICS. “Come on, put your Coke into a cup / Supersize your chicken nuggets up / Mary J. is in the spot tonight / As I’mma make you eat some fries (Make you eat some fries).” It’s so genius we’ve set our hearts on performing it at karaoke tonight. [Vulture]
MARY J. BLIGE TURNS HER BACK ON CRISPY CHICKEN SNACK WRAPS
We stand by our initial feelings of appreciation for the Queen of Hip Hop Soul’s new commercial for Burger King, mainly because we’ve never seen MJB be so self-effacing before. However, no matter her station in life, drama always seems to find her. She tells TMZ that “I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip.” [TMZ]
MARY, FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, THE BARENAKED LADIES ARE FANS, TOO!
Ed Robertson and Tyler Stewart of the Barenaked Ladies appeared on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live this morning and declared their appreciation for the new commercial. They even worked a few references to the commercial into their hit, “One Week”! [VH1.COM]
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]
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]
JET GROUNDS THEMSELVES
Australian rock revivalists Jet, whose 2004 song “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” came in at #72 on VH1′s list of the Greatest Songs Of The 2000s, have decided to part ways. Their breakup reminds us of their 2006 release of Shine On, which was the subject of one of the greatest album reviews of all-time. [Rolling Stone]
WASTED GIRL MAKES OUT WITH TREE AFTER DOING TOO MANY DRUGS AT ULTRA FESTIVAL
This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that Deadmau5 warned us about! [Crack Beetz]
MAD MEN STAR JESSICA PARÉ DROPS HER FIRST SINGLE
Denizens of the Internet have been frantically searching for “Zou Bisou Bisou” and “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo” all day long, and AMC —ever the smart media entity— has decided to strike quickly on the popularity of the saucy, French language striptease anthem. You can now buy an mp3 in the iTunes store or even buy it on vinyl. Sexy lingerie probably not included. [InSound]
DR. DREW WARNS ABOUT REPEATED EXPOSURE TO MDNA
It’s no surprise that Madonna is pulling out all the stops to promote her new LP, MDNA. It is a bit of a surprise, though, to see Dr. Drew starring in a viral video warning about the druggy side effects of listening to the record. Trust us, you don’t wanna cross Deadmau5, bro! [YouTube]