Jack White was not a happy camper this weekend, performing for a sold-out and perhaps dull crowd in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall. After bickering with a shirtless man in the front row and complaining that, “Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?” (because you know how those NPR conventions can get, with all their shirtless goers and such), the former White Stripes frontman cut his set short and jumped-show. The audience stuck around hoping for a second act or encore, but were disappointed when the lights were turned on and ushers were sent in to explain that, “The show is over, we don’t know why.” Woomp woomp.
To the streets they poured, swarming around the backstage door where — rowdy like a Jack White incited mob wont be — they chanted things like “f*** Jack White!” and “Jack White kills puppies” and began tweeting angrily with the hashtag #JackWhiteDebacle. Some, according to the New York Observer, even returned the t-shirts and posters they had bought at the show. Read more…
2 Chainz‘s rap game takeover has been a long time coming. The Georgia rapper that had us all screaming, “2 Chaaaaainnnnz” was a coveted feature artist in the way Nicki Minaj was in 2009. Those days are long gone and the wait was certainly worth it. His debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story topped the charts for the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan the album sold 147,000 copies. For a little perspective: that’s almost 20,000 more units sold than pop star Chris Brown‘s Fortune. Talk about coming out the gate swinging. Read more…
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Last week I saw Jack White perform live at Webster Hall (New York City), and throughout the concert one word came to mind (fittingly in all capital letters): FASCINATING.
In the age of social media and TMZ, where nothing is a secret anymore, how can one of today’s most respected/popular musicians—one who just scored a #1 album—manage to keep his mystique as alluring as a leprechaun riding bareback on a unicorn?
The Dos Equis man may claim to be the “most interesting person in the world,” but Jack White is currently the most fascinating man in music.
Here are 10 reasons why:
10. Divorce Party
When Jack White divorced his model/singer wife Karen Elson, not only did they do so amicably, but they threw a party to celebrate. Invitations were even made for the event billing it as a “humdinger.”
9. Ice, Ice Baby
While many musicians make public their sports allegiances, it’s not known if Jack White even likes sports. Nashville’s professional hockey team the Predators are currently still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now that he calls Nashville home, I wonder if Jack White ever goes to a game, wears a replica jersey, or checks the box-score in the morning paper? (I also wonder if he’s sad that his hometown Detroit Red Wings were knocked out by the Predators in the first round?)
With this year’s highly anticipated Coachella Festival just three days away, rival festival Lollapalooza just stole a bit of their thunder tonight by announcing the lineup for their 2012 festival, which will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3-5. This year’s festival will be headlined by a powerful array of rock royalty (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White), a historic reunion (the only scheduled North American tour date for Black Sabbath) and, for the first time ever, big-draw DJ acts (Avicii, Justice).
VH1 was able to exclusively ask Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) what kind of traits he looks for in his headlining acts, and he answered in typically awesome Farrell fashion:
We’ve got the complete Lollapalooza press release, which just hit the wires, for you below!
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Jay-Z
Ahead of Jay-Z‘s SXSW performance tonight, Complex Magazine talked to Hov’s engineer and friend, Young Guru. So here are 15 fascinating things you didn’t know about Jay, including that his new album is not a concept album but it has a concept, and that there’s “serious consideration” being given to a Watch The Throne sequel. [Complex]
Jack White Kicks Off His Solo Tour in Chattanooga
And Rolling Stone have an amazing gallery of images to get you in the mood to appreciate Jack White as a solo artist. With Blunderbuss on the way, this is the first solo album and supporting tour in White’s career. [Rolling Stone]
With his forthcoming solo release, Blunderbuss, due on April 24th, Jack White performed the lead single from the album, “Love Interruption”, live on SNL this weekend. Singing with the divine Ruby Amanfu, who looked ethereal in a long white gown, the performance was impassioned and heated in the understated way that Jack White is master of. Intense bur refined, the performance reflected the honesty and rawness of the lyrics perfectly.
Maybe Jack White always looks this uncomfortable, or maybe not, we don’t know the man personally. All we know is that regardless of his regular stance, the charismatic musician seems somewhat perturbed in this new promo for this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. White, who is set to appear on the show as a musical guest, spends almost the entire promo next to host Lindsay Lohan and funny man Andy Samberg with his arms folded in front of his body. Add to that a few sideways glances, the hint of an eye roll and the unenthusiastic exasperation with which he delivers his lines and it seems like he’d prefer to be anywhere but there. And let’s not mention that he seems to lean nervously away every time Lindsay gets close to him — or is that just our over active imaginations? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
We’ve been listening to Jack White‘s “Love Interruption,” featuring Nashville singer Ruby Amanfu, on repeat since we first heard it last month. The track is the first release from White’s debut solo album, Blunderbuss, which is due for release on April 24th, a date which cannot come fast enough! So for Valentine’s Day we’re giving you a special Jack White treat — the official video for “Love Interruption,” so you can incorporate a visual into your new obsession.
The video itself is as simple as the song, with a sort of discordance that complements the impassioned lyrics. In a purple haze, White is joined by Amanfu and 2 other women playing instruments, each of which is dressed and coiffed to retro 60s perfection, while retaining a modernity in face and setting. White and Amanfu share a microphone as the shot blurs and refocuses, capturing the tone of the angsty love song. With an unassuming melody, “Love Interruption” is violent and worldly, lyrically at least, providing a jarring, passionate juxtaposition with White’s Bluesy guitar sound. The video plays off this perfectly, conjuring a sense of familiarity in tandem with a absurdity that is hard to place. And there’s the genius of Jack White all wrapped up and handed to you on a violet platter — he’s the master of contradictions, managing to turn chaotic emotion into the most practical, simple of things, without losing any of the romance.
M.I.A. Will Have To Shell Out The Big Bucks To Cover Any FCC Fines That Might Arise From Her Bird
M.I.A.‘s contract with NBC states that she’ll have to shell out to cover any fines that might be enforced by the FCC following her Super Bowl performance. While the world waits with baited breath to see if the most famous finger in the consumerist world will be reprimanded by the FCC, we’re guessing M.I.A is waiting just as anxiously to see what happens, especially since Janet Jackson‘s nip-slip cost CBS a cool $550,000. [Spin]
Alicia Keys And Bonnie Raitt Will Honor Etta James At The Grammys
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt will duet in honor of Etta James at the Grammys, and they’ve got a lot to live up to after Christina Aguilera‘s stirring rendition of “At Last” at the late legend’s funeral. [Idolator]
Jack White is going solo — after 2011 saw the official dissolution of The White Stripes, his divorce from Karen Elson and The Dead Weather‘s Alison Mosshart focusing on The Kills‘ 10 year anniversary album and tour, it only makes sense that the impresario should cut out on his own. Today sees the launch of White’s solo project online, with “Love Interruption,” the first single off White’s solo album, streaming now on White’s official site and sales beginning exclusively in digital retailers at 9 PM PT. The single will be available on vinyl from February 7th, while the album, Blunderbuss, has its release date set for April 24th.
“Love Interrupted,” has whispers of Jack White’s signature sound, both vocally and in the rock-led guitar riffs, but there’s something more personal at play here — an infusion of emotion and blues that hasn’t quite characterized White’s collaborative work the way it does in his first solo track. Simple and sparse yet powerful and moving, “Love Interruption” is our new favorite song, with its world weariness, nostalgically straight forward lyricism and weathered romanticism.