Missy Elliott To Release Two Singles Over Labor Day Weekend

I hope you didn’t forget how to work it. Or put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it, for that matter.

Beloved hip-hop songstress Missy Elliott is slated to make a return to the pop landscape over labor day weekend with the release of two new singles, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat.” While Elliott has performed the tracks live in the past few months, their commercial release marks the first new music in over four years from the performer born Melissa Arentt Elliot.

If these tracks are anywhere close to the quality of past singles such as “Work It,” “Lose Control,” or “Get Ur Freak On,” then we’re looking at the comeback story of the year, ya’ll.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

The Lonely Island liven up the Emmys

The Lonely Island brought a ménage a trois of their greatest hits to the Emmys this week, performing a medley of 3-Way (The Golden Rule), I Just Had Sex and Jack Sparrow. Fake mustaches abounded. We can’t decide whose we like better”John Stamos’ creepster look or the askew stylings of Michael Bolton. Pick your favorite below.

LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem gets North Korea up on its feet

The Internet is full of stupidheads, but every once in a while you come across a real genius. This week we nominate whoever put this footage of Kim Jong II’s army parades to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem. We’re still laughing over the description: Ain’t no party like a Pyongyang party, ’cause a Pyongyang party is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY. Enjoy the nonsense below.

The Bad

R.E.M. breaks up after thirty-one years

Sad news coming from R.E.M.’s Web site this week, where the band announced they had decided to call it a day after a thirty-one-year run. As Michael Stipe explained, A wise man once said, ˜The skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ Is it the end of the world as we know it? Or do you feel fine? Either way, you can read the band’s goodbyes here.

Jared Followill crashes car through neighbor’s house

A series of dares between Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill and his friends led to the bassist crashing his SUV through the garage door of his neighbor’s house at 2:00 AM this week. But it’s all good yo, because Followill had bought the house a week earlier and had planned to have it torn down anyway. Johnny Knoxville, pay attention. This jackass is on fire.

The Ugly

James Brown’s publicist thinks he was murdered

James Brown died on Christmas Day in 2006 from a heart attack. Lies, says his former publicist, Jacque Hollander. Hollander hired a private detective to investigate Brown’s death, saying she suspected something was rotten in Denmark. Adding to the conspiracy theory is the fact that Brown’s son-in-law, Darren Lumar, was murdered in 2008 after appearing on local TV to say he didn’t think congestive heart failure was the culprit in his father-in-law’s death. Read about the fishiness here.

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke fears he’s been fired

It’s probably not a good sign when you stumble across your bandmates entering a recording studio, and you weren’t invited to join them. That’s what happened to Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke in New York, as he told NME. “I hope I haven’t been fired, the singer said. I don’t really know what’s going on, because we haven’t really spoken recently and I’m a bit too scared to ask.” We’re no experts, but probably talking to an international publication before picking up the phone to call your bandmates doesn’t bode well for your future.