Frank Ocean has been all over the news lately for reasons you’re certainly already aware of and are tired of hearing about. But there’s one more wrinkle to the story of Ocean and his debut album Channel Orange. We previously covered the surprise iTunes exclusive release of Channel Orange and subsequent retail aftermath. However, Target might not be the only retailer miffed at iTunes swooping in and netting some early sales on a much-hyped release.
Timberlake and Samberg edify audiences about The Golden Rule
What would a Justin Timberlake hosting gig on SNL be without a digital short with Andy Sandberg and some Cross Colours overalls? This latest masterwork introduces the helicopter technology into the art of lovemaking, and includes a very special musical guest. Oh, and if you stick around after the video is over, you’ll get to see Michael Bolton dressed as a pirate.
Mitch Winehouse resurrects music career
Mitch Winehouse, or Amy’s pop, is returning to a music career he left in the ˜70s in order to raise his children. The 61 year-old cab driver just released Rush of Love on Janey Records. The record features covers of jazz and lounge songs and four originals. None of which include the lyrics, I tried to make her go to rehab and she said no, no, no.
Beyoncé takes a page from Lorella Cuccarini for BMAs
Beyoncé took some heat this week when it was discovered that her multimedia performance at the Billboard Music Awards was suspiciously similar to a performance by Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarini. Beyoncé responded tout suite, saying she had seen Cuccarini’s performance and contacted the producers to collaborate with her on her own interactive video. Personally, we like Beyoncé’s video piece more, but with a hook borrowed from Major Lazer and a performance borrowed from Cuccarini, you can hardly call her innovative on this one. You can watch the two videos side by side below, thanks to the magical powers of the Internet.
Taylor Swift releases video for The Story of Us
Awkward run-ins with an ex are a rite of passage, one that’s captured by Taylor Swift on her new video for The Story of Us. The track is rumored to be inspired by her messy break-up with John Mayer. Hang down your head, John. Voyeurs can check out the video below.
Joseph Brooks commits suicide
Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Joseph Brooks, famous for his perennial ballad You Light Up My Life, died this week in what has been ruled a suicide by asphyxiation. Brooks was set to go to trial for thirteen counts of rape at the time of his death. He was 73 years old.
Mick Jagger forms supergroup
What do you get when you put Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, Joss Stone and A.R. Rahman in a room? Urdu-reggae-soul? Rasta-Bolly-Brit? We’ll all find out soon enough when the supergroup, dubbed Super Heavy, drops their LP in September.
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- Justin Bieber has a new tat
- Jason Trawick no longer Britney Spears’ agent
- Bono and The Edge to perform alongside Spiderman cast for American Idol finale
- Eminem and Bieber dominate Billboard Music Awards
- Scarlett Johannson and Massive Attack collaborating
- Pete Doherty sentenced to six months in jail
- Silverchair announce indefinite hiatus
- Vinnie Vincent arrested for assault
- Bon Iver album leaked through iTunes
- Gregg Allman to write memoir
- Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars and Sofia Coppola to marry this summer
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks releasing new album produced by Beck
- Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley collapses onstage in Japan