Ke$ha reveals the origin of her moniker
The dollar sign in place of an s is lame”we all know that. But guys, it isn’t Ke$ha’s fault! She used to spell her name like any other normal person named Kesha. But then, this thing happened ¦ watch the Funny Or Die clip below to see where it all went wrong.
Beatles catalog is finally available on iTunes
The long and winding road that separated EMI Group, Ltd from Apple has come to an end, meaning Beatles fans can now download the entire canon on iTunes. So what’s the most downloaded track in the three days since the songs have been available? Depends on where you are in the world. If you’re here in the US, it’s Here Comes the Sun, Let It Be and In My Life. We are a sentimental lot, we are.
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are engaged!
True story: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are getting married! But before you dust off your DVD of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and crack open some champagne in celebration, you should know that they’re marrying other people this time. Nick announced his engagement to Vanessa Minnillo this week, and Jessica announced her betrothal to Eric Johnson a couple days later. AND THEN, Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton. Why can’t Prince William let Jessica have her moment?!?
Nick Cave curses out smoke machine operator at Grinderman’s in NYC
Specifically, he said, Could you stop pouring smoke out of that f—ing machine, please? Both the smoke machine and the smoke machine operator then shrunk away to go die quietly in a corner.
Billy Corgan disses Pavement
Billy Corgan vacillates between being a beacon of lightness and a total sourpuss. Today on Twitter he channeled the latter, releasing a series of tweets bemoaning the fact that Pavement would open for Smashing Pumpkins in Brazil. ¦They represent the death of the alternative dream, and we follow with the affirmation of life part, he complained. Dude, you have a song called Drown”that’s hardly life-affirming.
- Clash biopic in the works
- Aaron Neville gets hitched
- Neil Young fire due to hybrid car
- Foo Fighters headline Isle of Wight Festival
- Patti Smith’s Just Kids memoir a finalist for National Book Award
- Eminem & Dr. Dre reunite for I Need A Doctor
- Susan Boyle tops Billboard chart
- Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and more donate songs to Gulf oil spill compilation
- Drake is GQ’s Man of the Year
- Adam Lambert Acoustic Live! drops Dec. 6
- Nikki Minaj releases Pink Friday next Tuesday
- Jay-Z debuts Decoded memoir
Funny or Die sends M.I.A. to the suburbs
Watch your back, Funny or Die. After a New York Times article hinted that pop artist/politico M.I.A. may enjoy the finer things in life more than she would like known, the singer fired back by publishing the interviewer’s cell phone number on her Twitter page. Nerve=hit. Now Funny or Die is rubbing a little salt in the wound with this video parody of M.I.A.’s Paper Planes, which depicts the singer living in the tony Brentwood neighborhood with an au pair and a predilection for Monet and fine wines. Can’t wait to see M.I.A.’s graceful response to this one . . . keep an eye on her Twitter page.
Justin Bieber tries to escape crazed groupies on a Segway
Run, Bieber, run! Or, stand on a machine that will run for you. That’s what the teen pop star did when frenzied fans caught sight of him in an Arizona parking lot. Apparently being seen on a Segway is less traumatizing than being attacked by rabid tweens. Check out the video below.
St. Louis birds poo-poo Kings of Leon concert
Kings of Leon had to cut their set short in what is now being referred to as Pigeongate. After opening acts the Postelles and the Stills endured a torrent of pigeon droppings during their sets at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Kings of Leon took the stage with a little trepidation. Three songs in, an unidentified feathered sharpshooter released a load that landed near bassist Jared Followill’s mouth, causing the band to halt the show. In the words of Stephanie Tanner, How rude!
LiveNation, the promoter of the event, promised fans a full refund.
- Eminem’s “Recovery” still #1 for fifth week in a row
- Jonas Brothers serenade Obama and Sir Paul with the Beatles in televised special
- Pretty Reckless album art ¦ pretty lame?
- Kanye debuts new songs on corporate table top at Facebook offices
- Wyclef to run for President of Haiti?
- Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan star in Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie video
- Soulja Boy’s Pretty Boy Swag makes no sense
- Daft Punk scores Tron soundtrack
- Neil Young to release four lost albums
Jewel performs undercover karaoke
So, just for kicks and because Funny Or Die told her to, Jewel dressed up as a sheepish business woman with glasses and a fake nose and hit up the Gas Light karaoke bar for some good old fashioned pranking. After being coaxed to the stage by her fake co-workers, Jewel belted out a bunch of her own material. Spoiler alert: She sounds just like herself. Check out the video below.
Carlos Santana proposes to girlfriend onstage
It’s not often that a rock legend pops the question to his drummer in the middle of a concert. This Monday at a concert in Chicago, Carlos Santana boldly went where few have gone before, and proposed to his girlfriend and band member, Cindy Blackman, after her drum solo on Corazon Espinado. Must have been some solo.
Lady Gaga sullies John Lennon’s piano
Oh no she di’int! Sean Lennon posted pics of Lady Gaga in her usual studs and fishnets uniform playing his father’s iconic Steinway piano. With gaga at mom’s house, she’s belting on the white piano, Lennon tweeted. Well, Beatles fans weren’t having that, and unleashed a torrent of protestations, e.g. WHY WOULD YOU LET LADY GAGA PLAY ON JOHN’S PIANO? Lennon responded with, What should we do, lock it away in a dusty room? So judgmental¦Come on, lighten up. Yeah guys, lighten up. Remember, purple tear drops she cries ¦ you don’t want that getting on a white piano.
Edward Cullen gives Courtney Love the what-for
After rumors circulated that Twilight star Robert Pattinson might be cast as Kurt Cobain in a biopic, Courtney Love, of course, had to vent her spleen in a public way. And when you start talking smack about a vampire, the fangs come out. R-Patz lashed back in an interview with the Daily Mirror, calling Love a dick, which makes him sound less like Cobain and more like his Love-hating Nirvana bandmates David Grohl and Chris Novoselic. Isn’t Pattinson amazing?
- Shakira concludes the World Cup with one last “Waka Waka”
- LeAnn Rimes quits Twitter
- The Dream and Christina Milian break up
- Brandon Flowers unveils Flamingo cover
- John Mayer parodies LeBron James
- Acoustic, poignant version of Saved By The Bell by guy on a toilet
- Pete Wentz reveals identity of band’s new singer
Danger Mouse and James Mercer get LOST on fans
Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer are set to release their first collaboration in early 2010 under the moniker Broken Bells. If that doesn’t get your indie motor running, this will: To hype up the new record, the duo has launched a mysterious viral campaign. Here’s what’s gone down so far:
Those signed up to the Broken Bells mailing list received an email last week written entirely in binary code. Translated it reads, The high road is hard to find, which is an obvious reference to one of the album’s tracks, The High Road. This week ads started popping up on various Web sites, displaying an image of two shadowy figures. The ads link to several nonsensical Web sites ” all anagrams of Broken Bells. There, listeners can hear brief snippets of streaming audio, presumably from the record.
I haven’t been this excited since finding out that Ethan Rom was an anagram for Other Man!
ABBA decks the hall
The Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that ABBA will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in March 2010. The Swedish pop group joins Brit rockers The Hollies and Genesis, Detroit rockers the Stooges and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, who will all be inducted this year as well.
T-Pain and Andy Samberg: On a boat, with crabs
As we mentioned last week, comedy group The Lonely Island has been nominated for a GRAMMY for their duet with T-Pain, I’m On A Boat. This week Andy Samberg reunited with T-Pain for a Funny or Die sketch in which he uses the T-Pain Auto-Tune app on his iPhone to serenade a hermit crab. Funnies ensue.
For the video, click here.
Courtney Love loses custody of Frances Bean
This week a judge appointed Wendy O’Connor and Kimberly Dawn Cobain ” the mother and sister of the late Kurt Cobain ” legal guardianship of 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain. Proving the legal system right, Courtney Love took to the interwebs to voice her frustration, posting a long rant on Facebook which she quickly deleted but not before several Web sites picked it up. Highlights include Love calling Frances Bean deluded and deceptive. Kind of makes Alec Baldwin look like Father of the Year.
Chris Brown disses Walmart, quits Twitter
Chris Brown stopped by a Walmart in Wallingford, CT and was, um, dismayed to see that the store wasn’t carrying his new record, Grafitti. So, like fellow genius Courtney Love, he voiced his concerns on the Internet, tweeting [Walmart] r blackballing my cd. Not stocking the shelves and lying to customers. What the f”k I gotta do. [sic] Walmart responded that they were, in fact, selling his CD across the country, including the Wallingford location. Brown then deleted his Twitter account. Now if only Love would do the same ¦
Rihanna goes topless for GQ
More classiness for you. Begs the question, why is this a headline? A more newsworthy story would be Rihanna keeps her shirt on for photo shoot.
- Stephen Colbert sings “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys
- Amazon accidentally leaks new L’il Wayne album
- New Erykah Badu album in the works
- Elvis Costello and U2 mash up
- Google teams with National for new ad