Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Selena Gomez delivers Fifty Shades of Grey parody

Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey hit the bookshelves there’s been an outbreak of heaving bosoms across the country. And now you can add Selena Gomez to the list of the afflicted. The Love You Like A Love Song singer did a parody called Fifty Shades of Blue for Funny or Die. Let it sweep you away.

Mick Jagger hosts SNL

Mick Jagger proved that if you start him up he’ll never stop. The Rolling Stones frontman had double duty for the season finale of Saturday Night Live”hosting the show and performing with the Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. The only thing he backed away from was the karaoke machine, as evidenced by this sketch.

The Bad

Robin Gibb dies

This week Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passed away after a battle with colon cancer, leaving his older brother Barry as the only remaining member of the group. Gibb, along with Barry and twin brother Maurice, penned perennial hits like Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love and More Than A Woman. Their airtight, three-part harmonies became one of the most defining sounds of the ˜70s. Barry created the video tribute below for his brother. R.I.P.

Call Me Maybe says everyone, ever

Carly Rae Jepson’s bubbly hit, Call Me Maybe, has inspired THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE to cover it. Yes, even a guy in a gimp mask. Watch the parade of the untalented yet unflaggingly enthusiastic masses below.

The Ugly

Team Breezy gets sleazy

Not everyone was thrilled with Chris Brown’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Pink and her husband Carey Hart pinged the singer for lip-syncing and ripping off his motocross-inspired performance from one of hers. But when John Legend’s fiancée, model Chrissy Tiegen, dared to opine that Brown should stick to dancing all hell broke loose. Team Breezy barraged the model with so many death threats that Brown himself had to step in. Read all about it here.

Usher tears up at custody hearing

Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Foster are embroiled in an ugly custody dispute over their two sons, and this week the singer broke down in tears on the stand as he was questioned about his ability to parent. Oh, and his ability to bang bridesmaids. Read about it here.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Jack White releases copies of new single via balloon

If you happen to see a deflated blue balloon in your trees with a record attached to it, then you are likely the proud recipient of Jack White’s newest single, Freedom at 21. In true Willy Wonka fashion, the team at Third Man Records released 1,000 copies of the new track via balloons from their headquarters in Nashville. The flexi discs have instructions for finders to submit photos and discovery location. We like to imagine the older gent in Huntsville, Alabama, rocking out. Try it.

Helena Bonham Carter stars in new Rufus Wainwright video

HBC channels her sexually frustrated librarian in the moody new video for Rufus Wainwright’s Out of the Game. And Rufus, well he channels a bunch of personalities: glam cowboy, blonde lady-dude and Kurt Cobain. Enjoy the angst below.

The Bad

Weird Al Yankovic suing Sony Music

As they say, life imitates an imitation of art (ed. note: no one says that). Music parody master Weird Al Yankovic once wrote a Rage Against the Machine parody called I’ll Sue Ya, and he’s finally making good on his threat. Yankovic filed a suit against Sony Music for $5 million, alleging that the label underpaid his royalties. Read all about the beef here.

Whitney Houston’s autopsy report released

It looks like a combination of cocaine, alcohol and heart disease led to Whitney Houston’s accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub on February 11. The late singer’s autopsy report also revealed traces of Xanax, marijuana, Flexeril and Benadryl. In conclusion, DON’T DO DRUGS, KIDS.

The Ugly

Boy George gets poked in the eye

There are probably many folks out there who have wanted to pop Boy George in the eye at some point. Some bloke actually did this weekend during a club scuffle, forcing George’s makeup artist to get creative. Check out his one-eyed swagger here.

The Fray sissify the national anthem

People weren’t too keen on The Fray’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner for the NCAA championships. Apparently adding lots of jangling acoustic guitar parts and plaintive vocals can really lame up a war ballad. Judge for yourself by watching their performance below.


Katy Perry's 'Part of Me 3D' to be Released in July

Finally some news from the notoriously reclusive Katy Perry!

After some controversy surrounding her music video for “Part of Me,” pop star Katy Perry is releasing a 3D feature film that is part documentary, part live performance footage. Fans will be able to see clips of her world concert tour, as well as footage of the pop star from her pre-fame beginnings as a church choir singer. The film, titled Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D, apparently also provides some insight into Perry’s divorce from comedian Russell Brand, incorporating the narrative into the movie as it developed during the filming period.

According to Rolling Stone, Perry’s 3D film is projected to match the success of Justin Bieber‘s Never Say Never 3D concert film. The movie is set for release July 5 of this year. Watch the trailer below:

Katy Perry Criticized By Feminist Author Naomi Wolf

While the singer’s release of her latest single “Part of Me” has launched Perry to the top of U.S. and U.K. hit charts, it seems that there are some who are not so quick to congratulate her. Naomi Wolf, prominent feminist and author of the bestselling book The Beauty Myth, spoke out against the video in a post on Facebook, going so far as to suggest Perry may have been funded by the Marines.

“Have you all seen the Katy Perry marines video?” she writes. “It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines¦ I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it.” She went on to boycott the video, even after admitting she was a fan of the singer beforehand. “I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked “ if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.”

Most surprising, perhaps, is that this is what it took to shake Naomi Wolf out of her Perry-fandom.

Watch the video below.