Introducing the Barackness Monster
Jimmy Fallon wanted to slow jam the news, and thank goodness he had POTUS in attendance to help him. Does the Commander-in-Chief get nervous when he’s got to add some swagger to his speeches? Aw, PELL no! Watch below.
Black Lips bring Biggie Smalls back from the grave
Tupac wasn’t the only dead rapper to make a comeback at Coachella this year. The Notorious B.I.G. appeared during the Black Lips set, and it looks like it cost a lot less money for the band to conjure Biggie up than it did for Dr. Dre and his Tupac hologram. But watch the video below and judge for yourself.
Rihanna talks that talk in new documentary
Rihanna has released a video on her YouTube channel that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the tail end of her Loud Tour. And what it shows us is that RiRi loves a good prank, says the word three like tree when she’s home in Barbados and has some hard core fans. So much so that she has to lock herself in a clothing store to ward off a mob of admirers. Well, there are worse places to get locked up, right?
Kids warn Thom Yorke could steal your toothbrush
Kids say the darndest things, and never so much as when they’re forced to listen to Radiohead’s Paranoid Android and share their thoughts. Turns out that NDUBZ is way better, Thom Yorke has no friends and eats only vegetables and if someone forgets your name, you should say, Dude, come on. My name’s Erin.
Jennifer Hudson testifies in family murder trial
This week Jennifer Hudson has been in a Chicago courtroom to testify against her ex brother-in-law, William Balfour, who is charged with killing Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew in 2008. When the prosecution showed photos of her slain nephew, Hudson and her sister stepped outside. If convicted, Balfour faces a mandatory life sentence.
Cher sells key to Australian city on eBay
If she could turn back time, Cher might not have sold her key to the Australian city of Adelaide”at least not on eBay where everyone could see. The city’s officials are exceptionally disappointed that the pop star would choose to part with the honor bestowed upon her in 1990. But at least the key is valued by someone”the top bid was for $81,000.
- Beyoncé tops People‘s Most Beautiful
- Dreezy may have fathered a baby with a streezy
- The Wanted get inked in Chasing the Sun video
- Jay-Z launches Facebook game Empire
- Foster the People get helping hands in Houdini video
- Avril Lavigne gets black bangs
- Katy Perry caught K-I-S-S-I-N-G
- Neil Diamond gets hitched
- Marcus Mumford marries Carey Mulligan
- Sinéad O’Connor cancels tour
- Jack White to score Lone Ranger movie
- Ex-Cake drummer goes on trial for child molestation charge
- Robin Gibb wakes up from coma
- Dr. Dre says he’s not taking Tupac on the road
- Nicki Minaj back on Twitter
- Listen to Santigold’s new album Master of My Make Believe
- T.I. and Azealia Banks got beef
If you’re like 99.9% of the population, the words Deep Purple instantly evoke the quintessential classic-rock power-chord riff that drives Smoke On The Water. Secondarily, the stratospheric wail of Ian Gillan screeching out the chorus of Highway Star might leap to mind. Both are to ˜70s rock what the lion’s roar is to MGM, and they make it immediately clear why Deep Purple has always been revered as one of the bedrock bands whose hard-rock tonnage paved the way for heavy metal (In it’s day, it was considered heavy metal). Given this knowledge, you might feel confident in knowing all one needs to know about the band. You’d be wrong.
Long ago and far away, back in the days of paisley and patchouli, there was another Deep Purple. Today it’s commonly referred to as the Mk. I version of the band. And while it included three-fifths of the classic ˜70s lineup, it was a different beast entirely. Keyboardist Jon Lord, guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore and drummer Ian Paice were all on board for the original incarnation of Purple, but instead of Gillan’s piercing wail, Deep Purple Mk. I boasted the low, soulful tones of Rod Evans, while Nick Simper occupied the bass chair rather than Roger Glover, and instead of chugging, chomping, hard-stomping proto-metal, they played a progressive-pointing brand of psychedelia.
In fact, the psychedelically inclined version of the band made no less than three albums between 1968 and ’69”Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn and a self-titled third outing. In the US, these releases have largely been swept under the rug, which is ironic, considering that ˜60s Purple’s greatest success by far was in America, where they scored three chart hits, most notably a churning cover of roots-rocker Joe South‘s Hush. In fact, more people probably know that song from the Deep Purple version than the original. Nevertheless, all three albums have been languishing in obscurity for years, remaining out of print and all but forgotten by the world at large. Thankfully, the balance of rock & roll history can be restored to its proper position at last, with the Eagle Records reissue of Deep Purple Mk. I’s entire output, expertly remastered and featuring a brace of bonus tracks.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame winners announced
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its selection for 2011 inductees this week. Those who made the cut: Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love. Eligible nominees like Bon Jovi will have to live on a prayer for another year.
OK Go lead GPS parade around Los Angeles
For their latest video caper OK Go took to the streets with their fans, friend and total strangers for a parade along a 8.5-mile route in LA. But not just any route, a route that spelled out OK Go using the Range Rover’s Pulse of the City App. Check it out below.
Remember when Miley Cyrus was busted smoking salvia out of bong?
Scandal erupted last week when a video emerged showing Miley Cyrus smoking the legal herb salvia out of a bong. Billy Ray Cyrus poured out his achy breaky heart on Twitter, and the blogosphere erupted in posts about Miley going bad. This week Miley was spotted partying on the town in New Orleans with Kelly Osbourne. See guys, nothing to worry about!
Fans outraged over documentary on Michael Jackson’s autopsy
A documentary called Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson is scheduled to air next month in the United Kingdom on the Discovery Channel, enraging some of the King of Pop’s fans. Because the show’s medical examiners don’t have access to Jackson’s actual body, an anatomically correct synthetic cadaver will be used to demonstrate the autopsy instead. Fans cried foul, saying Jackson should be allowed a minimum of decency and respect. We cry foul for that reason, and cause face it, the thought of a naked Michael Jackson cadaver is kind of foul.
- TRON Legacy soundtrack hits #10 on Billboard
- Darren Criss sings entire Rolling Stone interview
- Scissor Sisters debut trippy Invisible Light video on Pitchfork
- Ke$ha sings Dead Flowers with no Autotune
- New Pornographers remind fans of oil spill, Katrina in Oxfam video
- Yoko Ono recreates War Is Over poster in 100 languages … if you want it
- Jack White will perform with Wanda Jackson in January
- Duff McKagan and wife strip down for PETA ads
- Paul McCartney performs Give Peace a Chance on SNL
- Coldplay to release concept album in 2011
- Denise Richards dating Nikki Sixx
2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced
Champagne’s a flowin’ at the homes of Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, LL Cool J and Dr. John, who among others, were all nominated into the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. The induction ceremony will take place on March 14th in Cleveland, Ohio. We would like an Alice Cooper/Neil Diamond duet please ¦ to whoever is taking requests.
Joe Jonas is ridin’ solo
Following in his little bro’s footsteps, or maybe heeding the advice of Jason Derülo, Joe Jonas announced plans to record a solo all by himself. Something with a sexier, Justin Timberlake vibe, says the Middle One. Sexier than Camp Rock? Can it be done? We’ll all find out in 2011¦
Mariah Carey falls in Singapore
If you’re gonna fall, fall with class. Like Mariah Carey, who took a tumble in Singapore but smiled the whole way down. Then things got a little more diva-ish when Carey yelled for her assistant to come help her take her shoes off while the band kept playing Make It Happen. Check it out below.
Katy Perry avenges her Sesame Street snub
On SNL this past weekend, Katy Perry avenged her Sesame Street-banned bust by donning a low-cut Elmo t-shirt and bouncing around on a sofa. Those muppets must be seeing red!
MC Hammer starts beef with Jay Z
This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Back story: On Kanye West’s song So Appalled, Jay-Z delivers a line about blowing through $30,000 like Hammer. Well, Mr. MC Hammer was none too pleased about that, and responded on Twitter by linking to a video of himself beating up a punching bag. You want my attention [Jigga] you got it. Punch, punch, punch. It’s all kind of embarrassing and feeble, but we’ll play along. Please Hammer, don’t hurt him!
- Kanye West to drop new album on 11/22
- Pete Doherty busted for cocaine possession
- Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack drops 11/22
- MGMT drummer gets hit in head by thrown object, walks off stage
- Lady Gaga’s grandfather passes away from Parkinson’s
- Peaches brings Peaches Christ Superstar to North America
- Jimmy Eat World new album Invented released
- John Legend and the Roots cover Arcade Fire
- Kid Cudi pleads guilty to possessing a jar (!) of cocaine
- Wyclef Jean hospitalized for exhaustion
- Bruce Springsteen photo bombs couple’s engagement shoot
- M.I.A. to play free show at Brooklyn Bowl