The National win best album at Q Awards
This week Q Magazine’s Q Awards took place, bringing together some of the biggest names in music. Winners included Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine for Best Female, Paolo Nutini for Best Male, and Mumford & Sons for Best New Act. The National beat the likes of Green Day, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and Muse for the highest honor of Best Album for High Violet. Check out the full list of winners here.
Katy Perry gets hitched
Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married in a lavish ceremony on a wildlife reserve in India this past weekend. Bo-ring!
Bon Jovi neighbor pens apology letter
Dear Bon Jovi,
I’m sorry for throwing empty beer cans on your lawn.
So begins a grand apology by a 17-year-old neighbor of Jon Bon Jovi, posted to TheAwl.com. So what possessed a teenage boy to vandalize the lawn of New Jersey’s favorite son? Bad lyrics, apparently. Read the letter in its entirety here”it’s funny stuff.
T.I. changes album title
Now that T.I. is facing 11 months in jail for violating his probation, his album name, King Uncaged doesn’t make much sense. This week the rapper announced that the new title will be No Mercy. Still no word on a release date ¦ for the album ¦ not T.I.
Alice Cooper loses blood and other stuff on flight to UK
Don’t you just hate it when the airline loses your fake blood, skulls and plastic bats? Oh, that’s right, you’re not Alice Cooper. The ghoulish rocker was en route to a Halloween show in London when he discovered his luggage had been misplaced, and with it, all sorts of props for his show. Cooper was not happy, nor should he be. Oversized syringes and skeleton arms don’t grow on trees.
Taylor Momsen flashes audience at New York show
Is there anyone, ANYONE, more desperate to be seen as a bad girl than Taylor Momsen? The dead hooker makeup, the underage smoking, the torn fishnets, the apathetic gaze, the pointless trash talking”it’s like a 17-year-old pretending to be Courtney Love for Halloween. The Pretty Reckless singer borrowed another move from the bad girl playbook this week when she flashed a crowd during a performance, revealing taped nipples a la Wendy O. Williams. Yawn. Julia Roberts’ performance in Pretty Woman was more shocking. Sorry Miss Momsen, you’re not bad, just unoriginal.
- Amy Winehouse releases clothing line
- Adam Lambert to do acoustic album
- First five Prince dates announced
- Flaming Lips to perform on Yo Gabba Gabba
- Bieb biopic Never Say Never trailer released
- Will.i.am and Nicky Minaj release “Check It Out” video
- Taylor Swift kicks off album release with intimate show for fans
- Kanye West’s Runaway debuts worldwide
- Snooki lip syncs Whip My Hair
- Slits singer dies
- Devo cancel remaining 2010 tour dates
New Arcade Fire video brings it home … to your home
Remember when Arcade Fire came out with that incredible (and creepy) interactive video for Neon Bible and we all thought THERE’S NO WAY THEY CAN TOP THIS. Well, Montreal’s finest just topped that. Check out their interactive video for We Used to Wait, which uses Google Maps to incorporate your childhood home address into the footage. Customized nostalgia. There’s no way they can top that ¦ right?
Kanye releases another track on his Web site
This one is called Monster and features an eclectic all-star lineup of Nicki Minaj, Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, Jay-Z and Rick Ross. What happens when indie-folk and hip hop collide? Find out here.
John Lennon’s toilet sells for $15,000
That’s a lot of money for a porcelain throne, even if it once belonged to rock royalty. No butts about it.
Guns N’ Roses bomb at Leeds & Reading
Unless you’re easily shocked, the following will come as no surprise. Guns N’ Roses performance at England’s Leeds and Reading festivals left a lot to be desired. Like, for instance, punctuality. The band showed up an hour late to Reading and had to cut their performance short due to strict curfew laws. A few days later they repeated the tardiness at Leeds and were cut short again. Axl Rose took to Twitter to explain to fans, claiming there was a deal in place for the band to continue after curfew and someone wasn’t informed, [someone] changed their mind … or [it] was a con. By most reports, the performances were terrible, so thank goodness for cons and curfews.
Taylor Momsen is drinking the haterade
Taylor Momsen may have begun her career as the adorable Cindy Lou, but she’s become quite the Grinch in her off-camera life. Trying a little too hard to be tough and anti-establishment, the Pretty Reckless singer has spat the haterade out at Miley Cyrus, public toilets, Rihanna and her band name. We kind of hate that last one, too.
- Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Patti Smith play benefit for West Memphis 3
- Lady Gaga debuts new song Living On The Radio
- Slash and Fergie play Sunset Strip Music Festival
- Noel Gallagher keeps it fat & funky for Paul Weller
- Jeff Tweedy thinks Jeff Tweedy Day is stupid
- Robert Plant done with hard rock
- Hayley Williams gets interviewed by Tegan and Sara
Ryan Adams to release two new albums
What’s better than one new Ryan Adam’s album? Two”duh! This week Adam’s posted a message on his Facebook page to announce he’ll start recording part one of a new solo album, what he dubs West Coast Sessions. Fans can expect something like the evil twin of Cold Roses, minus all the noodling. And if that doesn’t set you adrift on memory bliss, remember that there’s a double album with his backing band, the Cardinals, called III/IV that’s coming down the pipe, too. How d’ya like them roses?
Big Star bassist passes away
What a rough year for Big Star. First singer Alex Chilton dies of a sudden heart attack in March. Now, four months after playing a tribute show to Chilton at SXSW, bassist Andy Hummel has succumbed to cancer. Chilton, Hummel and drummer Jody Stephens formed the band in Memphis in the ˜70s to modest renown. But bands like R.E.M. and Paul Westerberg, who cited Big Star as an influence, garnered the band a cult following in the ˜90s. Hummel, who was a longtime employee of Lockheed Martin, quit the band in 1974 before recording their most influential record, Third/Sister Lovers.
Pink suffers fall on stage in Germany
In what definitely left a mark, Pink fell into a barricade minutes into her concert in Nuremberg Germany and was immediately rushed to the hospital. After reassuring fans she was OK with Twitter updates, the singer explained that she had not been clipped into her harness correctly. Upside: I made that barricade my bitch, she cheerfully tweeted (cheeweeted?).
Gaga warns fans about Westboro Baptist Church protest
After the fundamentalist, and”ok let’s face it”batshit crazy Westboro Baptist Church members (the same class acts who protested soldier’s funerals with the signs that read God hates fags) announced they would be in attendance outside of Lady Gaga’s concert in St. Louis, Gaga headed to her Twitter page to warn her little monsters. Pay these hate criminals no mind. Do not respond to their provocation, she advised. Feel gratitude in your heart that you are not burdened or addicted to hate, as they are.” Only a handful of Westboro church members ended up showing up.
Score: Love, 1, Hate, 0.
Enrique Iglesias uses fan’s camera to snap pic down his pants
Ew. And gross. And why? And ¦ how did it turn out?
- Taylor Swift announces new album title and drop date
- Liam Gallagher says new band is bigger than Oasis
- 7-year-old raps to California Gurls
- M.I.A. shoots parts of “XXO” video on her Flip Cam
- Vampire Weekend get sued
- M.I.A., Pavement, T.I. lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest
- Chris Isaak to replace Simon Cowell?
- Miley Cyrus versus Taylor Momsen”oh snap!