Good morning everybody! We’ve finally reached the end of the week — let’s get straight to the mix before we ride into the sunset!
Did You Hear?
:: Another dream collaboration come true: 17-year-old Miley Cyrus and 46-year-old Bret Michaels duet on a song, “Nothing to Lose,” in which she backs him up on icky lines like “Still we can’t resist/Slowly get undressed”. Hoo boy. Please, Miley, please tell us you’re too smart to let him sweet-talk you into competing on the fourth(!) season of Rock of Love. Go back to Joaquin! [Just Jared]
:: Kelis ventured into electro-dance territory with help from DJ David Guetta, and now Eve is working with MSTRKRFT in the studio. It feels like 2010 is shaping up to be very kind to dance floors. [Rap Radar]
:: Courtney Love wants to, ahem, “hate f***” John Mayer. Hey, knowing John, he’d probably go for it. [Huffington Post]
After the jump: a look back at Johnny Cash.
Music on TV Tonight
:: Late Night with David Letterman (CBS) – Lou Reed & the Blind Boys of Alabama (repeat)
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) – Daniel Merriweather
VIDEO REWIND OF THE DAY: Johnny Cash would have turned 78 today, and although the legendary Man In Black is no longer with us, his music continues to loom large in more ways than one: Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way” was the 10 billionth song sold on iTunes, and this week marked the release of his second posthumous recording, American Recordings VI: Ain’t No GraveIn keeping with the style of the earlier albums in the series he recorded with producer Rick Rubin, the new collection is a set of covers, and this batch was recorded by Cash in the few months leading up to his death in 2003. Pitchfork describes the collection as having “the feel of a séance — morose and possibly even staged,” but concludes that that “even in those final days, when his spirit was strong but his voice weak, Cash remained a charismatic and commanding singer.”
In honor of Cash’s birthday, let’s take a look at the bookends of his career, first by highlighting a live performance of “Ring of Fire” from 1963.
And no mention of Cash could be complete without including the video to his haunting cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” directed by music video visionary Mark Romanek in 2002. The video won a Grammy for Best Short Form Video and a Country Music Award for Video of the Year, and the song was recently named one of the Best Songs of the Decade by Rolling Stone.
Have a great day!