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:: There’s no secret that Charli XCX (aka The “London Queen”) is a big fan of the Princess of Pop - Britney Spears. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the UK singer expressed her love for Spears’ music. “Have you heard her albums? They’re so intelligent. The way her songs are crafted is really amazing. I think that music is really interesting and clever.” [Just Jared]
:: Morrissey reveals that he’s previously had a cancer scare, and underwent treatment for it. He was pretty straightforward when discussing the procedure, “If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t.” Touché. [NME]
:: In today’s weird news, Drake is being investigated for allegedly threatening a stripper. Named Jhonni Blaze, she claimed the singer did not want their sexual relationship to go public and has sent her threatening texts. [Gossip Cop]
:: Good news for Beatles fans! John Lennon‘s entire solo catalogue is now available on Spotify. It includes eight studio albums and three compilations. Interestingly enough, the Beatles are one of the few bands whose music is still not available on the streaming site. [NME]
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covered John Lennon
at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, in efforts to advocate stricter gun control laws. “Can you believe that they let blind people carry guns? Come on,” he said. The crowd laughed as the blind singer mimed a misfire.
The one-day festival, on September 28 at New York’s Central Park, is held in efforts to end extreme poverty worldwide — so it’s a slightly different cause than what Wonder championed during his headlining set. Still, as the enduring musician explained why he performs “Imagine,” he showed why his protest cover song was relevant. More »
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra
, Steven Soderbergh
’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace
, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to go behind the caricature and laud him for his ivory-tickling talents. Not to mention his other talents, demonstrated mostly on lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon
In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »
Father knows best. When he’s not tinkering in the garage or mowing the lawn after a long day of work, he’s coaching your little league team and he’s running after you when you’ve finally learned to ride that bike. He’s there to teach you how to wear your first tie, and he’s there to chase off your first prom date. And because you can always count on his quiet but steadfast support, we’ve got a playlist for daddy’s girls and papa’s boys alike to celebrate the man of the house this Father’s Day
We had to kick things off with Will Smith‘s 1998 single, “Just The Two Of Us”. Sampling Grover Washington Jr.‘s 1981 song for lovers, the Fresh Prince shifted the track’s message to one about a father and his son. The video stars Will’s son Trey, and features a glimpse of Jada Pinkett-Smith very pregnant with future action star, Jaden. Mike Meyers went on to parody the song in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, but even Mini Me doesn’t distract from the underlying sentimentality in celebrating the father-son bond. More »
As the trial of Michael Jackson’s former doctor Conrad Murray
wears on, Forbes
reports that the onetime King Of Pop is #1 on the publication’s annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. It’s the second year in a row the music legend has topped the list, though Forbes
points out that the $170 million his estate raked in over the past 12 months, via sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog, is a steep drop from the $275 million that landed Jackson at #1 on last year’s tally.
s theme last night was songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but it turned into What Random Instrument Can We Bring Up On Stage? Instead of having a mentor, the Idols were on their own this week, and it appears a few of the Top 9 contestants took free range to come up with some kooky additions to their performances. Plus, the extra screen time usually reserved for the mentor to dole out advice was instead dedicated to the Idols talking about one another—a change of pace that pleasantly resulted in one of the most quote-worthy episodes of the season thus far.
After the jump, find out who did John and Paul proud, who made us hang our heads in shame, and which Scottish and Australian instruments made their TV debut on American Idol. More »
ARTIST: The Beatles
TITLE: “Revolution 1 (Take 20)”
WEB DEBUT: February 2009
ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: As a Beatles mouthbreather, I’ve heard about the lost bridge between the bluesy single “Revolution” and the experimental “Revolution #9″ for years. “Revolution 1 (Take 20)” is probably more casually experimental than most of the so-called “experimental” pop bands out there now. (I like Spoon and Wilco as much as the next guy but removing a rhythm guitar track or ending a song in a noise jam does not make you an experimental band, and yet still I see those terms bandied about in relationship to them and others.)
“Revolution #9″ might have been mind-blowing back in the day, but it might have been pretty grating, too. This eases you into its experiments, as the song, complete with awesome doo-wop backing vocals, slower tempo, and a sloppy sitting-around-the-mic vibe, gradually devolves into something more akin to “#9″, although it pulls up the reins right before it loses all sense of its original self. There’s this great buzz of a guitar (?) that leads out of the verse that keeps going and building, and, eventually, a woman (Yoko?) starts talking about…. something under the coaching of Lennon. In the end, it trades more in congeniality than cacophony, and, for that I prefer it (for the time being) to its more famous cousins, perhaps those two songs now seem more like canon than music to me.
Full 10 Minute take of The Beatles’ “Revolution 1″ Leaks [Twelve Major Chords via The Day Jobs]
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ono and John Lennon‘s Bed-Ins For Peace, where they holed up in hotel rooms for a week at a time (once in Amsterdam, once in Montreal) as a way to protest war and portend the press’ tendencies toward covering any stunt celebrities engaged in while badmouthing stars and their antics at the same time. To celebrate the anniversary, Ono is asking people to stage bed-ins of their own. Sure, the press won’t spread out and cover every single one, but that’s what Flickr is for, right? [Imagine Peace]
Good news: the Pope (Benedict, that is) has forgiven John Lennon for saying he was bigger than Jesus! It seems like a strange thing to do, given that Lennon wasn’t Catholic and it didn’t seem like Yoko was exactly begging for forgiveness, but I guess when you’re God’s representative on Earth, everything is your responsibility, huh? Anyway, if it took Lennon 42 years to be forgiven, I guess Andres Serrano should look for a letter on Vatican stationery around about 2031. [NME]
“ONO’s ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’ (THE REMIXES) Hits #1 With A Bullet On Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart This Week!!” [Blurt]