Facebook’s Best Friend
It’s the hottest politico/musician fight since George Bush started that flame-war on Lil Jon’s MySpace page. The first African-American President of the United States of America is cyber-facing off with the first extraterrestrial Pop diva (Lady Gaga) in a race to see who can be the first living person to break 10 million friends on Facebook. At press time, Barack Obama’s Facebook page stood at 9,285,478 friends, while Gaga has 9,502,210. Obama immediately stopped work on the BP oil spill, economic rebuilding and fighting two wars and hired Ashton Kutcher as the nation’s first Facebook czar.
For those keeping track, the next President of the United States, Vin Diesel, is the third most popular person on Facebook with 9,313,019 friends and Michael Jackson is the all-time most popular with over 13 million pals (though his updates have been sporadic lately for some reason).
From time to time, Rap stars will change their “Rap name” mid-career and the reasons usually have something to do with a lawsuit.
The legal threats can come from entity’s big (2 Live Crew main-man Luther Campbell had to let go of his Luke Skywalker name when the Star Wars folks came calling) and small (rapper Common used to be called Common Sense until a Reggae/Rock band from California by the same moniker — now best known as the band who made Common change his name — forced the abbreviation).
Miami rapper Rick Ross is currently facing the possibility of a name swap after his namesake, former drug king pin “Freeway” Ricky Ross, filed a long-threatened trademark infringement lawsuit that says that the ex-con can no longer make money off of his name and notoriety because of rapper Ross’ popularity. The official lengthy complaint is currently making the rounds online because of the suit’s outrageous claims and demands, which include a $10 million payout of royalties and the insistence that the rapper’s new album not be released. The suit claims that the former kingpin is getting into “entertainment and motivational speaking” and wants to control the use of his name so he can use it for good, not evil.
It’s doubtful the rapper will give in and try to settle the suit, but if he does he might want to consider going back to his birth name: MC Cutthroat Crack Slinger. (Just kidding: It’s the slightly less intimidating William Leonard Roberts II.)
If the Hipster Beard Trend Dies, the Terrorists Win
Mark Oliver Everett (aka E, the guy behind Alt/Blues/Pop band Eels) might have just have been trying to start a ZZ Top cover band when he decided to grow a beard down to his nipples. But the fashion decision has become a much bigger problem for the singer than just whether or not to close with “Legs” or “Cheap Sunglasses.”
According to a report on Internet music publication thequietus.com, the singer/songwriter was questioned in London recently on suspicion of being a terrorist. Cops stopped Everett, who was in town doing promotion for the new Eels album, after a “suspicious” man fitting his description was seen outside of a nearby embassy. Everett was quoted as saying, “Not every guy with short hair and a long beard is a terrorist. Some of us just want to rock.”
How did he get out of it? The report says he simply told the police he was a Rock musician and they let him go. Upon hearing the news, Osama Bin Laden immediately signed up for guitar lessons at the Islamabad Guitar Center.