Torture or Gospel?
Judging from a pair of recent headlines, Britney Spears’ status as a pop cultural icon is stronger than ever. A merchant navy officer recently revealed that blasting the singer’s music was the go-to deterrent used for keeping Somali pirates away from oil tankers on the African coast. Meanwhile, SPEARS: The Gospel According to Britney, a musical about Jesus Christ that lets Britney’s songs and lyrics tell The Greatest Story Ever Told, is getting a one-night trial run on Broadway. The show’s creator says SPEARS is not sacrilegious and will actually appeal to churchgoers (though probably not churchgoers who are also Somali pirates).
Here's the SPEARS project's Kickstarter video from last year:
The ADHD Grammys
If you’ve ever thought, “You know what would make music awards shows better? Six categories, no focus, no script and an online stream that freezes up constantly,” the YouTube Music Awards is your new awards show jam
Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt's "live music video" from the awards show:
Electronic artist James Blake recently scored this year’s Mercury Prize, awarded annually to the best album to come out of the U.K. But his victory was slightly tainted when the ceremony’s host introduced him as James Blunt, the Soft Rock crooner with the obnoxious 2006 hit “You’re Beautiful.” Such indignities don’t only happen to newer acts. Even though Lou Reed was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, several online “R.I.P.” shoutouts were mistakenly directed toward Lou Bega, a not-dead one-hit wonder known for 1999’s “Mambo No. 5” (the result of a journalist’s error, according to Bega.)
Quick history lesson. Lou Reed:
NOT Lou Reed: