Having your likeness used as the basis for an American icon like the Barbie doll could be taken a few ways. On one level, it could be a compliment on your style and its effect on popular culture. But if your ability to effect popular culture is relatively nonexistent, then maybe it could be taken as an insult to your style.
Unless you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, you’ll know that the biggest music news story of 2010 was the arrival of music to something called “the Internet.” Smart readers might have heard rumblings about this for a few years, but, as huge fans of (only) Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and The Beatles, we only recently found out about this weird technology a couple of months
The Beastie Boys have denounced a lot of their early work. Maturity and a social conscious apparently do not allow for songs about Wiffle Ball-bat rape and giant penis stage props. So it was a bit of a shock when it was reported that the Boys’ Adam Yauch is working on a short film based on the trio’s first huge hit, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).”
You would think that between the French’s love of American comedic genius Jerry Lewis, the U.K.’s hilariously awful cuisine and Europe’s running gag about how soccer is the world’s most popular sport, someone would have invited grand parody song master “Weird Al” Yankovic overseas to perform. Until now.
The musical universe was in perfect order Thanksgiving week. Willie Nelson was busted on his tour bus for marijuana possession by U.S. Border Patrol in Texas. The cop said he smelled pot when the bus door opened (though, if fishing for reasonable cause for a search, he could have just gone with “It was Willie Nelson’s tour bus”).
Though less in recent years, Rolling Stone magazine still publishes quality journalism. But with the imminent "Death of Print Media!," it looks like the company is preparing a fall-back plan. Stars from the American Music Awards got a sneak peak of the magazine's new venture at an after-party recently — no, it's not a new vodka or energy drink, it's The Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge, scheduled to open to the public next year.
What happens when a Beatles fan controls the most influential music outlet in the world and its high-powered marketing arm? Well, nothing good. After weeks of hype and rumored cloud-computing advancements to iTunes, Ringo-lover Steve Jobs announced today that The Beatles' catalog is now on iTunes. Meh.
The ever-boastful Kanye West has identified himself with some fairly huge personalities: Michelangelo, Picasso, fashion designer Alexander McQueen, filmmaker James Cameron and, uh, the people who built the Egyptian pyramids (and that was all spouted during one interview!). But said he sympathized with former president George W. Bush!!
Sony announced its last Walkmans (Walkmen?) are in stores now and when they’re gone, they’ll make no more. (The Walkman, for those under 35, was the now-cumbersome-seeming forefather of the iPod, only a couple pounds heavier and about the size of a small brick.) The biggest question raised by the announcement? “Sony was still making Walkmans?!”
You start a kick-ass Blues/Rock duo, work hard building a “cult” following and become commercially successful and make music so amazing even MTV can’t ignore it. The video is so great, it wins a "Breakthrough Video" VMA> So, The Black Keys, nothing can kill the high you’re on, right? Well, nothing except finally receiving your award, only to find that the name is, ahem, “misspelled” as “The Black Eyed Peas.”
Those prankster Brits are scheming to “fix” the No. 1 UK single at Christmastime once again. Last year, an online campaign allowed Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 track “Killing in the Name” to win. This year's John Cage's "4'33'" is in the running. The song is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has had an amazing life, and — with his alleged experimentation with Satanism, drugs and baby-shark sex toys — his mysterious life story has never been fully been told. So an autobiography from the Rock & Roll pioneer would probably be a hot commodity for fans of music lore. But will they pay close to $700 for it?
That one random kid Kanye West was following on Twitter has been replaced ... by Justin Bieber. The two tweeted about working on a song together and, not long after, the duo turned into a trio with the addition of Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon. While little Bieber referred to the collaboration as "EPIC," we're all sitting back with our "Huh?" faces on.
"Reality" "star" and "singer" Tila Tequila might want to find a new booking agent after her appearance at the recent Gathering of the Juggalos music fest almost ended her life. ICP's passionate followers — not fooled by her clown-whore makeup — bombarded her with bottles and rocks (and allegedly feces) when she took the stage.
Kanye West is at that level of "tabloid celebrity" where joining Twitter is such a huge event that it makes headlines. And, Kanye's buddy, comedian Aziz Ansari, has been "Predicting Kanye Tweets" on his Twitter account, dropping potentially prophetic gems like, "Hans Zimmer needs to write a score for whenever I eat a cookie … when I eat cookies shit is mad suspenseful."