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."
Ozzy Osbourne's handlers win the prize for best moneymaking gimmick this underperforming summer concert season, offering "Unholy Matrimony" wedding packages at the six U.S. Ozzfest tour stops (three have already sold out). For the ungodly amount of $2,666, the bride and groom get 10 "pit" tickets, a backstage tour, cake and more.
Once upon a time, Kings of Leon was this scruffy, scrappy little band all the cool kids loved. Then radio started playing their songs every 10 minutes. Then those cool kids began looking at the band with a disdain usually reserved for Nickelback. Then birds began to rain shit on them.
If you've peeked at the Internet in the past few weeks, you'll know Mel Gibson's blockbuster movie career is in trouble after recordings of his caustic, racist and sexist phone calls to his baby mama made it to the public. Mel might want to consider a career in Hip Hop after making his debut on a track by rapper Ras Kass, who sampled his meltdown for "Why You Be Dressin' Like That."
Times are tough for those in the corporate music world, so, like a lot of people having trouble paying the bills, they're getting into porn. Eleven major labels have teamed up to sue porn Web sites RK Netmedia and RealityKings for unauthorized use of music by big-timers like Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Then As An Unpronounceable Symbol and Now Prince Again gave an interview to Britain's Daily Mirror (which gave away his new album for free with a recent edition of the paper) and made the bold prediction that this crazy "Internet" trend was "completely over." Prince, who won't sell his albums online and has shut down his official Web site, told the paper that "all these computers and digital gadgets are no good."