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."
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. President Obama immediately stopped work on the BP oil spill, economic rebuilding and fighting two wars and hired Ashton Kutcher as his Facebook czar.
Probably due to being sick of waiting for the promo boost of a 'V For Vendetta' film sequel, one of the best-named bands in Indie Rock has changed its name. Seattle's Natalie Portman's Shaved Head has decided to drop its unusual moniker for the far more boring Brite Futures. Perhaps a band called Natalie Portman's Shaved Head could never be a truly "big" band like U2, but who's to say?
DEVO is target-marketing a new species: cats. To celebrate the release of their first album in 20 years, 'Something for Everybody,' the band hosted a nine-hour listening party only attended (in the flesh, er, fur) by 20 felines.
One of the coolest just-for-the-hell-of-it projects by a musical superstar in recent memory is Beck’s “Record Club” project, a loose-yet-focused jam session of sorts that features Beck and an impressive list of pals covering classic albums in full.
Rapper MIA recently responded to what she saw as an unfair proile in The New York Times Magazine the way a middle-school kid would respond to that skinny bitch Jenny DeMasko for having the nerve to wear the same skirt as her — she tweeted the journalist’s personal phone number.
According to a recent story in The New York Times, the latest craze in making money on the road for musicians is the "VIP Package," a pricey gouging of concertgoers that offers questionable "perks." Take the VIP route for a Bon Jovi concert and you'll get a Jovi metal folding chair, a leather bag and a meal ... all for only $1,750 a pop!
Lou Reed hasn’t always pleased the critics and his fans (see: Metal Machine Music, those Honda scooter commercials in the ’80s), but he and gal pal Laurie Anderson may have found a new fanbase — dogs. The couple has announced plans to present a “high-frequency” concert next month in Australia designed especially for our furry little canine friends.
'Rockabye Baby!' albums are supposed to appeal you adult sensibilities while providing some calm ambient noise for your infant, but this time they've gone too far with their first foray into Hip Hop: 'Lullaby Renditions of Kanye West.'
In response to unsolicited name drops in Rap songs by Eminem and Lil Wayne, the Magnum is now soliciting Rap songs that center around the extra-large dong-wrappers. Those with the skills and lyrics about jumbo jimmy hats can submit songs to magnumlivelarge.com for a chance to win five large.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times about a popular Joni Mitchell tribute drag show drawing raves in SoCal (seriously!), the real Mitchell launched into an attack on Bob Dylan. In referencing how both her and Dylan changing their names when they were upstarts, Mitchell called Dylan “not authentic at all” adding that “Everything about Bob is a deception.”
Ben & Jerry's has topped itself with its most recent specialty offering. We're not exactly sure how the new "Bonnaroo Buzz" flavor — a blend of coffee and malt ice creams with "whiskey caramel swirls" and English toffee — ties in to the big summer music festival, but maybe the Gatorade/ pot/ Patchouli-flavored formula didn't test-market well.
The Beatles, once designated "Bigger than Jesus" by John Lennon, are now Vatican-approved. Perhaps because of the changing culture (or maybe designed for an approval-ratings boost timed to "Beatles Week" on American Idol), the Vatican newspaper honored The Beatles with special editions timed to the 40th anniversary of their breakup.
Despite undoubtedly being called a Communist innumerable times during his storied career, China's ministry of culture has declined to give Bob Dylan permission to play Beijing and Shanghai. The ban is believed to be due to the legend's past affiliation with the counter-cultural movement of the '60s and Bjork's pro-Tibet statements during a concert in China two years ago.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Iggy Pop announced that his stage dive during a recent appearance at a benefit show at Carnegie Hall would be his last. The magazine's Web site then posted a hilarious account of the ill-fated dive from an attendee who was nearby.