After launching its own cloud music service, Google plans to open up an online music store of its own, one that The New York Times Media Decoder calls an "MP3 store that would compete with Apple and Amazon." Rumor has it that Google is in negotiations with major music labels to make the service possible, but no one from Google or the labels have officially commented on the matter. Google is expected to launch its store before Apple’s cloud offering, iTunes Match, goes live at the end of October.
Bay Area rapper Lateef The Truthspeaker is dropping a solo album called FireWire in November. FireWire will welcome special guests DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and the Grouch. You can stream the first single “Oakland,” featuring Del and the Grouch, and a remix by producer Mocky here.
As if Ryan Gosling’s Drive couldn’t draw anymore unwanted attention, the film supposedly influenced a man to throw a hotdog at Tiger Woods. What's worse? The lady who back in September sued the distributors because the movie “bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film, for reasons including but not limited to Drive having very little driving in the motion picture” and it wasn’t enough like Fast and the Furious or this Brandon Kelly dude who chucked a beef-weenie at Tiger?
I threw the hot dog toward Tiger Woods because I was inspired by the movie ‘Drive,’” Brandon Kelly told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, via The Associated Press, after he was arrested on Tuesday. “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, 'I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger,’ ” Brandon, who claimed he’s a fan of the golfer, told the paper.
Some guy just came running on the green, and he had a hot dog, and evidently … I don’t know how he tried to throw it, but I was kind of focusing on my putt when he started yelling,” Tiger told the AP, recalling the incident. “Next thing I know, he laid on the ground and looked like he wanted to be arrested because he … put his hands behind his back and turned his head.
Disney has finally given the go-ahead for The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp to begin production. “Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski are such a talented combination and we’re thrilled to get back to work with them on The Lone Ranger,” a Disney spokesperson said.
Personally, we’re more pumped for this:
Happy Birthday to Usher, Daniel Clark, Stacy Keibler, Roger Moore, A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister, Joey Travolta and Colin Hodgkinson of Whitesnake.
HBO has made a deal to develop the Oscar-nominated dramedy The Kids Are All Right as an hour-long series. Deals are still being made and it is uncertain at this stage whether or not any of the original stars of the film (Annette Benning, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo) will sign on for the series.
CBS is giving former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst a show. It’s called Douchebag.
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) performed a tribute to recently executed prisoner Troy Davis with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra last Saturday. Videos here.
Nelson Vaquiz, a truck driver out of Virginia, was arrested after speeding through a gateless toll lane in New York with some sort of Transporter-influenced contraption that allowed him to hide his license plates. "Our police department takes this very seriously and are on the lookout for such maneuvers," Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said. "Hopefully this will serve as a lesson." Port Authority says that toll dodgers cost it $14 million in 2009 and 2010.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the federal government broke up an online prostitution ring that set up sex parties in Detroit, gave out awards for the best sex services and goodie bags that contained underwear, sex coupons and chocolates.