Music News August 10, 2016
Is Adele Headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show?
It’s that time of the year again . . . time to start speculating about who’s headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. In six months.
Yes, it’s ridiculous . . . but so are the people who start talking about the NFL draft the day after their team’s season ends. I’m looking at you Browns’ fans.
Britain’s “Sun” tabloid claims ADELE is the frontrunner at this point. They say, quote, “There’s nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now and organizers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up.
“She’s sold out every date on her tour, everyone wants a piece of her, and they know they can bank on her bringing in the viewers. It’s Adele’s nerves that are the issue . . . it hasn’t been an easy sell.”
This sounds SO British for several reasons . . . first off, from an American perspective DRAKE is probably the biggest performer in the world right now. And frankly, the Super Bowl doesn’t need anyone to “bring in the viewers.”
That said, Adele wouldn’t be a bad choice.
Ed Sheeran Is Now Facing Two Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
ED SHEERAN is now facing TWO copyright infringement lawsuits.
First off, he’s fighting a claim that his song “Thinking Out Loud“ rips off Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On“. Ed Townsend is the guy who co-wrote that song with Marvin, and his heirs are the ones suing for copyright infringement.
And a while back, two men claimed Ed’s song “Photograph“ rips off their song “Amazing“, which came out in 2009 . . . six years before “Photograph”. “Amazing” was performed by Matt Cardle, the winner of the 2010 season of “The X Factor”.
Music News August 9, 2016
Dee Snider’s Granddaughter Was Born on a California Freeway
DEE SNIDER of TWISTED SISTER became a grandfather for the fourth time on Sunday, when his latest grandkid was born IN A CAR on a California freeway.
Dee’s son Jesse and his wife Patty were on their way to the hospital, but obviously they didn’t make it in time. It’s a girl, and her name is Parker Pryde.
Dee posted a video Jesse took from the car shortly after the birth, where he said, quote, “My wife just had the baby in the car . . . We were a little surprised by it all. Uh, we waited a little too long to leave.”
Naturally, this was Southern California’s notorious 405 freeway, where they were probably only able to go about 8 miles-per-hour. In fact, there’s a decent chance the girl would be on solid foods by the time they actually made it to the hospital.
Dee Tweeted, quote, “Welcome to the world Parker! Way to get attention!”
Five Songs That Aren’t About What You Think They Are
Billboard.com has a list of ’10 Songs That Aren’t About What You Think They Are.’ Here are five highlights:
- “Summer of ’69“ by Bryan Adams. He would’ve only been nine in 1969 . . . and back in 2008, he confirmed that despite the apostrophe before ’69 in the title, it was a, quote, “sexual reference” . . . not about the year.
- “Closing Time“ by Semisonic. It isn’t about drunk people being tossed from bars. Singer Dan Wilson has said many times that it’s actually about the child that he and his girlfriend were expecting . . . quote, “I had birth on the brain. I was struck by what a funny pun it was to be bounced from the womb.”
- “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)“ by The Beastie Boys. It’s supposed to be a joke, spoofing ’80s bands like Motley Crue and Twisted Sister. Not the straight-up party anthem it became.
- “Got to Get You Into My Life“ by The Beatles. Paul McCartney says it’s, quote, “an ode to pot . . . like someone else might write an ode to chocolate.”
- “Total Eclipse of the Heart“ by Bonnie Tyler. It’s actually about VAMPIRES falling in love. It was written by Meat Loaf’s songwriter Jim Steinman, for a musical version of “Nosferatu”.
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg Will Co-Host a New Cooking Show
MARTHA STEWART and SNOOP DOGG are co-hosting an upcoming VH1 cooking show called “Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party”.
They’ll invite their celebrity friends over for a, quote, “half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, and conversation, where nothing is off limits.” If NOTHING is off limits, that could include marijuana . . . especially since they use the pun “half-baked.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. At least in SOME states.
The show will premiere sometime this fall. There’s no word what celebrities might make guest appearances, but since Martha and Snoop don’t exactly run in the same circles, it could be an eclectic group.
Snoop says, quote, “My homegirl Martha and I have a special bond that goes back. We’re gonna be cooking, drinking, and having a good time with our exclusive friends. Can’t wait for you to see how we roll together!”
Music News August 5, 2016
The Top 10 Party Songs of All Time
There are still a few weeks of summer left, so Billboard.com is helping you put together another big bash . . . or two . . . with a list of “The Top 10 Party Songs of All Time.”
All they did was find the best-performing songs on the Hot 100 with the word ‘party’ in the title. Here’s the Top 10:
- “Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO (2011)
- “Party All the Time”, Eddie Murphy (1985)
- “Party in the U.S.A.”, Miley Cyrus (2009)
- “It’s My Party”, Lesley Gore (1963)
- “Where the Party At”, Jagged Edge with Nelly (2001)
- “Get the Party Started”, Pink (2001)
- “Party Like a Rockstar”, Shop Boyz (2007)
- “Garden Party”, Rick Nelson and the Sone Canyon Band (1971)
- “Fight for Your Right (to Party)”, Beastie Boys (1986)
- “Party Lights”, Claudine Clark (1962)
Alice Cooper Says Rock Stars Should Stay Out of Politics
A lot of rock musicians are out volunteering their thoughts on politics and the upcoming election . . . but ALICE COOPER isn’t out on the front lines. And he doesn’t think any rock star should be.
He says, quote, “I absolutely hate it. It’s the worst idea ever . . . Why do people think rock stars know more than they do? . . . If anything we’re dumber . . .
“Rock ‘n’ roll was built to go as far away from politics as you could get. When my mom and dad talked about who to vote for, I’d go in the other room and put on the Beatles or Rolling Stones . . . and I’m still like that.”
He does say that musicians SHOULD use their platform to campaign for humanitarian issues . . . quote, “I think what Bono does and what [Bruce] Springsteen does, Sting and all the people that raise money for others . . . that’s humanitarian, and I’m all for that. But I don’t think that’s political.”
It isn’t? It might not have been in the ’60s, but today it seems like everything is politicized whether you like it or not. Maybe everyone can agree on feeding starving children in Africa . . . especially if they’re not footing the bill.
But what about human rights or equal rights . . . gay and transgender rights, women’s rights, equal pay, livable wages, poverty, Black Lives Matter, police protection, immigration, terrorism, refugees, and so on? It’s hard to be a humanitarian and not be political, or perceived that way.
Music News August 4, 2016
Prince Never Let Weird Al Parody His Songs
It seems like most musicians are PSYCHED when they hear that WEIRD AL YANKOVIC wants to parody one of their songs. But there are exceptions, like PRINCE . . . who NEVER let Weird Al touch his music.
He said, quote, “I had a parody of ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ that was about ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’. And I wanted to do something funny with ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Kiss’. For ‘1999’ I wanted to do an infomercial where you could get anything you wanted by dialing 1-800-something-1999.”
He eventually gave up asking several decades ago. And now, it’ll NEVER happen.
It’s interesting that Prince wouldn’t have a sense of humor about all that, since he LOVED the “Chappelle’s Show” skit about his basketball game with Eddie Murphy’s crew. But maybe it’s because that had nothing to do with his MUSIC.
It’s also interesting because even KURT COBAIN let Al parody “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Al said, quote, “He asked if it was going to be a song about food.” (???)
Weird Al did eventually do his “Beverly Hillbillies” parody, but it was to “Money for Nothing” by DIRE STRAITS. It was in his hugely underrated movie “UHF”.
Beyoncé’s Songwriter Says the “Becky with the Good Hair” Controversy Is “Silly”
Now that we mostly know who CARLY SIMON was singing about in “You’re So Vain”, it’s time to turn to more important matters: Like who is “Becky with the Good Hair” from BEYONCÉ’s “Sorry”?
Well, Diana Gordon was the main songwriter, and while Beyoncé does have a songwriting credit, Diana makes it sound like SHE came up with it.
Quote, “The idea started in my mind, but it’s not mine anymore. It was very funny and amusing to me to watch it spread over the world. If it’s not going to be me saying it, and the one person in the world who can say it is Beyoncé, I was happy.”
There was also some controversy about “Daddy Lessons”, and even Beyoncé’s dad Matthew Knowles came out to publicly defend himself. But Diana admits she wrote the bulk of that one herself.
She says, quote, “I didn’t have a dad growing up, so ‘Daddy Lessons’, that was more of a fantasy for me.”
Music News August 3, 2016
Slash is Covering “Rocket Man” for a Guy Who’s Gonna Recreate an Evel Knievel Stunt
SLASH recorded a cover of the ELTON JOHN classic “Rocket Man”, to help out a guy named Eddie Braun. Eddie is a daredevil who plans to recreate EVEL KNIEVEL’s 1974 jump over Snake River Canyon.
As you may recall, that jump FAILED, and Knievel could have very easily DIED. Luckily, his injuries were minor.
Braun is trying to raise the $150,000 he needs to make the jump on Kickstarter. Prizes for donating include actually being able to WATCH the jump live, as well as a download of Slash’s “Rocket Man” cover.
As of last night, he’d made more than $38,000, with 22 days to go. He’s hoping to attempt the jump on September 17th.
Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and More Will Celebrate Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday
TONY BENNETT turns 90 today . . . and NBC is celebrating with a special called “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come”. It doesn’t air until December 20th, but it’ll be worth the wait.
Tony will perform, along with Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright.
Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, and Bruce Willis will also be there to . . . um . . . do something, I guess.
Tony says, quote, “I feel like I’m just getting started and look forward to each day. I have loved performing for the public and sharing the music I love with the world.
“It’s a thrill to have NBC air a special in honor of my birthday and to have so many wonderful artists that I have worked with and admire participate.”
NBC also did a special for Tony’s 80th.
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David Bowie contributed vocals to Arcade Fire’s new single “Reflektor,” the veteran singer has confirmed. The track will be available as a two-track 12-inch vinyl release credited to The Reflektors that also includes an instrumental version of the song.
Arcade Fire released an interactive video for “Reflektor” yesterday, in addition to the previously announced video by director Anton Corbjin, after a teaser campaign featuring guerilla graffiti art and cryptic announcements.
The band is set to perform on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 28th, and their new album is due out on October 29th.