We can't say we didn't see this one coming. While the Disney Corporation has been willing to look the other way when young starlets like
Miley Cyrus and
Vanessa Hudgens get snared in racy-picture scandals, you can be sure they don't want someone accused of drug possession playing to family audiences.
· On Wednesday, cameras finally rolled on Britney Spears' video shoot for Madonna's tour. In the clip, Brit, clad in a gray hoodie, walks into an elevator and nervously paces as it begins its ascent. She then kicks and smacks the elevator walls, screams into the camera and pulls down her hood to yell, "It's Britney, bitch."
·Here's the rehearsal footage of the Flaming Lips practicing their cover of the Who's "Tommy" in preparation for Saturday's VH1 Rock Honors concert (airing July 17). All we can say is: fish-eye lens, lots of smoke, a strobing gong, alien helium vocals and some kind of silver tassel rah-rah drum stick being waved around by singer Wayne Coyne. Have we mentioned how much we love the Lips?
If you happen to catch Madonna's worldwide Sticky & Sweet Tour this summer, pay careful attention to the Material Girl's onstage garb. That's because she may be wearing creations from the collective mind of Heatherette, the New York-based design duo who've helped the likes of Gwen Stefani, Pamela Anderson, Mya, Kelis, Pink and Paris Hilton look their best.
On May 23, at the "Dial 'M' for Madonna" exhibit at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Los Angeles, where more than 100 artists from around the globe showed off their Madonna-inspired work, MTV News caught up with Heatherette's Traver Rains and Richie Rich. They told us they've been approached by Madonna's camp about designing the outfits she'll be sporting when her tour kicks off August 23 in Cardiff, Wales. The trek picks up stateside on October 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Read More...
Our shoe-in candidate for most likable bassist, Death Cab For Cutie’s Nick Harmer, is busy blogging away about the band’s tour. And what we’ve learned thus far about the lifestyle of the indie outfit with a Number One album (Narrow Stairs) is this: they suffer from really bad jet lag; they like to go for (Morrissey-inspired?) walks through English cemeteries; they worry a lot about whether or not they sound any good; they are really into “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Assassination of Jesse James.”
But don’t worry, Death Cabbies (Death-heads? Cab-heads?)! Nick has promised that he’s going to write some more about things like “partying” and “rocking and rolling all night”! Any day now, he’ll tell us how debauched Ben Gibbard really is. (It’s always the sensitive-seeming guys who get the most messed up when their fans aren’t looking. Call it a theory.)
So check back with Buzzworthy for Nick’s next installment…
Wrong! $150 mill is walking-around money for the G-Unit general, which is why we weren’t that surprised when reports surfaced late Wednesday that 50 was getting ready to sign a $300 million deal with News Corp’s MySpace that would cover all his Unit-related activities.
Being the skeptics that we are, we tried to contact MySpace (no reply), 50’s current label Interscope (no reply), and a source at G-Unit Records (no comment) about this alleged ten-year deal that would reportedly include: shifting all G-Unit artists and operations to a new G-Unit label under the MySpace banner, marketing and selling all touring under a new News Corp. company, the acquisition of 50’s site, and a new production studio for all his film and TV projects.
Oh, and according to Media Takeout’s exclusive, half the deal will be for stock, which would make 50 “one of the largest shareholders of News Corp.” Whoa! Holy crap!
Undeniable, unbelievable. I'm trying not to get caught up in the moment and jump all the way out the window, but Kanye West's show last night at Madison Square Garden may have been the best one-man performance I've ever seen outside of Michael Jackson or Prince. Like he says, Graduation is not just an album name, it’s the trumpeting of his career evolution as the most innovative man in his genre.
The boys of Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka You Know Who) are touring all May, and you can only get tickets day of at the venue box office. $20, two tickets per person. End of story. Live Nation this is not!
You'll be treated to some loud garage rock, and who knows what else? Maybe midway through the show, they'll toss you some American Idiot fan faves -- or split off into some other alter-ego band that plays reggaeton. So much is possible.
We'd also like to take a moment and point out that the band is hitting up one of the coolest venues you will ever set foot into: New Orleans' One Eyed Jack's. It's like a dinner theater-style bordello, red velvet and all, where folks like Liars have played. And it's waaaaaay too small a joint for a band like, say, Green Day...
Did you know that more than 15 billion bottles of water are produced every single year?
And of that number, only 12 percent are actually recycled, meaning that nearly 40 million plastic bottles go into the trash or become litter every single day?
Yeah, neither did we. Luckily, the Gloomy Guses in Radiohead are always around to remind us of what a terrific job we're doing raping the planet. This time their helpful reminder comes in the form of these custom-made water bottles, which they debuted onstage this past Monday at the kickoff of their North American tour in West Palm Beach, Florida.
And even though they're not exactly the most, uh, rocking bit of merch, we totally want one! If only so we can scrawl our name on the front, just like Thom Yorke does! (Oh yeah, and to save the environment or whatever.)
A quick look through the W.A.S.T.E. Shop on their official site didn't turn up a single mention of these Swiss-made beauties, so we're asking fans who've been lucky enough to catch Radiohead live for help: have they been selling the bottles at the merch table?
Now, personally, I always took the Panic At the Disco song “That Green Gentleman” to be more about the, um, 4:20 club than the Sierra Club, if ykwim. The band, however, wouldn’t cop to that when I talked to them yesterday…Whatever.
But Panic did want to talk about the environmental consciousness of their current trek, the 2008 Honda Civic Tour. Before each night’s show, singer Brendan Urie appears in a video, encouraging fans to take part in an “eco-contest” to decide how a large chunk of change raised on the tour will be used to help the planet. (For more info on that, go here.)
Brendan also explained to me that the band is working on the tour with two non-profit eco organizations: Reverb, which facilitates environmentally friendly touring; and Global Inheritance, which seeks to inspire more eco-activism. “Plus, at each show there’s a few things to get kids involved,” he told me. “Honda have a bike setup where you can charge your phone, and there’s pamphlets and information. Lots of good stuff.”
Ryan Ross said the band has been doing good things as well, from traveling on a biodiesel bus, to re-using plastics, and recycling more backstage. “It’s been cool for us because we’re young guys -- we’re still learning about what’s going on, too. So it’s been personal,” he said. “I think it’s been good for everybody to try and do a little something.”
Now fellas, back to this “Green Gentleman”? “Green can be so many things,” Brendan said with a smile. “You’re new to something…You’re jealous…It could be my favorite color…” But Ryan stopped me in my tracks: “You’ll never know, John. You’ll never know!”