We think Bieber Boulevard is a better name
When 11 year-old Caroline Gonzalez won a contest that let her be mayor for a day in Forney, Texas, she
abused put her power to good use by renaming a street in her town Justin Bieber Way. Cute, or flagrant misuse of taxpayer money? We’ll let you decide.
Katy Perry ties Michael Jackson for most hits
Unbelievable, but true. Katy Perry has tied the King of Pop for most consecutive Number 1 singles from one album (five, to be exact). Jackson enjoyed his record run from 1987-88 with his record Bad, while Perry dominated the charts this summer with Teenage Dream. Her latest single, “Last Friday Night” nabbed the Number 1 spot on Wednesday. It feels weird even comparing indelible tracks like “Man In The Mirror” to a song with the lyrics “Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top,” but there you have it. We live in a crazy world.
Warrant’s Jani Lane dead at 47
Anyone who lived through the hair metal era knows Warrant, and more specifically their hit “Cherry Pie.” Led by coltish frontman Jani Lane, Warrant enjoyed platinum success in the early ‘90s before grunge showed up and cut the party short. Lane was found dead in a California motel room this week from undetermined causes. He was 47. R.I.P.
Gene Simmons’ mouth is the kiss of death
When you’re booking bands for a tribute concert for Michael Jackson, it’s probably a good idea to just run them through Google real quick. Had Jackson’s family members done so, they would have seen that KISS front man Gene Simmons was quoted as saying he believed Jackson was a child molester. Awkward. KISS, who had already been announced as a performer, were quickly uninvited from the concert, scheduled to take place in Wales on October 8th. You can read more about it here.
Isaac Hanson uses a bad word
Isaac Hanson’s got little tolerance for bands that don’t appreciate their success, calling them “pr—s” (we’re too ashamed to even type it) in an interview with WENN.com. “If you’re actually making a living doing it, man, pinch yourself every day, because it goes if you don’t love it… and people will eventually get p–sed off.” Language, Isaac! The elder Hanson goes on to point the finger at Kings of Leon and Oasis for their dour, recalcitrant demeanor. Caleb Followill and Liam Gallagher, you just got MMM-Bopped.
Battle of the Weird: Lady Gaga vs. Chromeo
There were a couple weird videos released this week, and it’s hard to know whether to draw your attention to Lady Gaga’s “You And I,” or Chromeo’s “When The Night Falls.” The former features a mermaid in a bathtub, an albino bride, a prisoner in a macabre torture chamber and a female Gaga playing the piano in a cornfield while a brooding male Gaga looks on. Or, feast your eyes on Chromeo impregnating his female admirers simply through the power of music, then blasting their bulging bellies with his guitar. Oh, Beyoncé’s little sis Solange Knowles makes an appearance in this madness.