Leading up to the release of Born This Way, experts predicted Lady Gaga would sell 850,000 units in the album’s first week. The actual number turned out to be considerably higher. Gaga’s little monsters gobbled up 1.11 million copies last week, jettisoning the pop star to the top of the charts. Can anyone topple the queen now? Looking at you, Bieber.
Psst. Over here. While Sony is busy pulling down unauthorized YouTube clips of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, featuring an edgy cover of “Immigrant Song” by Trent Reznor and Karen O, allow us to direct your attention to this link, where you can still listen to the track.
Gil Scott-Heron—influential protest poet and soul singer—passed away last week. This week family, friends and fans gathered for a memorial service at New York’s Riverside Church and a public viewing at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home. The artist died last Friday at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. His cause of death has not been disclosed. R.I.P.
Jamaican-American hip hop artist Sean Kingston was seriously injured along with a female companion after his jet ski crashed into the Palm Spring Bridge in Miami this week. Kingston’s condition has stabilized and he is expected to make a full recovery, as is his companion.
Avril Lavigne’s love of salty language landed her in hot water this week when she unleashed a string of expletives at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. The Canadian singer unleashed the f-bomb after technical difficulties interrupted her set. She later apologized for going off in front of youngsters, and the Tampa Bay Rays management team followed it up with a formal apology. What the hell, Avril?
When Amy Winehouse’s dad told her her drinking was out of control and she should go back to rehab, she didn’t say no, no, no. She simply swilled one last shot of Smirnoff vodka en route to the Priory Clinic, where she’ll stay until doctors give her the OK to leave. Good girl.
What would a Justin Timberlake hosting gig on SNL be without a digital short with Andy Sandberg and some Cross Colours overalls? This latest masterwork introduces the helicopter technology into the art of lovemaking, and includes a very special musical guest. Oh, and if you stick around after the video is over, you’ll get to see Michael Bolton dressed as a pirate.
Mitch Winehouse, or Amy’s pop, is returning to a music career he left in the ‘70s in order to raise his children. The 61 year-old cab driver just released Rush of Love on Janey Records. The record features covers of jazz and lounge songs and four originals. None of which include the lyrics, “I tried to make her go to rehab and she said no, no, no.”
Beyoncé took some heat this week when it was discovered that her multimedia performance at the Billboard Music Awards was suspiciously similar to a performance by Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarini. Beyoncé responded tout suite, saying she had seen Cuccarini’s performance and contacted the producers to collaborate with her on her own interactive video. Personally, we like Beyoncé’s video piece more, but with a hook borrowed from Major Lazer and a performance borrowed from Cuccarini, you can hardly call her innovative on this one. You can watch the two videos side by side below, thanks to the magical powers of the Internet.
Awkward run-ins with an ex are a rite of passage, one that’s captured by Taylor Swift on her new video for “The Story of Us.” The track is rumored to be inspired by her messy break-up with John Mayer. Hang down your head, John. Voyeurs can check out the video below.
Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Joseph Brooks, famous for his perennial ballad “You Light Up My Life,” died this week in what has been ruled a suicide by asphyxiation. Brooks was set to go to trial for thirteen counts of rape at the time of his death. He was 73 years old.
What do you get when you put Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, Joss Stone and A.R. Rahman in a room? Urdu-reggae-soul? Rasta-Bolly-Brit? We’ll all find out soon enough when the supergroup, dubbed Super Heavy, drops their LP in September.