What does it take to become musically rich and famous? While talent and determination (and connections) can all come into play, what about an artist's sexy quotient? While SoundScan doesn't measure an artist's level of attractiveness, and Billboard certainly doesn't have a chart for it, music fans still have their opinions, and they've let those opinions be heard in a recent Billboard poll tallying music's sexiest men and women of the year. Let's start with the ladies. Katy Perry and her fireworks made the cut at No. 5, behind the only girl in the world Rihanna (No. 4), pop diva Beyoncé (No. 3) and the Fame Monster Lady Gaga (No. 2). Coming in at No. 1 was Britney Spears, who is now clearly a woman, no longer a girl. Making the cut at No. 5 in the men's category was Tokio Hotel frontman Bill Kaulitz, followed by Enrique Iglesias at No. 4 (yes Enrique, we like it), Justin Bieber at No. 3, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine at No. 2. And reigning supreme as the sexiest man in music was Adam Lambert. It looks like Lambert has gone from pop idol to sex idol in true rock star fashion.
Does he believe rap is this influential, or is he really just promoting his movie? Rapper/actor Ice-T said during a visit to the "Today" show to promote his film Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap that hip-hop was responsible for Barack Obama's successful presidential bid. "If it wasn't for rap, white people wouldn't have been so open to vote for somebody like Barack Obama," Ice-T said. "…Hip-hop is what brought us together." He may have a point, but if rap brought Obama to the oval office, it could be argued that classic R&B might help keep him there.
This is a true story of a Lord of the Rings turned Golden God. Lord Of The Rings actor Christopher Lee, who recently turned 90, is celebrating his birthday milestone by putting out his not first, but second heavy metal album. Due later this year, Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death is his follow-up to 2010's Charlemagne: By The Swords And The Coss and is, according to Lee, “100 percent heavy metal.” “I'm not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely 100 percent heavy metal,” he told BBC Radio 5's “Up All Night.” Lee's entry into the metal world was honored at the 2010 Golden Gods Awards when he received the Spirit of the Hammer award. “I became fascinated by [heavy metal because], in terms of the history of music, it's fairly recent really. And if it's properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it's rather exciting.” Details on whether Lee's metal music will serve as the soundtrack to the next Lord Of The Rings film were not revealed.
Hello Goodbye. Beatlemania, a Beatles museum that opened in 2009 in Hamburg, Germany, will close by the end of June due to a lack of visitors. Hamburg was the town where a young Beatles honed their skills in the early '60s prior to their assault on England and the rest of the world, and though that story is well known, Hamburg probably still can't compete with the group's original home in Liverpool, England, as the birthplace of true Bealtemania. The Beatles' history in Hamburg dates back approximately 50 years, so we guess the failure of the museum may answer the question whether the city will still love the Beatles when the group's first appearance there turns 64.
To quote their own song, Metallica's James Hetfield may become a "Hero Of The Day." The band's lead singer is helping Virginia state police hunt for a man suspected of murdering 20-year-old Morgan Harrington after she left a Metallica concert in 2009. "Remember, any information — no matter how small you might think it is — could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case," Hetfield says in a video posted on YouTube and an FBI website dedicated to the case. Metallica has added $50,000 to a $100,000 reward offered by the Jefferson County Crime Stoppers for information leading to the suspect's capture. And when he's captured, we hope he gets … And Justice For All.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.
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