The Week In Music: Miley Cyrus And Rihanna Go To The Movies

Pop stars battle it out on the big screen
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    Miley Cyrus
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    Rihanna
May 11, 2012 -- 7:00 am PDT
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With The Avengers scoring a box-office shattering $200.5 million in its opening weekend and with Battleship (starring Rihanna) due May 18, the summer blockbuster season is getting off to a big start. Miley Cyrus is also in on the summer movie action given her return to the silver screen in LOL. The film is a "fresh coming-of-age" story focusing on Lola (played by Cyrus) as she navigates a world connected by YouTube, iTunes and Facebook, while facing the pressures of high school, romance, friendship, and a complicated relationship with her mother (played by Demi Moore). During its opening weekend, the film brought in $46,500 at the box office, which is just $437 more than what The Avengers averaged per theater in its opening week, though it should be noted the film did only play in a dozen states. Despite the less than robust box-office showing, Cyrus is beaming with pride, tweeting, "Thank u so much for everyone who went to see LOL. It is a film I loved making and I am proud of.... That's really all that matters to me."

For those who have spent any "Late Nights With Jimmy Fallon," he's likely made you laugh, made you think and maybe even made you cry. But now, he's getting ready to make you sing. On June 12 Fallon is set to release a comedy album titled Blow Your Pants Off. The list of artists he's culled to help blow the pants off comedy fans includes household names such as fellow comedian Stephen Colbert, Dave Matthews, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Eddie Vedder, among others. McCartney will appear on a duet with Fallon for "Scrambled Eggs" (the original title for the Beatles' "Yesterday"), while Timberlake will offer a hip-hop retrospective on "History Of Rap." If Fallon takes this album on tour, which he hopes to do, he may want to consult Madge for dance lessons again.

These days it seems few understand the power of music — at least the financial power — better than Madison Avenue. From Coca-Cola to the iPod, advertisements have often brought wide exposure to songs ranging from the New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" to Feist's "1234." So it seems turnaround is fair play. The producers of TV's ad industry-on-steroids drama "Mad Men" turn repeatedly to music to help create its period credibility. But the show took things a step further for the May 6 episode when they shelled out $250,000 for the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." The early psychedelic track from Revolver is hardly one of the Beatles' best-known songs, which begs the question: What price would a song like "Penny Lane" or "Yesterday" fetch? Or for that matter, the Beatles' version of "Money (That's What I Want)."

It seems French President Nicolas Sarkozy's loss in his reelection bid is his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's gain. Now that she'll no longer be France's première dame, it seems the model/singer feels it's safe to return to the recording studio and promises an album by Christmas. Bruni-Sarkozy's professional endeavors weren't completely on hold during her husband's term. She had a small role in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris, which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Still, like all artists who take time off, Bruni-Sarkozy — whose biggest hit in France, "Quelqu'un m'a dit'" came 10 years ago — will be facing an uphill battle. Of course, perhaps not as uphill as Sarkozy, the first French president to be voted out of office after one term in 31 years.

Already known for his fresh beats and cool sense of individual fashion, Kanye West is adding another line to his ever-growing creative résumé — fashion consultant. The rapper has taken to Twitter to reveal some fashion faux pas that he just can't stand. The Twitter rant started on May 5 with West tweeting, "Just driving through the city and I see a few thing I hate…." What did he see? "I hate button up shirts with hoodies; I hate hoodies with sports coats; I hate sports coats with button up shirts, jeans and dress shoes; I hate khaki cargo shorts"; and, "I Hate big a** striped scarves." Do you agree with Kanye's hate list? Leave us a comment below, and be careful what you wear the next time you find yourself in the rapper's 'hood. 

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.

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