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McGraw Hill are coming to Vegas. No, it's a not a textbook convention. It's the latest Las Vegas residency, featuring husband-and-wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The two GRAMMY winners will set up shop with Soul2Soul for 10 weeks at the Venetian Las Vegas, performing many of their own duet hits, but also covering other duets to add some unexpected moments. Though they weren't giving away the set list, Hill offered one potential surprise by name-checking one of her favorite duets: Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure." It's OK Faith, just breathe. Meanwhile, check out more little-known music facts about Sin City in the current Vegas issue of GRAMMY magazine.
A little bit Mike, a little less Davy? Some six months after the February death of the cute Monkee, Davy Jones, the Monkees have announced their first tour with original member Michael Nesmith since playing a few European dates in 1997. The 69-year-old Nesmith told Rolling Stone he was participating in the tour, among other activities such as a book project, because "It's the start of the ending for me … or more precisely … the end of the beginning." He also promised that fans would hear all the Monkees hits. So how will the group perform hits with Jones' vocals, such as "Daydream Believer?" Our guess in the post-Tupac era? Holographic Davy.
Remember the old proverb, "If you don't have anything nice to say …"? We're not sure if it applies to Elton John, at least when Madonna is the subject. First, in 2004 John accused the Material Girl of lip-syncing. More recently, in January he equated Madonna's Golden Globe Award acceptance speech to a display of "narcissism." If you thought these remarks were pointed, it turns out John saved the big guns for his latest blast. "She's such a nightmare. Her career is over," John said regarding Madonna in an interview on Australian TV show "Sunday Night," before adding that she looks like a "fairground stripper." John also pulled back slightly in offering a critique of Madonna's dance-oriented direction on recent albums, saying that she should record something in the spirit of her GRAMMY-winning Ray Of Light album and focus on making "great pop records, which she does brilliantly." Still, while John and Madonna used to be chummy many years ago, we think it's going to be a long, long time before they kiss and make up.
In happier news, Lady Gaga has a new BFF … Lindsay Lohan. The duo recently made headlines by hanging out at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles but now they seem poised to take things to a professional level. According to a New York Post report, Gaga will cast Lohan in a new video from her forthcoming third studio album, which the Fame Monster has titled ARTPOP. No details have been revealed and so we're not sure if LiLo will reprise a mean girl-type role. The actress, who has previously battled personal and legal troubles, is in the midst of trying to make a comeback, having scored roles in films such as Scary Movie 5, Liz & Dick and The Canyons. Could an appearance in a viral Gaga video catapult Lohan's career back to Hollywood A-list status?
Naming your child after your favorite musician is one thing, but naming them after your favorite band upon recommendation by a total stranger is another. But don't tell that to the Oregon-based Purvine family, who named their second son Crue as a nod to their favorite band Mötley Crüe. "We came up with the idea for the name quite by accident," said Jon Purvine, the happy father of the little live wire. "We were talking to a lady at a local restaurant that noticed my wife's Mötley Crüe shirt. This lady said if she ever had a son she wanted to name him Motley. We thought that was bad a** and started talking about it. One thing led to another and I said, 'What about Crue?' That was it, that's all it took!" Crue certainly rolls off the tongue easier than say, Tommy, Mick, Nikki, or Vince, but we here at TWIM think it would have been more bad a** if Crue's name had an umlaut.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Phillip Phillips' "Home" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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