The Week In Music: Beyoncé's Fierce Cravings
For as long as women have been having babies, expecting mothers have experienced unusual and often bizarre cravings. Think back to the classic episode of "I Love Lucy" when a pregnant Lucille Ball makes a 4 a.m. request for ice cream, hot fudge and sardines. Weird? Maybe, but not in Beyoncé's book. As we recently reported, the GRAMMY-winning R&B songstress is expecting, but now she has developed some pretty unusual food cravings. Bananas in ketchup, ice cream covered in hot sauce and croissants stuffed with melted Daim bars have all been on the singer's menu, in addition to plenty of Oreos and ginger ale. We're predicting Beyoncé's next hit will be called "Foodie Girl." And while we're at it, here are a few more cases of pregnant celebrities developing random (albeit not good for heartburn) cravings: Jennifer Lopez (orange soda, M&M's, salsa); Nicole Richie (burgers from In-N-Out); and Britney Spears (dirt).
As September marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, plenty of grunge-worthy tributes are getting ready to take place. For starters, on Sept. 27 fans can pick up a two-disc deluxe edition of the classic album remastered and featuring plenty of B-sides, studio session cuts and rehearsal recordings. Former bassist Krist Novoselic is heading up a tribute show to take place Sept. 20 in Seattle. And on Sept. 24 Novoselic and head Foo Fighter (and former Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl will take part in an exclusive interview with Jon Stewart. But perhaps the most die-hard tribute will come on Oct. 1 when punk band F***ed Up, indie rockers Tokyo Police Club and other artists will take the stage in Toronto for a Brief History of Rebellion, an event that will see the artists rotate and perform Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 144 times. That almost makes you want to sing, "Hello, hello, hello, how long?" We're also wondering if this nostalgic set will earn a spot in the Guinness World Records book.
Speaking of the Guinness World Records book, GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift has earned two records in the 2012 book: Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist for Speak Now and Most Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist. Call us biased, but we'd venture to say Swift's feat is a bit more impressive than Most Body Piercings In One Session, Largest Collection of Film Projectors, Longest Cucumber, or the Loudest Purr by a Domestic Cat. If you disagree, you can set your own record here.
For stars attending a dizzying array of special events, premieres and appearances, fashion is obviously important. But sometimes finding that perfect look is not only about what's fashionable, but what's practical. That's the formula for TWIM favorite Justin Bieber, who has admitted he's cool with wearing women's jeans. "I've worn women's jeans before because they fit me," Bieber told Life & Style magazine. The Bieb also defended Kanye West, who was recently spotted wearing a women's sweater. "It wasn't [so he'd] look like a woman in a sweater; it was just a regular sweater that happened to be a woman's." It so happens that Bieber and West aren't the only artists who wear female gear. Actress Liv Tyler has admitted to catching her rocker dad Steven Tyler wearing her threads, and Lenny Kravitz has been known to sport some female-inspired ensembles. Is sporting female clothes going to emerge as the new fashion trend for men? "It's not a trend; it's just, whatever works, works," said Bieber.
For fans in search of more Kanye West humor, look no further. Though the show will not go on, footage from West's defunct Muppets-inspired series, "Alligator Boots," has been made available by the show's director Konee Rok. Created in conjunction with rapper Rhymefest, the show was made for Comedy Central in 2008, but unfortunately never saw the light of day. Footage from the pilot, however, is enough to satisfy any hip-hop music puppet fan as it casts actress Kim Kardashian dressed as Princess Leia being serenaded by a puppet (that strangely resembles James Brown). If we can't have a regular series to tune in to, we sure hope Kanye incorporates a few puppets into his next music video, perhaps for "Welcome To The Jungle," a track from his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne.
It was 1962 when the Rolling Stones played their first gig at London's Marquee Club. As if they needed another reason to celebrate, the Stones will turn the big 5-0 in 2012. What exactly is on tap for the golden celebration? No formal plans have been announced but frontman Mick Jagger thinks a special plaque is at least in order. "Maybe we could go back to the Marquee to accept a plaque for 50 years of service instead of a tour," Jagger told Live magazine. "That could work — except Keith obviously can't come. Charlie Watts [who wasn't in the band in 1962] can come but he wouldn't get the plaque obviously." Did we miss something? Did Mick just say that Keef can't come to the Stones' 50th anniversary celebration and that there will be no tour? Is Mick still harboring ill feelings over being described as "unbearable" in Richards' bestselling memoir? We're not sure, but our guess is Mick and Keith will patch things up in time for the Stones' celebratory 50th anniversary. After all, it's only rock and roll.
Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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