The Week In Music: Can Britney Spears Do It Again?
Guess who's ready to give us some more? "It's Britney b****." Yes, Britney Spears made her return this past week, debuting her new trance-inducing single, "Hold It Against Me," from her new album slated for release in March. The song immediately made a big splash at radio and rocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart, and even TWIM favorite Miley Cyrus can't seem to get enough. "Oh Em Gee!" wrote Miley on her website. "Just got the new Britney Spears song on iTunes. 'Hold It Against Me!' It is my new jam! Obsessed! Can't quit dancing on set! Go check it [out]!" Though she didn't drop an "Oh Em Gee," Spears seemed gratified by the positive reaction, tweeting, "Couldn't [have] asked for a better 1/11/11…thanks to all my fans and all of the radio stations for playing HIAM! I am truly blessed...." With two previous No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles ("…Baby One More Time" and "Womanizer") to her credit, can Britney do it again?
Remember the time your favorite rock band from the '90s reunited to create a seven-layer chocolate cake with Bavarian cream filling? Yeah, we don't either. But that's what alternative rock group Pavement is doing. According to a recent Matador Records tweet, the Stephen Malkmus-fronted Pavement will join forces with cake connoisseur Duff Goldman on the Jan. 20 episode of "Ace Of Cakes": "Pavement reunion keeps on giving: Ace Of f'in Cakes episode 1/20, 10PM EST @FoodNetwork. Thx @Charm_CityCakes!" To give you an idea of what to expect from the cake creation, a photo was posted of the band cutting into a horse-shaped dessert. The graffiti-type artwork adorning the cake is reminiscent of the band's 2010 compilation album, Quarantine The Past, and the creative shape is clearly a nod to drummer Bob Nastanovich's affinity for horse racing.
It's hard to believe, but Apple's iTunes turned 10 on Jan. 9. The application has come a long way since 2001, starting out as a hopeful digital alternative to music retail and emerging to become the leading music retailer in the United States as of 2008. In 2003 Apple launched the iTunes Store, featuring 200,000 songs at 99 cents each. By December 2003, the store totaled more than 25 million song downloads, and two years later it crossed the 500 million threshold. Last February, Apple announced iTunes passed the 10 billion download mark. All the while, iTunes expanded and now supports music videos, movies, games, TV shows, podcasts, app and book downloads, and more. Apple will celebrate another birthday this coming October, as the iPod turns 10.
Jan. 8 marked Elvis Presley's 76th birthday and among the fans who gathered in front of the Graceland Mansion to sing "Happy Birthday" to the King of Rock and Roll was Chilean miner Edison Pena. Pena, who spent 69 days trapped underground after a mine collapse in Chile last August, was the guest of honor at Elvis' birthday party and was cheered on by fans as he cut into a 4-foot-high cake that mimicked stacked television sets. "It's a pleasure to be here with so many beautiful people," said Pena in Spanish (he speaks little English, but knows a few Elvis tunes). "I never thought I would survive and escape my trap. Viva Elvis. Viva Memphis."
Soulja Boy Tell'Em is so sure he deserves a GRAMMY, he's putting his mouth where his music is. In 2007 Soulja's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" missed taking home a GRAMMY in the Best Rap Song category to Kanye West's "Good Life," after which Soulja said he was hopeful he would "get it next year." This past week Soulja said succinctly that he "should have got that GRAMMY." It all seems part of a bigger plan as last November Soulja released his third album, The DeAndre Way, which appropriately includes the song "GRAMMY." To help his candidacy, Soulja Boy included the lyrics "4 words 2 say/I deserve a GRAMMY." Ever the optimist, he is hopeful Recording Academy voters will change their "perception" after listening to the track. You tell 'em, Soulja.
Fresh off his Best Original Score — Motion Picture Golden Globe nomination for The Social Network, Trent Reznor is at it again, signing on to score the upcoming film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Reznor is again scoring with partner Atticus Ross, but moviegoers can expect more string instruments as opposed to the electronic sounds heard in The Social Network. In related Reznor news, fans of the former Nine Inch Nails frontman can look forward to a full-length release from How To Destroy Angels, Reznor's current project with wife Mariqueen Maandig Reznor.
With "American Idol" scheduled to kick off season 10 on Jan. 19, Aerosmith fans have been living on the edge, wondering about the band's next move. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Aero frontman/new "Idol" judge Steven Tyler said he's ready, willing and able to record a new album, but can't locate his longtime pal, guitarist Joe Perry. "I'm trying to rally the guys together," said Tyler. "We're having trouble getting Joe [Perry]. I don't know where he is…." Things have been a bit dicey in the Aerosmith camp following Tyler's move to "American Idol," which Perry criticized as being "one step above Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Despite the dig, Tyler still thinks Perry is out of this world, and remains hopeful that the two will be able to work things out. "We've been brothers forever. He's just going through his thing. I think the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of unrecorded Joe Perry licks floating around in the ether somewhere."
Jewel and husband Ty Murray are expecting the addition of someone precious: a baby. It will be the first child for the couple, and though it may be too early to tell, we're betting that the baby's "Hands" will be…small. And while it also may be too early to start prepping the music that will surely be played inside the baby's nursery, the duo is already set with a playlist. In 2009 Jewel released her first children's album, aptly titled Lullaby, featuring the folk songstress' take on nursery rhyme standards such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Brahms' Lullaby." Could that be attributed to an old-fashion case of women’s intuition? And by the way, here are our suggestions for names (if the baby is a girl): Ruby Crystal, Rose Snowflake or Amethyst Carnelian.
Bruno Mars' "Grenade" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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