The Week In Music: Cee Lo's Cee-Word
Cee Lo Green, who scored one of the year's dominate hits in 2006 with the GRAMMY-winning "Crazy" when he teamed with Danger Mouse in Gnarls Barkley, has a new viral hit on his hands with the infectious…well, we'll get to the title in a moment. The Bruno Mars-penned tune has already drawn more than 4.3 million views on YouTube in just under two weeks since being posted. Oh, we can't really print the title, but you can watch the video.
Dust off those old Wilco albums and grab a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon indie fans, it's time to celebrate Jeff Tweedy. St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has officially declared Aug. 29 Jeff Tweedy Day in St. Louis. Tweedy was recently in town to play the LouFest Music Festival where he commented on the sanctioned holiday, jokingly calling it the "stupidest thing" he's ever heard, but told the audience he was thankful for the honor. "I guess none of you have to go to work tomorrow," said Tweedy, "'cause traditionally 'Jeff Tweedy Day' is a three-day weekend." Hear him for yourself.
The Wayne Plane has landed. According to TMZ, the private jet that singer Wayne Newton had abandoned in Detroit because repairs became too expensive has now been shipped to his Las Vegas ranch where it sits on his back 40. Wayne claims he spent more than $700,000 to have the plane fixed, but it still wasn't cleared for takeoff. Assuming the plane drama is over now that it's safely out of a hanger that had rung up $60,000 in storage fees, maybe Wayne can close this chapter and just say danke schoen to all involved.
The list of possible new "American Idol" judges continues to grow. As reported in the Aug. 20 TWIM, Jennifer Lopez has been in, and now out; Shania Twain is on the A-list; Steven Tyler says he's a judge; and Bret Michaels has been begging for the role. The latest addition to the list is Elton John, but this rumor is coming from show executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who counts himself a huge Sir Elton fan. Help the show's producers by voting in our unofficial poll.
When it comes to follow-up albums, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy is often seen as representing the granddaddy of delays between studio recordings. In fact the 15 years between Democracy and 1993's The Spaghetti Incident is likely at the top of that list. But a challenger has been the wings: Lauryn Hill hasn't released a studio set since her multi-GRAMMY-winning The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in 1998. But her days gunning for Guns may be over. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hill says she's "getting closer" to releasing a new album. Her last time out, she won five GRAMMYs, so watch out Beyoncé and Taylor.
Remember when it smelled like teen spirit? Well, now it smells like...Sex Pistols? The UK-bred punk outfit has launched their own unisex perfume line in collaboration with Paris' Etat Libre d'Orange. The scent, which comes in packaging influenced by their "God Save The Queen" artwork, is currently available in France and is set to launch in the United States on Sept. 10. There are also reports of a Nevermind The Bollocks soap to come later this year. Anarchy at the Saks perfume counter.
There are always pitfalls that come with celebrity: paparazzi attacks, embezzling business managers, a limited market of 25,000-plus square-foot houses. Well, here's a new trap to be wary of: unauthorized comic book bios. Lawyers on behalf of both Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have sent cease-and-desist orders to Bluewater Comics to stop publication of unauthorized comic versions of biographies on the artists. Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis claims he's within his First Amendment rights to publish the books. The Gaga cover is the spitting image of the singer, right down to her gun-toting brassiere.
Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, while Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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